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Intra-Regional Cultural Meet:The Northern Region Transmission System is organising an Intra Regional Cultural Meet at the Indian Auditorium Academy of Fine Arts in the city on December 27. Besides different cultural items of the region to be presented by artistes of Powergrid families, a handicraft exhibition would also be organised at the same venue.

: S.J.S Chahal, principal, B.G.S. Senior Secondary School, Barnala, has been selected for the ‘International Gold Star Millennium Award’ to be presented at an international conference on persons of Indian-origin conclave being held to coincide with the Indo-Thai friendship and economic cooperation scheduled to be held on Thursday in Bangkok, Thailand.

Blood donation: With the assistance of Baba Har Rang Ji Maharaj and the Youth Welfare Club, the Aasra Welfare Society organised a blood donation camp in the memory of the sacrifice made by Guru Govind Singh’s young sons, at a gurdwara in Har Rai Pur today. About 21 volunteers donated blood at the camp led by a team from the Government Hospital. On the occasion, the Red Cross presented mementos to the donors.

Injured: A car going from Bathinda to Moud turned turtle near Katar Singh Wala on Wednesday causing injuries to four persons, including two children. 

M.P. Singh takes charge: M.P. Singh, a senior IAS of Punjab cadre, on Wednesday joined as secretary to the Governor, Punjab, in place of Navreet Singh Kang, who has gone on long leave because of personal reasons.

Special camp
: A special camp was organised here on Wednesday to process the applications of old persons eligible for the pension scheme. On the first day, the camp was held at Municipal Council, Fazilka, for the residents of ward number 1 and 10 to 15 of the Fazilka town. Two such camps would be held on December 27 and 28 for the remaining wards.

Killed: One Phuman Singh was crushed to death on Tuesday night when while alighting from a tractor his foot pressed the gear lever by accident. Subsequently, the tractor ran over him. 

: One student was killed when a car collided with a truck on Tuesday late evening near village Piareana on Ferozepore-Moga road. The driver of the car, identified as Pankaj, died on the spot. The truck diver is absconding.

Youth throws acid on girl: An alleged spurned lover threw acid on a girl in Basti Jodhewal on Wednesday. Ritu Bhandari was rushed to the CMC Hospital by passersby. She suffered burns on face and arms. The youth sped away on his motorcycle after throwing acid on the girl.

713 examined at health fair
: Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, member, Lok Sabha, has said the union government is aware about the health services to be given to all by 2012 and that the masses should also be aware about their health rights. Dr Ajnala was addressing a rural gathering at a health fair organised under the National Rural Health Mission at Khadoor Sahib, 24 km from here, on Wednesday. Ajoy Sharma, DC, said the unbalanced male-female ratio in the district was a matter of great concern. Manjit Singh, MLA , and Dr Amrit Kaur, civil surgeon, also spoke. As many as 713 patients were examined at the fair.

New software
: The computer faculty at Government High School, Moga, has developed a software, ‘eKlerk’ to computerise all data related to school. The software aims at eliminating unwanted paper work and would relieve the pressure of non-teaching work on the teaching staff. The software was inaugurated by SGPC member Gurmel Singh Sanagatpura.

Meeting held: A meeting of Unemployed Health Sanitary Inspector Union here, under the presidentship of Gurpreet Singh, was held in which workers from Bathinda, Faridkot and Muktsar participated. A resolution was passed to raise the union to state level. At the meeting, the police action against the ITI students at Bathinda was criticised and the administration was asked to withdraw cases against students.



HONOURED: Ravi Chopra, chairman and managing director of Piaggio, India, has been honoured with the ‘All Ordine Della Stella Della Solidarieta Italiana’.

Meeting: Youth leader of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee(PPCC) Dr Jasdeepak Singh met the AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi and discussed various issues related to the youth on Tuesday. Jasdeepak Singh also apprised PPCC chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal about the discussions with Gandhi. Bhattal appreciated the initiative taken by the youth leader in strenghtening the party organisation.

Elected: Following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association: patrons - V.B. Jain and Prem Aggarwal; chairman - H.S. Dilawar; convener - R.S. Rathour; president - Sanjeev Sagar; senior vice-president - C.S. Jolly; vice-president - Ram Pal Sachdeva; general secretary - Bhupinder Singh Saini; secretary - Ajaib Singh; joint secretaries - Bhupinder Singh and K.S. Chaudhary; and treasurer - Panwan Kumar Singla.

FUNCTION: The five-day function, ‘Sadhna’, organised by Shri Ram Sharnam Satsang Sabha concluded at Sector 35 here on Wednesday. The function was organised under the supervision of Bhagat Satpal. Bhakti, jap, prakash granth, bhajans and kirtan were the activities scheduled for different days. Addressing the devotees, Bhagat Satpal urged them to attend more such functions in future for happiness and contentment. Meanwhile, the ‘akhand jap’ would continue for 24 hours in the months to come, he added. 

Honoured: Inderjit Singh Grover was honoured with Shiromani Samaj Sewa award-2007, that includes a gold medal, a memento, religious model, an appreciation letter, a painting, shawl and a cash award of Rs 11,000 on samaj sewi religious function organised by Baba Jodh Sachiar Social Development Council Punjab, at Mohali on Wednesday.

Camp: All-India Anti-Terrorist front Mullanpur unit organised a blood donation camp in rural area, Mullanpur village at Mullanpur Garibdass multipurpose service society. 48 units of blood were collected by General Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh.

Voters’ list: The draft of voters’ list for Panchkula residents would be released on Friday and the objections and claims in this regard can be lodged by January 8 in the new year. This was stated by city magistrate Yogesh Kumar, Panchkula, after convening a meeting of officials involved in the survey of the voters. The elections of municipal committee of Panchkula are due early next year. All the objections and claims would be disposed of by January 12 while the appeal against the decision can be made before the deputy commissioner by January 16 where the cases would be disposed of within next four days, he said. However, the final voter list would be declared on January 31, added city magistrate. 



Effigy burnt: The chairman of Vikas Parishad and former MLA, Anil Vij said the effigy of Chief Minister would be burnt at every roundabout in Ambala cantonment if the position of electricity was not improved. He said in a statement that the power situation had become worst in the entire district. The people of urban as well as the rural areas had been getting power hardly for 8 hours a day, he added. He alleged that the state had been supplying electricity of its share to Delhi. He demanded that the government should inform the real picture to the opposition parties. Vij said his party had taken out a protest procession in this regard. He said the senior officers of HVPN had assured that the unannounced cut would come to an end but the situation had become more serious. 

Safety at stake: The residents of a colony of municipal council have expressed great concern over the indifferent attitude of the council authorities. They said their houses had become unsafe as they were not repaired for a long time. The council has constructed around one dozen houses in this colony for its class IV employees. Some of them are at the verge of collapsing. Vimla Devi, a resident of the colony said cracks appeared in the roofs and the floor of their house. She said surroundings of the colony were filled with garbage and filth. She said the residents had informed the executive officer and other councillors in this regard but no action was taken so far. Another resident Radhe said they would raise this matter with the state government.

Woman, son missing: A 28-year-old woman has been reported to be missing along with her minor son from Dahola village in the district for the past three weeks. Identified as Guddi, wife of Ajit Singh, the woman had gone to her parents’ house to Masoodpur, but did not return to her in-laws’ house after that. Her son is aged five.

383 examined at eye camp: As many as 383 patients were examined at an eye check-up camp organised by Om Parkash Jindal, Gramin Jan Kalyan Sansthan, free of cost at Shakti Nagar locality here on Wednesday. Dr Rajat Mathur, an eye surgeon, examined the patients and identified 82 persons to be operated for cataract. 

Office-bearers elected: The following were elected office-bearers of the District Bar Association, Kaithal on Wednesday - president: Janeshwar Dass, vice-president: Balraj, secretary: Hardeep and joint secretary: Mukesh Sharma. 

Driver killed in mishap
: The driver of a car was killed and two couples from Dehra Dun, who were on the way to attend a funeral at Ambala, were injured when the vehicle met with an accident near the Kotlakana turn on the Ambala-Jagadhri stretch of the National Highway No. 73 here on Tuesday. The driver of the Maruti Wagon R, Sanjay Kumar, a resident of Dehra Dun, was killed on the spot. Anil Aggarwal (51), his wife Pinki Devi and A. Jindal and his wife Neelam Jindal sustained serious injuries in the accident.


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