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DONATION: Members of the Diploma Engineer's Association decided to donate one-day salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the victims of tsunami waves. It was decided at a meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Mr Pargat Singh Grewal. He said the members expressed thanks to the Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, for promoting Mr Jarnail Singh as Chief Engineer, Drainage Irrigation Works.

Road Safety Week: The Jagraon police organised on Monday a small function in tehsil chawk to celebrate Road Safety Week. It will continue till January 9. The function was presided over by Mr Jarnail Singh Dhaliwal, SP, (HQ) who addressed the gathering and advised them to follow traffic rules so as to save human lives. During the week the police will impart education to the drivers about road signals.

GATE RALLY: Hundreds of the Punjab State Electricity Board on Monday organised a gate rally in front of their suburban office on Sidhwanbet Road, here to protest against the decision of the state government to privatise the board. Addressing the gate rally Mr Bhupinder Singh Brar, Mr Ram Singh Kothe Khazooran and other leaders flayed the decision of the government and called it anti-employee and anti-consumer. They also gave a call to oppose it.

WOMAN ASSAULTED: Nardip Singh alias Bholu, Karamjit Singh alias Sukha, Devinder Singh, Pardip Singh all from Kamaalpura along with an unknown person allegedly assaulted Harbans Kaur of Sharma Patt village with sharp edged weapon and iron rod, after entering into her house. The local police has registered a case under Sections 452, 323, 148, 149 of the IPC.

DONATED: The staff members of the local branch of Punjab National Bank have donated their one-day salary to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund as aid to tsunami victims.

SALARY DONATED: To assist the tsunami victims in rehabilitation, the All-India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO) has decided to send some financial help by donating one-day salary to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. Dr V.K. Tewari, national secretary, said that the magnitude of the loss of life and property had been immense and called for major relief efforts. He said that as many as 3.5 lakhs teachers working in state universities and colleges would contribute the amount ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 1000. Dr Tewari said that the teachers’ organizations in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Pondicherry had already been pressed into action for rehabilitation efforts.

TECHNOCRATS BODY: The Agriculture Technocrats Action Committee, Punjab, has decided to donate for tsunami victims. Stating this in a press note here, Dr Balwinder Singh Sohal, secretary-general of the committee, said all agricultural technocrats would donate Rs 1,000 each for the tsunami victims and the collected amount would be handed over to the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh.

AIFUCTO’s gesture: The All-India Federation of University College Teachers Organisations (AIFUCTO) today declared that its members would donate their one-day salary to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the rehabilitation of tsunami-affected people. Dr V.K Tewari, national secretary of the federation, staetd here today that on an everage, the teachers would contribute the amount ranging from Rs 500 to 1,000.

CASE REGISTERED: The police has registered a case of murder against unknown persons after a youth was allegedly killed in a clash on the eve of New Year. The deceased, Rabul Bhangu, had suffered a serious injury in his left year during a clash.

Meeting: The Malwa Sports Association, Samrala, held a meeting at the local Government Senior Secondary School. The meeting was chaired by its senior vice-president, Mr Harbans Singh. Members expressed grief over the death a large number of people in South-East Asia, including India, due to tsunami. Members were asked to donate their one-day salary to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

Tsunami victims: A meeting of the executive body of the local Brahmin Sabha was held at Durga Mandir on Monday. Mr Behari Lal Saddi presided over the meeting. The sabha expressed grief over the death of tsunami victims.

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APPEAL: Baba Sukha, head of the Kar Seva Sampardaya, Sarhali, has appealed to all sections of the society to come forward for the rehabilitation of the tsunami victims. Baba was delivering the message on the death anniversary of Baba Tara Singh and Baba Charan Singh which concluded at Sarhali today. More than 3 lakh devotees attended function.



DONATION: Employees of the Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairy Department have decided to donate a day’s salary for the relief of those affected by tsunami. A spokesman of the department said here today that the Director of the department, Dr K.S. Dangi, would ensure that these funds reach the affected people. In Dehradun, Uttaranchal Governor Sudarshan Agarwal asked legislators in the hill state to donate Rs 10 lakh from their MLA discretionary fund for tsunami victims. 

MEETING: Sahit Chitan, a literary organisation, held its monthly meeting at the Pracheen Kala Kendra Complex on Sunday. Over fifty litterateurs participated in the three-hour brain storming session on various fictional creations and literary issues. After paying homage to tsunami disaster victims and prolific writer Dalbir Chetan, the house had critical appreciation of latest Punjabi book ‘Dharam Banam Marxvaad’ written by Prof Gurmit Singh Tiwana. Prof Harkishan Mehta, Dr Prem Singh, Dr Surinder Gill, Kuldip Singh, Shabdeesh, Dr Gurbachan, Dr Atma Ram and others expressed divergent views while renowned bureaucrat poet Pardeep Kasni recited two poems relating to the diverse issues, said Sardara Singh Cheema who conducted the proceedings.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The office-bearers of the Indian Dental Association (IDA), Chandigarh State Branch, were elected at the annual general body meeting held on Monday. Dr Parampreet Kaur has been elected as the president and Dr K. Gauba is the president-elect. Dr S.P. Singh is vice-president, Dr Gurvanit Lehl is the honorary secretary and Dr Bimaldeep Singh has been elected the honorary joint secretary. Dr O.P. Nagpal is elected the honorary treasurer of the IDA. 



ANNUAL FUNCTION: The annual function of Springbells High School was organised here today. Dr K. K. Arora, Principal of the local Manohar Memorial College was the chief guest. Students presented a variety of cultural shows. Fancy dress show by tiny tots was highly appreciated. The Principal, Mr H. S. Monga, presented the annual report of the school.

DRIVE FOR DONATIONS: Members of the Sarv Karmchari Sangh, Haryana, have launched a statewide campaign to raise donations for the tsunami victims. They will send the amount collected through donations to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. This was stated by Mr Anil Sharma, adviser to the sangh, here today. He said delegations of government employees would submit the collected money to the Deputy Commissioners at all district headquarters in the state on January 5. The employees have also decided to contribute a day’s salary the fund.

MEETING: A meeting of the state unit of the National Congress Party (NCP) will be held at Karnal on January 8. This was stated by Chaudhary Ved Pal, state president, of the party. He said general secretary of the NCP and member of Parliament, Mr Tariq Anwar, Union Minister of State, Ms Surya Kanta Patil and prominent leaders would address the gathering.

SUICIDE: A woman of Shimla Mulana village has committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. The reason of the suicide could not be ascertained. Her body was taken to Bhim Sen Sachar Hospital for post-mortem. The police is investigating the matter.

INJURED: Six persons were injured when a tempo carrying them over turned on the Sonepat-Rohtak road, near Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, on Monday. The injured were taken to community health for treatment. A case has been registered.

SEIZED: The police has arrested Sukhbir of Bankner village in Delhi and seized 7 kg of poppy husk from his possession. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

DEMANDED: A housewife, Ms Anuj, who was allegedly poisoned by her in-laws, is under treatment at the PGIMS, Rohtak. Mr Ved Singh Dahiya, father of the women, has demanded the arrest of her husband. A case of dowry has been registered.



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh State Highly Qualified Teachers Association: president-Mr Gian Singh Ghambhir; senior vice-president- Mr Ashwini Kumar Dutta; general secretary- Mr Satpal Sharma; finance secretary-Mr Joginder Lal Soni.

APPEAL: HP NSUI chief, Kewal Singh Pathania on Monday appealed to the student to donate liberally for the tsunami victims. Addressing a meeting of the local unit of NSUI here, he said that people of Asia had not seen such a devastating damage and it was everyone’s duty to help the tsunami victims. Employees of Hotel Hamir, where the meeting was held, donated money in response to the NSUI appeal.


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