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DORAHA
FOUR HURT: Four persons were injured in two incidents in and around Doraha in the past 24 hours. According to reports, Manjit Singh, his wife, Manjit Kaur, and daughter, Amarjit Kaur, were going from Yamunanagar to Ludhiana on their scooter when a bus, driven by Swaran Singh, hit the scooter. The three injured were admitted to Sidhu Hospital. In the other incident, a scooterist was hit at Landha village. He was brought to Sidhu Hospital, from where he was shifted to the DMC.

MAN BEATEN UP: A man was allegedly beaten up by three persons, who were reported to be drunk at the time of the incident on Monday. The man, Bahadur Singh, said he was standing in front of his house with his uncle, Sukhwinder Singh, when he was attacked by Mandeep Singh, Bhagwant Singh and Mohinder Singh, who abused him and threw empty bottles of liquor at him, due to which he was injured and had to be admitted to the civil hospital at Payal.

HOSHIARPUR
STRIKE: Members of the local Ministerial Staff Association of Health Department observed a pen-down strike on Monday in protest against the direct recruitments of senior assistants by the Health Minister, Punjab. This was stated by Mr Jit Ram and Mr Jagdish Singh, president and general secretary of the association, respectively, in a press note. They have demanded the cancellation of the recruitments.

MEETING HELD: The Social Democratic Party of India at its meeting held here on Monday decided to launch a campaign to create awareness among people against intoxication, illiteracy, injustice, social disparity and increasing casteism. It decided that district units in all districts of Punjab would be set up to implement the programme.

LOOTED: Some miscreants forcibly entered the house of Amrik Singh of Chhota Bajwara village , 8 km from here, on Sunday and looted Rs 1,100, 2 gold ring. After locking Amrik Singh in a room they took his wife, Sukhjinder Kaur, to the adjoining house of Santokh Singh, brother of Amrik Singh, and got opened the doors of the house and looted Rs 8,000, 5 wrist watches and clothes and fled away. A case has been registered under Sections 380, 458 and 342, IPC.

JALANDHAR
RAISING DAY: The 155 Medium Regiment (Self propelled) celebrated its 20th raising day somewhere in the Western Sector on Monday. A sainik sammelan was organised on the occasion. The Commanding Officer urged upon all ranks to dedicate themselves to the development of the country.

DEMANDED: The Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Employees Federation, Punjab, has demanded that the state government should implement the Mandal Commission report besides filling vacancies in different government departments. This was stated by Mr Bhagwan Dass Bawa, senior vice-president of the federation, in a press note here on Monday.

KHANNA
ANNIVERSARY: The 732nd birth anniversary of Saint Namdev will be celebrated on December 2 at Mandir Sant Namdev by the Nam Dev Sabha, Khanna. Secretary of the Nam Dev Sabha, Khanna, said here that a hawan would be organised on November 30 at the Mandir premises and Sri Akhand Path would be started on the same day. Bhog of Sri Akhand Path would conclude on December 2.

LUDHIANA
CONFERENCE: The Alumni Association of A.S. College, Khanna, will hold its annual conference on the college campus on Saturday. Seth Kanhya Lal of Mandi Gobindgarh will be the chief guest and Mr A.R. Sharma, president of the Solvent Extractors’ Association, Punjab, will preside over the function. The newly constructed career guidance centre of the college will be inaugurated by Mr Boota Singh, Additional Commissioner, Income Tax, on the occasion.

CAMP: Nishkam Seva Ashram held a free eye operation camp at Nishkam Dispensary at Baba Than Singh Dharamshala on Samrala Road on Monday. Dr A.K. Bhandari examined the patients and distributed free medicine. Nine patients suffering from contract were operated upon. They would be given spectacles free of cost.

LECTURE: Prof Ashok C. Antony of Indiana University School of Medicine (USA) is visiting Christian Medical College & Hospital as Fulbright Scholar. He will deliver a lecture on “Prevention of neural tube defects by periconceptional folate supplementation” in the CMC auditorium on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Professor Antony is from the CMC batch of 1969. His National Institute of Health (USA) — funded basic science research on Folate receptors’ over the past 22 years has proved that these proteins are integrally involved in mediating folate uptake by neural tube derived cells. Periconceptional folate supplementation to prevent neural tube defects will be comprehensively discussed by the professor during the lecture.

MALERKOTLA
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the PSEB Employees Federation, Shervani Kot subdivision: president — Mr Balwinder Singh; vice-president — Mr Hakam Singh; secretary — Mr Nirmal Singh; and treasurer — Mr Balbir Singh. AMRITSAR

EXHIBITION HELD: Students of different departments of BBK DAV College for Women organised an exhibition and sale of articles. The Principal of the college, Ms J Kackaria, in a press note issued here on Monday said the proceed from the exhibition would go to the poor students’ fund.

CONFERENCE: A four-day conference of the Association of Surgeons of India is being organised by the local Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences and Research on Thursday. The organising secretary of the association and Director Principal of the institute, Dr U.S. Dhaliwal, told newsperson here on Monday that more than 1,000 eminent surgeons from north India would participate in the conference.

MANSA
MEETING HELD: A meeting of the District Planning and Development Board was held here on Monday. Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Minister, Punjab, presided over the meeting. He directed the district administration to take up only those schemes for which the government had provided funds. At a meeting of the District Grievance Committee held here on Monday, 13 complaints were disposed of on the spot.

DEAD: Jimmy of Bhikhi succumbed to his injuries in Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. He along with two others was travelling on a scooter on the Bhikhi-Barnala road on Diwali night when it collided with a jeep coming from the opposite side resulting in the death of Sanjay Kumar.

APPOINTED: Capt Amarinder Singh, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has appointed Mr Surinder Kumar of the town secretary of the economic and planning cell of the committee.

MULLANPUR-GARIBDAS
PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK: The Mullanpur-Garibdas branch of Punjab National Bank, would help in laying of a 500 m road from the bank to the Chandigarh - Kurali, road. This was announced by Mr S.S Kohli, Chairman and Managing Director of the bank, during his brief visit to the branch on Tuesday. He also announced that the services at the bank would be further improved in the near future. He spoke about the importance of krishi cards and asked the villagers to come forward for it. This was stated by Mr Manoj Gulati, Manager of the bank.

NAWANSHAHR
COMPETITION: The Shaheed Master Gian Singh Sangha Yadhgari Trust organised an on-the-spot painting competition to mark the 9th death anniversary of Comrade Gian Singh Sangha at his native village, Shahabpur, about 10 km from here, on Monday. Vanita of the local DAV College of Education for Women, Jaspreet Kaur of BWS Khalsa Girls High School and Sunita Devi of G.H. School, Panam, won the first prizes in group A, B and C, respectively.

POLLUTION CAMP: Mr Baldev Nayyar and Mr Dharminder Nath, Chairmen, Environment and Vehicle Pollution (Lions Club District 321D), respectively, in collaboration with the Lions Club, Banga, Mehak and City Smile organised a vehicle pollution check-up camp at the Garhshankar chowk, Banga, 12 km from here, on Monday. Mr Tejinder Singh, DSP, inaugurated the camp in which more than 100 vehicles were checked for pollution free of cost.

WON: The Guru Nanak College of Nursing, Dhahan Kaleran, has won the first and third prizes in the model making competition in the 19th TNAI national-level conference held in Goa recently. While Ms Nirmal Kaur, Lecturer in Medical Surgical Nursing, bagged the first prize, the model prepared by Ms Navjot Kaur and Ms Kanwal Preet Kaur, both Lecturers, won the third prize in the competition, said Ms Jasbir Kaur, Principal of the college, in a press note here on Tuesday.

ORGANISED: A function was organised to mark the 48th All-India Cooperative week at Hakimpur village, about 20 km from here, on Monday. Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Welfare Minister, presided over the function. The minister also inaugurated a ring road at Ballowal village and laid the foundation stones of a Dalit dharamshala and a link road at villages of Ballowal and Lidher Kalan, respectively.

PATIALA
YOGA CAMP: A one-day free yoga camp was organised by the ‘Bhartiya Yog Sansthan’ at Rose Garden and Sirindhi Gate on Monday. The camp was attended by around 150 persons where head of the sansthan Krishan Lal Gupta informed the gathering about cure of chronic deceases through yoga.

REFRESHER COURSE: A UGC refresher course in human biology was inaugurated here on Tuesday by Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi university Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ahluwalia said a full fledged Department of Environment Studies will become functional under the faculty of life sciences from the next academic session on the university campus. He further informed that the department would provide infrastructural facilities to the environmental scientists to study multifarious affects of environment on the life cycle of man.

EXAMINATION: The Director of Language Department, Dr Madan Lal Hasija informed here on Tuesday that the candidates who intend to apply for the posts of Block Development and Panchayat Officer and teachers in medical colleges of the state but do not possess the qualification of matric-level Punjabi can appear in the special Punjabi Parbodh examination to be held on November 26. The fee for the special examination is Rs 500. The examination forms are available at the head office of the Language Department situated at Sheranwala Gate. 

DR KANDE HONOURED: The president of the Punjab branch of the Indian Medical Association, Dr O.P. Singh Kande, was conferred ‘IMA Punjab Rattan Award’ at the 56th Annual Conference of the association held at Sahnewal on Sunday. The conference was attended by around 600 delegates who presented various medico-legal papers.

TRAINING CAMP: A training camp in artificial insemination and managerial management for veterinarians was inaugurated here on Tuesday by the Joint Director, Animal Husbandry, Punjab, Dr Harsurat Singh. Veterinarians from Patiala, Sangrur and Bhatinda are participating in the camp where experts from Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, and Panjab University, Chandigarh, will deliver lectures on latest techniques in artificial insemination and management.

SAMRALA
WELCOMED: The statement of the PPCC disciplinary committee and the president of the Namdhari Darbar, Mr Harvinder Pal Singh Hanspal, that no tickets would be given to corrupt Congress candidates, was welcomed by many Congress leaders on Tuesday. They said Mr Hanspal was a stalwart and was well-versed with the feelings of Congress workers. The joint statement was signed by Mr Fateh Singh Nagra, Mr Balbir Singh Bagga, Mr Avtar Singh Ghulal, Mr Harjinder Singh Majali, Mr Prem Nath Dana, Mr Paramjeet Thapar, Mr Sohan Lal, Mr Tej Singh Riat and Lakhvinder Singh Mohni. OCDHARAMSALA

DEAD: Kaman Singh (53) of Churar Kharian village, under Dehra subdivision, died when he was accidentally hit by a bullet fired during hunting. Kaman Singh, Jeet Singh and Ratan Singh, residents of the same village, had gone for hunting where Kaman was hit by the bullet allegedly fired by Jeet Singh at an animal. The police has registered a case and arrested Jeet Singh.

SANGRUR
WORKSHOP: A two-day state-level workshop on female foeticide is being organised by the Guru Angad Dev Seva Society in collaboration with UNICEF and the Punjab State Human Rights Commission on November 22 and 23 at Ludhiana. This was stated by Dr Surinder Singla, senior vice-president of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

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CHANDIGARH

PAINTING, ESSAY CONTEST: The Jat Sabha, Chandigarh, will organise an ‘on-the-spot painting competition and Bhai Surinder Singh Malik Memorial on-the-spot all-India essay writing competition on December 2, at the Jat Bhavan, Sector 27, here. Painting contest is for school students while in essay competition students of colleges and universities will participate. Entries could be sent by November 26. The poster making contest is on the topic ‘evils of dowry system’. Medals and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. Best posters will be selected by a four-member committee while the essays will be checked by the scholars of the Panjab University, Chandigarh. Prizes will be given on the occasion of Basant Panchmi on February 17, 2001. The day is celebrated by the sabha to mark the birth anniversary of Deen Bandhu Sir Chhotu Ram. 

AIDS AWARENESS CAMP: As many as 50 jail inmates took part in an AIDS awareness camp organised by the Indian Council of Social Welfare (ICSW) in collaboration with the States AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh, at the Burail Jail, here on Tuesday. Lectures on the methods of prevention of AIDS and STDs were delivered by Ms Shareshtha Mehta, honorary general secretary of the ICSW, Dr Sanjeev Wadhera, resource person of the ICSW and Dr Chanderkant, SMO, General Hospital, Sector 16. Dr H.S. Dhillon spoke about the correct use of condoms for the prevention of the STDs. Later a documentary film and a play was staged regarding prevention of AIDS for the inmates. Mr D.S. Rana, Jail Superintendent, was also present on the occasion.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
DHARNA: The Telecom Engineering Officers Association (TEOA) staged a dharna on Tuesday to press for their demands. The association has demanded sanction of proportionate posts of SDEs in Indian Mobile Personal Communication Service project and to provide opportunities for willing JTOs and SDEs to work in the project. They stated that the cadres of JTOs and SDEs have met successfully all the challenges on account of induction of newer technologies.

ROHTAK
SAMMELAN HELD: A police-public sadbhavna sammelan was organised at Railway station here on Monday. Mr Narayan Prasad Goyal, president, Haryana Traders Association, Mr Jagat Singh Hooda, president, Northern Railway Passengers Union, sarpanches of certain villages, and prominent citizens of the town attended the sammelan. The leaders on behalf of the public demanded that immediate action should be taken on the complaints of passengers.

SONEPAT
ROBBED: Balraj of Israna village was allegedly robbed of his motor cycle at gunpoint by two unidentified miscreants near Pugthala village, about 25 km from here, on Monday. An FIR has been registered in this connection.

SUSTAINS BURNS: Ram Bai, a labourer, sustained serious burns when her clothes accident-ally caught fire in a room at a brick-kiln of Sahoti village, about 25 km from here, on Monday. The cause of fire coudn’t be ascertained.

INJURED: Mr Dev Chander, a resident of the city, was injured when he fell down from a moving train while alighting from it at Gharaunda Railway station, about 70 km from here, on Monday. The injured belonged to Darbhanga (Bihar) and was working in a rice sheller at Gharanuda. He has been admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

DISTRIBUTED: Mr Satpal Singh Chauhan, a veteran Congress leader, gave away woollen clothes and books to poor students at a function organised by the Gram Vikas Sangathan at Jatheri village, 8 km from here, on Monday. A cultural programme was presented by students on this occasion.

OPEN DARBAR: As many as eight complaints were received at a weekly open darbar held by Mr Jeet Singh Mehra, Sub-divisional Magistrate, at Ganaur subdivision, 16 km from here, on Monday. All complaints were reportedly disposed of on the spot.

TRANSFERRED: Mr S.N. Roy, Deputy Commissioner has ordered the transfers of all registration clerks, arms licensing clerks and driving licensing clerks at Sonepat, Gohana and Ganaur with immediate effect following the orders of the state government. The step has reportedly been taken to curb the corruption prevalent in the administration.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

SHIMLA
TRAINING CAMP: Benefits of organic manure and summer oil were explained to 30 Branch Managers of the HPMC who attended a one-day training camp at the Regional Horticultural Research Station, Mashobra, on Monday. Dr S.P. Bhardwaj, Associate Director of the research station, stressed on avoiding excessive use of pesticides and fertilisers. Mr Madan Chauhan, General Manager, HPMC, also spoke on the occasion.

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