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CRITICISED: Criticising the state government for its alleged anti-people policies, Mr Sat Pal Mahajan, president, Local Bodies Cell, BJP, Punjab, on Thursday said the recent decision of the state government to lift ban on new recruitments just a few months before the proposed Lok Sabha elections was a political stunt. In a press conference here on Thursday he said the state government had increased the tariff of water supply and sewerage by at least 300 per cent since it came to power two years ago which had hit the common man.

WELCOMED: The district unit of Nationalist Congress Party on Thursday welcomed the decision of Mr P.A. Sangma, MP for aligning with the National Democratic Alliance government. The NCP (Urban) headed by Dr Harbhajan Singh Chhina, president, passed a resolution to work under his leadership at the national level.

FARMERS’ CAMP: Over 500 farmers are expected to attend the annual function of Punjab Farmers Club, scheduled to be held at PAU, Ludhiana, on February 5. The club’s secretary, Mr Hardev Singh told TNS here on Thursday that farmers who had made notable achievements in their field during the past year would be honoured.

APPOINTED: Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, President, BJP, Punjab, has appointed Mr Vinay Malhotra as state president of the Chartered Accountant cell of the party, according to Mr Raj Bhatia, office secretary.

FOUNDATION STONES: Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, MP, laid the foundation stones for two causeways to be constructed in the Bhangi Choe bed at Dhobi Ghat and at Gaushala Bazar here on Wednesday. Mr Channi has given the money for the construction from his MP Local Area Development Scheme Fund.

CASE REGISTERED: On a complaint of Sarabjit Kaur, daughter of Devinder Singh of Sarai village, the Tanda police has registered a case under Section 498 A of the IPC against her husband, Tarlochan Singh, mother-in-law Jaswinder Kaur, father-in-law Nirmal Singh and brother-in-law Balwant Singh. In her complaint, Devinder Kaur stated that she was married to Tarlochan Singh on February 18, 2001. She alleged that after one month of her marriage, the aforesaid persons pressurised her to bring Rs 1.50 lakh cash and other dowry articles. When she showed her helplessness, they beat her up and threw her out of the house.

LECTURE: The history society of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, organised a lecture on Friday. The lecture was delivered by Prof Pritpal Singh Sethi of GGN Khalsa College. “History in present context” was the topic of the lecture.

VISIT: A team of doctors from Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) visited Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College on Thursday. They screened students for thalassaemia. The team was received and taken around the college by NSS programme officers namely Prof Gurpreet Singh and Prof Dalip Singh. A medical camp was also organised.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP : The Dhruve Pandove Cricket Trust organised a blood donation camp in memory of cricketer Dhruve Pandove here on Friday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Raninder Singh. As many as 100 persons from different walks of life donated blood. Mr Raninder Singh said that with the untimely death of the ace cricketer the nation had lost a great player.

CHEQUE GIVEN: Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, MP, handed over a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the sarpanch of Gharkhana, 5 km from here, on Friday for the development of the village. On this occasion, Mr Kirpal Singh Kheernian, Mr Joginder Singh Seh and other Akali leaders were present.



TRIBUTES: Kavita Kendar organised a special meeting under the presidentship of Dr Inderjit Singh and Mr Manmohan Dost to pay tribute to its patron, Major Jaswant Singh, and renowned literary personality Piara Singh Data. On the occasion, Dr B.K. Pannu, Karam Singh Vakeel, Sevi Rayat, Tejinder Kulwant Singh, Naveen Neer, Gurpret Pal Aznabi, Gora Amrali, Dr Shashi Prabha, Manmohan Dost, Sevi Rayt, R.S. Fraz, Devi Dayal Sethi and S.S. Saki recited their poems and ghazals. Others like Baldev Singh Kore and Gurinder S. Preet shared their short stories. A face-to-face programme with short story writer, Dr Hem Kiran, was also organised.

HEALTH MELA: The Chandigarh Administration will organise a health mela during Swasthya Jagrukta Maah from February 8 to 10 on the premises of Community Centre, Sector 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, according to an official announcement here on Friday.

HONOUR: The Central Government Employees General Pool Qrs Welfare Association, Sector 46, Chandigarh, will honour the Mayor, Mrs Kamlesh, on Sunday. Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP, and a Mr B.B.Behal, a Congress leader, are likely to attend the function.



noise POLLUTION: Keeping in view the examinations, the DC has directed officials to check noise pollution. On Thursday he ordered that the volume of loudspeakers installed at various religious places, marriage palaces and other places be checked.


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