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RALLY HELD: A public rally was held at Sekhwan village, 15 km from here, on Sunday. The rally was organised by the Gurdaspur district unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal against the “dictatorial attitude” of the Punjab Government. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the SAD, addressed the rally.

JUDICIAL REMAND: Mr Amit Jhanjhi a self-styled president of the Hindu Suraksha Samiti, who was arrested by the CIA staff of Sirhind allegedly for threatening, blackmailing and extorting money from people in the name of police, was sent to judicial custody up to January 23. By the chief Judicial Magistrate, after the expiry of his police remand on Monday. It is worth mentioning that during investigation the police had recovered various fake driving licences, identity cards and other discriminatory material. Meanwhile, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, has issued a show case notice to Mr Amit Jhanjhi, who is presently running a business of stamp vendor in the district court complex, to suspend his licence of stamp vendor as well to vacate the government site from the court complex.

Teachers’ protest
: The Primary/Elementary Education Bachao Front, Punjab, will observe a ‘black day’ on January 15 to oppose the decision of the Punjab Government to transfer the control of education to Panchayati Raj. Mr Mohinder Singh Heer, convener of the front, in a press note here on Monday, said all teachers would assemble at Nehru Garden, Jalandhar, on January 15 and then present a memorandum to leaders of all political parties regarding their opposition to handing over the control of education to Panchayati Raj.

LINK ROAD: Mr Zora Singh Mann Member of Parliament, Ferozepore on Sunday inaugurated a 1.35 km road linking New Tiwana with Jalalabad town. The road has been constructed at a cost of Rs 31.20 lakh. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mann announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the development of the village and Rs 2 lakh for Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir School, New Tiwana Road, Jalalabad.

VERMA DHARAMSHALA: The “bhoomi poojan” and laying of the foundation of Verma Dharamshala here on Sunday proved a damp squib in the presence of chief guest Prof Darbari Lal Punjab Minister of State for Education. In his absence, the foundation stone was laid by the SDM, Pathankot, Mr Puneet Goyal.

SEWERAGE PROJECT: Municipal Corporation Mayor Vishnu Sharma inaugurated a sewerage project worth Rs 1 lakh in Ward Number 31 here on Monday. While addressing the gathering, Mr Sharma said the problem of shortage of drinking water facility in area would also be resolved shortly. He added that under the guidance of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and MP Preneet Kaur the overall development of city had taken place. The Councillors of various wards, including Ms Monika Grover, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, Mr Shiv Kumar Khanna, Mr Kuldeep Singh, Mr Krishan Kumar and Mr Hans Raj were also present on the occasion. 

Terminated: The Indane LPG distributorship of Rajpura Gas House, Rajpura, has been terminated, according to a press release by the Indian Oil Corporation, Patiala. The customers of Rajpura would now be served by Rajindra Gas Service, Patiala, and Leo Gas Service, Patiala.

24 HURT IN MISHAPS: At least 24 persons were injured in three separate accidents caused by poor visibility due to a thick blanket of fog on Chihru overbridge, 8 km from here, on Sunday. One dozen vehicles, including a Punjab Roadways bus, a mini bus, a tanker, two private tourist buses, a Tata Sumo and six cars were involved in the mishaps.

3 SCOOTERISTS DEAD: Three scooterists were knocked down to death by a private bus on GT road near Kanshi Nagar village on the outskirts of the town on Sunday. While Das Ram and his sister-in-law Baksho died on the spot, Budh Ram, his son, succumbed to his injuries at the Civil Hospital here. Das Ram (60) and his sons aged 35 belonged to Begowal Thambhra village while Baksho 55 belonged to Bakhlaur village in Nawanshahr district. Budh Ram was driving the scooter while the other two were on the pillion.

SAD (A) RESOLUTION: In a resolution adopted by the district unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) at a meeting held under the presidentship of Mr Jeet Singh Alloarkh, district president, at gurdwara Nanakiana Sahib near here on Sunday, the party urged the Jathedar of Akal Takht to withdraw ‘siropa’ to Mr Parkash Singh Badal given last month. The meeting was attended by office-bearers of all circles and city units of the SAD (A).



COACHING CENTRE: Vaid's ICS, a coaching centre in Delhi since 1985, has opened a similar centre in Chandigarh in association with KK IAS, Sector 24. The local centre is aimed at providing quality coaching to those who aspire to take the civil services examinations. 

coordination panel: Mr C.L. Punj and Mr Raj Pal Sharma have been elected chairman and secretary-general of the coordination committee of the Central Government Pensioners Associations, Chandigarh. The other office-bearers are: working chairman — Mr A.L. Vohra; vice-chairmen — Mr M.L. Pangotra and Mr M.S. Toor; finance secretary — Mr B.K. Bansal; secretary — Mr M.L. Sharma; organising secretary — Mr Pyara Singh; joint secretary — Mr R.S. Sood. 

ELECTED: Mr Tarlochan Singh has been elected president of the Residents Welfare Society, Sector 43-A. Mr Nirmal Singh has been elected general secretary of the society. TNS @SAD Meeting: The local unit of the SAD held a meeting where all the office-bearers who had resigned earlier were assured that their points would be considered. The president of the SAD, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, said in view of the Lok Sabha poll all the office-bearers should work unitedly to defeat the Congress. 

ELECTED: Mr Sukhen Pal Babuta, a local chartered accountant, has been elected to the executive body of the Northern India Regional Council (NIRC) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi, for three years.


TRAFFIC AWARENESS DRIVE: Tempo drivers has been explained traffic rules as part of the traffic awareness drive. ASI Munish Kumar educated the drivers about the rules and regulations. He stressed on safe driving and need to obey the traffic signals.

HVP MEETING: A meeting of the Haryana Vikas Party was held on Monday under the presidentship of Mr Janak Singh Rana. Mr Jaspal Singh, district youth president of the party, said it was decided at the meeting that the HVP would start a jan jagran abhiyan in different wards. A number of issues pertaining to Ambala Sadar were discussed at the meeting.


MEMORANDUM: The Himachal Pradesh Government Pensioners Association gave a memorandum to the Chief Minister during his one day sojourn here on Sunday. Their demands include implementation of the Third Pay Commission recommendation regarding pension benefits, travel concessions and implementation of the Fourth Punjab Pay Commission recommendation for increase in medical allowance to Rs 250 per month.

WATER SCHEME: The drinking water supply scheme in the Nurpur Assembly constituency, the foundation stone for which was laid by the Chief Minister on Saturday, will provide potable water to 22 villages in Khel and Jonta gram panchayats. According to Mr L.S. Thakur, Executive Engineer, Nurpur Division, Irrigation-cum-Public Health Department, the scheme is being funded by the Union Rural Development Ministry and will be completed within two years.

RUN OVER BY BUS: Ajay Kumar of Kamrotra village was hit by a bus. He succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital. The Jawali police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304 (a) of the IPC against the bus driver for negligent driving and arrested him.

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