Accident: One Virender Kumar, a resident of Gidderanwali village, was seriously injured as his motorcycle was hit by a truck while on way to Jandwala Hanwanta village on the Abohar–Sriganganagar road on Monday. His pillion-riding wife Kavita had a narrow escape. Virender had been admitted to the civil hospital here. The truck fled from the scene after the mishap, sources said.
Arrested: During a drive against anti-social elements to check the smuggling of narcotics, the local police arrested a person for possessing 2 kg of opium here on Friday. SSP Parmjeet Singh Garewal informed that a police team guided by Rajesh Kumar, SHO, Dhanaula, set up a barrier near Kot Duna village. A motor-cycle rider, Raja Singh of Gurtahri, Bhikhi in Mansa district, was asked to stop for checking. On search, two kilograms of opium was recovered from his possession. He was arrested immediately. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered. Meanwhile, in three separate cases during the past few days, the local police claimed to have arrested three proclaimed offenders, Gurjant Singh, Baldev Singh and Jagdish Singh.
Celebrated: Hundreds of party workers recently celebrated the elevation of Sukhbir Singh Badal as the party president. The SAD (B) workers held a meeting and distributed sweets. They congratulated Sukhbir Badal as well as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Jagdeep Singh Cheema, general secretary of the Youth Akali Dal, congratulated the Badal family.
Regular status: The Punjab Field and Workshop Workers Union Branch, Sangat branch, Bathinda, has demanded regularisation of the job of workers on daily wages, who have been rendering services for nearly two decades. Though some workers got permanent jobs in 2001 during the previous Akali regime, but still, a large number of employees have been left out. In a press statement, the union rued that some employes were about to retire, but were still getting only Rs 2,400 and Rs 4,645 per month without any allowances.
Ban cellphones: The Bathinda Vikas Manch has demanded strict implementation of the ban on the use of mobile phones in educational institutions and government departments. It would create an atmosphere of learning and improve the standards of education, it said. The Manch praised the Himachal Pradesh government for successfully implementing the ban in schools and colleges. In a press statement, it claimed that the radio waves could prove harmful for children and pregnant women.
Scholarships for Dalits: The Bathinda Vikas Manch has complained that the scholarships for SC students have not been given for the year 2003, 2004 and 2005. In a press statement, the Manch said that scholarships for students from lower sections of society must be encouraged. But the scholarships were given at the end of the year, which defeated its very purpose, it said.
Ravidas Jayanti: The Shri Guru Ravidas Bhalai Sangathan held a meeting under the presidentship of Sohan Lal Khicchi to draw out plan for the celebrations of Ravidas Jayanti. The members of organisation are also leaving for Bararas, birthplace of Guru Ravidas on February 17 and would come back by February 23. At the meeting, members were assigned different responsibilities.
Yoga session: As a sequel to arranging yoga sessions in schools, the Ek Noor Welfare Society and Patanjali Yog Peeth today held a yoga training camp at the Khalsa Senior Secondary School in Bathinda. Harpal Singh, district employment officer, inaugurated the camp and said that in this fast-paced life, yoga could prove useful for maintaining fitness.
Personality development: The personality development week organised by the DAV College, Bathinda, for the overall personality of its final-year students concluded with a discourse by D.S. Grewal, Director- Principal of Bhai Maha Singh College of Engineering, Muktsar. Grewal stressed upon the need for positive thinking to have a radiant personality.
Privatisation protest: The Industrial Training Employees Union plans to organise dharnas at tehsil kendras tomorrow in protest against move to privatise the ITIs in Punjab. The union will also submit a demand charter to the administration. Union president Sunil Dutt Sharma said in a press statement here that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had assured them that no ITI would be privatised.
Man booked for raping minor: The police has booked a person for raping a minor girl after abducting her. An FIR under sections 366 and 376 of the IPC has been registered against accused Amrik who has absconded, according to police station division No 8 additional SHO Om Parkash.
Released: Following the release of the cultural calendar of 2008 which has given a special impetus to the ongoing literary activities in the state, the Haryana Sahitya Akademy has geared up to accomplish more by reaching out to the deep rural areas of Haryana. Commissioner for higher education Shivraman Gaud stated this at Panchkula recently. The volume of Akdemy's official magazine Harigandha had been doubled while a new magazine 'Mhara Haryana' had been launched.
REWARI Body found: The police recovered the body of an unidentified person from a room near Gokalgarh village, 3 km from here, on Sunday. It also seized a phial containing some tablets of celphos. It is suspected that the man may have committed suicide by consuming the tablets.
Body found: The police recovered the body of an unidentified person from a room near Gokalgarh village, 3 km from here, on Sunday. It also seized a phial containing some tablets of celphos. It is suspected that the man may have committed suicide by consuming the tablets.
SRINAGAR Raise retirement age: The labour cell of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday asked the state government to enhance the retirement age of civil servants in the state to 60 years from the existing 58 years. President, state labour cell of the PDP, Ishtiyaq Qadri, called for enhancing the retirement age by two years to remove the discrimination between state and central services' employees. Qadri, who met Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig in this regard, appealed to other Cabinet ministers to support the demand.
Raise retirement age: The labour cell of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday asked the state government to enhance the retirement age of civil servants in the state to 60 years from the existing 58 years. President, state labour cell of the PDP, Ishtiyaq Qadri, called for enhancing the retirement age by two years to remove the discrimination between state and central services' employees. Qadri, who met Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig in this regard, appealed to other Cabinet ministers to support the demand.