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Loyalties change
: A number of Congress workers today joined the Shiromani Akali Dal in the Putlighar area here. The workers were led by Avinash Jolly, who had joined the Akali Dal by leaving the BJP earlier.

Eye camp for truck drivers
: As many as 100 truck drivers were treated for various eye ailments at free eye check-up camp held at the Truck Union here on Thursday. The camp was orgainsed by ICICI Lombart. Eye surgeon Tirloki Nath examined the truck drivers. Vikas Kumar Bansal, field in-charge of ICICI said the medicines were provided free to the patients. The truck drivers were imparted the knowledge of importance of general insurance.

Medical camp: The local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised the 21st free multi-specialty medical checkup camp at Mata Harnam Kaur Community Development Centre, Bassi Pathana, on Thursday. A team of doctors checked up 618 patients belonging to BPL families of 66 surrounding villages adopted by the trust. 

Bhattal decries ‘misuse’  of power for rally
: Leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has condemned “blatant misuse of authority by the SAD-BJP government” by requisitioning private buses for SAD rally in Mansa district. She said transporters had been pressured by Transport Department officers following instructions from political bosses, to surrender buses for carrying people for the rally.”

Booked for impersonatio
n: The Ghallkhurd police registered a case against a person for impersonating as an employee of electricity board and fleecing money from the villagers. Jaswant Singh of village Kabarvachha said one Sat Parkash of Dhobi Mohalla came to their village to check the electricity meters and demanded money from them, which they gave out of fear. However, they later on realised that he was not an employee of the board.

Award for school lecturer: Satinder Singh, lecturer at the Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, has been selected for the state-level award in excellence in the field of education, which shall be conferred on him during the Teachers’ Day function at Mohali on Friday. Satinder is the first awardee from this school, and particularly so from the department of commerce. 

Rs 45,000 stolen from peon
: Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a bag containing Rs 45,000 cash from a peon of Mukerian Hydel Project No 1 Shamkharak Bahadur Thapa of Talwara when he was returning to his house today. Thapa withdrew Rs 45,000 from the State Bank of Patiala, Mukerian. While coming back, he deboarded the bus in Sector 1, Talwara, and was heading towards his house on foot when motorcycle-borne youth snatched the cash bag. 

RCF man dies
: A section engineer of Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kuldip Kumar Passi (43), who had met with a road accident on August 29, succumbed to his injuries in a private hospital at Jalandhar on Thursday.

Man killed: Satpal Singh, a safai sewak at BSF camp, Lakhnaur village, succumbed to injuries after being hit by an unknown vehicle late on Wednesday evening. Satpal breathed his last at PGIMER, Chandigarh. The police have booked unknown vehicle.

Gita lessons
: ISKCON will be conducting an introductory session on Bhagavadgita on Thursday from 9pm to 10 pm, on WiZiQ.com. It is the first session in a series of six sessions. The first session will discuss the importance of Bhagavadgita, the spirit behind it and requirements for understanding the Gita.

MC polls: 91 file papers: Ninety -one candidates of different parties and independents filed nominations on Thursday for election to Sujanpur municipal council for all 13 wards. Election will be held on September14. Returning officer- cum SDM,Pathankot Abhinav Trikha said scrutiny of the papers would be done tomorrow and symbols allotted to candidates.

‘Suicide’ by student: The police on Thursday recovered body of Ajay Kumar class X student of government school Bharoli Kalan, 5 km from here..His body was found hanging in a abandoned room near here.The police has registered a case.

Malwa Gramin Bank branch: The 50th branch of the Malwa Gramin Bank was inaugurated by MP from Sangrur Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa at Ealwal village, about 5 km from here, on Wednesday. Among others present there were chairman of the bank Ajit Singh, director Rajwant Singh Ghulli and manager of the Ealwal branch Pali Ram Bansal.



Jawan found dead
: An Army personnel, Mukesh (28), was found dead at Chandimandir on Wednesday. Though the police termed it a case of suicide, no suicide note was recovered. The neighbours found the door of his house locked from inside for past several days so they informed the police. The police found Mukesh dead. The body was sent for postmortem to civil hospital. 



Sammelan on Oct 2: A sammelan of members belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Backward Classes will be organised in Rohtak on October 2 on the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi to express their gratitude to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for announcing a number of incentives for the benefit of these sections of society. A resolution to this effect was passed at a meeting of the office-bearers and workers of the Congress party held at the head office of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) here recently.

Bishnoi promises monthly allowance: Chief of the Haryana Janhit Congress (BL), Kuldeep Bishnoi, has promised a monthly allowance of Rs 300 per month to a woman in each family and a job to one youth in each family of the state after coming to power in Haryana. “The monthly allowance will be an effort to empower women economically. However, this will be a short-term measure. In the long-term measure, I will plan to empower women through vocational training within 365 days of coming to power,” he said. 

BPL list: President of the Haryana Janhit Mahila Congress (BL) Kusum Sharma has claimed that demonstrations from her party had forced the state government to order fresh survey for those left out of the BPL list in Haryana. Talking to mediapersons here on Thursday, Sharma said her party would not stop its programme of demonstrations at the district-level till the poor gets justice. She said the party would organise a demonstration in Nuh on Friday and in Yamunanagar on September 8.

Road blocked: Residents of at least three colonies on the Bhiwani road blocked the national highway for an hour on Wednesday in protest against the clogging of the sewer and stagnation of dirty water in lanes of the colonies for the past many days. The blockade was lifted after an assurance by the officials concerned. The protesters residing in Ishwar Nagar, Patel Nagar and Santosh Nagar said they were forced to block the road after they failed to get response from the department concerned. 

More fodder for Bihar: The district administration here on Thursday dispatched another lot of fodder as flood relief from the local railway station to the flood-hit areas of Bihar. A total number of 21 bogies of fodder were departed from here by a train carrying flood relief material from Panipat. Deputy commissioner B.S. Malik said, including these 21 bogies, total 73 bogies of the fodder as flood relief have been sent from here.

Gang busted: The CIA branch of the district police has busted a gang of criminals promising to double money of people. The arrested members of the gang include two police constables and a suspended constable of the Jind police. Members of the gang had fled after duping a Punjab resident of Rs 2 lakh. The arrested include gang-leader Sanjeev from Hisar, Balinder, alias Babloo, and Rajkishore, both constables from their native villages Satror and Khandakheri in Hisar district.



Pilgrim dies: One pilgrim of Manimahesh died due to heart attack at Dhanchho point while he was climbing the steep path to Manimahesh lake on Wednesday, according to a report received here on Thursday. The deceased belonged to Meerthal in Punjab. The police has send the body for autopsy. 

Demand to shift dispensary: The members of the Himachal Pradesh Senior Citizens’ Forum have demanded the shifting of ayurvedic dispensary from Baloo to the regional hospital complex in Chamba for the convenience of the old-aged patients. In a letter addressed to the state health minister, Rajiv Bindal, senior citizens pointed out that Baloo was about 5 km away from Chamba, while the regional hospital was centrally located. 

Orientation programme: A three-day orientation programme for naib nazirs, bailiffs and process servers began at the district courts complex here on Thursday. Around 60 persons from Kullu and Mandi divisions are participating in the programme being organised by the Himachal Pradesh State Judicial Academy. Director of the academy George inaugurated the function. Additional District and Sessions Judge D.S. Khenal, joint director Rattan Singh Thakur, CJM Purender Vaidya and deputy director of the academy Krishan Kumar also addressed the participants on the occasion. The participants would also be made aware of the high court rules and orders during the programme.

Two-day seminar: A two-day seminar of the Northern Chapter of Association Surgeons of India, Mid-Term CME-2008, would begin on Friday at the Himachal Pradesh Electricity Board Complex, Sarabai, 13 km from here. Prof T.S. Mahant, executive director of Fortis Healthcare, Mohali, would be the chief guest and Prof Rajender Singh, head of department, general surgery, PGI, Chandigarh, would be the guest of honour. More than 700 surgeons are expected to attend the seminar. 

2 trucks stolen: A truck parked on the Pathankot-Mandi National Highway was stolen on Wednesday. Driver of the truck, Kushal Singh, reportedly parked the truck at Nagni. In another incident, a truck parked on the national highway at Bhali was also stolen on Wednesday. The police has registered a cases under Section 379 of the IPC.

MLAs pledge salaries: The BJP legislature party on Thursday decided that the ministers and MLAs would donate their one-month’s salary for the Bihar flood victims. Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal chaired the legislature party meeting in the state Assembly on Thursday. Transport minister Kishan Kapoor moved a resolution that the MLAs and ministers should donate their one-month salary as suggested by Randhir Sharma, MLA. All ministers and MLAs agreed and decided to donate their one-month salary.


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