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Trustee dead: Col (retd) Sarabjit Singh Gill, one of the founder trustees and office-bearer of Hasham Shah Memorial Trust, named after famous poet, died at Chandigarh on Friday. The students of Hasham Shah College for Women and Hasham Shah Public School near here run by the trust, mourned the death.

Honoured: A function was organised on Friday to honour Mr Chuspinder Beer Singh, a class X student of local Baba Farid Public Senior Secondary School, who has been selected as a member of World Cup kabaddi team. While speaking at the function, Mr Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, managing director, Baba Farid Institute of Higher and Foreign Studies, said that to provide training to talented students in sports, their institute would open a new college of physical education.

A national seminar on ‘Strategic Outsourcing’ was organised at the Apeejay Institute of Management here on Saturday. The seminar was inaugurated by Dr R.K. Sangwan, Executive Director, Punjab Information and Communication Technology Corporation Limited. Dr S.K. Salwan, Vice Chancellor, PTU, who presided over the seminar, said businesses should outsource their activities to the companies which could do it in an economical way.

Cancer camp: Jagriti, a cancer support group, and Patel Hospital will hold a cancer check up and awareness camp at Gymkhana Club on Sunday. Stating this, Dr Neeraj K. Dixit, President of Jagriti, said a team of cancer specialists and doctors working towards awareness of cancer would participate in the camp.

Pensioners’ Day: Pensioners from both the Central and state governments jointly observed the Pensioners’ Day under the aegis of the All India Central Government Pensioners’ Association here on Saturday.

Workshop: Doctors from the Fortis Heart Institute, Mohali, on Saturday held a workshop on heart diseases, here. Highlighting the various fixed and modifiable reasons for various heart diseases, the doctors advised physical activity and balanced diet for a healthy heart. They also sounded caution against use of alcohol, smoking, overweight, over use of poultry and tea coffee to save heart from various diseases.

A fatal brawl: Iqbal Singh (35), son of Mohan Singh of Bassi Nau village, succumbed to bullet injuries on the way to local Civil Hospital on Thursday night. According to police sources, Iqbal Singh and his brother Onkar Singh were consuming liquor at their house. While drinking, both became agitated on some petty issue. Onkar Singh took out his .12 bore rifle. During scuffle, the rifle accidentally went off and Iqbal Singh received bullet injuries. He was immediately shifted to the local Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead. An FIR has been registered.

Snatched: Two unidentified clean shaven scooter borne youths snatched about Rs 2200 from Binda Sab, son of Gulab Sab of Muhalo Colony, Nawanshahr, near Tuto Mazara village, about 35 kms from here, on Friday. According to police sources, after snatching they fled away on their scooter No. PB-10A-9761.

One held:
A resident of Mehtabgarh, Kapurthala, was arrested here on Saturday by the city police on the charges of possessing CDs of porn movies.

7 arrested: The district police on Saturday arrested seven persons and recovered 275 bags of wheat, which they allegedly lifted from the godowns of Punjab Agro Food Grain Corporation located at Rauke Kalan. On getting tip off, a police party led by Mr Tehal Singh laid a naka at Daudhar village of this district and all arrested the seven accused. Jagtar Singh and Darshan Singh were wanted in more than 50 criminal cases, registered at various police stations of Punjab and Haryana.

HEALTH WORKSHOP: HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited held a health awareness-cum-proper savings workshop at Rajpura on Thursday. The IG, Patiala Range, Mr S.M. Sharma, was the chief guest. The Municipal Councillor, Dr Raj Kumar, regional manager (retail sales), Mr Sandeep Sharma, Ms Vaishali Goel and cardiologist Dr Jaideep Chadha were among those present on the occasion.

PO nabbed:
The police has arrested a Proclaimed Offender (PO) Gurdev Singh alias Debi, a resident of Dhandoli village. The arrest was made by team led by SHO, Rawalpindi Police Station, Mr Rajwinder Singh, a release on Saturday said.

Rally postponed: The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has postponed its December 21 protest rally, the president of the union, Mr R.S. Brar, said on Saturday. The new date would be decided later, he said. The PCCTU had called for an education bandh, a mass casual leave and a rally in Chandigarh.

Honour: The Greek-Indian Cultural Association of the Hellenic Republic of Greece has conferred an award and a robe of honour on Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, currently in Greece, heading a delegation.


GRADING SYSTEM: The grading system in the present education system will prove a boon to students, said Air Cmde S.K. Sharma, principal of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, here on Saturday. “The pattern has been introduced in our school and has been received well by parents. The system gives a definite relief to students from the over-burden of routine examination”. The grades will not be based on the marks, he added.


LECTURES ON ARTHRITIS: A lecture on polyarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis was held at Military Hospital, Ambala Cantonment, on Saturday. Brig CM Adya, Commandant, Military Hospital, Ambala Cantonment, and consultant (medicine and rheumatology) delivered a lecture on “Approach to Polyarthritis”, while Prof Pradip Bambery, Professor of Medicine and head (rheumatology), PGI, Chandigarh, delivered a lecture on “management of rheumatoid arthritis”. A number of doctors participated in the lectures. The lectures were part of “guest lecture series — 2005”.

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