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‘Promote small savings’:
The Bathinda Vikas Manch at its special meeting held at the Powerhouse road on Thursday called upon the government and the people to promote small savings as they create a sense of security among the people. Rajendra Chawla said special schemes should be started for women and senior citizens to promote small savings.

Dwarka DassDwarka Dass passes away: Dwarka Dass Dixit, former assistant excise and taxation commissioner (AETC), Punjab, and eminent taxation adviser of the state passed away here on Thursday after prolonged illness. He was 85. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. His cremation will take place today (Friday) at the Grain market cremation ground, Bathinda, at 10 am.

Dental check-up camp: A free medical camp was organised at the SSD Mangat Ram Mittal Senior Secondary School by the Adesh Institute of Dental Sciences and Research here on Thursday. A team led by Dr Sudhir examined nearly 100 students and distributed free medicines to the poor and needy. Prof Harjinder Singh distributed free medical kits to the students on behalf of the Adesh Dental Hospital.

Rally against price rise: The Minority Cell (Congress), Bathinda district, organised a rally to protest against the rising prices of essential commodities in the state. The rally was attended by people from lower strata of society. Chairperson of the Minority Cell Nagina Begum, while addressing the gathering, said that prices of all essential commodities were spiralling and the government was doing nothing to arrest the trend. She added that the quantity of grains given under the Atta-Dal Scheme was decreased by the state government due to which a lot of resentment was prevailing among the middle class and poor.

A blood donation camp was organised by the Navyug Sports and Welfare Club at Jatana Niwan village in which doctors from the PGI headed by Dr Usha Roa collected the blood. A total of 51 units of blood were donated during the camp. Senior Congress leader Harnek Singh Diwana inaugurated the camp. DSP Anil Kumar and other prominent personalities of the area were present on the occasion. Club members Gurjit Singh, Pardeep Singh and Amarjeet Singh thanked the blood donors for their noble gesture.

CME on cosmetic surgery:
The newly formed organisation of city dermatologists “Ludhiana Demaforum” has planned a continuing medical education (CME) programme in the coming month. Renowned dermatologists from north India will partake in the programme, which will focus on cosmetic dermatology, skin surgery and lasers.

Book released: “German-Indian Law- a comparative study”, authored by Harpreet Sandhu, a Ludhiana-based lawyer and former AAG, Punjab, was released by Chief Justice of Landgericht, Germany, Klaus Scheuer, at Germany recently. Sandhu represented as a participant from India at the Global Day International Legal Conference-2009. Sandhu also participated at the session of statutory assembly in Berlin on November 6.

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Bhavya is Miss Fresher:
Students of BAMS first proficiency batch, 2008-09, organised a welcome party, “Swagatam”, for newcomers. Iqbal and Bhavya clinched the Mr Fresher and Miss Fresher title, respectively, while Sachin and Monika were honoured with Mr Charming and Miss Charming titles.

Brick kiln owner booked: The Moga police has booked a brick kiln owner of Jalalabad under the Bonded Labour System (abolition) Act 1976 for illegally confining a young couple to work on his premises. Narinder and his wife Anju, hailing from Muzaffarnagar dist. of UP had alleged that the kiln owner Atul Kumar had confined them for the past few weeks.

Missing boy restored to parents:
Honey (8), who had been missing from Nawanshahr, was found near Phagwara railway station on Thursday. DSP Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh said after detailed queries and identification, the police contacted his parents and handed him over to them in the afternoon.

Trust gives scholarships: The Bhai Rupinder Singh Roopi Memorial Trust gave scholarships worth Rs 85,500 to needy students of Guru Nanak College here. College Principal Prof Jaswant Singh Gandham thanked the UK-based trust. Trust president Harbhajan Singh Basra, college vice-president Jatinderpal Singh Palahai and Director Gurmit Palahai were present.

Robbers held:
In a major success, the local police has arrested two suspected robbers identified as Jatinder Singh and Jatinder Kumar, both residents of Ludhiana, and seized one 9MM US-made pistol, one .32 bore Germany-made revolver along with 24 cartridges. The cops have also impounded their Tata Indica car (PB-10BW-0222) from near the Sutlej Bridge.


Cops hold candlelight march:
Cops and civilians organised a candlelight march through the town this evening to commemorate those who were killed in 26/11 attack in Mumbai. The Himachal police personal participated in the march in uniforms along with the local civilians. The march started from the district headquarters and ended at martyrs’ park. The participants raised slogans against terrorism. SP, Kangra, Atul Fulzele, paid tributes to martyrs at the memorial in the park.

Husband booked:
Badsar police has booked Sanjay Kumar, a resident of Samela, under Section 498 of the IPC on the complaint of his wife Sanvitri Devi for allegedly committing atrocities against her. The police sources said Sanjay was working as a driver and used to beat her frequently after consuming alcohol. He allegedly used to ask her to bring money from her family and beat her up on Wednesday as a result of which Sanvitri tried to commit suicide by eating some poisonous substance today, they added. The lady is still struggling for her life at the Government Hospital, Badsar.

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