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PREDICTED: Ms Satinder Kaur Nabha, a former MLA and vice-president of the women wing of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, on Monday predicted that the Congress would win in the Malwa region.

RELEASED: Mr J. S. Saluja, district President, Janata Dal (United), Amritsar (Urban), on Monday released the first list of office- bearers of the district unit. According to the list Mr Somraj is senior vice-president, Mr Piara Singh Bagga and Mr Shingara Singh are vice-presidents. Mr Gulshan Kumar is general secretary and Mr Booa Das Sharma is a spokesman, Mr Ranjit Singh Rana, Mr Narinder Singh, Mr Harbhajan Singh, Mr Tarsem Singh Fauji, and Mr Karam Singh have been appointed secretaries, Mr Raman Kumar Ravi press secretary and Mr Balwant Singh is the treasurer.

BAIRAGI MANDAL: The Bairagi Mahan Mandal led by Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, all-India president of the mandal on Monday announced that they would support the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections. In a press release issued here Mr Bawa said meetings of mandal workers had been held in the Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran constituencies.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Indian Medical Association (Hoshiarpur branch): patron — Dr Y. C. Markan; president — Dr Harbhajan Singh; vice-president — Dr A. K. Juneja; secretary — Dr Keshav Sud; joint secretary — Dr Ruby Chaudhary; treasurer — Dr S. J. Singh; state representative- Dr Manju Sharma.

LECTURE: Punjab Institute of Management and Technology (PIMT), Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a lecture on ‘India insurance sector-perspectives and prospects’ on Tuesday. Mr Dalbir Singh Bedi from AVIVA insurance was the chief resource person on the occasion. Students of the MBA attended the lecture which was organised as part of industry-institute interaction programme.

BEST DESIGNER: Ramneek Walia, a local girl and a former student of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, got the best design collection award for 2004 at a design collection graduating show held recently in Bangalore. Her collection was inspired from Molly Pitchers which is an unsaid tale of brave women who discovered their strength in battlefield. They were maids accompanying men to war in the 18th century in America.

BAN ORDER: Mr Raj Kamal Chowdhary, District Magistrate, Mansa, on Monday banned the carrying of firearms in the district. The ban will remain in force till May 20.

STAMP PAPERS: Non-judicial stamp papers between the denomination of Rs 5 and Rs 50 are not available at the local courts. People are compelled to purchase stamp papers of Rs 100 denomination. The local Treasury Officer, Ms Sukhwant Kaur, said the non-judicial stamp papers in the denominations of Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 20 and Rs 50 were not available and the district authorities had been informed in this regard. 

MEETINGS: The local MLA, Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, has appealed the people to cast votes in favour of Congress candidate, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo. He said this while addressing meetings in the local Civil Lines, Adarsh Nagar, and the Machhiwara road.

LAWYERS’ STRIKE: Lawyers of the local Bar Association sat on dharna here on Tuesday in front of the court of the local SDM demanding the transfer of the SDM, Mr Jaspal Singh Jassi. The lawyers have been boycotting the court of Mr Jassi for the past more than two months, according to the president of the association, Mr Uttam Kumar.



OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Sanitary Dealer Association: chairman — Nirmal Khosla; president — Sat Pal Garg; senior vice-president — Pardeep Jain; vice-president — Ashwani Gupta; general secretary — Gursharan Singh Kohli; joint secretary — Madan Gopal; finance secretary — Bhagwan Dass Goyal; and press secretary — Anil Kumar. 

KASHMIRI SAHAYAK SABHA: The following have been elected officer-bearers of the Kashmiri Sahayak Sabha: president — Sqn Ldr B.L. Sadhu (retd); vice-president — Mrs Phoola Raina; general secretary — Anil Mattou; joint secretray — Surinder Kaul; finance secretary — M.L. Wattal; and social secretary — Ms Arti Tikoo.

SCHOLARSHIP TEST: International Education and Career Consultants (IEC) has oganised a scholarship test for admissions to the Canadian College of Business and Computers (CCBC) in collaboration with, a social organisation from Canada for spreading technical education in developing countries. In all, 15 scholarships were awarded.

MEDICAL CAMP: A dental and eye check-up camp was organised by Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Eye Hospital Trust, Sohana, at Government Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, on Tuesday. As many as 1,800 students were examined by a team of eight doctors.

DISTRIBUTED: The Sate Bank Ladies Club, Chandigarh, distributed uniforms, schoolbags, shoes, books and other related items to 23 needy students of Government High School, Sector 24, here on Tuesday.



RESENTED: An overflowing dustbin put up by the Special Area Development Authority at Barog had become an eyesore for residents and motorists crossing the road thanks to the apathy of SADA. The situation had become worse due to the dumping of bodies of three pups who died a few days ago, alleged Mr Sanjay Kumar, vice-president of the Barog panchayat.

SCHOOLBOY SHINES: Praful Sharma, a student of Senior Secondary School (Boys) here, has stood second in the science stream in class XII in the HP School Education Board and won first position in the non-medical group by securing 452 marks out of 500 in the state. He wants to become a computer engineer.

SEIZED: The Paonta police has seized 700 grams of charas from two persons. A case has been registered.

LEADER’S ARREST DECRIED: Himachal BJP spokesman Randhir Sharma on Sunday alleged that employees leader Gopal Dass Verma was arrested to stop him from canvassing in the Mandi constituency against Congress candidate Ms Pratibha, who is wife of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

BLOOD CAMP INAUGURATED: Himachal Pradesh Governor V.S. Kokje inaugurated a blood donation camp organised by the Vishva Jagriti Mission and the H.P. Red Cross Society to mark the birthday of Sudhanshuji Maharaj here on Sunday. He also participated in “Satsang” on the occasion. A cultural programme was organised by the students of S.D. School.


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