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Book released: The district police authorities released a book titled “Citizen Charter” containing information regarding the rights and duties of the police to bring transparency in its working.L. K. Yadav, SSP, in a press note issued here on Friday said the book was released by a group of youths to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.

Mobile court: The first regular mobile court in Punjab will begin functioning from Talwara from October 2, 2007, on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for delivering of justice to people in the Kandi area. This mobile court, the second of its kind in India and first in Punjab, will be inaugurated by Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijendra Jain.DC, Hoshiarpur, D. K. Tiwari said the mobile court would settle cases of the locals right on their doorstep.

Teachers hold dharna: On the call of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, members of teaching and non-teaching staff of JC DAV College, Dasuya, led by their president Rakesh Mahajan, observed strike from 10 am to 3 pm and staged a dharna before the office of the college principal in support of their various demands. Their main demands included an aid of 95 per cent to the government-aided colleges, lifting of ban on promotions, filling up all vacant posts in the colleges and to pay their salaries in time.

Effigy burnt: Activists of various Hindu organisations led by Jangi Lal Mahajan, former president, municipal council, Mukerian and Trishna Manhas staged a remonstrance march and demonstration in the main markets of the Mukerian town, 55 km from here to protest against the Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi’s remarks about the existence of Lord Rama. They also burnt the effigy of Karunanidhi at Sanghar Chowk.

IG visits police stations:
IG (zonal), Patiala, M.K. Tiwrai visited police stations of Kharar and Mohali Phase I as part of routine inspection here on Friday. He examined record-keeping and cleanliness at the stations.

20 booked: The police on Friday booked 20 persons on the charge of illegally confining two persons, including a minor. According to information, Haji Mohd Ismail, resident of Mana Phatak, in a complaint lodged with the city police alleged that about 20 persons entered his agriculture land and ruined vegetables worth Rs 4 lakh with tractors. He also alleged that they illegally confined his brother and his nephew in the kotha situated in the fields. The accused were booked under Sections 323,342, 427,447, 506,148 and 149, IPC.

Blood donation: The District Red Cross Society organised a blood donation camp and schoolchildren staged a cultural bonanza to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at a district-level function here on Friday.

Painting exhibition: Vice-chancellor of Punjabi University Swarn Singh Boparai inaugurated an exhibition of paintings in the university’s Museum and Art Gallery here on Thursday. The exhibition displays the works of Gurpreet Singh, an artist hailing from Bathinda. Director of Museum and Art Gallery Dr Saroj Sharma addressed the gathering and said the work of Gurpreet Singh was not just the representation of his own fantasies but the result of an inspired mind.


Hindi fortnight: The Chandigarh division of the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) today organised the valedictory function of the Hindi fortnight. Addressing the winners of various competitions organised by the division during the fortnight, Yash Gulati, former head of the department of Hindi, Panjab University, said Hindi was the link language for the entire country.

Concludes: The celebrations of the Hindi month, which commenced on September 1, concluded at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, here, today. During the month, a series of competitions in debate, declamation, poem recitation, quiz, solo-song, extempore speech, all in Hindi, were organised to encourage the use of Hindi.

Won: The six-member Indian team bagged 3 silver medals and 3 honourable mentions in the 48th International Mathematical Olympiad that just concluded at Hanoi, Vietnam. The Olympiad was held between July19 and 31.

Tourism Day
: Chandigarh College of Hospitality celebrated the World Tourism Day at the college campus here on Thursday. Some students from the college went to the Chandigarh airport to welcome the tourists from various parts of the country and abroad by offering them flowers, garlanding them and offering sweets. The students at the function at the college campus were told about tourist destinations, Indian Railways and rural economy.

Hit and run: Dayawanti of Kuradi Mohalla, Kalka, reported to the police that a motorcyclist, Ankush Goyal, of the same locality hit her on the way in main bazaar, Kalka, on Thursday evening. Her leg was fractured in the accident and she was taken to the hospital. Police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 338 of the Indian Penal Code at Kalka police station.


Kashmiri students: A team of schoolchildren from Kashmir arrived in Ambala Cantt on Thursday. They were received by Maj Gen U.M. Maindarkar, COS, Kharga Corps.
The 25 children and there teachers have come here under the Army sponsored Operation Sadbhavna. An officer said the children have already visited Pathankot, Chandigarh and now they are proceeding to Delhi. During their tour, they will also meet the President of India.

Librarian association: The Punjab College Librarians Association (PCLA) has hailed the Punjab government decision for notifying the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) for librarians as recommended by the UGC on October 19, 2006. Mohinder Singh Dhillon and Barjinder Pal Dhiman, president and general secretary of the association said here that this was long overdue and thanked finance minister Manpreet Badal.

Vigilance inquiry sought: Vikas Parishad chief and former Ambala Cantt MLA Anil Vij demanded on Friday that a vigilance inquiry must be conducted into the tree-felling incident. He said that there was lack of transparency in the allocation of tender for the felling of trees. He said the presence of Congress activists including Congress block president Vishwanath Yadav at the spot where the trees were being chopped clearly indicates political patronage. Anil Vij said Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is going to be in Ambala on Saturday for a function at Kharga stadium and he must direct the officials concerned to probe this matter.

Dental programme: Union minister Kumari Selja inaugurated “Bright Smile Bright Future” programme in Ambala on Friday. The Indian Dental Association along with Colgate is jointly running the programme. Kumari Selja said that a large number of people, particularly senior citizens suffer from dental problems. Indian Dental Association, Ambala, secretary, Dr S.S. Ahluwalia said more than 80 per cent of the people in India do not adopt the correct method for brushing their teeth. He stressed upon proper brushing of teeth to keep germs at bay. “In this programme, we are holding awareness camps in various schools and distributing dental health pack to the children. About 25,000 health packs are going to be distributed to school students,”  he said.

Water conservation seminar: A national seminar on water conservation was organised at GMN College, Ambala Cantt, on Friday. Financial commissioner R.N. Parashar inaugurated the seminar. Prashar said we must deliberate upon converting rainwater into water fit for drinking. Prof R.K. Kohli of Panjab University, Chandigarh, threw light on important aspects of water conservation. Dr R.P. Malyavar chaired the evening session. College principal Dr R.R. Malik said more than 250 experts from all over the country are participating in the seminar.


Suicide: Dinesh Kumar (30), son of Rattan Singh of Taon village near Ghumarwin, has allegedly hung himself in his room on Thursday night. He was a serving soldier in 56 Dogra Rifles at Delhi and had come home only a few days back on a month leave and was said to be under depression. The police has registered a case and are investigating the case. A postmortem examination was conducted at Ghumarwin Hospital.

Candle-light march: The SFI district committee organised a candle-light march in Hamirpur on Thursday evening to celebrate the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The SFI activists marched through the bazaar carrying lighted candles and holding placards. SFI secretary Sandeep Thakur said they would observe the day as an ‘anti- imperialism day’ and distributed pamphlets highlighting the philosophy of Bhagat Singh and his associates.

Art of Living: The Art of Living Himachal chapter on Friday decided to involve 15,000 people in pledge to support the ‘stand up & speak out’ international campaign against poverty and hunger on October 17 in the state. State coordinator of the organisation Kamlesh Barwal said The Art of Living and United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) had come together to champion the cause of eradicating poverty in the world. Barwal said the campaign aimed to highlight the resolution of the Millennium summit held in the year 2000 where 189 countries had resolved to achieve eight millennium development goals with a thrust on poverty eradication by the year 2015.

Appointed: The All-India Congress Committee has appointed former minister Ranjit Singh Verma as the chairman and Indu Patial as the vice-chairman of the Panchayati Raj Department of the Pradesh Congress Committee. It also appointed Onkar Singh as the vice-chairman of the Other Backward Classes Department of the party.

Seminar: A one-day seminar on “jute geo-textiles and innovative jute products” highlighting the advantages of using geo-textiles for strengthening roads, arresting landslides and soil erosion in hill states like Himachal Pradesh was held here. The seminar was organised by the Jute Manufactures Development Council. Inaugurating the seminar, industries minister Kuldeep Kumar said jute geo-textile products were ideal for checking soil erosion in the environmentally fragile Himalayan region. These products were not only economical but also eco-friendly being biodegradable unlike the synthetic materials, he said.


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