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FUNCTION: The Akali Dal (A) district youth wing chief, Mr Ravinder Singh Khalsa, stated in a press note here on Thursday that a function would be held at Fatehgarh Sahib on Friday to observe the death anniversary of Beant Singh Maloya, assassin of Indira Gandhi. The party chief, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, would address the gathering.

GHERAOED: Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), led by Mr Baldev Singh Sarsa, on Wednesday ghearoed the Randhawa petrol station situated on Ajnala Road here. Mr Sarsa urged the authorities concerned to cancel the licence of the petrol station.

SCIENCE FAIR: As many as 384 science models were displayed on Wednesday, the opening day of the Amritsar District Science Fair, 2003-2004, being held at Khalsa College Public School here. Earlier, the vice-president of the Khalsa College Governing Council, Mr Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, inaugurated the fair.

BODY FOUND: The body of an unidentified youth in his early 20s was found near Sadar Avenue on Majitha Road here on Wednesday. He was stabbed to death. A case has been registered under Section 302 of the IPC at Vijay Nagar police post here.

ACHLESHWAR FEST: The Achleshwar festival will be celebrated at Achleshwar temple, 5 km from here on the Batala-Jalandhar road, on November 2 and 3. This was stated by Mr Pawan Kumar Pamma and Mr Haveli Ram, trustees of the Shri Achleshwar Mandir Kar Sewa Trust.

SELF-HELP GROUPS: As many as 512 self help groups have been formed in Fatehgarh Sahib district for the betterment of women in the rural areas. Mr Balwant Singh Shergil, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), informed this while presiding over a meeting of the Standing Committee of banks in Bachat Bhavan on Thursday. He said special training would be arranged on November 18 at the ITI, Bassi Pathana, for these groups. Mr Shergil said 236 loan of Rs 419.81 lakh had been sanctioned under various beneficiary schemes by banks till September 30 during the current financial year and 99 cases of Rs 113.75 lakh disbursed.

FUNCTION: A state-level function during the Punjabi saptah November 1-7 will be held on November 2 at Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib. According to Ms Gursharan Kaur Walia, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Legislature Assembly, will inaugurate the function and address the gathering. Dr Madan Lal Hashija, Director, Langu-age Department, will preside over the function.

RESIGNATIONS ACCEPTED: The district unit of Akali Dal (Amritsar), Hoshiarpur, has decided to take action against the office-bearers of the unit who have resigned recently. In a joint press note issued here, Jathedar Gurdip Singh district president Mr Kuldip Singh, Mr Gurdip Singh Mr Ranjit Singh and Mr Gurdial Singh all senior vice-presidents, and Mr Sukhvinder Singh Dheera, general secretary, said it was decided to accept the resignations of Mr Harbhajan Singh and Mr Rajinder Singh, both senior vice-presidents.

INJURED: Ms Parkash Kaur a teacher, was seriously injured when she tried to save Amritpal Singh a student of Class V, from an attack of bees at Government Elementary School, Chabewal, 8 km from here, on Wednesday. Amritpal was also injured. Both were admitted to the Civil Hospital here from where Amritpal was discharged after some time.

SURPRISE CHECK: A team of doctors from the Civil Hospital made a surprise checking of all ultrasound centres in Kurali on Thursday. According to information, Dr Inderjit Singh Bhatia and Dr Amrit Chahal, along with Mr Rajesh Arora, were a part of the inspecting team. The order to check the centres was issued by Dr S.S. Dhanoa, SMO, Civil Hospital. According to information, all centres were found to be working according to law.

SEMINARS: The Lions Club International, District 321 F, will organise “Generation next - 2003” on Sunday in Kharar in which representatives of 140 clubs from this district would participate. According to information given by Mr Preet Kanwal Singh, Committee Chairman of the club, in the programme, joint seminars on Lions quest, environment and international understanding and youth exchange, would be held. Mr R.K. Mehta, District Governor would be the chief guest.

AWARD: Mr Vaneet Aggarwal, Assistant Professor, Department of Soils, who is currently doing PhD at Michigan State University, USA, has been selected for the Best Student Award — 2003 among all students in the fields of agricultural engineering and animal sciences by the Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin. The award carries a certificate and cash prize of $ 300. The award will be given on November 4 by the president of the Crop Science Society of America.

QUIZ: Raunaq Singh and Amulya, both students of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, represented the state in the Bournvita quiz show held at Sangla in the foothills of the Himalayas. The show was a special episode and non-competitive in nature. The kids said the show would be telecast in January on Sony TV.

BOOK FAIR: The Guru Angad Dev Sewa Society will organise a book fair at Nankana Sahib Public School, Kot Gangu Rai village, on Friday. Dr Amarinder Singh, its president, said the inauguration of the book fair would be done by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, SGPC. It is being sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and eminent publishers will display their books.

NAGAR KIRTAN: To mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, a nagar kirtan will be taken out under the patronage of the Ramgarhia Education Council on November 7. According to Mr Jagtar Singh Bhmbra, general secretary of the council, the procession, which will start from Gurdwara Ramgahia at 10.30 am, will pass through the Partap chowk, Basant road, Bhagwan chowk, Janta Nagar chowk and conclude at Gurdwara Ramgarhia at 5.30 pm.

SPORTS MEET: The 39th village sports tournament will be held at Manki on Saturday, according to sarpanch Bahadur Singh. In the meet, races for persons above 60, pigeon flying, cart races and dog races will be organised. Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, will inaugurate the meet and Mr Tej Parkash Singh Kotli, Transport Minister, will distribute prizes.



EXHIBITION: To provide an insight to residents regarding the use of spiritual power and leading a meaningful, happy and stress-free life, the Brahma Kumaris Rajyoga Meditation Centre, Sector 21, is putting up a two-day exhibition. The exhibition on peace through spiritual power will be inaugurated on Saturday by the Chandigarh MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, at Central Park in Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra. It will remain open to public from 10 am to 8 pm on both days.

AKHAND PATHS: For spreading the message of love, brotherhood, “seva,” “nam simran,” “kirat” and equality of mankind, a chain of 171 Akhand Paths are being organised at the Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Kendar, Sector 30, till November 8 under the patronage of Sant Puran Singh. According to a press note issued by the President of the foundation, devotees in large number will attend the path. Special arrangements for Boarding and lodging of the sangat have been made in the kendra. A 24 hour community kitchen will be functioning during the akhand paths to serve the sangat.



Jewellery contest: A lucky draw scheme was organised by M/s Mangat Ram Niranjan Dass Jain jewellers, Ambala Sadar. Mr Shrikant Jain and Mr Ravi Jain said the first prize was won by Gaurav Bajaj of Ambala City, the second prize by Apeksha and the third prize winner by Dolly from Chandigarh. 



APPOINTED: The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee President, Ms Vidya Stokes, has appointed Mr Rajinder Kumar Garg as the convener of the Pong Dam Oustees Cell of the committee. Ms Stokes appointed Mr Prem Dass Pakhrolvi, a former MLA, as the general secretary of the Intellectual Cell of the HPCC. This was stated by Mr Amar Nath Bazwaria, permanent secretary, HPCC.

WORKSHOP: A one-day workshop was organised at the local Forest House on Wednesday to apprise the staff of Nahan forest circle of the details regarding the government-funded Himachal Pradesh Forestry Sector Reforms project. This was stated by Mr Jasjit Singh Walia, the Chief Conservator of Forest Projects.

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SCIENCE CONGRESS: A district-level Science Congress was organised at Government Girls Senior Secondary School here. The function was inaugurated by Mr Ratan Singh, a former Parliamentary Secretary.

LAVI FAIR: The international Lavi fair will be held at Rampur from November 11 to 14. It will be preceded by a horse show from November 4 to 6 in which Chamurti horses, known for their sturdiness and sure-footedness on hilly terrain, will be the main attraction for traders. This was stated by Mr S.K.B.S. Negi, Deputy Commissioner, here on Wednesday.

GYMNASIUM: Dr L.R. Verma, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, said on Wednesday that a well-equipped gymansium would soon be set up on the university campus. Inaugurating an inter-college cricket tournament here, he said paucity of funds would not be allowed to hamper the sports activities in the university.


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