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A clarification
: An Art of Living camp will be organised at Jalandhar Cantonment Board Hospital tomorrow and not at Military Hospital as inadvertently published in these columns on March 28.

Sankalp sabha: The Dharma Raksha Manch (Punjab) will organise a “dharam raksha sankalp sabha” at Dana Mandi, Gopal Nagar, here on March 29 at 3 pm. A large number of saints are expected to take part in the sammelan to be addressed, among others, by Mahamandaleshwar Hans Das Ji Maharaj. The manch, formed in January, 2009, has planned to organise such sabhas at various villages.

GNM toppers
: Vishav Jyoti and Jaspreet Kaur Pabla of the local Sandhu Institute of Nursing, have bagged the first and third positions in the merit list of the GNM (I) examination conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Fardikot. Principal Sukhminder Kaur said while Vishav Jyoti topped the merit list by securing 439/500 marks, Jaspreet got the third position with 435 marks.



Stress on distance education
: A two-day seminar on distance education was inaugurated by Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, of Punjab University, at the University School of Open Learning here today. Sobti said there was a serious re-appraisal of the aims, objectives and structures of distance education in the country. He said distance education had a pivotal role in the spread of affordable and accessible education. He cautioned against treating distance learning institutes as mere cash-cows for the universities and stressed the need for quality, diversity and flexibility of course content. He further asked the experts to suggest ways to reduce costs for distance education.



Health camp
: Columbia Asia Hospital, Palam Vihar, an international healthcare provider, is going to organise a multi-specialty health check-up camp for the residents of Iffco Nagar and Sector 17 B at Maitri Community Centre, Sector 17, on Sunday. Specialist doctors from internal medicine, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, ENT, general physician, cardiologist and dietician will be present at the camp to gather inputs about the community’s health problems.

Condolence meeting
: The Chaudhary Bansi Lal Memorial Vikas Manch, Kurukshetra unit, held a condolence meeting under the chairmanship of its president Pawan Garg and the District Congress Committee. Garg paid tributes to former Chief Minister Bansi Lal on his death anniversary at Pipli on Saturday. He said Bansi Lal, who constituted the Haryana Vikas Party and later got it merged into the Congress, had special attachment with Kurukshetra, for the development of which, the Kurukshetra Development Board was established.

Loudspeakers banned
: District Magistrate Ajit Joshi had imposed a ban on use of loudspeakers by the candidates and supporters between 10 pm to 6 am. In the orders, it had been made clear that the prior permission from the authority concerned was a must. Any violation of it would result in impounding the vehicle being used for loudspeakers. One has to inform the Returning Officer or the Assistant Returning Officers of every Assembly segment as well to the police about the use of loudspeaker.

Dowry case: On the complaint of Farzana, daughter of Mahinudin of Nizanpur Majra village, the police has registered a case of dowry under Sections 406, 506, 323 and 34, IPC, against seven persons, including her husband Zahid, father-in-law Nordin, mother-in-law Jakori, uncle Shaukat, sister-in-law Zahira and two others of Kheri Gujjar village. However, no arrests have been made so far.



Old-age home
: Chetna, a social organisation working for the welfare of mentally retarded, handicapped and disabled children, opened an old-age home ‘Narayan Seva Dham’ for helpless elderly persons on Friday. It was inaugurated by RL Sharma, a social worker. Chetna manager Amar Singh Kashav said the ashram would give shelter to those elderly people, who had nobody to look after them. He said Chetna had appointed proper staff and arranged suitable facilities.

Workshop on NAREGA: Project officer Hari Singh Rana inaugurated a two-day workshop organised by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) on NAREGA here at the Vyas Bhawan on Saturday. He said the aim behind holding the workshop was to highlight achievements of targets under NAREGA program during the past one year. Rana said all zila parishad members and 15 members each from three Block Development Committees from the district were attending the workshop.

AIDS awareness camp: A two-day AIDS awareness training camp being jointly held by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangthan in collaboration with the state AIDS Control Society, Shimla, was inaugurated by Anil Kaushik, zonal director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangthan, in Youth Hostel at Jabli on Saturday. He said a total of 176 Red Ribbon clubs had been set up in 12 districts in the state and each club had been provided with one Red Ribbon worker, who had been trained to spread awareness against this disease. Nearly 37 participants are attending this camp.


Drug peddler held
: The police on Saturday arrested a drug peddler from the main market of Bishnah town near here and seized 1,500 intoxicant capsules from his possession. Official sources said cops, who were on patrol duty, nabbed Kuldeep Kumar, alias Kali, of ward number 12 in Bishnah. His frisking led to the recovery of 15 intoxicant capsules, they said, adding that besides selling the psychotropic drugs to the addicted youth in Bishnah, he too was an addict. He used to bring these drugs from the neighbouring Pathankote.

Pickpocket held: The police nabbed a pickpocket from Residency Road area and recovered the stolen money on Saturday. Sources said pickpocket Deepak Verma of Subhash Nagar, presently residing in Rani Talab area in Digiana, mingled with the rally of sitting Congress MP Madan Lal Sharma and stole wallet of Sharma’s supporter during the rally. The victim reported the matter to the Residency Road police post, which nabbed the pickpocket recovering the wallet along with Rs 7000.

Ex-gratia relief to terror-hit
: The District Level Screening Committee under the chairmanship of the District Magistrate discussed the cases regarding the sanction of ex gratia relief in militancy related cases in Poonch district on Saturday. Out of the 28 militancy related cases, the committee sanctioned ex gratia relief of Rs 1 lakh in one case, while rest of the cases were deferred for verification by the District Screening Committee.


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