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Car thieves, get cell-shocked
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Amritsar
Students awarded
: Manoranjan Kalia Punjab minister of Local Bodies, Industry and Commerce on Saturday assured DAV College to consider granting 25 acres earmarked for its campus. Kalia was here to present awards to students. More than 550 students were given awards for achievements of academics and co-curricular activities. Principal Dr V.K. Sharma presented annual report of the college. 

Bathinda
Youth fest ends
: The three-day state-level Inter government polytechnic youth festival concluded at the government polytechnic college here. Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, Bathinda Member of Parliament was the chief guest. Choreography competition was won by GPC, Bathinda and GPC, Ferozepore Malwa Polytechnic College, Faridkot and Lovely Institute, Phagwara won the second prize GPC Polytechnic, Kharar and LLRM Polytechnic, Amritsar were declared third.

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CHANDIGARH

Office-bearers: The following were elected office-bearers of Global Social Welfare Society, Sector 51-A: president - V.S. Chaudhary; vice-president - R.C. Sharma; vice-president - Megh Raj Saini; general secretary - S.P. Cheema; joint secretary - R.P. Chaudhary; assistant secretary - Sunita; cultural secretary - Sandeep Khanna; treasurer - S.K. Bhatnagar; legal adviser - Labh Singh. The other executive members were Jaswant Singh, Parminder Singh Gill, Rajni, K.K. Singh, Sandeep Mahajan, Jaswant Singh, Neelam Sinha, Vijay Bhardwaj, Babita Chaudhary, Kehar Singh and Rajesh Malik.

Medical camp: More than 400 patients were examined at a free medical camp organised at Cosmo Hospital, Mohali, by Jatt Sikh Welfare Association today. Tests including bone density, nerve conduction and ECG were conducted free of cost during the camp. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

KUMARHATTI
Library opened
: External affairs minister for state Anand Sharma inaugurated a library at Dairighat, near Kandaghat, on Friday evening. Set up at a cost of Rs 2.50 lakh, the library would cater to the need of the rural youth residing in and around Kandaghat. Among others, PCC general secretary Kuldeep Rathore, PCC secretary Kailash Prashar, member Shiv Kumar and party leaders from Solan were present on the occasion.

NURPUR
Directive to insurance Co
: The Kangra District Consumer Redressal Forum ordered National Insurance Company to pay insurance claim of Rs 1 lakh along with 7 per cent per annum interest to Aruna Sharma, wife of late Prem Chand Sharma of Jawali, here on Saturday. Aruna had filed a complaint on September 17,2006, against the company that had denied her insurance claim after the death of her husband on March 29, 2003. The diseased was an auditor with the Himachal Pradesh Cooperative Bank at Shimla.

Move on NPA hailed: The Himachal Pradesh Ayurveda Medical Officers Association has welcomed the announcement of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh made in his budget speech in the Assembly for granting non-practising allowance (NPA) on dearness pay to the ayurvedic doctors. Rajinder Thakur and Kuldeep Malhotra, president and press secretary of the association, respectively, said in a joint statement on Saturday said the anomaly had been prevailing ever since the government had merged dearness allowance with the basic pay.

SHIMLA
Daily ticket: The HRTC has introduced a daily ticket for passengers travelling within Shimla town from March 15. The Rs 12 daily ticket has been made available with conductors. Passengers can travel anywhere in Shimla in any HRTC local bus. The validity of the ticket would be from 9 am to 8 pm.

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REGIONAL POTPOURRI

Car thieves, get cell-shocked

 Ram Kumar of Hisar displays the mobile phone-operated burglar alarm for cars that he has developed.
CALLING FOR CAUTION: Ram Kumar of Hisar displays the mobile phone-operated burglar alarm for cars that he has developed.

Innovation, they say, does not depend on education. You do not need to be extra gifted or super qualified to make the world notice you. If you have the spark, and the passion to ignite it, you are bound to shine some day.

Ram Kumar, a 28-year-old youth of Dhani Shamlal in Hisar, is a case in point. This small-time two-wheeler mechanic has developed, hold your breath, a moped that runs on air, an LPG kit for two-wheelers and a cell phone-operated burglar alarm for cars. And he has been honoured for these innovations by none other than the President of India.

While he claims to have already got the patent for the LPG kit, he has applied for patents on the other two inventions too. And all this, in spite of the fact that he comes from a humble background, has studied merely up to Class III and hardly has any resources to carry out research.

The young innovator laments that the government has never offered any financial assistance to him, leave alone appreciate his work. Still, Ram Kumar continues to develop useful technology.

Take, for instance, the moped that runs on air. All you have to do is get a tank full of air fitted on to the moped. Then, on being accelerated, the moped uses the pressure of the stored air to move ahead.

Right now, this enterprising youth is excited about his latest innovation: the anti-burglar alarm for cars. If anybody tries to open or start a car fitted with this system, the owner will get a ring on his mobile phone. And when the owner dials a pre-determined number from the cell phone, the car engine gets locked and the wheels are jammed.

And what does he plan to do next? He is developing a mechanism by which all vehicles running on petrol within a radius of 8 km can be jammed by pressing a button, he says. The ideas are plenty, but will this innovative youth get some financial aid to help them materialise? This is the million-dollar question.

Crowning story

Deputy commissioner of Fatehabad O.P Sheoran crowns ‘Princess Tohana’ as school vice-president Dr Veena Singh looks on at a function held in Colonel Public School, Tohana, recently
Deputy commissioner of Fatehabad O.P Sheoran crowns ‘Princess Tohana’ as school vice-president Dr Veena Singh looks on at a function held in Colonel Public School, Tohana, recently. 

The tiny beauties and hunks of a nondescript town like Tohana could have given the likes of Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan a run for their money.

The occasion was the Prince Tohana and Princess Tohana contest organised for nursery students at Colonel Public School, Tohana, in Fatehabad district recently. The deputy commissioner, O.P. Sheoran, was the chief guest.

Dr Seema Sethi, Suman Mehta, Anita Lamba and Anu Gupta were the judges for the event.

Akamveer and Vanshika were adjudged Prince Tohana and Princess Tohana, respectively, in the 2-3 age group.

In the 3-4 age category, Hans and Bhumi bagged the Prince and Princess awards, respectively, while in the 4-5 age group, Lakshanjya and Parineet Kaur won the titles.

Besides, Yashika was given the Miss Beautiful Eyes award, Jiya, Prerana, Manmeet and Lata were adjudged Ms Beautiful Hair, Anshuman, Harshwardhan and Ankit were named Mr Cutes, while Sarthak and Mayank bagged the Mr Smile title and Kirtika was selected Ms Smile.

The school vice-president Dr Veena Singh claimed that the newly set up nursery was of international standards. The school believed in the all-round development of the children. Hence, they were encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities too.

Contributed by Sunit Dhawan and Sushil Manav

Dam(n) good tribute!

Employees of the Ranjit Sagar Dam celebrated the festival of colours in a different way recently. They did not make a splash of traditional Holi hues, but soaked themselves in the colours of religiosity instead.

A havan was organised in the memory of all their colleagues who had died during the dam construction.

Nearly 500 employees, including chief engineer Harpal Singh, participated in the programme.

It was a special day for the employees because on March 4, 2001, the dam was dedicated to the nation by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

However, few people know that more than 300 workers and engineers died during its construction. A large number of workers were afflicted with chronic diseases, including TB.

The 160-metre high and 617-metre-long dam is in Gurdaspur district. It can generate power up to 600 MW.

Named after the legendary Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the dam is not only the highest earth core-cum-gravel shell dam of the country but also has the second highest hydro-turbine.

— Vishal Gulati

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