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UGC AID: The University Grants Commission, New Delhi, has sanctioned Rs 42 lakh to the department of chemistry, Punjabi University, under the Special Assistance Programme. Prof N.R. Dhamiwal will be the coordinator while Dr A.K. Malik will be the deputy coordinator of the programme.

RELEASED: Vice-chancellor, Punjabi University, Swarn Singh Boparai released a book, “Public Economics”, authored by Dr Janak Raj Gupta, UGC Emeritus Fellow. Dr Gupta has been associated with the 12th Finance Commission. The book has an analysis of the issues which underline budgetary policies in general and Indian experience in particular.

WATER DAY: World Water Day was observed by students of Thapar University here on Thursday. Dr Abhijit Mukherjee, director of the university, inaugurated the programme marking the day by lighting the lamp. Keynote speaker Surinder Singh laid stress on the groundwater and surface-water recharge and judicious use of water. Events like poster presentation, water quiz, water sports were held.

CONNECT CABLE: Connect has launched its cable TV service here. It will be available through selected local cable operators in the region. The subscribers to the service will get 75 regular channels besides five prime channels of Connect TV.

DOCUMENTARIES: The department of journalism and mass communication, Punjabi University, here on Thursday released four documentaries: “Kal Ton Aaj”, “Mera Mul Pao”, “Mazdoor” and “Aastha Mein Dooba Andh Vishwas”, which have been made by the students. Dr Hari Singh Boparai, dean, social sciences, released the documentaries. Hiten Berry, channel head, PBC, Dr G.S Kang, dean, faculty of arts, and Charanjeet Chopra, producer from ETC channel, were present.

water Samples: A rapid action medical team today visited the Ragho Majra area of the town where some cases of suspected jaundice were reported. The team included district epidemiologist Ravinder Khaira, the medical officer of civil dispensary, Ragho Majra, two doctors of the city and Dr Y.S. Banga and the water supply engineer of the municipal corporation. The team visited all houses of the locality. Dr Gupta said 3,000 chlorine tablets were distributed among local residents. The team collected eight samples of water.



318 DONATE BLOOD: As many as 318 students and staff members donated blood at a camp organised at Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Landran, by the Blood Transfusion Society, PGI, Chandigarh, Thursday. The camp was sponsored by Punjab National Bank, mid corporate branch, Chandigarh. Amitabh Moitro, assistant general manager of the bank, inaugurated the camp while its chief manager Malkeet Sandhu was the guest of honour.



Rs 20 cr allotted: The Himachal Pradesh Government has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for the construction of a building complex of Government Millennium Polytechnic College at Sarol, under the Department of Technical Education for which 52 bighas of land has been earmarked. Animal husbandry and urban development minister Harsh Mahajan said here on Thursday. Classes will begin from June next.

Infant dies: A six-month-old baby died in a fire incident at Dagla village, near Gangath in Kangra district, on Wednesday. The child was burnt when the room in which he was sleeping caught fire. He died on the spot. The child’s mother, a physically challenged woman could not save the child. Earlier also, two children of the family had died in separate incidents, said Kuldip Singh, father of the child. One child had died of snakebite and the other due to severe fever.

Jaundice case: Another case of jaundice has been detected in Dhoran village of Palampur subdivision. With this, the number of such patients has gone over 15. Darang, Dhoran, Chelian, Ghaneta and Boda villages have been the worst hit. Teams of the Health Department were regularly visiting the affected villages, claimed Dr J.S. Chandel Chief Medical Officer of Kangra.

BJP strategy
: The state BJP at a meeting at Bangana on Monday chalked out its strategy for the forthcoming parliamentary byelection. BJP spokesman Rajinder Rana said :“All mandal presidents and other office-bearers from the 17 assembly constituencies under the Hamirpur parliament constituency had been told to gear up for the byelection.”

Link road
: Beral, a backward and far-off panchayat of Solan district will be connected by road network by the year end. The road link will benefit over 1,000 population of the area. This information was given by Deputy Speaker of HP Vidhan Sabha Dharampal Thakur at a public meeting at Kandhar in Arki Tehsil on Thursday.

Ration subsidy: At a meeting of Target Public Distribution System in Sirmaur district, DC R.S. Negi, said 15,000 more BPL families will be provided subsidised wheat and rice from next month. This is in addition to 13,000 registered BPL families who have been getting this facility.

Training camps: The local development block of the Horticulture Department has been organising a number of training camps at the Regional Horticulture Research Station, Jachh, near here, since March 19. The objective of these camps is to impart technical know-how to the fruit growers and beekeepers. The camps are being organised under ATMA project.

Rakesh Kaushal ICAI unit chief: Rakesh Kumar Kaushal has been elected chairman of the HP unit of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for 2007-08. Rajiv Sood, Dinesh Sood and Umesh Walia are vice-chairman, secretary and treasurer, respectively, while Ajay Sood and Arvind Sankhain are members.

Seminar: The department of Chemistry at Himachal Pradesh University is organising a two-day national seminar on “Recent trends in synthetic and polymer chemistry” from Friday. Organising secretary of the seminar M.S. Chauhan said research areas of the department, including synthetic and polymer chemistry, would be the main area of discussion. BARC additional director S.K. Kulshrestha will deliver the keynote address at the seminar.


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