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Suvidha camp to make amends in ration cards:
The district food and supplies control department is holding a two-day Suvidha camp (Room number 108) on December 20-21. During the camp, beneficiaries could get their ration cards amended or corrected in case of any discrepancy, the department officials said in a press note. The applicants are required to bring the D-I form along while visiting the camp.

Miraculous escape for  bus passengers: Two dozen passengers on board a private bus had a miraculous escape after the bus hit a truck-trailer head on, near Jeeda village in the district early on Saturday morning. According to information available, the bus belonging to the Green Transport was plying from Amritsar to Bathinda when it hit the truck, which was loaded with gravel and was coming from the opposite direction. Police sources informed that two persons sustained minor injuries while others escaped unhurt. They termed poor visibility due to dense fog as the reason behind the accident. No case was registered.

Census-2011: The second phase of the Census-2011 is all set to begin. In a press release issued here, the district administration informed that the enumerators will visit door to door and collect details related to the Census. Household schedule forms would be filled from January 9 to February 28. The counting of homeless persons would end by December 28.

Mushaira held: An evening of poetry, Jago Aur Jagao, was organised at the Public Library here on Saturday evening. Leading poets took part in the Mushaira that took place on the library premises. The mushaira was inaugurated by Mayor Baljit Singh Birbehman. Poetry lovers were enthralled by the recitation at the mushaira that focused on social and political issues in a satirical way.

36 more jaundice cases: Thirty-six new cases of jaundice, including 15 from local Civil Hospital, were reported from Bathinda city on Saturday. In addition, private doctors reported 21 cases to the district health authorities, said Dr Dharampal Singh Sekhon, District Family Welfare Officer.

20 donate blood at camp: As many as 20 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa Girls College here on Saturday in association with a local NGO, Aasra Welfare Society.

Darshan Singh Canadian
: The Indo-Canadian Workers Association, in partnership with Radio India, will release a new year calendar dedicated to comrade Darshan Singh Canadian. The calendar will be released on December 19 at the Strawberry Hill Library in Surrey. He was a participant in the struggle that was launched to get the Indians right to vote in Canada. However, Canadian returned to India to become a communist leader in Punjab.

18 found absent by DC: In a surprise checking conducted by Deputy Commissioner Priyank Bharti in various offices, 18 employees - eight of the District Welfare Office, eight of the District Transport Office and two of the Labour Department - were found absent from duty. ADC Gurpreet Khehra and SDM-I Iqbal Singh Sandhu were also in the checking team. The DC issued show-cause notices to the absent employees.

Panel on statue: The Deputy Commissioner has set up a five-member committee to look into the issue of installation of a statue of Vijay Kumar, a resident of Dhilwan, who died in a firing incident during post-Vienna violence in the city nearly two years ago. SDM Iqbal Singh, MC Joint Commissioner Rahul Gupta, APC Balkar Singh, district welfare officer Rajinder Singh and the district development and panchayat officer are members of the committee.

Christmas celebrations begin: Christians representing various groups in the city today participated in a massive rally taken out here this afternoon to mark the opening of Christmas celebrations. They sang carols and depicted the scene of the birth of Christ as they moved on in a series of trolleys. They were greeted by stalls of tea and refreshment as they moved on.

Pensioners’ demands:
The Punjab Pensioners Welfare Association, Nabha, celebrated National Pensioners Day at Old age home on Saturday. President of the association Joginder Singh Sodhi highlighted the main demands of the pensioners like payment of arrears in one installment and a fixed medical allowance of Rs 1,500 per month. The association also demanded old age allowance of 10 per cent at the age of 70 years of the pensioner.

Dalbara Singh (30) of Chak Kalal village, working at a shop in Banga, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison on Friday. The youth after consuming poison informed about it to one of his friends on phone, who rushed him to a private hospital, from where he was referred to the Civil Hospital, Banga, but he could not survive.

Motorcyclist killed: Motorcyclist Baljit Singh of nearby Harbanspur village was killed and Jasbir Singh riding pillion was injured when the motorcycle was hit by a Tata Sumo jeep near Bhabhiana village on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road on Thursday. The injured was admitted in the local Civil Hospital. The police has registered a case.

Judicial remand:
All three accused involved in the murder of their two pickpocket partners, who were nabbed by the Phagwara police and were in police remand, were again produced before the Judicial Magistrate on Thursday who sent them in judicial remand for 14 day.

Power shutdown: Power supply to Industrial Area, GT Road, Model Town, Kherra Road, Nangal, Kherra, Bhanoki, Thakraki, Nihalgarh, Jagatpur-Jattan, Mauli, Pandwan, etc. would remain suspended from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm on December 19 due to urgent repairs of the power lines, According to a press release issued here.



Winter vacation postponed:
The Department of School Education has decided to postpone the winter vacation of all schools in the state scheduled from December 22 to 31, 2010 to January. A spokesman said the decision had been taken in the interest of the academics which suffered not only due to December vacation, but also due to unscheduled closures of schools in January upon the onset of severe weather conditions.



Lecturer’s bail plea rejected:
A local court on Saturday rejected the bail application of a government college lecturer arrested last week on charges of setting a question paper which could have disturbed peace in the Valley. Principal District and Sessions Judge BL Bhat turned down the bail application of Gandhi Memorial College lecturer Noor Mohammad Bhat, who was arrested on December 10. The students appearing in the English paper for BA, BSc and BCom annual examinations were surprised to find questions related to the five-month unrest in Kashmir. One of the questions asked was, “Are the stone-pelters the real heroes?” The students were also asked to translate from Urdu into English, a paragraph laden with allegations of human rights violations by the security forces.

Rs 2.58 cr for Kulgam district: Appreciating the Kulgam district administration for executing development works to the extent of 64 per cent, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the district administration could accomplice the targets by accelerating the pace of work without compromising with the quality. He was addressing a District Development Board meeting at Chawalgam in Kulgam on Saturday. After reviewing the ongoing works and demands put forth by MLAs and MPs, the Chief Minister announced Rs 2.58 crore for various works, besides Rs 50 lakh as untied grants to be at the disposal of the District Development Commissioner, Kulgam.


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