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Nursing students excel
: The Sachkhand School of Nursing here has maintained its glorious tradition of hundred per cent results in the annual examination in the GNM course, director Vijay Ahuja said. In the results announced today for the first year of the GNM, all the students of the school have secured more than 70 per cent marks. Prabhjot Kaur from Moga, Swaranjeet Kaur of Muktsar and Sunita Rani from Nawanshehar secured the first, second and third positions respectively in the college by getting 77-81 per cent marks.

Foundation stone laid: The residents of village Rajanwali located within the wildlife sanctuary area here could hope for relief from the nuisance caused by overflowing of the pond water. Balluana MLA Gurtej Singh Ghuriana today laid the foundation stone for Rs 3.25 lakh scheme in village Rajanwali. The scheme, after completion, would drain out the surplus water from the pond to a drain through cemented pipeline. The residents have been facing problems during the rainy season when the overflowing water enters some of the houses, besides accumulating in the streets, for the last many years. Sarpanches of some villages including Chanderpal and Jagmail Singh were among those present at the function.

Two killed in mishap: The wife and son of a BSF jawan were killed as a truck hit the motorcycle that he was driving on Abohar-Malout road last night. He, along with his wife Kiran (28) and two children, was returning on a motorcycle to his village Jhumianwali on Wednesday after shopping. Kiran and four-month-old Navdeep fell on the road as the truck hit the two-wheeler. Both died on the spot. Jai Dev along with a minor daughter suffered minor injuries. The police arrested the driver of the truck, sources added.

Man dies in mishap
: Chanchal Singh of Daulatpur village in Amritsar (rural) police district died while two others were injured when their car collided with a jeep here late on Wednesday evening. The police has registered a case on the statement of Jarnail Singh, son of the deceased, against Jaswant Singh of Ferozepur, who was driving the jeep. The accused fled from the scene.

Air-India staffer shot at: A girl, reportedly an employee of Air-India, was shot at by Jasbir Singh, alias Labbu, a resident of the Anngarh area, and others here on Wednesday evening. She was returning home when the incident took place. The involvement of Labbu, who is a notorious smuggler, in the case was established from his mobile phone that the police found at the spot.

Exchange programmes: There should be a common curriculum, exchange of information and joint data building between Guru Nanak Dev University and the University College of Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Satwinder Kaur Bains, director, Indo-Canadian Studies, stated this while addressing students of the School of Social Sciences of Guru Nanak Dev University here on Tuesday. S.S. Chahal, director, research, Doyle Clifton, Department of Social Works, and Douglas Hudson, Department of Anthropology, University College of Fraser Valley, were among the delegates from Canada.

Barnala Club election
: The executive body of the Barnala Club has been unanimously elected at the annual elections held here today. The deputy commissioner R. L Mehta has been elected chief patron while SDM Pushpinder Singh Kehlay is the chairman. Other members of the team include Kusum Kumar Garg, general secretary, Neel Kamal and Rupinder Singh Sandhu, senior vice-presidents, Rajdeep and Pardeep Kumar, vice-presidents, Mahesh Kumar, joint secretary. The team would work for two years.

: The Pendu Sahit Sabha, Balianwali (Bathinda), conferred the Gurdev Bhaura Memorial Award on eminent Punjabi writer Bhura Singh Kaler here on Thursday.

Dead: Jagtar Singh (40) of Fateh Garh Sahne Wali village died after consuming poison, by mistaking it for a medicine, here on Wednesday. He had come to meet his sister.

Farmer unions to launch stir: The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta)-Ugrahan group and the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union at a meeting here on Wednesday decided to launch a statewide agitation against the government, demanding jobs and Rs 5 lakh compensation for the kin of debt-ridden farmers and farm workers who had committed suicide.

Cultural nite
: The president, Lions Club Jalandhar Greater, organised a cultural nite on Friday to honour eminent personalities in diversified  fields. Balwinder Safri of Safri Boyz Group and  Balwinder Bicki, popularly known as Chacha Raunqi Ram, were among those honoured by  president Atam Parkash Singh.

Naujawan sabha: The Sarb Naujawan Sabha organised a cultural mela dedicated to Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh at Phagwara recently. Punjabi singers, including Amar Arshi, Firoz Khan, Narinderjot Jolly and Inderjit Nikku regaled the audience. Punjab Revenue minister Ajit Singh Kohar was the chief guest. He announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh to the sabha. The mela was opened by NRI Tek Chand. Sukhbir Sandhar, MD of Phagwara sugar mills, and MP Varinder Singh Bajwa were the guests of honour.

CA association: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Jalandhar Chartered Accountants (CA) Association for 2008-09: chairman - R.S. Kalra; vice-chairman - Salil Gupta; secretary - Ashwani Jindal; and treasurer - Puneet Oberoi.

Chetna march: The  Agriculture Technocrat Action Committee  Punjab has appreciated agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah’s chetna march (awareness walk) from Talwandi Sabo  to Daroli Bhai. In a  press note issued  here today, committee general secretary R.P.S. Aulakh said the farmers were benefited a lot with Langah’s  march. He was accompanied by experts from different departments, including agriculture, horticulture and soil conservations.

Awareness camp
: An awareness camp was held at Danewala village by the Punjab Law Services Authority, Chandigarh. The function was presided over by assistant district attorney, Mansa. He provided information about free law services to the downtrodden people. Some pamphlets were also distributed in this connection. He said that controversies could be solved through the consent of parties in Lok Adalats.

PO nabbed
: Pojewal police has arrested a proclaimed offender Jaswant Singh, resident of Lidher Kalan, who was wanted in a case. The accused was declared a PO in 2002, said Prem Singh, SHO.

Prize distribution function
: A cultural programme marked the annual prize distribution function of the SRPA Adarsh Bhartiya College here on Thursday. Besides bhangra and giddha, the students also performed skits and various other cultural items. A martial-arts show was the main attraction of the function. Chief guest Abhinav Trikha, SDM, Pathankot, was the chief guest.

Gang of thieves busted: The police on Thursday claimed to have busted a gang of thieves with the arrest of three of its members Rakesh Kumar, Manik Sharma and Rajesh Sharma. Two stolen motorcycles have been recovered from them.

467 Asha workers appointed
: The health budget for the state under the national village health mission will be increased to Rs 353 crore against last year’s budget of Rs 222 crore. Besides, Rs 70 crore has been kept for improving the basic infrastructure in government health institutions across the state. This was stated by minister for health Laxmi Kanta Chawla here on Wednesday. She was here to preside over a function organised at the local Shivalik School to distribute appointment letters among 467 Asha workers.

Symposium on women power
: A symposium on “Integrated Nutrition Garden for Women Empowerment” was held at Nagra village, about 15 km from here, on Tuesday. Director of extension education, PAU, Ludhiana, N.S. Malhi was the chief guest. A team of scientists from the PAU guided the farmers on organic farming, diseases, insects and weeds problems.

Stone for school laid: Nagindra Khanna, mother of the chairman of Umeed Foundation, Arvind Khanna (ex-MLA), on Thursday laid the foundation stone of Satya Bharti School for underprivileged children at Fatehgarh Chhanna village near here.

Techfest begins: Punjab PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa inaugurated the three-day “Techfest-2008” at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) at Longowal on Thursday. Addressing the gathering, Dhindsa laid stress on the need for producing quality engineers. Director of the institute S.K. Pandey and techfest patron V.K. Jain also spoke.



: A motorcycle-borne youth snatched a mobile phone from a person standing outside the Doon School here in Sector 69 yesterday. The complainant Randeep Singh had come to the school to get his nephew admitted. He told the police that the youth came near him on the bike, snatched the mobile and sped away.

Missing: Amar, a 15-year-old resident of Sector 55, has gone missing. His brother Ram Anuj reported to the Sector 56 police post that Amar had left home minutes after him yesterday morning to reach Phase VII here where the two were working. But Amar never reached the place of work. He said Amar was wearing a light brown shirt, white pants and sports shoes when he left home.

: A 55-year-old contractor with the Military Engineering Services allegedly committed suicide at his home here today. The victim Jesi Ram reportedly consumed some poisonous substance and was rushed to GMCH Sector 32 where he died. His family told the police that Jesi Ram had suffered losses in his business.



Rail budget hailed
: The district unit of the Congress has welcomed the rail budget but at the same time said the demand of rail link for Fatehabad had been overlooked in this year’s budget. Randhir Singh, district president of the Congress, said the district unit of the party would raise the demand of linking of Fatehabad with railway line at the party forum. He termed the railway budget as people friendly.

Two arrested
: The police on Wednesday arrested two persons, Rajinder, alias Jind, and Jagdish, on the charge of helping their friend, Krishan, to run away with a minor girl of Jakholi village. They were later produced in a court, which remanded them into police custody for three days. However, Krishan is still at large and the girl too has not been recovered. The girl’s father had lodged a complaint that Krishan had run away with his girl on February 17 by making false promises.

2 killed in mishaps
: Two persons were killed and six others were injured in road accidents in the district on Wednesday. Lakhan Singh, a resident of Harchandpur village, was killed while three of his colleagues sustained injuries when they were hit by a car on the Dahruhera-Sohna road. The police has arrested the driver of the vehicle, Rampal. In another incident, Attar Singh, a resident of Dharan village, was killed while three others were injured when the car they were travelling in reportedly hit against a tree on the Toomna-Kosli road near Bhurthala village.

Litigants’ hall: Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijender Jain will inaugurate the newly constructed litigants’ hall in the district judicial complex here on March 1. Later, the Chief Justice will also lay the foundation stone of the judicial complex at Kosli. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will preside over both the functions. This was stated by deputy commissioner Chander Prakash.

: A two-day exhibition of photographs and documents pertaining to the India’s first struggle for freedom in 1857 was organised in the local Bansal Palace on Wednesday. The exhibition was organised by the department of archives, Haryana. Photographs of freedom fighters, who participated in the Independence movement, were displayed. Assistant director of the department of archives R.K. Srivastva said Jodhkan, Rori, Chhattrian, Rania, Khairkan, Odhan, Sirsa and Thiraj of Sirsa district were the centres of freedom struggle of 1857 and J.H. Oliver, the then deputy commissioner of Sirsa, had recommended seven years’ imprisonment to 67 residents of these villages.



College building repair
: Himachal forest minister J.P. Nadda has asked all concerned government officers to ensure that about 50 years old main building of Government Postgraduate College here in town is properly repaired and is made worthy of the institution it represents. Presiding over a meeting of concerned district officers, in which the principal of the college was also present, the forest minister said the estimates should be prepared immediately and sanctioned from the government while he would also ensure that sufficient money is available for this purpose. He also asked the principal to prepare an estimate for modernisation of obsolete equipment of science laboratories so that this handicap of students is removed.

Seminar on self-employment: ADC Hans Raj Chauhan has exhorted youths to come forward for self-employment and take full advantage of facilities of training and finances and loans being provided by the government and the Industries Department for the purpose under the Pradhanmantari Gram Swarojgar Yojna. Presiding over a camp organised by district industries center at Tobba for panchayat representatives about 80 km from here on Thursday, Chauhan said any person, who had passed his middle class examination, had an annual income up to Rs one lakh and was not above forty years in age, could take a loan worth Rs 2 lakh to 5 lakh for starting self-employing trades, for which they would also get grant-in-aid up to Rs 15,000.

Narcotics seized
: The police arrested five persons and seized 1 kg charas and 1 kg opium from their possession during the past 24 hours in area under the Jogindernagar police station in the district. Sesh Ram of Bolang (Mandi) was caught near Khatasni barrier with 1 kg opium. In another case, 1 kg charas was seized during the search of a Maruti van (HP -53- 4447). Rinku (driver from Baijnath), Vikash Dikshit (Baijnath), Vishal (Sujanpur Tira) and Rishpal (Baijnath), who were travelling in van, were arrested under the NDPS Act.


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