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Amritsar
Swinderjit’s group sweeps GNDU poll:
The group led by Swinderjit Singh has made a clean sweep in the Guru Nanak Dev University Non-Teaching Employees Association’s election. Swinderjit Singh has became the president of the association for the consecutive fifth year. Balbir Singh was declared vice-president, while Surjit Singh Cholia secretary. Hardeep Singh Nagara won the seat of joint secretary and Gagandeep Singh was declared elected as cashier. Hardeep Singh, Gurmit Singh, Jyoti Prashad, Avtar Singh, Balwinder Singh, Nirmal Singh, Dhian Singh, Suresh, Harbans Singh, Rajnish Bhardwaj were elected executive members. Dr Jagrup Singh Sekhon acted as the returning officer for the election. 

Astrology talk: Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, which is running vedic astrology classes at local DAV College for boys, will organize a one-day special seminar on ‘Vastu Shastra’ and Astrology on October 28. P R Vashisht, a subject  specialist would deliver the lecture. 

Batala
Science exhib concludes:
A three-day exhibition of science models of the schools of Gurdaspur held on the premises of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Dharampura Colony, concluded here on Thursday. About 350 students, along with 150 teachers from 120 schools of Gurdaspur, took part in the exhibition which started on October 23.

BATHINDA
Fire:
A major fire, caused by a candle, gutted a cycle shop at Killi Nihal Singh village, near the Bhisiana Air Force Station in the district on Thursday night. Fire fighters of the IAF station were pressed into action to control the fire. The owner of the shop got to know about the fire on Friday morning.

Arrested: The Sangat police arrested Vijay Singh of Deep Nagar and Gursewak Singh of Dashmesh Nagar from Pakka Kalan village in the district on Thursday for carrying 8 kg of poppy husk on a scooter. The police impounded their scooter (PB-03B-9648) on the spot. A case has been registered.

Case registered: The Balian Wali police has registered a case of threat and assault against Jeet Singh and his son Bhola Singh of Mandi Kalan village, on a report of a board of doctors, on Thursday. The investigating officer Harcharan Singh said, “Balwinder Singh of Mandi Kalan village in a report filed told the police that the accused assaulted and threatened him on November 11 last year.” 

Assault: Param Jeet Kaur of Gill Khurd village filed a report with the Balian Wali police alleging that her brother-in-law assaulted her about a fortnight back. The police said despite several attempts at a compromise, the matter could not be resolved. The victim lodged a complaint against the accused on Thursday and a case has been registered.

Water dispute: Jarnail Singh of Rai Khanna in a complaint to the Kotfatta police said Ravel Singh, Kewal Singh, Gurwinder Singh and Gurmail Singh, all of the same village, assaulted him with a sickle, on Thursday. The police is investigating 
the matter.

Jalandhar
Treat for elite:
The Centurion Bank of Punjab organised a get-together for its elite customers on Thursday night. Revenue Minister Ajit Singh Kohar was the chief guest on the occasion which saw presence of a large number of city entrepreneurs and professionals. Also present were IG Sanjiv Kalra, former MP Iqbal Singh and AETC JS Jassi. Jasmeet Singh and Shalender Girdhar, regional and cluster heads of  the bank, respectively, informed about the various facilities being offered by the institution.

MANSA
Meeting:
A meeting of the Bhartiya Kissan Union (Ugrahan) was held under the presidentship of district president Ram Singh Bhaini Bagha on Friday. Addressing the meeting, union’s state president Joginder Singh Ugrahan asked the Punjab government not to privatise the PSEB.

Condemned: A meeting of the PCMS Association, Mansa, held under the presidentship of district president Gurdarshan Singh Joga, condemned the attack on Dr Avtar Singh Jarewal and his team, on October 27 which had gone for sampling sweets. In the meeting a decision was taken that all medical officers would wear a black badge in protest against the incident. 

MOGA
PU festival:
The Malwa Centre of Education, Ludhiana, clinched the first position in the shabad contest, on the inaugural day of the four-day Panjab University Diamond Jubilee Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival Zone-B, held at the Sant Darbara Singh College of Education for Women, Lopon, 30 km from here, on Friday. Meanwhile, G.H.G Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar and the Sant Darbara Singh College managed second and third positions, respectively.

PATHANKOT
Wards carved:
The Sujanpur Municipal Council will have two new wards.With the creation of these wards, the number of wards will go up to 15. The Punjab government has accepted the recommendations of the municipal councillors for the reorganisation of wards.

SAMRALA
Celebration: Birthday of Bhagwan Balmiki was celebrated here today with great fervour. Earlier shobha yatra was taken out in the city.Local SDM Sukhdev Singh Mahal and MLA Jagjeewan Singh Kheernian congratulating the public of the area, appealed them to follow the foot-steps of Bhagwan Balmiki.

Charge taken: Er Dilvar Singh, has taken over as an executive engineer of the PSEB office Ghulal-Samrala Division, here today replacing Er N S Dhanoa who has got promotion as SE and joined at Amritsar as director enforcement. Earlier, Er Dilawar Singh was posted at Ludhiana 

Tarn Taran
Science fair:
The three-day district level science fair organised by the education department at the Mamta Niketan School concluded here on Thursday. Parkash Singh, additional deputy commissioner, was the chief guest, while district education officer Piara Singh Talwar presided over the function. The models adjudged first and second at the tehsil level science fairs were displayed in the event. District science supervisor Gurdeep Singh said the models getting top positions would be eligible for taking part in the state level science fair to be organised soon. A cultural programme was also presented. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Resentment: The Elder Citizens Association on Friday expressed resentment that their long-pending demands had not been accepted by the state government due to which thousands of retired employees and officers had suffered. President of the association Col. A.P. Gautam (retd.) in a meeting stressed that their demands be accepted and their pension be enhanced by 5 per cent and 10 per cent on attaining the age of 65 and 75 years, respectively. He also stressed that the fixed medical allowance should be increased to Rs 350 per month based on the Punjab pattern.

NAHAN
Revolt against BJP MLA:
Some BJP workers of the Paonta-Doon Assembly constituency have revolted against the party MLA and president of the Himachal Pradesh Kisan Cell Sukh Ram Chaudhri. They organised a meeting at Kashipur to oppose party ticket to the MLA. They demanded that the ticket should be given to Davender Chaudhari of Bahati Biradri. 

NURPUR
Urged: The Ex-army Men Seva Parishad in its meeting held at Nagni on Thursday has urged the Ministry of Defence to open a sainik school in the state. Parishad chairman Col. G.S. Pathania lamented that the widows of ex-army men were being ignored. He urged the Union Ministry of Surface Transport and National Highways to give directions to the state authorities to adhere to its directions regarding exemption of toll tax on barriers to defence personnel, ex-servicemen and their families. The parishad claimed that the ministry had issued such instructions on November 17, 2003.


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