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SDM TAKES CHARGE: The Jagraon Bar Association on Wednesday welcomed
Mr Gurpreet Singh Khira who assumed the charge as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Jagraon. A tea party was organised by the Bar, at which Ms Jitender Walia, Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Jagraon, and Mr Gopal Arroa, Civil Judge (Junior Division) were present along with Mr Mahinder Singh Kainth, ADC. A directory of the members of the Bar Association was also released by Mr Khira.

course ends:
A three-week training course on “soil health enhancement for sustaining crop productivity and improving environment quality” concluded at Punjab Agricultural University here on Wednesday. Fifteen scientists from seven agricultural universities participated in the course, which was organised by the Department of Soils. Presiding over the concluding function, Additional Director of Research G.S.Hira said there was an urgent need to sustain rapidly declining soil health and conserve the natural resources.

825 examined: A medical check-up camp was organised by Dr B.L. Kapur Memorial Hospital at Guru Ravi Das Dharamshala on the Rahon Road here on Tuesday where 825 visitors were examined. According to Dr Wahiguru Pal Singh Sidhu, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, a team of doctors, including Dr Sham Sunder and Dr Anuradha Verma, examined the visitors for general diseases. Laboratory tests and ECG were done without charges and medicines were given free of cost. Mr Ashwani Sharma, secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, along with Mr Gurdial Singh, secretary of the District Congress Committee, inaugurated the camp.

HEALTH CAMP: The Krishna Breast Cancer Care Trust will hold a lecture on breast cancer and check-up camp at the Lakshmi Ladies Club here on Wednesday. According to Mr Sanjeev Arora, one of the trustees, a team of doctors, comprising Dr J.S. Sekhon, Dr D.S. Sandhu and Dr G.S. Brar, all oncologists, will examine the visitors.

5 gamblers arrested
: The police on Monday nabbed five youths belonging to well-to-do families of the town while they were gambling near Jawaharke village. Following a tip-off, police party raided the spot and rounded them up apart from recovering Rs 2.95 lakh from them. A case under Section 13\3\67 of the Gambling Act has been registered.

Mental Health Day
: The Punjab Legal Services Authority on Monday organised a seminar on Mental Health Act at Khalsa College for Girls, Banga, to mark Mental Health Day. The District and Sessions Judge, Jalandhar and Nawanshahr, Mr Inderjit Kaushik, presided over . Speaking at the function he said the mentally challenged persons should be provided proper medical care and sympathy, with a view to enabling them to live health and better life.

Wi-fi network: The Institute of Engineering and Technoogy, Bhaddal, has introduced the (wireless) wi-fi network in the college. It provides Internet in all six hostels and faculty quarters on the campus. It has facilitated students and faculty to access the Internet round the clock, said the chairperson of college,
Mrs Kulwinder Gurcharan Singh, here on Wednesday.

ONE KILLED: One person was killed and five were injured, including Sub-Inspector Jatinder Singh of the Punjab Police, in an accident between a truck and a police vehicle near Kotla Shamashpur village on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road, 5 km from here, on Tuesday. Raju of Bilaspur village died on the spot while Jai Kumar Yadav, Hari Yadav, Tarun Yadav, Sanjay Yadav were injured. A case has been registered.

Seed production camp: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala, organised a seed-production camp under farmer’s participatory seed production programme here on Tuesday. As many as 20 progressive farmers attended this camp. On this occasion Dr S.R.Sharma, Senior Plant Breeder (Breeder Seed Production) gave technical knowledge regarding seed production of Basmati to the farmers. He emphasised on how to improve the purity and quality of seeds. Dr Parminder Kaur, Asst Prof (Agron), KVK, Samrala, advised the farmers about balanced use of fertilisers in the seed crop and also motivated the farmers to start their own seed production.

New Tehsildar: Mr Sukhjinder Singh Tiwana joined here on Tuesday as Tehsildar, Samrala. Mr Sucha Singh had joined as Naib Tehsildar.

Tarn Taran
Doctors body formed
: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local district unit of the PCMS Specialist Doctors Association: president - Dr Gurpreet Singh Rai; vice-president - Dr Inderjit Singh; general secretary - Dr Shamsher Singh; joint secretary — Dr Sarabjit Singh; organising secretary — Dr Kanwaljit Singh Shekhon and treasurer — Dr Nirmal Singh.

No check on red lights: Installing red light on top of the vehicle has become a status symbol in the newly created district. Though it has been banned by the Punjab and Haryana High Court it is being misused by some well known persons of the society. Mr Parveen Kumar Sinha, district police chief, when contacted refused to comment.



Self-help scheme for women
: The district authorities have prepared a self-employment scheme for women under the Integrated Child and Women Development Scheme. The scheme named Swayam Sidha (self reliant) will be initially started in one development block of the district. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Sheoran, informed mediapersons here on Tuesday that the scheme was aimed at providing vocational training to women after constituting self-help groups of women and providing them resources to start their own ventures under the various welfare schemes of the government.

Licences cancelled
: Licences of two ration depots were cancelled while supplies of foodgrains and allied items to six others were suspended by the district Food and Supplies Department here last month. Besides the security deposit of Rs 6,500 was also forfeited. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Chander Prakash, informed that the action was taken following irregularities detected in the distribution of the allotted quota of supplies during checking.

Women killed: Geli Bai (72) of Bawal town was killed while trying to save the life of two children on Monday. The women was going to a temple when she saw the two children crossing the railway line when the Ashram Express was approaching. She dragged the children away while she herself was fatally hit by the train.



Docs shortage worries council
: The local Citizens Progressive Council is up in arms against the sheer neglect of health services in Chamba district by state government. In a Communication to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday, Mr D N Pardesi, president of the council, expressed concern over the deteriorating health services in Chamba for the past over one decade. He lamented that there were 14, doctors on rolls against the sanctioned strength of 22.

Appointment quashed
: In a significant order by the Chairman Administrative Tribunal, Mr M.R. Verma, has quashed the appointment of Kala Devi, serving as a part time water carrier at government primary school, Manlah, and directed that Balak Ram be appointed in her place within seven days. The tribunal further imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on the state for concealing true facts from the tribunal and further directed that the amount be recovered from the guilty official.


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