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Teachers attend seminar
: Teachers from different parts of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu, who took part in a two-day seminar-cum-workshop organised at L.R.S. DAV Senior Secondary School here, were advised to get their respective schools recognised. The workshop concluded on Tuesday.

1 killed, 27 injured: The driver of a bus was killed and 27 passengers were injured, three of them seriously, in separate accidents in the Sriganganagar area on Tuesday. According to sources, a bus collided head-on with a tractor-trailer near a village. Two persons were seriously injured in the accident. In another accident, a bus coming from Khajuwala collided with a truck. Driver of the bus Darshan Singh succumbed to his injuries.

Three dead: A sadhu (60) was run over by the Haridwar-Kalka express train as he fell on the track while boarding it, sources said on Wednesday. In another incident, Harpal (58) of Ummewala village died reportedly after consuming insecticide on Wednesday. Pardeep Kumar (20) was electrocuted while he was working at a tubewell in the fields in the Ghamoodwali area.

Students honoured: Pre primary and primary departments of L.R.S. DAV Senior Secondary Model School organised a programme here on Wednesday. The students who had excelled in exams, sports and cultural activities at the national level were honoured at the function.

Teja new SP
: Paramdeep Singh Teja on Tuesday took over as the new Superintendent of Police (SP) Headquarter in Batala. He replaced Surinder Singh Sandhu, who was transferred from Batala to Amritsar as a SP (Traffic). Paramdeep Singh Teja was SP at Amritsar.

‘Raise age bar’: A meeting of Punjab Government Senior Employees Association (PGSEA) was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Charan Singh Balewal and secretary Gurcharan Singh Walia of Gurdaspur. The members unanimously appealed to the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal to raise the retirement age of government employees from 58 years to 60 years on Central government pattern.

3 drug peddlers arrested
: The police arrested three drug peddlers including a woman under various sections of the NDPS Act. The Bulhowal police arrested Manjit Singh alias Kaka of Ghorewaha and seized 15 gram smack from him. Similarly, the police in Sadar arrested Vijay Sharma of local Ravi Dass Nagar and seized 50 gram opium from her. Two kg poppy husk was recovered from her. Two separate cases have been registered against her.

ENGLISH WORKSHOP: A three-day workshop on communicative skills in English for primary teachers of the Patiala cluster was conducted at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, here, on Wednesday. M.P. Mahajan, principal of the KV No. 2 in BMW, was the chief guest. The principal of the KV No. 1 and director of the workshop welcomed the chief guest. He gave some tips on improving spoken English in his own inimitable style. M.P. Mahajan said good communicative skills could help teachers produce positive results.

SHO shifted
: Taking strong notice of the alleged involvement of Satnampura station house officer Dharamvir in thrashing three youths of a Satnampura locality a few days ago and not arresting the culprits involved in snatching the earrings of a 75-year-old woman, Kapurthala SSP Rakesh Aggarwal sent him to the Police Lines here today.



INAUGURATED: Fullerton India Credit Company Ltd. (FICCL), a capitalised non-banking finance company, set up its branch in Sector 8, here, on Wednesday. The branch was inaugurated by Haryana Governor Dr A.R. Kidwai. G.S. Sundararajan, CEO of the company, said the company was planning to set up 500 branches across India by the end of this year.



MATHS WORKSHOP: A mathematics workshop was held at Chaman Vatika School, Ambala City, on Wednesday. Noted mathematician Devesh Kumar from Jamshedpur, the founder director of the Mathematical Institute for Genius, conducted the workshop in which students from Classes VII to X participated. The course was designed for students to help them do maths calculations mentally in a couple of seconds.



Award for Luddu panchayat
: The Luddu gram panchayat in Mehla block of Chamba district has been adjudged one of the cleanest panchayats in the state. The panchayat has achieved the status of being ‘completely clean’ under the total sanitation campaign launched by the Union Ministry of Rural Department. DC Pushpendra Rajput said the panchayat was awarded the ‘Nirmal Gram Puraskar’ by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on May 4 in New Delhi.

Lightning kills 60 animals: Sixty sheep and goats belonging to a shepherd family perished in lightning during a thunderstorm in the far-flung Sawayee village in Bharmour tribal subdivision of Chamba district on Monday. Resident commissioner of Bharmour N.K. Lath said a team of revenue officials went to the site for carrying out relief and rescue operations. He said an amount of Rs 50,000 was given to the affected person as relief.

Plea to fix cable rates: The All-India Senior Citizens Forum has urged the local administration to fix reasonable rates for the cable network operating in Chamba district. Regional vice-president of the All-India Senior Citizens Forum P. C. Oberoy asserted here Wednesday that different rates were being charged by certain cable operators working in the area.

Donate liberally, says DC
: President of district Red Cross Society Subhasihs Panda has urged residents to donate liberally to the society so that the physically challenged persons and other poor patients who need money for treatment are assisted from time to time. He said all donations to the society were spent on the treatment of poor and needy. The society had added many facilities like x-ray, physiotherapy and lab tests for patients at the zonal hospital". Panda gave away supporting aids to 19 physically challenged persons and 21 certificates to blood donors, mentally challenged, among others.

Blood donation camp
: Red Cross Day was observed on the premises of the Hindu Ashram here on Tuesday. Under the partronage of the Rotary Club International and the Inner Wheel Club, the local Health and Family Department of the Regional Hospital held a blood donation camp on the occasion. The camp was presided over by CMO D.R. Galfat. Over 60 persons donated blood at the camp.

Loan-processing cells at SBI
: The SBI has set up loan-processing cells at the zonal office for quick disposal of cases. Deputy general manager Rajkunwar said public-contact programmes were being organised in the state to have direct interaction with the customers. Digital token display system had been put in place at a number of branches and a second ATM installed at the main Shimla branch to disperse small denomination notes of Rs 100 and Rs 50.

Power staff hail decision: The state electricity board employees on deputation with the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) have hailed the decision of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to reconsider the decision to take back the 700-MW Luhri hydroelectric project. The State Electricity Board Deputationists Union (SJVN) said the state as well as employees of the board would benefit if the project was allotted to the nigam.


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