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ARRESTED: The police intercepted two scooterists Gurmail Singh of Doda village and Kala Ram of Salemgarh Tikri village in Rajasthan near Kikkarkhera village here on Monday and recovered 1110 gm opium from them. They were arrested under the NDPS Act. A court remanded them in police custody till April 29.

ELECTROCUTED: Raj Pal, an assistant lineman posted at Khuyiansarwer, 14 km from here died of electrocution when repairing a fault. He was cremated on Tuesday.

MOURNED: The City Congress Committee on Tuesday expressed grief over the death of the mother of Rural Congress Committee President Balbir Singh Danewalia.

PROTEST: Workers of a textile mill at Chheharta led by the Mazdoor Ekta Union wore black badges in protest against mill management. They urged the Labour department to intervene and re-solve the dispute. The workers alleged that the mill management had not given workers any increment. The ex-gratia payment given to workers retired under the VRS scheme was also withheld, some workers were laid off and some were made to do overtime.

JAITELY CRITICISED: Taking exception to Union Minister Arun Jaitely’s comments on Congress candidates Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler etc, accused in 1984 anti-Sikh violence in Delhi, Congress spokesperson Surinder Arjun said the BJP’s charge was malicious. He said all these persons were exonerated by the court.

DE-ADDICTION CAMP: The Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwavidyalya held a three-day de-addiction camp at the Civil Hospital here. The camp which concluded on Tuesday evening, was held with the collaboration of the Rotary Club Bathinda cantonment branch. Dr Vandana Singla, a psychiatrist said that meditation and light exercises reduced stress.

BALMIK SABHA BACKS CHANNI: Mr Mohinder Pal, Municipal Councillor and President, Balmik Sabha, Hoshiarpur has announced to support Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, BSP candidate from Hoshiarpur constituency. Mr Mohinder Pal on Tuesday criticised Congress leaders for denying ticket to Mr Channi. He said that members of the Balmiki community would vote for and support Mr channi.

CHAIN SNATCHED: Two unidentified scooter-borne youths snatched a gold chain from Ms Surinder Kaur wife of Kulwant Singh of Hira Colony here while she was going in a rickshaw on Monday. A case has been registered.

ORDER ON FIREARMS: Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, District Magistrate here has ordered all persons on bail, having criminal record and involved in riots to deposit their firearms with the nearest police stations or arm dealers. The order would remain in force up to May 16, 2004.

UGC GRANT: The University Grants Commission has sanctioned Rs 5 lakh and three job-oriented courses in the commerce faculty for the local A.S. College. According to Principal T.R. Bahia, the courses are in foreign trade practices and procedures, computer-based accounting and statistics, and computers.

STUDENTS’ COUNCIL: Elections to the students’ council of Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, were held on Monday. The new council was formed with Gaganjot Singh as the head boy and Rimple Dhawan the head girl.

LAUNCHED: Lotus Bawa, a leading men’s footwear brand, has entered the women footwear market with the launch of its exclusive range — Silk Line. A spokesman of the company said the new range had designs that reflected the latest trends in the international market. He said, “Silk Line offers the best and the latest in ladies footwear in the Indian market with a price range of Rs 599 to 1299”.

BAN ON LIQUOR: Moga District Magistrate G. Romesh Kumar banned the sale of liquor in the district till May 10 in view of Lok Sabha election. He also imposed Section 144 of Cr PC to maintain law and order.

WEIGHED AGAINST COINS: SAD-BJP-BKU candidate from Phillaur (reserved) Lok Sabha constituency Charanjit Singh Atwal on Tuesday was weighed against coins by Akalis in Guru Nanakpura mohalla here. Akali leaders Jarnail Singh Wahid, Rajwant Singh Jhikka, Jatinderpal Singh Balahi, Avtar Singh Bhungrani, Baljinder Singh Thekedar, S.S. Walia were present on the occasion.

MOTHER, SON ROBBED: Ms Amarjit Kaur and her son Avtar Singh of Arjan Nagar here were robbed of valuables near Mehli byepass on Monday night. The mother and the son were returning from Pharala village on a scooter. Two youths said to be armed snatched Rs 4000 in cash and gold ornaments (6 gm).Top


CELEBRATIONS: Five-day anniversary celebrations of Sri Karthik Temple started today. The programme started with Maha Ganapathi Homan early on Wednesday morning. The celebrations will culminate with Oonjal Utsavam of Sri Kartikeya Swamy on May 2. Havan and special abhishekam will be the main events every day. The key event of the celebrations will be the bedecking of Lord Karthikeya Swamy and his consorts with silver kavacham on April 30. 

EYE CAMP: About 90 residents were checked up at a free eye camp organised in Sector 20 Jama Masjid on Wednesday by the Chandigarh Wakf Board in collaboration with the UT Health Department. Free medicines were also distributed to the patients. The Chairman of the Board, Mansur Ali, said Additional Director General of Punjab Police Mohammed Izhar Alam inaugurated the function. Eye specialist Dr K.S. Rana checked the patients. 

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION: Capt Surat Singh (retd) and Mr J.S. Lamba were unanimously elected president and vice-president, respectively, of the Residents Welfare Association (eight to 10 marla house), Sector 33-C, in its election held on Tuesday evening. Other office-bearers are K.L. Verma — secretary, Assa Singh — joint secretary and D.V. Chopra — cashier.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Resident Welfare Society, Sector 42-B: chairman — Mr M.S. Batra; president — Mr R.D. Goel; vice president — Mr J.C. Sharma; general secretary — Mr Madan Lal; joint secretary — Mr V.K. Sood; and treasurer — Mr N.R. Saini. 

CONDOLED: The Centre of Indian Trade Unions in a press note, here on Wednesday expressed anguish over the sudden death of Mr Ramesh Kumar Chandolia along with six members of his family in a road accident near Sunam in Patiala district. Mr Chandolia’s work in the direction of the employee welfare was appreciated by Mr V.D. Aery, general secretary of CITU. 

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