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Body found
: Body of an unidentified woman was recovered from a city pond by volunteers of the Sahara Jan Sewa on Thursday. The body was in bad shape and had winter clothes on.

INCIDENT: A local resident, Surinder Singh Nihang, on Friday allegedly pelted the house of Mr Tikshan Sud, MLA, with soda water bottles and damaged flower pots adorning the lawn. Mr Sud and his wife were in Ludhiana and his father Jagdish Ram and son Jived Sud were present in the house when the incident occurred. Later, the police rounded up Surinder Singh. According to police sources, Surinder Singh is mentally challenged. He has been taken to the Civil Hospital.

NINE HURT IN MISHAP: Gurdip Singh of Tajpur, Kuldip Singh of Darapur, Kishan Chand, Banti Kumar, Sugga of Goindpur, Jatinder Kumar, Kashmir Singh, Mohinder Singh and Sodhi were injured when a bus rammed into a tree near Hariana on the Hoshiarpur-Dasuya road on Thursday.

MR JUSTICE BRAR’S VISIT: Mr Justice H.S.Brar, President, State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Punjab will visit here from May 23 to May 25 to inspect the District Consumer Forum.

Pool party
: The authorities of Small Wonders Nursery School, Sangat Road, Civil Lines, organised a pool party for the tiny tots here on Friday. The children splashed water on each other and played water games. They took part in a boat race and enjoyed a feast.

FORTIS HOSPITAL: Fortis plans to open a full-fledged multi-speciality hospital here in 2005. It has decided to expand and upgrade the present facility to a 150-bed hospital. Fortis will invest between Rs 40 crore and 50 crore on infrastructure. The hospital will be spread over 4 or 5 acres and employ at least 300 persons.

SUMMER CAMP: The five-day personal grooming summer camp organised by the Grace Beauty Clinic and Institute concluded here on Friday. Tips of skin care, personal make-up and sari-draping were given at the summer camp. Seventyfive women attended it

WOMAN HELD, CHARAS SEIZED: The police here arrested Bimla Devi of Baldev Nagar, Jalandhar and recovered 400 gm of charas from her possession on Thursday.

EFFIGY BURNT: Congress workers here burnt an effigy of BJP leader Ms Sushma Swaraj for her recent remarks against Congress president Ms Sonia Gandhi.

COOP BANK’S ELECTION: Mr Mohinder Puri and Mr Bishamber Dass were elected chairman and vice-chairman of the Pathankot Hindu Urban Cooperative Bank, respectively, said Mr Suresh Gupta, Bank’s MD on Thursday.

DHARNA BY PWD WORKERS: The PWD Field and Workers Union, Jalandhar Zone, on Thursday organised a dharna, held a rally and raised slogans in support of its demands. Union leaders Santokh Singh, Gurmej Singh, and Parveen Kumar demanded transfer of the SDE, eight-hour duty for Pump Operators and salary by seventh of month to the daily wage workers.

POWER BREAKDOWN: The city had power failure for three hours on Thursday, making life difficult for people. Mr Chander Kiran, Additional Superintendent Engineer (ASE), PSEB, said that tripping of a power transformer had caused the failure.

SIKHS PRAY FOR MANMOHAN: Devotees on Thursday held a prayer at a gurdwara here for the success of Dr Manmohan Singh as a Prime Minister. Far-sightedness of Ms Sonia Gandhi, AICC President, in elevating Dr Manmohan Singh to the high office was also praised. Ms Sonia Gandhi had won over hearts of Sikhs all over the world, 
said Mr Kulwant Singh, an Akali leader.

MAKE VOTING MUST: The Rotary Club South-East here on Thursday demanded that voting should be made compulsory. It also appreciated Ms Sonia Gandhi AICC President for her choice of a Punjabi and a Sikh for the Prime Minister’s post.

PWD WORKERS DHARNA: The PWD Field and Workers Union Jalandar Zone on Thursday organised a dharna, rally and resorted in support of its demands. Union leaders Santokh Singh, Gurmej Singh, and Parveen Kumar demanded transfer of the SDE, eight-hour duty for the pump operators, salary by seventh of month to the daily wage workers.

joint meeting
: The Anti-Corruption Front and the All-India Ex-Servicemen Action Committee held a joint meeting here on Friday. They hoped others would learn from the qualities of Dr Manmohan Singh, which were required to take India into the 21st century.



‘Mango Day’: St Peter’s School, Sector 37-B, organised “Mango Day” for tiny tots on Friday. Students from the kindergarten section brought different varieties of mangoes to the school. They also coloured mangoes on drawing sheets. Class I students also took part in the celebrations. The day was celebrated to hone the creative skills of young children.



HONOURED: “Chetna”, a social organisation, honoured Ms Gita Taai, national vice-president, “Bharatiya Stree Shakti”, at Chetna Bhavan here on Thursday for her service to the cause of Indian women.

CONG PROTEST: Congress workers on Thursday marched in procession and burnt the effigies of BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Uma Bharti for their outbursts against Ms Sonia Gandhi. They also raised anti-BJP slogans . Himachal Minister Sat Mahajan was also among the protesters.

SEMINAR: Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh, Agriculture University Palampur and Himachal Department of Information and Public Relations and the Public Relations Society of India will organise a seminar on “Public Relations: New Challenges and Opportunities” in the university’s communication centre on May 22.

SCHOLARSHIP FOR POOR GIRLS: A KAWA management institute here has announced scholarship scheme for girls from families who canot afford the fee of management and technology courses. Under the scheme 128 girls will be granted scholarship equal to 20 per cent of fees for various courses.

FARM MANAGEMENT: Kangra Deputy Commissioner and chairman of the District Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Dr Shrikant Baldi on Wednesday at a meeting said that farm agriculture experts must try to learn from the experiences of farmers and try to solve problems of crop damage due to wild animals and pests.

MINOR RAPED: A minor girl was raped by a 54-year-old man in Barbala village on Tuesday evening. Preetu alias Preetam Chand (54) raped the girl when her family was working in fields.

FOUR ARRESTED: The police has arrested four persons for illicit distillation said district police chief S. Zhoor H. Zaidi here on Wednesday. Those arrested were Ramoo, Subhash, Preetam Chand and Bhim Singh.

SELF-HELP GROUPS: At a meeting of the District Rural Development Agency, ADM S.P. Rolta said on Wednesday that 1593 self-help groups had been constituted in Sirmaur district of which funds were provided to 231 groups.

THEFT: Six shops in Dehra town were burgled on Wednesday night. The police has registered cases. 


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