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Sardar Patel anniversary
: The 132nd birth anniversary of the former union home minister Sardar Patel was celebrated at the Sardar Patel Medical Institute for Multipurpose Health Workers, here on Wednesday. The senior medical officer of the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital, Rakesh Arora, lighted a lamp before Patel’s portrait. Anil Dhamu, from Public Health Centre, Seetogunno, and others, joined Arora in paying the floral tributes to the “Iron Man”.

With the central government issuing notification regarding lifting of the ban on the export of non-basmati, its shipment on Thursday commenced with great fanfare. Director-general, foreign trade, in the notification has allowed the consignments booked before the clamp down on the exports.

Bir row: The transportation of Birs of Guru Granth Sahib and other religious literature without following Sikh traditions was a serious issue and hence Akal Takht and the SGPC should hold a seminar of Sikh intellectuals and representatives of Panthic bodies for evolving some code of conduct in this regard. This was stated by Daljit Singh Bittu, co-convener, Khalsa Action Committee on Thursday.

Breach in canal  tributary: A tributary of the Sirhand canal near Bhai Mati Das Nagar was breached on Thursday, with its water overflowing, first into the sewerage construction site adjoining it and then into Bhai Mati Das Nagar. The breach is said to be 10-12 feet wide. According to J S Deol, XEN (Sewerage Board), “It was in the evening that we got to know about the breach. It started with a gap of two feet and within hours, it increased to around 10-12 feet. Twenty-five labourers have been engaged by us along with necessary equipment to plug in the breach. The situation is under our control.''

Programme launched: Brahma Kumaris sect launched the ‘Touch the Light’ programme in Tarun Public School in Pratap Nagar on Thursday. The teachers from the sect will take one period once a week for seventh class students. Brahma Kumari Kailash, who inaugurated the programme, said, “ The foundation for an enlightened nation can be built by inculcating values among teenagers.” In addition to this, they have planned competitions to tap latent talent among the students. Brahma Kumari Nisha said they were planning to launch this programme in other schools also. Principal Rupinder Kaur was also present on the occasion.

CM’s decision welcomed:The Municipal Councillor of Bathinda, Chiman Lal Garg, has expressed gratitude to Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal for sending a survey team to review the possibilities for the face-lift of the bus stand at its  present location. The  shop owners near the bus stand have also welcomed the decision as they were opposed to its shifting.

: In order to create awareness among the students about the importance of environment conservation, a quiz, chart-making and debate competition were held at the Government High School Cheema, about 10 km from here. Addressing the students, Headmaster Surjeet Singh said this competition was organised as a part of series of programme on environment conservation sponsored by Punjab State council for science and technology.

: Chief parliamentary secretary has announced that Rs 3.75 crore has been sanctioned by the state government for repair of roads at Batala and the Batala-Gurdaspur road. In all about 16 km of the roads will be repaired soon. The secretary was addressing mediapersons here on Thursday.

: The convocation of IGNOU scheduled for February 16 next year will be presided over by M. Hamid Ansari, Vice-President of India. Ashok Sharma, regional director of IGNOU for Punjab and Chandigarh, said here on Thursday that the main function would be held at the headquarters.

Camp: A week-long cataract surgery camp was inaugurated by Brig K.S. Jaswal, Cdr, 21 Sub Area, here at the hospital on Thursday for ex-servicemen, their families and dependents.

: In a charter addressed to Prime Minister, the central overnment pensioners have demanded no income tax on pension. They have also sought additional pension at the rate of 5 per cent. These demands were made at the biennial conference of the central government pensioners, held under the presidentship of F.S. Titria, here on Wednesday.

Bike-bus crash leaves one dead
: Manjit Kumar of Bhadarpur died on the spot when his motorcycle (No. PB-07R-0511) was rammed from behind by a speeding mini bus (No PB-07B-5880), near local ITI on Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar highway on Thursaday. According to the police sources, the bus driver, who was identified as Amarjit Singh of Pandori Phangura, was caught by the people and handed over to the police.

Fake cheese: On the instructions of the minister for health and family welfare, Punjab, Laxmikanta Chawla, the district health authorities today seized as many as 4 samples of cheese and khoya in different localities of the city today. District health officer Dr. M. L. Puri said the samples had been seized on the instructions of the health minister to check the supply of synthetic Khoya and milk in the market being used in preparing the sweets in the festival season. The department had also seized 11 samples of milk by-products at Mukerian and Garhshankar the last month.

Agent booked: Model Town police, on Wednesday evening, booked a fake travel agent of Delhi for duping three persons of Rs 21 lakh of in the name of sending their sons abroad. The complaints were filed by Kuljinder Singh and Bakhshish Singh, both of local New Fatehgarh and Bakhtawar Singh of Chak.



1 injured: One man was fatally injured when a truck trying to avoid a crash with a car rammed into the gate of his house. The incident took place on Wednesday night. The victim was admitted to the GMCH in Sector 32, Chandigarh. According to the police the truck was trying to avoid a head on collision with a speeding car. The truck and the car drivers fled from the spot. The police have registered a case.



Function held: A function was held at Mother’s Lap school, Ambala Sadar, to mark the Haryana Day on Thursday. Tiny tots presented a cultural programme. The function began with Gayatri Mantra being sung by Laveena Pahuja. The school students took out a rally and they carried placards, which exhorted people to observe a pollution free Deepawali.

Corps Day: The 65th Intelligence Corps day was observed in the Ambala Cantonment on Thursday. A wreath laying ceremony was held at Kharga war memorial in Ambala Cantt to mark the Intelligence Corps Day. After Independence, in November 1947, the Intelligence School moved to Mhow in Madhya Pradesh from Karachi and finally, it shifted to Pune on February 16, 1952.


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