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Service tax mela on Sept 30
: A Service Tax Registration Mela is proposed to be organised at Bathinda on September 30 to facilitate on the spot registration at the doorstep of service providers of new service tax assesses including process of their applications and guidance. Bathinda range caters to the areas of Bathinda and Mansa districts. A.K. Mehra, Commissioner, Central Excise Commissionerate, Ludhiana, will inaugurate the camp at 11 am at the Central Revenue Building in Bathinda on that day.

Teachers’ demands
: The SC/BC Teachers Union, Punjab, presented a charter of demands to Punjab education minister Upinderjit Kaur on Tuesday. The delegation of teachers demanded the amendment and rectification of anomalies in the seniority list as per the Janjua judgment and clearance of the backlog in promotions of master and lecturer cadre. The minister assured the delegation that the department would consider their genuine demands at the earliest.

Talk on heart disease
: Dr T.P. Singh, consultant cardiologist and gold medallist from Prime Heart and Vascular Institute, Mohali, interacted with heart patients at Sahni Hospital here on Tuesday. Dr Singh said computed tomography and coronary angiography were the new promising and non-invasive investigations for diagnosing coronary artery disease. He also delivered a lecture on management of the disease at CME in a programme organised by the Patiala branch of the IMA in Patiala.

Procession held
: Over 200 activists of the Railway Stand Road Transport Workers Federation and representatives of various vehicles transport unions took out a procession in support of their demand for the stoppage of four trains - Syaldah Express, Shalimar Express, Madras Express and Jehlum Express - at Pathankot railway station here on Tuesday. They also handed over a memorandum to the local SDM for sending it to the higher railway authorities.

Banks to observe strike
: Banks across the country will remain closed on September 24 and 25 on a call given by the United Forum of Bank Unions on Tuesday. Amar Singh, general secretary, Associate Banks Officers Association, unit of the State Bank of Patiala, said bankers had been compelled to go on strike due to the negative and adamant attitude of the government. The strike will be observed to oppose privatisation of public sector banks.

Mock drill conducted
: A local unit of Indian Oil Corporation Limited conducted a mock drill on its premises to check the preparedness for any disaster here on Tuesday. The drill was conducted in the presence of local SDM Pardeep Kumar Aggarwal. After the drill, senior operations manager, Pipelines, Sangrur, Lt-Col Satish Sharma explained to the participants about the safety procedures to be followed and actions to be taken during any disaster.



1 killed in accident
: A youth was crushed to death when the moped he was riding on collided with a truck near PWD rest house on the Hansi-Bhiwani road on Tuesday. The boy died on the spot. The police has arrested the truck driver and impounded the truck. The deceased has not been identified as yet.

1 held for looting devotees
: The police on Monday arrested Amit, who was wanted in a case of stealing gold jewellery, mobile phones and cash from those participating in a holy procession, which was on its way from Huzoor Sahib to Amritsar about seven months ago. SP Sultan Singh said the accused had been remanded in police custody for two days. Gurbaj Singh, a resident of Habri village here, had complained to the police that some persons had stolen his mobile phone, jewellery and cash of some other residents of his village, when the procession was passing through Habri. Later, Amit was identified as one of the accused. However, he managed to dodge the police for seven months before the Pundri police managed to arrest him.

Medical camp held
: The Dera Sacha Sauda organised a free of cost medical camp in the dera headquarters on Tuesday on the occasion of the coronation day of dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Doctors from Shah Satnam Specialty Hospital, Sirsa, examined the patients. A spokesman for the dera said the dera chief was handed over the reins of the dera by his predecessor Shah Satnam Singh on this day 18 years ago. He said as many as 560 patients were examined during this camp.



Akshaya Urja Day
: Akshaya Urja Day was celebrated at the district-level here. To create awareness about the renewable energy sources, student’s rally was organised and more than 300 students from four schools participated in it.

Lightning kills 1
: Diksha (12), daughter of Ram Gopal, a resident of Sanyo Deedag village under the Rajgarh subdivision, was struck by lightning and killed on Monday. The girl was on her way to Teer helmet from Sanyo Deedag. She died on the spot. The district administration has given Rs 10,000 as an immediate relief to the affected family through the Rajgarh SDM.

Foetus found: The Kala Amb police on Monday found a foetus of a baby in the Kala Amb industrial area near Blue Star factory. Sirmour additional SP, said the foetus has been sent to the IGMC, Shimla, for post-mortem and further medical examinations.

Volvo bus service
: The Haryana Roadways has introduced a new Volvo bus service between Shimla and Gurgaon for the convenience of the tourist. A spokesperson of the roadways said here on Tuesday that the bus started from Shimla at 10.10 am and reached Gurgaon via airport at 8.30 pm. The fare up to Delhi is Rs 650 and seats could be reserved a week in advance.



Tributes paid to Maharaja Hari Singh
: Several functions were held in the temple city today to mark the 113th birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh, the erstwhile Dogra ruler of the Jammu and Kashmir state. The Shri Amar Kshatriya Rajput Sabha organised a function, which was attended by large number of people from all walks of life. Speakers paid floral tributes to the Maharaja and highlighted the social reforms, which he introduced during his life time. The Duggar Pradesh Party also organised a function at historic Mubarak Mandi complex.

25 bitten by wasps: The condition of two students was reported to be critical after hundreds of wasps struck a government school in Akhnoor tehsil on the city’s outskirts, some 28-km from here, police sources said on Tuesday. “About 25 students were bitten when wasps struck a government primary school at Tagarwal village,” they said. The locals rushed to the school premises and moved the students and teachers to safety. The injured were admitted to the sub-district hospital, while two students, Anju Devi and Ruby, were referred to the government medical college hospital in a critical condition, sources added.

Rush for posts of constable
: A large number of youths turned up in Anantnag and Srinagar for recruitment as constables. Long queues were seen outside Bakshi Stadium early morning where a large number of youths had turned up for the physical measurement test. The DIG, Anantnag, chairman of the recruitment committee, said more than 1600 applications had been received for posts of constable. The test had been extended for a day due to the big response.

Workers demand salaries: Daily wagers working for the state Electrical Department held a demonstration today in Press Enclave, demanding the release of their salaries withheld for the past eight months. Junaid Alam, one of the employees, said their families had been reduced to penury and arrival of Eid had only made matters worse. "I have nothing to purchase for my wife and kids. Everyone of us is suffering from utter destitution," he said.


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