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Miscreants continue targeting shops in this sub-divisional town as the authorities failed to implement the community police officer (CPO) scheme. And on Thursday night, unidentified persons burgled a godown hired by a cloth trader near Chintpurani Mata Mandir in the Prem Nagar locality here. Mohit Chagti, proprietor of the godown, informed that the cloth rolls worth Rs 1 lakh had been stolen.

Awarded: Shreshta Kumari and Amit Juneja of the DAV College of Education here have been awarded gold medals during the 57 th annual convocation of the Panjab University for topping in B.Ed. and M.Ed. exams respectively, in 2005 and 2006, the principal of the college informed. 

Fire: One Amit Kumar of Jain Nagar and his mother had a miraculous escape as their Maruti car caught fire inside the municipal bus stand on Friday afternoon. It took half an hour to bring it under control. The cause is yet to be ascertained.

Killed: One Phoola Singh of Thakar Abadi here was killed on the spot while his two sons sustained injuries when their jeep collided head on with a truck coming from Hanumangarh on the city bypass Friday.

Poland govt decision welcomed:
SGPC president Avtar Singh on Friday welcomed the decision of the government of Poland to allow the Sikh community to set up a gurdwara in Warsaw and practise their religion in the fullest form. He said this reflected that the people of Poland had respect for human sentiments.

Panchayati tournament:
The Punjab State Panchayati Tournament for boys and girls in the under-16 category would be held at the Sports Stadium here from January 27 to 29. More than 2,500 sportspersons and officials are expected to take part in it. Giving details, Upjit Singh Brar, additional deputy commissioner, Bathinda, said, “Events like athletics, basketball, hockey, kabaddi and volleyball would be held.” Sukhwinder Singh Buttar, district sports officer, informed that events like volleyball (girls) would be held at the grounds of Government Senior Secondary School (Girls), Bathinda. Hockey and volleyball (boys) events would be held at the Police Lines, basketball at Khalsa School and the remaining games at the sports stadium.

Selection trial: Selection trials for the Pepsu women’s hockey team for the Senior Women’s Hockey Championship, to be held at Jalandhar from February 1 to 9, would be organised at the Sports Stadium here on January 20. The District Women’s Hockey Association, Bathinda would conduct the trial. According to Rajwant Singh Mann, secretary of the association, “After the selection trials, a ten-day training camp would be organised for the probables at Bathinda from January 21 to 31. Final selection of the team would be made on January 31.” 

‘Industrial situation not encouraging’:
Senior leader of the BJP Balramji Dass Tandon on Thursday said the reports regarding clashes of Sikhs and dera followers in the state were very unfortunate. It gave a wrong impression of the Punjab government, he said and added that the condition prevailing on the industrial front in the state was also not encouraging at all.

SP, Investigation, transferred: The Punjab government on Friday transferred Karamjit Singh, SP, Investigation, Lokpal, as assistant commandant of 6th IRB Ladda Kothi.

Top honours:
Sohajbir Singh Ubha, a student of class X at Divine Light International School, Sirhind, bagged the first position in state-level essay writing competition organised by Reserve Bank of India. Sohajbir competed against 1,700 participants from across the state and won cash prize of Rs 7,500, a trophy and certificate. 

Blood donation:
A blood donation camp was organised at the local civil hospital on Friday to mark the 150th anniversary of Namdhari sect saint, Baba Ram Singh. 

Drive to educate auto drivers:
The police, besides educating autorickshaw drivers, has also roped in various non-government organisations (NGOs) and schoolchildren for regulating traffic. As part of education and awareness, the police has even started distributing sweets among the drivers. Pathankot SP Harpreet Singh claimed that over 35 police personnel had been put on duty to regulate vehicular traffic on city roads. 

Online Local Bodies records:
The state government has decided to computerise all records maintained by the Local Bodies Department to streamline its working. The project will be begun at Mohali and completed this month, following which it will be implemented across the state. This was stated by local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia here on Thursday.

Dam employees block traffic:
Members of the Ranjit Sagar Dam joint action committee staged a dharna and blocked the Pathankot-Ranjit Sagar Dam road for over two hours in support of their demands.They raised slogans against the previous and present state governments for not releasing the pension of retired staff, besides deducting the gratuity and other monetary benefits.They complained that the SAD-BJP-led government had started harassing them by starting the recovery of money.The members threatened to intensify the agitation if their problems were not redressed.

6 medical officers promoted:
The Health Department has promoted six medical officers (PCMS-I) to the rank of deputy director. The promoted officers are Dr Maheshwar Dutt Sharda, BBMB Hospital, Nangal, Dr Santosh Sharma, SMO, Civil Hospital, Anandpur Sahib, Dr Parveen Sikka, ESI Hospital, Ludhiana, Dr Neelam Bajaj, DMC, Faridkot, Dr Surat Singh Mahia, District Family Planning Officer, and Dr N.K. Kaushal, working on deputation at Chandigarh. The orders have been issued by Vijay Jain, principal secretary of the department.



Blood donation camp
: A blood donation camp was organised at Gurudwara Singh Shahidaan Sohana on Friday. A team of PGI blood bank collected 200 units of blood while a team of GMCH-32 collected 101 units of blood during the camp. Abheyjit Singh Sandhu, a family member of Shahid Bhagat Singh, also donated blood on the occasion.

Run over by truck:
Lajwanti, a resident of ward number 5, was crushed to death at Pinjore when a truck hit her at T-point on Friday evening. According to information, the victim was crossing the road when a truck coming from Nalagarh side crushed her, killing on the spot. Truck driver Ramesh was arrested and the body was sent for postmortem. 

New scheme: Under a new scheme for girl students belonging to Scheduled Castes studying in government colleges of Haryana, 117 bicycles were received from the state government at Kalka on Friday. The bicycles will be distributed among the girls of Haryana domicile. The girls who had secured 50 per cent marks or above in lower examinations were eligible to get the bicycles. 



Robbers’ gang busted:
The Ambala police nabbed a gang on Friday which was planning a burglary in Ambala city. Those arrested include Anurudheen, Gulpham, Shokin, Aaysha and Raja. The police produced them in a local court which remanded them to police custody for three days. All four belonged to Mujaffarnagar. A country-made pistol, some fake currency, a motorcycle, a car and some other articles were recovered from them.

Inaugurated: Deputy commissioner Mohammad Shayin inaugurated Rotary Cancer and General Hospital at Ambala Cantonment on Friday, which will be run by Rotary Club, Ambala. The club will spend Rs 1 crore on its construction, provide cancer detection and treatment facility. Club president Pradeep Jain said the Red Cross Society had provided a piece of land to the club for this purpose. He said mammography, deep x-ray and ultrasound machines would be available in this hospital.

Development works:
Under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) Scheme, Rs 20.29 crore has been utilised in Haryana on various development works during the current financial year. Stating this here on Friday, a spokesman of the Rural Development Department said the Centre had provided a total of Rs 30 crore this year under the scheme under which various projects were underway in the state. 

Dhaba sites to be auctioned: The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will hold a limited auction of 89 freehold dhaba sites at primary locations of Sonipat and Karnal on January 29 and January 30, respectively. While stating this here on Thursday, a spokesman of the HUDA said out of these 89 dhaba sites, 31 in Sector-4 (part-1) of Karnal and 58 sites in Sector-19 and 58 of Sonipat would be auctioned at Estate offices of the HUDA at Sonipat and Karnal. 

Pharmacy council: The Haryana government has reconstituted the Haryana State Pharmacy Council with six elected members, five nominated members and three ex-officio members. The elected members are Dhanesh Adlakha of Faridabad, Vijay Kumar of Ellenabad in Sirsa district, Rakesh Dahiya from Sonipat, Gurcharan Singh of Padlu village in Kurukshetra, Krishan Kumar Sharma of Narnaul and Raj Kumar of Chhachhrauli in Yamunanagar district.

First observation home: The Haryana government has notified the ‘State After Care Home for Girls’ in Karnal as the first ‘observation home’ for girls in the state. Another such institution ‘home’ has been set up at Faridabad as part of the government’s move to set up four new ‘observation homes’, a spokesman for the Haryana Social Justice and Empowerment Department said.

Demand for Surajmal’s statue:
The International Jat-utthan Manch has demanded that a statue of great Jat warrior Maharaja Surajmal be installed at the Delhi bypass chowk of the town. In a press statement issued here on Friday, manch president Kuldeep Malik Lamboo urged Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to get Maharaja Surajmal’s statute installed in view of his high stature and notable contribution.



83 development works:
About 83 development works to be constructed at a cost of Rs 226 crore in Baramulla district are presently under construction. This was stated at a review meeting convened by the district development commissioner on Friday. The commissioner said two hospitals at Sopore and Baramulla estimated to cost Rs 114 crore and the north campus of the Kashmir University to be constructed at a cost of Rs 4.65 crore were at various stages of execution. 

Muharram preparations:
The district development commissioner in a meeting on Friday said adequate stocks of essentials were available in Budgam district to meet the demand of the people in view of Muharram. He said the control room established to oversee road clearance, smooth supply of electricity and drinking water was working round the clock and all roads connecting the district headquarter with the respective tehsils were clear. He said power supply was stable and drinking water facilities had been made available.

More Hajis return:
Another batch of 434 Hajis, including 156 women, arrived by two special flights here on Friday. The first flight ferried 218 Hajis and second one 216 Hajis. 

Car driver killed: A Maruti Car and a truck collided with each other near Pattan resulting in the death of the car driver, head constable Mohammad Yousuf Sheikh, on Thursday evening.

Appointment cancelled: On the basis of an inquiry held by the additional district development commissioner, Srinagar, it has been established that Aijaz Ahmad Latoo had managed to get a compassionate appointment by misrepresentation of facts in a planned manner. His appointment has been withdrawn and the amount of salary received by him has been ordered to be recovered.


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