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Batala gets new SSP:
Dinesh Pratap Singh joined as the SSP here today. He was transferred from 36 Battalion, PAP, Jalandhar. His predecessor Dr Naresh Arora has been transferred as Assistant Inspector-General of Police (Intelligence), Punjab, Chandigarh. While talking to mediapersons, Singh spelled his priorities to act against anti-social elements, drug peddlers and the traffic rule violators.

Schoolchildren poor in maths, Punjabi:
A base line test conducted on schoolchildren studying from class I to V reveals a 50 and 38 per cent progress in the subjects of Punjabi and mathematics, respectively. In realation to this District Cocordinator Navtej Singh said in 987 primary schools 21,288 students out of 78,423 are not aware of basic knowledge of the language and 32,271 schoolchildren out of 78,423 were unaware of the basic numerology of mathematics.

Residential complex for JCOs, jawans inaugurated: An environment-friendly residential complex for JCOs and jawans of Vajra Corps was inaugurated in the cantonment area here today. Each set in the complex has two bedrooms and a multi-utility room. A press note stated that 42 JCOs and 282 ORs were handed over the accommodation.

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De-addiction camp concludes:
A three-day de-addiction camp concluded at Humbran yesterday. The camp was an  effort of the Art of  Living and Mata Kaushalaya Devi Pahawa Hospital, Humbran. At the start of the camp, 200 addicts participated in the camp. Till the final day, 120 persons were de-addicted.

Anti-Ragging Committee constituted:
A district-level Anti-Ragging Committee has been constituted in the district under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Gurkirat Krpal Singh. Additional Deputy Commissioner would be its member secretary and SP (HQ), District Education Officer, District Public Relation Officer will be official members.

Blood donation camp: The local Blood Donors Council (BDC) organised a voluntary blood donation camp here on Thursday at BDC Complex to mark National Voluntary Blood Donation Day. As many as 80 units of blood were collected.

Senior citizens honoured: The local Social Security Department in collaboration with Human Rights Manch organised a function to mark Senior Citizens Day here on Thursday. Senior citizens belonging to different blocks were honoured.

Diabetes detection: Baldev Nayyar, a veteran social worker, organised diabetes detection-cum-awareness camp at Rai Heart Hospital, Banga, on Thursday. He examined as many as 98 persons, out of which 68, including 51 women were found diabetic.

Altercation hits work at DTO office:
The public was inconvenienced at the District Transport Office (DTO) here today when one person had an altercation with a member of the District Transport Advisory Committee over the registration of a vehicle. The altercation went on for quite some time, during which no public work was taken up. Later, the office staff closed the office for the day, stopping their work midway.

Power Shutdown: Power will remain suspended to following  areas on account of maintenance work. On 3-10-09 , from 7 am to 1 pm at Suraj Nagar, Chimni road, Tedi road, Satgur Nagar, Fateh Singh Nagar, Medh colony, Jandha Nagar Gali No.1, 20, 22 and 30 and Dashmesh Nagar. On 4-10-09, from 12 am to 5 pm at Circuit House, Telephone exchange, Krishan Nagar, Maharaj Nagar, Gobind Nagar and Hathi Complex.

Mid-day meal scheme:
The mid-day meal and BPL schemes will now be under the Youth Congress (YC) scanner in the Ferozepur district. The AICC general secretary and in-charge of the YC, Rahul Gandhi, had asked the district units to adopt two Central government funded schemes each for monitoring and awareness campaign, district YC president Sandeep Jakhar informed the media recently. Regretting that Punjab had not been able to utilise NREGA funds beyond 50 per cent level, Jakhar said he had recently discussed it with Rahul Gandhi and suggested some modifications to benefit the educated youths of the rural areas.

BJP workers stage dharna: About 100 BJP workers staged a dharna earlier this week outside the Municipal Complex in the sub-divisional town Suratgarh of Sriganganagar district as legislator Gangajal Meel inaugurated the Rajiv Gandhi auditorium that has been developed at a cost of Rs 18 lakh by the Congress ruled council. The Congress workers reciprocated from inside the complex. The BJP claimed that the council had a few years back resolved to raise the auditorium as a tribute to the former RSS chief Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar. But after the formation of the present Congress-led government in Rajasthan, the council had named the complex as Rajiv Gandhi Sabhagaar. This is unfair, the party said.

Diesel purchase:
The District Congress Committee (DCC) president Pritvipal Singh Sandhu has strongly opposed the action of Sriganganagar district administration in booking the farmers of Rajasthan under various sections of the IPC and Essential Commodities Act for purchasing diesel from the filling centres located in Abohar sub-division of Punjab. Speaking during the meeting convened by the district administration on the visit of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister Amin Khan, the DCC president regretted that the farmers were being harassed by the officials of the civil supplies and other departments as they preferred to transport diesel from filling stations located near the inter-state border on Punjab side at comparatively cheaper rates. Each farmer should be permitted to store 1500 liters of diesel for agricultural needs, he demanded. — OC

Medical check-up camp

Bathinda: A medical check-up camp and an extension lecture on swine flu was organised at Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal, with the help of the doctors of Civil Hospital, Badal. Dr Jastej Singh Kullar MD and Dr Parshotam Singla were present on this occasion. Dr SS Sangha, principal, Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal, welcomed the guests. In the end Dr SS Sangha thanked the doctors and their team for their co-operation. Bhushan Pal, ophthalmic officer, conducted eye check-up. — TNS

New SSP assumes charge

Mansa: Hardyal Singh Mann on Thursday took charge as new SSP of Mansa. After assuming the charge, he said preference would be given to maintaining peaceful atmosphere and providing good police administration. Speaking on the increasing trend of drug addiction, he said good police administration and peaceful atmosphere would be helpful in eradicating this 
menace. — OC

Moffar flays Badal

Mansa: District Congress president and MLA Ajit Inder Singh Moffar has criticised the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his failure to fulfill basic needs of people. In a statement here on Thursday, he said electricity is the basic need of people but SAD-BJP failed to ensure proper electricity supply to the farmers, domestic consumers and industrialists. Now, the CM was expressing his inability to provide electricity. He demanded that the CM should step down because his government could not provide basic amenities to people of the state. Financial crisis has gripped the state and people were not getting the benefits of welfare schemes, he added. Moffar pointed out that Congress had provided proper electricity and water supply to people during its regime. He blamed that Parkash Singh Badal had misguided and misled people by making false promises. — OC



Man killed:
One person was killed when he slipped down from a steep hillside and fell into a deep gorge in a far-flung Sramadhu village located in the terrains of Churah subdivision in Chamba district on Tuesday, according to a delayed police report reached here on Thursday. The body of the deceased, identified as Hoshiar Singh resident of Falgu village, was recovered by the police and handed over to his kin after carrying out an autopsy. A case has been registered.

Fire in building: A three-storeyed building, housing two families, was burnt to the ground and an old woman scorched by the fire in Kumaharka village falling in Kolka panchayat in Chamba district on Wednesday, according to a report received here on Thursday. The report said the woman was admitted to regional hospital, Chamba, for undergoing medical treatment. The people did their best to douse the flames of the destructive fire but to no avail. Tentative loss caused due to fire had been put at more than Rs 12 lakh, the report said; adding that two families belonging to Kirpa Ram and Des Raj had been affected. The officials had disbursed an immediate relief of Rs 50,000 to the fire victims.

Thieves remanded:
All five members of an inter-state gang of truck thieves who had been arrested by the police late on Wednesday evening were produced in the court on Thursday which has given them police remand until October 9. The police in assistance with the CIA staff had busted this gang wanted in a number of thefts of trucks in the Damtal and Bhadroya area, under Nurpur police jurisdiction. The gang members were identified as Lakhvir alias Sukha from Gurdaspur (Punjab) Ram Lubhaya alias Labha, Parshotam alias Tona, Satish alias Meddo all residents of Chhanni Mazra of this subdivision and Ishwar alias Goldy from Hoshiarpur (Punjab). In preliminary investigations the gang members had confessed truck thefts in border area of the state.



Power Shutdown:
To carry out urgent work on 33 KV G-3 feeder, the power supply to Nanak Nagar, part of Gandhi Nagar, Shastri Nagar, part of Sanjay Nagar and its adjoining areas shall remain effected on October 2, from 7 am to 10 am. According to the SE, EM&RE circle-1, Jammu, the shutdown shall be subject to fair weather conditions.

Motorcycle expedition held: A motorcycle expedition was organised at Air Force station, Jammu, as part of the 77th anniversary of the IAF. A team of 16 bikers were flagged off by Station Commander Group Captain Ghar Singh from the Air Force station.

Medical camp held: The Dah Artillery Brigade on Thursday organised a medical camp in Beri Pattan and Dharat villages. Residents of Siyal, Gunni, Kheri and Mangaldevi attended the camp and availed facilities that included a gynaecologist and two physicians from the administration apart from the medical officers from the Army. A team of veterinary doctors was also present for attending to the cattle and other livestock of the farmers.

NC leader shot dead:
Suspected militants ybarged into the house of a NC leader on Wednesday and shot him dead in Bandipora district of North Kashmir. The police said Abdul Ahad Para (50), party’s block president in Bandipora, was attacked by unidentified militants at his Hagin residence, about 35 km from here. No militant group has owned responsibility for the crime. The police has launched a combing operation in the area.

CRPF jawan injured: A CRPF jawan was injured on Thursday when his service rifle went off accidentally inside a camp here. Constable HN Roy of E-Company of 44th Battalion was cleaning the weapon inside the camp at Shah Cinema near the Qammerwari chowk when it went off accidentally, officials said. The bullet hit his left leg. Shah Cinema, like other cinema halls, in the city was taken over by the paramilitary forces in the early 90’s following eruption of militancy in the state.

Rather: Taxes Dept to  be reorganised: The state Commercial Taxes Department would be reorganised and its functioning further streamlined, Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather said on Tuesday. “Everything possible would be done to reorganise and rejuvenate the department and make it one of the premier revenue generating departments,” Rather said while reviewing the working of the department at a meeting here on Tuesday. Calling for more dedication on the part of the officers of the department, he said officers have to put in their maximum effort and make it a habit to perform with zeal. Rather also stressed the need for conducting regular inspection and to identify the areas known for tax evasion.


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