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PENSION DISBURSED: The Sahara Club on Sunday held a function to disburse monthly pension of Rs 200 each to widows and physically challenged persons of the area. Mr M.S. Hanspal, president of the City Youth Congress Committee, was the chief guest.

SBI overseas branch gets new office
: The overseas branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) has shifted from GT Road, Dholewal Chowk, to Gujjar petrol station here. Inaugurating the new branch, Chief General Manager Hemant Contractor assured prompt and personalised customer services. He said hi-tech facilities and speedy collection of cheque remittances would be offered. Mr Krishna Kumar, General Manager, and Mr R. Karthikey, Deputy General Manager, were also present on the occasion.

Taxation advisers: A special meeting of the Taxation Advisers Association to discuss Punjab VAT Rules, 2005, was held here on Monday. President Satish Aggarwal pointed out the complications in VAT quarterly return form no. 16. The association said that there were complications in preparing the list of sales customer wise summary on form VAT 23 and list of purchases on VAT 24 form. The association demanded provisions to be simplified.

DHARNA: Activists of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, BKU (Ekta), and Kisan Sangarsh Committee under the banner of the Sanjha Kisan Manch would hold dharna in front of the offices of Chief Engineers of the PSEB in the state and submit memorandums to the Chief Minister and the PSEB Chairman through them on Monday. This was stated by Mr Lehmber Singh Taggar, general secretary of the Punjab Kisan Sabha.

CAMPAIGN: Mr Krishan Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, has launched a motivation drive for making up for the shortage of teachers in government primary schools in the district. He has written a letter to retired teachers with a view to mobilising them to teach children where the posts of teacher are lying vacant. A meeting of retired schoolteachers would be convened soon for the purpose.

RESENTMENT: Resentment prevails among teachers and non-teaching staff of privately managed government aided colleges as the state government has not released grant for the past four months. Prof Jagwant Singh, general secretary of the PCCTU and Dr Jaspal Singh Randhawa, secretary of the Principals Association of GND university, said the colleges had been facing a financial crisis as the government had already reduced 95 per cent grant to 60 per cent.

BODY FOUND: The body of Husan Lal (25), son of Mehnga Ram, was found near Sanawa village on the Nawanshahr – Chandigarh road on Monday. The deceased was working as a conductor in a private transport company. A case has been registered.



Seminar: A seminar on “Anaemia in high-risk population’’ was organised by the Indian medical association (IMA) on Sunday. Dr C P Bansal, Director Health Services, UT, was the chief guest on the occasion. Prof B.S. Chavan highlighted the importance of the frequent seminars for specialists, as their clinical skills of detecting common disorders, including anaemia tend to decay over time. Dr Anju Hurria of the GMCH, Sector 32, discussed about anaemia in pregnant women and stressed on the importance of haemoglobin in lactating mothers. 

FOUNDATION DAY: The PGI is celebrating its the foundation day and inauguration of the new academic session at Bhargava Auditorium on July 7. The Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Mr Suresh Pachouri, will be the chief guest and the vice-chairman of the National Knowledge Commission, Dr P.M. Bhargava, will deliver the keynote address on “The vistas in medical and health care.” An exhibition on ``Healthy Heart,’’ organised by the Department of Community Medicine, PGI, will also be inaugurated by Mr Pachouri. 

COURSE: The Nene Institute of Implantology and Dentistry, Pune, is organising an advanced course in implant dentistry at Panchkula for developing a community of implant specialists in North India on July 8. The clinical session for the course will be held at Bansal Dental Clinic, a multi-speciality dental clinic. Dr Suvarna Nene, a renowned practioner in the field, is conducting the advanced course.



PRESS CLUB ELECTIONS: Five patrons have been nominated in the elections of the district Press Club here on Sunday. Those who have been inducted as patrons are Mr Narottam Bagri, Mr Ram Niwas Sharma, Mr Shiv Sharma, Mr Ajay Malhotra and Mr Kesri Sharma.

APPOINTED: Mr Sita Ram Malik has been appointed president of the Haryana Jat Sabha as per a decision taken at a meeting of the sabha held here on Sunday.



HAILED: The district unit of INTUC here on Saturday hailed the action of the CBI which had raided several premises of some officers of various departments two days ago and seized unauthorised property and cash worth crores.


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