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: The district police has booked four persons, including a woman, for allegedly defrauding people on the pretext of providing jobs in Government Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here. They are Manjit Kaur, Rashpal Singh of Naushehra Colony, Lakhbir Singh of Jamarai village and Nirmal Singh of Maude village. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of the IPC has been registered against them.

DEMANDED: Members of the Panchayat Secretary Struggle Committee on Monday demanded that the panchayat secretaries be selected on the basis of the written test conducted in 1999. In a press release here on Tuesday, Mr Tarsem Singh, vice-president of the committee, alleged that the state government was trying to reinstate the candidates who had been declared ineligible by the state government on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

HONOURED: Mr Amrik Singh, Senior Executive Engineer, PSEB, City division, Batala, was honoured with gold medal by Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Tourism Minister, on the eve of Republic Day here.

STRESSED: The former Vice—Chancellor of Gorakhpur University, Mr Bhoomittra Dev, while addressing a day-long workshop on faculty development programme at BBK DAV College for Women here stressed the need to create environment for creativity among teachers and students. Mr Dev said that the University Grants Commission had set up a national accreditation and assessment committee to evaluate the quality of higher education, which was a move to upgrade the standard of education in universities and colleges.

: A heart check-up camp was held at BBC Heart Care Hospital, here on Tuesday. Dr Charanjit Singh Pruthi, Managing Director of the hospital, said to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the hospital, charges for all heart care facilities had been slashed.

CRUSHED TO DEATH: An old man was crushed to death by a train near the Lalhari railway crossing on Tuesday. The victim was identified as Tota Ram (65), a resident of Meerut. He came here to met his family members. The postmortem was conducted at the local Civil Hospital.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: A blood donation camp in the memory of Principal Naresh Chand Khanna will be organised at A.S. Senior Secondary School, Khanna, on Thursday. The officiating Principal, Mr H.S. Bhatti, said members of the management, staff and students of the school would donate blood.

KNITTING CONTEST: Students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School took part in a knitting contest organised by Vardhman Spinning and General Mills Ltd. here on Wednesday. The contest was organised on the spot and went on for one hour. Students of Classes VI to XI competed in five categories. During the contest students knitted beautiful patterns, caps, socks and miniatures of purses and bags with the colourful yarn. The craft teacher of the school selected three best patterns per category. The school-level winners will compete at the zonal-level competition to be held in February when 10 best patterns from each category will be selected. In the final stage, three state-level prizes will be selected and awarded with a cash prize of Rs 5,100, Rs 3,100 and Rs 2,100 for first, second and third prize, respectively.

JAIL SECURITY: Mr Malkeet Singh Birmi, Minister of State for Jails, Housing and Urban Development while talking to mediapersons here on Monday did not rule of the possibility of a nexus between officials and conspirators in the Burail Jail incident. He said with a view to strengthening the security system in jails, effective security measures, including the installation of close circuit TVs in jails would be taken up.

WATER TANK: The repair work of 20,000 km roads of the state would be completed before March 31 this year. Along with this, pre-mix would be in 5500 km roads at a cost of Rs 800 crore. This was stated by Finance Minister Lal Singh at function held at Devinagar village of the district here on Wednesday. He was here to inaugurate a water tank constructed at a cost of nearly Rs 24 lakh. With the help of the tank, 2000 people of Devinagar and Khari Burna villages would be provided 40 litres of water per person on daily basis.

TWO KILLED: Two motorcyclists were killed and five others, including a couple, were injured in different road accidents here on Tuesday.



QUIZ CONTEST: The Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) organised a quiz contest at St. Vivekanand Millennium School, HMT, Pinjore, on Wednesday. The state coordinator of the PCRA, Mr Amit Sharma, gave a talk on petroleum conservation and distributed caps and literature on the subject. A video on how to save fuel at home and while driving vehicles was also shown to the participants. The quiz contest was won by Sunny Chauhan, followed by Himanshu Sharma and Abhishek in the second and third positions respectively.

SAFETY CLINIC: A safety clinic for the students of Air Force School, 12 Wing, AF, Chandigarh, was organised at the school under the banner of the Indian Oil Corporation area office here on Tuesday. The main thrust of the clinic was to apprise the participants of the safe usage of LPG and its need for conservation. Ms Neelam Aggarwal, Deputy Manager (LPG), IOC, educated the students and teachers about various precautions and safety measures in the use of LPG in the kitchen. A quiz competition was also held on this occasion.

AUDIO CASSETTE: The Bible Society of India has come out with a unique audio cassette, “Satguru di Amrit Bani” on Jesus Christ, his life and teachings, in Punjabi. The cassette was released by Chief Electoral Officer J.S. Cheema. The cassette has four “gurbanis” with “vyakhya”. The Director of the Audio-Visual Media of the Bible Society of India, Dr A M Prabhakaran, said, “The cassette will cater to the needs of Punjabis, who have the tradition of listening to Gurbani.

WOMAN DEAD: A resident of Bir Ghaggar village, Kamla Devi, died here while cooking food on Wednesday morning. According to information, Kamla was seriously burnt when the stove she was using for cooking the meal burst.She was rushed to the hospital. However, she succumbed to her injuries, sources said.



TVS DEALERSHIP: New TVS dealership, Metro Scooters, was inaugurated in Ambala Cantonment on Wednesday. Mr R Chandramouli, senior-vice president (sales and marketing), TVS Motor Company, inaugurated the showroom located near Football Chowk, while Mr K Vijay Kumar, general manager (sales), inaugurated the automated new workshop of Metro Scooters. 

DEAD: An employee of the District Red Cross Society, Yamunanagar, died in a road accident. According to information, Bhagirath, who was working in the Red Cross Society, was going back after attending a January 26 function here on a tractor-trailer. He fell down from the tractor-trailer and was seriously injured. He was shifted to the nearby hospital where he died.



YOUTH CAMP : A five-day youth empowerment camp organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra concluded at Kothi village near here on Monday. Youth from 18 ‘yuvak mandals’ and 5 ‘mahila mandals’ participated in the camp. Presiding over the concluding function MLA Tilak Raj Sharma exhorted them to remove poverty in their areas.

CHARAS SEIZED: The Chamba police seized 7.5 kg of charas from four persons in the past 24 hours in the district during a drive launched by the police. Mr Jai Prakash Singh, Superintendent of Police, said here on Wednesday that four persons, including two women, were arrested and cases against them registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act.

RESENTMENT: The Chamba Welfare Association has resented the shifting of the proposed site of the new bus stand from zero point to Himachal Road Transport Corporation workshop. In a press note issued here on Wednesday Mr Yog Raj Sehgal, secretary of the association, said they had requested the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, to reconsider the move.

US OFFICIAL: Ms Mellissa R. Pittoti, Programme Officer in the Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration, Asia and Near East, USA, on Monday called on the Dalai Lama and officials of the Tibetan Government in -exile here.


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