R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


PGI team defers visit to city
Ill-equipped to convince a team from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, to get the district listed as “tobacco free”, the administration got the team’s visit deferred. The PGIMER might be requested to visit the Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani’s home district next month, sources said.

Forensic body  elects panel
The annual meeting of the Association of Forensic Scientists (national level) was held in Patiala recently to elect new office-bearers. The new panel members are: Dr Navdeep Gupta (president), Dr Vikram Raj Singh Chauhan (vice-president), Dr Inderjit Singh (secretary), Ran Bansal (treasurer), Anil Sood (patron) and Anil Gupta (PRO). The executive members include Harbaksh Singh Mander, VB Bhatnagar, Sukhjinder Singh, Sumit Arora, Varun Gagneja and Sukhpreet Kaur.

Man booked for abducting minor

Aditya Kumar, a migrant labourer from Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh, has been booked under the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act for allegedly abducting a Class VIII girl. Gurdas Singh from a village in Fazilka subdivision complained to the police that his 14-year-old daughter had been abducted by Aditya on December 23.

Three booked for firing in school
Three unknown boys have been booked for firing a bullet in an elementary school. Harjit Kaur, Head Teacher of Government Elementary School, Bhatrana, had complained to the police on Thursday in this regard. She alleged three youths entered the school on December 23 and fired a bullet while chasing a pig. She said the bullet could have hit any of the schoolchildren.

4 held for highway robberies
Police on Friday arrested four people, including two women, on the charge of robbery and seized 400 gm of intoxicant powder from them. The accused tried to rob an old woman by offering her a lift in their vehicle. The woman raised the alarm, following which the traffic police personnel and passersby caught hold of the accused. The gang of four has committed several robberies on the highways. A case was registered against them.

'CPI to fight communal forces’
The CPI has said Left parties are determined to fight communal forces in the Lok Sabha elections. “The party will ensure that they don’t come to power,” CPI leader Joginder Dayal said on Friday.

Police Elders'  Day celebrated
The Muktsar police on Friday celebrated Police Elders' Day at a private resort here. A number of retired policemen attended the function. Muktsar Senior Superintendent of Police Surjit Singh presented an LCD screen to the members of Punjab Police Retired Association.

MC hires private firm for survey
The local Municipal Council has hired the services of a private company to conduct a survey as well as to upload data regarding property details in the town. The survey is likely to be completed by March next year. The details regarding the ownership of residential, commercial plots, sewerage and water supply connections, etc. would be collected and digitised. Executive Officer Surjit Singh said they had divided the entire town into 25 blocks to conduct the survey. He said unauthorised sewerage and water supply connections would also be detected during the survey.



Free health camp held
Hundreds of labourers working in various brick-kilns and their family members were examined at a free medical camp organised at a brick-kiln in Kotra village of this district today.


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