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INSTALLED: Prof R. K. Kaushal and Prof Suba Singh were installed as president and secretary of the District Council of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) at a meeting held here on Thursday. About 40 delegates from colleges in the district attended the meeting. The council resolved to support the candidature of Prof H.S. Walia for the post of vice-president in the PCCTU elections slated for may 16.

US CENTRE: Ms Kerri Hannan, Exchange Officer of the American Embassy in New Delhi, and Veena Chawla, Director, American Information Resource Centre (AIRC), visited Guru Nanak Dev University here on Wednesday and addressed the university faculty. Ms Hannan dwelved upon US policies and disclosed that the AIRC intended to establish an American centre in one of the universities in Punjab.

NSUI OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been selected office-bearers of the state executive committee of the National Students Union of India: vice-presidents—Ms Gazal Gupta, Mr Amit Kapur and Sandeep Sodhi; general secretaries—Mr Manish Dhingra, Mr Ravneet Singh Khalsa, Mr Pankaj Sood, Mr Yogesh Sondhi and Mr Amarpreet Singh; secretaries—Mr Rajiv Madaal, Mr Dhanjeet Singh, Mr Kulwinder Brar and Mr Virender Singh Dhariwal.

INCOME TAX LAWYERS: The following were elected office-bearers of the Income Tax Bar Association here on Wednesday. Mr Tejinder Singh Aurora—president, Mr Lakhwinder Singh Bhatia—vice-president; Mr Ajay Guptam—secretary and Mr Sanjiv Behal—joint secretary.

PUPPET SHOW: Artistes from Pakistan, including Rafi Peer Group led by Faizaan Peerzada, will perform puppetry here from May 15 to 17 at the invitation of Spring Dale school. The Spring Dale Educational Society organised a 10-day puppetry workshop for the students. Sudeep Gupta trained the students.

FIRE: A packaging factory was gutted here on Tuesday evening. The fire was caused due to short-circuit. All goods, machinery and building were damaged.

SUSPENSION SOUGHT: The district unit of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists Association has demanded the suspension of the Station House Officer (SHO) of the D-division police station for detaining a journalist in illegal detention for 45 minutes on Tuesday. Mr Jasbir Singh Patti, president of the union demanded action against the police official.

SUPPORT: Mr J. S. Saluja, President, Janata Dal United, Amritsar (Urban) and Mr Harinder Singh Arora, President JDU (Rural) here on Wednesday assured support to Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, a BJP candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency.

SPECIAL BUSES: Mr K. A. P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, on Tuesday, said the election staff of this district appointed for other districts would be provided special buses on May 8. He added that the Assistant Returning Officers of the areas concerned had been asked to arrange for these buses and to ensure that the staff should be present at rehearsal places at 8.30 a.m. on May 8.

COP DEAD: The body of Mr Darshan Singh, Head Constable of the Punjab Police posted at Ropar, was found on the roadside near Garhshankar on Tuesday. According to Narinder Singh, his father went from his Dansiwal village to Ropar for his duty on May 3, 2004, but he did not return. The Garhshankar police has registered a case under Section 302/34 of the IPC.

ACCIDENT: Mr Sucha Singh of Chack Raju Singh died on the spot while his brother Ajit Ram, was wounded when a bus (PB-08R-2051) hit their scooter near Taragarh crossing on the Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar road on Tuesday evening. The Sadar police has registered a case against Karamjit Singh, driver of the bus.

ATTACKED: Mr Paramvir Pamma, President, City Youth Congress here was seriously wounded when 15-18 youths attacked him near Government College Chowk at 10.30 p.m. on Tuesday. Mr Paramvir was admitted in Civil Hospital here in a serious condition.

THIEF CAUGHT: Swatantar Kumar Sabharwal, a commission agent here on Tuesday night along with Manjit Paul Singh Ratti, his neighbour and his father overpowered a thief who entered his house by scaling a wall. The thief was Kishori Lal of Thur village in Kangra district. A court remanded him in police custody till May 6.

Hair colour fest
: Two-day hair colour festival was organised by Grace Beauty Clinic and Institute. A team of Schwrszkoph Professional, Germany, was invited to guide women and girls on how to maintain their hair and change their looks by colouring, streaking, highlighting and after care with the help of hair waxes and serums, right type of shampoos and conditioner which maintain the Ph balance of hair. Fiftyfive women got their hair coloured.

Academy opened: Dr L S. Chawla, a former Vice-Chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, on Thursday inaugurated Inscol Academy for preparing the undergraduate students of medicine. Dr Chawla said he hoped that the academy would assist undergraduate students to redefine their career by providing training options for skill enhancement.

SUICIDE: Dalbir Lal (40) of Karwal mohalla on the Hoshiarpur road on Wednesday hanged himself to death at his residence.

ATWAL’S CLAIM: Former Punjab Assembly Speaker and SAD-BJP-BKU joint candidate from Phillaur (reserved) Lok Sabha constituency Charanjit Singh Atwal on Wednesday claimed that the Election Commission had marked an inquiry into the misuse of official machinery on May 3 election rally of Ms Sonia Gandhi, AICC President.


Seminar: The Punjab College of Engineering and Technology, Lalru Mandi, Patiala, is organising a one-day national seminar for the faculty of engineering colleges on Friday on the college premises.

Blood donated: At least 120 students donated blood at a camp organised at the Indo-Swiss Training Centre in Sector 34 on Thursday. The Director, Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Dr R. P. Bazpai, and the Assistant General Manager, Sector 30 branch, State Bank of India, Mr M. K. Mittal, were also present. The Principal, Indo-Swiss Training Centre, Mr H. S. Gupta, encouraged students to come forward for donating blood.

WORKERS’ UNION: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Branch GE Chandigarh-3, Chandigarh Area MES Workers Union: chairman—Mr Gian Chand Karbal; chief adviser—Mr Jagmal Singh Chhina; chief organiser—Mr Harbans Singh; president—Mr Harinder Pal Singh Baweja; branch secretary—Mr Jagpal Singh; adviser—Mr Bishan Dutt Sharma; office secretary—Mr Suresh Mohan Sharma; senior vice-president—Mr Beant Singh; cashier—Mr Sumer Chand; senior joint secretary—Mr Ram Dass; and propaganda secretary—Mr Shiv Varan.

TRAINING PROGRAMME: A training programme was organised here on Wednesday by the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. As many as 125 delivery men and distributors from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh participated. The Senior Regional Manager, Mr R.K. Goyal, honoured the delivery men. The Executive Officer, Mr Anuraj Tyagi, highlighted various welfare steps being undertaken by the corporation.


IRREGULARITIES DENIED: Mr Ramdass Thakur, president of the HP State Truck Operators Federation and a trustee of the Vivekananda Hospital Trust (Palampur) here on Wednesday denied as baseless the charges of irregularities in trust-funds.

ACCIDENT: Ms Sunita Devi, wife, and Chetram, father-in-law of draughtsman Krishan Lal Verma, died on the spot when their car was hit by a tempo, 30 km from here at Kallan on Tuesday when they were returning after visiting Mata Nainadevi. Krishan Lal Verma was injured seriously along with his mother-in-law Tulawati and two sons Pankaj, Gaurav and two daughters Hina and Babita. They were removed to the PGI, Chandigarh, and two of the children were admitted to regional hospital here.

POLL OFFICIAL DEAD: An election official was found dead on Wednesday under suspicious circumstances at the Badhur Buzurg polling booth here. Health Department employee Rama Shankar (50) was deployed for election duty at the polling booth.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The Paonta Sahib police in a raid conducted at Khodowala village under Paonta Sahib Subdivision, has recovered 40 bottles of illicit liquor from Shamsher Singh, who has been arrested. A case has been registered at the Paonta Sahib police station.

ACCIDENT: As many 16 persons were injured, three of them seriously, when a bus (HP-37-6865) met with an accident at Chharabra, near here, on Tuesday. The bus hit the hillside and overturned. It was a lucky escape for the passengers as the vehicle could have rolled down into the khud. The injured have been admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital here.

KNEE REPLACEMENT: The Orthopaedics Department of the Indira Gandhi Medical College here is organising a two-day workshop on knee-replacement on May 7 and 8. Dr Mukund Lal, Professor in the department, said besides lectures and bone model demonstrations, actual knee-replacement surgery would also be performed during the workshop.

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