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TRAINING: A 21-day Inservice Training Programme (ITI) for trained graduate teachers (TGT) of English belonging to different Kendriya Vidyalayas of the Chandigarh region began at the Kendriya Vidyalaya-4 in the local military station. Mr Som Dutt, course Director, in a press note issued here on Saturday, during the training, there would be lectures and demonstrations in yoga, psychology, disaster management and technology-aided learning.

RESULT: Chetna Singla, a student of DAV Centenary School, Mansa, secured 94 per cent marks in the Class X examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education as per a press note issued by the school Principal, Mr S.S. Thakur.

SGPC POLL: Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, here on Friday said that Returning officers had been appointed for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections to be held on July 11. Six returning officers have been appointed for the six constituencies of the SGPC in this district.

DHARNA: Nearly 200 people gathered in front of the Doraha police chowki as a protest against the alleged police inaction in the Gurdial murder case. The dharna was, however, lifted after police officials assured the protesters to arrest the accused. The body of a 22-year-old, Gurdial Singh, a resident of Doraha, was recovered from near the Sirhind canal at Landa village, on May 20.

DA MERGER: The Punjab Cabinet’s decision to merge 50 per cent dearness allowance/dearness relief with basic pay/pension of its employees/pensioners from April 1, 2004, on the Central Pattern, has been welcomed by the employees. The merger will benefit more than 7 lakh Punjab Government employees, including pensioners and those working in various boards and corporations. At present, DA/DR is paid at the rate of 61 per cent. After merging 50 per cent of it, the remaining 11 per cent will be paid as DA/DR from April 1, 2004. The merged DA/DR will be treated as dearness pay/pension and will be counted for payment of various allowances and retirement benefits.

GURMAT SAMAGAM: A gurmat samagam, dedicated to 400th anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib, would be organised at Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Muradpura, here from May 31 to June 4. According to sewadar of the gurudwara Manohar Singh Makkar, several prominent raagis and paathis including Baba Sukhbir Singh (Guru Nanak Simran Kendra), Bhai Avtar Singh, Bhai Gurwinder Singh (Gurdwara Kalgidhar), Bhai Sukhwinder Singh, Bhai Achhar Singh and Bibi Varinder Kaur Khalsa would recite gurbani during the samagam. On the concluding day, Bhai Guriqbal Singh (Gurdwara Mata Kaulan, Amritsar) would perform kirtan and parchar from 10 to 11.30 pm. Guru ka langar would be distributed throughout the duration of the samagam.

ANARI FRIENDS CLUB: The Anari Friends Club International organised a training programme on ‘how to motivate’ at a local hotel in which Zone Trainer of Ludhiana Jaycees Varinder Datta provided tips on motivation to the participants. He said hard work and untiring efforts were the key to success for any person to achieve new heights. ‘If the same kind of efforts were put in by others as well for your success, then the goals, however distant, come within reach but one needs to have the art of motivation to make others join hands with you.’ Mr Ranjit Singh, president of the club, Mr Parminder Singh Pappu, Mr Amar Takkar, Mr Ritesh Rai, Mr Amit Marwaha and Mr Manjit Singh, among others, were also present.

HAILED: The Government Pensioners Association has hailed the decision of the Punjab Cabinet to merge 50 per cent dearness allowance and dearness relief with basic pay or pension of its employees and pensioners with effect from April 1 on the Central pattern. The merger would benefit more than 7 lakh employees, including those working in various boards and corporations as well as the state government pensioners. Mr Yash Pal Ghai, Additional General Secretary of the GPA, said of the 61 per cent DA/DR being paid now, 50 per cent would be merged with basic pay or pension and the balance would be paid as DA/DR.

VALMIKI SABHA: The Women Wing of Shri Guru Valmiki Sabha, Punjab, while deploring the non-payment of salaries to 169 safai sewaks for the last five months has blamed Congress legislator Surinder Dawar for their plight. Ms Suman Pame, who presided over the meeting, observed that when the agitating safai sewaks had resorted to fast before Lok Sabha elections, it was Mr Dawar who had given an assurance of justice to the affected workers and had prevailed upon them to end their protest. The meeting further resolved that if the outstanding salaries were not paid within seven days, the safai sewaks, along with their family members and dependents, would gherao the MC officials and would also sit on a fast in front of the house of the Congress legislator.

HOMAGE: Two-minute silence was observed on Friday at the local Civil Veterinary hospital by Veterinary Medical Officers of the subdivision, including doctors of Machhiwara and employees of the Dairy Development Board here, under the chairmanship of Dr Ashok Sharma, president of the Punjab Veterinary Officers Association, on the demise of Rana Rajinder Singh, Deputy Director, Dairy Development, Ropar, who died and was cremated on Thursday evening. Mr Jagmohan Singh, Minister of Fisheries, Punjab, besides prominent residents of the area, attended the cremation.

WILDLIFE ACT: To kill stray dogs, the Wildlife Act may be amended, said a senior Congress leader, Mr Rajbir Singh Mangat, Sarpanch of Begowal village. Mr Mangat said a 13-year-old girl and a 40-year-old man had already been killed by stray dogs in the Katana Sahib and Kubbe areas and more than 15 migrants, including schoolchildren, have been bitten during the past one month.

MEETING: A meeting of workers of the Lok Bhalai Party was presided over by Mr Malkiat Singh Ghuman, district president of the local unit of the party here. The meeting was attended by Mr Govinder Singh Jhaj, Mr Balbir Singh Balion, Mr Subhash Chander, Mr Raghbir Singh Maan, Mr Hakumat Khan, Mr Raghbir Singh, Mr Jarnail Singh Sehjomajra, Mr Ranjit Singh Bondli, Mr Braham Dev and Mr Gurmeet Singh Sihala and a large number of party leaders. Addressing party workers, Mr Ghuman thanked the people of the Koomkalan constituency for supporting Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia and making the party the third biggest party in the state of Punjab.


ALUMNI MEETING: The fifth annual alumni meeting and felicitation ceremony of Professional Tutorials has been organised here. Prizes were given to the meritorious students of the institute. Col Kulwant Ghai (retd), the director was present.


SENTENCED: A court here on Thursday sentenced Ram Karan of Buhawa village to three months imprisonment and fined him Rs 5000 for smuggling poppy husk.

PIRATED CDs SEIZED: The police here seized 850 pirated CDs in a raid on a shop on the Pipli-Ladwa road near here on Thursday. Swadesh Kumar, a resident of Kishanpura village, 8 km from here, was arrested for keeping the pirated CDs.


NAGAR SABHA DEMANDS: The Bilspur Nagar Vikas Sabha here on Thursday demand water supply scheme for the town and a regular doctor for Baba Bangali (Raura) sector dispensary as it has been without a doctor for the past four months.

FRAUD ALLEGED: the district unit of “INTUC” here alleged that PWD authorities here had been hushing up a case of alleged fraud by a junior engineer here in HPPWD Division II. The junior engineer allegedly got a false birth certificate of his father prepared and had allowed him continue in service till he reached 60 to earn pension.

SCIENCE TEACHERS: The Himachal Pradesh State School Lecturers Association has demanded “Science teaching allowance” for lecturers in science in schools on the pattern of Science teachers and also to extend promised benefit to the lecturers who had obtained Ph.D degree.

NSUI APPEAL: The National Student’s Union of India (NSUI) on Friday appealed Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to direct Kangra district administration to take over the maintenance of war memorial at Dharamsala.

ACCIDENT: The driver of a private truck carrying cement from Hamirpur to Nadaun fractured his leg when the vehicle he was driving failed to negotiate a curve near Nouhngi village on Friday. The police has registered a case.

POWER GENERATION RECORD: The Nathpa Jhakri hydro-electric project generated 1522 MW units of power since its all six units became operational on May 27. The project generated 530 million units of power and the total generation from the project since it commenced operations in September, last year has reached 2066 million units. The highest generation achieved in a day is 29.78 million units.


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