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Incentives for ASHA workers hiked:
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday approved a hike in incentives of ASHA workers by Rs 1,000. Presiding over a meeting with representatives of the workers here, the Chief Minister directed the Health and Family Welfare Department to implement the decision, which would benefit more than 16,000 ASHA workers employed under the National Health Mission.

Health staff suspended:The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, on Thursday passed orders for the suspension of four of its employees working in the State Chemical Laboratory, Kharar, on account of absence from duty. Surjit Kumar Jyani, Health Minister, said the suspended employees were Dr RP Singh, Lekh Raj, Rajesh Mishra, and Mohit Gugnani.

Immunisation campaign:A two-day training programme of district immunisation officers was inaugurated by Hussan Lal, Mission Director, National Health Mission. Lal exhorted the officers to work hard to further increase immunisation coverage.

Drugs seized from inmates:
During a search of some suspected prisoners and undertrials in the Faridkot Central Jail on Thursday, the authorities seized banned drugs. Four inmates Karamjit Singh, Gurmukh Singh, Lal Chand and Anil Kumar were also booked under the NDPS Act. The jail authorities claimed that they had seized seven packets of narcotic powder from them.

3 held with fake currency:The police have arrested three persons — Kulwindr Kumar of Raipur Farala (Jalandhar), Subhash Masih of Bthala Granthian (Batala) and Loveley Thakur of Mahilpur — after allegedly recovering fake currency amounting to Rs 52,000 from them. A .315 bore pistol, 10 bullets and 260 gm narcotic powder (including 20 gm heroin) were also seized. The arrests were made at a checkpoint on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road.

Couple robbed  of Rs 1.1 lakh:Two persons riding a motorcycle robbed a couple of Rs 1.1 lakh in Hajipur area of the district on Thursday. Roop Lal of Mahadpur village told the police that he and his wife were returning to home on a two-wheeler after withdrawing Rs 1.1 lakh from a bank in Mukerian. When they reached near Kallowal village, two motorcycle-borne persons hit the couple’s vehicle and they fell down. The accused snatched a bag containing money from Lal’s wife and fled.

SC families to get three calves for free:
The Punjab Government has announced to give Scheduled Caste (SC) families living below the poverty line three calves free of cost. Malout MLA Harpreet Singh, who was the chief guest on the second day of the National Livestock Championship, on Thursday said the Dalit families could get the forms to avail the benefit from the deputy directors of the Animal Husbandry Department. A spokesperson for the department said nearly 5,600 animals had been registered so far.

Life term in murder case:
The court of Additional Sessions Judge on Thursday sentenced six persons to life imprisonment in a two-year-old murder case. The convicts, Hardev Singh, Amritpal Singh, (namesake) Amritpal Singh, Ranjit Singh, Ruldu Singh and Amrik Singh, had killed Gurwinder Singh of Rangian village near Dhuri.

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Petrol station owner looted:
An unidentified boy allegedly snatched a bag containing Rs 4.85 lakh from a petrol pump owner at Bhikhiwind on Wednesday. Victim Dwarka Das complained to the police that when he reached near his house a youth appeared before him and snatched his cash bag. A case has been registered.



Government clarifies on family pension
: The Haryana Government had clarified that the family pension would be payable to widowed and divorced daughters if they fulfilled all the eligibility conditions at the death of a government servant or his or her spouse. The family pension will continue only till she remarries or starts earning equal to or more than the sum of minimum family pension and dearness relief thereon, a press note said.



Electoral rolls available at SDM’s office for scrutiny
: Electoral Registration Officer and SDM Dr Suresh Jaswal on Sunday said updated and amended electoral rolls of the Kullu Assembly constituency had been published and were available at the SDM office, Tehsil office and polling stations for scrutiny.


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