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ANNUAL FUNCTION: Annual prize distribution function of Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary School was held here on Friday. Students of class VI presented English play. Tiny tots of primary classes performed 'Dandiya' dance. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, Shiromani Akali Dal, was the chief guest. He appealed to the school management to provide education free of cost to children suffered by tsunami.

ESCAPED: Bunti Kumar, an under trial, escaped from the police custody at the local district court complex on Friday. He was under judicial remand in a theft case. A case has been registered against a police constable, Satnam Singh, who accompanied him.

ARRESTED: Mr Jitendra Jain, district police chief, said here on Thursday that Jitender Singh (22), alias Heera, son of Mr Kuldeep Singh, and Swaran Singh (20), alias Summi, son of Mr Bir Singh, both residents of Dhawan village, had been arrested in connection with looting of petrol filling stations. Mr Jain said one of their accomplices, Sahib Singh, alias Sahiba, son of Jassa Singh, was still at large.

CHEMISTS’ PROTEST: Members of the Chemists Association of Doraha on Saturday went on strike against the lathi-charge on chemists. Mr Dilip Singh, president of the association, along with Mr Jandeep Kaushal, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, Mr Nagi, Mr Khushwant Singh and other members of the association protested against the government and flayed the incident that took place at Malout and the consequent lathi charge. They said that the unnecessary harassment of the chemists should be stopped and action against those involved in lathi charge, should be initiated. OC

TEACHERS’ STRIKE: On a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, members of the local unit on Saturday boycotted classes for a limited period. According to Prof Kuldip Singh, Prof Kuldeep Singh, Executive Committee Members and Prof S.S. Virk, president, Doraha unit, that the dharna had been organised to press for the implementation of long pending demands of the lecturers, DPEs and librarians. They demanded the release of grant for the third quarter of the financial year 2004-05, the merger of 50 per cent DA in basic salary, pay parity to DPEs and librarians and release of pension-cum-gratuity to the college team. They also said that the teachers would boycott classes on February 8. OC

MAZDOOR UNION: The Pendu Mazdoor Union in its meeting has condemned the state government for deteriorating law and order situation as it says the excesses on the labour class are increasing everyday. The meeting was presided by Mr Madan Singh president of the union. The union flayed Jagjit Singh Jeeta and his companions for committing atrocities on Dalit labourers Manjinder Singh, Gurcharan Singh and Rana Singh of Sidhawan Bet. The union asked the police to take action against the guilty. The union threatened to hold dharnas against the police inaction on February 9.

Meeting: A meeting of Anti-corruption Front Punjab was organised here in Khamano Kamli where members of the Front protested against shortage of cooking gas and unscheduled electricity power cuts in this region. Front’s president Mehma Singh Kang, appealed the Punjab Government to take remedial measures. The Front would also refund near around Rs 8 lakh, exhorted from the innocent peoples by officials of different departments. OC

JOINED: Mohammad Bashir, an executive member of the Shiromani Akal Dal (Amritsar), and Mr Rajdev Singh, state general secretary of the Minority Dalit Front, SAD (A), along with their supporters joined the Congress Party at Hathoa village here on Thursday.

DHARNA: Teachers of government schools under the aegis of 'Adhiyapak Sangarsh Committee' held a protest dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Friday. They raised voice against the alleged anti-education and anti-employees policies of the state government. Leaders of various teachers unions addressed the gathering.

PROTEST MARCH: Activists of the Punjab Students Union took out a protest from ITI to the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Friday. They were protesting against the state government's decision of cancellation of holidays on the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. Students raised slogans and held a rally. Mr Kulwinder Singh Chahal, state general secretary, and other student leaders addressed the rally. A memorandum was also presented to the Deputy Commissioner.

KABBADDI TROPHY: The Nawanshahr Sports and Cultural Club, Toronto (Canada), has organised the 5th Shaheed Bhagat Singh World Kabaddi Cup here at ITI ground. The teams from the USA, German, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Norway and India participated in the tournament. The German won the final match and cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. Mr Lal Singh, Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. He announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for the construction work.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: The local DAV Public School, Bilga, has organised its annual prize distribution function in the school campus. Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Mr Atwal announced a grant of Rs 50,000 for the school.

ANNOUNCED: Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai has announced that the first Guru Kashi Utsav would be organised at Yadavindra College of Engineering, Talwandi Sabo, from March 3 to 9. The utsav will showcase a variety of religious, cultural events, besides hosting the NSS camp and a natak mela. The utsav will include special lectures and seminars on the theme of AIDS Awareness and National Integration.

SCIENCE CONGRESS: The Department of Zoology of Punjabi University, is organising the eighth Punjab Science Congress on February 7-9, at the university campus. Dr P.N. Srivastva, former Vice-Chancellor, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi, and former president, Indian Science Congress, will inaugurate the congress. Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai will preside over the function. Mr Harry Mann from the USA will be the guest of honour. Giving this information Prof D.S. Sidhu, co-ordinator of the congress has said that this congress is being organised in collaboration with the Punjab Academy of Sciences.

RURAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Responding to the request of Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai, Baba Ajit Singh Hansaliwale has donated Rs 2.65 lakh for the scholarship for the rural students of the Yadavindra College of Engineering, Talwandi Sabo. Dr B.S. Mann, Professor in charge, Resource Mobilisation Department, earlier Hansaliwale Baba donated Rs 4.8 lakh for the college. Punjabi University has decided to honour Baba Hansaliwale on March 5.

HELD: A culprit, Deepak Kumar, who was escaped from the police custody here on Thursday, has been re-arrested. He had given slip to a policeman when they were come out of court complex. He was wanted in a theft case.

PROGRAMME: The Department of Science and Technology of India organised a faculty development programme at the Government polytechnic College for Women, Ropar. Faculty members of JR Polytechnic, Hoshiarpur, Rayat College of Engineering and Technology and Government Polytechnic for Woman, Ropar, participated in the programme. Mr R.C. Chopra, Director of the Small Industry Service Institute of India, was the chief guest at the valedictory function.

ISO CERTIFICATION: Shivalik Public School, Ropar, was awarded ISO certificate by a team of Transpacific Certification Limited, during its foundation day function held here on Saturday. The certificate was presented to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Surjit Singh, who is also the vice-chairman of the school.



TRAINING PROGRAMME: The MM Institute of Management, Mullana, and the Small Industries Service Institute, Karnal, will be organise a training programme titled ‘Export management’ at the MM Educational Complex, Mullana, from February 8 to Feb 12. Dr M.K. Sehgal, Director, MM Institute of Management, said entrepreneurs, promoters, managers of small industries, persons engaged in exports would benefit by participating in the programme.

POETRY CONTEST: Major Amit Ahuja Memorial Inter-College Poetry Competition was held at DAV College, Ambala City, on Saturday. The Registrar of Kurukshetra University, Dr J.S. Kadiyan, was the chief guest. The team trophy was won by Markanda National College, Shahbad, and Amanpreet Kaur of this college won the first prize. Chandni of DAV College, Ambala City, stood second, while Inderjeet Singh of Government College, Ambala Cantonment, third. Shivani of Dev Samaj College and Gaurav of SD College won consolation prizes. The College Principal, Dr Jasmer Singh Nain, also spoke on the occasion.

Dharna: On a call given by the central body of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teacher's Union (PCCTU), unit members of the union in MM Modi College, Patiala, and PMN College, Rajpura organised a Dharna in front of the Principal's office in support of their demands here on Saturday. Their demands include release of third quarter grant, 50 per cent DA merger in basic pay etc.

NSS Camp: A one-day camp was organised by the NSS department of the Punjabi University at Jalalpur village. The Registrar of the university, Dr Parambakshish Singh, was the chief guest. The camp commenced with introductory remarks by programme officer (girls) Dr Ravneet Kaur. The guests included Chairman of the Zila Parishad Madan Lal, sarpanch Pawan Kumar and Jathedar Harnath Singh.

Placement Meet: The Government Bikram College of Commerce organised a placement meet on its campus for students belonging to all colleges of the city. An associate company of DELL, named Merit Trac, visited the campus to make a presentation for its recruitment drive. Around 300 students have been shortlisted by the company, Principal of the college, Ms Harinder Kaur. said.


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