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Book release:
The Punjabi Writers Cooperative Society would release immigrant Punjabi writer Charanjit Singh Pannu’s books, “Dharti Di Phulkari” (collection of poems) and “Sakhira” (collection of stories), on February 12 at Virsa Vihar.

Man held with opium:
The police arrested Gurpreet Singh with 400 gms of opium during a naka in the Quila Lal Singh area. Gurpreet is a resident of Akarpura village. The police has registered a case under the NDPS Act.

Surprise check: SDM Rahul Chabba made a surprise check at the Civil Hospital on Friday and found three doctors — Dr Subhash Kumar, Dr Lakhwinder Singh and Dr Monika Sharma —absent from duty. The SDM has forwarded his report to the district administration for further action against the absentees.

Rs 100 cr for tubewells: In order to solve the water woes of the Kandi belt, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, today sanctioned Rs 100 crore for 280 tubewells and Rs 117 crore for relining the channels.

Arrears demanded:
Members of the Private Colleges Non-teaching Employees Union, Punjab and Chandigarh, would conduct a meeting of its executive committee on February 13 at R.S. D. College, Ferozepur. General secretary of the union, Madan Lal Khullar, appealed to the state government to sanction the payment of arrears payable to the non-teaching employees.

Mourned: Bhai Kahan Singh Rachna Vichar Manch (BKSRVM), Nabha, today mourned the death of Dr Sutinder Singh Noor, senior vice-president of Sahitya Academy Delhi. 

Youth attacked: The Kotwali police booked 8 persons for attacking and injuring a youth, Rajiv Kumar, recently. Rajiv, in his complaint, claimed that Jagtar Singh, accompanied with his 6-7 friends, attacked Rajiv with sharp-edged weapons. The police has registered a case.

Athletics meet: The Government Ripudaman College, Nabha, organised 62nd athletics meet at college stadium today. National coach of boxing Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu was the chief guest and principal Dr Tarsem Dhaliwal presided over the meet. 

Held for murder: Kotwali police held two youths in connection with a murder in the civil hospital of the town. Simanjeet Singh and Gurpreet Singh were absconding after killing Sandeep Singh of Dyalgarh Chhanna village.

Miss Basant:
The cultural society of the local B.L.M. Girls College organised “Miss Basant - 2011” contest in the college on Thursday. Neha Sharma won the “Miss Basant” title. Kamal and Baljit Kaur were the first and second runners-up, respectively.

Political conspiracy: Prem Rakker, state president, Government Teachers Union, Punjab, in a press statement here urged the higher authorities of the Education Department to withdraw the condition of allotting stations out of the periphery of 10 km. from the city to the newly appointed teachers. He termed the condition a ' political conspiracy' to deprive the candidates of higher merit of getting the stations of their choice.

Eye donation: The Netradan Sanstha, alocal NGO, on Friday received its 248th eye donation. Narinder Singh Bharta, secretary of the NGO, mobilised Ranjit Singh to donate the eyes of his father Piara Singh, who died today. Dr J.D. Verma, president of the sanstha lauded the gesture of the family for furthering the noble cause of providing vision to the blind.

Blood donation: MBBG Government College, Pojewal, in colaboration with the State Bank of Patiala and the local Blood Donors Council organised a voluntary blood donation camp on the college campus on Friday. P.L. Sood, Branch Manager, inaugurated the camp, where 70 units of blood were collected, informed Dr Biker Singh, Principal.



Chauhan KUTA president
: Dr Pradeep Chauhan was elected president of the Kurukshetra University Teachers Association (KUTA) in a keen contest here on Thursday. In a triangular contest, Dr Pradeep Chauhan won with a margin of 14 votes. He polled 174 votes and defeated his nearest rival Dr HK Sharma, who secured 160 votes. The third contestant, Dr Bhagat Singh, ould secure only 44 votes.

Stage collapse
: DC to hold probe: Taking serious note of the incident in which the stage set for a public rally at the gaushala of Naultha village collapsed on Wednesday resulting in a back injury to Transport Minister OP Jain, the Deputy Commissioner, JS Ahlawat, on Thursday said that the administration would order a probe. Meanwhile, the minister has been discharged from hospital. He has been advised bed rest. 



Additional flight to Leh
: According to the Station Manager, Jammu, Sanjiv Misri, due to the cancellation of the Jammu-Leh flight IC-450 on February 7, the Air India will operate an additional flight to Leh on Saturday. The flight IC-4449 will arrive in Jammu at 9:10 am and the departure of the flight IC-4450 from Jammu to Leh will be at 9:45 am. All stranded passengers are informed to report at the Jammu airport by 8 am positively.


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