Tailoring school: The Hospital Welfare Section (HWS) of the District Red Cross Society, Hoshiarpur, on Tuesday opened a sewing and tailoring school at Ram Tatwali village in the Kandi area of the district . After inaugurating the centre, chairperson of the society Vijay Laxshami said that the HWS was already running two sewing and tailoring schools, a knitting centre, five balwari centres, a midwife centre, a counselling centre, besides a skincare and service centre in the district for the welfare of women. The counselling centre was doing well by amicably settling matrimonial disputes. She said a number of women were earning their livelihood after getting training from the above centres.
Shagun scheme: Punjab Social Justice and Technical Education Minister Swarna Ram today distributed financial aid among 234 beneficiaries under the shagun scheme, which had been lying pending since 2006-2007. The minister distributed cheques worth Rs 35.10 lakhs among 234beneficiaries of 45 villages in Phagwara subdivision. Phagwara SDM Amarjit Paul said Rs 15,000 each was provided to every beneficiary under the shagun scheme.
Protest against lathicharge: Protesting against the police lathicharge on teachers at Gidderwindi, in Jalandhar, yesterday, the unemployed ETT teachers today took out a march here today. They handed over a memorandum to the Additional Deputy Commissioner in this regard and demanded an early release of their arrested associates.
DC supervises MGNREGS works: Khushi Ram, Deputy Commissioner, supervised different developmental works going under MGNREGS in different villages. Talking to newsmen at Malchak village, 25 kms from here, after supervising de-silting work at the village pond, the DC said Rs 11.14 crore was released to the district under this scheme. An amount of Rs 1 crore was spent on setting up of four Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendras at Naushehra Pannuan, Khadur Sahib, Gandiwind and Bhikhiwind villages. At Kairon, Jhamke Khurd, Valtoha, Mianwind and Fatehbad villages, the kendras were being set up at a cost of Rs 10 lakh each.
BSNL Workers Union condemns discrimination against Dalit staff: Rajinder Singh, circle president, National Union of BSNL Workers (FNTO), in a press note issued here today condemned for allegedly harassing and discriminating against Schedule Caste employees. Rajinder said in spite of the instructions issued by the National Commission for Schedule Caste, the expulsion of Jagan Nath, a chaukidar, and Onkar Nath Mali have not been evoked. He said the commission had instructed to promote Chandu Lal, CTO, but the officials knowingly ignored the instructions of the commission. He has written letters to the higher authorities.
Canadian MP’s visit: Sukh Dhaliwal, a Canadian MP, has appealed to the Punjab youth to stay away from drugs to compete on the international level. Dhaliwal expressed his anguish over the maltreatment meted out to Indian ambassadors in America.
Don’t throw stones at troops: Rights group: Expressing concern over the loss of lives in Kashmir, a London-based human rights group has urged India and Pakistan to resolve their conflicts through dialogue. It also asked the separatists to revise its strategy. Addressing mediapersons at the end of his visit to the Kashmir Valley, Syed Nazir Gilani, secretary-general of the Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR), said the state government had a principal role to play in the protection and promotion of human rights. “I would like to reach out to the Hurriyat (Mirwaiz) and the Hurriyat (Geelani) and others in politics and civil society and urge them to conduct their politics strictly in accordance with the jurisprudence of the Kashmir case,” Gilani said. He said there was no need to throw stones at Indian soldiers, any member of the security forces or a civilian patient travelling to hospital.