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: A mason was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle on Hanumangarh road on Thursday. On the same road, one Prem Kumar of village Amarpura also received multiple injuries as a Maruti Esteem car hit him and sped away. He has been admitted to the civil hospital.

Cricket tourney: The Youth Cricket and Welfare Club would host the third cricket tournament at the Nehru Stadium here on December 23. The winner team would get a cash prize of Rs 21,000 while runners-up team would get Rs 11,000.

Criticised: The Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat here has condemned the All India LPG Distributors Federation’s decision of refilling only those LPG cylinders that have a serial number entered in the customer passbook.

Organised: The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of the DAV College of Education here organised two camps to take up cleaning and beautification work at the college on Friday. A slogan writing contest was also held.

Energy conservation
: The Punjab State Electricity Board on Friday celebrated the National Energy Conservation Day at the Officer’s Club of GNDTP here. A cultural programme based on the conservation of energy was present by the Board’s artists to mark the event. Speaking on the occasion, G. S. Sra, Member, Generation, PSEB, highlighted the importance of creating awareness about energy saving among the children. G. S. Sekhon, Member, Distribution, who was the chief guest on the occasion, stressed upon the need for utilisation of non-conventional sources of energy. Energy conservation has a vital role in meeting the challenge of bridging the gap between the demand and supply, he said.

Winter carnival: A winter carnival would be organised at the Delhi Public School on December 6 in which kids in the age-group of 3-5 years will take part in various competitions.

Meeting held: Any health related information required by the mediapersons and general public could be obtained by the concerned medical officer, District Programme Officer, Deputy Medical Commissioner and other senior medical officers. This was decided at a meeting held here on Friday.

New policy on nursing colleges soon: Sud:
The Punjab government has decided to come out with a comprehensive policy on new nursing colleges in the state and it will not process any file of new nursing institution till the new policy was drafted and approved. Punjab medical education and research minister Tikshan Sud said the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration had been assigned the task for conducting a study about the requirements of nursing courses so that the new policy could be drafted accordingly.

Cops clash, 1 injured
: Head munshi Jagjit Singh of Sadar police station here was seriously wounded in a clash with CIA staff inspector Daljit Singh Khakh at the office of the former on the police station premises here on Friday.

Pendu union to hold protests
: The Pendu Mazdoor Union has decided to hold a series of protests outside police stations against the alleged atrocities by the police authorities meted out to rural labourers. Tarsem Peter, president, said the protests would start from December 17 and continue till December 22. He said the poor, Dalit families were often being suppressed by slapping cases on them under various sections.

Scores join LBP: Scores of middle-rung leaders and workers joined the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) and were welcomed with garlands by outfit chief Balwant Singh Ramoowalia here this noon. Talking to mediapersons at the Circuit House, Ramoowalia said he had been approached by the new entrants and they had expressed their willingness to join his party.

Suicide: Daljit Kaur (18), a resident of Chhapar Chidi village, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on Thursday. She was rushed to the SAS Nagar civil hospital in Phase VI from where she was referred to PGI, Chandigarh. However, she died at PGI late on Thursday night. Sources said Daljit belonged to a very poor family and was apparently under depression. No suicide note was found. Proceedings under Section 174 CrPc have been initiated.

Rs 1,500-cr road project:
Bad roads in Punjab will be a thing of the past with the government initiating a project for the rebuilding and upgrading of 1,100 km of roads at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore. For this the state has secured a loan of Rs 1,100 crore from the World Bank and work will be completed in two phases. This was stated by SAD working president Sukhbir Badal while addressing a gathering a this village after laying the foundation stone of the 47 km long Kapurthala-Goindwal-Tarn Taran road under the project on Thursday. He was flanked by education and vigilance minister Upinderjit Kaur and PWD minister Parminder Dhindsa.

Run over by bus
: Priyanka (20), a resident of Ghanour village in Patiala, was crushed to death by a bus on Thursday night. The victim was trying to cross the road when she was hit by the bus. She was working at Lalru and was on her way to home when the incident happened.

Blood donation
: A blood donation camp was organised at HDFC Bank here on Thursday. Apart from the bank’s employees, some locals also made donations. On the occasion, prizes were distributed to the blood donors.

Gang of thieves busted, 2 held
: The police busted a gang of thieves and arrested two persons Harneet of Majra (HP) and Ranjit of Rara, Pathankot, on Friday and recovered one motorcycle, one electric motor and some cash from them. A case under Sections 379 and 411, IPC, had been registered against them.

Proclaimed offender arrested: The police arrested a proclaimed offender, Paramjit, of Dodwan, Dinanagar, here on Friday. He was wanted in an old case under the Excise Act. Meanwhile, Goldy of Niari village has been arrested in a rape case registered against him at Dhar Kalan police station. Wassan Singh, Sawan Kumar and Bhupinder Singh were arrested under the NDPS Act here on Friday and seized 2,500 intoxicating capsules and 350 gm of narcotic powder from them.

Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was held at Shanti Devi Arya Mahila College, Dinanagar, on Friday. Sixtyfive persons donated blood at the camp. P.K. Mittal, civil surgeon, Gurdaspur, was the chief guest.

Bar president
: In a significant development in the elections of the Bar Association Phagwara, Bharpur Singh Bhogal was unanimously elected its president. RK Mittal, Lokesh Narang and Jasbir Singh Parmar had filed their nomination papers for the post and on the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers today, senior advocates persuaded all of them to withdraw in favour of Bhogal.



Winners felicitated
: Tata Indicom felicitated the winners of its exciting 20 million celebration offer, at a glittering award ceremony in Mohali. Shilpa Mallick from Panchkula, walked away with a brand new Tata Safari. Other proud Tata Indicom customers won exciting prizes like DVD Players and Colour Televisions as a part of the initiative.

Directory released: Minister for information and public relations Bikramjit Singh Majithia said on Friday that media had a major role to play in highlighting the problems of the people. Majithia was addressing media persons after releasing the directory of the Mohali Press club. He added that the government was encouraging media persons to have their clubs in all districts. Office-bearers of the club demanded that they be given space in the Phase VII community centre where they could temporarily run the club till land was allotted to them for the construction of a press club.



Mehbooba leaves for Mecca
: PDP president and MP Mehbooba Mufti on Friday left for Saudi Arabia to perform Haj. She is performing the annual pilgrimage as part of the Government of India’s goodwill delegation. Other members of the delegation include union minister for minority affairs A R Antuly, former union minister Mohsina Kidwai, Delhi transport minister Haroon Yousuf, general secretary of Delhi Jama Masjid consultative council Syed Tariq Bukhari and Assam minister Dr Nazarul Islam.

Workshop held: In order to acquaint the officers and officials of rural development department Kashmir about monitoring and information system (MIS) under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), one-day training course-cum-workshop was held at here on Friday. An in-depth orientation regarding aims, objectives and implementation of the scheme was given.


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