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SEMINAR: A seminar was held at the Teachers Club here on Thursday under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan. Dr Ranveer Pratap Asija, Principal, DAV College of Education, Mr Daya Ram, BEO, Mr Kulwant Singh Bhatti, centre head teacher, Mr Hardip Singh, Mr Diwan Chand and Mr Lalit Madan spoke on ways to get rid of tension, providing first aid in the elementary schools and facilities under the new campaign for students.

ARRESTED: Sheela Rani, wife of Brij Lal, has been arrested in connection with the death of Satkartar Singh. He was injured in a group clash over the construction of a wall at Raipura village here on September 24. She was remanded into judicial custody by the court here. Three other persons had already been arrested in this connection but Sheela Rani evaded arrest for three months.

CAMP: A 10-day NSS camps organised by the DAV College of Education and Government Senior Secondary School for Boys concluded at Dangarkhera village and seed farm, respectively, on Saturday. Dr Ranveer Pratap Asija, Principal of the college, and Dr Harbans Singh Chahal, District Education Officer, honoured participants.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The contribution of private schools to imparting quality education is significant, said Mr Balwant Singh, DSP of Khumano, while addressing the 10th annual prize distribution function of Indian Public Secondary School, Mallowal, near here, on Friday. The function was inaugurated by Mr Ravinder Singh Moongo, convener of the Arhtiya Association, while the function was presided over by Congress leader Ram Singh Resail. The Principal of the school, Ms Rajinder Kaur, highlighted the achievements of the school. Prizes were given to students who got the first and second positions in their respective classes. 

PULSE-POLIO RALLY: Nearly 300 students of various schools on Friday participated in a pulse polio awareness rally organised by the Lions Club Amritsar Golden Temple, the Bharat Vikas Parishad and the Leo Club here. The rally started from Guru Nanak Dev Hospital passing through Tung Bala village, Nehru Colony, Mirshah Colony and Gopal Nagar ended at Shanti Niketan High School.

DANG’S DEMAND: Mr Satya Pal Dang, a CPI leader, on Friday said that Rs 25 lakh reportedly given for the construction of Law Bhavan for lawyers of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh through Mr P.S. Rana, MLA and Chairman of the Pollution Control Board from the Chief Minister’s relief fund was gross misuse of public money and funds. He wanted the CM to clarify wherefrom the money came.

COURSE INAUGURATED : A three-week refresher course in Punjabi organised by the School of Punjabi Studies in collaboration with the Academic Staff College of the university was inauguratged here on Friday by Dr Harjit Singh Gill. More than 30 teachers from various unversities and colleges are attending the course.

DOWRY CASE: On the complaint of Rekha of Nandan village, the police has booked husband Roshan Lal and her mother-in-law Resham Devi allegedly for harassing her for bringing Rs 5 lakh from her parents.

ARRESTED: The police here on Friday arrested Narinder Singh, son of Anup Singh of Khera Kalan of Gurdaspur for the murder of Amarjit Singh, ex-sarpanch of Fattu Kulla village under Tanda police station. The sarpanch was killed 10 days ago.

RALLY: The Health Department in collaboration with the Rotary Club and Guru ram Dass Institute of Nursing organised a chetna rally of schoolchildren here on Friday. The rally passed through main bazars of the city and terminated at Civil Hospital.

Blood camp: The Shopkeepers Association of Lakkar Bazar will organise a blood donation camp for thalassaemia patients on Monday in the Lakkar Bazar market to mark Gurpurb. They will also be given awareness regarding eye donation. This was stated by office-bearers of the association in a press note here on Saturday. OC

Resolve: The Punjab Crime Prevention Bureau has resolved to fight against crime and corruption during 2004. According to Mr Gurinder Sood, newly elected president of the body, a concerted campaign will be launched for creating a drug-free society. 

Medical Camp: The Lal Bahadur Shastri Social Forum will hold a free medical camp at Anand Marg School in New Kundanpuri on Monday. Dr Pradeep Nagrath, Chairman of Pentavox India Ltd, will inaugurate the camp. Mr B.K. Rampal, convener of the legal cell of the PPCC, and Mr Ashwani Saggi, organising secretary, INTUC, Punjab, will be the guests of honour. According to Mr Sushil Malhotra, president, and Mr Shiv Gupta, secretary-general of the forum, a team of Dr R.K. Sharma, Dr Sanjay Bhalla and Dr Ajay Shahi will examine patients. Medicines will be distributed free of cost to needy patients.

BLOOD CAMP: The Blood Donors Council organised a blood donation camp at BDC complex here on Thursday in which 70 units of blood were collected.

RELIGIOUS SAMAROH: Devotees of Bhuriwale sect gathered at Tapparian Khurd village, 25 km from here for three days to celebrate birth anniversary of Swami Lal Dassji Bhuriwale. A medical camp was also organised on Thursday at which 800 patients were examined.

WOMAN BOOKED: The police here has booked Saroj Bala owner of Jai Mata Finance Company allegedly for duping people of money.

DEMAND: Master Mohan Lal, former Punjab Minister, here on Friday demanded that the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) should investigate the case involving Chief Minister, Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh’s son.

CAMPAIGN: ICICI Bank Limited launched a four-day ICICI Bank Bonds Yatra, a mobile investor awareness campaign, here on Friday. The Chairman of the Improvement Trust, Mr K.K. Sharma, flagged off the yatra from the branch office. The basic objective of the campaign is to create awareness among people about various investment options, including bonds and fixed deposits. 

Blankets GIVEN: The Jan Hit Samiti, Punjab, an NGO, started the New Year by distributing blankets among the poor and the needy. The NGO also provides books and uniforms to nearly 600 poor students every year. It is also providing free education to some students. Four tailoring training centres are also being run by the organisation for poor girls. 

PSEB STAFF PROTEST: PSEB employees on Friday held a march, demonstration and a rally in protest against the proposal of Punjab government to trifurcate the Punjab State Electricity Board. The protesters raised slogans and marched up to the New Model Town residence of Punjab Social Welfare Minister Joginder Singh Mann and gave him a memorandum.

Maghi fest: Maghi festival will be celebrated at Gurdwara Katana Sahib, near here, on January 13. In a press note issued by head granthi Bhai Davinder Singh and manager Baba Devinder Singh, a nagar kirtan will be held on Sunday in connection with the celebrations of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.

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PTA: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Parents’ Assocation here: president — Mr Daljit Singh Nagpal; vice-president — Mr S.P. Singh Lehri; general secretary — Mr Amarjit Singh; organising secretary — Mr Milkha Singh Bath; joint secretary — Mr Joginder Singh; treasurer — Mr Vipin Kumar Dhingra; and press secretary — Mr Jaspal Singh Randhawa.

POWER REFORM: Rs 3.44 crore grant has been released by the Union Government for the renovation of power supply system of this town under the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP) under which old meters would be replaced with electronic meters, receipts of power bills will be compurterised, old cables replaced with new ones, said a power engineer.

BODY FOUND: The Sarhali police found an identified body of a person of 65 years on Thursday night from Chohla Sahib town.

CITIZENS’ COUNCIL: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Citizens’ Council here: president — Mr Avtar Singh Taneja; vice-president — Mr Gurminder Singh Rataul; general secretary — Mr Sukhwant Singh; joint secretary — Mr Balraj Singh Chawal; organising secretary — Mr Gurmeet Singh Jassal; press secretary — Mr Harjinder Singh and treasurer — Mr Vipin Kumar Dhingra.

COUNCILLOR BOOKED: The police here booked Municipal Councilor Janmanjeet Singh, and his two associates Avanjit Singh Bedi and Sukhwant Singh for threatening a woman and beating up a person.


Medical camp: A medical check-up camp was organised at Arya Girls College, Ambala Cantonment, on Saturday. The college Principal, Ms Bedi, said the camp was organised by the NSS unit of the college. A team of doctors from the Philadelphia Mission Hospital, Ambala City, comprising Dr Sucheta Johnson, Dr Anju, Dr S.S. Ahluwalia, Mr Michel Dean, Col Sanjay Bawa and Ms Preeti Bawa, participated in the camp. About 400 students were examined at the camp.

registration OF VOTERS: Mr Vijendra Chauhan, general secretary of the Mahesh Nagar Mandal of the BJP, alleged on Saturday that employees who had been given the task of registering voters were refusing to register tenants. He said although all persons above the age of 18 years were eligible to vote, the employees were not registering tenants. He said the personnel concerned were claiming that they had orders to not to register tenants as voters. He said the matter should be looked into.

rally: Former minister Nirmal Singh said here on Saturday that preparations were on for the Hisab Chukao rally to be held on Wednesday. He said the rally had got a green signal from the party high command and Mr Subodh Kant was likely to address the rally. He said it was not clear to him why some Congress persons were opposing the rally. He said he was planning to write to the party high command about it.

Office-bearer: The BJP Ambala Sadar Mandal president, Mr Shish Pal Bhola, on Friday announced the office-bearers of the mandal. These are: senior vice-president — Mr Gian Chand Aggarwal; vice-presidents — Mr Bhagwan Das and Mr Ripudaman Gulati; general secretary — Dr Shyam Singla; secretaries — Mr Mehar Singh, Mr Chaman Lal Mittal, Ms Draupadi Devi; treasurer — Mr Shyam Bihari; and promotion secretary — Mr Budh Prakash Kansal.

POLICE-PEOPLE INTERFACE: Mr Saurabh Singh, SP, here on Friday told reporters that he had directed officers to ensure that cops behaved properly towards public. The police he said would seek cooperation of NGOs and other social organisations to check crime.

PATIENTS GIVEN RELIEF: Deputy Com-missioner Dr R.B. Langyan on Friday gave Rs 20,000 each from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to four persons for medical treatment. Surjit Singh of Ahrawan for kidney treatment, Inderaj of local Jhandi mohalla for the treatment of his wife, Jai Parkash of Kirdhan for the operation of his son and Chiria Devi of Bodiwali for her treatment.

CRIME DOWN: Mr Mahender Singh Malik, Director-General of Police, Haryana, on Friday claimed that crime had decreased in Haryana in 2003. Special attention was being paid to create Human Rights Awareness among the policemen. He said that Rs 45.71 crore would be spent to modernise of the force and the Haryana State Industrial Force would also be raised.

MISHAP: A driver was killed in a collision between a jeep and a truck near Francwala village near here on Friday. Fog is stated to have cuased the accident. Kulwant Singh of Sanghan village was returning to his village in his jeep (HR 30-A 2434) after dropping a patient in the civil hospital. A truck (HNK-7971) coming from opposite direction allegedly collided with the jeep killing the driver on the spot.

CLARIFIED: President of the District Congress Committee (Urban) Suresh Gupta said here on Friday that he had no political differences with HPCC president Chaudhary Bhajan Lal or any other party leader of the State. 

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