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BLOOD TESTING: A blood group testing camp was organised by the NSS unit of the Department of Laws, Guru Nanak Dev University, on Tuesday. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated the camp.

AWARDED: Mr Basanta Raj Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer, was awarded on Tuesday with a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and issued an appreciation letter for meritorious service during his tenure as Assistant Conservator of Forests, Patiala (1999-2000). Mr Raj Kumar had unearthed a scam of illegal sale of timber from north-eastern states to Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.

VOTERS’ LISTS: On the orders of the Election Commission, work on the special general revision of the voters’ list in this district was started on Wednesday. Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, said the first publication of the lists of the constituencies falling in this district was done on Wednesday. The claims and objections could be submitted by October 15. He said the last date for publication of the voters’ lists would be January 3.

SAMAROH: A Guru Vandan Chhatter abhinandan samaroh was organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at RBDAV Senior Secondary School here on Wednesday. Various local schools, including Guru Nanak Senior Secondary School, Dashmesh Public Senior Secondary School, DAV Senior Secondary School and Sri Harkishan Public School participated in the function.

Fatehgarh Sahib
CELEBRATIONS: Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, chapter of the Institute of Engineers, has celebrated the 37th Engineer Day to mark the birthday of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. Mr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, presided over the function, while Mr M.K. Dhawan, Chief Engineer, PSEB, was the chief guest. Various contests were organised.

INAUGURATED: Mr G.S. Aujla, Director, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, inaugurated the preliminary training of 778 trainees of Jharkhand Armed Police at the Police Recruits Training Centre, Jahan Khelan, 8 km from here, on Tuesday. He also inaugurated a children’s park and gymnasium.

LOK ADALAT: As many as 220 of the 223 cases were taken up and Rs 46,550 recovered as compounding fee in a Lok Adalat organised at the Civil Courts in Nabha on Wednesday. Two Benches presided over by Mr H.S. Grewal and Mr Balwinder Kumar settled the cases. A legal literacy camp was also organised at Zirakpur under directions of the Punjab Legal Services Authority.

AWARDED: The State Bank of Patiala has been awarded the trophy for “Overall Excellence in Lending to Agriculture Sector” for the year 2003-04 by the Union Finance Minister. Mr A.K. Das, Managing Director, received the trophy.

VISIT: Railways Additional Member, Production Units, S.C. Manchanda and other senior officers visited the Diesel Locomotive Modernisation Works to access the diversification plans being carried out at the unit. Mr A.K. Gupta, Chief Administrative Officer, highlighted various projects being carried out at the unit.

SCHOLARSHIPS: The State Bank of Patiala Ladies Club has given scholarships to 13 girl students of Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School, Model Town. Ms Sukla Das, president of the club, handed over cheques to students.

RE-ELECTED: Mr Sanjeev Kumar has been re-elected president of the Patiala (Urban) Rice Millers Association at a general body meeting.

WORKSHOP: A workshop for the English translation of ‘Mahan Kosh’ (Encyclopaedia of Sikh Literature) by Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha was organised at Punjabi University here on Tuesday. At least 40 scholars participated in the workshop. Dr Dhanwant Kaur, Head of the Department of Development of Punjabi language, said only those scholars were invited who had at least two pages of the encyclopaedia and vetters had found their work satisfactory.

INVITED: Dr Navjot Kaur, Senior Lecturer, Punjab School of Management Studies, Punjabi University, has been invited to present a paper titled “Evaluation of Customer Interrupation Cost for Reliability Planning of Power systems in Developing Economies” at the eighth International Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power systems. It is being organised at Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Iowa, USA, from September 12 to 16.

HONOURED: The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) honoured Mr Vijay Kumar Chopra, Editor-in-Chief, Hind Samachar group of Newspapers, Jalandhar, for his contribution to the journalism and humanity and Shaheed Privar Fund at the conclusion of the week-long Moorti Sthapna celebrations of the newly-built Sri Krishan Mandir, Kusht Ashram, in Dr Kushdeva Singh Colony, here on Monday.

PROTEST MARCH: BSP workers of the district took out a protest march on Tuesday from the Ambedkar chowk to the office of the Deputy Commissioner. They held a dharna and burnt the effigy of the owner/Editor of a Hindi daily, to protest against “derogatory” words used in the newspaper against the BSP president, Ms Mayawati. They submitted a memorandum to the DC.

VANAMAHOTSAV: The NSS unit of Doaba Arya Senior Secondary School in collaboration with the Doaba Social Welfare Society organised a Vanamahotsav on the school premises here on Tuesday. Mr Swatantra Murgai, Vice-Chancellor, Gurukul Kangri, Haridwar, inaugurated the camp.

PROEST RALLY: The District unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), led by Mr Jagtar Singh Charachon, district president of the party, held a rally in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Tuesday. They were protesting against the publication of an objectionable word in a national daily against the BSP chief, Ms Mayawati. 

BLAST: A blast took place this afternoon in the furnace of a workshop in the main bazar here. The workshop manufactures agricultural implements. A big fire broke out and the roof and the walls of the workshop were blown away. The debris were scattered in an area of one kilometre. The bazar was immediately closed and people started running for shelter. The workers at the workshop had a miraculous escape as they ran away through an opening caused by fall of a wall. The SDM, Mr Baldev Singh, the DSP, Mr Jasveer Singh, the Tehsildar, Ms Balraj Kaur Grewal, along with the police force came to the scene. The fire was controlled within two hours with the help of the local people. 

Tarn Taran
SHOT DEAD: Mangal Singh (35) was shot dead while Sukhdev Singh was injured at Rattoke village, about 25 km here, on Tuesday following a dispute regarding irrigation waters. Wassan Singh of the same village allegedly opened fire on the two. A case has been registered.



MEETING: The Income Tax Department on Wednesday held a meeting with traders of Sector 22-A and B to educate them about filing income tax returns. The traders were informed that the department had computerised filing and processing of IT returns. It was mandatory to mention PAN number while submitting any document with the department, according to a press note.

OPENED: The Indian Institute of Telecom Management IITM opened its centre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Mr Ramesh Agnani, Assistant Director, IITM, inaugurated the centre at a simple function attended, among others, by Mr Naunihal Singh, Director, IITM, Chandigarh. The institute is offering courses designed to cater to the needs of the telecom 

LAUNCHED: Consumer Electronics Company on Wednesday launched television sets, DVD and VCD players, multi-media and home theatre systems in Punjab, Himachal and Chandigarh. Addressing mediapersons here, the Managing Director of the company, Mr Eric Braganza, said the range of products launched included television sets ranging from 14 inch to 29 inch, five models of VCD players, three models of DVD players, two of multi-media system and a 5-speaker home theatre system. The company also plans to increase its product line by adding other home appliances like water coolers and air conditioners to their existing range.

RESENTMENT: Resentment is brewing up in a section of the District Bar Association (DBA) over the alleged harassment of an advocate, Mr Manjit Singh Narial, by a Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate First Class. In fact, with a view to break the impasse, the president of the DBA Association, Mr Sajal Koser, met the District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla on Wednesday. Earlier, Mr Narial had lodged a written complaint with the DBA alleging that the judge had “harassed” him by calling him to the court at least four times in a case, which came up for hearing last week.

: Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, MLA, joined as Chairman on the Board of Directors of Punjab Communication Ltd (Puncom) here on Wednesday. According to Mr J.S. Ghuman, Head, Human Resources and Marketing, the Chairman was received by Mr Viswajeet Khanna, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, and other senior Puncom officials.

CRIME REVIEW MEETING: Various Station House Officers (SHOs) in Mohali have been asked to hold regular meetings with the public to understand their problems and try and solve these. These directions were issued during a crime review meeting held here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of the SP, Mohali, Mr Rakesh Agarwal. Other than the DSP, Mohali, all SHOs of the areas falling under Mohali and Kharar subdivision attended the meeting. The SHOs earlier presented a detailed report of the crimes committed and the action taken in areas falling within their jurisdiction. The SHOs were also instructed to bring incidents of traffic rule violations under control.

PROTEST: Residents of Matour village on Wednesday protested against Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority’s (PUDA) move to demolish public toilets-(sulabh shuachalayas) in the village. Villagers raised slogans against PUDA and the government for trying to deny them this facility. However, according to sources in PUDA the three sulabh shauchalayas in the village were old and in a dilapidated condition and were not being used and were also coming in the way of certain development plans laid down for the area.

EXTENDED: The Punjab State Education Board has extended the last date of admission to matric and senior secondary classes for session 2004-2005 under its open school scheme. According to a press note issued by the board on Wednesday, those interested in taking admission can submit their forms by September 20 after paying a late fee of Rs 200.

CONVENTION: The Haryana Balmiki Mahasabha is organising a three-day National Balmiki Convention here from September 16-19. Over 1,500 delegates of the Balmiki Samaj from all over the country are expected to participate in the convention. This was disclosed by the Chairman of the National Balmiki Mahasabha, and Chairman of Federation of Cooperative Sugar Mills, Mr Banta Ram. Addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday, Mr Banta Ram said the convention would focus on creating awareness about the rights of people of their community.


relief sought
: Mr Om Prakash Malik, vice-chairman of the legal cell of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, has sought compensation for the two persons killed during firing practice in the Raipur Rani firing range. In a communique to the National Human Rights Commission, he has asked for Rs 5 lakh each as relief for the families of the victims. He has said it is the duty of the Army authorities to deploy guards to check the entry of any person in the area when firing practice is on.

gold medallist: Ms Neelam Khanna, yoga teacher at the PKR Jain Senior Secondary Public School, recently won a gold medal at a state-level competition. She had stood first in the age group of above 45 years at a competition in Gurgaon. She had earlier won 12 gold medals, seven silver medals and three bronze medals at state-level and national championships between 1992 and 2004.

TALENT HUNT CONTEST: A talent hunt competition was held at SD College, Ambala Cantt, on Tuesday. College Principal Dr Desh Bandhu was the guest of honour. In declamation contest, Geetika Reiliya was first while Bhuvanesh Kumar and Shifali Asthana were second . In poetry contest Swati Sharma and Gaurav Sharma won the first prize while Garish Sharma stood second. In mono acting, Gaurav Sharma was first while Girish Sharma was second. In mimicry, Bharat Kumar was first. In on the spot painting, Rizwana Shaheen stood first while Sandeep Kaur and Gaur Srivastava were second. In quiz, Shekhar was first and second prize was shared by Aashish and Ashwani. In singing, Kiran was first while Vishal Atwal and Ginny Bhardwaj were second. In dance, Payal Chakravarty and Shashi were first, Rizwana Shaheen and Deepika were second while the special prize went to Gautam, Poonam and Neha.

POLICE DRIVE: The Ambala police has decided to launch a drive against the auto-rickshaw drivers who are driving the vehicles without number plates. A large number of auto-rickshaw operators run between Ambala City and Ambala Cantt do not have the number plates. The Superintendent of Police Mr Desh Raj Singh, has directed police stations of the district to ensure that the auto-rickshaw drivers in their areas have proper driving licence and their vehicles must be insured.

KILLED: Gulshan (35), a resident of the local MC Colony, was killed in a road mishap on Tuesday. Gulshan was on a scooter when the vehicle skidded and he fell off. He died on way to hospital. The MC Colony market remained closed following the death.

DHARNA: Members of the Mini-Bank Karmchari Sangh staged a dharna in front of the office of the Central Cooperative Bank here on Tuesday. The protesters, led by the district president of the union, Mr Subhash Chander Verma, raised slogans against the bank authorities. They were demanding “proper” pay scales from the government.

BANNED: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balbir Singh Malik, has banned the sale of uncovered or over-ripe fruits, vegetables, ice and ice-candies in the district. This has been done to check the spread of jaundice and gastroenteritis.

VOTERS LIST: Voters whose names are not in the list can get their vote made at their polling centres from September 15 to October 15. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balbir Singh Malik, here on Tuesday.

RESERVED: The post of the President of Panchayat Samiti, Uklana, has been reserved for Scheduled Caste women. The post of President of Panchayat Samiti, Barwala, has been reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Pankaj Aggarwal, said the posts of President of Hansi (1) and Adampur panchayat samitis had been reserved for women.

PROGRAMME: Tulsi Gram Udyog Samiti, a self-help group, organised an eight-day awareness programme on women empowerment at Kachwa village. Medical expert Naresh highlighted preventing measures for various diseases common among women. He asked the participating women to take nutritious food so as to beat anaemia, that was common among rural women. Mr Joginder Singh from the Sports and Welfare Department held skits and dramas to create awareness among women on empowerment.

BODY FOUND: An unidentified body of a middle-aged man was found by the police from the banks of a canal near Ravar village on Tuesday. The body was sent to the Civil Hospital here for post-mortem. Investigations have been handed over to the Madhuban police.

SUICIDE: Saroj Devi (25) committed suicide by hanging herself in Juddi village, about 30 km from here, on Monday. It was stated that she took this step due to domestic bickering.

DEVELOPMENT PLAN: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr R.C. Rana, here on Tuesday said the Haryana Urban Development Authority would develop residential sectors on panchayat lands in Pali, Bharangi, Kapriwas, Karoli and Kosli villages. He further said low-priced residential plots of 100 sq yards and 150 sq yards would be allotted to the villagers in these

KILLED: Mahinder, a student of the local Government Industrial Training Institute, was killed on the spot while getting down from a Haryana Roadways bus near the railway flyover here on Wednesday. The police has registered a case.

SNAKEBITE: A youth, Jogeshwar, died of a snakebite at Qumashpur village on Wednesday. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination. Another youth, Veerpal, was also bitten by a snake at Murthal village on Wednesday. He was hospitalised and stated to be in a serious

APPOINTED: Prof A.S. Kukla, Director-cum-Principal of the Hindu Institute of Management, has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of the B.R. Ambedkar University
of Agra.

CASE REGISTERED: The Kundli police on Wednesday registered a case against a youth of Bhera Baqipur village on the charge of molesting a minor girl of the same village. According to a report, the youth entered the girl’s house and attempted to rape her. When she raised an alarm, the youth fled. He is yet to be apprehended.


2 SCHOOL KIDS HURT: Four persons, including two schoolchildren, sustained injured when a van carrying schoolchildren overturned near Diggle under Ramshehr police station last evening. The van was carrying children from Government Senior Secondary School, Diggle, when the driver lost control on the vehicle while negotiating a curve. The injured was rushed to the Primary Health Centre, Chandi.

2 held with charas: Two Nepalese carrying 1.5 kg of charas in a van (HP-13-0935) were arrested by the Parwanoo police on Monday evening on the Mullah road. The two, Sur Bahadur (58) and Surya Bahadur (39), hailing from Rolpa Rawati Anchal district in Nepal, had been residing in Bhojnagar area for the past about seven years. They were working as farm labourers.

ICAR TEAM: Underlining the need to bring about qualitative changes in the education system of agricultural universities, a two-member review committee of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research on Tuesday stressed on the need to making the system job-oriented. The team comprising ICAR Chairman K. Pradhan and Mr G.B. Tewari, promised adequate aid to the university here in the Tenth Five-Year-Plan.

2 SCHOOL KIDS HURT: Four persons, including two schoolchildren, sustained injured when a van carrying schoolchildren overturned near Diggle under Ramshehr police station last evening. The van was carrying children from Government Senior Secondary School, Diggle, when the driver lost control on the vehicle while negotiating a curve. The injured was rushed to the Primary Health Centre, Chandigarh.

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