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ADVISED: Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, has advised the Improvement Trust authorities and the Municipal Council authorities here to shun the path of confrontation and work for the development of the town. He was speaking at a reception organised by Mrs Santosh Bagha, municipal councillor, in the Nai Abadi area.

OBSERVED: Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board observed ‘black day’ on Monday to express resentment over the lathi-charge on the employees’ rally at Chandigarh on February 4. A rally was held at subdivision No 2 of the board by all factions of the employees’ unions.

PANEL FORMED: A five-member subcommittee was formed to oversee arrangements for the three centenary functions to be held this year. The committee includes Prof Prithipal Singh Kapur, a former Pro-VC, Guru Nanak Dev University , Dr Balkar Singh, former Head, Department of Guru Granth Sahib Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr Kharak Singh, Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh and Mr H.S.Bhanwar, Mr Gurdarshan Singh Bahia as media advisers.

WELCOMED: The Punjab Government College Teachers’ Association on Monday welcomed the state government’s decision to merge 50 per cent DA with the basic pay of government teachers.

LAUNCHED: Dr H.S. Gill, Civil Surgeon, launched the Vande Matram Yojna, a free-check-up scheme for expecting mothers at Jallianwala Bagh Martyr Memorial Hospital here on Monday.

STOLEN: Some unidentified persons stole two tractors from the premises of M/s Ganpati Automobiles, Amritsar Road, Batala, on Monday. Mr Ram Singh, chief of Batala police district, told this correspondent on Monday that police parties had been sent to nab the culprits.

LAUNCHED: ‘Vande Matram’, a voluntary health scheme, was formally launched in the district on Monday to provide free OPD services, including ante-natal check up, to the pregnant women.

LOK ADALAT: Thirtyeight out of 141 cases which came up for hearing were settled at a Lok Adalat held in the Ropar judicial complex on Saturday. Awards worth Rs 97,44176 were adjudicated by the Additional Sessions Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K.Goel.



MEETING: The Alumni association of Government College, sector 11, held its annual meeting on the premises of the college here on Saturday. Many known faces of the city, ranging from judiciary to academics, who are alumni of the college, attended the meeting. Presiding over the meeting, Prof Balvinder Singh, Principal of the college, went down the memory lane while welcoming the old students. The college, established on May 26, 1953, was witness to changing profile of the city, said the principal adding that from 700 students in 1953, the college had a strength of 2800 students.

SEMINAR: The IPS Association is organising a seminar on “Policing in the new era” on Thursday at the CII auditorium. Mr R.S. Gill, president of the Punjab unit of the association, in statement issued on Tuesday, said Prof David Bayley of the USA would deliver the key note address. Dr Parmod Kumar, Director, Institute for Development and Communications ( IDC), and Justice N.C. Jain (retd) would also share their views on the topic. 

MAYOR BEREAVED: Natha Devi, mother of Ms Kamlesh, Mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, passed away in the early hours here on Tuesday. Natha Devi (52) was suffering from gall bladder cancer. The cremation took place on Tuesday afternoon. The ceremony was attended by a number of officers and councillors of the MC.

ASSEMBLY: Delhi Public School in Sector 40 here held a special assembly to honour the school’s Vice-Chairman, Rear Admiral M.M. Chopra. The assembly started with a rendition of hymns and the school anthem. A song on the importance of looking after the environment was also presented. About 100 students were given certificates for winning competitions conducted by the school.

INVESTITURE DAY: An Investiture Day Ceremony for this current year was held at the local St Kabir Public School today. Mementos and certificates were presented to the outgoing members. Badges were handed over to elected cabinet members for the next session by the school Principal, Mr J.P. Singh. A candle march by the old and new cabinet members symbolised the transfer of responsibilities .

EKTA SHAKTI: The Ekta Shakti, headed by a former bureaucrat, Mr Varinder Verma, has decided to field its candidates from three Lok Sabha seats in Haryana in the ensuing Lok Sabha poll. Stating this here on Monday the district president, Mr Suresh Gupta, said that Mr Raj Kumar sharma would be the candidate from Karnal and Mr Jagmeet Singh Saini from Kurukshetra. Mr Raghubir Bubak, will contest from Ambala.

DEMAND: The Housing Board Sector 15 LIG Residents Welfare Association demanded the setting up of a government dispensary in the sector, on Monday. The president of the association, Mr Bhaskar Arya, the sector, which had a population of over 20,000, lacked a dispensary putting the residents to a lot of inconvenience. Since the Sector 6 General Hospital was far away, dispensaries had been sanctioned and opened in several small sectors like 8,10,11,12,16 and 19, the dispensary in the sector was need of the hour.



ONE KILLED: One person was killed and another injured in two different road accidents on Monday. According to information, Mehal Singh of Panihari village was coming to Sirsa when his scooter hit a motor cycle coming from the opposite direction near Pharvain village. Mehal Singh was seriously injured. He was admitted to the local Civil Hospital where he died.



FORMED: The breakaway group by the district Press Club, has constituted another unit under the banner of the Himachal Journalist Union. The following have been elected office-bearers of the new group: president — Sudershan Sankhyayan; senior vice-president — Amal Porley, vice-presidents — Brij Bhushan Guleria and Shyam Kulvi; general secretaries — Narender Sood and Suman Palsara; and treasurer — G.S. Babbu.

ARRESTED: The Shillai police on Monday arrested Noor Mohammad and recovered 1.5 kg of charas. The SP, Sirmour, Mr S.R. Sharma, said a case under the NDPS Act had been registered against Noor Mohammad.

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CELEBRATED: Himalaya International Ltd celebrated its 10th foundation day on Monday. Mr Man Mohan Malik, CMD, stressed the need to use “organic manure” in place of chemical fertilisers. Mr Malik announced a number of welfare schemes for its employees.


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