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CONCERN EXPRESSED: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has expressed concern over resurgence of drug addiction among students. It is pertinent to mention that the distict police had last year launched a vigorous drug deaddiction campaign as the entire region was in the grip of drug traffickers.

EYE CAMP: As many as 350 patients were examined at a free eye check-up camp organised by Dr Joginder Singh, president of the All-India Eye Relief Society, at Government Secondary School, Bhadson, near here, on Tuesday. As many as 55 patients were selected for operations of cataract at Civil Hospital, Nabha.

DEMANDED: Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, vice-president, state BJP, has demanded the immediate release of funds for the repair of ultrasound machine installed at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital which has been in disuse for the past three years. In a statement here on Tuesday, the BJP vice-president said the faulty ultrasound Machine had put huge burden on poor patients.

URGED: Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, President, All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to start a mail train between Amritsar and Hardwar. In a communication to the Prime Minister, Mr Billa urged Mr Vajpayee to look into the matter and instruct the Railway authorities to start the train.

ALLEGED: Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, SAD and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, SGPC were playing with Sikh sentiments by giving green signal to the rath yatra of the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani. This was alleged by senior members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) in a meeting held here on Tuesday.

STOLEN: Some miscreants on Tuesday stole a car from the Jalandhar Road. The owner of the car, Mr Gurinder Singh Bhullar, said he had informed the police.

ARRESTED: Mr Lok Nath Angra, SSP, Hoshiarpur, in a press release here on Tuesday said the police had arrested Bhupinder Singh, son of Sukhdev Singh of local Basant Vihar Colony and recovered tyres of cars stereo deck, clothes and a camera costing about Rs 25,000 . He said with his arrest six cases registered in the city police station under Section 379 of the IPC had been solved.

ARYA SAMAJ FUNCTION: Arya Samaj, Model Town, started its annual celebrations here on Wednesday. Swami Gyaneshwar ji Arya gave a discourse on The Vedas. Following this, a yajna was performed. The students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, also took part in the celebrations.

BANK NPAs: The Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India (FTSII), the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Focal Point Association, Focal Point Phase-IV (A) Association, the Punjab Sewing Machine Association, the Ludhiana Electroplates Association and the Cycle Trade Union have welcomed the extension of date in respect of non-performing assets (NPAs) of commercial banks from April 30 to July 31, 2004. The industry representatives demanded that RBI guidelines for the recovery of dues in respect of the NPAs should also cover suits and other proceedings pending in courts, DRTs and the BIFR.

SENIOR CITIZENS: The Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association has urged the authorities to set up separate counters for senior citizens at banks, telephone offices, post offices, electricity board offices, railways and other bill payment counters. Separate representations were submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, the Municipal Commissioner, General Manager, Telecom, Zonal Managers of all banks, the Superintending Engineer of the PSEB and the Divisional Railway Manager of Northern Railways in this regard.

HEALTH EXHIBITION: A health awareness exhibition was organised by the state Health Directorate at the local Civil Hospital on Wednesday. Charts and calendars displaying information and plight of sufferers of AIDS, malnutrition, TB, malaria and measles were put on display.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha organised a blood donation camp at Banga, on Tuesday. Mr Avinash Khanna, state BJP president, inaugurated the camp in which more than 50 units of blood were donated.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Guru Nanak Mission Medical & Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, in collaboration with NRIs — Mr Jasbir Singh Dosanjh and Ladhian Khalsa village about 30 km from here, on Tuesday.

ORGANISED: The Shiv Mandir Shivalaya, Atma Devi Talab Ralla Mal Bhucher, organised a ‘jan kalyan samaroh’ here on Tuesday. Capt. Inderjit Sareen and Ms Saroj Sareen, local social workers, presided over and distributed pensions amounting to Rs 72000 among as many as 40 widows, informed Mr Jai Gopal Bhucher.

EXAMINED: As many as 1752 patients were examined free of cost at the three-day 10th annual free medical check-up camp organised jointly by Guru Nanak Mission Welfare Society, Phagwara, and Principal Amar Singh Virdi Education Trust, U.K. Mr Iqbal Singh Kundi, president local society, on Tuesday said 200 dentures and 200 spectacles would be given free of cost. FORESTRY DAY: The Phagwara Environment Association and the Rotary Club, Palahi, celebrated World Forestry Day and planted saplings in Rest House area on Monday. People were called up on each person to plant at least 21 saplings. The state had just 5.65 per cent of total area under forest against the required 28 per cent. Depletion of water table was attributed to deforestation.

SEIZED: The police on Tuesday arrested Sanjiv Kumar, a scooterist, during a naka on Madhopur village link road and seized over 2 kg of ganja.


APPEALED: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Nitin Kumar Yadav, on Tuesday asked the Block and Panchayat Officers to urge panchayats under their offices to deposit their 25 per cent share under the Prime Minister Rural Development Scheme so that the development schemes could be taken up in right earnest. Mr Yadav was presiding over a meeting of the Zila Parishad at mini secretariat here.

STOLEN: Goods worth over Rs 1.5 lakh were stolen from a sanitary shop located near mini secretariat on Monday. The proprietor of the shop, Mr Deepak Khanduja, has lodged a complaint with the police. In yet another incident a liquor contractor was looted by some miscreants at Azimgarh village near Guhla subdivision of this district.

HOARDINGS REMOVED: Following the instructions of the Election Commission of India, the district administration has started removing hoardings carrying photos of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, and the details of development works.

INAUGURATED: Mr Leela Ram, MLA, Kaithal, inaugurated the regional centre of American Institute of English Language on the Dhand road here on Monday. Such centres were working in 80 towns of six states.

WORKSHOP: The Department of Law, Kurukshetra University, recently organised a workshop on practical training for LLB students Dr R.K. Gupta, Chairperson of the department said on Monday. Judges and Senior Advocates delivered talks on procedural Laws.

CAMP: The Red Cross Society, in collaboration with the Education Department, organised a free handicapped check up camp on the premises of Red Cross Bhavan, here on Tuesday. According to the Red Cross Society, chairperson-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Sukriti Likhi, about 1200 school students, will be examined at the camp.


BUFFALO MEAT SEIZED: The Palampur police on Monday recovered buffalo meat from taxi (HP01-0817) at Maranda 27 km from here. The police arrested driver Satya Pal and impounded the taxi. The taxi came from Baijnath and its tyre got punctured and when the mechanic was removing the tyre for repair, stink of rotten meat assailed him. He brought it to the attention notice of the police. A case was registered.

2 WOMEN INJURED: A girl was injured at Dargela village near Shahpur when a jeep hit her. In another accident, a three-wheeler overturned at Mauli Chak near Palampur injuring a woman. Both were referred to Dr R.P.G. Medical College here. The jeep hit Jyoti (13) near Dargela village. Ms Sudarshana Devi was injured when a three-wheeler overturned. The police has registered cases.

EXHORTED: A senior educationist of the state and Presidents award winner Principal Mr Tara Chand Kanwar, yesterday asked the teaching community to play their role in protecting democratic values of the country to save the nation from a political disaster.

APPOINTED: Mr Suresh Bhardwaj, state BJP chief, on Sunday appointed Mr Ram Singh, convener of the Local Bodies Cell of the party. He also appointed Mr Naresh Khapra and Mr Sanjiv Sharma as joint conveners of the cell.


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