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: A motorcyclist, Mahabir of Sardarpura village outside the sub-division complex, was crushed to death by a truck on Monday evening. The victim, aged about 29, was rushed to the civil hospital but died on the way. Some persons along with local police chased the truck and nabbed its driver later. The police has impounded the truck. 

Raped: The police arrested one Arjun Singh of Dhaani Sukhchain village here and rescued a girl of the same locality during a raid carried in the Jaisalmer region of Rajasthan, sources confirmed on Tuesday. The girl alleged that Arjun Singh had kidnapped her last Monday from the fields and sexually assaulted her at his relative’s house near Jaisalmer. The girl was medically examined at Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital on Monday evening. The accused has been booked under sections 363, 366 and 376 of the IPC, sources added. 

Protest: Members of different trade unions at a meeting here on Tuesday resolved to stage a dharna outside the office of the deputy commissioner, Ferozepur, on February 8 under the banner of the Sarkari School Sikhia Bachao Manch. Manch office-bearers informed that a meeting had been fixed for Republic Day here in Nehru Park to give a final touch to the  dharna scheduled for  February 8. 

Arrested: The police here arrested Jarnail Singh Jaggu and Chhinder Kaur, residents of Government Seed Farm Colony, on Monday evening under the NDPS Act after the recovery of 10 gm and 8 gm smack from their possession, sources said. 

Struggle committee formed: To press for the extension of the rail freight corridor, proposed to be set up from Delhi to Ludhiana, up to Attari border, the SAD-BJP alliance has constituted a struggle committee. The committee will have Amritsar MP Navjot Sidhu as its convenor, besides minister for health and family welfare Laxmi Kanta Chawla, minister for information and public relations Bikram Singh Majithia, Amritsar mayor Shawet Malik, MLAs Anil Joshi, Raminder Singh Bularia, Malkiat Singh and Dalbir Singh, general secretary of state BJP Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, district BJP president Bakshi Ram Arora and president of SAD (City) Bawa Singh Ghumanpura.

: According to a press release received from the Mathematics Teachers Association, Bathinda unit, the ‘Sarkari School Sikhiya Bachao Manch’ has decided to hold disrict level dharnas on February 8. On February 17, a rally would be held in Kapurthala, the constituency of the present education minister of Punjab. 

PSVDA threat: The Punjab State Veterinary Doctors Association ( PSVDA) sent a memorandum to the director of rural development and panchayats, director of animal husbandry, Punjab, and additional DC, Bathnda, urging them to regularise their services. Otherwise, they would not contribute in the event of an outbreak of bird-flue in Punjab, a press note informed on Tuesday of the decision. 

SI booked for taking bribe
: The district police has booked a sub-inspector of the Punjab police posted at the Jaure Chhitra police post for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a farmer. The SI, Daljit Singh, had been booked on a complaint of Gurmeet Singh of Ballagan village. The suspect is absconding. 

Boy missing:Thirteen-year-old Rohit Kumar Patel, alias Bunny, has been missing from his home in PAP Complex, Jalandhar cantonment, since January 15, according to the police. 

Student honoured
: Kawaldeep Singh Badal, a student of class VIII of Sohrab Public School, Malerkotla, who won the national championship in badminton during the 53rd National School Games held at Panchkula from January 15 to 20, 2008, was honoured by the school management on Tuesday. 

: To remove the grievances of freedom fighters and ex-servicemen, a seminar was held at the Government Secondary School, Bhamme Kalan, on Monday where related issues were discussed.  

Respect BJP cadre, SAD told
: Punjab BJP president Rajinder Bhandari has appealed to coalition partners to respect the BJP cadre in the state. He was talking to reporters after meeting local BJP leadership in the town on Monday. He said on some occasions ruling party leaders had not given due respect to party workers. On the demand of the post of Deputy Chief Minister in bargain of accepting Sukhbir as Chief Minister, he said the BJP had not received any proposal. 

SBoP awards
: A.C. Verma, managing director of State Bank of Patiala, on Tuesday honoured 22 children nominated for National Bravery Awards to be given on Republic Day. The function was attended by parents, senior functionaries of Indian Council for Child Welfare and other officers. 

Contest: As part of Republic Day celebrations, All India Human Rights Association organised an inter-school paper reading contest at Green Well High School here on Tuesday. 

Driver booked: A day after the death of a motorcyclist in a collision, an FIR under sections 279, 304-A and 427 of the IPC was registered against Gurmeet Singh, driver of a government vehicle, at Sadar thana here. Balhar Singh (35) of Mahal village, Jalandhar, died after his bike hit a speeding Tata Sierra and an escort vehicle of the Chief Minister’s fleet which was heading towards Hoshiarpur on Sunday. 

Excise raid: Premises of an export house dealing in diesel engine parts was raided on Monday by five teams of the central excise department.

: A polyclinic and sample collection centre, on the initiative of the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital (GSMCH), was started at Zirakpur on Tuesday. Dr A. S. Sekhon, Principal of GSMCH, said initially there would be limited departments in which tests would be conducted. 

9 samples of milk collected
: With a view to check adulteration in food items in the district, a team of doctors and other staff members, headed by district health officer (DHO) K.C. Goyal, on Tuesday collected nine samples of milk and other food items from Sunam and Cheema Mandi areas. Dr Goyal said all samples had been sent to the state public analyst, Punjab, Chandigarh, for analysis. 

Tree lover honoured: The Eco Club of Government Senior Secondary School, Saron village, on Tuesday held its annual function. Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Ghanauri, Harjinder Kaur honoured the winners. Principal of Saron School Surjit Singh honoured a tree lover Rattan Bhandhari. 



Fire averted: Fire broke out inside a locked house at Sector 8 here on Tuesday. The house owner, SR Mehta, has been abroad since the last few days. Neighbours of house number 432, Sector 8, informed the police and the fire was extinguished in time. 



‘Reduce telecom rates’
: In a memorandum to the Union Government, the Alpine Region Welfare Council has demanded that the tariff of telecommunication services should be reduced to suit the paying capacity of the people of the state. It has demanded that the relaxation may be granted as a ‘special case’ because the people were living in tough mountainous terrains and had relatives settled in far-flung areas. In case it was so decided, the subsidised rates should be enforced on all telecom companies, it has demanded. 

Jail inmate dies: Jalam Singh (78), an inmate of Model Central Jail, Nahan, who was undergoing life imprisonment died at the district hospital here on Monday. He was suffering from asthmatic ailment and was under treatment. According to the jail authorities, the he was a resident of Nohra Dhar area and was not well for several months. He had died a natural death. 

Additional charge
: B.S.Rajpal, Chief Engineer of Central Zone, Mandi, has been given additional charge as the engineer -in-chief, PWD. The post fell vacant with the retirement of S.P.Negi on December 31. The Virbhadra Singh regime had granted extension in service to Negi up to March 31, 2008, but he had to quit after the BJP government as a matter of principle decided to cancel all extensions in service. Rajpal is the seniormost chief engineer in the department. 

Explanation sought: Tightening the noose around latecomers the state secretariat administration today sought explanation from 16 officials who failed to arrive in time. The officials working in various sections were found absent during a surprise check conducted at 10.10 am. They have been asked to give reasons for not reaching the office in time. The surprise check was part of the government’s drive to ensure punctuality among officers and employees. 


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