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: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Guru Nanak University Officers Association: president-Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu; vice-president-Mr Jagjit Singh Walia; secretary-Mr Baljit Singh Sekhon; Joint secretary-Mr A.C. Sood; and cashier-Mr Harbans Lal.

HONOURED: Ghazal maestro Ustad Gulam Ali will be honoured by Guru Nanak Dev University during his visit to the city on October 23 and 24.

VISIT: A group of 18 students and teachers from Lahore University of Management Sciences led by Dr Farookh Khan and Dr Maria Khan will visit Guru Nanak Dev University on October 21 and 22.

LOAN: More than Rs 3 crore was advanced by various banks to 246 self-help groups (SHG) here on Tuesday. A workshop was organised by the District Rural Development Agency and banks. Speaking at the workshop, Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, said it was not possible for the government to provide jobs to everyone and the SHGs were the answer to the problem.

Lahan seized
: Gurmit Singh of Ballowal was arrested and 60 kg Lahan seized from his possession. Lahan had been kept for distillation of illicit liquor. A case under Section 61-1-14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the Sudhar police station. In another incident, the Sidhwanbet police seized 80 kg lahan from Gurmej Singh of Taraf Kotli. He has been booked at the Sidhwanbet police station. 

CELLphone stolen: A case has been registered under Sections 341, 379 and 34 of the IPC against unidentified persons on the complaint of Tarlok Singh of Sidhwanbet whose mobile phone has been stolen. No arrest has been made so far. 

booked for arson: The Humbran police has registered a case under Sections 323, 324, 149, 354 and 436 of the IPC on the statement of Jagdev Singh of Walipur Kalan against Darshan Singh of Walipur Kalan, Karamjit Kaur, Kalmadi Kaur, Parminder Singh, Joginder Singh, Jagtar Singh, Pal Singh, Balbir Singh, Amarjit Singh and Sukhwinder Singh for allegedly putting wood and straw belonging to him on fire and misbehaving with his daughter.

Osteoporosis Day
: World Osteoporosis Day was observed at the Baba Kundan Institute of Physiotherapy Paramedical Science and Charitable Hospital, Rishi Nagar, here on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rajeev Hora, Principal of the college, said osteoporosis was a curable disease and it generally affected the elderly and the middle-aged. Women were more prone to these diseases due to insufficient intake of milk, curd and also lack of exercise, he said. The director of the institute, Dr Rajinder Hora, also spoke on the occasion.

Health gifts: The Kerala Ayurveda Centre has introduced health gift scheme. Situated in the heart of Ludhiana, the centre offers cures for backache, slipped disc, chronic headache, asthma, migraine, eczema, gynaecological problems etc. It also provides ‘panchkarma’ treatment. Health gift vouchers are also being given to corporate houses.

HAILED: The Government Pensioners Association has welcomed the Punjab Chief Minister’s announcement to enhance DA/DR of Punjab employees and pensioners w.e.f. July 1. In a communication sent to the Chief Minister, the association has urged him to direct the Finance Department to issue a notification at the earliest and pay the enhanced DA/DR along with pay/pension for October.

URGED: Public Cause, a city-based social service organisation, has said that more than 750 posts of lecturer have been lying vacant in government colleges in Punjab and there has been no recruitment of lecturers for the past eight years. It said 392 lecturers in various subjects were selected by the Punjab Service Commission for the Colleges in February/March in 2002 but later the selections were cancelled. The government has failed to produce any proof of irregularities committed in making the selections, it said. Mr Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Minister for Higher Education, has been urged by the Director of the Public Cause, to withdraw the cancellation orders regarding the selections and issue appointment letters.

TROPHY: Bhai Ram-Krishan Gurmat Public Senior Secondary School again won a trophy at the prestigious All-India Classical and Folk Dance Competition conducted by the Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh Cuttack, Orissa this month. Mahant Pritam Singh, Chairman of the school and Principal Mrs Amarjeet Kaur said a 16-member team had represented the school in the folk instrument category.

ARRESTED: Ashok Kumar, alias Shoki, of Binjo village was arrested by the police and a motor cycle recovered from him here on Tuesday. The motor cycle was snatched by Ashok and two of his accomplices, Kuldip Kumar of Ajnoha village and Sarabjit Kumar Sahbi, alias Kala, of Mehamadpur village, near Dana Mandi on October 15. However, his accomplices were still at large. A case under Section 382 of the IPC has been registered.

CHEQUES GIVEN: In a function held here on Wednesday in the office of the BD and PO, MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon distributed 61 cheques amounting to Rs 9 lakh among sarpanches of Samrala subdivision for the development of the villages. Mr Dhillon said the sewerage of Samrala city would be completed before November 15 and cheques worth Rs 20 lakh would be given to sarpanches of the Samrala block soon.

TRIBUTES PAID: Tributes were paid to a former president of the municipal council and general secretary of the Malwa Educational Council, Babu Rajinder Nath Aggarwal, at Durlabh Nagar here on Wednesday. Mr Anil Sood, MC president, Machhiwara, Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, and Jathedar Kirpal Singh Kheernian, SGPC member, among others highlighted the services of Babu Aggarwal in the development of the area as well as social organisations, including educational institutions. 



ACQUITTED: The Fast-Track Court acquitted three accused in a case of attempt to murder here on Wednesday. One of the accused was sentenced to two years' imprisonment and fined Rs 500 under the Arms Act. Kalu of Jhajjar had lodged a complaint with the police that one of the accused had fired on him but he escaped.

INJURED: Mr Behari Lal was injured when two unidentified youths attacked him here on Tuesday night. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital and later referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak, for treatment. The police has registered a case.

TRANSFERRED: The Haryana Government has transferred Mr Narinder, Block Development and Panchayat Officer, with immediate effect. It is stated that the government has taken this step following the complaints made by the chairman and other members of the Panchayat Samiti against him.

DAMAGED: Goods worth several thousands of rupees were damaged in a fire in the house of Mr Dalbir at Bad Khalsa village, 15 km from here, on Wednesday. The cause of fire was leakage of LPG cylinder.

KILLED: Iqbal (25) was killed and Nawab injured when their motor cycle was hit by a three-wheeler on the Sonepat-Murthal road near Rewli village, 6 km from here, on Wednesday. In another incident, a boy, Sanju, was crushed to death by a truck on the Gohana-Meham road, about 35 km from here. The victim was a student of Class V.



CONCLUDED: An awakening campaign for youths concluded at Ghumarwin here on Tuesday. The campaign was organised by the district Nehru Yuva Kendra. District youth coordinator, Somdutt Zard urged the participants to take part in development activities of gram panchayats and appealed to them to launch a campaign against social evils.

CONDEMNED: The Himachal Pradesh State Journalists Federation has strongly condemned an attack on a journalist, Harish Kumar, at Hamipur. Mr Jaikumar, president of the federation, has demanded arrest of the assailants.

CHALLANED: The Subdivisional Magistrate, Dr N. K. Lath, conducted a raid at Chogan and challaned six vegetable vendors for using polythene bags here on Wednesday. A fine of Rs 3,000 was recovered on the spot from four defaulters under the Anti-Polythene Act.

LPG COST: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ali Raza Rizvi, fixed the rates of LPG cylinder here on Tuesday. He said under the municipal council area, a gas cylinder of 14.2kg would cost Rs 283 and a gas cylinder of 5 kg would cost Rs 106. In Drang and Pandoh areas, it would cost Rs 285 and Rs 107, respectively. In other areas, it could vary from Rs 272 to Rs 297, he added.


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