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CAMP: To mark World Mental Health Day, the Punjab Legal Services Authorities will organise legal awareness camps at district headquarters on Sunday. The motive of these camps is spread awareness about the rights and legal services being provided to mentally challenged persons. Ms Ritu Jain, Assistant District Legal Attorney, here on Saturday, said the camps would be organised under the supervision of the respective District and Session Judges.

DISTRIBUTED: The divisional office of the LIC distributed wheel chairs among physically challenged children at a function organised here on Saturday. Mr Sachinder Sharma, senior divisional manager, gave away the chairs. 

PROTEST PLANNED: Members of the General Samaj Party (GSP) will hold a protest during the Budget Session in front of Parliament to lodge their protest against the reservation policies of government. Mr Rajbir Singh Sidhu, general secretary, the party, in a press note here on Friday, alleged that the Congress government, which had earlier been opposing 85th amendment, had implemented same under the pressure of the affluent Dalit parties. He further said the UPA government was trying hard to give 5 per cent reservation to Muslims in Andhra Pardesh to fetch the votes.

CELEBRATED: The Bharat Vikas Parishad celebrated Sanskriti Month here on Friday. The parishad aims to inculcate cultural and moral values among people through its various projects. Mr Ashok K. Gupta, in a press note here on Friday said group song competition, quiz contest and celebration of Guru Teg Bahadur Shaheedi Divas would be part their programmes for October.

PROTEST RALLY: The PWD field and workshop workers union held a protest rally in support of its long pending demands. They also took out a march through the main markets which concluded at the SDM office. The union's state president, Mr Karmjit Singh Bihla, flayed the indifferent attitude of state government towards their demands. He said the union would also organise a rally at Patiala on November 23. Their demands include regularisation of services of daily wagers.

IMPOSED: Deputy Commissioner Hussan Lal has imposed Section 144 in the district. As per the orders, farmers are advised not to cut paddy during night time as it may lead to moisture in the paddy. The burning of paddy remains in the fields has also been banned.

SEMINAR: A seminar will be held to mark World Mental Health Day on Sunday at 10.30 am at conference hall of New Judicial Complex by the Legal Services Authority under the supervision of Mr Baldev Singh, District and Sessions Judge. The seminar is organised to awaken the masses about the rights of mentally challenged and to tell them about the free services provided by the District Legal Services Authority.

PARTY: The PAU Employees' Federation has given farewell to its founder chairman, Mr Avtar Singh Deol. A large number of employees attended the function. A memento and a shawl was presented to Mr Deol and his wife, Ms Narinder Kaur.

Nominated: Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal, Arya College, Ludhiana, has been nominated a member of the Punjab School Education Board. He promised that he would come up to the expectations of the government.

BLOOD DONATION: The Rotaract Club of the BNSM College of Technical Education, Alamgir, under the guidance of the Rotary CLub of Ludhiana (North), organised a blood donation camp on the college premises on Saturday. Students of the Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, and BNSM college donated blood. A team of doctors from the CMCH supervised the camp. The president of the Rotary Club, Mr Gurjeet Singh, presided over the function. Mr N.J. Bedi spoke on the occasion. 

MEETING: The Shri Durga Ramlila Democratic Club organised a meeting at Jawahar Nagar under the guidance of Mr Raj Kumar Khiara on Saturday. At the meeting members decided to celebrate Dasehra on October 22 at the Ramlila ground. Mr Subhash Gandhi, Mr Raj Chawla, Mr Kishan Lal Bhatia, Mr Om Parkash Malhotra, Mr Kishan Lal Bhagat, Mr Jeet Lal Bhagar, Mr Puran Chand Bhagar, Mr Mohan Lal Jagga, Mr Ram Lakhan Gupta and Mr Rajesh Sharma were present, among others, at the meeting. 

SAPLINGS: The State Bank of India branch near New Courts, along with students of Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, planted saplings at a function held on the school premises. About 150 saplings were planted. Mr B.K. Batta, Chief Manager, planted saplings, among others.

BODY FOUND: The body of an unidentified woman was found at Butar village near here on Saturday. Sources said the body, packed in a sack, was lying in the agricultural land of Sampuran Singh who spotted it on Friday evening. It was sent to the Civil Hospital, Moga, for a post-mortem examination.

RATH YATRA: A rath yatra procession was taken out here on Saturday which started from Laxmi Naryana Mandir Bhadroaa road. Resident Acharya of the math, Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Gosawami, said those who practised the path of knowledge for self-realisation, their karma emerging from the material ego would be destroyed by proper knowledge.

DEMONSTRATION: A joint demonstration was held by all three trade unions in General Insurance on Saturday during lunch time in front of the office of the India Assurance at Leela Bhavan, Patiala. Employees protested against the delaying of wage revision and promotion exercise and charge in FDI capital from 26 per cent to 49 per cent non-core benefits.

PROGRAMME: The Progressive Youth Forum organised a rural entrepreneurship development training programme at Ghagga. This is inaugurated by Mr Satish Kumar, Chief Manager of the State Bank of Patiala. Mr Satish Kumar said the objective of their bank was to empower the youth through technical training and establishment of units, so that they could earn their living, look after their families and can become a model for society. Major Singh Sekhon, president of the forum, gave the information about different rural development programmes run by the forum in Patiala district.

COOPTED: The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, has coopted three prominent citizens as members of their advisory committee in view of their social status and admiration for the NTAS and arts, said NTAS Director Pran Sabharwal. The new members are Dr. Mahesh Gupta, Mr Dharam Paul Sharma, and Mr Shyam Lal Gupta.

KILLED: A five-year-old girl student, Kajal, daughter of Mr Kishore Kumar, was killed on the spot while four other students were injured in a road mishap when a tractor-trailer allegedly hit their rickshaw on the Ranbir College road here on Friday.

surrender: Three persons, Piara Singh and his two sons, Harjit Singh and Hari Singh, allegedly involved in the murder of two arhtiyas of Sheron village, surrendered before the police yesterday. Two arhtiyas, Gurmail Singh and his brother Bhagwan Singh, were shot dead in the Grain Market complex at Sheron village on October 3. The DSP, Sunam, Mr Sushil Kumar, said the suspects were produced in the court of the Sunam Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate today, who remanded them in police custody for two days.

INTRODUCED: For the benefit of residents of this township Zirakpur, and surrounding areas, the Department of Posts today introduced the facility of money transfer through Western Union at the post office here. According to Mr Parmod Kumar, Sub Post Master, Zirakpur, the facility would help customers get money even if the computers did not function. The customers have to confirm about the money transactions on telephone. He said that adequate arrangement of cash has already been made to make the facility a success.



OFFICE BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Panjab University Sikh Association: president Mr M.S. Bajwa; vice-president Mr Mohinder Singh; Senior Secretary Mr Jasbir Singh; secretary Mr S.S. Mann; treasurer Mr Sukhdev Singh; auditor Mr SS Bedi; executive members Dr A.S. Ahluwalia, Dr .S. Patang, Dr Suspal Singh Sandhu, Dr Kiranpreet Kaur, Mr Kulwant Singh and Mr Surbir Singh. 



SHOP BURGLED: Thieves decamped with mobile phones in a shop located on Bank Road in Ambala Sadar on Friday night.
The police said the thieves had stolen mobile phones as well as mobile accessories from a Nokia-authorised shop.

FAST ENDS: The 24-hour fast by Roadways employees came to an end on Saturday. They were protesting against privatisation and to demand for bonus equivalent to two months pay besides granting of employment to the dependents of deceased employees. They said they would participate in the October 17 Rozgar Bachao rally.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been declared office-bearers of the Ambala Cantonment unit of the INLD: vice-presidents Gurmeet Sandhu, Ved Prakash, Dilbagh Rai Chadha, Harjinder Singh and Sufi Imran; general secretaries S.K. Bhatia, Madan Pal Arya, Mukesh Kumar and Kanshi Ram; secretaries Ujagar Singh, Ashok Rampal, Rakesh Verma, Hukum Chand and Rajesh Kohli, additional secretaries R.S. Gupta and Raj Kishen; and executive members Bharat Sakya, Ashok Bhatia, Vlayati Ram Kakar, Bhim Sain, Rajan Bakshi, Narottam Lata, Sham Lal Yadav, Ramu, Anil Puri, Sanjay Garg, Narender Kumar, Sunder Lal, Om Prakash, Vinod Bansal and Arun Jain.

MEETING: Acrimonious scenes were witnessed at a the meeting of the Panchayat Samiti, which met here on Friday for the third time over distribution of a grant of Rs 23 lakh among its members. The grant was released to the Panchayat Samiti under the Jawahar Rojgar Yojna. But differences had arisen in the 29-member body over distribution of the grants.

DEAD: A married woman died under mysterious circumstances at Bhana village, near here on Friday. The police has registered a case of dowry death against four in-laws of the deceased, including two women, on the complaint of the father of the victim.

APPOINTED: Mr Mastan Sharma, a lawyer from Rathdhana village, was appointed as secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee by the state party president and former Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, on Friday.

INJURED: Mohsina, 17, a mentally challenged girl, was injured while bursting firecrackers at her house situated at Rajeev Colony here on Friday. One of the firecrackers burst in her hands and her hands got burnt. She was admitted to the Civil Hospital. According to her parents, she was alone at her house when the incident occurred. 



BLOOD CAMP: A blood donation camp was organised at the local National Institute of Technology here on Saturday by the Rotary Club in collaboration with the institute authorities and the college Rotract Club. As many as 25 students donated blood, according to N.K.Sharma and Amit Sharma, president and secretary, respectively, of the club.

SUICIDE: Sunil Sood (55) committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Kunihar on Friday. She was fed up from her long illness. The deceased was a teacher in the primary school, Kunihar.

CONCLUDED: The five-day relay hunger strike of the Employees Association of Central Research Institute (CRI), Kasauli, concluded here on Saturday. The strike was held in support of a nationwide protest of the Central Health Employees Federation (CHEF) over its 15-point demand charter. The association would hold a nationwide agitation on November 22, if the Centre Government fails to take action on the pending demands, said Mr Naresh Attri, general secretary of the association.

CELEBRATIONS: The local DAV school celebrated Grandparents Day with enthusiasm and fanfare here on Friday. The grandparents of the schoolchildren and senior citizens of the area were invited for a special function at school's junior wing at Dharampur. Tiny Tots of the junior wing presented a colourful cultural program. The Himachali Natee by Class III & IV students and Punjabi folk dance by Class IV & V students were the highlight of the programme.


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