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CHANDIGARH

Science Cong concludes: The first Chandigarh Science Congress concluded at Panjab University today. The concluding session was presided over by minister of state for finance P.K. Bansal. He applauded the role of the university in bringing various scientific and R and D institutions in the region under the common umbrella of the congress.

Mohali
COUNCILLOR’S DEMAND: Municipal councillor Amrik Singh has demanded that the authorities concerned clear gullies on the road leading from the cricket stadium in phase X to the bus stand and in a part of phase XI here, which have been lying blocked for about two years.

CAMPUS PLACEMENT: Bharti Tele Tech has selected Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur, here for its recruitment drive. Company officials will visit the college on March 14 to select management trainees and graduate engineer trainees. Chairman of the college S.K. Singla said the campus placement would be open to outsiders too.

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HARYANA

Ambala

PUNJABI MP: Khatri Sabha president Naveen Gulati on Saturday demanded that the Rajya Sabha MP should be from the Punjabi community. In a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Gulati said the representation of the Punjabi community in the Rajya Sabha should be increased.

SEMINAR: A national-level seminar on “impact of World Trade Organisation” was organised at SA Jain College, Ambala City, on Saturday. It was sponsored by the UGC. Former vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University G.K. Chadda was the chief guest. Addressing the seminar, Chadda said India had the capability of becoming a powerful country. Several economists from Guru Nanak Dev University, Kurukshetra University also spoke.

CONVOCATION: The convocation and prize distribution function of DAV College, Ambala City, was held here on Sunday. The director of the DAV colleges management committee, D.R. Gupta, was the chief guest on this occasion. A cultural programme was also presented by the students.

DCC’s Demand: The district Congress committee (DCC), Ambala, has demanded the resignation of Kuldeep Bishnoi from the Lok Sabha. A meeting of the DCC, held under the chairmanship of its president Arun Garg, passed a resolution supporting the party’s decision.


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Baddi
VILLAGERS’ PROTEST: Residents of three villages have staged a protest against the alleged dumping of soil in the river Sarsa by a private landholder. This could lead to floods downstream, they rued. The suspect had started construction activities after buying the land alongside the river. Meanwhile, S.K. Bajaj, the landowner, has rejected all the claims made by the villagers. The land was being made plain for agricultural purposes, he asserted.

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A thoughtful act

To create an awareness among the masses regarding the Right to Information Act, an NGO, Pulangh, has brought out a 40-page booklet on it in Punjabi.

The booklet contains information regarding the provisions of the Act; the Punjab Government’s ordinances pertaining to it; steps to apply to the department concerned for information; where to deposit the fees; powers of the state and Central commissions, etc.

The NGO has opened a counter at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall, Jalandhar, where the booklet will be available and the public will be educated about the Act. The counter is open daily, except on holidays, from 10 am to 5 pm.

The president of Pulangh, S.S. Gill, has translated the Act into Punjabi.

“The aim is to educate the common man at the grassroots in his mother tongue,” says a spokesperson for the NGO.

The NGO has so far organised seminars at Jalandhar, Bathinda and Mohali and is planning more such activities.

Marketing matters


Participants at a seminar on the ‘Changing Face of Marketing in Post-Globalisation Era’ held at M.M.College, Fatehabad, recently.
Participants at a seminar on the ‘Changing Face of Marketing in Post-Globalisation Era’ held at M.M.
College, Fatehabad, recently.

To provide insights into our rapidly changing post-liberalisation economic scenario, wherein retail chains are replacing old grocery shops and new business opportunities are being thrown up, the Commerce Department of Manohar Memorial College, Fatehabad, organised a seminar on the ‘Changing Face of Marketing in Post-Globalisation era’ on its campus recently.

Senior commerce teachers from various colleges of Haryana participated.

Dr Ravinder Vinayak from Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Dr Shashi Anand from Kurukshetra University and Dr Harbhajan Bansal from Guru Jambeshwar University, Hisar, delivered the keynote address.

Subhash Sharma, director of the MM group of educational institutions, inaugurated the seminar. The college principal L.R. Bhayana and head of the Commerce Department K.L. Anand were among those present.

The past 15 years had given the Indian economy a distinct and remarkable facelift. The new economic policies had put the country on a global platform, projecting our economy as a force to reckon with, the speakers felt.

The speakers opined that the expansion of the retail sector was, on the one hand, detrimental to the existence of unorganised retailers, but on the other hand, it would provide world-class shopping facilities to the consumers.

Topics like green marketing, creativity in advertisements, ethics in advertising, managing advertisement budgets, service sector marketing, trends in customer relations marketing and changing role of the media in marketing were also discussed.

The University Grant Commission (UGC) had sponsored the seminar.

Tribes & tomes

The anthology, “Road Taken to Bharmour, an Objective Perspective” authored by Dr. Naresh Kumar Lath, published recently but yet to be released, highlights the physical and metaphysical features of Bharmour, a tribal valley in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh.

Dr Lath, who is at present posted as the SDM, Nurpur, carried out in-depth studies about the lifestyle, socio-economic and religious status of the ‘Gaddis,’ the original inhabitants of this hilly tribal region.

The book is a treasure house of information on the rich cultural heritage, development strategies and topography of Bharmour valley, the land of Lord Shiva.

Hailing from a poor rural family of Ghandawal village in Una district, Dr. Lath has done his doctorate in English and is a diploma holder in journalism and mass communication. Despite finanacial constraints, he completed his higher studies by sharing hostel accommodation with his friends in HP University, Shimla. He was finally able to achieve his mission of joining the HAS to serve the poor and needy.

His efforts have been recognised by a number of NGOs like the Friends Club and Himotkarsha. The United India Children Movement, a national-level NGO headed by the Delhi chief minister Shiela Dixit earlier honoured him with the Secular India Children Award.

Contributed by Vishal Gulati, Sushil Manav and Rajiv Mahajan


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