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WELFARE OF SC\STs: The Punjab Government has earmarked Rs 819 crore for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Tribes in the state. This was disclosed by Mr Sardool Singh Bandala, Punjab Minister of Excise and Taxation at Jandiala here on Friday.

MINISTER’S ASSURANCE: Rupees eight crore had been earmarked for 140 block resource centres in the state. Mr Khushal Behl, Minister for Education, Punjab said while inaugurating a block resource centre at Gurdaspur on Friday. He assured that 32010 posts of teacher would be filled soon and computer education made compulsory from Class VI.

SLUM DWELLERS: The Population Education Club of Rajindra Government College here on Friday said the residents of slum area complained that politicians visited their camps only for votes.

PLEA TO GOVERNOR: Mr Ashok Bharti, President, BJP ( Legal Cell) Punjab on Friday urged Governor of Punjab, O.P. Verma to put a check on the expansion of Punjab Cabinet. He pointed out that such an exercise would put financial burden on the state exchequer.

BEOPAR MANDAL: The Punjab Beopar Mandal has convened its executive body meeting at Teachers Home in Bathinda on January 28 to finalise its strategy following the ‘‘adamant’’ attitude of the state government to abolish octroi and sales tax barrier in the state so far. Mr Madan Lal Kapoor, president of the mandal, said here on Saturday that the ruling group had not fulfilled its promise to resolve the issue on priority.

FOUR HELD: The police arrested Bhupinder Singh of local Model Town and Rakesh Kumar of Kironpur in Bihar residing at Sunder Nagar mohalla on the charge of killing Swarn Kaur widow of Raj Kumar, resident of Model Town. The police also arrested Jaspal Singh alias Jassa and his son Sukhpreet Singh of Patti and seized 17 logs of eucalyptus. The police also arrested Darshan Lal of Chotala village and seized 33 kg of poppy husk from him.

Pistol recovered
: Mr P.S. Humbran,ASI, has arrested Charanjit Singh, alias Kaddu of Issewal from the Bhatian area, and recovered one .12 bore country made pistol from his possession along with two cartridges. A case under the Arms Act has been registered against the accused.

Sabhyacharak Mela: The Peer Bata Mallan Shah Club will organise a sabhyacharak mela by the name 'Shaunk Punjab' in the memory of Peer Baba at Talwar Singh Tara Stadium at Kaunke Kalan on January 31.

Cornea transplant: The Lions Club Ludhiana (Skipper) celebrated its golden jubilee by organising interactive programme at Head Office, BRS Nagar, Punarjot Eye Bank of Punjab. The club bore the expenses of operation for free cornea transplantation.MJF Lion R.K. Mehta was chief guest. Lion H.K. Ahuja said the club had sponsored the expenses of 60 patients till date.Dr Ramesh, Director in a press statement issued here on Saturday said out of 12 patients, seven were from Ludhiana and one from Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jalandhar, Sangrur and Bihar each.

First anniversary: Jannat beauty world celebrated its first anniversary here on Friday.Vicky Sharma of Jannat, organised a party for the staff of the center. He said,"Amritsar and Jalandhar are the next destinations and we are confident of having branches in these two cities by the end of this year. We have added aerobics and spa to the already existing paraphernalia at the centre and these would soon be inaugurated".

Annual Function: Sutlej Public Senior Secondary School, V. Hawas, Rahon Road, Ludhiana, celebrated second annual function on Friday on its premises. Dr S.S. Johal, Deputy Chairman, Punjab Planning Board, was the chief guest. Schoolchildren presented several cultural items like bhangra, giddha, qawwali , Rajasthani dance, skits and dramas in their colourful dresses. Mr Hira Singh Gabaraia, former MLA of the area, also spoke on the occasion. Ms A.K. Sur, Principal of the school, read annual progress report. Dr Cheema, Chairman of the school, extended the vote of thanks.

Seminar: The Taxation Bar Association held a semianr on the gifts from NRIs viz a viz Income Tax Assessment at Bar room of the Income Tax Office, here under the presidentship of Mr Ajay Chaudhry.Mr Sat Pal, Commissioner of Income Tax (CIT), Ludhiana-I, was the chief guest. Those who spoke on the occasion was senior advocate S.K. Mukhi from Chandigarh who provided the details on the subject of NRI gifts.On this occasion, Mr Sat Pal released the booklet on Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) compiled by Mr P.C. Garg, advocate. Advocate Jatinder Khurana, Tarlok Bhalla, Inderjit Singh Malhi, Karamjit Singh, C.P. Bhardwaj, Inder Sain Sharma, Vijay Sharma were also present on the occasion.

Indoor games: The indoor games competitions of DMCH, Ludhiana, were declared open by the Principal, Dr Daljit Singh here recently in the Dumra Auditorium- cum- Sports Complex. On this occason various exhibition matches of badminton, table tennis, chess and carom between the faculty members were arranged. Delivering the vote of thanks, Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, Chairman Sports Committee, expressed happiness over the sports fever that had gripped the faculty as well as students of DMCH. Dr G.S Bajwa, convener, Sports Committee, said inter-college indoor games tournament would be held from February 13 to 15. Dr Sandeep Puri, Dr S.C. Chopra, were present on the occasion.

Medical camp: The students of Punjab Institute of Management and Technology (PIMT), Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a free medical check-up camp under the aegies of the PIMT's Social Welfare Club.The doctors examined about 100 children forvarious diseases. The club is already running a book bank for the poor students. Mr O.P.Goyal, president of Gobindgarh Educational and Social Welfare Trust inaugurated the camp. Mr N.K.Khanna, Chairman, PIMT, was also present on the occasion.

MEMORANDUM: A deputation of the PCMS Association met the Secretary (Medical Education), DRME, on Saturday and submitted him a memorandum. The organising secretary of the association, Dr Yadvinder Singh Banga, said doctors were working against vacant posts lying in medical college and doing all duties, including teachers, medico legal work and round-the-clock emergency duties. He said in certain cases the doctors had not been promoted for the past 10 years. Even the doctors were not paid salaries for the past five months. The Secretary assured that the departmental promotions would be processed by February 10 and the salary would also be released shortly.

CAMP: The Kashmiri Sikh Welfare Society organised a free eye check-up camp at Tripuri Town here recently. As many as 400 patients were examined by Dr Sukhdip Singh Boparai and his team from Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre along with Dr Kiran Verma.

R-Day function: This time, the Republic Day will be celebrated on the premises of the market committee office on January 26. This was stated by Mr Jasvir Singh Dhillon, president of the Nagar Council here on Saturday. Mr Jaspal Singh Jassi, SDM, Samrala, will unfurl the National Flag and Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, local MLA, will be the guest of honour, Mr Jassi added.

Sports fest: The sports festival will be organised at Ottalan village from Ferbruary 4 to 6. This was stated by Mr Avtar Singh Otal, president of the Youth Sports Club, here on SAturday. The prize will be distributed by Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhathal, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab. The local MLA, Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, will be the guest of honour.



PROBE SOUGHT: The Anti-Terrorist Front of India president, Dr Viresh Shandilya, on Saturday demanded a CBI probe into the escape of three terrorists from Burail Jail. Dr Shandilya claimed that the escape of the militants seems to be an international conspiracy. He said stern action must be taken against terrorists.

: District president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Tara Chand Agarwal announced setting up of various cells of the party in the district. The new members are: Dr Ravi Kant — district president (medical cell), Sukhpal Singh Advocate ( legal cell), Ram Avtar Sankrodia (commercial cell), Laxman Thathera (backward class cell) president and general secretary, Mr Laxmi Narain Dhanania ( traders cell), Sagar Mal Singhla Siwani ( Industry cell) and Sanjay Kamra general secretary. Capt Krishan Dev has been nominated president of the Sainik Cell, Satish Chand Premi - Literature and publication, Narender Prabhakar - intelligencia cell, Murli Dhar Mehta - local bodies cell, Gita Singh will be the president of the cultural cell.

BIRTH CERTIFICATES: The birth and death registration office has prepared 40,000 birth certificates in the district and would be distributed from February 1. The district coordinating officer of the census department Naresh Kumar Seth told here on Friday. In the first phase, birth certificates would be distributed to the children under general policy. The coordinator told that the birth certificates would be distributed free of cost to the children of rural areas whereas rupees five each would be charted from children from urban areas.

FISH FARMING: Mr Madan Mohan Sharma, CEO Fisheries department while addressing trainees at the conclusion of a 10-day training programme on Friday said that farmers could start fish farming. The fisheries department will provide know how to those who wanted to start this venture.

FUNCTION: A cultural programme was organised by students of Delhi Public School, Pinjore, on Saturday. Tiny tots danced to the tunes of a Kashmiri dance. A Rajasthani classical folk dance and bhangara were the highlights of the function. Besides Hindi and English songs, students also performed on patriotic songs. Mr Pradeep Chaudhary, a member of the Haryana Public Service Commission, who was the chief guest appreciated the students and the staff for the performance, said Ms Seema Malik, Principal.

BURNT: A newly married woman was seriously burnt at Nathore village in the district. According to reports Chanderkanta was married to Laxman. Her clothes caught fire while she was preparing tea on Friday and was badly burnt. She was admitted to the local civil hospital from where she was referred to the medical college in Ludhiana.

VC’s ASSURANCE: Mukand Lal College here would be given permission to start B.Sc (Hons) Artificial Intelligence and BA Theatre and Dramatic course in the academic session, said Mr A.K. Chawla, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, here on Friday.



CAMP CONCLUDES: Ten-day National Service Scheme (NSS) camp of students of Government Swami Vivekanand College Ghumarwin ended here on Friday. As many as 150 boys and girls attended the camp and planted 200 saplings.

YOUTH WEEK ENDS: The National Youth Week organised by District Nehru Yuva Kendra concluded at Auhar near here. District Youth Coordinator Somnath Zard said that 13 Mahila Mandals, five Yuvak Mandals and three schools participated in the programme.

ACCIDENT: Four persons were injured two of them seriously, when a Maruti van collided with a bus near Kalu Di Hatti on Thursday. The police has registered a case under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code.


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