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FARMER’S SON DIES: Sheshkaran, a son of Surja Ram, a farmer of Sardarpura village succumbed to bullet injury on Monday night. Family sources said he was hit on the chest as in an “accidental fire” as he was cleaning the weapon.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, the district administration will spend Rs 7.79 crore for the repair and maintenance of elementary schools. This was stated by Mr Raminder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, during a ‘jan sampark’ campaign at Khalra village in Patti subdivision on Wednesday.

CHILDREN GIVEN SHOES: The Lions Club Harmony, Barnala, on Tuesday distributed 250 pairs of shoes and socks among Thikriwala Primary School children 10 km from here.

SEMINAR: Rupali Wadhawan, a student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Khanna has won the first prize at a seminar organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad in Jalandhar on the topic “Bhart Ko Jano” on Sunday, Rupali and Savneet Kaur, both students of Sacred Heart Convent School, Khanna, had earlier bagged the first prize in a contest organised at Hindi Putri Pathshala by the parishad on Saturday.

CHEMISTS’ BODY: Mr Harish Sethi has been elected president of the Ropar District Chemists Association.

AWARD FOR BANK BRANCH: Karnataka Bank, Ludhiana branch, was adjudged as the “best branch” of the bank for the year 2002-03. In a function held recently at Mangalore, Chairman of the bank, Mr Ananthakrishna, presented the “Silver Rolling Trophy” to Mr B. Chandrashekar Rao, senior branch manager of the Ludhiana branch. The trophy was presented to the Regional Office, New Delhi. The trophy is given every year for all-round performance in key areas like deposits, advances, productivity per employee, net profit, etc.

PAU PROFESSOR GETS AWARD: Dr Hari Mohan Saxena, Professor of Immunology in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology of the Veterinary College of Punjab Agricultural University, has been awarded with the Mid-Career Scientist Award of the Indian Society for Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology for his outstanding research contributions in immunology.

MEETING: A meeting of the Government Teachers Union was held at the local Municipal Children Park. Mr Sikander Singh Jartoli, district general secretary of the union, presided over the meeting. Apprising members of the details of a meeting of office-bearer with the District Education Officer (DEO) at Sangrur, Mr Jartoli said the DEO had assured that promotions of head teachers and centre head teacher would be done with immediate effect. All GPF balances would be sent to blocks in January, 2004, and matter of ACP to Giani and Parbhakar teachers would be taken up with the authorities concerned.

DISTRIBUTED: Madhuban, an organisation established in the memory of renowned radio and TV artiste Ashwani Mahajan on his 50th death anniversary on Monday, distributed winter school uniforms to needy students of the local Saraswati School.

ELECTROCUTED: Amrik Singh, Assistant Lineman with the Punjab State Electricity Board here died of electrocution on Wednesday morning at Mamun village while he was repairing an electric cable box

FELLOWSHIP: Dr D.S. Bhullar, Senior Medical Officer of Rajindra Hospital here has been awarded Fellowship of the IMA Academy of Medical Specialities in Medicine by the Indian Medical Association.

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: Greenwood Public School, here organised its annual prize distribution function on Wednesday. The Chairman of the Improvement Trust, Mr K.K. Sharma, was the chief guest. He urged the students to participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities. The Principal of the school, Mr Kirpal Singh, presented a vote of thanks.

LAVATORIES: As many as 4,913 rural lavatories were under construction under the Rajiv Gandhi Pendu Jan Sehat Kalyan Yojna while 539 such lavatories were already complete, Punjab Social Welfare Minister Joginder Singh Mann has said. The state government will spend Rs 500 crore under the scheme for benefiting10 lakh families, the minister, according to an official press note said on Wednesday.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The annual function of Shivalik Public School was celebrated on Tuesday. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, presided over the function. Students presented a four-hour cultural function on the occasion.



OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sri Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Sector 23, Chandigarh: president — Mr Narinder Prabhaker; chief patron — Mr Roshan Lal Sud; patrons — Mr Munshi Ram Gulati, Mr O.P. Malhotra and Mr Sat Pal Sharma; senior vice-president — Mr Divaker Pathak; vice-presidents — Mr Chet Ram, Mr O.P. Mittal, Mr Ram Pal Sharma, Mr M.L. Narang, Mr Pawan Mittal, Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, Mr Ravinder Prabhaker, Mr Raj Kumar Sharma, Mr K.L. Sharma, Mr V.M. Sehgal and Mr Roshan Lal Aggarwal; general secretary — Mr Sardari Lal Goswami; finance secretary — Mr Ramesh Chander; cashier — Mr Gian Chand Sharma; office-secretary — Mr Manmohan Pathak; prachar secretary — Mr Brij Mohan Sud; convener — Mr Hari Mohan Sud; secretary (stores) — Mr Yog Raj Sharma; and press secretary — Mr Krishan Bhardwaj.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATED: Students of Eicher School, Parwanoo, celebrated Christmas with great fervour on Tuesday. The school premises was colourfully decorated with balloons, stars and Christmas tree. Children sang carol. A few tiny tots were dressed up as Santa Claus. The Principal, Mrs Shalini Kashyap addressed the gathering.


CHRISTMAS: Christmas was celebrated with enthusiasm by students of DAV Public School, Ambala Cantonment on Wednesday. They staged a skit highlighting the significance of Christmas. Students spoke on Santa Claus and the importance of giving gifts. Carols were sung by the school choir. A separate celebration for the junior wing of the school was also held. Principal Rita J.P. Singh encouraged the students to maintain the Christmas spirit.

HUSBAND HELD: The police has arrested Mahender Singh of Jamalpur village on the charge of burning his wife to death. Mahender allegedly had murdered his wife Rajni for dowry.

PANCHAYAT POLL: Voting for 16 sarpanches and members of two Panchayat Samitis will be held on December 28. Mr Javir Singh was elected from ward No 21 of Bhiwani in Panchayat Samiti election. Election in ward No 21 of Khanak village in Tosham block and Dadri block II will be held for Panchayat Samiti where voters of Paldi, Balrod and Changrod will cast votes. Three panches in Bajina village under Tosham block, four panches in Bhiwani Khera, three panches in Badhra, one in Kairu and two panches were elected under Siwani block unopposed.

MEETING: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr J.P.S. Dahiya, has urged bank officers to advance loans after proper verification of the borrowers to ensure proper utilisation of funds. Mr Dahiya was speaking at the monthly assessment and advisory committee meeting organised by the district lead Bank Manager here on Monday.

LOK MANCH: Braving foggy weather 240 persons put their grievances before Mr Vijayendra Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, at the weekly lok manch programme held at the District Secretariat here on Monday. The Deputy Commissioner settled most of the grievances on the spot and a few were referred to the departments concerned.


CONSUMERS DAY: On the eve of National Consumers Day , a seminar on the rights of consumers was organised here on Wednesday by the District Civil Supplies Department. The seminar was addressed by the Joint Director of Civil Supplies, Mr Raj Kumar Rakesh, and officials of the Weights and Measure Department.

EFFIGIES BURNT: Activists of the Hamirpur Seva Dal burnt effigies of former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and former Chairman, HP Subordinate Services Selection board Surendra Mohan Katwal here on Tuesday. They also raised anti-Dhumal and anti-Katwal slogans.

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