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ARRESTED: The police on Saturday claimed to have arrested proclaimed offender Sewa Singh and Balkar Singh. Sewa Singh was wanted in a theft case while Balkar Singh was wanted in the smuggling of illicit liquor case.

EXHIBITION: To mark the centenary celebrations of the Central Khalsa orphanage run by the Chief Khalsa Diwan, an exhibition of rare hand-written volumes of Guru Granth Sahib was organised here. Honorary secretary of the diwan Bhag Singh Ankhi said this treasure of rare granths preserved for 100 years, would be put on CDs.

WORKSHOP: The risk of suicide is the highest during the period of recovery from mental illness. Between 30 and 40 per cent of the patients recover fully after the first episode, which is the result of changed behavioural pattern. This was stated by Dr Kiran Rao, Additional Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, nimhans, Bangalore, who was here on Friday to address a two-day workshop on rehabilitation for the mentally ill.

PROTEST: Members of the Government School Lecturers Union, Punjab, gathered at Nehru Park on Sunday in support of their demands. Later they took out a procession and assembled in front of the residence of the state Education Minister.

ARTIFICIAL LIMBS: The District Red Cross Society here organised a special camp for providing artificial limbs to handicapped persons at the local J.R. Government Polytechnic on Friday. He said the society had provided 95 tricycles, 25 wheelchairs, 31 sewing machines, 60 hearing-aid machines, 68 artificial limbs and 29 clippers to needy persons up to October 31.

INAUGURATED: Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, inaugurated a pilot project of introduction of Heptitis-B vaccine under the Universal Immunisation Programme at Dehpur village under the Community Health Centre, Hajipur, 72 km from here, on Friday. All new-born children in these two districts would be administered the Hepatitis-B vaccine free of cost on attaining the age of six weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks.

BURGLARY: Some miscreants broke open the locks of the house of Mrs Jasbir Kaur, wife of Mr M. Gurdev Singh, at the local Mohalla Amardas and stole Rs 25,000 in cash and gold ornaments. Mrs Jasbir Kaur is an employee at the Deputy Commissioner’s office and was on duty when the miscreants struck at her house.

WEBSITE: The Dal Khalsa on Friday launched its party’s website on Beant Singh, who killed Indira Gandhi, a former Prime Minister. The website launched by Kanwar Pal Singh focuses on the history, mission, aims, constitution and ideological aspect of the organisation.

HEALTH CAMP: The police organised a health check up-cum-blood donation camp at the Police Lines here on Saturday. As many as 700 persons were examined. Special counters were set up for ECG and blood group check up.

COMPETITION: With a view to improving the organisational skills of the students and to make them practice the tool of information technology (IT) for the walfare of society, “Lovely Infomania”, a state-level IT competition, was organised by the Lovely Educational Trust on its campus at Chaheru, near here.

MEETING : A general body meeting of the General Insurance Officers All-India Association (GIOAIA) was held here on Saturday to discuss the current insurance scenario, customer service, officers welfare and challenges faced by insurance companies vis-a-vis the entry of private players in the field. Mr R. Sathiaseelan, Dr R.S. Taxak, Dr D.P. Singh, Mr B. Raja Ram, Mr V.S. Chopra, Assistant General Manager, Mr R.S. Singhal, Regional Manager, Ludhiana, Mr Brij Syal, Regional Manager, Chandigarh and Mr Narinder Sharma, Regional Manager, Ahmedabad, attended the meeting. Around 400 delegates from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir attended the meeting.

SEMINAR : The English Department of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised a seminar on Shakespeare’s dramas. Prof N.K. Kalia, a former Principal Government College, Guru Teg Bahadurgarh, delivered a lecture on the drama,‘The Merchant of Venice’. Dr Kulwant Singh Gill spoke on ‘Julius Caesar’ highlighting its theme of the triumph of Caesar and the fall of Brutus. Dr Anup Kaur Bansal, Principal of the College, appreciated the efforts of the English Department. Ms Manju Chawla, Head of Post graduate Department of English, thanked the scholars. 

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The local unit of the Arya Samaj and the Blood Donors Council organised a blood donation camp at the Arya Samaj Mandir here on Friday. Dr Dev Ichha Shekhar, Principal Dayanand College of Education for Women, inaugurated the camp.

Annual Function: Steelmans Public School celebrated its annual function with great pomp and show here on Saturday. The schoolchildren enthralled the audience with their performance. The president of the school, Mr Jasbir Singh Dhindsa, appreciated the sincere efforts on parts of teachers, parents and students who made the function a bug success. The SSP, Sangrur, Mr A.S Rai, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Quiz contest: A division-level quiz contest on Punjab History is being organised by the Punjab Language Department as a part of series of programme being conducted during “Punjabi Saptah” here on Monday. The Director, Punjab Language Department, Mr Madan Lal Hasiza, spoke on the occasion.



HAILED: Local BJP leaders have welcomed the appointment of Sandeep Sachdeva as a president of Ambala city unit of the party. Earlier, he was holding the charge of youth wing of the party. The leaders who hailed the appointment of Mr Sachdeva include local MLA Veena Chibbar, president of the municipal council Rajinder Guddu and other senior leaders of the party Faquir Chand Aggarwal, Sushil Aggarwal, Som Nath Khurana and Kirti Prashad Jain.



GopashtAmi: Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, on Saturday advocated the need for a complete ban on cow slaughter. He was addressing a function organised in Jamli near here on occasion of Gopashtami (cows celebration day) here. He also inaugurated the new campus of the Thakurdwara Gaushala samiti as well as the bottling plant of the gaumutra (Cow Urine). A sum of Rs 5 lakh had been spent on this complex.

Allegation: George, a sweeper with Chewa panchayat, died on Friday after he fell down while returning to his home in inebriated condition. He had sustained head injuries. Mr Ramesh Chauhan, Sarpanch, alleged that the staff at the Community Health Centre, Dharampur, did not attend to the injured worker, and claimed that the would not be given first aid until the police reached there. But Dr Rajiv Malhotra, of the centre said that George was treated as soon as he was brought there. Due to his deteriorating condition he was rushed to zonal hospital, Solan, the doctor said. George died on the way to Solan.

Smuggler escapes: A man, arrested in case of smuggling of wood, escaped from the police custody at Subathu police chowki on Friday. Kuldeep Singh from Kacchiar village near Kangra was arrested for smuggling three logs of Deodar wood near Subathu on October 30. Around 3 pm he had escaped from ventilation provided in a toilet of chowki.


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