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TEACHERS RETIRED: Mr Chanderbhan, a Hindi teacher at Government Secondary School, Amloh, retired after putting in 27 years of service on Friday. His services in the field of education and cultural activities were appreciated by the Parent-Teacher Association president, Mr Harbans Lal Pajni, the Principal, Mr Zora Singh, the Principal of girls school, Ms Acchra Devi, besides others. Another party was organised at Government Secondary School, Narayangarh, on Friday on the superannuation of Ms Kuldeep Kaur, Punjabi teacher. She served the Education Department for 32 years.

PATIENTS EXAMINED: As many as 124 patients were examined at a medical camp organised by Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital in association with the gram panchayat at Mangarh village. Medicines were distributed free of cost.

PROBE SOUGHT: The National Students Union of India (NSUI) on Thursday sought an inquiry into the suicide of Saurav Mahajan, final semester student of law at Guru Nanak Dev University. NSUI activists observed a two-minute silence in his remembrance.

Tributes paid: Rich tributes were paid to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 19 martyrdom day at a district-level function held at the Mini-Secretariat here today. Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function.

GIRL DIES: Rajni, 15, daughter of a labourer Goma Ram of the Arya Nagar locality here, sustained serious burn injuries while she was lighting firewood on Wednesday. She was rushed to the local Civil Hospital where she died.

ELECTROCUTED: Gurdev Singh, 40, a resident of Shamshabad village 8 km from here, was electrocuted on Wednesday. He had gone to start the electric water pump motor in his fields.

TWO KILLED: Two persons were killed and one seriously injured when the motor cycle they were riding hit a felled tree near Sathiali in Kahnuwan block in the district on Thursday evening. Laddi of Mittha village was hospitalised while his wife died on the spot and 18-month-old son died on the way to hospital.

FREE TREATMENT: The Punjab Health Systems Corporation has decided to grant free medical treatment to ex-servicemen pensioners and their entitled dependants in all government hospitals in the state being managed by it.

GATE RALLY: Employees of the local municipal council staged a gate rally in front of their office here on Friday to protest against the shortage of staff in various branches of the council.

LIONS CLUB: The Lions Club Top, Kharar, will organise a blood donation camp at Lions Office, near the post office on November 1, 2003. Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, OSD to the Chief Minister, Punjab, would inaugurate the camp at 9 a.m.

TOURNAMENT: Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, will preside over the prize distribution function of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Memorial state-level football, kabbadi and volleyball tournaments on November 2 at 2 pm near Khuni Majra village. 

ACCIDENT: Mrs Paramjit Kaur and her 18-month-old child were seriously injured when they were knocked down by a scooter on the Kharar-Mohali road near Mundi Kharar village on Thursday. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 337, IPC, against the scooterist.

EYE CAMP: The Baba Vishwakarma Vichar Manch will organise a free eye check-up camp on Sunday at the Shiromani committee grounds, Shimla Puri. Dr Deepak Kumar Gupta will examine patients. Mr Charan Singh Lohara of the Akali Dal (A) will inaugurate it. 

NOMINATED: Dr Surjit Patar, Senior Professor, Centre for Communication, Languages and Culture, Punjab Agricultural University, has been nominated as president of the Young Writers’ Association of the PAU. This was decided at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU. Dr F.C. Shukla of the Department of Food Science and Technology; Mr Gurbhajan Singh Gill, Punjabi Editor of the centre; Dr Opinder Singh of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy; Dr Jaswinder Kaur Sangha of the Food and Nutrition Department; Dr Jagtar Singh Bal of the Department of Horticulture; Dr Joginder Singh Nirala; and Mr Nirmal Jaura of the centre will be its members. 

PERFORMANCE: Famous Dhadhi singer Iddu Sharif will perform at Punjabi Bhawan on Saturday at 6.30 p.m. Mr Ravinder Bhattal and Mr Jaswant Zafar, both office-bearers of the Punjabi Sahitya Akademi, said on every first Saturday of the month, classical Punjabi singers would perform under a programme ‘Surmai Sham’. 

BRANCH OPENED: The State Bank of Patiala opened its 742nd fully computerised branch at Jamalpur here on Friday. Mr R.P. Tayal, Deputy General Manager of the bank, inaugurated it. He said the bank had planned to implement single-window concept in all branches before December 31. 

CAMP: The Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, Jagraon, will organise free eye check-up and operation camp on November 2 at Rotary Bhavan located on the Tehsil road. A team of doctors headed by Dr Sushil Kumar will examine patients and perform operations. 

STONE LAID: The Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Mr S.K. Sharma, laid the foundation stone of various development projects, including pavement of streets and drains in Arjun Nagar colony in Ward No 67, here on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, he announced that the civic body was observing the current year as the road development year and all major roads as well as those inside the residential and commercial areas would be resurfaced by March. The area councillor, Mr Hans Raj, said the proposed work would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 10 lakh. 

TWO KILLED: Two youths have been killed and one seriously injured in a road accident near here. The deceased have been identified as Shokat Mohd and Mohd Asger.

NSS VOLUNTEERS: The Punjabi University NSS Department organised a blood donation camp on the university campus here on Friday. As many as 300 volunteers participated in the camp. Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai, while inaugurating the camp, exhorted NSS volunteers to inculcate the spirit of dignity of labour among them. Appreciating the role of the volunteers, Mr Boparai pleaded for strengthening the voluntary blood donation movement across the country.

SPEECH: Mr S.S. Dhure, Assistant Commissioner (Excise and Taxation), Kapurthala delivered a speech on VAT and Exim form at a function organised by the local Rotary Club. It was stated in a press note issued by the Club Secretary, Mr Beant Singh, here on Thursday.



BLOOD DONATION: As many as 122 volunteers donated blood at a camp organised by the local chapter of the All-India Tribal Students Association at Students Centre of Panjab University here on Friday. Hishey Negi, president of the association, thanked the volunteers and said more such programmes would be organised in the future.

BOYS’ CAMP: About 50 boys attended a day-long camp for adolescent boys at Government Senior Secondary School in Dhanas village. It was organised by the Indian Council of Social Welfare’s Chandigarh chapter. Free medicines were distributed among the participants for different health problems. A lecture was also delivered on care to be taken regarding health during the adolescent age. 



ANIMAL CAMPS: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the National Dairy Research Institute has decided to organise a series of veterinary and healthcare camps for dairy animals in the district.

TWO KILLED: Two persons were killed in two accidents here since Thursday evening. Sham Lal died on the spot when he was hit by a vehicle on Friday morning while Shobha Ram died on being hit by a vehicle on Thursday.



BRIBERY CASE: Patwari Sushil Kumar was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 on Wednesday. He took the amount in lieu of issuing revenue documents meant for the registration of a sale deed.

CONVICTED: Nepalese youth Vishnu was convicted on Thursday for possessing 990 gm of charas. He was sentenced to 30-month’s rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 25,000.


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