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DISSOLVED: The Chemists Association, Katra Sher Singh, has decided to dissolve the association and merge with the Amritsar Chemists Association (ACA), according to a press release issued here on Thursday. The ACA has welcomed the decision.

PRODUCED: Sahil, a student of BA (I) of Baring Union Christian College, was produced in the court of Subdivisional Magistrate Parneet Bhardwaj, who sent him to a drug de- addiction camp at Gurdaspur. He was arrested by the Civil Lines police on the charge of assaulting three teachers in the college.

FINANCIAL AID: The Deputy Commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr S.K. Alhuwalia, gave financial assistance to Navchetan Singh, a student of the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadhur Engineering College, who is going to present his research paper titled “Face Recognition by Capturing Eye Illumination Spot” at an international conference to be held in Washington DC, USA, to be held from October 13 to 15. The Deputy Commissioner gave a financial aid of Rs 10,000 to the student. Along with this the Member Secretary, Baba Banda Singh Education Trust, Mr Kirpal Singh Libra, gave Rs 20,000, and Prof Gurpal Singh, Head of Computer Department, and guide of the student, also gave Rs 10,000 to Navchetan.

UNION FORMED: Faculty members of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) formed a new union and the following have been elected office-bearers: president? Prof Sarabjeet Singh; vice-president? Prof M.D. Roy; general secretary? Prof Pramod Kumar; treasurer? Dr Rajeev Sharma; press secretary? Prof K.V.P. Singh; and joint secretary? Dr Gurmej Singh Dhaliwal. Dr R.K. Sareen and Prof S.S. Bedi have been taken as patrons.

Trust poll
: Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, former MP from Ropar, here today said political parties should not interfere into the functioning of education institutions. Mr Dullo said he had called the press conference to clarify the party position for the coming election s of the A.S. High School Trust and Management Society scheduled for September 26. The Trust is running four prestigious educational institutes of the city including a girls college, boys college, senior secondary School and a public school.

Swarn Sambandh
: Sercon organised Swarn Sambandh, a jewellery exhibition, for the sixth time here on Thursday. Gold and diamond jewellery for casual wear or bridal wear is on display. Jewellers from different parts of the country are taking part in the exhibition.

SURVEY: A survey was conducted by 60 students of the department of sociology at the Khalsa College for Women here.It was undertaken by batches of BA I, II and III under the guidance of two teachers, Ms Harveen Kaur and Ms Paramjeet. The survey aimed to create interest among students towards issues of social concern.

Ebony FUNCTION: The Ebony Retail Holdings, held a function to interact with all Gold Card Holders in the city. The function was attended by the members, who had been associated with the store since it opened in cities of Punjab. Mr H S Kohli, CEO of Ebony Retail Holdings and spoke to members on the occasion. He stated, “It was way an opportunity to build bonds with all customers, the core of Ebony’s business in Punjab.” 

: Member of the Punjab Roadways Conductors Union held a dharna at Punjab Roadways Depot here on Thursday in protest against the alleged large-scale termination of conductors in petty cases by the State Transport Director. Mr Gurdial Singh, general secretary of the local unit of the union, criticised the attitude of the director and threatened to intensify the stir if he did not relent.

HINDI DIVAS: B.L.M. Girls College organised a function to mark Hindi Divas on the college campus here on Thursday. Ms Geeta Aneja, a former principal, was the chief guest. Isha Sharma, Sonia and Reena won the first, second and third prize, respectively, in the essay writing competition, Reena, Nisha and Lakhbir Kaur got the first three positions, respectively, in the declamation contest and Anju, Lakhbir Kaur and Nisha Sharma won the first three prizes, respectively, in the poetical recitation competition.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Guru Gobind Singh Charitable Trust, Ludhiana, in collaboration with Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, will organise the fourth annual free medical check-up camp in the memory of its founder chairman Buta Singh Sekhon, on the college campus on September 19. A team of doctors from the CMC, Ludhiana, will examine the patients. Free medicines will also be provided, said Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti, principal, on Thursday.

APPOINTED: Mr Purshottam Chadda has been appointed secretary of the state unit of the BSP by Mr Narinder Kashayap, in charge of the state BSP.

Ph.D DETAILS: Punjabi University has made comprehensive details of Ph.D researchers who have been registered up to 2004 available online. Giving this information Dr T.A. Sarma, Dean, Research, of the university has stated that ordinances relating to Ph.D degree have also been put on the website.

INVITED: Dr M.S. Sohal, Professor and Head, Department of Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala, has been invited to present a research paper entitled “Effect of mild motion on ankle stiffness in diabetic patients” during the second International Ankle Symposium from October 15 to Oct 16 at University of Delaware, New York.

Symposium: As part of the 400th Parkash Utsav celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib the local Rotary Club organised a symposium of Guru Granth Sahib and National interaction at the Academy of Sikh Religion and Culture here on Thursday evening. Dr Swaraj Singh and eminent NRI surgeon and scholar was the chief guest.



IFUNA branch: A branch of the Indian Federation of United Nations Associations ( IFUNA) was inaugurated in Chandigarh on Friday. It is the 11th branch of the IFUNA in the country. Mr Harcharan Singh Raunata, president of the Chandigarh branch, said, “We have 21 members here and we have taken 62 projects. At present we will focus on four projects, including AIDS awareness, girl child education, environment and to educate people about UN programmes.

SAPLING PLANTATION: Mrs Usha Mahajan, Principal of Government Polytechnic for Women, Sector 10, planted the first mango sapling at a tree plantation function held at Bhawani Devi Temple at Khudda Ali Sher village. Mr Gurdial Singh, sarpanch and other members of the panchayat, also planted saplings. Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Mahajan highlighted the importance of trees and medicinal plants. She emphasised the need for planting medicinal trees and taking care of the existing ones.

MEETING: The creation of insurance awareness remained on the agenda in the annual general body meeting of the National Federation of General Insurance Employees of Northern Chapter held here on Friday. The meeting was attended by delegates from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh. Addressing the meeting, Mr R.V. Shetty, All-India general secretary, stressed the need for improvement in customer care under present competitive market scenario. He also warned the management against delaying the acceptance of long pending demand for wage revision of employees.

ELECTION: The annual election of The Reserve Bank Staff Cooperative Urban Salary Earners Thrift and Credit Society Ltd are scheduled to be held on October 5. The last date of the nomination is October 1 and the process of scrutiny, withdrawal and allotment of symbol will also be done on the same day. The polling will be held on October 5 from 10 am to 5.30 pm at the RBI Employees Association Office, Chandigarh.

ELECTION SCHEDULE: The working body of the UT Building Maintenance Staff at a meeting on Friday decided to hold-election of the UT Building Maintenance Union on October 14. The meeting was held at the maintenance booth, Sector 16. Mr Raja Ram, chairman of the election committee, said that nomination papers would be filled at the union office, Sub-division No. 2, Sector 16, at 12 noon on September 20. The date for withdrawal of nominations has been fixed for September 21.



BJP MEETING: A meeting of the local unit of the BJP was held under the presidentship of Mr Ravinder Dhawan on Friday. Former MP Ratan Lal Kataia and Mr M.L. Sarwan were special invitees. A number of issues, including Uma Bharti’s Tiranga Yatra, signature campaign, Rohtak rally and Deen Dayal Upadhyay week were discussed in the meeting.

WARNED: Autorickshaw drivers were warned on Friday against over-loading of passengers. The SDM, Mr Satbir Saini, presided over a meeting of autorickshaw representatives. Mr Saini said autorickshaw must carry only six passengers and no passenger would be allowed to sit alongside the driver.

COMPENSATION: The District Consumer Forum, Ambala, had directed the lady doctor of a private nursing home of Naraingarh to pay a compensation of Rs 2.60 lakh to a female patient of Amli village. The doctor had allegedly performed an MTP without the consent of the patient. The president of the forum, Mr R.S. Sharma, in a order on Friday held the doctor guilty.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested a youth from Uttar Pradesh for allegedly kidnapping and raping a girl of Ugrakheri here. The accused reportedly left the girl at Pundri in Kaithal after raping her. A case under Sections 363, 366 and 376 of the IPC has been registered.

INJURED: At least five students were injured in a clash between two groups here on Friday. The students reportedly entered the house of a student and damaged the property. No arrests have been made so far. The injured have been admitted to hospital.



ARRESTED: Superintendent of Police M. Chander Shekhar said here on Thursday that the police had arrested Mansharam, son of Dhaniram, a shopkeeper at Namhole, near here, for possessing illicit liquor. The police seized 216 bottles of country liquor, 43 bottles of IMFL and 10 bottles of beer from his possession. He was earlier arrested four times for indulging in this illegal activity, he added.

CONCLUDED: ‘Rajiv Gandhi Akshaya Urja’, a 15-day programme, organised by the district Nehru Yuva Kendra at Barthin, near here, concluded on Thursday. A seminar, presided over by Additional District Magistrate Jagdev Singh Pathania, was organised on the occasion. District youth coordinator Som Dutt Zard said more than 12 mahila mandals and 15 yuva mandals of the district participated. 


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