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ARRESTED: The police on Thursday arrested Ram Singh, Ranjit Singh, Raj Kumar and Jang Bahadur, all residents of Sri Hargobindpur, and seized one double barrel gun, one revolver and 70 live and 10 used cartridges. A car bearing registration number PB-02-Z-3498 has been impounded, according to Dr Jitendra Jain, district police chief.

CARD-MAKING BY YOUTH: A card-making competition was organised by the youth club of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, for members the cars brought out tender sentiments of the artists in a creative style. Ritu of BA II stood first in the card-making competition, while Renu Sharma of BA II was declared second. The girl who stood third was a B.Com I students, Dilraj Kaur. The consolation prize was won by Shivani of BA I.

ONE killed
: One person was killed and seven passengers were injured when a Zen car (PBO-35B-5011) collided head-on with a private bus (PB-08-6437) of Rohni Bus Service at Talwandi Massapur, near Mukerian on the Jalandhar-Pathankot road on Friday. The deceased was Amrinder Singh of Sundernagar, Pathankot.

recruitment rally put off
: For more than 12 hours, over 10,000 candidates from five neighbouring districts of Jalandhar braved heavy downpour on the first day of the Army recruitment rally held at Dogra Grounds, Jalandhar cantonment, on Friday. Col S. P. S. Singh, Director, Branch Recruitment Office, Srinagar, and overall in charge of the rally, said that it had been decided that the rally should be postponed to Monday in view of the condition of the grounds.

INAUGURATED: A three-day training workshop, organised by the Government Institute of Mentally Retarded Children, Chandigarh, was inaugurated at Vajra Army Wives' Welfare Association Asha School, Jalandhar Cantonment here, on Thursday.

SAFE CHILDBIRTH: A film on safe child birth was shown at Government Dispensary (RC) at New Shivpuri and Basti Jodhewal at Sardar Nagar. Dr Amita Jain and Dr V.K. Gagneja, medical officers and para-medical and multi-purpose health workers were present.

Pensioners’ demand: The Government Pensioners Association has urged Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to announce another instalment of dearness allowance (DA) at the rate of 3 per cent which had become due from January 2005 for central government employees and pensioners. Mr Yash Pal Ghai, additional general secretary of the association also demanded that arrears of enhanced DA be paid in cash.

FESTIVAL: Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) will organise its sixth international literary-cum-cultural festival Saluja-Ehsaas-2005 on February 25. Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Minister for Cultural Affairs and PWD & (Band R) will be the chief guest on this occasion. The festival comprises of 15 literary, fine arts and cultural events.

Health camp: Sunshine Rabbits School organised a health camp for tiny tots here yesterday. Ritu Mohindra, college Principal, in a press note said the camp was conducted under the supervision of a paediatrician, Dr Seema Kakkar, who measured children’s height and weight. She taught them importance of dental hygiene. General physical examination was also conducted.

Workshop: Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies organised one-day workshop for the students of Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. Mr Tej Prakash Singh, a photography expert gave tips to students with the techniques in clicking photographs. He said it took 30-35 minutes to develop negatives and 5-10 minutes for getting final results. The students were demonstrated digital lighting, shadow lighting and soft umbrella lighting for different effects.

CAMPAIGN FOR ITI: The Small Industries Service Institute (SISI) organised an industrial motivational campaign at the ITI at Samrala today. The objective of the programme is to encourage ITI students for self-employment, said a press note. Mr S.S.Bedi, Assistant Director, SISI, Mr N.K.Verma, Assistant Director, Mechanical, SISI, and Mr Jit Singh, lead bank officer, Punjab and Sind Bank, Ludhiana, addressed the participants.

CONCLUDED: A two-day workshop on DNA for non-gazetted police officers, organised at the Punjab Police Academy here, concluded on Thursday. As many as 19 police functionaries from across the state participated. The valedictory address was delivered by Academy Director Chander Shekher.

RAIDED: The police on Wednesday raided a dairy at Bhawanigarh and allegedly seized 200 litres of spurious milk, besides glucose and other materials being used in preparation of the milk. A case has been registered against Surjit Singh, Jasvir Singh, Bhura Singh and Veera.

Tarn Taran
KILLED: A 13-year-old boy, Nishan Singh, of Mannan village died when his bicycle was hit by a truck near Chabal town on Wednesday. In another case, Rasal Singh of Rasulpur village died when his motor cycle was hit by an Indica car near Patti while Gurbachan Singh, who was riding pillion, got injured. A case has been registered against the driver of the car, Sukhwinder Singh of Patti.

DHARNA: Members of the PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union staged a dharna in front of the office of the Executive Engineer in support of their demands which include regularising the services of daily wagers. Mr Onkar Singh and Mr Balkar Singh Varpal were among others who addressed the employees.



PROGRAMME: Government Model High School Sector 29-A, Chandigarh, organised an AIDS awareness programme with the help of the AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh. Ms Rekha Gupta, Assistant Director, Information Education Communication (IEC), Ms Saryu Madra, NGO adviser, addressed the students. A declamation contest was also organised on the occasion. The school Principal, Ms Shobha Kapoor, thanked the chief guest.


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