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Retired staff flays govt move
: A group of retired employees headed by Mr BL Jindal on Tuesday flayed the state government's decision to restore the old formula for pension commutation with effect from October 31. In a press note issued here, Mr Jindal alleged that the rate at which the commutation amount was worked out for the employees who retired before July 31, 2003, was changed by the government. The retired employees accused the government of being unfair to them and demanded restoration from July 31, 2003.

SEMINAR CONCLUDED: A two-day national seminar on “Law in India -Emerging trends” which was organised by the Department of Law, Punjabi University, Patiala, concluded here on Wednesday. According to a press note, the morning session was devoted to discussion emerging trends in criminal law, including cyber crimes. The afternoon session focused on the Right to Information Act, Consumer Protection Act, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law and other fields. More than 50 delegates, including members of bar and judiciary, and members from various university participated at the seminar. The valedictory session was chaired by Prof Chandra Pal, former Dean, Faculty of Law of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak.

Peacocks’ post-mortem report
: The post-mortem report of three adult peacocks seized from two persons here has revealed that the birds were killed after intoxication. It has surfaced that the birds became unconscious after consuming intoxicants. Thereafter they were strangulated, according to the DFO(Wildlife), Mr Parveen Kumar. Two accused, Man Singh and Kanchan, were arrested on Monday from Nurpurbedi in this case while the third accused, Sultan, is on the run.

120 children examined
: As many as 120 children were examined and given treatment by Dr V.K. Ahuja, a paediatrician, at a free children’s medical camp organised by Shri Kali Devi Mandir Sabha here on Sunday. Dr Ahuja also delivered a talk on "Child Survival: Neonatal Health Our Priority" on the occasion.

Lekhak sabha's elections: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha (Sekhon): president - Mr Jaswant Singh Kanwal; senior vice-president - Mr Pritam Singh Rahi; vice-presidents - Dr Dharam Pal Singal, Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana, Dr Satinder Singh Noor, Dr Tejwant Singh Gill, and Dr GD Chaudhary; and general secretary - Dr Tejwant Mann.



Industry visit: To sharpen their knowledge, the students of department of Business Management of Swami Vivekanand College of Engineering and Technology (SVIET), Ramnagar, Banur, visited three industrial units— SIEL Chemicals, Amrit Banaspati Co Ltd in Rajpura and Kandhari Beverages in Sirhind— today.



SEMINAR ON CONSUMER WELFARE: A seminar on consumer protection and consumer welfare was organised at Arya Girls College, Ambala Cantt, on Wednesday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr O.P. Langayan, was the chief guest. He said people should be aware about consumer rights. Dr Girish Jaiswal was main speaker. He spoke about the problems faced by consumers and the Consumer Protection Act. Those who made presentations include Prof A.K. Vashisht, University Business School, Chandigarh, Dr Neelam Dhanda, Reader, Department of Commerce, Kurukshetra University, and Mr R.S. Sharma, president, District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum.

ELECTED: The following were elected office-bearers of the Haryana PWD Workers Union, Public Health, Ambala City, at an election which was held on Wednesday. chairman—Mr Ranjeet Singh; president— Mr Labh Singh Sonta; secretary—Mr Ashok Verma; treasurer—Mr Sandeep Kumar; senior vice-president—Mr Sandeep Mehta; vice-presidents—Mr Ram Nath Pandey, Mr Deep Chand, Mr Ranjit Singh and Mr Satnam Singh, vice-treasurers—Mr Sunil Sharma and Mr Vijay Kumar and office secretary —Mr Gyan Chand.

CHILDREN'S DAY CELEBRATED: Children’s Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at Lord Mahavir Jain Public School, Ambala Cantt, on Tuesday. In fancy dress competition, Rakshita, Shivam, Archit, Vaishnavi, Alifa and Vinayak of Class Upper KG were the winners while Puneet, Harshila, Harshdeep and Harsh of Lower KG Class were the winners. The winners in other groups include Shivani, Yash, Gursimran, Kajal, Swarnika, Sakshi, Ramneet, Muskan and Renu. St Paul’s High School, Ambala City, also celebrated Children’s Day on Tuesday. Teachers of junior school participated in the special assembly. A fancy dress competition was held for students of nursery to upper KG Classes and fun games for students of Class I to IV. Senior students celebrated the day with speeches, drawing competitions and matches.

Four held on murder charge:
The police on Tuesday arrested four youths in connection with the murder of a teacher of the local University College, Rajesh Malhotra, last month. According to official sources, the leader of the gang has been identified as Sandeep. The identities of the other three have not yet been disclosed.

Bodies found near rail tracks
: The bodies of an unidentified woman and a four-year-old girl were found lying along the rail tracks near Ganghinagar Railway crossing on Tuesday. Sources in the GRP said someone called up the GRP and informed about the bodies. From her clothes, the woman appeared to be a migrant labourer, said sources. The bodies have been kept at the Civil Hospital here for post-mortem examination. The body of another man in his early twenties was also found on the rail tracks in Mustafabad block.



Session from Dec 19
: The winter session of the Vidhan Sabha will be held at the upcoming Vidhan Sabha complex here from December 19. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Bharat Khera, here on Tuesday after a meeting of officials from different government departments involved in setting up the complex.

HP on top in literacy
: Mr Satya Prakash Thakur, Chairman, HP State Marketing Board, said here on Tuesday that the state had achieved the first position in literacy in the country and the state government was committed to strengthening the educational system. He was the chief guest at the annual prize distribution function and the district-level Children’s Day function at Government Senior Secondary School, Mohal.

Dawa wins contest
: Tenzin Dawa of the local Central School for Tibetans won the first prize of Rs 10,000 in the state-level painting competition organised under the national awareness campaign on energy conservation. The second prize of Rs 8000 went to Amandeep of the Dayanand Public School, Shimla, while Yashika of DAV, Lakkar Bazar, bagged the third prize of Rs 5000. In all 74 schools participated.



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