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: A workshop of principals and teachers organised at Police DAV Public School by the Vivekanand study circle discussed expectations of parents, lack of responsibility, sensitivity, direction and poor sense of dignity of labour among students.

LITERACY RALLY: An awareness rally was held under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan at Rajasansi falling under Ajnala tehsil on Saturday. Students from various schools and teachers participated in it. The rally started from and culminated at Government Senior Secondary School, Rajasansi after passing through various areas.

HEALTH EMPLOYEES: The Coordination Committee of Paramedical and Health Employees on Saturday criticised the decision of the state government to bring government departments in villages under panchayats’ control. The committee threatened a stir and condemned the move of government to hand over the Jallianwalabagh Memorial Civil Hospital to private sector.

: Three Municipal Councillors of the Batala Municipal Council took oath of office as members of the Improvement Trust, Batala on Friday. These Municipal Councillors are Mr Pardeep Luthra, Mr Tarlochan Chanda and Mrs Manorma Khullar.

: “Savera” — a society for social awareness on Saturday deplored the French Government for a ban on the wearing of turbans for 7000 Fench Sikh citizens.

PIRATED CDs: The Mahilpur Police raided a shop and recovered 134 duplicate CDs on Friday. A case under Sections 51, 52,52A, 63 of the IPC and 68A of the Copy Right Act was registered.

Debate: The Department of Economics of Kamla Lohtia SD College has organised an inter-college debate on “Indian economy” in 21st century — a true beginning of a false dawn.” Mrs Meenakshi Garg conducted the programme. Teams from the Government College for Boys, KLSD College, SDP College and Khalsa College for Women took part. Students discussed different aspects of the Indian economy. It was concluded that there was a greate chaos in the different sectors of the Indian economy and the planner should formulate certain policies for its right drift and according to the changing scenario of the world economy. The final judgement was given by Prof R.S. Birdi and Prof Parneet Singh Birdi. Mr Pushpinder Singh from Government College secured the first position and Shilpi Gupta from SDP College bagged the second position.

Sufi sammelan: The Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam (LSS) would bring “Indo-Pak Sufian kalam sammelan” to Ludhiana on January 23 at Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan, Ferozepur Road. “It is an LSS contribution to better and share the cultural bond between India and Pakistan. This is a unique initiative and we hope this programme is going to contribute to the increasing warmth between the two countries in recent time”, said Mr Amrit Nagpal, one of the spokespersons of the LSS. While Pakistan will be presented by Ajoka Group, India will be represented by Hans Raj Hans.

Cooking contest: A cuisine consisting of handy snacks for pre-school children, adolescents, pregnant women and diabetic patients was organised in the DD Jain College of Education here on Saturday. The main feature of this cuisine was that everything was prepared keeping in mind the caloric requirements and eating habits of the Indians by using only those sauces and spices which were nutritive and good for health. Shilpi, Parul and Mamta stood first, second and third from B.Ed. and Poonam, Anu and Rehana stood first, second and third, respectively, from the NTT.

BODY FOUND: A mutilated body of a woman was found lying on the Kalka-Ambala Railway line at Sarseeni village, near here, on Sunday, according to Mr Amarjit Singh, in charge railway police post. The body will be sent to the Civil Hospital Rajpura, for post-mortem on Monday.

: Local MLA Kaka Randip Singh on Saturday inaugurated a police post at Galwati village, 10 km from here. Thirteen villages come under this post’s jurisdiction.

DEMANDED: Several unions and organisations demanded that the MLA Nabha be made member at the Punjab Cabinet.

: Activists of the Punjab Mulazam Sangarsh Committee organised a `Scooter march’ to protest against the implementation of 73rd and 74th Constitution amendments in the state. The march was started from Dana Mandi, Balachaur and it passed through various villages and towns of the district. Employees raised slogans against AICC president, Ms Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister, Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh and held rallies at various places including in front of the residence of local MLA Parkash Singh.

COMPETITION: DAV Public School, Kakrala, won the first prize in the Inter-School Working Scientific Model Competition held at DAV Public School, here on Sunday. As many as 19 schools from all over Punjab participated. The Director of DAV Public School (India), Mr H.R. Gandhar, was the chief guest.

: Mr Raman Bhalla, a senior Congress leader, addressing a gathering at Dhar, near here on Saturday after inaugurating the upgradation of 33 KV Substation to 66 KV-level said the Congress was geared up for Parliamentary elections. Mr Ashok Sharma , local MLA presided over the function.

: Nagar Council Executive Officer Jagir Singh Thind has written to the police here seeking action against two GRP constables who allegedly manhandled an octroi employee on the Railway road recently. Mr Kuldip Walia was allegdly manhandled by two GRP constables. They also allegedly demanded bribe from Mr Walia. 



ARRESTED: A resident of Colony No 4, Narinder Thakur, was caught red-handed while allegedly stealing an idol from Pracheen Shiv Mandir, Industrial Area, here on Saturday. He was later handed over to the police. In another case, thieves broke into the Sector 36 Lord Shiva temple and took away gold and silver ‘chattar’ and Rs 2,500 from the cash box on Saturday night. A case has been registered on the complaint of the temple’s general secretary, Mr M.S. Chauhan.

DRIVE: During the second day of the police’s servant verification drive here on Sunday, 952 more servants and domestic helps working at private and commercial establishment in the city were registered for verification of their antecedents. Yesterday 852 such persons were registered. The verification camps were organised at 11 different points in the city. While 251 servants turned up at a camp in the Sector 19 police station area, cops at one such camp in the Sector 31 police station kept on waiting but not even a single entry was made in the police’s register.

DEMAND: The Education Department Employees Association has urged the administration to implement court decisions, release the seniority list of all cadres, opening promotion avenues for the master cadre, implementing the assured career progressive scheme for Group D and regularisation of all employees.

FUNCTION: The annual prize distribution function of Sentinel Public School, Sohana, was held near here, on Saturday. Students presented a cultural programme on the occasion. Students staged a play ‘Toya’ in which they tried to highlight the condition of roads in rural areas. Mr M.L. Sharma, SDM, was the chief guest.

CARNIVAL: A five-day slimming carnival by the VLCC began here on Sunday. According to Ms Ragini Sodhi, Regional Manager of the centre, special focus has been laid on the spot area reduction, body toning and body contouring. 

SWEARING-IN: A newly formed team of the Jaycees was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the installing officer, Mr J.C. Aggarwal, at a ceremony held at a hotel on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway on Saturday. While Mr Shyam Lal Mangla took oath as patron, Mr Sunil Aggarwal as president. Others who took oath included Mr Dinesh Singla (vice-president), Mr Rajeev Kain (secretary), Mr R.P. Singh (treasurer) and Mr Sanjeev Kaura (joint secretary). 

WATER SHORTAGE: Hundreds of residents of Sectors 4,12 and 12-A were put to a lot of inconvenience as morning water supply was affected on Sunday. The supply was affected on account of power cuts in the areas.



: Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital, SAS Nagar (Punjab) organised a seminar on “Latest Advances in Medical Care” here on Saturday. At least, 54 doctors of Kaithal district attended the seminar. Dr Rajeev Bedi of Fortis presented on overview of Common Cancers in India and Dr Mohinish Chhabra presented latest developments in managing gastro-intestinal bleeds.



: Three-day free ‘Health Mela’ will be held at Talai from January 23 to treat patients free of cost. Medicines would also be provided. This was announced by Member of Parliament Suresh Chandel at a meeting of district officers here on Saturday.

SACK DECRIED: The District Non-Gazetted Employees Association here on Saturday assailed the dismissal from service of former state NGOs Federation President Gopaldass Verma and has urged the government to review the decison. The association hailed the revoking of suspesnions of several NGO’s leaders.

: Mr Prem Kaushal, a former president of the Mewa Mandal Congress, party has moved court seeking compensation in the Mahatma Gandhis, statue-breaking case. Mr Kaushal was booked in this case and was found not guilty by a course later.

: The Himachal Vidhan Sabha Speaker on Saturday inaugurated Primary school building at Giribasti in the Paonta area of Sirmaur district. Rupees 2.35 lakh were spent on it. Earlier at Kalser, in Pachhad the Speaker also presided over the concluding function of Lalit Memorial Cricket tournament.

: Mr Shashi Shekhar, a former Deputy Mayor, Mr Devinder Chauhan and Ms Archana Dhawan, members of the Municipal Corporation, Shimla on Saturday condemned the remarks of Gopal Dass Verma against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. 


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