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Function: Dr Jasdeepak Singh, a youth Congress leader from Punjab, today welcomed union budget 2008. Addressing a gathering here on Friday, he urged the private sector to build hospitals to make health facilities available at subsidised rates for benefit of the rural population. He also demanded that compensation for the land to be acquired for purpose of Mohali international airport at Cheurheri village should be at the current prevailing market rate. Raghbir Singh Gill, a former Rajya Sabha MP, Dr Jasmer Singh, a former chairman of the Doctors Cell of the PPCC, were also present. 

Heroin haul
: The police arrested one person and seized 450 gm of heroin from him on Thursday night. The accused was identified as Naginder Dass of Bihar. SSP Sukchain Singh Gill stated here on Friday evening that Dass was nabbed at a special checkpost put up at  T-point on the Sotla-Dosarka road. A case has been registered.

: A meeting of the library committee of Punjabi University was held here on Friday. “Teachers should act as role models for students by frequently using library resources. The library should be made more attractive to attract students. More budget will be provided by the varsity for upgradation of its library,” said vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh during the meet. 

ICAR grant: Dr Neelam Verma, head of biotechnology department, Punjabi University, has been successful in getting Rs 90 lakh as grant from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for a multi-lingual institutional project of the varsity - ‘Development of biosensors and micro-techniques for analysis of pesticide residues, Aflatoxin, heavy metals and bacterial contamination in milk.’ 

Congress leaders’ protest: Up in arms against the SAD-BJP government for implicating Congress leaders and workers in false corruption and criminal cases, senior Congress leaders held a demonstration at Gurdaspur on Friday and burnt an effigy of the deputy commissioner. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, a senior Congress leader, said 54 false cases had been registered against Congress workers, including two women sarpanches. Khushal Behl, former minister, Jugal Kishor Sharma, Aruna Choudhry, Ashok Sharma, Tript Bajwa, Jasbir Dimpa, all ex MLA’s, also addressed the rally. 

Female foetus recovered: An eight-month foetus of a female was found abandoned in the bushes along national highway-I at Goraya in Phillaur subdivision last night.Medical equipment used for delivery purposes was also found near the lifeless foetus, the police said today.Though the Goraya police has registered a case in this connection, no arrest has been made so far. 

Triple joy: Sukhbir Kaur of nearby Jagatpur village today gave birth to triplets.The triplets included two boys and onegirl, hospital sources said.The delivery, which was normal, took place at a private nursing home at Banga. Gynaecologist and in charge of Cheema Hospital Dr Devinder Kaur Cheema, who conducted the delivery, said the mother and the children were hale and hearty. 

Rs 2 lakh for school hall
: A cheque of Rs 2 lakh was given to Kulwant Singh, head master of Government Middle School, Bugha, 4 km from here, at a function organised in the school on Friday by Jagjit Singh Pannu, member, Railways board. The grant was released by Dr Manohar Singh Gill, member, Rajya Sabha, for the construction of a hall (60 x 30). Mohinder Singh Sandhu, sarpanch, said the panchayat would give Rs 1 lakh for the work. 

5 dowry seekers booked: The police has booked five residents of Patti for demanding dowry and torturing Harpreet Kaur (24). The police said on Friday that the accused were Vijay Kumar, husband of Harpreet, Ashwani Kumar, father-in-law, Madhu Bala, mother-in-law, Jyoti Bala, sister-in-law, and Ajay Kumar, brother-in-law. Harpreet was married to Vijay about nine months back. 



Sumo Grande
: Tata Motors announced the launch of its latest passenger vehicle 'Sumo Grande' here today. This will be available in three variants, with a price tag in the range of Rs 6.55 lakh to Rs 7.49 lakh here. Addressing mediapersons, Tata Motors head product group S G Saksena said the vehicle had been designed with a longer wheelbase of 2550 MM. "It is powered by new generation 2.2 litre direct injection common rail engine, fitted with a variable geometry turbocharger and fuel efficiency, and will be available in seven colours," he added. 

Bankers’ Meet: Over 2,000 delegates representing 2.50 lakh officers working in the banking industry across the country, will assemble to participate in the 8th triennial general council of the All-India Bank Officers Confederation that begins tomorrow. Addressing mediapersons here today, V Easwaran and Amal Pal, president and general secretary of the confederation, said the conference would deliberate on the role of the banking industry in ensuring economic development of the common man. The conference would be inaugurated by Pawan Bansal, minister of state for finance and M B N Rao, chairman of the Indian Banks Association, will be the guest of honour.

Loud speakers banned: The district administration has banned the use of loud speakers at high volume all over the district. In addition to it, playing of music in shops and houses in the district has also been banned till further orders. According to deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria, using loud speakers and DJs between 10 pm to 6 am in markets, religious places, marriage ceremonies, jagrans and other social functions had been banned. 


Shops sealed: The health department sealed two chemist shops located on the civil hospital premises on Friday. Principal medical officer Dr O.P. Aarya said the step was taken on directions of the High Court. He said the shops were auctioned a few months ago by the hospital authorities, but existing shopkeepers were not vacating it. However, owner of one of the shops Titu Ghai said the matter was pending with the high court. 

Trains delayed: Rail traffic was disrupted on Friday due to a fault in the northern grid. Around one dozen trains including Shaan-e-Punjab, Amarpali Express, Intercity Express, Lohit Express, Sadbhavna Express and several passenger trains reached the Ambala Cantt station two to three hours late, which caused great inconvenience to the passengers. 



IR release hailed: The Himachal Pradesh state non-gazetted employees federation has welcomed the declaration of the Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal for the release of 5 per cent interim relief to all Himachal employees in the annual Budget presented in the HP assembly on Friday. Ram Singh, newly elected president of state federation, said here the Chief Minister had fulfilled his another election promise through this announcement. 

Self-employment scheme: ADC Hans Raj Chauhan has exhorted village youths to come forward to take full advantage of the “Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Yojna” and thus get self-employment and also help their areas develop at a faster pace. Presiding over a day-long seminar organised by the district industries centre for panchayat representatives at Kutheda, Chauhan said the panchayat representatives could play an important role in inspiring youths of their areas. 

Leopard attacks boy
: A boy was injured by a leopard in Jijvein village under Bhoranj block on Thursday. Ashwani Kumar son of Shiam Lal was attacked by the beast when he had gone to ease himself out. He was taken to the community health centre Bhoranj in a serious condition. The boy had raised an alarm after being pounced by the leopard and later managed to come out from its claws. Keeping in view his serious condition the boy has been referred to the medical college hospital, Tanda. The villagers have demanded immediate lying of trap to save them from the leopard to save the lives and cattle of villagers. 

Leaders criticised: The state vice-president of an NGO federation P.C. Verma has criticised the attempt of few leaders to capture the union by holding election in the name of joint action committee. In a release issued here on Friday Verma said if elections of joint action committee are given recognition by the state government as the election of state NGO federation it would be sad day for the employees of the state and end of the NGO federation. Blaming NGO leaders Ganga Singh Thakur, P.S. Bharmouri and L.S. Macchian for the present state of affairs in the NGO federation he has appealed to all right thinking people to come forward to save the NGO federation. 

Police modernisation
: The Centre has released Rs 6.11 crore to the state for modernisation of the police. An official spokesperson said the Central government was implementing a Rs 10.67 crore scheme for modernising the police force under which the expenditure was to be shared by the Centre and state in the ratio of 75 is to 25. He said Rs 1.13 crore would be spend on mobility, Rs 85.24 lakh on communication equipment, Rs 2.04 crore on strengthening of forensic laboratory, Rs 28.65 lakh on training equipment, Rs 43.37 lakh on modern traffic control equipment, Rs 19.92 lakh on security equipment, Rs 77.20 lakh on office equipment and Rs 40 lakh on home guards. 

Suicide: Nitin Kumar (18), student of class XII committed suicide. His body was found hanging from a tree in Phagli area, on Friday morning. According to the police, Nitin’s body was spotted hanging from a tree by a water lineman at about 6.30 am. His father is an employee in the Excise Department. The family was living in Bhatt Cottage in Lower Phagli area. Though the exact cause of the suicide is not known but Nitin was reportedly facing difficulty in his studies. 


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