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PUNJABI PLAY STAGED: Silver jubilee show of Punjabi play ‘Payedaan’ was stated at Punjab Naat Shala here on Sunday. Story of the play revolves around a girl child who works as domestic held for a middle class family.

SADHU KILLED: A Sadhu was allegedly shot dead by three persons at Balpurian village under the Sadar police station on Saturday, the police said on Sunday. Dalip Singh (85) was fired upon when he was coming out of his house . He died on the spot. The accused also chopped off his arm which was found near the spot. The police has rounded up the three persons in this connection.

JOINS CONGRESS: More than 12 panches and workers of the SAD, Dera Bassi block, joined the Congress and expressed their solidarity with Ms Preneet Kaur, a Congress candidate for the Patiala parliamentary constituency. Ms Harbansh Kaur, Sarpanch, Gajipur village, three village panches along with 24 SAD workers joined the Congress on Monday. The group was welcomed by Mr Krishan Pal Sharma, a member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, and Mr Amrit Pal Singh, president, Dera Bassi Municipal Council.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of Punjab Chapter of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics: President — Dr Hira Lal Khanna; secretary — Dr Anil Sud; vice-president — Dr V K Ahuja; treasurer — Dr Rajidner Gulati; joint secretary — Dr Abha Sharma.

FAREWELL FUNCTION: The Arts Department of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, held a farewell function on Monday for the outgoing students. The function was presided over by the college Principal, Dr Charanjit Mahal. Solo songs, dances, choreography etc were the main attraction of the function. The winners of Ms Farewell contest were: Sandeep (Miss Farewell), Ms Diviya (Ist runners up), Rishu (IInd runners up); Nisha (Miss Beautiful Smile); and Prabhjot (Miss Beautiful Costume). Dr Mahal crowned the winners and wished the outgoing students good luck.

PATH PERFORMED: As per its tradition Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana performed a path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib from last Saturday to Monday. Students and staff of the Music Department recited shabads. The principal, Dr Charanjit Mahal, addressed the students and urged them to work hard.

HOMOEOPATHY CAMP: The Anand Marg Universal Relief Team and the Lal Bahadur Shastri Social Forum jointly organised a free homoeopathic medical camp at Anand Marg School, Civil Lines on Monday. About 850 patients were examined and given medicines by doctors. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Jasvir Singh Jassal, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. The Senior Deputy Mayor Mr Prem Mittal, was the chief guest.

FAMILY PLANNING CAMP: A family planning camp was held at Mohan Dai Oswal Memorial Hospital in association with Civil Hospital on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by the Health Minister, Mr R.C. Dogra. Mr Dogra appreciated the hospital management for providing state of art treatment and services to the patients in the region. As many as 33 operations of tubectomy were performed during the camp and patients and motivators were given free blankets. The operations were performed by Dr Veena Jain, Head of Surgery and Surgical Oncology, at the hospital, and Dr Manorama, District Family Planning Officer, Civil Hospital.

SURGERY CAMP: A free surgical camp will be organised at Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation on March 20. Dr Satish Jain, Medical Director of the hospital, said surgical patients would be examined free of cost. Patients registered in the camp would be offered operations of all types of hernia, appendix, gall bladder stones, piles, hysterectomy, prostatectomy, renal stones and thyroid operations free of cost.

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MEDICAL CAMP: The two-day eye operation and check-up camp organised by the Lion’s Club at Civil Hospital concluded here on Monday. About 524 persons were checked up during the camp. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, said the district administration with the cooperation of NGOs was organising medical camps every month in four blocks of the district. Twenty such medical camps had been organised so far. He appreciated the local Swami Vivekanand Sewa Samiti, who has donated an eye-operating microscope costing around Rs 2,70,000 to the hospital. On the second day of the camp 112 patients were operated upon by a team of doctors led by Dr Sanjeev Kumar. The patients were provided medicines free of cost. Club president Jagmail Singh Mathardu thanked the guests.

SENIOR CITIZENS: The Senior Citizen and Welfare Society at a meeting chaired by its chief Chanda Singh, Mandi Gobindgarh, has sought restrictions on the entry of heavy vehicles in to streets and bazaar of the town for loading and unloading during the opening and closing timings of schools. They demanded a sub-way to reduce heavy traffic on the GT Road. They also expressed concern over dumping of garbage behind the residential quarters of the hospital staff, which emitted foul smell and posed danger of disease.

MUNICIPAL ENGINEERS: A general House meeting of the Punjab Municipal Engineers Welfare Society was held at Mandi Gobindgarh under the chairmanship of the president Er Khosla on Monday. The association demanded from the government to fill up the vacant posts of AMEs, MEs by promoting engineers working in the Municipal Councils for the past 30 years. It also demanded that the posts of superintending engineers and chief engineer be created in the Local Government Department. It also demanded that conveyance allowance be given to AMEs and JEs of municipal councils. The local Government Minister was requested to give time to the association for hearing its demands.

TRAFFIC SAFETY WEEK: To observe Traffic Safety Awareness Week a function was held on Sunday on the premises of truck union where DSP Jaspal Singh underlined the need of reflectors on vehicles, pollution check and not driving while drunk to avoid accidents. Traffic in charge Santokh Singh also spoke. Several Councillors attended the function.



ANNUAL FEST: The annual function of the All-India Tribal Students’ Association was organised at Law Auditorium in Panjab University, here on Monday. The students presented a Ladhaki and Lahauli, yak dance on the occasion. The Nagas performed martial arts, Kuki and Naga folk songs were also presented. However, the highlight of the programme was a Punjabi dance performed by Ladhaki girls. This was followed by a prize distribution function. A rock show by the “Bullshit Group” marked the end of the programme.

PU REFRESHER COURSE: Dr R.P.S. Josh, a member of the Panjab University Senate, said that the Vice-Chancellor of the university had agreed to hold the refresher course in history before March 31. Earlier, the academic staff college and the department of history had postponed the course. Lecturers seeking the selection grade need to attend certain stipulated number of refresher courses as per the UGC rules.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME: The Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (RCED) organised an awareness programme for the graduating students of Government College for Girls, Sector 42. Two hundred students participated in the two-day programme. Mr Paramjit Singh, principal consultant of the RCED, urged the students to opt for self-employment. Dr R.K. Gupta, Lead Bank Manager, PNB, and Mr A.K. Garg, Assistant Director of the KVIC, also spoke on the occasion.

Awarded: Gurpreet Kaur Virk, a former student of the Department of Sociology, Panjab University, has been awarded scholarship for pursuing her research on the topic "Institutional Study on Old Age Homes".

CONSUMER FORUM: The Consumers Protection Forum organised a function in Phase VIII in connection with the World Consumer Day here on Monday. Consumers were made aware of their rights. Mr Sarabjit Singh, District Controller, Food and Supplies, Ropar, presided over the function.

HONOURED : The local unit of the Punjab Excise and Taxation Pensioners' Association on Monday honoured theatre couple Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal for their contribution in the field of the Punjabi theatre. The patron of the Association, Mr Manmohan Singh Ghumman, awarded them on the occasion.



Mr Raj Kumar Bindra has been appointed organising secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee by the HPCC president, Mr Bhajan Lal.



STIR THREAT: The Bilaspur district unit of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation here warned that if arrears of house rent allowance, GPF and retirement benefits of employees, work-charged employees and pensioners were not cleared by March 20, the federation would launch an agitation on March 23. At a meeting here on Sunday the federation decided to postpone ‘dharna’ following administration’s assurance of Joint Consultative Committee meeting is with the federation on March 27.

TRAINING CAMPS: Nearly 200 women leaders of ‘Self-Help Groups’ attended training camps held under guidance of District Programme Officer Amar Singh Kashav with collaboration of NABARD at Jhandutta near here on Sunday. Women leaders were given training in the maintenance of accounts and records, marketing and banking.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Kangra district Non-Gazetted Officials Federation’s Palampur unit on Sunday organised a heart care camp at Municipal Rest House, Palampur. Doctors from Tagore Heart Care Centre led by Dr Vijay Mahajan examined the patients. Kangra Deputy Commissioner Dr Shrikant Baldi inaugurated the camp. More than 400 patients were examined and medicines free of cost were distributed among them.

ARRESTED: The Indora police has arrested Ranjit Singh resident of Gandran under the Indoara police station allegedly for committing a theft in the house of Pawan Kumar of the same village.

LOYALTY RE-AFFIRMED: Several Congress activists who had opposed Rural Development Minister Sat Mahajan pledged their loyalty to him with last Assembly elections on Sunday. Congress activists raised slogans in favour of Mr Mahajan.

RAILWAY EMPLOYEE DEAD: Railway track maintenance employee Prem Singh on Sunday was found dead on the track near tunnel number six near Kumarhatti by the driver of the Kalka Shimla train at 8.15 a.m.


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