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HELD WITH FAKE VISA: The police has booked Shingara Singh of Jalandhar allegedly for possessing a fake visa. He was nabbed by the immigration authorities when he was boarding Turkmenistan flight here on Thursday evening.

POLICE PENSIONERS: Police Elders Day was celebrated in Police Lines here on Friday by the police and the Barnala Police Pensioners Welfare Association. The police announced to give Rs 10,000 to the association. Mr Ram Singh Bhullar, president, Barnala Police Pensioners Welfare Association, assured the Barnala Police District Administration of all co-operation.

ATM INAUGURATED: The State Bank of Patiala would soon start ‘anywhere banking’ and other such facilities said Mr P.K. Panda, Chief General Manager here on Friday evening. He also inaugurated a touch-screen based ATM of the city branch of the bank.

BOOKED FOR FRAUD: The Garhshankar police has registered a case against Manjit Singh and Harpreet Singh of Basiala village allegedly duping Sukhwinder Singh of Rs 1.50 lakh.

ELECTROCUTED: Mr Bakhshish Singh of Gorayan, an employee of the PSEB was electrocuted while performing duty in the area of Jalalpur on Thursday.

ARRESTED: Proclaimed offender travel agent Jatinder Kaur, wife of Satwinder Singh of Mehmowal, involved in human trafficking has been arrested by the Mehtiana police, according to Mr Lok Nath Angra, SSP, Hoshiarpur here yesterday. He said on the complaint of Avtar Singh a case of cheating against Jatinder Kaur had been registered by the Mahilpur police on February 16, 2001. Avtar Singh alleged that she took Rs 1.15 lakh from him to send him abroad.

: Under the aegis of the Education for All Campaign Project Punjab, and Mr Major Singh Sandhu, Deputy DEO (EE), Ludhiana, a workshop on tools for monitoring the Sidhwan Bet block-1 was organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Sidhwan Bet, which was attended by 54 primary and elementary teachers of the block. Training was imparted for monitoring the quantitative and qualitative aspects of education.

5 HELD: The police has arrested Jaswant Singh of Atti village, Malkiat Singh and Balwant Singh of Ferozepore, Paramjit Singh of Shahkot and Satnam Singh of Lohian allegedly for smuggling poppy husk and recovered 92 bags of poppy husk from their possession.

Quiz contest:
The Department of Economics of GGN Khalsa College organised a quiz competition here on Saturday. Principal Gurdip Singh Sobti presided over the function. Six teams participated in the contest.

Grant: Children from the economically weaker sections are given financial help every year at Arya Girls Senior Secondary School, Purana Bazar. This year, the Minister of State for Stationery and Printing, Mr Rakesh Pandey, was invited to distribute sweaters and uniforms to poor students. He announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the institution.

Medical camp: Ludhiana Midtown Jaycees will organise a medical check-up camp free of cost at Baba Namdev Charitable Hospital here on Sunday. The camp will be inaugurated by Mr Harbhajan Singh Pruthi of Pruthi International. Medicines will be distributed free of cost.

Widow pension: Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha and Lala Jagat Narayan Nishkam Sewa Sangh will hold a widow pension and ration distribution function on February 8 at Gyan Sthal Mandir. A press note by the organisers on Saturday said Mr Gurinder Singh Atwal, Minister for Power, Punjab, would disburse ration, blankets, quilts and utensils among 651 widows.

Hall inaugurated: Atam-Devki Hall was inaugurated at Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women here on Saturday. The chief guest, Mr Karanjit Singh Galib, inaugurated the hall and presented a cheque for Rs 2 lakh as the first instalment of the promised grant of Rs 5 lakh. On the occasion, a lecture was delivered by Dr Harbajan Singh Deol, former commissioner of linguistic minorities in India.

ASSUMES CHARGE: Dr Gulzar Singh Chahal, Head, Department of Plant Breeding, Punjab Agricultural University, has taken over as Additional Director of Research (Agriculture) of the university. Dr Chahal is a well-known scientist at national and international level for his contribution to cotton production.

PREVIEW: The preview of “Koi Rah Dise” produced by Gurcharan Singh Channi was screened at Punjab Agricultural University. The film highlights the present crisis of Punjab agriculture particularly the deteriorating economic plight of the farmers. The film also gives the first-hand account of the problems emerging from non-judicious use of underground water and agro-chemicals. The preview, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, and other senior scientists of the university gave important suggestions for improvement in the film.

BODY FOUND: The police here found the body of Patwinder Singh (32), resident of Barnala from the Bein (rivulet) on Thursday. The youth was missing for the past nine days. He lived alone in the village.

CHECK DAM: Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, MP, Hoshiarpur, inaugurated a check-dam in Malewal in Balachaur subdivision of the district on Friday. Mr Channi also distributed cheques for Rs 5 lakh among 50 beneficiaries under ‘Housing scheme for homeless’ at Saroya village in Balachaur subdivision of the district on Thursday.

KISAN LOAN MELA: The State Bank of Patiala, ADB branch, organised a Kisan Loan Mela here on Friday. DGM N.S. Deshpande distributed credit cards, gold cards and other consumer loans to the farmers. AGM K.S. Sandhu said that the branch has so far issued 2400 kisan cards and 1040 gold cards to the farming community.

WORKSHOP: The Punjab College of Education, Raipur, organised a career counselling workshop here on Friday. The Deputy Director Employment, Ms Surjit Kaur Sharma, inaugurated the workshop. She stressed upon career planning and urged the students to choose their career at a proper age. She added that Class X was the take off period for the future. The Director IAS Training Centre, Dr G.S. Bajwa, urged the students to work hard and chalk out the strategy to achieve higher goals in life. The District Employment Officer, Sangrur, Mr Amar Bhushan Aggarwal, talked about various competitive examination conducted by the staff selection commission.

LECTURE: The Environment Society of local Khalsa College organised a lecture on environment here on Friday. Col Bishan Das told the students about the significance of pollution-free environment. The Principal of the college, Dr Harbir Singh, was also present.

LAUNCHED: National Insurance Company Limited launched a universal health insurance policy with a small annual premium amount of Rs 365 per person here on Friday. The policy covers the hospitalisation expenses and also provides compensation to the earning head of the family in case of accidental death.

NATIONAL WORKSHOP: Punjabi University, in collaboration with the Association of Indian Universities, organised a two-day national workshop on ‘Status of basic science research in institutions of higher education’ here. The Director of Indian Institute of Technology, Mr R.S. Sirohi, inaugurated the workshop on Thursday. He emphasised the need on quality of research rather than just numbers. He said that the Central Government was also planning to create four national institutes, which will be centres of excellence in emerging technologies. The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Mr Sawarn Singh Boparai, stressed the need to take a liberal and innovative attitude towards research and education.

ROTARY GOVERNOR: The Head of the Department of Public Administration, Punjabi University, Dr Harbans Pathak, has been elected District Governor of Rotary International District 3090 comprising territories of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan here. He has been member of Syndicate, Senate and academic council and Chairman, IIPA.

Rotary Award: A professor of English at local Mohindra College, Prof S C Sharma, has been honoured with the Rotary International Service Above Self Awarde for individual excellence in Service through Rotary. Professor Sharma is credited with creating awareness on AIDS, blood donation, literacy, population management, environmental pollution, Pulse Polio, female foeticide and social leadership.

FIRE: More than 12 acres of wheat crop was destroyed at Gehlewal village belonging to Zora Singh and Pal Singh due to the negligence of brick-kiln owner Rajinder Singh. The local SDM, Mr J.S. Jassi, has directed the Naib Tehsildar, Mr Balwinder Singh Saini, to probe the matter.


CAMP: More than 400 residents of the Maloya Colony visited a camp on health awareness organised by the Servants of the People Society in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation here on Saturday. The team of the Yuva Jagrit Manch presented a street play highlighting the importance of healthy lifestyle.

LECTURE: Mr Paramjit Singh from the Sikh Missionary College, delivered a lecture on “youth in the making of a new social order” at Government College here on Saturday. The programme had been organised by a unit of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle based in the college.


FUNCTION: The annual prize distribution function of S.A. Jain Senior Secondary School, Ambala City, will be held on February 1. The principal of the school, Mr Muni Lal Bansal, said that MP Rattan Lal Kataria would be the chief guest. A colourful cultural function will also be presented.

STOLEN: An Indica was stolen from near a marriage palace in Ambala City on Thursday. Satbir Singh, a resident of Chandigarh had come to Sagur Palace to attend a function. His car was stolen from the parking place outside the palace. The police has registered a case.

RAID: The Railway Magistrate raided a passenger train at Barara on Friday to check the without ticket passengers. Over 24 passengers were nabbed without ticket, 10 of them were sent to judicial custody as they did not pay the fine on the spot.

EXHIBITION: Students of DAV Public School, Ambala Cantt on Saturday showcased their talent in an art and craft exhibition held in the school. School Principal Rita JP Singh said class I to V students were taught to make face masks, envelope puppet, paper flower, clay modelling and paper folding with cut and paste. while students of classes VI to IX and XI were taught to make posters, clay modelling, collage, painting and pot painting.

INDUSTRIAL GROWTH: Ambala MP Ratan Lal Kataria said on Saturday that he would stress on development of different industry sectors for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Mr Kataria said that he would concentrate on the scientific instruments’ industry of Ambala, the utensils’ industry of Jagadhari and the HMT in Pinjore.

INAUGURATED: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mehtab Singh Sehrawat, on Thursday said the Haryana Government had taken several steps towards bringing about improvement in the fields of industrial development, information and technology, biotechnology, education and sports. Mr Sehrawat was addressing students at the inauguration of a three-day inter-college contest in Government College for Women here.

DAIRY FARMING: A three-day training programme on modern dairy practices concluded at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) here, on Friday. At least 40 farmers from various villages of Una and Chamba districts of Himachal participated in the programme. The programme was sponsored by Mr S.S. Parmar, Assistant Project Director, Hills II of the Integrated Watershed Development Programme (IWDP) in operation at Badhroya in Kangra district of Himachal.

SUICIDES: A 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide in two separate incidents in the district during the past 24 hours. As per reports available, Ram Kumar (17), a resident of Tikri Kailash village, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on Wednesday. In an another incident, Aarti (15), a resident of Bijna village, also allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on Wednesday.

FARMERS GIVEN LOANS: A Kisan Credit Card distribution function was organised by Kharindwa branch of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) at Kharindwa village, 20 km from here on Friday. According to PNB, Lead District Manager, J.B. Bansal, loans worth Rs one crore were distributed among the farmers. Four PNB branches comprising Shahabad, Ladwa, Mathana and Kharindwa participated in the loan distribution function and 105 farmers from nearby villages got the loans.

NEW SP: Mr Yoginder Singh Nehra, SP, Bhiwani, assumed charge of Superintendent of Police, Kurukshetra, here on Thursday in place of Mr K.K. Rao, who has been transferred to Hisar as SP, Vigilance Bureau. 


PROJECT: The Rs 15-crore centrally sponsored ‘green gold’ project has been yielding good results in the Churah valley of Chamba district. So far, Rs 62 lakh have been spent on the implementation of this project. Giving this information here on Thursday, Mr Rahul Anand, Deputy Commissioner, said the project was especially designed for Chamba district. The project envisaged the revitalising of the economy of local farmers living below the poverty line.

SAHYOG MANCH: The Bharat Sahyog Manch has decided to celebrate 2004 as Tibet year said by Dr Kuldeep Chand Agnihotri, All-India Convener of Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch here on Friday. A function will be held at Mandi on February 29 where the Dalai Lama will be honoured.

COMPLAINT CELLS: Mr Viplav Thakur, Chairperson, Himachal Pradesh Rajya Mahila Ayog, has called upon department heads to constitute women complaints redressal committees headed by women to facilitate quick justice to working women. She was addressing a meeting at Bachat Bhavan here on Thursday.

LAUNCHED: The Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank launched its Self Employment Credit Card Scheme at Nurpur on Thursday. Presiding over the function Mr S.K. Handa, chairman of the bank, said the scheme would benefit small entrepreneurs and create employment opportunities for the unemployed youth.

AWARDED: Mr Ashok Kumar Sood, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) has been awarded the Police Medal for meritorious services to the nation. Mr Hardesh Bist, Deputy Superintendent of Police, currently on U.N. mission and Mr Dev Raj, Inspector, 1 Battalion, have also been awarded the Police Medal.

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