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International conference:
A distinguished economist of the Punjab School of Economics of Guru Nanak Dev University, Prof Vikram Chadha, would chair a session at the 11th international conference on productivity and quality research being held on December 12 to 15. This conference is being hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, in association with the International Society for Productivity and Quality Research, USA. He would also present a paper on the theme of Globalisation and the Competitiveness of Indian Industry.

Youth festival: On the second day of the Guru Nanak Dev University Final Inter-Zonal (Men and Women) Youth Festival, competitions in bhangra, folk orchestra, fancy dress, skit, mimicry, mime, classical instrumental (percussion), classical instrumental (non-percussion), classical (vocal), quiz, painting (landscape), painting (still life), sketching, cartooning, poster-making, collage-making and clay modelling were held. Mr Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Chairman, Punjab State Mandikarn Board, presided over the proceedings, while Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh, welcomed him.

Alumni meet: More than 70 old students of MBA, MBA (HRM) and M.Com. participated in the Alumni Meet-2005 of the Commerce and Business Management (CBM) Department of Guru Nanak Dev University at Guru Nanak Bhavan Auditorium of the university here on Saturday. A cultural programme was organised in which present and old students participated. Earlier, Dr A.S. Sidhu, Head of the department, welcomed the chief guest and old students.

Elected: Mr Jagjit Singh Walia, Director, Press and Publications, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been unanimously elected president of the Sultan-ul-Qaum Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Memorial Society, Punjab. His election was held in a meeting of the society chaired by former Minister of Punjab, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta held, here, on Friday.

Stolen bus recovered: The city police on Saturday claimed having recovered a bus of the Orbit Transport Company owned by the family of the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. The semi deluxe bus (PB 30 D 0125) that had been plying on the Abohar-Patiala route was reportedly stolen from the local municipal bus stand on Thursday. The culprits have reportedly fled to Rajasthan.

Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was organised at the Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology here on Friday. Dr H.S. Randhawa, officiating principal of the college, inaugurated the camp. Out of 35 voluntary donors 168 units of blood could be collected at the camp.

Road construction: Residents of the Welfare Society of Urban Estate-II on Friday rued the slow pace of construction of roads in the area stating that it was causing great inconvenience to the area residents. In a letter to PUDA’s estate officer, the society also complained that no caretaker had been deployed at the locality’s park. They said a huge pit behind the house number 332 was yet to be filled despite an assurance by the additional chief administrator of PUDA.

Interest rate cut: The Punjab State Cooperative Bank Limited celebrated the 52nd All-India Cooperative Week, here on Saturday. On this occasion, Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Minister for Cooperation and Horticulture, Punjab, inaugurated the newly built building of Hoshiarpur Central Cooperative Bank Limited, constructed at a cost of Rs 2.30 crore. Mr Randhawa said the rate of interest on agriculture loans had been reduced to 10 per cent per annum from April 1, 2005 by all Central Cooperative Banks in the state. There had been a significant decrease of 3 per cent interest rate during the last three years, on these loans.

Smack seized: In continuation of the drive against anti-social elements, the local police has arrested Manmohan Singh and Romesh Kumar, both residents of local mohallas Vasant Vihar and Islamabad, respectively, on Thursday. The police seized 10 gm of smack from each of them and booked the duo under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Suicide note recovered: The Sadar police here has converted the proceeding of Section 174, CrPC, done in the suicide case of Garib Dass of local New Model Town, into Section 306, IPC, after the recovery of suicidal note of the deceased, on Thursday. Ms Kanta Purewal, wife of the deceased found a suicidal note in which her deceased husband had written that Baba Pama, alias Paramjit, of Bhatrana and K. Sharma, owner of mobile No. 98159-88110, were responsible for his suicide.

2 killed: Dharma Singh of Daulatpur chowk (Himachal Pradesh) died on the spot when a truck (PB-11C-9792) hit his scooter (HP-19-0792) near Beh Fatto. The truck driver fled with his vehicle. The Hajipur police has registered a case. In another accident, Balkar Singh, an employee of the PSEB, of Shadipur (Gurdaspur), died on the spot when an unknown vehicle hit his scooter (PB-54-4704) at Mukerian on Thursday. The police has registered a case.

Symposium: A national-level techno-cultural symposium was organised at Lala Lajpat Rai Institute here. The fest was inaugurated by Prof Ram Gopal Tathgir (Principal) and Prof R.S. Lehri (Vice Principal). Mr Vikas Chawla, Asstt Prof (Mechanical Engineering Department) was the faculty advisor and Mr Sanjeev Bajaj, lecturer (CSE), was the convener for the technical fest.

DEO takes charge: Mr Gurmail Singh Sahlon has taken charge of District Education Officer here. He has been transferred from Fatehgarh Sahib. A gold medalist in M.Sc. (physics) from Panjab University, Chandigarh, Mr Sahlon had served as lecturer in physics and Principal of the local Government Senior Secondary School for more than two decades.

Science congress: The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology and District Education Department jointly organised district-level Children Science Congress-2005 at Government. Senior Secondary School here on Friday. As many as 12 teams, from different schools presented their projects on the topic of ‘Harness Water Resources’ for a better future.



Seminar: A legal literacy seminar was held at Arya Girls College, Ambala Cantonment on Friday. The college principal, Dr Neena Bedi, said that the seminar was held to educate the students regarding legal rights, Lok Adalat and consumer courts. Mr K.L. Dua, retired district attorney, Mr Nitesh Kumar, Ms Namrata Gaur and Mr Charanjit Singh were the speakers.

MAZDOOR SANGH: Members of the Safai Mazdoor Sangh of Municipal Council Ambala Sadar on Friday threatened to hold protests if their demands were not met. A meeting of the sangh was held here under the presidentship of Mr Baljeet Singh. The sangh members said that they had twice submitted their demands to the Executive Officer of MC Ambala Sadar but no action was taken. They said that if their demands were not met by November 24, they would hold ‘chakka jam’ alongwith Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.

Youth Festival
: The local Manohar Memorial College has bagged nine positions in the inter-zonal Youth Festival of Kurukshetra University that concluded on Friday. The youth festival was held at S.D. College (Lahore), Ambala Cantt. The college Principal, Dr K.K. Arora, informed mediapersons here on Saturday that the Haryanvi pop song and Haryanvi solo dance of the college were declared recommended while folk song, ghazal, Indian orchestra, one-act play, choreography and Sanskrit play of the college were declared commended. Ramesh Kumar, a student of BA-II of the college, was adjudged the best actor.

Sentenced: The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R. K. Sondhi, on Thursday sentenced an opium trafficker to 12-year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh. The convict will have to undergo a further imprisonment of three years in case he failed to pay the fine. The police had arrested Hari Krishan, alias Hari Kiran, a resident of Barmer (Rajasthan), with 4.5 kg of opium on September 4, 2003.

6 hurt
: At least six students were injured when two group of students clashed with each other here on Saturday. According to a report, all injured persons were immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. However, the police has not yet registered any case in this connection.

Buffalo burnt: A buffalo was burnt in a fire which broke out in a house at Garhi Kesri village, about 25 km from here, on Friday night. According to a report, the cause of the fire was not known.


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