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COURSE CONCLUDES: The general orientation course organised by the Academic Staff College of Guru Nanak Dev University concluded here on Wednesday. At present 30 teachers from different states participated.

CONVOCATION: The convocation of applied sciences, life sciences and sports medicine and physiotherapy faculties at Guru Nanak Dev University will be held on April 2. Dr B.M. Gandhi, senior adviser, Biotechnology, Government of India, will deliver the convocation address.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the Punjab PWD Employees Union: chairman - Mr Major Singh; president - Mr Kulwant Singh; general secretary - Mr Charan Das; senior vice-president - Mr Amrik Singh and vice-presidents - Mr Gurbax Singh and Mr Amrik Singh.

HONOURED: The Amritsar Vikas Manch on Tuesday honoured Mr Joginder Kalsi, an NRI and president of Kalcine Enterprises Inc for creating awareness of Punjabi heritage and culture at Ashoka Senior Secondary School here. Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala, president AVM, said Mr Kalsi’s company had produced four documentaries.

CREDIT PLAN: A special district consultative committee meeting, convened by the State Bank Of Patiala, was held at Bachat Bhavan today. Mr S.K.Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the meeting. Credit Plan for the year 2004-2005 prepared by bank was launched by the Deputy Commissioner at the meeting. The Deputy Commissioner advised the banks to achieve targets both under annual credit plan and government sponsored schemes.

FUNCTION HELD: The youth wing of the SAD(B) led by Mr Satwinderpal Singh Dhut and Mr Avtar Singh Johal and the local unit of the BJP on Tuesday honoured Mr Varinder Singh Bajwa, newly elected member of the Rajya Sabha and launched the election campaign of Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, BJP candidate from the Hoshiarpur parliamentary constituency. Thousands of SAD(B) and BJP workers participated in the function and honoured Mr Varinder Singh Bajwa.

SMO RETIRES: Dr S. S. Dhanoa, SMO in charge of the Civil Hospital, retired here on Wednesday after putting in 34 years of service. He had remained in charge of the local hospital for three tenures and served the people of Kharar for a period of nine years. He was given a warm farewell at a function organised by various organisations on Tuesday. He had also been honoured on the occasion.

CAMP: A family planning camp (tubectomy) will be organised at Lifeline Superspeciality Hospital, Gill Road, on Friday. A team of surgeons from the district health Department will conduct operations. Free ‘shawls’ and medicines will be distributed to the persons who will be operated upon. Dr R.S. Maheshwari, Director of the hospital, said a training programme will also be organised for midwives by the local Indian Society of Women and Child Welfare.

LAUNCHED: Yogindra Foods launched first of its kind , a dietary fiber premium brown of flour branded as ‘Brown Bounty’. Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, Ludhiana, launched it at the Sutlej Club on Wednesday. “The company has come up with his product after two years of extensive pain staking research and consultation with a panel of renowned dieticians and doctors of India.” said Mr Anil Gupta, Managing Director.

ORGANISED: The Doaba Sewa Samiti a local NGO headed by Baba Naubat Rai, which runs schools for the children of jhuggi dwellers, organised prize distribution functions at Jai Janata Primary Schools, Pandora Mohalla and New Grain Market here and Sardar Tara Singh Memorial Model School at Mahalon village, on Tuesday. Dr Babita Jain, a social worker from Ludhiana, presided over and honoured meritorious students.

DEMANDED: The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union on Tuesday demanded the immediate release and disbursement of 14.40 crore grant sanctioned by the Finance Department on February 14. The non-release had put thousands of employees of the non-government colleges to inconvenience according to a press release by Prof S S Hundal and Dr V K Tewari, president and general secretary, respectively, of the PCCTU.


MEETING: A meeting with officials of the Department of Public Health and Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board was held at the office of the Municipal Council here today to review the position of water supply to the town in the coming months. Mr Kulwant Singh, President of the council, said the town would not face water shortage this year. He said six new tubewells had been sunk in different phases of the town which would be handed over to Department of Public Health in the next about 15 days.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: As many as 130 students were awarded prizes at the annual function of St Vivekanand Millennium School, Pinjore, near here. Mr Mahavir Kaushik, Kalka SDM, who was the chief guest, released the third edition of the school magazine, Deepayan” .The chief guest was honoured by Mr Kamal Rai, founder member of the Punj Educational Society. The Mr Piyush Punj and Mr D.K. Kaushal, Manager and Principal, advised parents of weak students to give extra attention to them to bring at par with other students.


FOUND DEAD: A chowkidar posted in a store of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) located at Bhannu, on the outskirts of Chamba town, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday. The chowkidar, Dhani Ram was a resident of Drimat village in Mandi district. The body was handed over to the family members of the deceased, after a postmortem. A case has been registered.

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