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SAD rallies:
A meeting organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) at Gurdwara Kalgidhar at Payal decided that the party will organise rallies in the Payal Constituency on March 13, 15 and 16. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, SAD, and Capt Kanwaljit Singh, ex-Finance Minister will address party workers of Payal constituency at a rally on March 20.

TRAFFIC WEEK: Mr Paramjit Singh Sarao, DIG (Jalandhar range) inaugurated Traffic Awareness Week at J.R. Government Polytechnic here on Monday. A function was organised to mark the occasion by the district police. Addressing the gathering Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhatti, SP (D) Hoshiarpur, said the police would create awareness about traffic rules among students, drivers and general public during the week. A free eye check-up camp for needy drivers will be organised on Wednesday. A pollution check-up camp, free of cost, will be held on Thursday and Friday. A camp for issuing learning driving licences will be held at the District Transport Office on Saturday.

Machinery installed:
Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation has upgraded its diagnostic facilities by adding more the state of the art equipment in their new wing. Dr Satish Jain, Director, Mohan Dai Hospital, said mamography from GE USA, colour doppler from the USA and image intensifier have been added to the new wing.

Lecture: Dr Sukhdev Singh, coordinator, Postgraduate, Department of Commerce, delivered a lecture at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women on Monday. The theme of the topic was “Need for updating accounting knowledge.” 

Competitions: The students of the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) have won several prizes in inter-college competitions, including Ehsas, Crescendo and Infovision held recently. Saranjeet Kaur won first prize in mehndi contest. Sujata and Shivani were declared winners in web-designing competition. Sujata and Namrita topped debugging competition. Happy Loomba won “Dance to the tune” competition.

Award for doctor: Dr Samit Malhotra, NRI doctor and retired officer from Emirates Airlines Dubai, has been awarded with “IMA Medical Education and Research Award” by the Indian Medical Association for 2003-04 for research in the field of neurology. Dr Malhotra is an active worker of Art of Living, Ludhiana. 

Meeting: The Sanchar Nigam Executive Association (SNEA) held its urgent meeting at Bachat Bhavan on Monday under the presidentship of Mr G.L. Yogi, general secretary All-India SNEA. Mr Inderjit Singh, vice-president and Mr Amarjit Singh, secretary, Punjab circle, were also present. The members said the centre working committee conference would be held on March 13 and 14 at Pal Auditorium, Punjab Agricultural University. 

Cultural show: The Bharat Vikas Parishad, Shivaji branch, organised Sham-e-ghazal programme on Monday. The programme was inaugurated by Mr J.D. Jain by lighting gyan jyoti. The programme began with bhajan by Rakhi Kanwar.

MEDICAL CAMP: A two-day free medical check-up camp was organised by Gurj Division of the Army at Machhedi village. A large number of villagers were examined and medicines free of cost were given to them.

TRAINING CAMP: The Soil Conservation Department, Punjab,organised a training camp for farmers of the Kandi areas. Mr S.S. Kahlon, Soil Conservation Officer, Gurdaspur, said the objective of the camp was to impart special training to farmers and women to adopt agro-based trades.

CHAIN SNATCHED: Two scooterists snatched a 5-tola gold chain from Mrs Narinder Kaur Bawa, wife of a former District Mandi Officer, on Sunday. The couple was on their two wheeler when the scooterists stopped them, pushed Mr Bawa down and sped away after snatching the chain from his wife.

BOOKED: The police has booked Manjit Singh of Hadiabad subtown under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC on charges of fraud and criminal breach of trust. It was learnt on Monday that Manjit Singh defrauded a youth of Hakupura Hadiabad of Rs 40,000 on the pretext of securing him a job in the Railways. Swaran Singh, father of the victim, lodged a complaint with the police about the duping of his son.


BJP MEETING: The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) convened a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the programme details for welcoming Mr Lal Krishan Advani, Deputy Prime Minister, on his visit to the city on March 24, according to a press note. He is scheduled ot address a rally at Nehru Park, Sector 22. 

CONG FUNCTION: Hundreds of women participated in a function organised by the Chandigarh Mahila Territorial Congress in connection with the International Women’s Day at Colony Number IV here on Monday. The function was presided over by Maj Krishna Mohini (Retd), Vice-President of the All-India Mahila Congress.

grievances aired: A delegation of the Scheduled Tribes Joint Action Committee met the UT Administrator on Tuesday to apprise him of the grievances regarding the non-implementation of reservation guidelines in colleges regarding admision to various technical, professional and arts colleges in the city. The members also rued the non-implementation of employment guidelines by the Chandigarh Administration.

PARKING SITES: The Chandigarh Administration decided on Tuesday that private buses occupying parking space in city markets will now use earmarked and notified parking sites in the city. One site has been earmarked in Sector 41 and the other in Mani Majra.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of the Welfare Society (North): president — Mr B.B. Mahajan; vice-president — Maj-Gen A.S. Kahlon; founder secretary — Dr B.R. Pruthi; finance secretary — Mr S.P. Bector; joint secretary — Dr A.K. Attri. 

MYCOLOGISTS’ MEET: The mycology laboratory in the Department of Medical Microbiology in the PGIMER will organise the three-day fifth national conference of the Society for Indian Human and Animal Mycologists here from Friday. A pre-conference CME will be held on recent developments in medical and veterinary mycology on Wednesday. 

INTERVIEW SESSIONS: IDP Education Australia, offering opportunities to Indian students aspiring to study in Australia, hosted interview sessions here on Monday. The students met and interacted with representatives and faculty members of at least 33 universities and institutions across Australia. 

TEACHERS DELEGATION: A delegation of the Government Teachers Union, Chandigarh, on Tuesday met the Regional Officer of the Central Board of Secondary Education, Mr P.I. Sabu, to apprise him about the educational set up in government schools in Chandigarh. After welcoming Mr Sabu to the region, the union members told him about the improvements, which were required to be carried out in the functioning of the examination-related system. The main issues were appointment of juniors as head examiner, wrong fixation of examination centres, more dependence on private educational institutions rather than government institutions where sufficient staff and infrastructure was available, appointment of retirees and juniors as observers and members of the flying squad, TGT grade teachers not being appointed as head examiner. The delegation consisted of Dr Venod Sharma, Mr Harbir Singh Anand, Mr Kushali Ram Sharma, Mr Savinder Singh, Mr Ram Dev Shastri.



EXHORTED: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, has called upon women to become strong and raise their voice and start a movement against social evils like dowry, child marriage and female foeticide. He was addressing women on ‘Women Day’ here on Monday. He said through stringent laws existed to curb the practice of female foeticide, but even then practice was continuing.

INVITED: The Department of Non-Conventional Energy Resources has invited applications from farmers of the district through DRDA for the installation of solar energy driven tubewells. The ADC, Mr Pankaj Yadav, said that such tubewells could be installed in such areas where the water level was not more than 30 feet deep. Such tubewells had no running cost and were sufficient.

Tyres worth Rs 5 lakh were stolen from a shop at the auto market here on Sunday. According to the shop-owner, Mr Hari Charan Gupta, thieves entered the shop by allegedly breaking open the locks of the front gate took away 20 pairs of new tyres. He came to know about the incident in the morning when one of his neighbours informed him on the telephone.


DECIDED: The district unit of the Himachal Ex-Services League here has decided to field an ex-serviceman as an Independent candidate in the Lok Sabha elections from the Hamirpur constituency. This was declared here on Sunday by the district league secretary, Mr Onkar Singh Chandel.

BEST CO-OPERATORS: Former Parliamentary Secretary and National Co-operatives vice-chairman Mr Sita Ram Sharma (Bharadi), Mr Om Prakash Nadda (Bilaspur), Mr Bishan Dass (Bassi), Mr Mohar Singh Thakur (Ghumarwin), and Mr Sant Ram Vaidya (Namhole) were declared “best cooperators” and were honoured by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Subhashish Panda, at the district-level silver jubilee celebrations of the HP State Cooperative Bank on Monday.

CELEBRATED: A family planning camp was organised at Civil Hospital here on Tuesday to celebrate Women’s Day. As many as 120 laproscopic sterlisation operations were performed by Dr Swatantra Mehajan, District Family Planning Officer, Kangra.

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