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Council member: Prof Subodh Kumar of Guru Nanak Dev University has been appointed as a council member of the National Organic Symposium Trust for a period of four years from 2007. The NOST is one of the richest trusts in chemistry in India working for the promotion of organic chemistry and Prof Kumar is the second teacher after Prof Harjit Singh to get this honour.

Officiating president: The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has asked Mr A.K. Sharma, president of forum at Kapurthala, to officiate here for a week. The president and a member of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum are on leave for 15days.
The forum did not admit any fresh complaints and adjourned 19 cases today. Nearly 100 cases have been adjourned by the forum since Monday last.

Car launch: Tata Motors launched its face-lifted range of Indigo and Indigo Marina vehicles at Cargo Motors here on Friday. Mr Dipankar Tiwari, the Assistant General Manager of the Tata Motors, said the new Indigo sedan came with features such as new dual-chamber headlamps, new chrome-lined fascia, sill valence covers and chrome insert rub rails, which, lent a sporty characteristic to the elegance of the vehicle. 

Science fair: Students from CBSE affiliated schools of Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir participated in a regional science exhibition organised at Apeejay School here on Friday. Students exhibited models on environment management, industries and rural development, landmarks in science, information and communication technology in education and mathematics.

Charges levelled
: The Bholath police registered cases under different sections against two parties - Ninder Singh and Mohan Lal (and his family) - of Lakhan Ke Padde village on Thursday. The police acted on the charges levelled by them against each other.
While Ninder Singh alleged that Mohan Lal and his relatives beat him up when he went to collect the money he (Ninder Singh) had loaned to Mohan Lal. They also made caste-based comments. The police registered a case against Mohan Lal’s son Ravinder Kumar, his daughter Madhu Bala and Om Prakash under various sections of the IPC and the SC Act. On the other hand, Mohan Lal alleged that Ninder Singh tried to rape his granddaughter on the night of August 31.The police booked Ninder Singh under Sections 376 and 511 of the IPC.

Elected : Mr Pirthi Chand Rao was unanimously elected new president of the Nagar Panchayat, Moonak, about 60 km from here, on Wednesday. The election was held under the supervision of Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, Moonak. Out of 13 elected members of the NP, 12 members were present in the election meeting. Ms Surinder Kaur, former president of the Moonak NP, was the only elected member of the NP who did not participate in the election meeting.



Felicitated: A local branch of the SBI recently organised a function here to felicitate Ms S.P. Shergill, Principal of Kendriya Vidayalaya, Sector 31, who has been awarded KVS Incentive Award-2006. The Deputy General Manager of the SBI for the Punjab region, Mr S.K. Dass, honoured Ms Shergill. Certain other teachers were also presented with mementoes for their exemplary work in the field of education. Mr Deepak Dua, Assistant General Manager (R-1), and Mr S.N. Bhatia, Bank Manager of the Sector 31 branch of the bank, were also present.

Free health check-up camp: As a part of the golden jubilee anniversary celebrations of LIC , the Chandigarh Division organised a free health Check-up camp for school children upto 10 years of age in Bhavan Vidyalaya School, Sector 27. More than 500 schoolchildren were examined for common eye and dental ailments by Dr Mamta J. Singh, dentist Dr Shashi Kapoor and Dr T.S. Sandhu, both eye specialists. The required treatment was given by these doctors on the spot along with the medicines to the children.

SBoP anniversary: On the occasion of its 43rd anniversary on Thursday, the State Bank of Patiala, main branch, Kalka, has decided to become a common man’s branch by offering financial products, includng insurance and services under one roof, at affordable cost, Mr S.C. Dhall, Branch Head, said.

IT quiz: Teams from big corporates like Infosys, Maruti Udyog, Ranbaxy, Trident, Dell, Quark Media House, Tata Motors, SBI, HDFC Bank and IDS Infotech will participate in the “XquizIT 2006 - A Corporate Challenge Quiz” on September9, at CII Northern Region Headquarters, Chandigarh. This quiz is being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Northern Region in association with the Chandigarh Administration. This quiz aims to promote team building, raise awareness, enhance knowledge and upgrade skills in the corporate sector. — TNS

SBI honours teacher: The State Bank of India today honoured Dr (Ms) S.P. Shergill, who was recently conferred the KVS Incentive Award 2006. Mr Deepak Dua, Deputy General Manager and Mr S.N. Bhatia, Branch Manager, Sector 31, were present on the occasion.

LAWYERS BODY SEEKS PROBE: The Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) in a representation to the Home Secretary, Chandigarh, has sought a fresh probe into the allegations of rape against Gaganjit Singh Barnala, son of the Tamil Nadu Governor, Mr S.S. Barnala. The forum in a statement issued to mediapersons has claimed that it was a frame-up and it was identical to the Shimla Rape case in which a bureaucrat had been falsely framed-up by a girl.

BOOTLEGGERS HELD: A fine of Rs 10,800 was imposed on two persons who were caught carrying illicit liquor by the office of the District Excise and Taxation Officer. The duo of Phool Singh Saini, a resident of Dandrolon, and Amit Kumar of Garhi Kotaha, were arrested on Tuesday night in Raipur Rani for having three cartons, 36 bottles in all, of liquor.


Seminar on blindness
: An awareness seminar on ‘Corneal blindness and its protection’ was organised here on Wednesday by the District Blindness Control Society, Kangra, as part of the 21st National Eye Fortnight. Dr Swatantra Mahajan, district programme manager, said steps had been taken by the society to increase public awareness about eye donation. Dr S.B. Sood, SMO, Kangra, addressed representatives of different non-government organisations. Mr S.M. Abrol, secretary, Red Cross, also spoke on the occasion.

Pooja concludes
: Hundreds of devotees immersed an idol of Lord Ganesha in the Banner Khad on Wednesday after completing Ganesh Poojan. The devotees took out a religious procession from Gaggal to Banner Khad. All Ganesh idols were immersed in Banner waters amid chanting of slogans.

Threat to gherao CM: Unemployed trained graduate teachers on Wednesday threatened that they would gherao the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, during his next visit to Kangra valley. Stating this here on Wednesday, Mr Bhikham Singh, state vice-president, Himachal Pradesh Unemployed TGT Union, alleged that 8,000 teachers were appointed under PT category through the back door leaving thousands of TGT unemployed teachers in the lurch. He said these 8,000 posts were filled by the Virbhadra Singh government in the tribal belts during the past one month.

Senior citizens resent hike
: The Senior Citizens’ Council, Jogindernagar, on Wednesday resented the hike of Rs 120 in the fee for smart card issued to senior citizens that entitles them to 20-25 per cent concession in Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses. According to the Senior Citizens Council, general secretary, Mr M.R. Dogra, the hike was unwarranted as it would hit elderly citizens. “The government used to charge Rs 60 per year for the smart card, but the amount has been increased to Rs 180 per year this year,” he added.


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