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Seminar on AIDS
: The Field Publicity Office of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting organised a seminar on AIDS awareness and a rally at Government Secondary School, Sohian Kalan, here on Saturday. Addressing the students, Mr Balwinder Attri, Field Publicity Officer, said precaution was the only way out to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

Delegation: A 53-member delegation of devotees of Baba Phuman Shah hailing from Punjab and Haryana and members of the Hind-Pak Maitri Sangh, an NGO-led by mahant Baba Brahm Das, will visit Pakistan on Monday. This information was given by Mr Subash Kamboj, president of the Baba Phuman Shah Sports Welfare Association, in a press note issued here on Saturday. He said the delegation would meet Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian families that gave about 18,000 acres for the Darbar of Baba Phuman Shah.

POLICE REMAND: The Judicial Magistrate, Batala, Mr Ashok Kapoor, has ordered two-day police remand of Harvinder Pal Singh, a resident of Hathi Gate area, who was arrested by the Civil Lines police on Friday. He was arrested under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act, Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act, Sections 3, 34 and 20 of the IPC and Section 14 of Foreign Act by the Punjab police.

Fatehgarh Sahib 
The local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Seva Society on Sunday honoured Dr D.S. Heera, Principal, B.B.S.B. Engineering College, Mr Kirpal Singh Libra, Mr Ranjit Singh Libra, both SAD leaders, Mr Bajwa, Principal, BZSF School, Mr Sunny Bhardwaj, Director, Fatehgarh Halchal, for making the tercentenary of the martyrdom of Sahibjadas a success. The function was organised at B.Z.S.F.S. School. Mr Kirpal Singh Libra, SAD leader, presided over the function.Students, who won the religious test conducted by the society, were also given prizes on the occasion. Dr D.S. Heera, Mr Bajwa, Mr Kirpal Singh Libra, Mr Ranjit Singh Libra also spoke on the occasion.

CHARGE TAKEN: Dr Ian Barker, a UK-based educationist, has taken over the charge of the local Mayor World School. Mr Rohit Sharma, chief executive officer of the school, said here on Friday that Dr Barker had an experience of more than 28 years in education and worked with a number of schools across the world.

ARRESTED: The police has arrested Sukhjinder Singh, a resident of Karatarpur, and Baljinder Kaur of Pannu Majra village in Nawanshahr when they were allegedly planning to get remarried without divorcing their previous spouses. Both are non-resident Indian and had come to India for remarriage. A case has been registered.

CAUGHT: The Vigilance Bureau caught Dr Surinder Pal Singh, Medical Officer of the local Civil Hospital, while taking bribe of Rs 2,000 from the relative of a patient here on Friday. A case has been registered.

Lok Adalats
: Lok Adalats were organised in local courts here. The Additional Civil Judge, Mr H.S. Grewal, dispensed nine cases on the spot. He also cleared 76 cases of violation of traffic rules and Rs 16,800 were charged as fine. Mr Balwinder Kumar (PCS) also cleared several cases in a separately held Lok Adalat.

GANG BUSTED: Mr M.F. Farooqui, SSP, has, in a press note, claimed to have busted a gang involved in vehicle thefts and selling the stolen vehicles by arresting its two members, Baldev Singh and Jaspal Singh. A stolen Santro car was recovered from their possession. A number of fake documents and stamps of senior officers of the district were also seized.

Bag goes missing
: A bag containing cash and jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh went missing while a marriage party was going on at a marriage palace on the outskirts of the town on Friday. It belonged to the bride’s side. A search was launched but the bag could not be found. However, no complaint has been lodged with the police yet.

TRUST MEETING: The newly appointed Chairman of the Improvement Trust, Phagwara, Mr Balbir Raja Sodhi, on Saturday held the maiden meeting of the trust. Accompanied by trustees, Mr Sodhi visited various colonies of the trust to have an on-the-spot study. In Shaheed Bhagat Nagar, the Scheme No.3 colony of the trust, Mr Sodhi said after making an assessment of the ground situation, the incomplete projects would be completed and new people-friendly development projects would be undertaken. The trustees, including Mr Inder Duggal, Mr Charanjit Singh Jhikka and Mr Hardip Singh Bhambra, were among those present.



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Block Welfare Association, Sector 45-C, Chandigarh (House No 2249 to 2280): president — Mr B.M. Sharma; vice-president — Mr Baljit Pal; general-secretary — Mr T.P.S. Rana; joint secretary — Mr Inderjit Anand; treasurer — Mr S.S. Trikha; and press secretary — Mr Rishi Raj.


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