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NURSING STUDENTS ADVISED: Brig Pramod Bhardwaj, Commander, Military Station, exhorted students of the Sardar Patel Medical Institute of Nursing here to enrich their personality with discipline, regularity, punctuality and dedication to duty. He was speaking at a farewell given by junior students to their seniors at the newly constructed campus of the institute here on Tuesday. Dr G.R. Garg, SMO, Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital, Dr G.S. Mittal, Chairman, and Mr Sita Ram Sharma, Managing Director of the institute, and Ms Jayashree Dass, Principal, also advised the students to work hard.

CASE REGISTERED: The Civil Lines police on Monday registered a case against 45-year-old Raj Kumar of Kiran Colony for allegedly raping a minor girl. As per the FIR, the 13-year-old girl had gone to a PCO where the accused enticed her and committed the crime.

WORKSHOP: A workshop on vermi-composting for solid waste management sponsored by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology was arranged here on Monday by the Department of Botanical and Environment Sciences of Guru Nanak Dev University. Students were trained in vermin-composting and disposal of hazardous waste.

TEEJ CELEBRATED: Clad in traditional Punjabi dresses, war widows, wives of ex-servicemen and serving JCOs/ORs today celebrated the Teej festival at the Bathinda military station. As per a press note, Ms Kiran Nandrajog, president, Chetak Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), also joined the function.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Teej celebrated: The Teej festival was celebrated with traditional fervour by the District Red Cross Society at Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, on Monday. A large number of people, including students, took part in various competitions. Ms Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the festival by lighting a ceremonial lamp. Main attraction of the function was Miss Teej, Babby Teej and Bebe Teej competitions. In the Teej Baby(junior category) Jasmeet Kaur stood first, in senior’s category Arunima Kaur stood first whereas Sandeep Kaur was declared “Miss Teej” and Harbans Kaur “Teej Babey.”

WATER SUPPLY: To ensure the potable water supply in the town all sewer and water supply pipelines will be checked for repairs. This was stated by Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, at the meeting of the district officials at Bachat Bhavan on Tuesday. She also issued directions to health officials to keep a close watch on the sale of eatables. She said the third Lok Suvidha camp in the district would be organised at Sangam Marriage Palace, Shonti in Amloh subdivision, on August 18.

TRANSFERRED: On the complaint of all municipal councillors of Bassi Pathana, the Punjab Government has ordered the transfer of the Principal of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bassi Pathana. The order was issued by Secretary, Education, on Tuesday. The Principal has been transferred to Government Girls School, Chamkaur Sahib, on administrative grounds. 

BAN: Keeping in view the use of intoxicating medicines by youngsters, Mr D. K. Tiwari, District Magistrate, has banned the storage and sale of some medicines without the prescription of doctors. These medicines are: syrups Phensedryl, Corex, Codeine Mit’s Lincture, tablets Lomotil, Lomofen, Proxy tab, Dexvone, Corbutyl, Carisoma Compound and Mendires, capsules Sudhinol, Proxyvon and Buta Proxivon, and Parvon, injections Morphine, Norphine, Pethdine, Fortwin, Pentavon, Pentawin, Campose and all medicines containing Dextropropoxiphene and Pentazocine.

PLAN: Mr Krishan Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note issued here on Tuesday said the district administration would remove encroachments on the PWD land in the district. He appealed to the encroachers to cooperate with the administration in public interest.

ADOPTED: The Lions Club, City Smile, Banga, has adopted the cremation ground situated at the Punia Road, Banga, for its proper upkeep. The club has built roads and pavements in the ground. It has planted 100 saplingsin the new dharamsala at Bains village.

THEATRE WEEK: The National Theater Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, launched the Independence Day theatre week (August 7-15) by staging “Takey Ser Bhaji Takey Ser Khaja”, a Punjabi musical adaptation of the 19th century patriotic Hindi play by Bhartendu Harishchand, at the Monthly Garden Theatre at Baradari Gardens, here. NTAS director Pran Sabharwal, welcoming the guests, said the play would be staged in the city’s educational institutions.

Honoured: The Public Relations Officer of the SOS Children’s Villages of India on Monday honoured Students of St. Xavier International School under the Young Ambassadors programme. Schoolchildren had collected Rs 11,000 for the charitable institution which takes care of the orphans. They have been collecting donations for the institution for the past three years. 

Celebrations: Teej was celebrated at Government Girls Polytechnic here on Monday. Mr Manjit Singh Narang, Additional Managing Director, PRTC, was the chief guest. The Principal of the polytechnic, Mr Gurcharan Singh, inaugurated a computer lab.

DRIVE: To check under-age driving, the traffic wing of the Phagwara police has planned to involve the managements of different schools to discourage the practice. The in charge of the wing, Mr Sucha Singh, said traffic rules and regulations would be the top priority and offenders would be dealt with strictly.

INJURED: A horse-cart owner was injured when a car hit the cart on the overbridge near the JCT Mills on the GT Road, here, on Monday. Balwinder Kumar, a resident of Khilwara Gate, was taken to the local Civil Hospital where his condition was stated to be stable.

PROTEST: The second year students of all branches of the Bhaddal Engineering College on Tuesday went on strike protesting against the decision of Punjab Technical University (PTU) to cut down their training period from six months to two months. The students alleged that they were kept in dark about the decision by the college authorities.



BREASTFEEDING WEEK: Innerwheel Club of Chandigarh (midtown) has organised a special camp under the breastfeeding week at Labour Colony here. This camp has been held in collaboration with the Departments of Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health and doctors of Employees State Insurance dispensary. Dr Ramnik Kaur spoke on the importance of breastfeeding and Dr Rupinder Kaur spoke about the common diseases that occurred during the summer and the monsoons. 

FREE TRAINING: Rotary Club of Chandigarh (midtown) launched a project to impart free training in plumbing to 25 poor matriculate boys at Gurdwara Tibbi Sahib, Khuda Ali Sher, on August 7. R.K. Luther, director, Vocational Services, said the course would be for six months. In addition to the theory classes, practical training would also be given on government and private projects. President, R.K. Goyal added that after the completion of the course, the trainees would be provided with free tool-kits and a certificate.

RESIDENTS’ PROBLEMS: The Residents Coordination Committee of MIG-I houses, Sector 40-C, here today alleged that the bus route No. 3 and 3-A which used to ply between the sector and the PGI, had been discontinued. Now, the residents had to first go to Sector 17 for going to the PGI. Similarly, Apni Mandi, which used to be held in the sector, had been shifted to Sector 39, putting the residents to difficulty.

RESIGNED: Mr H.C. Arora, a former general secretary of the Adhivakta Parishad, has resigned from the primary membership of the BJP. He has resigned following ideological differences with the party over the quota for the Muslims in the minorities institutions.

AGENTS’ PLEA: The Recruiting Agents Association of Northern India (RAANI) has appealed to the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to lift the ban on allowing Indians to work in Iraq. Mr Rajiv Puri, president of the association, said there was a demand for Indian workers in Iraq and by giving them clearance to work, the workers could get better wages than the wages being offered in other Middle East countries.

MOURNED: The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has expressed grief over the demise of Mrs Nathi Devi, mother of Haryana Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana, at Ambala on Sunday. Mr Hooda visited members of the family of Mrs Nathi Devi in Ambala on Monday and expressed sympathies. All officers and employees of the Haryana Sanskrit Akademi also mourned her death. 

STRIKE CALLED OFF: The Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) and students of the Department Chemical Engineering (DCET) called off hunger strike on Monday. They had been on the strike for the past eight days. Their demands regarding the improvement chance in internal assessment has been accepted.

Uro-Awareness ’05: Over 350 doctors from Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh attended Uro-Awareness 2005, a CME organised by the Kidney and Urostone Academic Society at the CII, Sector 31, yesterday. The event was inaugurated by Maj-Gen S.K. Kaul, Commandant, Command Hospital (WC) Chandi-mandir. Doctors like Dr I.C. Pathak, Dr K.S. Chugh, Dr V.K. Kapoor, Dr Rupin Shah, a renowned andrologist from Mumbai, Dr A.K. Mandal, Dr S.K. Singh, Brig R.M. Diwan, Dr Anil Kayastha, were among those present. The event was held to launch the opening of Kidney and Urostone Centre’s new ultramodern hospital in Sector 46-D here.

PROTEST: Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) will wear black badges tomorrow as an expression of solidarity with teachers of aided schools of Punjab. They will be on mass casual leave to protest against the anti-education policies of the state.

FIVE BOOKED: Five persons, including a woman, were arrested today by the police with 79 kg of poppy husk from the Sector 44 and 45 dividing road. The police said accused Om Prakash and Lakshmi Narain of Gwalior were arrested with 35 kg of poppy husk. Similarly, Ramesh, Aad Ram and Bhagwati, all residents of Bhind in Gwalior were arrested with 44 kg of poppy husk. During interrogation, they reportedly told the police that they had brought the contraband from Gwalior for the purpose of supplying it in the rural area of Ropar district.

BOYCOTT: The PGI Employees Union has decided not to participate in the Independence Day celebrations at the PGI. The problem arose after the PGI Director issued a letter to union president Subash Chander in connection with an adverse remark make in the ACR of the latter. 

SAPLING PLANTATION: Government Model High School, Sector 20, celebrated ‘vanmahotsava’ on its premises on Tuesday. A few sports persons were present on the occasion and they planted saplings in the school. Dr D S Mangat, Director, Public Instructions, was the chief guest and Mr Jasbir Singh Ghuman, a former student of the school was the guest of honour. Mr Ghuman donated Rs 1 lakh to the school and also announced a scholarship of Rs 10,000 per annum for the next 10 years to be given to students who excel in sports or studies.

HARIYALI TEEJ: The “Hariyali Teej” was celebrated in Rajasthan Bhavan, Sector 33, which saw participants dressed in the traditional Rajasthan style. Rajasthan dance, mono acting and Hindi play were performed. A sumptous Rajasthani food was also served while ladies and children enjoyed “jhula ride” on a swing decorated with marigold flowers. Vandana Bagri and Shila Agarwal were adjudged the best dressed lady. Shiv and Saloni were also declared best dressed male and female. In Rangoli, Priyanka and Anchal Kejriwal were adjudged the winners.

CONDEMNED: At an emergency meeting on Monday the executive of the PGI Employees Union took a serious note of the provocative letter written by the PGI authorities to the president of the union. The employees condemned the attitude of Prof K.K. Talwar, Director of the institute who, they said, earlier wrote: “I have observed the working of this employee closely. He is prone to making unfounded allegations against his seniors, including directors of the institute. He has vitiated the atmosphere of the institute. His grading is below average. He is a fit case of termination from service.” 

WELCOMED: New students enrolled at the Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Biotechnology in Kharar were welcomed during a special ceremony organised by Chairman Nirmal Singh Rayat and Vice-Chairman Mr Gurvinder Singh Bahra. Students were divided in eight groups of 30 each and given theory and practical tips so that they could make themselves aware on each course and lecture.



LAND MUTATION: The land mutation process will be computerised at all tehsil offices in the state by next year, according to Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, Revenue Minister, Haryana. Mr Yadav was here on Tuesday on a surprise check at the tehsil and SDM offices. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Rajbir Deshwal, District Revenue Officer and Tehsildar were accompanying the minister. He also met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr J.P. Kaushik, in his office. Mr Yadav also went to the residence of Education Minister, Phool Chand Mulana to mourn the death of his mother. 

KILLED: A couple was killed a car hit their scooter near Saddopur village on the Chandigarh-Ambala road on Tuesday. The victims, who belonged to Patiala district, were identified as Karam Singh and his wife Labh Kaur. All five occupants of the car sustained injuries. A case has been registered.

Dead: The Haryana Education Minister, Mr Phool Chand Mullana’s, mother died on Sunday. She was 95. Her mortal remains were consigned to flames at Ram Bagh, Ambala City, on Monday.

MC Elections
: The Bhiwani civic body set a record when one of the candidates, Mr Puneet Masta, son of former Municipal Council Chairman, late Ramesh Masta, was elected unanimously ever since the local civic body was constituted. As many as 30 candidates withdrew their names on the last date of withdrawal. Now, there are 238 candidates in the fray for Municipal Council elections slated for August 21.

SENTENCED: The Judicial Magistrate, Ms Narender Kaur, sentenced eight members of a family of Devsar village to two-year imprisonment here on Monday. The convicted persons are Kamal, Prem Pal, Jai Pal, Ram Phal, Bijender, Surajbhan, Jeetu and Randhir under sections 323, 325. However, Munni Devi and Antar Devi and Rani Devi were acquitted.

DHARNA: Irked at the faulty BSNL mobile services, activists of the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) staged a dharna in front of the local telephone exchange on Monday. The protesters, led by Mr Mandeep Malik, president of the local unit of the BJYM, also observed a fast in front of the BSNL Generla Manager’s office. Interestingly, soon after the dharna started, Mr R.K. Tyagi, General Manager Telecom, BSNL, reached out to the protesters and answered their queries.

VISIT: Col Suresh Jetley, Group Commander, NCC Group Headquarters, Rohtak, will visit No.1 Haryana Air Squadron NCC, Hisar, for annual inspection on August 10. This was stated by Wg Cdr V.S.Rathour, Commanding officer, No.1 Haryana Air Squadron NCC, Hisar, here on Monday.

INJURED: Two persons, Baleshwar and his daughter Sunaina (10), were seriously injured when their motor cycle was hit by Tata 407 on the G.T. Road near Bari village, about 15 km from here, on Tuesday. Both injured persons were hospitalised.

HELD: The police has arrested two youths for snatching Rs 800 from two shopkeepers who were selling rakhis near the cloth market here, on Tuesday. Mr Anil Kumar Rao, Superintendent of Police, said the arrested youths were identified as Chand, alias Tinu and Raj Kumar, alias Raju of Kot Mohalla, here. A case has been registered.

ARRESTED: The police arrested one Dharambir, alias Jassa following the recovery of a stolen motor cycle from his possession on Tuesday. The motor cycle was allegedly stolen from the SBI branch on August 6 last.



APPOINTED: Jyoti Parkash Tunga has been appointed district president of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) for Bilaspur district by the state NSUI president Kewal Singh Pathania. This was announced here on Tuesday by District Congress party spokesman Shayam Sharma.

COMPETITION: Sachi Mohan was declared first, Khushal Singh second and Anjana Thakur third in the greeting card-making competition organised here by the Department of Languages and Culture in collaboration with the District Cultural Council during a two-day exhibition of paintings, wood-craft and statue-making. Deputy Commissioner Manish Garg distributed prizes to the winners. In the painting competition Virender Thakur, Bhawana Thakur and Sunnanda got the first, second and third prizes, respectively.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: The police seized 29 kg poppy husk from Baddi on Monday morning. Acting on information, the police party searched the area around the Housing Board Colony, Baddi, and recovered from the bushes a sack containing the poppy husk. No one was arrested. Meanwhile, a case under sections of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Booked:Five men have been booked for allegedly manhandling a man on Monday morning. In an FIR lodged with the police, Balbir Singh has accused Jeet Singh, Succha Singh, Karnal Singh, Naunu and Avtar Singh for assaulting him when he tried to stop them from loading stone from the banks of the Sarsa river. The complainant was an employee of a person who had taken the area on lease.


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