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Banur
CONFERENCE: A two-day national conference on “Trends in Computing - NCTC 07” was held at Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET), Ramnagar, here on Friday. Dr R.N Sarvade, director, DRDO, Chandigarh, was the chief guest and Dr Vijay Gupta, director, PEC, Chandigarh, was the guest of honour. About 365 papers were submitted by researchers and IT professionals from all over India, out of which 188 papers have been selected for publication in the "NCTC-07" edition.

Patiala
CAMP: Patiala’s Red Cross Society organised a camp in Mukat Public Senior Secondary School at Rajpura, here on Friday. Principal of the school Gyatri Kaushal, DTS Red Cross K.R. Verma, and traffic expert Gurjap Singh taught the students how to give immediate treatment to accident victims. More than 130 students attended this camp. Verma also honoured Gyatri and Mukesh Thapar for donating blood more than 34 times.

Show: DAV Public School celebrated 150 years of 1857 “Jang-e-Azadi” on the school premises here on Wednesday. A fancy-dress competition was organised in which 23 students took part dressed as war heroes and freedom fighters. The students also raised slogans with placards in their hands. A patriotic song and play was also presented by a group of students.


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HARYANA

Ambala
BLOOD DONATION: A blood donation camp was organised by doctors of Philadelphia Hospital in the premises of Ambala Public School on Friday. School principal S.K. Virk said 40 units of blood were collected and most of the donors were teachers of the school. School chairman Sukhvinder Singh Virk was the first person to donate blood.

DRAWING CONTEST: A drawing and painting competition was held at Father Agnel Convent School, Ambala Cantonment, on Thursday wherein a number of students from various classes took part. Results: Pre-nursery: Jainish 1, Arjun 2 and Tathagat Sarthak, Utsav 3; nursery: Ishaan 1, Aryana 2 and Gagandeep, Pratham Tiwari 3; kindergarten: Abhay 1, Tanisha 2 and Harmeet, Tanvi stood 3; Class I: Pushpam 1, Aryan 2 and Arushi 3. Class II: Prince 1, Abhinav 2; Class III: Ketan 1, Dilpreet 2 and Simarpreet 3; Class IV: Manpreet 1 and Namrata 2; Class V: Navmeet 1 and Mrityunjay 2.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Bilaspur
2 houses gutted
Two houses and three cowsheds were destroyed in a fire at Luharwin village near Ghumarwin, about 23 km from here, on Thursday night. The total loss is estimated at Rs 15 lakh as as entire belongings kept in the houses were totally burnt. A short-circuit caused the fire. Fire engines could not reach the scene of the fire in the absence of a road to the houses. SDM Pradip Thakur has provided a grant of Rs 10,000 each to house owners Roop Lal and Pawan Kumar and of Rs 5,000 each to cowshed owners Nandlal, Pyar Singh and Daler Singh.

Chamba
Merger hailed
: The Himachal Pradesh State Minorities and Gujjar Welfare Board has welcomed the government decision to merge the 'gujjar ashram' of Kalsuin village with that at Sahoo, 12 km from Chamba. Member of the board Liyakat Khan said the government had to take this decision in view of the deplorable condition of the Kalsuin Gujjar ashram, which was on the verge of collapse. Khan said that the Sahoo Gujjar ashram had been especially constructed for housing more than 50 children.

Nahan
Girl drowns
: Class III student Shushma (9) of Manwa village under Sanaura panchayat in Rajgarh subdivision was found dead in a water tank near her village. Family sources the girl had gone to wash clothes in the tank. When she did not return, her father Shyama Nand and villagers started searching for her. Her body was recovered from the tank after draining out the water. Rajgarh SDM Vivek Chandel said Rs 3,000 had been paid to the affected family as an immediate relief.

Shimla
Village panels:
Village-level coordination committees will be associated to create awareness among women and children through community communication, Anuradha Thakur, Director, said presiding over a workshop on Social Welfare and Empowerment. As many as 7,354 such committees had been constituted that held regular meetings on the 3rd of every month. The department was planning to publish 11 booklets on various issues pertaining to women and children to help create awareness. She also spoke about the laws implemented for the benefit of women, children and the aged.

SOLAN
Woman missing: Since all efforts have failed to trace 27-year-old Nisha Devi, who went missing from her native village Khili Khobla in Ramshehar sub-tehsil on March 19, the Solan police on Friday appealed to the people to help them in tracing her. Solan SP Daljeet Thakur has appealed to the people to contact the police if any such woman was found in their area. The SP could be contacted at 01792-220567.

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