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Complete and peaceful bandh
Clashes at Ferozepore, Barnala; rail tracks blocked
Tribune Reporters

Ferozepore, May 22
Hundred of Sikh protesters clashed with police personnel on the Ferozepore-Ludhiana highway today. Later, the police resorted to lathi charge to disperse them.
Sikhs protest against Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim, chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, in Amritsar Activists take out a protest rally in Jalandhar
Sikhs protest against Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim, chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, in Amritsar — Tribune photos by Rajiv Sharma, S.S. Chopra and Rajesh Sachar ; PTI Activists take out a protest rally in Jalandhar — Tribune photos by Rajiv Sharma, S.S. Chopra and Rajesh Sachar ; PTI

The clash took place when Sikh protesters wanted to enter the cantonment market which the police did not allow. Thereafter, some protesting Sikhs insisted going towards Samadhi Baba Sher Shah Wali, which led to a clash as protesters started throwing stones and bricks on police personnel. SDM D.P.S. Kharbanda tried to pacify the agitated crowd but when they situation worsened, the police retaliated with lathi charge, which left 12 protesters injured.

As the police unleashed its fury, the protesters ran in various directions looking for shelter. Some were seen climbing walls of nearby buildings to escape the onslaught. Bhagwant Singh, DC, and SSP Dinesh Pratap Singh reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

Besides a few sporadic incidents, the situation remained peaceful in other parts of the town which saw a complete bandh. The markets and shopping areas wore a deserted look as people preferred to remain inside, fearing untoward incidents. All schools, colleges, offices and business establishments remain closed.

In Makhu Sikh protesters brought the rail traffic to a halt as they entered the railway station and blocked the tracks. Senior divisional manager (operations) Vinod Bhatia said the Ahmedabad-Jammu Tawi and Dhanbad Express got delayed by over 50 minutes. He said four local trains had to be cancelled in the Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar sector as protesters blocked the railway track near Nasrala-Khurdpur.

BATHINDA: Barring the burning of effigy of Baba Ram Rahim Gurmit at Jiwan Singhwala village in this district, Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar districts witnessed a complete but peaceful bandh.

Nau Nihal Singh, SSP, Bathinda, said eight persons who were trying to create trouble were taken into preventive custody. Apart from it, four persons had been arrested in connection with the burning of an effigy of the baba.

A round to various pockets of this region made by this correspondent revealed that in certain gurdwaras members belonging to the Sikh community assembled to lodge a peaceful protest. They also took out a march in Muktsar and nearby villages, including Jeewan Singh Wala, Bhagi Bander, Bhairupa and Bhagta Bhai Ka, in Bathinda district.

AMRITSAR: The normal life was thrown out of gear in Amritsar and its adjoining towns as the bandh call evoked a complete response with shops, business establishments and offices remaining closed. Though there was no restriction on visiting Golden Temple, many devotees, especially foreign tourists, refrained from paying their obeisance at the shrine. Sikh organisations burnt the effigies of dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. There was a curfew-like situation in several places. Sikhs organisations, led by Mohkam Singh and Kanwarpal Singh, spokesmen for Damdami Taksal and Dal Khalsa, respectively, stopped some trains near Shivala here. Bhai Ram Singh, general secretary, SAD (Amritsar), and senior leaders of other Sikh organisations lodged a complaint with the local Kotwali against the dera chief for hurting sentiments of the Sikh community.

PATIALA: Life came to a halt here today due to the bandh call. All schools, colleges and business establishments remained closed.

Even the government and private buses did not ply on the roads. Students who were to appear for university examinations in Haryana faced difficulty. Sensitive areas like Arya Samaj crossing had been cordoned off. Reports of some persons trying to sit on a dharna were received from some parts of the district. However, the move was scuttled by the police.

NAWANSHAHR: A complete but peaceful bandh was observed here in the district. No untoward incident was reported in the district, SSP B. Chandra Shekher said.

BARNALA: Besides a clash between youths and the police at Rudeke Kalan village, the bandh was successful in the district. Various Sikh organisations blocked the traffic at Sanghera village on the Barnala-Ludhiana highway at Bhadarwarh and Bazid ke Kalan village. An effigy of dera head was burnt at Thekriwala and Kahneke villages. The people also held a protest march. All shops and medical stores were closed during the bandh.

NABHA: A complete bandh was observed on Tuesday in the town and nearby areas. Barring a couple of liquor vends all business establishments and shops remain closed. At Bhadson people assembled at Gurdwara Singh Sabha and tried to take out a protest march. But after being persuaded by SDM Balraj Singh Sekhon they burnt an effigy and presented a memorandum to the SDM.

As a preventive measure the police had taken a number of Sikh youths in custody from Gurdwara Ghorian Wala on Monday evening. They were let off after a warning.

HOSHIARPUR: The district virtually came to a standstill as life was thrown out of gear due to the bandh. All educational institutions and business establishments remain closed and public transport buses were off the road in the district. However medical services were unaffected.

Traffic on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur railway section was disrupted as activists of various Sikh organisations staged a dharna and squatted on the railway track in front of 5JH DMU train at the local railway station. Some activists also placed wooden logs on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur railway track near Nasrala, which were later removed by the administration.

Similar protests were held at Abohar, Malerkotla, Pathankot and Sangrur.


Bandh hits life in region
Tribune Reporters

Dera Bassi/Rajpura, May 22
The call for Punjab bandh evoked an overwhelming response in Chandigarh’s periphery even as normal life was thrown out of gear.

The general public was put to a lot inconvenience with public and private transport off the road and essential services like chemist shops and doctors not functioning.

Commuters were caught off the guard as even the private buses and three-wheelers remained off the roads. The buses from the Haryana area and bound for Chandigarh avoided entering Punjab territory and followed alternative routes compounding commuters’ misery.

The Chandigarh-Ambala and Zirakpur-Rajpura highways wore a deserted look as the shops and showrooms, including dhabas, alongside highways downed shutters to join the protest. A majority of the liquor shops were also closed.

While the educational institutions were closed by the state government the attendance at government offices was thin. The work at Rajpura court and SDM offices was crippled.

However, the police experienced anxious moments when two groups exchanged hot words over the closure of a doctor shop in Ghajju Khera village in the Banur area. The situation was brought under control by timely police intervention, Rajpura DSP Bhupinder Singh Khatra, said claiming that the bandh was peaceful.

Representatives of Sikh organisations and the police personnel could be seen requesting certain shop owners, who had opened their commercial establishments, to closed them to maintain peace. While the public sector banks were open a majority of private sector banks preferred to remain closed.

A visit to various parts of Chandigarh’s periphery showed that most of the people preferred to remain indoors. Scores of police vehicles could be seen patrolling the highways, markets and internal streets to instill a sense of security among the people.

Fatehgarh Sahib: A total bandh was observed in Fatehgarh Sahib district today. Curfew-like situation prevailed in all towns of the district i.e. Sirhind, Mandi Gobindgarh, Amloh and Khamano.

Residents observed bandh on their own with no protest march organised in anywhere in the district. Normal life was partially affected as all buses were off the roads and no means of transportation available. All shops, including restaurants and chemist shops, were closed.

The district administration had made elaborate security arrangements and the police parties continued patrolling throughout the day. Deputy commissioner Alaknanda Dayal, SSP Nilabh Kishore and MLA Didar Singh Bhatti thanked the people for observing bandh peacefully.

SAMANA: A total bandh was observed here today. All schools, colleges and commercial establishments remained closed. Even the buses did not ply on the link roads. The town bore a deserted look as nobody was seen in the bazars.

However, about 1,000 persons of various Sikh bodies gathered in the Gurdwara Thara Sahib here and tried to protest carrying kirpans and lathis, but they were not allowed to do so. They were only permitted to hold a peaceful demonstration.

The organisations were annoyed at this and started pelting stones on the policemen on duty outside the gurdwara building, as a result of which two policemen received injuries. Immediately S. Paramjit Singh Gill, DIG, Police, Patiala Range and Mr S.K. Asthana, SSP Patiala reached at the spot with heavy contingent of force and stopped the jathebandis from putting up such a roadshow which could invoke the feelings of public at large. The situation in the city is tense but under control.


Next Course of Action
SGPC convenes emergency meeting
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 22
Even as Punjab bandh passed off peacefully, SGPC chief Avtar Singh has called an emergency meeting of the executive body here tomorrow to discuss next course of action against Dera Sacha Sauda.

The meeting assumes significance in the wake of the thrashing of an ASI in the presence of the SSP (Majitha) and manhandling of mediapersons in front of the Akal Takht recently. The meeting is also likely to discuss how to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the Golden Temple complex.

Talking to The Tribune, the SGPC chief said the dera would be the sole agenda of the proposed meeting. The Akal Takht had already served an ultimatum on the government seeking closure of branches of the dera in Punjab by May 27. On the other hand the next 15 days were considered “most crucial” in view of the possible action of the Takht on May 31 if the government failed to shut the branches of the dera by the deadline. Moreover, the SGPC was also concerned about the coming “Ghallukara Divas” (genocide week) in the first week of June to mark the anniversary of Operation Bluestar.

Those 15 days would be a great challenge before the SGPC's task force, which had failed to ensure peace in the temple complex on May 20.

Meanwhile, Vedanti and SGPC chief thanked “Punjabis” for expressing solidarity with the Sikh community. They said the dera chief had hurt the feelings of not only the Sikhs by imitating Guru Gobind Singh, but also every that person who respect the supreme sacrifice made by the Tenth Sikh Master.


Dera row shadow over real estate business
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 22
The property in the border district of Amritsar has no buyers following tension and clashes between Sikh organisations and Dera Sacha Sauda followers.

Subhash Sharma, a property dealer and real estate developer, said sale and purchase property in the district had already become stagnant due to changes in the licensing policies of the government. He said with tension mounting those wishing to buy property had stopped enquiring about property prices. He added if this trend continued the day was not far when foreign direct investment which used to come to the state would stop as the people living abroad would not like to invest in the state.

Another property dealer Kuku rued that the people, who had forgotten bad days of militancy, once again were experiencing the bandhs and protests. He said all property dealers in the district had not witnessed even a single deal in the past week. He said already tourist inflow to the city had reduced by 30 per cent and if this trend continued, several airlines running flights from the holy city would have to stop operation from Rajasansi airport. He said this ultimately would affect real estate prices in the city which had witnessed a boom during Congress rule in the state.

The property dealers were of the view that if the government failed to bring peace in the state, rates of property would fall further harming the interests of the farmers who were selling land at higher prices to real estate developers. They said the government should initiate steps to bring peace in the state so that the people living abroad could invest in real estate in the state.


30 more families snap ties with dera
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, May 22
With the snapping of ties with the Dera Sacha Sauda sect today by about 30 more families from Sunam and its nearby areas, the total number of families, who had left the Sacha Sauda sect and joined the Sikh Panth in the past four-five days, touched the figure 58 .

As per information, about 25 followers (15 families) of the Sacha Sauda sect snapped ties with the dera and joined the Sikh fold at Gurdwara Niyain Sahib, Sunam. They were presented with ‘siropas’ by the Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.

At a gurdwara at Sheron village here, about 35 dera followers (15 families) today also reportedly joined the Sikh Panth.

An office-bearer of a gurdwara prabandhak committee told The Tribune today that before May 27 hundreds of followers of the dera in the Sunam area would join the Sikh fold .

Earlier, 28 families from Cheema Mandi and Beer Kalan, both villages of Sunam subdivision, had reportedly joined the Sikh Panth.


Cong rebel Hoshiarpur MC chief
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, May 22
Despite predominance of the Congress in the local Municipal Council (MC), the party lost the battle in the election of president today.

Surinder Singh Chhinda (Congress), Ajit Singh Lucky (BJP) and Kharaiti Lal Katna (SAD) were official nominees whereas the name of rebel Congress councillor Brij Mohan Batra was proposed by Independent councillor Mohinder Pal at a meeting convened on May 14.

Meanwhile, PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo expelled Batra from the primary membership of the party for six years for not withdrawing his candidature against the party’s official nominee.

Lucky and Katna withdrew from the contest today. In a straight fight between Batra and Chhinda, the former was elected president by a show of hands. He was supported by five councillors of the Congress, Balwinder Kaur, Veenu Nanda, Amar Nath, Harbhajan Dass and Raj Kumar, seven of the BJP, three of the SAD, Independent Mohinder Pal and two ex-officio members Tikshan Sud, minister for medical health and research, forest and parliamentary affairs, and Mohinder Kaur Josh, chief parliamentary secretary.


Major changes in police set-up on cards 
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
As a sequel to a report given by the IG (zonal) regarding the recent violence that occurred at Bathinda, the Punjab government has decided to tighten the security system in the state.

Sources said that police officers experienced in dealing with public disorder and sensitive situations in a tactful manner would be posted at important places in the state.

The Badal government was criticised by opposition parties, especially the Congress, for its “soft” response to the emerging disturbing situation in the state during the past week. The sources said Badal did not want to give any further opportunity to the opposition parties to criticise his government in this regard. Even the Punjab Governor had reportedly asked Badal to be tough with elements out to disturb the peace in the state.

The sources said in the next few days, changes would be made in the police set- up at all levels to make the security system more responsive and effective in dealing with all sorts of situations. 


Where is Sukhbir?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Though statements in the name of Sukhbir Singh Badal, working president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, are being issued by his party, where he is at present no one knows.

He has not been seen in Punjab for several days. He was to go abroad. However, it is not clear from his statements whether he is abroad at the moment.

In a statement released by his political secretary, Parmjit Singh Sidhwan, the SAD working president thanked Punjabis for maintaining peace and communal harmony during the Punjab bandh. He thanked Hindus in particular for expressing solidarity with the Sikh masses in this hour of the community’s anguish and stress.


Sikh clergy to meet on May 28

Amritsar, May 22
The Sikh clergy is likely to discuss with an “open mind”, any proposal made by representatives of Muslims, Hindus and Christians, including Swami Agnivesh and president of Imam Association of India, Illyas, who had gone to meet Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh today.

Talking to The Tribune, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, jathedar, Akal Takht, said he did not know when the representatives of non-Sikhs would come to meet the Sikh clergy.

He, however, said the Sikh clergy would meet at Akal Takht on May 28, after the ultimatum served on Dera Sacha Sauda to shut down its branches by May 27, ended.

It may be mentioned here that SGPC chief Avtar Singh and Rajya Sabha MP Tarlochan Singh had made efforts to use the services of non-Sikh religious leaders to usher peace in the Sikh-dera stand off. — TNS


Pen drive contains names of 200 persons
Jupinderjit Singh and Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 22
A pen drive recovered from Chetan Gupta, who allegedly acted as a broker in various illegal project deals, including the City Centre project scam, could well open a Pandora’s box for several high-profile politicians and businessmen of the country.

It can take a lid off an illegal, international money laundering racket.

The pen drive has led the Punjab Vigilance Bureau to lay hands on information about investments and properties of 200 persons.

Sources revealed that so far, information of only 15 out of the 200 persons could be read, while remaining lists and details were yet to be decoded.

The SP, Vigilance Bureau, told a local court about the recovery of the pen drive from the accused, Chetan Gupta. He said the information was fed in the MS-DOS system with some special coding.

The Bureau was taking assistance of computer experts for decoding the information, which could prove vital, besides questioning the accused about the list of people.

The sources said it was quite possible that many persons mentioned in the pen drive could be among those making legal investments or having legal business deals with Gupta.

The accused, who was remanded to police custody till May 24, is based in New Delhi and runs RL group of companies.

He is said to have a close proximity with many high-profile people besides Capt Amarinder Singh and Natwar Singh.

The pen drive was recovered from Delhi by a vigilance team which had taken Gupta there for investigation.

The Bureau officials are not divulging any details in the case.


Lensmen not allowed entry in shrine
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 22
In view of the recent incident of manhandling of staff of electronic channel and photographers by certain persons, the SGPC yesterday did not allow them entry into the Golden Temple complex here.

The manager of the temple said he had verbal instructions by the SGPC chief not to let photographers in the complex.

Secretary of the SGPC Harbeant Singh said he had asked the electronic channels and photographers to gain entry into the complex only after informing the manager. So that an employee of the SGPC could accompany them for their safety. 


Police Torture
Rights body seeks report
Vishal Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Taking suo motu notice of a news item regarding custodial torture, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the state government and the SSP, Ferozepore. The commission found that prima facie, it was a fit case, which required scrutiny and examination.

According to the news item, which appeared in a vernacular daily on May 19, the alleged victim of police brutality, Fumman Singh, resident of Kotu Wala village in Ferozepore district, was picked up by the police on May 18 on the charges of stealing jewellery.

In the police custody, Fumman’s clothes were allegedly taken off in the presence of a group of strangers and he was humiliated. Thereafter, some policemen took him to a room where he was allegedly tied with ropes and brutally beaten up. Four persons stood on his legs while he was allegedly being mercilessly beaten up.

Fumman said he was forced to confess to the crime he never committed and was forced to sign blank papers, but he refused. He was allegedly told that if he did not confess, he would be implicated in a false case of possessing a pistol or narcotics and would not be able to get bail for at least 10 years.

The news item also alleged that Fumman was so brutally thrashed by cops that he lost consciousness. It was only when his wife and some villagers came to his rescue that he was taken to a hospital.

Though police station head Sukhdev Singh Brar had refuted Fumman’s version saying that he was not tortured at all, the human rights body found enough substance in the victim’s version to issue notice to the state home department and the SSP concerned.

The ADGP (IVC-cum-human rights), too, has been informed about the order of the commission, given by acting chairperson R.L. Anand, members K.K. Bhatnagar and B.C. Rajput. He had been asked to file the report on or before the next date of hearing, i.e. June 19.


Training programme postponed 

Chandigarh, May 22
Due to the Punjab bandh observed today, the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) decided to postpone a two-day training programme.

The programme was to be inaugurated by Punjab minister for local bodies Manoranjan Kalia. Commissioners of the municipal corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Bathinda, along with other senior officials, were to participate in the programme. CRRID officials stated that the programme had been deferred indefinitely and the next date would be decided later. — TNS


HC gives no relief to Chahal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today adjourned the hearing on the anticipatory bail plea of B.I.S. Chahal, media adviser to former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, till May 30.

The court made harsh observations on the plea, stating that “the petitioner who is a contemnor should first appear before the court. He is avoiding presence before the court and thinks he is above the law”.

The court further observed that a contemnor like him was not fit for grant of relief and it would not be proper to invoke the extra-ordinary jurisdiction of the court for the grant of bail to him.

Incidentally, the court has already issued bailable arrest warrants against Chahal, in a contempt case, which are to be executed by May 30.

Chahal is currently staying in Scotland, UK, and has repeatedly pleaded before the court through his counsel that he was suffering from a heart ailment and was thus not in a position to appear before the court.

In the present bail plea, he expressed fears that he might be arrested in connection with the Ludhiana City Centre case and sought directions to the arresting authority to release him in case he was held.

He pleaded that since he had been not even named in the FIR related to the City Centre case, anticipatory bail should be granted to him.

He further averred that as many accused in the case had already been granted bail or interim relief, including Captain Amarinder Singh, he too should be extended the benefit of bail.


Police officers reshuffled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The Punjab government today ordered the postings of a few IPS and PPS officers.

While former IGP, intelligence, R.P. Singh has finally been posted as IGP, rules, Mohammad Mustafa goes as IGP, operations. Shashi Prabha Dwivedi has been shifted as commandant, 36th battalion, PAP, Bahadurgarh; Rajiv Ahir becomes commandant, 7th battalion, PAP, Jalandhar; Amit Prasad is the new AIG, computer and telecommunication, Punjab; and Sudesh Kumar Agnihotri will be the new assistant commandant, 9th battalion, PAP, Amritsar.


Child-swap Racket
Muskan yet to reunite with biological parents 
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 22
There continues to be a question mark on the parentage of seven-year-old Muskan, who was allegedly swapped by a midwife and handed over to a couple from Amritsar. Even as the Punjab and Haryana High Court restored the custody of the male child, Amarpratap, to his biological parents on May 19, the girl child, who had been handed over in lieu of him, continues to stay with the family.

Harish and his wife Manju, who have been bringing up Muskan for the past seven years, say she is not a liability to them. However, if her real parents were identified, they would be willing to part with her, they add.

Talking to The Tribune, SSP, Amritsar, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said the case would be reviewed and investigations would be carried out to identify the biological parents of the girl child.

“We did have some leads in the case. We would work on them,” he said.

Counsel for the couple V.P.S. Bhatia said: “The chief judicial magistrate, Amritsar, on July 6, 2006, had directed the police to investigate into the real parentage of the girl child, who had been passed on to my clients, Harish and Manju.”

As per the initial information, a midwife, working in a private hospital in Ludhiana, was believed to have handed over the girl child to Ramesh Rani, who was working as midwife in the private nursing home where Manju delivered the male child, Amarpratap, said Bhatia.

He said there was a possibility that the girl child might have been sold off by a poor family from Bihar or Uttar Pradesh. Even if the family was identified, they might not be willing to take the child back, said Bhatia.

Harish said, “Muskan is very much a part of our family. She is studying in Class II and we love her as much as we love our other children. But, since we ourselves have got our child back after a long legal battle, we understand the plight of parents who lose their child. In case, the real parents came up, we would hand over Muskan to them,” he added.

Ramesh Rani and Parmjit Kaur have been arrested. Ramesh Rani was sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment. She had reportedly confessed that at least 14 such deals had been clinched by her.

The racket was unearthed after a relative of a woman found that the child delivered to her a night ago had an umbilical cord (navel), which was about 20 days’ old.

“The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in its order passed on May 8, has also said that the girl child’s parents were still unknown. We are also planning to file a compensation suit against the accused Ramesh Rani on behalf of Muskan,” said Bhatia.


Theft in temple of Kali Devi 
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, May 22
Thieves decamped with thousands of rupees from three “golaks” (cash boxes) of the local Maha Kali Devi Mandir, late last night.

Besides cash, the thieves stole gold and silver ornaments of the goddess, a “mukat” (crown) of Lord Ganesha and other silver articles.

Talking to this correspondent, president of the Sri Maha Kali Devi Mandir Sabha, Chand Maghan said the theft was noticed this morning when the temple priest opened the lock of the main gate of the temple. He immediately reported the matter to the police and lodged a complaint.

Maghan said besides thousands of rupees, a gold cap from the tongue of Maha Kali Devi, a gold nose ring of the goddess, a silver mukat of Lord Ganesha and two silver articles, meant for lighting “jyotis” at the time of “aarti” (prayer), were also stolen.

Maghan further said local tehsildar Gurcharan Singh Brar today visited the temple as it was controlled by the state government. He also accused the government of not providing security at the temple.


GND varsity reschedules exams
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 22
Guru Nanak Dev University here today rescheduled the various examinations, which were to be held on May 22. The timings and centre of examination would remain the same.

Prof B.R. Batra, in charge (examinations), said the information regarding new dates of the postponed examinations had been sent to all principals of the affiliated colleges and heads of the teaching departments of the university campuses in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur. 


Nursing week at Desh Bhagat institute
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 22
Desh Bhagat Nursing Institute, Mandi Gobindgarh, today celebrated nursing week. A cultural programme was presented on the occasion.

Dr Saroj Sharma, director and principal of the Sri Sukhmani College of Nursing, Dera Bassi, was the chief guest and Dr Kuldeep Longia, principal of the college, presided over the function.

In her address, Dr Sharma appreciated Dr Zora Singh’s efforts for providing good facilities to nursing students. She highlighted the importance of nursing profession.

A blood donation camp in collaboration with the local Civil hospital was also organised. Over 36 students donated blood.

Dr Zora Singh, chairman of the group, inaugurated new classrooms and computer labs. He also gave away prizes and certificates to the students.


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