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LECTURE: The Alumni Association of GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar organised a lecture on “Punjab Education Policy 2002” on the College Campus. Dr J.S. Brar, Principal of the college, welcomed Dr Kuldip Puri, Project Officer, Regional Resource Centre, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The president of the alumni association, Mr Daya Singh Thind, DEO Fategharh Sahib and Mr Bachittar Singh, retired DEO, Ludhiana, presented their views on the issue. Mr Bachittar Singh was honoured for his contribution to the field of education for 35 years.

DACOITY: Six or seven armed persons committed a dacoity at a factory in Industrial Area here on Saturday night and decamped with Rs 2,400 and 100 kg of nickel. They also beat up two employees of the factory.

DISTRIBUTED: The local unit of Arya Samaj Ghas Mandi organised a ‘jan kalyan divas’ dedicated to Lala Lajpat Rai, on Sunday at Arya Samaj Mandir. A veteran Arya Samaj leader, Ms Sushila Arya, presided over and distributed shawls to as many as 100 needy women on the occasion, according to Mr Surinder Mohan Tejpal, secretary of the Arya Samaj.

KISAN CAMP: The local branch of Indian Bank organised a ‘Kisan Camp’ at nearby Hiala village on Saturday to make the farmers aware about the various loan schemes launched by the bank for providing easy credit facility to the farmers. Mr D.P. Singh, AGM, Chandigarh Circle, presided over and gave detailed information about the various loan schemes to the farmers. He also sanctioned loans to the farmers and distributed credit cards on the spot.

WORKSHOP: A three-day block level workshop of school teachers under the Sarv Shikhya Abhiyan was organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Aur, about 10 km from here. The teachers were trained to tackle physically and mentally challenged students, first aid techniques, stress management and discipline. Mr Jarnail Singh, Block Coordinator, Mr Bikramjit Singh, Principal and Dr Ashok Guru, SMO, Civil Dispensary, Aur, among others, delivered lectures at the workshop.

SEIZED: Rawalpindi police seized 140 kg of poppy husk and nabbed two persons in this connection. Those arrested under NDPC Act included Balbir Chand of Ghuman village and Hardial Singh of Jagpalpur village. Both were travelling in a matador and were nabbed near Sikri village.



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SCIENCE QUIZ: As many as seven teams participated in a science quiz organised by Government Degree College, Dera Bassi, here on Saturday. Four students — Deepankar of Class XII (medical), Harvinder of Class XII (non-medical), Pradeep of Class XI (medical) and Maninder Singh of Class XI (medical) were adjudged best participants.

ARRESTED: The police on Saturday arrested Mangat Ram, a resident of Baldev Nagar in Ambala, for gambling at public place in Harmilap Nagar Colony in Bartana village. Acting on a tip-off a raid was conducted and Mangat was arrested red handed. The police recovered Rs 295 from his possession. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered against Mangat Ram.

MEDITATION CAMP: “Meditation is love, and leads to the param atma. One has to rise above one’s selfish motive, in order to evolve as a better human and get closer to God.” This was stated by Swami Gautam Vishwas of the Vishwas Meditation Centre while addressing devotees at a meditation camp today. The two-day camp that began on Saturday, saw hundreds of devotees thronging the Sector 12 camp. The camp is being held in two sessions. 



LINGUAL HARMONY DAY: Lingual Harmony Day was celebrated at the local CMK National Girls’ Postgraduate College and Government National Postgraduate College here. This was part of the National Integration Week being celebrated from November 19 to 25. 



LAUNCHED: The government has launched handicapped persons aid project in the district. Under this scheme those with annual incomes of Rs 60,000, Rs 1.20 lakh and above Rs 1.20 lakh, would be provided cent per cent, 50 per cent and 25 per cent subsidy respectively, for the purchase of artificial limbs, hearing aids and tricycles. This was declared at Kutheda about 45 kms from here, on Saturdayby District Project Officer A.S. Kashav while presiding over a function held to mark a Weaker Sections Day. He said 1000 “self help groups” of women had been organised here in the district for helping women to strengthen their financial condition while 200 such groups have been set up at Ghumarwin alone.

REMOVED: Continuing with its drive against encroachments, the district administration removed encroachments at Dari village, about two kilometers from here, on Saturday. The SDM, Mr Rakesh Sharma, accompanied by Assistant SP, Tehsildar, Dharamsala, and a large contingent of police and labour descended at Dari village and removed the encroachments despite protests from the people who had set up their business on government land. No untoward incident was reported. The district administration had removed some such encroachments from Kotwali Bazar.

DRIVE: A special drive has been initiated by the Forest Department here to check the misuse of the timber rights of the local people in the district. Mr B.D. Suyal, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), here said the residents of Kulu who owned agricultural land or had got land through inheritance and those who had purchased the complete share of the land, (called ‘Salam Khata’, as per the revenue terms), were entitled to get timber (standing trees) called Timber Distribution (TD) from the Forest Department vide the Enderson’s Report of 1896, later amended by the Himachal Pradesh Government, for the construction, repairs and renovations of their residential houses. Anyone using the allotted timber for any other purpose was liable to be punished or suspension of the Timber Distribution Rights.


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