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GKB outlet in city:
Pioneer in the Indian optical industry since 1959, GKB contact lenses and sunglasses emerged as one of the leading producers of the eyecare products in the country. GKB has emerged in India as the largest optical retail chain to offer the best possible eyecare at an affordable price. GKB has opened its first outlet in the state at Amritsar. 

Girl found abandoned at railway platform:
A three-and-half-year-old girl was found abandoned by a resident of Behman Diwana village at a railway platform in the village, about 12 km from here, on Thursday. On receiving the information, members of the Sahara Jan Sewa, an NGO, brought her to the city. President of the NGO Vijay Goyal said it seemed that the girl had been left intentionally. As the girl had been under the influence of some sedative, it seemed that her parents had done this to stop her from crying, he added. 

Students during the job fest organised at the Guru Gobind Singh College of Engineering and Technology in Talwandi Sabo
Students during the job fest organised at the Guru Gobind Singh College of Engineering and Technology in Talwandi Sabo on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Class X mock test on Feb 7: Gulati Institute is conducting a mock test for students appearing in class X Board examinations on February 7 from 10 am to 1 pm. The student who gets the first position in the test will get 100 per cent scholarship for 10+1 coaching. Other 20 winners will get hundred per cent scholarship. 

GZSCET teachers protest for revised pay-scales: Irked over the non-implementation of revised pay-scales, the faculty at the Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology (GZSCET) here held a protest on the college premises on Friday. Speaking over the issue, teachers said in October 2009, the state government issued a notification for the implementation of revised pay-scales in Arts and Science colleges of the state whereas they had still be still getting the salary as per old scales. Further, the protesters alleged that the subordinate staff of the college was getting the revised scales w.e.f. September 2009. As a result, senior teaching faculty was getting basic pay even less than that of their subordinate staff.

Appointed: Mohan Lal Garg, former chairman of the Improvement Trust, Bathinda, has been appointed as a member of the national council of Bharatiya Janata Party to represent the Bathinda parliamentary constituency. 

Athletic meet organised: The Punjabi University Guru Kashi College, Talwandi Sabo, on Friday organised the 43rd annual athletic meet, which included 12 events for both boys and girls, such as races, shotput, discus throw and javelin throw. Chief guest on the occasion Ranjit Singh Grewal and principal MS Sidhu distributed prizes to the winners. 

Farmers protest on Feb 21: Drawing joint agendas of protest against the Sukhbir-Kalia report and privatisation of the PSEB, 13 farmer organisations are going to lodge a state-level demonstration on February 21. Giving information, general secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan said though the final programme would be announced on the day, they would hold marches and dharnas at village and district levels. 

Ghudda village sarpanch: Ranjodh Singh has been elected as the sarpanch of village Ghudda, the ancestral village of CM Parkash Singh Badal. The district administration conducted the election for the post in compliance of the orders of the Punjab & Haryana High Court. The election was lingering for past two years.

Travel agent nabbed:
The economic offences wing of the police nabbed a Chandigarh-based travel agent for duping a city resident of Rs 2.75 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. The accused have been identified as Manpreet Singh Khurana, a resident of Sector 35-A. Complainant Gurmeet Singh alleged that Khurana was not ready to return his money. The police booked Khurana in a fraud case. The accused had been absconding for the past two years. Khurana was produced before the court and was sent to the jail.

Polio awareness rally:The Department of Health and Family Welfare today took out a rally to create awareness on polio amongst the people. Banners, posters dispensing information on the pulse polio campaign scheduled for February 7 were put up in various parts of the city. In order to forward the information for the same to the slum dwellers, Ludhiana, Civil Surgeon Dr Maninderjit Singh flagged off the rally. 

2 firms surveyed:Two city firms were surveyed by the Income Tax Department under the supervision of Additional Commissioner, Range I, Rakesh Goyal. Surveys were conducted on two cycle groups and their two firms at the Focal Point. The first survey was held on Leela International and Leela Exports, while the second one was conducted on Swati Industries and Laj Exports. 

Death mourned: Members of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association expressed grief over the demise of Gurbaksh Singh, father of Manjit Singh Khalsa, chairman of the association. A special meeting was held in this regard and all members observed silence for two minutes for the departed soul. The funeral will take place tomorrow.

House burgled:
Unidentified burglars decamped with 46 tolas of gold ornaments, Rs 7 lakh cash and valuables, including three silver glasses, from the house of Saroop Chand Bansal in Guru Nanak Colony, in Goraya, on Wednesday night. The police has registered a case. 



KUTA office-bearers elected
: Prof Nafa Singh, Dean Students Welfare, KU, has been elected president of the Kurukshetra University Teachers Association (KUTA) in the election held here on Friday. KU PRO-cum-Returning Officer Devender Sachdeva said Dr Kamraj Sandhu, lecturer, directorate of correspondence courses, had been elected vice-president while Dr Pramesh Kumar, lecturer, University College, had been elected secretary and Mahabir Singh, lecturer, Law Department, as joint secretary. Dr Ashok Kumar, lecturer, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology, was elected treasurer unopposed. 



Man kills mother
: A man killed his mother by hitting her with a marble tile in the Chak Naidgund area of Mattan on Friday. The police said Zaina, wife of Abdul Rashid Mir of Chak Naidgund, Mattan, was attacked by her son, Manzoor Ahmad Mir, with a marble tile. She was rushed to SKIMS, Soura, where she succumbed to her injuries. 

Boy commits suicide: A boy, Javaid Ahmad Mugloo, son of Mohammad Yaqoob Mugloo,a resident of Kehribal Rambirpora, Mattan, Anantnag, hanged himself at his house. 

Two killed in mishaps: Two persons were killed in two road accidents in the Kashmir valley during the past 24 hours. A Tata Sumo going from Uri to Baramulla hit a pedestrian, Kabir Ahmad, at Nowshera,killing him on the spot. In another accident, a car hit a pedestrian, Ghulam Mohammad Lone, near Sehpora Kulgam, resulting in his death. 


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