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EXHIBITION: Paintings and sculptures of artists hailing from various parts of the country were displayed at an art exhibition organised here on Tuesday on the concluding day of the 13th art festival (Kala Mela) held by the Sobha Singh Memorial Chittarkar Society. Deputy Commissioner K.A.P. Sinha appreciated the efforts of the society and announced a grant of Rs 51,000.

BODY FOUND: Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva found the body of an old man from the local railway station on Thursday. The deceased, it seemed, was as beggar.

MEDICAL CAMP: The local Lions Club (City) will organise a free sugar and heart check-up camp at S.D. Sabha School here on December 5. Mr Vivek Sindhwani, PRO of the club, said Dr Vishav Mohan, DMC, Ludhiana, and Dr Navin Mittal would treat the patients. The club will also provide free medicines to the needy patients, he added.

DEMANDED: Employees of the Food Corporation of India held up their work on Thursday against the arrest of their colleagues by the Vigilance Bureau. The employees union was demanding an impartial probe into the episode. Mr K.K. Sharma, state secretary, Bhartiya Khadiya Nigam Karamchari Sangh, alleged that their colleagues were falsely implicated in the case.

CHARGE TAKEN: Mr Navdeep Singh Brar son of Mr Avtar Singh Brar, vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, and Mr Lachhman Singh Brar took over the charge as chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the local market committee here on Wednesday.

BOOKED: The district police has booked a Jalandhar-based travel agent who allegedly duped a resident of Bhano Langa village of Rs 6 lakh promising to send him to Italy.

PRIZE WON: The team of the local Government Senior Secondary School comprising Bhawneet, Megha Sobti, Geeta Kharbanda, Mandeep Singh Bhatia, Ankush Kataria has won the second prize at the two-day state-level Children' Science Congress-2004 organised by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology at Chandigarh.

EFFIGY BURNT: The Punjab State Electricity Board employees burnt an effigy of the PSEB Chairman and resorted to two-hour pen-down tool- down strike in protest against the anti-employee policies of the board. The protest was spearheaded by the Technical Service Union and the coordination committee of the board employees.

CAMP: The ongoing initiative of the local Congress MLA-cum-Chirman Punjab Agro Foods Corporation Joginder Singh Mann, has got boost when students of Community Polytechnic at village Palahi joined him in clearing the 4-km stretch of the Palahi-Phagwara road. It was the sixth camp of Mr Mann undertaken in and around Phagwara.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested four members of a family, including a couple, Manjinder Singh, his brother Manohar Singh, his wife Jasbir Kaur and father Pritam Singh. This was stated by Mr S.K. Asthana, Senior Superintendent of Police, here on Thursday.

LECTURE: “An indomitable will, determination and faith in God are necessary for emerging victorious in the battle of life.” This was the message of the talk delivered by the Deputy Chief Engineer, PSEB, on Friday at Malwa College, Bondli, on “Education, religion and life.” These views were adequately supplemented by Mr Jaspal Singh, Sports Officer, PAU Ludhiana. He also urged the students to cultivate good habits. The programme was organised by the Bondli unit of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle. Later speakers were honoured by Dr Parminder Singh Benipal, Principal of the college. 

FUNCTION: The 10th annual function of Punjab Public School, Ropalan, 10 km from here, will be held on December 7, according to Ms Gurminder Kaur, Principal of the school. The cultural programme on the occasion will be presided over by Mr Jaspal Mehra, DEO (Secondary). Mr Gurcharan Singh Raikhi, Zonal Manager of the Punjab and Sind Bank, will be the guest of honour. 

LOAN MELA: A loan mela was organised here on Friday by the Oriental Bank of Commerce, and Rs 40 lakh were sanctioned. The mela was presided by Mr M.S. Saharu, ARM Ludhiana. Mr Shiv Inder Pal Singh, manager of the bank, highlighted the schemes of the bank, particularly for the farmers. 



BODY FOUND: A body was found from a nullah situated on the National highway near PWD rest house here on Thursday. The deceased could not be identified. Meanwhile, the body was taken to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem.



SENTENCED: Mr P.D. Goel, Sessions Judge, has convicted Chaman Lal, son of Mr Sohan Lal, a resident of Jalandhar, for possessing charas under the NDPS Act and sentenced him to 10-year rigorous imprisonment and fined him Rs 1,00,000.

SET ON FIRE: Some identified miscreants set a car on fire near the Chamunda temple on the Chamba-Jhumhar road here on Thursday. A case has been registered.

SENTENCED: The Sub Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate, Nadaun, Anuja Sood has sentenced Ashwani Kumar of Sandhwan village to 18-month simple imprisonment and fined him Rs 1,500. Ashwani Kumar was caught while breaking the lock of Shiva temple at Nauhngi village on March 23, 2002.

DEAD: Madhu (22) died after falling from a tree near her Surajpur village under Arki police station on Thursday. She was plucking leaves and small branches when she lost balance. She was admitted to the Civil Hospital where she died.

SEIZED: Sixty bottles and 50 pouches of country liquor have been seized in three cases by the police. The 48 bottles were seized from Bhim Sen from Uttaranchal on the Sili road, near Solan, and 12 bottles seized from Manjit Singh of Nanuwal, near Nalagarh. Fifty pouches seized from a scooterist at Baddi.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearer of the Forest Colony Welfare Committee, Kamna Nagar (Chakkar): adviser-Mr Madan Sharma; president-Mr Jagdish Parmar; senior vice-president-Mr Ram Krishan; vice-president-Ms Bimla Devi; general secretary-Mr Kamal Gautam; and joint secretary-Mr Joginder Singh.


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