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: A four-day 3rd International Conference on J-NOST will be hosted by Guru Nanak Dev University under the aegis of its Department of Chemistry from November 15 to 18. Dr K. Nagrajan, an eminent scientist and corporate advisor, Hikel R & D Centre, Bangalore, will inaugurate the conference. More than 100 delegates from India, including seven from the UK, are likely to participate.This was stated by Dr Subodh Kumar, convener of the symposium, in a press note here on Wednesday.

Rally organised
: To celebrate Children’s Day, a rally was carried through the city markets to conclude at Lal Bhadur Shastri Arya Mahila College here on Wednesday. About 200 children from various schools of the city participated in the rally and held placards to create awareness about drugs and environment pollution.

Opium seized: The Tapa police seized 250 grams of opium from one Haqam Singh near a check-post here on Wednesday. A case has been registered.

Killed in road mishap
: In a road mishap, a motorcyclist, Joginder Singh of village Balian Wali was killed, while the pillion rider, his wife, Kulwinder Kaur sustained severe injuries on Bathinda-Nathan road on Tuesday. The father of the deceased said he was working with some private company. He had came to the village on leave. On the way to Bathinda, a mini-bus (CH-03A-7659) hit the motorcycle, which killed Joginder while his wife received major injuries. Raman police has registered a case under section 304-A of the IPC against Nirmal Singh, the driver of the bus. Even after raiding the whereabouts of the accused, the police could not nab him.

Power shutdown: Power will remain shut down in Bathinda and adjoining areas from 10 am to 5 pm on November 16. The 66 KV MES grid feeders will remain closed owing to repair and replacement of equipment.

BSNL dharna: The United Forum of BSNL Executive Associations held a day-long dharna on Wednesday outside the office of the General Manager, Telecom, Bathinda, today. They strongly protested the “arbitrary notification” of Management Trainees Recruitment Rules and demanded its withdrawal.

One killed: In a hit-and-run case, Sunil, a migrant, got killed near village Saida Singh Wala on Tuesday. Rajdev, the relative of the deceased, stated to the police that he and the deceased were crossing the road near village Saida Singh Wala, when a Maruti car hit them and ran away from the spot. In the mishap, Sunil died on the spot.

DPS cricket: DPS Bathinda defeated DPS Amritsar by seven wickets on the third day of Inter DPS North Zone I (under-14) cricket matches, on Wednesday. In another match between DPS Jammu and DPS Rohtak, the latter managed a narrow win. The final would be played between DPS Bathinda and DPS Rohtak at 9:30 at the DPS ground tomorrow.

Protest held
: Members of the Safai Sewak, Punjab, held a protest rally here on Wednesday demanding the immediate implementation of their long pending demands. State president Prakash Chand said temporary employees and daily wagers in municipal corporations, municipal councils, municipal committees and mohalla committees, be made permanent.

St Mary's School : At St Mary's School in Mahadiyan village, senior officials of state excise and taxation department including A. Venu Parshad, commissioner excise and taxation, Jarnail Singh, deputy excise and taxation commission, and assistant excise and taxation commissioner Jaswinder Kaur Riar joined the students to celebrate the day.

Ashoka High School : The management of Ashoka High School celebrated Children's Day by distributing school dresses and stationary amongst the needy students.

Seminar: The State branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will organise a seminar on female feticide on the theme of ‘Doctors for Daughter’ to create social awareness against female foeticide, infanticide and abandoning of girl child at the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College on November 18. The seminar will be presided over by Punjab health minister Luxmi Kanta Chawla.

Rs 1,000 paid to advocate: In compliance to the orders of the Central Information Commission (CIC), the local branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday paid Rs 1,000 to Pawan Kumar Nirola, a local advocate, for his efforts in pursuing his application the under RTI Act to the CIC. The consumer was seeking action against the erring official for the delay of nearly 10 months in responding to his application under the Act. The CIC further said it was not going to impose any penalty on the erring official as the bank had already proposed taking action against him in its reply.

Seminar held
: A seminar on ‘New-Born Care and Neonatal Resuscitation in Labour Room” was organised here by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Mansa unit on Wednesday.

BJP meet: A meeting of the district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was organised here on Wednesday. District BJP president Suraj Kumar Chhabra presided over the meeting. Addressing the meeting, he said that after the protest against hike in power tariff, the party would now stage protest against the hike in stamp duty. Hardev Singh, district press secretary, Kulwant Singh Burj, Lachhman Dass, Atma Singh, Sukhdev Singh and others, also addressed the meeting.

D.S. Grewal, DC, Patiala, inaugurates a blood donation camp at GCG in Patiala on Wednesday.PATIALA
Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was organised by the NSS unit of Government College for Girls on the college premises on Wednesday. The camp was inaugurated by deputy commissioner D.S. Grewal. As many as 40 students donated blood on the occasion.

D.S. Grewal, DC, Patiala, inaugurates a blood donation camp at GCG in Patiala on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

BSNL employees protest: Agitated over the alleged failure of the BSNL authorities in accepting their long-standing demands, the BSNL officers held a dharna in front of the post office gate on Wednesday. The sit-in was organised by the united forum of BSNL Executives’ Association, Patiala, and was supported by the Sanchar Nigam Executives’ Association, Patiala-India and the All India Graduate Engineers’, Telecom Officers Patiala.

Protest: The Veterinary Pharmacists’ Union of district Patiala staged a dharna in front of the deputy director office on Wednesday in support of their long-pending demands. President of the union Iqbal Singh Dhindsa said the main demand was to change the cadre of veterinary pharmacist as veterinary inspector, among others.

Painting exhibition: A painting exhibition by Jagannath Kalia was organised in the Fine Arts Gallery of Kala Bhawan, Punjabi University, on Tuesday. The exhibition, in which more than 150 paintings have been put on display, was inaugurated by Satwant Kaur Boparai. The works pertain to Indian classical music and Punjabi conventional culture. A series of the paintings represent villages, games, daily chores like sleeping, singing, dancing, and education. The exhibition will remain open till November 30.

Meeting: The divisional forest officer, Patiala, organised the first meeting of the executive body of the Forest Development Agency at Van Chetna Kendra, on Tuesday. The agency is registered under the Societies Registration Act headed by the conservator of forests, south circle, Patiala and will work at the district level. The main objective of the agency is decentralisation, decision making at grass root level and public participation in the management of forests.

Pledge taken: At the Vigilance Awareness Week being observed by BSNL from till November 16 in the district, officers and employees took a pledge on Wednesday that they would strive to bring about integrity and transparency in all spheres of their activities and work for the eradication of corruption in all spheres of life.DET (Vigilance) P.K. Jindal said the general manager, BSNL, Sangrur, K.K. Sarangal administered the pledge.



: The draft of electoral rolls for the SAS Nagar subdivision was published on November 12. Voters have been asked to give their claims and objections by November 28. This was stated by the SDM at a meeting held on Wednesday with officials of the subdivision regarding the making of voters’ lists and carrying out the necessary corrections. The objections and claims would be dealt with on December 4. The final draft of the electoral rolls would be published on January 10.



Remanded: The main accused of Sanjay murder case was sent to police custody for three days by a local court on Wednesday. Jeetu, who was allegedly involved in the murder of Sanjay, had surrendered before the Ambala police on Tuesday. Two other accused of the case are still absconding. Jeetu and two others had attacked Sanjay on November 10. Jeetu later succumbed to his injuries in a local hospital.

Bal Bhavan: A function was held at Bal Bhavan in Ambala City. Mohammad Shayin, deputy commissioner, Ambala, paid floral tributes to Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru on the occasion.

DAV Senior Secondary School: A function was held to mark to the birth anniversary of first prime minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru at DAV Senior Secondary School, Ambala City.

Kendriya Vidyalaya: An exhibition was held on the occasion of Children’s Day at Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1.

Major RN Kapoor DAV Senior Secondary School: A fancy dress competition was held at Major RN Kapoor DAV Senior Secondary School, Ambala Cantt.

Waiver scheme: Haryana power utilities have decided to give a last chance to domestic and tubewell consumers in rural areas to pay electricity bills under the waiver scheme. They will have to deposit their bills by November 30. The chance will be given to those who had deposited at least one bill during the period from June 16, 2005 to May 31, 2007. Consumers will be required to deposit the outstanding amount in lumpsum.



Wife arrested
: Three family members of a person, who was found dead on Tuesday night at Kitpal village under Nadaun police station under mysterious circumstances, were arrested on Wednesday. Police sources said Ajeet (32), who belonged to Talmehad under Bangana police station, had come to visit his in-laws and later went to his uncle’s house at Kitpal along with his wife and child. Later his uncle said that Ajeet had gone missing but was found dead. Wife of the deceased, her father and brother had been arrested.

IMA branch: A branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) was formally opened at Nahan on Tuesday. Twentysix medical officers and senior doctors came from different parts of the district to participate in a meeting held at the district hospital complex here. The following were elected office-bearers: president —Hemant Kumar Pant; vice-president - Chunni Lal Sharma; general secretary — Sanjay Sharma; joint secretary —Luiza Desuza; and treasurer — Syed M. Ali.


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