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Supplementary exams:
The supplementary examinations of two-year course of Sikh Religion Research Paper (Correspondence), being run by Dharam Prachar Committee (DPC) of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, will be held on September 11-12. Dr Jasbir Singh Sabar, Director, correspondence course, informing this said the decision had been taken by the DPC in order to save the precious year of the students of 2009 batch who could not give their annual examination in January this year due to some unavoidable reasons. The students could sit in supplementary exams by submitting Rs 100 fee. Dr Sabar said examination centres for students of Punjab and other states have been set up at Bhai Gurdas Hall while examination centre for the students belonging to Rajasthan has been set up at Sri Ganga Nagar.

Reject dera culture: Dal Khalsa: The Dal Khalsa has urged the Sikhs to defeat the designs of all sects, which were propagating the concept of “living gurus” as it was against the Sikh faith and tenets. The party leaders Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib, Dr Manjinder Singh and Kanwarpal Singh in a joint press release issued here today said Guru Gobind Singh passed guruship to Guru Granth Sahib in 1708. The followers of certain sects were, however violating the directives of Guru Gobind Singh by practicing the concept of "living guru" till date.

Office-bearers elected: Following have been selected as office bearers of the Diploma Engineers Association Sub-Urban Circle Amritsar of the Punjab State Power and Transmission Corporation Limited. Bhupinder Singh Walia (President), Palwinder Kumar (Senior Vice-President), Gurinder Singh Dhaliwal (Vice-President), Harjit Singh (General Secretary), Sukhdev Singh (Finance Secretary), Parvinderjjit Singh Singh and Palwinder Paul Singh (Organising Secretaries).

Leh tragedy
: Gymkhana Club donates Rs 5 lakh: In the wake of the Leh tragedy, the office-bearers and members of the Jalandhar Gymkhana Club have donated Rs 5 lakh to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund through club president S.R. Ladhar. Earlier, Saroj Ladhar, president, Gymkhana Lady Club, also donated Rs 1 lakh for the same purpose.

Seminar by Eye Donation Association: The Eye Donation Association, Jalandhar, has decided to organise a seminar on September 1. Association president S.P. Singh said the seminar would be aimed at motivating people to donate eyes. He said the seminar would be presided over by Additional Deputy Commissioner Gurprit Singh Kahira. He said Civil Surgeon Dr S.K. Gupta, Lt-Col Manmohan Singh, deputy director, Punarjot Eye Bank, and Prof Bahadur Singh from the Eye Donation Association would be special guests on the occasion.

DTO appointed returning officer: In his orders, DC, Jalandhar, Priyank Bharti appointed District Transport Officer Babita Kaler as returning officer of Jalandhar city for the upcoming SGPC elections. He also said work pertaining to the rectification of voters’ lists would be done from August 31 to December 13. He further added that objections in regard to lists would be cleared from September 6 to September 30. He said seven officers had been appointed as the receiving authority for Jalandhar city.

English workbook: The faculty of Lovely Professional University has come up with a new methodology to improve the communication skills of the students in English language. All the new students on the campus were asked to appear for an online diagnostic test in the language on the basis of which they have been identified and classified as per their levels of ability. On the basis of the test, the students have been grouped in three categories. Further, the staff from the English department has designed and developed books and study material so as to help them understand the language well, speak faster, more natural, with good pronunciation. The work-books have been designed keeping in view the level of the students. It has been made mandatory for each student to have these work-books.

Janmashtami shobha yatra held:
A shobha yatra was organised in connection with Krishna Janmashtami in the town this afternoon. The yatra, which originated from the Shri Moni Baba Mandir, was welcomed by citizens at several places. Several langars were arranged by citizens at different places. Jhankis related with the life of Lord Krishna were displayed in the shobha yatra. The Shri Sindooran Devi Temple, which is open only for women and managed by women, would be thrown open for male devotees on Janmashtami so that they could also pay their obeisances tomorrow.



Drivers to get more
: The government on Tuesday announced to give a salary of Rs 10,000 per month to drivers and Rs 8,000 per month to conductors of the state roadways with effect from June 1, 2010. An official spokesman said here that the arrears of the revised salary from June 1 to August 31 would be paid in September. The revised salaries would be admissible for the first three years of service.



Pension benefits extended:
The Jammu and Kashmir Government today decided to reduce the number of years in service to qualify for full pensionary benefits from 30 to 28 so that more employees can get the benefit. The decision taken at a Cabinet meeting will benefit over 50,000 employees, an official spokesman said. Earlier, employees with 30 years' service were entitled to benefits.


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