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SGPC takes note of 'foul' language on FB
: Taking a serious note of the alleged objectionable language being used against Sikh gurus on social networking site Facebook (FB), the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has formed a two-member committee to investigate the matter. The committee, comprising SGPC members Bibi Kiranjot Kaur and Gurvinderpal Singh, will soon submit its report. 

Govt to consider plot allottees’ demand
: The Punjab Government would look into the suggestion of introducing incremental floor area ratio for individual residential plots, a step that would give major relief to plot holders. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said this while responding to suggestions made by a delegation of builders and mega project associations that called on him on Tuesday. 

NABH accreditation for city hospital
: BBC Heart Care Pruthi Hospital has become the first hospital in the region to receive a NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Organisations) accreditation from the Quality Council of India. As many as 16 hospitals have applied for NABH accreditation from Punjab and eight of these were from Jalandhar. There are only 143 hospitals to receive this accreditation in the country. 

Operation theatre inaugurated: An infection free operation theatre was inaugurated at the Sacred Heart Hospital by Local Bodies Minister Bhagat Chunni Lal here on Monday. The inauguration of the theatre was followed by a short cultural programme by students of the Sacred Heart School of Nursing.

Blood bank to be revived in a week
: The blood bank at the local Civil Hospital, which was closed on November 10 last year due to cancellation of its licence, will be revived in a week. The storage capacity of the local blood bank will be 300 units a month. After it is started, the local civil hospital authorities will be able to send teams to collect blood during donation camps in Malerkotla, an act performed at present by Sangrur hospital officials. Civil Surgeon Dr HS Bali said an NGO, Langar Committee Sri Hanuman Mandir, had donated Rs 3 lakh for the required equipment. 

Man killed in truck mishap
: A man was killed after the truck he was travelling in rammed into a tree on the Muktsar-Kotkapura road near Bariwala on Tuesday. The police said the deceased, Kulwinder Singh, along with his truck driver Hanuman was going to Kala Amb in Himachal Pradesh from Anupgarh in Rajasthan. After reaching Bariwala, the driver lost control over the vehicle. 

Deserted by wife, youth ends life
: A 23-year-old youth allegedly committed suicide after his wife refused to return with him from her parents' house. A resident of Singhawala village, Harpreet Singh had married Harpreet Kaur of Moga four months ago. Police claimed that Harpreet made several attempts to woo her, but she did not agree. On October 4, he again tried to persuade her and when she "did not budge", he took the extreme step. Harpreet Kaur, her brother Raju and mother Ranjit Kaur have been booked for abetment to suicide. 

Spurious kerosene
: The Focal Point police has arrested two persons and seized 24 litres of spurious kerosene from them. Devinder Chaudhry, SHO, said Shiva Kalia and his driver Dharminder Yadav were arrested from Focal Point. 

Motorcycle stolen
: A motorcycle of Parmajit Singh was stolen from a shop in Phillaur on Monday evening. The police has registered a case.

Woman dies of snakebite
: A middle-aged woman, identified as Gyan Kaur, died of snakebite in nearby Fallupota village on Monday evening. The deceased was bitten by the snake in the fields, where she had gone to gather fodder. She was brought to a hospital but she was declared brought dead.

GK project gets good response
: A general knowledge (GK) project, Udaan, devised for rural students, is getting good response in 10 schools where it was implemented on September 19 last. It is the brainchild of Devi Dayal, a mathematics teacher posted at Government High School, Benra (Dhuri). Under the project, GK questions on various topics are sent to schools daily through e-mail. Teachers concerned display these questions on their school's notice boards and when a bank of 300 questions is ready, a test is taken.



4 robbers held
: The Gurgaon police has arrested four robbers from the Rajiv Chowk when they were planning to take a lift in a vehicle with the intention of stealing it. The police found that they were the ones who had stabbed a truck driver to death and fled after stealing Rs 20,000 from him on September 23. The accused are identified as Manish, Jitendra, Sonu and Mintu Mohanto. 

2 get life term
: Additional Sessions Judge DN Bhardwaj on Tuesday convicted two persons, Likayat Ali and his lover, Rukhiya, in a murder case and sentenced them to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on each. The duo residents of Kheribaral village in Gharonda had murdered Shenu, wife of Likayat Ali, and a case under the Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC were registered against them.

250 students get degrees
: As many as 250 students of BA, BCom, BSc and BEd were conferred degrees at the first convocation of Shri Jairam Girls College and BEd College on the premises of SNRL Girls College Campus, Lohar Majra, on October 6. MP Deepender Singh Hooda, who was the chief guest, congratulated students and whished them a bright future. Speaking on the occasion, Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal highlighted various educational schemes being launched by the state government. 

Cong man joins INLD: Congress leader Satpal, affiliated to the Pal Gadria Samaj, joined the INLD along with his supporters in the presence of state INLD president Ashok Arora at Kirmach village, 10 km from here, on Tuesday. Arora welcomed them into the INLD. 

Protest held
: Sarpanches of several villages falling under the Sonepat block in the district on Tuesday protested against the non-availability of the building material and submitted a memorandum to the Sonepat Deputy Commissioner demanding immediate supply of the building material. In the memorandum, which was received by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, SB Lohia, they also threatened that if the solution of their demands was not made within one week, all the gram panchayats would have no other option except to resign. 


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