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Green schools programme
: Woodlands Overseas School has stood first in Punjab and fourth in India in green schools programme conducted recently by the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. According to school principal Simer, 5,500 schools across the country participated in  programme in the event.

Passing-out parade: Dr Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, managing director, Punjab Infrastructure Development Board, took march past salute from 270 trainees of the third batch of security training course in a passing out parade at Police Recruits Training Centre, Jahan Khelan, 8 km from here on Saturday. Sandhu awarded prizes to Sandip Singh for securing first position in all-around and outdoor subjects.

Travel agent booked: Chajju Singh of Miani has been cheated by a travel agent. The police has booked agent Pankaj Kumar of Shakti Nagar, Hoshiarpur. According to sources, Chajju Singh alleged that Pankaj Kumar took Rs 3.5 lakh to send him to Italy.

Farmers stage protest
: The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) today burnt the effigies of state and Central governments for failing to procure cotton on time as well as on governments rates. Kissan union also decided to block  rail traffic on December 25 at Mansa and Rampura Phul to protest against the government's apathy towards their welfare.  Adressing the farmers, Ram Singh and Bhola Singh said that farmers were being harassed and government agencies had been imposing meaningless conditions for procuring their crops.

Condolence expressed: Members of the Democratic Employees Front (DEF) expressed deep sorrow over the death of Harmail Singh Dhaliwal, father of Sikander Singh Dhaliwal, district president of DEF. Sukhdarshan Natt, Jaspal Khokhar, Jugraj Singh and Gurpyar Singh Kotli had also expressed deep  grief.

Body found
: The police has recovered a body of Jaspal Singh of Khosla Mohalla, Rahon, near a petrol pump on the Rahon road. The scooter of the deceased was also recovered from the site. The body has been handed over to the family.

‘Amardeep Mela’ begins: Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, on Sunday kicked off its ‘Amardeep Mela-2008’. An annual feature of the college since its inception in 1993, the event started with an athletic meet, inaugurated by Dr Ragbir Singh, dean, Academic Affairs, GNDU, Amritsar.



Physiotherapy department
: In charge of the Kurukshetra parliamentary constituency and secretary to MP Naveen Jindal K.K. Gupta inaugurated the physiotherapy department at Aggarsain Charitable Hospital here on Sunday. A free of cost medical check-up camp was also organised by the hospital management. About 450 patients suffering from various ailments were examined at the camp. Laboratory tests and ECG were conducted free of cost. Medicines were provided free of cost by the Om Parkash Jindal Gramin Jan Kalyan Sansthan. Volunteers of the local Rotary Club and staff of Hindu Girls Senior Secondary School rendered their services in organising the camp.

1 killed in accident
: A person was killed when the car he was travelling in was hit by a truck near Rice Mill in Nissing here on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Ashok, a resident of Aungad village. The driver of the truck fled after the accident and is still at large. A case has been registered against the unknown driver.

Six booked
: The police has booked Hari Om Devi’s husband Mukesh Yadav, father-in-law Lal Singh Yadav, mother-in-law Dhanpati Yadav and three others, all residents of Loola Ahir village, near Kosli, on charges of harassment for dowry and criminal intimidation. A case has been registered against them on a directive of the court of JMIC Saurabh Gosain, who had issued it on a petition earlier filed by Hari Om Devi, who alleged that soon after the marriage, she was persistently harassed for dowry by her in-laws.

Gang busted
: The district police on Saturday busted a gang of motorcycle thieves and recovered eight stolen motorbikes from their possession. The police said Krishan, Satpal and Mukesh had been arrested and eight cases of theft had been solved with their arrest. The three were produced before a local court, which remanded them in judicial custody till December 29.

Brahmin ekta rally:
The Brahmin community organised “Sarv Brahmin Samaj Ekta Rally” in Gohana on Sunday and gave a call to the community members to protect their interests in the state politics. The rally was marked by the formation of a 105-member committee comprising five members from each district and passing of a three-point unanimous resolution. Under the resolution, the community resolved that it would support that political party in the elections, which would give at least three seats in Lok Sabha and 23 seats in the state Assembly elections for the members of the community.



Prize distribution function
: Chamba DC Munish Garg underlined the need to follow the teachings of Swami Dayananda, the founder of Dayananda Anglo-Vedic ethnicity, who fought a crusade against the social evils by eradicating the superstitions from the Indian society. The DC stated this while presiding over the annual prize distribution function of the local DAV High School held here on Sunday. He also gave away the prizes to the outstanding students. Vice-chairman of the local DAV managing committee K.K. Mahajan welcomed the DC. A cultural programme was presented by the students.

Four held
: The police on Saturday arrested four persons travelling in a private Santro (DL1Y-8736), after a country made pistol, two sharp-edged weapons were recovered from their car. The four persons have been identified as Anu Kumar (30), Kuldip Singh (25), Subhash (25) and driver Ramdev, all residents of the Baijnath area in Kangra district. They were on their way from Baijnath to Billing when the police stopped the car at Ghata police post and searched the vehicle. Mandi SP said they have been arrested under the Arms Act and the car impounded.

ATM facility
: Punjab National Bank, Jassur, near here, provided ATM facility for its customers on Saturday. According to senior manager V.K. Mahajan the customers can withdraw Rs 15,000 in one go and draw maximum Rs 25,000 in a day.

Annual function: The annual prize distribution of the local Noorpur Public School was organised on Sunday. It was presided over by Municipal Council president R.K. Mahajan. The chief guest gave away prizes to meritorious students. The students of the school presented a colourful cultural programme on this occasion.

Check-up camp: The Global Cancer Concern India, a Gurgaon-based NGO, organised a free health check-up camp on the premises of the MCS School, Raja Ka Bagh, near here, on Sunday. As many as 170 patients were examined in the camp. They also provided free clinical test examination in the camp.

One injured: The police registered an hit-and-run case under Sections 279, 337 and 201 of the IPC against Darshan Singh, a resident of Jassur and driver of a private Darshan bus (HP38-7507), on Saturday. It is alleged that the private bus had hit a scooter (PB35D-2305) on the Nurpur-Chamba link road and fled in which Pawan Kumar, son of Chatro Ram, was injured. He was rushed to the local Civil Hospital from where he was referred to the Tanda Medical College.



Book released
: ‘Around the World on Motorcycle’ written by Prof Bhim Singh, chairman, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, was jointly released by vice-chancellor of the Jammu University Prof Varun Sahni and former vice-chancellor Prof M.R Puri in a function held here on Sunday. Prof Sahni compared the motorcycle adventure of Prof Singh with Ghauvera's motorcycle ride in Latin America and described his book as a great source of inspiration for the youth across world.

Pulse polio programme
: On the first day of the three-day pulse polio programme, more than 64,000 children were administered polio drops across the district here on Sunday. The authorities here said leftout children would be administered pulse polio drops in the door-to-door campaign starting from Monday. They said in the campaign approximately 2,500 employees of the Health Department, Education Department and Anganwadi workers participated. Meanwhile, in the neighbouring Poonch district, thousands of children were administered the polio drops.

Sunday market reopens
: The “Sunday Market” near here reopened here on Sunday for the first time after November 16. The vendors could not put up their stall due to undeclared restriction imposed by the authorities on all polling days during the second, third and fourth phases in the Kashmir valley. However, on December 14, similar restrictions were imposed by the authorities to prevent people from holding anti-poll demonstration when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed an election meeting at Shangus in south Kashmir.

Food items with pig fat banned: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has stopped the sale of all food items, including jams, ketchups and chocolates, carrying pig fat. Health officer, SMC, Reyaz Ahmad cautioned general public, particularly Muslims against consuming Kissan Jam, Maggi noodles and Cadbury chocolates till reports come from the public analyst. He said there were reports that porcine products are used to make Jams, Ketchups, Chocolates and other foodstuffs manufactured by Indian Editions of Multi National Companies.

BSF jawan found dead: A BSF jawan was found dead inside a camp in Kupwara district on Sunday, official sources said. Constable (driver) Man Singh of the 45th Battalion was found dead in a camp at Langate. A case has been registered and investigations are on to ascertain the cause of his death.



Two killed in accident
: Two persons died while three others sustained injuries after a truck met with an accident in Uttarkashi district. According to the state government officials, a truck bearing registration number UA 10 4796 was going from Dijli to Chniyalesaud when it met an accident near Kawagdi, Uttarkashi. As a result, two persons died while three others were injured. The injured were rushed to Uttarkashi Hospital. The CM Maj. Gen. B.C.Khanduri (Retd) has expressed grief over the incident.

Petrol pumps to have cameras
: In order to control crime graph, the district administration has decided to installed alarms and cameras at banks and petrol pumps. District magistrate, Shailesh Bagoli, directed all the banks and petrol pumps in the Haridwar to install cameras and alarms-sirens to prevent thefts and robberies. DM also warned the owners and management that action will be taken against those who will not adhere to the directions.

Farmers welcome sugarcane rates: Sugarcane farmers have expressed their happiness on the decision of the state government to fix the support price for sugarcane The sugarcane rates have been fixed at Rs 143 and Rs 148 and the announcement came a bit late with farmers resorting to agitation. District Cooperative Bank, director, Omichand said that government has positively responded to the farmers condition while Sugarcane farmers associations members, Rao Abrar and Pradhan Rishipal thanked CM for the farmer friendly rates. BJP district unit also held a meeting and thanked CM for the announcement of sugarcane rates.


Regional potpourri
Girl from sleepy village wins laurels

Gaganjot Kaur, born in a sleepy Gaddandob village of Abohar sub-division, is one of the three Indian girls who won silver medal in the first Asian Open Compound Archery tournaments which concluded at Yangon in Myanmar on December 14. She had been a good swimmer while studying in a Sirsa school till matriculation and tried her hand in bows and arrows only after getting admission in the secondary class in the LRS DAV senior secondary school in Abohar in 2006.

Joining citizens in welcoming Gaganjot as she returned home, her mother Rajdeep Kaur, father Gurpal Singh and grandfather Sukhdev Singh, nambardar of the village, said lot of hard work and expenses were involved besides grooming and coaching to achieve the distinction. Only three girls had been selected for the nine- member Indian team to compete with archers from six countries. Others were Navneet Kaur from Amritsar and Yogita from Andhra Pradesh.

Gaganjot’s father is a physician in government homoeopathic dispensary in Alamgarh village on the outskirts of Abohar town.

"It is indeed a special day for the sub-divisional town," said principal Kusum Khungar, offering sweets to the budding archer. “Coaching by national archer Ravi Kumar, posted in my school here, and Jeevanjot of Panjabi University besides extensive practice helped me in hitting the bull’s eye, says Gaganjot.

Swimming certainly helped in compound archery whereas she had initially been pursuing traditional Indian archery. The equipment costing Rs 1 lakh had to be acquired. To her bad luck the well tried bow got cracked during trials for the world cup in Kolkata in September. However she was able to be among the three girls who were selected for the first Asian compound archery tournaments hosted by Myanmar. For the Commonwealth games also she ranked 13 while 16-member team was to be selected in a tough competition in November.

Gaganjot is now practising hard to ensure her entry in the second Asian Grand-pix scheduled for February 2009 in Thailand and the Commonwealth games-2010. Trials are to be conducted; she might have to change the equipment again to meet the challenges.

To think of producing teenaged international archers was a dream for this remote area of Punjab but it was actually made possible by Kulbir Singh Kang, president of the Punjab Archery Association, who was the first to promote the game by organising state-level competitions in Abohar during his tenure as additional deputy commissioner long back.

LRS School chairman Dev Mittar Ahuja has announced Rs 21,000 sponsorship in Gaganjot’s name to recognise her win along with other awards.

Contributed by Raj Sadosh


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