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Foundation day
: The Teachers’ Club would celebrate the foundation day of the silver jubilee year at Teachers’ Home here on January 28. President G.L. Nagpal informed that P.L. Garg, coordinator of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, would be the chief guest on the occasion. Venita Singh, principal of DAV College of Education, would be the guest of honour and Tara Singh Ahuja, president of Homoeopathic Medical College, would preside over the function.

Lecture: Swami Anand Abhilashi of Gurukul Haridwar delivered a lecture on ‘Moral and Ethical Values’ in the Maharishi Dayanand College of Education here on Thursday. Director Anurag Asija informed that another lecture on ‘Teaching aids and art’ was delivered by G.L. Nagpal, coordinator of the Swami Keshwanand Mahila College.

Meeting held: Shiv Kumar Lomash, president of Shri Sanatan Dharam Mahabir Dal, Punjab, has stayed the removal of Sat Pal Jasuja as president of the local unit during a meeting held on January 13. Lomash informed that he along with other office-bearers would be visiting Abohar on February 2 to finalise the organisational 
set-up here.

Selected: Vininderjit Kaur Hayer, a student of M.Ed in DAV College of Education here, has been selected for scholarship from the Asian Institute of Human Rights Education, Bhopal, a message from Sushila Chaurasia, chairperson of the institute said. Only five out of 125 colleges of education had been selected from Punjab for the scholarships.

Inspector commits suicide
: An inspector of the BSF, Harbhajan Singh Sandhu, committed suicide with his service carbine while he was on duty near Kalsiayan village. This was stated by P.K. Rai, SSP, Tarn Taran, on Wednesday on phone. The body was handed over to the family of the deceased after a post-mortem examination. No suicide note was found from his possession. The inspector was cremated at his native place in Ganganagar in Rajasthan.

Appeal to PM
: Kartar Kaur, the widow of Sardar Saroop Singh, a freedom fighter hailing from Bargari Tehsil in Jaitu, district Faridkot, has appealed to the Prime Minister to grant her an audience to discuss her plight. Stating that her husband, who passed away in 1969 had spent time in jail at Camblepur and Attock, now in Pakistan, during the British rule, Kaur, now 96, has said that she receives the pension, but wants the PM to honour the spirit of the Republic Day by sparing some time for her by granting her an audience.

Bhatti takes over as ADC
: Inder Yesh Bhatti took charge as additional deputy commissioner (general) here on Thursday. Bhatti was earlier posted ADC, Barnala. The post of ADC (general) at Gurdaspur had been vacant for a couple of months.

Body found
: Body of Rakesh Kumar was recovered from the fields on Gurdwara Shaheedan Patti Ladhewal-Halluwal road on Thursday. The police sources said that the body bears marks of sharp-edged weapons and suspect that the deceased was thrown in the fields after murdering. Meanwhile, the body has been sent for a postmortem examination and a case has been registered.

House burgled: Some miscreants broke into the house of an NRI Ram Parkash and decamped with Euros 2,500 on Tuesday night. According to the police, Ram Parkash along with some villagers went to pay obeisance at Baba Balak Nath on January 22 and when he returned he found locks of his house broken and money missing. Meanwhile, a case has been registered.

Purse snatched: Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a purse containing Rs 5,000 from Surinder Kaur on Monday. The police said that Surinder was paying fare to a rickshawala, when the youth snatched her purse and fled on a motorcycle.

Legendary Saigal
: The trustees and admirers of KL Saigal Memorial Trust held a meeting in its premises on January 18 to mark the death anniversary of the legendary singer. Trust president Sukhdev Raj said the members were trying their best to convert the trust hall into a class by promoting fine arts, music, theatre and dance.

Rare surgery: Patel Cancer and Super speciality hospital claims to have successfully conducted the first ever bone marrow transplant (BMT) in the city. The head of the department of medical oncology and haematology Dr Abhishek Joshi operated a 26-year-old boy suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a kind of lymph nodes and blood cancer. The patient Avtar Singh was operated on January 5 and was discharged after two weeks of the surgery.

: Harbans Singh, an NRI, alleged that the district administration did not facilitate the construction of a mortuary on the panchayat land of Buttar village. Flanked by Congress MLA Joginder Pal Jain and Ajit Singh Shant, MLA from Nihal Singhwala, he addressed media persons here on Thursday.

All set for R-Day
: A contingent of ex-servicemen would participate for the first time in the Republic Day parade here. Giving details, deputy director Major Yashpal Singh said the ex-servicemen contingent would include participants from Tonsa, Banga and Rail Mazra areas in the district and would be led by Capt Ranjit Singh, a former drill instructor, Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun.

IELTS workshop
: A workshop on IELTS was conducted by IDP Australia at Chotti Baradari, here today. Numerous students from the city and neighbouring areas attended the two-hour workshop. Preetinder Kaur, who headed the IDP team, said the number of students who wanted to study abroad have increased over the years.

National seminar
: Aryan Business School will organise a national seminar on ‘Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the Infrastructural Sector in Changed Scenario’, at the college premises on Friday. Dr. Manoj Anand, professor IIM Lucknow, would be the chief guest on the occasion. A number of renowned management gurus are expected to participate in the seminar.

ASI suspended
: Arun Pal Singh, SSP, on Wednesday suspended ASI Birbal Singh, in charge of Sular Gharat village police chowki, Dirba police station, on charges of disobedience of order and poor investigation in a case.A woman had complained of forcible possession of her land to the police but the ASI did not initiate proper action.

PRTC sub-inspector held: The Vigilance Bureau on Thursday arrested Jagtar Singh, a PRTC sub-inspector, from his house here on the charges of cheating and corruption. Vigilance DSP Roop Singh Maur said Sukhbir Singh had complained against Jagtar that he had taken Rs 50,000 from him for getting him selected as driver in the PRTC. But when he was not selected then Jagtar started sending Sukhbir on his own on different routes as driver. In another case Jagtar had marked driver Harjit Singh present, who had been in jail for three months.

BKU (U) stages dharna: Villagers and activists of the BKU (Ugrahan) on Thursday staged a dharna for more than an hour in front of the police chowki at Dharamgarh village, about 12 km from Sunam, in protest against the non-arrest of a boy who had allegedly abducted a girl of Jakhepal village one and half months ago. The dharna was lifted when the Sunam SHO gave an assurance in this regard.

Kanoongoes’ protest leave: Kanoongoes of the district have proceeded on earned leave till January 31 in protest against the filling of the post of the district revenue accountant by promoting someone from the clerical cadre in place of one from the kanoongoes by the district administration. This was stated by district convener of the Revenue Kanoongo/Patwari Talmel Committee Nirmal Singh Masson here on Thursday.

Bus stand inaugurated: While inaugurating a bus stand built at a cost of Rs 2 crore at Khanauri, transport minister Master Mohan Lal announced on Wednesday that all new bus stands being built in the state would be named after martyrs. He also named the Khanauri bus stand after Sant Harchand Singh Longowal. Area in charge of the SAD of Lehra Assembly constituency Prem Singh Chandumajra, district BJP president Jatinder Kalra, Khanauri Nagar Panchayat president Satgur Singh were also present. He also distributed cheques worth Rs 6.60 lakh under the Shagun Scheme.

LIC told to pay Rs 5 lakh: The district consumer disputes redressal forum here has directed the LIC to pay Rs 5 lakh along with 9 per cent interest per annum from the date of repudiation, March 31, 2007, till the realisation to a 30-year-old widow Gurdeep Kaur of Khandabad Laloo Patti, Dirba Mandi. In his order president of the forum M.D. Sharma has also directed it to pay the widow Rs 5,000 as compensation on account of harassment. He has also asked the LIC to pay the widow Rs 1,000 on account of litigation expenses. Gurdeep, widow of Satnam Singh, who had got himself insured for Rs 5 lakh, after his death claimed the amount from the LIC office but the LIC authorities did not settle her claim.



New president
: J.S. Kamboj has been elected as the president of Housing Board Residents’ Welfare Association, Sector 6, Panchkula. Other office bearers include G.S. Anand, vice-president, Vinesh Bhatia, general secretary, B.S. Kandhari, organising secretary, and K. L. Gandhi, cashier.



Body found
: The body of 23-year old Paramjit was found lying inside a tractor trolley in village Nanku Nagla, close to Ambala City, late on Wednesday evening. It could not be confirmed whether it was a case of murder or natural death. No injury marks were found on the body.



Police complaint
: A woman has filed a complaint against a local taxi driver and his few accomplices for an attempt to abduct her. In her compliant she has stated that she had hired a taxi from Hamirpur on Wednesday for Rajol and after reaching Biuth, the driver of the taxi no HP- 01 -204 told her that Bhola Shah, Sat Pal and Kusum travelling along with them would take her to Rajol. Who later took her to a hotel. She somehow managed to reach Ukhali and later reported the matter to the police.

Man dead
: A 50-year-old man, who worked as a chowkidar with the Agriculture Department at Ner Chowk was found dead at Nalsar under the Balh police station on Thursday. The chowkidar probably succumbed to cold, while he was on his way back home at night allegedly under the influence of liquor. The body has been sent for the post-mortem examination at the zonal hospital, Mandi. The police has ruled out any foul play and a case has been registered.


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