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: The three day visit of 15 officers from the National Defence College concluded here on Friday. During their stay, the team comprising Army, Air Force, IAS and IRS officers studied various development aspects of the city. They visited the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and witnessed the Retreat ceremony at the Wagah border.

KAR SEVA: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah participated in the ‘kar seva’ of tank of the Golden Temple, here on Saturday. After visiting ailing SPGC chief, Gurcharan Singh Tohra at Escorts Hospital, Mr Abdullah went to the Golden Temple to pay obeisance. He was accompanied by Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, Mr Dilmegh Singh — both secretaries of the SGPC Mr Ranbir Singh, personal assistant to Mr Tohra and Mr Major Singh, manager Golden Temple. He was also honoured in the Information office of the Golden Temple. Capt Amarinder Singh is likely to visit the Golden Temple on Monday.

Inaugurated: The chairman of the Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology, Mr H.L. Sharma, inaugurated an extension counter of the Oriental Bank of Commerce on the college campus near Mannawala here on Friday. The Deputy General Manager of the bank, Mr Jasbir Singh, said the bank have added another branch for providing banking services to students of the college at their doorstep.

MEDICAL CAMP: As many as 1,100 patients were examined at a free medical camp organised by 123 Battalion BSF at the border village of Dal on Friday. Inaugurated by the DIG, BSF, Mr Hemant Purohit, the camp was coordinated by Dr E.K. James of SHQ BSF and Dr S.K. Sakya, senior medical officer, 123 Battalion BSF, with specialists from Guru Nanak Dev Hospital.

DEGREES CONFERRED: An annual prize distribution function-cum-convocation of S.L. Bawa D.A.V. College was held here on Saturday on the college campus. Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Public Works Minister, was the chief guest. Giving away prizes to winners in academic, sports and other extra-curricular activities, he praised the role of DAV institutions in imparting quality education. Later, degrees were conferred upon as many as 170-students, by the minister. Mr V.K. Bhatia, Principal of the College, read out the annual report of the college.

: A fire at Bombay Purse House, Shekihan Bazar, damaged stock and the building here on Friday. According to Fire Brigade officials, exact cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained. It took them around two hours to control the fire.

Eye camp: As many as 300 ex-servicemen were screened during the first day of seven-day eye camp organised by Vajra Corps at Military Hospital near here on Friday. Earlier, Lieut-Gen S. Pattaribhraman, GoC-in-C, Vajra Corps, formally inaugurated the camp, which would conclude on April 1. Brig P.K. Bhuyan, Commandant, Military Hospital, said during the first phase of the camp, the patients would be screened for treatment while in the second phase from March 28 to April 1, identified patients would be provided operative and post-operative care. The patients would be provided free spectacles, intra-occular lenses and medicines at the camp, he added.

SEMINAR: The local Unit of the Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians (IIHP) will organise one-day audio-video workshop-cum-seminar on treatment and management of tuberculosis on Sunday at Shiv Ashram Khanna. Dr K.K. Goel, MBBS, M.F. Homoeo (London) Project director, multi-drug resistant TB, will be guest speaker. Dr Rajesh Rattan, president of the IIHP Khanna unit said in a press note that Dr P.S. Ranu, chairman, Punjab Homoeopathic Council would be the chief guest. Dr T.P. Singh, Dean (Homoeopathy) Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, would preside over the function. More than 150 delegates from all over India would attend the seminar, he added.

COUNSELLING: The ongoing seminar in DAV Public School by Dr Ashok Sahni, Professor and Honorary Executive Director, Indian Society of Health Administrators, Bangalore, entered the second day on Friday. A separate session for parents of schoolchildren was also organised on Thursday evening. Dr Sahni will also address the school students in the evening today and will listen to their problems. Dr Sahni, in his lecture, said the people should be taught how to change their attitudes and for this purpose counselling sessions were must.

STITCHING CENTRE OPENS: Sadbhavna Society, an NGO opened a free stitching training centre at Sattowal village. Dr A.K. Banerjee, surgeon and president, Sadbhavna Society, said the society was working for the economic uplift of the rural poor and downtrodden. He said similar income-generation activities would be opened in other villages also.

GOLD STOLEN: Robbers decamped with 1.25 kg of gold, valued at around Rs 6 lakh, from a shop in Adalat Bazar here on Friday night. The robbers forced their way into the shop — Ram Singh Manmohan Singh — after breaching one of its walls. A case was registered. 

SEMINAR CONCLUDES: A two-day national seminar on intellectual property rights organised by the School of Management and Social Sciences of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) concluded here on Saturday. Sixty delegates from all over the country participated in the seminar.

PO nabbed
: The police nabbed a woman proclaimed offender, Mehingi, on Friday. Sources said Mehingi and her husband, Giri, were wanted in connection with recovery of 12 bags of poppy husk from their house at Sunra Rajputan village last year. She was later arrested. When as an undertrial she was being taken from Jalandhar jail to Kapurthala court, she gave a slip to the police near Kapurthala court.

Tarn Taran
: PSEB employees on Friday staged a dharna here in protest against the anti-employees’ policies of the board management under the banner of the PSEB Employees’ Joint Forum, which comprises AITUC, TSU, PSEB Employees’ Federation Karamchari Dal and the MSU.



Threat Claim: President of Anti-Terrorist Front of India, Dr Viresh Shandilya, claimed on Saturday that a person had threatened him with dire consequences. He claimed that he received a threat on his mobile phone on Friday evening and he later again received a call from the same person. 

Vehicles Serviced: Norton Motors organised a free service check-up camp for three-wheelers here on Saturday. About 25 vehicles were serviced, according to a press note.

Meeting Today: The Haryana Akali Dal has summoned an emergency meeting at Gurdwara Manji Sahib here on Saturday to finalise the alliance for the Lok Sabha elections in Haryana. The Hayana unit will follow the direction of the high command on the condition that the BJP agrees to allot it at least the Kurukshetra seat.

Priest Murdered: The priest of a temple, Ratan Nath was murdered at Dahar village in Naraingarh on Friday night. The cash box of the temple was also found broken and more than Rs 10,000 was found missing from it.

NATIONAL WORKSHOP: The entrepreneurship development cell of MM Engineering College, Mulana, organised a national workshop on ‘Developing entrepreneurship skills and competencies: contemporary challenges’ here on Saturday.

Students awarded: At least 300 students of DAV College here were awarded for their contribution in sports, NSS and cultural activities here on Saturday.

: The police on Friday arrested a man for forcibly administering poison to his wife. The woman was, however, saved by doctors and is undergoing treatment. Mr Jai Singh, a resident of Munak in Sangrur district of Punjab, had lodged a complaint with the police at Tohana in this district that his niece Bala Devi was married to Roshan Lal of Tohana. He alleged that Roshan Lal used to beat her up and allegedly tried to kill her by forcibly giving poison to her. The police has booked the husband under sections 307 and 328 of the IPC.

TRIBUTES PAID: Tributes were paid to late Leela Krishan Chowdhary, a former Haryana minister on his first death anniversary here on Sunday. Mr Ajay Singh Chautala, MP from the Bhiwani Parliamentary constituency, Dr Sushil Indora, MP from the Sirsa Parliamentary constituency, Mr Mani Ram Godara, a former Haryana minister, Mr Balbir Singh Chowdhary, a former MLA, Mr Ram Raj Mehta, Mr Dev Raj Batra, Mr Atam Parkash Mehta, Mr Sant Kumar and Mr Atam Parkash Batra were present on this occasion.



LIQUOR SEIZED: The police has impounded a car and arrested its driver, Piyarelal of Behna Jattan village near here and seized 20 cases of illicit liquor from the car in a search conducted on Thursday.

DEMAND: The Power Grid Corporation of India has so far failed to provide compensation to families, which were affected due to the installation of the 400-KV double-circuit twin conductor transmission line between Khairi to Chamba in district. These families have sought compensation for their land used for the purpose.

URGED: The GOC of the Dah division, Maj-Gen R.K. Chahabra, urged ex-servicemen to join the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme. He was addressing ex-servicemen of the first and the fourth Gurkha Rifles at Yol here on Friday. He said scheme had been started to provide free medial care to the ex-servicemen.

DEVTA MELA: The traditional of devta mela started here on Friday. Mr R.S. Gupta, ADC Mandi, was chief guest on this occasion. More than 100 idols of gods were brought here from various parts of Mandi district. Mr Gupta performed puja at Jawahar Park.

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