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SGPC flays Delhi Govt’s move: The SGPC has flayed the Delhi Government’s move to stop work on the memorial being raised in memory of the 1984 riots victims at Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib. Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC chief, said legal recourse should be taken, if possible, to pave the way for the construction of the memorial.

UN team calls on Badal
: A delegation of a Delhi-based UNESCO monitoring team led by its co-chairpersons Dr Richard Engelhardt and Sudha Pillai called on Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday to update him on the cultural heritage policy for the state that is being prepared by them. A release here said that Engelhardt informed Badal that the underlying objective of the cultural policy was to protect and promote natural and cultural heritage. He appreciated Badal for imposing 1 per cent cess on upcoming infrastructure development projects to raise funds for cultural monuments.

Varsity gets ICAR accreditation
: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has granted accreditation to Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, and to its College of Veterinary Science for a period of five years up to March 7th, 2018. GADVASU Registrar Dr PD Juyal said this on Friday. The veterinary college was set up in 1969 and was accorded accreditation by ICAR in 2004. It was created as a centre of excellence in research and teaching in animal health and reproduction.

Three drug peddlers held
: The Rahon police on Friday arrested three drug peddlers and recovered 10 bags of poppy husk from their possession at a naka on Dilawerpur-Neelowal road. The three were identified as Rajpal alias Raja, Malkiat Chand, both residents of Soeta village and Ashok Kumar of Aur village.

Govt official held for taking bribe
: A team of the Patiala Vigilance Bureau led by Inspector Randhir Singh on Friday caught Pawan Kumar, Kanungo, Bhadson circle in the district, while aking a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Tarkheri Kalan village resident Nirdokh Singh. Patiala SSP (Vigilance Bureau) Pritam Singh said the accused had asked the complainant Nirdokh Singh the bribe to demarcate his land.

Three held for overcharging: District administration officials on Friday nabbed three agents in the Suvidha Centre at the Mini Secretariat for charging customers a higher fee than fixed by the government. The three have been handed to the police. The agents have been identified as Abdul Majeed of Sidhuwal, Mintu of Tripri and Amreek Singh of Model Towan, Patiala.

Major canals in Sangrur cleaned: Sangrur Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kumar Rahul said on Friday all major canals and distributaries had been cleaned in the district to ensure smooth flow of water for the paddy season. The government had already sent more than Rs 13 lakh for the cleaning work. The DC further said all major seven minors of the district had been cleaned. These will irrigate 26,208 acres. He said more than 400 NREGA labourers had been deployed for the work.



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