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Blood donation camp: About 120 girl cadets of 1 Punjab Girls Battalion, NCC, organised a blood donation camp on the eighth day of the annual training camp being organised at Sarup Rani Government College here on Tuesday. Lt-Col IPS Walia, Commanding Officer, said the cadets could play a vital role in spreading awareness among the people to donate blood.

Killed in accident: Roop Singh of border village, Attalgarh, was killed in an accident on the Amritsar-Attari road, near Rampura village on Tuesday. According to police sources, the deceased was riding a motor cycle which rammed into a school bus coming from opposite side. He died on the spot.

NSS CAMP: A 10-day-long inter-college NSS camp was organised by S.D. College Barnala at Cheema, Jodhpurand Patti Sekhwan village near Barnala. As many as 216 NSS volunteers of 40 colleges, affiliated with Punjab University, Patiala took part in many rural development projects such as water conservation, tree plantation and construction activities etc.

: Acharya Bhadar Sain, vice-president and Mr Hardial Singh, general secretary of the All-India Dayanand Salvation Mission, Hoshiarpur, have condemned the alleged conversion of Dalits into Christianity in border areas of Punjab. Expressing their anguish over the ongoing conversions of the poor, especially Dalits in the border belt, they said Dalits were being lured by Christian missionaries for their conversion into Christianity as part of a conspiracy.

Drug licences: The Punjab State Drugs Advisory Committee (PSDAC) has decided not to issue drug licences in rural areas of state where there is no hospital, as it has been found that licensees in these areas were engaged in illegal medical practices and sell drugs to addicts, said Mr Dharambir Kaur, a member of the PSDAC, stated here on Wednesday.

Scribes meet
: The city division of Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists on Wednesday held a meeting here. The meeting, presided over by the union president, Mr Om Prakash Tiwari, mulled over the activities of the union in 2005 and charted out the plans for this year. It was also decided that the new members would be inducted into the union till January 25. The union members complained that the announcements made by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, during the union’s state-level meeting held last year, had not yet been fulfilled.

Talent hunt: The auditions for the “Hero Honda Surtarang”, a national singing talent hunt competition, will be held in K.L Saigal Memorial Complex here on January 15. The candidate below 25 years is eligible to participate in the contest. The competition will be held at Delhi in February. Sangam Kala Group would organise this contest, which is its 29th annual national competition.

BJP MEETING: A meeting of the BJP Mandal, Khamano, was held at the local Shri Shakti Dharamshala under the chairmanship of mandal president Braham Kumar. The meeting demanded that the Khamano dispensary should be upgraded to a hospital. The meeting threatened to stage a dharna on January 10 in this regard.

COMPLAINTS REDRESSED: A meeting of the Grievances Committee of Khamano subdivision was held at the SDM office under the chairmanship of the SDM. Ten complaints were heard and redressed on the spot. Khamano DSP Satinder Pal Singh, Tehsildar Ratan Singh, Naib Tehsildar Hargovind Singh; other officers and members of the committee were present on the occasion.

Diabetes camp
: Mr Baldev Nayyar, a social worker, in collaboration with the Lions Club, Banga Mehak, organised a ‘diabetes detection and awareness camp’ at Banga, 13 km from here, on Wednesday.

Dentists’ body: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Dentists Association: president — Dr Ashwani Dhir; general secretary — Dr R.K. Chopra; vice-presidents — Dr Neetu Gupta, Dr Bela Kakariya; secretaries — Dr J.P. Singh, Dr Amit Kumar Mazari; treasurer — Dr Gurpal Arora; advisory council — Dr Amandip Singh, Dr Gulzar Chand and Dr Mohinder Singh.

Healthy baby contest: A healthy baby competition was organised by the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, 20 km from here, on Wednesday. Navroj Kaur, Ansh, Sukhman Singh and Gurvir Singh won the prizes.


Steel traders’ body: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Steel Traders Association Chandigarh. Chairman — Ram Charan Gupta; president — O.P. Garg; vice-president — Dev Raj Thappar; general secretary — Pawan Aggarwal; adviser: — B.D. Gupta; joint secretary — Suresh Chadha; Cashier — Arun Gupta; patron — Pawan Mangla; spokesperson — Ramesh Mittal and executive members are Rajesh Gupta, Rajesh Singla and Din Dyal Arora.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Plastic Manufacturers Association: President — Jarnail Singh; senior vice-president — Naresh Kumar Mittal; vice-president — Karnail Singh.

Solved: Various problems of customers were solved on the spot during a customer relations programme organised by the State Bank of Patiala at Khanoori branch in Patiala on Wednesday. Mr Vinod Kochhar, Assistant General Manager of the bank, also highlighted the various facilities and concessions provided by the bank.


Assaulted: Four men attacked a local resident with sharp-edged weapons at Panipat railway station here on Tuesday morning. According to sources, Praveen, a resident of Model Town, received at least four wounds. His condition was stated to be serious. A case has been registered but the police has made no arrest.

Raid on clinic: Officials of the Health Department carried out a raid at a clinic in the Tara Nagar area here on Tuesday night and took into possession some equipment being used in the cases of abortion. The action followed public complaints about involvement of the doctors of the clinic in illegal abortion. The officials also recorded the statement of the in charge of this clinic for further action.

Mysterious disease: As many as six buffaloes have so far died of mysterious disease spread at Bhatgaon Malayan village in this district during the past one week. According to a report, a team of veterinary doctors has rushed to the village and started immunisation of the milch cattle. Samples of water from the village ponds have also been taken for testing in the laboratory.

Assaulted: A youth, Arun, sustained knife injuries when he was assaulted with a knife by a doctor of a clinic at Barwasa village, about 5 km from here, on Tuesday night. The injured was rushed to a nursing home for treatment wherefrom he was referred to the Civil Hospital here for further treatment. The police has registered a case of assault against the doctor who is still at large.

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