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Ex-servicemen reiterate demands:
On the occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day on Friday, the Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front raised its long-pending demands.Col G.S. Sandhu (retd), chairman of the Front, said ex-servicemen should be rehabilitated by giving them suitable employment.

Nagar kirtan held: To commemorate the martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur, a nagar kirtan was organised here on Saturday from Akal Takht to Gurdwara Sahib Guru ke Mahil. Schoolchildren also displayed gatka (martial art).

Bassi Pathana
1 dies in accident:
One Motorcyclist died on the spot, while another was seriously injured in an accident in Bassi Pathana on Chandigarh Road, on Saturday. The injured was rushed to civil hospital and further referred to PGI. According to information a Maruti car hit the motorcyclists and the motorcyclists fell on the road, the oil tanker coming from the other side crushed them. One person identified as Solanki aged 25 died on the spot, while the other one identified as Sunny, resident of Bassi Pathana, was seriously injured and he is struggling for life in PGI Chandigarh. The driver of the oil tanker fled from the scene. The police has registered a case and launched a search to nab the driver.

Bar body poll:
Voting for the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council went peacefully in the bar room in the district courts here on Saturday. Out of a total of 463 members, 353 advocates cast their vote. Interestingly, Hoshiarpur was declared sensitive by the Bar Council. The council had deputed Arvind Rana, member of local bar association, and Parveen Vohra as observers. Meanwhile, SP (H) Opinderjit Singh Ghuman said, “The district was declared sensitive by the council and on its request a police force was deployed to avert any mishap.” 

Punish ‘erring’ pharmacist: Docs
:The Association of Rural Health Officers of Punjab (AHROP) in a meeting, here on Saturday threatened to go on a state wide agitation if action is not taken against a pharmacist, Amrik Singh who misbehaved with rural medical officer (RMO) Dr Ashu Khajuria. Amrik, whose services had been terminated, came to the centre along with some outsiders and did not let Khajuria enter the dispensary. Khajuria claimed that she got threatening calls from a BDO, who is a close relative of Amrik.

Jewellery stolen:
Jewellery worth Rs 1.45 lakh was reportedly stolen from a marriage party in Royal Palace here. As per complaint lodged with Kharar city police station, Balkar Singh, a resident of Sahora village stated that his wife Karamjit Kaur had gone to attend his brother's wedding at Royal Palace on Friday evening. She had jewellery worth Rs 1.45 lakh in her purse, which was stolen during the wedding. Police rounded up few waiters but could not find anything from them. A case has been registered against unknown people.

Panel members:
Seven zila parishad members, Malkiat Singh Bahrowal, Charanjit Kataria, Kuldip Singh, Parveen Kumar, Husan Lal, Avtar Singh Khabra and Dilbagh Singh Baghi, were elected to the district planning committee here on Saturday. The election was conducted by SDM Arshdeep Singh Thind. There are total 10 zila parishad members, of which one has resigned. Out of the present 9 members, only seven turned up for taking part in the election process.

Cong meet: Former education minister Harnam Dass Johar, while presiding over a meeting of Congress workers at Punjab Mata Vidhyawati Bhawan here exhorted them to work for highlighting the failures of the SAD-BJP government on all fronts.

CM’s birthday celebrated
: The Sikh Intelligentia Forum (SIF) celebrated the 81st birthday of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Punjabi University campus, here on Saturday. The forum distributed sweets to the students, teachers and employees of the university on this occasion. Harish Tewari, general secretary and Malkiat Singh president of the ‘A’ Class Officers’ Association, Gurnam Singh Virk president of Punjabi University Students Confederation were among those who were present on this occasion.

Chamkaur Sahib to have MC
:The government of Punjab will accord Municipal Council (MC) status to religious town Chamkaur Sahib. MP from Ropar Sukhdev Singh Libra stated this while talking to newsmen at Chamkaur Sahib on Saturday. He, along with local MLA Charanjit Singh Chani, was here to inaugurate a health mela.

Surprise check in 6 hospitals
:Punjab health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla conducted surprise checking in six hospitals of Sangrur district. She conducted checking at Sangrur, Sunam, Bhawanigarh and Longowal hospitals on Friday night, and at Dhuri and Malerkotla civil hospitals on Saturday.During the checking the minister was accompanied by director, Health Services and Family Welfare, Punjab S.P.S. Sohal, and Sangrur civil surgeon Dr Satwant Bhalla. Nobody was found absent from duty in the hospitals.



Appointed :
Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (CTYC) general secretary and chairman of the Intellectual Cell, Anurag Kholi, has been appointed ‘election campaign in charge’ for the Arki-10 constituency. The appointment was made by Indian Youth Congress (IYC) president Ashok Tanwar. Thanking Rahul Gandhi and Tanwar for appointing him, Kholi said he would work to ensure that Congress candidate from the constituency Prakash Chand Karad emerged victorious in the election.



National seminar:
A two-day national seminar began at the GMN College, Ambala Cantt, on Saturday. The national seminar, sponsored by UGC, was on ‘the relevance of Sanskrit in the technical and modern age’. The inaugural session was initiated by Prof Satyavrat Shastri of Delhi. Keynote speaker was Prof Maan Singh while session was presided over by former vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University Dr M.L. Ranga. College principal Dr R.R. Malik said 200 scholars from different parts of the country expressed their views on the relevance of Sanskrit. Pandit Gulam Dastgir Abbas Ali Virajdar presided over the technical session while the third session was presided over by Prof Bhim Singh. Among others, Dr N.G. Dongre, Dr M.K. Kawadkar, Dr Prem Kumar Sharma, Prof Virender Kumar, Prof P.K. Mishra, Prof Kedar Nath Sharma, Prof Arun Sharma and Prof Krishna Sharma spoke at the seminar.

Transformer: The residents of Hill Road have sought the shifting out of a transformer located near the old Subzi Mandi chowk. The residents stated that a plan had been envisaged to shift out the transformer to a new location two years back. They said even though preparations had been completed for placing the transformer at the new site, the shifting did not take place. They pointed out that the transformers are currently not well located and they pose a hazard for the shoppers. They demanded the shifting at the earliest.



Cong media centre:
The Congress has opened its media centre at Hotel Shobhla here to give authentic information to the media and has urged mediapersons not to accept any version from anywhere else regarding the Congress electioneering in the district. The Centre did not confirm about public meeting to be addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on December 17. Spokesperson Sunder Singh Thakur said they had not received any confirmed programme as yet.


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