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Forest Deptís drive to save Batala from pollution
Batala, April 21
With the state government declaring the steel town of Batala as one of the four most polluted cities of the state, the Forest Department authorities in a damage control exercise, have gone on an overdrive to plant thousands of trees in and around the smog infested town to control pollution levels.

MP for strict action against rape accused
Phagwara, April 21
While strongly condemning the rape of the five-year-old girl in Delhi, the Congress MP from Hoshiarpur, Santosh Chaudhary, has stressed the need for stringent law for the rape accused.

NRI booked for bigamy
Phagwara, April 21
The police has registered a case under Sections 406 and 498 A of the IPC against Philippines-based NRI Sukhpal Singh resident of the local Kishanpura locality, on the charges of bigamy and torturing his second wife Sukhjit Kaur, who was married to him in 1999.


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Forest Deptís drive to save Batala from pollution
Ravi Dhaliwal/TNS

Batala, April 21
With the state government declaring the steel town of Batala as one of the four most polluted cities of the state, the Forest Department authorities in a damage control exercise, have gone on an overdrive to plant thousands of trees in and around the smog infested town to control pollution levels.

Officials of the Pollution Control Board admit that pollution levels have touched hazardous level, which is affecting the health of the residents. They gave a report which pointed out that Batala, Mandi Gobindgarh, Ludhiana and Jalandhar were the four most polluted cities in the state.

The state government ordered the Forest Department authorities to prepare an action plan and also asked to implement it on a war footing.

Divisional Forest Officer Wilbert Samson said his department had planted nearly 500 date palm trees on some of the busiest roads in the town.

Apart from the date palm trees, nearly 23,000 trees of different species, too, had been planted.

The trees have been planted at strategic locations, including some of the most polluted areas of the town. They include Amritsar road, Jalandhar road, Gurdaspur road and Qadian road.

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MP for strict action against rape accused
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, April 21
While strongly condemning the rape of the five-year-old girl in Delhi, the Congress MP from Hoshiarpur, Santosh Chaudhary, has stressed the need for stringent law for the rape accused.

She said the police had delayed the decision to trace the missing girl, which led to such a situation.

She stated that the mindset and the mentality of Indian men needs to be changed and respect and care should be given to the women. Chaudhary inspired the social organisations to play a constructive role to awaken the people to fight this menace.

Chaudhary went on to express her confidence that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, were taking these matters very seriously and solid action was indeed the need of the hour.

She also advised the policemen deputed at several places in the country to be responsible and sensitive while performing their duties.

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NRI booked for bigamy
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, April 21
The police has registered a case under Sections 406 and 498 A of the IPC against Philippines-based NRI Sukhpal Singh resident of the local Kishanpura locality, on the charges of bigamy and torturing his second wife Sukhjit Kaur, who was married to him in 1999. It was only after when Sukhjit Kaur complained to the Human Rights Commission and the SSP, Kapurthala, after that her husband was booked.

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