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BODY FOUND: The body of a young woman aged 25 has been found from the tail of a water course in Tahliwala Jattan village on Sunday morning. According to police sources, the body was in a decomposed state.

CPM’s OBJECTION: Prof Balwant Singh, Secretary, CPM, Punjab, has criticised Mr Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, for crossing all limits of decency while electioneering. He said all political parties should lay open their policies and programmes before the public. He pointed out that using indecent words against a President of a party was a serious matter and it should be condemned by all.

INSPECTED: Deputy Commissioner Seema Jain inspected various offices here on Monday. First she went to the office of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) and later to the tehsil office. She said the BDPO office would the computerised soon.

HELD FOR THEFT: The district police has arrested three youths involved in chain-snatching incidents in Kapurthala and Phagwara towns. The SSP identified the arrested as Kulveer, alias Sonu, of the Sukhjit Nagar, Jogesh Kumar, alias Jogi of Preet Nagar and Sandeep Anand, alias Goldi, of Ajit Nagar.

RELEASED: Mr S.S. Channy, Managing Director, Markfed, released a compact disc and magazine, Ramgarhiakom — 2002 (volume 1), at a function held here on Sunday. The magazine was dedicated to Inder Singh Kalsi, grandfather of Mr Karnail Singh Kalsi, editor of the magazine. Mr Prem Singh Kalsi was the guest of honour. The magazine elaborates on the life and achievements of prominent members of the Ramgarhia community. Prof Upkar Singh, Dr Jagtar Dhiman and Ms Surinder Kaur presented their papers on the occasion, while Mr Karnail Singh Kalsi proposed a vote of thanks.

Session begins: The first academic session of Sat Paul Mittal School, Dugri, began in a formal way on Monday. Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, chairman, along with other members of the governing body addressed the students. They said the school staff would endeavour to bring about an overall development of its students. 

INAUGURATED: Amrit Varsha Rampal, councillor of ward No. 41, inaugurated Mata Karmo Devi Senior Secondary School, Jain Jeewan Colony, Barewal, on Sunday. Mr S.P. Gogna, Principal, said the school would aim to impart standard education to the students.

ARYA SABHA ELECTIONS: The elections of the Arya Prathinidhi Sabha was held at Jalandhar on Sunday. Ashanand of Ludhiana proposed the name of Sudarshan Sharma for the post of president and seconded by Sardarilal. Sharma was unanimously elected president. Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal, Arya College, Ludhiana, was also present during the polling along with Prem Bhardwaj and D.P. Sehgal.

REWARD: Amid reports of paper leakage and use of unfair means, the management of Utkrisht College here has announced a reward of Rs 5100 for anyone from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, who finds a student using unfair means.



HEALTH CAMP: Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital, Mohali, has joined hands with Haryana to keep its employees in good health as part of their outreach programme. It will organise a free cardiac and multi-speciality health check-up camp in the Haryana Secretariat, Chandigarh, on April 7 from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Employees of the Haryana Secretariat will get free consultation from some of India’s leading specialists in cardiology, diabetics, psychiatry.

JAT MAHASABHA: The All-India Jat Mahasabha will consider supporting only those political parties in the coming Lok Sabha elections who promise reservation for Jats in state and Central government services.

APPOINTED: Mr Bhopal Singh Gehlawat and Mr P. S. Pawar have been appointed vice-president and general secretary, respectively, of the District Congress Committee (Urban I), Chandigarh, according to an announcement made by the party office here on Monday. Mr Sunder Lal has been appointed Secretary, District Congress Committee (Rural), Ambala.

Debate: For celebrating World Health Day, an open public forum on ‘Road Safety — No Accidents’ will be held on Wednesday in Lecture Theatre-I of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). There will be a panel discussion on road accidents, involving senior police officers controlling traffic and senior faculty of PGIMER, including neurosurgeons, general surgeons and orthopaedic surgeons dealing with road accidents.

Mammography tests: Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Diagnostic Centre has installed a mamography machine to detect early breast cancer. The tests would be conducted at “a very low rate” compared to the prevailing market cost. Patients would have to pay just Rs 200 for the test at the laboratory.

Overseas education: Connect Overseas Immigration Ltd organised a tour of Punjab to create awareness on overseas education in Australia. The tour was conducted in association with GEMCO, an Australian firm. A spokesman for Connect Overseas Immigration said the aim of the tour was to introduce diploma courses in E-security and E-learning. Mr Anthony, Director of Studies, Sterling College, Sydney, discussed the course details and fee structure. Mr Nirmal Chawla, Executive Director, Connect Overseas, spoke to the students regarding the career opportunities abroad.

Havan: A havan was performed at Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, to seek the blessings of Goddess Saraswati for the 2004-05 session. The students recited Saraswati Vandana and Gayatri Mantra. Members of the school management were also present on the occasion.

ELECTED: Mr Harbhajan Singh Yogi was elected president of the Lions Club, Mohali. His name was proposed by the charter president, Mr Amrik Singh, and seconded by the Chairman, Mr S.P. Singh. The entire house endorsed the election of Mr Harbhajan Singh Yogi.

CULTURAL FESTIVAL: The National Society for Child Artists will organise a cultural festival for disabled children at the Thunder Zone amusement park on April 23. Giving this information, Mr Ajit Sailani, president of the society, said the objective of the festival was to make children more confident and aware of their culture. He added that over a 1000 children would participate in the festival.


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