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PUNJAB

Dera Bassi
New district hailed
: A meeting of the local bar association was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Mr Sham Singh, president of the association. The meeting welcomed the decision of the Punjab Government according the district status to Mohali saying that this would give a boost to the development of the region.

Jalandhar
Office-bearers
: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Forest Ministerial Staff Association, Punjab: Mr Rajesh Kumar Mahajan president; Mr Prem Chand Sharma senior vice-president; Mr Vipin Kumar vice-president; Mr Ramesh Vij general secretary; Mr Resham Singh and Mr Rajinder Singh associate secretaries; Mr Satwant Singh cashier; Mr Ashwani Kumar and Mrs Kanwaljit Kaur assistant cashiers; Mr Balkar Singh joint secretary; Mr Vishal Amba propaganda secretary; Mrs Nirmala Rani co-propaganda secretary; and Mr K.L. Malhotra chief adviser.

nangal
Principal retires
: The staff and students of NFL Senior Secondary School, Nangal, gave a warm sendoff to Sukhdev Singh, who retired as principal of the school after putting in 31 years of service, on Tuesday. The NFL General Manager, Mr A.J.S. Kohli, who was the chief guest, lauded his contributions to the school.

Patiala
Canada visit
:The Punjab Government and the Patiala Municipal Corporation is planning to send a delegation of city fathers to Saskatoon province of Canada on a study tour. According to Mr Rajiv Mehta, who has been appointed coordinator of the programme, disclosed that the Mayor of Saskatoon had invited the delegation to study "Canada's civic system, sewage disposal system and clean drinking water system" on April 12.

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CHANDIGARH

Insurance officers conclave: The annual conclave of the officers of The Oriental Insurance Company Limited ended on the Tuesday evening at Hotel Parkview. Mr J.Cyril, President of the Association, delivered his address. The meeting started on a cheerful note with the inaugural address of Mr Navjyot Singh Siddhu, Member of Parliament, cricketer and commentator, and a celebrity host. The audience went in raptures over his witty and his typical style of speech.

Chairperson appointed: Prof Jagmohan Chopra has been appointed as Chairperson of the Department of Correspondence Studies w.e.f. March 1, 2006. Prof Jagmohan Chopra has been working in the Hindi Department of the Department of Correspondence Studies for the past 34 years. He is a famous poet and critique. He has been awarded a number of awards and has also written many books.

Sec 27 resident nabbed: A resident of Sector 27-C was nabbed by public when he tried to decamp with a mobile phone from a shop in Daria village this afternoon. The shopkeeper, Mr Sonu Kumar Sood, reported the matter to the police and handed over the accused. A case under Section 380 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered in this regard. 

Mohali
Human rights workshop
: The Army Institute of Law, Sector 68, Mohali, in collaboration with the NGO Sambhavv, held a workshop by Parul Sharma, an eminent figure in the field of Human Rights. Discussing the issue of sensitisation before the budding lawyers, she stressed on awareness about the rights of people in backward areas. The students were also asked to participate in impromptu five-minute plays in the vernacular language.

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HARYANA

Ambala
Panun Kashmir
: Panun Kashmir's Haryana state secretary J. L. Kaul held a meeting with the Home Secretary to discuss various issues concerning Kashmiri migrants on Monday. Mr Kaul said he spoke about the difficulties being faced by the Kashmiri migrants. The difficulties included financial problems, reservation in services and universities. He said that help was assured by the officials concerned.

Comedy show: Well-known comedian Raju Shrivastava performed at Phoenix Club, Ambala Cantt, on Monday night. He kept the audience in splits with his jokes. Mr Shrivastava, who has performed in the Great Indian Laughter Challenge, regaled the audience with his punchlines. He said most of his presentations were spontaneous and timing was the key. He added that he would continue performing on the stage to relieve the people of day-to-day stress.

Rape condemned: Haryana Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana said on Tuesday that he had directed the district education officers of the state to identify teachers who did not have a good reputation. Mr Phool Chand Mullana strongly condemned the rape incident in Chudiala village and said that to prevent such incidents, government as well as the society should shoulder responsibility. Mr Mullana had come to attend a programme at the Government College, Ambala Cantt.

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