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PTU students protest: Students of the Punjab Technical University will hold a dharna at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, on Thursday to protest the delay in issue of the detailed marks certificate. The student leaders held a press conference on Wednesday, saying they were facing problems in getting admission to higher courses offered by other universities.

Dharna by vet pharmacists: Members of the Veterinary Pharmacist Union held a dharna at the Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory to demand promotion channels for them. Mr Paramjit Singh Grewal, president, addressed the members in front of the office of the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, and later submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. The union would hold a state-level rally at Moti Mahal in Patiala on September 10. The demands included change of designation from Veterinary Pharmacist to Veterinary and Livestock Inspector.

Arrears for ex-servicemen: The Doaba Retired Defence Officers’ Association has decided to take up their case pertaining to payment of arrears from January 1, 1986, with the Government of India. Col H.K. Singh, secretary of the association, said the Fourth Pay Commission had decided to introduce an integrated pay scale of for defence officers besides an additional rank pay from Captain to Brigadier. The amount was fixed at Rs 200 for Captain, Rs 600 for Major, Rs 800 for Lieutenant Colonel, Rs 1,000 for Colonel and Rs 1,200 for Brigadier. While fixing the pay in the integrated scale, rank pay was deducted from the emoluments, resulting in loss of money to officers. Officers’ pay, DA, pension and gratuity were also affected. Subject to the length of service from January 1, 1986, onwards, the loss amounted to Rs 55,000 for a Captain, Rs 1.5 lakh for a Major, Rs 2 lakh for a Lt-Colonel, Rs 2.5 lakh for a Colonel and Rs 3.3 lakh for a Brigadier.

Educationist dead: Jagtawali Sood (84), a renowned educationist and founder of Vidya Mandir, one of the oldest private educational institutes of Hoshiarpur, breathed her last yesterday after a brief illness. Ms Sood, according to her nephew, Mr Anurag Sood was honoured by the President of India a number of times for her contribution in the field of education and social service. She had also authored, “Geeta Ki Dharti, Geeton Ke Ankur,” a book on the Gita.

Man succumbs to injuries
: The Phagwara police yesterday booked certain persons under Section 302 of the IPC for their alleged involvement in the murder of Tek Chand, a resident of Dhak Pandori. Tek Chand was attacked with sharp-edged weapons in the village on August 7. He succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Ludhiana on Monday night.



Camp: The Kirpal Mission Society, Panchkula, organised a free eye check-up camp at Tribune Colony, Sector 29-D, here, on Wednesday. Sixty persons were examined at the camp and given free medicines.

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