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Kishori Shakti Yojna:
Under a Centre-sponsored “Nutrition Kishori Shakti Yojna” for adolescent girls, the state government has released an amount of Rs 116.67 lakh for all 20 districts of the state. Out of this amount, Bathinda district has got a share of Rs 6.05 lakh for implementing the scheme. However, the state Planning Department, which has released the amount, has imposed some conditions for withdrawing and spending the amount. It has also been told to the districts to ensure that the amount, spent under the scheme, should be reconciled with the office of the state Accountant General.

Army Day celebrated: The Chetak Corps today celebrated the Army Day here. On the occasion, Lt-Gen K Surendra Nath, VSM, GOC, Chetak Corps, greeted the veteran officers and their families residing in Bathinda. Over 60 retired officers also regaled the serving officers. They recounted the valorous deeds and sacrifices of their comrades-in-arms. Senior members of the administration and other dignitaries also joined the celebrations. On January 15 every year, the Army celebrated the day to revere and respect martyrs.

‘Hoarders behind price rise’:
President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simaranjit Singh Mann on Thursday stated that the spiralling food prices in the country could not be brought under control until the government get hold of black marketeers, hoarders, smugglers and land mafias. In a press statement issued here, Mann added that the government was constantly watching over small-time thieves while the bigger sharks, specially politicians involved in mega scams, were allowed to get away scot-free.

Markfed staff  observe bandh:
In protest against the non-implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission recommendations, employees of Markfed observed a complete bandh in the state on Friday. Bhupinder Singh, convener of the Markfed Employees Joint Action Committee, said over 2,400 Markfed employees protested against the state government to press for their demands at all district headquarters and their respective offices. Later, office-bearers handed over a demand chart to the PA to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh. The committee has threatened to organise a state-level rally at the Markfed headquarters in Chandigarh on February 9 if their demands were not met.

Grewal is DBA president:
Gurtej Singh Grewal was on Friday elected president of the District Bar Association (DBA), Sangrur, for the fourth time in the annual election of the DBA.Grewal defeated his rival Baljit Singh Karwal by a margin of 280 votes. Amarbir Singh Mann was elected vice-president while Ajay Bansal was elected secretary.



Nurses to hold dharna:The Nursing Association of PGI has decided to stage a dharna in the Director’s office, if their long-pending promotions were not considered by the PGI administration. A decision was taken at a general body meeting of the Nursing Association at PGI here today. As a mark of protest, they have decided to wear black badges during work hours.

Man found dead:
An unidentified man in his mid-forties was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the Pabhat godown area this afternoon. The police reached the spot and took him to the Dera Bassi civil hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. The police suspected that he died of cold, but things would be clear after post-mortem examination.



Central deputation:
The Haryana government has placed the services of M Ravi Kiran, IPS, SP, State Vigilance Bureau, and KK Rao, IPS, SP, Karnal, at the disposal of the Union government for appointment as SP/assistant directors in the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Delhi, for four years.

ATM fraud:
A case of withdrawal of over Rs 2.5 lakh from an ATM of SBI fraudulently has been registered by the police on Friday. Anil Kumar, stated that he went to draw some money from ATM of main branch of the SBI located on the Jind road a month ago. However, when the machine failed to deliver the currency despite persistent efforts, a man standing near the ATM offered to help. He asked his ATM code and tried to draw money. When he failed in his efforts, he gave the card back to Anil Kumar and they left. When Anil went to draw money from the bank on Thursday he was informed that he did not have balance. The bank informed him that a sum of Rs 2,57,143 had been withdrawn.

Tributes paid:
Tributes were paid to Gulzari Lal Nanda, former acting PM, on his death anniversary at a meeting held at Sadachar Sathal, here on Friday. DC Pankaj Aggarwal said Nanda had contributed a lot to bring Kurukshetra on the world map. The Kurukshetra Development Board was constituted under his chairmanship and Kurukshetra had been recognised as world fame religious place.

698 bicycles distributed:
As many as 698 bicycles against a targeted number of 750, were distributed free of cost to girl students of Class VI throughout the district on Friday under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. The number of block wise beneficiaries stood at 370 (Rewari block), 153 (Bawal), 67 (Khol), 56 (Jatusana) and 52 (Nahar).

Campus placements:
Even in recession, campus placements were going on in full swing, claimed the VC of the Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology. He disclosed that 28 engineering students had been selected as technical commissioned officer by a team of army officers. Akash Institute had shortlisted six students. Ttwo had been selected by Indian Seamless Metal Tubes Ltd, Pune.

Car stolen: CIA unit of Sonepat claimed to have recovered a stolen Verna car after arrest of a notorious vehicle lifter identified as Krishan of Panchi Jatan village on Thursday. The car was stolen from Delhi about seven months back. According to SP, the police confirmed that a case was registered in Lajpat Nagar police station in Delhi on June 13, last year.



2 Armymen killed in fire:
Two armymen, including an officer, were killed allegedly in a fire in Udhampur district on Friday, the police said. Lieutenant Girish Tiwari and havaldar Vinood Kumar were caught in the fire that broke out in a training camp of the 3 Madras in Kishenpur Manwal, 40 km here, early today, it said. The duo succumbed to severe burn injuries, the police said and added the bodies were being sent to their native places. Brig-Gen Staff (BSG), 16 Corps, Brig Gurdeep Singh said an inquiry had been ordered into the incident.

Directive to complete tourist centre: Minister of State for Tourism Nasir Aslam Wani has directed the Chief Executive Officer, Rajouri, to complete the Tourist Reception Centre(TRC), Shahdra Sharief, by the end of March. According to an official statement issued here, he gave the direction during an inspection of the TRC. He directed the executive agencies to complete the project in the targeted time. The tourism complex is being constructed at a cost of Rs 1 crore and the land for the project has been provided by the Shahdra Sharief Trust.


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