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INSTALLED : A coin counting machine was installed at the State Bank of India, Town Hall branch, here on Tuesday. The branch also launched a new scheme of Internet banking.

COMMERCE FESTIVAL : A one-day commerce festival will be held at DAV College here on Thursday. Mr M.L. Aeri, Principal, said the college had invited Hero Mind Mine (a division of the Hero group) to have interaction and placement session with the final year students.

INAUGURATED : Mr R.L. Bhatia, MP, on Tuesday inaugurated a computer centre at the girls’ hostel of Guru Nanak Dev University.

ORGANISED : A camp on vermiculture was organised on Tuesday at Dehriwal village in the farm of Mr Khajan Singh by Shubha Karman Biotech and the Agriculture Department (Tarsikka block). Addressing farmers, Dr Gursharan Singh Gill explained the benefits of vermiculture.

Cheque given
: A cheque of Rs 2 lakh was given by Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, Member Parliament, for the construction of rooms at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, on Wednesday. Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Principal of the college, and Prof Balwant Singh Pangali, secretary of the college management committee, thanked Mr Galib.

School function: Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School celebrated Blessing Day on Monday. The programme started with the bhog ceremony of Shri Sahaj Path in order to seek blessings of the Lord for the students whose examinations are fast approaching. Kirtan was performed by the students of the school. A langar was also served. The Principal of the school, Ms Urmila Sood, addressed the students.

COMPETITION: Dr G.R. Kataria, Head, Department of English, Punjabi University, Patiala, presided over a paper reading and poetry recitation competition, organised by the Literary Society of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib. Manu Priya, Rinika and Meena Verma got the first, second and third positions, respectively, in the paper reading contest. Surinder Pal, Manjeet and Damanpreet secured the first, second and third positions, respectively, in the painting competition.

AWARENESS DRIVE : To create awareness about water-borne diseases and the use of safe drinking water among schoolchildren, 6500 comic books related to the prevention from these diseases have been distributed among students of class V in Hoshiarpur district. This was disclosed by Dr Y.C. Markan, Civil Surgeon, in a press release here on Tuesday.

HONOURED : The SSP, Mr Lok Nath Angra, on Tuesday honoured seven non-gazetted officers, nine constables and two SPOs. To encourage them letters of appreciation along with suitable cash prizes were given. Later he listened to the problems of policemen.

: Mr Jatender Pal Singh has been appointed circle president of the Akali Dal Youth Wing, Khanna (Urban), by Mr Sharn Jit Singh Dhillon, president of the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal Youth Wing. Mr Dhillon announced the appointment during a meeting of the workers of the youth wing. The meeting was held in Gurdwara Kalgidhar, GT Road, Khanna, on Tuesday.

PARBHAT PHERI: A parbhat pheri was taken out from the old Krishna Temple in Model Town on Tuesday morning in connection with the 130th birthday celebrations of Shrimad Bhakti Sidhant Sarswati Thakur Prabhupad and centenary celebrations of Shrimad Bhakti Madhav Goswami Vishnupad. It was lead by Shrimad Bhakti Vallabhtirath. Bhajans were sung in praise of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by the sankirtan group.

Launched: Reliance Infocom on Wednesday launched its prepaid services in Ludhiana. Under the scheme the customers will get free recharge vouchers worth about the cost of a reliance mobile (RIM) prepaid handset that they buy. The customers can remain connected for a full year without buying new recharge vouchers. This was stated by Mr Himanshu Kapania, chief operating officer of the Reliance Infocom for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. 

Lecture: The Young Scientists’ Association, Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, organised an extension lecture for students of degree classes on Tuesday. The lecture was delivered by Mr S.L. Dhir, Deputy Director, Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratories, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Chandigarh. He dwelt upon the role of the DRDO in the pursuit of technologies for nations’ defence.

Brochure: Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, released the placement brochure- 2004 of the College of Agricultural Engineering to uplift the college placement in tractor, food processing and irrigation industries.

WORKSHOP: A workshop on shastriya and sugam sangeet was held at SDP College for Women here on Wednesday. The workshop was jointly organised by the vocal and instrumental departments of the college. Mr Sudhir Kaushal, head, Department of Vocal, was the resource person. Ms S. Verma, Principal of the college, presented a vote of thanks.

Honoured: Mr Harnam Dass Johar was honoured at Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, here on Wednesday. He said Vice-Chancellors of both Punjabs would exchange visits soon. He also announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the college.

SEIZED : A local octroi contractor has seized 135 mobile phone bucks which were brought to the town without paying octroi from Tarlochan Singh, an employee of a private firm of Sangrur. The contractor, Mr Happy, said Tarlochan Singh was checked near the local Mehs Gate and asked to pay the octroi of Rs 1617 but the refused to pay. He was fined Rs 32,000. He said the owner of the firm threatened him that he would move to the court if the bucks were not returned.

HIP SURGERY: Dr Harminder Singh and Dr Swapnil Amrit Singh of Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr), have conducted a rare hip-joint surgery on a 32-year patient, Harbans Singh. A special hip joint non-cemented THR has been transplanted.

FOUNDATION STONE: Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, general secretary, SGPC, laid the foundation-stone of the Arts Block of Guru Har Rai Girls College, Chhokeran, 4 km from here, on Monday.

STOLEN : Thieves struck at the two shops at Nawanshahr and at Banga on Monday and reportedly stole tyres worth Rs 2 lakh and Rs 40,000 in cash from Khalsa Tyre Company and tyres and other goods worth Rs 1.75 lakh from Doaba Tyres Company, Banga.

CONTEST : The local Rotary Club and Road Users Association jointly organised a declamation contest on ‘road safety and accident prevention’ at Shivalik Public School on Tuesday. While the running trophy was won by Shivalik Public School, Nitika Agnihotri, Rozi, and Nitika Kaushal won first-three positions in the junior section. Vineet Kaur Kohli, Supreet Kaur and Kiran Reya won the first three positions, respectively, in the senior section.

INAUGURATED : Mr Vikas Garg, ADC (Development), inaugurated a sewing training centre set up by DRDA to motivate girls to adopt self employment ventures, at Garupar village on Tuesday. He also distribute 10 fixed deposits receipts (FDRs) among 10 beneficiaries of the Girl Child Scheme. Besides, he gave away five sewing machines to widows provided by the gram panchayat, informed Mr Bhushan Kumar Sharma, APO, in a press release.

AWARD GIVEN : Mr Baldev Nayyar, Chairman, Lions Club, and a resident of Banga, was awarded the ‘Senior Master Key Award for Promotion and Extension of Lionism’ by Dr J.S. Thind, District Lions Governor, at a function held at Banga on Monday.

ELECTED: The following were elected office-bearers of the Inner Wheel Club here on Wednesday: president — Ms Rama Nohria; vice-president — Ms Amarjit Raikhey; secretary — Ms Kuljeet Banga; treasurer — Ms Renuka Seth; editor — Ms Balwant Arora; and ISO — Ms Kamla Gupta.

COACHING CLASSES: The IAS and Allied Services Training Centre of Punjabi University will start coaching classes for PMT and CET from March 22 for SC, OBC, minority communities and general category candidates. Giving this information, Dr G.S. Bajwa, Director of the centre, said eligible candidates who were appearing or had passed plus 2 examination with 50 per cent marks could apply by February 16. Interview for PMT would be held on February 20 and CET on February 21. SC, OBC and minority communities trainees would be provided free coaching and stipend as per rules.

INAUGURATED: MP Preneet Kaur inaugurated the sewage and water supply project in ward No. 6 on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion she said 10-km long pipelines for sewage and drinking water were being laid in the ward. She said state government was committed to provide basic facilities to people of all areas of the city. On the occasion, Municipal Corporation Mayor Vishnu Sharma and Councillor Gurjeet Singh were also present 

APPOINTED: Dr Rajinder Kumar of the Department of Human Biology, Punjabi University, has been appointed as a member of the National Inspection Panel of Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (Disabilities Division). The panel has been constituted to inspect various projects being implemented by voluntary organisation under the Deen Dayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme, a press note said here on Wednesday.

HONOURED: The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) has honoured Dr Sawraj Singh for outstanding literary contribution at a function held here on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, the NTAS Director, Mr Pran Sabharwal, urged NRIs to come forward and help strengthen the Punjabi theatre and literature.

WORKSHOP: A two-day workshop on radio programme production, organised in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, was inaugurated by Mr Amrit Lal Paul, Station Director, All-India Radio, Patiala, on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, he said hard work, dedication and commitment were required to succeed in life. Programme executives Sanjiv Dosanjh and Amarjit Waraich also interacted with students. Prof Narinder Singh Kapoor, Dean, Faculty of Education and Information Sciences, and Mr Navjit Singh Johal, Head, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, also addressed the students.

BODY FOUND: The body of a new born baby was found dumped near a pond near Nangal Colony on Tuesday. While one leg of the baby was lying severed from the body, its lower portion was devoured by the dogs. The police has registered a case.

FUNCTION: Punjabi writer Dr Mohanjit of Delhi will be honoured with Bapu Jagir Singh Kamboj Yadgari award at a function to be organised jointly by the Kaumantri Lekhak Manch and the Postgraduate Punjabi Department of Guru Nanak College for Women, Nakodar, on Saturday. Dr Jagtar, Dr Surjit Pattar and Dr Ravel Singh will be in the presidium of the function.

DISTRIBUTED: The Punjab Medical Education Minister, Ch Santokh Singh, on Tuesday distributed grants worth Rs 15 lakh for the development of various villages and the town. The minister reiterated the commitment of the state government to provide metalled roads, uninterrupted power supply, job opportunities to the unemployed youth, and more powers to village panchayats for the development of the state.

Akhand Path
: Typists, document writers, photostat machine operators, naqsha nawis, clerks and advocates of the Samrala subdivision organised Akhand Path on the courts’ complex here on Tuesday. Representatives of the Patwar and Kanungo Union were present at the bhog ceremony.

Promoted: Mr Manjeet Singh Pabla, manager of Samrala Land Mortgage Bank, has been promoted and transferred as district manager, Ludhiana. The decision has been hailed by leaders of the local Bharti Kisan Union and the Lambardara Union.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chhandran Cooperative Agro Service Society: president — Mr Gurcharan Singh Mangat; senior president — Mr Bhajan Singh; and vice-president — Mr Jaspal Singh.



FAREWELL FUNCTION: A function was held on Tuesday at the Deputy Commissioner’s office to send off the outgoing DC, Mr D.D. Gautam, and welcome the new incumbent Mr H.S. Malik. A number of district administration officials, including the ADC, Mr M.L. Kaushik, and the SDM, Mr Narsingh Dhull, were present. Officials lauded the efforts made by Mr Gautam for bringing about development in the district.

Narinder Basin (68), a former secretary of the Northern Railway Men’s Union and general secretary of the Hind Mazdoor Sabha, died on Tuesday after a brief illness. A large number of people attended the cremation. 



BANK ACCOUNT: The police has frozen the bank accounts and fixed deposits worth Rs 1894454 of Jagat Singh, of Majari village, his brother Mohan Singh and Bhupinder Kaur, wife of Mohan Singh, under the NDPS Act, 1985.

POWER SUPPLY: Residents of Dhar ki Bher locality of Dharampur town are sore over the erratic supply of power for the past few days. The unscheduled long power cuts mainly during night have become a cause of concern for the residents.

ANNOUNCED: The Speaker of the Himachal Vidhan Sabha, Mr G.R. Musafir, addressing a public meeting, at Bhayana Ghat, in the Rajgarh area on Tuesday said the road network in the district was being extended and strengthened. He announced Rs 2 lakh for the construction of the building of middle school, Bhayanaghat, Rs 5 lakh for Churvadhar-Bhayanaghat road, Rs 1 lakh for Jubbal-Chandresh link road, Rs 80,000 each for Mahila Mandal Gharol and Tikkri, Rs 50,000 each for the carpeting of streets in Bidag and community hall at Durga Mata Mandir.

APPOINTED: Mr Suresh Bhardwaj, the state BJP chief, has appointed Dr Radha Raman Shastri as convener of the party’s intellectual cell. He has also appointed Mr Ajay Sharma as the convener of the party’s media cell.

DIRECTED: The Himachal Government has directed its officers to give due respect to the freedom fighters visiting their offices. In a communication to Principal Secretaries, Administrative Secretaries, heads of department and Deputy Commissioners, it has been directed that issues raised by freedom fighters should be disposed of on a priority basis.

TAKES CHARGE: Cdr V.K. Chanchlani (retd) took over as the Managing Director, Himachal Consultancy Organisation, here on Wednesday. Cdr Chanchlani had taken premature retirement from the Navy. He was earlier working as the general manager of the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India.

KILLED: One person was killed while another was injured when a speeding Jeep struck against their scooter. As per the information the accident took place at Salah. The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital here where Surinder Kumar, alias Pawan, died. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 304 A of the IPC and arrested the driver of the Jeep.


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