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Art of Living
: The six-day Art of Living camp organised by the Vyakti Vikas Kendra, Bangalore at the BSF sector headquarters here concluded on Saturday.

Function: The annual function of K.G. High School here was organised on Saturday where students presented a cultural programme.

Rally: The Lions Club, Mandi-Abohar, organised a drug awareness rally in the upper streets of Nai Abadi locality here on Saturday. Close to 400 students and teachers marched through the streets raising slogans against the menace.

GND varsity to start M.Sc in nano science: The Ministry of Science and Technology has allowed Guru Nanak Dev University to start M.Sc course in nano science and technology from the academic session 2009. Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor, GND varsity, said on Saturday that the course would be started under the Nano Science and Technology Initiative (NSTI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi. He said the DST had sanctioned about Rs 3 crore for it. The admission to the course would be on the basis of the all-India entrance examination to be conducted by the DST.

Youth training camp
: A youth training camp was held on Saturday. Senior youth Akali leader and son of Sirhind MLA Didar Singh, Gurwinder Singh Bhatti, addressed the camp. He said government was making all possible efforts to provide jobs to the youth as well as it was initiating various schemes for self-employment. Prof R.S.Uppal, Prof Gurpal Singh also addressed the camp.

Cold claims life
: A passenger, who alighted from a train, reportedly died of cold on Saturday. His condition was reportedly serious on Platform number 6 at Bathinda railway station. Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Sewa took him into amblance, but he died on the spot.

Poisonous weed: Around eight goats died after grazing suspectedly poisonous weed near Lake No. 2 in Bathinda on Friday.

: The city police on Saturday nabbed Harbans Singh of Jhuge Labh Singh village and Jit Singh of Rana village and recovered 28 kg poppy husk from them.

Fight against social evils
: A newly constituted NGO, Hindu Jagriti Manch spread awareness against different social evils including female feticide and drug addiction in a public gathering organised at Lambra village here on Saturday.

New ICU: Punjab local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia will inaugurate a new intensive care unit (ICU) at Satyam Hospital and Trauma Centre on Sunday afternoon. Stating this, the hospital MD Dr Rajesh Pasricha said the unit has been upgraded thrice since its inception and would provide facilities at par with the international standards.

Prisoner dies in hospital: An undertrial lodged in Kapurthala district jail, Hakam Singh (35) of Nurowal village in Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision, died in the Civil Hospital here on Friday night. Jail superintendent Jaswant Singh Gill said Hakam was a heart patient and had been referred to the hospital. He was undergoing a one-year sentence in a case of fighting registered against him.

: Thieves struck at eight shops on Thursday night decamping with goods and cash worth Rs 40,000. According to the police, the thefts took place at Lalru Mandi and Lehli. The police added that it seemed to be the work of two separate gangs. The matter is being investigated. At Lalru, the gang of thieves entered three shops through the roof while in Lehli; the locks on the shutters of five shops were broken open.

Gang of thieves busted
: The Kalanaur police on Saturday busted a gang of thieves which was operating in the area for the past six months. SSP Lok Nath Angra said the gang used to steal electric motors installed by farmers in their fields. Three persons, Grace Masih of Dehriwal Kiran, Pritam Singh and Lakha Singh, both of Balagam, had been arrested and 11 motors worth Rs1.10 lakh seized from them. One accused was still absconding.

Train tragedy averted: A major tragedy was averted at Pathankot railway station yard here on Saturday when the Dauladhar Express 4035 and passenger train 3ABT came on the same track. The incident occurred at 9.45 am when the Express coming from Delhi and the passenger train from Amritsar approached on the same track. However, vigilant driver Swaranjit Singh of the passenger train noticed this and applied brakes.

36 youth to be trained
: Thirtysix youth were selected on Friday for attending a four-week Nabard-sponsored skill development in “Computer hardware: Repair and maintenance” from January 21 to February 16 at Gateway Solutions, an institute run by the Gateway Education and Welfare Society, at the Kaula Park here. Nabard AGM Anil Kumar and district employment officer R.S. Sidhu selected the candidates.



Essay contest
: Jyoti Raina, a class XI student of Gurukul Senior Secondary School, Dharamsala, bagged the first prize in Himachal Pradesh in the senior group in a state-level essay competition organised by the Reserve Bank of India for students of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Chandigarh. Punjab DGP gave away prizes to the winners at a function held at Chandigarh recently.

New DC
: Pushpender Rajput took over as the deputy commissioner of Sirmaur district here on Friday. After assuming charge he left for Trilokpur to pay obeisance. He replaced Rajender Singh Negi, who has been posted as the MD of the HP SC/ST Development Corporation, Solan.

Donation: BJP legislator from Paonta Sukh Ram Chowdhri announced a donation of Rs 14 lakh for Govt Senior Secondary School, Majra, on Friday. He declared to meet the entire cost of renovation of the hockey ground at Majra village. Chowdhri also distributed prizes among the meritorious students at the annual function. An impressive cultural programme was also presented by students of the school.



Increase in orchard land: Due to the concrete efforts of the Horticulture Department in Bandipora district, the total land brought under orchards in the district has so far reached to 6,230 hectares. While, fruit production has touched the figure of 53,277 metric tonnes which include 50,867 metric tonnes fresh and 2,410 metric tonnes of dry fruits.

Action plan approved
: The action plan for the District Rural Health Society (DRHS), Baramulla, to be constructed at the cost of Rs 348 crore was approved on Saturday. The project would be completed in four years. The main focus of the action plan would be on construction of buildings, recruitment of specialists and para-medical staff for hospitals as per the Indian Public Health standard. The thrust areas of the mission would be on maternal health, dental and child health, immunisation, family planning and adolescent health.

Lok adalat on Feb 5: Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority has said a lok adalat to decide cases of matrimonial suits, maintenance claims, revisions in respect of maintenance petitions, motor accident claims, civil suits, appeals, succession and guardian petitions would be convened on February 5 at the District Court complex.

392 road projects completed
: About 392 road projects against the 924 taken up under the road sector at a cost of Rs 1,290 crore in the Kashmir valley had been completed ending December 2007. An amount of Rs 377 crore had been utilised on these projects. These works were taken up under the state and district sectors, the Prime Minister's Package and the Central Road Fund. This information was given at a meeting of senior engineers convened by minister for roads and buildings, Jugal Kishore, to review progress on road connectivity projects and on snow clearance operations.

Minister inspects bridge work: The minister for roads, while inspecting progress on the Rs 10 crore Bemina bridge, was informed that Rs 7 crore had been spent on it till December 2007. The minister said he hoped that the bridge would be thrown open to traffic by the end of this month.

Youth hostel president: M.S. Pandit who was recently elected national president of the Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) was given a warm welcome on his arrival at the Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport on Saturday. Pandit is on his maiden visit here after assuming charge of the president for which he received appreciation at the international and national-level.


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