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Brar leaves, Dhaka new SDM
: Sub-divisional magistrate Dr N.S. Brar, who had served as chairman of the Market Committee and Improvement Trust also, relinquished the charge on Monday. During a press programme, he said clearing of decks for the 42 km Abohar-Fazilka rail project was his biggest achievement. Meanwhile, Balluana MLA Gurtej Singh Ghuriana laid the stone for the New Dhrangwala Minor (sub-canal) in the presence of new SDM Amit Dhaka. The stone also carries names of CM Parkash Singh Badal, his younger brother Gurdas Singh Badal, former MP, and secretary, irrigation, Suresh Kumar. Ghuriana said the 7 km sub-canal will cost Rs 3.34 crore and meet long-pending demand for canal water irrigation in Dhrangwala, Kundal, Ratta Tibba and Taja Patti villages.

PU zonal contest: More than 125 would-be-students from different colleges of Ferozepur and Muktsar districts participated in the Panjab University zonal level skill-in-teaching and teaching aid preparation contests organised by the Maharishi Dayanand College of Education here, director Anurag Asija informed. PU senator and syndic Prof I.S. Sandhu, who was the official observer gave away prizes to the winners. In the skill-in teaching competition, toppers in different subjects are: English: Tanvi of Dev Samaj College of Education, Ferozepur, Hindi: Kanchan of Dashmesh College of Education, Badal, Punjabi: Rajveer Kaur of Dashmesh College of Education, Gidderbaha. In teaching aid preparation competition, toppers are: English: Sukhmeen Kaur of Khalsa College of Education, Muktsar, Hindi: Sukhwinder of GGS College of Education, Gidderbaha, Punjabi: Harpinder Kaur of Babe Ke College of Education, Mudki.

Eye camp: 175 patients were examined and given medicines during a free eye check-up camp organised by the Lions Club, Abohar Mandi, in water-logged Bahawalbassi village. Dr H.S. Popli, president of the club, and Dr Jaswant Singh, project in-charge, said that Dr B.K. Chhabra identified 25 patients suffering from cataract. They will be operated on February 21 and the club will bear all expenses.

Market for e-bikes: The Indian market for e-bikes is expected to grow to 600 crores in next few years, said Naresh Nayyar, director, sales and marketing of SAR group, the global leader in packaged energy and power products. Speaking on the sidelines of the launching of the Lectrix e-bikes, based on Swiss technology, Nayyar said north India too has a strong potential for it. These e-bikes are exempt from Motor Vehicle rules, and is the answer to increasing pollution, he claimed.

Pensioners demand
: The Senior Citizens and Pensioners’ Vikas Manch, Bathinda, met with B.L. Jindal, senior vice-president in chair. The meeting demanded report of the Fifth Punjab Pay Panel be released and disparity in pay, pension fixation formula between the serving employees and pensioners removed. The meeting also demanded that withdrawal of LTC facility to PSEB pensioners be revoked. The meeting also demanded male senior citizens be given 50 per cent concession by the Railways instead of 30 per cent to remove disparity between men and women senior citizens.

Injured: One Rani Kaur (47) got injured when a speeding car hit the rickshaw she was travelling upon near the bus stand on Sunday. She was hospitalised by the volunteers of an NGO.

Painting contest: Amway Opportunity Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Amway India, recently organised an annual painting competition for children. Titled, "Nanhe Chitrakaar", the theme of the contest was wildlife and environment. Over 50 participants of the contest were divided in two categories of 5-8 years and 9-12 years. Kaushal Kumar, art teacher from the Deaf and Dumb School, judged the event and encouraged the young talent. Bhuvan Kapur, vice-president, North, Amway India, mentioned the company's efforts to inculcate art in all children, especially children with special needs.

Vasectomy camp: A week-long vasectomy camp was inaugurated at the Bhagta Bhaika Government Hospital on Saturday, a press release by the Primary Health Centre, Bhagta, said. The camp is being held under the supervision of Vinod Kumar, SMO, Bhagta. Those undergoing operation would get Rs 1100 in cash apart from 
a blanket and refined oil (one kg).

: Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology conducted a campus placement for MBA and PGDM students on Monday. About 78 students appeared for the group discussion after which 11 students were shortlisted.

Bhattal demands paramilitary forces
: Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today demanded deployment of central forces in Punjab for fair Lok Sabha elections. Bhattal alleged excesses against Congress workers like registration of false cases during elections to the panchayati raj institutions and municipal bodies. She said reports indicated the ruling SAD-BJP combine was likely to use same tactics now. She wanted entire state declared sensitive and para military forces posted in all constituencies to stop the SAD-BJP cadre from resorting to terror tactics.

Saini is VB Chief Director: Sumedh Singh Saini on Monday assumed the charge of new post of Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, after his promotion to the post of ADGP, Punjab, at the State Vigilance Bureau headquarters in Chandigarh. On the occasion a contingent of PAP presented the guard of honor to Saini. Vigilance bureau officers welcomed Saini and congratulated him on his elevation to this committed post. IPS Hardip Singh Dhillon also assumed the charge of Inspector General-cum-Director of  the bureau.

Patwaris hold dharna
: On a call given by the Punjab Revenue Patwar Union, patwaris and kanungos held a protest dharna here on Monday. Local unit president Harbhajan Singh Jadli criticised the state government for its dilly dallying tactics in implementing the demands of the revenue patwaris.

Protest rally: On a call given by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Joint Forum, PSEB employees held a protest rally here on Monday to raise their demands, which included scrapping of Power Bill, 2003, withdrawal of contract system and employment on compassionate ground to the dependants of the deceased employees.

: Government Mohindra College, Patiala, in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, will organise a series of lectures on various aspects of biotecnology on February 17 on its premises. The lectures aim at spreading awareness about basic concepts, recent advancements and application of biotecnology. Dr DK Bakshi from PSCST, Chandigarh, Dr Veena Dhawan from PGI Chandigarh and Dr Asha Dawar from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary Sciences University, Ludhiana, will interact with students.



Blood donation camp
: MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, organised a blood donation camp, here on Monday. The NSS Club, the Rotract club and the medical committee of the college organised this event in collaboration with the Rotary Blood Bank Society.

Felicitated: The Pt. UD Gour Memorial and Charitable Trust felicitated the students of Bhavan Vidyalaya and slum children of Unchai, a literacy cell of the school today. About 58 slumchildren of the cell received school bags and 21 regular students of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, were conferred upon with trophies and merit certificates of excellence.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the UT Engineers Association: chairman—Avtar Singh; president -- Dilbir Singh; vice-president — Gurdip Singh; general secretary —Prem Paul Singh; finance secretary — Surjit Singh; and circle secretaries — MK Sharma, Jagtar Singh, Inder Pal Singh and Pawan Kumar.

Cricket meet from Feb 22: The Chandigarh Sports Club is organising the 5th Bharat Kesho Gupta Memorial League Cricket Tournament from Februry 22. The matches will be played at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula, and at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, Chandigarh. The teams from banks, corporate sector and financial institutions are eligible to participate in the tournament. The interested players need to contact Naresh Dhingra at 09463800030.

Elected: HS Dhariwal was unanimously elected as the president of the Chandigarh Bridge Association for two years in an annual meeting held on Sunday. In the meeting, North Zone Bridge Championship was decided to be conducted on March 14 and 15.



Cong rally ‘flop’ show
:The district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha has said that the anti-government rally of the District Youth Congress was a poor show that compelled the state Youth Congress president Mammohan Katoch to convert it into a meeting. Despite all-out efforts of Congress leaders for one month, only district executive members turned up for the so-called rally that had to be cancelled at the eleventh hour, said a press note issued by district Yuva Morcha president Subhash Sharma and district press secretary Rajpal Thakur.

Chandel’s appointment hailed: The district unit of the BJP here has hailed and welcomed the appointment of former MP Suresh Chandel as the state convener of the BJP state Election Committee. Led by party district secretary Bhim Singh Chandel, district finance secretary Ramesh Kashyap and district media in charge Shashi Sharma and some prominent party leaders said Chandel is one of the senior most leaders of the party and had not only remained MP for three times but is also a former state president of the party and fulfilled all responsibilities assigned to him by the party up till now.

Trial flight to Chokhan unsuccessful
:The two attempts of landing at the Chokhan helipad in the tribal area of Lahaul-Spiti district failed today and finally operations to Chokhan were cancelled for the season. The passengers returned disappointedly due to cancelling of the flight. It was learnt from reliable sources that the state government had spent more than Rs 25 lakh to construct the helipad. However, today’s flight cancellation in clear weather conditions proved that the helipad might have been built without consulting the aviation experts. The aviation experts on the condition of anonymity said orientation of the helipad constructed at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet was not correct, as the land should be sited on approach in the visual landing airports or helipads. 

Rly reservation counter
: The Railway Department on Sunday started a computerised railway ticket reservation counter at the Nurpur road (Jassur) railway station. It was a longstanding demand of commuters from lower Kangra district who used to visit the Pathankot railway station for ticket reservation. According to the railway authorities, the passengers can now reserve their rail tickets from 8 am to 2 pm from Monday to Saturday.



Probe into illegal structures
: Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand on Monday ordered an inquiry into alleged illegal constructions and encroachments in the green zone of Srinagar, an official spokesman said. Tara Chand asked Kashmir divisional commissioner Masud Samoon and Srinagar district development commissioner Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo to look into the complaints and submit their reports within 15 days. He also asked the administration to intensify the drive against illegal structures and encroachments in the city.

PDP for extension of rail link: The PDP on Monday demanded that the Qazigund-Baramulla railway line and the Srinagar-Baramulla four-lane highway be extended till Kupwara to improve the communication links to this border district. "As trains are the best means of surface transport, the rail line should be extended up to Kupwara," senior PDP leader and MLA from Lolab Abdul Haq Khan said here, adding that a four-lane highway link too was needed to boost development of this economically backward district.


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