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SGPC hails Alberta Govt's ‘kirpan’ move
: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has hailed the Alberta Government's move to allow baptised Sikhs to enter court premises wearing 'kirpan' even though the policy required certain conditions to be met. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, in a statement, said it was a good sign that the governments of other countries were recognising the separate identity of Sikhs and were making necessary amendments in their laws. Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has also hailed the move.

Fatehgarh Sahib
JEs threaten to launch agitation: Junior Engineers (JEs) working in various government departments have threatened to launch an agitation if the state government failed to arrest a senior officer for allegedly harassing one of their colleagues who committed suicide recently. A meeting of the JEs of various departments, including Public Works Department, Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Town Planning, Canal and Irrigation and Panchayati Raj, was held here on Monday. Panchayati Raj JE Harbhajan Singh had taken the extreme step in Jalandhar.

Faridkot patient dies of swine flu
: Bharpur Singh of Faridkot who had tested positive for swine flu died at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. Three swine flu cases have been confirmed in Bathinda district as well. One of the patients is a resident of Barnala who had come to Bhucho to attend a wedding. “The patient showed swine flu symptoms following which he was admitted to the hospital. He was later tested positive for swine flu,” said Civil Surgeon Ajay Sahni. Two more swine flu patients are reported in the district.

Peddler held:
The police has arrested a drug peddler, identified as Jaswant Singh, alias Jassa, resident of nearby Lakhpur village, and recovered 150 gm of intoxicant powder from his possession. Jaswant was arrested at a naka in the Rawalpindi area, said the police.

767 examined at medical camp
: A free medical check-up camp was organised at Bhalwan village, near Dhuri, on Sunday. As many as 767 patients were examined for various ailments, including blood pressure, sugar, paralysis, arthritis, joint pain, eyes and heart diseases. Medicines were given free of cost. Various laboratory tests were also done without charging any fee from the patients. Dhuri MLA Arvind Khanna supervised the camp.

Pen-down strike by clerical staff: Responding to the call by the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association, over 100 employees of the Health Department observed pen-down strike on Monday. Association's district president Surinder Sharma said the stir would continue till January 30. Their main demands are promotions of clerks and senior assistants, creation of clerical-cadre posts in newly carved out districts and filling of 60 direct posts of senior assistant and statistical assistant through promotion.


2 kg of ‘bhukki’ seized:
The police arrested Dilawar Singh of Majari village (on Punjab border in HP) and recovered 2 kg of “bhukki” (opium dust) and 30 litres of illicitly distilled liquor from him yesterday. Superintendent of Police Anupam Sharma said the police was given information by someone and a police party on patrol duty in the area raided the house of the accused and found the contraband hidden there. The police has registered a case under the NDPS Act and the matter is being investigated.

PO arrested
: Following a tip-off, the local police arrested proclaimed offender (PO) Sandeep, alias Rocky, of Nerna village last evening and produced him in the court today. He was remanded in judicial custody till February 4. DSP Rajinder Jaswal said the accused had been booked in a thrashing case under Sections 341, 323 and 324, IPC, in 2006. He remained absent from court proceedings for a long time and was declared proclaimed offender in June 2010.He was nabbed by the police at Raja ka Talab.

3 youths injured in group clash
: Three persons were injured when two groups of youths clashed at Panchrukhi, 15 km from here, last evening. The police said trouble started over the parking of vehicles. Later, about 10 persons reached the spot and clashed with one another. A police party immediately reached the spot and controlled the situation. The police took all them in custody. Cases under different sections of the Indian Penal Code were registered at Panchrukhi police post. The matter is under investigation.

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