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College function: The 10th valedictory function of the students of the Institute of Hotel Management, was held here on Monday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vivek Pratap Singh, who was the chief guest gave away the awards. The principal, Mr CM Bhan, read out the annual report.

liquor shop opening resented
: The Shivali Walia Student Book Bank has protested against the opening of a country made foreign liquor shop at local Shimla Pahari Chowk. In a representation to the Deputy Commissioner Hoshiarpur, Mr Sanjeev Walia, president of the book bank stated that a leading school was located few yards away from the shop. The opening of the vend would have a bad affect on the students. He urged the Deputy Commissioner to immediate shift the vend site of.

Workshop held
: A workshop on “Resistance Building and Nutrition Needs of Children” was conducted by a Delhi-based Health and Nutrition Consultant, Ms Sunita Chaddha, at Eklavya School in Model Town here on Monday. According to Ms Sapna Bakshi, the school’s Principal, during the 45-minute-long workshop, the parents’ queries about proper health, diet and nutrition needs of children were addressed. Ms Seema Handa, the Director of the school, also interacted with the parents.

Techkriti 2006: On the first day of the ‘Techkriti 2006’, a national-level technical symposium being held at the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, Daaman Aggarwal and Kriti Sumra won the Best Student Project award followed by the team of Mr Gurpreet and Mr Sukhjinder at the second spot. In the poem recitation contest, Ms Urvashi won the first position. In paper presentation on Applied Sciences, Akash Jha and Ankur Mehra won. In paper presentation on Computer Science and the IT, Ms Sadhna Nagpal and Ms Netika Sharma were at the first position. The paper presentation on electronics was won by Dipton Gon Chawdhary and Ashish Anand of NIT, while Vishal Prabhakar and Prabjot Singh were at the second spot. The Secretary, Government of Punjab, Department of Technical Education, Mr J.B. Goel, was the chief guest, while Director Colleges, Mr D.R. Gupta, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Sainik Rest House planned: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Krishan Kumar, presiding over a meeting of the District Sainik Welfare Board, said with a view to mitigating the problems being faced by ex-servicemen and their families a multipurpose sainik rest would be set up at Nawanshahr. Land for the proposed sainik rest house had been purchased on the Chandigarh-Sloh road, he added.

Medical camp organised: The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, in collaboration with the Mangat Ram Rana Charitable Hospital, Rahon, organised a free medical check up camp at Rahon. Mr Budh Singh Dhahan, president, Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, inaugurated the camp, where a team of doctors examined as many as 834 patients suffering from various ailments.

Free diabetes detection camp: Mr Baldev Nayyar, a social worker of Banga, organised a free diabetes awareness-cum detection camp at Rai Heart Hospital, Banga. As many as 50 persons were examined. Mr Nayyar gave tips on diabetes management. It is free herbal treatment to the diabetic patients.

Medical camp
: A free medical camp was organised at S. Partap Singh Bahra Memorial Hospital on the eve of its 13th Foundation Day in the hospital premises at nearby Chachoki village in Phagwara on Tuesday. Mr S. Jagmohan Singh Bhachchu, an NRI settled in the UK, was the chief guest, while Mr Gian Singh Matharu, also from the UK, presided over the camp. A team of specialist doctors comprising Dr S. Sabharwal, Dr K.C. Sabharwal, Dr Meena Singh, Dr Parminder Kaur and Dr Bharti Singla checked up as many as 439 patients of various diseases at the camp. Mr Bhachchu and Mr Matharu donated Rs 76,000 and Rs 51,000 to the hospital authorities, while Mr Dara Singh Dalvair from the UK donated three wheel chairs, including one battery-operated wheel chair.

Cheques distributed: The Phillaur MLA, Chaudhry Santokh Singh, distributed cheques totalling Rs 11 lakh to provide better infrastructure to 17 schools in the Phillaur Assembly constituency on Monday. Addressing gathering at Haripur-Khalsa village, he said under the “Sarab Shiksha Abhiyan” the Punjab Government had provided computer education in 2878 schools of the state. The state government had set up a state-level education commission he added.

Dental health
programme: Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sunam, on Monday started a school dental health programme. The college has adopted all schools of Sunam town and nearby village under the programme. Besides dental check up, education, regarding oral hygiene measures and prevention of various dental diseases, will be imparted to the children. The college will also provide treatment free of cost to the children.


Shobha yatra: The Hindu Parv Mahasabha took out a shobha yatra in the wake of the ongoing Navratra celebrations in the city here today. A large number of devotees of Lord Rama followed the yatra, which passed through Sectors 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 27, 28 and 29.


Car taken away
: Two robbers snatched a car from the driver at gun point near Jahajgarh village on the Dadri road here on Monday. According to information, the robbers had taken the taxi on hire from Pai in Sonepat. When they reached near the village, the criminal directed the driver to stop the vehicle and get out of the car.

Residents protest
: Residents of Sarswati Colony, Jagadhri, on Monday complained at the weekly “khula darbar” that a metal manufacturing industry, which was sealed off by the Pollution Control Board, had started functioning again. The colony residents, in a complaint, said the manufacturing unit was sealed off on April 1 but after two hours of the sealing of the factory started production. The Regional Pollution Control Officer, Mr Chand Saini, said an inquiry had been marked and necessary action would be taken against the factory owner if found guilty.


Pat for govt: The HP Sainik Sahayata Sangathan has lauded the state government for enhancing the amount of annuity given to the awarded soldiers from the state and waiver of VAT on all CSD items. Mr S.C. Sharma, chairman, said the amount of annuity in Himachal was probably the highest in the country. He, however, said much more was needed to be done for the non-decorated soldiers by way of re-employment and enhancing the pensionery benefits for the aged ex-servicemen and their widows.

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