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Archers for national tourney
:The archery team comprising Kulwinder Singh, Himmat, Vidit Goyal and Harvinder Rana of LRS DAV Senior Secondary School has been selected for participation in the Mahatma Hans Raj National Tournament to be held in Patna, informed coach Ravi Kumar.The budding archers had recently won the team-prize in archery during zonal tournaments held recently in Bathinda.

Concern for women: National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) vice-president, Anne Raja, has said a majority of villages do not have sustainable economies, and only through oppression of women and lower castes can the landlords, upper castes, and government officials support a better life for themselves. The social injustice that underlines this perennial problem cannot be addressed by a frontal attack on women's issues by targeting women alone, but it requires a comprehensive effort, in which, communities develop through sustainable and integrated programs that impact everyone, she observed.

Passengers injured: The list of passengers, who sustained injuries in the bus-truck collision, on the Hanumangarh-Jaipur mega highway on Wednesday morning and could be identified by the officials include:Punjab: Ajay (30), son of Charan Singh of Nangal, Devi Lal (18), son of Bal Ram, Madan Lal (20), son of Bhup Ram and Surinder Kumar (25), son of Rawat Ram all of village Bodiwala (Ferozepore), Balwinder Singh (48), son of Anoop Singh of Dhunda district Tarn Taran. Haryana: Gauri (23) wife of Naveen Gupta Sirsa Delhi: Ashok Kumar (23), son of Parkash Khateek of Wazirpura Delhi. Rajasthan: Sabeer, Chandan Chawla, Surinder Sharma, Sita Rani Jajoria of Jaipur, Patasi Devi Regar, Naresh Arora, Sarvjit Singh, Ramandeep Kaur all of Sriganganagar, Vijay Sindhi Rawla, Nand Singh Boondi, Richhpal Singh Sadulshehar, Vimaljit Kaur Kesarisinghpur, Kamla Rani Nagaur, Deep Chand Lakshmangarh, Neeraj Senthal Dausa, Gaurav Gulabewala, and Manoj Kumar Sikar.

Newborn baby abandoned
: A newborn baby girl was registered under the Panghura scheme at the Red Cross Bhawan here on Wednesday. According to reports, a baby girl was abandoned in the “panghura” (baby cot) outside the bhawan by an unidentified person.

SDM passes away: SDM, Dera Baba Nanak, Jagir Singh was cremated here today. He passed away following cardiac arrest at his residence here last night. He was a 1986 batch PCS officer. 

Fire drill at LPG station
: A fire drill under the Disaster Control Management Programme (DCMP) was organised at the LPG filing station of the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) in Bathinda on Wednesday. Officials of the IOCL, BPCL, HPCL and fire brigade office were also present during the drill.

‘Upgrade rly station’
: Harsimrat Kaur Badal, MP from Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency, has made an appeal to Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee to upgrade Bathinda railway station and provide facilities. In a letter written to Mamata, Badal pointed out that the railway station required construction of additional passenger platform to check the congestion on existing platform.

Appointed: The Punjab government has appointed Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Alwinder Pal Singh Pakhoke as chairman of the Punjab Agro-Industries Corporation and the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation respectively. Disclosing this here Wednesday, a spokesman of the Chief Minister’s Office said these appointments would be for a period of three years with effect from the date they take charge.

Rural water supply
: District Programme Management Cell constituted to monitor the World Bank aided Punjab rural water supply and sanitation project in various rural pockets of the district on Wednesday, conducted one-day workshop to train the members of gram panchayat water and sanitation committees (GPWSC) in operations, handling and maintenance of the water supply and sanitation schemes. On the occasion, Navneet Virk from State Programme Management Cell, Priya Ojha community mobiliser, Sumit Sagar consultant, HS Kohli SE, TS Virdi executive engineer besides other officials from the state water supply and sanitation department participated.

Man beaten to death
: Satnam Singh of Jasowal was allegedly beaten to death by Karnail Singh, Narinder Singh, Rinku, Raja, Kaka and Jyoti, all residents of the same village in the forenoon today. According to the police sources, deceased Satnam Singh used to telephone Karnail Singh’s sister which irked all the aforesaid persons. Today Satnam Singh went to attend a function near a gurdwara in the village in the morning where the above said persons mercilessly beat him up due to which he died.

Relax levy rice specifications, asks millers
: Rice millers boycotted purchase of paddy in different mandis of the district on Tuesday in favour of their demand for relaxation in the specifications of levy rice. The millers were demanding relaxation in the damage content from 3 to 5 per cent as well as 5 per cent relaxation in discolouration and decided not to purchase the paddy till the acceptance of their demands. 

Five killed in accidents
: Four youths died while five others seriously injured when motorcycles on which they were travelling rammed into a tractor-trailer standing in the middle of the road near Badduwal village in Dharamkot area of the district, late on Tuesday night. Those killed on the spot were identified as Kamaljit Singh, son of Parkash Singh, Gona, son of Jagir Singh, Jang Singh, son of Tarsem Singh and Gurpreet Singh, son of Santokh Singh, all residents of Harike Pattan town of Taran Taran district, police sources said. A case has been registered against the driver of the tractor-trailer. In another road accident, a husband and wife travelling on a scooter hit the iron barricade over a bridge on Moga-Ludhiana road in Tuesday night. The iron shaft hit hard on the chest of Swaran Singh, who died on the spot.

Free check-up camp
: 'P' Club Mansa organised a medical check-up camp for women recently. The camp was held in Jain School and it was inaugurated by Dr Somnath Mehta, director, Nursing Institute Bikhi. Dr Prem Singla, ex-head of gynaecology department, Rajindra Hospital Patiala, checked nearly 100 women. Women were also provided with free of cost medicines by the club. Parveen Singla, club president, said club would continue its work in the field of social services so as to benefit the maximu nember of people.

No change in school hours
: A delegation of the Adhyapak Dal led by Harpal Singh Teja and IS Manjhpur met Secretary, education, Punjab, GS Grewal, regarding postponing the date for the change of school timings as the weather was still very hot. The schools were scheduled to open at 9 am from October 1 onwards. The Secretary has delayed the new school timings by a fortnight.



Bhullar is Mohali SSP
: Gurpreet Singh Bhullar has taken over charge as Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali, here on Wednesday. He has replaced Jatinder Singh Aulakh. A 1991 batch Punjab Police Service Officer, Bhullar said he would focus on new methods of tackling crime, since prevention and detection of crime were his priorities. He said all efforts would be made to solve undetected cases. Community relations with the police were also on his priority list. He said he would be holding a meeting with officers tomorrow to discuss various issues. Earlier, Bhullar was SSP (rural), Ludhiana.

Body recovered:An unidentified body was recovered from Industrial Area, Phase VIII, here on Wednesday. According to police, the body was lying near a park and was seen by a passerby, who then informed the police. The body appeared to be of a migrant labourer aged around 30 years. The body was sent to a civil hospital for post-mortem, where it would be kept for 72 hours for identification.

2 held with arms
: Two persons were arrested and four live cartridges and a pistol have been recovered from their possession. The accused, who have been identified as Jang Bahadur and Raju, both residents of Sultanpur district near Uttar Pradesh, were nabbed on the Ambala-Rajpura road near octroi post. ASI Bhinder Singh, along with the police officials from Focal Point Police Post, frisked the accused and recovered the arms from their possession. A case under the Arms Act has been registered against the duo. They were produced before the magistrate and were sent into judicial custody. A probe is on.

One dead: An unidentified body was found near Arzoo Hotel, Kalka chowk, at Zirakpur-Kalka highway on Wednesday afternoon. The investigating officer said they got the information that a man in his mid-30s was found dead near the hotel. After reaching the spot, the police took the body into their possession and sent for post-mortem at the civil hospital, Dera Bassi. An inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPC has been initiated, he added.


Beautification of Ragunath Bazaar
: The Raghunath Bazaar Businessmen Association has appreciated Divisional Commissioner Pawan Kotwal and the Jammu Divisional Administration for showing interest in the implementation of the project for the beautification of 164-year-old Raghunath Baazar. According to a statement issued here on Tuesday, Baldev Khullar, president of the association, said the total estimated cost of the project had been worked out as Rs 5.78 crore. He said Chief Minister Omar Abdhullah had already sanctioned Rs 2 crore under the Jammu district development plan and demanded the sanctioning of more funds for the purpose.

Blood donation camp:On the occasion of 182 Gunnery Day, Tiger Artillery Brigade of the Army organised a blood donation camp here on Wednesday. The camp was organised by “The Seekers” on behalf of the Tiger Artillery Brigade. Brigadier VS Saini, Commander, Tiger Artillery Brigade, was the first officer to donate blood, followed by others, including wives of officers.


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