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Day-long power cut
: Almost half of the old city area was deprived of power supply for the day as the main cable box at the 132 KVA grid station located on the Abohar-Malout road near the city bypass got busted at 7 am on Wednesday. The localities affected by the power failure included Jain Nagar, new Suraj Nagari, Sunder Nagari, Lajpat Rai Nagar, Gaushala Road, South Avenue and the adjoining areas besides the campus of major educational and medical institutions. Powercom sources said in the evening the engineers of the Protection Cell based at Moga have been ferried to Abohar and they were busy in replacing the cable box till writing of this report. 

I-Day celebrations
: Students from different schools performed in the Independence Day function in Moga. Blooming Buds Senior Secondary School participated in the function for the first time. BBS students performed a Gujarati dance. The sound of the BBS Bagpiper Band took the show to a different level. BBS got the first place. Its group chairman, Sanjeev Kumar Saini, unfurled the national flag in the school. 

IOC holds emergency response drill: An emergency response drill was conducted at the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Phoos Mandi, Bathinda, on Wednesday. The drill, held bi-annually, was conducted under the leadership of Sunil Negi, chief terminal manager. It was attended by ADC Upjit Singh Brar and other senior officials.

Tree plantation: The National Fertilizers Limited (NFL), Bathinda, organised a tree plantation programme at two villages here on Wednesday. Around 800 saplings were planted in villages, including Shergrah and Bhokhada. Area manager Mahavir Dhaka delivered the welcome speech. Addressing farmers and others, manager (agri services) zonal office, Chandigarh, Prem Lal, emphasised the need for tree plantation. Deputy manager Rajbir Taya, Lalit Kumar and other members of NFL were present.

MRs stage protest: The medical and sales representatives on Wednesday staged a dharna for about two hours in support of their demands in front of the office of the Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC) here. The protesters were addressed among others by Rakesh Arora, Munish Pandey, Sanjiv Kumar, Chander Mohan, SK Ghai and Sat Pal Bharti. A deputation submitted a memorandum enlisting their demands to the ALC. 

Jan Shatabdi to halt at Phagwara
: After strenuous efforts, the Railway Board of India has accepted the long-pending demand of the people of Phagwara to halt the Jan Shatabdi Amritsar-Hardwar train at Phagwara. Stating this in a press note here on Tuesday, Hoshiarpur MP Santosh Chaudhary claimed that the chairman of the Railway Board had informed her that Jan Shatabdi train (2054) would daily halt at Phagwara. From August 22, the scheduled departure of the train from Amritsar would be 7 am and arrival at Phagwara station 8.25 am daily. After that it would leave for Hardwar at 8.27 am. The train would leave Hardwar at 2.35 pm, reach Phagwara at 7.55 pm and then leave for Amritsar at 7.57 pm. 

Eye flu grips Hoshiarpur area: The town and its surrounding areas are in the grip of severe viral conjunctivitis (eye flu) these days. The eye specialist of the Civil Hospital, Dr Prem Bharti, said here on Wednesday that about two dozen patients suffering from viral conjunctivitis were visiting the hospital for treatment daily. 

Woman snatcher held: Iqbal Kaur, wife of Gurcharan Singh of Rotichhanna village, Nabha, was caught by people at the local bus stand while she was trying to flee after snatching a gold bangle from the arms of a woman bus passenger, Surjit Kaur, wife of Kartar Singh of Dagana Kalan, on Tuesday evening. The police has booked Iqbal Kaur under section 382 of the IPC.

In-laws booked for torturing bride: Maltreatment and torturing of a bride by members of her in-laws’ family for not bringing a motorcycle in dowry and for her wheatish colour compelled the former to get registered a case against them under sections 498 A and 34 of the IPC at Garhshankar police station on Tuesday. According to police sources, Sarabjit Kaur, daughter of Jit Singh of Sultanpur, Rahon, alleged that her husband Surjit Singh, brother-in-law Yoga Singh and Shindo, wife of Telu Ram of Rod-Mazara village, used to maltreat and torture her.

Jail term for drug peddlers
: The additional district and sessions judge of Moga, SK Aggarwal, on Friday sentenced a drug peddler, Amarjit Singh, to an imprisonment of 10 years and also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on him. The court also sentenced another drug peddler, Darshan Singh, to an imprisonment of 18 months and imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on him. As per the case file, 40 kg of poppy husk was recovered from Darshan Singh while nearly 71 kg of poppy husk was recovered from Amarjit Singh and his accomplice Gurmej Singh who has already been convicted in an attempt to murder case for criminal assault on a head constable. 

Meeting on mid-day meal today
: After getting another complaint of contaminated mid-day meal prepared in a centralised kitchen to students in a school at nearby Thakaraki village on Wednesday, SDM Amarjeet Paul has summoned a meeting of representatives of NGOs engaged in running a kitchen, the Education Department and other concerned on August 19 to take stock of the situation.

Residents stage stir
: Hundreds of people on Wednesday blocked traffic for more than four hours by laying the body of a farm worker on the road, who had allegedly been killed by some persons on his way back home in Padampur segment of Sriganganagar district. As per the details, Roop Ram (45) had been working at the agricultural farm owned by a retired brigadier of the Army in Padampur area. Police officials succeeded in getting the jam lifted by 12.30 pm after registering a case on the statement of Guddi Devi, wife of the deceased. She identified the alleged killers as Ram Dayal Bishnoi, Rajesh Kumar and Pappu Ram. 




12 school buses challaned: The State Transport Authority (STA) today challaned 12 school buses for various violations. As part of the drive under the supervision of the Secretary, STA, Mahavir Kaushik, the buses belonging to various schools in the city were challaned for violations. In some cases, pollution check certificates were missing and drivers were not in uniform while in others name plates mentioning details of the bus driver, fire safety equipment and first aid boxes were not in place. The STA has said it would continue with the drive to ensure the safety of students. 

208 units of blood donated:The Canara Bank Officers' Association, Chandigarh region, organised its 20th blood donation camp here on the occasion of the 64th Independence Day in association with the Department. of Transfusion Medicine, PGI, Chandigarh. As many as 208 units of blood were donated during the camp. Gururaj Murthy, GM, Canara Bank, Chandigarh, inaugurated the camp. Atul Kapoor ( 33rd time), Rajinder Garg ( 147 th time ) and Gulab Singh ( 71st time) were the star donors. PJ Joy, DGM, Canara Bank, Chandigarh circle, gave mementoes to all blood donors. Members of the association along with their family members from Chandigarh and nearby places like Ambala, Karnal, Ludhiana, Patiala, Panchkula and Mohali came forward for donating blood.

Ridhi tops in CA exam:Ridhi Khanna, a Bcom final year student of Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College, Sector 32, has secured 35th all-India rank among top 50 candidates in the competence examination (commonly known as CA intermediate) held in May this year by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi. She has qualified both the groups in her first attempt. She has secured the first position in Chandigarh.

Team inspects aanganwari
: A Central government team inspected an aanganwari running from Government Elementary School, Phase II, here today. The team was headed by DK Seekri, secretary, department of women and child. The official gathered information regarding the food supplied at the centre and also about the medical check-up of children coming to the aanganwari. The attendance register was also checked and directions were given that all facilities being provided by the Central Government should be passed on to children.

Man found dead
: A person was found dead near a brick-kiln in Pinjore late on Tuesday night. The deceased has been identified as Rajkumar, a resident of Muzaffarnagar in UP. He was reportedly a drunkard and was visiting his maternal aunt. The body has been sent to the Sector 6 General Hospital for postmortem.



Accident victim dies
:An unidentified 17-year-old boy died here last night at the Government Medical College and Hospital after a weeklong treatment, the police said. It added that the boy was brought from Vijaypur in a critical condition after he met with an accident a week ago. The body has been sent for a postmortem and further investigation is on. 

 Sanjay Parihar Commendation for DSP:Deputy Superintendent of Police Sanjay Parihar has been awarded the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation Card and President’s Award for his services in the militancy-infested areas of the state. A KAS cadre officer of 2004, Parihar is presently posted at Pattan in Kashmir. He is also the recipient of the DGP’s Commendation Award for distinguished services.

 Sanjay Parihar 


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