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ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Democratic Employees Front of Amloh subdivision: president — Mr Harbans Singh Neelon; vice-president — Mr Shamsher Singh; general secretary — Mr Shamsher Singh; assistant secretary — Mr Achhar Singh; office secretary — Mr Surjeet Seet; press secretary — Mr Josheel Tiwari; and finance secretary — Mr Sukh Chain Singh. 

EX-SERVICEMEN’S DEMANDS: The Indian Ex-service League Punjab and Chandigarh on Sunday decried the government’s attitude towards its demands. The league demanded concessions for ex-servicemen of the country. The league resolved to continue its agitation to seek one rank, one pension, 33 years weightage for full pension and separate pay commission for defence services.

SBI LOAN MELA: The State Bank of India on Sunday sanctioned 2100 loans worth Rs 10 crore including housing loans, car loans, personal loans etc at a special loan utsav. More than 30,000 persons visited the utsav.

PROJECT: The Environment Club of the local Government College has started a vermi compost project within the campus. The launch of the project was followed by a lecture by Ms Shalu, coordinator, Environment Society of India, on the benefits of vermiculture. Members of the eco club led by Ms Harpreet Kaur, a lecturer in geography, initiated the project and planted saplings on that day. The health society of the college, headed by Ms Sukesha Kholi, invited a team from the Family Planning Association of India, Mohali branch, to deliver a lecture on AIDS awareness. 

PROTEST: Members of the FCI Workers Paledar Union, the FCI Handling Union and the Truck Operators Union, Sirhind, organised a protest march and staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Monday in protest against the dictatorial and threatening attitude of an FCI contractor. They urged the Deputy Commissioner to intervene in sorting out their dispute with the contractor. 

MEETING: The district unit of the Punjab Pardesh Balmiki Sabha at its meeting held at Sirhind on Monday decided to convene a state-level meeting of the sabha at Sirhind on February 1 to discuss various issues. According to a press note of Mr Brij Lal and Mr Jagdish Kumar Bhalla, both office-bearers of the sabha, top leaders of the sabha would participate. 

MEDICAL CAMP: A free gynaecological and infertility camp was organised at Khanna Nursing Home on Monday. More than 125 patients were examined by Dr Rama Sofat, Dr Amit Sofat and Dr Neha Khanna. Lab tests of more than 120 patients were done free of cost. 

TRIBUTES: Students and teachers of Sanatan High School paid tributes to Joginder Pal Pandey on his 17th death anniversary. His son, Mr Rakesh Panday, Printing and Stationery Minister, Punjab, and his wife were present as chief guests. Mr Rakesh Panday announced Rs 1 lakh for the uplift of the school library and science lab on the occasion.

CARNIVAL: The VLCC will organise a slimming and hair carnival on its premises from January 20 to 25. Special attraction of the carnival will be low-calorie cafe, therapeutic clinic, lifestyle corner, free body composition analysis and hair workshop on hair style and hair treatment. Students of various colleges and educational institutions have been invited for the carnival. Students of Devki Devi Jain College attended the seminar on slimming and beauty as part of their course. 

BONN CONTEST: Bonn Nutrients has started the ''Jeeto Har Hafte'' contest for its consumers. The second lucky draw for the campaign was held here on Monday. According to the company's spokesperson, the chief guest was Mr Kuldeep Singh, SDM (West). Mr Jatinder Singh, director, Bonn Nutrients, was also present. One of the winners, Mr G.D.Sharma, who won a colour TV set, said, "It has been a spectacular experience. I was surprised when I came to know that I was a winner. It was a good gift to begin the New Year". 

SEND-OFF: The District Sainik Welfare Department gave a warm send-off to the Station Commander, Ludhiana, Brig Sunil Dhawan, who is joining his next posting at Lucknow on January 23. Brigadier Dhawan worked in Ludhiana for three years. Addressing the gathering, the vice-president of department, recounted the work done by the him. The Station Commander gifted a computer, 25 chairs and a water cooler to the department. 

SURVEY: The Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, has decided to conduct a survey of exservicemen and war widows for their welfare. Col Bhag Singh, president of the Ludhiana unit, informed that for the purpose they had given a call to all the exservicemen to be present on January 22 at Lopo Ashram and to bring with them their pension book, discharge certificate and two copies of passport-size photograph. 

HONOUR for TOPPERS: Neelam, Harleen Kaur and Rajni Garg, students of the Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital (DBAC), who stood first, second and third in the college and got third, fifth and seventh position, respectively, in the third professional conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, will be honoured at a function on Republic Day, according to Dr R.C. Jain, Principal of the college. The function would be presided over by Dr. Jora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes. The students got 77.94 per cent, 75.42 per cent and 74.73 per cent marks, respectively, in the said examination. 

TEACHERS’ STRIKE: On a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union (PCCTU), teachers of Modi College strike work and held a rally here on Monday. While addressing the gathering, the secretary of the local unit of the PCCTU, Dr Vinay Jain, highlighted problems being faced by the employees of government-aided and non-government colleges of the state. 

GHAZAL SINGER: Ghazal singer Vijay Sharma on Sunday recited his compositions at a function organised by Prof Mrs Manjit Kaur and Prof Sital Singh here. His numbers in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi were praised.


SCHOOL FUNCTION: Kindergarten students of St Peter’s School, Sector 37, celebrated ‘Fruit Day’ on the school premises here on Monday. ‘Eat fruits and stay fit’ was the message for the function. The children were made aware of the good effects of eating fruits on health. They promised to shun ‘junk food’ and have more fruits. 

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Welfare Association, Pipliwala Town Bank Colony, Mani Majra: president — Mr Baldev Raj Maini; vice-president — Mr Satya Pal Kakar; general secretary — Mr Banarsi Dass; joint secretary — Mr Raghbir Singh Sharma; legal adviser — Mr Antar Singh Brar; cashier — Mr O.P. Sharma; and press secretary — Mr Nardeep Patrai. Top


YOUTH BEATEN UP: A youth was beaten up and taken away in a vehicle by a group of youths on Monday morning. The youth, Sachin, was waiting at the bus shelter near SD College along with his friend Sukhwinder. Sachin studies at a computer institute. Suddenly, a group of youths in two vehicles came to a halt. The youths beat up Sachin and then he was forcibly taken away in a vehicle. Later, it was learnt that Sachin was dropped near Saha and he had gone back home in Bihta village. The youths, who are believed to be hailing from a village near Ambala Cantonment, are yet to be traced. Sachin was later taken to Mullana for medical check-up. 

SELECTED: MDSD Girls College, Ambala city, students have been selected to represent Kurukshetra University in National Youth Festival. The festival will be held in Gwalior from February 1 to 11. The students were recommended for a folk dance competition at the North Zone Inter-Varsity Youth Festival, which was held at the university. 

MEETING: A meeting of the Haryana Valmiki Mahasabha was held under the presidentship of Mr Ravinder Singh Munerheri. A number of people participated at the meeting in which the issue of reserved Ambala Lok Sabha seat was discussed. Mr Munerheri said they would soon start a cycle vijay yatra in order to generate awareness among the people. The yatra will pass through Naggal, Mullana, Naraingarh, Ambala Cantonment and Ambala city. Among others, Mr Subhash Saini, Mr Mohan Lal, Mr Bhoop Singh, Mr Gurdeep Singh, Mr Mikka Ram, Mr Naresh Kumar, Mr Sohan, Mr Vikram Dhiman, Mr Chander Mohan and Mr Avtar Singh Dhiman were present. 

FUNCTION: A prize distribution function was organised at SA Jain Senior Model School, Ambala city, on Monday. The Principal, Dr Anima Jain, said nearly 400 students were given prizes for excellence in different fields, including cultural, sports and academic. Among others, Mr Shreekant Jain, Mr N.K. Jain, Mr Kimti Lal Jain and Mr Rajinder Kumar Jain were present. Saravdeep Singh was declared the best athlete. Ali Angad Dutta and Master Abhimanyu participated in the orchestra. 

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