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FLATS: As many as 1000 flats would be constructed at Mal Mandi for the middle income group. This was stated by Mr Jugal Kishore Sharma, Chairman, Improvement Trust, during the draw of lots for 84 MIG flats at Ranjit avenue ‘C’ block and 36 HIG flats at New Amritsar on Friday.

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BLOOD CAMP: One hundred one persons donated blood at a camp organised by the SDS Memorial Charitable Trust in the premises of PCPL, a pharmaceutical unit, near here on Saturday. Mr Avtar Singh, director of the unit, inaugurated the camp where employees of the unit and residents of the nearby villages participated.

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BLOOD CAMP: Prof D.N.Mittal memorial trust will organise a blood camp on December 20 at Bassi Pathana town, said Prof Harshwinder Singh, secretary of the trust.

ARRESTED: The police on Friday claimed to have busted a nine-member gang of thieves with the arrest of eight persons. According to the police, a special police party conducted a raid at cremation grounds near Nangal Shama village and arrested eight persons armed with lethal weapons, who were planning to commit a robbery.

COMPUTER LABS: Under the Integrated Computer Training Project, as many as 45 computer labs are being set up in 42 High and Senior Secondary Schools with a view to impart computer education to the students from January, 2005. Computer training would be imparted to as many as 19,732 students belonging to 42 schools, including 37 schools situated in rural and Kandi areas.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Kashmir Bali, a resident of Ravi Dass Nagar, here at a naka near Nehru Gate on Thursday and seized 100 grams of smack from his possession. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

DONATED: The administrative staff of Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, has collectively donated a sum of Rs 1.27 lakh for the trauma centre being constructed at Guru Nanak Mission Hospital run by the trust. The donation amount was presented to Dr Budh Singh Dhahan, founder president of the trust. Dr Dhahan lauded this gesture of the staff.

PENSIONERS’ DAY: The Punjab Pensioners’ Welfare Association on Friday celebrated Pensioners’ day at the Punjab State Electricity Board(PSEB) Engineers Home here. The President of the Association, Mr H.S. Sodhi, while addressing the members on the occasion highlighted the activities of the organisation. The Deputy Commissioner also honoured senior members of the association.

APPOINTED: The President of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Raminder Awla has announced that Mr Nawab Singh Manes has been appointed as Vice President of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress with immediate effect.

DONATED: The Branch Manager for LIC Patiala, Mr Vinod Kumar Raina along with Assistant Branch Manager, Tek Chand Batra distributed books and stationery among students of the Ram Kali Devi Deaf and Dumb School here on Friday.

Rotary award: The Rotary Club, Patiala, on Thursday conferred the Rotary Centenary Award, 2004, on the noted theatre couple Pran and Sunita Sabharwal of the National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) here.

DEATH MOURNED: Two minutes’ silence was observed here on Saturday on the death of Malvir Singh Khattran by members of the Akas Manch, Samrala, under the leadership of Mr Rajwinder Samrala, Director of the manch. Malvir Singh was an Akali leader, president of the Sports Club, Khattran, and a leading commission agent of the Samrala grain market. Earlier in the evening, thousands attended the cremation.

TRANSFERRED: Inspector Balwinder Singh, SHO, Samrala, has been transferred to the anti-fraud wing, Khanna, vide Mr Harbans Singh, who has been posted back to Samrala as SHO. He joined here on Saturday. Similarly, the SHO, Machhiwara, Inspector P.C. Katoch, has been transferred to the Security Branch, Khanna, and Sub-Inspector Balwinder Singh has taken over as SHO, Machhiwara. This was stated by the DSP, Samrala, Mr Jasveer Singh, here on Saturday.

FREE LANGAR: Employees of the local telephone exchange have organised an Akhand Path in the premises of the telephone exchange. A free langar will be served on Sunday, according to the DET, Mr Dhami. 



STOVE BURST: Sangeeta (26) suffered burn injuries when a stove burst this morning. She was admitted to the PGI with 80 per cent burn injuries. Sangeeta was making tea on the stove when the incident occurred. Her husband tried to save her and also received burns in the process. She was immediately rushed to General Hospital from where doctors, assessing her serious condition, referred her to the PGI. The police said Sangeeta had given a statement today saying that it was a mere accident and nobody was responsible for the incident. Sangeeta was married three years ago and has no children.

ARRESTED: The local police has arrested Narinder Singh, of Maloya Colony from the locality this morning. He was accused of stealing a number of cycles from the city. The police has recovered four stolen cycles from his possession. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC was registered against him in the Sector 39 police station.

MISBEHAVED: Sudarshan Pahwa, a of Sector 35-D filed a complaint to the police that he had bought a Petro Card issued by Bharat Petroleum from its petrol station in Sector 21-C. He was told that when he received the card all entries of petrol he had purchased from the company outlet would be enter later. But when he got the card it refused to enter the old entries and allegedly misbehaved with him.

NSS CAMP: A 10-day NSS camp began at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, here on Friday. The Principal, Ms Suman Sharma, inaugurated the camp. NSS volunteers will work for the cleanliness of environment and other related activities.

CAMP: A 10-day NSS camp began at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here on Friday, which was inaugurated by the youth officer, NSS Regional Centre, Ms Madhu Bala. She asked volunteers to work for the welfare of society. The principal of the school, Ms Saroj Gupta, welcomed the guests and applauded the role of NSS units in keeping school campuses clean.

RAIL TICKET: The Indian Railways and Hutch have launched “Railway ticketing on Hutch”, a service that allows Hutch mobile phone users of the Punjab circle to book railway tickets through voice commands.

NEW RANGE: Milton Global Ltd has come up with a new range of products, including microcooker, idli-maker, lotus steamer and microaster, according to Mr Sandip Sinha, Vice-President, Marketing and Business Development.

BLOOD CAMP: As many as 160 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Chamber of Chandigarh Industries (CCI) at the Community Centre, at Industrial Area on Saturday.

PROGRAMME ORGANISED: Brahma Kumaris Rajyog Meditation Centre, Sector 21, organised a “Women Self-Awareness” programme in Sector 20, here on Saturday. Mr B.K. Mukesh of the centre, speaking on anger management, highlighted the different forms of anger, its ill effects and remedies. She urged people to lead an anger-free life.

ADMN’S MOVE HAILED: A joint meeting of the representatives of the Architects Association, Chandigarh, the Property Owners Welfare Association, Chandigarh and the Samadhaan held on Saturday welcomed the administration’s move to streamline the building plan sanction system. It would save hundreds of hours and trips in time, manpower and cost, and lead to greater efficiency.

SEMINAR: A seminar on studies in Canada was held at Raja Ram Mohan Roy Institute of Vocational Studies, Sector 27, Chandigarh on Friday. The seminar was organised by the DLA Overseas Study Centre. Dr Roger Barnsley, President of the University College of the Cariboo, Thompson Rivers University, was the chief guest of the seminar.

EFFORTS LAUDED: Ms Jean Rodrigues, wife of UT Administrator , appreciated the efforts of Mr Jagdish Lal Ahuja, engaged in serving free food to the poor patients at PGI premises and visited his camp today. Ms Rodrigues also distributed langar packets, blankets and clothes to the attendants of the poor patients. 

AWARENESS CAMP: Members of the Consumers Protection and Grievances Redressal Forum here organised a consumer awareness camp at the Government Secondary School Desu Majra here to celebrate the National Consumer Day. Mr B.S. Gupta, Secretary, food and supplies, Punjab, praised the organisation for spreading the message of consumers among villagers.

ELECTED: Viru Mal has been elected president of the North Zone Scheduled Castes amd Scheduled Tribes Welfare Federation here. Mr Chand Singh Jassi will be the senior vice-president while Mr S.P.Bhagat would be the vice-president.

MEETINGS: The Pressure of the state Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, and the district BJP Chief, Mr Baldev Nayar, on Friday conducted meetings in various villages of Barwala block. Residents informed them of problems they were facing, including shortage of LPG, and rising prices of bricks.

Appointed: Mr Gian Chand Gupta has been appointed Vice-President of Haryana Pradesh Vaishya Mahasammelan , a branch the Akhil Bhartiya Vaishya Mahasammelan.

Orientation programme: The local chapter of the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) conducted an orientation programme on Male Involvement in SRH including Family Planning on Wednesday. As many as 47 members of voluntary groups, opinion leaders , youth and other NGOs participated in the programme.



RAIL WORRIES: The defective printer of the city railway computerised reservation centre has been causing great inconvenience to the passengers who come for the reservation of the tickets. The printer attached with it has not been working properly for last six months. The PNR number, even the number of coach and berth printed on the computerised tickets can not be read easily.

LOAN UTSAV: A Loan Utsav will be organised by the main branch of the State Bank of Patiala at Kalka on December 23 and 24. Loans will be provided for homes, cars, two wheelers, education, personal needs and for marriages, said Mr SC Dhall, manager of the bank.



UNVEILED: Prominent and elderly freedom fighters K.L. Dabra and Mathiram Sankhayayan here on Friday unveiled statue of prominent Praja Mandal Freedom Fighter and life-time social worker late Pandit Harikrishan at Swatantrata Senani Park. Many prominent leaders of various political parties and representatives of social organisations were present on the occasion.


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