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NSS camp ends:
The 10-day NSS camp organised by DAV College at the government school complex at Dharmpura village, near here, concluded on Monday. Dr Ram Kumar Goyal, a former MLA, was the chief guest at the valedictory function. 

Campus placements at SVIET:
As many as nine students of Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET), have achieved campus placement and have been selected by Reify Technologies, a web development company, offering enterprise solution development services based in the United States. The five students placed in Reify Technologies studying in their 7th semester are Amit Sharma and Ashish Chopra of computer science and engineering branch and Taranjeet Kaur, Ramandeep Kaur and Neeraj Sharma of electronics and communication engineering branch. The other four students namely Amit Kumar, Arvinder Singh and Harswinder Singh of computer science and engineering branch and Gaurav Mahipal of electronics and communication engineering branch are studying in the 5th semester.

Effigy burnt:
To protest against the ever -increasing prices of essential goods, the New Trade Union burnt the effigies of the state and union governments at the court chowk on Monday. Hundreds of labourer and class IV employees participated in it. 

Protest: The Punjab Student Union will observe protest week from October 13 to 20 to lodge its protest against the privatisation of education. Pardeep Kumar disclosed this in a meeting held at ITI institute on Monday.

Sangat darshan:
A sangat darshan in Bathinda sub-division was held at Chak Singh Wala village on Monday. It was attended by panchayats of six villages, namely Chak Ram Singh Wala, Chak Bakhtu, Lehra Khana, Lehra Mohabbat, Har Joginder Singh Nagar and Chak Singh Wala. Rahul Tiwari, DC, was present along with officials from 17 other government departments. 

Talent hunt: A talent hunt programme was organised in the Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal, on Monday. The students presented songs, ghazals, dances, poems, skits and giddha to enthral the audience. The principal of Government School, Bhaini-Bring, S. Sarvjeet Singh Toor, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Appointed: Dr B.D. Bajaj, a former district TB officer of Bathinda, was appointed as the state coordinator of a TB eradication project on Monday.

One held: The police arrested Tarsem ,alias Shammi, of Ram Tirath village near Talwandi Sabo, with 5 kg of poppy husk on Sunday. A case has been registered under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. The accused has been sent to judicial custody till October 23. 

Crushed: A labourer,Phool Chand, was crushed to death by a PRTC bus at Jassi Chowk on the Bathinda-Mansa road on Monday. The rear tyres of the bus rolled over him and he was severely injured. He was rushed to the civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The body was handed over to family members after the postmortem.A case has been registered against the driver of the bus .

One held: The police arrested Satish Kumar of Rampura Mandi and recovered narcotic drugs from his possession, from Rampura, near here, on Sunday. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against him. He has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days. 

Mass marriage:
Eightyfive couples tied the nuptial knot at a programme organised by Sidh Shri Hanuman Mandir, Fazilka, and Bhagat Kuldip Sahu, chief of Baba Ram Dev Samiti, Bodiwala Pitha on Sunday. Vijay Kumar Chopra, chief editor of Punjab Kesari Group, Jalandhar, was the chief guest. Ajit Singh Kohar, revenue minister, Punjab, Sher Singh Ghubaya, chief parliamentary secretary, Surjit Kumar Jyani, MLA, Fazilka, were also present.

Green cover:
Clean and Green Association, Hoshiarpur, will be taking up an extensive plantation drive in two more areas, Guru Nanak Avenue and Shankar Nagar. In a function, SSP Anita Punj planted a sapling of a tree and appreciated the efforts of the association for making the city clean and green. Chairman of the association Deepak Mittal said their mission started three years ago from Budh Ram Colony. As many as 19 colonies had been adopted by the association till date.

Loans for needy: Loans worth Rs 353 crore have been provided till June this year under priority sector in Hoshiarpur district. This was disclosed by additional deputy commissioner (development) Mohmad Iqbal Bhatti while presiding over the meeting of advisory committee to review the progress of banks, here on Monday. 

Youth to be told about new jobs:
District Employment Generation and Training Department will organise a `mass counselling programme’ for imparting awareness among the youth about new job opportunities. This was decided in a meeting presided over by ADC cum additional director of the department, AK Sikka. District Employment Officer Sanjeeda Beri, among other dignitaries, was present at the meeting.The programme is being organised on the direction of the secretary of the department NS Kalsi.

Help pours in:
Local MLA Jatinder Singh Kariha and deputy commissioner Gurpal Singh Bhatti today handed over cheques worth Rs 1 lakh each to the parents of the three hawkers, Gurpreet, Sukhwinder and Ravinder, who were crushedby a truck while they were arranging newspapers at Chandigarh chowk about two months ago. 

DEO holds meet: District education officer (DEO) Piara Singh, while addressing a meeting of school heads, exhorted them to dedicate themselves to build up conducive environment in schools for inculcating human values and glorious traditions of Indian culture among the students. He advised them to mobilise the parents also to give more time to their children.

Family members of 16 eye donors were honoured at a special function organised by the Social Welfare Society, a premier NGO of the town, on Sunday. Vijay Kumar Chopra, chief editor, Punjab Kesari Group of newspapers, and Surjit Kumar Jyani, local MLA, presented momentoes on behalf of the society to them.

9 arrested: The district police in a special drive arrested nine persons, including two women, under the Excise Act on Monday. District police chief Lok Nath Angra said all had been identified as Gurdev Singh, Sukhdev Raj, Sunita Devi, Mehnga Ram, Jindi, Charan Masih, Lovekesh Kumar, Manjit Singh and Joginder Singh and recovered 8,235 litres of illicit liquor from their possession.

Rotary Club:
Sudarshan Bedi took charge as the new president of the Rotary club on Monday. Prominent among those present on the occasion were Dr B.C Gupta, principal secretary (home), D.S Grewal, deputy commissioner and the Patiala SSP S.K Asthana. Speaking on the occasion, Dr B.C Gupta recommended new projects for the new team. The new president elaborated some of the projects, the team planned to undertake, including those pertaining to literacy and adult education.

Opium seized:
The Police arrested a migratory labourer, identified as Rakesh Jha, and seized 1 kg opium from him Tibbi railway crossing on Monday. The accused was on his way to sell opium among drug addicts. Meanwhile, investigations were still on. 

Honorarium received:
The honorarium to lambardars of Samrala Tehsil have been received from the Punjab government, according to Sukhdev Singh Mahal, SDM Samrala, here today.The honorarium received in Samrala Tehsil is the second installment amounting Rs 2500 which is Rs 500 per month for five months, added SDM Mahal.

Meeting: The meeting of the Samrala Tehsil Lambardar Union, held here today, under the convenorship of Sohan Singh Lambardar of village Bharthala, in which more than 50 Lambardars participated. The next meeting is scheduled to be held on October 10. 



Yoga Camp:
A four-day yoga and meditation camp was organised in New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15 by Dev Sanskriti Vishva Vidyalaya (Shanti Kunj) Haridwar. The instructors gave demonstration of various ‘asans’ to the students. The programme started with Gayatri Mantra and the students were made aware of its importance in life. The teachers also emphasised on the scientific methods and its benefits. Yoga can eradicate all the ailments of a body and mind, they said. The students and the teaching staff performed exercises and took keen interest in the lectures also. At the end ‘shanti path’ was done to relax the body, mind and soul. The school Principal Sharda Gupta presided over the Shivir.

Technical workshopMOHALI:
A technical workshop was organised for the students of MCA at Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh under the ageis of HCL. Shalini Gupta, director of the group, highlighted about the basic support being provided by the institute to the students to venture in new areas. Chanderkant, technical head (Noida) of HCL with Brijesh, centre head, HCL, Chandigarh and Ashish, executive manager co-managed the workshop that was attended by all the students of MCA cluster.

Seminar: A seminar on ‘operations management- yesterday, today and tomorrow’ was organised by Aryans Business School (ABS) here today. Prof. D.K. Banwet, Professor Dalmia, Chair Prof at the department of management studies of IIT, Delhi was the chief guest and key note speaker. Other renowned experts including Prof S.P. Singh and Dr K.K. Mangla, both former chairman, University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dr.S.V. Malhotra, retired Prof, Himachal Pardesh University, Shimla addressed the students of ABS at college campus. Giving his inaugural address, Prof. D.K. Banwet shared tips in operations management, supply chain and logistics management. While interacting with the students, he said operations management is the base for entering into any filed or area of management. 



BJP meeting:
A meeting of the Ambala unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party was held on Monday. State vice president, Ratan Lal Kataria, was the special invitee for the meeting. BJP activists said since the time Congress has come to power that there has been a sharp hike in prices of essential commodities. They said that shortage of electricity is forcing industries to relocate outside Haryana. Kataria said unemployment is on the rise and law and order situation has deteriorated in the state with the result that the common man is finding it difficult to make both ends meet. 

CONCLUDES: A cultural programme marked the concluding day of the ten-day NSS camp at Arya Girls College, Ambala Cantt here today. The chief guest on the occasion was Anuradha Baksha, secretary, Rotary Club of Ambala. An exhibition of art and craft materials prepared during the camp by NSS volunteers was put for display. Programme officer, Dr Swarn Lata Sharma spoke about the campaign against female foeticide. NSS volunteers took out a peace march to spread awareness on various social issues and participated in sapling plantation at Tundlga village.

NSS camp:
Volunteers of the NSS on Sunday toiled hard to paint the boundary walls of Government Girls Senior Secondary School here. The girls also collected garbage. The volunteers have been attending the training camp for the past nine days. Deputy director, Education Department, I.S. Sheokand, visited the school and reviewed the progress of the camp. He exhorted the students to work hard for the elimination of dowry system and female foeticide.

9 injured:
Nine people, including three women and two children, were seriously injured when two cars collided head-on on a link road between Kharkhoda and Khanda on Sunday evening. The injured included Shushil, Sajjan, Rubi and Mohan of Rohad village and had been admitted to the PGIMS, Rohtak, while Surender, Darshna, Phoolwati, Prem and Pooja were admitted to a hospital in Delhi. 

CPS bereaved: Ganga Devi (70), mother of chief parliamentary secretary Ramesh Kaushik, died on Sunday after a brief illness. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda conveyed their condolences to Kaushik who was present at the stone laying ceremony of the NIFTEM by Sonia Gandhi at Kundli. Prominent citizens of the town and senior officers of the district administration have also condoled her death.



Last date for submitting applications for admission to class VI of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Kothipura near here for the next academic session has been fixed for November 15, 2007. Principal Prem Lata Baunthiyal said here on Monday that the application forms were available free of cost in every school and the education office throughout the district and all those students studying in class V in any government-recognized school in Bilaspur district could apply and compete in the written admission test which would be held on February. 10, 2008.

Accident: Mohan Lal (40) of Mihan village was killed at Tared village in the Chandpur area as his tractor, on which he was tilling the land, suddenly over-turned and he was crushed under it injuring him seriously on Sunday evening. He was rushed to the district hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police has registered a case. 

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chamba Welfare Association: president - Lajpat Singh Jandrotia; senior vice-president - Tej Singh Jasrotia, vice-presidents - J.D. Khanna and Nitya Kalyan; general secretary - Yog Raj Sehgal; secretary - Chain Lal Sharma; finance secretary - A.P. Bagalwan; law secretary - Kishan Chand Verma; organising secretary - Bihari Lal Bedi; and auditor - J.S. Bali; advisers - M.C. Marwah and Harish Chandra Sharma, and spokespersons - J. R. Kapoor and D. K. Mehta. Besides, Brig R.S. Jamwal, A.K. Bhardwaj, R.K. Mahajan, Manoj Sharma, V.P. Bali, Madan Kumar Sharma, Des Raj Poonga, Devi Prashad Sharma, Yoginder Singh Bijalwan, Manohar Lal Kashmiri and Man Dei have been nominated as the executive members of the association.

Liquor seized:
The vigilance cell of the Hamirpur police has seized 72 boxes of illicit liquor and arrested a person in this connection. As many as 60 boxes of country liquor and 12 boxes of IMFL were seized from a truck (HR-64-1684) near Gasota on the Hamirpur - Lamblu road around 3.30 pm on Sunday night. Truck driver Ravi Kumar has been arrested in this connection. This liquor was being transported illegally from Chandigarh to Hamirpur. 

Dharna: The Himachal Pradesh Pensioners’ Welfare Association on Monday held a dharna and a rally at Gandhi Chowk to highlight its demands. The pensioners are demanding pension on the Punjab pattern.

he Himachal Pradesh Readymade Garments Association has demanded action against the illegal sale of readymade garments in the state. After holding a meeting Vipin Sharma, press secretary of the association, said they would soon meet government officials to apprise them of their problems. They have also demanded a reduction in VAT on sports shoes and action against the traders selling spurious goods.

Workshop: A five-day workshop began at the NIT here on Monday for engineers of the IPH and Town Planning Departments. Inaugurating the workshop Deputy Commissioner Nandita Gupta said Himachal came under sensitive regions of seismic zones of north India. Being a natural calamity earthquakes could not be stopped but human loss could be curbed by creating awareness about building quake-resistant houses.

The Mandi Pensioners Kalyan Sangh on Monday staged a protest march in the town, demanding revision of pension. In a memorandum submitted to the CM through the DC, sangh leaders said the government should increase the pension on the Punjab pattern effecting an increase of 5 to 10 per cent. They also demanded a monthly medical allowance of Rs 300.

About 50 workers engaged in loading, unloading and packing departments of the CCI Rajban cement factory went on indefinite strike in support of their demands on Monday. Jai Singh and Raghubir Singh, vice-president and secretary, respectively, of the union, said they had served a notice related to their demands on the management but it did not respond even after the expiry of the stipulated time. The main demands of the workers include the grant of hill compensatory and medical allowances and residential quarters. 

The Himachal Road Transport Corporation has been awarded the productivity award for hill services for the year 2005-06.The corporation achieved the minimum operational cost of Rs 21.72 per km and highest mileage of 3.70 km per litre as against Rs 3.65 km per litre last year to help save Rs 2 crore during the year. 


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