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Honoured: Prof H.S. Bedi, from the Department of Hindi and Dean Languages of Guru Nanak Dev University would be honoured with National Hindi Sewa Purskar at New Delhi on October 7. Dr Bedi has 30 books in Hindi and Punjabi to his credit. He was also awarded Shiromani Hindi Sahitkar Award last year by the state government.

Lecture: Dr Kuldeep Singh, former Head and Reader in the Department of Political Science, Guru Nanak Dev University, delivered a lecture at the PG Department of Political Science and Public Administration of Khalsa College, Amritsar. Dr Kuldeep Singh spoke on “Dependency theory of international politics”. Later, he had an open interaction with the students and answered their queries.

Elections: The annual elections of the Non-Teaching Employees Association of Guru Nanak Dev University would be held on October 26. Mr Surjit Singh Cholia, secretary of the association, said the last date of filing the nominations would be October 14 while the scrutiny of the nomination papers would be done on October 16. The nominations could be withdrawn till October 18.

Meeting: A meeting of ayurvedic doctors of the district was held under the presidentship of Dr K.K. Parasher here on Tuesday in which eradication of tuberculosis was briefly discussed. All ayurvedic officers of the district pledged for the complete eradication of tuberculosis. Dr Rajnish Sud, TB officer of the district, said 17 sputum testing centres had been opened in the district where free testing facility was available.

Rally: Member of the PWD Field and Workshop Union, Hoshiarpur, led by Harjinder Kumar, staged a rally in front of the office of Executive Engineer, Water Supply and Sanitation, in support of their demands. While addressing the rally, all speakers criticised the Punjab Government for its anti-employee and mazdoor attitude. They demanded regularisation of services of all those employees who were presently working on the muster roll and fill up all vacant posts in the department.

Electoral rolls: Mr Krishan Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note issued here on Tuesday, informed that the revision of electoral rolls for three Assembly segments — Nawanshahr, Banga and Balachaur — falling in the district would be done from October 20 to November 21. Teams would go from door to door to register the voters.

Hindi Divas: The Arya Samaj, Ved Mandir, organised a function in connection with Hindi Divas here on Tuesday. A declamation contest was organised in which students of different schools participated. Surinder Kaur of Vishavkarma Public School, Manju of DNRNSD Senior Secondary School, Amarpreet Kaur and Sandip Kaur of Adarsh Bal Vidhayala won prizes in the contest. Meritorious students of different schools and school teachers Dr Brij Mohan Barthwal, Ms Chander Mohini and Parmod Chander were honoured on the occasion, informed Mr H.L. Taneja.

Donation: The inhabitants of the local Kushat Ashram on Tuesday donated Rs 1,000 for treatment of Anjali (2), who is a daughter of a poor rickshaw-puller and has a hole in her heart. The cost of treatment would be more than Rs 1 lakh. The Deputy Commissioner has appealed to the NGOs and philanthropists to contact Dr K.S. Purewal (Ph. No. 98156-24692), retired Civil Surgeon, for making donations for the noble cause.

Fired at: Sital Singh of Dubli village was injured when he was fired at by a group of seven persons on Monday night. According to a report received here on Tuesday, Sital Singh was attacked by Harchand Singh, Harnad Singh, Jagjit Singh, Bakshish Singh (all brothers), Bittu, Mukhtiar Singh and Chanan Singh of the same village. Old rivalry is said to be the reason for the attacks, the police said. All seven persons have been booked.


Conductor manhandled
: A resident of Kharak Kalan village has been charged with threatening a roadways bus conductor with dire consequences and obstructing official work. The conductor of the bus (HR 61-2604), Inder Singh, has alleged in his complaint that Gulla, son of Satbir of Kharak Kalan village, while travelling in this bus had refused to pay for the ticket even refused to alight from the bus when asked to do so. Gulla had manhandled him and threatened him with dire consequences.

Lawyers’ plea: The All-India Lawyers’ Union has demanded amendment in the Advocates Act, 1961, to incorporate the provision of registration of Bar Associations with Bar Councils of respective states. A meeting of the state unit of the union was held here on Tuesday. Mr Om Parkash Mehta presided. The union expressed concern over the alleged group attacks on civil rights of the people of Haryana. The union also demanded that Mr Justice G. C. Garg (Retired) appointed head of the commission of inquiry into the Gurgaon incident, be removed.

Trolley problem: The local Municipal Corporation has decided to return the garbage trolleys supplied to it by a Hisar-based contractor after complaints regarding the quality of these trolleys. The corporation had received 50 hand-driven trolleys, two pressure trolleys and nine rickshaw trolleys from the contractor two months ago.

Man killed
: Surinder of New Colony here was killed on the spot when a three-wheeler overturned near Sewli village, 15 km from here. According to a report, the police has registered a case and sent the body for postmortem.


Paragliding Cup: As many as 68 pilots have got themselves registered for the four-day Paragliding Pre-World Cup- 2005 to be held at Bir-Billing from October 16 to 19. A total of 11 Indian pilots are participating in the event. The pilots will have to pay $ 100 each to fly. The competition is being organised by the Himachal Pradesh Aero Sports Association in collaboration with State Tourism and the Youth Services Department.

Marketing via Net: Mr K.J.V.B. Subramanian, Divisional Commissioner, Mandi, convened a meeting here on Tuesday of entrepreneurs of this district interested in marketing their products through the Internet. Mr Subramanian said more than 150 entrepreneurs had applied for the use of portal.

Employees thank CM: Various associations of employees of the centre as well as the state government have thanked Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for withdrawal of professional tax. They organised a rally to thank the Chief Minister. They, however, demanded that the government should return the tax deducted from their salaries as Divali gift.

CM’s action flayed: BJP leader Balbir Singh Kanwar has criticised Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for deciding to hand over forest land to the Forest Department without taking the Mayor and councillors into confidence. This amounted to “disrespect” towards the elected representatives, he said.

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