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Dean takes charge: The professor of Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Dr A.K. Thukral, took over as dean (students welfare), Guru Nanak Dev University, here on Wednesday. Dr Thukralís field of specialisation is environmental sciences and plant physiology.


Died: A youth died while working at a combine at Mangewal village, 17 km from here, on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Baljit Singh, who was working as a helper. When he was trying to clean the combine his feet got entangled in it. He was taken to the Civil Hospital, Malerkotla, where he breathed his last.


Diwali steps: To ensure a safe Diwali in the district, the administration has taken several measures. District magistrate Rahul Tiwari has directed officials concerned to take action against those persons who store crackers in huge quantities. The ADM has been directed to issue licences only for permissible manufacture/sale/storage of fire-crackers under the Explosives Act.

Tradersí woes: Traders, under the banner of the Bathinda Beopar Mandal (BBM), met Punjab excise and taxation commissioner A. Venu Gopal at Mini Secretariat on Tuesday. The BBM delegation put several problems concerning tax filing and VAT faced by traders before the commissioner. The traders also put forth suggestions for better tax return-filing.


ELECTROCUTED: Surinder Kumar (25), a carpenter, got electrocuted on Wednesday in Balongi. The incident took place when he was working on a construction site. As per sources, Surinder was working on the first floor of a house. He hit a 11 kv high tension wire passing from the above the house and got electrocuted. The police has initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc.

BODY FOUND: A badly decomposed body of Naseeb Singh (55) was found from near the fields in Barali village on Wednesday. Naseeb, a mentally challenged man, had been missing since October 4 and his family members had lodged a complaint on October 8. A native of Daddumajra village, he has been living with his sister. Police have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc.


Online mela: The recently celebrated Prof Mohan Singh Mela can now be watched online. Jagdev Singh Jassowal, chairman of the Professor Mohan Singh Foundation, said in a press note issued here today that the mela can now be viewed on www.ballepunjabi.com. Jassowal also thanked the artists, singers, sculptors, dance groups, raagi dhadis and other participants for making the 29th Prof Mohan Singh Mela a success.

BANNED: In compliance with orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Sumer Singh Gurjar, the deputy commissioner, has banned disposal of solid waste into Sidhwan canal with immediate effect. The DC has prohibited dumping of solid waste into the canal waters till December 20 keeping in mind the public interest, a press release said.


SHO held on graft charge: Amarjit Singh, SHO, City I police station, was on Wednesday apprehended for seeking bribe from the guilty and protecting others in the infamous sleaze scam which had rocked the city a few months ago. However, his two accomplices Manpreet Kaur and Manjit Kaur are still at large. L.K. Yadav, SSP, Faridkot, who is holding the additional charge of Moga, confirmed the arrest of Amarjit Singh.


IT raids: Income Tax Department officials on Wednesday raided showrooms of jewellers and the establishment of a cloth merchant here. The IT team, from Ludhiana, raided the showrooms of Satyam Jewellers, D.K. Jewellers and Bansal Jewellers and the Giani Cloth Merchant shop. The team took into its possession some documents pertaining to financial deals by these traders. They were allegedly involved in land deals related to illegal colonies, mushrooming around the city.


CONCLUDES: The two-day Gurmat Sangeet Utsav organised by the Gurmat Sangeet chair and department of Gurmat Sangeet, Punjabi University, concluded at Kala Bhawan on Wednesday. A musical programme on life of Bhai Balbir Singh, former ragi of Golden Temple, Amritsar, was also presented.


Recruitments: Out of 500 students from various engineering and management institutes of the northern part of the country, 15 students, including six students from the local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET), were selected at a pool campus recruitment drive, organised by the BGIET for Sterling Group of Companies, Pune, on its campus on Tuesday.

Two killed: Harpal Singh (40) and his son Gurpiar Singh (18), residents of Bakhshiwala village,near here, were killed on the spot when their tractor hit a rail engine on an unmanned railway level crossing between Sunam and Chhajli village on Wednesday.In charge of the Sunam railway police chowki Harpreet Singh confirmed the incident.




UNO Day: United Nations Day was celebrated at the district secretariat and Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, on Wednesday. Deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria unfurled the UN flag. School students participated in poster-making, essay-writing and a debate held to mark the day. SP Sandeep Khirwar was also present on the occasion. The day was celebrated to acquaint the students with the UNO.




ELECTROCUTED: An ex-serviceman, Avdhesh, was electrocuted in Jandli village close to Ambala city on Wednesday. According to information, a high voltage wire was crossing close to his house. He came in contact with it and a part of his body sustained burns. Later, he succumbed to his injuries.

COMPETITION: DAV College, Ambala city, organised a speech competition on the occasion of UNO Day. Several students participated in the competition. Rohtas stood first in the competition while Gultas was second and Sheena third. District administration also organised a function on the occasion. Deputy commissioner Mohamad Shyine and SP K.V. Ramanna were also present. The flag of UNO was unfurled during the function.




UNO Day celebrated: Government Post Graduate College under the aegis of Political Science department celebrated United Nationís Organisation (UNO) day on Wednesday . Principal Dr. S.C. Gupta presided over the function. Organising secretary Dr Suresh Kumar Soni said 10 students participated in a declamation contest in which Sharmila Kumari stood first, Beena Kumari second and Richa
Lomas third.


Blood donation: The district Red Cross society today organised a blood donation camp in association with the police and Punjab National Bank. Fiftyone policemen and other people donated blood during the camp. Kangra ASP Prem Lal inaugurated the camp. In charge of the local blood bank Anju Puri, the DIG, the SP and the manager of the bank branch were present during the camp.


Airtel service: Bharti Airtel India on Wednesday announced the launch of its services in Udaipur, Lahaul and Spiti district. The network is now available in all districts of the state as well as in the adjoining villages of Udaipur. Airtel is now providing a state-of-the-art network in over 57 towns and over 8,000 villages in the state, informed Sandeep Rawat, in charge of Airtel.


BJP meeting: In view of the Assembly elections, the BJP state legal cell willhold its meeting here on October 26. The state in charge of party affairs Satya Pal Jain, state BJP chief Jai Ram Thakur and state organisational secretary Mahender Pandey will be present at the meeting.


Youth festival: The Post Graduate Government College, Una, is hosting an Inter-college youth festival of HP University from Wednesday. Thirty-four colleges will participate in the two-day youth festival. DC, Kangra, B.K. Aggarwal inaugurated the festival and said the college was hosting the function after a span of two decades. Principal Kusum Bakshi said the festival would provide a platform to students to showcase their talent in classical, individual and folk dance categories.


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