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COMPETITION: The inter-departmental cultural competition of the Guru Nanak Dev University campus will be held in two phases. The first phase will begin from March 11 while the second phase will start from March 26. Dr R.K. Bedi, Dean, Students Welfare, said more than 500 students from various departments would participate.

REGALED: Prof T.M. Hoffman from Takasaki University of Health and Welfare, Japan, regaled the audience with his performance on shakuhachi (Japanese flute) at Guru Nanak Dev University here on Tuesday. He rendered Indian classical music through the Japanese flute. The concert was organised by the Music Department.

ELECTED: Dr N.S. Neki, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Government Medical College, Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, has been elected member of the Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Dr Baljeet Singh Dhillon, Chairman, Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association (PSMDTA), said here on Tuesday.

ORGANISED: A meeting of state committee of the MCPI was organised at comrade K.K. Kaushal Memorial Bhavan on Tuesday. Comrade Labh Singh Bhangu, presided over the meeting . Comrade Prem Singh Bhangu, politbureau member presented a report on the proceedings of the central committee meeting held at Hyderabad. Com Kuldip Singh, the state secretary of MCPI discussed the policies of the government with special reference to the role of UPA government in Goa and Jharkhand.

EXTENSION LECTURES: The Political Science Association of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised two extension lectures on Monday. One of the resource persons, Dr Raunki Ram, Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, delivered a lecture on ‘English liberalisation and Indian liberalism’ Dr B.S. Brar, Department, of Political Science, Panjab University, spoke on ‘Emerging issues in the changing world.

BOOKED: Gurmukh Singh, Manjinder Singh, Jagraj Singh Jassi, Mandip Singh, Napinder Singh Jindri and Gurbinder Singh of Ghumman village allegedly stopped a car and beat up Jasbinder Singh. A case under Sections 323, 341, 427, 148, 149, 149 of the IPC has been registered against the assailants.

ARRESTED: The Jagraon and Dehlon police recovered 69 kg of poppy husk and 20 bottles of country liquor and arrested three persons. The police arrested Kuldip Singh of Cheemna from Agwar Gujjran and seized 39 kg of poppy husk whereas in another incident Baldev Singh of Roomi was arrested from his village and 30 kg of the contraband were recovered. The Dehlon police arrested Ranjodh Singh of Mukandpur from Dhode village and seized 20 bottles of country-made liquor.

: The Arya Vidya Parishad Punjab has reconstituted the managing committee of Arya Senior Secondary School here. The first meeting of the committee was held on Saturday on the school campus under the presidentship of Gurmail Singh, former Education Minister, Punjab. Ms Neelam Thapar has been re-appointed Manager/Correspondent. Among other members of the committee are Mr Romesh Joshi, Vice-President, Mr S. M. Sharma, Mr Vivek Sharma , Mr Pawan Sharma, Mr O. P. Passi, Mr Ramesh Sood, Mr Sham Lal Sapra, Mr Raj Kuamr, Mr Devinder Joshi, Mr P. P. Kaushal, Mr Ravinder Dhand. The committee unanimously endorsed the appointment of Ms Thapar.

CREMATED: Surjit Kaur, mother of Mr Kuldip Singh, District Transport Officer, Ludhiana, who die on Monday was cremated at Model Town Extension crematorium on Tuesday. People from different walks of society, including officials of the district administration, attended the cremation and expressed their condolence and sympathies with the family. 

Conclave formed: A meeting of senior citizens of the city was held at Nehru Sidhant Kendar here on Sunday where the Senior Citizens Conclave was formed. The following are office-bearers of the conclave. President — Mr S.P. Karkara; vice-president — Mr Prem Aggarwal; general secretary — Lieut-Col D. B.Sharma; finance secretary — Mr Y. P. Bangia; organising secretary — Col R.K. Jain; and Mr Daljit Singh Brar, Col T. S. Kanwar, Dr H. M. Khosla, Dr Kewal Dheer, Mr Joginder Wingh, Mr R. P. Oswal, Dr Lajpat Rai, Mr Daljinder Singh, Mr Sarbajit Singh, Major I.S. Sandhu have been nominated executive members.

CAMP: A three-day free hearing test and trial camp began at Senso Hearing Centre here on Wednesday. The camp evoked good response from the hearing impaired persons. Speaking at the occasion, Mr Anil Kumar, an official of the sponsor company, remarked that as per available data, one out of every 20 persons in the country was suffering from a hearing problem. It was a wrong notion that hearing loss only affected the elderly people since almost 50 percent of the hearing impaired persons were below the age of 65 years, and many of those were even children and youth.

PROTEST: The Punjab Government has earned the wrath of the Hindu community by changing the Shivratri holiday (March 8) from public holiday to restricted holiday. In a press statement here today heads of various Hindu temples and Hindu organisations condemned the action of the Punjab Government.

STRIKE OBSERVED: Employees of the Punjab National Bank, on Monday, observed a strike called by the All-India Punjab National Bank Employees’ Federation, according to J.P. Singh, zonal secretary, Punjab National Bank Employees’ Federation. Addressing a rally, J.P. Singh said the federation was against the public issue declared by the bank as the issue would reduce the government equity in the bank.



FOILED : An attempt to loot a bank was foiled by the alertness of the chowkidar at Dariyapur village in the district on Monday night. According to reports, the thieves tried to break into the village branch of the Hisar-Sirsa Khshetriya Gramin Bank. They managed to reach the strong room and were about to break open the locks when the chowkidar reached there. The thieves escaped.

SUICIDE : A woman in her late 50s allegedly committed suicide in the town after consuming some poisonous substance. The police said she was found unconscious in a park in the town on Monday night and later admitted to the local government hospital where she died.



DAMAGES : The recent snowfall and incessant rain have caused heavy damages of more than Rs 20 crore to property, particularly in Churah subdivision of Chamba district. This was disclosed by Mr Surinder Bhardwaj, MLA while presiding over a meeting of subdivisional officers at Bhanjradu, on Tuesday.

GRADE: The Postgraduation Government College, here has been given Grade B-plus by the NAAC (National Accreditation Assessment Committee). The committee which visited the college on December 1 and 2, 2004, approved the college for the grade. This was stated by the Principal of the college here.


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