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DEAD: M.Gopalan, proprietor of Rajkamal Circus, died of cardiac arrest here on Thursday. He was 65. Gopalan had been running the show for past 30 years. The body has been taken to his home town in Kerala. He had arrived here four days ago to supervise the arrangements for circus shows, family sources said.

BURNT TO DEATH: Seema Rani, wife of Mr Raj Kumar, a resident of Nai Abadi here, succumbed to her burn injuries on Wednesday. She had been referred to a Ludhiana hospital early this week by the Civil Hospital as she had suffered 75 per cent burns. while working in the kitchen, family sources said. Her cremation took place on Friday morning.

: Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, inaugurated Bajwa Clinic Laboratory at Gurdanpur village, near here on Wednesday.

NON-OFFICIAL MEMBERS: The Public Grievances Wing has nominated the following as non-official members: Gurdial Singh of Lohar Mazra village (freedom fighter), Capt Jagat Singh of Khanian village (former Army man), Budh Ram, councillor, Amloh (Scheduled Caste); Mandeep Kaur of Kumbh village (women wing); Hemant Kumar Pajni, Bhadal Thuha (youth wing); Sohan Singh of Ania village (Nambardar); Sawtantar Karakara of Amloh (social worker); Mohan Lal Verma (trade); Seth Kanhaiya Lal of Mandi Gobindgarh; (Industry) Joginder Singh Naraingarh, of Member, Block Samiti, and agriculture); and Ms Jagdev Kaur of Kotla Dadheri village. Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, Amloh, said this here on Wednesday.

SELECTED: The University Grants Commission has selected Dr Rajinder Kaur, a Reader in Psychology Department of Guru Nanak Dev University, to represent the country under the Indo-Hungarian cultural exchange programme. She will visit ‘Estovos Lorand University’ of Sciences, Budapest, for one month.

SEMINAR: Guru Nanak Dev University will hold a two-day seminar on “Challenges and priorities in urban and regional planning” from March 22. The seminar is being organised under the aegis of the Guru Ramdass School of Planning.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The annual prize distribution function of the local Bal Bharti Public School was held on Thursday on the school campus. Mr Parneet Bhardawaj, subdivisional Magistrate here, was the chief guest. Students presented various cultural items like bhangra, gidha and a play on the life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The Principal of the school, Ms Ruchi Aggarwal, read out the annual report of the school.

AID FOR POOR PATIENTS: The hospital welfare section would undertake the treatment of all those poor patients who have no source of income and are unattended in hospitals for want of money. The medicines would be provided free of cost till they are fully cured, said Dr Daisy Walia, chairperson, Hospital Welfare Section, during her visit to Govt Civil hospitals at Bassi Pathana, Fatehgarh Sahib, and a drug de-addiction centre. She distributed fruits and required medicines to the patients in these hospitals.

PROTEST: Students of the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engg. College on Thursday organised a protest march from the college campus to the Deputy Commissioner’s Office and burnt the effigy of the PTU and Punjab Government and raised slogans in protest against the lathi charge on the students who had been sitting on hunger strike from the past 16 days at the PTU campus in Jalandhar.

Women’S health
: The importance of maintaining the health of women was highlighted at a workshop organised by Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here on Tuesday. Ms Neelam Dawar, wife of MLA Surinder Dawar, inaugurated the workshop. Dr J.L. Joshi, acting Director of CMCH, released a booklet, “Guidelines for Women’s Health,” compiled by MSc second-year nursing students.

CAMP: A five-day rog niwaran camp began at Janj Ghar, Model Town, here on Wednesday. Food and lodging is being provided free of cost.

FREE EYE CAMP: The Lions Club Patiala Supreme in association with the Bank of India and Indian Oil Corporation organised a free eye check-up-cum operation camp here on Wednesday. As many as 800 patients were examined on the occasion. The camp was organised under the guidance of Dr Balbir Singh Babbar and Dr Sukhdip Singh Boparai. Mr M.S. Jaiswal, DGM, IOC, was the chief guest at the function. The president of the club Deepak Malhotra and the project chairman A.K. Gupta were also present on the occasion.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Traders’ Welfare Association: president — Mr C.J. Singh, vice-president — Mr Navdeep Singh; secretary — Dr S.P. Singh, joint secretary— Mrs Harvinder Kaur; organising secretary — Mr Omesh Malhotra, finance secretary— Mr H.S. Dhillon.

PRIZES DISTRIBUTED: The local Government College for Girls organised an annual prize distribution function here on Thursday. The DPI (Colleges), Ms Nisha Shardha, was the chief guest. Ms Shardha urged the students to participate in social, cultural, sports and other activities as it helped in the overall personality development.



ANNUAL FUNCTION: Darshan Academy, Ambala Cantt, celebrated its annual day on Wednesday. The Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala, Mr Keshav Chandra, was the chief guest. Mrs Renu Chandra gave away the prizes. The school Principal, Mr S.K. Windlas, gave an account of the achievements of the students in various fields. The function was attended among others by members of advisory board of the Darshan Education Foundation, Delhi. 

CONVOCATION: The annual convocation of Sanatan Dharma College (Lahore), Ambala Cantt, was held on Thursday wherein 655 graduate as well as postgraduate degrees were awarded. As compared to 384 girls receiving their degrees, 271 boys received their degrees. Mahamandaleshwar Swami Satyamitranand Maharaj was the chief guest.

COMPENSATION PAID: Former Ambala MP Ratan Lal Kataria on Wednesday handed over Rs 50,000 each to family members of three activists of the BJP, who had died when they were going to attend a rally. The accident had taken place near Anaj Mandi when their tractor-trolley overturned. The money was collected by the Ambala district BJP unit. 

CADET HONOURED: NCC Senior Under Officer Arun Kumar was honoured at a function held in DAV College, Ambala City. College principal Prof K.L. Gomber said that Arun Kumar was selected as contingent commander during the Republic Day parade held at Rajpath, New Delhi. He said that NCC enables overall development of the student.

ONE KILLED: One person was killed and another injured in a road mishap here on Wednesday. According to the police, Mahabir Singh, a shopkeeper and a resident of the Surya Nagar, was returning from the vegetable market in a rikshaw when an oil tanker, hit the rikshaw. Mahabir Singh died on the spot while the rickshaw-puller received serious injuries. The police has registered a case.

FOUND DEAD: Top Das, a 61-year old man, died under mysterious circumstances at Chandrav village in Indri subdivision of the district. According to police sources, Top Das went to his farm to irrigate sugarcane crop but did not return. When the family members searched for him, the body of the old man was found lying in one corner of the field. Top Das's son alleged that it was a case of murder.


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