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Punjab Briefs
As many as 100 bank managers, Block Development and Panchayat Officers (BDPOs), coordinators of the commercial banks and village level workers participated at the workshop held here on Saturday in the zila parishad complex to implement new scheme of self employment launched by the Union Government.

Open school:
A seminar on development and extension of open school education system organised by the Punjab School Education Board was held at MLM Senior Secondary School here on Saturday. The Minister of State for Cooperation and Sainik Welfare, Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon, and Dr Kehar Singh, Chairman of the PSEB addressed the gathering.

The police has arrested Mahinder Pal of Bhamlada village under Pathankot sub-division for selling diesel and mobil oil. According to Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, 440 litres of diesel and 40 litres of mobil oil were recovered from his possession. A case under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act was registered against the accused on Wednesday at Dhar Kalan police station.

Orders issued: Mr S.S. Sandhu, District Magistrate, in an order issued here on Friday has made wearing of helmets compulsory for drivers and pillion riders of two wheelers with immediate effect. The order will remain in force till September 17.

Total literacy scheme: The implementation of the total literacy scheme in the district is far from satisfactory. The scheme that was launched more than a year ago and had on its roll 56,736 persons in the age group of 5-35 years as against the total of 1.51 lakh persons surveyed by the literacy campaign committee. As many as 5096 literacy centres are operating in the region. Mr S.K. Sandhu, chairman of the committee, in a meeting held here on Thursday deputed Mr Hussan Lal, ADC, to supervise the functioning of the scheme and submit progress report to him on weekly basis.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Dugri Urban Estate Residents Welfare Society: president — Mr B.R. Kaushal; senior vice-president — Mr A.D. Sharma; vice-president — Mr H.S. Takkar and Lt Col H.L. Bhamb; joint secretary — Mr A.S. Sohal; general secretary — Mr K.N. Singh; and secretaries — Mr J.S. Jassal, Mr Romesh Bansal and Mr G.S. Tiwana.

Tirloki Nath Grover, resident of the local Friends colony, has been nominated as member of the Telephone Advisory Committee for the Punjab circle.

Member appointed:
The Punjab Government has decided to nominate president of the Gazetted School Officers Association, Punjab, as member of the academic council of the state. According to a press note of the association, the decision was taken at a meeting between the representative of the association and the Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board at Mohali.

Blood donation camp:
The local Lions Club in collaboration with the Blood Donors Council organised a camp here at BDC Bhavan on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr Ravi Manuja, chairman of the club. As many as 40 units of blood were collected.

Teachers of local Modi College and Khalsa College, Memorial College, Rajpura and Public College, Samana, held a dharna on Friday to protest against non-fulfilment of their demands. Representatives of the teachers flayed the government for its decision to reduce the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 58 years, whereas the UGC had recommended 62 as the age of retirement.

Backdate transfers: Mr Hari Singh Tohra, president, Punjab State Karamchari Dal, on Friday called for a ban on backdate transfers being done by the Punjab Government. In a press statement, he threatened to launch an agitation if the state government failed to honour the demands of the employees. He demanded bonus on the Central pattern, cash payment of DA instalment from January onwards and implementation of the anomaly committee report.

Appointed: Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia has appointed Dr Surinder Singh Khaira, Reader in the Department of Punjabi Development, as Director of the audio visual research centre.

Rally: Activists of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh on Friday held a rally in front of the Additional Labour Commissioner office to press the government to accept their demands. A memorandum of demands addressed to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was handed over to the Additional Labour Commissioner.

Shot dead:
Gurmej Kaur was shot dead by some unidentified persons at Meetpur village on Thursday. No arrest has been made in this case so far.

Flood control room: The local Administration on Thursday set up a flood control room to meet untoward situation. The SDM said that an alert has been sounded.

Three suspended:
The Deputy Director of Panchayats, Punjab has suspended Balbir Singh, sarpanch of Maksudra village and panches Sher Singh and Gurdev Singh.

Camp: A veterinary camp was organised at Rattipur village, 10 km from here, on Friday with the help of the State Bank of India, Machhiwara. The camp was inaugurated by Dr Amarjit Singh, Senior Veterinary Officer, of Samrala tehsil.

Bundh: The local SDM, Mr Baldev Singh and Tehsildar Hari Singh along with the officers of the Drainage Department inspected the Dhusi bundh on Sutlej, 15 km from here, on Thursday. The SDM said on Friday that there was no danger to the bundh and the life and property of the villagers residing near it.top

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Chandigarh Briefs
Rotary Club:
The Rotary Club will organise a function at Arya College for Women on Sunday, in which 26 children, adopted by the club, will be given free uniforms, clothes, books and notebooks. Major Som Dutt will be the chief guest.

Donated: Employees of the Kharar Primary Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank on Saturday donated their one day's salary for the benefit of families of Kargil martyrs.

Nominated: Mr Navdeep Singh Bitta has been nominated Organising Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress.top

Haryana briefs
Action demanded:
A deputation of the district unit of the Haryana Rajkiya Adhyapak sangh led by its district president Naveen Sharma met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr V. Raja Shekhar here on Saturday to get the grievances redressed. The union leaders demanded action against those who had stolen money from the scooters of three teachers last month.

Two injured:
Two persons were injured on Thursday night when the jeep collided head on with an auto rickshaw. Gurmail Singh, a government employee, and the driver Arun Kumar were admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh. The police has arrested the driver of the jeep.

Two arrested: The police on Friday arrested Krishan Gopal and Pawan Kumar for selling kerosene in black market. SHO Devinder Singh along with the tehsildar and the AFSO raided the premises and seized three diesel drums containing 511 litres of kerosene.top

Himachal Briefs
Bodies recovered:
Two unidentified decomposed bodies were recovered on Friday by the police from the Pong reservoir near Guler, 30 km from here.

Survey conducted:
National Environment Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, which is currently conducting a survey of damage caused by silt ejection from the open hydel channel of the Beas-Sutlej link project to the Balh valley on the banks of the Suketi, a tributary of the Beas. In its preliminary report released here on Thursday the institute observed that the silt spread over the valley had reduced the fertility of the land causing loss to farmers. The institute also directed the Bhakra and Beas Management Board to take up immediate remedial measures.

Annual results:
Resentment prevail amongst the students of BA part III of the local Arya Girls College due to non-receipt of their annual results declared by the university on June 30. It is reported that the answersheets of the English paper were lost in transit. Due to which the university had put all candidates in the result-late category.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Non-teaching Employees Union: president — Mr Sohan Singh Thakur; vice-president — Mr Devi Ram Verma; general secretary — Mr L.S. Guleria; joint secretary — Mr Deep Kumar Dutta; organising secretary — Mr Rakesh Sharma and finance secretary — Mr Ramesh Sharma.

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