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: The Lok Kala Kendra would honour Arjuna Award recipient and hockey Olympian Harmeek Singh during its sixth cultural function ĎScandal Dupeharí on February 3 at the DAV College auditorium here, president Iqbal Singh Godara and secretary of the organisation Tirlok Singh Brar said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

Seminar: A seminar was held at DAV College of Education here on Tuesday where P.L. Garg, coordinator at the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, spoke on ways to make the teaching process enjoyable. At another workshop, S.K. Misra and R.K. Singh, experts from the Tapovan Vidyalya, spoke on disabilities management.

: On the call of the Bathinda circle of Technical Services Union, a torchlight procession was taken out in the city by the union. The union also submitted a memorandum of their demands to deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari. Members of other organisations that took part in the protest included the Thermal Plant Employees Federation, Bathinda, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), Khet Mazdoor Union and Mazdoor Union (Mashaal). Addressing the protest march, Gurdeep Singh Rampura, state vice -president, Technical Services Union, demanded from the government that seven dismissed employees of the Patiala circle and suspended employees of Muktsar and Faridkot should be reinstated as soon as possible. 

Killed: Jaspal Singh (35) of Lambi village was killed in a road mishap on Bathinda-Badal road on Tuesday. He was driving a scooter. The volunteers of Sahara Jan Seva rushed him to the civil hospital. He succumbed to his injuries later. After the postmortem, the body was handed over to the family members. 

Lala Lajpat Rai remembered
: Tributes were paid to Punjab Kesri Lala Lajpat Rai on his 143rd birth anniversary at a function organised by the Servants of the People Society here on Monday evening. Rakesh Sood, wife of the Punjab forest minister, said Lala Lajpat Rai was a great freedom fighter who sacrificed his life during the freedom struggle. He also announced a grant of Rs 21,000 for the development of the societyís Shiksha Kendra. 

Man hangs self: Mahesh Dhir (32), son of Kasturi Lal, committed suicide by hanging himself from a girder of a ceiling of a room at his house in Model Colony here on Tuesday morning. According to police sources, his wife divorced him three years ago due to which he was under tension. He leaves behind his five-year-old daughter.

Eyes donated: The eyes of Daljit Singh, son of Gurbachan Singh of Premgarh, were donated after his death by his family to the Eyes Donation Association here on Tuesday. According to association president Bahadur Singh Sunet, the donated eyes were sent to the eye bank of Government Medical College, Patiala.

Ex-PM Gujral lauds VC
: Former Prime Minister of India Inder Kumar Gujral lauded Jaspal Singh, VC, Punjabi University, here and hoped that he would take the university to glory. Gujral stated this while presiding over a programme organised by Sikhs of Delhi at the FICCI Auditorium, New Delhi, to honour Dr Jaspal Singh on Sunday. Former diplomat Kuldip Nayar, former chairman of the Minorities Commission Tarlochan Singh, general secretary of the SAD Prem Singh Chandumajra, Jathedar Avtar Singh Hit and Dr Mahip Singh were the other speakers. 

AFSO held for taking bribe: A team of the local Vigilance Bureau, headed by DSP Roop Singh Maur, on Monday arrested Lehragaga assistant food and supply officer (AFSO) Buta Singh when he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 15,000 from Baldev Krishan in his office at Lehragaga. This was stated by the DSP, Maur.

Rs 95,000 looted at knife point: Six persons, who were in a white Gypsy, looted at knife point Rs 95,000 from Bhola Ram, an employee of a soap factory at Bhikhi village, here on Tuesday. DSP Pritpal Singh Thind said Bhola had been going to Dhuri from Bhikhi when the incident took place between Namol and Ubhawal villages. A case has been registered. 

Spice told to pay relief: The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Spice Telecom Private Limited to pay a sum of Rs 10,000 as compensation for mental tension and harassment to complainant Ram Pal Verma, who runs a Colour Lab here. President of the forum M.D. Sharma has also directed the company to reactivate the complainantís mobile connection and pay him Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses. The company had sent Verma a bill of Rs 1,170 in the name of one Munish Bhalla. It also disconnected his mobile connection. Nothing happened despite a legal notice. So the complainant filed the complaint with the forum, seeking relief. 

PSEB workers hold protest: Activists of the Technical Services Union (TSU) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), along with farmers and workers, under the leadership of Sangrur Circle president of the TSU Gurdev Singh, took out a protest march through the main bazaars of the town to the office of the DC here on Tuesday in support of their demands.



Manoj Kumar, Platoon Commander, Haryana Home Guards, who has been awarded the Presidentís medal for meritorious service
Manoj Kumar, Platoon Commander, Haryana Home Guards, who has been awarded the Presidentís medal for meritorious service

Docís registration cancelled: The Haryana Medical Council has cancelled the registration of a doctor, M.P. Kamboj, registration no. HN 2740, Hisar, for five years for being convicted by a court for violation of the Pre-natal Diagnostic Technique Act. Charges have also been framed against Dr N.C. Bansal of Hisar for violation of the PNDT Act. 

Rally at Ateli: Naresh Yadav, independent member of the Haryana Assembly, on Tuesday said the Kishan Sangharsh Samiti headed by him would hold a rally at Ateli on February 17 to honour Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for the state governmentís step of arranging long-term cash compensation for farmers whose land would be taken over for setting up of SEZs. He said the samiti had initially protested against the acquisition of land for SEZs. But, since Hooda has kept his promise of giving adequate compensation to the landholder, the samiti has decided to honour him. 

Meeting on Feb 3: A meeting will be organised at Dubaldhan village in Jhajjar district to mourn the death of Dalip Singh, father of Haryana Assembly speaker Raghubir Singh Kadiyan, on February 3. Government functionaries and legislators, including Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and others, will attend the meeting. 

Youth booked: The police has registered a case of attempt to commit suicide under Section 309 of the IPC against a youth, Laxman, who reportedly made a bid to end his life in the custody of the Sadar police here on Monday. A spokesman of the police said Laxman of Matanhale village, who was recently arrested by the Jhajjar police in a criminal case, was brought to the Sadar police station on transit warrant in connection with a case of theft, which was registered against him here sometime ago. 

Maya to address rally: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati would address a rally of her party at Karnal on March 2, state party leader Dev Raj Dewan said while addressing a series of public meetings at Shamri, Garhwal and other villages of Gohana subdivision of the district on Monday. He claimed that the people of the state were fed up with the Congress, INLD and the BJP and wanted an alternative. 



Lok Adalat week: The Tehsil Legal Services Committee, Anantnag, is organising Lok Adalats in the Court complex of Chief Judicial Magistrate for three days from January 31 to February 2, to settle the pending cases in various courts of Sub Judge and District Mobile Magistrate. 

Hospital complex: The 300-bedded district hospital complex at Baramulla is coming up at a cost of Rs 62.12 crore. The first phase of the hospital is expected to be commissioned shortly, director health services Kashmir Dr Muzaffar Ahmad said adding that it would have all diagnostic facilities available. 

Development works: A meeting of officers under the chairmanship of district development commissioner, Pulwama, reviewed the implementation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) on Tuesday. It directed the Health Department that Rs 1 crore sanctioned for development of Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) should be expended for essential works. 


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