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The VHP has decided to boycott those political parties at functions which had questioned the existence of Lord Rama. This was stated by Bimal Kumar, district secretary of the VHP, here on Thursday.

: The Agriculture Department will hold a technical awareness camp for all farmers of the area at Agriculture Bhavan here on Tuesday. This was stated by Paramjit Singh Sidhu, chief agricultural officer here on Friday. 

Function: Folk dances, plays and songs marked the function held on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology here on Thursday. Noted director Gursharan Singh was the chief guest on the occasion.

Wildlife Week: The Forest and Wildlife Department celebrated Wildlife Week at Deer Park, Bir Talab, here on Thursday. Quiz, painting and speech competitions were also held on the  occasion. 

Teachers found absent: Nine teachers of Government Senior Secondary School, Banur, including the officiating principal, were found absent during a surprise check conducted by education minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur on Friday. The minister reached the school at 9.02 am and was accompanied by DPI (secondary) Jagtar Singh Khattra and other subordinate staff members. Nine teachers were found absent and four of them were late for their duty. Officiating principal Lalita Kumari was also not there. Talking to mediapersons, Khattra said disciplinary action would be taken against the erring teachers, which may tantamount to their suspension. 

Contests held: Competitions organised for school students of five villages of the district marked Wildlife Week celebrations in the district. The wildlife wing of the forest department organised various competetions including painting, quiz, essay writing.

Paddy arrival
: The procurement of paddy is being done smoothly at all the 54 procurement centres in Hoshiarpur district. As many as 25,165 tonne paddy has arrived in various centres of the district so far.

Teachers protest
: Members of the Government Teachers’ Union held a protest outside zila parishad office, here today. Their demands included benefits under 4-9-14 scale, exemption from duties of preparing mid-day meals, regularisation with full grades. The protesters also sought immediate filing up of vacant posts. Teachers working under zila parishad system who had been today asked to apply for transfers also held a protest. Meanwhile, members of the district government teachers union, Hoshiarpur today staged a day long dharna and rally in front of Zila Parishad to protest against the proposed handing over the control of education department to Zila Parishads’ in state. 

Helping hand: All the Rotary Clubs of Jalandhar have collectively presented their first instalment of Rs 51,250 to deputy commissioner Ajit Singh Pannu for the drug de-addiction programme of the Red Cross and the civil hospital here. District governor S.P.S. Grover, along with other members, handed over the contribution. 

Placement drive:
Over 2,500 students of engineering technology, computer applications and information technology from various technology institutes registered online for an upcoming campus placement interviews scheduled for Saturday at Rayat and Bahra Centre for Excellence at Sahauran campus of the institute. Vice-chairman, Rayat and Bahra Group of Institutes, Gurvinder Singh Bahra said many more students were expected to turn up for the campus interviews by registering on spot.The special recruitment drive is to be conducted for appointment of engineers with Wipro Technologies Infrastructure Services.

Guest lecture
: GGN Institute Of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a guest lecture on “Data Mining: A promising research area for the students of BCA and MCA”, here today. Parminder Kaur, lecturer (CSE and IT), Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, was the guest speaker for the day. 

Tributes paid
: Members of the Sarv Bharat Naujwan Sabha and All-India Students Union paid tributes to the students killed on this day in 1971 while fighting for rights of common people here on Friday. The ceremony was organised at Regal Cinema. On the occasion the family of Harjit Singh Charik were honoured.

Celebrated: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) celebrated its seventh anniversary here on Friday. Musaddi Lal, GMT(D), told the mediapersons here that that Punjab BSNL had launched some schemes for landline and WLL telephones.

Competition: The local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad organised a function here on Friday. Sita Ram Kashyap, MLA, Dinanagar, was the chief guest. Bishan Dass Sharma, president of the unit, said on this occasion a National Anthem singing competition would be held among students. 

Blood donation camp: Many people turned up for the second blood donation camp organised by Career Launcher at the Beant Singh shopping complex on Friday. Among the donors were students of Thapar College, Bikram College of Commerce, Government Mohindra College and Punjabi University. A team of doctors from the blood bank section of the Government Rajindra Hospital managed the camp, which was organised under the guidance of Aashima Jain and Bharat Jain, the proprietors of Career Launcher. 

Boy drowns
: A young boy Rakesh Kumar drowned in a 40-feet deep village pond at Bilga village last night. The dead body of the deceased could not be located from the pond. Phillaur SDM Pritam Singh said help from Army would be taken to fish out the body.

Vacant posts: Punjab Education Minister Upinderjit Kaur said on Friday that 4,000 posts of master cadre and 10,000 posts of elementary teacher would be filled within two months. She was at Sunam to participate in the annual prize distribution function of Guru Gobind Singh Public School. She announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the school. A deputation of the district unit of the ETT Teachers Union met the minister and submitted a memorandum of their demands. 

Tarn Taran
: Neglected by his two sons, a 65-year-old man here on Friday committed suicide by hanging himself at Jindawala village under police station, Patti. According to police sources, the deceased has been identified as Karnail Singh. In his suicide note, he had written that his two sons had also sold off some land in his name. A case had been  registered. 



Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Shri Sanatan Dharam Mandir Sabha, Sector 37: president - J.R. Gupta; senior vice-presidents - Charanjit Lal Sharma and Laxmi Chand Bajaj; vice-president - Jatinder Sharma; general secretary - Y.K. Sarna; finance secretary -S.C. Gupta; cashier - Vijay Bansal; store secretary - V.B. Tewari; organising secretary - M.N. Sharma; joint secretaries - Pardeep Dewan and S.M. Kochhar and auditor - Banta Ram Bansal.

Meet: With a view to promoting brotherhood, a meet of the Wadhawan community will be held at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, on October 7. The meet will chalk out the action plan for the welfare of the community, K.C. Wadhawan, meet convener, said. 

Power sub-station:
In view of the demand of residents of NAC Zirakpur and adjoining villages for the improvement of the power supply to the area, Punjab minister for cooperation Capt Kanwaljit Singh laid the foundation stone of a 66 KV grid sub-station at Dhakauli on Thursday.



Book fair
: A book fair was organised at Air Force School here on Friday to commemorate the platinum jubilee of Indian Air Force. Air Force Wives Welfare Association, Ambala, president Anjana Dhar inaugurated the book fair. The book fair was coordinated by Squadron Leader Anuradha Sharma, education officer and principal Dr Rita Singh.

Case against ex-MLA: A case was registered against former MLA of Ambala Cantonment Anil Vij for his involvement in an altercation following the tree cutting incident some days ago, on Friday. The case has been registered at Parao police station. The altercation took place when the vehicle carrying freshly felled trees was stopped near 12 Cross Road. The case has been registered against Vij and a few others. The former MLA said the activists of Vikas Parishad had gone to the Parao police station to get a copy of the FIR but it was not shown to them. He alleged that the case seemed to be politically motivated. “We are the ones who are exposing the irregularities and now an FIR has been registered against us,” he said.



: The Himachal Pradesh State Journalists Federation has condemned the attack on journalist Shailender Kalra at Nahan by an employee of the Himachal Electricity Board and urged the Chief Minister, the DGP and the Power Minister to ensure strict action against the culprit. Even though a delegation of journalists met the Chief Minister at Badu Sahib about two weeks ago, no action had been taken by the police.

Gutted: Three houses were gutted on Friday in Flahen village in Mandalgarh panchayat of the district. The houses belonged to Prem Chand, Mehar Chand and Prem Chand Aarti. The total loss has been assessed at Rs 20 lakh. No loss of life was reported. The subdivisional Magistrate and tehsildar, Kullu, gave away Rs 20,000 each to the affected families.

Survey: The HP Vishwakarma Sabha on Friday said the sabha would do a comprehensive survey in each district to verify whether the benefits of the government schemes meant for the poor were reaching them. Office-bearers of the sabha Dharam Chand, Karmu Ram and Mohan Lal said the sabha activists had formed its organisation at the panchayat level and would conduct a survey. The sabha has also formed the Vishwakarma Vikas Board for the welfare of the deprived sections in the state, they added.

Accident: A tourist bus (DL-1PA- 4629) hit pedestrians just after overtaking another bus at Thapkor on Kandwal- Bhadroya link road in the subdivision late Thursday night killing one of them. Om Parkash (22), a resident of Banni of Chamba district along with his friend Santosh Kumar was coming from the opposite side. The bus was on its way back from Dharamsala to Delhi. It hit Om Parkash who seriously injured and succumbed to his injuries and was declared brought dead at the civil hospital at Pathankot. In the mishap, Santosh Kumar had a narrow escape whereas four women tourists travelling in the bus received minor injuries. The driver of the bus fled and a case has been registered. The bus has been impounded.

APL cards:
The state government has decided to replace the already issued green cover APL (above poverty line) ration cards by a multi-coloured APL ration cards. A spokesman of the food, civil supplies and consumer affairs said here on Friday that all APL ration-card holders in the state were informed about the decision and the process would start in all districts from October 16 and October 31. No fee would be charged for the replacement, he added.


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