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SEMINAR: The district Legal Service Authority will organise a legal literacy seminar on Wednesday at Government School of Bundela village in the Jandiala block. The aim of the seminar is make people aware of the free legal aid schemes and their legal rights. Mr Virinder Aggarwal, secretary, Legal Service Authority, will preside over the function according to a press note here on Sunday.

DASTARBANDI: Children in the age group of five to 14 tied turbans during at quami dastarbandi ceremony held to commemorate the 300 years of the martyrdom of four Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh at Sant Singh Sukh Singh School here on Sunday. The ceremony was part of the ‘turban pride movement’ of the Akaal Purkh ki Fauj. Mr Jaswinder Singh, a member of the SGPC, said ‘Sikh Dastar Divas’ would be celebrated the world over on April 13.

ROAD SAFETY WEEK: On the concluding day of the Road Safety week reflectors were fixed on tractor-trailers on the campus of the local Wahid-Sandhars Sugars Limited on Sunday. The function was organised by traffic police in collaboration with Lions Club, Jalandhar. Mr Jarnail Singh Wahid, chairman-cum-managing director of the mill, presided over the function.

KIRTAN DARBAR: Mr Yahoor Ahmad Khan, the descendant of Nabi Khan Gani Khan who had helped Guru Gobind Singh and Sai Chann pir and successor of Sai Mian Mir, who had laid the foundation stone of the Golden Temple, will participate in a two-day International Bhai Mardana Kirtan Darbar to be held on February 26 at Ferozepur. This was stated by Mr Harjit Singh, general secretary of the International Bhai Mardana Kirtan Darbar Society, here on Sunday.

CELEBRATED: The Samaj Seva Sanstha celebrated Lohri with leprosy-affected families to build confidence in them for the tenth year here on Sunday.

CREMATED: Jatan Kumari, a Jain sadhvi, who died at Shri Jain Shvetamber Tera Panth Sabha Bhavan here on Saturday was cremated with religious fervour in a vacant piece of land near Shri Hanuman Temple here on Sunday.

RELIEF FUND: Councillors of the local Nagar Council handed over a draft for Rs 10,000 for the tsunami-hit people to Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, PPCC, here on Sunday. Another draft for the same amount was given to the PPCC President by Mr Kuldip Singh Chameli, Chairman, Zila Parishad Faridkot. Lt Lal Singh, senior executive of the local Maharawal Charitable Trust, handed over a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot. Col Balbir Singh (retd ) also gave Rs 6000 to the Deputy Commissioner.

CONCLUDED: A three-day camp, organised by the Elders Service Society, Faridkot, to make youth aware of their duties towards the welfare of the elders and social evils prevailing in society concluded at Govt Senior Secondary School, Sadiq village, on Sunday. More than 100 youth belonging to 30 villages participated in the camp.

Dance competition
: A dance competition was organised at Cutes Nursery School on Monday. Mr Bikramjeet Singh Khalsa, ex-MLA, presided over the function and gave away the prizes.

Car rally: Maruti is organising a rally ‘women’s fun drive’ for women drivers to display their driving skills on January 23. Three prizes of Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 will be given to the winners. The event is being organised after a gap of almost three years. Around 150 to 200 women are expected to participate. 

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: The Lions Club Patiala (Vishal) in association with the National Insurance Company will organise a blood donation camp at Shree Kali Mata Mandir on Friday at 10 a.m. The president of the Club, Mr Ashok Bansal said on Monday that the camp will be inaugurated jointly by Mr Tejvir Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, and Mr S.B. Singh, Regional Manager, National Insurance Company.

Relief Fund: The president of the Patiala Industries Association , Mr Aswani Garg, on Monday met Ms Preneet Kaur at her residence and presented a draft of Rs 1 lakh for tsunami victims. OC Mushaira: The Mehak Cultural Forum will organise an all-India mushaira to commemorate the 55th Republic Day at Central Library on Saturday. The forum president, Dr Naresh Raj, stated on Monday that noted poets like Mr Nida Fazli, Mr Bashir Badar, Dr Sardar Anjum, Dr Naresh, Mr Waseem Barelvi, Dr Naseem Nikhat, Mr Hassan Kazmi and Dr Nashir Naqvi will be taking part in the Mushaira.

Red Cross Camp: Four girls, Ms Mohineet Kaur Boparai, Ms Ramanjit Kaur, Ms Chanjyot Kaur, and Ms Arshpreet of the Government College for Girls along with their teacher, Dr Kanwal Sanjeev Kaur, attended a Youth Red Cross training-cum-study camp held at Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, from December 27 to 31. There they met tsunami victims.



BLOOD DONATION: As many as 41 persons donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology (PSCST) on Monday. A team of doctors from the General Hospital, Sector 16, conducted the camp, which was inaugurated by the Executive Director of PSCST, Dr N.S.Tiwana.

HELPAGE: HelpAge India, the NGO working for the elderly has provided 25,580 treatments in the city in the year 2004 though its mobile Medicare unit. Project Director of Helpage, Mr Mandeep Loomba said the organisation is running 55 mobile medicare units all over the country to provide free check-up and medicines among poor and destitute elderly.



LOOTED: Robbers looted Rs 21,000 from two persons in two separate incidents in the city on Saturday night. Mr Sanjay Phawa was robbed of Rs 3,000 when he was returning home after closing his shop. Mr Randhir of Mor Majra was robbed of Rs 18,000 on the Sanauli road.

ARRESTED: The police on Sunday arrested Pardeep in the dowry death case of Ms Usha, a sanchalika of the local Maharishi Dayanand Paramedical Institute. It is reported that she was allegedly poisoned to death by her husband, Pardeep and other member of his family. On a complaint of deceased’s brother, Mr Upender, a case has been registered against mother and father of Pardeep and two other relatives.



DISTRIBUTED: The Lions Club of Solan and the local Vishvas Foundation distributed blankets, sweaters, shoes and socks among 30 poor children here on Sunday. Mr Raminder Bawa, chairman of the club’s project for the poor, said members of the club went to Kusht Ashram at Mandodhar where they distributed blankets, shawls and sweets among inmates of the ashram. Mr Bawa donated Rs 11,000 and other office-bearers of the club donated 5,100 toward the tsunami relief fund, being collected by the foundation.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Gram Sudhar Sabha, Kasba-Kohasan (Dehra Subdivision) for five years. patron — Mr Bishamber Singh Thakur; president — Mr J.S. Sapehia; vice-president — Mr Mohan Lal Sharma; general secretary — Mr Joti Parkash Sharma; joint secretary — Mr Ramesh Chand Sharma; secretary — Mr Ramesh Kumar Sharma; treasurer — Mr Ravinder Kumar Pandit; auditor — Mr Mehar Singh Sapehia; chief adviser — Mr Bipan Dev Sharma; and advisers — Mr Rajinder Pal Sharma and Mr Salig Ram Pandora.

SEIZED: The police seized 4.5 kg of poppy husk from Bindu Rai, a labourer from Bihar, near Maganpura village here on Saturday night. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

EXTENSION COUNTER: The chairman of the Himachal Gramin Bank, Mr Gurdial Singh, said here on Friday that an extension counter would be opened at Kheel Dharmorh village. He said the bank would adopt the village under the Village Adoption Scheme. He was speaking at the launching ceremony of the Kisan Club at Kheel Dharmor.


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