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A seminar on Enhancement of performance of teachers was held on Wednesday at the Amrit Model School here. Educationist K.C. Kalra inaugurated the function. Key speaker Rakesh Sehgal discussed ways and techniques to make teaching more interesting and result oriented. Speakers on teaching skills included Anil Kumar, Amit Kumar, Daljit Kaur, Sunit Kalra, Uma Devi, Anuj Verma and Shyamli Kalra. They exhorted the teachers to update their knowledge to keep pace with new research and techniques.

Govt’s resolution hailed
: Littérateurs have welcomed state government’s resolution in which Punjabi subject has been made compulsory till class-X in the all schools of Punjab. Ajitinder Singh Moffer, Sardoolgarh MLA, had raised this issue in the Vidhan Sabha after that a resolution was passed by the Assembly for the promotion of the language. Professor Achru Singh said that the decision should be fully implemented. Jagrtar Singh Joga, a lecturer at Nehru Memorial College, Mansa said that countries, which had identified the importance of mother tongue, had progressed. Punjabi language teacher Gurpreet also welcomed the decision. Vajinderjeet Kaur, a teacher termed the decision as a result of efforts of Punjabi lovers. District secretary of CPI, Mansa Butta Singh and district secretary CPI (ML) Bhagwant Singh have also welcomed this decision. Meanwhile, district youth Congress at a meeting hailed the efforts made by Ajitinder Singh Moffer for raising the issue.

Govt for increasing dolphin number
: The state government is taking steps for increasing the number of dolphins at the Harike wetland, and promote it as an eco tourism centre. This was stated by Balbir Singh, DFO, Ferozepur range, who was here for a workshop by the Forest and Wildlife Preservation Department.

‘Fill posts of teachers’: The Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union on Thursday urged the government to allow the aided schools to fill vacant posts of teachers.

Tohra’s death anniversary: The SAD has decided to organise a function to mark the death anniversary of late Akali Dal leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra at his native village on March 30. A meeting chaired by SAD president Sukhbir Badal has constituted a 13-member committee in this regard.

Kisan mela
: The PAU, Ludhiana, has introduced six-year degree courses in bachelor of science (agriculture) and bachelor of science (home science) from this academic session for matriculate students. Manjit Singh Kang, VC, stated this at a kisan mela organised by the PAU at its regional research centre here recently. Meanwhile, chief guest agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langha failed to turn up and Hardial Singh Gaznipur, member of the board of the PAU management, was made the chief guest.

Scholar dead
: Harkirat Singh Randhawa, life fellow in the Department of Linguistics, Punjabi University, Patiala died today after a brief illness. Cremation will be tomorrow at 4 pm at Vir Dasaundhi Ram Cremation Grounds, Patiala. He was a relative of SDM Nabha, Balraj Singh Sekhon.

Mishap hits trains’ schedule
: Schedule of three major trains was affected when a Jeep turned turtle on the railway track near Chakki Bank railway station here on Wednesday. The vehicle was loaded with electronics goods. A case has been registered against the driver of the vehicle.

Lok adalat
: The quarterly lok adalat at Patiala, Rajpura, Nabha and Samana will be held on March 29 as per directions of Justice Mehtab Singh Gill, judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-executive chairman of Punjab Legal Services, Authority, Chandigarh. A meeting of Legal Services Authority was also held in which 106 cases got approved.

1 booked for cyber crime
: On a complaint of a local income tax lawyer, Akhil Bansal, the local police has registered a case against an unknown person for creating a profile on www.orkut.com allegedly with an aim to defame him and put him in a critical situation. Bansal said when he brought the matter to the notice of the Sangrur SSP, the creator of the profile removed the same from the website.

Up honorarium: Nambardars: Members of the Punjab Nambardara Union on Wednesday urged the Badal government to raise their monthly honorarium from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000. They also demanded separate room in every district and sub-divisional headquarter for nambardars. These demands were made by the nambardars at a function organised in memory of founder of the union of nambardars Sarup Singh here.

Interest-free education loans: The district unit of the Lok Bhalai Party has asked the government and the nationalised banks to provide interest-free education loans to the students seeking higher education in country and abroad. The party also asked the banks to set up separate education loan cells. These demands were made by the district unit of the party at a meeting held here on Thursday.

Transporters warn govt: Resentment prevails among truck operators and labour contractors against the state government over the proposed meager increase in the transportation charges and labour charges for transporting wheat in the current procurement season. In a press note issued here on Thursday leaders of truck operator unions and labour unions have threatened to stop the work throughout the state if it was not enhanced.

Labourer dies in mishap: A labourer, Bhola Singh (47) of Jhanerri village, 15 km from Sangrur, was killed when he was hit by a Tata Sumo while going on a motorcycle on the DC residence road. He fell on the road and was run over by a truck. He died on the spot. A case had been registered against driver of the Tata Sumo Balkar Singh of Mehlan village.

Tarn Taran
Woman, son drown
: An unidentified woman, aged around 25, along with her three-year-old son, were drowned in the Darbar Sahib sarowar here Thursday.The bodies have been sent for post-mortem at the local Civil Hospital. The mishap took place when the woman was bathing her son on a step of the sarowar when he slipped and fell.



Result: Result of middle standard examinations of UT schools will be declared on March 31. According to S.K. Setia DPI (S), about 12,500 students appeared in the exams, conducted by the UT education department last month.

Gurmat Samagam
: The four-day annual Gurmat Samagam commenced at Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Hospital at Sohana on Thursday. An Istri Satsang Samelan was organised in which various Sikh women organisations from various parts of the state participated. Chairman of the trust Bhai Devinder Singh Khalsa Khannewale also performed kirtan. Women socialists raised their voice to curb female foeticide.

Inaugurated: D.S. Kalha, principal secretary, finance, inaugurated two dental chairs and units at the civil hospital, SAS Nagar on Thursday. Dr Roshan Sunkaria, secretary, health and family welfare, Punjab-cum-managing director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, was also present. Kalha took a round of the hospital and also visited the recently installed sophisticated c-arm unit at the operation theatre.



Run over
: Paramjeet Kaur of Kakru village was run over by a train while crossing the  rail track in Ambala city on Thursday morning. According to information, Paramjeet was coming from the court side along with her daughter. When she reached the rail track, a  robber snatched her purse and fled. She ran after him but was hit by a train coming from Ambala Cantonment side. She died on the spot. The railway police sent her body to the local civil hospital for post mortem.

Triplets born: Satnam Kaur, a resident of Alampur village, gave birth to triplets - two females and a male - in a private nursing home on Wednesday. According to hospital sources, the children and their mother are in good health. Each child weighed around 1.80 kg.

Chaudhary nominated
: Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Raghubir Singh Kadian has nominated A.C. Chaudhary, technical education minister, as a member to serve on the committee of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha on Yamuna water accords in the vacancy caused due to disqualification of membership of former MLA Bhajan Lal.

Koser’s death mourned: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has expressed shock and grief over the sad demise of M.L. Koser, an exponent of Indian dance and a veteran journalist, here on Thursday. In a condolence message, the Chief Minister said Koser was not only a great exponent of Indian dance but also a brilliant scholar of classical literature. A recipient of many awards, Hooda said Koser was also founder-secretary of Pracheen Kala Kendra.

Non-official members: The Haryana government has nominated 16 persons as non-official members of the district public relations and grievances committees of seven districts. While stating this here on Thursday, an official spokesman said these members had been nominated as non-official members of district public relations and grievances committees in Kaithal, Faridabad, Mohindergarh, Sonepat, Hisar, Panipat and Mewat districts.

Blood donation camp
: Justice Vijender Jain, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, will inaugurate a blood donation camp and Bar library at Bar room of the district Bar complex here on March 29. N.K. Singhal, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kurukshetra, on Thursday said Jain would also render aid and assistance to physically challenged persons and self-help groups at a function which was being organised by the district Rural Development Agency and the Indian Red Cross Society on the premises of Ayurvedic College here on the same day.

Two arrested
: The police arrested two persons, Shahid Khan of Mewat district and his accomplice Unna of the Taoru area of Gurgaon district, and foiled their bid to steal away iron pipes of water supply line worth lakhs of rupees from Shanti Nagar Colony here on Wednesday. However, another accomplice Kapil Kumar managed to flee. The accused were loading pipes into a four-wheeler when the police reached the spot. A case has been registered.

Enhancement of salaries
: The Haryana Civil Medical Services Association has welcomed the announcement of enhancement of salaries of government doctors in the state by Haryana Chief Minister in the state assembly on Wednesday. Dr Vijay Kumar Dahiya, a medical officer and general-secretary of the association, said the announcement of better pay scales of doctors had reposed the faith of the doctor community in the system.



HPSEB staff protest
: The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) employees union held a Dharna on Wednesday before the SE office at Anu to protest against the trifurcation of the state electricity board and other demands. Union president Kuleep Singh and general secretary Deep Chand said the union opposed the move of trifurcation since the experiences of other states of such exercise were not good. They said this process would curtail the social protection given to the employees and it would also affect the payment of pensions to about 10,000 employees.

Body found: The police has recovered the decomposed dead body of a person from the forest near Anu on Wednesday. Hamirpur SP Asif Jalal said the body is yet to be identified and is most probably of a labourer in his 30s. The person is wearing a red shirt and blue jeans and bore a strap on his wrist on which Govind is inscribed. A bottle containing poisonous substance was also recovered from near the dead body.

Delegation meets minister
: The Kullu District Horticulture Extension Officers Association called on horticulture minister Narender Bragta at Bajoura. The delegation was headed by association president Kamlesh Sharma. Kamlesh said a charter of demands was submitted to the minister. The delegation told the minister that some horticulture extension officers had been continuing on the post for 25-30 years. The minister reportedly assured the delegation that their demands would be sympathetically looked into.

Dharna organised
: Thousands of aganwari workers and helpers staged a dharna in front of the state assembly in support of their demands, here on Thursday. The agitators assembled at the Panchayat Bhawan and march to the Vidhan Sabha in a procession. Their main demand included hike in emoluments of anganwari workers to Rs 4,000 per month and that of anganwari helpers to Rs 2,000 per month. They are also demanding that they should be treated on par with government employees.

Journalists’ body formed
: The following have been unanimously elected office-bearers of the Solan District Journalists Association here on Thursday. chief patron- Narender Sharma, Hindustan Times; patron - Mukesh Kumar, Divya Himachal; president- Gian Suman , Divya Himachal; senior vice-president-Ambika Sharma The Tribune; vice- president-Naresh Pal, Punjab Kesari; vice-president- L. D. Sharma Doordarshan Samachar; general secretary-Ravinder Pawar, Ajit Samachar; organising secretary- Ashok Kediyal, Amar Ujala; treasurer- Hemant Attri, Divya Himachal; press secretary-Yash Pal Kapoor, Daink Bhaskar and coordinator - Pankaj Sood News Times.



Cable operator murdered
: A cable operator, Harvinder Singh, was stabbed to death on Thursday. Harvinder was allegedly abducted by one Lucky Kumar in Kullian area of the R.S. Pura tehsil. Lucky took Harvinder to the fields and allegedly stabbed him to death, chopping off his legs and arms. The police has recovered the body and registered a case. Accused Lucky is absconding.

Cocoon production
: In order to further boost the centuries old silk trade in the Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities are organising camps where farmers and cocoon rearers are being told about the latest scientific methods of feeding the silk worms. Official sources said an awareness camp of the Central Silk Board was also held at Bandipora in north Kashmir. methods for feeding silk worms. Meanwhile, about 21,500 kg of cocoon production worth Rs 14 lakh was recorded in Bandipora district during this fiscal which had generated employment for 625 cocoon rearers.

Two injured: Two persons were injured, while a house was gutted in the Kashmir valley overnight. A vehicle hit Mudasir Ahmad Dar, resident of Gasoo, at Zakoora crossing while another person was injured after a Tata Sumo hit a three-wheeler at Pazalpora on the Srinagar- Jammu national highway. Both the injured were hospitalised. Meanwhile, a house was gutted in a fire at Awneera, Shopian on Wednesday.


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