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Accident: Two students sustained critical injuries in a road accident which occurred at a railway crossing on the Bathinda-Mansa road on Monday. Jagmohan Singh (18) and Prem Kumar (23) were travelling on a motorcycle when the incident took place. An ambulance of the Sahara Jan Seva, a local NGO, rushed them to a hospital.

2 injured: Two persons suffered injuries in a mishap which took place near Kotfatta village on the Bathinda-Mansa road on Monday. The incident occurred when motorcycle-borne Nachattar Singh and Kala Singh, on their way to Maur Mandi, collided with a bullock cart. Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva took them to a hospital.

Medical camp: The Baba Bala Ji Social Welfare Society organised a medical camp at Government School, Balluana village, in the district on Tuesday. At the camp, organised in the memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, hundreds were medically examined. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, director, Baba Fareed Institute of Higher and Foreign Studies, inaugurated the camp. Dhaliwal also donated Rs 11,000 to the organisation.

Case registered: Hardev Singh, a truck driver, in a complaint to the police, said one Harpal Singh Bajwa along with some persons intercepted his truck and started beating him up on Monday. Police sources said the complainant’s truck hit a cow. The accused intercepted the truck and beat him up, saying he had attempted to kill the cow. The police has registered a case. No arrest has been made so far.

Poppy husk: The Kotfatta police has seized 6 kg of poppy husk from one Nirmal Singh of Chathe Wala village on Monday. Police sources said the accused was carrying a bag full of husk. When the police enquired about the bag, he threw the bag and ran away. A case has been registered under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Theft: Four of family booked
: The police booked Rameez Ahmed, his wife Uma Hameez, brother-in-law Gari and father-in-law Vazeed Ahmed for allegedly stealing Rs 9 lakh from a local money exchanger Davinderpal Sood. Rameez employed at Davinderpal’s shop allegedly stole the money on October 11, while the latter had gone to take his afternoon meal.

Cycle rally:
Vijay Shakti Jor unit of the Indian Army began its silver jubilee celebrations at Jalandhar cantonment today. The celebrations began on Monday with a motor cycle rally to Nasik. Twenty motorcyclists from the unit were flagged off by GOC Vajra Corps, Lt Gen S.S. Kumar. The expedition team will tour for 15 days passing through Ambala, Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Vadodara, Nasik, Bhopal and Agra. The GOC gave a few tips to the team.

Cleanliness drive: Fullerton India, one of the country’s largest non-banking finance companies, launched a cleanliness drive with the support of its staff from Nakodar Chowk to Guru Nanak Mission Hospital here today. Senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia inaugurated the event. G S Sundararajan, MD and CEO said corporate social responsibility is an integral part of the organisation and Jalandhar is a key market. This community environmental programme is our way of reaching out to the people here, he added.

LPG supply: Dr Ashwani Dhir, a senior BJP leader, has urged the authorities to take immediate steps to ensure better supply of LPG cylinders to the consumers.

Hotel mgmt at DAV
: DAV Educational Institution will soon open its first Hotel Management College in Kartarpur. This was stated by the DAV managing committee vice-president R.S. Sharma, while talking to newsmen, after inspecting local DAV College here today. He said, “DAV Institution is running more than 700 schools and colleges including two dental colleges in Solan and Yamuna Nagar. Now the DAV managing committee is concentrating on professional degrees and colleges.” He said Jharkhand government has allotted six acres of land, besides financial aid of Rs 4 crores to open DAV Engineering College in Daltanganj.

Mass wedding: The Sarab Naujawan Sabha organised mass wedding of 16 poor couples at a function held on the Khera road here today. Inspector-general (zonal) Sanjeev Kalra was the chief guest. Technical education minister Swarana Ram attended a Bhagwati jagran held after the function.The Sarab Naujwan Sabha has organised more than 250 mass weddings of poor couples over the past 16 years. Vice-president Niranjan Singh Bilkhu, Jalandhar Consumers Forum member Surinder Mittal, Block Congress Committee secretary Shiv Kaura and DSP H.P.S. Khakh attended the function.

CPI’s dharna: The CPI’s dharna outside the DC office here on Tuesday was addressed among others by a member of the national executive of the CPI, Dr Joginder Dayal, a former CPI MLA Achhra Singh, district secretary of the party Baldev Singh, district vice-president of the Khet Mazdoor Sabha Harpal Kaur, and district assistant secretary of the party Satwant Singh Khandewad.Their main demands included control over rising prices, strengthening of public distribution system, withdrawal of hike in power tariff.



Medical camp:
A health check-up camp was organised at village Burj Kotian on Tuesday by the district Red Cross Society and health department. As many as 550 patients visited the camp where free medicine was also distributed. Secretary Red Cross, Vijay Lakshmi, said doctors from the Primary Health Centre at Pinjore conducted the check-up of patients and the camp elicited tremendous response from the adjoining villages.



Additional charge: Two IAS officers have been given an additional charge with immediate effect. Sumita Misra has been given additional charge of special secretary, personnel, training, vigilance and parliamentary affairs departments and director, training and inquiry officer, vigilance during the leave period of Dheera Khandelwal. Rajbir Singh will have the additional charge of joint secretary, protocol, during the leave period of Khandewal.

Campaign: The Art of Living Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Millennium Campaign will organise a ‘Stand-up and speak-out’ campaign against poverty, hunger, injustice and inequality on the earth on October 17. The participants will march in procession from Chhotu Ram Park to the Government College for Women at 11 am where a live musical show and mass pledge ceremony will be organised.

Held for graft: Dharambir Singh, a sales tax inspector, was caught red-handed by a vigilance bureau team led by DSP, vigilance, Sajjar Kumar in his office on Tuesday. A Tohana-based transporter, Rohtas Bishnoi, said the accused was demanding a bribe of Rs 8,000 per month. Later, the accused was arrested after registering a case.

Charas seized: The district police seized 240 gm of charas from an auto-rickshaw here on Tuesday. However, no arrest was made. Auto-rickshaw driver Rakesh informed the police about the contraband lying in his vehicle, the police said. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against unidentified persons.



Bank robbery bid: Robbers made an attempt to loot the Shri Naina Devi branch of the State Bank of India (SBI). The branch is situated around 90 km from here. The robbers managed to break open the locks of the strong room, but failed to unlock or break the chest. The attempt was probably made either on Saturday or Sunday night. The incident came to light when the sweeper came to clean the office on Monday. A case has been registered.

Camp: An advanced farmers’ training camp was organised by the Agriculture Department under the chairmanship of deputy director of agriculture A.K. Sood to mark World Food Day at Swahan village, around 80 km from here. Addressing around 200 advanced farmers, Sood said 33,000 hectares of land had been brought under cultivation while attempts were being made for diversification of grain and other crops. The camp was also addressed by experts from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Barthin.

Condemned: The BJP Scheduled Castes Morcha has condemned the Congress government for its alleged failure to check atrocities on Dalits and said 398 false cases had been lodged against Dalit families throughout state. A meeting of the district unit of the morcha was held at the Circuit House here on Tuesday. District morcha election in charge Amarjit Singh said the government had posed more difficulties to Dalits instead of solving their problems.

Farm officer dismissed: As per information reached here a agriculture development officer posted in Rajgarh area was dismissed, following some serious charges of financial irregularities and carelessness in government duty against him, on Tuesday. District agriculture officer Hans Raj Mehta confirmed the removal of the officer from the department. Sources at the head office in Shimla did not reveal details about the charges against the officer but confirmed the ‘major penalty’ imposed on him.


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