R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Singh Sabha movement
: Senior Sikh leaders, including Giani Kewal Singh, a former jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, has announced the revival of the Singh Sabha movement. Addressing a joint press conference here on Monday, Giani Kewal Singh, Jaswinder Singh Advocate, a senior SGPC member, and Principal Jagdish Singh said a two-day conference from February 20 would be held in this regard.

Bus passes: The Punjab Students Union (Randhawa group), in a press statement, informed that by complaining to GM of the PRTC, Bathinda depot, Iqbal Singh, the union got the fine, allegedly charged illegally by private transporters from students, back. State president of the union, Pawel Kussa, claimed that students who boarded the bus from Pakka Kalan were chargd Rs 100 as fine, despite possessing bus pass. Similarly, some girl students of the Rajindra College, while coming from Maur Mandi, paid the fine. The union charged that in December, the administration promised that the bus passes would be applicable to all the buses, but the situation was getting worse.

ASHA workers: Under the Rural Health Mission in villages, one ASHA worker has been appointed for every 1,000 persons in various blocks of the district. The appointments were made at the Imperial Palace here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, the eminent personalities said there would be no fixed remuneration for the workers and the payments would be made according to the Central government’s directives. Their job would be registration of the pregnant women’s names, get them vaccinated, details of registration of birth and death and to promote schemes like ‘Janani Suraksha and Baldi Suraksha Yojna’, among others.

Half-day holiday in statE
: All state government offices of boards, corporations and education institutions in Punjab (except in Mohali and Chandigarh) will remain closed for the second half on Wednesday in connection to celebration of Parkash Utsav of Guru Ravi Dass.

Poppy seized: Tanda police seized 80 kg poppy husk on Monday from a car and arrested its occupant Gurnam Singh. A case has been registered.

Dry days on  Feb 20, 21:
In an order issued here today, district magistrate Ajit Singh Pannu has prohibited opening of liquor shops falling in the MC’s jurisdiction on February 20 and 21 in view of Guru Ravidas birth anniversary.

3 nabbed: The police nabbed three Ludhiana residents on the charges of cheating gullible unemployed youths. The police post in charge Jatinder Singh said the arrested persons, Janak Ram, Kamaljeet Bobby and Sunil Kumar, had been running a placement company near the bus stand for the past some time. They were charging Rs 700 from an unemployed youth on the pretext of providing him with a job within 10 days.

2 booked for killing boar
: The Sujanpur police has booked Gurdip Ram of Prem Nagar, Sujanpur, and Sonu of Tanda More, Tanda, for killing a rare wild boar here on Tuesday. The police laid a naka near the Berrain river, near Sujanpur, and intercepted a Tata-407 in which the species was found.

Woman commits suicide: Sampat Yadav (35), mother of two daughters, committed suicide here on Tuesday by hanging herself from a fan rod. Her husband Jagdish Raj is serving in the Army and is posted here.

Bank told to pay relief
: The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the local branch of the Oriental Bank of Commerce to pay Rs 15,000 as compensation to local resident Pawan Kansal in a case regarding the returning of his two cheques by the bank’s branch. President of the forum M.D. Sharma has said this shall be complied within 60 days.


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