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Amritsar
ACTION DEMANDED: Mr Ravinder Kumar Sultanwind, president, All-India Youth Association, at a press conference here on Saturday demanded action against Dr Paramjit Singh Bedi, Principal of the local Government Medical College, over a controversy regarding admissions in Dayanand Medical College. Dr Bedi, who was chairman of the admissions committee, said the matter was in court.

Ferozepore
ADVENTURE CAMP: The Golden Arrow Division, under the aegis of the Army Wives Welfare Association, has organised a 10-day camp for adventure activities for children of Army personnel. Ms Omana Sivasankar, president of the association, said the camp would provide children an opportunity to discover their latent talents.

Jalalabad
TRANSFER DEMANDED : The local Revenue Patwar Union has decided to boycott the Tehsildar, Mr Ravinder Walia. The union alleged he ill-treated patwaris, and demanded his immediate transfer.

Jalandhar
TRAFFIC PROBLEM: Traffic problems at BMC Chowk here were discussed at a police-public meeting organised on Saturday. Among the suggestions made were the replacement of the chowk with lights and one-way traffic in Sanjay Gandhi Market.

Ludhiana
RATIONS DISTRIBUTED: The Punjab Nishkam Seva Dal gave away rations to 51 needy widows and destitute women at a function here on Sunday. Mr Krishan Gopal, who was the chief guest, said he was happy that women could run their homes with the help of the seva dal.

OFFICE-BEARER: Mr Sanjeev Sethi has been appointed assistant governor of the Rotary Club district 3070. He has also been appointed district secretary of district 3070.

COACH DEAD: Sushil Sharma (51), cricket coach of the Punjab Sports Department, died at Hoshiarpur on Saturday following a brief illness. He was cremated here in the evening. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Pool day: Pearls Nursery School celebrated pool day in the summer camp that started from June 1. There were two pools, one for the boys and the other for the girls. Boys and girls were wearing fluorescent swimsuits. In the summer heat cool water made the young one freak out. Games like passing the parcel, throwing the ball and antakshri were played. Splashing of water made boys and girls very happy.

Nawanshahr
JOHAL REPORT : Dr Jaspal Singh Randhawa, secretary of the Principals Association, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, in a press note issued here on Saturday urged the state government to provide copies of the recommendations of the Johal Committee report on reforms in higher education to all managing committees and principals of colleges in the state to initiate a debate on the subject.

Pathankot
SCARCITY: A water scheme executed 10 years ago for Gidderpur, Bharyal, Lari, Bhadan and Akhrota among more than 10 villages, has failed to supply beyond Gidderpur. Residents of these villages have taken delegations to the Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner several times regarding the issue, but to no avail. Public Health Department officials are hopeful of getting funds soon to make the water scheme functional.

Phagwara
FOUR INJURED : Four members of a migrant family, including a two-year-old child, were injured in a fire at their house at Mehli village, near here, on Saturday. Three of the injured were identified as Kiran (40), Sunny (15) and Bittu (14).

Sangrur
SEMINAR ON TB: Each day more than 1,000 Indians die of tuberculosis. This was stated by Dr Surinder Singla, in charge of the District TB Centre, at a seminar on the Revised National TB Control Programme, organised by the Indian Medical Association at Dhuri on Saturday. Dr O.P. Khangwal, District TB Officer, said the participation of private doctors in controlling TB was must as more than 50 per cent of the patients visited private doctors.

Tarn Taran
CIVIC AMENITIES : Mr Baldev Singh, convener of the Nucleus Industrial Complex Residential Society here, in a press statement on Saturday expressed resentment that houses in the colony were getting water supply only for five hours a day, the sewerage system was choked and streetlights were not functional. He demanded early redressal of the problems.

ONE DEAD : Mr Balkar Singh (55), a resident of Dodde village under Chabal police station, died after consuming a poisonous substance.

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CHANDIGARH

Takes over: Mr Sarabjit Kumar Ghai on Saturday took over as Assistant General Manager of the Regional Office of the State Bank of Patiala. Earlier, Mr Ghai was posted in the same capacity at Patiala. He will now look after the branches in Chandigarh-Ropar area.

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HARYANA

Hansi
NOMINATED: Mr Dharmbir Sankrod and Mr Ashok Grewal were nominated president and general secretary respectively of the Lok Jan Shakti Party at sammelan here on Friday.

Sonepat
SENTENCED: Additional District and Sessions Judge Dharamvir Singh on Saturday sentenced Dalip Singh, a resident of Kathura village, under the NDPS Act to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and fined him Rs 1 lakh for possessing 1 kg charas. The Baroda police had arrested him on March 4, 2003.

KILLED: Naresh, a resident of Khan Basti, was killed when he was hit by a vehicle on the GT Road near here on Friday night. The police has registered a case.

DEMONSTRATION: Residents of Tihar Kalan village in this district held a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissionerís office here on Saturday in protest against the opening of a liquor shop in the village. They submitted a memorandum demanding the closure of the shop and threatened an agitation if that was not done.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Mandi
FIRE: Computers and other goods worth Rs 1 lakh of Mandi Urban Cooperative Bank were destroyed in a fire on Friday. A short circuit was suspected to be the cause.

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