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POSTGRADUATE CLASSES: Postgraduate classes in MA English, MA Punjabi and MCom will be started from the coming academic session at the local SD College for which a postgraduate block consisting of eight rooms is being constructed. This was stated at a press conference by Dr S.N. Rudra, Principal of the college, here on Saturday.

CONFERENCE: A district-level delegate conference of the coordination committee of the paramedical and health employees was organised at the office of the Civil Surgeon here on Friday. As many as 60 delegates participated. Mr Mahan Singh Rouri, state president, Punjab Subordinate Service Federation (PSSF), Mr Nirmal Singh, Mr Bhajan Singh, Mr Jaswinder Singh Patti and Mr Purshottam Rana, among others, addressed the conference. They criticised the proposed move of the government to privatise healthcare services.

TRAVEL AGENTS HELD: The police on Sunday booked three travel agents, Karnail Singh of Sunra Khurad village, Nand Kishore of Moti Bag, New Delhi, and Resham Singh of Kotla Mubarakpur, New Delhi, for duping Balwinder Singh of Rs 8.30 lakh on the promise of sending him to the UK. The passport of Balwinder was also taken by the accused. However, they neither sent Balwinder abroad nor returned the money and the passport.

ASI PUNISHED: District and Sessions Judge Shyam Sunder Gupta had sentenced Sanjeev Kumar, ASI, to 12 years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 21,000 for robbing Sukhraj Singh, Director, Wadhawan Forex Private Limited, Phagwara, of Rs 20.09 lakh and a Maruti car at gunpoint on February 23, 2002. A case under sections 395, 350 and 342 for dacoity, criminal force and wrongful confinement had been registered against the ASI who was then posted in City police station, Phagwara.

HUSBAND BOOKED: The police on Sunday booked Nirmal Singh of Chak Kalan village in Nakodar tehsil for subjecting to cruelty his wife, Rajwinder Kaur, of Darveshpind village falling under Sadar police station, Phagwara. The case was registered under Sections 498-A and 406, IPC. The complainant stated that she was married to Nirmal Singh on February 29 last year. However, her husband pestered her for more dowry and kept beating her and mentally torturing her.

FAREWELL: A cultural function organised by students of Class XI to bid farewell to Class XII students marked the annual prize distribution and farewell function of Government Senior Secondary School, PABRI, here on Sunday. Mr Punjara Ram Arora, Principal, gave away the prizes.

STUDENTS INVITED: Six students of the Ajit Singh Academy, Ropar, have been invited to represent India for 15 days at inter-country global conference being held at Washington DC and UNO headquarter in USA, informed Mohan Singh, Chief Administrator, here today. Total 100 countries are invited to discuss international problems. The students are Arshpreet Kaur, Preetinder Kaur, Inderjit Singh, Amandeep Kaur, Saral Bhola and Bikramjit Singh. 

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DRUG PEDDLERS HELD: Two drug peddlers have been nabbed by the district police and cases under the NDPS Act registered against them. The Patti police nabbed Kashmir Singh of Sangha village at a naka and recovered 250 gm of opium from his possession. The Valtoha police arrested Ajaib Singh of Jand village and recovered 10.500 kg of poppy husk from him.

ANNUAL DAY: A symphony of dance and music was presented by students of Guardian Angels Public School, here to mark the annual day celebrations of the school, on Sunday.



BASANT CELEBRATED: The Yuva Sankalap Sangathan celebrated Basant Panchami at the Old Age Home, Sector 15, on Sunday. Mr Davesh Moudgil, president, and Mr Gaurav Gaur, secretary of the sangathan, offered flowers to the immates. Volunteers of the sangathan also visited the Juvenile Home and celebrated Basant with the inmates.

PARIVAR MILAN: Over 200 families participated in Parivar Milan organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad on the occasion of Basant in the Sector 36 Fragrance Garden here on Sunday. According to press note, a number of competitions were organised on the occasion. A two-minute silence was also observed in memory of those killed in the recent tsunami tragedy.

COMMITTEE FORMED: A joint action committee of the Punjab and Himachal Pradesh employees was formed at a meeting here on Sunday. While Mr Gopal Dass Verma, a former president of the Himachal Non-gazetted Karamchari Mahasangh, was elected its president, Mr Malkit Singh was elected its secretary. Addressing the meeting, Mr Verma threatened to launch an agitation if the genuine demands of the employees were not accepted within 45 days.

MILAN MELA: Anandita and Arman were crowned Princess, and Prince respectively as part of the Sood Milan Mela held at Sood Bhavan on Sunday. A colourful function was held and children presented dance, skits and fancy dress. Mr Tikshan Sood, former minister, Punjab, was the chief guest.

SEMINAR: MCM DAV College in association with Growell Film School conducted a seminar on career opportunities in animationa on Saturday. Mr Ashish Singh, regional head (North), showed some movies with 3-D effects and other special effects.

STOLEN: Goods and cash worth Rs 19,000 were stolen from a house in Phase 7 here on Saturday. The police said the theft took in the house of Mr Chetandeep Singh. The thieves gained entry into the house by breaking the locks of the back door. 

BASANT PANCHAMI: Residents of Sector 12 celebrated Basant Panchami on Sunday. Musical chairs was organised for children, women and senior citizens. Children presented songs and dances. 

YOGA CAMP: Hundreds of people took part in a two-day yog mahasammelan that concluded at Divya Yoga Mandir here on Sunday. The participants were taught various asanas, pranayams and kriya. 



LOK ADALAT: As many as 169 bank loan cases were taken up at the Lok Adalat here on Saturday held under the aegis of the State Legal Services Authority. A total of 56 cases were decided. The next Lok Adalat will be held on February 19.

One killed
: One person killed and four were injured when their car overturned on National Highway No. 1 near Patti Kalyana village on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Rakhshit of Sector 4, Dwaraka, Delhi. The victims were coming from Chandigarh.

ARRESTED: The Kundli police on Sunday arrested Rameshwar of Una district of Himachal Pradesh in connection with a theft in an industrial unit at Kundli village in this district. The culprit had stolen Rs 1 lakh from the factory and fled. The owner of the factory had lodged a complaint with the police in this connection.

HUSBAND HELD: The Baroda police on Sunday claimed to have arrested Krishan of Rindhana village in connection with the alleged murder of his wife, Nirmala Devi. According to a report, the accused has been sent to judicial custody by the Judicial Magistrate of Gohana.

KILLED: A scooterist was killed in a road accident near Gohana town, about 35 km from here, on Sunday. The police has registered a case against the truck driver who escaped after the accident. The victim was identified as Raghbir of Palri village in Panipat district. He was going on a scooter when the truck hit him.



COLLEGE FUNCTION: The Himachal Pradesh Government has earmarked Rs 1,054 crore for improving education in the state. Mr Raj Krishan Gaur, Agriculture, Labour and Employment Minister, stated this at the annual prize distribution function of Postgraduate Government College here on Saturday.

GANG BUSTED: The Nurpur police busted a gang of thieves and arrested all members of the gang on Saturday for allegedly committing thefts in the area. According to the police, an FIR has been lodged following theft of valuable equipment of the water supply scheme, Kuthalandar, under the Rehan police chowki in this subdivision.


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