It was a memorable day for the pass-outs of Ram Sukh Dass College here, who received their degrees from the legendary athlete Padam Shri Milkha Singh at the convocation of the college on Monday.
After the announcement of the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) candidate from Faridkot parliamentary constituency on Monday, now there are two retired teachers in the fray, Parmjeet Kaur Gulshan, sitting Faridkot MP and Sadhu Singh of AAP, a retired college lecturer of English.
It was not surprising that Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal used all his oratory skills to downplay the electoral prospects of his nephew Manpreet Singh Badal on the first day of his election campaign for his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is the party candidate for the Lok Sabha seat from Bathinda and is pitted mainly against the president of the People's Party of Punjab (PPP).
The Seth Shankar Dass Daulat Ram Nagpal Charitable Trust organised the 22nd prosthetic and medical checkup camp here on Sunday.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is reportedly busy dealing with factionalism within the party in the Budhlada constituency, ahead of state chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's visit to various villages of the constituency from March 11 to campaign in favour of SAD candidate from Bathinda parliamentary constituency Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Failing to get party ticket from the parliamentary constituency of Bathinda, former MLA Harmander Singh Jassi has already started to campaign for the party ticket for Talwandi Sabo by-election, that has become due following the resignation of Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu from the membership of the legislative assembly to join the SAD. Jeet Mohinder joined SAD on Friday.
The Punjab chapter of the Coalition for GM Free India has asked Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal to convince the Punjab government against the genetically modified (GM) crops and dissuade the government from allowing field trials of GM crops.
While political parties are in an election mode, a group of social activists, led by Gurpreet Singh, president of Bhai Kanahaiya Cancer Roko Sewa Society here, has asked all parties to include their demand to devise a policy, to stop pharmaceutical companies from fixing MRPs of medicines as per their whims, in their poll manifestoes.
A meeting of the district legal services authority was held here under the supervision of the chairmanship district and session judge Vivek Puri.
The district police have registered a criminal case against five people, including a Canadian citizen, for allegedly defrauding two girls of Rs. 38 lakh on an assurance of sending them abroad. No arrest has been made so far in this connection.
District election officer (DEO) Arshdeep Singh Thind, on Friday, warned the people that as per section 171-B of the IPC, any person, giving or accepting any gratification in cash or kind during the election process, with a view to inducing the voters, is punishable with imprisonment up to one year with fine or with both.
Cases of rape and molestation of women in the district have witnessed a rise in comparison to those of last year; but, the special teams of women police control room (PCR) have been able to substantially curb incidents of eve-teasing in the district, going by the police record.
While the ruling SAD has re-fielded Sher Singh Gubaya as its party nominee for the Lok Sabha election from here, but Congress has so far not reached a consensus on the declaration of the candidate for the seat, which it has failed to win since 1985.
Going by the norms set by the health department, the civil hospital at the sub-divisional level at Kotkapura should have the required strength of 14 doctors, but, at present, seven posts of doctors have been lying vacant.
A 13-year-old visually impaired student of a resource centre at Government Primary School, Surgapurai, Kotkapura, was admitted to a hospital after he was allegedly thrashed by an education volunteer.