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Pulse polio
: Dyal Singh, in-charge of the pulse polio campaign at the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here informed that 58 teams had administered polio drops to 21,947 children. 

Seized: The officials of the food and supplies department on Tuesday seized nine liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders during the raids conducted at five dhabas (eateries) and sweet shops. The issue was raised by some residents during the weekly sangat darshan meeting here. 

Recovered: The Sriganganagar police recovered smack and illicit weapons from one of the alleged killers of Harbans Singh Dukhia, who had been nominated as heir of the Dera Nirwan located on Sriganganagar-Padampur road, sources confirmed on Friday evening. Sources said that the vehicles used to kidnap Dukhia and disposal of his body are yet to be recovered. 

MTech courses at GND varsity: Guru Nanak Dev (GND) University has decided to introduce new courses in M Tech in biomedical engineering, master in cardiothoracic physiotherapy, bachelor in electronics communication system, PG diploma in medical jurisprudence and some other self-financing courses from the next academic session. This was decided during the Academic Council Affairs meeting which was presided Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor, while Dr R. S. Bawa presented the agenda.

Book release: A book “Bhashan Kala Ateh Vangia”, written by Jasbir Singh Jas, was released here on Tuesday at Guru Harikrishan Senior Secondary Public School by MLA O.P. Soni. The book contains essays on various topics. 

Mass marriage: As many as 12 couples tied the knot at a mass marriage ceremony organised by the Sahibzada Ajit Singh Foundation at the Kala Mehar sports stadium here on Tuesday. The wedded couples belonged to the Sikh community. The organisation has arranged 52 marriages till date. 

: AK Vidyamandir Bathinda Centre, conducted a scholarship test for students, who are appearing for class X and class XI exams, on December 23, 2007 and on February 3. 2008. Around 4,680 students participated in the test from as far as Muktsar, Malout, Abohar, Jaitu, Kotkapura and Sirsa. Results of the scholarship test will be declared shortly. 

Ex-servicemen: On the demise of Jeet Singh on February 7, an ex-serviceman, the Indian Army paid floral tributes to him. The chairman of the Ex-servicemen Welfare Union, Captain Dalip Singh Maan, said Jeet Singh, a resident of Bathinda district, got inspired by the 1962 Indo-China war and joined the Army. He played a key role in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war. 

LJP protest: The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and the Dalit Sena is organising a sit-in-cum protest march against anti-Dalit policies of the government at mini-secretariat, Bathinda, on February 13. Kiranjeet S. Gahiri, chairman of the Punjab unit of the party, will lead the march. 

Fire loss
: The sugarcane crop in 24 acres was destroyed after a fire broke out in the field of Amar Singh Bajwa at Bhatian Jattan village on Tuesday. The total loss is estimated at about Rs 24 lakh. A 11-KV electric wire passing through the fields was broken which led to sparking and the fire engulfed the standing crop. The land had been taken on contract for farming by Munir Masih of Anait Masih village. 

: The CIA staff of Mansa arrested a person with a .32 bore country-made pistol and five cartridges. The Boha police registered a case in this connection. According to information available, the in-charge of the CIA staff, Paramjeet Singh and Nachhatar Singh, along with a police party, arrested Himmat Singh of Riund Khurd. Paramjeet Singh said further inquiry was in progress. 

: Fatehgarh Panjtur police apprehended an accused with over two quintals of poppy husk, while his accomplice managed to flee. A case was registered under the NDPS Act here on Tuesday. The one arrested was identified as Surjit Singh of Kapurthala. 

Rally against drug abuse
: The Student Organisation of India (SOI) on Tuesday convened a rally in the local Ripudaman College to make students aware of the destructive effects of drugs. Continuing their tirade against the forces responsible for drug abuse in the state, national president of the SOI Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna said not only the organisation would educate people about the negative impact of narcotics, but would also render medicinal help, along with the moral support, in coming out of its vicious clutches. He said the SOI had decided to uproot the flourishing business of drugs and narcotics from the state in 2008. 

Teachers hold strike: The Government College Teachers Association (GCTA) held a gate rally and one-period strike in the local Ripudaman College on the issue of rationalisation and privatisation being carried out by the state government in various colleges of the state. Dr Charanpreet Singh, president, GCTA, Nabha unit, Dr Harvinder Singh, secretary, and others addressed the rally. 



Power supply cut
: Under its drive to cut off power supply of non-paying consumers, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has disconnected supply to 6,37,954 consumers during the ongoing financial year. A sum of Rs 192.65 crore was due from these defaulters. The nigam would disconnect supply of those non-payers on priority basis who had not opted for the electricity bills waiver scheme, warned the nigam spokesman. The nigam also recovered Rs 5.53 crore as penalty from consumers for pilferage of power. 

Cong rubbishes allegations: Spokesperson of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee Ved Prakash Vidrohi has rubbished the allegations of UNPA leaders that the Congress had been anti farmers. He called the UNPA leaders losers and asked them about their contribution in protecting the interests of farmers when they were in power. The Congress paid farmers a minimum price of Rs 400 and Rs 250 per quintal for wheat and paddy, respectively which is a record and had paid maximum value in the country to the farmers for the value of the land acquired. 

Foundation stone
: Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijender Jain and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will lay the foundation stone of the judicial complex building at Guhla in the district on Wednesday. Deputy commissioner S.K. Goyal said a seminar on female foeticide and women empowerment will also be held on the occasion. Kumar would be the chief guest and the Chief Minister would preside over the function. Justice T.P.S Mann will be the special guest of the function. 

Seminar held
: The department of foreign languages, Kurukshetra University, organised a one-day seminar on “French Worldwide” in the university senate hall here on Monday. The purpose of the seminar was to make students aware about the opportunities that French language could offer in the present context of French multinational companies. Anne Tual, attaché for cooperation in French cultural service, Embassy of France in India, was the chief guest at the seminar. Dr Raghuvendra Tanwar, professor of History, KU, said France had contributed to a large extent to the world with the concept of liberty, fraternity and equality. 

‘Grow more sugarcane’: Member of Parliament from Rohtak Deepender Singh Hooda today urged Panipat farmers to grow more sugarcane in the area. During his daylong visit to four villages on Tuesday, Hooda lauded the role of the state government for initiating several development projects. He said the state government was committed to provide more employment opportunities. 

Bhagwati diksha
: At least 13 girls of Jain families from different regions of India and Nepal were given the “Diksha of Vairagya” at a mass bhagwati diksha mahotsav in presence of Rajrishi Sumit Prakash Maharaj, Singarapati Krishna Ji Maharaj, nine Jain munis and hundreds of followers at new anaj mandi in Gannaur on Monday. They took the pledge to leave their “Grahsth Jeevan” and lead a life of “Brahamchari” to spread the teachings of Jain religion. It is after 36 years that such a religious ceremony was solemnised at Gannaur. 

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