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Trucks with wheat seized
: The police apprehended two trucks loaded with wheat, meant for above poverty line (APL) scheme, at Wadala Garanthian, which were taken for sale in the open market. The police laid a naka and apprehended three trucks (PB-06-2465, PB-06G-9365 and PB-06F-23650) having 543 bags each containing 50 kg of wheat. However, nobody could be caught as the truck drivers fled away in one of the trucks. A case under section 420 of the IPC and section 7 of the Essential Commodity Act has been registered. 

Free eye check-up camp organised
: More than 250 patients were examined for eye ailments and 50 were selected for corrective surgery to be performed at local Civil Hospital at a free eye check-up camp, organised by the Nayan Jyoti Sewa Society in collaboration with Shri Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Society at the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, on Monday. A team of doctors from the Civil Hospital, led by Dr M.S. Brar and Dr Swatanter Gupta, examined the patients and rendered follow up advice. Medicines and spectacles were distributed free of cost to the needy patients.

Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was organised by Dheeraj Dental Hospital in association with the United Welfare Society on Monday. Twenty six units of blood were collected at the camp. Chiranji Lal Grag, former cabinet minister, Punjab, arrived at the camp to motivate the donors.

Challaned for smoking: The health department today challaned one person for violating the Tobacco Control Act 2003. A team of health officials caught the person today when he was smoking at public place near the Railway Station. The offender was charged Rs 100 as fine and was issued a warning to refrain from smoking at the public place. Dr Indu Bhushan Aggarwal, assistant civil surgeon, Bathinda, said that the drive would continue against violators of the Act.

Tree plantation camp: A tree plantation camp was organised by the Rotary Club at Mahabir Hospital here on Monday. Members of the club planted around 250 saplings on the hospital premises. Dr S.K. Bansal, secretary of the club, welcomed the initiative taken by the members and Dr K.K. Bajaj proposed a vote of thanks.

New DIG:
Ishwar Singh took over as DIG, Jalandhar Range, here today. He was transferred from Ludhiana Range on June 17. Ishwar Singh has replaced Kuldeep Singh who has been posted as DIG (Administration), CPO, Punjab, Chandigarh. Ishwar Singh had served in Jalandhar as SSP and was posted in Ludhiana after his elevation as DIG. 

Planning board: Chairpersons of 13 planning boards of Punjab held a meeting to discuss the initiatives to be taken for development of the state here on Monday. Among those who attended the meeting were Gurcharan Singh Channi, Surjit Singh Rakhra and Amarjit Singh Sahi. 

CPM meeting: CPM State Secretary Mangat Ram Pasla condemned the Badal government for sparing the hooligans within the party here on Monday. Attacking the Congress, he said it was unfortunate that the Congress, which was solely responsible for the anti-people economic polices, had come again to power at the Centre. 

Bandh call withdrawn: Following an assurance by Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, the various organisations of the Balmiki community withheld the Punjab bandh call, here today. Badal, at a meeting with leaders of the organisations at Kahnuwan in Gurdaspur, assured them that their genuine demands would be accepted shortly. 

Blood donation
: As many as 160 units of blood were donated at a camp organised by the Sant Ninankari Mandal here on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal. 



Tributes paid: Inder Singh Thakur (85), a former director of the Revenue Department and also of the HP Land Records, died at Jol Palakhin village, near Ghumarwin, on Sunday night. Panchayat representatives and various party leaders largely attended his last rites. District Congress president MLA Rajesh Dharmani, former parliamentary secretary Kashmir Singh Thakur, former MLA Karam Dev Dharmani paid tributes to the departed soul, who was popular for his humane approach to problems of the villagers.

Career counselling: Assisted by the Chambers of Industry, CII in association with the Education Department held career counselling at the postgraduate college here. Addressing the workshop, Director, Education, OP Sharma said career-counselling workshop would benefit the students preparing them for interviews and other personality tests. The CII started the programme for the benefit of students who have degrees but no skills. The programme would also be extended to other colleges in the region. 

Awareness workshop: The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Kangra, on Monday organised an awareness workshop for the Panchayati Raj Institutions and Mahila Mandal members at Bodh, near here. All elected representatives of the gram panchayats and members of the Mahila Mandals from Nurpur, Indora, Fatehpur and Nagrota Surian development blocks participated. The objective of the workshop was to educate them about various departmental schemes. Presiding over the workshop district programme officer of the department KS Dhiman exhorted the representatives to implement government women welfare schemes effectively.

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