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2 Punjabi books released:
The Punjabi Writers Cooperative Society (PWCS) released two Punjabi books “Sakhira”, a collection of stories, and “Dharti Di Phulkari”, a collection of poems, of immigrant Punjabi writer Charanjit Singh Pannu here Saturday. Dr Bikram Singh Ghuman, society president, presided over the function. Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala, Managing Director, PWCS, said “Sakhira” portrayed various facets of the rural life of Punjab and the life in the USA. The INTACH state convener, Dr Sukhdev Singh, from the English Department of Guru Nanak Dev University, announced that Lala Dhani Ram Chatrik Award, carrying Rs 5,000 cash prize, would be given every year by INTACH to a Punjabi writer. the selection of the books would be done by the PWCS.

Educationist remembered:
Educationist ND Grover, founder principal of the DAV campus, was remembered here on Sunday. During a function held at the Seva Sadan here, Dr RK Chauhan, Regional Director, DAV Public Schools (Patna zone), threw light on the life of Grover. Prof BS Chaudhary and Baldev Raj Arora, president and secretary, respectively (Social Welfare Trust), welcomed the guests.

Central varsity:
The construction work of the Central University of Punjab at Ghudda, the ancestral village of the CM, will begin soon. The university authorities have signed an MoU with the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) Limited, a Government of India enterprise, for the construction of a boundary wall of its main campus at Ghudda village. The authorities on Saturday said they had paid nearly Rs 3 crore to RITES Ltd as an advance for the construction of the boundary wall.

Guest faculty: A delegation of guest faculty lecturers recently visited the SAD’s Bathinda assembly constituency in-charge Sarup Chand Singla and apprised him of their problems. Submitting a memorandum, the lecturers lamented that the government had been treating them as daily wagers with a maximum salary of Rs 7,000 per month, which was less than the class IV employees in the colleges. They demanded their salary should be at par with the salary of the part-time lecturers (Rs 21,600 per month). Devinder Kumar, who was leading the delegation, said the government must consider their case on priority basis while appointing any regular lecturer as they had served their duties for a couple of years. Singla assured them of bringing their case to the notice of the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister at the earliest.

Annual function held: The annual function of the Goodwill Public High School was held on Sunday. The chief guest was Ashok Kumar Dhunike while the noted surgeon of Bathinda Dr Mela Ram Bansal and Chairman, Shri Anant Anath Ashram, Nathana, Krishan Kumar Bansal, were the guests of honour on the occasion. Prizes were also distributed to the students for excelling in various streams of academics and other areas.

ITI games:
Students of local Government Industrial Training Institute (girls) emerged winners in kho-kho, basketball, and kabaddi competitions in the ITI zonal games, which concluded at the ITI ground here on Friday.

Door-to-door campaign:
Activists of the District Youth Congress recently launched a door-to-door campaign, ‘Nav Inquilab Jan Sampark Muhim’, to apprise people of the party’s activities and its agenda in the coming Punjab Assembly polls. The activists distributed pamphlets at village Kaloh in Mansa district, ‘exposing’ the alleged misleading policies of the ruling SAD-BJP combine. Giving details, district president of the Youth Congress Gurpreet Singh Vicky pointed out that the campaign started from Kaloh village in the district and had got a good public response. He further informed that eight families from the village had switched their loyalty from the SAD (B) to the Congress.

Medical camp:
A medical camp was organised at a local hospital here on Sunday. Dr TP Singh, DM Cardiology, Dr Amarjit Sahwney, a specialist in medicine formerly with Escorts Hospital, New Delhi, and Dr Parwinder Kaur, gynaecologist examined 150 patients for complications related to cardiology, hypertension, diabetes and gynaecology free of cost. Medicines were also distributed free of cost.

Gold chain snatched:
Two motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched a gold chain from Satwinder Kaur near a marriage palace at Satnampura on Saturday. The snatchers managed to flee after committing the crime. The police has registered a case.

NRI’s house burgled: A house of an NRI, Balihar Singh, was burgled at nearby Darveshpind village on Friday night. The burglars entered the house and took away gold ornaments weighing 25 tolas and Indian and foreign currency of more than Rs 1 lakh when the family members were away to Chintpurni Temple in Himachal Pradesh. The police has registered a case.

Passport adalat: Parneet Singh, Regional Passport Officer, Jalandhar, cleared 158 of the 222 applications lying pending with his office due to technical mistakes at a passport adalat here on Sunday. He assured the applicants of resolving their genuine complaints on priority. He advised the applicants not to make minor mistakes, which could hold back their passports.



Cancer Survivors’ Day:Cancer Survivors’ Day was observed on Saturday at Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh. Dance by cancer affected children changed the somber mood. Survivors staged a play “Pani Pani”, explaining the struggle of the patients to face the society and fight the disease. Prof Anupam Sachdev delivered a talk on stem cell transplant.

Over 400 donate blood:
Over 350 persons donated blood during a donation camp organised by members of the Vishvas Foundation along with shopkeepers of Shiva Market, Sector 9, here today. A team from the PGI, Chandigarh, conducted the camp. A free ambulance service for the tricity (helpline No. 9216333300) was also launched. Also, members of the Punjabi Sabha Arora Khatri, Pinjore, organised a camp with the help of the Red Cross Society at Pinjore today. At least 56 persons donated blood at the camp.



Minister’s guard held for eve-teasing:
A security guard deployed with a Minister of State was arrested on a charge of eve-teasing in Kathua district on Saturday night. A police officer said the Special Police Officer (SPO), Ashok Kumar,who was deployed at the house of Minister of State for Cooperatives Manohar Lal was caught by local residents when he allegedly teased a girl under the influence of liquor last night at Dongada village in the district. Though the police did not disclose the name of the complainant, it confirmed that the SPO was arrested after receiving the complaint.

80 patients checked at medical camp: A medical camp for cancer patients being organised by the Jammu Yatri Bhawan Trust was inaugurated by Devinder Singh Rana, adviser to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, here on Saturday. Padamshree Dr Ashok Vaid, chairman of Iconology and Haematology Cancer Institute Medanta (The Medicity),Gurgaon, checked 80 patients free of cost.This is the 12th free medical camp being organised by the Jammu Yatri Bhawan Trust and prominent doctors from Medanta (The Medicity), Gurgaon, have been providing consultation and check-up free of cost to persons suffering from various ailments.

Mirwaiz hails change in Egypt:
Welcoming the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, the chairman of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Sunday said it proved that the aspirations of the people could not be suppressed for long by the use of brute force. In a statement to the media, the Mirwaiz said:“We welcome the stepping down of Hosni Mubarak as the President of Egypt. It has proved that people's aspirations cannot be suppressed for long by the use of brute force.” He said history was full of examples of dictators and autocrats temporarily succeeding in "muzzling the voice of people, but ultimately bowing before the masses.” 


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