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OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the state committee at a general body meeting of the Child Development and Project Officers (CDPO) Association: president — Ms Pritpal Kaur; senior vice-president — Narinder Singh; vice president — Naresh Kumar; general secretary — Satish Kumar (Amloh); joint secretary — Amrsih Jain; finance secretary — Harjeet Mallhi; and press secretary — Rash Pal Singh. 

PROTEST: The unemployed teachers union will organise a state-level stir against the government in case the result of fourth semester of ETT teachers is not declared within two days, said Mr Satnam Singh Gill, state vice-president. He was addressing a meeting of the ETT teachers here on Saturday. He said around 12,000 posts of teacher were lying vacant in the schools. The union urged the government to advertise 4,000 regular posts of ETT teachers and make the appointments against them. 

MEDICAL CAMP: A medical camp was organised by the Ludhiana Midtown Jaycees at Baba Nam Dev Charitable Hospital on Sunday. As many as 200 patients were examined by different doctors of eye, ortho, dental and medicine. Free blood tests, X-ray, ECGs were done and medicines were given to the poor patients free of cost. Mr Harbhajan Singh Pruthi from Pruthi International was the chief guest on this occasion. The doctors who examined the patients included Dr Harbhajan Singh, Dr Anil Aggarwal, Dr T.P. Singh and Dr Manish Goyal. Others present inluded Dr Jasbir Bawa, K.D.S. Walia, Inderpal Singh, Sanjay Gupta and president of hospital, Mr Narinderjit Singh and secretary Mr Rajinder Singh Wasir. 

YOUTH KILLED: A motor cycle-borne youth, Hemant Sharma (25), a resident of Gandhi Nagar, Mandi Gobindgarh, was killed on the spot on Friday when he was going to a bank. A speedy car from behind struck the motorcycle and he fell in the centre while the person driving the motor cycle fell on the roadside of the GT road near police station. A tractor-trailer coming from behind crushed Hemant Kumar. 

AWARD: The Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi has conferred the “Best Book in Philosophy Award 2001-02” on Dr Jit Singh Khokhar, for his book “‘Vaidic- Darshanam’”. The award includes a cash amount of Rs 50,000 along with a memento, and a shawl.


ANNUAL FUNCTION: The 17th annual function of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 35, was held at Tagore Theatre here on Sunday. Brig Arjinder Singh, president of the school’s society, inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp. The programme began with Saraswati Vandana followed by a short play, ‘The lion and mouse’ by students of pre-nursery class students also presented a dance and qawwali. 

RALLY: Members of the Punwire employees union on Sunday held a rally at Balongi Chowk. Leaders of the union decided to intensify their campaign to bring out the truth about Punwire. The leaders asked the Punjab Government to live up to their poll promise of reviving the unit. 

PSEB FLAYED: Members of the Phase VI Welfare Society here have condemned the move of the Punjab State Electricity Board to club the electricity consumption bill of various meters in the same house. According to a press note issued by the president of the association, S.S. Bal, the PSEB was harassing consumers especially when the consumers had taken special permission from PUDA to install separate meters. 

GRIEVANCES: The Trade Union Council here has objected to the presence of phariwallahas and rehri-wallahas at the weekly kisan mandis here. According to a press note issued by the general secretary of the council, Mr Ramji Dass, the farmers who come all the way from their villages to sell their produce were outnumbered by these vendors in the mandis. He pointed out that Mohali had no Rent Control Act and the administration should implementation of the Act here. 

VISIT: A group of 15 teachers and students from Paragon Senior Secondary School here will visit Korea as part of an exchange programme scheduled to begin on February 5. The 10-day trip will entail a visit to Jeong Myung School in South Korea, one of the oldest schools in the country. The signing of an MoU between the two schools will take place on February 9, following which teachers from that school will visit India. According to the school Principal, Mr B.S. Shergill, the trip will give exposure to students and teachers alike and boost chances of closer educational cooperation in near future. The 15-member group of Paragon Senior Secondary School, Mohali that will visit Korea.

CELEBRATIONS: As part of the birth celebrations of Satguru Dev Swami Devi Dayal Ji Maharaj, a week-long yoga camp concluded at Divya Yog Mandir at Shivalik Enclave in Mani Majra, near here, on Sunday. According to a press note, a large number of persons, suffering from backache, joint pain, cervical spondylistis, hypertension and other diseases, benefited from the camp. Women, learnt “asanas” for reducing weight and improving their facila beauty through yoga. Children received training in performing “asanas” to improving memory. They were also given tips to keep off tension and strain from their lives. 

PROBE SOUGHT: Alleging irregularities in the supply of medicines to Central Government employees, the Panchkula Consumers’ Forum has demanded a high-level probe into the implementation of the CGHS scheme in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. In a communication to the Health Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, the forum alleged that after examination at the PGI, it took at least a week to get medicines from the CGHS Dispensary. Over 8,000 authorised patients registered with the dispensary are getting inferior medicines, Dr V.P. Dubey, forum president, alleged. 


HARYANA TEACHERS: The Haryana Rajkiya Adhyapak Sangh here on Saturday said that liberalisation, globalisation and privatisation were against employees’ interests. The Haryana Joint Employees Action Committee has decided to gherao the Haryana Vidhan Sabha on February 10.

SOLAR TUBEWELL: The Non-Conventional Energy Department Haryana has called for applications from farmers for the installation of 2 h.p. solar energy tubewells. Such tubewells can be installed only at places where water level was not more than 30 feet deep. Such tubewell can irrigate four acres of land. Cost of the tubewell comes to Rs 3.22 lakh but the farmers has to spend only Rs 40,500. The rest is subsidised by the Government.

HEALTH MELA DATE: Health Mela will be held from February 4 to February 6 at Keorak and not at Cheeka as announced earlier, said Deputy Commissioner Anuraj Aggarwal here on Saturday.


EXPEDITION: A three-day “Adventurous Environment Awakening Trekking Expedition” was flagged off from Nehru Yuva Kendra premises here on Friday. Thirty youths from 15 Yuva Mandals from the district will trek through hills and vales during the tour. The expedition would march through Rishikesh, Badole Dhar, Daribhadi, Jeorpattan, Kalakunda, Chalehla, and Naina Devi.

TWO HELD: The police here arrested two occupants of vehicles (HP-11-8536) HP-01-0131, HP-51-0176 for smuggling liquor on the Bharadighat-Brahampukhar road on Friday night. The police recovered 115 pouches of liquor from the vehicles.

SIX HURT: Six persons, including five women, were injured when a jeep overturned near Kamloo village on Friday evening. The injured have been admitted to the Nadaun hospital. The injured have been identified as Push Devi, Rattani Devi, Shashi, Pinki, Lata and driver of the jeep Makhan Lal. A case has been registered.

DHUMAL CRITICISED: Mr Chander Kumar, Himachal Forest Minister, and Surender Kaku, MLA, here on Saturday accused the former Dhumal government of ignoring OBCs.

INAUGURATED: Mr Maheshwar Singh, MP, Mandi Parliamentary Constituency, inaugurated a three-day Family Welfare and Health Fair at BBMB Hospital here. Medicines will be supplied free of cost and tests also will be free of cost.

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