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Amritsar
Red Cross ‘Pangurra’ plan
: The Red Cross Society has decided to launch a ‘Pangurra’ scheme to enable parents of unwanted children to leave them with the society for upbringing. Kahan Singh Pannu, deputy commissioner-cum-chairman of the society, stated this while inaugurating the Family Health and Welfare fair-2007 at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Civil Hospital here on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a three-day fair to create awareness among residents on the facilities provided by the Health Department was also held at the Civil Hospital.

‘Minar-e-Shaheedan’: The SGPC should construct a “Minar-e-Shaheedan” in the memory of those killed in Operation Bluestar. Kanwarpal Singh, Dal Khalsa general secretary, in a letter to SGPC president Avtar Singh here on Wednesday said the committee should implement the decision passed by its interim committee.

Non-conventional energy: Due to lack of human vision, biodiversity is being lost and soil being rendered barren. This was stated by social worker Inderjeet Kaur, president, All-India Pingalwara Society, here while inaugurating a refresher course on environment studies at Guru Nanak Dev University here on Wednesday. Avinash Nagpal, course coordinator, also spoke on the occasion.

Bathinda
Convention
: A convention of the unemployed B Ed teachers wil be held on December 23 at Teachers’ Hom in Bathinda. Sukhwinder Kaur, press secretary of the front spearheading the agitation fighting for the rights of the unemployed B Ed teachers, said that preparations for the convention were in full swing. Various groups of unemployed B.Ed teachers in the city and different blocks are holding meetings to ensure that a large number of unemployed teachers take part in the protest. According to state vice-president of the front, Sukhdarshan Singh, the government is delaying the recruitments without any reason. He also said that the convention in Bathinda would mark the beginning of their protest.

ATM installed: The State Bank of Patiala has installed an ATM at Bibiwala road, near Narang Children’s Hospital to help people in the area. K.K. Yadav, chief administrator, Bathinda Development Authority, inaugurated the ATM where customers of other banks can also avail of the service at nominal charges.

Say no to drugs: Ambuja Cement Foudation, Bathinda, has intensified its drive against drugs. In a programme organised on Thursday, Somy Tungwalia sung a song 'nasheyan ne kha leya Punjab rangla' inspiring the youth to say no to drugs. Buta Dhaliwal and party staged a play in this context and also showcased a choreography depicting the effects of drugs.

Valmiki statue: Raja Singh Sahota, president, Chandsar, street Thekewali, demanded the arrest of the accused, who broke the statue of Lord Valmiki at Valmiki Chowk, some days back. Stating the incident as a shameful act, he said it has hurt the sentiments of Valmiki's followers.

DERA BASSI
Body found: The railway police recovered an unidentified dead body on the Chandigarh-Kalka railway track on Thursday. The victim, in his 50s, was dressed in a blue sweater and blue trousers. According to the police, he was seen on the tracks late on Wednesday night and seemed to have been crushed by an oncoming train. The body was sent to the Dera Bassi civil hospital for identification.

Fatehgarh Sahib
SAD (A) hails US sanctions
: The SAD (A) has hailed economic sanctions on Myanmar for banning democracy by the US House of Representatives. SAD (A) chief Simranjit Singh said here on Wednesday that the USA had taken a correct measure. He said the party felt that US President Bush was eager to end military rule in Myanmar.

Fazilka
Theft
: In a complaint lodged with the city police, one Gurpal Singh Grewal of village Tahliwala Jattan, former director of Markfed, Punjab, said that after getting a car service, he stopped in front of the workshop on Fazilka-Malout road for some work. But when he came back to his car, he found that his bag containing cash, about Rs 50,000 and important documents was missing.

Ferozepur
Constituted
: In order to check adulteration of milk in the district, deputy commissioner Bhagwant Singh has constituted a team comprising sub-divisional magistrate, district health officer, deputy director (dairy development) and representatives from police department. The DC said that the team has been asked to take random samples from milk-selling outlets and conduct tests on the spot. He added that on Thursday morning, the team conducted four tests near village Jhoke Harihar. Since two of the samples failed the test, a legal action was recommended against them.

Elected: In its general body meeting held on Thursday, the following members have been unanimously elected as office-bearers of the district unit of the Punjab Medical Representative’s Association: president: I.J.S. Bedi; secretary: Damanjeet Singh; vice -president: Gurmail Singh; joint secretary: Sanjeev Gulati and treasurer: O P Sehgal.

Gurdaspur
New EO takes over
: Amrit Lal Bansal has taken over as executive officer (EO) of Gurdaspur Municipal Council. Bansal earlier served with Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat and Mohali Municipal Council in the same capacty. He played a role in the beautification of Sri Anandpur Sahib during the 300-year celebrations of the Khalsa Panth.

PATIALA
Varsity closed today: As the Punjab Government has declared December 21 as a holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha , Punjabi University's vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh has ordered the closure of all the teaching, research and non-teaching departments of the university on December 21. According to Dr Gurmail Singh, coordinator, examinations of the university, all examinations, however, would be held as per schedule.

SANGRUR
Samples collected
: As many as 13 samples of milk, gur, desi ghee, sugar, salt and maize flour have been collected in the past three days by a team of the Health Department. District health officer K.C. Goyal said all samples had been sent to the Chandigarh laboratory for testing.

Tarn Taran
Woman commits suicide
: Palwinder Kaur (25) of Sito Nauabad village, 28 km from here, died after allegedly consuming some poison on Wednesday night after reportedly having a dispute with her husband. Police sources said a case under Section 306, IPC, had been registered against the husband, Lovepreet Singh. Both were singers and ran a musical group.The accused is absconding.

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CHANDIGARH

MOHALI
Engaged: Rakesh Verma, an advocate living in Sector 70, has been engaged as additional central government standing counsel for presenting central government cases (other than those of Railways) before the Central Administrative Tribunal, Chandigarh bench, with immediate effect for a period of two years or until further orders. The engagement of Verma will be governed by the terms and conditions laid down by the department.

Fun Fair: A fun fair was thrown open to the public in Phase VIII which was inaugurated by deputy commissioner H.I.S.Garewal on Wednesday evening. Satish Raj Deswal, director, Sagu Dreamland (P) Ltd , said the fair had 25 types of amusement rides for children and 60 stalls dealing in consumer items. Items from Pakistan and Afganistan were also available at one stall set up by Isa Mohammad from Karachi.

Winter ball at YPS: The Old Students’ Association of Yadvindra Public School will organise Winter Ball 2007 on December 22 on the school premises. This detail was given by Dr Teja (president), Dr Vishwaneet Singh (vice-president) and Gulpreet Aulakh (general secretary) during a press conference held on Thursday.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

HAMIRPUR
Workshop
: Punjab Technical University (PTU) organised a workshop at NIT, here, which was attended by 170 faculty members and staff from learning centers of the state and J&K. PTU deputy registrar R.P.S. Bedi said this workshop was organised to improve the education delivery, student support services and general operation and train them in soft skills.

KUMARHATTI
Liquor seized
: The police seized 18 boxes of liquor from a man at Kakkarhatti near here on Wednesday night. Acting on a tip-off the police seized 125 bottles of country-made liquor and 105 bottles of country-made English liquor from Lekh Ram. The value of seized liquor has been estimated at Rs 32,000. A case has been registered.


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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Road mishaps:
Four persons, including a woman, were killed in separate road accidents in Jammu since Wednesday night. According to police sources a scooterist Uttam Singh of Kunjwani who was hit by a truck at Digiana died in the hospital. In another accident Gurmeet Singh of Simble Cam who was hit by a motor cycle at Talli Morh Miran Sahib and was shifted to a hospital was declared brought dead there. Kanta Dutta, wife of Ved Pal Dutta of Janipur, died when she fell down from a Matador at Reasi.

Poonch
Boy dies in road accident
: A teenage boy died a in road accident in the Mandi area, near here on Thursday. Police sources said that Farooq Ahmed (19), son of Sona-ullah of Seri Chowhana, died when the video coach he was traveling in met with an accident. The bus was on the way from Sawjian to Mandi.

Udhampur
Residents protest
: As mishaps on roads have become a routine affair in the town, a group of people, including some members of the Municipal Council, on Thursday organised a demonstration in front of the office of the RTO for his failure to check plying of unfit vehicles. Some residents of Udhampur alleged that fitness certificate were being issued to the passenger vehicles without proper checking. They further said that agents had been active in the RTO office which led to corruption and nepotism.



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