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Local MLA Sunil Jakhar and DAV Public Schools director H.R. Gandhar inaugurated ‘Mantrana’, an air-conditioned conference hall and ‘Shradha’, a stitching training centre for needy women at the LRS DAV Senior Secondary School here on Monday.

Bassi Pathana
Committee meeting:
A police-public co-ordination committee headed by advocate Amarjit Singh Cheema held a meeting with Vikas Sabharwal, SHO Bassi Pathana, and other police personnel on Sunday and discussed measures for improving functioning of the police in the sub-division. Various public related issues were discussed during the meeting.

Property tax:
President of the Punjab Yuva Vyapar Mandal, Ashok Garg has expressed concern over the proposal to levy property tax and entry tax on the trading community that is already reeling under the burden of taxes. Garg said the government should impose tax in the first stage itself so that the traders can get rid of ‘inspector raj.

Inaugurated: To serve the poor children, Piyare Lal Karnail Singh Charitable Trust on Monday inaugurated a school for kids from the slum areas at Vivek ashram (Vishavkarma Mandir) in Paras Ram Nagar, here on Monday. 

Prosthesis camp:
The Rotary Club of Fazilka, along with the help of the Zamidara Farm Solutions and the Lala Durga Charan Charitable Artificial Limbs Centre, Ambala, organised a prosthesis camp in Daya Nand Chanan Lal Public School on Sunday. Over 400 physically challenged were examined at the camp.

Bharatiya Kisan Union and Sabhyachar Chetna Manch held meetings and appealed to the government for monetary help to the family of playwright Professor Ajmer Singh Aulakh, who is being treated for cancer in New Delhi.

Musical Nite: The Azad Social Welfare Club here organised ‘Debi Makhsoospuri Nite’ on Sunday. Singers Harman Sidhu, Maninder Meenu and Pinki Sandhu performed at the soiree. Famous novelist Ajmer Singh Aulakh, writer Achhru Singh, storywriter Darshan Mitwa and music director Ashok Bansal were honoured at the function. 

No-trust motion served: Demanding the resignation from Municipal Council president Gautam Batish, who had recently joined the SAD(B), Congress councillors on Monday served a no-confidence motion. More than a dozen councillors who came to the council office, found its president, executive officer and receipt clerk missing from their seats. They alleged that these persons had slipped from the office to delay the no-confidence proceedings against the president. In their absence, accountant Surinder Kaushal received the no-confidence letter from the councillors. 

Theft case solved, 3 held: The Kotwali police solved a theft case in a shop here with the arrest of three local youths. According to Gurinder Singh Bal, SHO, Kotwali, Balvinder Dass, Halim Khan Gogi and Harvinder Singh stole mobile phones and other items from a shop at Pandusar Mor in the town. He said six mobile sets had been recovered from them and raids were being conducted to recover the pending goods and nab their other accomplice. 

Jyotish sammelan held: As many as 150 astrologers, palmists and 'tantriks' took part in the two-day 11th All-India Jyotish Sammelan organised here by the Indian Institute of Astro Science and Times of Astrology.Prominent participants included C.K. Khera (Chandigarh), Mohan Babbar, Anu Sharma and Lalit Mohan (Nabha), Subhash Sharma (Mumbai), Akshay kumar (Moga), H.S. Duggal (Chail), Rajesh Dubey (Bhopal), R.K. Bhardwaj (Delhi) and Promila Gupta (Kota). Capt Kanwaljit Singh was the chief guest. 

Stone of dental college laid
: Master Mohan Lal, transport minister, Punjab, laid the foundation stone of Five Rivers Dental College at the Pathankot-Shahpur kandi road here on Monday. Gagandeep Singh,chairman of the college, said the college would start functioning by September this year. A 100-bed hospital would also be started, he added. 

1 held under Arms Act: The Sujanpur police arrested Saffi Kumar, resident of Kotli Muglan, and seized a revolver of .3-bore and two cartridges here on Monday. A case under Sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act has been registered against him. 

Info centres:
Jasjit Singh Bunny, chairman of Punjab State Co-operative Bank, on Monday said the state government would set up information centres at all the 811 branches of the co-operative banks and a large number of co-operative societies across the state to provide agriculture related updates to farmers.



100 donate blood:
Over 100 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad on Saturday along with a team of doctors from PGI, Chandigarh. Prag Raj Sharma and Arun Kaushal donated for the 152nd and 71st time respectively.



A seminar on 'Evaluation of Indian fiction in English' was held at MDSD Girls College, Ambala City on Monday. Regional director of IGNOU Dr Gulab Jha was the chief guest. A number of scholars from Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh were present. Dr R.K. Dhawan, a senior professor at Delhi University, delivered the keynote address.



1 dies in mishap: Dharam Singh alias Madan Lal (48) son of Garibu of Naghiyar village was killed when he suddenly fell down from a tractor (HP-20 A - 2884) on a turn at Bargaon-Galu mode on Bacharettu road on Sunday. The tractor was going to Naghiyar from Kosariyan under Shah Talai police station. The police has registered a case and has arrested tractor driver Rakesh Kumar for alleged negligent driving. 

Man found dead: Dead body of a person was found by the police on Monday under suspicious circumstances near the meat market at Ghumarwin near here. Later, the deceased was identified as Sanatan Sharma alias Pappu (32) of Dakkri Chowk, Ghumarwin. The police has registered a case and are investigating the cause of death. 

Yoga camp held: Seven-day yoga training camp for CISF jawans organised by district Patanjali Yoga Samiti at Koldam concluded on Sunday. Yoga teacher Om Prakash Garg said yoga was the best daily habit to keep physically and mentally fit apart from remaining active in life. It also kept away several diseases from our body. Samiti district president Krishan Dabra said training was given in yoga, pranayama and acupressure in this camp in which 45 jawans participated. 

Cattle perish in fire
: Twelve cattle were killed when a cowshed was gutted in Chilly village in Banatar panchayat of Churah subdivision in Chamba district on Saturday night. The loss is estimated to be around Rs 1 lakh. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Churah sub-division had directed the revenue officials to provide relief to the fire victims as per the relief manual. 

Workshop: London-based Tibetan filmmaker Sam Wangyal will organise a script writing workshop-cum-seminar for Tibetan participants from February 11 to February 19. It will be organised in association with the Tibetan Government in Exile’s Department of Information and International Relations. Niko Von Glasow, German film director, producer and scriptwriter, has been invited to preside over the nine-day workshop. Those interested in attending the seminar could contact Jigme Tsering, joint secretary, AV section (DIIR) at jigtse@gmail.com or phone numbers: 01892 222457 and 01892 222510. 

Body found
: The body of one Bhir Singh (24) of Gadherni village, near Manali, was found lying in paddy fields at Shangha, near Chhiyal on Monday. It was later sent to the Regional Hospital, Kullu, for a post-mortem examination. There was no sign of any injury on the body. It seemed the man had died due to hypothermia. 


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