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Social welfare panel formed:
A sub-committee comprising 12 members has been formed to broaden the ambit of social welfare activities of the Arorvansh Sabha, general secretary, Arun Narang informed on Monday. The members include Vijay Narang, Vinod Setia, Sudershan Miglani, Bhisham Thakkar, Amarjit Chalana, Virender Narang, Sanjiv Verma, Vijay Nagpal, Arun Narang, Ravi Setia, Krishan Nagpal and Prof Satpal Phutela. The members of the majority Arora community here have been requested to submit their suggestions within a week.

Free eye check-up camp: Women outnumbered men in thronging the free eye check-up and operation camp that was organised by world’s leading fertiliser cooperative IFFCO at village Panjawa located close to the international border. A team led by Dr SL Chalana treated more than 200 patients and selected 26 for cataract operations. Senior area manager RK Upveja said 2,400 patients had been treated during the last seven rural camps and 192 surgeries were later performed in Abohar besides issuing lenses by the IFFCO Kisan Welfare Trust.

Bhandari to head Muktsar chapter of BEd Front:
Ranbir Singh Bhandari has been elected as the president of the Muktsar district of the BEd Front, Punjab. The other office-bearers elected are Gurpreet Lambi and Dilbag Singh (Vice- presidents); Charanjeet Singh (General secretary); Harpreet Singh (Cashier); Parminder Singh, Sandeep Sharma and Deep Kamal (Press secretaries); Karan Dhaliwal and Manjinder Singh (Organisation secretaries); Gurpreet Gora, Gurpreet Gidderbaha, Parakhjeet, Jagmeet Singh, Navjot Kaur and Ravinder Kaur (District committee members). Bhandari said the government should regularise the teaching fellows and education service providers, adding that members of the Front would hold a district-level rally on May 8 in this regard.

New GHTP chief engineer: Engineer RPS Saini took over the charge of the chief engineer (O&M), Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant (GHTP), Lehra Mohabbat, here on Monday. Earlier, Saini was the chief engineer (fuel efficiency and training), at the Ropar thermal plant.

Exhibition begins: A three-day exhibition showcasing the creations of the students of the INIFD, Bathinda, began on Sunday. The exhibition comprised a range of hand-printed suits, sarees in leaf printing, block printed dupattas and tie and dye collection, modern dresses, mural/glass/fabric paintings as well as sketch work.

Man consumes poison: A driver of a naib tehsildar, who had been living in Dera Bassi, accidentally consumed poison on Monday and was admitted in the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where his condition is out of danger. According to information, victim Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Uppalheri, near Rajpura, has been working as a driver with naib tehsildar Surinder Singh. He consumed the poison in lassi by assuming it as salt. His condition deteriorated after sometime and he was admitted to the GMCH-32.

Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tewari, on Sunday asked the city-based banks to serve the pensioners on priority basis. He said, “ The pensions shall be deposited in their accounts before the 1st of every month. The banks should also not take minimum charge on their account.

Driving licence: Making it easier for residents, the administration on Sunday decided to issue driving licence from Suvidha Centre from Monday onwards. It has set up six counters at the centre for accepting the forms and licence fees. The licence would be issued in a week, said Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari.

Army jawan dies:
An army jawan identified as Hari Krishan Sahu was found unconscious at the makeshift tent during an exercise last night and died during the treatment on Monday during wee hours, Raziasar police said. As per report lodged by the Captain Hans Raj Rajput search was initiated as other jawans noted that Sahu had not returned. They spotted him lying at a distance of about 50 meters from the tent in the army exercise area. He was immediately rushed to the temporary field hospital but could not be saved. The body has been handed over to the army after getting postmortem conducted. The victim belonged to village Brahmapur in district Ganjam of Orissa state.

Pak national to be sent back: Two Pakistan nationals who had intruded in the Indian territory from different points on April 21 and were caught by the Border Security Force would be sent back to their country, sources said on Monday. The BSF is expected to hold a meeting soon with the Pakistan Rangers in this regard. As per the information, the state and the Central government agencies that had been interrogating the intruders have found nothing incriminating and are convinced that they had by mistake crossed the Zero line, sources said.



Workshop: The Dental Council of India conducted a workshop on the “Availability of dental health manpower and prevalence of dental diseases in urban and rural India” at Dr HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, PU. Several professionals, comprising faculty members from various dental institutions of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Chandigarh, participated in the workshop. A team deputed by the Dental Council of India, along with representatives from coordinating agency appointed by the council conducted the calibration sessions of all participants.

Exams postponed: Panjab University examinations (theory and practical) scheduled for May 12 to May 14 have been postponed in view of the tercentenary celebrations in memory of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. New dates will be notified later. The time and venue will remain the same, informed the controller of examinations, PU.



Activists of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Haryana unit, burn the effigy of Ajmal Kasab at Ambala on Monday.Kasab’s effigy burnt:
The All India Anti-Terrorist Front, Haryana unit, burnt the effigy of Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani terrorist involved in Mumbai blast, who was held guilty by the Special Court of Mumbai on Monday. The members of the Front, led by its state vice-president Nitin Uppal, burnt the effigy of Kasab on the GT Road, near Ambala City, in the afternoon and raised slogans against Pakistan.
Activists of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Haryana unit, burn the effigy of Ajmal Kasab at Ambala on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Legal literacy camp:
A state-level legal literacy camp will be held in the local RKSD College on May 8. District and Sessions Judge RS Baswana on Monday said the purpose of organising the camp was to create awakening among all sections of society about law and their duties. He said such camps had been of great help in creating awakening among the people. He said such camps were held every month in one of the districts. The next such camp would be held in June in Kurukshetra.

DC’s appeal on Census: Deputy Commissioner Amneet P Kumar has appealed to the people to extend their help in preparation of the national population register and house listing by providing correct information in the first phase of Census -2011. She said all information provided during the Census would be kept secret. She said the national population register was being prepared for the first time and this would help in better planning for the countrymen. She said on the basis of this register, an identification number would be allotted.

Body found:
The Rampura police recovered the body of a newborn male child in Balawas Ahir village, near here, on Sunday. Village sarpanch Jai Singh informed the police, which has registered a case of concealment of birth by secret disposal of the body.

Granthi killed in accident:
A motorcyclist died after the bike he was riding on collided head-on with a truck near Shergarh village here on Sunday. Two other persons, who were riding pillion, were seriously injured. The deceased identified as Bhim Singh, a granthi in a gurdwara, was going towards Dabwali with two others - Dharam Singh and Gurvinder Singh. They were rushed towards Bathinda for treatment, but Bhim Singh succumbed to his injuries on the way.


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