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SUICIDE: Ravinder Singh, a resident of Partap Nagar, committed suicide allegedly by consuming poison on Monday. The police has arrested Khazan Singh, father of the deceased, and registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC on the complaint of his wife, Manjit Kaur.

THREAT: The Unemployed Veterinary Pharmacists Union has threatened to start an indefinite fast if the government fails to fill vacant posts in various dispensaries and hospitals in the state. The union headed by Mr Parminder Singh Mahal said even as the government had declared to lift the ban on recruitment, there were about 1500 posts vacant in the state. He said unless these were filled, they would be forced to go on strike.

ARRESTED: The district police arrested three members of bank robbers on Saturday. The SSP Hoshiarpur, said on Sunday that dacoit Som Nath and his son Pawan Kumar, alias Roji of Rawalpindi village (Kapurthala) were arrested at Adda Bassi Daulat Khan on the Hoshiarpur-Phagwara road while they were going in a Car (DIB-4054) to commit a bank dacoity. However, their two accomplices Gobind Lal, alias Sabbi of Rawalpindi and Sodhi of Sahni village managed to escape. The police has recovered one gas cutter with gas welding cylinder, one LPG cylinder, two iron rods, one gas lighter, one sword from their car. A case had been registered them.

drug distribution
: The Social and Health Services Directorate, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, has asked the presidents of all the major political parties to check distribution of drugs by their party candidates and to clarify their stand in their election manifesto. Dr Deepinder Singh, Director, Social and Health Services, in a press statement on Tuesday said that Indian civilisation was one of the oldest civilisation on this earth. At this time, the civilisation was at the crossroads. The major threat to its existence was from drug use by the younger generation. Dr Deepinder Singh asked the political parties to instruct the candidates not to distribute alcohol and other drugs to woo voters.

SHOBHA YATRA: The Haibowal Mahotsav Committee organised the annual shobha yatra in connection with Shivaratri here on Monday. The main attraction of the yatra was the chariot carrying Lord Eklinga Mahadeva which was being pulled by 51 bare-footed devotees. The shobha yatra, which was led by Sanjeevji of the Baba Balak Nath Mandir and Pandit Laxmi Narayan of the Balaji Mandir, Joshi Nagar, started from the Mata Chintpurni Mandir in Vijay Nagar and covered Pawitter Nagar, main road of Haibowal, Rajpura Road, Mahavir Chowk and Baba Bhuriwala Gurdwara Chowk before culminating at the government high school in the evening. Several langars had been put up by various religious and social organisations. Another shobha yatra was taken out on Monday by the Ganesh Nagar Naujawan Mahotsav Committee from Ganesh Nagar.

Awarded: Mr Varinder Singh Saimbhi, Department of Farm Power and Machinery, College of Agricultural Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, has been awarded with Reddy Award for the best postgraduate thesis for the year 2001-02 by the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineering. The award has been conferred on him at annual convention of the society held at Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapith, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. Mr Saimbhi had also been awarded Students’ Innovative Project at master’s level in engineering for the year 2002 by the Indian National Academy of Engineering at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad.

Budding artist: Gursimran Kaur, a student of UKG, Tagore Public School, has been adjudged as the best artist in the junior most category at a state-level Camel Colour Contest. The contest was held in September, 2003, on the school campus. The best entries were selected by art teachers and sent to the head office of Camel. She has been awarded a cash prize and a merit certificate during a function held at Apeejay School of Arts, Jalandhar. Ms Ranjit, headmistress of the school, has congratulated Gursimran for her achievement.

BRANCH OPENED: Mr Kirpal Singh, Zonal Manager, Punjab and Sind Bank, inaugurated the rural development division at the local branch of Punjab and Sind Bank here on Monday. Addressing the gathering, he gave detailed information about various schemes launched by the bank for rural development. He also disbursed loans amounting to Rs 1.50 crore among 13 beneficiaries.

CONFERENCE: The district unit of the CPI (ML) organised a political conference at Sanawa village on Monday to make people aware of the “ill-effects” of policies of privatisation being pursued by the successive governments at the Centre and in states. Mr Kulwinder Singh Warraich, district secretary, while addressing the gathering said the BJP and the Congress had been trying to befool people by making the foreign origin of Sonia Gandhi, the Ram Temple and communalism as election issues in the ensuing Lok Sabha poll. The real issues like illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, etc were being ignored by thepolitical parties, he lamented. 

DONATED: Mr Annop Singh Bahra and Mr Satnam Singh Bahra, two NRIs, on Sunday donated Rs 5 lakh to the City Club, Phagwara. The money would be spent on the new building of the club, informed Mr Sethi, Vice-president of the club.

BOOKED: The police on Sunday booked five persons under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act on charges of selling adulterated diesel. Three of the accused had been arrested and two tankers impounded. Those rounded up included Jaspal Singh of Kot Gurbax village and Raju Yadav of Vairoke, and Bhola Singh, the cleaner.



Cable TV charges: To solve the problem of overcharging by cable TV operators, the Administration will talk to representatives of major channels or broadcasters next Monday. This was decided after a meeting between cable TV operators and the Administration. The operators presented their viewpoint on how major channels were broadcast as packages and they had to pay to broadcasters for the number of connections.

Greetings: The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), on Tuesday extended his greetings to the people of Punjab and Chandigarh on the eve of “Mahashivratri”. He said let us take a plede to follow the teachings of Lord Shiva.

Bank function: A two-day All-India Rajbhasha Adikari Sammelan of the Punjab and Sind Bank began here on Monday. Mr Rajkumar Singh, Editor, Danik Tribune, who was the chief guest praised the bank for promoting the use of Hindi in its day-to-day working.

Shivratri: Residents thronged temples on the eve of Shivratri on Tuesday. Prabhat pheris, havans and nagar kirtans were organised all over the city. Arya Samaj temples were also decked up to celebrate “Bodh Gyan” attained by founder Swami Dayanand Sarswati. According to press notes, the Governors of Punjab and Haryana, along with Chief Ministers of both states, also greeted the residents on the occasion. Meanwhile, the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya has set up six educative tableaux on “Shiv Avtaran” at its centre in Sector 21. The tableaux were unveiled by Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator Justice O.P. Verma.

Blood donation: About 60 girls donated blood at a camp at Government Home Science College in Sector 10 on Tuesday. The camp was conducted by a team of blood bank officers of the Sector 16 General Hospital. Another camp was organised at Sector 11 Government College by the Lions Club Chandigarh Central. About 185 units of blood were collected. A team of doctors from the PGI conducted the camp.

Ban lifted: Panjab University on Tuesday lifted the ban on sale of aerated drinks in canteens of its departments. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the Dean University, Instruction, Prof S.K. Sharma, and attended by the Registrar, Prof Paramjit Singh, among others. The decision comes a week after the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council represented to the university authorities seeking lifting of the ban.

LOK ADALAT: The Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority here, Mr Sant Parkash said on Tuesday that a special Lok Adalat will be held on February 21, at 9 am at the office of the authority located in the Additional Deluxe Building, Sector 9, for settling the cases of Punjab and Sind Bank.


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