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Relief material
: Four trucks carrying relief material for the victims of earthquake in Muzaffarabad from Haryana crossed over to Pakistan through the Wagah Joint Check Post on Thursday. The relief material was taken to Pakistan under the leadership of Mr Ajay Chautala, Member of Parliament.

14 arrested
: Dr Jatindra Jain, SSP, said here on Thursday that the police had arrested 14 persons while gambling at a public place. A sum of Rs 31, 000 was seized. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered.

Divali mela
: The Rotary Club will organise its 11th Divali mela at Government High School (Boys) on October 30. Mr J. S. Sagoo, president of the club, said the earnings of the mela would be spent on organisation of a free medical camp for downtrodden people and uniforms, woollen clothes and books would be given to poor students of the region. Mr Anil Bansal is the project chairman of the mela.

Dharna staged
: Activists of the Punjab Kishan Sabha, Mukerian subdivision unit of Hoshiarpur district, led by Mr Santokh Singh Dhanola, president of the unit and Mr Baldev Singh Cheema Pota staged dharna in front of the Talwara Police Station, 80 km from here, on Thursday. They were protesting against the implication of their three members and residents of the area, in false cases. They were demanding withdrawal of cases.

Action sought: Principal Ram Singh, chief organiser of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, has criticised Tushar Publication, publisher of “Bhasha Manjri” in which distorted Sikh history was presented and baseless happenings claimed about the life of Guru Gobind Singh. He said religious sentiments of the Sikh community were hurt. He demanded action against the publisher.



Blood donation: The Himachal Pradesh Union organised the IVth Captain Vikram Batra PVC Blood Donation Camp at Student Centre of Panjab University on Friday. Vishal Batra, younger brother of the late captain Vikram Batra, inaugurated the camp. As many as 153 units of blood were donated.

Awareness camp: A UGC NET awareness camp will be organised on Sunday by the Aryans Educational and Charitable Trust at Student Centre, Panjab University. UGC NET aspirants will be getting forms and other information free of cost. An official team of the university will also remain available during the camp to accept the duly filled forms on the spot. The exam is slated to be conducted on December 31. The last date for submission of forms is November 7.

Office-bearers: A meeting of the General Body of Indian Institute of Public Administration (regional branch for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh) was held at the Department of Public Administration, Panjab University wherein following office-bearers were elected unanimously: chairman — Mr B.S. Ojha; vice-chairman — Mr D.V. Bhatia; honorary secretary — Prof B.S. Ghuman; and honorary treasurer — Prof B.B. Goel.

Competition: The annual K. J. Khosla Memorial Competition was held at Bhavan Vidyalaya on Friday. As many as 11 teams, comprising six students each, from various schools of the city participated in the folk dance competition.

Workshop: A workshop for English teachers of the city was held at DAV Model School, Sector 15, on Friday. Nearly 40 teachers from various schools attended the workshop. The workshop is a part of series of refresher courses being organised at DAV School.

Purse snatched
: A purse was snatched from two women going to the market in a rickshaw. It is learnt that Sudershan and Monila, both residents of Phase III B 2, were going to the market in a rickshaw when two youths approached them on a scooter and snatched the purse. The purse contained some cash, a mobile phone and gold ornaments.



Last date
: Mr Rajiv Kumar Raheja, Development Officer, ICFAI University on Friday said October 31 is the last date for admission to distance learning programmes. Mr Raheja said that admissions to MCA and Post-graduate Diploma Programmer (Finance and Management) through distance learning will take place till October 31, a press note said.

Symposium: A symposium on making the students and common man aware about celebrating crackers-free eco-friendly Diwali was organised at the Sohan Lala DAV College of Education on Friday. Dr Vivek Kohli stressed on the importance and need of imparting knowledge about the harmful effects of crackers.

Computerised library
: A computerised library of the Municipal Committee is scheduled to be inaugurated on October 27 but the committee has no funds to purchase books, furniture and computers. The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Darshan Lal Khera, said a request would be made to the minister concerned to sanction grant for the purchase of books, furniture and computer.

Sale of crackers: The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate has said nine places have been earmarked in the district for the sale of crackers. The sale of crackers will be allowed between 8 am and 8 pm.

Ban order
: The District Magistrate has banned the sale of crackers in the congested areas of the district. The order will remain in force till November 1.



Cleanliness project
: The Total Rural Cleanliness Project will be launched in the district. A sum of Rs 3.32 crore will be spent under the scheme. This was announced by Deputy Commissioner, Mr Manish Garg, while addressing a one-day seminar of officers and non-officials here on Thursday. He laid stress on the use of rainwater for harvesting and other purposes.

: The Himachal Pradesh Transport and Tourism Minister, Mr G.S. Bali, said on Thursday that a massive rally would be organised at Nagrota Bagwan on October 28 to “dispel the false propaganda being done by the BJP leaders against the state government” and several key Congress leaders of the state would participate.

Water supply: The Executive Engineer, Irrigation and Public Health, Paonta Sahib, Mr K.L. Kapur, has said that owing to repair of Giri Nagar to Paonta Sahib, section of irrigation canal, water supply in this part would remain suspended for six months from November 5.

Govt assailed: The BJP lashed out at the state government on Thursday for its failure to control deteriorating law and order situation in the state. The state BJP spokesperson, Mr Rajiv Bindal, said another dreaded criminal, Kalyan Singh had fled from the Nahan jail and no action was being taken against other criminals.


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