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Rs 10 lakh grant for sewage
: The Municipal Corporation has granted Rs 10 lakh for the sewage problem of the cremation ground under the Durgiana Committee. Mr Surinder Arjun, president, Durgiana Committee, while talking to The Tribune here on Saturday said that the problem had been existing for a long time. However, in the absence of funds it was not repaired. He hoped that the work would start soon.

Seminar on IT in rural areas: In an attempt to remove the digital-divide, Career Guidance, Counseling & Placement Cell (CGCPC), Baring Union Christian College, Batala, under the leadership of Principal, Prof (Dr) Hepesh Shepherd and Prof Rajan Chaudhary, Coordinator, CGCPC, organized a seminar, on job opportunities, self-employment and application of information technology (IT) in rural areas on Saturday. The seminar was attended by nearly 150 students and lecturers of the college.

Imprisonment ordered
: Mr P.P. Singh, Additional Sessions Judge, Hoshiarpur, has convicted Nirmal Singh of Dashmesh Nagar Tanda and declared Sahib Singh and Meetu, both of Mehta Chowk, Amritsar, proclaimed offenders in a case FIR No. 253 of November 7, 2002, under Sections 397 and 34 of the IPC on Saturday. He has sentenced Nirmal Singh over five years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 under section 392 and seven years imprisonment under section 397. In case of non-payment of fine Nirmal Singh has to under go six months further imprisonment. Nirmal Singh and his aforesaid accomplices went to the shop of Krishan Kumar near bus stand, Tanda on November 7, 2002. They fired a shot at the face of Krishan Kumar and snatched Rs 15,000 injuring him seriously.

Oswal remembered:
Tributes were paid to Lala Vidyasagar Oswal at his native village, Jodhan, near here on Sunday. Speakers recalled his contribution to the industry. In 1949 he established a small worsted spinning unit under the name of Oswal Woolen Mills. He never looked back. He died at the age of 97 on July 20 last year.

Teachers’ plea: The Nijikaran Virodhi Adhypak Morcha, formed by amalgamating 32 teachers’ bodies, has warned the Chief Minister that if he did not withdraw the proposal to privatise schools and appoint teachers on an ad hoc basis by August 15, the teachers will intensify their struggle. 

Farewell function: Mr Amarjit Singh Bhattian, general secretary, Panjab Water Supply and the Sewerage Board Employee Association, was given a warm send off on retirement from service at a simple function held here on Saturday afternoon.

I-Day celebrated: The Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology celebrated the 59th anniversary of India’s Independence with vigour and patriotism on the institute premises here on Friday. The proceedings began with Saraswati Vandana followed by various contests, including quiz, antakshri and creative designing. Mr Munish Avasthi, advisor (administration) of SIFT, was the chief guest. 

Mandi Ahmedgarh
Students honoured
: Students of Shaheed Ravinder Singh Government Girls Middle School, Latala, were given bicycles by the school authorities and the panchayat. Addressing the gathering, Mr Avtar Singh inspired the students to work hard to achieve their target. Ms Rupinderjit Kaur, head of the institute, said the cycles were given as a part of Sarab Sikhya Abhyan. Mr Parminder Singh Latala, Mr Amar Nath, Ms Krishna Sharda and Mr Kartar Singh were present, among others. 

Felicitation function: The Ahmedgarh Vidya Parcharak Sabha will organise a felicitation function at the Independence Day function scheduled to be held at MGMN Senior Secondary School. The sabha will honour Mr Kuldeep Karir, a judge, Mr Jagdish Bhola, Arjuna Awardee, Mr Jaipal Singh, DSP, Dr Rajinder Mittal, Dr Naved Aslam, cardiologist, Mr Surinder Mohan Kant, Director, Youth Welfare, Panjab University Chandigarh and Mr Tejwant Kittu, music director, among others.

Mandi Gobindgarh
Entertainment centre
: It is our moral duty to respect the elders and to provide them facilities according to their needs. This was stated by Mr Joginder Paul Singla, council chief, Mandi Gobindgarh, while addressing the inaugural function of the Senior Citizen Entertainment Centre here on Friday. It has provision for indoor games, reading room and a common room.

PLAY: The National Theatre Arts Society performed play “Takey Ser Bhaji Takey Ser Khaja” at Government Senior Secondary Multipurpose School and Government School, Theri, on Sunday. 

Elected: Palwinder Kaur Aujla of Jai Jawan Colony, near Badungar has been elected president of the Ekta Welfare Committee. Besides the president, the committee will have six members. 

2 injured over land dispute
:Two persons were injured, including a woman, over land dispute at Mehtan village here on Friday. Two groups of the village had dispute over land. Phagwara DSP Navjot Singh had summoned both groups in his office for an early end to this stalemate. But before they could reach the DSP office, both groups indulged in a clash. In the clash Manjit Kaur, wife of Gurpal Singh, and Sodhi Singh, son of Swaran Singh, were seriously injured. Both were admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

Newsman booked
: S.S. Mann, a Patti-based newsman, has been booked under Sections 332, 353 and 186, IPC, for assaulting Dr Kanwaljit Singh Shekhon a doctor of the Civil Hospital, Patti. The medical, para medical and other staff of the hospital observed a pen-down strike in protest and demanded his arrest.



POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION: The following were elected office-bearers of the All-India Postal Employees Union of postmen and Class IV employees of Chandigarh division on Sunday. President — Mr Yashpal Sharma; assistant presidents — Mr Amar Chand, Mr Kulmeet Singh, Mr Jaswant Singh and Mr Jai Kumar; secretary — Mr Janak Raj; assistant secretaries — Mr Sukhchain Singh, Mr Sukhdev Saini, Mr Krishan Pal and Mr Puran Chand; cashier — Mr Ravinder Kapur; assistant cashiers — Mr Banarssi Dass and Mr Mehm Singh; organisational secretary — Mr Mohan Lal; auditors — Mr Jai Singh; and executive members — Mr Jaswant Lal, Mr Jagtar Singh, Mr Baljeet Kaur, Mr Purn Chand and Mr Narinder Singh. 

Yoga camp: Around 200 persons attended the yoga camp being organised at Math Mandir, Sector 20 A, Chandigarh, by the Bharatiya Yoga Sansthan, on Sunday. Mr Gopal Dass, president of the sansthan, educated participants about the importance of yoga. Yoga expert Sushil Joshi takes class at the camp from 5 am to 6 am daily. 



CONFERENCE: A two-day national conference on “Modern trends in information and communication technology” will be organised at MM Engineering College, Mulana, on October 20. The Union Minister for Human Resource & Development, Mr Arjun Singh, is likely to be the chief guest. Around 300 scholars, industrialists and professionals from various states will participate. According to the chairman of MM Education Trust, Mr Tarsem Kumar Garg, the conference is basically aimed at bringing together intellectuals and entrepreneurs. 

One killed in road mishap
: One person was killed and another injured when their motor cycle was hit by a bus on the Sonepat-Rohtak road, near Rohat village, about 5 km from here, on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Om Parkash Jain of Hisar and the injured Sham Sunder, a business partner of Mr Jain. He was rushed to the local Civil Hospital where he was given the first aid and later referred to a private nursing home for further treatment.

Shopkeeper robbed: Four unidentified armed youths are reported to have robbed Raj Kumar Kirar, a shopkeeper, at pistol point near Aghwanpur village, about 20 km from here, on Sunday. The miscreants snatched Rs 1,400 and threatened him with dire consequences if he informed the police about the incident. All the suspects, however, escaped immediately after snatching the money. 

Youth arrested: The city police on Sunday arrested a youth, Sunil of Kalupur village on the charge of sodemising a four-and-a-half-year-old child of the same village. According to another report, the Gohana police has arrested a youth, Dilwar, of Mundlana village on the charge of possessing an unlicensed country-made pistol of .315 bore. A case under the Indian Arms Act has been registered against him.

Girl dead: A girl died of mysterious disease in her house at Lath village, about 30 km from here, on Sunday. A similar death of a child had already taken place in this village and this has caused panic among the villagers.



Art gallery at Dharamsala
: An exclusive art gallery for display and conservation of Kangra School of Miniature Painting, popularly known as ‘Kangra Kalam’, will soon be set up in the Kangra Art Museum at Dharamsala as a collection of rare miniature paintings is being gifted to it by the National Museum in Delhi. The renovation work of Kangra Art Museum is going on at a cost of about Rs. 45 lakh. Another sum of Rs. 20 lakh is likely to be given to the museum for the execution of various schemes.

Royalty for hand pumps
: The Irrigation and Public Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said that those who wish to set up their private hand pumps would have to pay a royalty to the state government. Planting vanamahotsava tree at the Joginder Gymkhana Club in the town here, on Saturday, Mr Thakur said that the Bill to that effect had been passed in the Assembly.

One dead
: Fourty-years old Nanak Chand, a resident of Kheri village under Paonta subdivision, died in Paonta civil hospital on Saturday. He had reportedly consumed some poisonous substance. 


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