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SELECTED: Dr Vikas Gupta, lecturer in the Department of Biotechnology, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, has been selected to attend a workshop titled Application of advanced molecular methods for the diagnosis of human genetic diseases to be held in Teheran from September 13 to 17.

RALLY: On a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), teachers of various colleges here headed by Prof H S Walia, vice-president, PCCTU, organised protest rallies at DAV College against anti-teacher policies of the government.

COURSE: A specialised training course in agriculture for Army personnel started at Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the Regional Research Station of PAU here on Monday.

CONDEMNED: Mr Baldev Sharma, district secretary, Punjab State Pharmacist Association, has said instead of holding out a threat to privatise the Bathinda Civil Hospital, the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, should fill the vacant posts and provide the latest equipment and medicines to the hospital.

SCHEME: To encourage female birth, the Aggarwal Hospital and School of Nursing, Guruharsahai, will donate Rs 5,100 every month to a female child. For this a draw of lots would be held for all girls born in the hospital in a month. There would be a grand draw after one year to select three girls for donations of Rs 51,000, Rs 31,000 and Rs 21,000.

ELECTED: Mr Sanjiv Kumar Sharma, vice-president, Municipal Engineers Association, Ludhiana, has said Mr Hakam Singh and Mr Sunil Sharma have been elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the association. Mr Deepak Kochhar, Mr Arvind Kumar, Mr Raman Kansal, Mr Suresh Kumar and Mr M.P.S. Bedi have been elected executive members. 

CEREMONY: Dr Ashok Puri and members of the Lions Club at a ceremony held at Lions Bhavan on Wednesday installed Dr Pradeep Kapur and his board of directors. Mr Jaswant Rai Garg, district governor, 321-F, was the chief guest, while Mr K.S. Sohal, vice-district governor, was guest of honour. Eleven girl students who had scored more than 80 per cent marks were awarded scholarship at the function.

Scheme: Addressing mediapersons at a function organised to present an award to a city resident under a campaign, Mr Suresh C. Munjal, Managing Director (Marketing), said the company had started exporting bicycles to Japan. The company is already exporting to 89 countries, including the USA. The scheme is on till October 30. The company has earmarked a budget of Rs 5.5 crore for promotional campaigns, he said.

PENSION: Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir, near Subhani Building, will hold its monthly widow pension distribution programme on September 12 on its premises, according to a press note. The note said prior to the start of the distribution of ration and other household items among widows, a session of sermons would also be held. Parkashanand Maharaj, Swami Chinmayanand and Swami Rameshwaranand will deliver the discourse.

INSTALLED: An idol of Lord Ganesha was installed at Kali Mata Mandir, Rishi Nagar, Haibowal, on Wednesday. A pooja was performed by Pandit Himanshu, the head priest of Shiva Mandir in Upkar Nagar. A “langar” was also held.

YAJNA: A Laxmi-Vishnu yajna will be performed by the Shri Gayatri Jan Kalyan Samiti on October 15 in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar , according to a spokesman of the samiti.

FESTIVAL: The Baba Ganpati Sewa Sangh, led by Mr Harish Bedi, is making preparations to hold Ganpati Mahotsav from September 18 to 27 at Janak Puri. Mr Harish Bedi said the sangh was making preparations to hold the festival on a bigger scale this year. More than a hundred Ganesha idols would be worshiped for 10 days before the idols are taken out in a shobha yatra on September 27 and immersed in the Sutlej near Phillaur.

ELECTORAL ROLLS: The electoral rolls of Banga, Nawanshahr and Balachaur Assembly segments would be revised from September 15 to October 15.Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, said this in a press note here on Thursday.

DISPENSARY: The Canada-India Education Society, Vancouver, which has been helping the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kalan, in running a primary healthcare project for the welfare of rural people, will soon launch a mobile dispensary facility at Guru Nanak Mission Hospital here. Dr Budh Singh Dhahan, founder president of the trust, said this here on Wednesday.

DHARNA: Teachers of the government-aided colleges, on a call given by the PCCTU, held dharnas on Wednesday to protest against the indifferent attitude of the state government towards their genuine demands. The teachers have not received their salaries for the past many months. Mr Vinay Saphat, district president, PCCTU, in a press note threatened to intensify the stir if the arrear and salary bills were not released.

STRIKE: The District Bar Association observed a strike and staged a dharna here on Thursday to protest against the lathi charge on lawyers by the police in Lucknow.

HAVAN: The Dayanand College of Education for Women organised a yajna in connection with the Teachers’ Day celebrations on the college campus on Thursday.

SBP camp: A free dental check-up and awareness camp was organised at the State Bank of Patiala for account holders and staff of the branch here on Thursday. Dr Ishita Gupta examined the patients and educated them regarding the importance of oral health care. Assistant General Manager A.S. Bhatia said the camp was organised under the Community Service Programme of the bank.

programme: The SOS Children’s Village, Rajpura, organised a “Young Ambassadors” programme at Guru Nanak Foundation School here on Wednesday. The school authorities handed over a collection of Rs 1.25 lakh which they collected by way of donation to SOS officials.

Literacy Day celebrated: Punjab College of Education, Raipur, organised a function to mark the occasion of World Literacy Day here on Thursday. Students of B.Ed. course along with faculty members of the college led by Director-Principal of the college Agyajit Singh visited the Dhayai Basti in the Bahadurgarh village and conducted the adult literacy survey in the slum area of the Basti. According to the survey 64 per cent of the adult women were illiterate.

LECTURE: The local Khalsa College organised an extension lecture on the topic “Communication skills and personality development” on the college campus here on Thursday. Mr Sukhwinder Singh, Executive Director, Scientology, was the main speaker on the occasion. 

LITERACY DAY: Jasdev Singh Sandhu College of Education organised a lecture on the topic “Need of literacy for the economic development of the nation” to mark the occasion of World Literacy Day here on Thursday. The former Head of Department of Education, Punjabi University, Dr T.S. Sodhi, was the chief guest on the occasion.

FOUNDATION DAY: The Bank of India organised a function to mark the occasion of its 98th foundation day celebrations here on Thursday. Addressing a gathering Chief Manager S.N. Suri spoke about the various schemes and facilities being offered by the bank.

MOURNED: As many as 100 students of Punjabi University gathered in front of Guru Gobind Singh Bhavan and lit candles in memory of those school children who became victims of barbaric act of terrorism in Russia. They also observed two-minute silence in the memory of departed souls.

ELECTED: The following were elected office-bearers of the Arthi Association, Sirhind, unanimously at a meeting held on Thursday. President — Mr Teja Singh Mangat; Vice-President — Mr Joginder Singh; Secretary — Mr Amrik Singh and Cashier — Mr Manjit Singh Virk.

FUNCTION: A function “Ecstasy-the IT junoon” was organised at the local Kamla Nehru College for women on Wednesday. Anu and Sandeep of MSc (I) stood first in the error debugging competition, Priya Paul of BSc (final) stood first in the logic development contest. Harpreet and Prabjot of BSc (II) stood first in the paper presentation, while Deepti and Upneet stood first in the quiz competitions. In the twisted advertisement competition, the first position was bagged by BCA (II), while BCA (final) was declared as the overall winner of the competitions.

SEMINAR: The District Legal Services Authority, Kapurthala, on Wednesday organised a seminar at Rehana Jattan village. Mrs Ramesh Kumari, Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division, Phagwara, presided.

ROBBERY: Two couples decamped with 430 gm of gold jewellery from a jewellery shop on Thursday. The police chased them but they could not be nabbed.

DHARNA: The local Bar Association staged a dharna on the court premises on Thursday and demanded immediate action against the officials responsible for lathi charge on advocates in Lucknow last week.

POPPY HUSK: The police recovered 40 bags of poppy husk and arrested two smugglers, Raja Ram and Ram Dev, both residents of Rajasthan. A case under the Narcotics Act has been registered. 



DEDICATED: The Citizen Association for Relief Education and Service (CARES), has dedicated a school in Dhanas to the memory of the Late Lieut-Col R.K. Singh. The founder of the society, Mrs Shanta R.K. Singh, unveiled the nameplate and paid floral tributes to the portrait of the late Col R.K. Singh. The president of the Inner wheel club, Mrs Malik (chairperson) and Mrs Pushpa Khanna presented 40 children chairs to the school. A dental camp was also held in B.R. Ambedkar Primary School.

HOSPITAL OPENED: A 50-bed hospital established at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force’s establishment at Behlana near the local airport was inaugurated by the force’s Director-General, Mr K.J. Singh, here on Thursday. The hospital has been conceptualised to cater to the needs of all Central police organisations based in the region. 

SURVEY: Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology here has been ranked as the 82nd management institute in the country. According to Cosmode Businessworld survey of these schools in India, GJIMT is the only institute in Punjab to be ranked among the first 100 business institutes in the country. 

DISTRIBUTED: Last month’s heavy downpour had left many students of Government Primary School, Sector 17, without text books and clothes, since most of the students belonged to Rajiv Colony. The Rotary Club, Panchkula, today came to their rescue and after estimating their immediate requirement, the club collected funds and distributed text books worth Rs 4000, and mats for sitting. Mr Parveen Goel, senior vice-president, said that they were collecting Rs 25,000, for distributing uniforms to 81 students of the school. 

Dharna: Members of Itt Bhatta Mazdoor Sangh led by their President, Kashmiri Lal, today staged a dharna at Mini Secretariat, in protest against the poor condition of the labourers employed at the brick-kilns. They demanded that the labourers be given ESI hospital facility, and the insurance scheme announced for them by the state government be implemented at the earliest. Another dharna was staged by the Sarv Karamchari Sangh in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office today. They were protesting against the government over the issue of retrenchment of employees, not granting employment to next of kin of government employees who die, increase in salary of Anganwadi workers. 



BHAI KANHAIYA YATRA: Bhai Kanhaiya Yatra, which is going to Pakistan, passed through Ambala on Wednesday. The yatra had started from Yamunanagar and it will enter Pakistan under the leadership of Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) activists extended a warm welcome to the yatra. Among others, SGPC member Mr Gurdeep Singh, Mr Surjit Singh Niddar, Mr Amarik Singh Barnala, Mr Sant Singh Kandhari, Mr Harpal Singh, Mr Paramjit Singh and Mr Mahinder Singh were present. Siropas were offered to Sant Karamjit Singh, Sant Paramjit Singh and Mr Nishan Singh. Thereafter, the yatra proceeded to Amritsar. 

SAMRAT SHANKAR: Samrat Shankar, a well-known magician, on Thursday told mediapersons on the eve of his performances to be held at Nigar Cinema here that he would raise the height of the rope up to 600 feet. “I have been able to reach 450 feet and I am sure that I will meet the target in the near future,” he said.

WORKERS' MEETING: Members of the Haryana Roadways Workers Union organised a gate meeting at the Hisar depot workshop on Wednesday. The president of the union's local unit, Mr Dalbir Singh Kirmara, alleged that various government departments had been wound up during INLD rule, rendering nearly 20,000 employees jobless.

FREEDOM FIGHTER DEAD: Lajpat Rai Alakhpura (103), a freedom fighter and former MLA of the district, has died. He belonged to Alakhpura village.

: Phona, prime accused in the policeman murder case, was arrested by the police on Wednesday evening. He has reportedly hacked Pradeep Saini, a policeman posted at the Industrial Area police post here, to death and smashed his face with a brick. The police said that a row ensued between them on some issue and Pradeep reportedly rebuked him. This reportedly enraged the accused who attacked him with sharp-edged weapon and then repeatedly hit his face with a brick.



FINED: The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has fined the Sansui company Rs 5,000 and directed its dealer at Bhuntar to provide a new VCD player to a consumer, Para Deepak. The company through an advertisement in a newspaper on January 12, 2003, promised a free VCD player with the purchase of a TV set. He purchased a TVset but the VCD player was not given to him despite his repeated requests.

LAWYERS’ DHARNA: Members of the local Bar Association held a demonstration and stayed away from court work on Wednesday in protest against the thrashing of lawyers in Lucknow by the police on September 3. They sat on dharna in front of Subdivisional Magistrate’s office and gave a memorandum to the SDM demanding action against the police.

POLYTHENE BAGS: The SDM, Mr N.K. Lath on Wednesday conducted a raid at Nagni near here and challaned six shopkeepers for using the banned polythene bags. They were fined for Rs 500 each under Section 8 of the Anti-polythene Act 1995.

COURSE: A three-day course for service providers in dhabas began here on Wednesday. The aim of the training is to instil a sense of hygiene, and etiquette among dhaba staff. The course is conducted by the Institute of Hotel Management, Kufri, under the auspices of the Central Tourism Department.

WORKSHOP: A two-day workshop on “Forest Development Agencies Guidelines Implementation” concluded at Barog on Thursday. It was organised by the regional centre of the National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board, Ministry of Environment and Forest and Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni. Mr M. Narayannapa, Conservator of Forests, Nahan, inaugurated the camp.


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