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Farm worker killed
: A farm worker identified as Rampal (35) was reportedly killed after being struck with agricultural equipment in village Khubban last night, sources said. The police have initiated inquest proceedings.

Novelist Hans brings out ‘Tinka Tinka’: The Hindi novel ‘Tinka Tinka’ penned by Bathinda-based novelist Suresh Hans was released at the Chandigarh Press Club on Monday. The function was presided over by the Editor of Dainik Tribune, Naresh Kaushal. Noted litterateur and critic Dr Ramesh Kuntal Megh and novelist Dr Manmohan Sehgal were the guests of honour on the occasion. In his speech, Kaushal praised the novel saying the originality of a literary work cannot be judged by limiting it amid principles but by sensing its beauty through its ethereal flow. The politics of communalism portrayed in the novel was also lauded by the speakers.

Devki Devi passes away: Devki Devi, 80, wife of late Akali minister Kasturi Lal passed away on Sunday. The cremation took place here on Monday. It was attended in large numbers by prominent persons of the city, including politicians and businessmen. Her husband had been a minister in the Surjit Singh Barnala government in Punjab. The Bhog ceremony will take place on November 27 at the family’s Powerhouse road residence in Bathinda.

Amanveer triumphs at declamation contest: A declamation contest was held on November 11 on the premises of Baba Farid Public School by the Civil Defence Warden’s Club. It was based on the present education system and its problems. It was won by Amanveer of class XI of SSD Krishna Vatika Senior Secondary School, Bhokra, Bathinda. Principal of the school NK Sharma appreciated the efforts of the students and thanked teacher Navpreet Kaur who motivated the students. Amanveer was awarded a prize on the Children’s Day by the secretary of the school Shashi Kumar Goyal.

Free camp held: The Goodwill Society organised as free camp for detection of bone related weaknesses at the Goodwill Hospital in Parasram Nagar here on Sunday. The facility for this test as of now does not exist in Bathinda.

KV-1 wins quiz contest: The NIIT, Bathinda centre, organised a quiz contest PRASANAVALI- The quest on Monday at the MSD Senior Secondary Public School. Teams from various schools of the city participated in the contest. The team from KV No. 1 came first; St Xavier’s team was declared the first runners up and the MSD School’s team the second runners up. NIIT centre’s director Gurdeep Kaur distributed prizes to the winners. Rajinder Sahota and Mohit Aeron conducted the quiz while Veena Mongia and Riya Ahuja managed the scores.

Karate championship: Students of Lord Rama Public School, Bathinda, won 14 medals — three gold medals by boys, two gold medals by girls, six silvers by boys and three bronze medals again by boys — in the Punjab State GOJU-RYU Karate Championship. Muskan won the challenge trophy. The championship was held on November 15 at Malout and was organised by Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-do Punjab. Principal of the school Suraj Setia congratulated the winners.

Gatka competitions: To promote centuries-old martial art Gatka, the Punjab Gatka Association (PGA) has planned to organise Gatka competitions from the village level to international level on an amateur basis. Besides this, the PGA will grant scholarships to research scholars aspiring for doctorate in the field of Gatka. In a statement, PGA president Harcharn Singh Bhullar, SSP, Barnala, said the core purpose of the association was to promote, standardise and popularise the game of Gatka and other martial arts on an amateur basis. He said it had been planned that the district-level Gatka competitions would be organised during November-December and the state-level championship in January 2010.

Pirated CDs seized
: Following a tip-off, city police seized 248 pirated compact discs (CDs) from Loona Music Centre near the grain market on Sunday. It is learnt that Vinod Kumar, who runs the shop, has been indulging in preparing pirated CDs of different movies.

Blood donation camp: Sant Parmanad Singh Vaid Charitable Manav Kalyan Kendre Trust, Kanjhla, under the leadership of former Cabinet Minister Gobind Singh Kanjhla, organised a three-day district level drug de-addiction, blood donation and medical check-up camp in Kanjhla village, which concluded here on Sunday. Former Sports Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa was the chief guest. A team of 16 doctors examined over 5,000 persons. The function was organised to pay tributes to Late Mukhtiar Kaur, wife of Gobind Singh Kanjhla. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was scheduled to reach there, but the visit was cancelled due to unknown reasons.

Mansa MLA backs Captain
: Congress MLA from Mansa Sher Singh Gagowal criticised the allegations levelled against former chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh by Ludhiana-based woman. Issuing a statement here on Sunday, Gagowal said that a deep rooted conspiracy had been hatched. He said the main aim of allegation was to tarnish the image of the Captain who had served people with fair and honest policies.

Woman dies of asphyxiation: Yaadvir Kaur died of asphyxiation reportedly caused by the leakage of LPG from a pipe of a gas geyser at Baghapurana here on Sunday. She was rushed to a hospital where she was declared brought dead.


Absconding  man held: The police on Monday arrested absconding accused Het Ram from Pencha village, near Srikot, in Banjar subdivision. The SP here said the accused had shot at Som Nath of Bilaspur district in September and a case was registered against him. Som Nath had bullet injury and was referred to IGMC.

Nine held: Nine gamblers were nabbed on Monday at two different places at Brow in Ani subdivision of this district. Ram Kumar of Jakatkhana, Hukam Singh, Amar Thakur, Rohit of Nirmand and Suresh of Arsu were caught and an amount of Rs 1,550 was seized. In another case Subhash Chand of Rohru, Kamlesh of Bagipul, Birbal of Sarahan and Parshotam of Rampur were nabbed with Rs 2,650.

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