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Dharna staged: Residents of Sanguana basti and activists of the Sanguana Basti Sangharsh Committee on Tuesday staged a dharna in front of the residence of the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla. They submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner demanding the draining of dirty pond water and supply of drinking water in the basti.

Eye surgeons’ meeting: More than 50 eye surgeons participated in a meeting of the Bathinda Ophthalmological Society on Tuesday. The meeting welcomed the judgement of the Supreme Court exonerating doctors from criminal negligence.

Plea to shift office: Activists of the Technical Services Union on Tuesday staged a dharna in front of the office of the SDO, Cantonment, demanding the shifting of the office from the cantonment to a government building.

Heritage walk on tourism day
: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sukhwinder Pal Singh flagged off a heritage walk on the occasion of World Tourism Day on Tuesday from the Zila Parishad hall. 

Power cut
: Several parts of Phagwara on Tuesday witnessed a 10-day hour power cut from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mr Sanjiv Kumar XEN, Phagwara Division, PSEB attributed the power cut to the laying of wires for a proposed power station. 

Seminar conducted
: Under the Revised National TB Control Programme, more than 6,000 persons have been treated for tuberculosis since January 2003 in Sangrur district. This was stated by Dr Surinder Singla, a TB specialist at the Sangrur Civil Hospital, while addressing a seminar on “TB, drug abuse and female foeticide” at Katron village on Tuesday. 



MEDITATION CAMP: A meditation camp, Vishvas meditation retreat, will begin here on Thursday at Himachal Bhavan, Sector 28, which will continue till October 2. As per a press note, Gurudev Shri Swami Vishvas will conduct the camp.

Tata offer: Tata Teleservices Limited, which operates under the brand name Tata Indicom, on Tuesday announced the launch of new range of Tata Indicom, Nokia LG mobile handsets along with exclusive Indicom range of handsets for its customers. The new mobile handsets being offered include Nokia 3125, LG AD 6335, Indicom Ace and Indicom Star handset, priced in the affordable range of Rs 3,000 to Rs 7,500, says a company release. 

Currency chest: Mr D.P.S Rathore, Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India, on Wednesday inaugurated a currency chest of Indian Overseas Bank in Sector 7. Speaking on the occasion, Mr S.N Mishra, Chief Regional Manager of the bank, said it would cater to the needs of 35 branches of the bank in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh. Mr V. Ramachandra Rao, Chief General Manager, and Mr R.K Sharma, General Manager, of the RBI, were also present on the occasion.

To make tiny tots aware about various professions of a doctor, a policeman and an advocate spoke to students of Shemrock Senior Secondary School here. They also showed the instruments used in their professions.

PUDA condemned: Members of the Citizens Welfare Council (Corner Plot Owners), in a meeting held here under the chairmanship of Mr J.S. Uppal, condemned the action of PUDA for issuing notices to the owners of corner plots. The members said these notices regarding removal of barbed wires/hedges etc were issued at the time when a civil writ petition filed by them was still pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 

DOWRY CASE: A local court on Tuesday held a person guilty in a case of dowry death. The man, Raja Ram of Saketri, is accused of harassing his wife, Babita, who out of desperation committed suicide by jumping from the first floor of her house. The quantum of punishment will be announced later.

COMPETITION: A painting and drawing and debate competition was held at DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, to mark the birth anniversary of Shahid Bhagat Singh. The prize winners of the drawing competition are Gurjayant Gill, Pragya and Shelly and of the debate competition are Ramneet, Aakanksha and Swati.



Shop ransacked
: A liquor shop situated near Chorpura village was ransacked on Sunday night. The robber allegedly looted Rs 2700 from workers of the shop. An FIR was lodged against Subash at the police station concerned.

: Followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda on Tuesday took out a procession and submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner alleging that innocent persons were being implicated in the murder case that the CBI was inquiring into. 

Art exhibition: Students of Sarthak Badhir Vidyalaya organised an art exhibition at Panchayat Bhavan here on Tuesday. They also presented a cultural programme on the occasion. 

Aid for handicapped: Tricycles, hearing aids and wheel chairs were distributed among the handicapped by Member of Parliament Naveen Jindal at a ceremony organised by the district Red Cross Society and the district Handicapped Rehabilitation Centre at Bal Bhavan here on Tuesday. As many as 35 families were given financial help under “Indira Awaas Yojna” and children of martyrs of the Kargil war were given scholarships on the occasion. 

Special buses
: Haryana Roadways will run special buses from Yamunanagar to Haridwar, Kurukshetra and Falgu from September 30 on the occasion of the solar eclipse and Somvati Amavasya on October 3. Special buses would run on October 3 from Yamunanagar and Chhachhrouli for Haridwar.

Paddy procurement: 12 centres have been set up in the district for procurement of paddy which will begin on Saturday. The price of common paddy has been fixed at Rs 570 per quintal, while the grade A variety will be purchased at Rs 600 per quintal. 

Training camp: More than 400 women, associated with different self help groups, participated in an industrial training camp organised by the Women and Child Development Department in association with the Small Scale Industries Services Institute, Karnal and Forest Department here on Tuesday. 



: The Himachal Pradesh State Pensioners’ Welfare Association and the HP Pensioners Association have decided at a merge. This was decided at a joint meeting of the state executive committees of these two associations at Dhaulra Temple here on Monday.

House gutted
: A double-storeyed house of Mr Jagat Ram was burnt at Chandoya, a distant village in the Bhairagarh area of Churah subdivision in Chamba district, about 95 km from, here on Tuesday night when a fire broke out. The revenue authorities of the area had been asked to assess the damage and provide relief to the fire victim.

Irrigation scheme
: The Brangal lift irrigation scheme, which was constructed with an outlay of Rs 25 lakh at Brangal village in Chamba district, was commissioned on Wednesday. The scheme was constructed under the aegis of the United Nations Aid for Development Projects in collaboration with the ‘Yog Manav Vikas Trust’, Banikhet. 

2 children missing
: Two school children, Abhinav and Vikrant, are reportedly missing for the past one week from Sarahan village. According to the police they were spotted at Nahan a few days back. 

: The Himachal Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation has decided to give ex-gratia of Rs 2500 for 2002-03 and 2003-2004 to its employees.


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