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Awareness camp
: Fortynine women participated in the weeklong nutrition awareness camp and training classes sponsored by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development. Mr Jaskiran Singh, SDM, awarded certificates to the participants at the valedictory function here on Thursday. Mr Jaskiran Singh assured that entrepreneurs would be provided financial assistance by banks if they opted to establish small scale units.

Course inaugurated
: Prof. Prithipal Singh Kapoor, former Pro Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, while inaugurating a four-week General Orientation Course underlined the need of such courses on account of their multi-disciplinary approach. He advised teachers and participants to try and become the role models for students by learning and disseminating knowledge gained from the programme.

'XANSA-2006' opens: Mr. K.S. Randhawa, General Manager, OCM Mills, Amritsar inaugurated the three-day Management Fest 'XANSA-2006' organized by the Department of Commerce and Business Management of Guru Nanak Dev University here on Thursday.

Legal Literacy Week: Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 provides teeth to effectively protect women from domestic violence. Mr Gurdev Singh, District and Sessions Judge, stated this on the second day of the National Legal Literacy week for women being organized here from March 1 to 8. 

Purse snatched at gun-point
: Two unidentified scooter-borne youths snatched at gun-point a purse containing Rs 1700 from Rajwinder Kaur, wife of Kuldip Singh, a local resident, at bus stand Garhshankar, 40 kms from here on Wednesday. According to police sources, after snatching they fled on their scooter No. PB-24-0694. 

Opium recovered
: The local police recovered 700 gm of opium worth lakhs. Police sources said a PRTC bus of Barnala depot which was coming to Barnala from Sirsa. A police party raided the bus and recovered 500 gm of opium from driver Gurmet singh, a resident of Moga. The police registered a case u/s 18/61/85 NPPS Act. Similarly, Balwinder Singh of Fatehgarh Channa village was arrested by police with 200 gm of opium. A case has been registered. 

Seminar on drug addiction: Lal Bahadur Shastri Arya Mahila College orgainsed a seminar on Thursday to spread awareness in the public about consequences of drug addiction and female feticide. Mr Vivek Bhushan, Principal, Darshan Yog Mahila Vidyalaya, Gujarat, delivered his key note address. He appealed to the girls to educate youth and public to eradicate drug abuse through meditation and yoga. He stressed on the regular practice of meditation to combat stress arise out of highly competitive world.

Fire near power substation
: A major tragedy was averted on Thursday as a fire broke out near the power substation at Block D of Thermal Colony here. However, timely action by fire brigade ensured that there was no loss of life and property. It took three fire tenders to bring raging fire under control. Sources said the area, which caught the fire, had dry bushes and it was being exploited by drug addicts for having their daily dose.

Students visit Vidhan Sabha
: As many as 25 students and five teachers of the local Govt. Senior Secondary School visited the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday. They saw the question hour and motion of thanks by the Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, and the Leader of Opposition, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, on the address of the Governor. 

Tarn Taran
Martyr cremated
: Martyr Gurvinder Singh (30) of 18 Sikh Battalion, who laid down his life while performing his duty at Siachen, was cremated with state honours at his Bhugupur village (Patti), 30 km from here, on Friday. Mr S.K. Sabharwal, SDM, Patti, on behalf of the state government, laid a wreath on his body.



Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh branch of the Northern India Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India: Chairman — Mr Krishan Vrind Jain; Vice-Chairman—Mr Maninder S. Mohindroo; and secretary—Mr Alok Krishan. 

Loan mela: A loan mela and mobile service camp was organised by CMPL Motors Pvt Ltd, dealers of Piaggio three wheelers, at Dera Bassi on Friday. The regional manager of the company, Mr Sudhanshu Shiromani, was present, besides a service team, to redress complaints.

Holi offer: The State Bank of Patiala has decided to extend 8.5 per cent rate of interest to senior citizens for fresh deposits/renewals, irrespective of the amount for the maturity period of five years and above, as Holi offer. Mr S. C. Dhall, senior manager of the Kalka main branch of the bank, said the offer was available till March 22.

Plywood institute: The Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute, under the administrative control of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, will be set up in Mohali. A press note said the Department of Industries and Commerce, Punjab, will provide land, building and staff for the centre.

MEDICAL CAMP: A free medical check-up camp was organised by the Divine Life Society, Chandigarh at Sivanand Ashram, Sector 29, on Friday. The patients were examined by Dr R.K. Ratho, senior faculty member from the PGI, Dr Ramneek Sharma and Dr A.P. Garg. 

CRICKET SCORE: During the ongoing India-England cricket series, Spice subscribers can keep themselves updated with the latest scores. They can dial 555 and listen to ball-by-ball updates or dial *555# for the latest cricket scores, according to Mr Mukul Khanna, assistant vice-president (marketing), Spice. 

CAMP: The Five Elements Health Educational Society will organise a free herbal medicine treatment camp at Funville on Patiala-Dakala road on Saturday and Sunday. 


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