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British council affiliation
: Punjab Public School (PPS), Nabha, has got affiliation to the British Council's Youth Sports Trust, England. Forty-member countries are running projects called "Dreams and Teams'.

COURSES: The physiotherapy and sports sciences department of Punjabi University here is starting specialised courses in sports physiotherapy, cardiopulmonary physiotherapy and neurological physiotherapy from the next academic session. — TNS

TEACHERS: The Computer Teachers Union held a meeting here on Thursday. It discussed various issues pertaining to the computer teachers of the district. General secretary of the union Manjeet Singh Chattha said the Punjab Government should fulfil its promises made to the teachers and the process of hiring teachers on contract be done away with.

PNB BRANCH BEST: The Model Town branch of Punjab National Bank here has got the first position at all-India level under the ‘Best Branch Award’ scheme. At a function held at its zonal office, I.D. Singh, general manager of the bank honoured Rajeev Puri, senior manager of the branch, and awarded the best branch trophy along with the certificate.


CONFERENCE: A conference of NGOs engaged in women empowerment was held on Thursday in the Union Territory Secretariat. A presentation on the Micro-Credit System under the Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK) was given by Sneh Lata Kumar, IAS, executive director, RMK and CR Mishra, deputy director, RMK. Raji P. Shrivastava, special secretary finance and Amandeep Kaur, managing director, Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation Limited, facilitated the conference.

Honoured: Dr Emanual Nahar of the department of political science, department of correspondence studies, Panjab University, has been honoured with the Thorpes Award in the field of education. The award includes a cash of Rs 12,500 and a certificate which is awarded by V and S. Thorpes Education Inc.

MLA HONOURED: Residents and nagar panchayats of Chaparchiri and Landran villages honoured Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu at a function held on Wednesday. Sidhu assured the residents that development would be carried out in the area at a fast pace.


Police cremates woman’s body:
The Kangra police on Thursday cremated the body of the woman who was brutally murdered by two persons on the intervening night of April 6 and April 7 in a private resort at McLeodganj. The dead body could not be identified even after a few persons came from Punjab here this week to identify her, said Santosh Patial, ASP. Since, the condition of the body was deteriorating in the absence of proper preservation arrangements in Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College and Hospital, Dharamsala, the body was cremated today by the local municipal
council on the request of the police.

Gorkha regiment raising day: The first Gorkha Rifles, the oldest Gorkha regiment in the world, celebrated its raising day on Thursday. The first Gorkha Rifles was raised at Subathu in Himachal Pradesh on April 24, 1815, as a regiment of the British Indian Army from the remnants of Gen Amar Singh Thapa’s Nepalese Army. The regiment had in 1861 moved to Dharamsala, which was later allotted as its permanent regimental home by India in 1864.

Zila parishad budget
: The Hamirpur Zila Parishad has passed its Rs 22.37-lakh annual budget for 2007-2008. This was stated by president of the parishad Sunita Dhiman. She said the parishad had also passed the first quarterly receipts and expenditure of Rs 1.25 lakh.

Science teachers’ plea to govt: The Himachal Pradesh Science Teachers Association has urged the state government to appoint headmasters in elementary schools. General secretary of the association Manoj Parihar said in a press note that the government should promote postgraduate teachers as lecturers.

Foetus found: A dead foetus was found at Bangran Chowk on Thursday afternoon. Paonta SHO said the foetus was over three-month-old. It was found lying by the roadside near Bangran Chowk. He said a medical examination report had been received and the police was investigating into the case. A case has been registered.

Slum removed
: The slum on a 5,603-sqm plot in Sector 2 was removed yesterday. The lease holder of plot No. 9, M/s Banta Industrial and Engineering Corporation, got the area vacated from migrant labourers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The labourers even had power connections.

Govt ‘favouring’ chosen few
: The Himachal Pradesh Employees Confederation has alleged that the government was giving re-employment to favoured superannuated persons in violation of rules and regulations. Vinod Kumar, general secretary of the confederation, said in a statement here today that while pending cases of employment on compassionate ground were piling up, the favoured ones were being re-appointed at the behest of employees’ leaders. He cited the case of an employee of the horticulture department in this regard, who retired in February, 2007, and after receiving all benefits managed to get reemployment from April as a clerk. He wanted to know the compulsions which forced the government to re-employ a retired superintendent as a clerk and what public interest would be served by this appointment.

Vidhan sabha panels constituted: Speaker Gangu Ram Musafir has reconstituted the vidhan sabha committees for the current financial year. Ishwar Dass Dhiman has been appointed chairman of the public accounts committee. The other members include Vijai Singh Mankotia, Asha Kumari, Ramesh Chand, Harbans Singh Rana, Harbhajan Singh Bhajji, Baldev Sharma, Jagjivan Pal, Thakur Surender Pal, Sukh Ram and Rohit Thakur. Brij Bihari Lal has been appointed chairman of the public undertaking committee. The other MLAs who are members of the committee include Ravinder Singh, Anita Verma, Kuldeep Singh Pathania, Jai Ram Thakur, Rakesh Verma, Rajiv Bindal, Karamdev Dharmani, Sukhvinder Singh, Subhash Chand and Sohan Lal Thakur. Chandresh Kumari has been appointed Chairperson of the Estimates committee with Sukh Ram, Hari Narain, Lajja Ram, Satpal Satti, Tilak Raj, Khimi Ram, Vikram Singh, Virender Kanwar, Rakesh Kalia and Sohan Lal.

CM releases book: Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday released a Hindi poetry book “Kavya Nidhi” written by Nidhi Sharma. Congratulating the poetess, he said the poet had the vision and imagination required in a perfect poet and the theme of the poetry written was relevant to the present day context. He said almost every vital social issue had been touched upon by the writer in her poems. He said there was no dearth of talented people in the state who had creativity of the highest order. He said if groomed, the budding talent of the state could create wonders.

Sood Sabha office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Sood Sabha, Shimla, elections to which were held here on Wednesday. President - Ramesh Chander Sood; vice-president -Suman Sood; secretary - Ajay Kumar Sood and treasurer - Jagmohan Dev Sood.

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