R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Fake currency seized, 2 held
: The Amritsar (Rural) police on Monday arrested two persons and recovered more than Rs 6 lakh from them, while one of their accomplices managed to escape from the spot. Iqbal Singh, district police chief, said the accused were Paramjit Singh, alias Panna, of Guruwali village and Jobanjit Singh, alias Nitu, of Mohni Park near Khalsa College here. The third accomplice was Gurmit Singh, alias Geeta, of Guruwali area.

Centre in genetic engineering: The Government of India will establish a centre of excellence in genetic engineering at Guru Nanak Dev University here, besides starting M Sc in nano science and technology course from the next academic session 2008-09. Disclosing this, Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor of the university, said the Central government had already accorded its approval in principle to set up the centre in the university premises, adding that the government had also sanctioned a grant of Rs 3 crore for starting the prestigious course.

ISO certification
: The Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital has got the ISO 9001-2000 certification, joining an elite group of few ISO certified healthcare institutions in Punjab. Dr A.S. Sekhon, dean of Gian Sagar Colleges, said the certification has also been secured by Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital and Gian Sagar College of Nursing.

Woman  alleges rape
: A woman of Kiampur village was allegedly raped by a person of the same village on Saturday. The woman complained to the police that she along with her sister-in-law and the accused, identified as Harbhajan Singh, son of Sian Dass, went to work under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme. Her sister-in-law left early to fetch some medicines. In her absence, Harbhajan Dass allegedly raped her. A case has been registered.

Vend allotment
: Draw for the allotments of liquor vends falling under the jurisdiction of Jalandhar I and II will be held at Red Cross Bhawan in Lajpat Nagar here at 9 am on March 12. Assistant excise and taxation commissioner, Jalandhar I, stated this in a press note issued on Monday.

DBA appointments
: JS Deol and Sapna Arora were elected president and secretary, respectively, of the district bar association here on Monday. As many as 151 members exercised their franchise in the election. Pawan Kumar Sharma and Jaswant Singh Naurad were elected, unopposed, to the posts of vice president and cashier respectively.

Sports day: MBG Government College, Pojewal organised its annual sports day on the college campus on Monday. The students participated in various sports and athletic events. Gurlal Singh and Pooja Brahmpuri were adjudged best athletes in boys and girls category, respectively.

YPS Academic Day
: Yadavindra Public School celebrated its 59th Academic Day, here on Monday. Maharani Parneet Kaur, member of parliament and member of of YPS board of governors was the chief guest. A variety of programmes, including an exhibition, were held to mark the occasion.

Seminar: The local branch of Northern India Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India held a seminar on Budget-2008, here on Monday. Girish Ahuja, an expert in income tax, was here from New Delhi to enlighten the CAs about the new budget proposals.

Scholarships awarded: Sikh Lehar, a US-based organisation, actively engaged in promotion of Sikh values, awarded scholarships worth Rs 1,500 per month each to 11 students of the department of Gurmat Sangeet, Punjabi University, at a function on Monday.

Appointed: Dr Rakesh Sharma has been appointed director, Ayush, by the Punjab government. According to a press release issued on Monday, his appointment has been made through the Commission. The result can also be seen on website www.ppsc.gov.in.

s stage dharna: Members of the Council of Junior Engineers, PSEB, staged a state-level dharna in front of the office of the deputy chief engineer here on Monday in protest against the political victimising to leaders of the organisation. Junior engineers from Gurdaspur and Amritsar, besides Tarn Taran, participated in the dharna. Balbir Singh Pandher, president of the border zone of the association, condemned the state government for transferring office-bearers of the council for no fault.



National seminar
: A three-day national seminar on “Utilisation of physiological and bio-technological technique” for improving plant productivity will be organised jointly by the Haryana State Science and Technology Council and Chandigarh science and technology department. The seminar will start from March 15 at Home Science College of Haryana Agricultural University. Director of the Plant and Biotechnology Centre, HAU, Ashok Dhawan on Monday said the seminar would be inaugurated by vice-chancellor of Delhi University Deepak Paintel and many well-known scientists from the country and abroad would participate in the seminar.

Man stoned to death
: A man (65) was allegedly stoned to death by some unidentified persons at Berli Khurd village, 15 km from here, apparently on Saturday. After killing, the accused threw the body into a tubewell. The body was taken out on Sunday after being spotted by the farm owner, Balbir Singh. The postmortem examination was conducted at the Civil Hospital here on Monday, after which the body was placed in the hospital’s mortuary for identification. The police said the body bore a grave head injury, which indicated that the man was stoned to death.



: Rakesh Pathania was elected as state president and Ashwani Sharma state as general secretary of the Himachal Pradesh state multipurpose health workers and surveyors association in a largely attended annual general house presided by election officer Anil Kumar Sharma and assisted by Manjit Pathania here on Sunday. Some 400 delegates drawn from all parts of the state attended the conference. Milap Sharma and Rita Thakur were elected senior vice-presidents while Mina Negi and Dipak Sehgal were elected as vice-presidents and Ramesh Rathore as joint secretary and Sanjiv Katna as finance secretary.

Disappointment: Several senior citizens here have expressed their disappointment and concern regarding the annual budget presented by the Chief Minister in which claims of Bilaspur district have been ignored by the BJP government. In a signed statement here on Monday, the elder citizen association lamented that no medical or engineering institution or college or training institute has been proposed to be opened in Bilaspur district in the budget. The Chief Minister should have balanced his budget by giving something at least to every district.

Support for Bharmouria
: The district unit of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation has announced to support Prem Singh Bharmouria, who has been projected as a candidate for the post of state president of the federation. Announcing this decision here on Monday, Brij Mohan Bedi, district president and Pavender Pathania general secretary of the action committee disclosed that 12 representatives of employees’ organisations would leave for participating in elections of the state federation president.

BJP leader dead
: A member of the BJP state council, Thakur Kehar Singh (67) of Dharamsal Mahanta village, expired at the PGI here on Monday. He served as the chairman of the Chintpurni Shrine Board for a number of years. His last rites would be performed at Chintpurni (Una) on Tuesday.

: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Kangra district unit of multipurpose health workers and supervisors’ association in its election held at Kangra on Sunday. President-Harish Sharma, senior vice-president-Nirmal Kumari, general secretary-Jagjit Kala, chief adviser-Karnail Chauhan, vice-presidents-Jatinder, Vijay Nag, Anita, Sansar Chowdhary, Rashpal and Gurbakash, press secretary-Rajesh Sahotra.


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