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DHARNA: Members of the Technical Services Union staged a dharna and organised rallies at all subdivisional offices of the Punjab State Electricity Board here on Thursday to express resentment against the proposed privatisation of the board.

Garhwali function: A Garhwali cultural programme and a Lucky draw will be held at Arya College for Boys on March 21. The programme will start at 10 am. The function will be presided over by Mr Kishore Upadhya, Industry Minister, Uttaranchal. Dr S. M. Sharma will light the traditional lamp and Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib will be the chief guest. The main attraction of the function will be showcasing of the traditional cultural heritage of the Kumaon region. Famous artists like Bhopal Raja- comedy king and Rajinder Chauhan, an eminent musician, have been invited. Scholarships will be awarded to brilliant students and the winner of the lucky draw will also be given a prize.

Textile exhibition: An exhibition on Knit Vision-part II showcasing hosiery, knitting textiles, garment manufacturing machinery is on at Welcome Palace, Sarabha Nagar from March 19 to March 22 . The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr Satish Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, here today. Many national and international companies are showcasing their latest machines for the development of hosiery industry.

EYE camp: Ludhiana City Jaycees will organise a free eye check-up and operation camp at Gurdwara Sahib in Jammu Colony, Ludhiana, on Saturday. Dr Wahegurupal Singh will be the guest of honour and Dr Ajai Pal Singh will be doctor in charge of the camp.

LADIES CLUB: The general body meeting of Gayatri Ladies Club was held here on Friday. Ms Surinder Dhiman was elected president of the club while Ms Nidhi Naz was elected secretary. Ms Aruna Gupta is the new treasurer of the club.

medical camp: A free medical check-up camp will be organised by Bhai Manj Sewak Jatha here on Sunday. Mr Jatinder Singh Gilhotra, an organiser, said a team of doctors, including Dr Waheguru Pal Singh, Dr Harish Sehgal, Dr Jagdish Madan, Dr Harinder Singh, Dr K. J. S. Chatwal, Dr Nena Singh, Dr Swaran Singh and Dr Vineet Gulati, would examine the patients.

NO WATER: The town remained without water on Wednesday. Residents of Krishna Puri, Railway Road, Cinema Road, nai Basti, Jattanwala Baans, Ranjit Nagar and many other localities around the railway station and bus stand said the water supply, after remaining in bad shape in the past three years, collapsed on Wednesday.

FILM SHOW: The Punjab Students’ Union in collaboration with “The People’s Voice” organised a film show dedicated to memory of martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev at Punjab Mata Vidhyawati Bhavan on Thursday. Documentary movies, “Uhna Mitran Di Yad Piari”, “Jurm Ate Aman”, and “Ek Mint Ka Maun”, were shown.

TRIBUTES: Tributes were paid to former Agriculture Minister Dilbagh Singh at a shardhanjali samaroh organised to mark his death anniversary at his memorial near Barnala Gate, about 2 km from here, on Thursday.

BAR ASSOCIATION: The District Bar Association, Gurdaspur, has debarred 31 lawyers from taking part in the association’s elections to be held on March 31. The Returning Officer, Mr Veerish Nanda, said only 241 members of the Bar now would be able to caste their vote. He said the members debarred from election process had failed to clear their dues by March 15, the deadline set by the Bar for clearing their dues. The security of the nomination papers will be done on March 20 and the candidates can withdraw their nominations by March 31.



PANEL MEETING: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahtab Singh Sehrawat, convened a meeting of the district-level Review Committee, set up for the purpose of monitoring the implementation of finance schemes under various welfare measures. Mr M.L. Arora, Chief Manager, Punjab National Bank, Hisar, Mr P.S. Arya, Assistant General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Mr G. C. Chandra, AGM, NABARD, and Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, District Lead Bank Manager of Punjab National Bank, attended the meeting.

YATRA: The Rashtriya Janam Panjikaran Chetna Yatra, held by the Census Operations Department, Haryana, entered the district on Friday. The yatra is being held to spread awareness among the people regarding the importance of registration of births and deaths. Mr Nirmal Singh, Deputy Director of the Census Operations Department, among others, accompanied the yatra. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mahtab Singh Sehrawat, flagged off the yatra from here.

ARRESTED: The district police had arrested a youth and seized a country made pistol and four cartridges from him. A police spokesman said here on Friday that a police team, on a tip-off, had arrested Hanuman Singh of a nearby Hindwan village from near Balsmand village on Thursday night and seized the pistol and cartridges from him. A case had been registered against him under the Arms Act in this connection.

LOOTING INCIDENT: The local police on Friday arrested two youths on the charge of looting a person. According to the police, Anil Kumar of the local Railway Colony and his accomplice Amarjeet Singh, of the local Rajeev Nagar had looted a gold chain, a ring and Rs 1,000 from Basant Kumar of the Mori Gate area on the night of March 13 near Shanti Nagar here when the latter was returning from a marriage party. A case of dacoity has been registered against the deo.

THEFT: Mobile sets worth Rs 3.5 lakh were stolen from two shops in Ganesh Market here on Thursday night. According to the police, thieves entered a shop, Mobile Gallery, by breaking open the grill of a window after midnight and took away several mobile sets worth Rs 2 lakh and Rs 11,000. Later, they also entered a nearby shop, Navdeep Communications, and stole many Reliance mobile sets worth Rs 1.5 lakh from the shop. The shop owners came to know about the theft on Thursday morning. A case has been registered.

COLLEGE FUNCTION: The seventh Founder’s Day function of the Haryana College of Technology and Management (HCTM), Kaithal, was held on the college premises on Thursday. Dr A. K. Chawla, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, was the chief guest and Mr Anurag Agarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Kaithal, was the guest of honour on the occasion. While addressing students, Dr Chawla said technical education played an important role in the economic prosperity and development of a state. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the college management for providing quality education to students. He gave away prizes to the outstanding students.

HANDICRAFTS MELA: The 165th National Gram Shree Mela displaying handicrafts of rural artisans was organised here jointly by the Indian Development Foundation (IDF), an NGO, and the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART). Twenty-five artisans from different parts of the country are participating. The mela was inaugurated on Wednesday. It will conclude on March 23, 2004.

NABBED: Shopkeepers of the Railway road caught hold of two youths who were allegedly trying to escape on a motor cycle after snatching a gold chain of a woman on Tuesday night. The victim Kamla and her sister had gone to the market for shopping. As they were walking home, the two youths, who were on a motor cycle came there and snatched the chain.

SYMPOSIUM: Inaugurating a two-day national-level symposium on electronics technology, NASET-2004, the Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Dr A. K. Chawla, observed that over the past three decades, India had recorded tremendous growth in the field of electronic science. India today boasted of a high level indigenous technology in electronics due to the ceaseless efforts made in research and development.

ONE HELD: The police has arrested one more member of a gang of robbers, which was involved in looting bus passengers and other vehicles in the lower Shivalik area of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Mr Rajinder Singh, SP, said on Friday that the accused, Sushil Kumar, was arrested from Saharanpur. Earlier, the police had arrested five persons.



DISPENSARY: The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) which is executing the 800 MW Kol Dam project in Harnora, about 30 km from here, has started an allopathic dispensary for villagers and dam oustees of 24 villages. Corporation General Manager T.K. Chatterji said this here on Thursday.

PROGRAMME: The Animal Husbandry Department has launched a programme for farmers in the Sullah constituency of Kangra district. Giving the details, Dr Vipin Katoch said a Rs 13.5 crore dairy development project had been launched in the district under which 20,000 farming families would benefit.

DONATION: Students of the local NIT and members of the Rotract Club donated 40 blankets to the poor and the needy living and working in the institute as labourers. Prof Chander Shekhar, Director of the institute, was the chief guest.

KILLED: A child was killed on the spot after falling from a bus at Tangroti village on Thursday. The police has registered a case and arrested the bus driver.

JOURNALIST DEAD: B. C. Sharma (65), a senior journalist from this district, died here on Friday due to cardiac arrest at the Mission Hospital, Manali. Sharma had represented The Tribune, PTI and Akashvani from this district. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Members of the Press Club and of the district unit of the Journalist Union of India expressed grief over the sudden demise of Sharma.


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