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Farmers' Mitti satyagrah Yatra: Soil collected from Ajnala

Amritsar: Members of the Folklore Research Academy (FRA) and Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh collected soil from Kaliyan Wala Shaheedi Khoo (martyrs’ well) and gurdwara Guru Ka Bagh, both in Ajnala, on Sunday. The soil will form part of the ‘Mitti Satyagraha Yatra’ being organised by farmer unions at Kundli border. Ramesh Yadav, chief, FRA, said activists led by senior leader Harjit Singh Sarkaria and Gurbaz Singh Tolla Nangal of the Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh collected soil from the martyrs’ well and historic gurdwara Guru Ka Bagh. He said ‘Mitti Satyagraha Yatra’, which commenced on March 12, will conclude on April 6, seeking roll back of three agri laws. TNS

Women motivated to join agri stir

Tarn Taran: Women farmers held an event at Sheron village and asked the Centre to repeal the three contentious agri laws. They also urged their counterparts to play an active role in the ongoing farmers’ stir in Delhi. Sarabjit Kaur Warhian and Baljit Kaur, among others, of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee, presided over the meet. Dr Surinderpal Singh Mand, Rajwant Kaur and Kanoopuria asked women to play an active role in the stir. Warhian said there was possibility of lingering of agitation, thus women should form groups in each village. Baljit said the Centre was hell-bent on handing over all profitable institutions in the hands of corporates. She said farmers have to fight to save their land. Women leaders said no politician from the BJP would be allowed to enter villages. OC

Rs36K looted from collection agent

Amritsar: A collection agent was robbed by unidentified bike-borne persons at a petrol pump in Ajaibwali village under the Kathunangal police here on Friday. The victim was identified as James Masih (28) of Ugar Khera village in Gurdaspur. The armed persons snatched Rs36,000 from him. He told the police that he worked in Satin Credit Care Network Limited. He said around 1pm, he stopped at a petrol pump in Ajaibwali village to answer the call of nature. He said two unidentified persons, whose faces were covered, came to him and took out a datar (sickle) and threatened to kill him. They snatched his bag containing the collection and fled from the spot. The police have registered a case and started investigation. TNS

Sewermen seek regular jobs

Amritsar: As many as 195 sewermen and 130 street light workers, working under the Mohalla Sudhar Committees for the last several years, met Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu on Sunday and demanded regularisation of their services. Deepak Gill, an employee, said 195 sewermen and 130 street light workers have been working at locality- level and get salaries from the MC. The Mayor assured employees to address their issues. to He said in December 2018, a proposal was sent to the government to regularise 195 sewermen. Rintu said once now again they will try to regularise them. TNS

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