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VOTERS’ LIST: The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, in a press note here on Monday said claims and objections would be received from September 15 to October 15, from the public for amendments in voters’ list. Besides, two employees on each polling station of the district would be deployed on September 18 and 19 and October 9 and 10, to receive claims and objections. He further said patwaris for rural areas and municipal employees for urban areas had been deputed as designated officers from September 15 to October 15, for this purpose.

NEW PRICE LIST: The Punjab Chemists Association has prepared and released price list of 254 generic medicines, which would be sold by retail chemists at the suggested retail price inclusive of all taxes. Mr Mohan Singh, State Drug Controller, Punjab, said with the fixation of suggested prices, patients would benefit.

PROTEST RALLY: The District Bar Association held a rally here on Monday to protest against the lathi charge on lawyers in Lucknow. The lawyers prepared a memorandum to be submitted to the Prime Minister and its copy was presented to the Additional Deputy Commissioner.

Vehicle tracking system
: Bharat on Wheels on Tuesday launched a vehicle tracking system for transporters here. The tracking system will enable transporters keep a track of their vehicle via Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS), said Mr P.S. Selveraj, Managing Director, BOW Network, at a press conference here on Tuesday.

Mandi Gobindgarh
CONTEST: Mr S K Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib presided over the declamation contest at Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib, Ms Anupama Verma, student of Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, secured 2nd position and got a cash prize of Rs 750. Mr R.C. Jain, Principal and J S Tripathi Vice-Principal said in a press note issued here on Tuesday. The topic of the contest was natural resources of energy — a solution to environmental chaos.

EYE DONATION: The Ophthalmic Department of the Civil Hospital in collaboration with the Randhawa Memorial Society has organised an eye donation camp for fortnight. Mr Hardip Randhawa, Ophthalmic Officer, said the Eye Surgeon, Dr Mahesh Ahuja, delivered a series of lectures on the importance of eye donation. He further said more than 50 persons pledged to donate their eyes. The Deputy Commissioner of Patiala was also present on the occasion.

SNATCHED: Two youths allegedly snatched a car from Pawan Kumar, alias Kaku, near Garcha village, on Sunday. A case under Section 382/ 34 of the IPC has been registered against the suspects.

BIRTH CERTIFICATES: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, said here on Monday as many as 1.44 lakh birth certificates would be issued till September 30 in the district. In the first phase, which started on November 15, 2003 about 83,950 birth certificates were issued to the children. The Civil Surgeon, Dr Arjan Singh Gill, and the District Education Officer, Mr Ajit Ram Khaitan, spoke about the importance and utility of birth certificates.

ORGANISED: The District NRIs Sabha organised a function here on Monday to honour the Mayor of Leicester, (UK), Lord Piara Singh Kaler. Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, Deputy Commissioner, presided over. Mr Grewal lauded the contribution of NRIs for strengthening the economy of the state and infrastructure development in the health and education sectors. Mr Nirbhai Singh Toor, SDM, Mr Kewal Singh and Ms Jatinder Moonga, president and general secretary, respectively, of the District NRI Sabha also spoke on the occasion.

Alleged: The traders association of Pathankot held a meeting here on Monday and decided to sue the Sales Tax Department. In a press note, Mr Surinder Mahajan, president of the association, alleged that sales tax officials raided the shops on Saturday. They also gave a memorandum to the local MLA, Mr Ashok Sharma, in this connection.

AWARDED: The Managing Director, State Bank of Patiala Mr A.K Das has received the ‘Best Bank Award- Business Computerization’ from the Chairman, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) at a function held at Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, Hyderabad recently.

AWWA FUNCTION: The Black Elephant AWWA organised a concluding day function to commemorate its 39th Raising Day. The function was presided over by president of Black AWWA Sunita Khanna. On the occasion Ms Khanna gave away the prizes to the winners of various competition.

PLAYS PRESENTED: The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) presented two Punjabi plays, ‘Atam Hatya Di Dukan’ by Asha Verma adapted from the original in Hindi and directed by Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal and ‘Sheesh Tali’ directed by Harpal Singh Randhawa under ‘20th Punjab Hass Raag Rang’ Garden Theatre campaign here recently.

CREMATED: A Former Assistant DPI (Schools) and BJP senior vice President, Beni Parashad (73) died here on Monday. The cremation on Tuesday was well attended.

RAJEWAL RECOVERING: The condition of the BKU Leader, Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal National General Secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union, is stable said Mr Harpal Singh Dhillon, President of the Arhtiya Association of Samrala, here on Tuesday.



Talent show: Gur-naam of BA III won the first prize in a dance competition, while Rashmi of B.Com I and Vinod of BA I won the second prize during the talent show organised at Government College here on Tuesday. Ruchi and Ashwani of BA II won the first prize in singing, while Suman of BA III and Niyati of B.Com III won the second prize. In mono acting, Saleem of B.Sc I won the first prize and Saraswati of B.Sc III won the second prize. In mimicry, Sanjeev of BA III and Ashwani of BA II won the first prize and second prize, respectively. The function was presided over by the Principal, Dr O.P. Sihag.

Trophy: Chamna Lal DAV School won the overall trophy in athletics during the recently concluded Mahatma Hansraj Zonal Tournament held at DAV School Thermal Panipat. Baldev Singh of XI got the best athlete trophy, while Kavita of Class X was declared the best athlete among girls. 

Snake bite case: A seven-year-old child, Cheeku, was brought to General Hospital here from Ramgarh after he was bitten by a snake on Tuesday. He was administered first aid and is recuperating in the hospital. 

Janmashtami: Janmashtami was celebrated by Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishariya Vishva Vidalaya at Sukhshanti Bhavan here. Religious programmes were held and devotees celebrated the festival.

LIQUOR SEIZED: Ten bottles of liquor, which were being smuggled into Punjab, were seized from a person at a naka laid near Dara Studio last nigh. It is learnt that Monu Kumar, a resident of Badmajra, was carrying the liquor, which could be sold on in Chandigarh, in the tool box of a scooter.



DEMONSTRATION: The Dalit Uthan Morcha on Tuesday held a demonstration in Ambala City and demanded that the life and teachings of Sant Ravi Dass be included in school syllabus and reservation for reserved categories. 



CONSTITUTED: Commercial transport unions of the district have constituted a joint front namely, Kulu Transport Mahasangh, to fight against the new tax and fee policy of the state government. More than 200 transporters held a procession from the taxi union office to the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Monday and presented a memorandum. They demanded withdrawal of the new rules for drivers to get training and renew their driving licences.

BODY FOUND: The body of a migrant Nepalese labourer was found at Kasauli Chowk, Dharampur here on Monday.

ORGANISED: The Deputy Public Relations Officer, Mr Amar Singh Saklani, said here on Monday declamation, slogan-writing and painting competitions were organised at Senior Secondary School, Bhangrotu in Balh and Sundernagar on Monday. The aim was to bring about awareness among the youths about drug addiction and its ill-effects.

ARRESTED: The Balh police on Monday arrested, Lot Ram when he was transporting 16 logs of devdar. A case of theft under the Forest Act has been registered against him.

MEETING: The Rural Development and Revenue Minister, Mr Sat Mahajan, said on Monday all gram panchayats of the state would hold meetings on October 2 in order to review the ongoing development programmes in the rural areas. He further said on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, all district headquarters in the state would go online by connecting them with the computer system at the state headquarters.


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