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Jakhar flays state govt
: While addressing a meeting on Wednesday night during the Lohri celebrations, the local legislator, Sunil Jakhar, expressed concern over the recent spurt in the incidents in the sub-divisional town. Jakhar claimed that the previous Congress led government had sanctioned Rs 30 crore project for expansion of the new waterworks on the Hanumangarh road to ensure supply of potable water but the present alliance government has abandoned the same. 

REC CHD win cricket tourney: The REC Chandigarh had won during the IFFCO Cup Twenty-20 National Cricket tournament on Day-14 here on Thursday. The District Youth Congress, president, Sandeep Jakhar inaugurated the Pool-D match.Batting first, JJS XI Chandigarh could score 107 only. Inderjit contributed 23 but Vicky of the REC dispatched three prime players to the pavilion amidst moral support by hundreds of cricket fans, who thronged the Nehru Stadium. In reply, Pawan of the REC Chandigarh enthralled the gathering by a fine knock and scored 55 resulting in a win at the loss of one wicket only. 

Skill training institute
: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday called upon the industrial and construction sector to initiate joint ventures with the state government to set up skill development training centres, which would prepare semi-literate youth for gainful employment. Badal was inaugurating the Construction Skill Training Institute, which had been set up at a cost of Rs 8 crore in Abulkhurana village, near Lambi, in Muktsar district in joint collaboration with the Punjab government and Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T). 

Badminton championship: Seventeen-year-old Bimant emerged as champion in the boys’ category at the District Badminton championship that concluded here recently. Meanwhile, Sunil was runner-up in the same category. In the girls’ event, Navdeep Kaur retained her title while Ishleen stood second. The District Badminton Association gave Yonex racquets to the winners and runners-up. — DC Rahul Tewari giving away prizes to the winners of badminton tournament in Bathinda. A Tribune photograph

Quiz contest on Jan 22: The Punjabi University Guru Kashi College, Damdama Sahib (Talwandi Sabo), is going to conduct an Inter-college Quiz Contest on January 22. Principal of the College Dr MS Sidhu said on Thursday it was the first time that a multimedia based and onstage quiz would be organised on the college campus. Event coordinator Dr Anand Bansal said the questions would be based on general awareness. 

Man falls in canal, dies: A 60-year-old man lost his life when the car he was driving fell into a canal distributary near Khialiwala village. Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva pulled him out. He was declared brought dead at the Civil Hospital here. The Nehianwala police has identified the deceased as Baldev Singh of Nehianwala. The cause of death is yet to be ascertained. 

Withdrawal of case sought: Various teacher organisations on Tuesday demanded the cancellation of case registered by the Muktsar police against president of the Maths Teachers' Association, Punjab, Jaswinder Singh Jhabelwali and others for extending support to the agitating ETT teachers. 

Farmers’ meet: The district unit of the BKU (Lakhowal) will hold a conference here on February 3 to discuss farmers’ demands. Union’s state chief Ajmer Singh Lakhowal will address the event.

Eight spl secretaries promoted
: The Punjab Government on Thursday ordered the promotion of eight special secretaries to the rank of secretary. Those promoted are V. K. Sharma, Vikas Pratap, Alok Shekhar, D. K. Tewari, J. M. Balamurgan, Tejveer Singh, Dr Arvinder Singh and D. S. Grewal. A release here said three of the promoted officers — Alok Shekhar, J. M. Balamurgan and Tejveer Singh--- who were on central deputation had been given proforma promotion. They would get the benefit of promotion on actual basis after rejoining the state cadre on their return or completion of central deputation. 

KMV organises extension lecture:
The department of Punjabi of the local Kanya Maha Vidyalaya held an extension lecture on ‘Main Te Meri Rachna’. Renowned Punjabi writer Dr. Atamjit was the key speaker on the occasion. The learned speaker spoke in detail about his book ‘Tatti Tavi Da Sach’ which was recently awarded with the Sahitya Academy Award. An interaction session was also held, during which students clarified their doubts. 

Convention by mass media staff:
The Mass Media Officers and Employees Association, department of health and family welfare, will hold a state-level convention in Ludhiana on January 17.
According to sources, block extension educators, deputy mass media officers, district mass media officers from all over the state will discuss the role of prevention in public health. The participants will deliberate on issues of filling up of vacant posts in the mass media and information officials and other workers in all districts of Punjab. 

Teenager commits suicide,  man booked
: A case under section 306 of the IPC was registered at Sadar police station here on Thursday against Lakhwinder Singh (35) of Majhoor village for allegedly forcing a teenaged girl of Jadla village to commit suicide. As per information, the girl committed suicide by consuming poison as she was allegedly being forced to marry him. The case has been registered on the basis of a complaint filed by the mother of the deceased. 

Makar Sankaranti celebrated:
Makar Sankaranti and first day of Kumbh was celebrated with enthusiasm and fervour at Phillaur, Goraya, Phagwara, Noormahal, Bilga, Apra, etc today. People visited nearby temples and gurdwaras to pay their obesances and have a holi dip in sacred sarowars and Sutlej near Phillaur here. 

Doc found ‘drunk’ on duty
: Sangrur DC Harkesh Singh Sidhu caught an assistant civil surgeon, Manjeet Singh, in an “inebriated” state during a Lok Suvidha Camp in Gandhuwan village of Sunam subdivision on Thursday. The DC said the doctor had confessed before the public and officials that he used to drink on duty. Sources said the blood sample of the accused had been taken to ascertain alcohol content in it. 

Couple adopts child in Dera chief’s village:
A couple deprived of child even after 12 years of marriage, was gifted with a male child by Santosh and her husband Subhash Insan during the Makar Sankranti Mazlis in the presence of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is camping at his native village Gurusar Modian for this week. Hundreds of volunteers have reached the village to raise a huge pandal for the bhandara slated for Sunday. 



PK Srivastva is new DGP: PK Srivastva, a 1986 batch IPS officer, has been appointed as the new DGP of Chandigarh. He is expected to take charge from outgoing DGP SK Jain on February 1, whose term comes to an end on January 31. 

Seminar today
: Oscar Fernandees, member Congress Working Committee, is to preside a seminar on “Role of integrity in public life” at the Inder Dhanush Auditorium here on Friday. The Haryana CM will be the chief guest at the seminar. 



Farmer falls into canal, dies
: A farmer identified as Suresh Yadav (56), a resident of Loola Ahir village, near Kosli, died after he reportedly fell into the JLN Canal from a bridge (an overpass) at Bhoorthala village on Wednesday night. His body was taken out of the canal on Thursday. The police, which held an inquest, said Suresh might have fallen into the canal due to diminished visibility caused by fog. 

Blankets distributed
: The district administration distributed 100 blankets amongst the poor on the occasion of Makar Sankranti here on Thursday. The blankets were distributed by the District Red Cross Society, which had identified some of the poor families residing near Sukhpura Chowk and the adjoining railway track in Sector 6 of the city. 


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