Plea for double rail track: Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Shakti Dal chief Swami Virendra Nand has urged the railway minister Mamta Banerjee to sanction double rail track between Jakhal and Ferozepur.While releasing a copy of the memorandum faxed by him to the minister and chairman of the railway board, Virendra Nand regretted today that neither the Punjab Chief Minister nor members of the Lok Sabha from Bathinda, Faridkot and Ferozepur had ever taken up this with the Central government.
Meat shops to remain closed on March 28: On the occasion of "Mahavir Jayanti" on March 28, district magistrate Gurkirat Kirpal Singh has ordered the closure of meat shops in the district. He has also banned the sale of meat on the day.
Patwari held on graft charge: Sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau (Bathinda range) on Friday caught red-handed a Patwari of Talwandi Sabo while he was accepting a graft of Rs 2,000 for preparing a mutation at his office. Sources said on the complaint of one Dharam Pal Aggarwal of Talwandi Sabo, a trap was laid to nab the Patwari, Rajinder Singh. SSP VB (Bathinda Range) Chaman Lal said the accused had been arrested under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Ex-soldier killed: A former soldier was killed in a road accident near here, while he was on his way home to Zirakpur. According to information, former soldier Karnail Singh, resident of Zirakpur, was posted as a security supervisor in MK Overseas Factory, here, was going home after doing his duty on Thursday night when an unidentified vehicle hit him. He later succumbed to injuries at the local civil hospital. The police has registered a case against the unidentified person and vehicle.
Plantation drive launched: Alumni students’ association of the Indo-Soviet Friendship College of Pharmacy has launched a plantation drive in the memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev by providing medicinal plants to the nearby villages of Moga. This drive was launched by the district magistrate Satwant Singh Johal by planting one sapling of a tree at Ghal Kalan village. The chairman of the District Planning Board, Tarsem Singh Rattian, was also present on the occasion. Both Johal and Rattian planted three saplings on the college campus as well.
Free eye check-up camp: Eye check-up camp was organised in the North West Institute of Engineering and Technology at Dhudike, the native village of Lala Lajpat Rai on Friday. As many as 453 patients were examined and provided with medicines and spectacles. The chairman of the college said they would facilitate 87 patients for their eye surgery free of cost.
Seminars for consumers: The District Consumer Welfare Forum has decided to organise seminars to make consumers aware of their rights. It was decided at a meeting of the forum held here on Friday under the leadership of Dr Sukhdev Singh Lauhka, president of the forum.
Honoured: Dr Hira Lal Garg, general secretary of the National Integrated Medicine Association (NIMA), was honoured by the civil surgeon, Barnala, for his services towards eradication of tuberculosis.
Seminar on Dr Ambedkar: Inaugurating a two-day national seminar on “Relevance of Socio-Economic Ideas of Baba Saheb Dr Ambedkar” organised by the Centre for Dr BR Ambedkar Studies, Kurukshetra University, in the University Senate Hall here on Friday, Dr Surender Kumar Brahmachari, former Vice-Chancellor, Darbhanga Sanskrit University, Bihar, said the caste system had spoiled the society which had taken political dimensions. He said Dr Ambedkar was a great social reformer.
Drama competition: Deputy Director (field), Information and Public Relations Department, Haryana, Raj Pannu inaugurated a state-level competition of drama and bhajan parties of the department on the premises of multi-art cultural centre here on Thursday.
Woman commits suicide: A young woman, Asha Devi, wife of Jitender, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself in Kishangarh village, 8 km from here, on Thursday. Following a complaint lodged by Ram Kumar, father of the deceased, the police has registered a case of abetment to suicide against her husband Jitender and mother-in-law Prem Devi. Ram Kumar alleged that his daughter had to take the extreme step following torturous treatment frequently meted out by her husband Jitender in a state of inebriation.