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CREDIT CARDS: Mr D. R. Bhagat, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, said that credit cards worth Rs 33877.91 lakh had been given to 54378 farmers of the district up to December 31, 2003. He was addressing a meeting of bank and government officers held here on Monday.

GIRL CRUSHED TO DEATH: Garima Sharma (3½) daughter of Sanjiv Kumar Sharma of Mehngrowal was crushed to death by a bus on Sunday.

PROMOTED: Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra, was promoted Director of Boilers, Punjab, following the retirement of Mr G.S. Gosal on Monday.

DEAD: Ms Kamlesh Goel, wife of Akali leader Yash Paul Goel, died when she fell from third floor of her house near Kot Kapura.

Man, SON HELD: The Nihal Singhwala police arrested Manjit Singh and his son Jarnail Dass of Takhtupura village and recovered from them a .18 bore revolver and two cartridges.

BANKS EXCEL: Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, Deputy Commissioner, presiding over a meeting of the District Consultative Committee organised by Punjab National Bank here on Monday said the banks in the district had surpassed the national goal under the priority sector and agriculture, and advances to women categories. As many as 35,296 farmers had been issued kisan credit cards worth Rs 317 crore. Beneficiaries had also been insured under a personal accident scheme.

SPORTS DAY: The local DAN College of Education for Women organised its sports day on Monday. Dr Dev Ichha Shekhar, Principal, inaugurated it while Mr I.D. Gautam, an Arya Samaj leader, presided over the prize distribution session. Inter-house competitions were organised. Navpreet was adjudged the best athlete.

ONE KILLED: One person was killed and 10 were injured when the Tata Sumo in which they were travelling overturned after its tyre burst near Derveshpind village 7 km from here, on the Phagwara-Nakodar road on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Harbhajan Singh of Karan village. The injured have been hospitalised.

VANDE MATARAM BOARDS: Dr S P Jagat, Civil Surgeon, Kapurthala on Monday asked private doctors to display Boards of Vande Mataram Scheme outside their clinics. Under this scheme medical check-up of pregnant women is done free of cost, on the ninth of every month.

BSP’s CLAIM: Punjab BSP convener Satnam Singh Kainth on Tuesday claimed that the party has a direct contest with the SAD-BJP alliance as the Congress was not a force to reckon with. He was here to inaugurate the election office of BSP candidate pawan Kumar Tinu.



CAMP: A general awareness camp for illiterate and rural women was organised at Daddu Majra Colony by CARES from March 19 to March 30. The camp was inaugurated by journalist Rita Sharma. Participants were given training about many household and professional activities at the camp. The camp ended with an address by CARES president, Col (Dr) R.K. Dutta (retd). Mr Naresh Batra, was the chief guest on the occasion.



Navratra celebrations
: The 10-day Chaitra Navratra celebrations culminated on Ram Navmi on Tuesday, with 50,000 pilgrims visiting the “shakti peeths’ here. The sharp decline in the number of pilgrims was attributed to the involvement of the people in poll campaigning.

Ram Navmi celebrated
: Ram Navmi was celebrated with religious fervour on Tuesday. Thousand of devotees visited temples.

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