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BLOOD DONATION: As many as 160 units of blood was donated by students and staff of the Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology at a camp organised on the premises of the institute in Jansla village, near here, on Tuesday. Dr Lakshminarayan, Regional Officer, All-India Council of Technical Education, Chandigarh, inaugurated the camp by planting a tree, said Ms Madhu Chitkara, Director of the institute.

EXHIBITION: More than 500 models prepared by around 200 students of Guru Govind Singh Vidya Mandir, Ratwara Sahib, near here, are on display at the annual exhibition of the school. It was inaugurated by the Punjab Rural Development and Agriculture Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, on Monday. There are models projecting the life of Shri Guru Gobind Singh and his scholastic depth besides his excellence in the knowledge of warfare.

RECRUITMENT RALLY: The Army will conduct a recruitment rally at Fatehgarh Sahib from November 16 to 23. Candidates hailing from Patiala, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib (all castes), Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur (only Sikh candidates) and candidates from all districts of the state belonging to the Sikh (Mazbi Ramdasia) community will be screened at the rally. Tokens will be issued on November 16.

CYCLE RALLY: All units of Lion Club here will organise a cycle rally on November 14 to spread awareness about the preservation of a healthy environment among the masses. The rally will be flagged off by the Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Mr Vishnu Sharma. Around 300 school students will participate in the rally.

DISTRIBUTED: The Jan Hit Samiti, Punjab, held its annual winter uniform distribution function at SDSE Senior Secondary School here on Tuesday. Around 600 pullovers were distributed among needy students. Those present on the occasion included the Principal, Government Mohindra College, Mr Raj Kumar Sharma, and the president of the samiti Mr I. D. Sharma. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office -bearers of the Mehar Singh and New Mehar Singh Colony Welfare Association: president — Mr K.C. Sharma; senior vice-presidents — Mr Ramesh Sethi, Mr Narinder Pal Singh and Mr Vinod Mehta; vice-presidents — Mr Surinder Gill, Mr Teja Singh and Mr Sukhdev Raj Gupta; general secretary — Mr Pritpal Singh; and finance secretary— Mr Shiv Dutt Sharma. 



BJP DHARNA: The local unit of the BJP would stage a dharna in front of the office of the Municipal Corporation on Wednesday to protest against taxes imposed by the Congress dominant corporation. Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, President, of the local party unit, said the party would force the ruling group to roll back all its anti-people resolutions. 

INDEFINITE FAST: The indefinite fast by Jain saint, Ajay Munni Ji Maharaj, entered the 100th day today, according to the President of the SS Jain Sabha here. The saint started the fast on August 4 at Mahavira Bhavan in Sector 22. Apart from fasting, the saint recently observed complete silence for 21 days. His “maun vrat” started on October 5 and continued till October 25. On Divali, the monk had nursed a secret desire in his mind, known as “abhigreh” in Jainism. The monk has resolved to fast till his desire is fulfilled, the president added.

CHEQUE PRESENTED: Cheques for Rs 50,000 each were handed over to widows of the two labourers who were killed at a construction site in Sector 25 on November 3. The cheques drawn from the calamity relief fund were handed over to Prabha, wife of Ram Milan, and Reena Devi, wife of Tiru Prasad. 

STREET LIGHTS: New street lighting at a cost of Rs 5 lakh were on Tuesday inaugurated by the Congress MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and the Mayor, Mr Subhash Chawla, in Sector 22 C and D markets. The local Congress President, Mr B.B. Behl, was also present on the occasion. The Municipal Corporation has also undertaken the recarpeting at a cost of Rs 9 lakh. Another project of laying pavement blocks at a cost of Rs 9.30 lakh has also been undertaken by the corporation. Rs 24 lakh has been spent on the development works in the Sector 22, according to the area councillor, Mr Pardeep Chhabra. 

BEREAVED: Mr P.C. Kalia, father of Mr Vinod Kalia, Assistant Director, Tourism, UT Administration, died on Tuesday. He was 87. He is survived by four sons and a daughter.



CENTRES OPENED: Mrs Urvashi Gulati, Chief Electoral Officer, on Monday inaugurated block centres at Rasulpur and Bilaspur. The centres have been constructed under the Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan at a cost of Rs 8 lakh. Mrs Gulati also presided over a meeting of officers at the district secretariat here and expressed satisfaction over the progress of developmental activities in the district.

BODY FOUND: The police here on Monday recovered the body of a youth from bushes on a vacant plot behind a hospital on the Yamuna Nagar-Jagadhri highway. According to the police, there was a wound on the body. The youth was around 35 years old with a height of 5 feet 3 inches. The police has registered a case and sent the body for post-mortem examination.

OLD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Old Students Association (Alumni) of Guru Nanak Khalsa College Yamunanagar for the session 2003-2004: Chief partron — Mr Bhupinder Singh Jauhar; president — Mr Sat Pal Rosy; vice-president — Mr Tejinder Pal Singh Dhillon; secretary — Ms Ekta Sharma; joint secretary — Mr Anil Gupta; treasurer — Prof Bal Krishan; and press secretary — Mr Devinder Singh and Mr Rajesh Bhardwaj.



HELD FOR KIDNAP: The police here has arrested Arjun, a resident of Nepal, who is said to have kidnapped a girl from a village under Bharadi police station two days ago. Superintendent of Police M. Chander Shekhar said here on Monday when the girl, who was studying in class VIII, did not return from school in the evening, her parents registered an FIR. Led by SHO Amarchand, a police party arrested Arjun at Sarkaghat bus stand in Mandi and found the girl with him.

SUHI FAIR: The Chamba Welfare Association has demanded the local Suhi fair be declared a district-level one. This fair is held during Chaitra-Baishakh in the memory of the legendary Rani Sunayana, reverentially called Suhi Mata, who sacrificed her life for providing potable water to Chamba in the 10th Century.

3 MISHAPS, 1 DEAD: One person was killed and three persons were injured in three different road accidents in the district on Monday. Kangra district police chief S.Zahoor H.Zaidi said one person was killed when a scooter was hit by a Maruti car at Chatroli village under Nurpur police station in this district. The deceased, who was on the pillion, was injured. He succumbed to injuries in a Nurpur hospital. The deceased was identified as Karam Chand. Sandeep Sharma and Anoop of Gaggal were injured when their scooter hit a tractor at Ansoli village. Another person was injured when hit by a scooter at Bassi village near Dhera.

WEBSITE LAUNCHED: Mr Shankar Podwal, a local youth, has created a new website on Himachal Pradesh with latest foreign technology Studio MX. It was launched here on Monday in the presence of mediapersons. The website claims to be one of its kind having exclusive features which are not present in the earlier launched two websites on Himachal Pradesh.


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