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Holiday on Oct 9:
Guru Nanak Dev University has announced holiday on October 9 in its all non-teaching departments and administrative branches on the occasion of the birth anniversary of fourth Sikh Guru Ram Das. 

Convention: As many as 200 teachers from Punjab will participate in the School Teachers Federation of India’s (STFI) convention to be held in Delhi on October 6, said Sucha Singh Ajnala, president of the Punjab Government Teachers Union (GTU). 

Rally flagged off:
Cabinet minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh flagged off a “chetna rally” of youth Akali Dal activists to observe the birth centenary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh here on Sunday. Addressing the gathering, he said people owed their freedom to men like Bhagat Singh who revolutionised the freedom struggle. Two plays - “Mitti rudan kare”, directed by Dr Aman Bhogal, and “Suraj chhipan ton pehlan”, based on Bhagat Singh’s stay in jail before being executed - were enacted commemorating the spirit of revolution and freedom.

Blood donation:
Punjab health and family welfare minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla expressed concern over the low ratio of voluntary blood donation in the state. She said 19 per cent of the people from the state donate blood voluntarily where as national average stands at 58 per cent. 

Camp: A state-level blood donation camp was organised by State Blood Transfusion Council, Punjab at Bansal palace here on Monday. Dr Balbeer Singh, civil surgeon, Barnala, honoured 27 organisations and nine couples. 

Protest march: The Sarv Party Zabar Virodhi Action Committee held a protest march here on Monday. About 200 persons cutting across the party lines participated in the march. Later, a memorandum was sent to the Chief Minister through the DC. 

Body found:
The crushed body, later identified as of Jaswinder Singh of Guru Ki Nagari Colony, was found lying at the Bathinda-Patiala railway line at Gaji Ratan link road, near here, on Monday. Vijay Goyal, president, Sahara Public Welfare, said soon an ambulance was rushed to the spot and the GRP was informed about the accident. 

Baby found:
Volunteers of the Sahara Public Welfare found a newly born baby abandoned in a park at Model Town Phase 2 here on Friday. The baby was being treated at the Civil Hospital here. If the organisation failed to find its parents, it would be given to someone under the adoption policy. 

Woman alleges torture:
The police booked Sukhdev Singh, his sister-in-law Pammi and brother Lakha Singh, all residents of Kamrawan, under sections 498-A of the IPC for allegedly torturing Harjinder Kaur of Jalalpur Nangli on Sunday night. According to the police, Harjinder Kaur has alleged that her in-laws allegedly tortured her to bring Rs 50,000 from her parents. 

Smack seized: The police arrested two persons during raids on a jeweller’s shop and a brick-kiln on Sunday night and seized 55 gm of smack from their possession. Raids were conducted on Suhag Jewellers on the Phagwara road and seized 50 gm of smack from its owner Sarju, alias Suraj. Similarly, the Garhdiwala police raided a brick-kiln at Mangarh on Monday and seized 5 gm of smack from Parminderjit Singh, alias Goldi, a resident of Mangarh.

Hundreds of students participated in an open mini-marathon organised, by the Akhil Bharatiya Hind Suraksha Youth Sanram Democratic Parishad here at ITI grounds on Wednesday, to commemorate the birth centenary Shaheed Bhagat Singh. 

Paddy purchase:
Kapurthla deputy commissioner J.M. Balamurugan, Punjab technical education minister Chaudhary Swarana Ram visited local mandis on Monday to assess the paddy procurement arrangements. Expressing satisfaction the Phagwara SDM said around 18,000 quintals of paddy had been purchased. 

Tributes paid:
Lieut-Gen Sreedharan Shyam Kumar, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Vajra Corps, paid tributes to martyrs of the 1971 war at Pulkanjari War Memorial on Monday. Talking to mediapersons, he said the Army was in a state of readiness and his message to the force would be to “keep the bullets dry.” Coming here after a stint in Nagaland, the officer said this area being peaceful, he could afford to focus on the welfare schemes of the Army.

180 donate blood:
As many as 180 volunteers donated blood at a camp organised by Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology in association with the Rotary Club here on Monday. The camp was inaugurated by institute director Madhu Chitkara, who lauded the efforts put in by teachers and students for organising the camp. Institute principal Dr R.K. Bansal said the college would soon come up with a blood information cell to maintain record of blood groups of students and their kin.

Urja Divas:
Rajiv Gandhi Akshey Urja Divas was celebrated at Prem Sabha Senior Secondary School here on Monday.Deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri was the chief guest at the function. Earlier, Ohri flagged off a rally at the district administrative complex here, which culminated at the Prem Sabha School. Dictionaries were distributed among about 1,000 students of various schools, who took part in the rally. 



The following have been elected office-bearers of Shri Ram Mandir Sabha, Sector 47-D: president - Sudershan Kumar Sharma; secretary - S.K. Sharma and cashier - M.C. Bajaj. 

Meet: The general body meeting of the Indian Ex-services League will be held at Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir Bhavan, Sector 24, on October 27. According to a press note issued here today, the annual reports for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 will be presented at the meeting. The members can send their agenda to the league secretary by October 15, the press note added.



Training in English language:
Haryana urban development and technical education minister A.C. Chaudhary on Monday said English language and personality development training would be imparted to students of technical institutes so that they could get employment in multi-national companies. Chaudhary arrived here for the first time after becoming minister. He said they were planning double shifts in professional technical institutions. He said Haryana was an attractive destination for industrialists due to its proximity to Delhi. He directed the department to ensure cleanliness drive and check on encroachments in the city. He said public health officials would set up tubewells on pieces of land allotted by village panchayats. 

Wakf panel tour from Oct 3: A study tour of the joint parliamentary committee on wakf to Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana will be held from October 3 to 9. This was stated by deputy commissioner Mohammad Shyin on Monday. He said the committee comprised 30 members along with four officers of the Rajya Sabha secretariate. Two officers from the ministry of minority affairs will also accompany the committee. He added that the committee would assess the working of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh UT wakf boards and implementation of the Wakf Act, 1995. It would include details of wakf properties, status of survey of properties, developmental activities, and projects completed and those in hand during the past 3 years in the district. 



Elders protest:
The Elder Citizen’s Association has protested against the alleged clumsy manner in which the District Welfare Department organised the International Senior Citizens Day function at Vyas Bhavan here on Monday. Association general secretary R.L. Sharma said the district welfare officer invited them on telephone to attend the function at 11am. A large number of elder citizens gathered at the venue at the scheduled time, but no officer was present there. The mismanagement continued for more than an hour and the wait for the hosts and the chief guest proved too long for them. All of them walked out of the venue at 12.15 pm in protest. DC R.L. Sharma said in future proper instructions should be given to the organisers to be courteous and stick to the time schedule. 

Thakur flayed: BJP’s state unit spokesman Randhir Sharma on Monday said Ramlal Thakur had not only failed as a minister but also proved a flop as a representative of the Kot-Kehloor constituency. He was addressing mediapersons at the Circuit House. He produced documentary evidence to prove irregularities being committed in the Forest Department under Thakur. He demanded a high-level inquiry into these irregularities and action against the minister.

Medical camp:
The local Regional Research Institute of Homeopathy organised a health camp for the senior citizens at Rajhana village to mark the “International Day for the Elderly”. Medicines were provided free of cost and simple laboratory tests were also carried out at the camp which was inaugurated by Justice R.K.Mahajan. S.R.Sharma of the institute underlined the need for providing proper medical care to the elderly. 


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