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Two-day seminar on globalisation
: Sociologists, town planners and engineers participated in a two-day national seminar on globalisation inequality and sustainability. It was organised by the Department of Sociology, Guru Nanak Dev University, under the UGC’s Special Assistance Programme and concluded here on Friday. Prof M.L. Chotani, chief town planner, presided over the valedictory session.

Power bills
: To facilitate the depositing of electricity bills, it has been decided that these can be deposited even on Saturdays and Sundays like other working days. This has been stated by Xen, PSEB, Manjeet Singh to mediapersons here on Saturday.

Cheques distributed: Ashok Modgil, president, BJP, Hira Walia, president, BJPYM, and Ambika Khanna, secretary, Bharatiya Janata Women’s Cell, told mediapersons here on Saturday that Jagdish Sawhney, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, had distributed cheques worth Rs 3 lakh among the 11 beneficiaries.

SSP, Faridkot, appointed
: The Punjab government on Saturday appointed Paramjit Singh as SSP, Faridkot, and while shifting L.K. Yadav as Commandant 2nd IRB Ladda Kothi Sangrur.

: During the industrial co-operative meet of the Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS) on the institute’s campus at village Jalvera on Friday, emphasis was on integrating academic skills of young brains with real time practical work situations. The meet saw a free brainstorming session marked by speeches of some top honchos of the industrial community.

Answersheet goes missing
: On the complaint of the principal of Senior Secondary School, Bora, Hari Krishan, the Garhshankar police registered a case under sections 457 and 380 of the IPC on Friday evening. Hari Krishan stated that on Friday morning when he came to school, he found the lock of the clerk's room open. The record was lying scattered. After tallying the record it was found that some miscreants stole a bundle No. 116 of a 16-page answer sheet.

Snatchers booked: On the complaint of Amarjit Singh of Bassi Cholang PS Bhogpur, Tanda police on Friday night registered a case against four snatchers.

Smack seized: The Garshankar police arrested Paramjit of Denowal Khurd at a special check post set up at Adda Bakapur and seized 20 gram smack from her.

Minor kidnapped, 1 booked
: The police has booked Dharminder Singh of Moranwali village on the charge of kidnapping a minor girl of Moranwali village, near here. DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand said here on Saturday that a case had been registered. Roop Singh of Rurki Kalan village had lodged a complaint in this regard. The accused is absconding.

ISO certification
: The Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital got ISO 9001-2000 certification joining an elite group of a select few ISO certified healthcare institutions in Punjab. According to Dr A.S. Sekhon, dean of Gian Sagar Colleges, also to get ISO 9001-2000 certification are Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital and Gian Sagar College of Nursing have also got ISO certification.



National seminar
: An All-India Council for Technical Education sponsored national seminar on “Changing scenario in drugs regulatory affairs” was organised by the PDM College of Pharmacy at Bahadurgarh on Saturday. Pharmacists and scientists from all over India participated in the seminar. Dr Sushma Gupta, associate director (R&D), Ranbaxy Research Laboratory, was the chief guest on the occasion. Expressing concern over the widening gap between industry and institutions, Gupta emphasised the need of mutual coordination between the two pillars of the modern world.

Philately exhibition
: The postal department organised a one-day philately exhibition on the premises of Kurukshetra University here on Saturday. The exhibition was organised to inculcate awareness among the people regarding collection of postal stamps. It was inaugurated by chief postmaster general, Haryana Circle, Ambala, P.R. Kumar. A painting competition was also organised on the occasion.

Woman killed
: Shanti Devi (65), wife of Jagdish Bawaria, was reportedly smothered to death in a fire, which broke out in a thatched dwelling at Dahina village, 24 km from here, on Saturday. Sources said when the woman went into an adjoining cell to take her valuables out of a box lying there, the blazing smoke engulfed her. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained.



Budget hailed
: The state unit of the BJP has welcomed the budget presented by Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal and congratulated him for keeping it tax-free. BJP state spokesman Randhir Sharma MLA said it was a serious attempt to implement the election manifesto of the BJP. He listed various schemes and programmes envisaged under the budget.

: In elections of the district unit of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation Action Committee held here on Friday, Brij Mohan Bedi has been elected as district president while Pavender Pathania as general secretary unanimously.

Computer teachers: Members of the district unit of Himachal Pradesh Computer Teachers Association have decided to boycott the classes if their demands were not accepted by the state government soon. Vinod Kumar, district president of the association, disclosed here on Saturday that their main demands included formulation of a concrete policy for regularisation of their services on basis of their service period and withdrawal of contract from the private computer company by taking over the whole task by the government itself. He warned that during the boycott, the computer teachers would not take part in the evaluation of computer papers of ninth classes and its practical work.

Three arrested
: Besides Uttam Chand, three more accused allegedly involved in murder of a youth who was stabbed to death in Kuthar village in Chamba district on Friday were also arrested by the police. According to sources, three arrested accused had been identified as Chandu, Puran and Dewan Chand while the fifth accused Jeewan had fled away from the incident site. The police had launched a search to nab the absconding accused Jeewan, the sources revealed.

Fire incident
: A devastating fire that broke out on Saturday in an industrial unit, Balaji Manganese, in the Amb area of Una district. It caused an estimated loss of Rs 50 lakh, the police said. According to unit owner Pawan Bansal, a short circuit in the campus started the fire, which soon spread to the 700 metric tonnes of coal dumped in the premises. The police said the fire personnel and local people battled for over seven hours before bringing it under control. The fire gutted the unit’s machinery and other raw material and caused an estimates loss of Rs 50 lakh, they said adding that a case was registered and investigations were on.


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