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EXHIBITION: Ex-servicemen, who have adopted farming as a means of sustenance, showed keen interest in an exhibition organised by the India Farmers Fertilisers Cooperatives Ltd (IFFCO) at the local cantonment area. Mr Nahar Singh Maavi, Area Manager, IFFCO, explained how IFFCO had grown in the past 37 years to achieve the distinction of being the top among cooperatives in the world. Mr Maavi assured the visitors that DAP fertiliser will be made available by next week.

FIRE: A fire broke out on the top floor of a house rented to a PCMS doctor in Street 21 on Gaushala Road on Saturday. Dr Lakhbir Singh Sandhu, posted at Civil Hospital, Zira, was yet to vacate the apartment. All household goods and valuables were reduced to ashes by the time the fire brigade arrived.

ACCIDENT: Six passengers travelling in a private bus were injured when it collided with a truck on the Alamgarh bypass here. One of the injured, Kuldip Singh, was stated to be in a serious condition.

COMPETITIONS: Flower Valley School here has started week-long competitions for students on the eve of Divali. This will help in developing a competitive spirit in them, said the Chief organiser of the event, Ms Manjit Kaur Popli.

CONDEMNED: The Aalmi Punjabi Virasat Foundation has condemned Zahira Sheikh for withdrawing her statement in the Best Bakery case. Mr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu, president of the foundation, said Zahira's criticism of an NGO would send a wrong message to NGOs and they would be reluctant to stand by the helpless. CRITICISED: The Punjab Kisan Sabha has denounced the Central Government's decision of increasing the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG. In a press note, Mr Jagtar Singh Karampura, a leader of the district working committee of the sabha, said they would hold a scooter rally on November 10 in protest against  the hike.

FOUNDATION: Mr Kiraneep Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner, said Rs 12 crore had been spent on the construction and renovation of schoolbuildings and providing of modern equipments to them under the Sarv Shiksha Abihiyan. He was speaking at the inaugural function of a newly constructed building of a government primary school at Kot Patial village here on Friday. Earlier, he laid the foundation stone for the widening of the Mehangrowal-Kot Patial road.

Signature campaign
: The Ludhiana division of the Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association has got signatures from 35,395 policy holders under its all-India signature campaign against imposition of service tax on insurance premium. A press note by the association stated that the petition was addressed to the Prime Minister.

Condemned: The Ludhiana unit of the Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab, has condemned the highhandedness of the Punjab Police with regard to unprovoked lathi charge on peacefully agitating farmers at Mansa and Amritsar in the rail roko agitation. They also criticised the registration of fake cases against seven farmers. Prof A.K. Maleri, district president of the association, demanded the immediate release of farmers and withdrawal of the false cases.

Urged: Public Cause, a state-level organisation, has urged the Union Government to review its decision with regard to hike in LPG, petrol and diesel prices. It has urged it to at least withdraw the second part of the decision with regard to hike the price by Rs 5 each month, beginning December.

seminar: A seminar to generate awareness about AIDS, drug de-addiction and other diseases among villagers and students was organised at Government Secondary School, Jogipur, under the guidance of the Punjab State AIDS Control Society and the District Red Cross Society. Col Bishen Dass, district convener, AIHRA, planted 15 saplings at the school. Mr K.R. Verma, district officer, Red Cross, urged people to work for the welfare of humanity. A painting-cum-declamation contest was also held in which 58 students from nearby villages participated. In the painting contest, Jasvir Singh and Sandeep Kaur, both from Jogipur, were declared first and second.

Workshop: A five-day sculpture workshop-cum-camp concluded at Khalsa College here on Saturday. Renowned artists, including A.C. Sagar, took part in the workshop. Dr S.P.S Virdi, (Dean) Academic Affairs, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the chief guest.

ORDERS: The Subdivisonal Magistrate has earmarked 11 zones for the sale of crackers. These include the railway bridge site along the G.T. road opposite the JCT Mill, Talab Arorian, Hadiabad, the front of the Improvement Trust office in Hargobindnagar, Hoshiarpur road Subzi Mandi, Banga road, Satnampura main road, Khera road, Shivpuri Mohalla road, mandi road and sarai road.

Meeting: Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Anurag Verma will hear grievances of the general public of Samrala subdivision on November 8 at 10 a.m. on the premises of the BDO office, according to Mr Baldev Singh, SDM, Samrala, here on Saturday. He said the Deputy Commissioner would also inspect the sewerage works and visit the new bridge at Garhi.

Function: Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, will preside over a function at Salaudi. It will be organised by the International Medical Help Line on November 7, according to Mr Mohan Singh Mann, Chief Editor of Medical Today, here on Saturday.

Lecture: The Social Sciences Association of Malwa College, Bondli-Samrala, organised a lecture on “Demand for State Autonomy”. The lecture was delivered by Mr Sarmukh Singh. He disclosed in detail the causes for the demand for state autonomy and various recommendations of committees such as Sarkaria committee in the in order to resolve the issue. Principal Parminder Singh substantiated his views and thanked him.



Exhibition: ‘Canbazar’ opened here on Saturday. Around 45 women have put up stalls of handicrafts, silk sarees, phulakris. It is organised by the centre of entrepreneurship development cell, Canra bank, Chandigarh.



Workshop: A workshop on agricultural credit was organised by Karnal office of Canara Bank at a tourist resort here on Saturday. Mr S. Nagraj, Assistant General Manager of the bank, inaugurated the workshop and Dr R.P. Sihog, Deputy Director Agriculture, Haryana, presided over the function. Dr Subodh Sharma, Deputy Director Animal Husbandry, Dr Paras Ram, DHO Ambala, and Mr R.K. Singh, AGM, NABARD, were among those who spoke on the occasion. District coordinators of different branches of the bank attended the meeting and discussed the strategies to increase agricultural credit in the district.



GOVT MOVE FLAYED: The Kulu-Manali unit of the Himachal Tourism Development Corporation Employees Federation has criticised the announcement of the Transport and Tourism minister to lease out HPTDC hotels to the private sector. The federation has urged the Chief Minister to reconsider the proposal so that the bread and butter of the employees was not affected.

BAN ON CRACKERS: The District Magistrate, Solan, has banned the storage and sale of crackers in congested and residential areas on the occasion of Divali at Solan and Parwanoo and banned the sale of rockets. Only licence-holders at places earmarked by the administration will sell crackers.

EXHIBITION: Five students — Shilpa, Malvika, Vinayak Parul Vaidya, Ekta Kapur — of the Senior Secondary Sarasvati Vidya Mandir School have made it to the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Science exhibition to be held in New Delhi in 2005. Their models were selected at an exhibition organised by the State Council of Education Research and Training, Solan, last week.

BANK MEETING: At its review meeting, the Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative (HPSC) Bank has declared November as consumer loan month, offering loan facilities to government servants and others on easy terms. As per the direction from NABARD, the bank has formed over 824 self-help groups and funded Rs 118 lakh under various schemes in the district.

LEGAL LITERACY: A legal literacy camp was organised at Renuka in Sirmaur on Friday in which mahila mandals and yuva mandals participated. Addressing the participants, CJM T.S. Kaisth said elementary knowledge of law was essential for every person. He said 23 persons were being provided pre-legal aid in Sirmaur by the District Legal Services Authority. President of the Bar Association Jaggi Ram Sharma gave details of compensation in case of accidents. Advocate Inder Singh gave details of the Labour Act.


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