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Punjab Briefs
The Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr Harbhajan Singh Soch, has appointed Dr Jaswir Singh, as Head of the Electronics Technology Department of the university in place of Prof I.S. Hudiara, for a period of three years.

ENT camp: An ENT check-up camp will be held at St Joseph Dispensary, Dalhousie, on October 2 and 3. Dr A.L. Adlakha, ENT surgeon, will examine the patients and perform operations.

In the wake of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directive, all encroachments in the town would be removed with effect from September 20. This was stated by Mr Rahul Bhandari, SDM, here on Friday. He said the residents and traders in the town had been requested to voluntarily remove encroachments by September 19, failing which the civil administration would remove these encroachments.

Lok adalat:
As many as 24 cases out of 30 were decided on the spot at a state-level Lok Adalat held in the Labour Court Complex here on Friday. Mr H.S. Bhalla, District and Sessions Judge, who presided over the adalat said over Rs 3 lakh had been paid as compensation to the parties whose cases were settled.

Road accident:
An unidentified youth aged about 25 years and a woman (55) were killed in a road accident on Friday on the Fazilka-Abohar road near Rampura village 3 km from here. Their scooter was hit by a rehra. The woman died on the spot while the man succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital. The driver of the rehra escaped and leaving his vehicle behind.

Members of the Tubewell Corporation Employees Welfare Union and the PSTC Workers Union jointly staged a dharna against the PSTC authorities for not paying the salary for August to the employees of the corporation. Mr Sohan Singh Bhuno, General Secretary of the PSTC Workers Union, stated here on Friday that the entire office and field work would remain suspended till the release of salary.

Campaign: The District Employment Exchange would launch a special campaign in the district to provide vocational guidance to students of Plus 1 and Plus 2 classes from October 22 to 24. This was disclosed by Mrs K. Gupta, District Employment Officer, here on Friday. She said guidance regarding job-oriented courses would be provided in senior secondary schools of the district.

Prize distribution:
A prize distribution function was held at the Guru Nanak College of Nursing Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr) on Saturday. Eleven meritorious students of the college were honoured on the occasion. Mr Budh Singh Dhahan, president of the Guru Nanak Mission Educational and Medical Trust, presided over the function and gave away the prizes.

Resentment: Dr H.S Gupta, Regional Secretary of the PCMSA has resented the decision of the state government to empower the village panchayats to press a monthly resolution certifying regularity and punctuality of doctors and paramedical staff posted in their respective areas. In a press note issued here on Saturday. Dr Gupta said the PCMSA would not allow the state government to implement decisions which lowered the prestige of doctors.

Urged: The district unit of the PWD (B and R) Employees Union while welcome the decision of the government to establish the Divisional Office here has urged the authorities concerned to immediately confer the drawing and disbursing power to the Executive Engineer to make the office fully operational. The union has also urged the government to transfer the work of construction of roads in the Balachaur subdivision to the Divisional Office (B and R).

Play staged:
The Department of Theatre and Television, Punjabi University, here staged a play "Banda Bahadar" on the campus last week. Adapted from a Gurdayal Singh Phul's plays, it was directed by Dr Yogesh Gambir of the department.

National language:
Dr Ramesh Kuntal Mogh, noted Hindu scholar and former professor and head of the Hindi Department, GNDU Amritsar, addressed a gathering at the local Kamla Nehru College for Women on Friday. He said the 'rashtraiya' (Hindi) and matri (Punjabi) bhashas, were not opposed or competitive but were compatible and complementary.

Saplings planted:
As many as 100 saplings were planted in the bank complex and nearby areas here on Friday by the State Bank of Patiala (branch near Red Cross Bhavan). According to Mr R.C. Chaudhary, Manager of the branch, the bank along with the Health Care Society, Chandigarh, also organised a free medical check-up camp at Gurdwara Tibbi Sahib near headworks here on Friday. More than 150 persons were examined at the camp.

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Chandigarh Briefs
Vedic mathematics: Students of classes VIII to XI in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 29, were taught Vedic mathematics by Ms V. Nagarani, a chemical engineer from IIT, Kharagpur, on Friday. She emphasised on the importance of writing the 'Gayatri Mantra'.

The Municipal Commissioner, Ms Ujjala Bakshi, resigned on Friday. She said she had taken this step in protest against the 'step-motherly treatment' meted out to her ward by the President of the Municipal Committee, Ms Mohini Nanda.

A lecture by Pawan K. Varma, an Indian author, on 'Challenges Before the Elite and the Middle Class at the Turn of the Millennium' will be organised at the English Auditorium in Punjab University campus at 5.30 p.m. on Sunday.

Seminar: The Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, will conduct a seminar on glaucoma in lecture theatre 3 in the hospital building on Sunday.

Workshop: The Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi will organise a four-day workshop in mask-making at the Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, from Thursday. It will be co-ordinated by Zoya K. Reikhy.

Vaccination camp:
The charitable dispensary of the gurdwara in Phase II will organise a subsidised hepatitis-B vaccination camp at the gurdwara on Sunday. It will be conducted by Dr I.J.S. Bhatia.

  Haryana briefs
Murdered :
Lala Ram (21) a resident of Shiv Colony in Ballabhgarh, was murdered allegedly by his relatives and his body was buried in the fields in Kureshipur village last week. According to a report lodged by Natthi Singh, father of the deceased with Ballabhgarh Sadar Police, his son, Lala Ram, had gone to visit his maternal uncle, in Kureshipur village on September 9. When he did not return his father got suspicious and on searching the area around the village his body was found buried in the fields. The body has been sent for post-mortem.

The office-bearers of the local Maal Godam Road Welfare Association on Friday started an indefinite dharna and blocked traffic on the road in protest against the "insanitary" conditions and blocked sewerage. Mr Rakesh Gugnani, a spokesman of the association, said the unhygienic conditions were a serious health hazard for the residents of the area. He alleged that delegations of the association had met the authorities several times in this connection but without any effect.

Suicide bid: A woman lost her two sons when she reportedly attempted suicide by jumping into a water tank along with her sons at Dubaldhan village on Friday. She had attempted to commit suicide due to family disputes. She was saved while the two boys died in the incident.

Man robbed: Three unidentified youths snatched Rs 40,000 from an employee of a petrol station at Kalanaur town on Thursday. According to the police the employee, Man Bahadur, had been working at Pilania Service Station at Kherdi crossing, about 15 km from here, on the Rohtak-Bhiwani road and was going to deposit the amount in bank at about 10.30 a.m. when the youths snatched the bag containing the money from the employee and escaped. The police has booked a case under Section 556 of the IPC.

Mr Pushpender Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, sentenced Chunni Lal, resident of Kotli village to one year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 800 on him for molesting a woman, Amro Devi at the village on May 30.

Case solved:
With the arrest of three persons, including two brothers, the CIA staff claimed on Friday to have solved a case of theft of a Tata Sumo (No DL-1 CE/3778) on the GT road near Murthal on the intervening night of July 18 and 19. The SSP, Mr K.Selvraj, told mediapersons here that the arrested persons had been identified as Gagan Inder Singh, Daman Inder Singh and Chanpreet Singh, all residents of Bunar village in Patiala district. Their fourth accomplice Jasvinder Singh, alias Maru Singh, is still at large.

  Himachal Briefs
One killed:
One person was killed and four others were injured seriously in two different road accidents in the district during the last 24 hours. According to the police, Rattan Chand died when his car rammed into a tree at Chatroo on Friday. He was shifted to Zonal Hospital Dharamsala in a critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries. In another incident, four persons were injured seriously when the car in which they were travelling collided with a Punjab Roadways bus at Samloti near here on Friday.

Conscience vote:
The Himachal Pradesh Government Employees Confederation has called upon the employees to vote according to their conscience in the Lok Sabha poll, on September 27. Mr Subash Sharma, President of the Confederation, in a press conference here on Friday, clarified that the confederation was a non-political organisation and it did not require advice from any mediator. He said it was unfortunate that some politicians had been trying to drag the employees in the active politics.

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