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Eye camp: A free eye check-up camp was held at Rooprai Nursing Home, Sanaur on January 3 by Dr Sukhdip S. Boparai, eye surgeon and his team of doctors from Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre, Leela Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Boparai informed that approximately 600 patients were examined during the camp. This camp was organised by Dr Anil Rooprai, in the memory of his father late Mr Faqir Chand Rooprai. Free food and medicines were also distributed.

Book released: Noted UK based writer Mr Nirpal Singh Shergil released his book titled “Indians Abroad and Punjab Impact” at Mata Gujri Public School, Gurdwara Sahib Sant Kambliwale, Bhishan Nagar, here on Thursday. On the occasion he was honoured by Sant Nakshatra Singh Kambliwala. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sharanjit Kaur said the book contained a complete list of the Sikh organisations from Afghanistan to Zambia and from Australia to the USA, including Gurdwaras in India. On the occasion , Dr Meva Sing Sidhu, Vice-Chairman Agri Export Corporation , Punjab, Mr Davinder Singh Walian, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Balwinder Singh Saifdipur, President of Rashtriya Bhau Bhaichara and Mr Sawinder Singh Sabarwal, member SGPC, were also present.

STOLEN: Grocery items worth thousands of rupees were allegedly stolen from a provision store at Khothran village here on Tuesday. The burglars broke the shutter with the help of iron bars and entered into the shop.

CRUSHED: In a hit-and-run case, a cloth merchant, Tilak Raj Gandhi, was crushed to death when his motor cycle was hit by an unidentified vehicle on the GT road here on Wednesday. The body was sent to Civil Hospital for the postmortem.

DEMANDED: On a call of the Revenue Officers Association, Patiala Division, the pen down strike by tehsildars and naib tehsildars in Samrala subdivision entered its third day on Thursday. General Secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union Balbir Singh Rajewal and district press secretary Mewa Singh Sihala and general secretary of the Punjab Lambardar Union Pritam Singh have demanded that SDMs or any competent officers should be assigned the job of revenue officers, so that the public and farmers do not suffer due to the strike.

RELIEF: Two trucks laden with wheat and rice were flagged off by Ms Balraj Kaur Grewal and Mr Parminder Singh Kular, Tehsildar and Naib Tehsildar of Samrala, respectively, for the tsunami victims. This was stated by Mr Baldev Singh, SDM, Samrala, here on Thursday. The SDM said earlier a sum of Rs 3 lakh was collected from arhtias’ associations of Machhiwara and Samrala and the Patwar Union, Samrala, for the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Young Lawyers Taxation Bar Association: president - Mr Rajan Kumar Jindal; secretary - Mr Vinay Garg; treasurer - Mr Jatinder Sharma.

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ORGANISED: An annual prize distribution function of Sri Guru Har Krishan Public School was organised here on Wednesday. Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, MP, was the chief guest. He announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the school. Mr Harbans Singh Kairon, secretary, Chief Khalas Diwan, presided over the function.

NOMINATED: Mahant Bharathi Hari, president of the Shiromani Punjabi Vaid Mandal, nominated Dr Tarsem Singh Golan, municipal councillor, as press secretary of the mandal.



CME ON AIDS: The Department of Internal Medicine at the Post Graduate Institute (PGI) here is jointly holding a CME with the New York University School of Medicine, the USA on “HIV/AIDS and recent advances in AIDS Research” from January 9 to January 11 at the Bhargava Auditorium, PGI. Experts from the USA would deliberate upon the research being carried out in the different aspects of the HIV/AIDS, which till date does not have any cure anywhere in the world. More than 5.1 million persons are infected by the disease in India and more than 37 million are its victims the world over.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: A voluntary blood donation camp will be jointly organised by the IMTECH, Sector 29, and the GMCH, Sector 32, on the institute’s premises on Friday. A team of doctors from the GMCH would also conduct another voluntary blood donation camp at the market of Sector 35, which is jointly conducted with the Lions Club Panchkula Central.

DISTRIBUTED: The Society of Social Health (SOFOSH), Chandigarh, distributed 50 woollen blankets among the poor, disabled and widows at the Colony No. 4 here on Thursday. Chairperson of the Chandigarh Social Welfare Board Kamlesh Gupta distributed the blankets and said the social organisations in the city were sensitive to the needs of the needy.

RE-NOMINATED: Mr R.L. Sabharwal, a former Joint Director of the Welfare Department, Punjab, has been re-nominated as a Member of the District Legal Services Authority. According to a press note issued here on Thursday, Mr Sabharwal had been instrumental in spreading information about the lok adalats through seminars organised by NGOs and panchayat samitis in villages.

DEMAND: Demanding allotment of plots in Sectors 76 to 80 of Mohali, a delegation of the Plot Allotment Sangarsh Committee, Mohali, on Thursday met the Additional Chief Administrator of PUDA, Mr Yashvir Mahajan. Mr Sucha Singh Kalor led the delegation. In a statement, the spokesman of the committee said they sought information regarding the status of the plots. The issue of development of Sector 77 and 78 was also raised in the meeting. The committee has announced to hold the next rally on January 16 at Rose Garden, Phase 3B 1.

IMMUNISATION DRIVE: The district administration launched a special immunisation and vaccination drive in the district during December. An official press release said 1,104 children were vaccinated against BCG, 934 against khasra, and 1041 were administered DPT and third dose against polio. 

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: A blood donation camp will be organised by Sri Shiv Mandir Navdurga Charitable Trust, Mahadevpur, at the Saketri temple on Sunday. The camp is being organised with the support of the PGI Blood Bank. 

SUPPORT EXTENDED: The Akhil Bhartiya Kabir Panthi Dhanak Samaj Sangharsh Morcha has extended its support to the Bharatiya Janata Party during the forthcoming elections in Haryana. A decision to this effect was taken during a meeting of the morcha on Thursday. They also demanded that the Haryana president of the morcha, Mr Ram Prakash Khangwal, be given the party ticket to contest elections from Jhajjar reserved seat.



elected: Mr Rakesh Bansal is elected the president of the Ambala Pharmaceuticals Distributors Association. Mr Bansal said the association had been formed to look after the interest of pharmaceutical trade. The association has provided a sum of Rs 3300 to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the relief measures of the tsunami victims.

OPPOSED: A large number of INLD workers held a meeting at Kalyat here on Wednesday to express resentment against the nomination of Mr Pritam Singh as a party candidate for the coming Assembly elections. The activists said they would meet party chief Om Parkash Chautala and oppose his candidature.

CELEBRATED: Gurpurb was celebrated with enthusiasm and religious fervour at Neem Sahib gurdwara here on Wednesday. A procession was taken out on the occasion. A programme of shabad kirtan was also organised.

LOOTED: Two motor-cycle borne youths allegedly snatched a bag containing Rs 1.48 lakh from Suresh Bansal near ITI on the Kaithal-Jind road here on Wednesday. In another incident, goods worth Rs 30,000 were stolen from Saini Engineering works and Kundu Sanitary shop at the Dhand road here.

INJURED: At least 20 persons were injured when two groups clashed in Rakesh Colony on the Kutani road. The injured have been admitted to Bhim Sen Sachar hospital here. The two groups attacked each other with sharp-edged weapons and lathis.

STOLEN: Goods worth Rs 1.25 lakh were allegedly stolen from Krishna Sound Service at the Buria Chowki here on Wednesday. The shop owner has reported that the thieves have taken away CD players, a mike, sound mixer and some cash. A case has been registered. 



KILLED: Joginder (55) and Anku (24) were killed when their scooter collided with a Maruti Gipsy coming from the opposite direction at Ranital, 17 km from here, on Wednesday. The police said both died on the spot.

SEIZED: The Arki police arrested Hem Ram of Chanpur village and Bali Ram, alias Ballu, of Chanpur Shangli village here on Wednesday and seized 15 kg lahan each from their possession. Two separate cases under the Excise Act have been registered.


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