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Local members of the Northern Railwaymen’s Union held a rally near the railway workshop here on Monday to protest against the Union government’s decision to reduce the ceiling on the bonus to Rs 2,500 from Rs 3,500. The protesting employees urged the government to release 70-day bonus of Rs 8,055 as per the new ceiling of Rs 3,500 declared by the government earlier.

Petrol pump looted:
A petrol pump (Surinder Service Station & Petrol Pump) situated on the Batala-Jalandhar road was looted by four persons who came there on two motor cycles.They went inside the office and took Rs 3,040 at pistol point from an employee Jai Nath. Tajinder Singh, in charge, Rangar Nangal police station, has registered a case under Sections 382 and 341,IPC. SSP, Batala, R. N. Dhoke and DSP (R) Dilbagh Singh also visited the spot.

Residents rendered homeless, following an anti-encroachment drive launched for the construction of the Ring Road, staged a demonstration in front of the DC’s office here on Monday. Demanding rehabilitation under the banner of the Dhobiyana Bachao Action Committee, they alleged that the administration had launched the drive without giving any prior notice to them. They submitted a memorandum to the DC in this regard.

Killed:A youth, Sukhpal Singh, 20, died on the spot while four others sustained injuries in a road mishap on the Goniyana-Bajakhana road on Sunday night. The injured were taken to the Civil Hospital here. One of the victims, Sukhpal Singh, 20, died on the spot. The victims, residents of Jandawala village in the district, were returning home after attending a marriage party.

Blood donation:The Shahid Ram Singh Blood Donation Society organised a blood donation camp at the Civil Hospital here on Monday. More than 14 persons donated blood during the camp. The society has decided to induct 500 new members. 

2 arrested:The police on Monday arrested Ashish, alias Bobby, a chemist, and his helper Happy from Mittal Medical Store at Nehian Wala village for selling prohibited drugs.The accused is a son of Chimal Lal Mittal, member of the committee constituted to combat the drug menace.Twenty strips of capsules and 15 bottles of prohibited cough syrup were seized.A case has been registered. 

Booked: Six of a family have been booked by the police for allegedly abetting the suicide of one Amandeep. According to Paramjit Singh,SHO, Mansa police station, Amandeep, 29, who was married, committed suicide by consuming poison on Sunday. In his dying declaration before the police, he accused his in-laws for this extreme action. On the base of his recorded statement, a case has been registered against the six under Section 306, IPC. 

Lawyers’ strike
:On a call of the Bar Association, Dasuya, members of the association of Hoshiarpur and Garhshankar observed strike on Monday in support of the demand of the former regarding discontinuing of a mobile court started at Talwara in Dasuya subdivision on October 2, 2007.The members of the association of Dasuya are on strike since October 11.

Security beef-up: The law and order situation in the district is normal. Keeping in view a bomb blast at Shingar Cinema Hall, Ludhiana, on Sunday night, the security at all public places, including bus stands, railway stations and cinema halls, has been tightened. This was stated by SSP, Hoshiarpur, Anita Punj on Monday.

Smack seized: SSP Anita Punj said here on Monday that the Mahilpur police at a special naka on the Garhshankar-Langeri road intercepted a Maruti Wagon-R car and seized 400 gram smack worth lakhs of rupees from the driver of the car, Devi Chand, alias Roop Chand, resident of Mehra, Saharnpur district in Uttar Pradesh. A case under sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Kalam’s b’day celebrated:
Scholar Fields Public School celebrated 76th Birthday of former President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, on Monday. Principal D.P Guleria said his elevation to the post was not only a tribute to the qualities of a man, but also to our democratic system. To commemorate his birthday, the students organised an exhibition based on the principles and concepts of science. The models were also displayed by the students on reflection of sound, producing electricity from water and DNA molecule. Akshay Nigam, a student of Class X, was adjudged the best for showing passive solar system.

Sumo rams into parked jeep:
Ten occupants of a Tata Sumo sustained serious injuries, when the vehicle rammed into a parked jeep near Baharr Majara village on Phagwara-Banga road last evening. The injured, identified as Manjit Singh, Sunil, Vikki, Karan, Joyoti, Gulshan, Satwinder, Naresh and Purshotam, were admitted to Phagwara civil hospital.

Railway worker run over:
A 51-year-old man working with the Indian Railways died after he was run over by a train at the Sarai Banjara railway station this afternoon. Pritam Singh was working as a key man at the Sarai Banjara railway station near here. According to the police, the victim was inspecting the railway lines when he was run over by the train. The railway authorities said that it was an accident. The body was later shifted to the local A. P. Jain civil hospital for postmortem examination after which it was handed over to the family member of the deceased, the police said.



College clarifies:
The management of the Bellingham Technical College, accused of failing to send students abroad by its own students, in a statement said the USA-based college has an impeccable record since 1952, offering over 45 skill based disciplines in a campus spread over 20 acres. Dentis Tree has a technical tie-up with this College for imparting dental assistant courses in India. The course is a rigorous training in practical and theory spread over one year. The director, Ron Penner, denied that Dentis tree or BTC has ever offered directly or indirectly ever suggested by implication any immigration scheme or policy.

Emergency services: In view the rise in the number of cases of theft, robbery and murder, the SISA group, a security agency from Gujrat, launched emergency response services, (ERS) on Monday. Under the system, alarm sensors would be connected with a control panel at the residence which will then be connected with SISA protector’s central monitoring station (CMS) which remains operational round-the-clock all through the year,” said director, Subhash Chandra. When CMS gets the message, the staff at the CMS alerts the nearest emergency rescue team which reaches the person’s premises within minutes.

Demonstrations: Officers of State of Bank of Patiala Zonal office, Haryana, and nearby branches held demonstrations against proposed merger of associate banks with State Bank of India in which more than 200 officers participated. Satish Mahant, secretary ABOA Haryana unit (Associate Banks Officers Association) on the ocassion addressed the officers and media persons that govt of India who has already given autonomy to associate banks has no authentic reasons for merger of these with the State Bank of India. 


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