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Khatri sabha
: B.L. Sikka, a former SDM,reorganised the Khatri Sabha after his re-election as president. The following have been nominated office- bearers for two years : acting president— Shashi Kapoor; senior vice- presidents— Sushil Chopra, Raj Kumar Tandon; vice- presidents— Brahm Dutt, Ramesh Kapoor, Chander Parkash Vij, C.P. Dhawan; general secretary— Subhash Sehgal; finance secretary— Naresh Khanna.

Cycling for environment:
Hundreds of students from various schools participated in "Cycling for Environment" rally organised by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to mark the World Environment Day here on Monday. Wearing the T-shirts with the theme "Melting Ice-A Hot Topic", the participants spread the message of preventing and safeguarding the fast depletion of the glaciers due to the global warming. Yogesh Goel, PPCB chairman, flagged off the rally from the Gandhi Ground at 7 am. Apart from the PPCB Member Secretary Birinderjit Singh, office-bearers of various NGOs and social organisations were also present on the occasion.

Refresher Course: Prof. B.B. Bhatacharya, Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, would inaugurate a three-week Refresher Course in Economics being organised by the Academic Staff College of Guru Nanak Dev University on June 7 for university and college teachers. This was informed by Dr. H.S. Bhatia, Director, Academic Staff College, in a press release issued here on Monday.

Dharna: CPM workers held a dharna in front of the office of SDM on Monday to protest against the non-implementation of poll promises made by the SAD-BJP combine. Addressing the gathering Jagtar Singh, secretary (Urban), said what was the point of promising to make wheat and pulses available for Rs 4 and 20, respectively, when the SAD government had no intention of doing any such thing.

POs arrested: The district police has arrested three proclaimed offenders wanted in various criminal cases here. Those who have been arrested are Balwinder Singh of Indra Colony in Verka, Surinder Singh of Guru Nanakpura, Chatiwind Gate, and Major Singh of Kakkar village under the Lopoke police station, now residing on the old jail road here.

Police inaction
: Angry inhabitants of Sukhiabad led by Onkar Singh Jhamat, general secretary, BSP, Punjab, and Anil Bagha, district president of Ambedkar Youth Club, blocked vehicular traffic at the light crossing, near Banjar Bagh, on the Hoshiarpur-Dharamsala road for more than an hour today. They were protesting against the police for not arresting the culprits who had abducted Dalit girl Sukhwinder Kaur of the area for which a case was registered on March 15.

J.P. Singh heads surgeons’ body: Dr Jatinder Pal Singh of Shangara Singh Hospital has been elected president of the Association of Surgeons of Jalandhar. Dr Singh, who has been a member of the association for the past 10 years, has earlier served the body as senior vice-president and secretary.

                                                                    Dr Jatinder Pal Singh
Dr Jatinder Pal Singh

Press gutted: A printing press located in the industrial area was gutted here on Monday due to short circuit on its premises. Fire broke out at M.M. Press at 9.45 am, causing some loss to printing cylinders, polythene bags and cartons. A fire engine reached the press and doused the flames within 15 minutes. Press owner Manmohan Singh said goods worth a few lakhs had been damaged in the mishap.

Diabetes camp: The Ludhiana branch of National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) organised its 29th free diabetes detection and treatment camp in Shivpuri on Sunday. A team of doctors led by Dr Surendra Gupta and Dr Rajesh Thaper, secretary and president of the association respectively, conducted the check up and distributed free medicines to the diabetics. Free blood sugar tests were performed on 260 persons. Blood pressure tests were also carried out. Doctors examine patients at a diabetes camp organised by NIMA in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Doctors examine patients at a diabetes camp organised by NIMA in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Inderjeet Verma

Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was organised by Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) at Kalyan Mallki village in Bathinda district on Sunday. The camp was organised at the initiative of Principal H.L. Bansal, president of Blood Donors Council. A team of doctors, along with the supporting staff from transfusion department of the hospital, collected 157 units of blood at the camp.

LPG misuse:
The food and supplies department carried out a drive against misuse of domestic LPG cylinders by dhaba and rehri owners and seized 26 cylinders during a raid. The drive was carried out on dhabas along the GT Road.



: Bharat Petroleum general manager Arjun Heera on Monday inaugurated “In and Out”, a confectionery store at the Dhillon gas station on Staff Road, Ambala Cantonment. Owner of the gas station Ravinder Dhillon said the store would offer various schemes for its customers and discounts would also be given on purchases.

MEETING: A meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Haryana state, was held here on Monday. SAD Haryana state president Kartar Singh Takkar appreciated the role played by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in diffusing the Dera Sacha Sauda crisis. He said the Badal leadership had helped in maintaining peace in Punjab.

SUMMER CAMP: A month-long summer camp for children began at Kids Nest, here on Monday. Around 50 children from DAV school, S.D. School and Convent of Jesus and Mary are taking part in the camp, where they will be taught dancing.



Medical camp
: The Rotary Club (Dharamsala central) organised a multi-specialty free medical camp at Badukhar village in Fatehpur tehsil of Kangra district on Sunday. As many as 780 patients were examined and medicines were distributed free of cost among them. Medical tests were also conducted free of cost. Medicine, gynaecology, dental surgery and radiology specialists examined the patients.

Workshop ends
: A seven-day workshop on ‘Honeybees in the Himalayas’ concluded at the Horticulture Research Station, Seobagh, on Monday. Twenty persons, including six women, participated in the workshop. Senior scientist J.P. Sharma said the objective was to “improve livelihood of the rural people and conserve biodiversity” by promoting conservation and sustainable management of indigenous honeybees (apis cerana).

2 persons drown: Two persons were drowned in the Beas on Sunday. Bhup Singh of Ruaru village was washing clothes on the bank of the river when he slipped into it and was washed away by the gushing current. In another incident, Sunil of Trilokpur village in Lahaul and Spiti district jumped into the river from the Ramshila bridge. The bodies could not be traced yet.


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