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URGED: Mr Avtar Singh Afat, patron, Punjab State Pensioners’ Confederation, on Thursday urged the pensioners to support Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha elections. In a press release issued here Mr Afat said the pensioners should vote for a secular candidate or party instead of party which was known to be communal.

APPEAL: The students’ representative body of Government Medical College, Amritsar, has appealed to the state government and the district administration to vacate the auditorium of college where electronic voting machines have been kept. Mr Maninderjit Singh Sandhu, president of the body, said it was now more than two years that the auditorium had been occupied by electronic voting machines. He said the place was meant for educational conferences and cultural activities and not for storage.

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DANCE DAY: For the first time in the district, International Dance Day was celebrated by the District Cultural Society by organising an impressive dance programme at O.P. Bansal Modern School, Mandi Gobindgarh. Tiny-tots, master dancers, who had won various prizes at the state and national levels, gave an excellent performance. Mr Hukam Chand Bansal, Chairman of the OP Bansal Educational Trust, was the chief guest, while Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman of the society, presided over the function. Dr P.K. Dhar, Principal of the school, highlighted the importance of the day.

ORGANISED: The District Congress Committee organised a big election rally in favour of Mr Darshan Singh Mattu, CPM-Congress candidate from the Hoshiarpur parliamentary constituency here on Thursday. Mr Kuldip Kumar Nanda, president, DCC, Mrs Taranjit Sethi, president, Mahila wing of the DCC, Mr Devinder Pali, president city unit and many local leaders urged the electorate to vote and support Mr Mattu in the elections.

ORDERED: Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, District Magistrate, Hoshiarpur, has ordered all able bodied persons in the rural areas of the district to perform ‘thikri pehra’ to protect railway and power transmission lines, transformers, government property, bridges etc round the clock in their respective areas under the Small Town and Patrol Act.

CAMPUS INTERVIEWS: Fourteen corporate houses have visited Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Model Town, for conducting campus interviews, including Wipro Spectramind, GE Capital, Citi-Financial, ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Hotel Majestic Park Plaza, AVIVA Life Insurance and Mediatrack. Mr Jagdeep Singh, Training and Placement Officer, said 24 of the 44 students had received job offers.

COURSE: To make mathematics a lively subject for students planning to take computer science in their next course, Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology, Civil Lines, will conduct a 15-day summer course from May 10. The course will be conducted on a first come, first served basis. No fee will be charged from girl students. Dr M.S. Seekree, Director, said the programme would be useful for students appearing in various entrance examinations, like MCA.

CELEBRATED: The staff and students of the Department of Dance, Punjabi University, celebrated the International Dance Day by organising a function at the campus here on Thursday. Mr S.P.S Virdi, Dean (Colleges), was the chief guest while Dr Anil Narula, Dean (Faculty of Arts and Culture), welcomed the guests. Dr Yashpal Sharma, Head of the Department of Dance, and Dr Gurnam Singh from the Department of TV and Theatre were among those present. 

EARTH DAY: The Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET), in association with the State Bank of Patiala, organised Earth Day-2004 here on Thursday. The Director, TIET, Dr S.C. Saxena, inaugurated the function. On the occasion the students from various schools of the city participated in various activities, including debate, painting, model exhibition and quiz competitions. 

DEATH MOURNED: Students and staff of the Department of Theatre and Television of Punjabi University organised a meeting on Wednesday to mourn the death of J.N. Kaushal, senior alumni of the National School of Drama. Dr Yogesh Gambhir, head of the department, said the theatre world had lost a humble scholar and a great theatre expert. 

ELECTED: Mr Tara Singh Chahal has been elected president of the Ropar District Bar Association. The other office-bearers of the bar who were elected unanimously are: vice-president — Mr Rajesh Sharma; general secretary — Mr Hardeep Singh; joint secretary — Mr Amrik Singh Katwal; and executive members — Mr Sumit Pasrecha, Mr Gagan Sharma and Vivek Sony. 



SEMINAR: The Haryana Safety Council organised a seminar on “Statutory obligations of employers under the Factories Act, 1948” here on Friday. Additional Deputy Commissioner M.L. Kaushik was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kaushik said earning profit should not be the sole motive of an enterprise but stress must be laid on the safety and health of the engineers and employees. Among others, Mr R.S. Dhariwal, Mr SM Madan, Mr Bharat Bhushan Jain, Mr J.L. Bishnoi, Mr C.M. Diwan, Mr P.S. Bhambra and Dr Anil Jain were present.


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