Briefly Region: Rein in dog fights in Punjab, Haryana: AWBI

AMRITSAR: The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has written to Punjab and Haryana DGPs to ensure a check on conduct of dog fights in Punjab and Haryana. In trecent missives to Punjab and Haryana DGPs, the AWBI also recommended stringent action against the offenders under clauses of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Indian Penal Code. AWBI said it had received "compelling complaints" from animal welfare activists to intervene in the matter of dog fights and the animal welfare body was "reasonably certain" that "dog fights are indeed taking place as alleged".

BJP discusses membership drive

CHANDIGARH: BJP state president Ashwani Sharma chaired a state-level meeting of district presidents and district membership incharges for a membership program at the party's headquarters in Chandigarh on Monday. The issue of membership drive, beginning from July 1, was discussed in detail at the meeting. Divulging details of the drive, the state media in-charge Vineet Joshi said Sharma had fixed a target of recruiting at least 5 lakh new members.

'Dikshit not given due honour by SGPC'

Amritsar: Shiromani Panthic Council chairperson Manjit Singh Calcutta said it was unfortunate that Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was not given due honour during her visit to the Golden Temple on Saturday. "On the one hand SGPC preaches that the spiritual centre is common for people across the world and no devotee is discriminated against. But, the absence of senior officials of SGPC and Dikshit not given due honour proves that SGPC is working under political influence," Calcutta said in a press statement.

Bindal resigns from cabinet post

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Rajiv Bindal, who had been under fire from a section of the party and also the Congress, resigned from the cabinet on Monday. He is set to take charge as BJP's general secretary of the state, ahead of assembly polls due early next year, stated a party release. The Congress had levelled property allegations against him.

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