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BOOKED: Didar Singh, a resident of Mahmoodpura, under Lopoke police station, has been booked for retracting in a bribery case. Mr Dilbagh Singh Gill, SSP, Vigilance, in a press note issued on Wednesday said the accused was complainant in a case in which one Kashmir Singh, Secretary, Housefed Society, Rania, was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 in 1998. Didar Singh also got a reward of Rs 25,000 from the state government. A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered. When the case came up for hearing in the court of Special Judge, the accused retracted from his earlier statement by virtue of which Kashmir Singh was released by the court. The SSP said a case under Section 420 of the IPC was registered.

INAUGURATED: Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, inaugurated an extension counter of Vijaya Bank in the university shopping complex here on Wednesday. Mr Naveen Kumar Hegde, DGM of the bank, said customers would be provided with Internet banking, tele-banking and mobile banking services shortly. He said Vijaya Bank had a business base in excess of Rs 32,000 crore and the bank had a pan-India presence with a network of 891 branches and 64 extension counters spread over 28 states and four union territories.

FOUNDATION LAID: A three-storey block having six flats with modern facilities will soon come up in the Guru Nanak Dev University complex. The block meant for teachers would be constructed at a cost of Rs 50 lakh. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, laid its foundation stone on Wednesday.

CANCELLED: The New Year’s Eve function of the local Dunes Club has been cancelled due to the large-scale devastation caused by tsunami tidal waves along the coastal belt. In a press note issued here on Thursday, Mr K.A.P. Sinha, president, Dunes Club, appealed to the members of the club to contribute to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund to help the families in distress.

COORDINATOR: Prof N.K. Gosain, president of the local unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), has been appointed coordinator of the DAV Colleges Coordination Committee for the colleges situated in Punjab by the executive committee of the PCCTU at its meeting held at DAV College, Dasuya. 

OLD-AGE PENSION: The Punjab Government would pay the widow and old-age pensions, along with pending dues, to the beneficiaries next month. The Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr Harchand Singh Barsat, while talking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, said about 22,000 vacant posts of teacher would also be filled before the start of next academic session. He also said 16,000-km stretch of link roads would be completed before March 25 next year.

Relief Fund:Teaching and Non-Teaching staff of Multani Mal Modi College here has decided to donate one day’s salary for tsunami -hit. The amount will be sent to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. NSS and NCC volunteers of the college will collect clothes and other commodities for the victims which will be sent to them through the district administration.

PWD staff’s gesture: The Joint Action Committee comprising of employees of Punjab PWD and Buildings and Roads (B&R), union have also decided to donate one day’s salary for the victims of tsunami. The committee consists of the Senior Engineers Association, Sub Divisional Engineers Association, Diploma Engineers Association, the Draftsman Services Association the Ministerial Staff Association Drivers and Technical Staff Association, Superiors Association and class-IV employees who today pledged to come to the aid of those affected by the calamity.

PSEB staff’s protest: The PSEB Employees Joint Forum will observe a Black Day on January 3 by holding protest rallies against the privatisation of the Board at all Sub Divisional Offices in the state. An emergency meeting of the forum has also been called on January 6 at Patiala to decide the next line of action.

Office-Bearers: Mr Amarjit Singh Lagdrian has been elected president of the Punjab State Electricity Board Employees Federation. Other office-bearers are: Mr Gernail Singh Chaunda — senior vice-president; Mr Haridat Walia — vice- president; Mr Harbans Lal —vice president; Mr Harbhajan Singh — secretary; Mr Sohan Singh — assistant secretary.

Refresher Course: A Refresher course sponsored by the UGC and organised by the Department of Anthropological Linguistics and Punjabi Language, Punjabi University commenced here on Thursday. Fifty teachers from various colleges and universities attended this course. Dr Prem Singh, Dr Kapil Kapoor, Dr O.N. Kaul, Dr S.S.Noor, Dr S.S. Joshi delivered lectures on literature and culture. Chief Guest Dr S.P.S. Virdi, Dean Academic Affairs lauded the course. Participants also paid homage to those killed by tsunami. 

Mileage Competition: Millennium Automobiles, dealers of Yamaha motorcycles in collaboration with Yamaha Motors India held a mileage competition in the city. Mr Rakesh Singla, MD of Millennium Automobiles said 80 people participated in the competition . Mr Piyush Goyal won this competition and Mr Akash Sharma came second.

Octroi posts: The octroi posts within the municipal limits of the town were auctioned to private contractors here on Wednesday. According to Mr Vijay Sharma, Executive Officer of the local Municipal Council, the octroi posts were auctioned for Rs 7.10 crore.

MEDICAL CAMP: A one-day free medical check-up camp was organised by the AWWA, Black Arrow Bridges, at Chhakar, village, 20 km from here, on Wednesday. The camp was inaugurated by Brig S.H. Kulkarni. More than 200 patients were examined at the camp.

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RELIEF FUND: Baba Sewa Singh, head of Kar Sewa Sampradaya, Khadoor Sahib, presented a bank draft for Rs 1 lakh to Mr Kiran Deep Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar, on Wednesday as contribution towards the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to help victims of tidal waves in the southern parts of the country. The amount was presented on behalf of the students and staff of Sri Guru Angad Dev College and Sant Baba Gurmukh Singh Uttam Singh Senior Secondary School in his capacity as president of the governing council of the institutions.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following were elected office-bearers of the local Citizen Council here on Wednesday: president — Mr Mohinder Singh Prince; vice-president — Mr Gurminder Singh Rataul; general secretary — Mr Sukhwant Singh; joint secretary — Mr Balraj Singh; organising secretary — Mr Gurdeep Singh; treasurer — Mr Jasbir Singh and press secretary — Mr Manjit Singh.



LOAN MELA: A two-day home loan mela ended at the Indian Bank Mohali branch on Wednesday. Mr D.P. Singh, Circle head Chandigarh had inaugurated the mela. Dr R.K. Sathu manager of the bank at Mohali said loans worth Rs 75 lakh were sanctioned on the spot.

EXCURSION: The National Society for Child Artists here will organise an excursion of students from Korea and Punjab to Thunder Zone on January 1, 2005.



CHEATED: A labourer, Chotte Lal, was cheated by an unidentified youth at the Head Post Office when he was waiting in a queue to send a money order. He said a youth approached him and said he would do the job in a short period. Then Chotte Lal gave him Rs 5,000 along with postal charges. The youth fled with money.



DHARNA: Hundreds of persons of Ranikotla, Dhartatoh, Chhakoh, Soldha and Suinsurhaad panchayats led by J PCement Factory Oustees All-Party Committee president Ranjeet Singh gathered outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Wednesday, staged dharna and held a rally. They demanded that the cement factory should be set up within Bilaspur district They urged the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, to look into their grievances.

SEIZED: The police raided a shop of Rajender Kumar of Oel village, near here, on Wednesday and seized four objectionable CDs from his possession. The accused has been arrested and a case registered against him. The Superintendent of Police, Mr M. Chandershekhar, said in another raid, the police arrested Bholidevi, wife of Surjeet Singh, of Bahreda village, under Kot police station and seized 5,000 ml of illicit liquor from her.


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