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Man killed in mishap:
Shivkaran Chaudhary (70), died after the car he was travelling in collided with a loaded tractor-trailer outside the military station here on Wednesday. The tractor driver, Surjit Singh, of Patrewala village was admitted to Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital. A case has been registered.

Man held for murder:
The police today claimed to have solved a murder case by arresting an accused from Lohgarh village in the district. Barnala Superintendent of Police (Detective) Sharanjit Singh said Lohgarh village resident Randhir Singh alias Dheera was injured with a weapon by unidentified persons on February 9 about 9 pm. He succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital.

State gets award:
The state government had been awarded the ‘Krishi Karman Award 2012-13’ for record wheat and paddy production, a press release said on Wednesday. Chief Parliamentary Secretary Gurbachan Singh Babbehali received the award from President Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi. An Agriculture Department spokesman said cash award of ~25 lakh and an appreciation letter had been awarded to the state.

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ATM machine damaged:
Unidentified persons damaged an ATM machine of Punjab National Bank in Sirhind on Tuesday night. The money was, however, not stolen. On a complaint of Inder Raj Nayar, PNB branch manager, Sirhind, the police registered a case against the unknown persons under Sections 457 and 427 of the IPC.

Blood donation camp organised:
As many as 124 units of blood were collected at a blood donation camp organised by the District Red Cross Society in the local Civil Hospital on Wednesday. Additional Deputy Chief Minister Charandev Singh Maan inaugurated the camp. Activists of various organisations, which have been contributing towards the noble cause, including Dera Sacha Sauda, Ram Kirpa Pheri Sangh, Blood Donation Society, Sewa Bharti, Marshall Academy and Gym, Students For Society Organisation and Blood Bank of Fazilka were also honoured on this occasion. 

2 held in gas leak incident:
Two persons, including an Akali councilor, were arrested on Wednesday after chlorine gas leaked from discarded cylinders at their junk shop. Senior Superintendent of Police Manminder Singh said the accused were identified as Radhe Shyam and Ashu Tayal. A case has been registered. Four persons had to be hospitalised after the gas leaked from the cylinders yesterday.

Narcotic powder seized from jail inmate:
The police seized 1.5 gm of narcotic powder from an inmate of Kapurthala Modern Jail. He has been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act on the complaint of Assistant Jail Superintendent Amarjit Singh. Amarjit said Jasvir Singh of local Rishi Nagar was brought from Kapurthala Modern Jail for trial in the court of Additional Sessions Judge here. The court directed them to present him the next day keep him in the district jail here. When he was brought to the jail in the evening, narcotic powder was seized from him during a search.

Students given a warm send-off
: Class XII students of Sargodha Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Field Ganj, were given a warm send-off. A cultural programme was presented. Students performed giddha and bhagra. They also walked the ramp. Munish was declared Mr Farewel while Kajal was crowned Mids Elegance. Principal Kanwaljeet Kaur, school president Parminderjeet Singh, manager Jaswant Singh Makkar and secratery Gyan Singh congratulated the students.

Panchayat members submit memo to DC:
Office-bearers of the Panchayat Union and sarpanches of village panchayats falling in the Banga block of the district submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner (DC) to be forwarded to the Rural Development and Panchayats Minister. The minister has been urged to take immediate steps to fill vacant posts of panchayat secretaries, gram sewaks and village development officers. In Banga block, there are 94 village panchayats but only two panchayat secretaries are posted against 28 posts, said Harmesh Virdi, chairman, Panchayat Samiti, Banga.

Bankers seek wage revision:
Banking activities remained paralysed throughout the state due to the two-day strike by bank employees. In Patiala, employees of State Bank of Patiala led by Parmod Sharma, general secretary of the All Bank Officers’ Association (SBoP), held a rally in front of the bank head office here. He said: “The last wage settlement in the banking sector expired in October, 2012, and hence a revision in wages was due from November 2012.”

Post office, I-T staff on strike:
The work in post offices and income tax offices was paralysed on Wednesday on the account of a strike by the Confederation of Central Government Employees and National Federation of Postal Employees. The strike will continue on Thursday.

Work on bus stand soon:
The construction of a bus stand in the city is likely to start soon as the tenders will be floated next month, Deputy Commissioner PK Agrawal has said. The bus stand would be constructed for ~30 crore, he told the media here on Wednesday.



Four women robbed of jewellery
: In three incidents in Sirsa today, two youths riding a motorcycle snatched gold chains from three women. In another incident, some car-borne women robbed an elderly woman of her gold ornaments. City SHO Dalip Singh said the police had got some vital clues and the accused would be arrested soon.


Senior citizens for Rs 6,000 allowance: The District Senior Citizens’ Welfare Society has sought an allowance of Rs 6,000 per month for aged and helpless senior citizens to lead their life with dignity. In a handout here on Tuesday, society president PC Oberoi demanded that special care be paid to those aged widows and widowers who were childless and had no one to look after them. Oberoi reiterated his demand for opening senior citizens' homes and day-care centres in each district of the state. Senior citizens should be allowed to visit religious shrines free of cost, besides giving them other basic amenities as had been promised in the election manifesto of the state government, he demanded.

Saplings distributed on minister’s birthday: Forest officials of Chamba district, headed by Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) ARM Reddy, along with local residents, planted 150 saplings of arjun, bamboo, ban oak, pajja, ritha, chulli to celebrate the 67th birthday of Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri at Dunali, near here, on Saturday. The saplings were planted at a site used for dumping muck generated from the Chamera-III hydroelectric project, located on the right bank of the Ravi. Reddy urged villagers to plant at least one sapling each on every happy occasion in their families. He also distributed medicinal plants among them and told them to multiply these in their backyards. He said they could collect plants free of cost from any of the 135 nurseries in the district and plant these in their homes. — OC

Tributes paid to Dayanand Saraswati
: DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Alampur, celebrated the 190th birth anniversary of Arya Samaj founder Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati on Wednesday. Students participated in a rally to highlight the contributions made by him. They designed posters and wrote slogans on the occasion. School Principal Bikram Singh threw light on Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati’s life and asked teachers and parents to impart moral and cultural values among the youth.

Class XII students given warm send-off: Class XII students of DAV Secondary School, Tiara, were given a warm send-off on Wednesday. Principal Shekhar Moudgil announced Mukul Dhiman as Mr Farewell and Kalpana as Miss Farewell. Mr Personality went to Vishav Bandhu, while Shamli Katoch bagged the Miss Personality title.

Man murders sister-in-law
: Alam Singh, a resident of Dinak, allegedly murdered Surender Kaur (42), his sister-in-law, on Wednesday over some land dispute. The police said Surender Kaur was working in her fields at about 3 pm when Alam Singh attacked her with a spade leading to her death. The police have registered a murder case, while the accused has reportedly absconded.

Poor hygiene on court premises flayed
: The Nurpur Bar Association here has expressed its resentment over poor hygienic condition on the court premises. SR Chaudhary, general secretary of the association, while submitting a complaint to the local Municipal Council said the safai karamcharis seldom paid a visit to the premises. The association members urged the council executive officer to personally visit and examine the area. They said it was becoming difficult for them to work due to the poor sanitation on the premises.



‘Govt committed to welfare of ex-servicemen’
: Newly appointed senior vice-president of the Sainik Kalyan Parishad, Capt Balbir Singh Rawat (retd), said the state government would continue to cater to the needs and welfare of ex-servicemen. Rawat said the Congress had always been at the forefront when it came to the welfare of ex-servicemen.


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