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Monday, 28 December 2020

Langar strengthens bonds

Fatehgarh Sahib: For the first time, Muslims from Malerkotla have started langar at the Shaheedi Jor Mela. They are serving langar round the clock to the devotees to spread the message that they weren't the descendents of Wazir Khan, who was instrumental in bricking alive the younger Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh here. They followed the example of the Nawab of Malerkotla, who vehemently opposed the act. Their gesture is being appreciated as a step towards achieving universal brotherhood. They are already running a langar at the Singhu border.

Cops use Doctrine of Pleasure

Gurdaspur: As the year draws to an end, the Gurdaspur police have succeeded in closing down illegal stills. This has pleased excise officials and residents. In August, post the hooch tragedy, SSP Rajinder Singh Sohal held a closed-door meeting with SHOs, and told them that he would invoke the little-known 'Doctrine of Pleasure', or Article 311 of the Constitution if any still was found in their respective areas of jurisdiction. Within 96 hours,

the police busted 49 stills, against three in the last calendar year. People started flocking to the authorised wine shops instead of reaching out to illegal vendors. "This Doctrine of Pleasure has been applied in the past too. If our society can benefit from it, why not make use of it again?," Sohal said.

NGO extends helping hand

Abohar: The Manav Seva Samiti, an NGO that has been serving the needy by raising 'Neki Ki Diwar' outside the subdivisional administrative complex for the past few years, has now reached out to families of brick-kiln workers. So far, it has set up eight stalls near the labour colonies of brick-kilns in different villages. The families had requested for clothes, footwear, woollens, salt and plastic utensils to meet their seasonal needs. Every year, essential items are distributed among the needy by putting woollens at 'Neki Ki Diwar' in Abohar. "We decided to reach out to them. More than 500 persons have contributed essential goods," said chief organiser Subhash Manav.

from The Tribune

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