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Additional charge
: The Punjab Government has given additional charge of Secretary (Transport) to Anurag Agarwal, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited and in addition Managing Director (PSIDC), Chandigarh, by relieving SK Sandhu of this additional charge. A spokesman for the government said a notification had been issued in this regard.

Eight hurt in accident
: Eight persons including four women were injured in a road accident on Monday. Three of them were seriously injured and have been referred to the Government Medical College, Faridkot. As per information Des Raj, a resident of Mandi Ladhuka and his family members were going to meet their daughter at Abohar in a jeep. The accident took place near village Nihal Khera on Abohar road when their jeep collided with a canter.

Seminar held
: The English department of the Government Barjindra College, Faridkot, organised a two-day national seminar on 'Art, Culture and Theory---Mapping the Transition from Modernism to Post-modernism', which concluded here on Sunday. The keynote address was delivered by Dr Bhim Singh Dahiya, former VC of Kurukshetra University and Dr Parminder Singh, Head of the English Department, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Dr Nirvarinder Kaur Sandhu presented a paper on 'Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching'. Dr SS Gill, VC of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences presided over the valedictory function. Dr Kulwant Kaur Sandhu welcomed the guests. 

Sir Chhotu Ram’s birth  anniversary today
: The late Sir Chhotu Ram, who stood for the cause of farmers and downtrodden, will be remembered on Tuesday on his birth anniversary, which is celebrated on the Basant Panchami. He got several laws passed to save farmers from the clutches of moneylenders. He got passed the Registration of Money Lenders Act, the Punjab Debtors Protection Act and the Punjab Alienation of Land Act. Functions would be held at various places to pay tributes to him, said a spokesperson for the Sir Chhotu Ram Memorial Trust. 

Rally on drugs
:A rally to shun drugs was organised by an NGO- “We For People Organisation” here yesterday. Harmohan Singh Sandhu (ADCP, West) and Paramjit Singh Pannu (ACP, North) also took part in the rally. A road show was also organised later by the NGO.Harpartap Singh Sidhu, president of organisation, said that it was basically students, who were running this NGO. 

Three killed in mishap
: Three persons were killed while two others sustained injuries when the car they were travelling in rammed into a truck near Danuwala village here on Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Amrinder Singh, Aman Kumar, and Prabhjot Singh. The injured, Pardeep Singh and Sukhpreet Singh, are under treatment. A case under Sections 279, 304-A, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC has been registered against the truck driver, who is yet to be arrested.

Three killed in mishap: Three persons died on the spot while two others were injured when the car in which they were travelling rammed into a truck near Danuwala village in Moga district, on Sunday night. The dead were identified as Amrinder Singh of Khwajeke (Ludhiana), Aman Kumar, of Rehrwan village (Moga) and Prabhjot Singh of Ludhiana. The police registered a case against the truck driver of the truck who was yet to be arrested, police sources said. 



Sangwan quits accounts panel
: The Haryana Vidhan Sabha has notified that MLA Satpal Sangwan has resigned from the membership of the Public Accounts Committee with effect from January 28 on being appointed as minister and his resignation has been accepted by the Deputy Speaker performing the duties of the office of the Speaker, Haryana Vidhan Sabha.



SJVN net up
:SJVN Limited has registered an increase of 7 per cent in the net sales in the third quarter compared to the corresponding period of last year.The company achieved net sales of Rs 39,641 lakh in the quarter ending on December 31 as against the figure of Rs 36,989 lakh for last year. The net profit for the quarter also increased to Rs 19,150 lakh from last year’s Rs 18,546 lakh. 



Rs 70 lakh for improving facilities in Arnas
: Minister of State for Hajj,Auqaf and Fisheries Ajaz Ahmad Khan, during his tour of Arnas in Reasi district on Sunday, released Rs 70 lakh for improving the transmission and distribution network in the area. The minister also released Rs 30 lakh for developing three parks at Arnas, Dharmari and Dagan Top. He also released Rs 20 lakh for improving the civic amenities there. Ajaz also toured several far-flung areas and enquired about people’s grievances.

Construction on govt land resented: Shopkeepers and residents of the Janipur area here on Monday lodged a protest against the construction of a religious institution over “government land” on the High Court Road. Sources said the land actually belonged to the Municipal Corporation and some people had earlier also unsuccessfully tried to construct a building there. They made another bid to construct a building on the same site, which led to the protest.

Youth-oriented policies vital: Mir
: Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir on Monday urged the leadership across the spectrum to work for making the state self-reliant. He said the goal could be achieved only “through youth-oriented policies and planning is the key for it”. Mir was speaking at a convention in Anantnag. He said the main focus of political endeavours should be to make the youth of Kashmir economically independent, politically empowered and socially responsible.


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