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: The Aggarwal Sabha, while celebrating Vidyarthi Sahayta Pakhwara on Tuesday, organised a simple and brief ceremony at the RSD Middle School and distributed shoes and socks to 55 students. The Sabha aims at distributing socks and shoes to 750 students selected from eight schools for the purpose. Faquir Chand Goyal, the Sabha president, said.

Case registered: The city police has registered an FIR under section 307 of the IPC in connection with Monday’s clash in the sub-divisional complex here, in which two persons were hurt, sources confirmed on Tuesday.

UGC roll nos
: Guru Nanak Dev University has dispatched the admit cards (roll numbers) to all the eligible candidates for the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET), scheduled to be held on December 30. Disclosing this, coordinator Dr MP Mahajan said 13 centers have been established, five within the university campus and eight in affiliated colleges. Those who do not receive their admit till December 26 should contact the office of coordinator, administrative block, from December 27 to 29 with two identical passport-size attested photographs.

Medical camp
: To observe the 60th death anniversary of Brahm Sagar Bhuri Wale, a daylong free camp was organised at Shri Brahm Sagar Kutiya Jhaloor here on Tuesday where as many as 100 patients with various skin ailments were treated. At the camp, medicines were distributed free of cost.

Cong flayed:
Senior members of SAD (B) strongly criticised the view of the Congress committee, Bathinda, that people have lost their faith in SAD (B) and that the Congress will win in municipal corporation elections. They also made it clear that the SAD- BJP has won four MC elections from Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala with a huge margin and now the party will also make its success felt in Bathinda. They also thanked Sukhbir Singh Badal for the international cricket stadium and five-star hotels in Bathinda.

Demonstration: Shiv Sena and other Hindu groups protested against the illegal occupations of a temple property near the TV tower on Mansa road, Bathinda, on Tuesday. Om Karan, vice- president of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) said that they will leave no stone unturned to get the Jai Durga Mahakali temple's property released. President of the Shiv Sena (Rashtravadi), Geeta Rani, said, "This temple is 40 years old and the Shiv Sainiks are ready to do anything to ensure the release of property".

Warned: The members of General Samaj Party on Tuesday stated that cooking gas cylinders are running out of supply only because of unfair policies of government and gas suppliers who want to sell the gas cylinders in black. They also warned the government of launching a protest if supply is not made regular and black marketing  of the cylinders is  not stopped.

Protest rally: The M.E.S. Workers' Union held a protest on Tuesday for the fulfillment of their demands. Comrade Mohinderpal Singh, general secretary of the union demanded the transfer of a junior engineer from here as soon as possible and threatened that they will intensify their protest if their demand is not heeded to.

Thanked: Youths of Paras Ram Nagar, Jogi Nagar, Janta Nagar, Partap Nagar, Valmiki Basti and Railway Colony thanked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for constructing an international cricket stadium in Bathinda. Nirmal Singh Sandhu, vice-president SAD (B), said, "SAD-BJP government has fulfilled the promise made before elections.

Reflectors for vehicles: To reduce road acidents in Bathinda city , 'Shaheed Ram Singh Sahara Accident Roko Society' would put reflectors on all the vehicles on December 19. This scheme will be inaugurated by martyr Ram Singh's brother, Tek Chand.

Aid to poor: A special programme has been started by Sahara Welfare Society to save the poor and mentally distressed people from cold wave. For this purpose, the society is providing quilts, blankets and sweaters to the needy apart from medical help.

Arrested: Kotwali police arrested Jagmohan Singh of Bhai Mati Dass Nagar on the complaint of Amarjit Kaur. The complainant alleged the accused had beaten her. A case has been registered under various sections of the IPC.

Eye banks for  all GMCs:
The Punjab government has decided to open eye banks at all the government medical colleges of the state and an eye donation centre at the civil hospital, Hoshiarpur. The eye donation centre of the local civil hospital is being run in collaboration with an NGO eye donation association.Tikshan Sud, minister for medical education and research, Punjab, handed over the letter for the approval of the project to the office-bearers of the NGO on Sunday evening.

Dr Jhari Sahoo, professor and head, department of livestock products technology, College of Veterinary Science, GADVASU, Ludhiana, has been presented with “The Best Citizens of India Award-2007” by The International Publishing House, world’s leading biographical specialists. He started his career as an assistant professor in 1982 in Haryana Agricultural University (HAU), Hisar, and joined as the head at GADVASU in 2003 and continuing the same.

Another injured in Chuhar Chak accident dies: The death toll in the Chuhar Chak train-mini bus accident has risen to 17 with a critically injured man Karamjit Singh breathing his last at the DMC Hospital here on Tuesday. Karamjit had suffered head injuries, besides multiple fractures. His body was handed over to his relatives after a post-mortem examination.

: One person was killed while three were injured in a road accident that occurred on Bhikhi Sunam road on Tuesday. The accident occurred when a Maruti car collided with a truck stopped by the traffic police near Bhikhi. Jagga Singh of Sardoolgarh was killed on the spot while Gurtej Singh, Jagir Singh and Bawa Singh were injured. The police has registered a case.

: Members of the executive committee, Arorvansh Sabha (Youth) held a meeting on Monday in which they criticised the administration for not taking appropriate action against the accused, who allegedly attacked Satish Bhateja, the president of the Sabha, on December 9. The members further alleged that the atmosphere of the state was growing from bad to worse but the administration was callous towards it.

New appointment:
Ramandeep Kaur joined as the district drug inspector on Monday. An MBA in pharmaceutical management, Ramandeep said her first priority would be to mobilise chemists to thwart the menace of drug addiction. Besides, enforcement of law against the errant chemists would also be done strictly, she added.

Awareness camp held: A homoeopathy and farmers’ awareness camp was organised by the Asha Di Kiran Foundation, a local NGO, at Uppli village, near here, on Monday. Former minister Ranjit Singh Balian was the chief guest.About 200 patients were examined and given medicines free of cost. President of the NGO Dr A.S. Mann announced the opening of a weekly homoeopathic dispensary in the village.

Medical check-up of cops: A medical check-up of police officials working in all three districts falling under the border range will be completed by December 31.This was disclosed by R.P. Meena, IG, Amritsar, while addressing a health awareness seminar organised here on Tuesday at the Police Lines. Besides SSP P.K. Rai, higher police officials and other employees attended the seminar. A team of the Health Department led by Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal addressed the seminar.



Work inspection done
: Minister for R&B Gulchain Singh Charak on Tuesday inspected the construction work of district court complex at Janipora. The complex is likely to be completed at a cost of Rs 13.75 crore. The minister was apprised of various demands, including provision of multi-level parking place and lawyers’ club in the complex.

Assurance to staff: Marred by continuous strikes by employees of the Jammu and Kashmir State Transport Corporation, the state transport minister has assured the employees that they would be paid one month’ salary on the eve of Eid and two months salary in January, 2008. The minister also said that the corporation had entered into an agreement with the Housing and Urban Development Department for utilisation of SRTC assets, including land as joint venture.

1 killed in road mishap: One person was killed and another injured when a Maruti Van bearing registration JKE 8677 rolled down near Duddar nullah bridge in Udhampur district. The deceased had been identified as Rafiq Hussian (24), son of Mohammed Sadiq of Kulsar Tehsil Reasi.

Servant goes missing: Mani, a 19-year-old resident of Jalpai Guri in West Bengal who was working as a domestic servant in the house of Geeta Bhanot, wife of Rajesh Kumar of Channi Himmat in Jammu, has been reportedly gone missing since December 13 this year. The police has taken cognizance and a manhunt has been initiated to trace out him.

Temperature moves up
: The denizens of Srinagar had some respite from intense cold on Tuesday as the temperature showed an appreciable increase after plummeting to the season's lowest on Monday. The minimum temperature recorded on Tuesday morning here was minus 2.1 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the met office said. The parts of the Dal Lake, which froze following the dip in the temperature, also defroze after the temperature increased following cloud cover.

8 gamblers held: Continuing its tirade against social evils, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said they had arrested eight gamblers in Shopian district. Senior superintendent of police, Pulwama, Nitish Kumar said the police raided a house at Nadpora village in Shopian district of South Kashmir following specific information about gambling taking place there. During the raid at the house of Ghulam Rasool Wagay, the police found some people gambling there. Eight gamblers were arrested on the spot.


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