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Shiv Sena (Hindustan) threatens bandh: The Shiv Sena (Hindustan) will organise a statewide bandh on December 14 if the state government failed to remove the portrait of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale from the Golden Temple museum. Stating this to the media here on Monday, national president of the party Pawan Gupta said the government should ask the SGPC to remove the portrait by December 13.

Two killed in mishaps: A cyclist, Sukhdev Singh of Maluka village was killed in a road accident on Sunday evening. Police sources said the deceased was on his way to Maluka, when all of a sudden, a tractor-trolley hit his cycle causing critical injuries to him. Sukhdev succumbed to his injuries on the spot. Bhagta police post team brought the body to the Civil Hospital, Bathinda. The body has been handed over to the kin of the deceased after post-mortem. Acting upon the statement of the deceased’s father Gurtej Singh, police has initiated proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC. In another mishap, 45-year-old, Raghuvir Singh of Naruana village was killed when a vehicle hit him on Sunday. Sources said that the deceased was on his way home. After post-mortem the body was handed over to his family members.

Oil tanker seized: A joint team of the CIA staff and the food supply department seized an oil tanker for illegally carrying kerosene at Bathinda-Bhucho road, on Monday. The police has arrested two persons and booked three partners of a petrol pump in this connection. Sources in the department said the truck bearing the number PB-13P-5129 was plying near Roomi Wala Chowk, when it was found to be containing about 11,000 litres of kerosene, when inspected. Sources said the kerosene was to be mixed in the petrol tank of a petrol pump at village Vading Khera. On the basis of the statement of the arrested person, Cantonment police has registered a case against three partners of the petrol pump, Rattan Bansal, Harbans and Sushil Kumar. They were yet to be detained.

Elected: The School Bus Union, Bathinda, was formed at the Rose Garden here on Monday. After the formation of the union, the members held its first meeting where the members unanimously chose office-bearers with Sukhwinder Singh as president, Gurinder Singh as cashier, Avtar Singh as secretary, Lakhwinder Singh Mehta as vice-president and Vijay Kumar  as secretary of the  union.

Eye donation:  On the initiative of Social Welfare Society here, local resident Sanjeev Kumar Madaan donated the eyes of his father Topan Lal Madaan (65) after his death. The president of the society said he was the 21st eye donor in the past six months. Around 42 people got their vision restored with the grafting of cornea by eye donations made from the Fazilka area.

: The police has registered a case against Mohinder Kumar and Rajinder Kumar for allegedly cheating Jatinder and Raman, both residents of the city, of Rs 4 lakh against false assurance of getting them permanent jobs in a railway department.

Cold claims 55-yr-old’s life
: The ongoing severe cold wave claimed a life in the district on Sunday night. The body of an unidentified person aged about 55 years was found in the Sant Jawala Singh Charitable Hospital complex, Attowal, on Monday morning. The police sent the body to the civil hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Woollens distributed
: Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Hospital Trust, Sohana, on Monday distributed 150 woollens to inmates of Mother Teresa Home, Sector 23, Chandigarh. Earlier, at the launch of “Operation Fateh”, trust head Bhai Devinder Singh Khalsa and secretary Gurmeet Singh had distributed sweaters to over 250 students hailing from slums studying in Sardar Hari Singh Memorial School and 70 sweaters to residents of Vishav Apahaj Sewa Sanstha at Padiala village.

Medical camp organised: The local Lions Club organised a free eye camp at Shri Ram Kutia in Chomo village on Sunday. According to Dr Kamal Bharti, spokesman for the club, 540 patients were examined. Medicines were provided free of cost to the needy patients.

Urged: The Senior Citizens Welfare Society has urged the district administration to check the high density of traffic of the busy Patiala-Rajpura road, especially in the Urban Estate area. Office- bearers said two citizens had recently met with fatal accidents. They urged the authorities concerned to enforce speed limit on the Punjabi University-bus stand road. They also sought traffic police vigilance in the area to check overspeeding. They also sought trafficlights at all major points on the road and a roundabout at mouths of Sirhind bypass.

Appointment welcomed: The Sikh Intelligentsia Forum, the World Sikh Intellectual Council and the Gobal Punjab Foundation on Monday welcomed the appointment of Dr Jaspal Singh as vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala. They appreciated the decision of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to appoint an academic, diplomat and Sikh scholar to the post. They hoped that the problems of teachers and employees would be solved amicably under the leadership of Dr Jaspal Singh.

2 POs arrested
: The police arrested two proclaimed offenders (POs) Kanti of Goraya and Harbhajan Kaur of Bahani village. DSP H.P.S. Khakh said both POs were wanted in two different cases since 2000 and 2005, respectively.

Ohri is selector: Phagwara cricket coaching centre in charge Amit Ohri has been appointed selector by the Punjab Cricket Association for Kapurthala district and minor district zone-B. The appointment has been made with the consent of District Cricket Association president Krishan Lal Saraf, general secretary Harish Passi and district selection committee chairman Suresh Bhasin and vice-president Kamaljit Kherra.

‘B’day wastage’: Several Congress leaders, including former Congress ministers Ch Santokh Singh and Joginder Singh Maan, along with PPCC secretary Parminder Mehta have strongly condemned the government-level celebrations to mark the birthday of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Bhatinda.

ETT teachers flay govt move: The district unit of the ETT Teachers Union has flayed the Punjab government for allowing a private mobile phone company to open its schools in villages. District president of the union Sukhvir Singh said here on Monday that it seemed the government wanted to wipe out government schools in the state. He said a meeting of the Sarkari School Sikhia Bachao Manch would be held on December 16 in that connection.

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Sweaters distributed
: As many as 600 school students of different villages were given sweaters and shoes at the annual function organised on Monday by the Sanatan Dharam Children Welfare Society at the local Sewa Devi S.D. College of Education. Rajmohinder Singh Majathia, member, Rajya Sabha, was the chief guest while local MLA Harmit Singh Sandhu presided over the function. Majathia announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the college. Students presented a colourful programme on the occasion.

Health Fair concludes: Parkash Singh Badal has issued instructions to all district heads to take stern steps against drugs after the publication of a news item in The Tribune regarding the involvement of leading politicians in this. This was stated by Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, minister for rural development and panchayats, at the concluding day of the three-day Health Fair organised at Sarhali, 22 km from here, on Monday.


Criticised: Vikas Parishad chief and former MLA Anil Vij on Monday criticised the trend of holding large public rallies in the state. Vij said a lot of money was wasted on holding rallies. A large number of vehicles were requisitioned for taking people to the rallies, he added. He urged the government to ban the practice.

Periodical launched: “Media can play a major role in giving a new direction to the society,” said Om Parkash Chautala, INLD president and former Haryana CM, while launching ‘Pratham Impact’, a fortnightly periodical at a function held at CII auditorium on Monday. Chautala congratulated the organisers for choosing the martyrdom day of the ninth Sikh guru, Shri Tegh Bahadur, for the public launching of the periodical. The INLD chief said the government and opposition were two important aspects and it was the Press’s duty to put both the aspects before the public without any discrimination.

Office-bearers elected: The following have been unanimously elected as office-bearers of the Kurukshetra University Pensioners Welfare Society (Regd). Sardara Singh (president), O.P. Saini (Sr vice-president), Dr H.N. Bhatnagar (vice-president), Ravi Prakash Kashyap (secretary), Inder Kumar Deepak (joint secretary), Madam Lal Darubra (propaganda secretary), Ratan Lal Gupta (treasurer) and Jaswant Singh Karauli (auditor), Dr Himmat Singh Sinha (chief advisor) and Dr B.K. Asthana and Dr S.S. Paul (patrons).

Youth commits suicide: A youth reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a train on the Rewari-Sadalpur track, near Dahina station, 22 km from here, on Sunday. The deceased was later identified as Anoop Singh of Alwar district of Rajasthan. In another incident, a teenaged girl, Noor Banoo (15), was reportedly run over by a train on the Rewari-Sadalpur track, 10 km from here, on Sunday. Sources said the girl was mentally perplexed.

Bid to loot bank: Some unidentified persons allegedly made an unsuccessful bid to loot the Oriental Bank of Commerce in Ellenabad town of the district on Sunday. The thieves allegedly broke into the rear wall of the bank, but the hole, which they had made, opened into the toilet, which was locked from outside. So they failed to enter the bank and commit robbery. The police found some fingerprints and articles, which belonged to the burglars. A criminal case has been registered against the miscreants.

6 shops looted: Six shops were ransacked by a group of thieves at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, on Sunday. Goods and other valuables worth several thousands of rupees were looted. However, one of the thieves was overpowered by a shop owner, who handed him over to the police. The Shopkeepers’ Association demanded night patrolling by the police in order to the curb the activities of the criminals.


Youth stabbed to death: Vikrant (24) was stabbed to death in Kathua district on Sunday night. He was going on his motorcycle to attend a marriage when some unidentified persons intercepted his vehicle and stabbed him. His body was thrown into a canal and was later recovered by the police. Police sources said a case had been registered and investigations were on.

Couple killed in mishap: A newly wed couple was run over by a truck on the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Kathua district on Monday. Surinder Verma and his wife Namrita were going on a motorcycle from Dayalachak to Fiter village in Kathua district, when a truck rammed into them, official sources said.

18 arrested: The Railway police on Monday arrested 18 persons for the alleged violation of rules at the Jammu Railway Station. Of the arrested persons, nine were held for illegally selling eatables at the railway station, seven for travelling without tickets and two for trespassing. They were produced before a railway magistrate and were released after being fined.

Assembly seats sought: The Jammu and Kashmir Gujjars United Front (JKGUF) on Monday demanded that 16 seats be reserved in the state Assembly for the Gujjar community. “The Congress-led government in the state had announced that political reservation would be given to Gujjars and Assembly seats would be reserved for them,” JKGUF president, Anwar Choudhary said. He accused the state government of playing with the sentiments of the Gujjar community. He said the JKGUF had called a meeting of its office-bearers to decide which political party should be supported in the Poonch byelection.

Girl commits suicide: Shaheena Akhter (22) committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in Kashmir on Monday. Akhter was a resident of Hardpora in Akingam area of Anantnag district. The police said a case had been registered and investigations were on.

Two cops hurt in fire: Two cops were injured today, while trying to save the lives and property of people in a fire incident, at Shopian district. Two residential houses and six shops were gutted in the fire. Police sources said the two cops trying to rescue people trapped in the houses, faced the brunt of the fire.

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