The president of the DCC, Mr Jugal Kishore
Sharma, in a press note issued here on Saturday
condemned the hike in octroi on electronic items,
medicines, chemicals and cotton yarn. He said the
Congress would stage a dharna to oppose the
Mr Sharwan Kumar Verma, an Urdu poet and
story writer was presented the "Puran Singh
Hunnar Simrti Award" here on Sunday by the
Sahit Vichar Kendra.
Mr Sikander Singh Maluka, Punjab Minister of
State for Irrigation, addressing a gathering in
Gill Kalan village on Sunday said that increase
in population would lead to problems in future.
He said the development of state would be
possible only by controlling population growth.
He also announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the
repair of the dharamshala for the Scheduled
Castes in the village.
Mr Jai Singh Gill, Financial Commissioner,
Rural Development and Panchayat, Punjab, said
that all focal points on which the work was in
progress would be completed by March 1999.
Addressing a gathering in Kattu village, near
here on Saturday evening, he said that the state
government had allocated funds for the completion
of focal points. He said small trade and
industrial centres would be opened at the focal
points and the unemployed youth given an
opportunity to start their vocation there under
the self-employment scheme.
The All-India Youth and Student Federations of
Punjab will jointly organise a state-level rally
at Moga on September 28 to press the state
government to create more job opportunities for
the unemployed youth. They will also stress the
need to grant an unemployment allowance of at
least Rs 1600 per month.
Dr Sudarshan Kaur Sandhu has taken over as
principal of the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical
College and Hospital.
A three-day non-scalpel vasectomy camp will
be held at Civil Hospital here from September 23
to 25. Surgeon Dr H.C. Dass, will perform the
operations using the latest technique involving
minimal pain and bleeding. It also has lesser
chances of complications.
The Medico Consultants Association
organised o one-day function to highlight
advancements in various disciplines of medicine.
Over 300 delegates from Punjab and the
neighbouring states attended the function.
As many as 1000 patients were examined and 85
operations performed by Dr M.S. Bhatia at a free
eye camp organised by the local Lions Club here
on Saturday. Medicines were given to the patients
free of cost.
The president of the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena,
Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, has urged the AICC
president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, to meet the families
of the victims of terrorist attacks during her
Punjab visit next month. He also put forth a
demand for reservation in all professional
institutions for the kin of the terrorists
The local branch of the Indian Medical
Association, organised a seminar on Sunday to
enhance public awareness about diabetes. Speaking
at the seminar Dr Parinder Singh from Dayanand
Medical College, Ludhiana, laid stress on
exercise and change in eating habits for