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SBI branch’s foundation day
:The bus stand branch of the State Bank of India today chose to celebrate its foundation day at the Mahatma Gandhi School located in the slum area of Arya Nagar.The school, run by the DAV management, had recently got a facelift and now was offering free education to the wards of the BPL families. The SBI team led by the branch manager Ravi Aggarwal not only gave away prizes to ten brilliant students but also sponsored the Van Mahotsav programme.

Tree plantation on State Bank Day
:Staff of the State Bank of India, Kikkar Bazar, celebrated the State Bank Day today by planting a number of saplings at local ITBP campus. Hamir Singh, regional manager of the SBI was the chief guest. Chief manager Jaskaran Singh was also present. 

Dental fortnight begins
: Civil Surgeon Dr Inder Dayal Goyal inaugurated dental health fortnight at the Civil Hospital here on Thursday. During the programme, awareness would be created about dental diseases and their treatment. District dental health officer Dr JL Singla said the treatment would be done free of cost. He said during the fortnight, which was being observed in Civil Hospitals at Bathinda and Rampura Phul, dentures would also be provided free of cost to poor and needy patients. 

Vets resent not being paid NPA
: The Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association on Wednesday expressed resentment over the attitude of the government in not notifying Non-Practising Allowance (NPA) to the vets of the state. 

Bhattal on water royalty: Punjab Congress Legislature Party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal on Wednesday stated that as the presidential reference on the issue of water agreement termination was with the apex court, the Chief Minister should ensure that the state had best legal team to ensure that its interests were properly defended. 

Jail guards call off strike
: Superintendent of Hoshiarpur District Jail BS Gill has claimed that security guards who had on Wednesday gone on strike in protest against the transfer of a security guard, Sukhwinder Ram, had called off their strike and resumed their duties. All security guards had joined their duties and there was complete normalcy in the jail, he claimed. 

SBI organises plantation drive
: On the occasion of establishment day of State Bank of India, a tree plantation programme was organised at the Shining Star Public School, Harbans Nagar, Jalandhar. On the occasion, nearly 100 saplings were distributed by the Harbans Nagar branch of the bank. JN Sharan, Branch Manager, Meena Dhawan, Principal, and many reputed personalities of the locality were present on the occasion. 

Book release: ‘Srijnatmak Pal’, a collection of paintings and poems of renowned artiste Professor C.L. Sharma, was released at the Apeejay College of Fine Arts on Sunday. Punjab Minister for Local Bodies Manoranjan Kalia was the chief guest on this occasion. Dr. Sudhakar Sharma, Secretary, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, and Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor, PTU were present too. College Principal Dr Sucharita Sharma remarked that the book highlights a new facet of Professor C.L. Sharma. 

Marriage registration
: The registration of marriage in the subdivision can be done at Suvidha Centre. The facility begins from today. This was stated by SDM Amarjit Paul while talking to mediapersons here today. He said any person could apply for his/her marriage registration certificate by producing invitation cards of their marriage, photographs of the ceremonies, birth certificates and residence proof and depositing a government fee of Rs 220 and Rs 500 for Suvidha charges. 

Tarn Taran
Powercom office gheraoed
:Farmers of as many as 20 villages, under the banner of the Kisan Sangharash Committee (KSC), gheraoed the subdivisional office of Ppwercom, Focal Point, here today for more than six hours against power disruption. Sawinder Singh Chutala, senior vice-president of the KSC, said in spite of eight hour supply as declared by the state government for the farming sector, only three to four hour power supply was given to farmers. 



Army personnel arrested with liquor: The local Government Railway Police today arrested Army personnel, identified as Havildar Pawan Kumar, and recovered 11 cartons of liquor from his possession at the railway station here today. According to sources, Pawan Kumar was in civil uniform and was about to aboard the Chandigarh-Bandra train when he was arrested.



Youths snatch gold chain
:Shakuntla Devi of Sarwal yesterday filed a complaint with the police alleging that two motorcycle-borne youths snatched her gold chain around 10.30 am near the State Board of School Education here.According to the complaint, the woman was going to the market when two persons on a motorcycle snatched her gold chain. She failed to read the registration number of the vehicle. A case has been registered. 



2 die in road mishaps
:Two persons were killed in separate incidents today. Manoj Singh of Kandoli village in Almora district died when the mini-truck he was driving fell into a gorge near Jyolikote at around 1 am.In the second incident, Gopal Joshi of Dania in Almora died when the Max vehicle being driven by him fell into a gorge near Gethia. Both of them are learnt to have died on the spot.


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