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DHARNA: Members of the Punjab Students Federation (PSF) staged a dharna outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday and submitted a demand letter. Mr Gurinder Singh Randhawa, state PSF president, demanded the filling of posts of teachers lying vacant.

INAUGURATED: An ultra-modern burns treatment unit was inaugurated on Wednesday by Mayor Sunil Dutty in the Amandeep Hospital complex. 

DEMAND: Office-bearers of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union have demanded an urgent release of the salary bill which is being withheld by the Punjab Government in spite of repeated reminders and continuous agitations by the union from time to time. In a joint statement issued here on Thursday by Mr Parminder Singh, area secretary, Panjab University, Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, district president, Prof. Kuldeep Singh, executive member and Prof. Baldeep Singh, executive member, they said government had adopted a dilly dallying approach towards the release of a salary bill worth Rs 33 crore.

CYCLIST KILLED: Cyclist Surjan Singh of Amargarh Kaler was crushed to death fast moving Tanker No PB 29-A-9531 in the area of GT Road Agwar Lopon and the police has registered a case under Section 304-A IPC on the statement of Jagjit Singh of Amargarh Kaler. The tanker is alleged to have been driven by Jagjit Singh of Rajoana who fled from the place of occurrence. The body of the deceased was handed over to his family member after a post mortem examination. 

BSNL CLARIFIES: The BSNL, Ludhiana, on Thursday said it had not authorised a private party to collect forms and money from general public for renting out space for mobile tower to the BSNL. “Through an advertisement in a newspaper, BSNL has learnt that M/S Net-Work coordinators has been collecting forms and money from general public for renting out space for mobile tower to the BSNL. M/S Net-Work Coordinators has in no way been authorised for this work,” stated a BSNL press release. According to the BSNL, interested persons should contact the BSNL office in Chandigarh directly. 

DEMAND: The Ludhiana Motor Parts Manufacturers Association on Thursday said the announcement to set up a grievance cell in the office of the Minister of Steel would help resolve the steel industry’s problems. In a joint statement, Mr G.S. Kahlon, president, and Mr C.S. Kohli, general secretary, said the steel industry has been facing a tough situation for over a year-and-a-half now due to hike in prices and non-availability. The association also hailed the Union government’s decision to make a national steel policy. However, the association said before finalising the policy, a regulatory commission should be set up to control steel prices and withdraw benefits of the DEPB scheme to steel exporters. 

CELEBRATED: The Ladhowal branch of the State Bank of India celebrated its 26th anniversary on Wednesday. Mr S.C. Agarwal, AGM, presided over the function in which 40 persons were honoured as the bank’s best clients, informed a press release.

MOURNED: Pensioners and Senior Citizens expressed grief over the demise of Mulk Raj Anand. They appreciated his act of bequeathing his property to the Sarvodaya Trust for the welfare of the underprivileged. His works ‘Untouchable’ and ‘Coolie’ too, show his concern for the children from lower castes.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: A meeting of Rotaract Club BNSM College of Technical Educational, Rotaract Club Government college for Girls, Mall Road, Ludhiana and Rotaract Club Ludhiana Central was held at BNSM College of Technical Education, village Alamgir. The three clubs agreed to work together for community service. 

OBESITY & HEART AILMENT: Those who are obese their chance of a heart problem is higher. A weight gain of 10 kg doubles the risk to heart diseases. A weight loss of 10 per cent reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels”. These facts were brought to light at a doctors’ get together here. If you consume more calories than our body burns up, the extra calories are stored as fat. 

QUIZ COMPETITION: Inter House Quiz competition was organized at Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Doraha. There were four teams comprising of three students each. Four grilling rounds of “Quiz Competition” were General Awareness, Sports, Business General Knowledge and Science and Technology. Winner team’s participants were Satwant Singh (MBA-III), Rubbal Sharma (MBA-I) and Ramandeep Kaur (BCA-V), Ist runner up was Tejinder Singh (MBA-I) and award of outstanding performance was bagged by Satwant Singh (MBA-III). Besides, consolation prize was awarded to Harpreet Singh (PGDCA).

WORKSHOP: A four-day workshop on Linux was organised at Ludhiana College of Engineering & Technology, Katani Kalan in collaboration with Mr Charu Bhardwaj of Sacharu system. Students participating in the workshop were given certificates by Chairman Mr Vijay Kumar Gupta. Mr Sameer singh of 3rd year shared his experiences of the workshop.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of the Technical Services Union: president — Mr Shiv Kumar Tiwari; vice-president — Mr Harbans Lal; secretary — Mr Surjit Ram; assistant secretary— Mr Darshan Masih; and treasurer – Mr Jaswant Singh.

ARRESTED: The police recovered a country-made pistol from Sanjay, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, here on Thursday. According to information, the police frisked Sanjay on a secrete information. He was arrested under the Arms Act.

FUNCTION: The State Bank of Patiala organised a Suvidha loan function at the PRTC head office here on Thursday.  The function was presided over by the MD, PRTC, Mr G.S. Grewal. Speaking on the  occasion, the AGM, Mr K.S. Sandhu, explained the various loan  schemes of the bank to employees.

NSS CAMP: The local Government College for Girls organised a 10-day NSS camp on ‘safe drinking water’ on the college premises on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, the Principal of the college, Dr G.K. Jaggi, said that during the camp students would have interactive session with professional experts and social activities from the field of ecology and  environment.



MUSLIM convention
: A convention of Muslims owing allegiance to the Madri Madrasa was held at Rehana village, near Raipur Rani, on Thursday. The convention was held to hear a 10-year-old boy of the village, Mohammad Aslam, recite the entire ‘ayaats’ of the Qoran. Muslims from all over the region had converged at the village to hear the child recite the ‘ayaats’ of the holy book. A cultural programme of ghazals and nazms was also held on the occasion. 

Training Camp: A first-aid training camp was organised by St Johns Ambulance India at DC Model Senior Secondary School here on Thursday. Children were taught first-aid techniques and artificial respiration techniques during the camp, according to a press note.

check-up camp: The Residents Welfare Association, Sector 4, will organise a free eye check-up and operation camp on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2. The association will launch an eye-care programme for the residents.

office-bearers: Mr Rameshwar Khasa has been appointed president of the Haryana Irrigation Clerical Association. Mr Randhir Singh Bhola has been elected general secretary.

elders day: Students of The Gurukul, Sector 20, celebrated Elders Day by inviting grandparents of students in kindergarten classes. The tiny tots presented song and dances.



DEAD: A young woman, Maneeta, who was allegedly set afire by her in-laws, succumbed to her injuries on Thursday at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, where she was admitted with 90 per cent burn injuries. No arrests have been made so far.

ASSAULT: A couple was seriously injured when they were attacked by two persons while they were asleep in their house in Mohana village on Wednesday. A dispute over money was stated to be the cause of the assault.

INJURED: At least one person was injured when two groups of students clashed on the campus of National Government PG College on Wednesday. Satpal, a former student of the college, was seriously injured in the clash. Old rivalry between the two groups was believed to be the reason behind the incident.

DEMANDED: The newly elected team of the Haryana College Lecturers Association has demanded Class I status for state lecturers. Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Mr Shihpal Hardu, general secretary of the association, urged the state government to raise the grade of the lecturers on a par with those in Punjab.



ARRESTED: The police on Wednesday arrested a tea vendor, Ramkrishan of Sohari village, after 500 gram of charas was recovered from his shop. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

VACCINATION: At least 44,555 children in the age group 0-5 will be administered anti-polio vaccine on October 10 and 21 during the fourth and final round of the pulse polio programme, according to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Devesh Kumar.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh Tank Surankar Sudhar Saba: president — Mr Tilak Raj Soni; senior vice-president — Mr P.C.Parwan; vice- president — Mr Vijay Kumar; general secretary— Mr Ganeshyam Verma; secretary — Mr Guru Dutt Soni; and cashier — Mr Rattan Chand Soni.

INAUGURATED: Dhani Ram Shandil, MP, on Wednesday inaugurated a veterinary dispensary at Palion. He asked the farmers to form a cooperative and market milk and milk products.


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