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CAMPAIGN AGAINST DRUG ABUSE: The Health Department on Wednesday launched a campaign to check drug abuse among youths and quackery in medical practice. A team of officers led by Dr Barinder Pal Singh, Civil Surgeon, Ferozepore, covered the entire district and made surprise checks at health centres and rural dispensaries in Dabwala Kalan, Khuikhera and Seeto Gunno blocks. Many private practitioners, who claimed to be RMPs, shut down their shops as information had a round through mobile net work of their association. Dr Singh said the government staff was by and large found present on duty. The owners of medical shops were warned against seeing medicines unless prescribed by qualified and registered medical practitioner.

SEMINAR: More than 75 noted economists from various universities and institutions of Punjab and neighbouring states will participate in the two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on ‘Agricultural, Rural Development and Rural Industrialisation in Punjab’ being organised under the Special Assistance Programme (SAP) granted to the Punjab School of Economics of the Guru Nanak Dev University here from February 4. Dr R. S. Bawa, Registrar and Director of the seminar, said that eminent economists of national and international repute would present more than 36 research papers on the emerging issues of agricultural and rural development, contract farming, sustainability of Punjab agriculture, capital formation, rural industrialisation, problems of small employment, WTO-related issues, Education and Health issues in rural Punjab. He informed that Dr S.S. Johl, vice-chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board, would inaugurate the seminar while Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor would preside over the inaugural session.

PENSION ADALAT: The local Defence Pension Disbursement Office (DPDO) will organise a mini pension adalat for its pensioners on February 25. A press note issued here on Thursday said all those pensioners who had grievances regarding pension could submit applications to the DPDO incharge by February 11. The press note added that the pensioners must mention their regimental number, NBS account number and name of the record office in their application.

URGED: Bibi Jagir Kaur, president, SGPC, has urged the Minister for External Affairs, Mr K. Natwar Singh, to secure the release of 14 Punjabi youths languishing in Pakistani jail. She said all the youths had been duped by travel agents and had completed their sentence.

TSUNAMI AID: Students of Baring Union Christian College on Thursday handed over a draft for Rs 14,000 to Mr Jagdish Sawhney, ex-MLA, towards the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. Mr Sawhney also donated Rs 21,000 for tsunami victims.

MEDICAL CAMP: A medical check up camp was organised at Tawandi Sabo on Wednesday. Out of 248 children, who attended the camp, 127 physically challenged children were identified for necessary medical aid. Mr Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, SDM, Talwandi Sabo, said a team of doctors from the Health Department conducted the camp. He said 60 artificial limbs, 25 tricycles, 18 wheel chairs, five clippers, six hearing aids and 13 spectacles would be provided to the needy children.

ARRESTED: The district police has arrested four poppy husk smugglers under the NDPS Act. The arrested persons included Piara, son of Bakhshi Ram, Gurmail Singh and Binder, wife of Satnam, all residents of Sarhala Kalan and seized 4 kg, 2.50 kg and 1.90 kg of poppy husk from them, respectively. The Sadar police has also arrested Ranbir Singh, alias Rana, of Phulahi village and seized 2.50 kg of poppy husk from him.

DIED: Gurdeep Singh, son of Harnek Singh of Bhajran village died on the spot when a train coming from Jaijon Doaba to Jalandhar hit his tractor while he was crossing the railway track.

DENTAL CAMP: A free dental camp was organised by the Aagaz Charitable Foundation at the observation home for juvenile delinquents in which more than 200 children were examined by a team of doctors and supporting staff from Christian Dental College here on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the management of Gurdwara Shri Dashmesh Darbar, Partap Singhwala, and Bhai Sangat Singh Youth Club will jointly organise a medical and dental check-up camp at the gurdwara on February 6.

SEIZED: The local police on Wednesday arrested one person while he was carrying 7 kg of opium in his jeep. Mr L.K. Yadav, SSP, said a jeep was stopped at a naka laid at Maur road. On checking the jeep, the opium was found lying under the driver’s seat. He said the driver of jeep had been identified as Ram Niwas, a resident of Rajasthal village in Hisar district of Haryana. A case has been registered.

PRIZE WON: Diksha Sharma, a student of local Government Senior Secondary School has got consolation prize in the state-level essay writing competition. The competition was organised by the Oil Industry and Petroleum Conservation Research Association. Mr Surjit Singh Saini, Principal, said she was awarded with an appreciation certificate and cash prize of Rs 1,000.

PROJECT: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, here on Thursday said a sum of Rs 184.84 lakh would be spent on the Total Sanitation Campaign Project under the Central Rural Sanitation Programme in the district. Mr Grewal said a preliminary survey would be conducted to assess the status of sanitation and hygiene practices. Besides, hygiene education would be provided in schools to create awareness among students.

MEETING: While presiding over the first meeting of the District Monitoring Committee for conducting the ‘5th Economic Census—2005’ the Deputy Commissioner has exhorted the members of the committee to undertake task seriously and meticulously as it is crucial for the purpose of preparing five years’ plan and annual plans of the Centre and state governments. He said as many as 233 enumerators and 110 supervisors would be put on duty to carry out field work.

MOBIKE STOLEN: Balvir Singh resident of Daba Road, Lohara, complained to the police that his Hero Honda Splendor, motor cycle was stolen from Zimidara Dhaba at Pawa Khagat, on Thursday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

EXHIBITION: Ms Sukhwinder Kaur, Director, Postal Services, Punjab Circle, inaugurated a district-level Philatelic exhibition in the complex of Mata Sri Mansa Devi Temple here on Wednesday. On the occasion, Ms Sukhwinder Kaur announced that such philatelic exhibitions would be organised by the Postal Department every year in all districts of the state.

Tarn Taran
WORK SUSPENDED: Work at the local Divisional Forest Office has remained suspended for the past 15 days. The employees of the forest office are boycotting the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) for his alleged indifferent behaviour towards the employees especially towards the women employees. However, the DFO has refuted the allegation. Mr Balbir Singh, president, Punjab Non-Gazetted Forest Officers Association, said they would hold a division-level dharna on February 4.



RECOVERED: The Paonta police on Wednesday recovered 240 bottles of English wine from a car at Yamuna Bridge. The police has arrested Navneet Kumar, a resident of Kathwala village of Yamunanagar district, who was driving the vehicle. A case has been registered.

BODY FOUND: The Nahan police has recovered a body of a person from a nullah in the forest area near Devka Pudla village, 15 km from here. The deceased was identified as Jagat Singh, a resident of Renuka area.


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