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FUNCtion: The annual function of Guru Nanak Ayurvedic Medical College and Research Institute, Gopalpur, was held on the college campus. Dr Balwinder Singh Walia, chairman of the institute, presided over the function. One-act play “Maan da dil” directed by Rajiv Bhakkoo impressed the audience most. Raj Ranjeet Singh, Mausma Nanda and Kavita Bhardwaj participated in the play. Dr J.P.S. Oberoi, Principal, read out the annual report and Dr Walia gave away prizes.

SANCTIONED: The state government has sanctioned Rs 8 crore in view of the difficulties being faced by farmers having land across the fence. This was revealed by Mr R.L. Bhatia, MP, while distributing cheques worth Rs 34 lakh among the farmers at a function on the border village of Bullarwal here today. Mr Raminder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, said new teachers would be recruited from the new academic session in the schools situated in the border areas and the process had been initiated by the government in this regard.

WINNERS: Students of Sanmati Vimal Jain Public School, Kacha Malak road, Jagraon, participated in various competitions held at Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Palace, Dhudike. Nancy Singla of Class VII bagged the first prize in the painting competition and Sikhamdeep of Class V won the first prize in fancy dress. Harashpreet, a student of class VII, bagged the third prize in declamation.

CAMP: The ninth blood donation camp in the memory of Principal Naresh Chand Khanna was organised on the premises of A.S. Senior Secondary School on Thursday. It was inaugurated by the president of the Khanna Vikas Club, Mr S.K. Khanna. A sum of Rs 5,000 was donated to the school by the family of Naresh Chand for helping poor students. Thirty-five units of blood were collected.

DEBATE: The Debate Club of the Centre for Management Training and Research (CMTR) organised a debate competition on “Should education be privatised?” here on Thursday. Ten participants took part both from MBA (first and second years). Mr Vipin K. Dewan, Director, CMTR, was the guest of honour.

LECTURE: An extension lecture on personality development was organised by the Postgraduate Department of Commerce, Arya College, here on Thursday. Prof H.R. Saini, head of the department welcomed the chief guest, Dr B.L. Dubey of the University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dr Dubey delivered the lecture to help the staff and students to analyze their personality characteristics and also provided them with certain tips on how they could improve upon them. He also conducted a practical exercise on personality test wherein staff and students were given a questionnaire to answer on the basis of which conclusions were drawn.

SEMINAR: A seminar on business promotion was organised by the PG Department of Commerce, GGN Khalsa College, here on Thursday. The lectures aimed at bridging down the gap between the theoretical knowledge and practical world. The first session talk was delivered by Mr Bharat Bhusan, Deputy Director, SISI. He spoke about the market tactics for launching quality products. The second lecture was delivered by Mr Rakesh Bhan of the State Bank of India. He initiated the talk with the significance of optimistic attitude in any of the ventures irrespective of the type, time and nature of the business. He explained various schemes of finance of the bank regarding working capital and term loans. The Principal, Mr Gurdip Singh, was appreciative of the efforts being taken by the coordinator, Dr Sukhdev Singh, and other faculty members of the department.

GRIEF: Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, has expressed grief over the demise of Sher Singh Passi, a pioneer fabricator of garden tools. Dr Aulakh said Mr Passi was in constant contact with the university ever since its inception and made his name at the national level for the fabrication of tools.

MINIMUM VALUE: A deputation of residents of ward number 15 of the town led by Mr Chet Ram Rattan, senior vice-president, Municipal Council, met the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in Chandigarh and urged him to refix the minimum value of the property as per the prevailing market value of the land in ward number 15 for the purpose of charging registration fee on sale deeds. He said that the minimum price of land fixed by the district administration had been fixed at Rs 33000 per marla for charging the registration fee but the market price of the land in this ward varied from Rs 15000 to Rs 25000 per marla.

MEMORANDUM: Activists of the DYFI led by Mr Rakesh Nayyar, state vice-president, DYFI, presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner for onward submission to the Chief Minister demanding the minimum payment of Rs 1000 per month as unemployment allowance to unemployed educated youth and easy loan facility for unemployed educated youth to start self-employment ventures and to stop the privatisation of PSUs here on Wednesday.

CAMP: A medical check-up camp was organised by the Lok Kalyan Sahata Samiti here on Wednesday. More than 100 persons were examined and distributed medicines free of cost.

MUSHAIRA: The Sahitya Sabha, Pathankot, organised a mushaira here on Wednesday. Poets and ghazal singers, including Luxmi Shankar Vajpayee, Makhan Kohar, Chaman Lal Shukal, Dr Raj Thukral, Tarsem Singh, R.S. Katal, Rajinder Bhogal and Sailly Baljit, participated and enchanted the audience.

ROAD SAFETY DRIVE: Hero Honda in collaboration with Chittosho Motors and S. Goel and Goel launched the second phase of ride safe and good rider programme here on Thursday. The programme was inaugurated by Superintendant of Traffic Police Narjinder Singh Sekhon. As many as 200 persons attended the programme. The basic objective of the programme was to create road safety awareness among people.

TRADER PARTNERS’ MEET: Godrej and Boyce Ltd organised a trade partners’ meet for the Patiala and Sangrur region here on Thursday. As many as 75 dealers of the region attended the function which was marked by the launch of the latest refrigerators. Regional sales manager Jyoti Das said the company was planning to launch a series of hi-tech air conditioners in the first week of March.

TRADE FINANCE BRANCH: Punjab National Bank has opened a specialised trade finance branch in Dharampura bazar here on Thursday. The Chief Manager, Regional Office, Chandigarh, Mr D.K. Bhatnagar, inaugurated the branch. The branch will cater to the financial needs of the traders of the city. The branch will finance all leading credit facilities from Rs 15 lakh onwards.



APPOINTMENT: A student of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Manpreet Singh Chadha, has been appointed general secretary of the Chandigarh Territorial National Students’ Union of India (NSUI).

WOOLLEN EXPO: A 10-day woollen expo organised by the Himachal Pradesh State Handloom and Handicraft Weavers Apex Cooperative Society Ltd, Kullu, was inaugurated by Mr Arvind Jain, zonal secretary, all-India Federation of Cloth Retailers Association, at Nehru Park here on Wednesday. The expo has 52 stalls from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The aim of the expo is to promote the sale and exhibit new wollen handloom products. The products include items like woollen, pashmina and angora shawls, stoles, carpets and caps. The event will conclude on February 6.

NEW CLASS: The DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 8, added another class of 25 students to its literacy project ‘jagriti’ here on Thursday. The school management performed ‘havan’ on the occasion where Justice Amarjit Chaudhary, chairman of the school, blessed the new class and donated Rs 3,000 to the “jagriti”. The Lioness Club, Panchkula, donated uniforms, bags and books to the deserving students.



YOUTH CONG MEETING: A meeting of the Youth Congress was presided over by state secretary Chetan Chauhan here on Wednesday. Mr Chauhan criticised Mr Pramod Mahajan’s statement on the issue of children born to Indian parents being eligible for the top post. He said that the BJP was feeling insecure due to the popularity of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi. He observed that the family had made supreme sacrifice for the nation. 

TRAINING COURSE: The three-week training course on recent advances in host plant resistance to insects organised by the Department of Entomology-cum-Centre of Advanced Studies of Haryana Agricultural University concluded on Wednesday. According to a university spokesperson, more than 20 scientists from nine states, including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, participated in the course.

BILL CENTRES: Electricity bill cash collection centres all over the state will be open on Saturday, a spokesman of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), said here on Wednesday. The centres would be open in the rural as well as urban areas in all district of the state. 



DENTISTS' DEMAND: HP state unemployed dentists have resented the ban on filling of posts of dentists in Himachal Pradesh since the past three years and have urged the government to fill all vacant posts and create required posts of dental surgeon in all primary health centres in an attempt to make the school health programme a success.

DHARNA: Employees of the Department of Posts organised a day-long dharna and held a gate meeting outside the Head Post office here on Wednesday in support of their demands. They also held a demonstration and raised anti-government slogans. Mr S.R. Chauhan, Mr Gautam Chand and Mr Dev Raj, leaders of the postal employees, led the dharna. 


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