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: Vivek Sethi, his wife Monika and their four-month child Shambhu died when their car was hit by a truck near village Matwani on the Ludhiana-Moga G.T. road on Sunday night. They were on their way to Abohar to celebrate the New Year with their parents. One Kuldeep Singh Bath (43), a senior lecturer in the Government Girls Senior Secondary School here was cremated on Monday evening. He had undergone a kidney transplantation few days back in a hospital at Mohali. However, the family received the information of his demise on Monday morning. One Hardeep Singh of village Sammewali in the neighbouring Muktsar district was electrocuted here on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road on Monday evening while he was laying metallic wires which accidentally touched a high-power electric wire. 

Organised: Sardar Patel Medical Institute for Multipurpose Health Workers organised a religious education test on Tuesday. Puneet Bajaj, in charge of the examination, said the test aimed at inculcating moral values among the students besides acquainting them with the  rich cultural heritage of the nation. Narinder, Sunil, Sandeep and Inderjit won the top positions. Principal Jagsir Singh honoured the meritorious students. 

: The deputy commissioner celebrated the New Year by distributing blankets and rice among the poor. He spent his time on Monday night by roaming freely at the railway station, bus stand, Phowara Chowk and other localities and wherever he found the poor and needy, he distributed blankets. In this way, he distributed about 70 blankets and 140 kg of rice. His wife and SDM Kehlay accompanied him. 

Stolen: Thieves decamped after stealing from a mobile shop at Tapa on Monday night. As per the information, the thieves broke the locks and shutters of the main gate of the Sivam Mobile Care Centre situated near the Tapa bus stand. The shop owner found the locks of the shop broken in the morning. After the checking, he found his 15 sets of mobiles, a watch and some cash missing. A case has been registered in this  regard. 

New year gifts for police
: The Panjab National Bank honoured the police personnel who were performing their duties in the chill of the night in a novel way by distributing gifts amongst them on the eve of New Year, a press note from the bank informed. Speaking on the occasion, Ajit Jaitly lauded the role of the police and said that the bank wanted to recognise the yeomen services provided by them and salutes them for their act. The bank claimed that the police personnel were quite impressed by the gesture. The police commented that this was for the first time that any organisation had acknowledged their services and thanked the bank for the same. 

Protest march: Ruldu Singh Mansa, state convener of the Punjab Kisan Union, in a press note issued on Tuesday, informed that protest marches would be held in the state from January 15-22 and on January 31 against the unbundling of the PSEB. 

Appeal: A Mansa citizen, Jaspal Singh, has appealed for donating books and magazines for prisoners languishing in jails. He said that these people were also entitled to human rights. He asked for donating books at Park road, ward number 18, Mansa. Reading would help in transforming them, he remarked. 

SGPC information officer summoned: The Punjab Information Commission has summoned the SGPC public information officer (PIO), Amritsar, on January 16, for replying to the complaint of chairman of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission Balwant Singh Khera. Khera had filed a complaint against the SGPC public information officer for not providing information on trusts constituted by the SGPC since its inception under the Right To Information (RTI) Act. 

Petrol station owner booked for firing: The local police on Tuesday booked seven persons, including owner of a petrol station Gurmuk Singh, for firing on members of another group. According to information, a minor dispute occurred at the Ranwan petrol station on the Khanna road here over the collision of a cargo and an oil tanker. During the ensuing quarrel, the incident took place. 

400 patients examined
: The administration, in collaboration with the district-level NGOs coordination society -UPKAR, Blood Donors Council, DCM and Ranbaxy organised a medical check-up camp at nearby Tonsa village to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Kukka movement on Tuesday. DC Gurpal Singh Bhatti inaugurated the camp. Dr H.S. Gill, Dr Manoj Sood, Dr Ravinder, Dr Mukesh and Dr Rakesh Bhasin examined more than 400 patients suffering from various ailments. 

Diabetes camp: Social worker Baldev Nayyar organised the 11th diabetes detection-cum-awareness camp at Banga on Tuesday. He examined about 125 patients at the camp and gave them tips for adopting healthy lifestyle, exercise and dietary habits for diabetes management. 

New ATM: An ATM of State Bank of India was inaugurated by the deputy commissioner Gurpal Singh Bhatti here on Monday. In his address, the bank’s assistant general manager Indu Kanwar explained people about various schemes of 
the SBI.

SPO, home guard ‘manhandled’, 1 held: Jaspal Singh, SPO, and home guard Jagdev Singh were allegedly manhandled by three persons, Golli, Varinder and Sunil, near the old vegetable market, outside Sunami Gate here on Monday evening. In charge of local police station Bharpur Singh said t the SPO and the home guard were on duty to streamline traffic there. When they asked the driver of a tractor-trailer to move his vehicle in a proper manner, the three “manhandled” them. They were under the influence of liquor. Sunil had been arrested. 

‘Mulazam milni’ held: The district unit of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union on Tuesday organised a “mulazam milni” (get-together of employees) and a cultural programme at the district administrative complex here. 

Bishop New Year message: Rt Rev Pardeep Kumar Samanta Rai, bishop, Diocese of Amritsar, in his message on New Year, has taken a serious note of the brutal use of natural sources by people. The bishop was addressing a gathering at the local Saint Thomas Church on Tuesday. 

Jor Mela at Sarhali: More than two lakh devotees attended the annual Jor Mela organised at Sarhali, 27 km from here, on Tuesday in the memory of Baba Tara Singh and Baba Charan Singh, heads of the Kar Sewa Samparadya Sarhali. Heera Singh Gabaria, minister for jails, Punjab, paid tributes to the departed spiritual personalities. 



Community colleges: Haryana Government is making provision to set up new community colleges in the State so as to run 60 different community courses, which will enable the less educated youth to get employment. Haryana technical education and urban local bodies minister A. C. Chaudhary on Monday said those who would get through in community courses, would get an opportunity to improve their skills. 

Irrigation census: The Haryana Land Records Department is conducting a minor irrigation census in all districts, which began on Tuesday and will continue till March 31, with reference year 2006-07. The officers of revenue and agriculture departments will conduct this census. 

Bus fare reduced: Haryana transport minister Mange Ram Gupta on Monday announced to reduce the Haryana Roadways bus fare of Haryana employees who were travelling from Chandigarh to Panchkula from Rs 7 to Rs 5 with immediate effect. Gupta said the employees going from Chandigarh to Panchkula and Panchkula to Chandigarh had to pay a sum of Rs 7 in the Haryana Roadways Employees bus. 

Guest teachers: The ‘haphazard’ policy being pursued by the State Education Department in the matter of appointment of guest teachers in high and senior secondary schools has come in for sharp criticism by the Haryana School Lecturers Association (HSLA). State president of the HSLA Anil Yadav said the departmental authorities need to issue pellucid guidelines in respect of appointment of the guest teachers, adjustment in case of their replacement by permanent appointees and provisions pertaining to their eventual removal from service.

1 killed in road mishap: Hem Karan Sharma died on the spot while his mother Pushpa Devi sustained serious injuries when their motorcycle was hit by an Indica car on the Rewari-Narnaul road near Tint village, 12 km from here, on Saturday night. The mishap occurred when they were returning to Bhalkhi village, near Kund. A case has been registered against the car driver. 

2 killed in mishaps
: Parkash, a resident of Jhallari in Nepal, who was working as a waiter in Darbhanga Jan Shatabdi Express, died on the spot, when he allegedly fell down from the running train near Shani Mandir here on Tuesday. A case has been registered. In another incident, Dhanpati, a middle-aged woman of Safiabad village also lost her life as she was run over by a speeding train on Monday night. 

Land owners want relief: Land owners of about a dozen villages of Jatrana Khap in Kharkhoda tehsil on Monday held a panchayat in Kundal village to demand compensation of their land on the pattern of Delhi i.e. at the rate of Rs 75 lakh per acre. They also found a Sangharsh Samiti under the chairmanship of Balbir Rana to forward their demands to the Chief Minister. 

Rs 8.5 cr for road: After several years of demand to relay the Yamunanagar-Jathlana-Gumthla Rao road, the work on it finally started on Monday. The 20-km road will be constructed at a cost of Rs 8.5 crore and the work will be completed by December next. Deputy commissioner Nitin Yadav said 60 villages with a population of over 50,000 would be benefited with the road. He said the road would also be widened. Heavy traffic on this road has been banned till its completion. 



Heritage complex
: Minister for roads and buildings Gulchain Singh Charak on Tuesday inspected the renovation work on the Mubarak Mandi heritage complex. The renovation work had been assigned to the Archaeological Survey of India. The heritage complex - a symbol of princely state is being renovated at a cost of Rs 54 crore. The renovation work on other parts of the complex had been assigned to another agency. Charak directed both the agencies to speed up the work so as to restore the pristine glory of the complex. 

Bagh-e-Bahu garden: Divisional commissioner Sudhanshu Pandey on Tuesday visited the Bagh-e-Bahu area to take stock of beautification and development works going there. Sitting Congress legislator from Gandhi Nagar, Raman Bhalla; director Tourism Ajay Khajuria and other senior officials accompanied the divisional commissioner. Pandey visited the Bagh-e-Bahu garden, the newly constructed aquarium, Bahu Fort and its adjoining areas. He stressed that spots should be developed at selected areas from were the scenic beauty of the Tawi river and the old city could be seen more minutely. He said these spots would add to the beautification of the Bahu Fort and would attract visitors. 


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