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Science Olympiad :
Four students of Jhamku Devi Senior Secondary School located in the  village Dhora Mehrajpur have excelled in the National Interactive Science Olympiad, principal Kuriakose VK informed. A total of  25 students of the institution had appeared in the Olympiad. Out of them, Ravneet Sidhu, Sumit Delu, Praise John and Harnoor Singh Sidhu achieved VI to Xth ranks. Interestingly, the students of the school have brought laurels even in the absence of any special coaching available for them in the rural area.

Neki honoured :
Dr N.S. Neki, professor of medicine, Government Medical College and Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, was honoured with a letter of appreciation, siropa, a shawl and a picture of Takht Keshgarh Sahib at Takht Keshgarh Sahib for his selfless services to society . Giani Tarlochan Singh, Jathedar, Takht Keshgarh Sahib, bestowed the award on Neki on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. Earlier also he was honoured by SGPC president Avtar Singh.

Office-bearers elected :
The election of the Punjab State Ministerial Service Union, district Bathinda, was held under the presidentship of state general secretary Darshan Bajaj.  Gurdev Singh Kotfatta was elected as district president while Sukhwinder Singh Dhillo was elected secretary and Ashok Chopra as the cashier. Members from different departments marked their presence on the occasion. Darshan Bajaj and other members demanded that the Punjab government should implement the report of the pay commission. They expressed annoyance over the delay in the implementation of the pay panel’s report.

Public Library : Dr Bhagat Singh Dhaliwal, recently-elected president of the local Public Library, in a press release issued here, said that P.D. Goyal, advocate, Jagdish Singh Ghei and R.P. Garg have been elected as senior vice-president, general secretary and cashier, respectively.

Migrants drugged, looted
: Four migrants, who came to Khanna to buy cattle, were looted by some unidentified persons of Rs 6 lakh after being drugged in the wee hours on Friday. The victims - Elian, Islam, Irshad and Vahir — all residents of Saharanpur, were found lying unconscious at the cattle market in Khanna.

: Associate professor of paediatrics at DMCH Dr Puneet Aulkah Pooni has been selected as clinical fellow in paediatric intensive care unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University, UK. 

Welfare fund :
The National Theatre Arts Society raised leprosy welfare fund of Rs 16,200 at a cultural session organised by NTAS couple Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal at ‘Padma Shri Dr Khushdeva Singh Leprosy Patients Colony’. The chief guest, Patiala divisional commissioner, Jasbir Singh Bir, presented a cash award to the Kusht Ashram. Bir urged the people to help the needy and asked the Patiala social welfare societies to spot out talent from among the children of Kusht Ashram to support their training in music, dance and drama.

8 students get job
: At a campus recruitment drive, organised for students (2009 batch) of electronics and communication engineering (ECE) and information technology (IT) of the local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) at the BGIET campus, eight students were selected by one UK-based multinational company, New Zen venture Private Limited, on an annual pay package of Rs 2.5 lakh per annum.

Heart check-up camp : A team of doctors from Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, including Dr Naresh Trehan, examined 805 patients for various heart ailments at a two-day free heart check-up camp, organised by a local NGO Umeed Foundation, here on Thursday and Friday. ECG and Echo tests of the patients were also conducted.

2 grid substations : MP from Sangrur Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Friday inaugurated two 66 KV grid substations at Kapial village, near Bhawanigarh, and Benra village, near Dhuri.

SDM’s reader held : A team of the local Vigilance Bureau, led by DSP Roop Singh Maur, on Friday held Ramesh Kumar, reader of the Lehragaga SDM, when he (reader) was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from one Darshan Singh at Lehragaga. DSP Maur said on a complaint from Darshan, the vigilance team laid a trap and caught Ramesh in the act.

Tarn Taran
National exchequer misused Pasla :
Punjab CPM secretary Mangat Ram Pasla has alleged that the union and state governments were misusing the national exchequer in the name of the “packages” for their political motives and this was the reason for the meltdown being faced by the country. The Communist leader while addressing a political conference at Bhikhiwind, 35 km from here, said the union and state governments were luring the people by releasing the “packages” in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.



Appointed :
The state government has appointed BS Mehandiratta as the president of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum in Mohali. The forum is likely to start functioning in the first week of February.

Bankers’ Meeting :
The Superintendent of Police, Sandip Khirwar, has asked the banks in the district to install close-circuit cameras on the bank premises for better security. He was reviewing the security arrangements at the DLRC meeting of the bankers from the district. The meeting, organised by the Punjab National Bank, was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Rajender Kataria.



Woman dies of burn injuries :
A woman succumbed to burn injuries at Tigrana village here on Friday. According to reports, 25-year-old Santra was preparing tea on a stove when suddenly it blow off. Family members rushed her to the Civil Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

Senior citizens’ directory :
The district administration will soon bring out a directory of the senior citizens of the district, containing their names, addresses and telephone numbers. This was announced by Deputy Commissioner Amneet P Kumar at a meeting of the senior citizens association here on Wednesday.

Philatelic exhibition :
A district-level philatelic exhibition, organised by the Kurukshetra Daak Mandal, was inaugurated by Rishi Goel, principal of Gita Niketan Awasiya Vidyalya, on the premises of the vidyalya here on Friday. Goel said such exhibitions helped to provide important information regarding different countries. JK Gulati, superintendent, post offices, Kurukshetra Division, said more than 500 sheets containing over 2,500 stamps were displayed at the exhibition in which six philatelists also participated.

Patwari caught taking bribe :
Hanuman Singh, a patwari of the Aulant circle in the district, was arrested by a vigilance team while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 25,000 from farmer Azad Singh of Dhaliawas village, in his office at Qutubpur colony on Friday. Sources said he had allegedly demanded the money for executing the mutation of a piece of land, which was recently purchased in Kumrodha village by Savita Devi, sister of Azad Singh. A case under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused.



Education budget :
The government has given a big boost to budget for education and it has been enhanced by 142 per cent to Rs 2,094 crore this year. This was declared by Forest Minister JP Nadda while presiding over annual function of Government Senior Secondary School, Balh Churani, about 50 km from here, on Friday. Nadda said Himachal Pradesh had got the distinction of being the foremost state in the country in matter of all round progress in field of education.

Vishvavidyalaya set up : Gayatri Shakti Peetha here in town has set up Dev Sanskriti Vishvavidyalaya under programme of distance education and this facility has started functioning at the district headquarters of Gayatri Pariwar here at Raura Sector. Education centre co-ordinator RK Tandon said here on Friday this facility had been set up with active cooperation and coordination of Shanti Kunj, Haridwar and presently only five courses had been started here. The courses are personality refinement, family management, Indian culture, yoga primary and health education. 

Pensioners’ sangh :
Himachal Pensioners’ Kalyan Sangh has taken strong exception to the alleged misinformation campaign launched by few people against the organisation that registration of the body has been cancelled by the registrar of the Cooperative Societies. Addressing a press conference, president of the sangh BD Sharma said, “The registration of the body has not been cancelled and he also threatened to take legal action against the people involved in this misinformation campaign.” 

Office-bearers :
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Senior Citizens Forum, Kangra: president - RK Chouhan; vice-president -RC Chappal; general secretary - ML Sharma.

39 bridges to be built :
The state government has earmarked construction of 1,610 km roads and 39 bridges during the current financial year. This was stated by Khimi Ram Sharma, Deputy Speaker, Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, while addressing a public meeting after performing Bhumi Poojan of the Rs 5.40 crore Naglari-Saarchi road at Bandal village in the district on Friday. He said the government had decided to link 305 more villages with road. He thanked the Chief Minister for the decision to restart the Mukhya Mantri Gram Path Yojna.

Drinking water scheme : Govind Singh Thakur, MLA, while presiding over the annual function of the government senior secondary school, Bhaliyani in Lug Valley, said Rs 43.93 lakh drinking water scheme of Jathani, Khadga, Madgan and Shangan villages had been sanctioned and Rs 9 lakh drinking water scheme had also been sanctioned for Mathala. The Rs 34 Lakh Lift Irrigation Scheme for Bhaliyani was in progress and would be completed by March. Govind Singh further assured the villagers of Mathala, Bhaliyani and the adjoining areas that the low voltage problem of the villages would be solved by augmentation of the present transformers.



Farooq vacates Hazratbal seat :
Pro-tem Speaker Chowdhary Mohammad Aslam has accepted the resignation of former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah from the Hazratbal Assembly constituency with effect from Wednesday and declared the seat vacant. Farooq had contested the Assembly poll from the Hazratbal and Sonawar Assembly segments and won both seats.

Makar Sankranti : Arya Kanya Pathshala, Purani Mandi, on Friday organised a colourful programme to celebrate Makar Sankranti. State BJP president and Jammu East MLA Ashok Khajuria was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Khajuria lauded principal Madan Lal Abrol for introducing such celebrations that promoted Indian ethics and values among the young generation. Yudhvir Sethi, secretary of the state BJP, was also present.

PSA conference : The second two-day state-level conference of the Progressive Students Association (PSA) will be held in RS Pura from January 17. PSA president Rahul said college and university students from more than six districts would participate in the conference. The occasion would be marked by an awareness rally. Rahul said two street plays, "Samrajyawaad ki loot" (exploitation by imperialism) and "Janata Pagal ho gayee" (people go mad) would also be staged.

Chowkidar burnt alive : An employee of the state Sericulture Department was burnt alive on Thursday night when his bedding caught fire due to electrical heater in Billawar tehsil of Kathua district. The deceased identified as Ashok Kumar, resident of Chinji-Makwal, Ramkot, who was working as a chowkidar was reportedly burnt alive when he was in deep sleep at his quarters.

Teacher suspended :
The Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended a school teacher for alleged dereliction of duty during the Assembly elections in the state. Officials said pending inquiry into the dereliction of duty with regard to the distribution of photo identity cards, Zaffar Iqbal, a teacher with Government Middle School, Zewan, had been placed under suspension. Iqbal was working as the block level officer in the Amira Kadal Assembly constituency.

Shops, mosque gutted : A shopping complex, housing about 24 shops, and a mosque were gutted in Kashmir division on Thursday, official sources said on Friday. A fire broke out in a shop in the shopping complex at main market, Magam, in the central Kashmir district of Badgam. Fire spread to entire complex before the fire tenders could control the leaping flames and property worth crores was destroyed. The cause of the fire was not known. In another fire incident, Noor Baksh Jamia Masjid at Kargil was partially damaged.

Hizb militant held : Security forces achieved a major success when they nailed a top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant in the central Kashmir district of Badgam, official sources said on Friday. The sources said troops of the Victor Force (VF) conducted a search operation at Chulain Chuntinar village, following a tip-off about the presence of a top HM militant, who was evading arrest for the past one year. The militant, identified as Bilal Ahmad Wagay, was apprehended from a house without any resistance. A pistol and some rounds of ammunition were seized from his possession, the sources said, adding he was involved in many militancy-related incidents. 


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