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GND varsity dean: Raghbir Singh, professor, Department of Commerce and Business Management, took over as Dean (Academic Affairs), Guru Nanak Dev University, here on Monday.

: President, Punjab Youth Congress, Vijay Inder Singla, has said that at least 4 lakh youth will be enrolled in the party. He was addressing a press conference here on Monday.

Camp: The six-day Art of Living camp concluded here on Monday. Sanjay Singla taught the “sudarshan kirya” to the professionals. He said the Art of Living, Barnala chapter, would organize a drug deaddiction camp in September and October.

Collector rates: BJP president (Urban) Narinder Mittal said on Monday that deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari had assured a party’s delegation that the collector rates of the landed property would reasonably be hiked in the district.

Appointed: Commissioner Surinderjit Singh Sandhu has been appointed chairman of the committee constituted to monitor, finalise and implement computerisation of the land records. According to the notification issued by financial commissioner (Revenue) Romila Dubey, the committee will also recommend amendments to be made in the relevant Acts and manuals pertaining to the land records.

Ban imposed: District Magistrate Bhagwant Singh has banned carrying of firearms especially during marriages and parties. However, the ban will not be applicable to persons belonging to home guards, police and other paramilitary forces. In his orders, he has also imposed restriction on use of word "Press" on vehicles other than those belonging to accredited correspondents.

Meeting held:
A meeting of the Bharti Kisan Union, Rajewal Block, Khamano, was held at the Gurdwara Sahib here under the chairmanship of the circle president Karnail Singh Jatana . The president of the union, Balvir Singh Rajewal, also took part in this meeting. He  appealed the Punjab government to consider the genuine demands of the farmers. After the meeting, a memorandum was given to the SDM Khamano about the demands of the area. The protesters passed through the bazar raising slogans. They demanded that 35 lakh should be given per acre for their land that is being acquired for the rail link between Morinda and Ludhiana. They also demanded that one member of the each affected family should be  provided job.

In a signed statement sent to the press, president Harpreet Singh and Sukhdev Singh Rana of the All India Federation of School Lecturer Association said that an emergency meeting of the association was held here on Sunday. The lecturers from various parts of Punjab had attended the meeting and discussed various problems. The association said that the employees, working for a very long time in the education secretariat, should be transferred. The teachers and employees whose salaries were upgraded in 2001, should be accorded sanction . It also demanded that irregularities in the seniority lists should also be removed.

: Irked over her marriage proposal with a boy other than her "dream boy”, 17-year-old Salma chopped off her maternal grandmother Mahmooda’s neck at Chatwal village, near here, on Saturday night. The district police has arrested Salma for the crime. According to SP Harpreet Singh, Salma had been staying with her maternal grandparents after her mother divorced her father. She was in love with a boy of the same locality, but her grandparents and mother refused to let her marry the boy of her choice.

Teachers’ plea: College teachers should also be honoured on Teacher’s Day (September 5) at the state as well as national level. This demand was made by a former member of the Punjab government’s Education Reforms Committee, Uday Partap Singh, here on Saturday.

Indian Oil Day: Indian Oil Corporation celebrated its 44th Indian Oil Day at its local terminal on Monday. A blood donation camp was also organised on the occasion. It was inaugurated by SSP Arun Pal Singh.


COURSE: City-based Animation Live, a premium animation training institute, on Saturday launched an animation course ‘APD3D’ with written job guarantee. Addressing mediapersons, centre head Ankur Kapoor said, “APD3D is an advance professional diploma in 3-D animation and visual effects. After completing the course, the students will be getting job placements.”


: The Himachal Pradesh State Education Department Class IV Employees Union on Monday welcomed the promotion of 36 class IV employees along with their regularisation of services in Bilaspur district. Union president Amar Singh Chandel said deputy director of education Sadaram Kaundal had taken special interest to settle more than 100 cases of promotion that had been hanging fire for long. Chandel urged the department to take up the promotion cases of the remaining class IV employees of the 1997 batch as a large number of posts were still vacant.

Kerosene seized: A team of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department seized 1,200 litre kerosene and arrested Kaka Ram at Gughar Tanda village, near Palampur, on Monday. Kaka Ram has been handed over to the police that had arrested him. A case has been registered.

Woman dies
: A married woman died after getting burnt in her parents' house on Saturday. Police sources said Reenu, who was married to Ashok Kumar of Chaboh village, had gone to her parents' house. Her clothes caught fire while cooking food. She was taken to the zonal hospital here which referred her to the IGMC, Shimla, but she died on the way.

: Jagat Nirankari, a resident of Raiwala (Uttaranchal), died on the spot as his motor cycle collided with a scooter at Badripur (Paonta)on Sunday night. Scooter rider Dharmander, who was seriously injured in the accident, has been admitted to a local hospital. The police has registered a case.

Policy flayed: The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has flayed the government for its alleged failure in implementing the policy to regularise daily wagers. General secretary of the state unit of the BMS Sukhbir Katoch said here last evening that the daily wagers who were being regularised after 18 to 20 years of service were not being given their due arrears.

Cong, BJP men join BSP
: About 100 Congress and BJP workers, including office-bearers, joined the BSP at a meeting here on Saturday. A majority of those who joined the BSP were from the upper castes. The meeting was addressed by Major Vijay Singh Mankotia, convener of the BSP, and Man Singh Manhera, general secretary of the BSP.

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