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Lineman electrocuted
: Balbir Singh, an assistant lineman with the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), posted at Ajnala subdivision, died at Bhakhe village on Saturday when he was repairing some fault. He died on the spot. He is survived by his wife and two children. The police has handed over the body of the deceased to his family after conducting post mortem.

Purse snatched: An unidentified motorcyclist snatched the purse from a woman in the B-block market of Ranjit Avenue here on Saturday. Prabha Kureel, an employee of Bajaj Allianz Insurance Company, in her complaint lodged with the police said she her office diary, ATM cards, some cash and important documents of the office in it. A case has been registered.

Woman’s purse snatched:
A scooter-borne person snatched the purse of a woman in Umar Pura on the Batala-Jalandhar road here on Friday evening. Harpinder Kaur, wife of Jaspal Singh, was going along with her sister-in-law when a scooterist came from behind and snatched the purse containing Rs 22,000 and gold ornaments.

UGC seminar: A University Grant Commission-sponsored national seminar on “Judicial Activism vs Popular Sovereignty in India” was held at R.R.Bawa DAV College for Girls here on Saturday. The chief guest was J.S.Garewal, SDM, Batala. Principal Veena Watni welcomed the guests. C.L. Narang, former deputy district attorney, Gurdaspur, and Dr R.S.Sandhu and Dr.S.S.Narang of GND University, Amritsar, were among those present.

: Jashanveer Singh, a student of class X of St. Xavier’s Convent School, Bathinda, has won a cash prize of Rs 1,000 for getting the first position in mathematics test conducted by principal Suresh Kumar at Swami Vivekananda Girls College, Bathinda.

Lok Adalat: In the court complex, the quarterly Lok Adalat was organised on Saturday, which was presided over by district and sessions judge, Sabina. Around eight courts were organised, in which 347 cases were put up for redressal. Around 148 cases were cleared and a compensation of around Rs 20,61,000 was granted.

: The local chapter of the Lions Club distributed shoes and socks to the needy students of the Government Harindra Primary School here on Saturday. The secretary of the club, S. Monga, said a free dental check-up camp would be organised at the primary school on February 23.

DC’s order
: Deputy commissioner Megh Raj has issued orders to all district officials not to leave district headquarters without prior sanction.

Case registered: The police here registered a case against Lakhwinder Singh and Karaj Singh, both residents of village Kohar Singhwala, for the alleged murder of one Jagga Singh. Police sources informed that the two accused had a verbal duel with Jagga Singh over some issue which took a violent turn later. Both the accused are absconding.

Tech training
: The National Institute of Technical Training and Research Centre (NIoTT&RC), Chandigarh, arranged a computer aided design pro-E related course to impart training in developing different machines and buildings through new  techniques.

Girls recovered: The local police claims to have recovered two minor girls, who were missing since February 14, from their hut and handed them over to their parents on Saturday. Harpreet Singh, SP, said Somwati, daughter of Dhani Ram, and Pooja, daughter of Raju, residents of Chander Nagar ( MP), were missing from Nirankari Bhawan here. They were left near Dental Mediacl College coming up near Badoi village, near here.

: A two-day national symposium on ‘Plant Cytogenetics - Recent Trends’ was organised by the department of botany, Punjabi University, concluded on Saturday. More than 100 plant cytogeneticists from different parts of the country participated in the symposium. As many as 20 plenary lectures and 32 research papers by senior and young scientists were presented.



Auction postponed
: The auction for allotting ‘fancy’ registration numbers to be held on February 20 by the office of the district transport authority has been postponed till March 5. DTO Balbir Singh said the auction for registration numbers of the PB 65 G series would not be held on February 20 due to administrative reasons. The same would be held on March 5 for which applicants could submit their forms till February 29 in the office of district transport authority.



Scholarships for SC students
: The Haryana government has invited applications by February 22 from students belonging to Scheduled Castes for undertaking commercial pilot license course. An official spokesman said scholarships would be provided to the selected students under the centrally sponsored scheme known as “Post-matric scholarship to the Scheduled Castes students”. The course would include commercial helicopter pilot license and multi-engine rating training on A-320 and other similar aircrafts.

CFL village
: Jatal village has become the first rural area in the district to completely switch over to compact florescent lamps (CFLs). Panipat ADC Dr Amit Aggarwal said the village was among the cluster of 10 villages selected under the IREP programme. He said 2,445 CFLs had been distributed in this village. At least 16 solar street lighting systems had also been installed here to conserve electricity. The village had also been recommended by the district administration for the Nirmal Gram Puruskar under the total sanitation campaign.

Mishaps claim 2 lives
: Two persons, including a woman, died while eleven others were injured in road accidents here on Thursday. Satish Kumari died while her 10 other co-workers were injured when the three-wheeler they were travelling in collided with a tanker on the Bawal-Rewari road. The mishap occurred when the women were returning to Rewari from their factory at Bawal. In another incident, Ravinder Kumar, a resident of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, was crushed to death by a trailer on the Delhi-Jaipur highway on Thursday.

Abandoned baby found: The Government Railway Police found a 6-week-old baby girl, who was lying abandoned on a berth of the Delhi-Rewari Tilak Bridge Passenger train at the railway station here on Thursday. The GRP, which registered a case under Section 317 of the IPC, handed over the child to the concerned authorities in the Civil Hospital here. The child was first noticed by commuters.


Decision hailed
: The Rangers Welfare Association has welcomed the decision of the state government to review cadre of IFS officers in the state. General secretary of the association S.S. Kashyap and organising secretary Naresh Pal Dhaulta have urged the state government to bring services of rangers under the HFS cadre and review the decision of the previous government to fill the posts of ACF through examination. They said the posts should be filled through departmental promotions.

Union formed
: The INTUC has formed its union in Hindustan Unitech plant at Kripalpur near Nalagarh yesterday. Praveen Kumar has been elected as president of the union while Naresh Kumar was elected senior vice-president. The other office bearers of the union are: Succha Singh as vice-president and Trivan Singh as general secretary.

Teachers’ demand
: The Kangra district union unit of the Himachal Pradesh Government Teachers Union has urged Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal to enhance retirement age of government teachers from 58 to 60 years. District president of the union Onkar Rana on Saturday hailed the government decision of imposing a ban on holding public meetings in schools. He also urged the government to accept longstanding demands of teachers.


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