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Bathinda
Power shutdown:
Power supply to the Ajit road area would remain suspended from 9 am to 5 pm on Wednesday. Issuing a press note, authorities of the Powercom informed that old wires were being replaced with new ones.

Literary function on Jan 23: The Prof. Rupinder Mann Yadgari Club is going to organise the second literary function in Bathinda on January 23. General secretary of the club Surinder Preet Singh Ghaniya informed that during the event, the club would honour columnist and a poet Sushil Dosanjh, who is also the editor of a magazine ĎHunní.

Harpal SinghOfficial promoted: Harpal Singh, Deputy Director, Employment Generation and Training, Bathinda, has been promoted as a joint director. He will assume charge at the state headquarters in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Harpal Singh had been serving as Deputy Director here since October 16, 2007. Earlier, he was the District Employment Officer in Bathinda since May 11, 1998. He started his career on June 9, 1981, as the Employment Officer, Muktsar.

Gill Kalan residents protest against a gas agency in Rampura Phul, outside the Mini-secretariat in Bathinda on Tuesday.BFGI joins hands with Taaleem India: Baba Farid Group of Institutions has joined hands with Taaleem India, a prestigious professional training provider in India. A formal function was held on Tuesday to mark the association of the Taalem India with the BFGI and the BFCET. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, Managing Director, BFGI, welcomed the dignitaries. Jaiprakash S. Hasrajani, co-founder of Taaleem India lauded BFGI for its mission and vision. Dr Jasbir Singh Hundal, Director-Principal, BFCET thanked the guests at the closing ceremony.

Gill Kalan residents protest against a gas agency in Rampura Phul, outside the Mini-secretariat in Bathinda on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Khamano
Nabbed:
A proclaimed offender, who was absconding for the past two years, was arrested today. The accused has been identified as Manjit Singh, a resident of Hargana village. A case under Sections 406 and 498A of the IPC was registered against the accused at the local police station in 2006.

Ludhiana
CIPHET develops green chili powder:
The CIPHETís initiative to transfer technology of green chili powder has finally yielded results. The product has hit shelves of major stores in the city.

Moga
PNB holds a seminar at Moga
: Punjab National Bank (PNB) organized a seminar of NRIs to apprise them about recent bank initiatives at Moga, on Monday. It was attended by as many as 100 NRIs. SS Bhatia, Field General Manager, appealed to the NRIs to come into PNB fold as the bank has a strong network of more than 5000 networked fully computerized branches having the latest technology such as internet banking, mobile banking and RTGS facility. YK Brar, Deputy General Manager and Circle Head, informed the NRIs about the potential of PNB. Tarun Chadha, Chief Manager from PNB head office, New Delhi gave a visual presentation about the NRI banking services. The NRI Sabha thanked the bank officials for the educative seminar and for providing literature in respect of RBI guidelines for the NRIs.

Nawanshahr
SC panel meet:
The Punjab State SC Commission held a meeting to take stock of the grievances of people belonging to scheduled castes as well as various schemes launched by the government for the welfare of the SCs on Tuesday. commissionchairman Naranjan Singh, and members while addressing the officials asked them to implement the schemes meant for the welfare of the SCs in letter and spirit.

Phagwara
Sewage woes:
Stagnant sewage in the streets of the Rattanpura locality is giving a hard time to residents. Yogesh, a resident, said Phagwara Nagar Council hadnít initiated anything even after many appeals. A similar condition was witnessed in the Hargobind Nagar locality. A deputation of the residents met Phagwara SDM Amarjit Paul and urged him to take action to redress their problems.


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Srinagar
Srinagar airport to have more facilities:
Two more conveyor belts have been made operational at the Srinagar International Airport. This was stated by Capt Raj Malik, director, Srinagar Airport Authority, here. He said it would ensure smooth and faster flow of passengers. The facility would also help decongest the rush of passengers. A few more facilities were added, including an additional ATM of Central Bank of India and the upgradation of two electrical lighters. Besides, steps had also been taken to beautify the airport.

Mehbooba mourns sculptor Sonamís death: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief over the death of Sonam Skalzang, a noted sculptor and exponent of Buddhist Art, in Leh. Skalzang has contributed significantly to the promotion of the art in the Ladakh region and was awarded Padma Shri for it. Mehbooba and partyís chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar have conveyed condolences to the family of the departed artist, especially his son, Tashi Gyalson, who is the district president of the PDP for Leh, Ladakh. Other leaders who expressed condolences included Mohammed Dilawar Mir, general secretary, Nizamudin Bhat, Abdul Rehman Veeri, Mohd Sartaj Madni.

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