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PUNJAB

AMLOH
Given send-off: A farewell party was organised by the Panchayat and parent-teacher association for Mr Rajinder Gautam, Headmaster Elementary school, Majri Arian (Amloh) on Monday on his super annuation after 32 years of service. Sarpanch Gurbant Singh presented a gold ring to the headmaster and praised his service. Mr Gautam thanked the people. Students presented cultural programme.

Teacher Honoured: Panjab University, Department of Correspondence Studies has awarded a special prize to Mr Parwinder Singh of Bahri village on March 24 at a function for securing first position in the district and third position in MA (Economics) in the university in the examination held in June 2004. Mr. Jawala Singh, Director of Global Perls Public Senior Secondary School also honoured Mr Parwinder Singh (now a lecturer) in a school.

Amritsar
URGED: The Folklore Research Academy here on Sunday urged the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to pressurise the Central Government for opening a visa centre at Amritsar. Mr Ramesh Yadav, president of the academy in a press note issued here, said the Chief Minister had assured them to take up the matter with the Central Government.

Bathinda
BODY FOUND: An unidentified man committed suicide by jumping before a train on the Bathinda-Ambala railway line near Rampura Phul on Thursday. The Sahara Jan Sewa said volunteers of the organisation found the body and took it to the local Civil Hospital for post-mortem. The deceased was aged 40.

Jagraon
Scooterist killed
: Malkit Singh of Tarewala village was killed when a Tata Sumo (PB-12C-6256) hit scooter which he was driving yesterday, while pillion rider Gurcharn Singh was injured. The Raikot police has registered a case under Sections 304A, 279, 337, 427, IPC, against driver of Sumo.

UNDERTRIAL ATTACKED: An undertrial today made an attempt to kill another undertrial by inflicting injury on her throat with a sharp-edged weapon in transit lockup in tehsil complex. According to information, many undertrials were brought here for producing them in the court. They were kept in the transit jail. Gurdip Singh was alleged to have used the sharp-edged weapon and tried to cut the throat of Kulwant Singh, who was badly injured. Injured was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, where he was stated to be out of danger.

TRAINING CAMP: A two-day dairy training camp was organised at Roomi village. According to Mr Kuldip Singh Jassowal, Dairy Development Officer and Mr Santokh Singh Bhatti, Dairy Inspector, Jagraon, about 65 of farmers participated who were apprised about the ways to keep their milch cattle in good health.

Ludhiana
CONDEMNED: A meeting of the Bharatiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj, Bhavadhas , Ludhiana, was organised at Bhagwan Valmiki Mandir under the presidentship of Mr Vijay Danavhere on Sunday. The programme for the celebration of the 114th birthday of Dr BR Ambedkar on April 14 was chalked out. The samaj condemned the Punjab government for cancelling the holiday on Dr Ambedkarís birthday.

BLOOD DONATED: A blood donation camp was organised by the Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission in Rakhbag here on Sunday. The camp was organised in association with Krishna Hospital, Model Town. As many as 50 persons donated blood at the camp. The secretary of the mission, Mr Gurcharan Jalota, thanked all donors. He said the mission had arranged a free medical camp prior to blood donation camp. He also said the mission had set up a free sewing centre for girls.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: Arya Samaj Model Town, Ludhiana, celebrated its fifth annual function here on Sunday. The function started with a havan and was followed by hymns sung by students of BCM Arya Senior Secondary School. An Educationist, Dr Mahesh Ji Vidyalankar, from Delhi University addressed the congregation and asked them to follow the righteous path.

SEMINAR: The Ludhiana branch of the North India Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India conducted a seminar on bank audit here today. The seminar was addressed by Mr Amarjit Chopra, Mr K.K. Gupta, FCA, from New Delhi, and Mr D.K.Verma, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Ludhiana, stated a press note.

Malerkotla
SUICIDE: Mohd Kaka, a resident of Mohalla Maler here, allegedly committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train at a railway crossing near local Idgah on Sunday. The police has registered a case. The body was handed over to his relatives after a post-mortem examination at the local Civil Hospital.

STOLEN: Mohammad Yaseen, a local arhtiya, in a complaint to the police on Sunday alleged that Rs 87,000 were stolen from his shop. The police has registered a case in this regard.

Moga
report sought
: The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the ADGP, Punjab, to submit a report by May 18 on the arrest of a vernacular daily journalist, Sanjeev Gupta, despite the fact that he had a court order as per which he should have been given a two-day notice prior to his arrest. Gupta was arrested a couple of months back on the charge of blackmailing a Moga resident.

PROGRAMME: The song and drama wing of the Department of Information and Broadcasting organised a programme to mark the 75th anniversary of Dandi March here on Monday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mandeep Singh, lighted the traditional lamp to inaugurate the programme. The MC president, Mr Joginderpal Jain, and the DEO, Mr Ashok Sachdeva, were also present on the occasion.

Nawanshahr
EYE CAMP: The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr) in collaboration with Bibi Charan Kaur Memorial Trust, Khera (Phagwara), organised a free eye check-up camp at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Khera, here on Saturday. Mr Joginder Singh Mann, MLA and Chairman, Punjab Agro Foods Corporation, inaugurated the camp. A team of doctors from Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran, examined as many as 736 patients. Eye operations of the needy patients would be done free of cost at the hospital run by the trust, informed Mr Budh Singh Dhahan, founder president of the trust.

PRESENTED: Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, Deputy Commissioner, Nawanshahr, presented a cheque of Rs 15 lakh to Acharya Chetna Nand Bhuiwale, present master of Bhuriwale sect. The grant was announced by the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh while presiding over a function organised at Taparian Khurd village to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Lal Dass ji Bhuriwale on January 12 this year. The grant was announced for the purpose of developing infrastructure in the educational institutions run by Garib Dassi Bhuriwale Education Trust, Tapparian Khurd (Nawanshahr), informed Mr Tirath Ram, finance secretary of the trust in a press note issued here on Sunday.

Patiala
Assessment
: The University of New South Wales, Australia, in association with Macmillan India Ltd, conducted international assessment of Indian schools (2004 IAIS). Scholar Public School students achieved top positions in the assessment.

Phillaur
HEART SUMMIT: A delegation of Indian physicians, including cardiologists and paediatricians left for Pakistan on Sunday through Wagah border to participate in first Heart Summit of emergent countries and 5th biennial international conference being organised by the Pakistan Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons. The conference is being organised from March 27 to March 29 in Lahore. Dr Puneet Galhotra, a member of delegation, said delegates from India, Sudan, USA, Italy, UK, Venezuela, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Japan, Turkey, Egypt, Phillipines, Argentinnia, Iran, Hungary, Indonesia, Portogal, Brazil, Australia, Malayasia would participate in the conference.

Tarn Taran
BOOKED: Three persons, including a couple were booked by Bhikhiwind police for duping innocent persons by promising to send them abroad. The police sources on Sunday disclosed that the accused were identified as Heera Singh, his wife Rupinder Kaur, residents of Mansian village in Ferozepore and Rawinder Singh of Sukhawala village. The accused allegedly took Rs 7.78 lakh from Sukhwant Singh of Manakpur village, falling under Bhikhiwind police station, for sending him abroad but neither he was sent abroad nor did they return his money. A case under Section 420, 120B of the IPC has been registered.

GANG BUSTED: The local police on Sunday arrested a two-member gang involved in vehicle lifting. One Maruti car, two motor cycles and four gas cylinders were recovered from their possession. A case under Sections 379, 411 of the IPC has been registered. The accused have been identified as Joga Singh and Mangat Masih, both residents of Tarn Taran. According to another report, Valtoha police has recovered five kg of poppy husk from the possession of one Sawarn Singh of the same village. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

SEMINAR: A seminar on predictive homoeopathy was organised here on Sunday on the occasion of annual prize distribution function of local Kalyan Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital. Dr Paramjit Singh Ranu, Chairman, Council of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, Punjab, who was the chief guest, gave away prizes to the meritorious students. Dr Surmeet Singh Mavi, an eminent homoeopath, delivered a lecture in the seminar. Dr Pawitter Singh Bhullar, Director of the college, thanked the guests.

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CHANDIGARH

Panchkula
OFFICE-BEARERS: Mr Subhash Bansal has been elected President of the Haryana Government Retired Officersí Welfare Association. The other office-bearers are Mr Som Prakash Sharma- Senior vice president, Mr K.S. Jindal, vice president, Mr H.R. Gandhi, general secretary, Mr P.N. Arora, finance secretary, Mr R.L. Setia, secretary and Mr H.R. Bhatia- organising secretary.

RE-ELECTED: Wg Cdr. H L Ratta (retd) has been re-elected president of Residents Welfare Association, Sector 12. The other office bearers of the Association are:- senior vice president:- Col Inderjeet, general secretary:_ Mr O.P. Sharma, vice presidents:- Mr B.D. Kalia and Col Jaswant Singh and finance secretary:- Mr R.C. Sharma. ó TNS

ELECTED: Mr Satnarayan Gupta has been unanimously elected President of the HUDA Contractors Association. He was elected by the members during a general body meeting held at Gymkhana Club on Sunday.
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HARYANA

Ambala
CUSTOMERSí MEET: A customerís meet was organised at Punjab National Bank, DAV College, Ambala City branch here. Senior manager Chetan Sethi said the focus of the meet was the protection of customersí rights and redressing of grievances. He said citizenís charter, in the form of a booklet, was always available in the branch for the customers.

Rewari
MEDICAL CAMP: As many as 250 issueless couples were examined by Dr Bavin Balakrishnan, an eminent gynecologist of Chennai, Dr Hemant Kanojia, a prominent laparoscopic surgeon of Mumbai and Dr Seema Mittal, a local gynaecologist at an infertility check-up camp organised at Lalita Memorial Hospital (LMH) here on Sunday. Dr Ghanshyam Mittal, Director of LMH, informed that they had registered 20 women who would be provided treatment at the newly established test tube baby centre at LMH.

Sonepat
INJURED: Mr Bitoo (45), a motorcyclist, was seriously injured when he was hit by a gas tanker on the Sonepat-Murthal road near canal, about 6 km from here, on Sunday. According to a report, he was immediately rushed to the local Civil Hospital from where he was referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak. The police has impounded the gas tanker and registered a case against its driver.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Nahan
WORKSHOP: The Forest Department organised a one-day workshop on afforestation at Narag in Pachhad area of Sirmaur district on Sunday. The Speaker of Himachal Vidhan Sabha, Mr G.R. Musafir, presided over the function. He disclosed that Rs 1.20 crore would be spent over the next three years on afforestation activities in Rajgarh sub-division. He said that 700 hectares of land in the sub-division would be brought under plantation and 8.5 lakh saplings would be planted.

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