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Female infant:
The Sukhman Charitable Trust, Ramdas, handed over a female infant to the Red Cross here on Monday. Mandeep Kaur, wife of deputy commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu, received the child on behalf of the Red Cross. Dr Didar Singh examined her and found her hale and hearty. 

Fatehgarh Sahib
: The district general secretary and the circle in charge of Bassi Pathana of the Students Organisations of India (SOI) were elected on Monday during a meeting. While Maan Singh Sunny was appointed as the circle in charge of Bassi Pathana, Manjit Singh Ladpur was appointed as the district general secretary. 

Cows rescued:
Acting on a tip-off, the Bulhowal police on Sunday night raided the house of Gurmeet Singh at Dhade Baba Mohar Singh village and rescued six cows from there. According to police sources, the cows were to be sent for slaughtering by Gurmeet Singh. Gurmeet Singh has been arrested under sections 3 and 4 of the Cruelty to Animal Act, 1955.

Two arrested with fake currency:
The police arrested two persons and seized fake currency worth over Rs 1 lakh here on Monday. Acting on a tip-off that two persons were involved in selling fake currency, a police party nabbed the accused, Sanjiv Kumar, alias Sonu, and Vikram, alias Prince - from the grain market. 

31 girls injured:
A bus carrying 31 female workers of Malwa Dhaga Factory rammed into a stationary truck near Behloor Kalan village on the Rahon-Machhiwara road due to dense fog on Sunday morning. Five seriously injured women were admitted in a private hospital. Anju of Karimpur village succumbed to her injuries here.

Pirated CDs:
The police seized more than 3,200 pirated CDs during a raid conducted on 10 sale counters at Balmiki Chowk here on Sunday. The police has arrested Bawa Singh, Krishan Lal, Rajinder Kumar, Kiran Kumar and Rajat Kumar for dealing in illicit trade of pirated and pornographic CDs, according to CIA staff SHO Sulakhan Singh.

A blood donation camp was organised at Vardaan Hospital, here on Saturday. 40 units of blood were donated during the camp, about 100 patients were examined and medicines were distributed among them. 

Seminar: A one-day seminar on “Protect Environment and Conserve Biodiversity” was held at Multani Mal Modi College, here on Saturday. The resource person, Dr Neena Singla, lecturer of the Government Ripudaman College, Nabha, motivated the students to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. 

Loans for farmers:
An agriculture credit camp was organised by the Oriental Bank of Commerce here on Monday. On the occasion assistant general manager (AGM) of the bank from Patiala SK Lakhani sanctioned loans worth Rs 14 crore for 433 farmers of Sangrur and Patiala districts. Sanction letters were also given to the farmers and their representatives. 

Organic farming: The local Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum in assistance with the panchayat of Ubhawal village organised a homeopathic and organic farming camp at Ubhawal, near here, on Monday. President of the forum Dr AS Mann spoke on homeopathy treatment, while organic farming expert Karamjit Singh Bhalwan spoke about the ill-effects of pesticides and insecticides.

Medical camp: A free medical check-up camp was organised by Jagdish Chander, freedom fighter, Yadgari Trust, at Mansa Devi Mandir here on Sunday. More than 400 patients were examined for various diseases of the eyes, heart and skin. 



Memo submitted:
A deputation of the All-Haryana Contract and Daily Wages Labour Union led by its chief patron and chairman Raj Kumar Vatsu called upon Haryana Labour Commissioner NC Wadhwa at Panchayat Bhawan here on Monday and submitted a memorandum singed by over 100 workers. The union demanded that labourers working in various departments on contract basis should be paid the wages fixed by the government, their presence should be marked in their affiliated departments and they should be provided dearness allowance and enhancement in salary by regularising daily wage workers.

Schools closed till Dec 31:
District Magistrate Chander Prakash has ordered the closure of all government as well as private primary schools till December 31 on account of foggy and chilly weather prevailing in the district. 

2 houses burgled: The houses of two villagers - Ramjas Yadav and Subhash Yadav - were burgled in Khijoori village, near Dharuhera, on Sunday. While the miscreants reportedly stole Rs 7,000 as well as jewellery and 15 kg of desi ghee worth Rs 23,000 from the former’s house, they decamped with Rs 6,000 and ornaments worth Rs 29,000 from the latter’s house. The police has registered cases of burglary under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC in this regard.

Bharat Gaurav Award:
Dr Kuldip Singh Dhindsa, director-general of Jan Nayak Devi Lal Vidyapeeth, has been selected for Bharat Gaurav Award. The award will be presented to him during an international conference scheduled to be held on January 2 in Delhi. Winner of several awards, Dhindsa received Shiksha Ratna Puruskar earlier this year for his contribution to the field of education. 



2 shops, house gutted:
Two shops and a house were destroyed in a fire that broke out in Lower Dhalpur Bazar on Sunday night. The house and the shops belonged to Kulbhushan Sharma. The shops were being run by Nathu Ram and Jai Ram. The fire brigade authorities said the estimated loss was around 11 lakh, including goods of the shopkeepers worth Rs 6 lakh.

Man charred to death: A man was charred to death in a kiosk at Bhang, near Manali, on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Rohan Rao of Bihar. The police said the exact address of the victim could not be ascertained. 

One burnt to death:
One person was burnt to death when a kiosk was gutted by a devastating fire that broke out near Bahang, about 3 km from here, on the Manali-Rohtang road last night. Two fire tenders from Manali rushed to the spot saved the adjoining kiosks. Residents also struggled hard along with the fire-engines to control the fire. The body of the deceased could not identified yet.

Award for school principal:
Principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Pandoh, Sushma Goswami was awarded for being the best principal in the northern region for 2007-2008. The award was presented to her by Panjab University’s vice-chancellor at a ceremony held in Chandigarh on December 22. 

NSS camp ends:
A 10-day NSS camp concluded at the local government senior secondary school on Monday. Presiding over the concluding ceremony of the camp, MC president R.K. Mahajan exhorted the students to participate in such camps as this would help them in becoming self-reliant and more disciplined. Around 50 volunteers attended the camp. 



Labourer found dead:
A labourer died under mysterious circumstances in a shoe factory here on Monday, official sources said. Tag Chand, a resident of Jallandhar (Punjab), was found dead at Rangreth on the outskirts of the city on Monday morning, they said. A case has been registered.

Complex gutted: A complex was gutted in fire near here on Sunday night, official sources said on Monday. They said a fire broke out in a complex of Auqaf at Basant Bagh near here on Sunday. The cause of the fire was not known. No one was injured in the incident.

Four die of asphyxiation: Four members of a family died due to suffocation in their house at Saloosa Kreeri village in Baramulla district on Sunday night. The police said the family went to sleep with an LPG heater on in the room and that suffocated them to death. The deceased have been identified as Abdul Ahad Mir, 40, his wife and a son and a daughter. 


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