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Intervention sought
: Mr Rajeev Kumaria, principal, PBN Senior Secondary School, has sought the help of Punjab Human Rights Commission in discharging his official duties in the school. It is alleged that some staff members in connivance with the previous management were physically preventing the principal from entering the school premises. 

Training programme
: A farmer-training programme was organised by National Fertilizers Limited, Amritsar, and Punjab Agriculture University, Gurdaspur, here on Saturday. Dr B.D. Sharma, a technical expert from PAU, Gurdaspur, highlighted the latest techniques for profitable and sustainable growth of agriculture. 

Poppy husk seized
: The police on Saturday seized 10 bags of poppy husk and 10 bags of contraband goods from the cremation ground at Dhogri village. In another incident, the police seized five bags of poppy husk from the house of an alleged smuggler, Satta, a resident of Kabulpur village. Cases have been registered. 

Two hurt in clash: Rajbir Singh, owner of a rickshaw making unit and his friend, Dalbir Singh, an NRI, were injured in an attack by a group of armed youth in Abadpura locality on Friday. Both of them were taken to the local civil hospital. A case has been registered. 

School mela: Thousands of devotees participated in the annual Sodal mela which, officially, began on Saturday. Nearly 1500 infants, along with their parents sought the blessings of Sri Sidh Baba Sodal. A ‘havan yajna’ was organised and a ‘satsang bhawan’ was inaugurated on Friday. 

: A meeting of various religious organisations was held at Circuit House here on Sunday. It was attended by heads of these organisations. The delegates decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Pt Philori Ram, writer of aarti “Om Jai Jagdish Hare......”, on September 30 at Green Land Public Senior Secondary School. The meeting was attended by HouseFed Chairman K.K. Bawa, Jeewan Dhawan, Jagdish Bajaj, Pt Baldev and others.

Exhibition: Aas Kiran, a drug de-addiction centre run by the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, will organise a science exhibition at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, on Monday. The aim of the exhibition is to make students aware of drug addiction and its harmful effect. The circle wants to motivate students to stay away from drugs. Dr Pushpinder Singh and Sarvir Singh of the Social and Health Department, GGSSC, said the exhibition would depict the ill-effects of drugs. Project director Gurpinder Singh said the GGSSC would hold such exhibitions in future as well.

Meeting: The Tarksheel Society, Punjab, held a meeting of its Ludhiana zone under its president Harbhajan Singh here on Sunday. Jaswant Zirakh, press secretary, said members expressed concern over the increasing number of fake sadhus, tantriks, and astrologers in the city. The society members felt that innocent people were getting caught in the web of these tantriks who led them astray and caused financial loss. The society members said they would send a deputation to the Deputy Commissioner to remove these sadhus from roadsides. A unit of the society would also go to schools and educate students on developing scientific temper. 

Vanamahotsava: NSS volunteers of Guru Nanak Girls College planted saplings to celebrate vana mahotsava. here on Saturday. Principal Charanjit Mahal inaugurated the campaign by planting saplings of fruit trees and shady trees on the college campus. While laying stress on environment education, she said maximum damage had been caused to the atmosphere with the felling of trees which had led to global warning. She advised students to overcome it by planting more trees.

Hindi Divas
: The Hindi Literary Society of BLM Girls College organised poetry recitation, declamation and essay-writing competition for students during the Hindi Divas celebration in the college premises on Saturday. As many as 58 students participated in different competitions. 

Chain snatcher held
: Amarjit, a resident of Sandhwa village, in Nawanshahr district, was arrested by the local police when he was trying to snatch a chain from a woman, Arvinder Kaur, on the Banga road here on Sunday. He was overpowered by the passersby and handed him over to the police. A case has been registered. 

Mahila Cong gen secy: Mrs Balbir Kaur Sodhi of Phagwara has been appointed state General Secretary of Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress by Mrs Gurkanwal Kaur, president, Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress.

Three held: Acting on a tip-off, the Phagwara police arrested three persons under the Gambling Act on Saturday near Dhak Pandori village. The youths were identified as Darshan Ram, Gurdip Ram and Balbir Chandu. 



Sood Sabha: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sood Sabha: president — Mr Kulwant Rai Sood; senior vice-president — Mr Sham Lal Sood; vice-presidents — Mr Kuldeep Rai Sood, Mr Shashi Bhushan Sood and Mr Kapil Goel; general secretary — Ms Shama Sood; public relations secretary — Mr Raj Kumar Maria; secretary — Mr Sudershan Sood and joint secretaries — Mr Rajinder Sood and Mr Vikram Sood.

QUIZ CONTEST: The Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes organised a quiz contest on the life of Swami Vivekanand at its corporate office in Sector 20 here on Saturday. Students from Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology, Swami Vivekanand College of Pharmacy, Swami Vivekanand College of Education, Swami Vivekanand Institute of Mass Communication and Swami Vivekanand Institute of Hospitality participated on the contest. 

PLACEMENT DRIVE: The placement cell of the Government College of Girls, Sector 11, here organised a placement drive in the college campus. IBM Company is providing jobs to graduates in customer services of IT Park. About 1,200 students of the BA, B.Sc and B.Com., who graduated from the college in 2005, were invited for the interview.


Cases settled
: As many as 41 petty criminal cases were settled by mutual consent in the 96th Lok Adalat held at Jind, Narwana and Safidon on Saturday.

One dies in mishap
: Zile Singh, driver of a canter, was killed on the spot when his vehicle collided with a truck near Tau Devi Lal Thermal Plant on Saturday. The driver of the truck was allegedly under the influence of liquor and has been arrested.

Suicide: A 19-year-old boy, Sukhdev Singh, allegedly committed suicide after consuming some poisonous substance on Saturday. A case has been registered.



Two acquitted
: District and Sessions Judge S.K. Chaudhary acquitted Parwesh and Manoj, residents of Bilaspur, from the charge of murder of Vishal Panwar in 2002.

Workshop held
: Teachers from 20 schools in Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur districts participated in a workshop held in SD Sharma DAV School on Saturday.

: The following have been elected office-bearers of the H.P. Forest Department Ministerial Employees Association: president — Mr Nripjeet Singh Thakur; senior vice-president — Mr Ajay Sharma; general secretary - Mr Parveen Kumar; finance secretary — Mr Pardeep Thakur; and vice-presidents — Mr Rajeev Sharma, Mr Roshan Bharti, Mr R.B. Sharma and Mr Sunil Dev.


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