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COMPUTER LAB: Students of Citizen Forum Vidya Mandir, a school for children of drug victims in Maqboolpura, were provided with a computer laboratory by Rotary Club, Amritsar South, on Wednesday. Prof Harish Puri, former Chairperson of the Dr Ambedkar Chair, Guru Nanak Dev University, inaugurated the laboratory.

DEMAND: The Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh has sought the merger of 50% dearness allowance in the basic pay of all regular employees and pensioners of the Department of Local Bodies, Punjab. The demand was raised at a meeting of the sangh here on Wednesday.

OFFICIAL HELD: An FCI official, Mr Durga Prasad, Technical Assistant at Talwandi Sabo, was arrested red-handed for allegedly taking a bribe on Wednesday, according to a press note issued by the Vigilance Bureau. He had allegedly demanded Rs 1,500 from Mr Vinod Kumar of Mandi Dabwali to release his final payment for wheat. A case under Sections 7, 13 (2) and 88 of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered.

ONE KILLED: Mr Kamal Kailash of Nangal Shahidan village was killed and his uncle, Mr Ravinder Kumar was seriously injured when their scooter collided with a bullock cart while they were coming from Chabewal to their village on Tuesday.

MEDICAL AID: Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner, has provided Rs 5,000 from the District Red Cross Society to migrant labourer Sagin Ram, who was suffering from diarrhoea and living in Mehngrowal village. He was admitted to the local Civil Hospital on May 30 and has been referred to Amritsar.

OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Jagga Singh Mehto has been elected president of the All-India Postal Employees Union Class III (AIPEU-III), Ludhiana. The other office-bearers are: Mr Iqbal Khurmi — divisional secretary; Mr Harchand Singh — treasurer, Mr Vinod Kumar — auditor; and Mr M.M. Mishra — circle counsellor. The elections were held in the presence of Mr Dev Raj, circle secretary of AIPEU-III.

Tumour removed: Dr Hari Krishan Singla, SMO, Civil Hospital, Jagraon, on Wednesday yesterday removed 5 kg of tumour from the uterus of Ms Harbans Kaur. The patient was complaining of pain in her abdomen but being afraid of undergoing operation did not go to the hospital earlier.

Pensioners MEET: The Government Pensioners’ Association, at a meeting here on Tuesday, congratulated Dr Manmohan Singh on his appointment as Prime Minister. The pensioners expected good governance from Mr Manmohan Singh. Mr A.N. Sehgal, president, Mr K.K. Sharma, general secretary, pointed out that after Mr I.K. Gujral, Dr Manmohan Singh was the second Punjabi to become the Prime Minister of the country. At the end of the meeting, Dr Manmohan’s appointment was celebrated with the distribution of ‘ladoos’.

LECTURE: Delivering a lecture on ‘Beyond Management’, organised by the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA), Mr Anil Kumar, Executive Director and CEO of Shreyans Papers Ltd and vice president of the LMA brought his experience of more than 30 years of management by intermixing the classical theory of management with homegrown truths. Through an audio-visual presentation he explained that managing people for excellence was not a new theory and was being carried on from the times of Vedas but newer and newer thoughts and concepts had been added according to the demands of time. M .Mahesh Munjal in his presidential remarks emphasised the need for the manager of today to equip himself with the newer ideas blended with contemporary thoughts. Members paid tribute to the Mr Manjit Singh who was the president of the association at the time of his death last month. Mr Ajay Chaudhry, joint secretary, proposed the vote of thanks .

COP HELD: A police party headed by Vigilance DSP Surjit Singh Khosa on Thursday arrested head constable Partap Singh, in charge of the Nathuwala village police post in this district, for accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from one Ajaib Singh. The bribe money was recovered and a case has been registered.

BAN ORDER: The District Magistrate, Mr Romesh Kumar, has imposed Section 144, CrPC, all over the district till July 31. The taking out of processions, assembly of more than five persons and the pasting of obscene posters has been banned under the order.

SALARY GRANT: Dr J.S. Randhawa, secretary of the Principals Association, Guru Nanak Dev University, in a press note issued here on Wednesday said despite the assurance of the Higher Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, to restore the 95 per cent salary grant to the aided colleges, nothing concrete had been done. Staff of more than 60 per cent of such colleges had not received salaries for more than the past eight months.

CERTIFICATES: In the second phase of the national drive to issue birth certificates, 1,85,000 birth certificates would be issued in Gurdaspur district. More than 2.74 lakh certificates were issued in the first phase. According to a press note issued by the administration, the drive will begin on July 15 and certificates will be given for births between January 1989 and December 31, 1993.

DHARNA: The ongoing dharna by 11 retrenched workers of Diamond Agro Ltd, Mirthal here, entered its 11th day on Wednesday. The workers had submitted a memorandum to the Assistant Labour Commissioner, Gurdaspur, against the manner in which they were retrenched. However, the management has said the retrenchment was due to the mill making huge losses.

SUICIDE: Ramesh Kumar (35), a migrant from Uttar Pradesh, allegedly committed suicide by hanging at his house in Bhullarai village on Wednesday. He was employed in a factory. The cause for the suicide was not known.

RAID: Food and Civil Supply Department officials on Wednesday raided Bahra Motor Garage here and seized 11 LPG cylinders meant for domestic use. The raid was led by District Food and Supply Officer Om Prakash Arora and District Food Controller T.S. Chopra. A case was recommended to be registered under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act.

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FOUR HELD: The Bhikhiwind police has arrested four persons for looting Rs 50,000 from Mr Major Singh, a resident of Talwandi Bhai in Ferozepore district. They have been identified as Amritpal Singh of Sugga village and three relatives of his from Ubboke village, Gursahib Singh, Harjinder Singh and Kulwinder Singh.


FLOOD PREVENTION: The district administration will complete flood-prevention measures by June 15. This was stated by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Pankaj Yadav, here on Wednesday. In Guhla, stones were being placed on the banks of the Ghagghar. 

TRAFFIC DRIVE: The district administration will launch a traffic awareness drive on June 15. The decision was taken at a meeting of the police, transport and excise and taxation departments presided over by Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala at Chandigarh on Wednesday.

FIRE: A fire that broke out at a cold store in the Pio-Maniari area, near Kundli Border, last week was still not completely put out on Thursday. Condiments worth Rs 1.75 crore are feared lost by the owners.

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