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: Dr B. S. Dhillon, director, Research, GND University, has called for universities and colleges to adopt the latest techniques and modern tools for research in various academic disciplines.He said this at a seminar organised by the university library on “Live Presentation of e-Books and Navigational Tools” on the campus on Tuesday. Suresh Naryanan, manager, Elsevier (Science and Technology), New Delhi, also spoke on the occasion. 

Prof honoured: Dr Lekh Ram Sharma, professor of Sanskrit of GND University, has been honoured for his contribution to Sanskrit teaching by the Green Valley Educational Management , Hamirpur (HP) at Bijhari. Sharma was honoured by Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, former Chief Minister of HP and MP, during a special function. 

Senior functionaries of the State Bank of Patiala gave information on loans on low rate of interest being advanced by the bank to farmers.They briefed the farmers at a meeting organised by the Uttam Kheti Vikas Kender in association with Punjab Spintex Limited at Behman Diwana village on Tuesday. Suresh Gupta, Managing Director, Punjab Spintex Limited, said the farmers had requested the bank authorities to introduce the crop insurance scheme.

Arrested:Gurcharan Kaur, inspector, Punjab Police, who was working as an in chargeof women cell here was caught red-handed on Tuesday by a team of Vigilance Bureau while accepting bribe of Rs 5,000 from Hans Raj of Mansa town for a favour regarding a complaint lodged by his wife Rekha in connection with a matrimonial dispute. M. S. Dahiya, SSP, bureau, said Lakhbir Chand had also been arrested.

AIDS patient dead
: A 35-year-old employee of the paramilitary force died of AIDS at his Shangla village under Dasuya police station on Tuesday. According to Samma Masih, brother of the deceased, Talakh Masih was serving in the paramilitary forces. He was on leave and residing in the village because of the disease. 

Violators of traffic rules challaned: SP (traffic) Rakesh Kaushal stated that under a special campaign launched by the district police, 142 persons were challaned on Tuesday for not wearing helmets while driving two-wheelers. As many as 40 cars were also challaned for using black films, while 11 cars were impounded for traffic rule violations on Monday. 

Seminar on Sikhs: Dal Khalsa is organising a seminar on “60 years of Sikhs in India” at the local Sekhon Grand Hotel on Wednesday. Speakers including, former minister Manjit Singh, former MP Harinder Singh, Norway journalist Karamjit Singh, Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat leader Rajinder Singh, SGPC member Karnail Singh and other leaders like Dr Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon, Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib, Bhai Mokham Singh and Paramjit Singh Gazi would deliberate on various past decisions and the future of the Sikh community.

Camps held
: The Civil Hospital here with help of the Red Cross, Patiala, held eye and blood group check-up camps at Government Senior Secondary Girls School here on Tuesday. More than 500 students were examined and free spectacles distributed among girl students. A special lecture was given by Dr Mahesh Ahuja and ophthalmic officer Hardip Randhawa of the hospital on eye donation and eye care.

Case filed
: Yash Paul Ginda of Ward No. 13 of the Phillaur Nagar Council and Raj Kumari of Ward No. 2 of the Congress have been booked on the charges of attesting fake caste certificates of a person belonging to the Jat community. 

: The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has decided to organise a protest rally on Wednesday in front of Central Library at Patiala to press the SAD-BJP combine for redressing the grievances of thousands of college teachers serving in non-government colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh. This was stated on Tuesday in a press note issued by PCCTU’s state secretary P.K. Sharma. 



Pay day
: The Haryana Government will disburse on August 31 pay and allowances for the month of August to its employees because of gazetted holidays falling on September 1, 2 and September 3. 

Phone target
: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has set a target of 7.5 lakh new mobile connections in Haryana in the current financial year. Chief General Manager, Telecom, Haryana, K. C. Jindal told media persons here on Tuesday that the nigam had brought about several improvements in its services besides broadening its customer base. 

Record supply:
The Haryana Power Utilities supplied a record 1002.43 lakh units of power in the state on Monday against 801.63 lakh units supplied on the corresponding day last year. The maximum load on transmission and distribution system was 4671 MW at 9.45 pm against 4016 MW at 7 pm on the corresponding day last year.

: A 40-year-old married woman ended her life by hanging herself in her house on Monday in Khunga village. She was reportedly under depression for not having a child though she had been married for about 20 years.

Gramin lok adalat
: A gramin lok adalat was organised at Bandrana village on Sunday. The district and session Judge presided over the adalat. As many as 28 cases were taken up for disposal. Ajay Parashar, CJM-cum-secretary, Legal Services Authority, supervised the proceedings. 

Road accident
: Ronald Jacob, a captain of the National Security Guards (NSG), Manesar ( Gurgaon), died when his motor cycle reportedly collided with a truck at Dharuhera on Monday. The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving. 


Boar injures man
: Om Prakash, a villager, was attacked by a boar while he was cutting grass in his fields at Dhabhla village, near Ghumarwin, on Monday afternoon. When villagers working in nearby fields heard his cries, they rushed to help him and the boar fled from the scene. Om Prakash suffered multiple injuries. 

Govt flayed: BJP leader and MLA from Ghumarwin assembly segment Karam Dev Dharmani has condemned, what he called, government apathy and antipathy towards plight of rain and flood-hit villagers of the district. Addressing villagers at a meeting organised to distribute food items to the flood-hit farmers at Badoo, near Ghumarwin, on Monday afternoon, he said crops in thousands of bighas in the area were destroyed, but nothing substantial had been done for those affected. He said the Ghumarwin area should be declared “disaster area” and relief measures taken immediately. 

: Ashwani Kumar (16), son of Prem Singh of Sarsai village was killed when a Mahindra jeep (HP-66-0195) rolled into the Beas near Archhandi on the Kullu-Manali road on Monday. The jeep was on its way from Bandrol to Manali. The body was handed over to the victim’s family after a postmortem. The driver of the jeep is at large. A case has been registered against him. 

: The district athletics championship will be organised here on September 5. District president of the association Dewan Chand said competitions in all events for different age groups would be held, besides trials for senior-level athletes. 


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