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DROWNED: The body of Pawan Kumar (16), who was drowned in the Bikaner canal, was recovered on Thursday evening. Sources said that Pawan, who had been assisting his relative, Surender Kumar, in running a tailoring shop at Bodiwala Peetha village located on the bank of the canal, went to take a bath along with nearly 20 residents of the village as water was released in the canal after two years.

COMPLAINT LODGED: Mr Sutantar Singh, son of the Gurmit Singh of Megowal Doaba, in a complaint lodged with the SSP, has alleged Mr Naresh Kumar Badhan, proprietor of Unique Immigration and Education Consultants Private Limited, Jalandhar, took Rs 2 lakh in November 2003 from him for sending him to England within three months. He neither sent him abroad nor returned his money. After persuasion he issued three cheques of which were not honoured by his bankers.

POETS’ MEET: The Sahit Academy, Delhi, in collaboration with the School of Punjabi Studies, of Guru Nanak Dev University, has arranged a programme of “meet the poets” on July 18 at 5 pm in the Conference Hall of Guru Nanak Bhavan Auditorium here. Dr Manjitpal Kaur, Professor and Head of the School of Punjabi Studies, and Prof Harbhajan Singh Bhatia, coordinator of the programme said six poets — Bipan Preet, Harnek Gill, Simrat Gagan, Joti Bawa, Tejinder Bawa and Indresh Meet — would present their poems and would also share their views about their creative process.

SEMINAR: Sant Baba Attar Singh Khalsa College, Sandaur, about 30 km from here, will host its ninth University Grants Commission (UGC) sponsored seminar on “Criminalised politics” in the college auditorium on July 23. Prof R.S. Brar, a spokesman of the host college, said here on Friday. Dr R.S. Ghuman, Dean, College Development Council, Punjabi University, would be the chief guest.

GRANT RELEASED: The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has welcomed the release of the Rs 17.77-crore grant related to the first quarter of the year for the aided colleges in Punjab by the government. Talking to mediapersons, Prof Parminder Singh, area secretary, Prof Kuldip Singh and Prof Baldeep Singh, executive committee members, and Prof Khushwinder Kumar, district president, said the grant released by the government for March, April and May would reach the private aided colleges within a week. This would bring the much-needed relief to the teachers who had not been paid salaries for the past many months.

VANMAHOTSAV FUNCTION: Ten-day long vanmahotsav celebrations organised by Army School concluded here on Thursday. During the stipulated period, experts enlightened the students about the concept of the ‘vanmahotsav’ by citing examples. Informative talk and quiz competitions attracted a sizeable number of students. School toppers were awarded fruit saplings to inculcate the habit of sapling plantation among them. The threat posed by plastic bags to environment was also highlighted. Brig. S.S. Chohan, Station Commander who presided over the concluding day function, asked the younger generation to make planting of trees a regular habit. Mrs Bhavana Gadre, Principal of the school, also spoke.

: Lion DK Sharma has been unanimously elected as president of Lions Club, Kapurthala Service, for the year 2005-06. The other office-bearers elected are Secretary — Dr Kanwarbir Singh, Cashier — Mr Rajan Kumar and PRO — Mr Rakesh Chopra.

DISTINCTION: Ravinder Kumar of the local A.S. College (Boys) has stood first Ludhiana district (Rural) in Punjab University BA I examination by securing 76.50 per cent marks. The Principal of the college, Dr. R.S. Jhanji, and the management committee of the college congratulated Ravinder Kumar and the faculty members for putting in their best efforts.

Guru Nanak College of Nursing, Dhahan Kaleran, organised a two-day workshop on “Biomedical Waste Management” on the college premises. Dr Saroj Sharma, Principal, inaugurated the workshop which was attended by the B.Sc. (Nursing) interns of the college and staff nurses of Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran. Experts, including Dr P.K. Basu, Ms Manu Chopra, Ms Neeraj Kumari, Ms Gurleen Kaur, Ms Sukhjinder Kaur, delivered lectures on various topics highlighting the need, importance and methods of proper management of biomedical waste. Techniques and skills in handling the biomedical waste were also demonstrated.

Saplings planted: Lions Club, Banga Mehak, organised a sapling plantation function at Government Elementary School, Banga, 13 km from here, on Thursday. As many as 20 saplings were planted on the school premises. The club also donated a ceiling fan to Government Primary School, Banga, according to Mr Rajesh Kumar, president.

Books Distributed: Lions Club, City Smile, Banga, distributed stationary items to as many as 170 students and sets of textbooks to 10 poor and needy students of Government Elementary School, Sandhwa. Mr Baldev Nayyar, District Chairman, Lions Club -321D, presided over the function.

Unnatural deaths
: Three unnatural deaths were reported in and around Phagwara over the past two days. A migrant farm worker, Mintu, died of snake bite while working in the fields of Mr Joga Singh at Dhadey village. The deceased belonged to Purnia in Bihar. A pedestrian, Vidhata, was knocked down and killed on the Hoshiarpur road. The deceased was working in a private nursing home. In the third incident, a 50-year-old Piara Ram of Ranipur died under mysterious circumstances.

Women thieves: Two members of a gang of cloth thieves have been arrested by Phagwara police. DSP Navjot Singh said on Thursday that those arrested included Toshi and Kanta of Gannapind village.



KILLED: Gajender Sharma, alias Nikku (40), was killed when his scooter hit a stray cattle at the Ali khud bridge, near here, on Tuesday night. The bullock with, which the scooterist hit, also died after some time.

ELECTED: A local lawyer, Mr Balbir Singh Chauhan, has been elected as vice-chairman of the Bar Council of India. He was elected unanimously at a meeting of its Bar Council of India held on 10 July, 2005. Mr Chauhan has been practising in Himachal High Court for the past two decades. He has been a member of the Bar Council of India representing the state since 2000. 


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