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Blood donation camp:
About 30 students today donated blood during a camp organised by the Kenway College of Education here on Tuesday with the help of the local blood bank. The Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital had provided a team for this event. Lecturers— Vipul Narang, Ajmer Singh and Ekta were in the first batch of donors in the camp today. SMO Ramesh Verma and CMO Vineet Loona were also present.

Varsity practical exams  from March 4:
The practical examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University will commence from March 4, a varsity press note said here on Monday. Registrar R.S. Bawa said all colleges affiliated to the university had been asked to collect roll numbers of regular candidates immediately from the University Examination Branch. — TNS

Sr IT Appellate member retires: After 38-year-long service in the Department of Income Tax and presently retiring as member, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Amritsar Bench, Joginder Pall described his stint as satisfying and a rewarding experience. Pall said his four-decade-long government service had been a tremendous learning experience as many of his landmark judgements had been reported in Income Tax Reporter and similar journals.

Eye camp:
A free eye camp was organised at Raisar village by the Sahibzada Ajit Singh Foundation, about 10 km from here today. As many as 300 patients were checked for various eye ailments. A team of doctor led by Dr Tanu Garg treated the patients. About 24 patients were given contact lenses This camp was organised in the memory of Kuldeep Singh Sekhon and Hardeep Garewal of Canada. Bhola Singh Virk, SAD general council member, also participated in the camp.

Motor cycle dealer held:
The kingpin of a gang of motor cycle dealers was arrested here on Monday in a case of cheating, forgery and dealing in stolen vehicles. Eight persons, Navjot Singh, Manjeet Simgh, Ramesh Kumar, Balwinder Singh, Pal Singh , Major Singh, Harpal Singh and Rajinder Singh, all of nearby areas, got motor cycles financed on a hire-purchase scheme from M/s Achleshwar Fincaps Ltd here. They forged the registration certificates and sold the vehicles at throwaway prices to four dealers of Amritsar, namely Mohal Lal, Jaswant Singh, Vicky and Shiva. A case has been registered under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471, IPC, against the eight persons.

Youth festival:
The Punjab Technical Institutions Sports (PTIS) would organise the 10th state-level inter-polytechnic youth festival for boys on February 28, 29 and March 1 at Government Polytechnic College here, managing secretary in a press release said today. In addition, the PTIS would also hold an athletic meet on April 2 and 3 at the Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic, Ludhiana, and an inter-polytechnic tech-fest would be organised on April 24 and 25 at the GTB Khalsa Polytechnic College, Chhapianwali, Malout.

Honoured: A social organisation, Goodwill Society, at the prize distribution function held on Goodwill School premises on Monday honoured Hari Ram and Jagmohan Kaushal for their contributions towards society.

Farewell Party: The students of Guru Nanak Dev Public Senior Secondary School here held a party to bid adieu to the students of class X and XII on Tuesday.

Annual Function:
Annual function was celebrated in Punjab Public School, Mansa today.  The function started with the lighting of a lamp by chief guest followed by “Saraswati Vandna” and “Shabad”. Daljeet Singh Gill, chairman of the managing committee, welcomed the chief guest and parents. On this occasion, students presented folk dances of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. There were lot of items like Punjabi skit, English play, action songs, solo dance et al. Principal Manish Goyal presented the annual report of the school. The chief guest Harbans Singh Sandhu, D.E.O. (S.E.), Mansa, appreciated the management for opening a modern school in this educationally backward area.

Conference: Farmers of Mansa will hold a farmers’ conference on February 28 to demand for a reasonable price for the acquired land and 80 per cent employment in the proposed thermal plant which is to be established on the acquired land.  Informing about this, district general secretary of the Punjab Kissan Union, Balkaran Balli, said that farmers would also demand for the rejection of cases, which were registered against the protesting farmers.

Girl rescued, kidnapper held:
The police here rescued an infant girl, Gayatri, from the clutches of a kidnapper, Piara, alias Paltu, near Mauli village. Stating this, Phagwara DSP H.P.S. Khakh said Paltu,a permanent resident of Bihar, had abducted the four-year-old girl from Sukhchain Nagar areas on February 17. 

One booked:
Gurpal Singh of Pandori Takhat Mal village,14 km from here, has been booked for not going back to jail after the expiry of his parole period. Police sources said here on Tuesday that the accused who had been undergoing imprisonment at the Central Jail, Amritsar, was on parole from January 8 to February 6, 2008. He failed to go to back to jail, after the expiry of the parole period. A case under Section 8(2) 9 Good Conduct Act, 1992, has been registered at Chabal police station.



The following have been elected office-bearers of the Kashmiri Pandit Sabha: president--KK Kaul; vice-president--K Cheero; general secretary--Ravi Prakash Pandita; finance secretary--Subhash Munshi; joint secretary--Viny Ganjoo; and social secretary--Sunil Pandit. 

Migrant run over: A migrant labourer was crushed to death under Unchahar Express on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Girish (23), a resident of Bartana village. According to the police, as the head of the deceased was found severed, it was suspected that he had committed suicide. The GRP has registered a case. 

Robbery: A local resident lost over Rs 3.5 lakh when thieves broke the window pane of his car and took away the bag containing the money here on Tuesday. According to the police, the victim Ashok Powar parked his Skoda car in the market. When he returned, he found that the glass of the car was damaged and the bag lying in the car was missing. Ashok, who is a property dealer, reported that the bag contained Rs 3.5 lakh.



Empowered panel:
The Haryana government has constituted an empowered committee for coordiation comprising 14 members under the chairmanship of chief secretary for monitoring of mega projects such as Reliance Haryana SEZ at Gurgaon and Jhajjar, DLF SEZ at Gurgaon and Ambala, Unitech SEZ at Kundli-Sonepat, Nanocity project in Panchkula, petrochemical hub at Panipat, projects under Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor and projects under expansion programme of Maruti Udyog Limited, to ensure their speedy and timely implementation.

Registers of notaries: The Haryana government has asked all sub-divisional officers (civil) to immediately inspect the registers of notaries in their respective jurisdictions. The government has also appointed the block development and panchayat officers (BDPOs) posted in the blocks as special executive magistrates within their respective jurisdictions.

Kisan mela:
The annual Kisan mela of Haryana Agricultural University, which was scheduled to begin from March 9, has been preponed by a day. An official press release said the two-day mela would now begin on March 8 and conclude on the next day. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will inaugurate the mela and agriculture minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha will address farmers on the opening day.

Road safety association
: Ashok Puri Public Road Safety Association, Kurukshetra, in its general body meeting held under the chairmanship of its president J.S. Virk at Pipli, 5 km from here, on Sunday. It unanimously elected Virk as president, and H.S. Puri as secretary. Virk nominated S.K. Khanna as vice president, B.R. Manchanda as treasurer, Raj Singh as auditor and Dr H.C. Goel as medical adviser for the newly elected team, added Khanna. 

Emerging education hub:
With the opening of Bhagat Phool Singh Women University at Khanpur Kalan and Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram Science and Technology University at Murthal, the state government has planned to set up a state-of-the-art Rajiv Gandhi Education City at Rai, Sonepat, as the district has been emerging as an education hub in the country. Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda said this while addressing a “Arya sammelan” organised to celebrate the 126th birth anniversary of Bhagat Phool Singh at Mahra village, native village of Bhagat Phool Singh, on Sunday.



Camp held:
Additional district and sessions judge A.K. Sharma, who is also presiding officer of fast track court here in the district, has given a call to all panchayat representatives to enlighten people regarding their legal rights and also to inform them that they can seek all type of help for getting justice in a court of law even if they are not financially able to bear the cost of litigation. Presiding over a subdivision level legal aid awareness camp organised by the subdivisional legal aid service authority at Shree Naina Devi ji, about 95 km from here on Monday.

Owner of the BCC Heart Care Hospital, Jalandhar, Dr C.S. Pruthi presented a cheque for Rs 51,000 to the CM for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The CM thanked him for his goodwill gesture. Pruthi also submitted a proposal to Dhumal to set up a multi-speciality hospital in Kangra district. The CM assured him that the government would extend all possible help for the hospital. 

Principals’ appeal:
The Himachal Pradesh Plus Two Principals and Education Officers Association has urged the state government to rationalise posts of deputy director as joint director in the Education Department keeping in view a recent notification. P.C. Vishavkarma, president of the association, said here on Tuesday that the government had issued a notification in which an equal ratio was fixed between principals drawn from headmasters and lecturers’ cadres. At present, the principals drawn from the lecturers’ cadre were being allocated a 40 per cent share in higher posts in the Education Department. 


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