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Refresher course
: Guru Nanak Dev University will conduct a three-week refresher course in English for university and college teachers from November 7 to 27 under the aegis of the Academic Staff College here. Dr Parminder Singh, Reader, Department of English, has appointed as course coordinator. Prof B.R. Batra, Director, Academic Staff College, said the university and college teachers desirous to participate in the course should contact Dr Parminder Singh.

Appointed: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, has appointed Mr Surinder Singh Bittu as district chairman of the other backward classes section, according to a press note.

Urged: Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, president, All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, has urged the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, not to pardon Mohammad Afzal Guru, who has been awarded death sentence by the Supreme Court.

: The following have been elected office-bearers of the state-level unit of the Pol Khol, a social organisation: chairman — Mr R.K. Behl; vice-chairman — Mr K.S. Lakhanpal; general secretary — Mr Ramesh Chander; and adviser — Mr Ram Singh. The district unit has also been formed. The office-bearers are: chairman — Mr Naval Kalia; vice-chairman — Mr Harcharan Sodhi; senior general secretary — Mr Sukhwinder Pal Bhatti; and general secretary — Mr Kundan Lal.

Poppy husk seized: The Dasuya police, on a tip-off, arrested Satnam Singh, son of Kewal Singh from Mahallan Chaudhrian, and seized 32 kg poppy husk from him. According to police sources, he was booked under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Ruled out
: The BSP on Tuesday categorically ruled out any alliance with a political party or a group in Punjab in the run-up to the Assembly polls.
The BSP would contest all the 117 seats in Punjab on its own, said BSP state general secretary, Mr Parveen Banga, while talking with mediapersons on Tuesday. He said the decision of the party to go alone in Punjab polls was taken following the consent of the party supremo, Ms Mayawati. He said the party had already finalised the candidates for 50 seats.

Blood donation: A blood donation camp was organised by 8 Punjab Battalion NCC cadets from various educational institutions of Phagwara, Phillaur, Nawanshahr and Garhshankar at the local Civil Hospital on Tuesday. As many as 130 staff members and NCC cadets donated blood during the camp that was organised to help those suffering from dengue and blood cancer. Lt-Col I.S. Kohli inaugurated the camp.


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