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MEETING: A meeting of the advisory committee on pre-natal sex determination test was held here on Thursday. Dr Harjoginder Singh Gill, Civil Surgeon, said an essay writing contest on female foeticide would soon be organised in 185 secondary schools of the district.

PRESENTED: A deputation of the Punjab Animal Husbandry Services Association, representative body of agriculture development officers (feed and fodder), presented a memorandum of their demands to the newly appointed director of the department, Dr Baljeet Singh Sidhu, here on Thursday.

INTEREST RATE REDUCED: The Improvement Trust at its meeting here on Thursday, Chaired by Mr Jugal Kishore Sharma, slashed rates of interest on after-sale instalments for plots under the Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar scheme. The trust has offered plots in the sizes of 100, 150 and 200 sq yds. Applications have been invited till February 11.

DOWRY CASE: On the complaint of Raman, daughter of Parmanand of Darapur, the Tanda police has registered a case of dowry against her husband Sukhdev Singh, father-in-law Gurbax Singh, mother-in-law Sukhwinder Kaur and brother-in-law Jagjit Singh of Moga, under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC.

KILLED: Amarjeet Kaur, wife of Mehar Singh of Dhamai, died while her son Gurcharan Singh was injured when a Haryana Roadways bus (HR-58-8869) hit their motor cycle (PB-07M-9166) near Garhshanker on Thursday. In another incident, Amrik Singh, son of Inder Singh of Khojpur, and Kewal Singh, son of Niranjan Singh of Gignowal, died when a bus hit them.

BODY FOUND: An unidentified body was found near Bhadla village on Friday. According to information, some residents of the village noticed the body lying near the road of the village. They informed the Khanna police. The SHO of the Sadar police station reached the spot and started the investigation. The police has recovered some intoxicants from the pockets of the deceased.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The Machhiwara police has arrested a man and seized 11 bottles of wine from his possession. The police party raided the house of Balwinder Singh of Satabgarh village. During search, 11 bottles of country-made liquor were recovered. The accused has been arrested and a case under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act has been registered against him.

DISTRIBUTED: The Rotary Club, Ludhiana, distributed study material among the students of Government Senior Secondary School, Jawahar Nagar. These students have been adopted by the Rotary Club for five years. Mr K.K. Chadha, President, Rotary Club, was present on the occasion. 

SUICIDE: Chaman Lal, a retired railway employee, allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a running train near Mauli village here on Thursday. The body has been sent for the post-mortem.

WHISKY SEIZED: The railway police has nabbed Amarjit Singh of Shankar village and seized from his Jeep 288 bottles of whisky being smuggled from Chandigarh. The railway police disclosed that a naka had been set up at Mehtan level crossing. A Mahindra jeep was signalled to stop. On its search, 24 boxes of liquor brought from Chandigarh without permit were seized.

FUEL CONSERVATION: An exhibition was organised by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited here displayig banners, leaflets, pamphlets suggesting methods to people to conserve oil and gas. The exhibition was inaugurated by Ms Rajwant Kaur, District Controller, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs.

HONOURED: Prominent persons of the area were honoured at the second cultural mela organised by the Dharmendra Cultural and Sports Club, Sahnewal, at the primary school ground here on Thursday. The ‘Dhaniram Chatrik Award’ was presented to Punjabi poet and writer Harjit Dhillon. He was given the award for his contribution to Punjabi language and poetry. Two international players, Mr Sukhdev Singh Hara and Mr Rachpal Singh, were also honoured. Punjabi singers, including Karnail Gill, Neetu Virk, Jaswant Sandhila, Rimpy Ahuja, Inderjit Nikku performed at the cultural mela.

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AWARDED: SSP Paramjit Singh Grewal said here on Thursday that Head Constable Satnam Singh had been awarded Police Medal by the President of India.

RALLY: Members of the BKU organised a rally in front of the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner here on Thursday against the alleged anti-farmer policies of the state government. Mr Baldev Singh Gumtala, vice-president of the union, among others, addressed the rally.

OFFICE BEARERS: The following have been elected office bearers of the New Generation Apartments Resident Welfare Society, Zirakpur: president — Mr Ram Kiran Saini; vice president — Mr R Natarajan; general-secretary — Mr Manjot Gill; and treasurer-Mr Dinesh Mehra.



SEMINAR: A two-day national seminar on “Present Scenario of Post Graduate Punjabi Teaching and Research” began at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, here, today. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice Chancellor of the Guru Nanak Dev University, inaugurated the seminar.

AWARD: Dr Munny Raj, Assistant Professor of Department of Paediatrics, PGI Chandigarh has won the James Flett Endowment Award at the 42nd National Conference of Indian Academy of Paediatrics at Kolkata for her paper on Adolescent violence, exposure, gender issues and impact.

SEMINAR: A seminar on ‘Emergence of English as a Global Language’ was organised at DAV College, Sector 10, on Friday. Alison Sriparam, First Secretary, English Language Study, British Council, New Delhi, while interacting with the students said approximately two hundreds million persons all over the world were using English as their second language and two million converse in it daily. She said now English had become a global language of the world. It was used as the link language across the world. Anil Sarwal, Rohatas Singh, Dr Balinder Aulakh, Dr Deepti Gupta, Dr J.S. Sethi, Dr Pushipinder Sanyal were also in the panel.

MOU SIGNED: A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Department of Information Technology and the Universal Cyber Infoway to provide employment to the youth of Chandigarh and the region in the BPO industry. Mr Vivek Atray, Director, IT, and Mr Anuj Mahajan signed the MoU. As a result of this, MoUs are also to be signed with other BPO companies.

BANK’S INSURANCE SCHEME: Andhra Bank has launched “AB Jeevan Prakash Plus” and “AB Jeewan Prakash” for senior citizens (60-65 years) and 55-60 years respectively. The schemes have been launched by the bank in collaboration with LIC. The insurance is available free of premium on the Plus scheme. Mr Rajesh Sethi, Deputy General Manager and Zonal head of the bank’s Delhi zone said all savings and current account holders were eligible for the policy.

ANNIVERSARY: Poultry farmers of the National Egg Coordination Committee paid tributes to Dr BV Rao, founder of the NECC, on his ninth death anniversary. The members also distributed eggs among children of Colony No. 5, inmates of the deaf and dumb home, the leprosy ashram and Mother Teresa’s home.

CELEBRATED: Government Model High School, Sector 29-A, celebrated Republic Day. Mr Gurdip Singh, PTA member, unfurled the National Flag. A colourful cultural programme was presented by schoolchildren. Sweets were also distributed among the children.Mrs Shobha Kapur, Headmistress, thanked the Parent-Teacher Association for its kind cooperation.

CAMP: An AIDS awareness camp was organised by the district health authorities in association with Dhanwantry Education Society at Majri Chowk Truck Union on Friday. Truck drivers and other participants were educated about the causes and prevention of AIDS. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam P Kasni, also spoke about prevention from the deadly HIV virus.

Poor students donate: Students of Government Primary School, village Jaspur near Raipur Rani, have donated Rs 600 for the tsunami victims. The students are from low income group families. The money collected by the students has been sent to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

Visit : Mr Enrico Cargnelutti, a technical consultant on improving quality and productivity in industry, visited Panchkula on Thursday evening. The Italian consultant was invited by the Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He emphasised on the need to adopt international business practices for improving quality, according to world class standards. He also gave tips to the industrialists on increasing profit margins in business and competence.

celebrated: Students of Holy Child School, Sector 2, celebrated Republic Day by organising a cultural programme.

Honoured: Lieut Vishal Sharma, Associate NCC Officer, Government College, Naraingarh, was honoured by the Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, during the state-level function organised at Ambala. He was honoured for getting the rare distinction of Alpha grade in PRCN course at Kamptee, Maharashtra, and for the upliftment of NCC in rural areas. 



R-Day celebrated: Speaking at a function to mark Republic Day at the Police Lines, Haryana Governor Dr A.R. Kidwai said that people of Haryana have an aptitude for progress and they are participating in various development works so that India can become a major economic and social power of the world. Paying tributes to the nation builders, patriots and freedom-fighters, he said that we are a free country today because of their dedication and sacrifice which they made for the sake of the country.

Special security: Special security arrangements are being made for the sensitive and highly sensitive booths within Ambala district. Deputy Commissioner Ambala R.P. Gupta said that 268 booths in 112 villages are in the highly sensitive and sensitive category. He said that in Naraingarh, 41 booths in 24 villages are highly sensitive while 28 booths in 20 villages are sensitive. In Mullana (reserved) seat, 34 booths in 12 villages are highly sensitive while 39 booths in 25 villages are sensitive. In Ambala City, 34 booths are sensitive and 15 booths in 2 villages are highly sensitive. In Naggal, 48 booths in 20 villages are highly sensitive and 27 booths in 20 villages are sensitive. In Ambala Cantt, 13 booths are highly sensitive and 14 booths are sensitive.

TSUNAMI RELIEF: Students of bio-sciences in collaboration with the Zoological Association, Department of Zoology, Kurukshetra University, have contributed Rs 3,325 for tsunami victims, said a university spokesman.

SHOT DEAD: A youth, Mahender, was allegedly shot by two unidentified persons here on Thursday. According to eyewitnesses, Mahender was doing exercise at Mid Town gymnasium situated on the back side of Bhim Sen Sachar Hospital when the assailants shot him.

INJURED: Mr Vishewar Prasad, a resident of Bhigan village was injured when his motor cycle was hit by a vehicle on the G.T. Road near Kamashpur village, 12 km from here, on Friday. According to a report, he was rushed to a private hospital where he was given the first-aid and referred to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment.

THEFT: Burglars broke into a kiryana store at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, on Thursday night and took away a variety of goods worth about Rs 7,000. The owner of the store, Mr Silkram, has lodged a complaint with police in this connection.



URGED: The HP State Trained Contract Teachers Association has urged Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to regularise all teachers working on contractual basis. Ms Veena Mehta, president of the association, said the Chief Minister had already made the announcement last year, but no such orders had been passed till date.

LAUNCHED: The state government has launched Rs 80-crore horticulture technical project for all-round development of horticulture, said Horticulture and Civil Supplies Minister Singhiram at a Republic Day function here on Tuesday. He said Rs 20 crore had already been spent under the project, which aimed at making the state fruit basket of the country.

SEIZED: Superintendent of Police Daljit Thakur said during a special checking at Jahoo, the police arrested Rajeev Kumar of the Anoo area here on Wednesday and seized 330 gram of charas. A case has been registered against the accused, who is working as a peon in the office of Deputy Commissioner here.

DEAD: Sonu, son of Charan Singh of Mouli village, Ambala district, died when the tractor he was driving fell into the Bata choe at Paonta Sahib here on Thursday. A case has been registered.


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