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Body found
: A body of a person who was a resident of Azeemgarh locality here, was found in a sub-canal near Dhaani Chetuwali on Wednesday, official sources confirmed today. According to the information, Deepak alias Nikka was annoyed when his mother expressed her inability in giving him Rs 70 for purchasing a shirt a week back. He reportedly jumped into the Malukpura canal distributary near the city bypass. His parents had identified the body and got it shifted to the civil hospital for the post-mortem.

Sidhu thanks Badal for grant release:
Welcoming Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s initiative in ensuring early release of a Rs 100-crore grant for Amritsar, MP Navjot Sidhu, here on Thursday said the decision to release the grant was taken at a meeting chaired by Badal at his official residence in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Govt committed to state development: Majithia: Minister for Information and Public Relations Bikram Singh Majithia here on Wednesday said despite inheriting a deficit of Rs 52,000 crore from the previous Congress regime, the SAD-BJP government was committed to carrying on with the welfare schemes and developmental works. He was speaking at a function organised on the occasion of a Jor Mela at Gopalpura Majwind village in Majitha constituency in memory of Maharishi Valmiki. Rajmohinder Singh Majitha, MP, also spoke on the occasion.

GND varsity lifts overall youth fest trophy: Guru Nanak Dev University lifted the overall inter-varsity youth festival trophy at the North-Zone Inter-University Youth Festival. They won four of the five trophies in music, literary, theatre and fine arts. The festival was sponsored by the Association of Indian Universities and concluded at Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University, Kanpur, on Wednesday. A.L. Mishra, vice-chancellor of Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University presided over the valedictory function.

Voter-identity cards: Electoral officer Manpreet Singh here on Thursday said the photographs for voter-identity cards in 16-Amritsar north assembly constituency would be clicked from December 11 to 18 from 9 am to 5 pm.

Civil Defence Annual Day
: The annual day of the Civil Defence and Home Guard was celebrated with great enthusiasm here on Thursday. On the occasion, the district commander Karnail Singh Gill conveyed the messages received from the President of India, Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Director-General Disaster Force and Civil Defence K. Koshy.

NREGA: With an aim to abolish poverty and meet the target of the employment, the Centre will implement the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), from April 1, 2008 in Bathinda. Disclosing the scheme, ADC (Development) Vijay N. Jade issued a press note, in which it has been mentioned that every interested manual worker would be provided at least 100 days of employment in a year.

Poll postponed: The elections for the representatives of the Planning Board at Zila Parishad was postponed on Thursday, due to which the District Congress Committee (Rural), Bathinda, expressed its resentment.

: The Asra Lok Seva club at Mansa distributed woollens and shoes among poor students on Thursday. A.P. Dubey, manager of the State Bank of Patiala, Mansa branch, was the chief guest on the occasion. He distributed woollen clothes to the poor students of the Government Primary Schools, Thutianwali and Kot Dharmu. On the occasion, project chairman of the Ashra Lok Seva club said that the club would distribute clothes and shoes to the poor students in the future also.

: Residents of Basti Gobindgarh on Ludhiana Road remained in the grip of terror for long after a bull ran amok here on Thursday. The bull injured two persons who were later admitted to a hospital. A fire-tender and employees of Nagar Council were pressed into action but their efforts went in vain. Later, the bull managed to escape to one of the streets.

Video atlas on eye surgery completed:
Ranjit Singh Dhaliwal, an eye specialist, here, along with 23 eye surgeons, has completed a project of international video atlas of ophthalmic surgery. The atlas was released recently at the annual conference of the American Academy. From India, only five eye surgeons are associated with the project. As many as 170 leading eye surgeons have contributed for this.

MC office-bearers elected unanimously: Senior vice-president and vice-president of the municipal council here were elected unanimously on Wednesday. The ruling and Opposition councillors had agreed to the names of Amardeep Singh Khanna and Lok Nath Billu for the posts.

Woman writes to SSP for justice in theft case:
On behalf of her husband Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Sharuti Sharma of Sunam has urged the Sangrur SSP to get the case related to theft of machinery from their ice factory at Sunam investigated properly as her family was not satisfied with the investigations made by the police so far. In an application to the SSP, she has urged him to get their factory vacated from those against whom the police had already registered a case.



3 injured in accident
: Three students of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology were injured when the scooter they were riding was hit by an unidentified vehicle on the main road on Thursday evening. The accident took place at about 7 pm when Gurikbal, Saurabh Gulati and Ramakant were coming back from a party and going towards the college. They were sitting threesome of the scooter and were hit by the speeding vehicle. They were rushed to the Dera Bassi civil hospital from where they were referred to GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

: The annual election of the Punjab School Education Board Administration Officers’ Association was held on Thursday. All office-bearers of the association were elected unanimously. Following were elected the office-bearers: President - Surinderpal Singh Sandhu, senior vice-president - Khusbir Singh, general secretary - Raghbir Singh Toki, joint secretary - Ramnath Goyal, finance secretary - J.S. Rahi. Executive members are G.S. Bath, Mukesh Diwan, Avinash Chand Puri, Raminderjit Singh, wife of Santosh Gupta and Jasbir Kaur.



: Dr M.M. Goel, professor and chairman, department of economics, Kurukshetra University, delivered a lecture at Government College, Ambala Cantonment on Thursday. Dr Goel spoke on “Opportunities in Economics”. He said there was an urgent need to redefine economics by clearly conceptualising and differentiating between need-economics and greed-economics. He expressed concern over the lack of popularity of the subject among under graduate students. Dr Goel said there was a need for making the subject easier to understand, analyse and interpret the issues related to common man.

2 IPS officers transferred
: The Haryana government has transferred two IPS officers with immediate effect. R.N. Chahalia, ADGP (Prisons) has been posted as ADGP/ CPT & R, Bhondsi, against a vacant post, while M.S. Mann, IGP/ CTI, Home Guards, Panchkula becomes IGP (Prisons).

Blood donation camp
: As many as 16 girl students donated blood at a blood donation camp held under the auspices of the District Red Cross society at DAV College at Kosli on Wednesday. SDM Rajiv Ahlawat inaugurated the camp and said it was a matter of great pride that girls, who were ahead of boys in various spheres of life, had now comprehensively entered the blood donation fray as well.


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