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Punjab Briefs
Teachers of Khalsa College held a dharna in front of the Principal's office here on Tuesday on a call given by the Punjab Chandigarh College Teachers Union. Prof R.C Bhatia, President of the college unit, said the dharna was held in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.

Contest results:
The District Elders Service Society organised a declamation contest on "Children's duties towards parents" at Sadiq village on Sunday. Students from as many as 12 rural institutes participated. Mrs Sukhminder Kaur Brar, DEO (Primary), presided over the function. Gurjeet Kaur, of Government Higher Secondary School, Golewala, Paul Kaur, of Government Middle School, Sangrahoor and Beant Singh of Government Middle School, Sadiq, won the first, second and third positions, respectively.

Check on piracy: The Punjab Government has constituted four flying squads in order to check piracy of school textbooks in the state. The squads have the power to raid premises in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan in this connection, Mr Jagjit Singh, Secretary, Punjab School Education Board, said here on Sunday. He said 5,700 centres would be set up in the state to conduct the middle and senior classes examinations.

Blood donation:
The Blood Donors Society, Bassi Pathana, and the Bharat Vikas Parishad, Bassi Pathana, organised a blood donation camp on Monday. More than 113 units of blood were donated.

Members of the district unit of the Para Medical and Health Employees Union on Monday held a rally here in support of their demands which included immediate release of the report on pay anomalies. The rally was addressed by Mr Alvin Bhatti, district general secretary.

Homage paid:
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, visited Zahoora village in the district on Monday to pay homage to Samma Singh, a freedom fighter, who died last week. He said the youth should follow in the footsteps of freedom fighters and should remain ready to make sacrifices for national integration. He said he had instructed all government departments to pay due respect to the families of freedom fighters.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Jalandhar Non-PCMS Junior Doctors Association, Punjab: president — Dr Ravi Verma; vice-president — Dr Ajay Bhalla; general secretary — Dr Kamal; joint secretaries — Dr Lalit and Dr Harprit Kapur; and cashier — Dr S.S Khaira.

Urged: Mr Bharat Bhushan Sharma, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (B), Sujanpur circle, has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to accept the Bar Association demand to upgrade Pathankot subdivision to a district headquarters.

Mr R.P S. Pawar, Commissioner, on Monday inaugurated a "musaffir khana" in the local TB Hospital. The rest house will provide accommodation at subsidised rates.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Patiala Central Cooperative Bank Employees Union: president — Mr Sukhjinder Singh; senior vice-president — Mr Mali Ram; vice-president — Mr Jagtar Singh; general secretary — Mr Malinderjit Singh; and cashier — Mr Pardeep Kumar.

Lecturers' union:
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Government School Lecturers' Union, Punjab: president — Mr Harpritinder Singh (Chamkaur Sahib); Senior vice-president — Mr Jiwan Parkash Sharma (Jalandhar); vice - presidents — Mr Kashmir Singh Gill (Amritsar) and Mr Sukhdev Singh Rana (Ludhiana); general secretary — Mr Charan Singh (Kapurthala); finance secretary — Mr R.K Sharma (Fatehgarh Sahib); and press secretary — Mr Harbhajan Singh Sohal (Jalandhar).

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Chandigarh Briefs
Assumes charge:
Mr S.S. Goel, who has been promoted as Under Secretary, assumed the charge of Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Command Area Development Authority (CADA), here on Tuesday. He was earlier Private Secretary to the Financial Commissioner, Public Health.

Haryana briefs
Case registered:
The police has started investigations into the suspected poisoning of two cows which were found dead near Manav Chowk on Monday. A case has been registered under Section 429 of the IPC.

Murdered: A student of SD Sanskrit College in the Cantonment, Neeraj, was stabbed to death allegedly by Manoj Naib and Kapish here on Monday. He was taken to the Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A case has been registered.

Cardiology camp:
A free cardiology camp organised by the Escorts Heart Institute, Delhi, and a local cardiologist, Dr V.S Dhakka, concluded here on Sunday. As many as 218 patients were examined. Mr Justice G.C Garg of the Punjab and Haryana High Court inaugurated it.

Booked: The police has registered a case under Sections 419,420,467,468 and 471, IPC, against Rakma and Ishma of Kathwar village on a complaint lodged by Mr Prem Singh. The complainant alleged that the accused had fraudulently transferred his agricultural land in their names and subsequently raised loans from the State Bank of India, Kaithal branch, to purchase a tractor.

The District Mahila Congress, Kurukshetra unit, organised a training camp here on Monday under the presidentship of Mrs Sarla Chauhan, President, District Mahila Congress Committee. Ms Prasanni Devi, President, Haryana Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee, inaugurated the camp.

Vehicle recovered:
The police recovered a stolen Tata Sumo and an unlicensed revolver from two miscreants here on Monday. According to the police , the vehicle was recovered during a routine checking at a naka near the Sonepat road here on Monday. The police also recovered an unlicensed revolver and six live cartridges from Baljit Singh, a resident of Pokhri Kheri village of Jind district.

Youth festival:
Bhumika, Neha, Samriti, Shahi, Anshu, Payal, Jyoti and Renu, students of CMK National Girls College, have been selected for the National Youth Festival to be held at Lucknow till January 16. Garima has been selected for the painting competition, according to Ms Kavita Chopra, Principal of the college.

Police station:
A new police station at Mohana village in this district will start functioning from January 15, Mr K. Selvraj, SP, said here on Tuesday. Mr Sube Singh, Sub-Inspector, has been appointed as the Station House Officer. The Deputy Superintendent of Police stationed at Ganaur will monitor the working of the station.

Himachal Briefs
Teachers' demands:
A meeting of the HP Government School Vernacular and Classical Teachers Sangh was held here on Monday. The sangh criticised the state government for its failure to implement its demands. The sangh has been demanding grant of promotions and other benefits on the Punjab pattern. The next meeting of the sangh will be held at Solan on January 20.

Credit card scheme:
State Bank of India has set a target of issuing 9,000 credit card passbooks to farmers in Himachal Pradesh during the current year. According to a spokesman of the bank, the scheme would be applicable to borrowers with a credit requirement of Rs 5,000 or above.

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