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One killed in mishap
: An unidentified person was killed as a truck collided head-on with an oil tanker on the Abohar-Sriganganagar bypass near Hanumangarh on Sunday at about 10 pm, sources said onMOnday. The victim had asked for a lift in the tanker along with another person, who fled after the mishap. Truck driver Sukhdev Singh, a resident of village Pathrala in Bathinda district and his assistant Ramesh Kumar of Dabwali, sustained injuries. They were admitted to the hospital. 

Honoured: O.P. Sharma, head of the department, Commerce, DAV College here has been honoured during a function organised by the Sparsh Theatre Society on Sunday night. Venita Singh, principal DAV College of Education was assisted by senior lecturers and art lovers including Iqbal Singh Godara, Tarsem Sharma, Ravi Dutt Sharma, Sparsh chief patron Subhash Nagpal, patron B.N. Goyal, director Gaurav Vij and president Pankaj Narula in presenting a memento and a shawl to Sharma, who retires today on superannuation of his services. 

Blind murder case solved: The district police on Monday claimed to solve the blind murder case of Satish Kumar, a junk dealer and resident of Islamabad area, whose body was found near Chheharta bypass road on December 24 night.Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, SSP in a press note said three persons had been arrested in this regard, including Amandeep Singh and Deepak Kumar of Adarsh Nagar and Sarabjit Singh of Rajput Chowk at Islamabad. The police had recovered sharp-edged weapon and mobile phone of Satish from them. He said Amandeep had confessed his crime. About the cause behind the murder, he said Amandeep had illicit relations with the wife of the deceased. 

Maghi Mela
: At an internal party meeting, Sikander Singh Maluka, district president SAD (B) on Monday announced that at the SAD (B) conference at the Maghi Mela to be held in Muktsar on January 13, more than 100 vehicles would be sent to demosntrate mass strength. At the meeting, the workers present while welcoming the decision of holding indirect panchayat elections, also demanded from the government to give a time of 15 days for the election of sarpanch through the elected  members. 

Medical camp: The Aasra Welfare Society organised a medical camp at Joginagar, Street No.11, at St. Heart Public School on Monday. Around 270 patients from Parasramnagar, Pratap Nagar, Surkhpeeth road, Gurukul road were given counselling. Free medicines were also distributed. Bachan Dass Bansal was the chief guest on the occasion. A press release issued on Monday informed that the city’s top doctors,J.K.Gupta, ophthalmologist, Arun Bansal, Vandana Bansal, dentist, and Deepika, a gynaecologist, rendered their services. 

Complaint: In a letter adressed to the deputy commissioner of Bathinda on Monday, the Bharatiya Kisan Union ( Ekta) complained against irregularity in the bus services of local mini-bus operators. The union also alleged that most of the time, buses did not arrive at the time of the first service and at the time of the last service of the day. Along with this, they also accused the bus operators of playing vulgar songs at a high pitch, there by causing inconvenience to passengers who find it dificult to listen to their mobile phones and which also interrupts their normal conversation. 

16 criminal cases cancelled
: The police has cancelled 16 criminal cases registered against Congress workers in the Bholath Assembly constituency as these cases were found false in the inquiries conducted by senior police officers. District police chief Rakesh Aggarwal told mediapersons here on Monday that 30 cases were registered, out of which 16 were found false and in the remaining cases challans were put up in the courts. 

Open Darbar
: “The Punjab government is committed to providing basic ammentities to the people who live below the poverty line,” said Balwinder Singh Bhunder, general secretary of the SAD (B) at the ‘Open Darbar’ which was organised at Sardoolgarh. The SAD (B) functionaries also spoke on social and political issues. 

Health drive
: The district unit of Akhil Bhartiya Youth Hind Suraksha Sangram Democratic Parishad launched a drive to aware the slum dwellers about health, sanitation, literacy, population control and ill effects of drugs. The drive was undertaken at Sant Sunder Nagar on Monday. During the occasion, senior medical officer Dr Ashok Guru addressed the slum dwellers and educated them about the issues. 

Devp grant: Jatinder Singh Kariha, a local MLA, distributed cheques amounting to Rs 12.80 lakh among seven schools and four cluster resource centres for development under Sarv Shikhiya Abhiyan. The function was held at Government Senior Secondary School on Monday in the presence of the district education officer Piara Singh. 

FCI employees hold gate rally
: Employees of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) will continue their agitation till their demands are accepted by the management.This was stated by leaders of the employees while addressing a gate rally in front of the office of the FCI here on Monday.The main demands of the employees include merger of 50 per cent DA with basic pay, jobs on compassionate ground to family members of deceased employees, no chargesheet to employees without framing norms and stoppage of recoveries from the employees. 

‘Register criminal case’
: Deputy commissioner Ajoy Sharma has written to the Amritsar police to register a criminal case against Rasal Singh, a suspended Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO), Bhikhiwind, for allegedly defrauding government grants worth lakhs of rupees. This was stated by Sharma here on Monday. The BDPO had already been suspended by the department and the district administration had decided to lodge a criminal complaint against him. 



: Around 100 brick kiln labourers staged a dharna in front of the SP office under the leadership of Madan Pal Rana, a BKU leader, on Monday. Madan Pal said earlier the SP had assured them that their demands would be fulfilled shortly but no efforts were made to settle the same. He alleged that brick kiln owners had been exploiting labourers and they were not paid wages according to labour norms. He said the police had been implicating labourers in false cases. Later, a deputation of the labourers met the SP. The SP also summoned the office bearers of brick kiln owner association so that a compromise could be made between the two parties. 

Body found
: The body of Om Prakash (45) was found under mysterious circumstances in Sector 20 on Monday. The deceased was working as a security guard in a society. According to the police, Om Prakash was found dead outside GH-35 in the morning. Ruling out foul play, the police sent the body for postmortem. 

Elders’ day out: Inmates of Old Age Home were taken to Nada Sahib Gurdwara on Sunday to pay obeisance where they also had langar with rotaractors. An inmate’s birthday was also celebrated. The initiative was taken by an organisation under the project ‘Indradhanush - The Kaleidoscope of Social Service’. Besides this, celebrations were held at Ashiana, an orphanage in Sector 16. A vocational workshop was held by the rotaractors in which 60 kids were taught paper bag, file cover and bookmark making. 


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