PORUS MELA: The Folklore Research Academy will organise a mela on the Indo-Pak border from November 30. The mela, known as the “Raja Porus Indo-Pak Punjabi Mitarta Mela,” is celebrated in memory of Punjabis from both countries who lost their lives during the Partition riots.
COMMISSION AGENTS: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Kulbir Singh Sidhu, on Wednesday ordered all commission agents of the district to make the payments of procured paddy to the farmers through cheques at the rate of Rs 540 per quintal by Friday, failing which strict action would be taken against them.
BUS ACCIDENT: As many as 23 bus passengers, including driver and conductor, were injured when a Punjab Roadways bus (PB-12C-9210) of Jagroan depot in which they were travelling rammed into a tree near Phuglana on the Hoshiarpur-Phagwara road, 16 km from here, on Tuesday. The bus was coming from Chintpurni.
ANTI-CORRUPTION BOARD: The following have been elected office-bearers of the national executive of the Public Anti-Corruption Board of India: vice-chairman — Mr Narinder Pal Sharma; general secretary — Mr Ashwani Marwaha; secretary — Mr Nagesh Dutta; treasurer — Mr Sat Pal; and organiser — Mr Dilbag Singh.
AWARENESS WEEK: On the concluding day of Vigilance Awareness Week observed by the local DIC branch on Monday, all staff members of the branch made a pledge to eradicate corruption, remain vigilant and work for the growth and the reputation of the organisation and the country.
DEMANDED: Former SGPC president and chief of Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), Mr Gurcharn Singh Tohra, has urged the Union Government to issue a commemorative postal stamp to mark the birth centenary of Sardar Sobha Singh. In a letter written to the Union Communications Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, Mr Tohra said the birth anniversary of the noted artist falls on November 29. Throughout his long career, the artist had devoted his entire work to Sikh Gurus and revered personalities of all other religions. His paintings were put up at prominent places like Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, Raj Bhavans in various states and major art galleries. Issuing a commemorative stamp in the memory of the great artist would be a deserving and real tribute to him, Mr Tohra added.
NOMINATED: The chairman of the district unit of the Urban Development Cell of the Indian Youth Congress, Mr Akshay Bhanot, has nominated the following office-bearers of the district unit: vice presidents — Mr Karan Kalia, Mr Gurinderjit Singh Sidhu, Mr Karamjit Singh Grewal, Mr Amarjit Singh Bindra, Mr Paramjit Kala, Mr Dharminder Verma, Mr Varinder Pal Singh Sonu, Mr Harpreet Singh Dang, Mr Parmod Aggarwal, Mr Tarnjit Singh Tarni, Mr Gurcharan Singh Saini, Mr Munish Tandon, Mr Vijay Kumar, Mr Rajiv Billa; general secretaries — Mr Amanpreet Singh Aulakh, Mr Sanjeev Nahar, Mr Mohammed Naseem Ansari, Mr Devinder Kumar Johar, Mr Swarn Singh Happy, Mr Daya Singh Mehta, Mr Vikas Bhagi, Mr Parveen Kumar, Mr Ajay Shukla, Mr Rajinder Kaka, Mr Sukhdev Gill, Mr Charanjit Sonu, Mr Gurmukh Singh Gill; secretaries — Mr Bhagwant Singh Gill, Mr Tilak Raj Moudgil, Mr Hardeep Singh, Mr Sadhu Singh, Mr Upkar Singh, Mr Amit Batta, Mr Govind Kumar, Mr Harpal Singh, Mr Bikkar Singh, Mr Dharminder, Mr Shammi Malhotra, Mr Bharat Kumar, and Mr Neeraj Kataria.
EXHIBITION: Serecon India in association with the World Gold Council will organise an exhibition-swaran sambandh from November 10 to 13 at Park Plaza Hotel, Ludhiana. Reputed jewellers and jewellery designers are expected to participate in this exhibition. Swaran Sambandh would showcase the designer gold creations of the leading Indian designers. This was disclosed by Mr Jayant Vij, the PR coordinator for Serecon India, at press conference, here, on Wednesday.
INAUGURATED: A new bus shelter near Park Plaza was inaugurated on Wednesday by Mrs Ruchika Oswal. The bus shelter, first of its kind in the city has been aesthetically designed for commuters comfort with maximum utility of space in turn adding beauty to the surroundings. More Group (India) Private Limited has launched the bus shelter with the help of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. The company launched its business operation in India in July 1999. They aim to provide high quality products and services that are dedicated to community service combined with advertising. The bus shelter is modelled as Millennium Bus Shelter, made of mild steel, built on modular units and then assembled at the site. The company aims at spreading the comfort to the general public of Chandigarh and Amritsar also.
EYE CAMP: A free eye operation camp will be held at Dera Baba Aati Dass, in Himtana village, 8 km from here, on November 19. Dr Dhanwant Singh will examine the patients and medicines will be distributed free of cost.
KAVI SAMMELAN: A kavi sammelan will be organised by the local Hindi Sahitya Sammelan in collaboration with the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, at the local Government College on November 11. Mr Surjit Singh Kalia, Principal, Government College, will inaugurate the function.
PPCC DELEGATE: The newly elected PPCC delegate from Malerkotla (urban), Mrs Rajia Sultana, said at a press conference that PPCC delegates were unanimous in their support to Mrs Sonia Gandhi. Mrs Sultana announced the name of Mr Ashok Kumar as the new block president of the local Congress committee.
QUIZ COMPETITION: Amrinder Singh, a class VIII student of the local Dasmesh Public High School, has bagged the first position in a state-level quiz competition organised at Patiala by the Punjab Languages Department on November 4. This was stated by Mr K.M.Vashisht , Principal of the school.
TB CONTROL: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raj Kamal Chowdhury, chaired a meeting of representatives of NGOs held here on Tuesday to discuss the Punjab Government’s tuberculosis control programme. Mr Niranjan Singh Suman, Civil Surgeon, said special TB checking teams had been deployed in the district for the purpose.
ORGANISED: A two-day orientation programme organised by the Regional Resource Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, Panjab University, on "Reproductive and child healthcare for population control" concluded on Tuesday. Project coordinators from Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Ferozepore, Gurdaspur and Nawanshahr participated in the programme, according to a press note issued by Mrs Manjeet Paintal, Director of the centre.
CRITICISED: A meeting organised by the office-bearers of the Block Congress Committee at Mani Majra here on Wednesday condemned the decision of the Chandigarh Administration to exempt the eight acres of land to five private nurseries on the Chandigarh-Mani Majra highway. Presiding over the meeting, committee President Surender Singh demanded that the Administration should withdraw its decision of nurseries and concentrate on rehabilitating the localities of Mani Majra which lack civic amenities, including water, sewerage, electricity, roads and sanitation.
INAUGURATED: The Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, Mr R.S. Gujral, inaugurated the new wing of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, here on Wednesday. Mr Gujral laid stress on the overall development of the personality of the budding youth. Children performed Dumb-Charades and sang nursery rhymes.
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the ITI Qualified Workers Association: President — Mr Manmohan Singh; General Secretary — Mr Daljit Singh; Senior Vice-President — Mr Dhian Singh; Vice-President — Mr Ran Singh; and Secretary — Mr Kushal Pal Bhatia.
CEREMONY: The charter presentation and installation ceremony of the newly constituted Lion's Club, Chandi Mandir, and the Leo Club, Panchkula Mid-Town, was held here on Tuesday. District Governor Vinay Sagar Jain presented the charter to President Sashi Kuthiala, besides installing their teams for 2000-2001.
CHITRAKALA-2000: To promote the use of safety measures while using LPG, Navratan Oil Company has organised a painting competition Chitrakala-2000 at Bal Bhavan here on Thursday. More than 100 students nominated by the leading schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar are going to take part in the competition. The occasion will be used to generate awareness among participants on safety education and oil conservation techniques.
CELEBRATED: The foundation day of the Bharat Scouts and Guides India was celebrated as flag day with a view to reaching the community and popularise the aims and objectives of the international man-making movement of scouting. This year while celebrating the day almost two lakh scout flags were distributed in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh by scouts and guides. Top adult leaders of the movement arranged visits of the dignitaries and well wishers of the movement throughout the region. The State Chief Commissioner, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Punjab, Ms Vidya Vati, presented flags to the Education Secretary, Punjab, and the directors of the Education Department to enroll their support and cooperation to promote the character building movement in the region.
FREE CLASSES: The Department of Correspondence Studies, Panjab University, is starting its second batch of free classes in basic English for those students who are on its rolls. The classes will commence on November 15.
NAGAR KIRTAN: Nagar kirtan in connection with the parkash utsav of Sri Guru Nanak Dev will be held on Thursday. It will start at 12 p.m. from the Sector 19 gurdwara and will pass through Sectors 27, 28, 29, 30, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 37 and will terminate at the Sector 40 gurdwara.
CRIME RATE: The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, is reported to have taken a serious view of the increasing incidence of crimes in the district and directed the district authorities to take immediate steps to check crime. According to official sources, Mr Chautala halted at the PWD (Buildings and Roads) rest-house in Rai while he was on his way to Panipat on Tuesday and talked to Mr A.S. Chawla, SP, in this regard.
LIQUOR SEIZED: As many as 228 bottles of English wine and country-made liquor were seized by the police near Kharkhauda town, 20 km from here, on Tuesday. Naresh and jatinder Kumar were arrested in this connection and a case was registered against them under the Excise Act, the police said.
MURDER SOLVED: With the arrest of a couple, the police on Wednesday claimed to have solved the murder of Dharam Kaur of Bhainswal Kalan village in the district. Mr AS Chawla, SP, said the arrested persons had been identified as Mahavir Lambardar, son of the deceased, and his wife, Bimla, who confessed to having committed the crime.
TWO ARRESTED: The police arrested two persons in connection with the alleged attempt to commit a dacoity in the house of Mr Satbir at Nangal Kalan village in this district last week. Mr A.S. Chawla, SP, said on Wednesday that the arrested persons had been identified as Partap and Awadh Kumar. A hunt to apprehend their six accomplices is on.
CRUSHED: Munish Kumar, an owner of a bus, was crushed to death at Mallan in Kangra district on Monday evening, the police said.
LIQUOR SEIZED: The police seized 2,340 pouches and 66 bottles of illicit liquor during a raid on a house in Theog on Tuesday. Mr A.N.Sharma, SP, said the owner of the house, Brij Lal, had absconded.
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