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Tragedy averted
: The generator on the roof of a shop at the circular road here gave sparks causing a fire. Some persons noticed this and informed the shopkeeper. The fire brigade was informed but people extinguished the fire before the arrival of fire engines.

: Mr Bhupinder Singh Walia, Senior vice-president, Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF), on Saturday welcomed Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, former member of Parliament joining the Congress.

BLOOD CAMP: Hundred persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Sant Nirankari Mandal here on Saturday. Dr Harjoginder Singh Gill, Deputy Director-cum-Civil Surgeon, inaugurated the camp.

DONATED: The Amway Opportunity Foundation, Northern Chapter, New Delhi, on Saturday donated detergents for kitchens, floors to Mahant Gurbanta Dass School of Deaf, Dumb, and Blind here.

Tobacco pouch in Pepsi: Mr Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Bassi Pathana, was surprised to see a pouch in the Pepsi cold drink bottle, which he purchased from the market. He brought a sealed bottle of the soft drink, containing a pouch of Rajdarbar tobacco, to The Tribune office here. Though the controversy over the contents in soft drinks had not yet ended, one could well imagine how careful these companies were towards maintaining cleanliness in their bottling plants, he added.

PATROLLING SCHEME: M.F. Farooqui, SSP, launched ‘City Patrolling Scheme’ in the district here on Saturday. Under the scheme, the city has been divided into 10 beats and equipped with Hero Honda Motor cycles fitted with red and blue lights, siren, public address system etc. Forty constables have been put on patrolling duty. The public can access the patrolling party on phone number 100.

BANK FUNCTION: Mr Ashok Dutt, AGM, Allahabad Bank, Jalandhar region launched “Kisan Shakti Yojna” at a function held at the local branch of the bank on Saturday to commemorate the 140th raising day of the bank. He also launched personal accident insurance for saving bank depositors, introduction of gold card and silver card scheme for privileged customers, opening of retail banking boutiques on the occasion.

IMA OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Indian Medical Association, local unit: president — Dr Kashmir Singh; vice-president — Dr Kuldeep Singh Kochhar; general secretary — Dr Gurjeet Singh Dhaliwal; organising secretary — Dr Dinash Gupta; joint secretary — Dr Monika Gupta; press secretary — Dr Ajit Singh; treasurer — Dr (Mrs) Haripal Kaur Dhaliwal.

SATSANG: Bhagat Hans Raj of the Ramsharnam sect, Gohana, held ‘amritvani sankirtan’ and discourse at Rajkamal Palace in the city on Sunday. A large number of devotees gathered to listen to Bhagat Hans Raj, a disciple of Swami Satyanand Maharaj, who founded the Ramsharnam sect.

OFFICE- BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Khalsa College Old Students Association: president — Dr Balwinder Kaur Brar; vice-president — Prof Savinder Singh; general secretary — Prof Sarup Singh Dhanoa; and joint director — Principal Bhag Singh. Office-bearers of the advisory committee: convener — Dr Gurnam Singh; members — Prof Jaswant Singh, Mr Surinder Pal Singh, Dr Ravish Sood and Ms Aman Arora.

BLOOD DONATION: The Sant Nirankari Mandal on Sunday organised a blood donation camp. About 500 persons donated blood at the camp organised at the Sant Satsang Bhavan here. It was inaugurated by the Chairman of the Punjab State Commission for SCs, Mr Niranjan Singh.

CAMP: The Hans Raj Gian Chand Jain Charitable trust organised a blood donation camp on Sunday. More than 50 persons donated blood at the camp. The guest of honour on the occasion was the Deputy general manager of the State Bank of Patiala, Mr N.S. Deshpande.

HONOURED: The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) celebrated its sliver jubilee at the Bir Dasondhi Ram Community Centre here on Sunday. The Senior Citizens Welfare Association, Patiala, honoured theatre couple, Pran and Sunita Sabharwal, for their contribution to the field of theatre on the occasion. The chief guest, managing director of the State Bank of Patiala, Mr A.K. Das, presented a memento to the couple.

WOMAN BOOKED: The police here has booked Ms Baksho of Kotrani village for giving false information to grab six-marla piece of common land donated by some villagers for Dr Ambedkar Bhavan. Ms Baksho had complained that she was assaulted, injured and raped by village respectables on February 13. Kotrani villagers met DSP Jaspal Singh and pleaded that the complaint of Ms Baksho was false.

CYCLIST KILLED: Cyclist Sonu (13) of Nanaknagari Chiheru on Saturday was hit by a truck on the GT road near the village. He died on the spot, it was learnt on Saturday.

Tarn Taran
ARREST KILLERS: Followers of dera Akal here demanded the arrest of the killers of dera head Baba Jagtar Singh and his disciple Nihang Manjit Singh who were shot dead by two armed persons on April 14. The bhog of the deceased was performed on Saturday. Bibi Paramjit Kaur widow of Baba Jagtar Singh was nominated head of the dera.



COMPLAINT: Residents of Sector 47-C here have complained that the scheduled power shutdown in their area lasted much longer than announced. Even after the power cut ended at 5 p.m, power supply was not restored till 9 pm to many parts of the area. In other areas, the voltage was very low.

: It was a harrowing time for seven persons, who were trapped in a lift of the Shakti Bhavan in Sector 6, here on Friday. According to information, the persons were trapped inside the lift when it developed a technical snag and was stuck on the basement of the building around noon. Even as efforts to open the door failed, persons inside felt suffocated. Sources said Fire Department personnel struggled for about 45 minutes before the door of the lift could be opened and trapped persons rescued.

Meeting: A meeting of the Sarav Karamchari Sangh was held here Friday. The president of the district unit of the sangh, Mr Lal Chand Kasana, said the meeting demanded the right to strike and re-employment of retrenched Haryana Government staff. Mr Kasana informed that employees of the Haryana Urban Development Authority(HUDA) would protest outside the HUDA office in Sector 6 on May 5.

Alleged: Mr Ravinder Singh, a resident of Sector 27 in Chandigarh, on Friday alleged that he found fungus in a bottle of cold drink of a premier soft drink company. Mr Singh was offered the cold drink by the proprietor of a shop in NAC Market, WORKSHOP ON TB: To strengthen the monitoring mechanism under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, a state-level workshop for officers of the Directorate of Health Services was held here on Friday. The World Health Organisation Consultant for Haryana, Dr Manju Behl, made a presentation on strategies and policies of the programme. A computerised monitoring system, which had been developed by the state headquarters, was discussed in detail.

WHEAT PROCUREMENT: During the current rabi season, 10,336 metric tonnes of wheat has been procured in the district. While the government agencies have procured 9,037 metric tonnes, traders have procured 1,299 metric tonnes. According to official sources, 4,983 metric tonnes have been procured from Barwala, 3,720 metric tonnes from Raipur Rani. A quantity of 1,633 metric tonnes have been procured from Panchkula grain market.



annual function: The annual function of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 4 was held here recently. Brig MS Gill, Commander No.1 Arty Bde and Chairman, Vidyalaya Management Committee was the chief guest. The Principal, Ms Indu Kaushik said Brigadier Gill gave away the prizes to the meritorious students. A cultural programme was presented. 

WORKSHOP ON MILK: A workshop on “Clean Milk Production in Global Scenario” will be organised on April 28 at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) here where more than 200 scientists from various states of the country are expected to participate. At the workshop delegates will deliberate on animal health-related aspects pertaining to clean production, processing and marketing of milk.

WORKSHOP ON POLLUTION: Inaugurating a workshop on ‘Prevention and Control of Pollution Due to Harvest Residue’ at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) here on Saturday, the NIT, Board of Governors, Chairman, Prof B.L. Dhoopar stressed the need of communication between scientists and the technologists. Problems and diseases due to air pollution were also discussed.

FLOOD RELIEF TRAINING: One-week Flood Relief Training Camp was organised by the Revenue Department and district administration here on Saturday. The camp was organised from April 18 to April 24 in which 40 persons were trained to control floods. Mr A.L. Satija, Deputy Secretary, Flood Relief, Haryana said that 750 persons were trained in Flood Relief.



LEPROSY PREVENTION: Doctor Om Prakash Ghandwal, District Leprosy Officer, here said on Saturday that 10 Prevention of Disability (PoD) camps were held in this district during this month to create health awareness. The camps were organised as part of activities under the World Bank-aided National Leprosy Control Programme.

GRAIN STORAGE: A 10-day camp, organised by the Agriculture Department, concluded at Barog on Saturday. At the camp rural women were given training on the storage of grain. The objective of the camp was to keep grains safe from insects. The department distributed 50 drums free of cost to store grains.

MISHAP: Gurpreet Singh (25), a resident of Summer Hill locality, died on Friday night after he fell from a moving bus near the Summer Hill chowk. He had received a head injury.

TWO HELD: The police on Saturday raided the shops of Prem Singh and Kedar Dutt Sharma and confiscated 23 and 604 fake CDs, respectively, from their shops and they were arrested. A case under Sections 63 and 68-A of the Copyright Act and 420 of the IPC was registered against them.

POLL CODE PANELS: The Assistant Returning Officer here has formed Standing Committees for Nachan (61) and Sundernagar (62) Assembly Segments to enforce poll code for fair and free polling. Mr Hukam Chand (Indian National Congress), Dinesh Sharma (BJP) for Sundernagar Assembly Segment were taken on the committee. Mr Kahan Singh (Indian National Congress) and Ved Sharma (BJP) for Nachan Assembly Segment) are on the panel. 

POLL OBSERVERS: Election observers for Himachal Pradesh — Mr Jaswinder Singh Rana, Principal Secretary and member, State Finance Commission, Gujarat and Mr Alok Kumar, Additional Commissioner, Income Tax, Delhi — reached here on Thursday to review poll arrangement. They can be contacted contact on telephone numbers 01972-222542, 222519 and 222552 regarding poll-related grievances.


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