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A woman was killed while her son sustained serious injuries in a road mishap here on Saturday. A case has been registered.

Two killed, one hurt in road mishap: Two persons were killed and one was injured when their motorcycle collided head-on with a tractor-trolley at the Ajnala road here on Saturday. The deceased were identified as Gurbhej Singh and his sister Harpreet Kaur (15) of Fatehgarh village. Gurbhej and Harpreet died on the spot while their brother Sandeep was rushed to a private hospital.

Inter-zonal youth festival begins: Popular folk singer Pammi Bai inaugurated a four-day Inter-zonal final youth festival of Guru Nanak Dev University by lighting the candle here on Saturday.More than 1,500 students from affiliated colleges of six districts are participating.

Bawa Balwant Award for Sohinderbir Singh: Dr Sohinderbir Singh, famous Punjabi poet and reader, Department of School of Punjabi Studies, will be awarded with the Bawa Balwant Award by Sahit Vichar Kender here on November 18 at the local Guru Teg Bahadur College for Women.

Chawla’s plea to Morari Bapu on foeticide: State health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla here on Saturday urged Sant Morari Bapu to create awareness among the people against female foeticide.

Balwant award: Dr Sohinderbir Singh, famous Punjabi poet and professor, would be awarded with Bawa Balwant Award by the Sahit Vichar Kender at Guru Teg Bahadur College for Women here on November 18. He would be awarded by Satwant Singh Johal, deputy commissioner, Moga.

Chawla’s plea to Morari Bapu on foeticide: State health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla here on Saturday urged Sant Morari Bapu to create awareness among the people against female foeticide.

New BJYM head
: Vivek Sharma has been appointed president of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). During a road show here today, Vivek was accompanied by Batala MLA Jagdish Sawhney. Vivek said the Punjab BJYM had to be reorganised and the younger generation would be trained for it.

Legal Services Day
: A legal literacy mission camp was organised on the occasion of Legal Services Day at the Yadvinder University in Talwindi Sabo, here on Saturday. District and sessions judge Sabina who is also the chairperson of the District Legal presided over the seminar. Members of the panchayat and college student also participated.

Injured: A person sustained serious injuries when a car turned turtle on the road opposite Rajindera college, here, in the wee hours of Saturday. Sources said the car (PB-03D-4000), was in high speed and the driver wanted to over take the car, belonging to Bathinda SDM. He was on a high speed that he could not control the car.

Lions Club
: Lions Club, Faridkot unit, organised a free homoeopathy camp at village Dhudi, nearly 12 km from here, on Saturday in memory of Rattan Chand Monga. More than 60 patients were examined at the camp.

Medical camp for police organised: A medical check-up camp was organised by the DSP office for the police personnel in the Sadar police station here on Friday. Hundred police personnel were checked up at the camp.

Talk on Bhagat
: The postgraduate history department of the local R.K. Arya College held an extension lecture on Shaeed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh to mark his birth centenary celebration. Prof Jagmohan Singh, nephew of the great martyr, delivered the lecture.

Promoted: The department of higher education and languages, Punjab, has promoted professor R.K. Banger of Government Mohindra College, Patiala, as principal of Government College, Sardulgarh. Professor Banger has been working as lecturer in physical education since 1980. Principal Dr D.I.S. Brar, in his speech, appreciated the achievements and contributions of Banger.

PO arrested: The police has arrested proclaimed offender Paramjit Singh, alias Soni, a resident of Jandu Singha village in Adampur on Saturday. DSP H.P.S. Khakh said the accused had been declared a proclaimed offender on September 16 this year in a case of theft of a truck in 2005.

Press Day observed: The Ropar Press Club observed National Press Day by holding a function in the Press Room yesterday evening. Additional deputy commissioner B. Purushartha was the chief guest while Ropar SDM Kavita Singh was the guest of honour. Purushartha said media persons should avoid biased reporting and follow journalistic ethics. SDM Kavita Singh said the media should highlight the problems of the people so that administration could take prompt action to redress these problems.

PWD minister gives away cheques
: Punjab PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa gave away cheques worth Rs 7.54 lakh to various organisations, including panchayats, for development works at a function organised at the PWD Rest House here on Friday evening. Dhindsa gave a cheque of Rs 1.25 lakh to the local Government Ranbir College, a cheque of Rs 2 lakh to Ealwal village panchayat, a cheque of Rs 50,000 to the Senior Citizens Welfare Association, a cheque of Rs 75,000 to Badrukhan village and cheques to about 12 clubs.

Tech-fest organised at BGIET: ARMAGEDDON - 2007, 3rd national-level tech-fest, concluded at the Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) here Friday evening. The tech-fest was inaugurated by the director/advisor of the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, Dr Rakesh Kumar.

Kidnapped girl found, two held: With a view to seeking a ransom of Rs 50,000 from a Dhuri family, Manoj Kumar allegedly kidnapped the five-year-old daughter of Raj Kumari, wife of Sita Ram, at Dhuri on Friday. Stating this on Saturday, SP (D) Bhupinderjit Singh Virk said the police had recovered the girl from Manoj Kumar and his accomplice Vijay Kumar, who had been arrested.

Tarn Taran
Drinking death
: A 32-year-old man’s body was found on the road side at Bagrian village on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Kashmir Singh. The cause of death is stated to be excessive drinking. A case has been registered.



Honoured: The oldest account holder was honoured by the Phase VII branch of State Bank of Patiala on Saturday as part of the 90th year celebrations of the bank. The bank honoured Sujan Singh (87), a resident of Phase VII and Madan Lal (75) of Phase IV who was the oldest person to become a technical graduate at the age of 72 and his name had appeared in the Limca Book of Records - 2007 and Mohinder Singh Oberoi, president of the national consumer awareness group. All of them were presented shawls.

Visitors to be identified: The police has directed the owners of hotels and lodges in a part of the town to check the identity of the visitors. A check was carried out by the police in Phases 3B1, 3B2, VII and Sectors 70 and 71 and it was found that the establishments had not maintained proper records. The police will now collect information about the visitors daily from these hotels and lodges. And if any visitor from Jammu and Kashmir came to these hotels, the owners have been asked to inform the police immediately.

Annual day: A colourful annual function “Expressions - 2007” was organised by students of Genius Public School in Sector 69 on Saturday. The function started with a shabad followed by other items. Principal of the school Anju read out the annual report.

Land possession: Sanjay Public School, which had been allotted a site in Sector 12 by HUDA through an open auction in 1999, got its possession on Friday following an order issued by DC, Panchkula, R.K. Kataria. Residents of Sector 12 were opposing the possession of the site to the school because the local civic body had developed a park on it. They had even moved the court to seek injunction against the construction of the school. However, the court refused to intervene.

Exhibition: The British School, Sector 8, organised an exhibition on Saturday on the school premises to showcase the objects prepared by tiny tots of the school. The models were based on the school syllabi and included projects from plant life to farms and animals to means of transport. A special corner was set up with games for the parents.

Fete: The official alumni association of Hansraj Public School, EHSAS (Ex-Hansarians Students’ Association) organised a school fete on Saturday. The fete titled ‘Rapture’07’ saw 40 stalls of various corporates and students which included food court to gaming zones. The fete featured a rock show performance by a Delhi-based band Crimson. EHSAS provided free stalls to the needy children and for ‘The art of Living’.



Soft skill test ends
: A four-day C-Toss (soft skills) test session organised by Eduquity Career Technologies, Noida, in collaboration with Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, concluded on the college premises on Saturday. Hundred students of the college took the tests under the guidance of Dr Pooja Sharma and Sunil Taneja, both college lecturers. College principal R.S. Mann said the tests would help students avail of job opportunities in the IT and BPO industry.



Legal-aid camp
: The District Legal Aid Authority and the Bilaspur Subdivisional Legal Services Society organized a free legal aid camp in the open air jail at Raghunathpura. The camp was presided over by District and Sessions Judge A.S. Jaswal. He spoke on the free-legal-aid provisions and rights of those arrested by the police. Additional District and Sessions judge A.K. Sharma, Chief Judicial magistrate Baldev Thakur, advocates Pawan Chandel, Kulbir Singh, public prosecutor Naresh Ghai and jail superintendent Karamchand Dogra also spoke on the occasion.

Statement welcomed: The Himachal Pradesh State Employee’s Confederation has welcomed statement of former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar that if the BJP came to power in state, it would ensure formation of a foolproof transfer policy. State general secretary and state senior vice-president of the body, Vinod Kumar and Jai Singh Thakur, criticized the Congress government for not coming out with any transfer policy all these years. They said the elections should be held under the President’s rule and the employees should vote according to their conscience.

Seminar on media
: A seminar on “Media’s Mass Outlook’ was organized under the aegis of the Himachal Pradesh Information and Public Relations Department to mark ‘National Press Day’. The Press Council of India was established on November 16, 1966. Presiding over the seminar DPRO Mahesh Pathania spoke on the importance of objectivity in journalism.

Body found
: The body of Gian Chand in Chafdu village of Bhattiyat tehsil in Chamba district was found hanging from a tree. He had been missing for four days. A case has been registered.

: A 38-year-old shopkeeper of Dehraian committed suicide by consuming pesticide. His body was found lying in the fields on Saturday. The shopkeeper, Vinod Kumar, father of two children, went to his shop on Friday morning but did not return in the evening. The were no injury marks on the body. The body had been sent for a post-mortem examination.

Factory gutted
: A factory under construction was gutted in a devastating fire at Barotiwala in Solan district on Saturday. The fire broke out in the manufacturing unit of Johnson and Johnson. An estimated loss of Rs 20 lakh has occurred, fire officer Dalep Thapa told UNI here. The fire personnel brought the fire under control after about two hours. Meanwhile, the police said short circuit was probably the cause of the fire. A case has been registered, they added.


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