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Video conferencing:
Guru Nanak Dev University has launched video conferencing facility in the university at its Multimedia Centre which will be useful for conducting online Viva-Voce as well as distant meetings. Dr Karanjit Singh Kahlon, professor and Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering, said here on Wednesday that the facility could support up to four video calls and one audio call simultaneously. This facility was available on telephone number 0183-2450473.

National Fertiliser Ltd organised a function at Government Elementary School, Saheedgarh, to celebrate the adoption of the village by the company on Wednesday. DEO Vijay Kaushal was the chief guest while state manager of NFL Sohan Lal presided over the function. NFL donated a water cooler and fans to the school and school bags to all students. The company also donated table and chairs for the office of CDPO in the village.

Training camp:
The State Agriculture Department would be organising a district level farmers training camp at Kheti Bhawan, Dabwali Road, here on March 27 from 9 am onwards. Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tewari would be the chief guest while Director (Agriculture), Balwinder Singh Sidhu would preside over the function.

Workshop: The Forest and Wild Life Department Punjab would be organising a one-day workshop to educate the people to reduce pollution, conservation of forests, against social evils like drug abuse amongst youth, female feoticide and many others at Forest Department Office near Thermal Colony, here on Match 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Books released: National Book Trust India with cooperation of Punjabi University Regional Centre, Bathinda, organised a lilterary programme on Monday where eight books in Punjabi language were unveiled. The programme was presided over by Dr Dharampal Singhal. In the second part of the event, novelists Om Prakash Gaso, Jasbir Bhullar and Mittal Sen held face-to-face interaction with readers. A kavi darbar was held at the end of the programme which was presided over by Ravinder Bhathal. It was compered by Tarsem. Those who participated in the kavi darbar included Prof Preetam Singh Rahi, Amar Komal, Boota Singh Chauhan, Jaspal Ghai, Gurmeet Khokhar and Darshan Gill among others. Satnam Singh Jassal and Baldev Singh extended a vote of thanks to all those who attended the programme.

Found dead:
Gobind Ram (48), a resident of Lalru Mandi, was found dead on the Ambala-Kalka tracks on Wednesday morning. The victim’s body was severed by the train and was found by passerbys who informed the railway police. Sources said Gobind Ram was suffering from some disease and the possibility of his having committed suicide could not be ruled out.

80 bulls rescued:
The local police has registered a case under Sections 4-A and 4-B (8) of the Punjab Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, and Prevention of Security of Animal Act, 1960, against some unknown persons and recovered 80 bulls purchased by them for slaughter. The case has been registered on a complaint of Satish Kumar, president, Gau Suraksha Dal, Punjab, said Malerkotla DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand. The recovered bulls have been sent to a local gaushala.

DGP visits sub-jail:
DGP (Prisons) Mohammad Izhar Alam inspected the local sub-jail here on Wednesday.He said the local sub-jail having a capacity to house only 20 inmates would be raised to the capacity of 200 inmates. He said his department had received suggestions from officials of the district to extend the area of the sub-jail. 

Bank opens branch:
ICICI bank opened a new branch at Urban Estate with ATM facility, which was inaugurated by Patiala DC D.S. Grewal on Wednesday. The branch will remain open from 8 am to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday.

Hailed: Sikh Intellectual Council president Prof Baldev Singh Baluana, in a press release, thanked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for making Punjabi compulsory up to Class X in all schools. He said last year the council had organised a seminar in Chandigarh for promotion of Punjabi which was attended by intellectuals and a sub-committee was formed to exhort the government to implement the use of mother tongue in government offices.



Gurmat Samagam:
In the memory of Panth Rattan Bhai Jasbir Singh Khannewale, the annual Gurmat Smagam will be held at Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Hospital Trust complex from March 27 to March 31. Various religious personalities, including jathedars of holy Takhts will deliver discourse and prominent raagi jathas will perform kirtan during the samagam. Free surgeries will be performed by the Sohana hospital. A blood donation camp, turban tying competition and exhibition will also be organised.



INLD workers join Cong:
Many INLD workers, led by local leader Jaipal, on Monday joined the Congress in the presence of Deepender Hooda, MP from Rohtak, at the PWD rest house in the town. The newly inducted workers said they were impressed by the developmental approach of the state government and promised to work in the interests of the party.The MP welcomed the workers in the party and assured that they would be accorded and treated as honourable party workers. 

1 held with pistol:
The CIA branch of the district police has arrested one person and recovered a country-made pistol and live cartridge from his possession. During interrogation he confessed to have stolen a Tavera vehicle worth Rs 6 lakh on February 29 from here. The accused was booked under Sections 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act and 379 of IPC.

Annual examinations:
The Kurukshetra University annual examinations of under-graduate classes are going to commence from April 3, while the compartment examinations of under-graduate classes are going to start on Saturday. Kurukshetra University examinations controller Hukam Singh said the roll number slips with date-sheets of eligible candidates had already been dispatched. In case the candidates might not receive the roll number slips for annual exams by March 31 and for compartment examinations by Thursday, they were advised to contact the concerned university result branch to collect the duplicate roll number slips during office hours. 

School education assn to hold rally:
The Haryana School Education Welfare Association will organise a state-level rally at Panipat on Friday in support of their demands to the state government for according recognition to all privately run schools in the state. This decision was taken at a meeting of the association here on Tuesday. It was presided by the state president of the association, Shyam Lal Chawla. The association also demanded withdrawal of cases against 96 teachers working in schools run by the association representatives.

Ex-YC leader joins HJC:
A former general secretary of the Youth Congress, Haryana, Randhir Tyagi joined the Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) along with his supporters on Tuesday. While addressing a press conference Tyagi said he had served in the Congress party for more than a decade and took up people’s cause. “We Congressmen are happy that the Congress has regained power in the state and development will start in the state,” said Tyagi. “But the present Congress government has failed on all fronts and it was favouring a particular section in the state,” he added.



Seminar at Chamba:
Deputy commissioner of Chamba Munish Garg on Wednesday inaugurated a two-day seminar of prominent researchers assembled here to give their presentations on the “History and culture of Himalayas with special reference to Western Himalayas”. As many as 15 noted scholars were participating in the seminar. Some of the scholars who read their presentations focused on the explorations in their respective fields on various aspects of Himalayan cultural legacy.

HPSEB staff protest:
The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) employees union held a Dharna on Wednesday in front of the SE office at Anu to protest against the trifurcation of the state electricity board and other demands. Union president Kuleep Singh and general secretary Deep Chand said the union opposes the move of trifurcation since the experiences of other states of such exercise were not good. They said this process would curtail the social protection given to the employees and it would also affect the payment of pensions to about 10,000 employees. 

Body found: The police has recovered a decomposed dead body of a person from the forest near Anu on Wednesday. Hamirpur SP Asif Jalal said the body is yet to be identified and is most probably of a labourer in his 30s. The person is wearing a red shirt and blue jeans and bore a strap on his wrist on which Govind is inscribed. A bottle containing poisonous substance was also recovered from near the dead body. 

Building inaugurated:
Mayor Narinder Kataria inaugurated the new building of the Himachal Pradesh branch of the Regional Council of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India at Vikas Nagar on Wednesday. Newly elected chairman of the state chapter Rajeev Sood said the branch would provide advanced computer training and e-library facility to the students and members.


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