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ACCIDENT: Mr Tarsem Singh (23) of Sodhiwala village in Ferozepore subdivision was crushed to death by tractor-trailer he was driving at Kundal village near here on Friday evening. The victim lost control of the vehicle and fell of it. He died on the spot.

AGREEMENT SIGNED: An agreement for the construction of chambers for the lawyers in the local court complex was signed by Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib and Mr Amrik Singh of the Amloh Bar Association here on Friday.

CONG FLAYED: Congress at the Centre had always discriminated against interest of Punjab for which the SAD had to launch morchas and its activists had to remain in jails even in other states, said SAD General Secretary Kanwaljeet Singh, addressing a condolence meeting held in the memory of Jathedar Balwant Singh at Mudarian village, near here, on Friday.

3-DAY MEETING: The 3-day 5th day all-India conference of the Federation of Rationalist Association will be held at Teachers Home in Bathinda district on April 2. About 200 delegates, including rationalist atheists and non-religious organisations, from all over the country are expected to participate in the conference.

SHOBHA YATRA: The Durgiana Committee will organise a kirtan on Ram Naumi at Sri Laxmi Narayan Mandir on March 30. A “Shobha Yatra” led by Mr Gopi Chand Bhatia, president of the committee will be taken out on the occasion.

FREE COACHING: Swami Vivekananda study circle will hold free coaching classes for the B.Ed entrance test for girls at Shahzada Nand College for Girls, Green Avenue, from May 15. Members of the study circle have been doing social service for the past four years. Now, the circle has decided to prepare girl students for NET (UGC-paper-I) and entrance into ETT.

BSP CANDIDATE: Mr Ramsaran Pal, a former president of the atuo rickshaw union, Amritsar Gurdaspur defected from the Shiromani Akali Dal and was declared a Bahujan Samaj party’s candidate from Amritsar. The Autorickshaw Union held a rally in his welcome at the Ram Bagh Gardens here on Sunday.

2-DAY SEMINAR: The Department of Guru Nanak Studies of Guru Nanak Dev University will hold a two-day seminar on “Babarbani a dimensional study” on March 29-30 at the university premises. This will be the 18th seminar being organised by the department on the life and teachings of the Guru.

Anandpur Sahib
ELECTED: The following have been unanimously elected office-bearers of the Anandpur Sahib Wing of the PCCTU president — Mr Shawinder Singh, general secretary — Mr Avtar Singh, treasurer — Mr Tarlochan Singh and delegates — Mr Harpreet Singh, Mr Jagdish Singh and Mr Tarlochan Singh.

SCOOTERIST KILLED: A scooterist was killed in a mishap here on the Barnala-Handiaya road on Friday evening. He was coming from Handiaya to Barnala when his scooter hit a private bus. The scooterist was crushed to death. The victim was identified as Ashok Kumar (17) and belonged to Barnala.

BAR ASSOCIATION POLL: Mr Parmod Kumar Pubby was elected president of the Bar Association, Barnala on Saturday. Mr Sat Parkash was elected vice-president, Mr Sohan Lal secretary, Mr Raghuwinder Singh joint secretary. In a separate election meeting Mr Naresh Bawa was elected president. Mr Kulwant Rai Goyal and Mr Varinder Singh Sandhu were elected vice-president and secretary, respectively.

MP FELICITATED: To felicitate Mr Varinder Singh Bajwa, the newly elected member of the Rajya Sabha from Punjab, the state unit of the Janata Dal (United) organised a function in Hoshiarpur on Saturday. Mr Tikshan Sud, MLA, Mr Inderjit Singh, President and Mr Gurcharan Singh Kasoorwala, General secretary of the Janata Dal (United), Punjab, and the local leaders of various political parties were present in the function.

ADMISSION NOTICE: The last day for admissions to various distance learning courses of the ICFAI University is Wednesday. Interested students can contact the nearest ICFAI University Study Centre, before the last date, March 31.

CAMPAIGN: The National Small Industries Corporation Ltd and Ludhiana Machine Tools Makers Association is organising a one-day campaign for making SSI units of machine tools aware about NSIC schemes with specific reference to marketing schemes (domestic and international) here on Monday. 

RALLY: An awareness rally to protect forests is being organised by the Akhi Bhartiya Banwasi Kalyan Ashram on Tuesday on the occasion of Ram Navami. The organisation will celebrate its golden anniversary throughout the country. In this regard a seminar was organised at Kamla Lothia College on Saturday.

DA MERGER: Pensioners at a meeting of the Association, held here on Sunday cam down heavily on the Punjab Government for its failure to issue the DA merger notification. They urged the Chief Minister to notify the DA merger without any further delay.

MEETING: The executive of the Old Students Association, Government College, Ludhiana, met here on Saturday at the residence of Mr Daljinder Singh, general secretary of the Association. Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, president of the Association, was also present.

FUNCTION: A yagna was performed at Arya Samaj, Model Town, on the fourth day of its 55th annual function. Students of RS Model School, Arya Kanya Gurukul and BCM Arya School sang bhajans. Speaking on the occasion, Acharya Gyanneshwar said one should remember God for at least minute in every hour and thank him.

Mandi Ahmedgarh
URGED: The Mulazim Coordination Committee and the SCBC Teachers Union have urged the Minorities Commission to impress upon the state government to lift an undeclared ban on giving stipend and scholarship to Dalit students studying in various schools of the state. Leaders have apprehended that the scheme could lapse, following the end of financial year after two days.

VILLAGE TOUR: Mr Narinder Kaushal, DSP, Sangrur, heard problems of villagers at the local police station on Sunday during his village tour programme. Addressing panches and sarpanches from almost 60 villages, he said they should cooperate with the police.

2 WOMEN ROBBED: Two women, Mrs Promila Rani and Mrs Neelam of Subhash Nagar, were robbed of their gold ornaments worth Rs 65,000 by two scooterists on the Baba Gadhia road on Friday. The women were returning from Radhaswami satsang.

LOOTER DEAD: One of the two car-borne looters, who had seriously injured in an accident with a truck on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road a few days ago and were rushed to DMC Ludhiana, had died. He was identified as Sarbjit Singh alias Shabba.

BSNL BILLS: BSNL is actively working to recover its pending telephone bills from government offices, including the police. This was stated by BSNL General Manager K.C. Zindal, while talking with this correspondent here on Sunday. Mr Zindal said BSNL was working to facilitate depositing bills through “credit cards” and it would sign an agreement with ICICI Bank.



SHIRDI SAMAJ: A “palki” of Sai Baba will be taken out by followers of the Shirdi Sai Samaj on March 30, a press note said here today. Ramnavami will be celebrated on April 1. TV artistes will also perform bhajan and satsang from 7 pm onwards.

MEDICAL CAMP: The servants of the People Society organised a medical-cum-awareness camp at Rehri market, Maloya Colony, here on Sunday. The camp was organised in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Society, UT Chandigarh and the Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies. The camp was inaugurated by Group Capt. P.S. Soni, Honorary Administrator, of the society.

AWARENESS PROGRAMME: The Citizens Awareness Group in collaboration with the Chandigarh Social Advisory Board organised an awareness generation programme for the rural and poor women near Government High School, Sector 25, here on Sunday. As many as 50 women participated in the programme. During the camp, representatives of Government as well as of voluntary agencies will be invited to give talks on consumer education Childline, candle making, mehndi application and food and nutrition. 

BLOOD DONATED: The local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Youth Wing) organised a blood donation camp at Gurdwara Sri Guru Teg Bahadur, Sector 15, here on Sunday. The camp was organised in the memory of martyrs, Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru, and Sukhdev. The President of the local SAD unit, Mr G.S.Riar, and Mr Narinder Sharma, President of Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, inaugurated the camp. 

BLOOD DONATION: A total of 450 persons donated blood at a camp organised at Punjab Engineering College here on Thursday. The camp was held in collaboration with the State Bank of India. 

SCHOOL FUNCTION: A colourful cultural programme was the highlight of the annual function of Sunny Public School, Dakoli, near here, on Saturday. The president of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, Mr Narinder Sharma, was the chief guest.



SALARY NOT PAID: Mr Paras Ram Parmar, state vice-president of INTUC, alleged that he had not paid salary for the past six months. He said INTUC at a meeting here on Friday decided to hold dharna if the salary was not released forthwith.

CONCESSION FOR OLD SOUGHT: The Himachal Pensioners Kalyan Sangh has demanded 30 per cent travel concession for the senior citizens above 60 in the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation buses in the state. The Sangh on Friday said that the bus concession to senior citizens should be granted on the pattern of Railway Travel Concession by the Government of India which gives 30 per cent Railway travel concession to old people above 60.


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