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: Maninder Singh Sekhon, grandson of Mansa MLA Sher Singh Gagowal, has won the second term for the post of the president of the Students’ Union, University of Greenwich, for 2010-11. Disclosing it here on Tuesday, his father Harbans Singh Sekhon, who is tehsildar of Jhunir, said Maninder won the elections by polling 1,098 votes ahead of his nearest rival Anis Idress, who polled 719 votes.

Blood donated for 35th time: President of a the Naujwan Welfare Society Sonu Maheshwari on Thursday donated blood for 35th time at a camp organised at the Civil Hospital here. The camp was organised to express gratitude to the Almighty as volunteer of the society Harpreet Singh was blessed with a girl.

Cattle health check-up camp: A day-long free cattle health check-up camp was organised by the NFL at village Shergarh. Veterinary doctor Seetal Dev Jindal, in-charge, Polyclinic, examined nearly 75 cattle, mostly for infertility. Medicines were provided free of cost. Deputy Manager, NFL, Rajbir Taya, motivated the farmers to derive benefit from such schemes. District in-charge Tejraj Singh thanked people for their cooperation.

Alumni Meet
: More than 50 alumni of the Christian Medical College and Hospital took part in a function organised on its founder’s day. The day is celebrated in the memory of CMCH’s founder, Dame Edith Brown. Alumni organised a continuing medical education programme wherein alumni settled in the USA, Australia and India delivered lectures. The old students shared their experiences and narrated anecdotes about their time spent in the hospital.

Album released: A Canada-based music company 5 Rivers Entertainment Inc has released a Punjabi album “Jaago”. Eight noted Punjabi singers, Arshpreet Kaur, Rupinder Handa, Harry Pannu, Harpreet Singh, Jagdish Khosla, Preet Sargam and Aman Sandhu have through this album tried to stir people’s mind towards social evils like female foeticide and drug abuse prevalent in Punjab.

Traffic violation: The Police Commissioner has passed orders to challans traffic violators and even accept fines from them on the spot. At least 55 persons were fined for violations like jumping of the red light, triple riding, black films and wrong parking. The Police Commissioner has also warned the people to fasten their seat belts while driving, not to use cell phones and violate the traffic rules.

Eye camp: Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital dispensary organised an eye check-up and diabetic camps at Gurdwara Jammu Colony. Dr Brijinder Singh Rana, eye surgeon, examined 180 patients. Ten patients have been short listed for the cataract surgery. Operation for intraocular lens plantation will be done at the hospital on March 26 and 27.

Mullanpur Dakha
“Parakh”: Sukhwinder Sukhi has released his new music album “Parakh.” It is dedicated to his friend Sherry Pandher of Baddowal village, who died in a road accident. Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman, Zila Parishad, released the cassette.

: On the first day of two-day agitation, thousands of government employees belonging to Punjab State Ministerial Staff Union, went on two-hour strike and held gate rallies in the government offices at all sub-divisional and district headquarters including Phagwara, Goraya, Phillaur, Nakodar and Noormahal today.

Rape case: The police has registered a case against Urban Estate resident Rinku on the charges of raping a minor girl in the locality today. The accused is absconding. The girl has been sent to local hospital for medical examination.

: Thousands of the Punjab State Ministerial Staff Union employees went on two-hour strike and held gate rallies at all sub divisional and the district headquarters in Phagwara, Goraya, Phillaur, Nakodar and Noormahal. They would also go on statewide strike on March 26.



8 teams for hockey: As many as eight teams will participate in the Indian Audit and Accounts department’s Inter-Zonal Hockey Tournament, starting from March 26 at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 18, here.

230 students donate blood: Over 230 students donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by the Continental Group of Institutes, Sector 17, Chandigarh, today. The camp, which was inaugurated by Mayor Anu Chatrath, witnessed great enthusiasm amongst the students.


9 held for gambling
: The police nabbed nine persons while gambling during raids in the past 24 hours at three places in Faridabad. The raids were conducted by the special CIA staff of the Haryana police at Sant Nagar and Hari Nagar areas. The police action comes in the wake of the reports of increased gambling in the town for the past few months. Recently, the police busted a gang involved in gambling during an IPL cricket match, but has ruled out any cricket connection with the latest arrests.



One held with charas: One person was arrested in the Kachiari locality in the outskirts of this town yesterday by the police on a tip-off and seized 50 grams of charas from his possession. Jeet Singh Thakur, SDPO, Kangra, said Ashwani Kumar of Kachairi village was intercepted by the police in his native village and seized 50 grams of charas from his possession. He was arrested under the NDPS Act. The DSP said the investigation was in progress adding that the interception was carried following a tip-off.

Tournament inaugurated
: The three-day long inter-school sports tournament of the Cambridge International Schools was inaugurated by RK Pruthi, Additional District Magistrate, at Mohal, 4 km from here, on Thursday. Pruthi said sports are very important for the all-round development of children adding that the sense of sharing, acceptance of victory, defeat and the power of tolerance was better learnt at the playground.

Govt’s move opposed
: The Kangra District Himachal Pradesh Government Teachers Association has strongly opposed the decision of the state government to deploy government teachers on census duty. In a statement here on Thursday, district president of the association Onkar Rana rued that this deployment of teachers was the violation of directions of the apex court and is harmful to the poor rural students studying in government schools. He advised the government to put educated unemployed youths on census duty through NREGA or Sarva Siksha Abhiyan funds.

Election held: The election of the Nurpur Fruit Growers’ Co-operative Marketing Society was held at Jassur, near here, on Thursday. Rajeshwar Pathania and Onkar Singh were elected as president and vice-president of the association, respectively.

Five killed in car mishap: Five persons were killed on spot and one seriously injured when the Alto car (HP 03-1907), in which they were travelling, fell into a khud near Lalpani at Nerwa in Chopal area this afternoon. The deceased were identified as Ramesh Chand Sood and his wife Sushma, Madhusudan Sharma, Balakand and Ramesh Punjabi, all residents of Nerwa. Ishwar Chand, who was injured, was taken to Indira Gandhi Medical College, here, for treatment.


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