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Heart camp
: A free heart check-up camp will be organised in the Durgiana Temple complex. The camp is being organised jointly by Saffola Healthy Heart Foundation with Escorts Heart Institute and Super Specialty on Sunday.

Power shutdown: Power supply would remain suspended from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday. Feeders supplying power to areas around Hussainpura, near Headwater Works, Ghee Mandi and Chhatiwind will be affected. This was informed in a press release here on Friday.

Sena’s plea: India should boycott talks with Pakistan till Hindu jathas to Pakistan were given permission to visit shrines on their special religious occasions, Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, chief of the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena in, said in a letter to the Ministry for External Affairs on Friday.

FUNCTION: Students of Lord Mahavir Jain Public School, Dera Bassi, presented colourful items to mark their annual function here on Saturday. Capt Kanwaljit Singh, MLA, Banur Assembly constituency, was the chief guest. Mr Jagjit Singh Dalli, former president of Dera Bassi Municipal Council, and certain other prominent persons of the area were also present on the occasion.

SEMINAR: Points on personality development were highlighted at a seminar organised for students and the staff of Government College, Dera Bassi, here on Saturday. Mr S.M. Kant, State Liaison Officer, Youth Services, Department of Punjab, was the chief guest on the occasion.

SEMINAR: Ten main points on personality development were highlighted at a seminar organised for the students and the staff of Government College, Dera Bassi, here on Friday. Mr S.M. Kant, State Liaison Officer, who was the chief guest on the occasion said one can overcome any impediment in life. Ms Shakuntla, college Principal, appealed to the students to take part in extra-curricular activities for the overall personality development.

NAAC TEAM: A team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Banglore, will visit Government College, Dera Bassi, on Monday. The team comprising Dr. Naresh Chandra, Dr. Ancy Jose and Prof. K.K. Bhardwaj will inspect the college premises for its assessment and accreditation, informed Ms Shakuntla, college Principal.

The Mahilpur police has arrested Jasbir Kaur wife of Davinder Singh of Barian Kalan under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act and seized 60 gms of smack. The Hariana police has arrested Lakhbir Singh of Moga Patti and Charanjit Singh of Arjanwal of Jalandhar district and seized 112.5 gms of poppy husk from them.

Case registered: On the complaint of Balbir Kaur, wife of Terbinder Singh of Khudda, the Tanda police has registered a case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC againt Jagtar Singh, alias Jagga of Rallan village. In her complaint she alleged that her daughter Amandeep Kaur, a student of plus one class, had been abducted by Jagtar Singh. 

Annual day
: Jetking, Computer Hardware and Networking Institute, organised its annual day at Nehru Sidhant Kendra here on Saturday. Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, municipal corporation, inaugurated the function. He was welcomed by Mr Vinod Kumar and Mr Rajesh Vaidya, managing directors of the company. Students organised various cultural items, including skits, bhangra, songs, fashion shows solo and western dances.

FAREWELL PARTY: Students of Classes X and XII of Shivalikwala Doon School, Rishi Nagar, were given farewell party by their juniors at a hotel here on Friday. Though the atmosphere was emotionally changed yet there were cheers for the winners of various fashion contest rounds. Ashish Albert won the coveted Mr Outgoing title and Ruby Sharma was declared Ms Outgoing. Apart from this, Mr Personality title was clinched by Vikram Makkar while Ms Aditi won Ms Personality contest. Akhil was chosen as Mr Gait and Heena was declared Ms Best Gait. Among the boys, Rohan won the Best Smile title. Saloni won the same title among the girl students.

Blood donated: The NSS unit of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women organised a blood donation camp here on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Narinder Kumar Jain, president of the managing committee. Nearly 50 students donated blood to help thalassaemic children. A team of doctors from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital lead by Dr Parveen Sobti and Dr Hitesh Narang from the Department of Pathology conducted the camp. Ms Kamla Jain, Principal, appreciated the effort of the students and staff members of the NSS unit.

38 POs HELD: The Ludhiana police has arrested 38 proclaimed offenders in January, bringing the total number of such criminals held by the special proclaimed offenders wing to 1,634, according to Mr Narinderpal Singh, SSP. He said in a press note issued on Friday here today that among the 38 proclaimed offenders held last month, three criminals were wanted for murder, two for intent to murder, nine criminals booked under the NDPS Act, six for theft, two for dacoity, two for fraud, 12 under the local and special law and 2 for beating. These included proclaimed offenders who had been evading the law for more than 10 to 15 years, he added.

STONE LAID: The foundation stone of a 66 kv grid substation at Dakala village in the district was laid by Finance Minister Lal Singh on Saturday. Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, presided over the function. Six new feeders will be installed at a cost of Rs 2.5 crores in this regard.

SEMINAR: A seminar on income tax and sales tax was organised by the office of the State Accountant General (A&E) here on Friday. As many as 50 divisional accounts officers participated from different divisions of Punjab and Chandigarh. The seminar was inaugurated by Accountant General Nand Lal. Speaking on the occasion Mr Nand emphasised the importance of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department in the maintenance of accounts of the state government in more effective manner in the fast changing scenario of public finance.

DECISION HAILED: The Punjab Government College Teachers Association on Saturday welcomed the announcement of the merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance with the basic pay made by the Chief Minister recently. While appreciating the lead taken by the Chief Minister in implementing the decision of the Central Government, the president of the association, Mr B.S. Sandhu, also hailed the proposal to raise the retirement age of state government employees to 60 years. The general secretary of the association, Prof Jai Pal Singh, also urged the state government to consider other pending demands of college teachers, which include counting the total service for placement in senior scale, raising the retirement age to 62 years, extending relaxation of participation to orientation courses up to January 31, 2004 and filling all vacant posts in government colleges in the state.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: Students of Guardian Angels Public School, Zirakpur, celebrated their annual function near here on Saturday. Capt Kawaljit Singh, former Finance Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest while Mr Narinder Sharma, president of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat was the guest of honour. Trophies were given to meritorious students.



OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Fari Welfare Samiti, Chandigarh; president — Mr Dharampal; vice-presidents — Mr Rajinder Kumar Prasad Chauhan and Mr Ashok Kumar; general secretary — Mr Sanjay Kumar; joint secretary — Mohd. Sahid; propaganda secretary — Mr Iqbal Singh; assistant secretary — Mr Surinder Singh; cashier — Mr Mangal Singh; adviser — R.C. Rana.

AWARD: Dr I.S. Tiwana, Principal, Patel Memorial National College, Rajpura, has been awarded with prestigious “Shiksha Rattan Award” by the institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi. The award was conferred on him at a function held recently at the India Centre, New Delhi. The award was presented to him by Dr Bhishma Narain, former Governor of Tamil Nadu, for his contribution towards education.

MOBILE DENTAL CLINIC: Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala on Friday flagged off an air-conditioned mobile dental clinic for providing dental care services free of cost at the doorsteps of people of Haryana and Chandigarh. Stating this here, a Haryana Government release said while the mobile van had been provided by the Shri Guru Granth Sahab Sewa Samiti, the Bank of Punjab(BOP) furnished it with necessary equipments. The BoP would also bear the cost of the services, the release said and added that the clinic would serve people in Naraingarh, Kalka, Pinjore, Panchkula and Chandigarh. 

INAUGURATED: The tiling work in the parking area in Sector 22, opposite the inter-state bus terminal was inaugurated by Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, local MP here on Saturday. Mr Pradeep Chhabra, Senior Deputy Mayor, was also present on the occasion.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following are the office-bearers of the local unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party: president — Mr Balbir Jangda; vice-president — Mr Jai Singh; general secretaries — Mr Sudesh Kumar, Mr Nazim Kureshi, Mr Ajit Singh Saini, Mr Subhash Tamoli and Mrs Surender Kaur; and treasurer — Mrs Lakshmi Muval.

MORCHA OFFICE-BEARERS: The following are the office-bearers of the local unit of the Ambedkar Prakash Morcha: president — Mr Ved Prakash; general secretaries — Mr Satish Kumar Chauhan, Mr Chhatarpal Jha and Mr B.K. Bhardwaj; and treasurer — Mr Balwan Singh Birla.

VISIT: Mrs Harpreet Kaur Babla, councillor of ward No. 13 (Sectors 27 and 28), on Saturday went on a routine visit of her ward and listened to the grievances of residents.

NOMINATED: The following have been nominated as office-bearers of the local Grain Market Association: chairman — Mr Sat Pal Gupta; chief adviser — Mr M.P.Kohli; advisers — Mr Ravi Kansal, Mr B.K. Sood, Mr Sita Ram Ahuja and Mr Mahesh Gupta; patrons — Mr Madan Lal Singla, Mr Tirath Ram Ahuja, Mr Gian Chand Aggarwal, Mr Mate Ram Goyal, Mr Ram Karan Goyal and Mr Santosh Kumar Aggarwal; Senior vice-president — Mr Sat Prakash Aggarwal; and general secretaries — Mr Arvind Kumar and Mr Vijay Singla. 



RALLY: An anti-copying rally was held in Ambala Sadar on Saturday. The rally, which was organised by the Chunmun Club, was flagged off by the Inspector-General of Police, Ambala Range, Mr Alok Joshi. A number of students from different schools participated.

ARRESTED: The police on Friday nabbed two drug traffickers and seized 350 grams of opium. The district police chief told mediapersons that Karnail Singh, a resident of Mahmada, was held with 200 grams of the contraband and Vijay Kumar, a resident Babanpur, was arrested with 150 grams of opium.

VISIT: A delegation of the Haryana Patrakar Sangh will visit Pakistan . Mr K.V. Pandit, state president of the sangh, will lead the delegation. In a joint statement issued here on Friday, Mr Sunil Sachdeva, state secretary and Mr Jagdish Ravee, district president of the sangh, said members opting to go with the delegation had been advised to complete formalities regarding their passports.

THEFTS: Thieves broke into eight shops in the Surya Nagar area here on Friday night and took away goods worth more than Rs 1 lakh. The thieves struck at Bisla Garments, Sonu Electronics, Pahwa Sweet Centre, Balbir Barber Shop, Nanu Tea Stall, Hariom Kiryana Store and a hardware store. No arrest had been made so far.

CHARAS RECOVERED: The local police on Saturday recovered 41 kg of charas from two persons of different villages in the district. In a raid on the house of Satyawan Singh of Sultanpur village, 40 kg of charas was recovered from his possession. The sadar police also arrested another person Ratan Singh of Gorchi village and seized 1 kg of charas from him. The police has registered cases against both under various Sections of the NDPS Act.

GURUKUL FUNCTION: Mr Abhey Singh Chautala, MLA and president, Haryana Olympic Association, presided over the annual function of the Kanya Gurukul, Khanpur Kalan, on Saturday. He said that Gurukuls played an important role in the Independence movement.


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