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Baby’s body
: The body of a newly-born male child was found abandoned near Gali Number 11/4 on the Power House road in the wee hours of Sunday. Volunteers of Sahara Jan Seva found the baby and informed the police. The body was sent for postmortem and the police registered a case against the un-identified mother.

Ramgarhias protest: The Ramgarahia community has condemned the action in which two members, belonging to their caste, were expelled from the working committee of Gurudwara Sahib Sangat, Civil Station, Bathinda. The community held a meeting at Dharamshala Baba Santu Singh on Ajit road, in which, the members expressed strong resentment over the expulsion of Jeet Singh and Baldev Singh. They accused president Harjagwant Singh with preaching casteism and trying to misuse the finances of the committee.

Congress meet: Under the leadership of Jugraj Singh, vice-president of the District Congress Committee, the local Congress unit held a meeting at Mahina Basti, Dharamshala, and lambasted the SAD (B) –BJP government over old-age and widow pensions and the shagun schemes. They said that the government’s exchequer is empty  and they were just exploiting the poor. The workers were asked to get ready for the next municipal elections.

BJP meeting: According to a press release received by the BJP, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari discussed the encroachment of footpath by shopkeepers, closure of drains, LPG shortage, registration of birth and death at corporation office and shifting of taxi-stand at Amrik Singh road with representatives of the party.

TB control: An awareness programme on TB control was organised at Dashmesh Girls College here on Sunday. The programme was organised by the Diamond Welfare Society. S. Goyal, CF of Punjab State TB Control Society appealed that persons diagnosed with tuberculosis should avail of the DOT therapy from the nearest DOT centre. Goyal  also informed about the early symptoms of the disease and emphasised upon the need to go in for immediate treatment of the  disease.

SAD (A) happy with  Australians
: President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Sirmranjit Singh Mann has expressed gratitude to the Australian government for reversing its earlier decision to supply uranium to India for its nuclear reactors. In a statement here on Sunday, Mann said his party feared that the country would debunk nuclear agreements and use uranium for military purposes.

Opium seized
: While patrolling on Saturday night, Hariana police booked a person identified as Taranjit Singh of Rarki Nimwala Dera Ludhiana and seized 250 gm of opium from him.

State road races
: The state road races which was scheduled for January 20 has been postponed and would be now conducted on January 25 at Guru Nanak Dev University Grounds, Amritsar. The event is being held under the aegis of Punjab Amateur Athletic Association.

15 bags of poppy husk seized: The Sadar police has seized 15 bags of poppy husk worth Rs 6 lakh from a vehicle during a naka on the Rohti Bridge at the Nabha-Patiala road. According to DSP, Nabha, Arsh Deep Singh Gill, the driver and another person with him gave a good chase to the police party led by SHO Bindu Bala before abandoning the vehicle. A case against Yadvinder Singh (Sanour), Pargat Singh (Saharanpur) and Bhupinder Singh (Patiala) has been registered under sections 15, 61 and 85, NDPS Act.

Youth dies
: A youth, Gurdeep Singh was crushed when his motorcycle was allegedly hit by a speeding truck near Vishavakarma Mandir situated at Rahon Road here on Sunday. The truck-driver fled from the scene. Police has started investigating into the matter.

Blood donation: A local social worker Charanjit Singh Bheen organised a blood donation camp on his marriage reception party at Bheen village on Friday. The newly-wed couple, Charanjit Singh and Rajwinder Kaur, inaugurated the camp by donating blood. Around 40 units of blood were collected during the event.

Environment rally: A “save environment rally” was taken out by members of the Lions Club on Sunday. The rally was flagged off by the local bodies’ minister, Manoranjan Kalia at Jalandhar and it reached Nawanshahr after passing through Adampur and Hoshiarpur.

Martyrdom day: The local Arya Samaj (Ved Mandir) organised a declamation contest to mark the martyrdom day of Swami Shradhanand here on Sunday.

2 rail employees suspended
: The Railway Department has suspended two employees responsible for the Saturday incident at the railway station here when two trains the Dauladhar Express 4035 and a passenger train 3ABT came on the same track. Jagtar Singh, senior section engineer (CNW), said guard Malook Mahanto and sitter Ram Murti had been placed under suspension due to negligence in performing their duty. Singh has ordered a probe into the incident.

Clothes distributed
: Members of Aggarwal Prem Sabha distributed woollen clothes to 100 poor students from different schools at the Ramlila Ground, Ragho Majra, on Sunday. Om Lalit Gupta was the chief guest on the occasion. President of the Sabha Kishan Chand Budhu welcomed the guests and lauded the efforts of all the members. President of Aggarwal Sabha, Punjab, Chiranji Lal Garg said the Sabha will get the Aggarwal Bhawan constructed soon. A cultural programme was also organised by students of Akaal Purakh Modern School.



FREE CAMP: Around 200 people benefited from the free diabetic detection camp held at Trun Clinical Laboratory, Sector 46, on Sunday. According to D.S. Kohli, public relation officer of the Lions Club, Chandigarh, the patients were given test reports during the campand those needing treatment were referred to the doctor.

AWARDED: Dr Sanjay Suri, assistant professor of orthodontics at the University of Toronto, has been awarded the prestigious diplomate of the Indian Board of Orthodontics. According to information received here, he was also awarded the Dr Prem Prakash Memorial Award for the best-treated case submitted to the Indian Board of Orthodontics at the recently-concluded 42nd Indian Orthodontics Conference at Nagpur. A former assistant professor at the PGI here, Dr Suri is an alumnus of St John's School and DAV College.

Injured succumbs
: Anita, the 23-year-old resident of Palsora who was injured in an accident here on Monday, succumbed to her injuries today. She died at the PGI, where she was admitted following the accident. Anita was hit by a Honda City car in Phase 1.



Employment fair
: Under the aegis of the Haryana Social Justice and Empowerment Department, a Chennai-based outfit called Ability Foundation will organise an employment fair for the physically challenged in Delhi next month. A state government spokesman said the physically challenged with a minimum of 40 per cent disability and having a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or any professional qualifications, would be eligible to participate.

Professional guidance week: A professional guidance week will be observed by all employment exchanges in Haryana, including university employment guidance centres, from January 21 to 25. Krishan Kumar, director, Employment Department, said the objectives of observing the week were to provide vocational guidance and help students of schools and colleges in choosing their professions. He said experts on various topics would provide guidance. An exhibition would also be put up to highlight various job avenues.

Residential parks
: DLF has initiated its pilot project, community development programme, by adopting the first residential park, located at Gurgaon M-13, DLF Phase II, to make it greener. DLF and Citifinancial have jointly taken up the project. K. Swarup, senior executive director, DLF, said the programme was a step towards their commitment to the residents of Gurgaon. Sandeep Soni, managing director, Citifinancial India, said in this age of globalisation, every citizen should wake up to the urgent need of conserving the environment.

Check bonded labour: DC
: Deputy commissioner R.S.Doon has directed officials of the Labour Department to hold regular inspections to wipe out illegal practice of bonded labour in the district. Addressing a meeting at Vikas Sadan here on Friday, Doon asked the officials to visit brick-kilns and construction sites and check whether bonded labour existed. He also directed the officials to set up makeshift schools for the children of migrant labourers. The Education Department officials informed him that schools had been started and studies would begin from January 21.

Police driver killed
: Dilbag, driver with the Sonepat police, died on the spot when his jeep turned turtle near a juice factory on the Rathdhana road on Friday. A case has been registered. According to information, Dilbag was returning to Sonepat when an animal suddenly came in front of the jeep. While trying to save it, jeep went out of control. A passer by took Dilbag to a hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. According to another report, body of Havildar Vinod Kumar of the Sonepat police was found under suspicious circumstances behind a veterinary hospital in Lakhanmajra in Rohtak district. Cause of death has not yet been ascertained.



1 dies in accident
: Narender, an employee of private construction company ITD at Koldam, was killed when a speeding truck (HP-11A-7745) hit his car head on at Kallar on National Highway No. 21 on Saturday night. He belonged to New Delhi. His colleague, Maheshwari, who was also travelling in the car, was seriously injured in the accident. They were taken to the district hospital here, but Narender was declared brought dead, while Maheshwari was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. A case has been registered.

National youth week: The national youth week celebrations organised by the district Nehru Yuva Kendra in the district concluded with a seminar on AIDS control at Nyayee Salrli near here on Saturday evening. The function was presided over by district youth coordinator Som Datt Zard. District AIDS control officer Savita Mehta was the chief guest. The dignitaries urged the youth to fight social evils. A declamation contest was organised on “Swami Vivekananda - ideal of youth”. Lakhanpal of Nyayi Sarli stood first, Ramesh Chand of Mandi Manwa stood second, while Nandlal Thakur of Kothipura came third. A large number of villagers, members of youth clubs, mahila mandals and yuva mandals participated in the function.

NSS camp: Professor K.S. Dhir, former state convener of the NSS, presided over the concluding function of the 10-day special NSS camp at government postgraduate college here. He urged the youths to make it a habit to adopt social service as a way of life. Chief guest N.K. Sharma, a social worker, urged students to avoid fast food. Programme officer Surender Sharma said 114 NSS campers, including girls, cleaned and beatified the college premises and constructed a village path in Balh-Bhulana apart from spreading awareness among villagers regarding evils of dowry, female foetus, AIDS and polio.

Thieves nabbed
: The police nabbed two thieves at Barotiwala on Saturday night. Om Vir and Naveen were arrested when they entered a mobile shop after unlocking its shutters around 11 pm. Both hailed from Ambala. A salesman of a nearby liquor shop had noticed them. He informed the police. A case has been registered.



Landmine found
: BSF troops recovered a landmine near the Indo-Pak border in Kathua district on Sunday. On a tip-off by a local that a mine was lying in fields near the border in Mithi Char village, the troops recovered and defused the mine.

3 held with charas: Three persons were arrested for allegedly selling charas in the city on Sunday. On a complaint that some “sadhus” were selling narcotics, the police raided a place and arrested the trio identified as Shiv Baba, Dev Giri and Chander Puri and recovered charas from them, official sources said. Meanwhile, a youth was arrested by the police for giving fake currency with a face value of Rs 20,000 to a money-lender in Jammu district.

Fruit cultivation in Bandipora
: An area of 6,230 hectares has been brought under fruit cultivation in Bandipora district, taking fruit production in the area to 53,227 metric tonnes. The fruit production includes 2,410 metric tonnes of dry fruits. Giving details of various schemes, officials said of the technology mission said 250 hectares of additional land had been brought under orchards in Gurez, Bandipora, Aloosa, Hajin and Sumbal blocks of the district. Under development of horticulture in dry land and hilly areas, 34 hectares of land had been covered under the scheme, they said.


Not a rosy picture

The plants in the garden at Bathinda have been covered by a thick layer of fly ash being emitted from the nearby thermal plant.
WINTER WEAR: The plants in the garden at Bathinda have been covered by a thick layer of fly ash being emitted from the nearby thermal plant. — Tribune photo BY Kulbir Beera

The rose garden at Bathinda has gradually started becoming a victim of the fly ash being emitted by the thermal power station.

A thick coat of the ash that virtually rains there has covered the rose plants. An attendant of the garden says that some plants have been unable to survive because of the ash.

The rose garden, maintained by the Bathinda Municipal Corporation, was set up in 1979 over an area of about 18 acres.

Over the years, as many as 35 varieties of roses have been planted in the garden.

The fountain and other water bodies in the complex also wear a dismal look as a thick layer of ash has coated them too.

Around 3000 persons visit the rose garden every morning, particularly during summer. It is a popular meeting point for college girls and boys during noon.

But the way things are, all this ash may dash their plans for a rendezvous.

In defence of research

Mayank Bansal
Mayank Bansal

Even while thousands of unemployed youths complain about a lack of job opportunities in this era of cut-throat competition, there is no dearth of jobs for some talented and hard-working ones.

This is the case of Rohtak-based Mayank Bansal, who has been selected for two Class-I jobs with the Union Ministry of Defence—one of a scientist and the other of a flying pilot — soon after completing his engineering degree.

An alumnus of Model School, Rohtak, and the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, Mayank is at present undergoing training as Scientist ‘B’ with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Girinagar, Pune.

Simultaneously, this mechanical engineering graduate been selected as a flying pilot with the Indian Air Force.

“Mayank is the only student from Haryana to have been selected for the prestigious DRDO job this year,” claims his proud father and veteran journalist Pawan Bansal.

Though making a choice between the DRDO and the Air Force job was a tough job, Mayank chose the former as he felt inspired by former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to do his bit for research in defence technology. “Moreover, my mechanical engineering background will help me exploit my true potential at the DRDO,” he maintains.

Contributed by S.P. Sharma and Sunit Dhawan

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