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Meeting held to nab PO:
The DIG (Crime) RPS Brar today held a high-level meeting to draw an action plan to nab a proclaimed offender Jagsir Singh, sources said. A Special Investigation Team constituted under the directions of the HC got success to nab only one of the the two most wanted proclaimed offenders.

Dharna by farm workers:
Members and activists of the joint morcha of rural and agriculture workers’ organisations on Friday held a dharna in front of the office of BDPO here in support of their demands, including Rs 200 as a daily wage under the NREGA scheme, Rs 100 per day unemployment allowance and 10 marla plots for homeless people. The protesters were addressed among others by senior vice-president of the All India Agriculture Workers’ Union Gurcharan Singh Chohan and district secretary of the Mazdoor Mukti Morcha Ami Lal Balahar. 

Polio drops: With the help of 38 transit teams and 28 mobile teams, the health department on January 10 would administer anti-polio drops to 1.86 lakh children of this district, who aged between 0 and five years, at 698 booths, according to civil surgeon Neelam Bajaj. 

Seminar on ‘Gurbani’: A two-day seminar on “Gurbani” is being organised on January 9 and 10 here, in which Veer Bhupinder Singh USA Wale will share his views on “Gurbani” with the participants. 

Medical council reconstituted :The state government has reconstituted a new team of the Punjab Medical Council after the completion of term of the previous team. While Dr Manmohan Singh has been granted another term and appointed president, Dr GS Grewal (Ludhiana), Dr Kapil Gupta (Jalandhar), Dr Karnail Singh (Amritsar) and Dr Pawan Gupta (Jalandhar) have been appointed members of the council. 

Competition: Almost 4 lakh students of Classes V and VII of government schools across Punjab appeared in a special science and maths competition held on Friday. The exam was conducted by the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan Authority, Punjab. As many as 43,823 students of Class V appeared in maths test while 3,21,211 students of class VIII appeared in the science and maths tests. “These tests were started last year to encourage the study of maths and science among students,” said Director-General, School Education, Krishan Kumar. Students who got the first three positions at district level would be awarded cash prizes. 

PSEB employee electrocuted :
A Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employee was electrocuted while the other had a miraculous escape when they went to repair a transformer near Bhaini village yesterday.
The deceased has been identified as Bikramjit Singh of Salempura village, a lineman with Sidhwan Bet sub-urban office of the PSEB. The other employee, Kulwant Rai, who was also standing on the transformer, however, escaped when he fell down after getting an electric shock.

Mika in trouble
: Punjabi pop singer Mika has landed in trouble for allegedly abusing a scribe of an electronic channel. The Sarabha Nagar police on Friday registered a complaint against him and started investigation. The singer, who was in the city Thursday evening for the premier of his Punjabi film “Mitti”, allegedly misbehaved with a journalist, when the latter asked him a question about Mika’s “relationship” with Rakhi Sawant. Miffed over a queries about Rakhi, Mika allegedly hurled abuses at the scribe. Following the incident, a delegation of the local media also met SSP SS Gill and requested him to take action against the singer. 

Youth ends life
: A youth, identified as Sarabjit, reportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his residence in Rurrki village on Thursday. He was under mental stress, the police said. The Goraya police has registered a case under Sections 363, 366-A and 120-B of the IPC in this regard. 



: Two IAS officers Anurag Aggarwal and RS Doon have been promoted by the Haryana governmnet to the super time scale with effect from January 1 this year. 



Chauhan BJP Chamba chief:
In a straight contest between two contestants for the post of district president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Group Captain Bhupinder Singh Chauhan (retd) has been elected as the BJP district president under the chairmanship of BJP election in charge Balbir Bagga here yesterday.



Painting given to First Lady
: Raj Bharati, general secretary of the Viraj Kala Kendra and Jammu-based artist, presented a painting to Raj Bhawan here on Friday. The painting titled ‘Spring’ was presented to First Lady Usha Vohra. The First Lady complimented Bharati for her creative genius and wished her success in her artistic pursuits. Bharati, explaining the theme of the painting, said ‘Spring’ symbolised hope and happiness. 


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