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: Dr Ravinder Singh Sandhu, Professor of Sociology, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been invited to a two-day international conference on "Countering urban segregation" to be held in Amsterdam (Netherlands) from October 14. The conference is being organised by Free University, Amesterdam.

DONATED: Ms Neera Sharma, headmistress of DAV International School, in a press note here on Tuesday, said Destitute India, an NGO, gave away Rs 19,800 to the school as education expenses of six students of Nav Prerna. This educational institute is being managed by the school for children of slum areas.

DHARNA: Employees of all branches of the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) held a dharna here on Tuesday. They were protesting against the merger of the Global Trust Bank (GTB) with the OBC and the status of "permanent" employees given to employees of the GTB.

ALLEGED: Mr Ved Parkash Tallewalia, president of the Kacha Ahratiya Association, in a press note here on Tuesday, alleged that the certain agencies were demanding "suvidha" money for ensuring smooth procurement of paddy. He said the matter had been brought to the notice of the SDM, Mr Jora Singh, but to no avail.

ANNOUNCED: The local Delhi Public School has announced introduction of medical and non-medical streams from the ninth class in the school. In a press note issued here on Monday, Ms Jyotsna Sobti, Principal, said a professional counsellor had been called to provide counselling to parents to check the intelligence and interest of their ward.

DISTANCE EDUCATION: Swami Vivekanand Girls College organised a function to inaugurate its newly started distance education courses, including PostGraduate diploma in journalism and mass communication here on Monday.

ARRESTED: Mr Narinder Bhargav, SSP, in a press note here on Tuesday, said the police arrested Pawan Kumar, owner of a kerosene depot, near Shahpur Chowk in Pathankot on the charges of selling kerosene in the black market. Prem Kumar, a resident of Nandpur Rara area, was also arrested in this connection.

HELD: Hem Raj, a resident of Khiala village, was arrested on the charge of attempt to rape here on Tuesday. He lured a minor girl when she was returning home from a shop. He took the girl to a field and tried to rape her. A case under Sections 376 and 511 of the IPC has been registered.

POPPY HUSK SEIZED: Balwinder Singh alias Binder, of Saholi and Sukhdev Singh, alias Sukha, of Barundi were arrested at Bhaini Baringa and 70.4 kg of poppy husk was seized from them. In another incident Sajjan Singh of Gagkala was arrested and 16 kg of narcotics were recovered from him. Cases have been registered.

LAHAN SEIZED: Ram Bahu Giri of Mura Hari in Bihar was arrested at Mallah and 20 kg of lahan was recovered from him. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

MODI’s REMARKS: The remarks made by Narinder Modi, Chief Minister Gujarat against Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, were condemned by members of the local Bar Association in its meeting held on Tuesday under the presidentship of Mr Avtar Singh Khaira. The bar members decided to abstain from work on Tuesday.

QUIZ CONTEST: The semi- final round of Inter-School Contest organised by a daily here was held at Guru nanak Public School , Sarabha Nagar here yesterday. GNPS won the contest and would now participate in the final round to be held on October 15 at GNPS auditorium .

PENSIONERS DEMAND: The Punjab Chief Minister’s announcement to enhance DA/DR of Punjab Employees and Pensioners from July 1will raise the quantam of DA/DR from 11per cent to 14 per cent. In a communication sent to the chief minister , the Pensioners’ Association has urged him to direct the finance department to issue the notification at the earliest.

OFFICE BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the SC/BC Employees Federation of the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation: president — Mr Gulzar Singh Begowal; general secretary — Mr Prem Singh Preet; senior vice-presidents — Mr Piara Singh, Malerkotla, and Mr Jagdev Singh Dhindsa; vice-presidents — Mr Jeet Singh Dhaliwal, Mr Nardeshwar Pandey, Mr Manjeet Singh, Ropar, and Mr Som Nath, Barnala; finance secretary — Mr Kapoor Singh Bamban; assistant finance secretary — Mr Balwant Singh Nandpur; press secretary — Mr Karamjit Singh; assistant press secretary — Mr Amarjeet Singh, Barnala; propaganda secretaries — Ms Mohan Singh, Chandigarh, and Mr Bharpur Singh, Barnala; joint secretaries — Mr Anil Kumar Dhiman and Mr Iqbal Singh, Malerkotla; chief adviser — Mr Amrik Singh, Chandigarh; adviser — Mr Harchand Singh Bhalla; and auditor — Mr Mohan Lal.

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Bar association: According to Mr Krishan Kumar, member, election committee, Mr Karamjit Singh Sohi was elected president of the association. He defeated Mr Zulafkar Ali (53 votes) by a difference of six votes. Mr Mohammad Ayaz (74 votes) was elected secretary by defeating Dilawar Singh Chahal (40 votes) and Mr Mohinder Paul Goyal become vice-president by defeating Mr Hira Lal Goyal.

COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED: Mr B.R. Banga, Deputy Commissioner, has constituted a four members committee headed by District Transport Officers Rajiv Prashar to solve the problems of students and private bus operators. In a press note here on Monday, Mr Banga said private bus operators had been directed to allow at least 10 students to travel in each bus. He added that private bus operators had also been warned the any body found negligent would be taken to task.

ORGANISED: The Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, in collaboration with the State Institute of Science and Technology and the District Education Department organised a lectures-cum-demonstrations at Government Senior Secondary Schools at Balachaur and Rahon on Monday and Tuesday. Mr Balihar Singh Bains, District Science Supervisor, Mr Sarwan Chand Bhutta, coordinator, district organisation committee, Dr Devinder Kumar and Mr Baldev Singh, among others, delivered lecturers on various topics.

MEDICAL CAMP: Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran in collaboration with the UK-based Heer family organised a free medical camp at Gurdwara Baba Hasan Dass at Dadiyal village near Saila Khurd. Sant Baba Labh Singh of Kila Anandgarh Sahib inaugurated the camp. A team of doctors from Guru Nanak Mission Hospital conducted the camp. As many as 1,317 patients were examined. Medicines were given free of cost.

WRITTEN TEST: The Punjab State Electricity Board will conduct a written test for the post of Sub-Station Attendant on October 24 at Patiala, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar. According to a press note, the board has dispatched roll numbers to all eligible candidates. However, those who have not received their roll number have been advised to contact the Secretary, Recruitment (Section-1), with the relevant documents.

WORKSHOP: A three-day career counselling commenced at Blossoms School here on Wednesday. The workshop, which will conclude on October 15 at the Central Library hall, is being conducted by Mr Amitabh Mohan from Human Learning Systems, Lucknow.

Research paper: Forensic expert Vikram Raj Singh Chauhan and Harbaksh Singh Mander, president and general secretary of the North-Zone Forensic Science Association, represented India at the eight Indo-Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. Mr Chauhan presented his research paper at the conference.

LECTURE: The Department of Biology of Government Mohindra College organised an extension lecture on “The soul — a biologist view” for students of BSc and add-on courses on Wednesday. The lecture was delivered by eminent scientist Prof I.S.Dua, Professor of Botany, Panjab University Chandigarh. Dr Dua talked about the origin of life and course of evolution by illustrating his lecture with computerised slides. OC

OPENED: Mr G.L. Albert, Regional Manager, Indo Burman Petroleum inaugurated a filling station at Ghamana village on Wednesday. 

MOURNED: A two-minute silence was observed here on Tuesday by the students and staff of the local Nankana Sahib Public School to mourn death of Babu Rajinder Nath Aggarwal, former senior president of the school, according to Ms Kuldeep Kaur, Principal of the school.

POWER SUPPLY: The power supply will remain suspended in the Samrala city on October 14 from 9 am to 4 pm for necessary repairs of 132 KV sub-station, Shamaspur, according to Mr Lajpat Rai, SDO, city, PSEB here on Tuesday. The areas which will be effected due to supply cut are Bondal Road, Khanna Road, and Kamal Colony.



DISCUSSION: A seminar on Tibet was organised by the Bharat-Tibet Sahyog Manch at SD Senior School on Wednesday. Talking to mediapersons, the patron of the manch, Mr Indresh Kumar, observed that China had never been a natural neighbour of India. “China has forcibly taken over Tibet and a large number of Tibetans have lost their lives ever since the Chinese occupation,” he said. He said India and Tibet had always shared friendly relations.

‘DISMISS MODI’: The Ambala cantonment MLA, Mr Anil Vij, on Wednesday demanded the dismissal of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Mr Vij said the President must sack Mr Modi as he had made unparliamentary remarks against the Sikh community. “It is a serious issue and appropriate action must be taken,” he said.

SEMINAR: A national seminar on “The role of marketing and communication in the present scenario” was held at MDSD Girls College, Ambala city, on Wednesday. Union Minister for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja was the chief guest. After the stone-laying ceremony of a girls’ hostel, Kumari Selja inaugurated the seminar. Mr Satish Kapoor, chairman, University Business School, Chandigarh, delivered the keynote address. More than 60 delegates from various states attended the seminar.

ROBBED: A resident of Kabri village received injuries when he was thrown in to a drain near his village by three unidentified robbers who tied his hands and legs. The robbers took away his Hero-Honda motor cycle (HR 06 G 4334) and Rs 4,200 in cash. The victim, Ram Rattan, was rescued by passersby.

ACCIDENT: Asad Ali, a resident of Malviya Nagar, Delhi, was killed and three others seriously injured when their Tata Estate vehicle rammed into a standing truck on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near Dharuhera. The Dharuhera police registered a case of rash and negligent driving under Sections 279C and 304-A of the IPC on Tuesday.

Padam (20) was injured when he was allegedly attacked by Manoj and Giriwar while he was going to purchase cement at Rai village, 13 k.m. from here, on Wednesday. The alleged assailants also snatched Rs 2,500 from him and escaped. No case has been registered so far in this connection.

Theft: Thieves reportedly broke into a shop at the bus stand of 20th milestone on the G.T. Road, about 15 k.m. from here, on Tuesday night and decamped with a photostat machine and an STD computer from it.



CAMP ON CLEFT LIP: A camp to correct the deformity among cleft lip children was inaugurated by the Chief Minister on Tuesday. It is being organised by Smile Operation Medical Mission, USA, at Dr Rajindra Prasad Medical College and Hospital. Mr G.S. Bali, Transport and Tourism Minister, said the five-day camp would be of immense help to people from poor families.

STUDENT PROTEST: Activists of the Students Federation of India staged a daylong dharna outside the District courts here on Tuesday in support of their demands and against the HP Government signing an MoU with Centre on fiscal reforms. The dharna was attended by students of the NIT and hailing from Manipur. The students raised anti-government slogans. They were led by Ashok Kumar and Joginder Kumar, president and secretary of the district unit of the SFI.

INJURED: Four persons, including three women sustained injuries when their car rolled down into a deep gorge near a hotel, 6 km from here, on the Kalka-Shimla highway, on Monday evening. The family was on its way to Hoshiarpur from Solan. The injured are Rohit Thakur, his mother Santosh and his sisters, Deepika and Sulekha. A case has been registered.

LOK ADALAT: As many as 24 industrial dispute cases were settled on the spot at a Lok Adalat here on Tuesday. The Bench was headed by Mr D.D. Sharma, presiding Judge of the Himachal Pradesh Industrial Tribunal-cum-Labour Court, Mr B.K. Sharma, Member Secretary of the State Legal Services Authority and Mr Bhupinder Chaudhary, a retired Session Judge.

ROBBERY BID: Unidentified persons broke upon the locks of the main entrance of the Punjab National Bank, Subathu, on Monday night. The incident was noticed by sweeper who reached the bank on Tuesday morning. 


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