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Bank growth
: The State Bank of Patiala has recorded 79.01 per cent growth in net profit during the nine-month period ending December 2008. Its net profit stood at Rs 437.58 crore as against Rs 244.44 crore for the same period previous year. As per the press release, the bank has crossed a landmark of total business of Rs 1,00,000 crore.

Nominated: Amrit Pal Singh Sidhu has been nominated as a member of the Punjab state consultative committee of Food Corporation of India (FCI) for two years by the union agriculture and food ministry.

Appointed: In a recently held meeting of the National Human Rights Bureau, Jaskarn Singh Gehri Buttar has been appointed as president of Sangat block unit of the Bureau. At the event, Kulwinder Singh Gulabgarh and Kehar Singh Hisowal headed the meeting.

Elected: Harminder Singh Jakhu, general secretary of the SAD (B), SC wing, in a press release issued here, stated that Bhagwan Das Bharti had been chosen as the SC wing’s district president (urban) while Tek Singh Khalsa was appointed as district president (rural).

Market committee chief:
Ashok Jairath, municipal councillor of ward 18, who was recently appointed the chairman of the local market committee, took charge at a specially organised programme, here, on Wednesday. The residents particularly commission agents have hailed his appointment. His installation was presided over by Nirmala Jyani, wife of Punjab BJP vice-president and local MLA Surjit Kumar Jyani. Ashok Jairath, while addressing the gathering, promised that he would try his utmost to address the problems of farmers, commission agents and labourers and strive for improving the functioning of the market committee.

DEF to hold meet:
To oppose privatisation policies of the government, the Democratic Employees Front (DEF) would hold a state level convention and protest march at Jalandhar on January 25, Sikander Singh Dhaliwal, district president of the Front and Jaspal Khokhar, district secretary informed.

Pirated CDs seized: The police have arrested Rakesh Sonu of Indira Nagari in Sriganganagar, following recovery of 650 pirated obscene CDs, during a raid at his parlor. A case under section 51, 52A and 63 of the Indian Copyright Act, has been registered against him, sources said.



‘Nalwadi Mela’:
A seven-day historical and cultural fair of the region, “Nalwadi Mela”, will begin at Luhnu Maidan in the town on March 17. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Amarsingh Rathore while presiding over the first meeting of district officers of the Mela Management Committee here on Tuesday. Rathore exhorted all district officers to ensure proper arrangements in this regard.

: The Shimla Amateur Garden and Environment Society (SAGES) will organise a nature walk to acquaint people with the flora and fauna in the first week of April. This was stated by newly elected president of the society PC Thakur here on Tuesday. He said the society would also hold a workshop on issues related to plant and environment in August. The annual flower show would be held during the Shimla Summer Festival. Meanwhile, the society also elected its new team of officer-bearers. President - PC Thakur; vice-president- Tejinder Singh and MR Sharma; secretary-Raj Vats; joint secretary- Manjul Bhatnagar and treasurer- RL Jain.

Body found
: The body of one Surender Kumar Rana, alias Bhonki, was found hanging in Samuna jungle. According to information, Surender Kumar was missing since January 12 and a missing report was registered by the Bangana police on January 16.


One killed, 6 hurt in mishaps
: A 30-year-old man was killed and five others were injured when a truck hit an auto-rickshaw at Qamarwari near Cement Bridge here on Tuesday night, a police spokesman said on wednesday. Abdul Rashid Bajad, a resident of Nagsari village of Kupwara, died on the spot. The injured were shifted to hospital. In another accident, a minibus coming from Beerwah to Khansahib in Budgam district of central Kashmir turned turtle near Pathkoot injuring its conductor Mehraj Ahmad. Rest of the passengers escaped unhurt. The injured have been shifted to hospital.

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