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Aid to school
: The Lions Club, Mandi Abohar, on Saturday distributed stationery items among 150 students of Government Primary School No 1 and mats to Government Primary School, Jain Nagar.

Akhand bhajan: The 80-hour akhand bhajan by members of the Satya Sai Seva Sangathan, Punjab, will conclude at the local Arorvansh Dharamshala on Sunday. A blood donation camp will also be organised on the occasion.

Substandard items
: The Agriculture Department has found 49 samples, out of a total of 425, of pesticides, seeds and various other items of substandard quality during a campaign to provide quality seeds and pesticides to farmers. Show-cause notices have been issued to the companies whose samples were found substandard.

Enquiry sought: The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the Commissioner, Jalandhar division, to inquire into the allegations of gambling against the former DC and SSP at the Red Cross fair in 2003.

Two held
: The police on Saturday arrested Harjinder Singh and Balihar Singh, residents of Shamsherpur village in Fatehgarh Churian, and seized 9 gram of brown sugar from their possession. A case has been registered.

Dharna: Activists of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh staged a dharna in front of the office of the Executive Engineer, PSEB, Dasuya, on Friday in protest against the economic reforms of UPA government.

Body found: A body was found from the flooded low-lying area under the Domoria railway under-bridge here on Friday. Officials of the GRP, under whose jurisdiction the area falls, took the body out.

: More than 100 rice sheller owners of Ludhiana district gathered at Paradise Resort, 5 km from here, and decided to boycott the purchase of paddy from September 26. They also decided that in the event of infringement by any member, they would organise protests in front of his premises. Mr Sanjay Ghai, district chairman of the Rice Sheller Owners’ Association, flayed the state government for its alleged repressive policies against them. Mr Hari Om, district president of the association, appealed to all members to adhere strictly to the decision taken in the meeting.

Protest held: Students of ITI raised slogans against the Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, and demanded revoking of suspension of students and scrapping of internal assessment for law students.

Loan counter: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Krishan Kumar, inaugurated a “bank loan suvidha counter” at the DC’s office on Friday.

Eye camp: An eye check-up camp was organised at Sanjay Colony (Valmik Nagar) here by the Baghwan Valmik Dharam Sabha, Patiala, on Saturday. Around 175 persons were examined by a team of doctors, led by Dr Dharamvir Chaliya, Head, Department of Ophthalmology, Government Rajindera Hospital, free of cost. Patients who needed surgery would be operated upon on Sunday at the Government Rajindera Hospital. The camp was inaugurated by Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation. The State Bank of Patiala and the State Bank of India helped organise the camp.

Meeting: Members of the Punjab Youth Congress held a meeting to chalk out a strategy to induct more youth into the party. Chitwant Singh Jassi, Harjit Fauji, Sukhwinder Singh, Hardeep Singh, Shaminder Singh, Balwinder Singh, Narinder Singh, Rajvir Singh, Devinder Singh, Pritam Singh and Gurpinder Singh, besides others 
participated in the meeting.

: Anganwari workers held a demonstration on Friday demanding the closure of pre-nursery schools in the villages. They presented a memorandum to the SDM.

FAREWELL PARTY: On the promotion of Senior Medical Officer Dr J.P. Singh, as the Civil Surgeon, Mansa, a farewell party was given to him by local social organisations. Mr Rashpal Singh, president of the Anti-Corruption Front, said the residents of Samrala subdivision would remember Dr J.P Singh for the service rendered by him. Among those present on the occasion included Mr Prem Sagar Sharma, president of the Punjab State Pensioners’ Mahasangh, Mr P.S. Batra, general secretary of the Punjab Nambardara Union, Mr Parminder Singh Gill, general secretary of the PPCC (legal cell), and Mr Shiv Kumar Kalyan, district president of the legal cell.

SCIENCE FARE: A tehsil-level science fare of senior secondary schools will be held on September 26 and 27 at local Nankana Sahib Public School. This was stated by the Principal, Ms Kuldeep Kaur, here on Saturday. Mr Varinder Sharma, District Vigyan Supervisor, would preside over the function, she added.



Elected: Ms Renuka B. Salwan, Deputy Director, Public Relations, Bureau of Indian Standards, has been elected chairperson of the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of India (PRSI). The other office bearers are: vice-chairman — Mr Ashutosh Kapila; secretary — Mr Shivjit Singh; joint-secretary — Mr H. S. Aulakh; and treasurer — Mr Amulya Shukla. The members of the executive committee-are Mr Dipin Preet Singh, Mr Piyush Gupta, and Capt B. S. Gurunay.

Poetry Contest: An inter-house show and tell poetry recitation and story-telling competition was held in the junior wing of KB DAV Sector 7. Tiny tots of pre-nursery and nursery recited rhymes while KG children spoke on various topics.

SELECTED: About 20 graduates from GCG-11 were selected for jobs during a campus placement session held in the college on Friday. Recruitment was made by IBM Daksh.

TRAINING COURSE: As many as 75 teachers from 25 government schools attended a five-day training programme on computer-aided learning which started at GMSSS, Sector 18 on Friday. The teachers will be introduced to the concept of CAL.

SONG-DAY: A rhyme and song day was organised for students of Classes I and II at Bhavan Vidyalaya to Saturday. The programme started with a prayer, followed by a welcome song. A Hindi play was enacted by the students of Class I while students of Class II enacted a play on the friendship of Lord Krishna and Sudama.

Visit: Lt Gen S. Pattabhiraman, GOC- in -C, Western Command, visited the Panchkula unit of Bharat Electronics Limited on Saturday. A press note said he also shared some of the requirements of the Army in data communication which might incorporated in BEL products. 

Demanded: Peoples Voice Gods Voice has demanded an inquiry into the alleged over payment and false bills worth Rs 12 lakh by the municipal council against the maintenance of parks in these areas. The NGO has said the Urban Development Department is probing the charges for only one ward (Sector 4), but irregularities have been found in 15 wards.



Two killed: Two persons, including a woman, were killed when the scooter, on which they were travelling, was hit by a jeep on the Sonepat-Gohana road near Mohana village, about 19 km from here, on Saturday. The deceased were identified as Rakesh (25) and his mother, Ms Sheelawati (45), of Mehlana village in this district. The police has registered a case.

Cyclist killed: A cyclist was killed when he was hit by a Canter on the GT Road near Rasoi village, 20 km from here, on Sunday. The victim was identified as Gaje Singh Chauhan of Jakhauli village. The driver of the Canter was overpowered by the passerby and handed him over to the police.

Trader robbed: Khushi Ram, a trader of milch cattle, was robbed of Rs 10,000 by two motor cycle-borne youths near Sandal Khurd village, about 5 km from here, on Friday.

Blood donation: Yamunanagar has topped the state in the field of blood donation. In 2005, as many as 8,315 units of blood have been collected till date. In 2004, the district Red Cross Society collected a total of 13,235 units of blood through 47 blood donation camps and became number one in the state pushing Sirsa to second position.


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