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Exam Centres Inspected: A flying squad led by Ajinder Singh, principal, Government Senior Secondary School, inspected 11 exam centres in Abohar and Fazilka sub-divisions.

Gateman, train driver booked
: The General Railway Police on Monday booked Mangal Singh, gateman of Vallah level railway crossing barrier, along with the driver of the train, in Sunday’s rail mishap in which a deluxe train rammed into a tractor-trolley. The driver of tractor-trolley later had succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The gateman failed to put the barrier on time. The driver had also ignored the railway signal. A case under Section 304-A, IPC, has been registered.

Handwriting contest winner
: Kumari Shiney Sheron, a class VI student from Sanawar, an institute for children, Bathinda, had participated in All-India colouring and handwriting contest 2008-09 organised by Akhil Bhartiya Nagrik Vikas Kendra, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, in December. The result was announced on Monday and Shiney got first position in the handwriting contest. She got a cash reward of Rs 2500 and Shipra Goyal of class X got Kala Darpan award. Other students Diya Goyal from class UKG, Anmol Yadav from class II, Poorva Gupta from class III and Yungash Gupta from class VII got Kala Darpan awards too. The principal Ravinder Kaur congratulated all.

NSS camp held: One-day NSS camp was organised at Govt Polytechnic College, Bathinda. It is being led by Swaran Singh, programme officer. The volunteers of NSS cleaned Bibiwala road and principal Yadwinder Singh appreciated the efforts of students. Sports officer Amarjeet Singh, DPE Jagdeep Kumar motivated students.

BSNL staff stage demonstration: Employees of the BSNL, Bathinda, under the banner of National Federation of Telecom Employees (NFTE) staged demonstration at E-10 B Exchange, Civil Lines on Tuesday. A press release issued by union district president J.S. Sandhu said BSNL staff demanded early grant of revised payscale and grant of interim relief of Rs 5000 to each employee till the revised payscale was implemented. He also demanded grant of dearness pay/revised pension to retired employees of BSNL/DoT.

Blood camp: The United Welfare Society, Bathinda, organized a blood donation camp at Guru Ravi Dass Dharamshala in Bibiwala village. More than 23 units of blood was collected on the occasion.

Sainis against reservation
: In a memorandum to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, members of the Saini community of Hoshiarpur district stated that they were totally against the reservation on caste basis, which should only be given to the economically weaker persons of the society. They opposed the proposed inclusion of their community in the Backward Classes (BC) and demanded immediate withdrawal of the notification recently issued in this regard. The list of BC was so long that their turn in reservation quota would never come, they asserted.

Chaheru gets mobile ATM
: Enabling the rural folk to avail banking services at their doorstep, the first mobile ATM of the Oriental Bank of Commerce was launched by its chairman and managing director Alok K. Misra at Chaheru village in Phagwara today. Misra also inaugurated the fully computerised rural branch of the bank in the village. Clearly, the mobile ATM will benefit thousands of students studying in the LPU falling in the same village. The chairman said the bank currently had a total business of 
Rs 1,60,000 crore. In Punjab, he said the bank was doing a business of Rs 15,900 crore.

Ex-minister challaned
: DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand on Tuesday challaned a former minister for unauthorised use of red beacon atop his Scorpio car (PB 10 AY 0121). The DSP laid a naka near Truck Union Chowk and stopped the car belonging to the cavalcade of a former Cabinet minister and challaned it. He also took the illegal red beacon in possession.

Opium seized
: The CIA staff of the town arrested Sukhchain Singh of nearby Dhingi village during patrolling and recovered 500 gm of opium from him. A case under Sections 18,61 and 85, NDPS Act, has been registered against the accused by Sadar police station. The accused has been sent in police custody for a day.

BJP training camp
: The Punjab unit of the BJP organised a training camp for its block level workers at Sailli road here yesterday in which more than 4,000 party workers and youth activists of the party participated. Ram Lal, party’s national organising secretary, said the main objective of conducting such camps was to train the party workers so that they could participate actively in the poll process.

58 liquor bottles seized, 2 held
: The Rajpura police recovered 58 illicit liquor bottles from two people during a special naka laid at Rajpura and Banur on Tuesday. The accused have been identified as Jatinder Kumar and Harvinder. Jatinder was carrying 48 bottles and Harvinder was caught with 10 bottles without any valid authority or bill. A case in this connection has been registered.

15 students get jobs: Out of 145 students of 2009 batch of the local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology and the local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Management and Technology 15 students were selected in a campus recruitment drive, conducted here on Monday by Blue Star Technologies, Pune. The selected students were offered a pay package of Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2.2 lakh per annum, according to Hakam Singh Jawandha, chairman, Bhai Gurdas Group of Institutions.

Action plan discussed: A meeting of the scientific advisory committee of PAU, Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kherri (near Sangrur) was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of senior extension specialist, Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana, Dr HS Bajwa for planning, reviewing and evaluating the annual action plan of the Kendra for the financial year 2009-10. Deputy Director (training), Kendra, Dr Jagdish Grover, assistant professor (animal science), Kendra, Dr Bharat Singh and chief agricultural officer, Sangrur, Dr Rajinder Singh Brar presented papers.

Six booked for assault
: The local police registered a case of assault on the complaint of Subhash Malik, a resident of Ekta Vihar, Baltana here on Monday. Malik said in his complaint that during the protest by Baltana shopkeepers and residents on Zirakpur-Panchkula highway on Sunday, six persons started assaulting him. He alleged that he identified three persons who were residents of Dhakoli. The police registered a case and started further investigation.

Mobile sets stolen: Thieves decamped with mobile sets worth Rs 25,000 from a shop in Baltana on Sunday night. The theft came to light on Monday morning when the owner of the shop, Bhupinder Singh, reached their and found the locks to be broken. He alleged that around five mobile sets costing Rs 25,000 were missing. He informed the police about the theft.



Girl falls to death
: A 10-year-old girl died after she reportedly fell from the third floor of a building in DLF Phase 3 here on Tuesday. She was the daughter of one of the labourers, who were working in the building. A postmortem of the child has been done. The SHO said the incident took place when the girl was playing on the third floor of the building, which was under construction.

PNB branch inaugurated
: Circle head of Punjab National Bank OP Arora formally inaugurated the main branch of PNB on the Railway road here on Tuesday. A yajna was also performed on the occasion.

Office-bearers elected
: The following have been elected the office-bearers of the Punjabi Sabha of Rewari. Patrons: Ram Lal Sachdeva, Harish Batra, Prem Nath Gera, Krishan Lal Mehta and Ram Bhalla; president: Dev Raj Kalra; vice-president: Mahender Kumar Chhabra; general secretary: Harish Malik; joint secretaries: Mahender Chakravarti and Naresh Kalra and treasurer: Narender Gugnani.

Burglary in bank: Thieves allegedly broke into a computer room of Syndicate Bank at Dharuhera on Sunday night and decamped with three CPUs, three printers and one scanner. On basis of a complaint filed by branch manager Om Prakash on Monday, the police has registered a case of burglary.


Goods stolen
: Thieves broke into a shop of one Ajay Kumar, a resident of Ladbharol under Jogindernagar police station, on Monday night and decamped with ready-made garments, including T-shirts, sweaters, and coats worth Rs 20,000. However, the police has yet to nab the burglars. Ajay Kumar claimed that he had locked the shop before leaving for home, but when he came back he found the shop unlocked and goods missing from the shop.

One commits suicide
: Roop Lal (65) of Ghandran village under the Indora police station on Tuesday committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. According to the police, the deceased was an ex-Army man and was in depression. The police has lodged a case under Section 174 of the CrPC and handed over the body to his family after conducting a post-mortem examination.

Recruitment put off
: The government has put off the recruitment process of fireman to be engaged on contract basis in the Fire Department in view of the imposition of the code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections. The recruitment process for appointing 25 firemen on contract basis had been scheduled for March 5. The interviews for filling the post of drivers in the Lokayukta to be held on March 9 too has been postponed for similar reasons.

Rs 24.3 cr sanctioned: The Union Ministry of Water Resources has sanctioned a sum of Rs 24.3 crore under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) for the state annual plan 2008-09. An official spokesperson said the ministry had sanctioned Rs 1,468 crore under various irrigation schemes for the current financial year 2008-09 for the state so far.

Sanitation campaign from April 1: In order to give impetus to sanitation campaign in the state, the ‘swachhata week’ will be celebrated from April 1 to 7. A spokesperson of the rural department said here today that the campaign would be launched by pooling the resources of the IPH, Health, Education, Social Justice and Empowerment in spreading the message of benefits of clean and healthy environment. He said each day of the swachhata week would be based on a different theme.

Function cancelled: The inauguration function of the 72 Type (2) quarters, which was to held on Tuesday by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), was cancelled as the declaration of the Parliament elections as the model code of conduct was enforced on Monday. BBMB chairman UC Misha was the chief guest on the occasion. The chairman on Tuesday handed over the keys of nine quarters to the employees at the BBMB rest house. It was also confirmed that the BBMB had already allotted 25 quarters to its employees.



Nine gamblers held
: The police caught nine gamblers, including a Forest Department employee, red-handed from the minibus stand in Bhagwati Nagar today and seized Rs 8,750 from their possession.A police team led by Canal police post in charge Neelam Saini conducted a raid near the minibus stand and apprehended the gamblers. Those arrested have been identified as Ishar Singh, Gurmeet Chand and Sunil Kumar, all from Bhagwati Nagar, Ashok Kumar, Jasbir Singh and Forest Department employee Manzoor, all three from Talab Tilloo, Rashpaul Singh of Puran Nagar, and Rattan Lal and Nirmal Kumar from Puran Nagar.

Election of Dy Speakeron March 5: Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone has fixed March 5 as the date for election of the Deputy Speaker. According to a bulletin issued by the Assembly Secretariat, all members intending to give motion in the Legislative Assembly may give notice in writing to the secretary, Assembly, up to 12 noon on March 4.

Mehbooba to attend conference in Pak:PDP president Mehbooba Mufti will be leaving for Islamabad tomorrow to attend the two-day Pugwash conference on Restarting Indo-Pak Peace process. Political leaders, academicians, journalists, defence experts and civil society activists from India and Pakistan would be attending the conference on March 5 and 6 in Islamabad. The objective of the conference is to propose measures for putting the Indo-Pak peace process back on track that received a serious setback in the aftermath of the ragic Mumbai attacks.

Symposium on Women Education held
: A symposium on Women Education and their role in modern society was organised at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Shesh Mahal, in Poonch on Monday. Additional District Development Commissioner, Poonch, Syed Anwar Hussain Shah was the chief guest at the symposium organised by District Information Centre, Poonch. The students highlighted the efforts of women in building the society and the nation. They emphasised on imparting education to women at their doorsteps. Women should be aware of their rights and day-to-day happenings around the globe, the speakers added. Cash prices and notebooks were presented to winners whereas consolation prices were also given to other participants.

Bear kills boy in Sopore
: A teenaged boy met a gruesome death when a wild bear attacked him in Zaloora forests falling under Sopore police station. The police said Mehrajuddin Lone(16) had gone to the forests to fetch wood. He was, however, attacked by the bear which virtually ripped out his guts. Wildlife officials said human habitation had encroached upon the natural habitat of beasts, leading to such casualties. Several animals, especially leopards, have been killed or captured by villagers in recent months.

Army provides IT centrein school
: Under “Operation Sadbhavna”, the Army undertook a project for the renovation of Government Secondary School, Krimichi. This project includes the creation of infrastructure for a new IT centre and a library. The Army not only created infrastructure for the IT centre but also provided students with tables, chairs, durries etc. The project, undertaken by 5171 ASC Bn (MT), was dedicated to students of the school by Brig GS Shergill, Commander, 71 Sub Area, on Tuesday.


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