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Sikhism seminars in Lahore
: Lahore's Punjab University will be organising seminars on Sikhism so as to spread awareness about Sikh religion among the Muslim population there. This was claimed by former chairman of National Commission for Minorities Tarlochan Singh while talking to the mediapersons on his return from Pakistan on Thursday. Tarlochan Singh said he had gone to Lahore to participate in a seminar on Sufism in which intellectuals from across the globe took part.

Anandpur Sahib
Hola Mohalla holidays
: The district administration has decided to shut all educational institutes in Anandpur Sahib block on March 14 and 15 due to Hola Mohalla.

Museum reopens: Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur museum that was closed for renovation was reopened on Thursday. NS Randhava, Director, Tourism, said nearly Rs 50 lakh had been spent on the renovation.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Sikh Environment Day
: The SGGS World University organised a seminar to celebrate Sikh Environment Day on Thursday. The day was dedicated to Gurta Gaddi Divas of Guru Har Rai, the 7th Sikh Guru. Vice Chancellor Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia inaugurated the seminar. Dr Davinder Chahal, former Professor, Quebec University, Canada and Ravneet Singh, Project Manager, South Asia chapter of Eco Sikh foundation were the main speakers at the event.

E-purse launched in jail
: E-purse, a pilot project for inmates, was launched at the jail here on Thursday. Among others, Madan Lal, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, and DK Sidhu, SP (Jail), were present. Madan Lal said instead of using any kind of cash to purchase goods, the jail inmates could now use smartcards for the purpose. He said a swipe machine had also been installed in the canteen of the jail. To begin with, the scheme was being implemented only for female inmates. As many as 1,750 smartcards have been issued.

SDO's wife found murdered
: Gurpreet Kaur Guddi (38), wife of a suspended sub-divisional officer of PWD B&R from Mansa, was found murdered at her house in Lehragaga on Thursday. Mandeep Singh Sidhu, Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur, said it appeared to be a case of strangulation. He said there was no sign of a forced entry. A case of murder has been registered on the complaint of victim's husband Sarbjit Singh.

83 donate blood: A blood donation camp was held at Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology on Wednesday. Blood Transfusion Officer Dr Surbhi Mittal said 83 students and staff members donated blood at the camp. The college authorities said more such camps would held in the future.

Tarn Taran
3 booked for sexual assault
: Three residents of Jatta village, 15 km from here, have been booked for sexually abusing a ten-year-old boy of the same village and also made a video of the act. The accused are Pawitterbir Singh, Bikka and Karan. A case under the Protection of Children Sexual Offence Act has been registered. No one has been arrested so far.



Dhanas colony residents join SAD: Nearly 100 residents of Milk Colony, Dhanas, today joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (B) in the presence of the party's general secretary Daljit Singh Cheema. The residents were urged to support the BJP candidate for the Chandigarh seat. SAD councillor Malkiat Singh and Akali leader Jagjit Singh Gora Kang was present.


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