World Book Fair: Guru Nanak Dev University will participate in the 18th World Book Fair to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from February 2 to 12. The university spokesman said the varsity would allow 40 per cent special discount on its publications during the fair. The fair is being organised by the National Book Trust, an autonomous organisation of the Government of India, to develop the habit of reading among people.
Personality development: To enhance the skills of its students, DAV College, Bathinda, launched a personality development week on January 29. Giving details, principal J.S Anand, said, “Top class administrators from the corporate world are being invited to share their experiences with the students so that they acquire the right type of attitude to succeed in this competitive world.” On January 29, Ajit Jaitley, senior regional manager, Punjab National Bank, delivered a lecture on spirituality to the students. Today, Pooja Sharma, centre head, ICFAI, Bathinda, delivered a lecture on personality development. Coordinators of the personality development week, Satish Vohra and N.K. Gosain were also present on the occasion, along with Parveen Kumar, the staff secretary.
NSS camp: As part of its cleanliness drive, NSS unit of DAV College, Bathinda, organised a one-day NSS camp in its college campus. On the occasion, Raj Gupta, principal, Swami Vivekananda Girls College and a social activist delivered a lecture on AIDS awareness while Ashok Gupta, a NSS veteran, spoke on the theme of motivation amongst students. NSS programme officers Aman Malhotra, K.S. Mann and Sukhdeep Kaur were also present on the occasion along with the others.
Aid announced: A grant of Rs one lakh has been announced by Jagdeep Singh, chief secretary of Parli Mani, cooperative department, Punjab, for the treatment of accident victims in Rampura Phul. A press note from the district public relations officer claimed that the district administration was in touch with the doctors and every possible help would be provided to the injured. Around 14 people including, school children and teachers were injured on Tuesday when their van collided with a truck near Rampura Phul.
Book exhibition: An exhibition of books, new ones as well as the ones donated by others, would be organised by Public Library, Bathinda, on February 2. According to Bachan Das Bansal, president, Public Library, “Chief guest on the occasion would be Kamal Kishore Yadav, commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Bathinda, while the function would be presided over by Amit Dhaka, IAS (under trainee). J. S. Anand, principal, DAV College, Bathinda, would give a lecture on book culture.”
Potable water: In the general meetings of the General Samaj Party organised at Azad Nagar and Amarpura, party president Suresh Kumar Goyal rued that the slums which come under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation did have street lights and roads but not potable water. The slum-dwellers had to walk for at least two km to fetch water The party demanded immediate relief for them.
Tributes paid: To pay homage to the father of the nation and martyrs of the country, a meeting was organised at the local mini-secretariat on Wednesday. Deputy commissioner D.K. Tiwari, SSP Anita Punj and many others paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. Two-minute silence was observed to pay homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for attaining independence for the country.
Bilaspur Declamation contest: Kumari Sarita Sharma from Bilaspur was declared first, Vimla Chandel of Beri-Rajadian second and Urmilla Kumari of Ragunathpura was third in a declamation contest organised for youth and mahila mandals on the subject of “Principles of Mahatma Gandhi”. In a painting competition based on Mahatma’s life and works for school children, Priyanka of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bilaspur, was first; Manisha Rani of same school was second; and Ruchi Arora of DAV Public School, Bilaspur, stood third. CHAMBA KUMARHATTI Nurpur Solan
Declamation contest: Kumari Sarita Sharma from Bilaspur was declared first, Vimla Chandel of Beri-Rajadian second and Urmilla Kumari of Ragunathpura was third in a declamation contest organised for youth and mahila mandals on the subject of “Principles of Mahatma Gandhi”. In a painting competition based on Mahatma’s life and works for school children, Priyanka of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bilaspur, was first; Manisha Rani of same school was second; and Ruchi Arora of DAV Public School, Bilaspur, stood third.
25 traders fined: A fine of Rs 7,000 was collected by the enforcement squad of the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and Legal Metrology Department from 25 traders on Wednesday. An FIR was also lodged against three shopkeepers.
Workshop inaugurated: A five-day workshop on peri-urban agricultural activities was inaugurated by vice-chancellor, SKUAST (K) , Prof Anwar Alam at the Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology, Shalimar Campus, Srinagar on Wednesday. The VC highlighted the importance of holding the workshop especially in the backdrop of growing population.