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Train routes
: Railways have changed the routes of the Ahmedabad-Jammu Tawi Express (9223/9224) and the Bathinda-Jammu Tawi Express (9225/9226) trains due to damage caused to a railway overbridge in Ferozepur.Railway sources said these trains have now been diverted via Ludhiana to Jammu. The diversion of routes would remain in force until the repair work  of the overbridge is completed, added railway sources.

Rally held: Technical Service Union, Bathinda, held a rally here on Tuesday. Addressing the rally,Satpal Goyal, president of Technical Service Union,said that strike will be held by the workers on August 20 to protest against the government policies. The workers demanded that the government should control price hike, employ new workers, stop old systems and cancel electricity bills from 2003. 

Relief demand: Baljinder Singh Mahla, president of the All India Terrorism Victim Families Organisation, Bathinda, said that the Punjab government should provide jobs, relief for children of workers who died during the days of militancy in the state.

Shobha yatra: A shobha yatra shall be brought out from the gaushala in Sirki Bazaar on August 20 from 5 pm to 7.30 pm. 

Malaria meet: Neelam Bajaj, Civil Surgeon, Bathinda, has said that a meeting has been organised with the health officer to protect people from malaria. She also requested school principals and teachers to make students aware about this serious disease.

Teej festival: Rajasthani Marwari society celebrated Teej festival with traditional gaiety here. Dressed in their colourful attires, women worshipped and sang songs in praise of the deity. Women also observe fast on this day.

Insurance certificates
: Chief parliamentary secretary Bikramjit Singh Khalsa distributed insurance certificates among 37 girls under the Kanya Jagrit Scheme at Lohar Majra village near here on Tuesday. The function was organised by the social welfare & child development department .

PSEB JE beaten up
: Dharam Pal, JE, PSEB, sustained internal injuries when he was allegedly beaten up by some persons at Balial village, near Bhawanigarh, on Monday night. He was admitted to Bhawanigarh Hospital for treatment. The police has registered a case in this regard. Senior XEN, Sangrur Division, PSEB, D.P.S. Grewal said two parties of the PSEB, each led by a JE, detected some cases of power theft in the village, which annoyed the villagers and they attacked the PSEB employees.

CT scan facility: The Sangrur Senior Citizens Welfare Association has urged the Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla to provide CT-scan facility at the local Civil Hospital. The association has also asked the minister to post a regular radiologist in the X-ray department of the hospital as post has been lying vacant for more than a year here. 



JBT teachers’ selection: The directorate of elementary education, Haryana, has sent the list of all 3,394 candidates selected by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) for the post of JBT teachers to the district elementary education officers for appointment.

Judicial custody
: On a tip off, the CIA police conducted a raid and arrested Mohammad Munir Hussain and his wife Latifa, along with their three-year-old daughter Suman, residents of Khulna town of Bangladesh, from Balmiki Basti at Dharuhera on Monday. The police said they possessed no valid passport and visa and had been living in a rented accommodation here for a long time. They were produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate (first class) Rajesh Garg on Tuesday, who remanded them to judicial custody. 

Boy crushed to death: Four-year-old Akshay, son of Sunil Kumar Yadav, of Majra village was reportedly crushed to death by an unknown vehicle on the Narnaul-Rewari road on Tuesday. The mishap occurred when Akshay fell down after Sunil lost balance of his motorcycle and the speeding vehicle coming from behind crushed Akshay to death. The police has registered a case against the driver of the unknown vehicle in this regard.

Dowry death
: Poonam allegedly committed suicide in her sister-in-law’s house at Deepal Pur village under the Rai police station on Monday night. A case of dowry death has been registered against her husband Satish, father-in-law Rohtas and mother-in-law Omi Devi, residents of Dhurana village, on the complaint of Poonam’s father Daya Nand, a resident of Rai village. Daya Nand alleged that soon after her marriage, she was being allegedly tortured for dowry. No arrest has been made so far. Meanwhile, her body has been sent to the Civil Hospital here for postmortem.



2 commit suicide
: Madhu Bala (24), a resident of Vijaypur village in gram panchayat Samoh near here, was found hanging from a ceiling fan hook at her house on Saturday. The police took the possession of her body and searched the house for the suicide note. SP K.K. Indoria said here on Sunday that the police could not find any suicide note and brought her body to the district hospital here for the post-mortem examination. A case has been registered in the matter. In another incident, an unidentified person jumped into Gobind Sagar lake from Ali Khud bridge near here. Many people attempted to save his life, but his body was recovered too late.

Chhinj mela
: The popular Chhinj mela will be organised at Surangani, about 45 km from Chamba, from September 4 to 6 with sponsorship from the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC). Wrestlers from Chamba region, besides from other parts of the state and neighbouring states are expected to take part in wrestling. Different games would also be organised. According to information from the Chhinj mela committee, the Baira-Siul Power Station of the NHPC had donated a sum of Rs 1.5 lakh last year for the fair.

Declamation contest
: Vinny Grewal of Dagshai Public School, Dagshai, has bagged first prize in Ankur Memorial Inter School Geeta Declamation Contest 2008. The contest was held under the aegis of Sri Geeta Ashram Samiti. Dr Harjinder Singh Majhail, director principal, DPS, said DPS bagged the winner trophy. The samiti has decided to allow the winner to keep it permanently, which was earlier, a running trophy. Army Public School, Dagshai, stood second while Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Nauni, stood third in the contest. As many as 26 schools participated in the contest. 

Remove taxes on tractors
: Farmers of Paonta valley have shot a letter to Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal demanding removal of all commercial taxes imposed by the previous government on tractors. It is mentioned in the letter that the farmers have purchased tractors by taking loans from banks and are used for agriculture purposes. The present system where tractors are charged with taxes on the commercial pattern of trucks have discouraged the farmers willing to purchase new tractors, while the farmers already having tractors are selling them.

DA released
: The state government has ordered the release of 6 per cent dearness allowance (DA) to its employees with effect from January 1, 2008. An official spokesperson said here on Tuesday that this would enhance the DA from the present 41 per cent to 47 per cent. The additional DA would be paid in cash with the salary of August and the arrears of seven months shall be credited to the GPF accounts. 

Boy dead
: Umesh Kumar (8), son of Hukam Chand, was killed on Tuesday at Gali village in Sundernagar when a boulder from uphill fell on him. As per information, he was playing in the courtyard of his house when all of sudden a big boulder fell on him and he died on the spot. On August 15, a girl was killed and another was injured when boulders fell on them at Saul Khud village in Sundernagar. 


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