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: People’s theatre, Amloh, organised a seminar on “Punjabi Theatre Di Dasha” at the local government secondary school here on Sunday. Two plays “Dard Unjamian Dhian De” (Pain of unborn daughters and “Ghasya Aadmi” directed by Rajinder Kaur Dhaliwal were performed by Bal Theatre, Kapoorgarh, and Bal Rang Manch, Tanda Badha.

JASHAN-2004 OPENS: Jashan-2004, an inter-departmental cultural festival of Guru Nanak Dev University, opened here on Monday. Prof Jagjit Kaur, wife of the Vice-Chancellor of the university, inaugurated the festival by lighting the candle. The competitions in poetry, debate, quiz and fine arts were held on the first day of the festival. The second phase of this festival would start on March 12 and would conclude on March 15.

LAUNCHED: The United Sikhs, an organisation of US Sikhs, launched “project Kanhaiya” and called upon Sikhs to join the blood donation drive. According to Menjinderpal Kaur, director of the organisation, blood donation camps in various areas would be held on all gurpurbs. The United Sikhs have joined the Bhai Kanhaiya Seva Society that provides blood free of cost through their blood bank.

RELEASED: “Amritsar Aaj Tak”, a booklet written by Mr Naresh Johar was released here. The booklet carries details of personalities and places relating to the holy city. Details of prominent residents have also been included in the second edition of the book.

EYE CAMP: Mr Amit Prasad Tripathi, district police chief, inaugurated an eye camp in the Civil Hospital here yesterday. The camp was organised by the Bhagat Mohan Lal Sewa Samiti. Mr Tripathi appealed to people to help check drug-addiction and violation of traffic rules. Mr Malkiat Singh Keetu, MLA here too offered cooperation for public welfare. He donated rupees 1100 to the samiti. Mr Zora Singh Thind, SDM Barnala too was present on the occasion.

ELECTIONS: The election for the Bassi Mubarikpur Truck Operators Union would be held on Wednesday. Mr Kuljit Singh Randhawa and Mr Pawan Kumar Mahendru one contesting for presidentship of the union. Mr Mahendru along with his supporters met Ms Preneet Kaur, MP from Patiala, on Monday and gave her a memorandum complaining that they fear rigging in the election by the Randhawa group.

ORGANISED: The Hoshiarpur police on Sunday organised a one-day workshop to provide knowledge to investigation officers regarding scientific methods. This was disclosed by Mr Lok Nath Angra, SSP, Hoshiarpur, in a press release here on Monday. He said Mr Balpreet Singh, computer in charge, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police School, PAP, Phillaur, informed the participants about the Information and Technology Act and Cyber Crime.

ONE KILLED: A scooterist died on the spot when a truck hit his scooter at Bulhowal on Sunday. The Hariana police has registered a case against Amrik Singh, the truck driver. In another accident Rajan a cyclist, was crushed to death by a Tipper near Ghogra village.

SEMINAR: A seminar on “Education for peace” was organised at the Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Ludhiana. The seminar was sponsored by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, UGC, New Delhi. Prof Baldev Singh, lecturer in English, District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Jagraon, presented a paper on the topic. He highlighted the need of value-oriented education. Satisfaction of human needs, respect of human rights and equality and dignity of mankind were the ultimate aims of education. Developing a conflict-free social set-up was a great challenge, he said. 

BAR BODY: Mr Ashok Kumar Sabharwal was elected president of the District Bar Association, Kapurthala, in a election held here on Monday, according to Mr Manjit Singh, returning officer. In a direct contest Mr Sabharwal secured 100 votes while his opponent Mr Mohit Kapoor secured 60.

: Dr Ranjit Singh, former Head, Communication Centre, and Dean, College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University, has been awarded the prestigious Sahota Memorial Award by the Likhari Sabha. The award was presented at a function held at Jagatpur which was presided over by Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of the university, while Ch Santokh Singh, Minister of Social Welfare, was the chief guest. Dr Ranjit Singh has written 20 books out of which eight books have got national awards.

Alumni reunion: As many as 35 former students of the 1973 batch of Class X from Arya Senior Secondary School for Boys, Old Sabzi Mandi, held a reunion at Greenland Public Senior Secondary School on Saturday. The function was organised by Mr Rajesh Rudra, Principal of the school, who was a student of the same batch.

Extension lecture: An extension lecture was organised by the Department of Political Science of Master Tara Singh Memorial College on Saturday in the college campus. Prof Rajdeep Singh Gill, lecturer in political science, M.R. Government College, Fazilka, delivered his lecture on “Protecting Reservation in Legislation”.

Writers on dharna: Office-bearers and representatives of the Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Punjab and Chandigarh, will hold a dharna on March 16 in Chandigarh in protest against the indifference of the state government in the promotion of Punjabi language. The writers are also demanding land for the office of the sabha.

Kirtan organised: A kirtan performance (in ragas) was organised by the Music Department of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, here on Monday. Mr Harbhajan Singh, a ragi, presented three shabads in raag bhairav, bahar and bilawal. A blood group testing camp was also organised by the NSS unit of Ramgarhia Girls College, in the campus. The blood group of 92 students was tested.

ALUMNI: The meeting of the executive committee of the Alumni Society of Government College, Malerkotla, was held in the college under the chairmanship of Mr Narinder Pal Singh president of the society, here on Monday. Ms Harinder Kaur, Principal of the college and patron of the society, requested the members to take over two projects.

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LOANS GIVEN: Around Rs 50 lakh were distributed to 60 beneficiaries from various segments at a loan distribution function jointly organised by the grain market and the old mandi branches of the State Bank of Patiala at local DAV school on Monday. Mr N.S. Deshpandey, Deputy General Manager, SBOP, presided over the function. Mr S.C. Madan, Assistant General Manager, was the chief guest.

SEMINAR: “Umeed”, a local NGO, organised a seminar at Desh Bhagat Yadhgar Hall, Daulatpur near here, on Sunday to make the panches, sarpanches, nambardars and social activists, aware about its activities. Representatives of panchayats, social, educational, political institutions belonging to as many as 35 villages attended the seminar.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Mangat Ram Rana Charitable Trust, Ludhiana, organised a free medical check-up camp at Aur village, about 15 km from here, on Sunday. Dr D.P.S. Sandhu, Director, Health Services, inaugurated the camp in which a team of doctors from the Mangat Ram Rana Charitable Hospital, Rahon, examined 350 patients suffering from various ailments.

TRAFFIC AWARENESS: The local traffic police has launched a traffic awareness week from March 8 to 15. On the occasion, the Traffic Education Cell in charge, Mr Pal Singh, and Traffic in charge, City, Mr Parmjit Singh, educated three-wheeler drivers about the traffic rules and regulations.

85th amendment: Members of the PSEB SC Power Engineers and Officers Association have appealed to the Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, to expedite implementation of the 85th Constitutional Amendment in the state services here on Monday. The president of the association, Mr S.K Paul said the state Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had assured that the Punjab Government would implement the amendment for the protection of rights of Scheduled Castes shortly but due to misleading and misrepresentation of the facts by the state bureaucracy, the Chief Minister was unable to issue appropriate orders.

VILLAGE PHONES: The village public telephones installed by the BSNL are meant for common people and not for sarpanches. This was stated by the General Manager of the Ropar Telecom circle, Mr R.P. Singhal, while talking to mediapersons he here. He said had received many complaints in which sarpanches had made the village public telephones their personal telephones. In the case of a complaint, the department would place the village public telephone under the supervision of some person willing to take its responsibility. The person would be given 50 per cent of the bill amount as maintenance charges.

APPOINTED: Mr Rajbir Mangat, former president of Lions Club, Samrala, has been appointed president of the BJP unit of Samrala, according to Dr Hans Raj Sood, district president of the Bhartiya Janata Party here on Monday. Mr S.P. Kalra has been appointed media in charge of the police district, Khanna, Dr Sood added.



AWARENESS DRIVE: An awareness campaign for “food handlers” was held by the Prevention of Food Adulteration (PFA) wing of the Chandigarh Administration in Sector 8 Community Centre on Monday. It was attended by fast-food vendors, restaurant owners and “halwais”. The campaign was launched by the Deputy Medical Superintendent, General Hospital, Sector 16, Dr G. Dewan.

BOOK RELEASED: A collection of ghazals by Sudershan Walia was released on Sunday. The book titled “ Bhije Mausam” was released by former Chief Secretary of Punjab Amrik Singh Pooni. The Kidar Abadi Trust honoured the writer. The function started with the singing of Walia’s ghazals by Prabhjot Singh Bali, a pupil of music director Naushad.

‘NAVRATRA FAIR’: A 10-day “Navratra fair” at the Mata Mansa Devi Temple Complex here will begin on March 21. According to official sources, this year only local artistes, including those from the North Zone Cultural Centre, will perform during various cultural programmes to be organised during the fair. For the convenience of the devotees, projectors and closed-district cameras will be installed so that they could watch “aartis”, "jagratas” and “bhajan sandhyas”.



FERVOUR MARKS HOLI: Holi was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Yamunanagar and Jagadhri. Holla-Mohalla was organised at Gurdwara Thara Sahib, Jorian, Yamunanagar.



HOLI CELEBRATED: The 30-km stretch of the Kalka-Shimla National Highway between Parwanoo and Kumarhatti turned out to be a big draw among Holi revellers, mostly youths from plains, on Sunday. Police efforts to check use of liquor on the highway proved futile as youths could be seen consuming liquor and dancing to latest Punjabi pop numbers. Meanwhile, two Holi revellers sustained minor injuries when the cars they were travelling in collided head on at a curve near Datiyar.


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