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Principal resigns
: Dr Amarjit Singh Gill, Principal, Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, has resigned his post after putting in about 33 years of service as Professor and Principal. He has been principal of the institute for past more than six years.

Gang busted
: The police claimed to have busted a gang of two-wheeler lifters and arrested some persons on Monday who used to steal motorcycles and scooters. The SSP, Hoshiarpur, said here today that the arrested members had been identified as Deepak Kumar alias Deepu, Varinder Kumar alias Veera, both of local Bhagat Nagar, Monu and Sandeep Kumar alias Sunny alias Baba, both of Bassi Khawaju. 

Dharna staged: Members of the lal Jhanda Mukerian Paper Mill Worker’s Union led their president, Mr Kehar Singh, on Monday, staged a dharna in front of the office of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mukerian, in protest against the police for its failure in arresting Mr Neelam Oswal, owner of the mill. The Mukerian police had registered an FIR against Mr Oswal under Sections 406 and 409 of the IPC on May 18, 2006, for embezzling Rs 28 lakh from the provident fund account of the mill workers. 

Seminar on foeticide
: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Krishan Kumar, on Monday exhorted girl students to be ambassadors of drive against the menace of female foeticide and drug abuse at the grassroots level. He was addressing a seminar on social evils like female foeticide and drug addiction at Maharaj Brahmanand Bhuriwale girls College at Tapparian Khurd.

Medical camp: The Doaba Social Welfare Society organised a free medical check-up camp at Mubarakpur village on Monday. Mr Hardev Singh, an industrialist, inaugurated the camp, where as many as 350 patients suffering from various ailments were examined. Medicines free of cost were given to the needy informed Mr Vasdev Pardesi, general secretary.



Radio Buzz goes Kiwi: Radio Buzz, a leading radio channel, is now catering to listeners in New Zealand. Its venture, “Taal Radio”, targets listeners in the Indian subcontinent, Fiji, West Asia and has received good response from the Kiwis ever since its launch there on March 6. The programmes include “Bollywood Breakfast” and “Nachde Punjabi Top 10”, which are hosted by Radio Buzz director Hardeep Singh Chandpuri and radio jockey Neha Sabherwal.



Hostel body chief elected
: The national chairman of the Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI), Dr Harish K. Saxena, has been re-elected president of the International Youth Hostel Federation at the 46th international conference held at the World Economy Centre at Davos, Switzerland. According to an official communique of the YHAI issued here on Tuesday, Dr Saxena had been re-elected for the third consecutive term as president of the international body and was the first Asian to hold this post.

Activists hold protest
: Activists of the DYFI and CITU on Monday, held a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office and demanded suitable compensation and rehabilitation of the villagers, who had been affected the Phatikri hydel power project being constructed by a private company in the district. 

Boycott call: Activists of the ABVP and the Principal, Postgraduate Degree College, Mr OC Malhotra, had a tiff following the boycott call given by the ABVP on the campus. ABVP activists held a rally on the campus and asked the students to boycott the classes. 

Company told to pay relief
: The Consumer Forum, Mandi, on Monday directed cholomandalam Investment and Finance, Chennai, its manager at a Jalandhar and Branch Manager at Palampur to pay Rs 3 lakh along with an interest of 9 per cent as compensation to Bhawani Chand, a resident of Sandhol, Saraghat, on account of wrongful seizure of vehicle of complainant by the finance company. The forum further directed the finance companies to pay Rs 2000 to the complainant as costs.


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