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GOOGAMARHI TOMB: Under the aegis of the Manav Bhalai Manch, Ramesh Vector, a social worker of the town, laid the foundation stone of a Googamarhi tomb opposite Ram Bagh Shiv Mandir here on Sunday. Council chief Baldev Singh Aulakh, councillors Baldev Sedha, Ramesh Gupta and Ashok Kumar and Mr Raj Kumar Puri, a commission agent, and Mr Des Raj offered donations for the purpose, according to Mr Manohar Lal Verma, general secretary of the manch. 

HONOURED: Dr Harmohinder Singh Bedi, a senior professor of Hindi and Dean, Faculty of Languages, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been honoured with “Vinobha Bhave Sanman” by the Nagri Lipi Parishad, New Delhi, for his contribution to the Hindi language and Devnagri script. Dr Bedi, who has 30 books in Hindi and Punjabi to his credit, had already been honoured with the Sahitya Shiromani by Uttar Pradesh.

RESOLVED: The district president of the District Council of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), Prof R.K. Kaushal, in a press note here on Sunday, said the council had decided to approach the managing committee of Hindu College to resolve the alleged issues of bungling and misappropriation of funds.

HONDA ROADIES: The MTV Hero Honda Roadies 2 travelled more than 2000 km in 35 days and reached here on Sunday. The group comprises seven youths—four boys and three girls. They started their journey from the historic Victoria Memorial in Kolkata last month. Each successful participant will get a 223cc Hero Honda 'Karizma' bike and win a cash prize of Rs. 50,000.

ORGANISED: The All-India Women Conference (AIWC) organised a workshop on environment for school students. Ms Ranjit Chatha, chairperson of the Amritsar unit of the AIWC, said 25 schools,15 from Amritsar and 10 from Jalandhar, participated in the conference. The theme of the programme was "Water is life and health". The workshop was conducted by Ms Aruna Mohra.

FLAG MARCH: The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF), other employees' federations, and unions here on Sunday decided to hold a flag march in the Kapurthala constituency on September 28 to protest against the anti-people and anti-employees' policies of the state government. The employees will also hold a flag march on October 5 in Garhshankar. This was stated by Mr Ranbir Singh Dhillon, chief adviser, PSSF.

ACCREDITATION: The National Accreditation Assessment Council (NAAC) peer team, which visited DAV College in August, awarded the college with the B+ grade. In a press note, Dr J.S. Anand, principal, DAV College, thanked the staff for the achievement and also expressed commitment to make the institution a centre of learning.

DASHMESH HOSPITAL: Mr Gurdev Singh, president, Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh, laid the foundation stone of Dashmesh Hospital here on Sunday to be constructed by Sangat Sahib Bhai Pheru Sikh Educational Society here. Mr Karnail Singh Doad, chairman of education society, said the project would cost more than Rs 5 crore and be completed in a year. It would provide health facilities on a no-profit-no-loss basis.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers and executive members of the Sub Divisional Engineers Association: president-Mr G.S. Gill, SDE, provincial subdivision No 6, Patiala; vice-president-Mr Daljit Singh, SDE, construction subdivision, Bholath; general secretary-Mr Rakesh Garg, SDE, provincial subdivision No. 3, Ludhiana; joint secretary-Mr Inderjeet Singh, SDE, construction subdivision, Ropar; financial secretary-Mr S.L. Gupta, SDE, CW subdivision No. 4, Mohali; and press secretary-Mr N.I.S. Walia, SDE, construction subdivision, Rajpura. The executive members are Mr Kulbir Singh Sandhu, Mr P.S. Tiwana, Mr J.S. Sodhi, Mr Yuvraj Singh, Mr C.S. Bains, and Mr R.P.S. Kanwal. Mr N.P. Singh was elected as patron. 

Seminar held: A seminar 'An introduction to multimedia and 3D animation' was held at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, Ludhiana, on Monday. It was organised by the computers department of the college and presented by Mr Amit Gupta of the Maya Academy of Advance Cinematic (MAAC), Ludhiana. 

Seminar on road safety: A seminar on traffic awareness and road safety was organised at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, on Monday. It was held under the aegis of the ISTE students chapter in association with a vernacular paper. Mr Gurdial Singh, SP (Traffic), Mr Kuldeep Singh, District Transport Officer, and Mr Shyam Sunder Juneja, president, Road Safety Missionary, were the main speakers. Around 150 students of BA and BBS attended the seminar. An interactive session of the students with the DTO was also held. 

Competetion: The Bharat Vikas Parishad, Shivaji branch, organised a sticker banao competition at Shanti Niketan Adarsh Vidyalaya, Benjamine road, on Monday. More than 200 students from classes six to 11 participated. They were given training in sticker making. 

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PNB AGRI-SCHEMES: Punjab National Bank organised a “kisan vichar goshthi” at Ladpur village, near here, on Saturday. Mr V.K. Khurana, Senior Manager of the local branch, apprised villagers of the various agri-schemes launched by the bank. He appealed to the women to start small units to become self-reliant. 

LAUNCHED: Reliance Infocomm on Monday launch Real Broadband Centre in the city. The centre was inaugurated by SSP A.S Rai. The centre showcases broadband connectivity through application including high speed internet surfing, video chat and conferencing, multiplayer online gaming, digital personalised music. 

R-DAY PARADE CAMP: The Government College for Girls here in collaboration with the NSS Department of Punjabi University held a selection process for Pre-Republic Day Parade Camp to be held at Paprola, Baijnath, here on Monday. The team from NSS Regional Centre, Chandigarh, including Deputy Programme Advisor S.K. Sawhney along with other members supervised the programme. Speaking on the occasion, the Principal of the college, Dr G.K. Jaggi, laid stress on the role of the NSS in transforming the personality of the youth. 

COMPETITION: The NRI Channel organised a dance competition at Casba Resort near Bahadurgarh here on Monday. In solo dance competition, Harwinder Singh bagged first position while in group dance competition, Harry group stood first. 

AWARENESS CAMP: Punjab National Bank organised an awareness camp here on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, the Manager of the Bank, Mr Parbhjot Singh, informed the farmers of the area about the various schemes and loan being offered by the bank. He urged the farmers to make use of these schemes. The basic objective of the camp was to make farmer aware about the schemes and loan being made available by the bank, he added. 

STUDENTS STRIKE: The chain strike started by students of Punjabi University in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor to protest against the ‘anti-students’ policies of the authorities entered second week here on Monday. Students led by the Punjabi University Students Confederation (PUSC) alleged that despite several request the varsity authorities had failed to accept their demands. While addressing the gathering confederation’s convener Gurpal Singh Dhaliwal stated that authorities had till date not accepted their demands, including introducing Punjabi as a compulsory subject at B.Sc level, roll back of massive fee hike of NRI students and of hostel fee, to provide hostel facility to students and to revoke the varsity’s decision to introduce internal assignment in the various courses being offered by the varsity. 


CELLONE SCHEME: The 'Student Power' CellOne scheme of BSNL has been extended for another one year for existing subscribers of the plan GM (Marketing) R.K. Rastogi said that the subscribers could also opt for any post-paid plan. “If no request is received up to August 31, 2005, they will be shifted to plan-225 automatically. Call charges with from September 10, 2004 will be as per plan 225 revised,” he said. Mr Rastogi said as per finance Act - 2004, service tax on all existing telecom services including PCOs is now to be levied at the enhanced rate of 10 per cent with effect from September 10, 2004. Education cess at the rate of 2 per cent of the service tax so levied is also to be recovered.

KILLED: Jai Prakash (32), a resident of Defence Colony here, died after falling from the roof of his house here on Sunday night. He was sleeping on the rooftop and woke up during the night. He lost his balance in sleep and fell down from the roof.

SNATCHED: Three armed youths snatched a Wagon-R vehicle at pistol point from Mr Ashok Kumar on the Kosli-Kanina road, near Bahala village, about 40 km from here, on Sunday. A case has been registered.

Five booked: The Kharkhauda police on Monday registered a case under Sections 147, 149, 314 and 506, IPC, against five persons of Sisana village in the district on the charge of holding up of traffic on the Sonepat-Rohtak road on September 18 in protest against the erratic power supply.

Eye operation camp: A one-day free eye operation camp, sponsored by the Jan Jagriti Manch, would be organised on September 22 at Ganaur. Noted eye surgeons would perform the eye operations.

Shot at: Shekhar, an employee, was shot at and wounded at a hotel, Kanak Garden, on the GT Road, about 20 km from here, on Sunday night. The injured employee hospitalised at Sonepat was stated to be serious. The police has registered a case.


CLUB’S GESTURE: The Chairman of the HP State Education Board, B.R. Rahi, speaking at a function at Tal Senior Secondary School on Sunday, gave 50 desks to the school under its Rotary Literacy Promotional Programme. Mr G.S. Bawa, a senior functionary of Rotary International, was the chief guest.

GUGA MARI FAIR: The four-day Guga Mari Fair started at Subathu on Monday. The annual fair is held 15 days after Janmashtami. Lakhs of devotees from the northern region throng the fair to pay obeisance at the Guga Pir shrine.

ELECTROCUTED: A man was electrocuted while doing decoration arrangements for the Guga Mari Fair at Subathu on Sunday. Gopal was busy in making arrangements when he came in contact of live electric wire and died on the spot.

EXHIBITION: Over 500 students from Saraswati Vidya Mandir here on Sunday hold an exhibition on themes from science and arts subjects. The exhibition was inaugurated by the SP Mandi, Mr Ajay Yadav.

FARMERS’ WORKSHOP: At least 28 farmers from Gohar and Chachyot panchayats got tips on cultivating herbs and medicinal plants at a two-day workshop sponsored by Himcon, Mandi at the Herbal Garden, Jogindernagar. The farmers were given facts on various herbs and their marketing.

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