THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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PUNJAB

JALANDHAR
RECRUITMENT RALLY: The Army will organise a recruitment rally for the category soldier (general duty) at Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran on November 2. The candidates belonging to Tarn Taran, Patti and Khadoor Sahib will be recruited at Bhikiwind while those belonging to Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts should appear for test at Rayya.

LUDHIANA
EDUCATIONAL TRIP: Education coupled with fun was a fabulous experience fear 45 students of Shanti Tara College, Ahemadgarh. In their four-day educational trip which ended on Friday, the students visited Kiratpur and Anandpur Sahib. After visiting these historic places, the students went to Kulu and witnessed the beauty of Manikaran gurdwara. After that , they visited Kulu and went up to Manali. In Manali they trekked to Hadamba Temple. From there they proceeded to Rohtang Pass.

CELEBRATED: Arya Samaj, Model Town, celebrated Nirvan Divas of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School here on Sunday. A cultural programme based on the teachings of the Maharishi was presented on the occasion. by the students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, R.S. Model School, and Arya Kanya Gurukul. A mini play was also enacted by the students of R.S. Model School. A number of speakers dwelt on the life and philosophy of the Maharishi. Mr Satya Nand Munjal, president of the Arya Samaj, Model Town, who welcomed the chief guest Mr. Mangat Ram Mehta, also gave prizes to students.

MALERKOTLA
DEMAND CHARTER: A deputation of the Gazetted Educational School Services Association, Punjab, under the presidentship of its state president, Mr Joginder Singh Aulakh, met Mr Khushal Behl, Minister for School Education at Chandigarh and presented him a charter of their demands. This was stated in a press note issued here on Sunday.

PATIALA
Inaugurated: The Finance and Planning Minister Mr Lal Singh, inaugurated sodium lights, installed by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board, on the Patiala - Sanour road here on Sunday. Addressing the gathering, Mr Lal Singh said the state government had undertaken a special programme to provide basic facilities in various villages of the state. He said the work of repairing and widening the Patiala-Sanour and the Patiala -Devigarh roads had already been undertaken. The Chairman Warehousing Corporation, Mr Hardial Singh Kamboj, and the Vice-Chairman, Zila Parishad, Patiala Mr Madan Lal, were also present on the occasion.

MEETING: A meeting of the University Advisory Committee of the NSS, Punjabi University, was recently held under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, Mr Sawarn Singh Boparai. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Boparai appreciated the role of the NSS. He also felt concerned about the menace of AIDS, female foeticide and Thalassemia. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejvir Singh, underlined the need to strengthen voluntary blood donation movement through students. Mr K.R. Tegta of the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports suggested the integration of the NSS with the curriculum. Mr Boparai also released the NSS Bulletin on the occasion. A calendar of NSS activities for 2003-04 was also approved on the occasion.

Honoured: As many as 40 members of the Morning Walk Association celebrated Divali by organising a cultural programme at Baradari Gardens, here on Sunday. On the occasion, a local theatre outfit, NTAS, and Garden Theatre admirers honoured Mr Tarlochan Singh Jeet, convener of the association. The chief guest, Mahant Pritam Singh of Dera Gurdwara Bhai Ram Kishan, Mr M.S. Sabharwal and NTAS members Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal presented a memento and gifts to Mr Jeet for outstanding services towards humanity.

PHILLAUR
MAN ROBBED: Some armed motorcyclists snatched Rs 50,000 and a gold chain from Hardip Singh near Laila (Dysanj Kalan) village in Phillaur subdivision on Friday. Hardip Singh was going to his village when the incident occurred. A case has been registered.

TARN TARAN
SUGARMILL WORKERS: The Punjab State Sugar Mills Karamchari Dal, Cooperative Sugar Mills Workers Union and workers organisation committee and representatives of the employees working in the cooperative sugar mills, at a meeting held on Sunday, criticised the proposals of sugarfed, Punjab, to reduce the price of sugarcane and 20 per cent cut in the salary of the employees of sugar mills.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bilaspur District Non-Gazetted Employees Association: president Mr Lekhram Kondal; senior vice-president Mr Karam Singh Chandel; vice-president Mr Rakesh Chandel; general secretary Mr Ranvir Thakur; and finance secretary Mr Hemraj Chauhan.

DHARAMSALA
Rs 17 CR SPENT: More than Rs 17 crore is being spent on various watershed projects in Kangra district. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Shrikant Baldi, while presiding over the district-level officers meeting here. He was reviewing the progress of various watershed projects in the district.

KULU
POTATO GROWERS: The potato growers of Lahaul-Spiti district will be given better price for their produce this year as the market trends are not favourable to the farmers. This was stated by Mr Raghubir Singh, MLA of the tribal district, while addressing a public meeting at Nalra village in the Udaipur subdivision of Lahaul and Spiti district on Thursday after inaugurating the building of Government Middle School.

EMPLOYEE KILLED: Madhusudan, an employee of Gammons India, was killed and two other persons were seriously injured when the tunnel they were digging gave way at Sainj, about 40 km from here, in the Parbati hydel project works on Thursday. The injured were reported to be critical. A case has been registered against the company for not keeping the required safety measures.

KUMARHATTI
OPPOSED: The Beopar Mandal, Jabli, has opposed the move of the Special Area Development Authority, Jabli, to issue yearly sanitation charges to shopkeepers and hoteliers. Mr Puran Chand Attri, president of mandal, said on Saturday the mandal had decided not to pay the charges since no work had been carried out for the development of the area.

NAHAN
KILLED: Keso Devi, a resident of Kishanpura village under Paonta subdivision, was crushed to death under a tractor in Bhatanwali village while her accomplice Babli Devi sustained serious injuries. Keso Devi died on the spot. A case has been registered.

TRUCK STOLEN: A truck was stolen from the dumping ground of Snow Vihar chemical factory in Gorkhuwala village under Paonta subdivision on Thursday. The factory management and the truck owner had lodged a complaint with the Paonta police.

PALAMPUR
RED CROSS SOCIETY: The Palampur Welfare and Environment Protection Forum has demanded high-level probe into the functioning of the District Red Cross Society and the funds collected by it over the past five years. In a press statement issued here on Saturday, Mr K.B. Rehlan and Mr Ravinder Sood, president and general secretary of the forum, respectively alleged that the funds of the society were being misused.

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