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Anti-polio rally
: An Ďanti-polioí rally was organised by the Rotary Club, Goniana Midtown, at Goniana. About 200 children from various schools participated in it. Some disabled persons also joined the rally on tricycles. Bathinda Civil Surgeon Dr Inder Dayal Goyal flagged off the rally from the Panchayati Dharamshala that passed through the grain market and culminated at the Civil Hospital (Goniana). Members of the Inner Wheel Club, Goniana, also participated. State observer for polio, appointed by Director, Health, Punjab, for Bathinda and Mansa districts, Harmeet Singh Grover, Parmod Singla, president of the Rotary Club, Goniana Midtown and Gurmeet Singh Jeeda spoke on the occasion.

NAAC team visits college: The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) peer team appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC), recently inspected the Guru Gobind Singh College of Education, Talwandi Sabo, before granting it accreditation. The college authorities informed in a press release that the NAAC peer team was headed by Prof Balamohandas (chairman) Dr Soundamini C. Menon (member, coordination) and Dr KS George (member). The team inspected the college for two days and interacted with the students, alumni, parents, staff and management of the college. The peer team appreciated the work culture and team spirit of the college staff and management, the press note said.

TB awareness programme: A TB awareness programme was organised by a local NGO, Goodwill Society, in assistance with the District TB Control Society, at the Goodwill Hospital here on Wednesday. District TB Officer Dr Kundan Kumar delivered a lecture about the disease on the occasion.

Guest lecture: Dr Vitull K. Gupta, Assistant Professor, Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, has been invited by Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group India (DIPSI) to deliver a guest lecture on 'Current attitudes, beliefs and perceptions, regarding gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and its risk factors among patients of GDM and general population' at the sixth national conference of the DIPSI to be held on February 26 and 27 at Mumbai.

Sports meet at Adesh: Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, is celebrating Arrhythmia-11 week from February 21-28. Lt Col. Dr GPI Singh, Director-Principal, inaugurated the annual athletic meet on February 21 which concluded on Wednesday. The overall winner was MBBS batch 2006. The winners were Bharti and Paramjeet in track and field, Hemika and Ankit Kumar in shotput. The relay race was won by the MBBS batch 2008.

PNB branch: Punjab National Bank (PNB) opened its branch and ATM at Kot Ise Khan in Moga district on Wednesday. ADC Dr Abhinav inaugurated the branch while the ATM was inagurated by Dr Bhawana, SMO at Kot Ise Khan.

Surprise check
: Faridkot DC Balwinder Singh on Tuesday conducted surprise checks at primary health centre, Jand Sahib. Most of staff, including the SMO, was found absent. He directed the district police to register a case against a trained midwife as she was found accused of conducting the first deliveries of women.


Duo dupes advocate of Rs 4 lakh
: An advocate alleged that a couple duped him of Rs 4 lakh. He alleged that when he asked the couple to return his money, they gave him fraud bank cheques. Advocate Rakesh Kumar Rathore gave his compliant to SSP GS Martolia on Wednesday. Rathore said Uma Singh, wife of Subhender Singh, a PWD employee, whose son is studying at Brightland School where the complainantís daughter is also studying. Uma through this channel befriended his family and invited them to dinner several times. And one day they asked him for Rs 4 lakh for buying land, and didnít return it till date. When asked, they gave him cheques of a closed bank account of ICICI Bank. The SSP asked the police to register a case.

Encroachments removed: The team of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) on Wednesday removed encroachments from the industrial area in Patel Nagar and seized all the illegal rehries that were put up there. Additional Executive Engineer HR Rawat said rehriwalas and roadside vendors had encroached on the place.

2 held for selling fake gold: The police arrested two persons for selling fake gold to a jeweller at the Clock Tower here on Tuesday. The two have been identified as Narender, resident of Kedarpuram, Dehradun, and Deepak, resident of Shantinagar, Rishikesh. Deepchand Verma, owner of Deepak Jewellers and Bankers, had complained to the Kotwali police station. A case under Section 420, IPC, has been registered.

Rs 5 cr released for girl student beneficiaries: District Magistrate (DM) at Udham Singh Nagar BVRC Purshottam has stated that a sum of Rs 5 crore has been released for the district that is to be disbursed among beneficiaries under the Gaura Devi Kanyadhan Yojana. The scheme envisages payment of Rs 25,000 each to eligible girl students, along with a certificate. He informed that 152 beneficiaries from the Scheduled Castes had been given the money, while the process was on to give the benefit to 155 beneficiaries from the Scheduled Tribes. Purshottam claimed that efforts were on at a war footing to give the benefit to 680 girls from the general category. He also said 125 girls would also be given a scholarship from the Sant Kesar Singh Memorial Fund.

DM pulls up officials for slow pace of work: Nainital District Magistrate Shailesh Bagauli has once again pulled up officials for the slow pace of work on building the bridge on the Gaula river near Haldwani. Bagauli conducted a spot assessment of the work being done and once again warned the officials that the bridge must be built before the onset of the monsoon. He also went to see the work being done with regards to the covering of a canal in Haldwani town and expressed dissatisfaction over the delay. People residing in various residential areas have been facing a tough time for the past several months on account of the slow pace of work on this project. Bagauli has warned that delay and compromise on the quality of works on both these projects will not be tolerated.

Pugmarks of wild cat found in villagerís kitchen: Fear returned to haunt residents of Sunderkhal village adjoining the Corbett Tiger Reserve when pugmarks of a wild cat were found inside the kitchen of a villager on Tuesday. According to reports, a leopard entered the kitchen of Kushali Ramís house on the night intervening Monday and Tuesday and left after leaving things in a complete disarray. People have once again appealed to Forest Department officials to ensure their safety.

Youth Cong seeks probe into deaths of tigers, elephants: Activists of the Youth Congress have demanded a probe by an independent agency into the deaths of a large number of tigers and elephants in the Jim Corbett National Park. Holding Forest Department officials responsible for failing to protect wildlife, they have expressed suspicion over the cause of these deaths. The Youth Congress activists later submitted a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank through the local administration.

BJP flayed for failure to rehabilitate rain-hit victims: Congress President Yash Pal Arya has attacked the Nishank-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the state for its failure to come up with a proper rehabilitation policy for victims of rain-related disaster that had struck the region during last monsoon. Speaking to mediapersons at Nainital on Wednesday, Arya said the Centre was willing to provide substantial compensation to the farmers who had lost their land during the disaster provided the state government submited proper Detailed Proposal Reports (DPRs) in the matter. He announced that the Congress would gherao the Vidhan Sabha in Dehradun on March 15 on these issues.
(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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