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Candlelight protest rally held: A candlelight rally was organised here on Wednesday by members of the Gazetted Executive Officers Association to protest against the indifferent attitude of the Central Board of Excise and Customs and Ministry of Commerce towards stagnation and pay anomaly. 

All set for pulse polio drive: The Health Department is gearing up for the pulse polio campaign being started on January 6 all over the country. Dr Lehmbar Singh, civil surgeon, in a press statement issued here on Wednesday said there were 1,399 vaccination booths in the district, out of which 687 would cover rural areas and 712 in urban areas. 

Farmer commits suicide
: A debt-ridden farmer committed suicide at Thullewal village, about 15 km from here, on Sunday. The deceased Chamkaur Singh (28), son of Harnek Singh, is survived by his wife and two children, both below the age of seven years. Chamkaur was facing financial difficulties and inhaled some poisonous liquor in his fields. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, but died on the way. After post-mortem, his body was handed over to the family. A case has been registered. 

Theft: Thieves broke into the office of a Punjabi daily on Tuesday night and decamped with two imported cameras and about Rs 15,000 in cash. 

Batala SSP hurt
: SSP R.N. Dhoke was injured in an accident when he was returning home in Kerala. His right thigh bone was fractured in the accident, according to SP (Hq) Paramdeep Singh Teja. The car in which Dhoke was travelling went out of order leading to the accident. The SSP is recuperating at a nursing home in Kerala, according to the SP. The SSP had gone to his home in Kerala a few days back. 

Fake currency recovered
: The Bhagta Bhai police on Wednesday arrested Gurmeet Singh of Baraj village and recovered fake currency amounting Rs 9,700 from his possession. Another accused, Manish Kumar of Bhagta Bhai, managed to escape. Police sources said, on the basis of suspicion, the accused were intercepted and during checking, the fake currency was recovered. A case under sections 489-A, B, C, D and 420 and 34 of the IPC has been registered in this connection at the Dialpura Bhai Ka police station.

Lohri celebrations: The Bathinda Vikas Manch is organising Lohri celebrations for newly-born baby girls. In view of low sex ratio in the region and cases of female foeticide, the celebration of the birth of girls in this manner assumes significance. A press note received claimed that now both the central and the state governments were providing financial help, at the time of birth, for the education of girls. The workers of the Bathinda Vikas Manch are contacting parents of the girls for the celebration. 

Seminar held: To mark the 19th Traffic Awareness Week on Wednesday, a seminar and medical check-up camp for eyes  was organised at the  Truck Union premises in Bathinda. Traffic police officials imparted knowledge about traffic rules at the seminar. Suraksha Helper, an organisation organised a free eye check-up camp for members of the truck union on the occasion. The Traffic Awareness Week that began on January 1 will be observed till  January 8. 

Jail inmates: New Year’s eve was celebrated in Bathinda jail premises where senior regional mamnager of the Punjab National Bank was the chief guest. Woollens were distributed among the inmates as a goodwill gesture.

Blood donation: A blood donation camp was organised to mark the New Year at the Paras Ram Nagar chowk.  As many as 30 people, including women, voluntarily donated blood at the camp. The camp was organised by the Hanuman Seva Samiti  in collaboration with the  Naujawan Welfare Society.

Hurt in mishap: A couple on a scooter were seriously injured when they were knocked down by a speeding car just after they had left a petrol pump after refilling on the Bathinda-Goniana road. The injured, identified as Santosh Kumar, 40, and Meena Kumari, 36, of street number 10, Deep Singh Nagar, were admitted to the civil hospital in Bathinda.

Passed away: Shri Guru Ravidas Parivar Bhalai Sangathan president Sohan Lal Khichi’s mother Sarbati Devi, 76, has passed away. A two-minute silence was observed in her memory  by office-bearers of the  Sangathan and the West Bathinda Welfare Organisation. 

Coonar for Austrian meet
: Joint Director, Medical Education and Research, Punjab, P.P.S. Coonar has been invited by the Government of Austria to attend the Fifth International Symposium of the Austrian Proteomics Platform at Innsbruck from January 20. The symposium will deal with newer trends in bioinformatics. Dr Coonar is an expert in public health and health management. 

: Nearly five unidentified assailants decamped with 80 gm gold jewellery at gunpoint from a goldsmiths’ residence-cum-workshop at Ramganj locality here on Tuesday night. A case has been registered. 

Medical camp: As many as 45 patients received free medical aid at the 10th homoeopathy medical camp organised by the local chapter of the Lions Club in the memory of late R.C. Monga at village Dhudi near here on Wednesday.

Appointed: Pawan Monga, Sanjeev Monga and Madan Mukhija were appointed as the president, secretary and the treasurer respectively of the local Lions Club at a 
ceremony held here on Wednesday. 

Road safety week
: The district transport department organised two functions on Tuesday to mark the commencement of the 19th road safety week. District transport officer Tarlochan Singh Sahota inaugurated the functions held at national highway number 1 and Gurdwara Joyti Swarup. The DTO said the department would hold traffic awareness, free pollution checking and eye-check up camps and would provide reflectors to vehicles. 

IGNOU convocation: The 19th convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been scheduled for February 16. M. Hamid Ansari, vice-president of India, will be the chief guest. The university has invited eligible students to attend the convocation by filling up the registration form online which is available on the homepage of university's website www.ignou.ac.in. The students who wish to attend the convocation in person must send the printout of this form latest by January 15 to the registrar, SRED, IGNOU, New Delhi. 

Run over by train
: Ram Lal (24) died when he was hit by a train engine near Lehli village on Wednesday. His body was found near the tracks in the afternoon and the railway police was informed. The victim was a resident of Bihar and was working at Nahar Factory in Lehli. According to the GRP in charge, the victim was going to the factory when he was hit by the train engine while crossing the tracks. 

Criticised: The Communist Party of India has criticised the new electoral process for the panchayats announced by the state government. 

Transport taxes
: District transport officer R.L. Jassal in a press release issued here on Wednesday said the state government had provided a golden opportunity to transporters to clear their pending dues under the Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924. They can pay their arrears in four monthly instalments. During this period no penalty would be charged, said the DTO.

Eye camp:The district traffic police organised an eye check-up camp in connection with the road safety week currently under way here at the truck union on Wednesday. SP (HQ) Jagtar Singh Kainth inaugurated the camp in which Dr NP Sharma examined the eyes of at least 100 truck drivers.

Flag marches: A meeting of the district unit of anti-privatisation coordination committee was held on Wednesday to chalk out programme of “flag marches” in various villages and towns of the district.

30 held in various cases
: In a special drive launched by the police, 30 persons were arrested in various cases here on Wednesday. Lok Nath Angra, SSP, said the arrested persons included Pardeep, Naresh Kumar, Bachni, Arjan Dass, Kaushalaya Devi, Mevi Masih, Ashim Gupta, Dharam Pal, Sakuntala, Rattni, Chaman Lal, Sunil Kumar, Raj Kumar, Paramjit, Gurmesi, Sanda, Kishno, Surinder Kumar, Gurnam, Surta Singh, Kashmira, Raj Kumar, Sham Lal, Sonu and Jograj. 

Mass marriage solemnised
: Eighty mass marriages were solemnised at a function organised by the Kar Sewa Sect, Sarhali, at Gurdwara Gurpuri Sahib, 26 km from here, on Wednesday, according to the Sikh rites. Baba Sukha Singh, head of the organisation, blessed the couples. 



Effigy burnt
: The Haryana Janhit Congress burnt the effigies of HPCC chief Phool Chand Mulana and chairman of municipal council Neelam Sharma in front of the municipal council gate on Tuesday. Party workers were protesting against corruption prevailing in the council. The demanded that a high-level probe be conducted against the council chief. The workers also raised slogans against the state government and state Congress chief. senior leaders of the parties Sava Singh Chuahan, M.L. Madan and Sushil Kumar were also present. 

Army Day: Army Day will be organised at Convoy Ground in Ambala Cantonement on January 5 and 6. According to a spokesman of the Army, an exhibition would be organised. Sky diving, equestrian display, motorcycle display and military band would be the main attractions of the show. 



Golf course to be upgraded
: Madhuban Meadows Golf Course would be upgraded to 12 holes from nine next year in February. Later, it would be upgraded to 18 holes. Haryana director general of police R. S. Dalal said international standard facilities had been designed in the golf course. 

Pulse polio campaign
: The next phase of the pulse polio campaign would be launched in this district from January 5 to January 8, said deputy commissioner Suresh Kumar Goyal here on Tuesday. As many as 527 booths had been set up and 16 transit teams had been constituted, which would administer polio drops to children. 

Awareness about traffic rules
: The traffic police adopted a unique way of spreading awareness about traffic rules among people here on Tuesday. Instead of issuing challans, commuters were welcomed at different roundabouts and presented flowers along with pamphlets on the traffic rules. 

Application forms
: Sale of membership application forms for the gymkhana club built in Sector-17 of Jagadhri has started. The club is likely to become operational in March. The forms were available at Gobindpuri branch of Punjab National bank here. Deputy commissioner Nitin Kumar after inspecting the club building constructed at a cost of Rs 1.3 crore over three and half acres said initially only 500 persons would be made members of the club. 



Four killed
: Four people died, while five others were injured in separate road mishaps in Jammu on Wednesday. Harjinder Singh, a resident of Gangyal, died on spot when his motorcycle was hit by a speeding car. In another incident, Gulshan Kumar and Mahesh Sharma, residents of Kathua, were killed at Tikri. Meanwhile, Mithu Ram, a resident of Sumeria district in Chattisgarh, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital where he was admitted after being hit by a vehicle near Bagh-e-Bahu, Jammu. 

2 missing: The police is on the lookout for two persons who reportedly went missing from their homes. Darshan Lal (26) of Ladore village went missing on December 21 from his home. In another incident, Sonia of Rayaj village in UP, who was presently residing at Nanak Nagar in Jammu, went missing on December 28. The police said efforts were being made to ascertain the whereabouts of the missing persons. 


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