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Verma is ISO  of Damtal:
Social worker Dr Nancy Verma of Pathankot has been  elected as international service organiser (ISO) of Inner Wheel Club Damtal, district-307, India. She defeated Uma Bhagat  of Dharamsala. The  election of the district-307 executive committee for the year 2008-09 was held at Amritsar. Dr Verma has also got a state award for social work. 

Alumni meet: As many as 40 alumni of government medical college, would participate in the golden jublee celebrations of their batch at Amritsar on February 9. Announcing this, Dr Hira Lal Khanna, medical and child specialist of the city, said the doctors from Africa, Canada, UK, Germany and Oman, were expected to attend the event.

Eye camp: Lions Club, Amritsar, Golden Avenue, in association with Lions Club, South Hall, London, organised a free eye check up camp today at Lions Eye Hospital, Anjot avenie. Around a dozen patients were examined during the camp by a team of doctors from the local civil hospital, headed by Dr Shalu Aggarwal and Dr Manveen Kaur.

SDM transferred:
Subdivisional magistrate (SDM) Sandeep Rishi was transferred in the same capacity to Amritsar-I on Thursday. The transfer was ordered by Punjab Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh. 

5 gazetted officers,
2 NGOs booked: The Vigilance Bureau booked five gazetted officers (GOs) and two non-gazetted officers (NGOs) in seven cases last month. The bureau secured the conviction of one GO, three NGOs and three private persons in five corruption cases. A spokesman of the bureau said cases of disproportionate assets and criminal nature were registered. Those convicted by special courts included Gurcharan Singh, SDO, PSEB, Bhikhiwind, Tarn Taran, Ravi Dutt, reader in the court of JMIC, Ludhiana, Surinderpal Singh, revenue patwari, halqua Mullanpur Garibdas, Mohali, and Gurdev Singh, DPE, Governmernt High School, Khadur Sahib.

15-yr-old girl murdered:
Babita, 15-year-old daughter of a migrant labourer, was murdered at Makhangarh village on Friday. According to police sources, Sallu (25), residing in the same village, allegedly killed her with a sickle and fled. Old enmity between Salu and the victim’s family is said to be the reason behind the murder.

Cheating case: On the complaint of assistant manager of the main branch of the SBI, Bikramjit Singh, the police on Thursday registered a case for duping the bank of Rs 35,000.

‘Stop political interference’:
The district unit of the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) has urged political parties and district authorities not to interfere in the elections of truck unions.District president of the party Sardar Ali said interference by political leaders in the elections of truck unions was illegal. Regarding the recently held elections of the Sangrur Truck Operators Union, he said the candidate, elected in a democratic manner, should only be considered president of the union.

Husband, in-laws booked:
Sarabjit Kaur (27), a married woman, alleged committed suicide by hanging herself in her house at Algon Kothi village on Thursday night. The Valtoha police has registered a case under Section 306, IPC, against her husband Daler Singh, father-in-law Bawa Singh and mother-in-law Balwinder Kaur.

@@Workshop held@@Bathinda: To reduce non-performing assets (NPAs), a workshop by Bathinda Central Co-operative Bank, in association with the Agriculture Co-operative Staff Training Institute, Jalandhar, was organised at the Circuit House, here on Friday. — TNS@@@@Meeting@@Ferozepur: In his first interaction with district officials, the newly-appointed deputy commissioner, Megh Raj, on Friday instructed them to redress public grievances on a priority basis and implement public welfare schemes with dedication and sincerity. — OC@@@@Foundation stone laid@@Ferozepur: MP Zora Singh Mann laid the foundation stone of a panchayat house at village Khai Pheme Ki here on Friday. — OC@@@@Protest@@Moga: As part of the state-wide protest, teacher members of the local chapter of the Shiksha Bachao Manch held a protest in front of 
the district administrative complex here on Friday. After a two-hour long dharna, they handed over a memorandum of their demands to the DC. — TNS@@@@Mealy bug@@Moga: To make the farmers aware of Mealy bug, the district administration organised a rally of 10 vehicles to disseminate the information related to the pest with pictorial images and paintings regarding the pest, its symptoms and the ways to tackle the bug pasted over them. — TNS





Undertrial dead@@AMBALA: An undertrial lodged in Ambala jail died under mysterious circumstances on Friday morning. Deceased Nar Singh (30) was a resident of Shakkarpur village near Naraingarh. He was in judicial custody since November 12, 2007. Nar Singh complained of stomach pain on Friday morning. He was rushed to local civil hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police informed the relatives of the deceased. The cause of death could not be ascertained so far. The matter is being investigated. — OC@@@@Honoured@@PATIALA: Dr Gurnam Singh, founder head of gurmat sangeet department has been honoured with the Gurmat Sangeet Award by the Kirtan Samrat Sant Sujan Singh Foundation for the year 2008. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 31,000. The award has been conferred on Dr Gurnam Singh for reciting gurbani kirtan in prescribed raagas on string instruments. — TNS


Soil testing:
CCS Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar, has decided to provide the soil and water sample testing facility to farmers of the state from April at its Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Kurukshetra. While stating this here on Thursday, an official spokesman said the facility would be provided at the soil testing laboratory.

Ratia draft plan:
The draft plan of Ratia town has been revised. The new plan is till 2025 while the earlier one was till 2021. According to Anil Narwal, district town planner, Fatehabad, the population density of the town has been kept as 250 persons per hectare while earlier it was 200 persons per hectare. He said in the residential sectors, 400 hectares had been kept for commercial sectors, 128 hectares for roads and transport and 161 hectares for industrial sectors.

1 held for graft:
Mining officer of the industries department Azad Singh was caught red-handed by a team of the vigilance department while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 in his office on Friday from a contractor for issuing him a mining permit in Kheri Manajat village. He has been arrested and a case under the Anti-corruption Act has been registered against him. After receiving a complaint from the contractor, Mukesh of Akbarpur Barota village, a vigilance team led by DSP, vigilance, Sajjan Kumar raided the office premises of the officer.

Farmers’ dharna: Farmers of Ahulana sugar mill under the banner of the Kisan Welfare Society on Thursday staged a dharna in protest against the crushing of sugarcane from Panipat sugar mill areas in cooperative sugar mill, Ahulana. Managing director of the mill Arvind Malhan said he had received directions from the government to crush 3 lakh quintals of sugarcane of farmers of Panipat. Convener of the society Satyawan Narwal pleaded that the mill should crush the sugarcane of the mill area farmers before Panipat areas. Later, it was resolved that sugarcane from Panipat would be crushed up to February 15. 



Panels formed:
Deputy commissioner Hamirpur has given Rs 50,000 each to all sub-divisional magistrates (SDM’s) for taking effective steps during natural calamities. After holding the meeting of the revenue officers on Thursday the DC said committees have been formed for tackling natural calamities and have asked the revenue officers to visit the areas, which are prone to heavy rains and natural calamities.

Project: ADM Hamirpur Hira Singh Thakur said Rs 2,181 .91 lakh have been spent on the watershed development project in the district till now. After holding the meeting of the district watershed development project on Friday he said 40,792 hectares land has been treated under this project while there is a target of 56,150 hectares. He said in Hamirpur district perceptible changes have been observed after implementation of this project. 




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