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DHARAMSHALA: Anti-corruption drive and development works undertaken by the state government would be the Congress poll plank for the Lok Sabha elections, said Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA from Amloh on Monday. He was addressing the gathering at the stone-laying ceremony of a dharamshala at Bajigar Basti here. It has been constructed at a cost of Rs 2 lakh provided by Lok Sabha member Shamsher Singh Dullo out of his development fund. The government will abolish octroi after generating other way of income for the development of municipal councils, he said. Council chief Baldev Singh Aulakh, Mr B.R. Aggarwal, executive officer, and District Planning Board member Joginder Singh Naraingarh also spoke. 

BOOKED: The police here has booked Dilraj Singh, a prisoner in the Central Jail here for failing to return after his release on parole. Dilraj Singh of Katra Karam Singh was in jail for a rape case was freed on parole for four weeks on January 24 last. He did not surrender after that. He was jailed on August 13.

DEMANDED: The Vikas Manch has demanded the opening of a Pakistan visa centre in Amritsar. The manch president, Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala, said here on Sunday that with the improved relations with Pakistan a rush was on to visit the neighbouring country.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association, Branch Committee, Dera Bassi: president — Mr Tajinder Singh; vice-president — Mr Raman Kumar Gupta; general secretary — Mr Labh Singh; joint secretary — Ms Anita Miglani; and treasurer — Mr Balkar Singh. 

GRANTS FOR SCHOOLS: Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab, at a function at Government Senior Secondary School here on Saturday said that Rs 12.43 crore had been given for school buildings under the Sarav Sikhiya Abhiyan in Hoshiarpur. Mr Dogra distributed cheques of Rs 32.64 lakh among 115 schools for this purpose. He also gave cheques of 8.60 lakh and 43 beneficiaries of Schedule Castes for construction of houses. Mr Dogra also distributed cheques of Rs 42.53 lakh and 260 schools of Garhshanker Subdivision under Sarav Sikhiya Abhiyan on Friday evening.

TWO HELD: The Mukerian police arrested Suresh Kumar of Sango Katrala and Devo wife of Devraj of Ghasitpur under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act on Friday for smuggling liquor.

ANNUAL FETE: An annual fete and prize distribution function of Green Grove School, Mohanpur, was organised on Sunday. The function was inaugurated by the DSP, Mr Balraj Singh. Cultural items like giddha, bhangra, solo songs, solo dance, skits and fashion show were performed by the students. Rimi Brar, a student of Class VII won the first prize. Gagandeep Kaur and Sumandeep Kaur also got prizes. 

SEMINAR: A seminar-cum-workshop on water management and solid waste management is being organised at AS College here on Monday. Mr T.R. Bahia, Principal of the school, said in a press note that the workshop was being organised in association with Panjab University. Experts from the Agriculture Department will deliver their lectures on the subject. Farmers from 25 nearby villages will participate in the seminar. 

SHOBHA YATRA: The Shivratri Mahotsav Committee took out a shobha yatra in connection with Shivratri from Hargobind Nagar here on Sunday. The yatra, which was led by a 10-foot high tableau of Lord Shiva, started from the Hanuman temple in Shivaji Nagar and passed through Ganesh Nagar, Janak Puri, New Hargobind Nagar It culminated at the starting point. Mr Jagmohan Sharma, president, DCC(I), Mr Sanjay Talwar, councillor, Mr Parveen Bansal and Mr Ashok bagga were among the prominent persons who took part in the yatra. A large number of school children, bhangra and gatka parties also participated. 

Bonn BreAd draw: Sixth weekly draw of the ‘Bonn Bread Jeeto Har Hafte’ was held at Bonn Nutrients in Ludhiana on Sunday and AV39780 was declared winner of the first prize. Series AS to BA with the same numbers is entitled to win the second prize. And all series ending with the last four digits will get the third prize and all series ending with the last three digits will get the third prize. 

Development Works: Congress legislator Surinder Dawar laid the foundation stone of construction of a road along the open drain from Shagun Palace in Ram Nagar to Hargobind Nagar and pavement of Tubewell Operators Colony in Ward No. 51 here on Sunday. These works would be completed at a cost of Rs 4.5 lakh. Speaking on the occasion, area councillor Sanjeev Talwar said that many more development works, including beautification of parks in Mohar Singh Nagar and Fatehganj, sinking a new tubewell in Ram Nagar, pavement of drains in Kucha No. 7 to 16 in Field Ganj, paving of streets in Sadhu Sunder Singh Nagar and Issa Nagri and widening and resurfacing of the main road from Lakshmi cinema to the CMC Hospital, would be taken in hand soon. 

Pensioners: A general meeting of the Punjab State Government Pensioners Association held here on Saturday under the presidentship of Mr Ajit Singh Arora observed that the Punjab Government had not fulfilled the promises made before the assembly elections. Mr Arora alleged that the Chief Minister and the Finance Minister had failed to get time to hear the grievances of the bodies of pensioners. He announced that in response to a call given by the state unit of the Punjab Government Pensioners Association, all the associations would participate in the rally proposed to be held at Parade Ground in Chandigarh on February 26 to impress upon the state government to accede to genuine demands of the pensioners. 

Meeting: A meeting of newly elected managing committee of the Ludhiana branch of the Northern India Regional Council of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India was held here on Sunday. Mr Ashok Bhandari was elected chairman, Mr Subhash Jain secretary, Mr Gagandeep Singh vice-chairman and Mr Arun Gupta treasurer for the term 2004-05. The executive members are Mr Kawitansh Khanna, Mr Ashok Bansal, Mr Sandeep Maini and Mr Vishal Garg. Mr Sandeep Maini was co-opted as executive member in place of Mr A.P. Singh who resigned earlier. 

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Poll panels: The Amloh unit of the BJP at a meeting presided over by its chief Ram Niwas Jain at Ram Bhavan here on Sunday decided to form wardwise election committees at Amloh and Mandi Gobindgarh. The mandal chief said the Akali-BJP combine would win all 13 seats in the state as the Congress had no match to “feel good factor” brought about by the BJP in the country. Vice-president Ram Kishan Goyal, Mr Nathi Ram Goyal, Mr R.L. Puri, Mr Ram Kumar Jindal and Mr Bal Mukund also addressed the meeting. 

Stone laid: Mr O.P. Goyal, vice-president of the Amloh Mandal unit of the BJP, laid the foundation stone of a Gobindgarh College of Education building. Mr Bhadur Singh, Principal of Gobindgarh Public School, said on Monday that the Gobindgarh Educational and Social Welfare Trust was a charitable trust active in the field of education for 26 years. It has been running Gobindgarh Public School, Gobindgarh Public College and Punjab Institute of Management and Technology under the guidance of Sawarnjeet Singh Bagli. Mr R.P. Bhatia, Mr Satdev Saggar, Mr N.K. Khanna, Mr Satprakash, Mr Suresh Goyal, Principal S.L. Bhardwaj and Principal N.C. Sharma participated in the inauguration ceremony. 

RARE SURGERY: Dr Harinder Pal Singh, an ENT surgeon, saved the lives of two infants by removing peanuts from their windpipes through bronchoscopy, at RV Badhan Hospital and Chaudhary Maternity Home here recently.

TB CAMP: The district TB Society in collaboration with SB Scanning Centre & Nursing Home, Banga, organised a TB awareness-cum-treatment camp at Dana Mandi, on Saturday. Dr Jujhar Singh, Civil Surgeon, inaugurated the camp. Medicines free of cost were provided to the needy.

TRUST CHAIRMAN: Mr Sita Ram Taneja, former president, Municipal Council, has been nominated chairman of the newly constituted Improvement Trust. Mr Sartaj Singh Mangewalia, Mr Vijay Kumar and Chaudhary Ram Asra have been nominated trustees.

GRANTS: Mr Parkash Singh, local MLA distributed cheques of Rs 43.85 lakh among the various Government schools falling under the Nawanshahr Assembly segment for infrastructure development under the Sarv Shikhiya Abhiyan, at functions organised at Jadla and Naura villages on Friday. A sum of Rs 1.20 lakh each to 10 schools for construction of additional rooms, Rs 3500 each to 50 schools for construction of sanitary blocks and Rs 7000 each to 205 schools for minor repairs etc were also distributed.

COLLEGE FUNCTION: The Youth Club and NSS unit of the local BLM Girls College organised a function here on the college premises on Friday. Dr Bhagwant Kaur, Head of the Music Department, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and Mr S.M. Kant, State Liason officer, NSS, delivered special lectures. The college students who excelled in academic, sports, social and cultural activities were also honoured. Top


Meeting: Sarpanches and panches of various villages of the city on Sunday gathered at Khuda Alisher village and decided to form a common platform to chalk out strategies in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. They complained that the Chandigarh Administration was ignoring city villages. They brought their problems to the notice of Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal and BJP leader Satya Pal Jain, who were also present on the occasion. The meeting was called by Sarpanch of Khuda Alisher village Gurdial Singh. Among others who attended the meeting included Mr Angrez Singh of Pind Bachao Committee and Mr Bhupinder Singh, Chairman of the Panchayat Samiti. 

School function: Students of Tiny Tots Little Angel Public School, Dhanas, presented a cultural programme on Sunday. Mr Paramjit Kalia, a former DEO of Chandigarh, inaugurated the function. Ms Seema Mahajan, Principal, spoke on the achievements of the school. 

Farewell party: A farewell party was organised for Class X students of DAV Public School, Sector 8, here on Sunday. The hosts, Class IX students, presented songs and dance items. Tarun Vats and Sushant Khanna were selected DAV masters for their personality, outlook, intelligence and presence of mind. Ms Sarita Manuja, Principal, was also present on the occasion. 

Science Day: The science club of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, presented exhibits on the theme ‘Spreading awareness among the community’ on the school premises on Sunday. Parents of the students were made aware about the harmful cooking practices, balanced diet, fossil fuel and conservation of water and electricity. 

Oil conservation: The Eco Club of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, observed “Oil Conservation Day’ by holding a rally. Ms Amita Khorana, Principal, encouraged students to make people aware on the need to save fuel. 

Bhoomi Poojan: The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Major-General B.C. Khanduri (retd), will perform ‘bhoomi poojan’ for the four-laning of Ambala-Chandigarh road (NH-22) from 5, 600 km to 40, 000 km (up to junction with NH-21) under the Pradhan Mantri Bharat Jodo Pariyojna at Zirakpur on Tuesday. The Governor of Punjab, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), will preside over the function. It will also be attended by Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, Punjab PWD Minister, and Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Akali MLA who represents the area in the Punjab Assembly. 

Party: A farewell party was arranged by Chandigarh Baptist School for Class X students here on Sunday. The programme began with prayer by Rev Hardy. Class IX students presented plays, skits, and dance items. Class X students shared their memorable experiences and thanked the juniors for arranging farewell party for them. Mementoes and gifts were presented by the Principal to Class X students. 

Election duty: Dr R.P.S. Josh, a member of the Panjab University Senate, has urged that before assigning any election duty to the college lecturers, their pay scales and seniority be kept in view. He has sent a representation to the Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, in this regard. A letter to this effect has been issued by the Secretariat of the Election Commission of India on a representation by a lecturer of Government College, Hoshiarpur. 

EMPLOYEES RELIEVED: Fifty two employees of Electronics Systems Punjab Limited (ESPL) here were relieved from service on Friday after being granted voluntary retirement. A Public Sector Unit, ESPL, is up for closure following recommendations of the Punjab Disinvestment Commission. The ESPL has a total of 303 employees, 245 of whom had applied for voluntary retirement. Out of the first set of 52 employees, 39 were from the Mohali unit while 14 were from the Delhi branch. 

DECISION HAILED: The Industrial Welfare Association Industrial Focal Point, Phase IX, has welcomed the decision of the government to allow 50 per cent floor area of industrial plots for residential purposes at Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Bathinda and Hoshiarpur. Mr Prabhjot Singh Sandhu, president of the association, said it would lead to better performance by the small-scale industry. He added that the concession should also be given to units in Focal Point, Phase IX. 

Training: About 75 slum children were given training on use of language, counting, reading and writing during a 15-day literacy programme at the State Bank of India Staff Training Centre (STC) in Sector 14 here. Mr Ramesh Sethi, Assistant General Manager of the STC, was the chief guest on the valedictory function on Monday. He gave away prizes to the participants. 

ANNUAL DAY: Tiny tots of Woodlands House School, Sector 8, Panchkula, presented various colourful items to mark the annual cultural day of the school on Saturday. The function began with a prayer. It was followed by dance items, skits, poems etc. 

School Council: The following have been elected members of the school council of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, for 2004-05: head boy — Rohit; head girl — Navita; captain(boys) — Viraj; captains (girls) — Chandita and Shipra; vice-captain (boys) — Amandeep. 


Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Brahman Samaj Samanvaya Samiti: patrons — Col Naurata Ram and Mr Hari Ram; advisers — Mr Tarsem Lal Sharma, Dr Ved Prakash Sharma, Mr Sita Ram and Mr Roshan Lal Sharma; president — Mr Nand Kishore Sharma; vice-presidents — Mr Trilok Chand Sharma, Col Mela Ram Sharma, Mr J.L. Kaul, Ms Neelam Sharma, Mr Brahm Datt Sharma and Mr Krishan Lal Sharma; general secretary — Mr Naresh Sharma; secretaries — Mr Ramesh Sharma and Mr Balram Sharma; religious secretary — Mr Radha Raman Shastri; organising secretary — Mr Harbhajan Pandit; additional secretary — Mr Dharam Pal Sharma; joint secretaries — Ms Vijay Sharma and Mr Rakesh Sharma; treasurer — Mr Raj Kumar Sharma; auditor — Mr Jai Gopal Sharma; and legal adviser — Mr Shiv Kumar Sharma. 

DEVI RAKSHAK AID: Three women of this district were given cheques worth Rs 1 lakh each at the grievances committee meeting here on Saturday under Devi Rakshak Scheme. Santro Devi wife of Dharam Pal of Guliana, Radha wife of Maam Chand of Keorak and Sudesh Devi wife of Ram Dass of Budha Khera had lost their husbands in road accidents. The Deputy Commissioner ordered the registration of a police case against Joginder Singh a salesman of cooperative society Habri who had allegedly misappropriated Rs 18500. The DC also ordered Rs 5000 help to Deep Chand of Fatehpur, whose son had lost his arm in a road accident.

CLASS VIII TEST: Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Cr PC were imposed in a radius of 200 metres of the Examination centres where examination for middle, matriculation and Senior Secondary will be conducted from February 16 in Haryana.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: About 2,080 kg of poppy husk being smuggled into Haryana from Punjab has been seized by the district police. The suspects, however, managed to escape under the cover of darkness. According to police sources, some police personnel signalled a tractor-trolley to stop but occupants managed to escape despite being chased by the police. 

SEMINAR: A seminar on Entrepreneurship Awareness-cum-Development Programme was organised in Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Management and Technology (GGSITMS) here on Saturday to encourage setting up of small scale units. It was stressed that before setting up a business unit one should explore the market factors like what was in demand etc. 


DEAD: Mian Labh Singh Chandel, 85, a retired teacher and a freedom fighter, died at Nalti village on Saturday. His funeral was largely attended.

FOREST OFFICERS: The state unit of the Indian Forest Service Association has urged the government to take steps to remove stagnation in the cadre and restore parity in promotions at various levels with the IPS cadre. In a memorandum to the Chief Minister and the Forest Minister the association pointed out that the IFS cadre had not benefited from the recommendations of the 5th Pay Commission as sufficient number of posts had not been created.

SEMINAR: Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital on Saturday organised a seminar in the district. The seminar was addressed by Dr R.K. Jaswal, Consultant Interventional Cardiology, and Dr Rajesh Gulla, Consultant, Urology, Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital. Dr Jaswal discussed ‘Basic Lifestyle Management in Cardiology’ and Dr Gulla spoke on ‘Common Urological Problems’ and facilities available in the country to deal with the ailments. Over 65 leading cardiologists, physicians and urologists from Una and nearby areas attended the seminar.

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