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TRAFFIC BLOCKED: Led by the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU), students of S. D. College, Barnala, blocked vehicular traffic at local Courts Chowk on Friday to protest against the alleged highhandedness of private bus transporters. Stating this, Jaswant Jassa, president, PRSU, SD College, Barnala unit, alleged that the transporters indulged in beating and misbehaving with students travelling in their buses. He demanded that cases registered against college students of Mansa should be withdrawn.

LAUNCHED: “Clean Barnala, Green Barnala”, a drive of the Barnala police and district administration, was launched at the local Courts Complex by Deputy Commissioner Husan Lal here on Friday. While launching the drive on Vanamahotsava Day, Mr Lal said 2.5 lakh saplings would be planted as a part of the drive in the district.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been unanimously elected office-bearers of the Barnala Chartered Accountants Tax Association: president — Mr Balraj Singla; secretary — Mr Pardeep Goyal; and treasurer — Mr Rahul Dev Garg.

FOUND DEAD: Kulwinder Kaur (19), daughter of Mr Satpal of Jhanjowal, has lost her life allegedly on account of her love affair with Balwinder Singh, son of Mr Gurmesh Singh of the same village. Her body was recovered from a well on Thursday. It is stated that when Kulwinder went to meet Balwinder at his house on Wednesday, a clash took place between their families resulting in her death. The Mahilpur police has registered a case under Sections 302, 324, 323 and 34 of the IPC.

ARRESTED: Iqbal Singh, alias Sodhi, son of Mr Mohan Singh of Khun-Khun Kalan, was arrested by the Tanda police under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC on the charge of murdering Bhavneet Singh (17), son of Mr Devinder Singh of Japani Colony, Dasuya.

COUNCILLOR ON FAST: Unhappy with sanitation, sewerage, light, roads, water, Mr Parshotam Lal Khalifa, a municipal councillor and Chairman Punjab State Khadi Board, is sitting of fast since September 02, 2004 and it has entered the third day on Saturday. Mr Labh Singh Ahluwalia, Chairman, Punjab Agro Food Corporation on Saturday approached Mr Khalifa and tried to persuade him to break his fast on the assurance that he will take the matter to Mr Hanspal, President State Congress Committee but, Mr Khalifa refused to accede.

INAUGURATED: Mr G.S. Zulka, General Manager (Telephones), Ludhiana on Saturday inaugurated a new cash counter in Heera Bagh Jagraon for the cash deposit by telephone consumers to make it for them easy not to travel long for the deposits of the amounts against the telephones bills. Mr Zulka declared that land line to mobile service shall now be counted for 60 seconds instead of prevailing 30 seconds from September 10.

GM RALLY: To mark first anniversary of the introduction of the Chevrolet brand in India, General Motors on Saturday organised a Ludhiana-Shimla Chevrolet Optra Max Mileage Rally, as a part of series of special activities by the company across the country under the Chevy banner, ‘For a Special Journey Called Life’. Mr Rajeev Agrawal, GM, flagged off the rally.

RELIEF FOR WIDOWS: Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha, in collaboration with Lala Jagat Narayan Nishkam Sewa Sangh, will organise 85th monthly widow pension function on September 12 at the Subhani Building chowk near the Gyan Sthal Mandir, Mr A.A. Siddiqui, DGP, Punjab, will preside over it. As many as 651 widows of the town would be given relief in the form of ration and other household items.

HERNIA CAMP: A two-days free hernia check up camp was organised at a hospital in Doraha in this district where more than 150 patients were examined. Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu, said that hernia was a common surgically treatable disease. If treated in time, there was very quick recovery without any deformity.

Cassette released: Tere Charno Mein Banke Bihari a cassette of hymns released in the city here on Friday. The cassette has songs in praise of Radha and Krishna by singer Mendiratta. Anup Jalota has introduced the singer. The cassette has four bhajans on each side.

PROTEST: The district unit of the Punjab Students Union (PSU), as part of its state-wide strike call, organised a rally and took out a protest march against the alleged callous attitude of the private transporters and the government towards the student community, here on Friday. An effigy of the Transport Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, was also burnt during the protest.

SUICIDE: Harneelam (30), son of Mr Santokh Singh Fauji of Mukandpur, about 25 km from here, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison on Friday. The police has registered a case.

FUNDS RELEASED: The Punjab Infrastructure Development Board has released a sum of Rs 1.23 crore for the construction of the local bus stand, said Mr Ashok Sharma, an official, at a meeting of officers of the Punjab Roadways on Friday. He said the government had agreed to release another Rs 2.33 crore within three months.

WORKSHOP: A two-day workshop on lifestyle education and personality began at Multani Mal Modi College here on Saturday. The Dean Academic Affairs, Punjabi University, Dr S.P.S Virdi, was the chief guest on the occasion. He said the objective of the workshop was to make students self-confident and disciplined, besides making them capable of facing the challenges in life. The Principal of the college, Dr V.K. Sharma, welcomed the guest. While Dr Rajeev Sharma and S.M.K. spoke on ‘The art of living’ and ‘Lifestyle education’, respectively.

TEACHERS’ DAY: Jasdev Singh Sandhu College of Education organised a function to mark Teachers’ Day here on Saturday. The function was presided over by chairperson Anupinder Kaur Sandhu. Dr Rajinder Pal Kaur Sidhu spoke on the role and status of teachers in Indian society. Principal of the school Bhupinder Sandhu proposed a vote of thanks.

WINNERS: Students of New Era Public School have won the first prize in the senior group dance (bhangra) conducted by the Rashtriya Jyoti Kala Manch, Boogie-Woogie here recently.

VANAMAHOTSAVA: The local Government Bikram College of Commerce, in association with the State Bank of Patiala, organised vanamahotsava function to mark Teachers’ Day. Principal of the college Harinder Kaur urged the students to contribute maximum in making the environment pollution-free.

FUNCTION: The Lions Club, Patiala Central, organised an installation function here on Saturday. Mr Balbir Singh, Mr H.S. Sethi and Mr Iqbal Sabharwal were installed president, secretary and treasurer, respectively. The Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Mr Rajesh Tripathi, was the chief guest at the function.

FUNCTION: Government Senior Secondary School, Lachkani, organised a function to mark teachers’ day here on Saturday. The Principal of the School, Ms Veena Behal, presided over the function. Students presented a cultural programme expressing their gratitude towards their teachers.

LOOTED: Four armed robbers struck at the house of an NRI, Ms Jasbir Kaur, and looted 17 tolas of gold ornaments besides other valuables at gun point in Pharwala village on Friday. The victim, who had returned from the USA a few days ago, alleged that the police was informed immediately, but no action had been taken.

Lawyers strike
: Mr Parminder Singh Gill general secretary, PPCC (Legal Cell), said here that the lathi charge on advocates in Lucknow by the police was highly condemnable and unprecedented in India. Mr Gill demanded that the UP government should take legal action against the erring policemen. The local Bar Association here observed strike here today.

Camp for animals: A check up camp for animals was organised at Shorian village, 15 km from here under the supervision of Dr Amarjit Singh, Senior Veterinary Officer, Samrala, today in which 152 animals were also given medicine by the department free of costs and 27 samples were also taken by the team of doctors. The samples were sent to the State Veterinary Laboratory at Jalandhar for further investigating, Mr Paramjeet Singh added.

Goodwill for BKU leader: The activists of the Bharartiya Kisan Union attended Ardas and prayed for the better health of Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary, at Manji Sahib Gurdwara on Saturday under the leadership of Mr Mewa Singh Sihala, press secretary, of Distt Bharatiya Kisan Union. Mr Rajewal is under treatment at Delhi Escort Hospital, for bypass surgery for the past 10 days, Mr Mewa Singh added.


HONOURED: City-based artist, Mr Manoj Kumar Sharda, was honoured for his contribution in the field of art and education by Rotary Club Chandigarh, Himalayan Ranges by their District Governor Parmod Vij. He was awarded with cash Rs 2100, a trophy and appreciation letter on Friday. Mr Manoj is a lecturer in Government Model Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 8.

Animal check-up camp: An animal check-up camp was organised on Saturday at Khuda Lahora village by the Youth Welfare Association on behalf of The Art of Living Foundation (Chandigarh chapter). Around 125 animals were treated for various surgical and medical disorders by a team of veterinary specialists, including Dr Pirthi Sharma, Dr Ravinder and Dr Ashwani. Medicines free of cost were also distributed on the occasion.

Freshers’ party: A freshers’ party was organised by the Department of Vocational Studies of the Government College, Sector 46, here on Saturday. The programme began with an address by the Head of the Department of Vocational Studies, Ms Deepshikha. It was followed by a bonanza of entertaining items, including dance, songs and poems. The function concluded with a speech by the chief guest, the Principal of the college, Dr A.N. Garg.


INAUGURATED: Mr Dev Raj Batra, president of the local Manohar Memorial Education Society, inaugurated the M.M. College of Education on the premises of the local MM College here on Saturday. Prominent persons of the town, including MLA Swatantra Bala Chowdhary, Chairman of the Improvement Trust, Fatehabad, Atam Parkash Batra, Dr K.K. Arora, Principal of M.M. College, Fatehabad, Mr Vinod Mehta were present on this occasion.

HONOURED: Dr Ashok Garg, Medical Director of Garg Eye Institute and Research Centre, has been awarded a gold medal by the International Academy of Ophthalmology at the fifth International Conference of Eye Advances organised in Mumbai. Dr Garg’s new book, ‘Advances in Ophthalmology’, was also released at the conference by Mr Vijay Tarda, Cabinet Minister, Maharashtra, who was the chief guest on the occasion.

THREATENED: Panic prevailed on the premises of the judicial complex here on Friday following the beating up of one person, Anil, who was threatening the eye-witnesses in the murder case which came up for hearing in the judicial court. He had been released on bail about five months ago by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

SHOPKEEPER FINED: Officials of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam imposed a fine of Rs 62,000 on the owner of a tailoring shop on the charge of installing an electricity meter without registration here on Friday.

MOBILE TOWERS: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has decided to instal new towers at Nahra, Farmana, Rai and Bari villages for releasing the connections of the mobile telephones.

KILLED: One person was killed and two others were injured when a Tata canter dashed against a tree along the GT Road near Rai village, about 13 km from here, on Friday.

HURT: Two youths, Monu and Pawan, were seriously injured when they fell from a running train near the railway station here on Friday. Both the injured youths were rushed to the Civil Hospital from where they were referred to PGIMS at Rohtak.

LOOTING ATTEMPT: About 12 armed miscreants made an attempt to loot a liquor vend on the GT Road near the police post of Ganaur, about 25 km from here, on Friday.

KILLED: Savitri (60) was hit and killed by a car on the G.T. Road near Kundli village, about 25 km from here, on Saturday. The police has registered a case and sent the body for the postmortem examination. The victim belonged to West Bengal and along with other devotees was going to Kurukshetra for a holy dip.


GRIEVANCES CELL: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has declared that a special security wing for journalists will be created in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat in the Public Grievances Cell under his direct supervision to ensure immediate action on any complaint of misbehaviour and assault on journalists. He was speaking to a deputation of the Himachal Pradesh State Journalists Federation led by its president Jai Kumar on Thursday.

KV STUDENT: Sheena Kashkari, a Class XI student of Kendriya Vidyalaya of Dharamsala, has bagged the third position in the national-level KVS National Social Science Exhibition, 2004, at Jaipur. Ms Manjoo Sehgal, Principal, Kendriya Vidyalaya, said Sheena represented the Jammu region in the English elocution competition. She said the Jammu region comprised Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

LAUNCHED: The district administration on September 1 launched a mid-day meal scheme which will cover more than 80,000 children enrolled in over 1772 government primary schools in the district. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ali Raza Rizi, is personally supervising the scheme. “Mahila mandal and aganwadi workers will be hired where there is a shortage of the staff for the purpose”, he said.

SCHOOL TIMINGS: The Himachal Pradesh Board of School
Education enforced new school timings from September 1 which has invoked widespread criticism among parents of the school-going kids in government as well as private schools. The board has fixed the school opening and closing timings at 10 am and 4 pm, respectively.

ARRESTED: The Jawali police on Friday arrested Chain Singh, Vijay Kumar and Bishan Singh on the charge of attempt to rape a widow at Tahra village in Fatehpur tehsil. According to the police, the accused entered the house of a widow and made an unsuccessful attempt to rape her. They fled when the woman raised the alarm. The police has lodged an FIR under Sections 452,354 and 506 of the IPC.

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