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SSP rubbishes Cong allegations of liquor distribution
Gurdaspur, May 8
With the Congress castigating the district administration for turning a blind eye to liquor being distributed in rural areas just ahead of the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections, the Gurdaspur SSP, Sukhwant Singh Gill, held a press conference to rubbish the charges.

Social workers seek direct rail service from Nawashahr to Amritsar
Nawashahr, May 8
Local social workers Jaswant Singh Bhatti, Balraj Singh and Nirmal Singh Rehal have launched a signature campaign to raise the demand of direct rail service from Nawashahr to Amritsar.

Blood donation camp held
Nawashahr, May 8
The District Red Cross Society in collaboration with the local NGO- Blood Donors Council organised a voluntary blood donation camp here to mark the International Red Cross Day on Wednesday.


EARLIER STORIES

Man commits suicide
Phagwara, May 8
A middle-aged man, identified as Charitar Singh, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house in the Gobind Pura locality last night.

Bus crushes schoolgirl
Phagwara, May 8
A four-year-old girl was crushed to death by school bus, when she was got down from bus near Mauli village yesterday.





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SSP rubbishes Cong allegations of liquor distribution
Ravi Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, May 8
With the Congress castigating the district administration for turning a blind eye to liquor being distributed in rural areas just ahead of the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections, the Gurdaspur SSP, Sukhwant Singh Gill, held a press conference to rubbish the charges.

Gill claimed that his force had tightened the noose against liquor smuggling in all seven Assembly seats of the district ahead of the Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) elections.

Gurdaspur District Congress president and Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa had all long been claiming that the SAD-BJP leaders were openly distributing liquor amongst the rural masses.

Gill, who joined as the new district police chief last week after SK Kalia was divested of additional charge, held a press conference today where he claimed that special nakas had been set up at strategic points across the district where policemen were checking vehicles carrying liquor.

He said the policemen would conduct raids on chemist shops selling psychotropic substances. "Vigil is being maintained before the Zila Parishad elections to ensure that drugs do not infiltrate into villages. Special teams have been established to check the nefarious activity," he added.

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Social workers seek direct rail service from Nawashahr to Amritsar
Our Correspondent

Nawashahr, May 8
Local social workers Jaswant Singh Bhatti, Balraj Singh and Nirmal Singh Rehal have launched a signature campaign to raise the demand of direct rail service from Nawashahr to Amritsar.

They have been contacting various political, social, religious, educational and trade organisations and getting the resolution passed from village panchayats.

A memorandum has also been submitted to Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in this regard.

"The direct rail service from Nawanshahr to Amritsar would not only facilitate devotees to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir, but also boost trade," said Bhatti, adding that they had also been mobilising public opinion to help raise the issue of extension of rail links, including Rahon - Machhiwara- Ludhiana and Garhshanker - Anandpur Sahib-Ropar- Chandigarh to give a fillip to the trade and industrial growth of the district. 

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Blood donation camp held

Nawashahr, May 8
The District Red Cross Society in collaboration with the local NGO- Blood Donors Council organised a voluntary blood donation camp here to mark the International Red Cross Day on Wednesday.

Deputy Commissioner Tanu M Kashyap inaugurated the camp where as many as 35 units of blood were collected. The DC also released the magazine "Khoondaan Sewa" published by the Blood Donors Council. OC 

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Man commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, May 8
A middle-aged man, identified as Charitar Singh, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house in the Gobind Pura locality last night.

The police has registered a case and sent the body to the Civil Hospital for postmortem. Mental stress was said to be the cause of the suicide, the police said. 

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Bus crushes schoolgirl

Phagwara, May 8
A four-year-old girl was crushed to death by school bus, when she was got down from bus near Mauli village yesterday.

Reports said the deceased (Arshdeep Kaur) was a student of Guru Nanak Khalsa Public Senior Secondary School at Sangh Dhesian village. OC

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