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Declamation contest: Thirtysix students of eight schools of Barnala and surrounding cities participated in an inter-school declamation contest being held at Gnadhi Arya Sr Secondary School here on Saturday. The subjects were female foeticide, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati and girls education, corruption and the importance of yoga in our life.Sukhdev Singh Bhatti, SP(D), inaugurated the contest.Bharat Bushan Menon, secretary, Arya Institution, and principal H.Kumar Kaul also spoke.

Rotary Club: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Rotary Club, Batala, (Mid Town): president- Ramesh Shukla; senior vice-president- Satish Mohey;vice-president- Ashwani Marwaha; secretary- J.S. Gulloo, joint secretary; Rakesh Aggarwal; cashier- Ramesh Sharma; and joint financial secretary- Suresh Bansal.

Exhibition: The local International Institute of Fashion Designing (INIFD) on Saturday started its three-day exhibition-cum-sale mela on its campus located on the Mall Road here.Sunil Gupta, director, INIFD, Bathinda, inaugurated the exhibition.

2 destitutes die: Two destitutes, who could not be identified, died at different platforms of the local railway station in the past 24 hours as they could not get medical treatment when they were running temperature.

2 bodies found: Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Sewa found two bodies during the past 24 hours.Vijay Goyal, president, Sahara Jan Sewa, in a press note issued here on Saturday, said one nude body was found from roadside bushes near Kot Shamir village on the Bathinda-Mansa road. Another body was found from the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal. The body was identified as that of Rup Singh of Jogi Nand village of the district.

Sub-inspector booked: Sub Inspector Narotam Kumar, former in charge of Police Chowki Ajnoha of this district, presently posted at the Police Lines here, was booked on Saturday under Sections 7 and 13, Prevention of Corruption Act, for allegedly taking bribe of Rs 10,000. SSP, Hoshiarpur, Anita Punj said Narotam Kumar took a bribe from one Karamjit Singh of Rihali village threatening him that if he did not pay him the amount, he would implicate him in some false case of the NDPS Act.

2 killed: Two persons were killed while one was injured in a head-on collision between a jeep and a scooter at Baghapurana, near here,on late Friday night. The deceased were identified as Manga Singh of Nathoke village and Babu Singh of Bhinder Kala village, while the injured was Natha Singh of Ughoke village.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Dedicated Brothers Group (regd) organised a free medical camp under the supervision of its president, Dr Rakesh Vermi, at the Lahori Gate DBG Dispensary, here on Saturday. A team of doctors, including Dr S.K. Sagar Ghai and Dr N.D. Mittal, distributed free medicines to all. Later, the president of the gurdwara honoured Dr Vermi.


CAMP: A camp to prepare driving licences was organised by the district transport office at Majri block, here on Saturday. DTO Balbir Singh said 455 learners’ driving licences were prepared and distributed on the spot. The camp, organised on the demand of the residents of the area, was inaugurated by Morinda MLA Ujagar Singh Badali.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: A plantation drive was carried out by the Global Sikh Brotherhood at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Sector 70, here on Saturday. Gurbaz Singh, managing director of the Punjab State Forest Development Corporation; Daljeet Kaur, manager (finance) of the corporation and others planted saplings at the venue.


THREAT: deputy commissioner R.P. Bharadwaj on Saturday told the Ambala superintendent of police to provide security to a Yoginder Sharma, a scribe who had received threat calls. Sharma, a scribe with a vernacular daily, had received threat calls on his mobile from a person in Uttar Pradesh three days ago. The police was immediately informed about the calls.


Suicide: Nandlal,35, of Samleta village allegedly committed suicide and was found hanging from the roof of his room on Friday night. He was spotted by his family when they heard the TV in his room on, during late night. He is survived by three children and a wife, who was away to her parents place along with the children. He had been worried for the past sometime due to his poor financial condition. He worked as a fisherman in Gobind Sagar. The police has registered a case.

Labourer dies: Jawahar Yadav, a migrant labourer was killed after he got entangled in a machine at a Nalagarh based paper mill on Friday. He hailed from Bihar and was involved in work when his feet skidded suddenly and he got struck in the machine. The incident took place around 6 pm. The machine was used to recycle water papers material. Other labourers pulled him out but Jawahar sustained serious head injures and died on the spot.

Cleanliness drive: The students of Sangrah Degree College led by its principal Dr Subhash Gupta, on Saturday completed a two-day cleanliness campaign which was launched to clean up Sangrah market and its surroundings. A function was organised in the college with the collaboration of the Science and Technology Council.

Book released
: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today released the compilation of bio-data of all MLAs who had represented different constituencies of the state since 1952. He said the compilation brought out by the Vidhan Sabha would serve as an excellent reference material for research scholars. He also released a bilingual poetry book written by Prof Som P. Ranchan and translated by former bureaucrat C.R.B. Lalit.

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