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SHIFT VEGETABLE MARKET: Former Akali MLA Dr Dalbir Singh on Friday demanded shifting of the vegetable market near Hall Gate to new site at Vallah. He claimed that the vegetable market was being run in the old place illegally.

APPEAL TO PM: The International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society has appealed to Prime Minister-designate Dr Manmohan Singh and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Zaffar-ullah Khan Jamali for the release of 60 Indian prisoners who were in Pakistan’s jails even after the completion of sentence.

FIVE ARRESTED: The police here arrested Navneet, Kirpal Singh, Chandan Kumar, Rajiv Bhatia and Dinesh Kansra on the charge for damaging the office of the president, Municipal Council, here. The arrested were remanded in judicial custody.

HONOURED: Mr Sunil Kumar, Deputy General Manager Telecom, BSNL here, has been given Vashisht Sanchar Seva Padak according to a press note here on Friday. The award was presented to him by Mr G.S. Bhatia, Chief GMT, BSNL, Punjab Telecom Circle in Chandigarh.

UNIFORMS, BOOKS DISTRIBUTED: Uniforms, books and stationery were given free of cost to students of six night schools run by the District Child
Welfare Council here on Friday. Uniforms were arranged through donation from people of the area.

NEW SDM: Mr Amarpal Singh, SDM of Gurdaspur, has been given the additional charge of SDM, Pathankot. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Harjit Singh, on Saturday the arrangement has been made in the wake of the transfer of Pathankot SDM, Mr Puneet Goel, to Chandigarh. He has been chargesheeted in a poaching case.

Honour: Vidya Sagar Shastri Memorial IAS Study Centre felicitated its five students for clearing this year’s Civil Services (main) Examination at a function here on Friday. Those honoured were Ambrish Kumar (28th rank), Veenu Bansal (75th), Asra Garg (124th), Girish Bali (149th) and Vivek Aggarwal (170th). Prominent among those present were the director of the centre, academics, parents of the candidates and students.

Cheque presented: Mr Satinder Ahluwalia, vice-president of Goetze Limited, presented a cheque of Rs 10,000 to the Helping Hands Society, an NGO, here on Friday. The president of the society, Mr Vijay Gupta, addressed the gathering on the occasion.

Awareness drive: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has organised a quality and quantity awareness campaign “Jachiya, Parkhiye, Jeetiye” in the city. Mr Hemant, an official of the company, said the basic objective of the campaign was to create awareness by encouraging customers to physically conduct the Q and Q checks, including product density test, filter paper test and measurement checks.

ELECTED: Dr D.S. Bhullar, vice-president of the Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine, has been elected chairman, in-service doctors wing of the state branch of the Indian Medical Association, for the year 2004-05. Other members of the wing are: adviser — Dr Hardev Singh, vice-chairman — Dr Baljeet Singh Dhillon; secretary — Dr Kamaljit Singh; and joint secretary — Dr H.P.S. Sandhu.

WORKSHOP: The interview for the selection of participants for one-month production-oriented theatre workshop, being organised by the National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), will be held on May 24 at the Central State Library lecture hall. The selected candidates would be imparted training in speech and self projection, acting, movements and other aspects of theatre. 

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DOWRY CASE: Tarsem Singh (26), his father Mr Darshan Singh and mother Ms Harpal Kaur have been booked in a more dowry case by the Valtoha police.

FAKE CERTIFICATE: Parampal Singh (30), a Jat Sikh son of Tek Singh of Kulla village under the Patti police station has been booked for getting a job in the Patti Market Committee by producing false scheduled caste’s certificate.

PATWARI BOOKED: The Bhikhiwind police has registered a case against Patwari Amarjit Singh for refusing to hand over official records. 



CAMP: Twentyfive girls attended a special one-day camp organised by the local chapter of Indian Council of Social Welfare for Adolescent Girls at Saraswat Public School in Dhanas village. Introductory lecture was delivered by Ms S. Mehta, honorary general secretary of the council.

: The Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, Chandigarh, organised a training programme for the staff of Hotel Pallavi, Sector 5, Panchkula, under the Capacity Building for Service Providers Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, on May 17. The seminar was attended by over 80 members of staff and certificates were also issued to them.

CEREMONY: Prayer service by sports and house captains marked the investiture ceremony of St Soldier Divine Public School on Saturday. This was followed by delegation of power and duties in the form of badges and stars, which the school Principal bestowed upon students. Gaurav and Ritika were selected head boy and head girl of the school, respectively, while Nipun and Neha were selected sports captains.



Programme: Army School, Ambala Cantonment, is currently hosting an In-Service Teacher’s Training Programme for Army schools/Army public schools under the Western Command for English and Chemistry. The programme, which began on May 18, will conclude on Sunday. The objective of the workshop is to update PGTs with latest teaching methodology. The resource persons are Prof Inderjit Kumar and Dr K.K. Jain. The school principal, Ms Bushra Ahuja, delivered the opening address.


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