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: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Lions Club Abohar Anmol: president — K.K. Bogra, vice presidents — Kuljit Singh Ahuja, Shashi Wadhwa and Mukhtiar Singh Kataria; secretary Jagjit Singh Sidhu; and treasurer — Hardaman Singh Kalra.

HONOURED: Navneet Kaur and Ranjit Kaur of Guru Harkrishan Public School were honoured at a function by Mr Shavinder Singh Kathunangal, MLA, Dr Satyindera Kaur, Principal of the school, presented the vote of the thanks on the occasion.

DHARNA: Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, state vice-president of the BJP, on Thursday threatened that widows, aged and handicapped persons would hold a dharna on March 22 if the government failed to disburse their pensions according to orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. She lashed out at the government for its slackness in giving pensions despite the court orders.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been nominated office-bearers of the Shiv Shakti Mandir Management Committee: President — Mr Aurn Kumar Arora; vice-presidents — Mr Khusi Lal Khanna and Ms Sushma Mahajan; and general secretary — Mr Raju Mahajan. This information was given by Mr Subash Sharma, an executive member of the committee, in a press note here on Thursday.

‘REPAIR’ ROADS: SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra urged the government to repair roads leading to Khadoor Sahib on priority. In a press note here on Wednesday Mr Tohra said roads in the area were in deplorable condition.

ALLEGED: Former MLA Dr Dalbir Singh on Wednesday alleged that the district administration was not keen to shift the old vegetable market to Vallah despite High Court orders. He alleged the administration and a former MP had tried to delay the shifting of mandi due to vested interests. Deputy Commissioner Ramindr Singh could not be contacted.

WORLD HEALTH DAY: The World Health Day was celebrated by the DAV College of Education for Women here on Wednesday. Ban on female foeticide was demanded and need of healthy lifestyle to prevent diseases was stressed.

AWARENESS CAMP: The Association for Social Health in India, Hoshiarpur district branch organised an awareness camp for rural woman at Ajjowal village, 5 km from here to educate them on rights, social status and health awareness on Tuesday. Women were called upon to fight social evils, educate children and know their rights.

APPEAL: To make consumers aware of their rights the district Civil Supplies Department organised a function presided over by Mr Parveen Kumar, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) here on Wednesday. Mr Parveen Kumar asked consumers while making purchases get bills to produce the same as evidence in case of a dispute.

DRIVE PUT OFF: Mrs Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, Deputy Director, Local Bodies Department, said here on Wednesday that drive to demolish unauthorised structures had been postponed till the completion of election process following Election Commission’s instructions.

BURGLARY: Office of Shakti filling station near Rawalpindi village on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road was burgled said Mr Parmanand, owner of the petrol station, on Wednesday.

CAMP FOR WOMEN: Umeed Khanna Foundation (UKF), an NGO on Wednesday started a 15-day candle-making training camp for women here. The NGO has been providing healthcare in villages.



SPRING FEST: It was yet another day of fun, frolic and music for doctors and staff of the PGIMER. They took out time from their grilling schedule to participate in the Spring Fest — 2004. On the second day, "What's the good word" was organised to test the vocabulary. Fancy dress and singing competitions was also held. The annual cultural festival is organised by the Association of Resident Doctors. The five-day event is being organised at Bhargava Auditorium. The "fest" started with lighting of a ceremonial lamp by the PGIMER Director, Dr S.K. Sharma.

BHANDARA: The All-India Sewa Samiti's local branch will organise bhandara and chabbeel for pilgrims visiting Mata Mansa Devi shrine during the navratras from March 21 to 29. According to a press note, it will be held near the level crossing (Parking stand).

Office bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the New Auto Motor Market Association, Sector 48-C: chairman — Mr Ramesh Kumar; senior vice-president — Mr Mohan Lal Kaler; vice-president — Mr Sakatar Singh; general secretary — Mr Krishan Lal Mago; joint secretary — Mr Satnam Singh; and treasurer — Mr Manjit Singh. 

FANCY DRESS SHOW: Tiny tots of MDAV High School took part in a fancy-dress show on the school premises here on Thursday. Mr B.R. Arya, president of Arya Samaj, Sector 22, was the chief guest. Some tiny tots were dressed as mythological character, while others were dressed as various actors. Mrs Rekha Arya distributed prizes among participants. 

SEMINAR: The Income Tax Department is organising a seminar on tax deduction at source (TDS) at the CII, Sector 31, here on March 22. The objective of the seminar is to help taxpayers facing difficulties while making TDS and discharging their statutory responsibilities. Mr Vijay Khanna, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, North-West region, will inaugurate the seminar. Information about provisions of e-filing of TDS returns by corporate entities will also be provided.

IRREGULARITIES: A delegation of the Government Teachers Union on Thursday met the District Education Officer, UT Education Department, to discuss some of the irregularities in the fixing of examination duty. Mr Vinod Sharma, a member of the union, said the union had also pointed out the irregularities to the Regional Officer of the CBSE, Mr P. I. Sabu. He said irregularities had been committed in the appointment of juniors as head examiner, observers and inspectors. The union has sought that marking duty should be assigned during school hours. Wrong fixing of examination centres and ignoring reputed government schools was brought to the notice of the DEO.



ACCIDENT: Mr Ram Kumar of Pali village near here was killed and nine others of his family including three women and a child were injured in a mishap at Mirpur village, 30 km from here on Tuesday.



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: State School Education Board Chairman B. R. Rahi, checked three examination centres of Namhole and Bilaspur town on Wednesday.

: The Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute here in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, held a two-day workshop on AIDS. Representatives of Tibetan medical fraternity, officials of the Central Tibetan Administration and representatives of various NGOs working amongst the Tibetans attended the workshop.

GOVERNOR’S GESTURE: Governor V.S. Kokje, gave away Rs 7.50 lakh assistance to charitable institutions and needy persons from his discretionary fund in the current year. A Raj Bhavan press note said the institutions included a charitable trust at Dehar near Sundernagar, Mashobra Balika Ashram, Tuti Kandi charitable institutions and special centre for handicapped children at Bishop Cotton School.


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