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: A team from the health department on Friday raided two wholesale medicine shops near the municipal bus stand here. An official spokesman said the owners of the shops failed to provide the legal documents for storing 2.83 lakh prohibited medicines and 235 injections. The shops were sealed and action against the owners was recommended to the authorities. The district health officer also took samples of drinking water in different localities.

Govt ignoring poor farmers, says BKU: Atul Kumar Anjaan, national general secretary of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), addressed a rally to mark the birth anniversary of Shaheed Baba Sohan Singh Bakhna, founder member of the Gadhar Movement, organised by the CPI, here on Friday. Earlier, various leaders of the CPI and the BKU, along with hundreds of activists of the party, paid obeisance at the memorial of Baba Sohan Singh Bakhna. 

Medical camp
: The Barnala Welfare Club will organise a free medical check-up camp at the Government High School in Barnala on Sunday. Giving this information, club chairman Vivek Sindhwani said patients of blood sugar, brain, heart, spinal cord and stomach ailments would be checked at the camp free of cost.

School trip
: Students from the Different Convent School went on an educational and religious trip to Salasar, Churu, Sardargarh and Jaipur on December 29, a press note informed on Friday. It was a free trip in which around 25 students from class III onwards participated. 

Celebrations: The Bathinda Vikas Manch on Friday held the birthday celebrations of Dishant Sachedva, daughter of an office-bearer of Shri Arora Bus Sabha Yuva Prakosht, at Phus Mandi where woollens were given to 50 students. 

CM greets people
: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday extended his greetings to the people of Punjab on the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh and exhorted them to follow the noble teachings. 

Mehboob’s book released: Eminent Sikh scholar Harinder Singh Mehboob said here on Friday. “Sikhism could not be wiped out and its followers would remain in high spirits. However, these crisis have even made them stronger”, he said while speaking at the release of the fourth part of his epic “Elahi Nadar De Pende” here. Others who spoke were Balkar Singh, Gur Taran Singh, Gurtej Singh, Kulbir Singh, Daljit Singh Bittu. 

Two injured
: Two persons were injured, one of them seriously, when a rashly driven truck, coming from Barwala side, collided with a car on Friday. The injured were rushed to the civil hospital and the truck was impounded. The driver of the truck fled from the spot and a case of rash and negligent driving was registered against him. The two injured include Amit Rana and Sahib Ram, residents of Hissar.

Dead: An 18-year-old girl died due to poisoning on Friday. The victim, Mandeep Kaur, a resident of Sheikhpura Kalan village, was unwell and undergoing some treatment. She reportedly consumed an expired medicine and fell unconscious. She was rushed to the Dera Bassi civil hospital from where she was shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, where she died ON Friday afternoon. 

Teachers transferred: Six teachers of Government High School at Chatt village have been transferred following disciplinary action. According to sources, head of the school Kamla Devi and five other teachers were transferred on Thursday following complaints that the school had shown very poor results. It was also reportedly discovered by the education department that the school staff had tampered with the results to project a better picture of the school. 

Traffic awareness
: Under the leadership of M.F. Farooqi, senior superintendent of police, Mansa, a ‘Road Security Week’ was organised on Thursday. On the occasion, a rally was also organised. The principal of the DAV School, Sudeer Thakur, and the in-charge of the traffic police, inspector Hardyal Singh, flagged off the rally. The students carried placards to create awareness about the traffic rules. The students were made aware of the traffic rules by their teachers and the traffic police, Mansa. 

2 Cong leaders convicted
: A local court has awarded two-and-a-half years rigorous imprisonment to senior Congress leaders and PCC members Amarjit Singh of Rajyana and Lalit Sharma of Baghapurana in a criminal case. Judicial Magistrate Rajvinder Kaur also slapped a fine of Rs 2000 each on them on Wednesday. The duo armed with fire arms trespassed the house of Hardev Kaur and threatened her to handover her husband to them.

Convicted: A local court has awarded two-and-a-half years rigorous imprisonment to senior Congress leaders and PCC members Amarjit Singh of Rajyana and Lalit Sharma of Baghapurana in a criminal case. Judicial Magistrate Rajvinder Kaur also slapped a fine of Rs 2000 each on them on Wednesday. The duo armed with fire arms trespassed the house of Hardev Kaur and threatened her to handover her husband to them. 

‘Insure NRIs visiting India’: Baldev Singh Baluana, president of the World Sikh Intellectual Council, at its meeting held on Friday, urged the authorities concerned to get all NRIs visiting India insured. Baluana also said there was no provision for banks to give loans to NRIs and urged the authorities to provide loans to them. He added that there should be Suvidha Centres so that NRIs could contact these if they had any problems. Baluana said he would take up these demands in an NRI sammelan to be held at Chandigarh and Jalandhar on January 5 and 6 respectively. 

Elected: Jathedar Soudagar Singh Moondkhera has been unanimously elected chairman of Primary State Cooperative Agricultural Bank (PADB) by its board of directors on Friday. 

Suspended BDPO booked
: A case has been registered at Chabal police station against Rasal Singh, BDPO, Bhikhiwind, for committing fraud in grants released by the state government under the Punjab Nirman Scheme. The services of the BDPO have already been put under suspension by the panchayat. 



Book released
: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda released a poetry book "Raat ka Suraj" written by noted writer Keshav Chander Wadhawan on Friday. Containing 24 poems, the book gives inspiration to all those who struggle hard in life particularly the handicapped. Hooda appreciated the enthusiasm of Wadhawan saying that his writings were an inspiration for everyone. A victim of polio from a young age, Wadhawan is crippled in the lower limbs and walks with the support of iron callipers and clutches. Wadhawan is currently editor of Haryana Samvad, a monthly state government journal, and deputy director in the public relations department of the Haryana government. 

: H.S.Bains, deputy chief engineer, distribution circle (Mohali) of the Punjab State Electricity Board, has been promoted as chief engineer. He has been given charge of the enforcement wing of the board at Patiala. 

More tube wells demanded: Kuljit Singh Bedi, municipal councillor, has requested the director, department of local government, to personally intervene and give directions for the sinking of five new tube wells in Mohali. Bedi said estimates for these tube wells were cleared at the general body meeting of the municipal council held on April 30. Even as the financial year was coming to an end, no work had started on sinking of these tube wells as yet. Residents were likely to face water shortage if the work was not done on a priority basis. 



Stone quarries’ auction
: The Haryana mines and geology department will hold the auction of seven quarries of the district at mini-secretariat here on January 15. A spokesman on Thursday said the auction would be held for grant of quarry wise contracts for the extraction of the minor minerals for the period up to March 31, 2010. Mining contractors, who want to take part in the auction, should prepare a mining plan giving the details of mining operations. 

Appointed: The Haryana government has appointed Rana Joginder Salwan of Salwan village, Karnal, as the chairman of the Market Committee, Assandh, Karnal, with immediate effect. 

Posting, transfer orders: The Haryana government has issued posting and transfer orders of one IPS and two HPS officers with immediate effect. IPS Sultan Singh has been posted as AIG, welfare, with additional charge of Commandant, 2nd Bn HAP, Madhuban. DSP, Ferozeput Jhirka, Mahavir Singh has been posted as DSP, Ist Bn HAP, Ambala against a vacant post. Banwari Lal, DSP (traffic), Sonepat, has been posted as DSP, Ferozepur Jhirka, in place of Mahavir Singh. 

Nagar kirtan organised: A nagar kirtan was organised here today on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. The nagar kirtan starting from Guru Nanak Pura Gurdwara passed through all main markets of the town. A large number of people, including women and children, participated in the kirtan in their colourful attires. Children from various schools of the town marched with the procession. People paid obeisance to the palki of Guru Granth Sahib, wherever the nagar kirtan stopped. 

Panel for BPL survey
: A committee comprising officials of the district administration was constituted on Friday to rectify irregularities in the BPL survey. The committee after conducting a detailed survey would prepare the fresh BPL list by January 18, said deputy commissioner V. Umashankar. Officials at each subdivision after holding meetings with villagers would prepare details of the claimants and required changes would be made after the verification. The officials would also verify the facts of the applications, which had already been submitted by the villagers, he added. 



Decision welcomed
: Himachal Pradesh state non-gazetted employees federation has appreciated first declarations of Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal of hiking social welfare pension and also daily wages in the State, benefiting many poor families. State senior vice-president of the federation N. R. Thakur said on Thursday that this was for the first time that social welfare pensions had been enhanced by Rs 100 per month. 

: K. K. Joshi, chief engineer (in charge) of the Chamera Hydroelectric Project (stage-III) being executed by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) in Chamba district, has been promoted as general manager, according to an official communiqué issued here on Thursday. 

Horticulture: Farmer and orchardists have demanded the newly formed government to resume the working of a horticulture centre at Sundla in Bhalayee sub-tehsil, which was closed about three years ago. The farmers of the area said they had been getting latest tools and other necessary equipments besides insecticides and pesticides through this horticulture centre. 

: The following were elected office-bearers of the Dalhousie Bar Association on Thursday. K. K. Thakur - president, R.G. Kaushal - vice-president, Nittin Mahajan - secretary, Monica Vig - joint-secretary, R. K. Mahajan - press-secretary and R. L. Thakur - treasurer. 

Non-gazetted staff body
: Vice-president of the Himachal Pradesh non-gazetted employee’s federation P. C. Verma has criticised the attempts of few leaders of the employees to put a lock on the office of the federation at HP secretariat, Shimla. He said such attempts would not serve any purpose and this only showed that how desperate few leaders were to grab the federation forum. 

Convocation: The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Hamirpur is organising its annual convocation on January 5. Giving this information, director of the NIT Dr I. K. Bhat said 428 students of B.Tech and B.Architect of 2006 and 07 batches would be awarded their degrees on the occasion. 

: The decision of the state government to hike daily wages of the labourers from Rs 75 to Rs 100 and social security pensions from Rs 200 to Rs 300 to elderly widows and physically challenged has been hailed by former office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh Public Relation Officers Association. Rajendra Rajan, president, and R.C. Sharma general secretary of the association, have said the step reflects the pro-poor attitude of Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal. 

Pulse polio booths
: The Health Department is gearing up for making pulse polio drive a success. The department has set up 160 vaccination booths for administering polio drops to children in the block on January 6. Around 24,000 kids will be administered pulse polio drops on that day. The department has deputed 640 health employees and 32 observers for the purpose. 


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