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Trader gets ransom call
: Garments trader Vinod Kumar has received a call to give Rs 10 lakh or face elimination. Vinod Kumar of Green Avenue has lodged a complaint with the police, furnishing the mobile phone numbers from which the ransom call has been made. The police has registered a case in this connection.

The staff members and the students of Millennium School celebrating Christmas on Sunday in Bathinda.
The staff members and the students of Millennium School celebrating Christmas on Sunday in Bathinda. A Tribune photograph

2 robbed at gunpoint: Armed persons robbed Ajaypal Singh and Gursahib Singh of Dera Baba Amir Singh at gunpoint on Saturday. The accused came in a car (PB 29-H-8020) and incepted their motor cycle near Maya Theatre when they were going from Chheharta to Katra Karam Singh in the walled city. They snatched away their two mobiles phones and Rs 2100 in cash from them.The police has registered a case. 

Campaign against polybags
: The ecological wing of the Radcliffe school organised an awareness campaign against the use of polybags in the city on December 23-24. Principal Dr SK Jana appealed to the residents to keep Bathinda green and clean and avoid the use of polybags at least once in a week and gradually, take an oath not to use polybags forever. He also mentioned that the Radcliffe School was committed to ensure a clean and green city with more such awareness programmes in the next five years.

Conference of Ahmadiyya Muslims begins
: Delegates from various countries, including Pakistan, took part at a conference of Ahmadiyya Muslims, which kicked off today at its international headquarters in Qadian town, near here. The three-day international conference began with recitations of the holy Koran. Chief secretary of Ahmadiyya Muslim jamaat Mohd Inam Ghori welcomed the participants of the convention.

Mehar Chand Mahajan remembered: The Central Mahajan Sabha celebrated the 121st birth anniversary of justice Mehar Chand Mahajan at Beotra Mahajan Hall, Thathiari Gate, here on Sunday. On the occasion, 132 meritorious students relating to Mahajan community were felicitated with trophies and certificates. Dr Ravinder Mahajan, leading eye specialist, well known for his charity and humanity was the chief guest. Shakti Mahajan, all-India joint secretary of the sabha, showed concern over the diminishing ratio of boys in getting merit and advised parents to give boys special attention so that they could achieve brilliance. Naresh Mahajan, state sabha president, said Mehar Chand Mahajan was a revolutionary man, who made a great contribution in reforming rigid evil traditions prevalent in the Mahajan community. 

Selected: It was a day of pride for the family members of Manni Arora (23) who got selected in the PCS (judicial) in her first attempt. Manni’s father Varinder Kumar Arora is a practicing lawyer in District Courts here. Elated over the success of his daughter he said she did a lot of hard work and got 27th rank in the exams. After hearing the news prominent people and local politicians gathered at the house of Arora and congratulated the family members. 

Five bonded labourers rescued
: Activists of the CPM with the help of the civil administration and police succeeded to rescue five bonded labourers from a dera of Gujjar Faqrudin at Bakarpur village on Saturday night. The labourers, identified as Bipin Rai, Prem Singh, Om Parkash, Vishwas and Mohammad Mahudin, were brought from Bihar. The rescued labourers alleged that they were assured Rs 200 as daily wages plus with meal, but the employer did not give them the said amount. “We were beaten up whenever we demanded the amount,” they added. SDM Pritam Singh has instructed the police to act according to law. However, no arrest has been made so far. 

2 killed in mishaps: Buta Singh (24) of Garhi-Maha Singh village was killed on the spot when a speeding vehicle hit him near local bus stand on Saturday night. The driver sped away after the accident. Buta Singh was returning to his village after attending a marriage. The police has registered a case against the driver and sent the body to the local Civil hospital for the post-mortem examination. In another mishap, Jaswinder Singh, of Dalla village was killed on the spot, while his friend Sanjay sustained serious injuries, when the motorcyclist they were riding dashed against a tree near Zandiala village here.

Donations made for better healthcare in kandi area
: Talwan Singh Jhander and former Balachaur MLA Ram Kishan Kataria have donated Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000, respectively, to Budh Singh Dhahan, founder of the Guru Nanak Mission International Charitable Trust, Nawan Gran - Kulpur, for providing better healthcare and education facilities to people of the backward kandi area in the district. Besides, Suresh Kataria , Amarjit Singh, Sukhjinder Singh Lakhpur, Harmesh Ghataron, Bhangal Farm also made donations for the noble cause. lauding the gesture Budh Singh Dhahan said that the trust would soon organise a free medical camp. 

Drowning tragedy
: The drowning tragedy of a family recently has taken a dramatic turn now. It was believed that Arvind Bishnoi (35) of Uday Ram Chowk in Purani Abadi area had drowned with his family members when the tempo that he was driving fell into a canal near village Nathawali. The only survivor Harpreet Kaur told the District Collector Subeer Kumar and SP Rupinder Singh that she had noticed her father jumping into the canal to rescue the victims. However, the district police was on Saturday informed by the GRP that Arvind Bishnoi allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train in between Jamsar-Kanhasar on Friday. His body was identified on Saturday by examining the documents that were recovered during the search. 




8 snatchers held: Eight persons, including three proclaimed offenders were arrested by the police here on Sunday. The police arrested a snatcher Rinku red-handed while he was trying to flee with a purse of one Manoj Kumar at Mauli Jagran. In a separate case, the police arrested Nasim Ahmed and Sanjeev Kumar and recovered a stolen purse and mobile from their possession. The police solved three more cases with their arrest. In another case, the police arrested Sudershan Kumar for stealing a mobile phone from motor market at Mani Majra. The four proclaimed offenders who were arrested include Kishore Kumar, Jhagru Ram, Charanjeet Singh and Jagdish Sharma.

Nominated: The following have been nominated office-bearers of the Welfare Association, MIG (1) Houses, Sector 40. President- CL Bhardwaj; senior vice-president- JC Verma; vice-president- Darshan Singh; general secretary- Jagmohan Sharda; secretary- MR Sunda; joint secretary- GK Batra; press secretary- OK Rishi; cashier- AP Chopra; auditor- KK Sharma and legal 
adviser- OP Dhawan.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Progressive Co-operative House Building (first) Society, Sector 50, president- Satish Chandra Sharma; vice-president- Balram; general secretary Rajinder Singh Rana; and treasurer- Puran Chand Grover.



Minor saved from wedlock
:Timely action initiated by the district police saved a minor girl from entering into wedlock in Krishnapuri area here. According to district police chief Pankaj Nain, a 17-year-old girl of Sevaram had approached the district police alleging that her mother and brother were forcing her into marriage against her wishes. The police forwarded the complaint to the district child marriage prohibition officer, who after preparing a case presented it before Civil Judge (junior division) Rohit Watts. The judge debarred the girl’s family from getting her married. The police said because the girl’s marriage had not been solemnised following the court orders, therefore no case had been registered against the girl’s family.



6 employees found absent, suspended
 : The SDM, Mahore, Thakur Sher Singh, on Sunday suspended at least six employees who were found absent from their duties during a surprise visit to the Chaklas and Budhan area of Reasi district. During the visit, the SDM found that some government institutions were either closed or officials were absent.

Two killed in mishaps
: Two persons were killed and five, including two cops, injured in different road accidents in the Kashmir valley on Sunday. A truck overturned on the National Highway near Yatri Niwas,Qazigund, and fell into a deep nullah, resulting in the death of the driver and another person.The police has registered a case in this regard.In another accident, a police vehicle going from Dalgate to Batamaloo met with an accident at Lal Chowk, resulting in injuries to two constables, namely, Mohammad Shafi and Bashir Ahmad. 

Human skeleton found in house: A human skeleton was found in a house, belonging to a migrant, in Pulwana district, the police said here on Sunday. The skeleton was found buried in the house located in Ladoo-Batpora village in the Pampore area, the police said. It was not yet known who buried the body in the house or how the person died, it said. 


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