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WARNED: The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, at a meeting held here on Wednesday, criticised cinema owners for flooding walls around main roads and educational institutions with obscene posters of movies. Mr Ajay Kataria, state joint secretary, presided over the meeting. The ABVP warned that students would be left with no option but to spearhead an agitation if such posters were not removed.

JOINED: Mr Gurmit Singh Gorkha, joint secretary, District Akali Jatha (Rural), joined the Congress along with supporters here on Wednesday, according to Mr Inderjit Singh Basarke, District Congress Committee (Rural).

DEFRAUDED: Five persons, Sanjiv Kumar, Rajiv Kumar, Baldev Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Harjinder Singh, were booked for allegedly defrauding Kirpal Singh of Sohian Kalan village. Mr Kirpal Singh alleged that they had duped him of Rs 12 lakh on the pretext of sending him to the USA. However, they sent him to South Africa. He said they did not return the money. A case has been registered.

DEAD: Veteran freedom fighter Joginder Singh Joshi (91) died here on Wednesday. He was the president of the Punjab State Consumer Council, member of State Khadi and Village Industries and remained Municipal Councillor, Goraya. Mr Manohar Singh Saini, president, All-India Azad Hind Fauj, Principal Dhani Ram, Dr Harbilas Rai and prominent residents paid their tributes.

RECRUITMENT: Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, disclosed here on Wednesday that the process of recruitment of 1372 doctors had been started. He said a secretaries' committee of the state government had already approved the recruitment proposals on contract basis and had sent to the ministers' committee for its approval. He said the recruitment would be done within next three months.

PROTEST: Protesting against the cancellation of holiday on account of Shivratri, activists of the Balraj Dal burnt the effigy of the Chief Minsiter, Capt Amarinder Singh, near Shalimar Bagh here on Wednesday. Mr Rajesh Talwar, spokesperson, said such kind of attitude of the CM would not be acceptable in future. He said they would launch campaign against the state government.

LAUNCHED: Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) launched Toyota Innova, country’s first three-row seating passenger car, here last evening. Innova is one of the 5-IMV models that have been designed as part of the Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) project. Mr T. Ino, Director Marketing, TKM, said at a press conference to announce the launch, “The launch of Innova is a confirmation of the belief that the Indian auto industry is maturing rapidly and is ready for global products.” 

MEDICAL CAMP: The State Industries Department organised a free medical check-up camp for industrial workers at a local paper manufacturing unit, Shryans Group of Industries, on Wednesday. Dr Satish Chander Assistant Director of Factories (Medical), was the chief guest. While addressing the workers and the management of the unit, Dr Satish Chander said adequate arrangements should be made to safeguard workers from occupational deceases. He called up on the workers to take protective measures while on work.

VISITED: Col Ved Parkash Sharma (retd.), who has been nominated as national-level monitor by the Union Rural Development Department, on Wednesday visited various villages of the district to take stock of progress of the various schemes which were sponsored by the Centre. He interacted with members of the Self Help Groups (SHGs) started by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) at various villages for the alleviation of poverty. He appreciated the SHGs for their works.

HONOURED: The Society of Bionaturlists and the Genetic Institute for Human Welfare has bestowed the Divya Darshan Pant Oration Medal for 2003 on Prof S.S. Bir, Professor Emeritus, Punjabi University, Patiala, for his contribution to plant cytogenetics at national and international levels. 

Degree conferred: Banaras Hindu University conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters degree on Dr H.K. Manmohan Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, at convocation on Monday at Varanasi. The honour is for his contribution in economics. Dr Manmohan Singh dwelled on challenges of higher education in India. 

LAND DISPUTE: Followers of Thakurdwara Bairagain on Wednesday removed the barbed wire and wooden structures put up by PUDA on the premises of old Civil Hospital on Banga road. Officials and staff of PUDA faced stiff resistance. The followers of the Thakurdwara claimed that Thakurdwara had got a stay order while the PUDA officials asserted that the stay had been vacated. The land is worth crore of rupees. When the hospital shifted to a new building in Chahal Nagar, after that the Thakurdwara started staking claim on it. It had put its own signboards on the land. PUDA had given advertisements for auction of the land.

MONKEY MENACE: Menace of monkeys has put the lives of the residents of Indira Colony virtually under threat. The act of monkeys had not only prevented adults from going to the roof of their houses but also forced the children to confine themselves in closed rooms. The Civil administration had made arrangements to capture them.

OBSERVED: The local Women Welfare Association observed International Women Day here on Wednesday. Members of the association took the pledge to work for the cause of the women. Ms Komal Chadha, president, urged the UPA Chairman, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and leaders of other political parties to pass the Bill relating to women reservation in Parliament.

ELECTED: Dr Mukesh Mahajan and Ms Varinder Kaur were elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the A.B. College Teachers Union here on Thursday.



VISIT: The Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO), Northern Railways, Mr Rajeev Saxena visited Chandigarh as part of the his familarisation plan on Wednesday. He joined duty 10 days ago and replaces Mr D.S. Sandhu. Mr Saxena is from the Indian Railway Traffic Services.

MEETING: The quarterly performance review (QPR) meeting of Annual Plan 2004-05 of the Union Territory of Chandigarh was held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Dr Rajan Katoch, Joint Secretary (State Plan), Planning Commission, at U.T. Guest House, here. He noted that the financial performance up to December, 2004, is 66.7 per cent utilisation of funds as compared to the same period of last year at 63.9 per cent which is fairly good and hoped full utilisation of the Plan funds by the end of the financial year.

LECTURER: Prof R.N. Sharma, Full bright Professor of Sanskrit, University of Hawaii, USA, touched the various aspects of the Astadhyayi of Panini and introduction to the Astadhyayi as a grammatical device in a special lecture delivered at the Department of Sanskrit at Panjab University. The visiting professor also presented a book as a gift to the department.

SENT BACK: Joint Secretary, Finance, Chandigarh Administration, Dalip Kumar, a Punjab cadre IAS officer, was repatriated to his parent state of Punjab on Thursday. Work of the DPI Colleges was handed over to Mr DS Mangat, on Thursday.

LECTURER: A lecture on "changing pattern of NET exam" was organised at DAV College, Sector 10, on Wednesday. Prof D. C. Kataria, an educational expert for NET examination, was the key speaker. The lecture was attended by students of M.Com, MA (English) and M.Sc (IT) of the college. Addressing the students, Professor Kataria said recent revision of paper-III format has come as a surprise. He motivated the students to qualify the test during their postgraduate studies or immediately after the post graduation. 

DEMONSTRATION: The Public Sector General Insurance Employees Association participated in a demonstration outside the regional office in Sector 35, here on Thursday. Various leaders of the joint action committee of the association reiterated their demands and wore black badges. The employees have given a two-day nationwide strike call for March 23.

BLOOD CAMP: Fifty five units of blood were collected at a blood camp organised by HAFED on Thursday. Staff of HAFED, led by Managing Director, Mr Davinder Singh, donated blood. A free blood group testing camp was organised by Health Care- 17, at HSIDC corporate office here on Wednesday. As many as 119 officials were examined.



OFFICE-BEARERS: Election for office-bearers of the Arya Girls College Managing Committee was held on Wednesday. Mr K.L. Verma — president; Col Satish Dhawan — vice-president; Mr Bhushan Oberoi — general secretary; and Mr Ravinder Malhotra — treasurer. 

THEFT: Thieves broke into the store room of Government Primary School at Kamalpur village, near here, and decamped with 333 kg of wheat and 348 kg of rice which was meant for preparation of mid-day meals of schoolchildren. Ms Savita Devi, Headmistress, lodged a complaint with the police in this connection. A case has been registered.

ARRESTED: The Mohana police claims to have arrested Prem Singh, Ashok and Sunder in connection with alleged murder of a youth, Sandeep, on Monday night. They were produced before a Judicial Magistrate here on Thursday who sent them to 14-day judicial custody.

ATTEMPT: Thieves reportedly broke the locks of Government Senior Secondary School on Wednesday night at Ganaur, 16 km from here, and made an attempt to take away question papers from the almirah and office of the headmistress of the school. The headmistress lodged a complaint with the police in connection.

CASE REGISTERED: The Kharkhauda police on Thursday registered a case against seven persons of Rohna village in connection with a clash between two groups on March 6 last and launched a hunt to apprehend them. They had assaulted Davinder and his father, Kartar Singh, with sharpedged weapons and caused injures to them.

ARRESTED: The Railway Protection Force here on Thursday arrested five persons for allegedly travelling in women's compartments of trains. The arrested persons were identified as Kapil, Anil, Surinder, Pawan and Sonu.

STOLEN: Thieves reportedly took away Rs 95,000 from the Khezrabad Cooperative Society after locking the watchman on Tuesday. Police sources said three to four persons entered the society's campus and attacked the watchman, Tarsem Sharma, when he was watching television in his room. They locked him up in his room. A case has been registered.



AWARDED: Mr Lek Ram Verma, inspector in the office of the Superintendent of Police, Solan, has been awarded a Rashtrapati police medal. Mr Verma has worked on different posts. The award will be conferred on him at Raj Bhavan, Shimla, shortly.

CAMP: The Directorate of Field Publicity Department organised a public awareness camp on female foeticide and AIDS here on Thursday. The camp was organised at the vocation center of Parwanoo Industries. Mr Hemant Kumar Chauhan, Field Publicity Officer, spoke on female foeticide and AIDS. Girls attending the camp expressed their thoughts on the matter. A debate was also held among girls. — OC


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