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CONDEMNED: Tehsildars, kanungos and all revenue officers of Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts on Thursday condemned the attack on the Tehsildar (Asr-II), Kanungo (Asr-II) and the revenue officer of Nangli constituency by Kishan Singh and his sons, Harcharan Singh and Amar Singh. They also condemned the police failure to arrest the accused even after the orders of the District Magistrate. They threatened a pen-down strike and a dharna if the accused were not arrested.

CONCLUDES: A four-week general orientation course organised by the Academic Staff College of Guru Nanak Dev University concluded here on Thursday. Dr A.S. Dua, Dean, College Development Council of the university, presided over the valedictory function and gave certificates to the participants.

APPOINTED: Guru Nanak Dev University Vice-Chancellor Dr S.P. Singh appointed Mr Derick Engles, reader in electronics technology, Dr Sudha Rani, reader in Hindi and Dr Hardeep Singh, reader in computer science and engineering as heads of their respective departments with effect from Thursday for three years. Dr Subhash Chander Sharma, reader in laws at the university’s regional campus, Ladhewali, Jalandhar, has been appointed head of the Law Department there for the same period.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among citizens here against the Punjab State Electricity Board, for frequent power cuts. People said here on Thursday that Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had announced in March that electricity supply would be made normal after June 30, 2004, but this has not materialised.

Chhabeel induced unconsciousness: Four members of a family from Jalandhar became unconscious after consuming sweet water from a ‘chhabeel’ near Adampur. They were going to Dera Baba Rudru, Una (HP), on Thursday. All of them, Ashvani Sharma (45), his wife Kanchan (40), son Gaurav (19) and daughter Sheena (14), were admitted to the Civil Hospital here.

CASE SOLVED: The police here has solved the murder case of Teju Ram of Talwandi Chaudhrian in Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision. Mr S.K. Asthana, SSP, said on Thursday the accused, Gurdip Singh, alias Kali, had confessed to the murder and was now in custody. Gurdip stated that he had killed Teju Ram in a feud over a pond.

Sewing centre
: The Manav Nishkam Seva Kendra, a social organisation, has recently opened a new sewing centre for girls at Phullanwal. The centre will be housed in the local government school and will be run with the help of villagers. It was inaugurated by Mr Prithpal Singh Pali, president, Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran, Field Ganj, Ludhiana.

Anniversary: The first death anniversary of Giani Bhagat Singh, member, SGPC, and president, Ramgarhia Educational Council, who died on August 11, 2003, is being held at the Baba Gurmukh Singh Hall, Ramgarhia Educational Complex, on July 4.

Yoga camp: Swami Taran Bharti will hold a free yoga camp at the Prachin Mandir Sidh Baba Balak Nagar Temple, from July 2 to 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

RALLIES BY ENGINEERS: The Council of Junior Engineers will organise rallies in all subdivisions on July 7 and dharnas in front of divisions’ offices on July 8 to demand the cancellation of a case registered against Junior Engineer Jarnail Singh booked for an accident in which two persons were killed when a transformer was burnt at Akalsar Chowk here in May.

ARRESTED: The Vigilance Bureau arrested Baldev Chand, Assistant Branch Manager, Agricultural Development Bank, Balachaur, when he was accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from Mr Kulwinder Singh of Lohat village on Thursday. Ms Rajinder Kaur, mother of Mr Kulwinder Singh, had alleged that Baldev Chand had been demanding bribe for clearing her loan for a tubewell.

BSP MEETING: BSP workers will organise a meeting here on July 4 to protest against the expulsion of senior party leaders, Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, former MP, Mr Shingara Ram Shahungra, former MLA and Mr Devi Dass Nahar, the state BSP president, Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri and the in charge of state BSP affairs.

NOMINATED: Lt-Col Jernail Singh (retd) has been nominated vice-president of the Zila Sainik Board, Nawanshahr, by the Director, Sainik Welfare, Punjab.

MEETING: A quarterly meeting of a sub-committee of Family Counselling Centre was held at the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), here on Thursday. The meeting was presided over by the ADC (Development), Mr Jagwant Singh Brar. While appreciating the efforts made by the centre, Mr Brar said there was a need for the publicity of the centre at the village level. Among others present at the meeting were the general secretary of the Progressive Youth Forum, Mr Rawel Singh Bhinder, and the in charge of the Punjab Police Women Cell, Patiala, Ms Triput Kaur.

AWARENESS CAMP: The District Red Cross Society in collaboration with the traffic police and the road safety education cell organised an awareness camp at the Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology, near here, on Friday. As many as 150 students participated. speaking on the occasion, the principal of the institute said there was a need to spread awareness among people regarding first aid, drug abuse, AIDS and traffic rules. 

REMAND: A local court on Friday extended the police remand of Iqbal Singh, accused in a murder case of his sister and her lover, for another five days. The court extended the remand as the police is yet to recover the weapons and vehicle used by him in the murder. 

ARRESTED: The municipal corporation arrested a person evading octroi near the bus stand here on Friday. The octroi in charge, Mr Jasbir Singh, caught a person carrying eight television sets in a trolley without paying the octroi fee. Mr Jasbir recovered Rs 31,500 against the actual fee of Rs 1500 from the culprit.

HONOURED: The Hindustan Art and Cultural Society has honoured Dr Jagmail Singh, a scholar, with a role of honour certificate and a cash prize of Rs 11,000. The general secretary of the society, Mr Balwinder Singh Talwandi, said Dr Jagmail Singh had completed his Ph.d on various compositions of famous scholars.

CHARGE TAKEN: Dr V.K. Sharma joined as Principal of the local Multani Mal Modi College here on Friday. He has also been a member of Senate, Syndicate and College Development Council, Guru Nanak Dev University.

INAUGURATED: The Punjabi University authorities on Friday opened a canteen in the enquiry and information centre at the main gate of the university to facilitate admission seekers. The canteen was inaugurated by Dr S.P.S. Virdi, Dean, Academic Affairs. Dr Param Bakhshish Singh, Registrar, released a brochure.



REPATRIATED: A senior administrative officer of the PGI, Mr S.K. Jindal, has been repatriated to his parent department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, New Delhi, on the completion of his five-year term here. Mr Jindal was on deputation in the PGI since June 21, 1999. He was given a warm send-off by PGI’s senior officials, including the Director, Prof K.K. Talwar, who lauded Mr Jindal’s contribution to the institute.

BLOOD CAMP: As many as 133 units of blood were collected at a blood donation camp organised by the State Bank of India, Chandigarh, here on Friday. The camp was inaugurated by the General Manager of the SBI, Mr Anup Banerji. A team of doctors from the Department of Transfusion Medicine collected the blood at the camp.

EYE CAMP: More than 150 employees of the SBI, Sector 17, here pledged to donate their eyes on the occasion of the circle’s establishment day on Friday. As a gesture of goodwill towards pensioners, the SBI also organised an eye check-up camp, which was attended by more than 150 persons.

CAMPAIGN: The Jan Shikhan Sansthan, Chandigarh, started an awareness campaign against water-borne diseases in slum areas of the UT on Friday, which was attended by more than 300 persons. The campaign was conducted in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, and the Adult Education Department, UT.

DENTAL CLINIC: Oral hygiene should be spread and eating habits should be changed for dental care, said a Member Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, while inaugurating Dr Vivek Bhalla’s Chandigarh Dental Clinic at Sector 40 here on Friday.

Felicitated: The committee of Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Bapu Dham, Sector 26, felicitated Jathedar Gurpartap Singh Riar on Thursday. He claimed that after being elected, he would start a public school at affordable fees.

Meeting: A meeting was held by the Mohalla Welfare and Mahila Mandal Committee, under the chairmanship of Mr Rakesh Kumar, president, here on Friday. A memorandum was presented by members to the executive engineer (Sector 16) regarding the bad condition of roofs in 26 houses.

Free education: The New Public School in association with Rotary Chandigarh Central and Education Department has launched a programme to educate underprivileged children. The programme aims at providing free education to children who are not able to study due to some reason. The classes will be held at the school in Sector 18 from July 15.

Honoured: To mark State Bank Day, the Sector 7, Sector 17 and Sector 34 branches of the bank organised a function to honour 45 students of Class XII from various schools in Chandigarh. Mr R.R. Pujari, Deputy General Manager of the bank’s zonal office, was the chief guest. 

Date extended: Government College, Sector 11, has extended the last date to submit forms in M.Sc. (Information Technology (part-I) and MA I, II (English). The students can submit the forms by July 5 and appear for interview the same day.

HAILED: The local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal, led by Mr N.S. Minhas, on Friday hailed the announcement by the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at Ludhiana with regard to the expulsion of Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, a UT Akali leader, from the party for his alleged “anti-party activities.” In a statement issued here, Mr Minhas said the decision to expel Mr Riar from the Akali Dal was rather late. In the ongoing SGPC poll, he had stood as a rebel candidate against the official candidate, Mr Amarinder Singh, leaving the party leadership with no choice but to act against him.

MEDICATION CAMP: The Vishwa Jagriti Mission, kothi number 22, Sector 4, Panchkula, will organise a meditation camp and Bhakti Satsang on July 4 at Shiv Ashram Nadha village, Morni Road, from 7.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Acharyas and yoga experts from New Delhi will conduct the meditation camp.

MEETING: Kavita Kendra, Sector 9, will hold its monthly gathering at the Red Cross Society in Sector 16 on July 4 at 3.30 p.m. General secretary Karam Singh said the writers would interact with ghazal singer Harnam Bhalla. Gurcharan Singh Saki will give information about the literature and life journey of Harnam Bhalla. A poetic session will also be held in which many artists will present their ghazals and songs.



INAUGURATED: Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, inaugurated buildings of Civil Lines police station and a government primary school in Sector 16 here on Thursday. Regarding a sports university at Jind, Mr Chautala informed that it would come up even without the Centre’s assistance.

DEMONSTRATION: A large number of residents, including women, staged a dharna in front of the office of the SDO, Public Health Department, in the Model Town area on Friday. They were protesting against the erratic supply of drinking water in Bhagaupura and other parts of the city. They also demanded immediate suspension of officials responsible for the water crisis.

THEFTS: Three cases of thefts were reported from Munyari village, 15 km from here, on Thursday. Thieves broke open the locks and entered the houses of Mr Prem of Nodia, Mr Rama Shankar of Siwan (Bihar) and Mr Siyaram and decamped with household goods worth several thousand rupees. A case has been registered in this regard.

RAIDED: The local police raided the hideouts of two businessmen, Raju Madan and Mohan Madan, on Friday for arresting them in a case of cheating and fraud. According to a report, a bank in Rajasthan had lodged an FIR with the police alleging that they had received the loan for a car but the amount had been utilised for other purpose. Officials of the Crime Branch of the Haryana police, Madhuban (Karnal), also raided residences of both businessmen in Sector 15 on Saturday but nothing objectionable was found.


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