Seminar on RTI: The Right to Information (RTI) Act was an effective tool to consolidate democracy, make administration more accountable and transparent and empower citizens, said Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu during a seminar on RTI held at Circuit House here today. Additional Deputy Commissioner Paramjit Singh expressed his experiences garnered as Public Information Officer. He said in order to make the information network more efficient, information officers and assistant information officers have been appointed in all departments. He added that supply of information has been made mandatory within 30 days.
NGO seeks change in school timings: The Bathinda Vikas Manch has appealed to the state government to change the timing of government schools in the light of the ongoing cold wave in the state. The Manch has asked the government to fix 10 am as the new timing for classes to begin.
Lohri celebrated: The Officers Club of the Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabbat, celebrated Lohri. General manager of the GHTP GS Chhabra presided over the function. On the occasion, members emphasised on eliminating female foeticide from society.
Maths mock test held: Mathematics mock test for students of class X was organised at local Swami Vivekananda Girls College, in which more than 70 students from the CBSE schools of Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar took part. Vandana Garg of local St. Joseph’s Convent School, Ramandeep Singh Gill of the Police Public School and Isha Garg of St. Joseph’s Convent secured the first, second and third positions, respectively.
National Youth Day: The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand was celebrated as the ‘National Youth Day’ here on Monday. On the occasion, the Swami Vivekanand Study Circle, Bathinda, garlanded a statue of the Swami at the Rose Garden. Makhan Lal, a senior member of the Circle, highlighted the teachings of Swami Vivekanand and called upon the members and morning walkers to emulate the teachings of Swami.
Elections held: The elections for the Bathinda branch of the NIRC of the ICAI for the term 2010-13 were held on January 9 at the premises of the Income Tax Department. Chairman Mahesh Jindal informed that the following candidates were elected: Renu Jindal, Ravinder Kumar Garg, Krishan Kumar and Home Chand Garg from Bathinda and Manohar Lal Garg and Ravinder Kumar from Mansa.
CHANDIGARH KURUKSHETRA Rewari SONEPAT Removal of signboards: Shopkeepers of the town led by state-media in-charge of the BJP Rajiv Jain on Tuesday protested in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office against removal of signboards of the companies from the shops. In absence of the DC, the protestors handed over a memorandum to the city magistrate Yash Pal Yadav and demanded to restrict the MC authorities from indulging in such anti-business activities.
Removal of signboards: Shopkeepers of the town led by state-media in-charge of the BJP Rajiv Jain on Tuesday protested in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office against removal of signboards of the companies from the shops. In absence of the DC, the protestors handed over a memorandum to the city magistrate Yash Pal Yadav and demanded to restrict the MC authorities from indulging in such anti-business activities.
LPG refills stolen: In a baffling incident, four LPG refills were stolen from the residence of a former minister, Harsh Mahajan, in the Maliana locality yesterday. Superintendent of Police RM Sharma said stealing of cooking gas refill was a rare occurrence in the city. However, the police had decided to carry out a drive to detect unaccounted refills, particularly in the slums. The police has registered a case and further investigations are on.
The state government today ordered closure of all schools in Una district due to extreme foggy conditions prevailing in the region, an official said.
"All primary and senior secondary schools in the district would be closed for two days with effect from Wednesday due to prevailing foggy weather," Deputy Commissioner K R Bharti said.
He said even the private schools would remain closed for two days. The cold wave continued in the region with the minimum temperature dipping to 2.7 degrees Celsius today.