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COMPETITION: To promote awareness about the heritage of Punjab, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Amritsar chapter, organised a heritage quiz contest, an essay writing competition, a painting competition and a needle work competition at Khalsa College of Education here on Sunday. This was stated in a press note here on Sunday.

STATUE: The statue of renowned freedom fighter Ram Singh Ghala Mala was installed at Ghala Mala Chowk by the Desh Bhagat Com Ram Singh Ghala Mala Memorial Committee here. Dr Kuldip Rai Arora, Chairman of the committee, presided.

ELECTED: Mr Rakesh Kumar has been elected general secretary of the District Congress Committee (U). This was informed in a press release here on Sunday.

AGE LIMIT: Mr Phool Chand Gandhi and Mr Amrik Singh, presidents of the Punjab Amritsar Improvement Trust Workers Union and the Punjab Works Department Workers Union, respectively, in a joint letter to Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, has urged him to increase the age limit for class III and IV employees.

CONVOCATION: Mr Vijay Chopra, Editor-in-Chief of The Hind Samachar Group of Newspapers, delivered the convocation address at Lal Bahadur Shastri Arya Mahila College, Barnala, here on Sunday. He gave away the diplomas to 165 students.

STUDENTS’ MEETING: Old Students of the local DAV College organised a meeting here on Sunday. At the meeting, about 200 students participated, which was presided over by Mr Parshotam Singla, president of the Old Students’ Association of the college. Mr P.S. Luthra, Chief Engineer, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, Bathinda, was the chief guest. Mr M.L. Arora, Principal of the college, lauded the role of Singla in organising the meeting.

3 ARRESTED: The three accused who were nabbed by the police in Sahnewal have admitted to their involvement in various crimes committed in the area. Balwinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, both brothers of Manjali village, were nabbed at Dharaur and Majara villages, respectively. Satjiwan of Nandpur Colony was arrested at Pawa Khagat village.

KILLED: A man was killed and another injured in a jeep-car collision on the Fazilka-Malout road, near Arniwala village, on Sunday. According to information, some residents of Malout were going back from Fazilka in the jeep after meeting their relatives. The jeep collided with a car coming from the opposite direction, resulting in the death of Daulla Ram (45) on the spot.

ARRESTED: The Mahilpur police has arrested Balwinder Kumar and Gurdeep Singh of Chanthu Brahmina village for raping a married woman of the village for three days. According to police sources, the two forcibly took the woman to a house while she was going to the fields on February 15. Their two accomplices were already present there. They confined the woman to the house till February 17 and raped her.

DIES: Sanjiv Kumar, son of Jagdeep Singh of Musahibpur, succumbed to his head injuries while being taken to the DMC, Ludhiana, on Sunday. Sanjiv Kumar was seriously wounded when Hans Raj allegedly hit him on the head during a quarrel at Talwandi Kalan on Saturday.

WORKSHOP: Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College for Women, Dasuya, organised a workshop on the topic “Career after Graduation” at the college complex here on Sunday. An expert, Mr Sanjiv Kumar from DAV SSS, Hoshiarpur, conducted the workshop.

: A meeting of the Ludhiana district unit of the Punjab Pradesh Teachers Union was held here on Sunday at Prem Bhandari Park under the chairmanship of Mr Bahadar Singh Madnipur, district president of the union. The speakers in the meeting condemned the propaganda against the union by some leaders of the Democratic Teachers Front due to personal rivalry with some leaders of the Punjab Pradesh Teachers Union.

350 PATIENTS EXAMINED: Eye check-up: As many as 350 patients were examined at the 44th free eye check-up camp organised at B.L. Kapoor Memorial Hospital, Purani Sabzi Mandi, here on Sunday. A team of renowned eye surgeons — Dr R. Daniel, Dr A. Chatterjee and Dr Rajinder Singh — examined the patients at the camp, sponsored by social worker Hari Krishan Jain in association with Mr Dharam Paul Gautam. Medicines were also given to the needy patients.

MEDICAL CAMP: A Medical check-up camp was organised by the Ludhiana Midtown Jaycees at Baba Namdev Charitable Hospital on Sunday. About 300 patients were examined. In the camp blood test, X-ray, ECG were done and medicines were given to poor patients free of cost. Dr Gobinder Singh Jassal, Child specialist from London, was the chief guest.

EYE CAMP: The Lions Club, Ludhiana North, organised an eye check-up camp at Guru Teg Bhadur Charitable Hospital. Lion IPS Saluja, PRO of the club, said Mr Malwinder Singh Jaggi, SDM West inaugurated the camp. About 50 patients were operated upon for cataract and lenses were fitted and about 500 patients were checked free of cost by the eye surgeon Dr Ajay Pal Singh.

MUSHAIRA: A mushaira-cum-musical evening was arranged by Gulistaan-E-Adab — a literary club — here on Saturday at Punjabi Bhavan. Mr J.S. Arora, MD, Win Cable Network, presided over the function while Mr Harkesh Mittal was the chief guest. The poets who participated in the mushaira were Bakhshi Ram Kaushal, Ajit Singh Hasrat, Yaqoob Masih Salaam, Shabnam Sultana, Shahina Rang, Nitika Jain, Mahesh Ludhianvi, Jai Kishen Singh Veer, Afzal Mangalori, D.R Bazmi,Aarif Gobindpuri, Faiyaz Gorakhpuri, Samuel Nasrani, Dagar Sailkoti , Ramneek Tanha and Neelam Jyoti.

MEETING HELD: A meeting of the Bhagwan Parshuram Brahman Sabha was held at Gita Bhavan Dharamshala. It was attended by members from Raikot, Khanna, Gursar Sudhar, Machiwara, Doraha and Sahnewal. District President of the sabha Dr Krishan Rai Sharma said Mr Om Prakash Bhardwaj had been made the chief patron of the sabha.

SEND-OFF: A warm send-off was accorded to the Superintendent of District and Sessions Judge, Mr G.D. Raju, on his retirement on Saturday. He served for 34 years in the judiciary. The Judicial Employees Welfare Association had organised the function. His role in redressing the problems of employees was lauded.

COURSES FOR DISABLED: The Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre, the Central/State Social Welfare Board, the Rehabilitation Council of India, affiliated to the Indian Council of Social Welfare, and the Punjab School Education Board have decided to start special education courses for physically and visually challenged. The courses offered are as follows: Special education (LKG to class V) only for physically and visually handicapped. One year diploma course in computer science for physically, visually handicapped. Poor women can also apply. Certificate course in Tele-communication, public relation and office management. Application forms can be obtained from the Director’s office, Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for Blind and Disabled, Haibowal Road, Opposite Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana.

PAKISTAN'S OFFER: The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has urged the Central Government to accept the Pakistani offer of a 2-km corridor for Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, near Dera Baba Nanak sector, in Gurdaspur. In letters to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister L.K.Advani, the IHRO Chairperson, Mr D.S.Gill, has asked them to respond positively to the Pakistani offer.

VENUE CHANGED: Mr K.L. Chitkara, general secretary of the Northern Railway Pensioners Association, has said the monthly meeting of the association that was being held at Government Higher Secondary School, near Railway Institute, Jagraon bridge, on the first Sunday of every month would now be held at Pensioners Bhavan in the Mini Secretariat on the 6th of every month at the same time.

MERGE DA: Punjab pensioner and employees, at a meeting held here on Sunday, urged the Punjab Government to merge 50 per cent DA/DR with their basic pay/pension w.e.f. April 1, 2004 on the Central Government pattern and release another DA/DR installment due from January this year.

COURSES: The Kala Sewa Society has launched three short-term training courses—embroidery on purses and napkins, making greetings cards and sculpture—in the Rehabilitation Centre of Juvenile Observatory, Shimla Puri, Ludhiana. Ms Shewta Verma, Chairperson of the Children Welfare Council of the District Red Cross Society, inaugurated the courses for the Juvenile Observatory inmates at a function on Saturday.

JUNK FOOD: To bring awareness among the masses about harmful effects of junk food, the Indian Health Foundation on Friday organised a lecture. To control the increasing childhood obesity, the health experts in the city have warned the parents not to allow the children less than 12 years of age to have the junk food. Dr A.S. Chawla, a paediatrician, said children liked noodles, burgers, hot dogs, manchurian, paav bhaji, pizza, etc which did not have any nutrition value.

INAUGURATED: A computer centre was inaugurated at the Child Development Centre, BRS Nagar, recently. Ms Manjit Dhillon, Dean, College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, was the chief guest. She said children could learn stories, rhymes and various other concepts of shapes, colours, fruits and vegetables from computer-aided programmes. Dr Paramjit Nanda, professor of Human Development, spoke on new concepts of confidence building and personality development of children through art, music and plays. Dr Harbans Singh, Director, Child Development Centre, was present on the occasion.

SUTLEJ CLUB ELECTIONS: Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner president of the Sutlej Club, announced that the elections to the new executive body of the club would be held on March 28 on the club premises. The detailed programme for the elections would be issued separately, he added. In the annual general meeting of the club held on Sunday evening under the chairmanship of Mr Verma, the audited balance sheet for 2002-2003 was also approved after detailed discussions.

KHADI SHOWROOM: Kalsi Khadi Showroom was inaugurated in Sunder Nagar by Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister for Printing and Stationery, Punjab, on Sunday. The Vice-Chairman of the Khadi Board, Mr Mewa Singh Chauhan, was also present. The owner of the factory, Mr Harwinder Happy, said they were offering kurta-pyjamas at very reasonable rates.

SURGERY FEAT: Doctors at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital have claimed to have successfully conducted surgery on a 71-year-old patient for enlarged prostate with the super pulse plasma kinetic tissue management system. Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh claimed that the method had probably been used for the first time in Punjab.

STRIKE THREAT: Employees of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) union have threatened to go on an indefinite strike if their demands were not considered at the earliest. The union leaders alleged that they were being forced to take such a step because of the callous attitude of the management. Mr Chander Mohan Kalia, the union president, said they were worried about the future of the 50 ‘sacked’ Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) employees. Meanwhile, the union members continued their dharna on the hospital premises on Monday.

MEETING: The local unit of the BJP organised a workers’ meeting at Vaidan Mandir here on Sunday to mobilise them for the ensuing Lok Sabha poll. Mr Ashwani Ballagan, district BJP president, Mr Chamkaur Singh Thandi, former Municipal Council president, Mr Resham Singh Thiara, SAD leader, and Mr Sham Lal Saraf, Mandal BJP president, addressed it.

TRIBUTES: Tributes were paid to Pandit Amarnath Gautam, a freedom fighter and a Congress leader, who died here on February 24 by various leaders here on Sunday. Punjab Social Welfare Minister Joginder Singh Mann, Punjab Revenue Minister Amarjit Singh Samra, sitting MPs Santosh Chowdhary, Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress MLAs Tarlochan Singh Soondh and Parkash Singh, ADGP D.R. Bhatti, and Nagar council president Malkiat Singh Ragbotra were among those who paid the tributes.

JOINED: Mr Kuldeep Singh joined as the Assistant District Attorney here on Saturday, replacing Mr R.S. Sivia, who has been promoted and transferred to the Ludhiana District Courts as Deputy District Attorney.

MANAGER: Mr Romesh Singhi took over as the Manager of the local Primary Land Mortgage Bank on Saturday, replacing Mr Manjeet Singh Pabla, who has been promoted as District Manager of the bank at Ludhiana.

BOOKED: The Chabal police has booked three persons for making a fake passport. Police sources told this correspondent here on Sunday that the suspects included Paramjit Singh and Charanjit Singh, both constables posted in the police district, and their brother Satinder Pal Singh, all residents of Chabal village.


SCHOOL FUNCTION: Various items made by tiny tots were on display at the annual craft exhibition of JPA Toddlers’ World Preparatory School, Sector 10, here on Sunday. According to a press note, the items such as flower baskets, hangings made using egg shells, clay mouldings etc were appreciated by the visitors.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bharat Vikas Parishad: president — Mr K.N. Gulati; general secretary — Mr K.C. Sharma; and treasurer — Mr Manohar Lal Arora.

BEATEN UP: Monu, a resident of Mauli Jagran and a bangle seller, was allegedly beaten up by three persons in Raila village, near Sector 12 here, on Monday. One of the assailants is reportedly an employee of a local leader.

DENTAL CAMP: A dental camp was organised at Alpine Public School, Nalagarh, over 40 km from here, on Monday. A team of doctors from Bhojia Dental College, Bhud, examined the school children and advised certain children to visit the college for further check-up, according to a press note.

FAREWELL PARTY: Class X students of Mohali Public School, Phase X, were given a farewell party by students of class IX. Mr Kulwant Singh, chairman of the managing committee of the school, was the chief guest. Mr Tarjit Singh, Principal, welcomed the chief guest and members of the committee A cultural programme was also organised on the occasion.


LOK ADALAT: As many as 39 cases pertaining to death and injuries from accidents under the Motor Vehicle Act were decided at lok adalats at Bhiwani, Siwani and Loharu and a sum of over Rs 63.81 lakh was awarded as compensation. At the same time, 338 cases under various other Acts have also been decided. The Lok Adalat was held under the chairmanship of the District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.C. Bansal, whereas Additional District and Sessions Judges, Mr Kuldip Jain, Mr Lalit Batra and Neena Chaudhary, Mr Amarjeet Singh from Siwani court and Mr Praveen Gupta from Loharu court, were among those who were present at the Lok Adalat.

YOUTH SHOT AT: A youth was seriously injured in a shooting incident here on Sunday. According to a statement given to the police by the victim, Dinesh Raheja (26), son of Madan Lal Raheja, a local resident, he was fired upon allegedly by Dharmender, son of Jeet Ram of local HUDA Colony, over a trivial matter, on Sunday. The police has registered a case.

CONVENTION: The Karnal and Kurukshetra unit of the All-India Punjab National Bank Officers Association organised its fifth convention here on Sunday. Executives of branches from all over the state participated. Mr I.K. Kilani, Deputy General Manager of the zonal office at Chandigarh, highlighted the achievements of the bank.

EXHIBITION: The extension division of the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) on Saturday organised an exhibition highlighting activities and achievements for schoolgoing children on the eve of National Science Day. Dr N. Balaraman, Joint Director, NDRI, inaugurated it. Thousands of students from local schools visited the exhibition and participated in a science quiz contest, elocution on the topic ‘‘Importance of science in development’’, and a drawing competition. Many students also prepared models.

FLOWER SHOW: A flower show competition sponsored jointly by the Haryana Urban Development Authority and the district administration, was organised at Chaudhary Devi Lal Park, Sector 2, here on Sunday. Giving away prizes to competition winners, the Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Ashok Arora, announced that a water cooler would be installed at the park.


SENTENCED: The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr A.C. Thalwal, here has sentenced driver Gurmeet Singh, son of Bhola Singh of Behal village under Anandpur Sahib police station, to six months’ simple imprisonment and fined him Rs 2,000 under Sections 279, 304 of the IPC for crushing to death a girl child, Riya, daughter of Parveen Kumar of Toba village, on February 5, 2001, under his vehicle.

WARNING: The district unit of the Himachal Pradesh Employees Federation has warned the Deputy Commissioner that the district unit will launch an agitation if the unit was not invited to the Joint Consultative Committee meeting for solving the long-pending demands of employees.

SELF-IMMOLATION: Ms Kashmiri Devi hailing from Haldana village of Panipat district, Haryana, immolated herself on Sunday night in Yol Cantonment. She had come to stay with her son who is in the Army. She died on the spot.

GIRLS’ HOSTEL: The University Grant Commission has sanctioned funds for a girls’ hostel at the local Netaji Subhash Chander Memorial Degree College. A sum of 1.56 crore would be spent on its construction, according to Dr L.M. Sharma, Principal of the college. A sum of Rs 25 lakh had been released for this purpose.

ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION: The Himachal Speaker, Mr G.R.Musafir, inaugurated an additional accommodation of the veterinary dispensary at Madighat on Sunday. At Banona, he announced upgradation of the primary school to the middle level and sanctioned Rs 2 lakh for the construction of a school building and Rs 1 lakh for rain shelter in the area.

FOUNDATION STONE: Presiding over the foundation laying ceremonies of the Thoda Bhaloon and Golwan-Chamoli drinking water supply schemes on Sunday, Mr Sat Mahajan, Rural Development Minister, said three watershed development projects had been sanctioned for the Nurpur Assembly constituency which would ameliorate the socio-economic conditions of the farmers.

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