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SCHOOL FUNCTION: A function was held on Monday at Shanti Niketan Vidyalaya, Benjamin Road, on the eve of matriculation examination. The programme started with the lighting of lamp by school Director Randhir Sharma. This was followed by a cultural programme comprising skits, dances and bhangra.

Sans salary: Village Chowkidars in Samrala tehsil have been without salary for the past three months, according to Mr Gian Singh, president of the Samrala Chowkidars Union, here on Tuesday. A deputation, of Chowkidars met here today to Ms Balraj Kaur Grewal, tehsildar Samrala, who assured release of salaries.

Mourned: Members of the Press Club here mourned the death of Mr Gurmeet Singh a former private secretary of former Chief Minister Beant Singh.

SEMINAR: Mr M.P. Singh, Secretary, Higher Education, Punjab, here on Friday inaugurated a two-day northern regional seminar on “Developing best practices for quality assurance in government colleges” at the local Government Ranbir College. About 150 delegates from various government colleges of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh are participating.

Tarn Taran
STOLEN: A motor cycle (PB-38-5606) was stolen from Patti township on Thursday night. A case has been registered in this connection.

ARRESTED: Preetu (65), a resident of Darewala village, has been arrested for violating the Forest and Wildlife Protection Act. The body of a wild pig was recovered from his possession. Preetu was produced before the court of Mr Pushwinder Singh, Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Patti, who sent him to judicial custody till March 5, 2005.

KILLED: One persons was killed and four others received minor injuries in a head-on collision between a bus and a tempo near Kakka Kandiyala village on the Tarn Taran-Amritsar road here on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Jaswant Singh (50) of Sura Colony. A case has been registered against the driver of the bus.



CELEBRATED: Students of Rainbow International School, Sector 27, celebrated their annual function with a song and dance show on the school premises, here today. The highlight of the show was a Punjabi dance to “Ek tara wajda” and “Shava shava”. The ill-effects of deforestation were presented in a play while tiny-tots sang nursery rhymes. The principal, Ms Sarabjit Kaur, read out the annual report, stating that a swimming pool and sand pit had been the latest additions to the school. The chief guest, Revenue, Rehabilitation, Relief and NRI Minister, Punjab, Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, gave away prizes to students for academic excellence.

INAUGURATED: The Municipal Corporation on Tuesday made Sector 17 bin free. This was initiated by the Mayor, Ms Anu Chatrath, who inaugurated a Sehaj Safai Kendra In Sector 17 here. Welcoming the initiative, the Business Promotion Council and Traders Association of Sector 17 said it was a step in the right direction. The garbage of the sector would be collected at Sehaj Safai Kendra, from where the garbage would be taken to the dumping ground. 

CAMPAIGN: An awareness campaign regarding iodine deficiency disorders for the children of Class VI was held at Government High School, Sector 11 on Tuesday. It was organised by the National Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control Programme Cell, Health Department, Chandigarh, in collaboration with Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club, Chandigarh. Doctors from General Hospital, Sector 16 and Government Medical College took part.



PRIZE WON: Suresh Sharma, a teacher in SA Jain Senior Model School, Ambala City has won the first prize in harmonium at the 10th Rashtriya Yuva Utsav held in Hyderabad recently. Mr Suresh Sharma is a member of Dhamal Lok Kala Sansthan, Ambala. Suresh had been accompanied on tabla by Deepak Gulzar in the competition, a press note said. Haryana team won two prizes in the national competition. Suresh Sharma of Ambala won first prize in harmonium and Mahipal from Kaithal won second prize in ragini competition. 

VISITED: General Manager, Railway Electrification, on Tuesday visited Ambala to assess railway electrification work in the railway division. GM Mr Budh Prakash went to the axle counter at the Ambala Cantonment railway station and he also visited Rajpura station. Mr Budh Prakash presided over a meeting of railway electrification officials. The railway electrification work on the Saharanpur-Moradabad section was discussed at the meeting. Chief Project Manager, Mr Kewal Kumar, assured that the work will be completed on time. 


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