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ARRESTED: Jatinderpal Singh, a resident of Rampura village, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly kidnapping a daughter of a goldsmith of Rajpura village. The parents of the girl claimed that she was a minor. The police has also booked Jatinderpal's mother and sister, besides another woman, Ruby along with her husband, Atul Kumar, Karnail Singh and Gurlal Singh, under Sections 366/363/120-B of the IPC.

DESTROYED: Wooden sleepers of railways were destroyed in a fire which broke out twice here on Sunday. The sleepers were stored in the open near the railway station. The exact loss could not be ascertained.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Bank of India Retirees Association: president Mr Jagdish Kumar Marwah; general secretary Mr Lajpat Rai Thakral; joint and secretary Mr R.G. Bali.

LAUNCHED: The local branch of the Indian Medical Association has launched a new project 'Aao Gaon Chalen' at Tungwali village. Dr Amrit Sethi, president of the association, said the motive of the project was to provide free health services at the doorstep of patients. He said they had adopted Tungwali village under the project. More than 1,000 patients were examined and ECG and other tests were done free of cost.

CONVENTION: The local branch of the Indian Medical Association will organise a state-level convention on female foeticide on the occasion of Children's Day, on November 14 at the local SSD Girls College. This was stated by Dr Amrit Sethi, president of the association, here on Sunday.

ARRESTED: The Sadar police arrested Rajan, alias Rinku, son of Mr Mohan Lal Balmik of Batala, and seized 16 silver glasses and a watch from him here on Sunday, Mr Lok Nath Angra, Senior Superintendent of Police, said here. A case has been registered under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC.

PROTEST MARCH: Members of the Social Democratic Party of India led by its president, Mr Jai Gopal Dhiman, along with students of various schools held a protest march against drugs at Kot Fatuhi village, about 40 km from here, on Sunday. The march was part of a deaddiction campaign launched by the party. Mr Dhiman and others strongly condemned drug- peddlers who were selling drugs to students.

: Tejwinder Singh, 36, a resident of Pandori, allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train near Pandori on the Ludhiana-Jagraon railway track, 15 km away from here. The body of the deceased was brought to the local hospital here on Monday by the Jagraon railway police for a postmortem examination. According to Mr Shamsher Singh, father of the deceased, his son was under depression due to a matrimonial dispute.

Shop burgled: Durga Seed Store, Jagraon, was burgled on Sunday night. Some unidentified persons entered the shop by breaking open the locks and decamped with Rs 20,000. Kapil of Shastri Nagar, proprietor of the shop, has complained to the police and a case has been registered.

Poppy husk seized: Sukhdev Singh of Deep Nagar Mullanpur was arrested with 15.2 kg of poppy husk. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against Sukhdev Singh at the Dakha police station. In another incident, the Dakha police arrested Sikandar Singh of Rurka from the Jangpur area and seized 15 kg poppy husk from his possession. A case has been registered. 

Pensioners’ meeting:
At a meeting held here on Sunday, pensioners reminded the state government of the promises made before the Assembly elections in February, 2002, regarding increase in the medical allowance. They pointed out that during its 32-month rule and after having presented three budgets, the government has failed to fulfil even a single promise. “The government has money for former and sitting MLAs, but its coffers are empty for former and serving employees,” they said.

Medical Camp: The Rameshwar Welfare Trust organised a free medical camp in Shivpuri Colony here on Monday. More than 150 persons were examined at the camp. They were also given free medicines. The camp was inaugurated by Dr Anita Jain and Dr Rajesh Kapoor. According to attending doctors, most of the patients were suffering from seasonal fever, allergic conditions and ailments of ear, nose and throat.

New Tubewell: As a part of the ongoing development works in Ward No 38, a new tubewell, installed at a cost of Rs 7.5 lakh, was formally commissioned by Mr Raj Kumar Mehra in New Model Town locality here on Sunday. Speaking at the function, the area councillor, Ms Santosh Mehra, said with the new tubewell having been commissioned, the scarcity of drinking water in the area would be solved. Prominent among those present on the occasion were: Mr Hans Raj Gagat, Mr Sham Lal Bhagat, Mr Ajay Dang, Mr Hardeep Chawla, Mr Baljinder Singh Baunty, Mr Happy Ghai, Mr Ashok Bhagat, Mr Sat Pal Arora, Mr Raj Kumar Brar, Mr Pritam Singh Grewal, Mr Jaspreet Singh, Mr Jagjit Singh Puri, Mr Narinder Singh, Mr Kishori Lal Behl, Mr Neel Kamal Sharma and Mr Mohinder Pal.

Sports day:
Sacred Heart Convent School, Machhiwara, organised sports day on Monday. The function started with a prayer. There were different events for Nursery, LKG, UKG, first and second classes. The events included race, frog jumping, long jump, musical chair, sweet picking and bottle filling. Sister Joice, Principal of the school, distributed certificates and medals to the winners. All tiny tots participated in the celebration.

Bereaved: Surinder Pal Singh, younger brother of Mr J.P. Singh Makkar, vice-president of the PNB Employees Union, Punjab, passed away on Sunday night. He was undergoing treatment at the Mohan Dai Oswal Hospital, Ludhiana, for the past 25 days. He was 43. He is survived by his wife and two sons. The cremation took place on Monday.

KARVA: The Maharani Ladies Club observed the Karva Chauth here on Sunday. Ms Rajan Dhaliwal was selected “Karva queen”. Ms Usha Singla, wife of the Punjab Mandi Board Chairman was the chief guest.

BOYCOTT: The National Fertiliser Limited Employees Union boycotted the Surbhi Fair being organised by the NFL management at its Nangal unit here on Sunday. The union was protesting against the non-payment of Rs 500 which was announced by the Union Cabinet Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, and non-acceptance of their demand of bonus.

Charge taken: Sub-Inspector Sanjay Kumar Naunchahal took over as the Additional SHO of the Samrala police station here on Monday. Sub-Inspector Dharam Pal has been transferred to Ludhiana. Earlier, Sanjay Kumar was posted in Ludhiana district.

Bank manager: Mr Shavinder Pal took over as the manager of the Oriental Bank of Commerce, Samrala, here on Monday in place of Mr G.S. Chawla, who has been transferred to the Regional Office, Ludhiana. Earlier, Mr Shavinder Pal was working in Ludhiana.



RALLY: Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, took out a rally against crackers. Mr Jagdish Kumar, coordinator of the Environment Society of Chandigarh, and Mr S.K. Sharma, president of the society, flagged off the rally. Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, took out a similar rally. Dr Gulzar Singh, Principal, flagged off the rally.

EXCURSION: Students of the kindergarten wing of Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, went on a trip on the Hop-on hop-off bus. The students visited Rock Garden and Rose Garden. 

BIOTECH FEST: The Department of Biotechnology celebrated its annual biotech festival on Monday. Around 15 institutions from Chandigarh and neighbouring states participated in various programmes. Dr S.S. Marwaha, Director, Biotechnology, Punjab State Council of Science and Technology, Chandigarh. Dr L.M. Bhardwaj, Head of Department, Biomolecular Electronics and Nanotechnology, CSIO, delivered a lecture.

DR WALIA HONOURED: Former PGI Director and Professor emeritus of Department of Paediatrics, Prof B.N.S. Walia has been honoured with the Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London. Prof Walia will be conferred with the Honorary Fellowship at the Spring meeting of the College in York in April next year.

FILM ON AIDS: Yuvsatta in association with the State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh organised a show of film ‘Phir Milenge’ in colony No 5 today. The film has been recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for creating awareness on HIV/AIDS.

Exhibition: An exhibition, “Sanskriti”, of designer wear opened at Hotel Aroma. It has been put up by city-based designer Madhuri. The collection includes stoles, dupattas, casual, formal and semi-formal wear for women. It will continue till Tuesday. 

MYSTERY DEATH: Mystery shrouds the death of middle-aged plumber Gian Chand of Railly village here. The victim was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, in an unconscious state the person who took him to the hospital disappeared after he left Gian Chand there. He died in the hospital last evening. His family was called from Shimla, and the body was handed over to them on Monday.

NOMINATED: The following persons have been nominated conveners of state units of the National Awareness and Action Group by President, Ravi Sharma, Mr Lakhmir Singh Dhillon of Patiala for Punjab, Mr Deepak Bansal of Kaithal for Haryana, Mr Vinod Kumar Verma for Chandigarh, Mr Ram Lal Verma of Shimla for Himachal Pradesh; and, Ms Gurvinder Kaur for Delhi.

MEHANDI COMPETITION: A mehandi competition was organised at DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur recently. Kanika, Sukhpreet and Preeti won the first, second and third prize in order of merit in the junior category, while Gunjan, Shehnaz, Survi and Enu won the prizes in the senior category.



STUDENT EXCELS: MDSD College, Ambala City’s student Mukta Kapoor has won first prize in Aruna Asaf Ali Puraskar debate competition. The debate was held at Government College, Panchkula on October 27. 

MEDICAL CAMP: The Police DAV Public School in collaboration with the National Integrated Medical Association, Ambala branch organised a medical check up-cum-awareness camp for the school students and staff members.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among district Congress workers over burning of a hoarding of Mr Naveen Jindal, Member of Parliament, in Gula area. Mr Ishwar Singh, a former MLA and president of the District Congress Committee, has strongly condemned the action and demanded strict action against the culprits.

CAMP: Mr Surya Partap Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Service Authority, said here on Sunday that a legal literacy camp would be held at Rama Ashram, Siwan on November 3. He said guidance would be provided on legal matters.


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