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Community centre renovation
: Consumer Movement chairman, Satpal Khariwal, has questioned the propriety of utilising the grant on equipping the badminton hall of the Community Centre with air-conditioners whereas it was released by Sher Singh Ghubaya for promotion of sports. Recalling that Sher Singh Ghubaya, the then chief parliamentary secretary, had announced Rs one lakh grant each during Independence Day functions in 2007 and 2008 but the administration has confirmed having received Rs one lakh only. He urged the state government to get the community centre renovated under the guidance of experts as it still looked like a godown. 

Relaxation for aided colleges: While welcoming the long awaited decision concerning relaxation to the teachers of the government aided colleges for senior scale/selection grade by the state government, Prof Iqbal Singh Sandhu, president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), has thanked the education minister Upinderjit Kaur. 

Extempore speech contest: Shankar and Narinderjit Singh won first and second prizes respectively while Vikas and Priya Chugh shared third position in the extempore speech competition that was conducted by Ajay Khosla, Ashish Makkar, Gurpreet Kaur and Shailey under the aegis of the planning forum at the DAV College of Education today, informed principal Dr Venita Singh. Prof SK Oberoi, Monika and Rajpal Kaur formed the penal of judges.

ASHA workers’ protest on Feb 24
: To press the government for the acceptance of their demands, ASHA workers across the country are going to hold a national-level protest in Delhi on February 24. This was stated by ASHA Workers Union state president Amarjit Kaur Kameana. The president of union said both Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Director, NRHM, would be approached to raise the demand of proper implementation of labour laws on ASHA workers. 

Pensioners demand parity: Under the banner of the All-India Central Government Pensioners Association (AICGPA), government and family pensioners have urged the UPA government to honour the verdict of the Supreme Court in the pension case and grant them parity under Article 14 of the Constitution. In a representation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICGPA (North India Region) general secretary V.S. Jolly has pleaded for total parity in pension for all the 38 lakh Central government and family pensioners. Jolly mentioned that the pensioners were aware of the financial position of the Centre and thus didn’t demand arrears of pension prior to January 2006. 

Supersession:  Two SIs resign: Punjab DGP P.S. Gill today accepted the resignation of Sub-Inspectors Rajinder Singh and Kanwaljeet as a protest against the promotion of a junior official. The two had been serving with the intelligence wing on deputation for the past 15 years. Both the Sub-Inspectors had forwarded their resignations to the DGP on January 13. They had joined the duty with the wireless wing as ASIs in 1989 and maintained that officials junior to them were promoted as Inspector while they were  not considered for the  promotion. 

BKU seeks adequate power
: Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) on Thursday blocked road traffic on the Mansa-Barnala road and staged a dharna in front of the power grid to protest against the poor electricity supply to agriculture and absence of water in the Kotla branch canal. The protesting leaders said that farmers were bound to use diesel engines to get water for irrigation. Addressing the farmers, district president of the BKU Ugrahan Ram Singh Bhainibagha said when farmers need water for the wheat crop, then poor electricity supply and absence of water in the canal badly affects the farmers. Another farmer leader Inderjit Singh Jhabbar said they have been getting electricity supply only for four hours due to faults and cuts and the Kotla branch canal is without water since January 15. They demanded proper electricity supply and water in the Kotla branch canal that was affecting the farmers of three districts. 

No police action in torture case
: Even after five days of torturing a woman by a former SHO of Phillaur, no action has been initiated by the police against the accused, while the victimised widow, Paramjit Kaur, is still lying in the Phillaur Civil Hospital with blunt injuries. Reports said that Paramjit Kaur was allegedly tortured physically and mentally by former SHO of Phillaur Jaswinder Singh on January 30. The victim, while talking to newsmen in the hospital, alleged that her husband, who died in 2000, was facing a police case, and the ASI concerned went on harassing her even after the death of her husband.

Big theft in Goraya: Burglars struck at the house of Saroop Chand Bansal in Guru Nanak Colony Colony in Goraya last night and decamped with 46 tolas of gold ornaments, Rs 7 lakh and valuables, including three silver glasses. The police has registered a case. 



Training camp held
: The youth must come forward and take full advantage of the facilities provided by the government under the Pradhan Mantri Swarojgaar Srijan Yojna and should carve out their bright future by hard work and dedication. This was stated by Dr Chand Sharma, general manager, District Industries Centre, while presiding over a week-long first phase of the district youth training camp, organised by the district Nehru Yuva Kendra at Jabbali, near here on Tuesday.

Dispensary inaugurated
: MLA Urmil Thakur, at the inauguration of an animal dispensary building at Dhanolta on Wednesday, said the state government had taken several steps to promote rearing of milch cattle, like incentives to form self-help groups, facility for soft loans and had also constituted the State Cattle Board for their welfare, since this occupation played an important role in the lives of rural people. 

Man buried alive
: One Shyam of Una district was buried alive near Jia village, about 13 km from here, on Tuesday, when a JCV was excavating debris. SP KK Indoria said the victim was the cleaner of the JCV and the driver had allowed him to operate the machine. He said his body was retrieved after efforts by locals and the labour working at the site. The body was handed over to the relatives after a post-mortem examination on Wednesday. Driver of the JCV, Kailash, has been booked in a case of negligence, the SP added. 



Body of baby found :
The body of a child was found from a roadside at Nerogala in Thannamandi in Rajouri district here on Thursday. The police said the body was found abandoned and the last rites were performed.

One killed in mishap 
: One person was killed and three were injured in different road accidents in the Kashmir valley on Thursday. A tipper of Hindustan Construction Corporation, Kalgi, Uri, met with an accident at Dardkote village and fell into the Jhelum. The driver of the vehicle, namely, Abdul Aziz Khan of Uran Bawa, Uri, Baramulla, died in the mishap. In another accident, a Tata Sumo rolled down about 50 feet from the road at Nowpora Salamabad in Uri, resulting in injuries to two persons.

Fire in house : Fire broke out in the house of Abdul Rashid, son of Abdul Rehman Ganie of Kreshma, in Kunzar, Baramulla. The house was partially destroyed in the fire. The police has registered a case. 



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