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MEDICAL CAMP: A medical camp was organised by Mata Koulanji Hospital at Katra Dal Singh here on Sunday. Dr H.S. Gill, Civil Surgeon, inaugurated the camp. Mr Rajinder Singh, a member of the SGPC was the chief guest.

ORGANISED: A party was organised for BCA 1st year students by senior students of BCA at Bhai Gurdas Institute of Management and Technology here on Sunday. Mr Hakam Singh Jawandha, chairman, the Bhai Gurdas Technical Trust, was the chief guest.

CAMP: An eye check-up camp was organised by the Ambuja Cement Foundation at Buladhewalla village here on Sunday. Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the camp. Mr Chanchal Kumar, associate vice-president, Ambuja Cement Corporation gave details of the social projects being undertaken by the company. As many as 250 patients were examined.

EYE OPERATIONS: Eye operations of 112 patients were done by eye surgeons and lenses were fitted in the eyes of about 92 patients during the free eye operation camp organised by the local Goodwill Society to mark its silver jubilee year. Mr K.K. Garg, general secretary, Goodwill Society, in a press note issued here on Monday said that during the five-day eye check-up camp, about 1,560 patients drawn from different areas were examined by a team of doctors. The patients were given medicines free of cost.

: Mal Singh, 38, resident of Akhara, was killed when his motor cycle collided with another vehicle coming from the opposite direction on the Rasulpur -Akhara road, 9 km from here, on Monday. His body was brought to Civil Hospital here for post-mortem and handed over to his relatives thereafter.

DHARNA: Patwaris of the subdivision held a dharna on Monday in front of the office of the local SDM, as per decision taken by the Patwar Union Ludhiana, against the ‘false’ implication of Rajinder Pal Singh, Patwari of Ludhiana district, Harcharan Singh of Moga district and Ajaib Singh of Amritsar district by the vigilance officials and demanded immediate withdrawal of the cases. Reports of similar protests were received from Amloh. also.

Foreign tours
: Around two months ago, a letter from the Punjab Vidhan Sabha had asked all MLAs to give their option of touring North America, Europe, Australia or South East Asia. MLAs were to opt for any one of these. It is, now, learnt that some 73 MLAs have given their option. Pensioners and senior citizens here feel that the Punjab Government should not send MLAs on foreign tours when around 30,000 posts are lying vacant in various departments and several development projects have come to a halt because of an acute financial crunch. They have urged the Punjab Chief Minister to drop the move. 

OIKOS: Oikos, an Italy-based company engaged in decorative wall systems, has launched its products in the Indian market. A company press note stated that its products were of high performance with unlimited decorative possibilities. Its products had been used in the palace of the King of Malaysia, Cairo Sheraton Hotel in Egypt, Hilton Rome, among several other places across the globe, the press note said.

SERVICE TAX: Business auxiliary services were brought under the service tax net this year. The Finance Act had expanded the scope of business auxiliary service to include activities relating to procurement of inputs and production of goods not amounting to manufacture. This provision has created lot of confusion, said Mr P.D. Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in a press note here on Monday. He said industry units engaged in job work or sorts are being asked by the Central Excise Department to get themselves registered under service tax. “On the other hand the act is very clear and job workers may not be required to come under the purview of service tax. Usual job working relates to processes like hot dip galvanising, zinc plating, nickel plating, forging, wire drawings etc. These works are being done by small and tiny units,” he added. The Excise Department had exempted job workers from service tax prior to September 10, 2004. “Job workers understand that they have been exempt from service tax. However, department officials say otherwise,” Mr Sharma added. The chamber has written to the Excise Department in this connection.

BATCH STARTS: The Swami Vivekanand Institute of Paramedical Sciences has started its 14th batch in medical laboratory and X-ray. Ms Madhu Vij, Director of the institute briefed the students about the course.

SCHOOL SHIFTED: Swiss International Public School has shifted from Model Town to 138, Model Gram, opposite Dr Kala’s Nursing Home, near Kochhar Market.

Mandi Ahmedgarh
DISCOUNT MELA: Grain Market and Old Mandi branches of the State Bank of Patiala organised a Festival Interest Discount Mela at the Pohir road here on Monday. Mr C.S. Kang, Deputy General Manager, presided and Mr Vinod Kochhar, Assistant General Manager, was the chief guest. As many as 105 beneficiaries from the personal segment availed of loans worth Rs 110 lakh. The bank was offering 0.5 percent discount on interest rates on the loans advanced in personal segment from October 1 to November 30.

ATM FACILITY: The Northern Railway has decided to install ATMs at various railway stations in Ferozepore Division. In the first phase, the machines will be installed at Ferozepore, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jammu Tawi and Pathankot.

MURDERED: Balwant Singh (60) reportedly murdered his wife, Malkiat Kaur, with a sharp-edged weapon and then consumed poison at his residence in Sarih village here on Sunday. He died on the spot. A family dispute was said to be the cause of the crime.

: The general secretary Dr Goria, and president Prof Baldeep, of the Punjabi Lekhak Manch, Samrala, have told mediapersons that the manch would organise a function on October 24 at 10 am in Senior Secondary School here in which book, ‘Dharat Kelejy Peerh”, written by Ms Daljit Kaur Daun, would be released. The function would be presided over by Dr Joginder Singh Nirala. 

DRIVER KILLED: In a road accident near Kapila Filling Station, Samrala, a Sumo driver, Jaswant Singh, alias Bawa Singh, resident of Dapraudi village, 2 km from here, was killed on Sunday night. Jaswant Singh’s Sumo (DL9 PCA-2176) was hit by a truck (CH-01P-8475). The local police has impounded the vehicles and registered a case.

MURDERED: A Dalit woman Jaswinder Kaur (31) of Manderan village, 12 km from here, was found murdered on Monday, according to police sources here. The police found the body of Jaswinder Kaur in the fields of Karnail Singh. The police has registered a case.Top


MBA PROGRAMME: The Cosmic Academy, New Delhi, announced the launch of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme with specialisation in business process outsourcing (BPO) here on Monday. Stating that the programme was aimed at creating managers, Mr Mohit Shah, director of the academy, said while there were a number of institutes offering diploma in call centre management, there was no institute that had a specialised programme in outsourcing. He said the academy would offer part-time and full-time MBA courses in the subject. The fee would range from Rs 40,000 to 85,000.

SEMINAR: The Lions Club, Chandigarh supreme, organised a cardiac care awareness seminar in association with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories at their Mohali club on Monday. Dr S.S. Sodhi talked about various cardiac problems at the seminar. An audio-visual session was also held.

CONFERENCE: The fourth conference of the Punjab and Chandigarh Medical and Sales Representatives Union concluded on Monday. Members condemned the managements of the FDC, Workhardt\Merind and Sun Pharma for their alleged repressive policies as regards medical and sales representatives. The officer-bearers of the union decided that a campaign should be launched to ‘expose the misdeeds of these companies’. Serious concern was expressed over black marketing of essential medicines and the sale of spurious, sub-standard and fake medicines in the market.

WATCH LAUNCHED: Movado, Watch brand launched its new range at Ethos, Sector 8 on Monday. The brand is recognised for its museum watch with a single dot at 12 o ‘clock. Twinkle the brand ambassdor was the chief guest on the occasion. Range of the watches begins from Rs 20,000 onwards.

ARTS SOCIETY: The following have been elected office bearers of Panchkula Arts and Cultural Society, Sector 4, Panchkula: Mr Vinod Jaidka; president, Mr Puran Chand — vice-president; Ms Meenu Paul — general secretary; Mr Yaman Paul — finance secretary; Mr Vinay Khanna — organizing secretaries; Ms Bindu Jaidka — Ms Jyoti Khanna and Mr Anurag Bhatia — joint secretaries.



The local division of the Command Area Development Authority (CADA) has topped in Haryana in the construction of new water courses. The Executive Engineer, CADA, Mr P.C. Rohilla, said the Fatehabad division had constructed 2.52 lakh running feet of water courses in the district till March 31, 2004, which was much higher than others.

Ranbir, an auto-driver, of Siwah village, was killed and his brother, Randhir injured when the auto was hit by a truck on the G.T. Road near grain market here on Sunday. The police has registered an FIR.

INJURED: Two-year-old Kajol of Hari Nagar was injured when she fell from the roof of her house on Sunday. She was admitted to the Civil Hospital for treatment.

STABBED: Ishwar of Krishna Nagar was stabbed allegedly by neighbourers over some property dispute here on Sunday. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital.

FIRE: Material worth several lakhs of rupees was damaged in a fire which broke out in a rice mill on the G.T. Road, near Larsauli village, about 15 km from here, on Sunday.

THEFT: A house was reportedly burgled in Sector 15 here on Sunday. Gold jewellery and Rs 20,000 were stolen. The owner of the house and his family had gone out of station.

SUICIDE BID: A youth, Kala, along with his wife and daughter made an attempt to commit suicide by consuming poisonous tea at his house in Garhi village, about 40 km from here, on Monday. They were admitted to a hospital where they were stated to be out of danger. A family dispute was said to be the cause of this step.


ARRESTED: Ashwani Kumar, son of Sharwan Kumar of Amarpur village, was arrested by the Ghumarwin police and a gun and two live catridges were seized from his possession here on Sunday. He had fired at Vir Bhadur of Bhadrog village over some dispute. He fled from the scene. A case has been registered under Sections 307 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Journalists Federation: president—Mr Arun Dogra; senior vice-president—Mr Rakesh Sharma; vice-presidents—Mr Babulal Dharmani, Mr R.R. Sharma, Mr Rakesh Gautam, Mr Vinod Joshi, Mr Sanjay Sharma; general secretary—Mr Ramlal Pathak; and treasurer—Mr Mangal Singh Thakur.

SAMMELAN: A sammelan of Kohli Samaj was held at the PWD rest house at Arki on Sunday. Mr K.D. Sultanpuri, MP and Mr Roshan Lal Dogra, general secretary, Himachal Pradesh Kohli Samaj, attended the sammelan. They said growth of one community was dependent upon how well its young generation educated. Meanwhile, the Arki Kohli Samaj body was formed. The following were elected office-bearers; president—Mr Dharampal Garg; general secretary—Mr Dharampal Kashyap; cashier—Mr Devi Chand Kashyap; and legal adviser—Mr Hans Raj Bhatia.

URGED: The Himachal Road Transport Parichalik Sangh has urged the General Manager, HRTC, Shimla, to pay overtime allowance which was due for the past nine months.

INAUGURATED: An art gallery of Mandi's culture and artefacts was inaugurated at Khatri Sabha Bhavan at Bhiuli here on Sunday.Top

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