R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Bank accounts for girls
: To protect the interest of girl child, Punjab National Bank (PNB) has initiated to open accounts of newborns under the Nanhi Chhaan project. Chairman and Managing Director of PNB KR Kamath said, “It is an initiative from our side to secure the future of girl child in the state. Nearly 800 accounts have already been opened.”

Suicide in Golden Temple complex: Balwinder Singh, a resident of Patiala, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in the Golden Temple complex on Friday. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

Fire in cracker factory:
An illegal cracker factory caught fire on Friday night at Qadian about 20 km from here. The cracker unit is situated in the populated area just adjacent to SBI office, Oriental Bank and AVM School. The fire was brought under control with a help of the police but no action was initiated against the unit.

Children’s Day celebrated:
Sanawar, an Institute for Children, Malout road, Bathinda, celebrated the Children’s Day on Saturday. To mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, a fancy dress competition was organised for classes Nursery to II. GS Brar and Kuldeep Singh Khullar of the school management and principal Ravinder Kaur honoured chief guest AS Cheema (AGM, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Bathinda), guest of honour SK Garg (chief manager, OBC, Bank Bazaar, Bathinda) and judges Harihar Pandey (vice-principal of Army Public School, Bathinda Cantonment) and Tejpal Singh (vice-principal, KV 4, Bathinda Cantonment). The efforts by Sanawarians overwhelmed the audience.

Dental check-up camp: Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospital organised a free dental check-up camp for scribes and their children under the observation of Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes on the occasion of Children's Day. Tajinder Kaur, vice-chairperson of the group, was also present on the occasion. A free dental chec-up camp will also be organized for lawyers on November 16, said administrator S. Gurmail Singh Agroa.

Laurels for GGSCET: Geetanjali Sharma of GGSCET, Talwandi Sabo, has been adjudged as the best student of the north region based on overall performance in academics, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, at the north zone ISTE student's section convention held at RIET, Ropar on November 7-8. About 2000 students from the engineering colleges of Punjab, Haryana, UT and J&K participated in the convention Manmeet (3rd ME) and Himani (5th CSE) of GGSCET secured first and third position respectively in slow cycle race. College students secured overall third position in folk dance competition. The prizes and certificates were awarded by Ravneet Singh Bittu, MP Ropar.

Health camp held
: Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan Authority Punjab organised free handicapped students check up camp in local civil hospital. Fazilka Tehsildar Jagmail Singh, Market Committee Chairman Ashok Jairth and Government Girls Senior Secondary School Principal Sandeep Dhuria jointly inaugurated the camp.

Discussion on book
: Critique Ferozepur Chapter and Philosophical Society of the Dev Samaj College organised a discussion on the book 'Poetry, Politics and Culture' written by Professor Akshaya Kumar of the Department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh. In the seminar, over 400 students of the college participated and shared their views on the book.

Tributes paid to Kartar Singh Sarabha
: Members of Government School Teachers Union paid tributes to martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha at a park near Bhai Bala Chowk here on Saturday. Association president Charan Singh said: “Sarabha's life is an example for all of us as he played an important role for India's Independence.

Benipal opposes re-probe of case: Tehsildar Major GS Benipal (retd) has opposed the request of the police to re-investigate the case regarding the attack on him allegedly by local SAD youth wing president Simarjit Singh Bains and councillor Kamlajit Singh Karwal. SAD leaders and several workers were arrested on charges of stripping and attempting to murder tehsildar Benipal when he allegedly refused to accede their demands.

Haj pilgrim dies: A Haj pilgrim, Fateh Mohd (65) of Bagwala Mohalla Bhumsi, passed away during pilgrimage at Saudi Arabia. He had gone on Haj last week from Malerkotla. Fateh Mohd was suffering from some disease and was discharged from the DMC, Ludhiana, recently.

1 killed in mishap: One person was killed while another injured when an unidentified vehicle reportedly hit their bicycles near Ranwan village here on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Mohd Yaseen of Bhaini village and injured as Baldev Singh of Mandian village.

Blood donation camp
: A blood donation camp was held at Balraj Singh Bhunder Government Memorial College, Sardulgarh. The camp was organized by the NSS and Red Cross Society and was sponsored by HDFC Bank, Sardulgarh. A blood bank team from Mansa collected 35 units of blood during the camp. College principal Sukhchain Rai Garg distributed prizes to blood donors. Prof Pardeep Singh and Red Cross society in-charge Prof Darshan Singh helped in organizing the camp.

Power cuts
: Power supply in Chachoki Colony, Rattanpura, Onkar Nagar, Shivpuri, Sham Nagar, Pipa Rangi, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Industrial Area, Thakraki, Bhanoki, Mauli, Jagatpur-Jattan, Kherra, Nangal, Nihalgarh would not be available tomorrow from 8 am to 4 pm due to urgent maintenance work on power lines.

Son of ex-MLA dead: Jagdip Singh, son of former MLA Balwant Singh Sarhali, belonging to Sarhal Kajian village was killed on the spot while his friend Raj Kumar sustained serious injuries when their motorcycle rammed into a parked truck near Mehli village on Phagwara-Banga road on Friday. The injured was admitted to a private hospital.



Red Cross camp
: The District Red Cross Society here will organise a daylong free healthcare and treatment camp for all types of patients in collaboration with the Health and Family Welfare Department at the Civil Hospital at Ghumarwin near here on November 16. MP Anurag Thakur will inaugurate the camp at 11 am. Red Cross district president-cum-DC Nandita Gupta said here on Friday that specialist doctors, surgeons and medical specialists of all ailments would inspect patients and all tests would be done on the spot free of cost.

Notification issued: District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Nandita Gupta has issued a notification under Section 144 of the IPC and has ordered that all those who come from outside the district to get employment here or deal in petty trades or those individuals and contractors who employ such persons, to ensure that all such persons get themselves identified and their record verified along with a photograph from the nearest police station. Any lapse in this matter would be viewed seriously and strict action would be taken in the matter.

Total charas seizure: A total of 182.483 kg of charas was seized during the year and cannabis on 7,895 bighas of land was destroyed in the district. The SP stated this at a meeting held at here on Thursday. He said all police stations and in charge of police posts were given directions to put more stress on the checking of drug trafficking in the district.

Body found
: The police on Friday found the body of a 40-year-old person at Jassur on the Jassur-Bhaloon link road. The deceased was identified as Parveen Kumar, son of Madho Ram of Pathankot. According to the police, the deceased was a truck driver and employed with the local truck union. He was suffering from some dreaded disease for the past time. The police after conducting a post-mortem examination handed over the body to the deceased’s nephew.

Panel formed
: The state government has constituted an expert committee for screening and recommending applications or nominations for ‘Excellence in NREGA administration awards’ at state and national level to the district teams who have made outstanding contribution in the effective implementation of the NREGA Act. The Chief Secretary will be its chairperson.



Special train for devotees: On the eve of Amavasya, the Railways would run a special train for devotees to take holy dip in the Ganga. Divisional Traffic Manager, Northen Railways, Ashok Sharma said the train would leave for Hardwar on Sunday at 3.30 pm. “En route it will halt at Chakki Bank, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Ambala, Saharanpur, Rurki and finally reach Hardwar on November 16 at 2:25 pm,” he said. The same train will leave for Jammu on November 17, Sharma added.

Workshop  concludes: As many as 28 delegates participated in the five-day-long workshop on Hindi, being organised by the BSF at the Jammu camp here. The workshop was concluded by DIG Anil Kamboj after giving a brief speech on the occasion on Saturday.

Rs 25.73 crore goods exchanged
: During the trans-LoC trade, fruits, coconut, rajmash, vegetables etc. have been exported from Salamabad-Uri to Chakoti-Muzaffarabad worth Rs 25.73 crore from April this year. An official spokesman here said besides moong worth Rs 37.89 crore had been received. Goods worth Rs 2.53 crore were exported from Salamabad and goods worth Rs 3.30 crore were imported from Chakoti.


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