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SARV SIKHIYA ABHIYAN: A sum of Rs 7.79 crore would be spent on education under the Sarv Sikhiya Abhiyan Scheme in the district. This was stated by chairman of the Education Scheme Committee, Mr Raminder Singh on Thursday. He said the money would be spent on development of 258 primary and upper primary level schools. The school development committees would supervise the working of the development projects of the schools.

TRANSFERRED: The Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Chheharta, Mr Sarvjot Singh Gill, has been transferred to Government Senior Secondary School, Ramdas. A case of corporala punishment had been reported from the school during his tenure. Allegations of corporal punishment and of irregularities in connection with some scholarships had been levelled against him.

DHARNA: Staff of various nationalised banks staged a four-hour dharna in front of Punjab National Bank premises here on Thursday to protest against different economic policies of the Centre implemented in the country. The protesters also raised anti-government slogans. Critising the anti-people policies like the non-recovery of NPA of the banks and the proposal of privatisation of banks, Mr S.P.S. Sandhu, president of the district unit of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation, demanded that interest rate on savings should be increased without any further delay.

COMMITTEES FORMED: Following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to check the sale of non-specified polythene bags in the state, the district administration has constituted three committees. These committees headed by senior officers of the District Pollution Board. These have been set up at Faridkot, Kotkapura and Jaito to ensure the proper implementation of the orders in the district. The committee members would make surprise checks action will be taken against those found violating the orders. Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, asked the units manufacturing the polythene bags to get registered with the district Pollution Board immediately to avoid punitive action.

ROAD MISHAP: Surjeet Kaur (19) was killed and her husband Gurnam Singh (21) and sister-in-law Lacho Bai were seriously injured, when their car rammed into a truck parked on the Ferozepore-Fazilka state highway near Dharmu Wala village, 8 km from here, on Monday night. The injured have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. However, the 15-day-old child of the deceased who was in her lap at the time of the accident had a miraculous escape.

ELECTED: At a meeting held at Transport Nagar on Wednesday, Mr Gurdeep Singh Leel was re-elected president of the International Sikh Dharam Parchar Manch for the next two years. Other office-bearers are: patron — Sant Daljeet Singh of Chicago; general secretaries — Mr Rattan Singh Kamalpuri and Mr Jagdish Singh Jassowal, chief adviser — Mr Pritam Singh Bharowal; senior vice-presidents — Mr Kulwant Singh Ranike, Mr Hardev Singh Dholan and Mr Gurinderpal Singh Pappu; vice-presidents — Mr Hardev Singh Jhammat, Dr Pritpal Singh and Dr Gurdeep Singh Dhawan; press secretary — Mr Avtar Singh Happy; secretaries — Mr Surinder Singh Bilga, Bibi Rupinder Kaur, Bibi Poonamjit Kaur; finance secretary — Mr Rajinder Singh Bedi. A five-member committee to look after Punjab affairs of the manch was formed. The members are: Prof Jagir Singh Chana, Mr Kuldeep Singh Dhillon, Mr Tejinder Singh, Mr Harnek Singh Dhillon and Mr Tajinder Singh Khalsa. Advocate Parupkar Singh Ghuman and advocate Harinder Singh Narang were appointed legal advisers to the manch.

Concert: A concert, Kahkshan, based on Urdu ghazals of renowned poets will be held on Sunday at Punjabi Bhavan here from 6.30 p.m. onwards. The concert will be organised by Adeeb International (Sahir Cultural Academy). Stating this, Dr Kewal Dheer, general secretary of the organisation, said the programme may be the first of its kind in which artistes from different spheres were joining hands to present ghazals of legends like Meer, Ghalib, Daag, Iqbal, Jigar, Faiz and Sahir with musical and dramatic effects.

CAMP: The Rotary Club Jagraon with the aid of Cipla Co will organise a free camp for heart and ortho check-up on November 30 at Kalyani Hospital where a team of doctors headed by Dr R P Singh of Mohali will examine the patients.

ALUMNI MEET: The local DAV College of Education organised an ‘Alumni Meet’ on the college campus on Wednesday. Dr A.K. Rajpal, secretary, Managing Committee, presided over the function. Old students of the college refreshed memories of their college days. The Principal of the college, Dr Dev Ichha Shekhar, and lecturers were honoured by the Alumni Association. A cultural function was also organised on the occasion.

CUSTOMERS’ MEET : Punjab National Bank organised a camp for customers at Bamyal town, about 30 km from here, on Tuesday. Inaugurating the camp the LDM, Mr M.P. Singh apprised the customers and account holders of the various schemes of the bank. Mr Kuldip Singh, manager of the Bamyal Branch and sarpanch Joginder Singh were also present on the occasion.

STONE CRUSHERS : Mr Ravinder Abhi, chairman of the All-Punjab and Himchal Pradesh Stone Crushers, has urged the Himachal Pradesh Government to intervene and help get the crushers that had been closed following the orders of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, become operational. He said if the stone crusher business was not revived thousands of employees would have to face starvation.

NEW FIRE STATION : Mr Ashok Sharma, MLA, laid the foundation stone of the new fire station proposed to be constructed on Mission Road here on Tuesday. The local municipal council had mooted a plan to construct the new fire station in order to shift the earlier one from the congested Municipal Bazar area. Mr Sharma said the new fire station would house the modern fire tenders.

PROTEST : Residents took out a protest march on Thursday to protest against the demolition drive in which more than 100 huts were demolished on Wednesday. The rally was addressed by Mohan Lal, former minister and Mr Manjit Singh, vice-president, Municipal Council, Pathankot. The protesters raised slogans against Punjab Government and staged a dharna which continued for a couple of hours. They later submitted the memorandum to the SDM here.

ARRESTED: The local police arrested a Bangladesh national on Wednesday and booked him under Sections 3-34-20 of the Indian Passport Act and Section 14 of the Foreign Act.

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TRANSFERS: Four SHOs and some Sub-Inspectors and ASI’s have been transferred in this police district. The police sources told this correspondent on Thursday that inspector Baldev Singh, SHO of the local city police station, had been shifted to the security branch of the office of the SSP.



Students’ visit: A total of 125 kindergarten students of St Peter’s Secondary School in Sector 37-B here visited Jama Masjid, Sector 20, on Thursday. The students were told about the significance and relevance of Id. 



DEAD: S.C. Jain, a judge of Lok Adalat, Bhiwani, passed away here on Wednesday after a brief illness. He had retired as district and sessions Judge recently. Judges and advocates attended his funeral on Thursday and the Bar Association, Bhiwani, convened a condolence meeting to pay homage to him. Work was suspended for half day at the local courts.

3 INJURED: Three persons were wounded when a car in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Badhra on Thursday. The injured, identified as Rajesh, Narender and Ajit of Badhra, have been admitted to civil hospital at Bhiwani.

ELECTED: Mr Ranjan Sibbal has been unanimously elected as the president of the Saraswati Sugar Mill Mazdoor Union, Yamuna Nagar for the sixth time. The term is for three years.



ELECTED: Maj Shivram Sharma was re-elected president of the district unit of the Himachal Vikas Congress unanimously on Tuesday. Mr Lekhram Dhiman (Gehadwin), Mr Santram Rana (Bilaspur Sadar), Mr Swatantra Sankhayayan (Kotkehloor) and Mr Lashkariram Sharma (Ghumarwin) were elected vice-presidents, Dr Asharam Sharma (Kotkehloor), Mr Piar Singh Thakur (Bilaspur Sadar) Ms Vinod Sheela (Ghumarwin) and Mr Rooplal Sharma (Gehadwin) were elected as general secretaries, Mr Haridass Thakur (Kandraur) was elected to the post of treasurer.

SEMINAR: A workshop-cum-seminar was organised for police officers of the district, including Station House Officers and Munshi Head Constables at the Police Lines here on Tuesday. The SP, Mr M. Chander Shekhar, exhorted officers to ensure not only the success of all public contact and public welfare schemes launched in the district but also to endear themselves to general public by their behaviour. Additional Superintendent of Police Kapil Sharma also addressed the police officers among others.

SUMMONED: The District Consumer Forum directed the General Manager of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited on Wednesday to appear in front of the forum on December 3 in connection with a case of alleged deficiency of service. The BSNL had allegedly not activated the SIM card issued under student plan. Forum also issued notice to Mr Adarsh Kumar Sood, former Mayor of Shimla, who is a BSNL dealer. The complainant, Mr Yashish Manta, said he had purchased a SIM card (number 3814) under the student plan from BSNL on October 25, 2003. It was alleged that authorities had promised to activate the card within two-three days but the card was not activated for a month.

WOMAN DIES: A 45-year-old woman died of asphyxiation in her house at Jutogh cantonment, near here on Thursday. The woman was identified as Vijay Tomar. According to the police she was suffocated by poisonous gas produced from the coal fire kept in her room.


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