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Plea to set up SBI branch
: Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat has urged the Punjab CM to make arrangements for opening the State Bank of India branch office along with the ATM facility in the sub-divisional administrative-cum-court complex here. The NGO in a memorandum, faxed to the CM on Monday, stated that the main branch of the SBI is located at three km distance from the complex. They have to traverse a three km distance for making ATM transactions, they said. 

Red Ribbon Express
: The Red Ribbon Express would reach Hanumangarh railway station on December 2, DC Dr Ravi Kumar informed on Monday. Zila Parishad chief Rajinder Makkasar would inaugurate the exhibition on AIDS awareness besides flagging off the Kala Jathas, who would perform at different villages to alert the people against AIDS. The DC today reviewed the arrangements during a meeting that was attended by the heads of different departments. They were asked to pursue educational institutions besides other citizens to visit the exhibition.

Accidental insurance cover
: The heads of all the educational institutions have been warned against laxity in implementing the accident insurance scheme for the students. A letter signed by the DC Ashutosh AT Pednekar was sent to the institutions reminding that the Rajasthan government had directed to ensure Rs 50,000 accidental insurance cover for each student against the payment of Rs 25 as annual premium. They would be entitled to medical reimbursement up to Rs 5,000 as well. Strict action would be taken against the erring heads now, the DC warned.

PAU training programme
: The agronomy department of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised an application training programme related to the project, ‘Popularisation of herbicide spraying techniques and enhancing productivity in rice and wheat cropping system in Punjab’ in collaboration with the Syngenta India Ltd at village Pandori in Ferozepur district on Friday. Dr MS Kang, vice-chancellor of the PAU was the chief guest on the occasion. All the scientists Dr US Walia (head, agronomy) and Dr Surjit Singh (agronomy) and Dr MS Dhillon, director of extension education, PAU, interacted with the farmers. 

Fighting drug menace
: A Jagran (recitation of bhajan of goddesses for whole of night) was organised in Basti Tankawali locality of this city recently by Bal Sabha Bhajan Mandli, to motivate the youths to follow the path of religion and keep away from drug addiction. Nony, president of the Mandli, said the Congress leader Parminder Singh Pinki, inspired them to take this kind of initiative. 

Excise officers stage dharna
: On a call given by their all-India association, Central Excise officers staged a dharna at the office here today. Local branch secretary of the association said the members feel humiliated and discriminated due to stagnation in their cadre. He said the Superintendents of Central Excise are subjected to apathy due to indifferent attitude of the government. 

Ban on vehicle parking: Jalandhar DC Ajit Singh Pannu has directed the SP (Traffic) and Commissioner of Municipal Corporation to initiate drive for the effective implementation of ban on parking of private vehicles in front of marriage palaces and bursting of firecrackers on the roads during occasions of marriages in these palaces. Meanwhile, the police has launched an operation and impounded three vehicles, which were wrongly parked in front of Victoria and Holy Hock palaces of city and also forwarded copies of orders to all shopkeepers and showroom owners on national highway. 

: The election of PSEB, personal staff forum, was held here at Patiala. The elected office-bearers are: president -Gurmeet Singh; senior vice-president Ranbir Kaur; vice-president-Surinder Pal Singh; general secretary- Ashwani Behl; joint secretary- Surinder Singh; finance secretaries- Surinder Singh and GS Puri; publicity secretaries- Tarsem Chand Sharma and Gurmail Chand Saini.

Sale deeds
: More than 40 persons were provided with the documents of registration of sale deeds of their properties, allotted to them by the Pathankot Improvement Trust (PIT) about 10-20 years back here on Monday. A camp to execute and hand over the documents of registration of sale deeds to the allottees was held on PIT premises, which was inaugurated by Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal.



Dibrugarh express
: The Dibrugarh-Chandigarh Express, a weekly train, will now run on daily basis from December 3. Given to the increasing number of passengers, the train will ply everyday. It will be flagged off by Union minister Pawan Bansal.



Teenager raped
: A teenaged girl of Bhim Basti colony here was allegedly raped by three youths on Sunday. The incident took place when the victim was on the way to a sewing training center near Adarsh Vidya Mandir here. The youths reportedly picked up the girl and took her to an isolated cell (room) in a neighbouring field. The police has registered a case of abduction coupled with wrongful confinement as well as gangrape against the accused - Monu, Raju and one other. The medical examination of the girl in the Civil Hospital here has confirmed sexual assault.

One killed in firing
: Mukesh of Mangolpur was killed and two others, including a 10-year-old boy, were seriously injured in a firing incident during a marriage ceremony of Rinku of Shahpur Garhi village on Sunday. The injured identified as Rinku’s elder brother Rahul and nephew Varun have been admitted in a Delhi hospital. The police has arrested the alleged accused, Ramesh, Rinku’s neighbour. Ramesh allegedly fired three rounds from an illegal arm while dancing during the ceremony.

Man set afire, dies: Pawan Kumar of Parnala village near Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district was allegedly set on fire by three car-borne persons near Garhi Bindroli village here on Sunday. He was referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak, from the Civil Hospital. However, he succumbed to his burn injuries. A case has been registered. Old enmity is suspected to be behind the incident. The incident took place when Pawan was coming to Sonepat from his village on a motorcycle to attend a marriage. 

Textile unit employees attacked: General manager of the RIBA Textile unit Hari Narain Joshi and assistant Vikas Chopra were allegedly attacked with sticks by three persons while they were on the way to the unit in a Scorpio from Panipat on Sunday. Both were referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak. The police has registered a case against Dharambir and Chand of Murlana village and Pawan of Khanpur Kalan village. They alleged that their vehicle was forcibly stopped near Chidana village by placing a cart before the vehicle on the highway and the alleged accused attacked them with sticks and rods. 



Windowpanes smashed: A drunken person smashed the windowpanes of a Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus and created panic among passengers at Lahri Patti in an outlying place in Chamba district on Saturday. The accused, Gagan Singh, was arrested and later released on bail. On a complaint filed by driver of the bus (HP48-7515) Sudarshan Singh at the Chowari police station, the bus, which was on its way from Chamba to Sama, was parked at Lahri Patti for meals at a dhaba. In the meantime, a drunken person came and started throwing stones on the bus. A case had been registered. 

Intoxicants seized: The police has arrested a person and recovered intoxicants from his possession near the maim bus terminus here on Sunday. The Chamba SP said on a tip-off the police party, which was on patrol near the bus-stand intercepted the accused, Mahinder Singh, a resident of Mangla, who was carrying intoxicants. On search, it recovered 576 intoxicating capsules from his possession. The accused had been arrested and a case under Section 21 of the NDPS Act had been registered. The SP said the accused had been had been remanded to the police custody.


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