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Monday, 10 August 2020

On green drive

Abohar: On the call of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to plant 400 saplings in each village, local educational institutions and NGOs have been taking part in the initiative with much enthusiasm. Sewa Bharti and some other local organisations have launched a drive to deliver plants on the doorstep of the residents. Project incharge Manoj Goyal says the NGO had planned to cover most of the residential colonies to motivate people grow and nourish tulsi and other medicinal plants. Besides, they have also been told to plant saplings of ornamental trees to beautify laws and open spaces.

Village in mourning

Gurdaspur: The news of death of Manjeet Singh (29) of China village, near Naushera Majha Singh, while trying to save three Mexican children from drowning in California, came as a shock for local residents. Though he managed to save the kids, he was swept away by the gushing waters. His father Gurbaksh Singh received a call from one of son's friends, informing him about the tragedy. Manjit and his colleagues had gone to Reedley beach near his home in Fresno County where the incident happened. He had been taking driving lessons. Rebel SAD leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa visited the family and assured them that he would talk to the Centre on the possibility of bringing the body home.

'Opportunity' amid crisis

Muktsar: The practice of preparing hooch has increased manifold since the lockdown was first clamped in the state in March-end when the liquor shops were closed. However, the government failed to keep a check on this illegal activity, which thrived in the rural areas, claim local residents. "A large number of people bought jaggery and other goods said to be used in hooch in huge quantities. Even those who had never tasted hooch are now consuming it," a grocery store owner. He said: "Those consuming illicit liquor term it 'cheaper and pure' in comparison to any branded whisky. They even claim that liquor is distilled locally and is pure and thus they have developed a liking for it."



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