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Fatehgarh Sahib
Dr Dilpreet Singh was elected as the district president of the Plant Doctors’ Service Association. The elections were held under the supervision of election observer Dr Inderpal Singh Sandhu. Agriculture development officers and horticulture development officers participated in these elections. While Dilpreet was elected as the president, Dr Jaswinder Singh was elected as vice-president, Dr Gurmail Singh as general secretary, Dr Kulwinder Singh as joint secretary and Dr Rupinder Kaur as finance secretary. 

Teachers’ union chief: Narang Singh was elected the president of the Social Studies Teachers Union here on Wednesday. A large number of teachers were present during the election, where they discussed various problems and pending works regarding the betterment of students and teachers. 

Gold looted:
In a daylight robbery, two unidentified persons forcibly entered a house located in ward 10 of Begowal on Wednesday and decamped with gold ornaments worth over Rs 2.5 lakh. According to sources, the robbers entered the house and thrashed its owner Surjit Kaur and snatched keys of the almirahs where the jewellery was kept. Surjit was alone in the house when the incident took place as her mother-in-law had  gone to market for some work. 

Conference held:
The alumni association of A. S. College of Khanna on Wednesday organised an annual conference on the college premises where cultural programme was also organised. Deputy speaker of Lok Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal was the chief guest. 

Woman, daughter killed in accident:
A woman and her daughter died after being hit by a Qualis here on Wednesday. The deceased have been identified as Bhajan Kaur (50) and Sukhdev Kaur (25) of Hiala village situated on the Nawanshahr-Rahon road. Kewal Ram told police that his wife and daughter were returning home after walk when the vehicle hit them from behind, killing the duo on the spot. The driver of the vehicle is absconding. A case has been registered. The bodies were handed over to the family after the post-mortem examination.

Milk samples taken: A team of health department, led by district health officer Dr Ashok Guru, put up a naka near Baharmazara village on Nawanshahr-Jalandhar road on Wednesday and took samples of milk being supplied to a dairy in Phagwara. The team intercepted a three-wheeler carrying 3 quintals of milk and a Mahindra jeep carrying 14 quintals of milk from Fatehgarh Sahib and Himachal Pardesh, respectively. Samples were also collected from vendors carrying milk on motorcycles. 



Free consultation
: On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Ivy Hospital, free consultation was provided at its OPD in all departments. According to a press release, the hospital was also celebrating diabetic and thyroid week till November 30. Under this scheme, renowned endocrinologist Dr Gagan Priya, DM (AIIMS), had been giving free consultation to the patients. The other facilities included free sugar test, diet counseling, diabetic counseling and distribution of health education literature. A 50 per cent concession was being given on diabetes and thyroid lab packages.



Chain, cash looted):
Four motorcycle-borne miscreants reportedly looted a gold chain and cash worth Rs 14,000 from a youth after beating him up near Bamdoli turn here on Tuesday. The police has registered a case in this connection and started investigation. According to the complaint lodged with the police, Sandeep, a resident of Hari Nagar locality, was waylaid by four motorcycle-borne miscreants near Bamdoli turn when he was returning home from the main market on his scooter. The miscreants first thrashed him up and then looted his chain and cash.

358 posts sanctioned for Faridabad MC:
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has sanctioned 358 posts of helper to tubewell operator for the Faridabad Municipal Corporation. As a result of sanctioning these posts, the corporation would have to bear an additional burden of Rs 10,01,684 per month, an official release stated here on Wednesday.

DHBVN system:
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has decentralised the system of giving cash incentive to power theft informers under the theft informer incentive scheme. Now, the chief general manager (operations) in Delhi and Hisar will monitor the scheme and give awards in their respective zones. Operation zone Delhi includes Faridabad, Gurgaon, Mewat, Rewari and Mahendragrh while Hisar zone comprises Bhiwani, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa districts. A spokesperson for the nigam on Wednesday said the information of theft of power could be given by any person at central control room at Vidyut Sadan here on toll free telephone number 18001801011 or 01662-221527. 

2 booked for rape:
The police on Wednesday registered a case against two youths identified as Babu Ram and Monu of Balachaur village for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old girl in Chaneti village here. Police sources said the incident took place when the girl had gone out to answer the nature’s call. The two youths followed her and then kidnapped her. She was later raped by the duo in nearby fields. The incident came to light when the victim came back home and narrated the incident to her parents. 



Porn CDs seized:
The police had seized 140 porn movie CDs from Sunny at Subahtu, 19 km from here, on Monday. According to information available here on Tuesday, Sunny hailed from Ropar in Punjab and was moving in suspicious condition when a police party noticed his activities. During search, the police recovered CDs that were being carried in a bag. A case has been registered.

Bank duped:
The Chief Manager of the SBI on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the police of having been duped by fake mutual fund certificates worth Rs 4.5 lakh, which had been sent for clearance to their Mumbai office by three private banks, including Axis Bank, HDFC and ICICI. The police later registered a case. As per the complaint, the SBI had received nine such fake mutual fund certificates and had been sent for clearance on November 18.

Dog bites seven students: Seven students of a government school at Garkhal were bitten by a dog in the school premises. The students have been admitted to the Central Research Institute, Kasauli, the police said on Tuesday. They said the dog entered the Government High School, Garkhal, and started biting the students, creating panic among them. 



Life returns to normal
: Life returned to normal on Wednesday after remaining crippled for four days due to undeclared curfew and spontaneous strike in this north Kashmir town and its adjoining areas, going to polls in the fourth- phase of election on December 7 along with 17 other assembly segments. Shops and business establishments reopened here this morning and traffic on all routes was normal. Work in government offices and banks was also as usual. 

2 B’deshi nationals held:
The troops of the BSF apprehended two Bangladeshi nationals, while they were trying to exfiltrate to Pakistan via Octroi Post on Indo-Pak International Border from R S Pura Sector, official sources said on Wednesday. The official spokesman said Rs 147 Indian currency and 37 US dollar were also recovered from them. The arrested Bangladeshis, however, revealed that they crossed over to India with the help of a tout, who brought them to the national Capital. 

Poetry recitation: Abdi Kunj, a multilingual literary organisation, held a short story and poetry recitation programme here on Tuesday. The function was presided over by tele-filmmaker Shiv Mehta. Those who presented their literary works include Nargis Sitara, Ayodaya Rani Gamkhar, Nirmal Bhardwaz, Talib Kashmiri, Susheel Begana, Rajeshwar Bhakhri, K.L. Dewana, Ravi Kalsi and Rajiv Kumar.

Qimpro award for Mattoo: Vice chancellor of Jammu University Amitabh Mattoo has been awarded the Qimpro Platinum Standard 2008 for education by the Qimpro Foundation. The Qimpro Awards are recognised as the country's premier-quality citations which highlight the achievements of individuals in an era of global competition and global expectations in the field of business, healthcare and education. Mattoo has been recognised as quality statesmen for bringing educational excellence and implementing world-class quality practices in an education institution by the Qimpro Foundation.

Fire in Gulmarg resort:
A major fire damaged a hotel at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, while 32 other structures, including Durga Nag trust building, were gutted in different fire incidents in the Kashmir valley overnight. Official sources said today that fire broke out in a hotel at Gulmarg early this morning, causing major damage to the hotel at a time when the ski resort was ready to receive tourists, skiers and adventure lovers. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, they said.

NCC Day celebrated: On the occasion of the 60th anniversary, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Group, Srinagar, celebrated the NCC Day on Wednesday. A defence spokesman said Colonel Arvind Sethi, Group Commander, Srinagar, hoisted the NCC flag. Presently, there were approximately 22,000 NCC cadets in the state, the defence spokesman said. He said there were over 1,400 officers of the Army, Navy and the Air Force discharging their duties in the NCC. The NCC in India is the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world with strength of over 13 lakh cadets. 


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