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Jerseys distributed 
: The Bathinda Vikas Manch oragnised a function to distribute jerseys and shoes among needy students of the Government Elementary School, Dhobiana, here on Sunday. President of the NGO Rakesh Narula said 50 needy students were given jerseys and shoes. Earlier, 60 jerseys had been distributed among the needy students of the Government Elementary School, Civil Lines.

Teaching workshop held: Baba Farid College of Education, Deon organized a workshop on Monday, on ‘Teaching Methodology.’ Gurshaminder S. Brar, Punjabi News online editor, Australia, the resource person, discussed the teaching methodology of India and Australia in a comparative way. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, managing director, Baba Farid Group of Institute, said the institute was doing its best to inculcate scientific temperament among the students. Dr Prabhjot Kaur, principal, gave the vote of thanks. 

Bath visits his constituency
: After being sworn in as Cabinet Minister, Capt Balbir Singh Bath visited his constituency on Monday. First of all he went to the municipal council office, Sri Hargobindpur, where he was welcomed by SAD- BJP leaders, led by Harjit Singh Bhalla, president, municipal council, Sri Hargobindpur, Tarlok Singh Bath, Chairman, Zila Parishad, and many others. 

Illegal drugs: The police seized 180 gm of narcotic powder and illegal drugs here Saturday. Talking to mediapersons, SSP Gurdeep Singh said 180 gm of narcotic powder was recovered from Pardeep Singh, resident of New Abadi, Umarpura, when a special naka was laid near Baba Motors, Jalandhar road here. In a raid, a huge quantity of illegal injections and liquids were seized from Hira Lal, resident of Gandhi Camp here. Cases under the NDPS Act have been registered against them. 

Cong leader seeks White Paper
: The PPCC (SC cell) convener Joginder Singh Chinna has urged the state government to come out with a White Paper on funds it regularly receives from the Centre for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and backwards classes. In a press note, Chinna alleged that the government was diverting these funds for developmental works in the Malwa region Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal belonged to. Chinna said he could prove that just 10 per cent of the central funds were utilised for the wellbeing of the poor in Punjab while the rest were actually being misutilised. Chinna asserted that Punjab should follow Haryana, Bihar, Tripura, Manipur, Assam, UP, Gujarat and Manipur which had utilised more than 80 per cent of such funds for welfare of the downtrodden.

CPM’s protest
: Activists of the CPM, led by its district secretary Gurmesh Singh, demonstrated in the main bazaars of the town in protest against the increase in the rates of petrol here on Monday. They burnt an effigy of the UPA government. 

Ashadeep society: Paramjit Sachdeva was elected president of the Ashadeep Welfare Society here for the second time for 2011-2013. The society is running Ashakiran School, meant for the mentally challenged children here. 

Buta blames Pawar for price hike
: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is responsible for high prices of various food items. Buta Singh, a former Union minister and a senior Congress leader, stated this while talking to mediapersons during his visit to Jalandhar on Saturday. He said Pawar could not escape responsibility for the high prices of essential commodities that had hit the common people hard. 

Felicitation function
: The District Bar Association (DBA) organised a function at Judicial Complex here to felicitate the members of the DBA who have recently cleared the PCS (Judicial) examination. The District and Sessions Judge, G.S. Sra presided over the ceremony and honoured Amandeep Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Ekta Sahota, Anuradha, Shampy Chaudhary, Daisy Banger and Amit Mahi.

National seminar: The Indian Association of Physic Teachers (Regional Council - Punjab, J&K) in collaboration with Kirpal Sagar Academy would organise a two-day national seminar-cum-workshop on “Improving Education in Physics and Related Sciences” on January 22 and 23. 

Mathematics tables: With a view to develop mathematical skills from the grassroots level, Director General School Education (DGSE) Krishan Kumar has started organising competition of mathematics tables for the students of government schools. Giving this information, District Education Officer Darshan Kaur said that the block-level competition of mathematics tables would be held in the district on Wednesday. 



Science congress: Khyati Shukla, a student of Class X of Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh, represented the city in the 98th Indian Science Congress, which was hosted by the SRM University, Chennai, from January 3 to 6. She presented a project on optimum use of natural resources for overall socio-economic growth of villages. 



Water project
:A Rs 127.04-crore project has been approved by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to tackle the drinking water problem in Mahendragarh district.A spokesman of the Public Health Engineering Department said that with the implementation of this project, 64 water-starved villages and 34 dhanis would be provided water supply at the rate of 60 litres per capita per day.

HJC burns Sonia’s effigy
:The district unit of the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) today staged a demonstration and burnt an effigy of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in protest against the rising price of essential commodities, including petrol.Criticising the functioning of the state government, the protesters alleged that the ruling Congress in the state had failed to implement its poll promises.



Drug peddler arrested
:The Sarwal police arrested a drug peddler and seized 360 intoxicant injections and 60 bottles of a cough syrup from his possession late last night. The police said acting on a tip-off a naka was laid and Surinder Singh, alias Bittu, a resident of Subhash Nagar here, was arrested while transporting the drugs. A case has been registered in this regard. 

Russian injured skiing at Gulmarg
: A Russian national was injured while skiing at Gulmarg in Baramulla district, a police spokesman said on Monday. The national, who was identified as 38-year-old Andrel Epishen was rescued from Aferwatt skiing slopes and taken to sub-district hospital in Tangmarg, he said. He was later shifted to the Bones and Joints Hospital here. 

Chargesheet against 2 in cheating case: The Crime Branch of the police filed a chargesheet against two persons for cheating residents of the Nubra valley of Leh district of over Rs 5 crore on Monday. The chargesheet was filed against Jarnail Singh, a resident of Chandigarh, and his accomplice Bashir Ahmad Manhas, a resident of Poonch, in a special court here, a police spokesman said. He said the duo had floated a private financial institution and cheated the people of the Nubra valley by offering lucrative returns in 2003.

6 held for selling cylinders on black market: Two persons have been arrested for selling LPG cylinders on the black market while three vehicles, which were used in the illegal activity, were also seized in the Srigufwara area of Anantnag district on Monday, the police said. Four persons, including an employee of an LPG distributing agency, who were illegally selling LPG cylinders to unauthorised persons in Ganderbal district, were also arrested. SP, Ganderbal, Imtiyaz Hussain said 76 LPG cylinders were seized.


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