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Divali fervour: The students of Om Parkash Bansal Modern School, Mandi Gobindgarh, attired in traditional dresses of Rama, Lakshman, Sita, Hanuman ji and other characters of Ramayan came to district Administrative Complex and called on Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Shiv Kumar Verma, SSP, and other officials to celebrate and wish them a happy Divali.

ROPAR
Blood donation: Eighty students of the Government Polytechnic for Women and ITI on Wednesday donated blood in a blood-donation camp organised by the Rotary Club here. Dr R.S Parmar, PDG Rotary Club, here stressed the need to spread awareness among the people for blood donation.

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CHANDIGARH

Classes for poor students: The classes for the students of weaker section (2nd session) are going to start from November 1, 2006, to December 5, 2006, at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23. According to information, the DPI, Schools, UT Administration, Mr Ashwini Kumar has directed all the Principals/Heads of Government Schools (UT) to intimate the already enrolled students of the above session.

Divali at KV-2: The festival of lights, Divali, was celebrated with grcat fervour and joy by K.V. No. 2, 3 BRD, Chandigarh. Students in colourful attire decorated the campus with colourful buntings and rangoli. The Principal, Mrs Ranjana Bassi, performed the ‘Lakshmi Pujan’ while Vice-Principal Tripta Singh distributed sweets among students Headmistress Updesh Kaur advised the students to be careful while bursting crackers. The students were in happy and festive mood.

Divali rally: The Haritima Eco-Club of Government Model High School, Sector 29-A, Chandigarh, organised a rally to motivate people not to use crackers on Divali. About 300 students participated in the rally. Ms Shobha Kapoor, Principal, flagged off the rally.

Appointed: Ms Farzana has been appointed as the secretary of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Youth, according to a press note issued here on Friday.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

PARWANOO
Booked for suicide bid: A case for attempt to commit suicide was registered against a 23-year-old girl hailing from Bargai village in Kasauli tehsil after one Naresh Kumar reported to the police that she wanted to commit suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. The Parwanoo police has registered a case against this girl and was further investigating the matter. The girl who works at a Parwanoo based factory was in love with one Anil Kumar who raped her a number of times on the pretext of marrying her. 

SHIMLA
Party elections postponed
: The party elections to the Kangra unit of the BJP have been postponed in view of Divali. According to the District Returning Officer for Kangra, Dr Radha Raman Shastri, the elections will now be held on October 22 and 23 at Nagrota Bagwan. He said nominations will also be filed on the same day and if need be the elections will be held the next day. 

Childline service launched: To rescue and rehabilitate children in need of care and protection, a 24-hour childline phone service has been started with the Population Research Centre of Himachal Pradesh University as the nodal centre for the project. The Childline is a project of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in partnership with UNICEF, state government and the corporate sector operating under the auspices of the Childline India Foundation, Mumbai.

SUNDERNAGAR
Counselling workshop
: A two-day workshop on career counselling organised by the CII Himachal Pradesh State Council concluded here on Tuesday. The workshop was organised to upgrade the functional skills of students.

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