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Crushed to death
: Mandip Singh of Panjpeer Nagar locality was crushed to death and his grandfather, Niranjan Singh, was seriously injured when their motor cycle collided with a tractor-trolley near the truck operators’ union complex on the Malout road here on Saturday. Mandip died on the spot whereas Niranjan Singh was admitted to the civil hospital with multiple injuries. A case has been registered against the tractor-trailer driver under sections 279, 337, 427 and 304 A of the IPC.

Khattar is bar assn chief
: Jatinder Rai Khattar was elected president of the district bar association on Saturday. He defeated his nearest rival N. K. Batta by a margin of 190 votes. Khattar polled 290 votes while Batta managed to get only 100 votes. The third candidate, Sudershan Sharma, who also contested for the post of president, got only 55 votes. Whereas, Baljinder Singh Sidhu was elected vice-president. Hans Raj Singh and Vakil Singh were elected unopposed secretary and joint secretary of the bar, respectively.

Safety Day
: The Punjab government has decided to hold a state level function in connection with National Safety Day and Labour Day celebration on May 1. Tikshan Sud, minister for medical education and research, would participate.

Solar inverter
: Microtek is planning to come out with a solar power inverter soon, said Vivek Jain, national head marketing. The company has come out with a high-end range of Sinewave inverters and UPS.

Campaign on education
: The school teachers federation of India launched a signature campaign to press the Centre for enactment of law to control commercialisation of education. A memorandum would also be send to the President of India.

Sangat Darshan: Deputy commissioner Bhawana Garg and SSP B Chandra Shekhar heard the grievances of residents of villages falling under Behloor Kalan Kanugo circle at ‘Sangat Darshan’ organised here. As many as 70 driving licences, 11 mutations, 6 passport verifications were issued on the spot.

Blood camp: Kothi Road Shopkeepers’ Union organised 7th annual blood donation camp here. As many as 36 units of blood were collected. Dr Ranjiv Kumar and Dr Gurpal Arora examined nearly 100 patients suffering from general and dental ailments. As many as 16 members of the shopkeeper union pledged their eyes.

: Two senior lecturers of Mohindra College have been promoted as principals by the Punjab education department on Friday. While Prof Swaran Singh has been appointed as principal, Government College, Muktsar, Prof Bhag Singh will take charge at Government College, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Garh.

CELEBRATIONS: The Homoeopathic Education and Research Foundation will celebrate the birthday of Dr Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy, on Sunday at Bhasha Vibhag Hall, Sheran Wala Gate at 10 am. A book, “Selected Remedies for the Problems of Children” will also be released on the occasion.

: Bahadur Singh of Punjabi Tribune was elected president of the Rajpura Press Club at a meeting here on Saturday. He succeeds Ashok Premi, who has resigned. Addressing the club members after his election, Bahadur Singh urged the Punjab Government to allot land for the construction of the club building.



HONOURED: The Mehar Singh Rawel Memorial Charitable Society today honoured Punjabi journalist Dr Kuldip Singh Dhir of Patiala with the Mehar Singh Rawel Memorial Punjabi Patarkar Award 2007 during a felicitation function organised at Punjab Engineering College, here. The award was conferred upon him by Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, who was the chief guest. The award carries a sum of Rs 15,000 and a citation. Honorary secretary of the society A.S. Rawel, while presenting the annual report, stated that another Mehar Singh Rawel Memorial Award of Rs 1,100 has also been given to Dr Kashmir Singh Samra of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, for his PhD on the topic “Dharam Dass Arif Dian Rachnawan Da Darshnik Wishleshan”.

WORKSHOP: The Society for Rehabilitation of Mentally Challenged, Chandigarh, is organising a workshop in collaboration with the Chrys Allis Performance Arts Centre from Bangalore to create awareness and friendship among children with ability and different disabilities through the paintings and drawings on various topics. The workshop will be held between 9 and 12 in the morning at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27, on Monday.

UGC NET: The Aryans Educational and Charitable Trust (AECT) has demanded from the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, to declare the result of the national eligibility test (NET) held in December, 2006, at the earliest. Prof D.C. Kataria, director of the Trust, said many UGC aspirants were facing problems because the University Grants Commission had not declared the result of the NET as yet while the application forms for the next exam to be held in June were out. The last date for filling up the application form is April 30, 2007, and the test is scheduled on June 24, 2007.

Currency exchange: Punjab and Sind Bank, Sector 17-B branch, will remain open on Sunday between 10 am and 1pm for exchange of soiled and mutilated currency notes and for distribution of coins.

Roadways dharna: The Haryana Roadways Workers Union has decided to stage a state-level dharna against the alleged maltreatment of roadways employees by the general manager. In a statement here yesterday, the leaders of the union stated that the dharna would be held on May 4.



: Om Prakash Malik, former president Bar Association Ambala Cantt, on Saturday demanded that a shed be provided in the Railway court complex at Ambala Cantt. Malik said a large number of litigants, lawyers, and RPF personnel attend the Railway court and yet there was no provision for a shed.



: The Doon Patarkaar Sangh has condemned the attack on journalists at Sundernagar. Sanjeev Bassi and Dinesh Kaushal, president and senior vice-president of the sangh, respectively, termed the attack as an effort to curb the media. They demanded immediate action against the accused.

Annual day
: Central School, Yol Cantonment, celebrated its annual day on Saturday. Brig M.C. Chauhan was the chief guest while nominee chairman Col K.C. Sabat was also present on the occasion. Principal Rakesh Chaturvedi said a cultural programme was organised on the occasion. Ashoka House was declared as the best house for the session.

Intel project
: The Intel computers on Saturday launched a project in collaboration with the Department of Higher Education to train technology-aided learning programmes to help teachers in the state. The programme was being run in the multi-media centre of Government Senior Secondary School where 107 master trainers and 865 participants had been trained so far. Deputy director of education Amar Nath Verma gave away certificates to master trainers on the conclusion of the 6th batch. Project manager of Intel, Vikram Pramar, was also present.

: The sitting local Congress MLA, Raghu Raj inaugurated 5 newly constructed rooms of the local municipal council on Friday. Raghu Raj said in order to facilitate plantation of trees in the town, the ward that plants the maximum number of trees would get Rs 1 lakh as an award. Rs 1 lakh will also be given to the ward having the maximum number of girls.


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