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KIRTAN DARBAR: Chief Khalsa Diwan will organise a Divine Kirtan Darbar on the occasion of 349th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Harkrishan, eighth Guru of Sikhs, on July 31. Mr Charanjit Singh Chadda and Mr Bhag Singh Ankhi, president and honorary secretary of the Chief Khalsa Dewan, respectively, in a press conference here said that renowned Ragi Jathas like Bhai Harbans Singh Jagadhariwale, Bhai Sadhu Singh Dehradunwale, Bhai Anoop Singh Unawale, Bibi Baljit Kaur Khalsa, Bhai Harnam Singh Srinagarwale and Bhai Joginder Singh Riar Ludhianawale would recite Gurbani.

SOCIAL WORKER’S PLEA: Mr Brij Bedi, social worker and president, Citizen Forum, in a letter to Prime Minister has urged not to hand over the amount being given for the development of the holy city to local administration. In the letter, Mr Bedi said the track record of local administration was not satisfactory as it had enough time for festivities but had no time for the development of the city. “It is sickening to see the walls plastered with vulgar posters and graffiti. The whole town is encroached and garbage can be seen littered on the main roads,” he added.

IG’S ASSURANCE: The IG, Bathinda Zone, Mr Rajinder Singh, visited the house of Jasbir Singh, a policeman, who was shot at by some terrorists near Lopo village of Moga in February this year. The IG assured his family members that his name would be recommended for gallantry award and he would also be promoted. He also assured the financial aid of Rs 2 lakh for Jasbir’s treatment. Jasbir had sustained serious injuries during an attack by the terrorists. A 9mm bullet had passed through his neck leaving him bed-ridden.

SECOND POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION: Following the death of Barinder Kumar of Vishal Nagar under mysterious circumstances, another post-mortem examination was conducted on his body to find out the exact reason behind his death. The SSP,
Mr Kapil Dev, had ordered that the second post mortem examination be conducted by a board of doctors. In a release issued here on Thursday, the SSP said that the police was carrying out a thorough investigation into the matter. Earlier, the police had registered a case under Section 174.

PROTEST MARCH: More than 400 employees, both men and women, of Technical Services Union (TSU) of Punjab State Electricity Board of Kotkapura division along with the members of Ministerial Service Union (JE) council and Kissan Union (Krantikari) took out a protest march through the main bazar of the town (Kotkapura) on Thursday to express their strong resentment against the dilly dallying tactics of the police of the area to nab all the four accused allegedly responsible for making acid attack on a Junior Engineer (JE) Lal Chand of PSEB on July 23 near Kothethe village. The JE was going to Punjgrain village in Faridkot district to perform official duty there. They also staged a dharna and held rally.

MEDICAL CAMP: Under the school health programme, a health education-cum-medical camp was organised at Government Elementary School, Subhash Nagar, on Friday. A team of doctors led by Dr Navneet Saini, Dental Surgeon, and Dr Ajay Bagga examined about 200 students and gave free medicines to all those who were found anaemic.

: Indian Ex-Services League Punjab is holding its meeting on July 31 at gurdwara Tehliana Sahib at Raikot according to Col Bhag Singh, senior vice-president, of the league.

Booked for assault: Rasham Singh Bindri and Harnam Singh of Johlan allegedly assaulted Major Singh of Kalyan after entering his house. The Raikot police has registered a case under Sections 452, 323,34 IPC.

Road Patch Work incomplete: Patchwork on Ishsil Road Jagraon, which was taken up about 15 days before remains incomplete causing inconvenience to the general public. The scattered stones on the road further aggravate the problem for commuters. Residents demand that patch work be complete soon.

LIQUOR BOTTLES SEIZED: Jalandhar cantonment police seized 500 bottles of illicit liquor and arrested two smugglers, who were transporting the consignment in a jeep near Bilga village in the wee hours on Thursday. Bottles of illicit liquor, it was learnt, had been brought from Himachal Pradesh. A police party, headed by SHO Gurjit Singh, intercepted a Scorpio jeep. The search yielded 500 bottles of liquor, which was allegedly being transported by Honey and Ramesh, residents of Jalandhar, said police sources.

COPS IN CUSTODY: Sub-Inspector Jasvir Singh, posted as SHO at Mehna in Moga, and his gunman, Constable Jaswinder Singh, who were arrested yesterday by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau for accepting bribe of Rs 15,000, were remanded in one-day police custody by a Kharar sub-divisional court.

HAT-TRICK BY TOPPER: Ms Sandeep Kaur Sandhu, a student of Guru Nanak College of Nursing, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr), has scored a hat-trick of topping the university merit list. She has topped the merit list by securing 511 / 600 marks in the annual examination of B.Sc. (Nursing) 3rd year conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot. Earlier, she had topped the university merit list in the final examinations of the first and second years of the B.Sc. (Nursing).

RALLY ORGANISED: Activists of CPI (ML) organised a rally and took out a protest march here in the town on Thursday to protest against the police action on the labourers at Gurgaon in Haryana. Senior leaders, including Mr Kulwinder Singh Warraich, Mr Sardara Singh Mahil and Mr Daljit Singh, addressed the gathering and condemned the alleged brutal attitude of the police.

DONATED: Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr) has got encouraging response from the prominent citizens of Jalandhar, who have donated more than Rs 7 lakh during a Fund Raising Function for the on-going construction work of trauma centre at the cost of Rs. 15 crore of Guru Nanak Mission Hospital Dhahan Kaleran. Sant Baba Bhajan Bhagwant Singh Dakohewale (Rs 1.25 lakh), Mr Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Chief Editor, Ajit ( Rs 1 lakh), Mr Jaswinder Singh Kaka and Mr Jaswinder Singh (Dolphin Hotel) and family (Rs 2 lakh), Mr Harbaksh Singh (Rs 1.11 lakh) and Mr Swapin Bedi (Rs 50000) were the prominent donors. They lauded the contribution of the Trust in the field of health and education.

SCHOLARSHIP: Mr Siddharth Sharma of Patiala has been awarded the prestigious Charter Scholarship by Keele University, England, to pursue high studies in English. Mr Sharma, who was a Masters degree in English from Punjabi University, Patiala, was a national champion in debate and elocution for five consecutive years and was the South Asian winner twice. He was among the top 20 speakers of the world and as awarded the national scholarship in academics.

SAPLINGS PLANTED: More than 30 saplings were planted in a drive launched by the Charan Bagh Welfare Society, Patiala. The drive will continue till August 14. According to the society, residents had donated Rs 60,000 for the drive.

BILL PAYMENT MACHINE: To facilitate depositing of electricity bills, the PSEB installed an automatic electronic bill payment machine (BPM), Sewak, at Shakti Sadan Complex here on Friday. The working of such machine had already been successfully tested in the Mohali, where so for Rs 121.30 lakh in cash and cheques worth Rs 257.40 lakh have been collected. 

ARMY VACANCIES: The Army has invited applications for the posts of Havildar (Education) in various streams. In science stream, applications are invited for 347 vacancies and 48 in arts. According to a press note of the Branch Recruiting Officer, candidates should have knowledge of either English or Hindi or both, along with a degree from recognised university. The last date of sending applications at the headquarters recruiting zone, Jalandhar Cantt, is August 23.

TICKETLESS TRAVELLERS: A surprise check was carried out at Phagwara railway station on Thursday following reports of ticketless travelling in trains. The Railway Police found as many as 84 ticketless travellers from five trains and realised Rs 16,294 as fine.

AC DONATED: NRI Manjit Singh Virk on Thursday donated an AC to Civil Hopsital Phagwara through Patients Welfare Samiti. This is the second air-conditioned room in the hospital for the benefit of patients.

PROTEST: The Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, has achieved the best heat rate of 2535 Kcal per unit during 2004-2005 and recorded 3549 millions units of power last year said General Manager of the thermal plant, R.S Sohal, who retired here on Friday. Meanwhile, some employees of the thermal plant registered their protest against the decision of the thermal plant authorities for shifting some offices on the day of Mr Sohal retirement function. 

OPIUM SEIZED: The Moonak police has seized 1 kg of opium from Balkar Singh, a resident of Bheor Majra village in Jakhal (Haryana). Giving this information, Mr Sushil Kumar, DSP, Moonak, said on Thursday Balkar Singh had been arrested from Rampura village, about 8 km from Moonak, along with the opium. The Moonak police has registered a case under Section 18/61/85 of the NDPS Act against Balkar Singh.



Environment quiz: The team of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector (AKSIP) Sector 41, have won the quiz on environment organised for schools of the city by the Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration, in association with the Centre for Environmental and Vocational Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh on Friday. As many as 53 teams of various schools participated in the quiz competition. The winning team included Prerit, Harprinder Singh and Kashish of AKSIP. The second position was bagged by Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26. The team included Mandisha Nagpal, Chetna Kumar and Niyati Pandit. The third place was bagged by the team of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9-B, Chandigarh, which included Aditi Jain, Aditi Mehta and Priyanka Syal.

16 cases settled: As many as 16 cases out of 58 cases fixed for hearing were settled at the X Lok Adalat held on Friday at Sector 18 here. It was chaired by Mr Rajesh Kumar, Presiding Officer. INTERACTION: Freshers interacted with seniors at the second day of orientation-2005 programmes at Punjab Engineering College here on Friday. New students were also introduced to their teachers under the newly introduced personal tutor scheme. This scheme aims at bridging the gap between faculty members and students. A cultural programme was presented which included skits, songs and dance. The filming of movie “Swadesh” made the programme special for freshers.

PROTEST: Members of the local Safai Mazdoor Union staged a protest outside the office of the Municipal Council here on Friday against the move of the authorities concerned to adopt a new contract system for sanitation work in the town. The protesters raised slogans against the government and the authorities of the civic body. The protesters demanded that the council should not adopt the new system of sanitation under which the contractor would be removing garbage from every house in the town and dumping it at the earmarked site outside the town. 

COOP BANK: Mr Vishwajit Khanna, Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Punjab, on Friday inaugurated the 42nd branch of the Ropar Central Cooperative Bank in Phase II here. Mr Khanna said loans to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore were given to farmers by cooperative banks in the state. The function was presided over by Mr Jagjit Singh Kang, Chairman, Ropar Central Cooperative Bank Ltd. 

MLA’S PLEA: The MLA Kharar, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, has in a communication to the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) and the Chandigarh Mayor, exhorted them to moot a beautification and cleanliness drive in Chandigarh as is being carried out in Mohali from August 1. He said it would be appropriate that similar steps were taken in Chandigarh so that continuity in cleanliness was maintained.

CIVIC AMENITIES: The Citizens Welfare Association has expressed its concern over the deteriorating civic amenities in the town. In a press note, Mr S.K. Nayar, president of the association said in the past five years, after the maintenance works of roads, parks and streetlights were transferred from HUDA to the MC, the civic amenities had gone from bad to worse. The MC had remained mired in controversy and thus the development had taken a beating. The parks were in a deplorable condition, roads had pits and streetlights remained defunct for months, he said.

INCOME TAX: Public counters for receiving the income tax returns at the Income Tax Office, Panchkula, will remain open on Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 am to 4 pm. This has been done to facilitate the public to file returns, said Mr Raman Chopra, Joint Commissioner, Income Tax, Panchkula Range.



SHOP GUTTED: An electronics shop was gutted in Ambala Sadar on Thursday. The fire is said to have broken out at 11 pm. The fire brigade was informed and three fire engines were rushed to the shop.

SUICIDE: A 30-year-old woman committed suicide at Sangat Pura village of this district on Wednesday. Giving this information to mediapersons, the SP, Mr M.S. Seoran, said here on Thursday that Bali daughter of a resident of Sherda village, was married to Raj Kumar, son of Shingara of Sangat Pura nearly 10 years back. She suffered a paralytic attack a few years ago following which her husband and mother-in-law lost interest in her. They used to harass and torture her. The police has registered a case against Raj Kumar and his mother for instigating Bali to commit suicide.

AIDS CAMPAIGN: A special campaign should be launched to create mass awakening to save the people from deadly disease AIDS as the persons suffering from this disease faced death. This was stated by Mr Ashok Garg, SDM, Kaithal, while speaking at a seminar organised by Red Cross Aids Control Society to create awareness about AIDS here on Thursday. Talk was also organised against female foeticide.

POWER BILLS: The offices of Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) will accept electricity bills even on holidays on this Saturday and Sunday (July 30 and 31) in the district. Stating this in a press note, DC, Mr RP Bhardwaj, said that the electricity consumers could ldeposit their bills between 9 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. on those days. 

Liquor-free village
: Mundakhera village of Bilaspur block here has set up an example passing a resolution urging government and excise department to ban liquor in the village and declare the village as liquor free on Thursday. A first resolution of the new panchayat has also decided to fine all those who purchase or drink liquor. The villagers have also decided to check sale of illegal liquor in their area. Fed up with the tipsy residents who created nuisance in the village, the panchayat passed the resolution and sent the copy to the CM.



CREATED: The Himachal Government has created a temporary Irrigation-cum-Public Health Division at Bassi near here while two subdivisions under it would work with headquarters at Bassi and Larsooh under IPH cirlce Hamirpur for the completion of ‘‘Changer Area Medium Irrigation Project’’. This was said in a government notification on Tuesday.

CONDEMNED: A large number of activists of the CPM and CPI on Wednesday staged a demonstration condemning police attack on hundreds of workers of Hero-Honda at Gurgaon.

NAVRATRA FAIRS: Ten-day “Sharawanashtimi Navratra fairs” would begin on August 6 at famous shrine at Shri Naina Devi ji, 90 km from here. District Administration has made all arrangements for providing facilities to lakhs of pilgrims who would visit this fair during these days. Deputy Commissioner, Manish Garg said here on Thursday that adequate police force would be deployed to maintain law and order. He said use of loud-speakers and also beating of drums and playing of musical instruments and bands have also been banned in case of any emergency, loud-speaker fixed in the government control room could be used.

ELECTED: Mr Satpal Thakur has been declared elected as the president of the district unit of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation(NGOs) defeating his rival Mr Brij Mohan Bedi by 28 votes while for the post of general secretary Mr Ajay Jaryal defeated Mr Mahender Bhardwaj by 25 votes.

BODY FOUND: An unidentified body of a man was found near Gujjarhatti village, about 20 km from here, on Thursday. The body appeared to be two or three old-day as it has started to decompose. The body bore no injuries marks.


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