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Planning centre suggested
: Architectural scientist Dr S.S. Bhatti on Wednesday pleaded for setting up a geo-tecturel planning centre at Guru Nanak Dev University which could help conserve Amritsar architectural heritage and help establish creative continuity between tradition and socially beneficent modernity. Dr Bhatti was delivering an extension lecture ‘Towards Holistic Architecture’ at the university.

Gang busted: The Majitha police has busted a gang of looters with the arrest of four persons. The accused have been identified as Rupinder Singh, Sarabjit, Ram Sharma and Ranjit Singh, all belonging to Jandiala. A team of the special cell and Mattewal police arrested the accused.

Dera Bassi
Akhand Path
: The management, staff and students of the local Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology solemnised an akhand path marking the beginning of its new session. Prof Avtar Singh, chairman of the institute, thanked the parents and the students for showing keen interest in the institute. Director of the institute Kanwaljit Kaur and other dignitaries wished the students a prosperous future.

Fatehgarh Sahib
: Mr B.S. Shergill, ADC (D), presiding over a meeting of the standing committee organised by the State Bank of Patiala here on Thursday. He urged the banks to disburse the loans sanctioned under various government-sponsored schemes within two weeks. He reviewed the progress of various government-sponsored schemes.

: To review the performance under the District Credit Plan -2006/07 and the progress of government-sponsored schemes, a District Consultative Committee meeting was organised by the State Bank of Patiala under the chairmanship of Mr Maheshinder Singh Thind, ADC (Development), here on Thursday. Various development agencies and banks took part.

: Students of Government College took out a rally against the decision of the district administration for deputing senior teachers, including the Principal, on elections duty here on Thursday. Supporting their teachers and non-teaching staff members, who have already been staging dharna on the college campus for the past four days, the students said the administration should withdraw its decision of putting teachers on elections duties as it was harming their studies.

Rs 1 lakh grant: The Malwa Gramin Bank, a regional rural bank sponsored by the State Bank of Patiala, has donated Rs 1 lakh to the Banasar Bagh Renovation Trust, headed by the Sangrur Deputy Commissioner, for development of the local historical Banasar garden.



CCI: A delegation of the Chamber of Chandigarh Industries, led by its president, Mr Surinder Gupta, today called on officials in the Electricity department to discuss measures on improving electricity supply to units in the Industrial Area. They said that maintenance needed improvement in supply and demanded that in case of power cuts, advanced intimation should be given. They also demanded a stand by mobile transformers dedicated to the Industrial Area.

Camp: A consumer awareness camp was organised by the Consumers Forum, Chandigarh, at Government High School, Bapu Dham, Sector 26. Ms Swati Sharma, SDM, was the chief guest.

New plan: Tata Indicom on Thursday announced its new ‘Plan 250’ offering a minimum tariff for local calls. With the introduction of the plan on Tata Indicom 10, mobile users can avail the offer at Rs 200 rental per month along with the choice to opt for lifetime CLIP pack available at a one-time charge of Rs 300.

Mega retail camp: A mega retail credit camp was organised by the Chandigarh Zone of Allahabad Bank. Mr V K Chawla, Deputy General Manager, inaugurated the camp. The staff of all branches of Chandigarh and Panchkula attended the camp. Mr Chawla gave a brief account of the various retail lending products.

Blood donation: A total of 101 units of blood were collected during a blood donation camp organised by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Punjab State Office, Sector 19, here to commemorate the completion of 42 years of its service to nation. The Finance Secretary, Mr S.K. Sandhu, inaugurated the camp.

Khadi board: To maintain transparency and curb corruption in disbursement of subsidy, the Punjab Khadi and Village Industries Board will organise a margin money subsidy cheque-distribution function at Punjab Bhavan here on Friday. This was stated by Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, Chairman of the board, here on Wednesday.

45 take pledge: Fortyfive employees of the pipe and tube division of Bhushan Power and Steel Limited, which is situated in Industrial Area, Phase-I, here pledged to donate eyes at an eye camp organised on the premises of the unit here on Wednesday. A team of doctors from the PGI examined the employees at the camp.

Plea: The Haryana State Property Dealers Welfare Association on Wednesday urged the Chairman, Confed, and president of the Haryana Beopar Mandal Bajrang Das Garg to resolve its long-pending demands. Members of the association, along with the Residents’ Welfare Body of Sector 20, urged Mr Garg to sort out a land dispute involving a temple in the area.


1 held for carrying opium
: The police on Tuesday arrested one person for opium trafficking near Manawali bus stand under Bhattu Kalan police stand in this district and recovered 1 kg of opium from his possession. The district police chief, Mr Saurabh Singh, told mediapersons here on Wednesday that Assistant Sub Inspector Khayali Ram stopped a man carrying a bag last night, but the man started running. The police chased him and on search found 1 kg of opium in his bag. The police arrested him under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. He was identified as Rajender, son of Rameshwar, a resident of Dharnia village. In another case, the police arrested Sandeep, a local resident, with seven bottles of illicit liquor under the Excise Act.

Blood donation camp
: Fiftyone youths donated blood voluntarily at a camp organised by the District Red Cross Society here on Tuesday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Phateh Singh Dagar, was the chief guest. He distributed tricycles, wheelchairs, artificial limbs and hearing aids among physically challenged persons on the occasion.


: A government officials’ review meeting was held with industries here on Thursday. Mr Ashok Thakur, Principal Secretary to Industries, and Director, Industries, informed the local industries’ association of actions taken on the pending issues of the area.

Project Deepak
: Lt-Gen Daljeet Singh, AVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C Western Command, visited the headquarters of Project Deepak, here on Wednesday. Brig K.P. Singh, Chief Engineer, Project Deepak, detailed the project underway. He highlighted the preparedness and restoration work being undertaken on the Hindustan-Tibet road.

Bail refused: The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday rejected the bail application filed by Surinder Singh, who has been allegedly involved in a murder case. It was alleged that the accused, along with two others, visited the dhaba of deceased Jawahar Lal and placed an order for three meals in the truck. Following a dispute, a quarrel ensured with Jaswant Singh, cook of the dhaba.


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