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SEMINAR: Guru Nanak Dev University here will hold a seminar on Namdhari movement’s contribution to national cause from May 28. Dr Kirpal Singh Kasel (Patiala), Mr Jaswinder Singh (Delhi), Mr Ram Sajjan Pandey (Rohtak) Mr Surya Prasad Dixit (Lucknow), Mr Jagdish Singh Waryam (Jalandhar) and Dr Jasbir Singh Sabar (Amritsar) will present papers.

Fatehgarh Sahib
: A meeting of the Ashoka Educational Trust and Management Society Sirhind ended in a deadlock after the president and some members of the trust staged a walkout here on Thursday. Meanwhile, Mr R.N. Sharma, president, Citizens’ Welfare Council, has expressed concern over the state of affairs in various educational institutions being run by the trust due to infighting among its members.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Municipal Employees Union Sirhind: chairman — Mr Keshav Chander; president — Mr Ram Lubhaya; senior vice-president — Mr Khushal Singh, vice-president — Mr Dalip Kumar, general secretary — Mr Dharminder Kumar; joint secretary — Mr Sat Pal; and treasurer — Mr Amrik Singh.

Entry tax
: The District Taxation Bar Association (Sales Tax) has asked the sales tax department to desist from issuing notices for levy of entry tax on imported yarn because as per the provisions of the relevant notification, entry tax could not be levied on goods imported from outside country and received through rail or post. A special meeting of the association held under the presidentship of Mr P.C. Garg urged the senior officials of the department to issue the explicit instructions to their officers down to the district level making it clear that entry tax was not to be recovered on imported yarn.

Dental Camp: The Rotary Club of Ludhiana north organised a free dental check up camp at Toor Hospital in Haibowal in which more than 150 patients were examined by eminent doctors and free medicines were also given. Besides Mr Gurjit Singh Bajaj, the project chairman, Mr S.P. Singh Dua, Mr R.S. Behal, Mr Tulsi Das Jaitwani, Mr D.R. Chadha, Mr Harbhajan Singh Manchanda, Mr R.S. Vij, Mr R.N. Sehgal and Mr Jatinder Parkash Lamba were also present at the occasion.

Yoga camp: A week long yoga camp would be organised by Yogacharya Shri Samresh Kashyap of Dev Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya; Haridwar at Samiti here from May 21 to 28. Mr Om Parkash Sharma, one of the organisers of the camp said, the focus during the camp would be on treatment of diseases like obesity, cough and cold, asthma, migraine, diabetes, mental depression, sinus, cervical spondylitis, eye ailments, sciatica, hypertension and cardiac problems with the help of yoga.

New outlet: M/s Gulzar TVS, authorised dealers of TVS Motor Company, opened a new two wheeler outlet Disco Enterprises at Baba Than Singh Chowk on Monday. While inaugurating the show room, Mr Gurkirat Singh, Executive Director of the firm said the entire range of TVS two wheelers, starting from economy bike TVS Max 100 to the premium 150 cc bikes TVS Fiero, would be available at the dealership. He further informed that TVS were all set to launch new models of the bike 125 CC and a 100 CC four stroke model in the economy segment by the coming festival season.

NSS Camp: A 10-day NSS camp was organised on the campus of Master Tara Singh Memorial College here from May 11 to 20. Various awareness programmes were organised during the camp. A free dental and eye check-up camp was organised at Salem Tabri at Gurdwara Gursagar with the help of the CMO, Ludhiana. NSS volunteers also visited the school of deaf and dumb on the Rajpura road and Senior Citizen Home and Bal Bhavan at Sarabha Nagar.

EXHIBITION: The Param Institute of Fashion Designing held an exhibition of the works of students of two-year diploma course in fashion designing and textile on the college premises here on Thursday. Prizes to meritorious students were given by Mr Nahar Singh Gill, city Mayor. The function was presided over by Mr Rajinder Singh Basant. In fashion designing Gurvinder Kaur came first, Jaswinder and Nirmal Kaur second Gurpreet and Balwinder Third. Manmeet won a consolation prize. In tailoring Harmeet Kaur stood first Harjinder Kaur second Manjeet Kaur and Jasmeet Kaur third. The Consolation prize was given to Pooja.

CONG PROTEST: Congress workers here led by Mr Parkash Singh, MLA and Mr Kuldip Rana, district Congress president, marched from Punjab Mata Vidhyawati Bhavan and raised slogans against BJP leaders Ms Sushma Swaraj and Ms Uma Bharti, and burnt their effigies at Chandigarh Chowk on Wednesday to protest against their absurd stance over the foreign origin of AICC chief Ms Sonia Gandhi.

WATER SHORTAGE: Residents here have been facing inconvenience due to the erratic supply of water by the Municipal Council for the past few days. The Council authorities attribute the problem to a fault in water pumps at a few water works in the town.

Summer Queen
: Madhvi, Harleen Kaur and Simmi Dhiman were declared Summer Queen, first-runner-up and second runner-up, respectively, here on Wednesday. In the above-45 years category, Rajinder Kaur, Harwant Kaur and Rita Kandhari were declared Summer Queen, first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively.

SMALL SAVINGS: The Small Savings Department Ropar in 2003-2004 secured deposits of Rs 381 crore — Rs 91 crore more than the target of Rs 290 crore said, D.C. Seema Jain.

Tarn Taran
BANGLADESHI HELD: Salah Ahmad Majumdar, a Bangladeshi, was nabbed by the BSF on Wednesday last night for trying to infiltrate into India. The Khemkaran police has registered a case under Sections 3, 34,20 of Indian Passport Act.



OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Mohalla Welfare Society E-Block, Sector 30-B, Chandigarh: president — Mr Pyara Singh; vice-president — Mr Kharait Lal; general secretary — Mr Waryam Singh; joint secretary — Mr Saroop Singh; and cashier — Mr Bali Ram.

: Students of Saffron City School, Fatehgarh Sahib, participated in a fund-raising scheme, “The young ambassadors programme”, for SOS villages, a non-profit voluntary organisation committed to the care of children —orphan and homeless. The executive, Ms Rozy Shireen, met with the students and explained the concept in the morning assembly.



2 STUDENTS HURT: Two students were injured seriously on the Ambala-Chandigarh road when the rickshaw on which they were going collided with a Maruti car on Wednesday. The children, Mansi and Shubham, were taken to the local Civil Hospital from where one of them was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The police has registered a case against the driver of the car, who fled, and impounded the vehicle.

Competition: Various competitions were held at DAV Public School here on Thursday. Students from various schools participated in the competitions on “Jupiter”. The District Education Officer, Mr R.P.S. Panwar, was the chief guest. According to the school Principal, Mr Vikas Kohli, in the junior section of the poster-making contest, Kshitij Bali came first, while Rohit finished second. In senior section, Rajesh Bhatia came first and Vikas second. In science quiz, Rahul Goyal was awarded first prize, while Nakul Vinayak got second prize. In speech competition, Shikha Gupta came first and Sushant finished second.

Celebrations: The Kendriya Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee will celebrate the taking over of Dr Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister on May 22, according to Mr B.S. Bindra, general secretary of the committee. Sadar markets would be lit up and sweets would be distributed. Meanwhile, the Ambala District Congress Committee (rural) president, Mr Nirmal Singh, and Ambala Cantonment District Congress Committee president, Mr Ashok Jain, have said that the decision of Ms Sonia Gandhi to decline the post of Prime Minister was an unparalleled one. 

SCHOOL FUNCTION: Little Flowers Public School here on Wednesday organised poetry recitation competition for schoolchildren in Hindi and English. School Director, Ms Suman Midha, gave away the prizes of the winners.

UGC FELLOWSHIP: The University Grants Commission has selected Dr. Rajinder Singh Walia of Guru Nanak Khalsa College here for the Postdoctoral Research Award in English. He was awarded UGC Teacher Fellowship twice in English Teaching for his M. Lit. and Ph.D. degrees at the Central Institutes of English and foreign Languages Hyderabad.


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