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Quiz contest
: An inter-college quiz contest was organised by Bhag Singh Haryer Khalsa College for Women at Kala Tibba village, near here on Wednesday. At the contest, the host team stood first while DAV College, Malout, and DAV College, Abohar, were the first and second runners-up, respectively.

Eye donation: The family of a noted social activist Bimla Devi Nagori on Wednesday fulfilled her wish to donate her eyes before cremation. She had signed the BVP pledge form wishing that her eyes should be donated after her death. She passed away late on Tuesday night.

Beating the Retreat timings
: The timings of the Beating the Retreat ceremony at the Attari joint check-post have been changed in view of the change in season. It will now commence at 5 pm, informed Lakhmir Singh, deputy commandant, sector headquarter.

National seminar ends: Around three dozen research papers were presented by academicians and intellectuals on the concluding day of the two-day national seminar on "Changing Perspectives of Study of Punjabi Fiction" organised by Guru Nanak Dev University here on Wednesday.

Netaji’s birth anniversary: The 111th birth anniversary of Subhash Chander Bose was celebrated here on Wednesday by the Azad Hind Fauj Association, Amritsar, and tributes were paid to the great freedom fighter at his statue on the Bhandari Bridge here.

: Out of the 200 students selected from Punjab in the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), 51 belonged to Dashmesh Public School, the principal of the school, Gurcharan Singh, said here on Wednesday. The principal informed that the selected students would represent the state at the national-level tests.

: District education officer (Secondary), Ferozepur, Harabans Singh Chahal inaugurated the newly constructed block at the Government Senior Secondary School in Lalowali village, 6 km from here on Wednesday. An annual function was also organised on the occasion. The DEO distributed prizes among the meritorious students in the fields of education, sports and scouts.

: Yojana Rawat, reader in the Hindi department of correspondence studies in Punjab University, Chandigarh, delivered a lecture on “Nayee Kahani; Samvedna Aur Shilp” at DM College here on Wednesday.

Swami Swatantranand
: Swami Swatantranand Memorial College, Dinanagar, organised a function in honour of Swami Swatantranand, a veteran leader of the Arya Samaj, at Dinanagar on Wednesday.

Faulty sewerage system: Residents of Golden Avenue protested here on Wednesday against the faulty sewerage system. R.N. Sekhari, president of the Golden Avenue Welfare Society, presented a memorandum to SDM Munsavi Kumar and demanded the supply of pure drinking water to residents.

First polyclinic
: Dr A.S. Sekhon said here on Tuesday that Zirakpur got its first polyclinic and sample collection centre Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital’s initiative. Giving this information, Dr A.S. Sekhon, principal of the medical college and hospital, said the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust had selected Zirakpur for setting up of the polyclinic since it had no organised facility of this kind so far. He said that plans were also on the anvil for setting up of such facilities at Rajpura and Chandigarh. Dr Sekhon said it had been decided to keep the rates of the clinical tests low so that these were affordable.

Play presented: Dedicating the performance to the sweet memory of renowned urdu poet Jigar Jalandhari on his 74th birthday, the students of Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology presented a play “Aagaz Ik Khoobsoorat Soch”, strongly condemning the dreaded evil of female foeticide, written and directed by NTAS product Surjit Singh, at Baradari Gardens, here on Wednesday.



HORTI EXPO: With a view to give a definite direction and fillip to horticulture, Delhi will play host to the South Asia’s largest International Horti Expo 2008 to be held from January 31 to February 2. This was stated by Jafar Naqvi, chief coordinator of Media Today group, here on Wednesday. He said the expo had been planned as an exclusive B2B platform for stakeholders, retailers, decision makers from central and state governments, corporate, progressive farmers, self help groups, NGOs, processors, importers and exporters.



ATM opened
: The regional general manager of Chandigarh region, Canara bank, N. Sheshadri said as many as 225 ATMs of the bank would be opened at various railway stations in the country. He was inaugurating an ATM of the bank at Ambala city railway station on Wednesday. Later, while addressing a customer meet, he said an ATM would soon be opened at Ambala Cantt railway station. Some of the customers gave their suggestions for improving the services of the bank. Several senior officers of the bank were present on this occasion. The manager of a local branch assured customers of satisfactory services.

Condolence: The Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda condoled Balwant Gupta, secretary Haryana Congress Committee Cell, whose younger son Sachin expired on January 20, 2008, at his residence in Ambala city. Those present on the occasion were HPCC president Phool Chand Mullana, media incharge of Haryana Congress Committee Bittu Chawla, Ranjit Singh, deputy chairman Planning Board, Major Narpinder Singh MLA Dadri, Ambala District Congress president Arun Garg, Harish Sasan, president Municipal Council, Ambala city, Ravinder Gupta and other prominent personalities from the local area.



R-Day parade
: The district-level function on the Republic Day would be held at Hamirpur, which would be presided over by health minister Rajiv Bindal. DC Nandita Gupta said the national flag would be unfurled at 11 am after which the contingents of the police, the home guards, the NCC and schoolchildren would take out a march past. A cultural programme would also be held on this occasion.

Thief held: The residents of ward no. 8 on Wednesday caught a thief red handed while he was trying to break open the lock of a house. The people found Ashwani Kumar breaking the lock of Madhulika’s house. The police later arrested him.

Memorandum submitted
: The Press Club on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the administration expressing resentment over stopping the transmission of regional cable TV channels telecasting news from the state. The administration has been urged to direct local cable operators to restore the telecast. The delegation was led by club president Kulbhushan Sharma.



R-Day arrangements
: Arrangements for the Republic Day function were reviewed at a meeting of tehsil officers at Pattan on Wednesday. The national flag would be unfolded at 10 am on tehsil premises followed by a march past to be presented by the contingents of the JKP, IRP and CRPF.

10 die during Haj
: As many as 10 Haj pilgrims, including four women, have died in holy cities of Mecca and Madina during the Haj, due to cardiac and respiratory arrests. Meanwhile, as many as 429 Hajis arrived in Budgam on Wednesday from Jeddah by two special Haj flights.

Camp for farmers held: The Block Veterinary Centre of Animal Husbandry Department organised an awareness camp at Zewan in Srinagar on Wednesday, in which sizeable number of local farmers participated. The camp was organised to create awareness about various ailment afflicting cattle and poultry birds.


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