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Martyrdom Day: The Martyrdom Day of Guru Teg Bahadur was observed at Gurdwara Bohar Sahib Chaswa near here. A huge gathering of panches, sarpanches and residents of the neighbouring villages paid obeisance to the Guru. The sarpanch of Tohra village Satwinder Singh Mr Ram Singh Chaswal, president of the SAD youth wing Bhadson, sarpanch Mahinder Singh Jhambali, sarpanch Nachhtar Singh Chaswal, Mr Sher Singh, president of gurdwara Bhadsor addressed the gathering.

ACTION SOUGHT: The Arhtiya Association of Jandiala Guru has demanded action against Assistant Food and Supply Officer Ram Rashpal Sharma, for “harassing and creating hurdles” in the smooth functioning of the grain mandi. The agents appealed to the Chief Minister to intervene.

POWER CUT: Resentment prevails among residents here against the functioning of the local office of the Punjab State Electricity Board. According to the residents, unannounced power cuts started on Sunday and continued on Monday. When Naresh a substation attendant, was asked he said he had received a message from Patiala in this regard.

POPULATION CONTROL: In its bid to check population and to create awareness among people about birth control methods, the National Integrated Medical Association organised a camp in Gandhi Camp on Sunday. It was inaugurated by Mr Avtaar Henry, Punjab Minister for Food and Supplies. Dr Amita Saini, chairperson of the organisation, said population control was possible only if government took effective steps.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following are New Baradari Welfare Society office-bearers: chief patron — Mr S.S. Bains; patron — Mr Chander Gaind; chairman — Mr M.S. Virdi; president — Mr Sandip Kaul; vice-presidents — Mr J.S. Ghumman, Mr Sukhwinder Riar and Mr Dalbir Singh; legal adviser — Major Singh; general secretary — Mr Pardip Singh Basra; and treasurer — Mr Jaspal Vir Singh.

MEETING HELD: A joint meeting of the office-bearers of the National Backward and Minority Communities-Emp. Federation was here on Sunday under the presidentship of the state coordinator, Mr Joginder Lal Rai, Mr Karamjit Singh Kainth state general secretary of the organisation briefed about the ‘Samaj-Parvartan-Dharam-Yatra’ programme of Prof Gurnam Singh ‘Muktsar’, national president of both the organisations. The meeting decided to make success of the Samaj-Parvartan-Dharam-Yatra’ being organised by ‘Prof Muktsar’ from November 26 to 28 in the Malwa zone.

NOMINATED: City-based lecturer, Mr Davinder Singh Chhina, has been nominated as member of the International Commission on Festivals of IOV, an NGO in operational relations with Unesco. He has been nominated for the promotion of folk art, culture, and peace in the world. Mr Alexander Veigel, Central Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Folk Art based in Johannesstrasse, Austria, informed Mr Chhina of his nomination through a comminque.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected as office-bearers of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation during their elections held at Chattar Singh Park here: president — Mr Harpal Singh from PWD (B&R circle), Ludhiana; senior vice-president — Mr Harbans Singh from PWD; vice-presidents — Mr Himmat Kumar, Mr Kewal Singh, Mr Major Singh and Ms Baldev Kaur; general secretary — Mr Ajit Singh; assistant secretary — Mr Sukhwinder Singh; and treasurer — Mr Shamsher Singh Bajwa.

JEWELLERY EXHIBITION: The Silverline Jewellers of Mumbai will hold a two-day exhibition of their new brand ‘Imagem’ at Hotel Park Plaza from Tuesday. Mr Neeraj, owner of the company, said the jewellery was handicrafted in 18k gold with quality diamonds and precious and semi-precious gemstones. He said each piece of jewellery would come with a digital photo-printed guarantee card with a re-assuring buyback policy, setting the seal on value, purity and integrity.

Satta bookie held: The police on Sunday arrested Pawan Kumar, of Bulara village the and recovered Rs 650 from his possession and booked him under the Gambling Act. The police alleged that he was involved in booking was involved in booking “satta” bets.

CULTURAL EVENING: The Ramgarhia Cultural Council (regd), in collaboration with a city cable opera, organised a cultural evening — 'Aa Ja Nach Lai' — at the State College of Education here on Monday. The function was presided over by Mr Surjit Singh Rakhra, MLA, Samana. The president of council and show director, Mr Paramjit Singh Parwana, presented vote of thanks.

WORKSHOP: A two-day workshop on AIDS awareness organised by Punjabi University’s NSS Department in collaboration with the NSS Regional Centre of the Government of India concluded here on Friday.

IFTAR PARTY: Islam stood for universal brotherhood, said Syed Nazir Ahmed Nazir, president, Anjuman Dawtey Islamia Committee, at an Iftar party on Sunday. Punjab Social Welfare Minister Joginder Singh Mann was the chief guest. The party was held at Dargah Mehkam Shah on Palahi road here.

MELA ENDS: A three-day environment mela concluded here on Sunday. It was marked by a flower show, blood donation camp, healthy baby show, poetical recitation contest and body building competition. Nagar Council President Malkiat Singh Ragbotra and the former Chairman, Local Improvement Trust, Mr Om Parkash Gupta, gave away prizes to the winners.

MISHAPS: Three unnatural deaths have been reported from in and around Phagwara. In a hit-and-run case, a woman identified as Shankri was killed after being hit by a vehicle on GT Road near Sapror village. In another road accident near Bahr Majara village on Phagwara-Banga road, one person identified as Tarsem Lal was killed.



WORKSHOP: A three-day national workshop on “Curriculum development in natural products’ will be organised by the department of Natural Products at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) on Tuesday. Organised under the chairmanship of Prof K.K. Bhutani, Dean, NIPER, more than 100 teachers, postdocrate and doctoral students of Pharmacy colleges and universities are expected to participate. 

FAMILY PLANNING CAMP: The local branch of the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), in association with the Inner Wheel Club, held a family planning camp on Monday. Thirtytwo tubectomy operations were performed under the supervision of Dr Sangita Pandita, Medical Officer, FPAI. The Inner Wheel Club distributed a set of five utensils each to the family planning acceptors.



LIQUOR SHOP: A delegation from Tundla village, near Ambala City, met the Deputy Commissioner along with the organising secretary of the HPCC, Mr Viresh Sandilaya, to protest against the opening of a liquor shop in the village. The delegation comprised a former sarpanch of the village, Mr Hari Ram Sharma, Ms Pushpa Rani and Mr Rajesh Kumar (both panch). They alleged that a liquor contractor wanted to forcibly open the liquor vend there. The villagers alleged that the contractor had been threatening them with dire consequences if they opposed his move. 

Arrested: The CIA staff has arrested a shopkeeper in Ambala City for selling pirated CDs of a reputed CD manufacturing company. The SP, Ambala, Mr Mohammad Akil, has said a representative of Super Cassette Industries, Noida, Mr Suresh Kumar, had complained to the police that the shopkeeper, Rajender Kumar, had been selling pirated CDs of their company. The police seized 450 pirated CDs. A case has been registered under Copyright Act and arrested him.

FREE COMPUTER COURSE: The local ET&T computer education and training centre is offering free computer training to girls and women from economically weaker sections. Centre Director Sudhir Windlas has said that on successful completion of the six-month computer course, a certificate will be provided to the candidates. Minimum qualification for entry to the course is plus two and annual family income must not be more than Rs 30,000. The written test and interview for 20 seats would be held on December 13.

HEAD EXAMINERS’ MEET: To give a further impetus to the education reforms programme, the Board of School Education, Haryana, will organise seminars and workshops on bringing about improvement in the evaluation system from the month of December in which more than 2000 head examiners will take part. A board spokesman said an orientation programme for head examinations would be held during which training would be given to them for making evaluation reliable, transparent and candidate-centred.

DIRECTED: City Magistrate B.B. Kaushik has directed all block development and panchayat officers to give names to poor widows by December 15 constructing pucca houses for them so that these could be prepared within the stipulated period under the Indira Awas Yojna. Taking action on a complaint regarding embezzlement of a grant by a sarpanch of Nigana Khurd village he said he had asked the district development and panchayat officer to complete the probe in this connection at the earliest.

DC’S ORDER: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Agarwal, has directed the DDPO to recommend suspension of the Gram Sachiv of Ratta Khera Lukman village to the Director, Panchayats, following a complaint by a villager that the former had demanded 15 per cent commission from him for a project.

CRUSHED: An unidentified old person was crushed to death by a train on Sunday. According to reports the 70-year-old man was crossing the railway track. The Railway Police sent the body to the local civil hospital on Monday for post-mortem examination.

2 KILLED: Two members of a family died in a road accident on Sunday. The accident occurred when the motorcycle of Gurnam Singh of Sura village and his cousin Pardeep was hit by a truck at Radaur about 20 km from here. Gurnam Singh died on the spot and Pardeep was shifted to Community Health Centre, Radaur, from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. He succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital. The truck driver fled from the site and the police has registered a case and impounded the truck.

BLOOD DONATION: A blood donation camp was organised at the local Guru Nanak Khalsa College on Saturday. Mr S.P. Sharma, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development, Haryana, was the chief guest. A total of 452 units of blood was donated by students.

INDUSTRIAL AREA: The Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) has decided to restructure the old Industrial Area of the city. A senior spokesman for the HSIDC said here on Saturday that it would be converted into a model industrial area of the state. He said the HSIDC had allocated Rs 1 crore for the development of the Industrial Area, which had been neglected for the past more than four decades.

COMPENSATION: The Yamunanagar District Consumer Forum has ordered UTI to pay Rs 1,000 as compensation, besides 12 per cent interest on the maturity value, for making payment after a delay of nine months to a complainant, Mrs Raj Kathpalia.



SEIZED: The police seized 5.65 kg charas from the possession of three persons at three different points in Chamba district on Sunday. Giving this information here on Monday. Mr Ajay Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police, Chamba, disclosed that three persons — Lal Deen, Raj Deen and Kailash Chand — were arrested at Nainikhud, Goli and Bonkhari Mor, respectively. The SP said cases against these persons were registered under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The SP said under the anti-drugs campaign, the district police had so far recovered 75 kg of charas from different parts of the district during this year.

ONE KILLED: One person was killed and seven others were wounded when a van in which they were travelling along with a marriage party rolled down a hillock near Chahla on Chamba-Pathankot highway on Sunday, according to a delayed report. The deceased was identified as Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Panjoh village. He succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. The condition of two injured identified as Brijesh Kumar and Raj Kumar was stated to be critical. A case has been registered in this regard.

2 HELD FOR THEFT: The police has arrested Dinesh Parmar of Adarsh Nagar, Jalandhar, and his accomplice Sandeep, alias Ankur Thakur, a resident of Nadaun near Nagrota Bagwan for stealing a Maruti van (HP 22-2263) in Nadaun, Hamirpur. A case has been registered.

DAMAGES AWARDED: The Consumer Forum, Mandi, has directed United Insurance Company to pay Gorja Devi of Nandi in Chachoit an amount of Rs 12000 along with interest as compensatory damages. The complainant had purchased a cow on August 6, 2002, for an amount of Rs 12000 which was financed by Punjab National Bank, Sainj, under the self-help group scheme. The cow died on August 17, 2002, and all relevant papers were submitted to the company but the claim was refused by the insurance company.


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