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Amritsar
ELECTED: Mr Ajaypal Singh Gandiwind has been unanimously elected president of the Guru Nanak Dev University unit of the students’ cell of the Folklore Research Academy here. The others who have been nominated include Mr Sanwarpreet Singh Mann as senior vice-president, Mr Amarpreet Singh Gumtala , Mr Gurjit Singh Pannu and Mr Amarpreet Singh as vice-presidents, Mr Mandip Singh as secretary-general, and Mr Jaspal Singh Billa, Mr Rajinder Singh Bai, and Mr Baljinder Singh Billu as general secretaries.

Kharar
MEDICAL CAMP: A three-day free medical camp, organised by the Dr Ambedkar Electropathy Medical College and Hospital, concluded here on Monday. Nearly 500 patients were examined by a team of four doctores — Dr R.S. Bangar, Dr Baljit Kaur Virk, Dr Anju Sharma and Dr Jasbir Singh. Free medicines were distributed to the needy.

LUDHIANA
PUNJAB CHAUKIDARS UNION: A meeting of the village Chaukidars was held here on Monday in the Tehsil Complex under the presidentship of Mr Sarup Singh, district general secretary of the Punjab Chaukidara Union. Addressing the gathering, Mr Sarup Singh, district general secretary, and Mr Gian Singh Punian, tehsil president, thanked the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for the enhancement of their salaries from Rs 400 to Rs 600. They, however, regretted that they had not been paid their salaries for the past five months. Later they submitted a memorandum to the Tehsildar in this regard.

TEHSILDAR: Ms Balraj Kaur Grewal joined as Tehsildar here on Monday in place of Mr Surinder Singh Chana, who has been transferred to Khamanon. Earlier, Ms Grewal was posted at Khamanon.

NEW BDO: Mr Gur Netar Singh has taken over as the Block Development and Panchayat Officer in place of Mr Darshan Singh, who has been transferred to Noorpur Bedi. Earlier, Mr Gurnetar Singh was posted at the Dehlon Block.

Pathankot
LAUNCHED: The President of the local Municipal Council, Mr Sarwan Kumar, launched a drive ‘‘Green city clean city’’ and planted more than 50 plants at Shimla Park here on Sunday. Later, Mr Sarwan said the MC had chalked out a comprehensive plan for the beautification of the town and a special provision was sanctioned for the purpose. Mr Sarwan said any complaint about the sanitation of the town would be dealt on a priority.

AWARENESS CAMP: The 2 Guards (1 Grenadiers) conducted a hepatitis B awareness camp here on Sunday. Mrs Harminder D. Singh, president of the Army Wives Welfare Association, 16 Armoured Brigade, inaugurated the camp. In the drive, the first dose was administrated to 560 adults and 140 children.

VIGYAN RAIL: Mr Harjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, inaugurated a science exhibition on wheels at the railway station here on Friday. Mr Surinder Puri, one of the organisers, said Vigyan Rail had completed 53 destinations till now. Vigyan Parsar and the Ministry of Railways jointly took up this prestigious project. The science train comprises 19 coaches, of which 12 are carrying science exhibition which tell about the achievements of India in various fields of science and technology since Independence.

AWARDED: A local resident, Ms Bandna Aul, has bagged the prestigious follow-up award for her project, ‘‘Ecology and Conservation of the Nicobar fox (Pteropus faunulus)’’. She said the project would commence in November, 2004, and would continue till October, 2006, in the Central Nicobar. Internationally accepted and recognised this project will be effective in collecting information about this rare and endemic bat and in ensuring its long-term survivals.

Patiala
HONOURED: The Patiala Social Welfare Society has honoured students of Budha Dal Public School and the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology for their achievement and performance at NASA. Speaking on the occasion, the president of the society, Mr Vijay Kumar Goyal, appreciated the work done by the students and said they have made the city proud.

EXHIBITION: A social science exhibition-cum-competition among nine Kendriya Vidyalayas was inaugurated at KV No 1 here on Monday. As many as 200 students participated in the competition.

TRIBUTES PAID: The District Congress Committee (Urban), Patiala, organised a function to pay tributes to our national heroes on this historic day, when Quit India movement was launched by the Indian National Congress. Speaking on the occasion, the president of the committee, Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, said Punjab has achieved distinction in investment scenario, infrastructure, consumer market and agriculture fields under the guidance of the state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

CONDEMNED: The Punjab State Senior PCMS Doctor Forum on Monday has condemned the action against the SMO, Civil Hospital, Bathinda, and others by registering an FIR for negligence without verifying the facts. The forum added that the case should have been referred to a committee to probe into the entire issue. The action of the SDM is a clear violation of the recent Supreme Court ruling for negligence against doctors. The forum demanded immediate quashing of FIR and inquiry by a committee authorised by the government.

Tarn Taran
CASE REGISTERED: Sukhdev Singh, husband, Piara Singh, father-in-law, and Narinder Kaur, mother-in-law of Sharanjit Kaur (28), all residents of Lalpur village, 12 km from here, have been booked under Sections 498A, 406 of the IPC by the Goindwal police for demanding dowry. The police has registered a case on a complaint of Sajjan Singh of Dhunda village who had alleged that the in-laws of his daughter demanded a Maruti car.

BOOKED: A former municipal councillor, Narinder Kumar alias Nindi, and his accomplice Faqir Singh have been booked under Sections 353, 186, 189, 509 of the IPC on a complaint of Mr Jatinder Kumar Sood, President of the local Municipal Council. Police sources said Narinder Kumar and Faqir Singh had threatened and prevented Mr Sood from expressing his views when the latter was addressing a public meeting.

Zirakpur
TRIP: Thirty-eight students of St. Soldier Senior Secondary School, Dhakauli, participated in a cycle trip to the Morni Hills yesterday. Dr Sanjeev Mainra, Principal, flagged off the cyclist who covered a distance of 30 km to reach the Morni Hills.

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CHANDIGARH

MOHALI
SNAKE SIGHTED: Panic spread among employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board’s local substation when a snake was sighted. The snake was sighted on a tree at the board’s substation in Industrial Area, Phase I, here. A fire brigade was called. Fire officers removed the snake from the tree and killed it with sticks.

WATER SAMPLES: A team of health officials from Ropar visited the Phase IX industrial area here and collected water samples from various houses and establishments. The samples were collected for testing whether the water being used for drinking purposes in the area was potable or not.

PANCHKULA
FUNCTION: The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam P. Kasni, has said that teachers have a pivotal role in shaping the personality and character of the students. She was addressing teachers at a function organised by the Haryana School Education Board in Sector 7 today. She also lauded the efforts made by the board in curbing copying during examinations.

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HARYANA

Fatehabad
ATTACKED: A man seriously injured his wife with a knife at his Ashok Nagar residence here on Friday. The woman has been admitted to the local General Hospital. According to reports, the victim, Ram Devi, was married to Mastana, a labourer and a resident of the Ashok Nagar locality. Mastana allegedly came to his residence in a drunken condition and the couple had an altercation after which Mastana attacked his wife repeatedly with a knife.

Sonepat
PROTEST: The residents of Rajinder Nagar, Rishi Nagar, Kalyan Nagar and Batra Colony on Monday protested against the supply of contaminated drinking water by the Public Health Department. According to a report, Mr Vidhya Dhar, Deputy Commissioner, has directed the officials of the Health Department to take samples of water supplied to the residents of these colonies.

INJURED: Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Pritampura village, was seriously injured when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle on the GT Road near Rasoi village, about 15 km from here, on Monday. He was hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. The police has registered a case. In another incident, a motorcyclist, Joginder, was injured when he lost control over the vehicle near Nathupur village, 16 km from here, on Monday. He was admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

OVERTURNED: Three persons were injured when a three-wheeler overturned on the Sonepat-Meerut road near Khewra village, 13 km from here, on Monday. The injured persons include Ramesh and Suresh, both belonged to Baghpat (UP). The injured were hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Bilaspur
VANAMAHOTSVA: Inaugurating the Vanamahotsva at Barsandh village in the Geharwin Assembly constituency, about 40 km from here, on Sunday, Forest Minister Ramlal Thakur said Bilaspur forest division had been brought under the “national afforestation programme” which was being implemented in the Suhanghat forest range in Bilaspur district through 50 Forest Development Committees. He said Rs 1.15 crore would be spent on the programme within the next three years and it would spread to 1500 hectares.

Kumarhatti
SEIZED: Acting on a tip- off, the Ramshehr police led by its SHO raided a meat shop at Badu Road near Ramshehr and seized 6-kg meat of boar. The shop owner, Chajju Ram, has been booked under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act. 

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