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KILLED: Bagga Singh (40), a resident of Sappanwali village, was killed on Friday when a heap of sand collapsed burying him alive. Sources said he was trying to connect two tubewells in the fields reportedly owned by Mr Niranjan Rai.

DEMONSTRATION: The Technical Services Union of Punjab State Electricity Board took out a flag march from Sub-Division No 2 to the town. The workers raised slogans, staged a dharna and held rally to air their grievances. Senior leaders of the union demanded that the Electricity Act 2003 be scrapped, 50 per cent DA should be merged with the basic pay, privatisation process for the PSEB be stopped.

APPOINTED: Mr Madan Lal Kapoor, president Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, has been appointed general secretary by Mr Sanjay Sethi, president, All-India Beopar Mandal. A communication to this effect was received here on Saturday.

PULSE POLIO: Dr G.R. Garg, senior medical officer, in charge of the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital, here, convened a meeting of the NGOs and discussed future plans to make the Pulse Polio programme a success. He exhorted the workers to bring awareness among the masses, especially in slum areas.

BODY RECOVERED: The body of Pawan Goel, a hosiery merchant, was found in the sub canal near Koelkhera village here. Pawan Goel had left the house on Thursday morning. A suicide note alleged that some persons, including Midha, had been harassing him for the past few days as he had not been able to pay the interest on the money borrowed from them.

: On a call given by the Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU), teachers of Hindu College held a rally here on Friday. Prof D.K. Walia, president, PCCTU, Hindu College, expressed concern over the attitude of the Punjab Government in delaying the payment of teachers.

Hindi Divas: Guru Nanak Dev University will celebrate Hindi Divas on September 28 under the aegis of its Hindi Department in Guru Nanak Bhavan. Prof Darbari Lal, Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, will preside over the function, while Dr Manmohan Sehgal, Hindi scholar, will deliver the key-note address.

Topped: Nisha Chabra, a student of Department of Psychology of Guru Nanak Dev University, has topped MA Part-II examination held in April, 2004 by scoring 722 marks out of 900 (80.2 per cent), according to a press note here on Friday.

Enrolment forms: Candidates desirous of appearing as private candidates in BA-I, II and III and MA/MSc (Mathematics) part-I and II examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University to be held in April, 2005 can submit their forms without late fee by Thursday. In a press note here on Friday, Dr R.S.Bawa, Registrar, said last date for form submission with late fee of Rs 100 up was October 15 and with late fee of Rs 200 was October 31.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local Freedom Fighters’ Council: patrons — Dr Hans Raj Sharma, Mr Gursharan Singh Gill, Mr Hazara Singh Buttar and Mr Partap Singh; president — Mr Chaman Lal Pehlwan; and office secretary — Mr Lakhbir Singh Ghuman.

Appeal: Mr Sandeep Singh, joint secretary, Amritsar Rubber Industries (ARI), has appealed to the Prime Minister for immediate implementation of special economic zone, as the industry in the district was passing through a crucial phase.

MEETING: The local branch of the State Bank of Patiala, organised a doctors' meeting on Friday. It was attended by more than 60 doctors of the region, including Dr Amrit Sethi, president, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Bathinda, Dr J.S. Romana, secretary, IMA.

Medical camp
: A free medical check-up camp was held at the USPC Charitable Hospital in Sunder Nagar here on Saturday. As many as 700 persons were examined by a team of 25 doctors. The camp was held to commemorate the birth anniversaries of Acharya Atma Ram ji Maharaj and Shri Shukal Chand ji Maharaj, according to a spokesman for the Acharya Atma Ram Jain Swasthaya Sewa Samiti. Twenty-five patients were diagnosed for eye operations, who would be operated upon by Dr Pankaj Singal.
Earlier, the camp was inaugurated by Mr Dheeri Ram Jain. Among others present on the occasion were Mr Ramesh Jain, Mr Satish Jain, Mr Pawan Kumar, Mr J.R. Jain, Mr Ram Kumar Jain, Mr Rajinder Pal Jain and Mr Bharat Bhushan Jain. A langar was also held on the occasion.

Heart check-up camp: To mark the World Heart Day, the Gee Ess Heart Centre, in association with the Hero DMC Heart Institute, is organising a heart check-up camp at the Amarson Palace, Baba Than Singh Chowk, on Sunday. Eminent cardiologists like Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, Dr Naved Aslam and Dr Gursharan Singh will examine the patients. Tests like ECG, echo and blood tests will be done free of cost for the needy patients. Special patient education leaflets will be distributed to the people.

BOOKED: A travel agent has been booked for duping a resident of Rs 7 lakh under the pretext of sending his son to Canada. Gursher Singh, wanted to send his son Jagga Singh, to Canada and had given Rs 7 lakh to the travel agent, Kulwant Singh. But neither did he send him abroad nor returned his money.

TRAINING: A two-day training programme for parents and siblings of mentally challenged children concluded here at Kali Devi Mandir on Saturday. The programme was organised by Jivan Jyoti Public School in association with the Government Institute of Mentally Retarded Children, Chandigarh.

BLOOD DONATION: Fortyfive students donated blood at a blood donation camp held at local Guru Nanak College here on Saturday, according to a press note by College Principal Mr Inderjit Singh. Local DSP Jaspal Singh inaugurated it. 

Opium seized: The Samrala police has seized 500g of opium from Gurmeet Singh of Salaudi village and Gurmakh Singh of Gaggarwal village, according to Inspector Balwinder Singh. Both accused were riding a motorcycle when they were stopped at a naka and on search opium was seized from them. A case has been registered.

Elected: The Youth Welfare Sports Ottalan at a meeting held under the presidentship of Mr Dharminder Saddi, general secretary of the body, elected Mr Baldev Singh as vice-president of the club. The president of the club, Mr Major Singh, is out of the town and is expected to return next month. This decision was taken in view of a big tournament, which would be held from December 10 to 12. Kabaddi, athletics, hockey, horse races, dog races would be the main events of the tournament.

Strike: Teachers of Malwa College, Bondli-Samrala, observed a strike for two periods in protest against the non-payment of their salaries on Friday. Prof Baldeep Singh, a spokesman for the college Teachers’ Union, said that the Punjab Government had not released grants to government-aided colleges for the past six months.

Injured: Mr Tilak Raj of Ludhiana was injured grievously in a road accident when his scooter was hit by a truck near Ladhran village, 3 km from here, on Saturday. He was referred to a Ludhiana hospital after first aid at Civil Hospital.



CHESS TRIALS: District Chess Association, Panchkula will hold trials to select Junior and Sub-Junior teams for Haryana State Junior Chess Championship being held at Panchkula. The trials will be held on Tuesday, Sept 28, 2004 at 4 pm at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula. 

HINDI WORKSHOP: Hindi workshop was organised by All India Radio, Chandigarh. Lectures on official language were given by Dr K.C. Dubey, Station Director, Dr Vinod Pankaj, Hindi office of AIR, and Mrs Priti Singh.

DONATED: Ten bed-cum- trolleys were donated by the Glaxo Smithkline Pharmaceuticals to PGI’s emergency complex on Friday. Head of the department of general surgery Dr J.D. Wig and Medical Superintendent Dr Ashok Gupta received the trolleys.

CONTEST: The ‘Best-child contest’ was organised today at Kalagram. About 200 children took part in the auditions. Fifty children were selected for the contest. Music director, Gurmeet Singh, chief bureau NRI channel, Kamna Nagpal and film director and actor Sunil Babbar were the judges.

POSTPONED: The General Body meeting of the Garhwal Sabha, which was scheduled to be held on Sunday, has been postponed.

SEMINAR: A legal awareness seminar was organised by the Chandigarh Legal Services Authority at Behlana village here on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sant Parkash, member secretary-cum-judge, Permanent Lok Adalat said the legal assistance was offered to persons involved in matrimonial discords, company frauds, harassment on account of financial hazards, property and family disputes. He said a permanent lok adalat had been started near the UT Employment Exchange in Sector 17.

NURSING COURSE: The Universal College of Learning, New Zealand, has collaborated with the Canadian Institute for International Studies (CIIS) here to offer an eight-month degree programme for registered nurses. Giving details of the course, the Professional Head of Nursing of the Universal College of Learning, Dr Janet D. Olliver, said the course, which was open for qualified registered Indian nurses with a minimum experience of one year and the ability to speak English as per the IELTS parameters, will be started from November 1 on the CIIS campus, Mohali. 

LAUNCHED: AB Sagar Limited on Saturday launched the international brand of premium whisky, Hedges & Butler. The company has entered in to a technical alliance with the brand owners, Ian Macleod Distillers of Scotland, to develop international quality blends, and has set up the molasses-based distillery in Dasuya in Hoshiarpur district in Punjab. Chandigarh and Panjab have been chosen to be the launching ground for this premium whisky and it will be launched in the rest of the country by March 2005.

Book store opened: The Corner Bookstore opened its first store in Barista, Sector 35, Chandigarh on Friday. Noted writer, Kashmiri Lal Zakir inaugurated the store. Mr Zakir said,” People should increase reading habits because books can guide them in various aspects of life. I am sure such bookstores will add charm in the city”.



: Air Force School, Ambala Cantonment, celebrated its annual day at Kharga auditorium on Saturday. Air Officer Commanding, Ambala Air Force station, Air L.K. Malhotra, was the chief guest. Ms Anuradha Malhotra, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association, distributed the prizes. 

2 killed
: Two persons were killed in an accident on the GT Road near here on Saturday. The deceased were identified as Ram Jas (34) and Mohammad (31). The highway police has sent the bodies for post-mortem examination.

assaulted: A youth, Naresh, was beaten up by his wife and her sister at Bhanderi village, about 50 km from here, on Saturday. He was taken to a hospital. A family feud is said to be the reason behind the incident.

suicide: An aged man, Daya Singh, reportedly ended his life by hanging himself at Butana village, about 50 km from here, on Saturday. According to a report, he took the extreme step due to prolonged illness.


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