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GND varsity test results
: Guru Nanak Dev University has declared the results of joint entrance test held for admissions to MSc (Industrial Chemistry), MSc Chemistry (Instrumental Analysis), MSc Applied Chemistry (Pharmaceuticals) and MSc (Food Technology) for current academic session. These are available on the site: www.gndu.ac.in. The counselling would be held on July 4 (for all reserved categories) in the morning and in the afternoon for general category. 

‘Reinstate Dr Rajni’: The Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association on Wednesday sought reinstatement of Dr Rajni , head of the Department of Law, Regional Centre, Jalandhar. Dr Devinder Singh association president the varsity authorities to restore dignity of teachers by stopping action on frivolous complaints against Dr Subhash Sharma and other teachers of the varsity. 

Memorial to Manekshaw: Well-wishers and family friends of Army chief, who was instrumental in liberating Bangladesh in 1971 war and surrender of Pakistan’s army, Sam Manekshaw, may soon have a memorial at Amritsar. BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, on the request of some of his family friends, offered to install a statue at a memorial to the son of the soil. Hindu College, where he completed his intermediate studies before joining the Indian Military Academy, organised a condolence meeting . Former Lieutenant in the Gorkha Regiment under Manekshaw, former municipal corporation commissioner K.S. Kang also paid homage to Sam Bahadur. 

: The mortal remains of Kamaljeet Singh and Amanpreet Kaur, who were buried under a glacier near Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, were consigned to flames this morning at their native village Behrampur. The bodies were recovered by the rescue operation team after a week-long struggle. Neither any officer nor any political leader attended the cremation. 

New chief at GNDTP
: Raj Kumar Sharma has taken over the charge of chief engineer at Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP), Bathinda, from A.S. Mokha, here on Thursday. Raj Kumar completed his B.E. in 1972 from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. He has been working at GNDTP since 2005. He has 33 years of experience in electrical, operations and maintenance of thermal power plants. Keeping in view his experience in operation and maintenance of the GNDTP and contribution towards this old and prestiguous project of the PSEB, he has been posted to head the plant. On taking the charge as chief engineer, he said that it would be his priority not to achieve but to exceed the generation targets fixed by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB). He appealed to all officers to work with team spirit and a positive attitude. 

MC poll on July 8
: The election in municipal ward number 30 has been rescheduled for July 8. SDM-cum-returning officer Ajmer Singh here on Thursday said the polls to ward number 30 were cancelled due to improper functioning of EVM in the municipal election held on June 30. He said the polling for this ward, now, would be held on July 8. He said the result of the election for the ward would be announced on the same evening. 

Pbi varsity appointments
: Vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, Jaspal Singh has appointed S.S. Khehra as registrar of the university for one year in addition to his post of professor in the Law Department. He has appointed Devinder Singh, reader in the Zoology Department as director, Planning and Monitoring. 

Career counselling
: A career counselling programme for XII students, who got first class, was held at Nehru Memorial College here on Thursday. DC Surjit Singh Dhillon presided over this function and professors from the Punjabi University gave information to nearly 500 students. District guidance counsellor Ranjit Singh Dhaliwal said that college lecturer Inderpal Kaur and other staff provided full cooperation for the success of this function.  DC Dhillon said that these types of career counselling programmes were necessary for students of Mansa district, which was considered backward in literacy. Balkar Singh, executive director of Yadvindra Engineering College, Talwandi Sabo, informed the students about different careers and advised them to adopt different fields according to their interest. School principal Charanjeet Singh also addressed the students on the occasion. 

Akalis refute Cong charges: District president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Harbant Singh Datewas, said that allegations levelled against Akali workers by district Congress president and MLA from Sardulgarh, Ajitinder Singh Mohpar, were baseless and false. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, he said that the Congress leaders were not able to tolerate their defeat in municipal council elections and now they were levelling false allegations. He alleged that the Akali workers were attacked at Sardulgarh during polling for municipal council. Some supporters of the Congress MLA were arrested from polling booths at Sardulgarh and cases were registered against them. On this occasion, ex-MLA Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh, Bikar Singh and Gurpreet Singh Sidhu were also present.



Fire in developer's office
: Office belongings of land developers in Phase I were destroyed in a fire on Wednesday night. The land developers had closed their office at around 10 pm. On Thursday morning, when a peon came to open the office, he found heat coming out from the building. On opening the door, he saw the furniture, property records and false ceiling damaged by the fire. Short circuit is suspected to be the reason of the fire. 

Bag snatched
: Two youths riding on bikes snatched the bag of a schoolteacher near her home here on Thursday. According to Ashok Sharma, a resident of Sector 7, his wife Savita was returning from the school at 2 pm when two youths riding on Pulsar motorcycle snatched her handbag near their house. Savita, who teaches in a school at Chandimandir, had Rs 5,000 of her salary in the bag. The police has registered a case. 



: The district unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal demanded that Dera Sachha Sauda chief should not be provided with VIP security when he comes to appear in the CBI court in Ambala City on July 5. Senior leaders of the party submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner on Thursday in which they urged the withdrawal of Z security of the dera chief. They threatened that if the administration allowed the dera chief to address his followers after the court proceedings, the workers of the party would protest against it. 

Exam schedule revised
: The Board of School Education, Haryana, has revised the dates for state teachers entrance test (STET) examination. A spokesman for the board said now the written test for headmasters would be held on July 27, for elementary teachers on August 3, masters and mistress on August 10 and written examination for lecturers would be conducted on August 17. Candidates, who are visually disabled and handicapped, could take the help of a final-year student of a recognised government college in written examination. 

Draw for residential plots
: Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will hold the draw of residential plots of Sector 17, part 2 of Jagadhari on July 7 at 11 am in the grain market of the city. While stating this here on Thursday, a spokesman for the authority said registration cards of all applicants had been sent on the addresses mentioned in the application forms. The applicant could file inquiry, objection and claim by July 5 after which it would not be accepted. 

Photo ID cards
: After the formation of constituencies as per the delimitation report, the district administration will start preparing photo ID cards from July 18. Citizens who want to correct anomalies in their cards can also approach the department concerned. 



Two arrested
: The police has arrested Sandeep Chauhan of Burala in connection with the theft of more than 500 gm gold and gold jewellery from the shop of goldsmith Rakesh Soni at Barmana near here on June 12, 2007. Another accused Munish Soni of Hamirpur along with Chauhan are under police remand till July 4. The police also recovered 194.35 gm gold from a jeweller in Delhi at the instance of these two accused persons who had sold these gold ornaments to this jeweller. Both the accused have confessed their crime while investigation is still on for the recovery of remaining jewellery. 

Judicial remand for PO: The police arrested Jagdish Chand, son of Ram Chand of Dabheta village, Nangal, Punjab. He was wanted under Section 41, 42 of the HP Forests Act and Section 379 of the IPC since February 14, 2000, and he had been absconding then. He was declared a proclaimed offender (PO) by a court last year. Earlier, the police for carrying nine Khair logs from the government forest arrested him. He was presented in the court on Wednesday and has been sent for 14-day judicial remand. 

Plan to promote sports: The government has prepared a comprehensive plan for development of sports and identification of talent in games in rural areas and students, including girls, should take active part in sports and games, said Kot-Kehloor MLA. Randhir Sharma while presiding over a three-day Bilaspur Sadar zone girls annual sports and games tournament of government senior secondary schools at Deoth, near here, on Tuesday evening. In under-17 category GSSS, Deoth, was first and GSSS, Bassi, second in kho kho while in volleyball GSSS, Nahmole, came first and GSSS, Deoth, second. In kabaddi, GSSS, Sohri, was first and GSSS, Nahmole, came runners-up. In under-19 category, GSSS Kandraur, got the first position and GSSS, Deoth, was declared second in kho kho. Girls from 17 senior secondary schools of the zone competed in these events. 

Brain power techniques
: La Montessori School, Kullu and Kalehali, organised a special seminar “One Hour for your child” on Wednesday to learn 'brain power techniques'. Master brain trainer Rohit Shekhar Sharma from I-Matrix Company taught quick methods for increasing memory while Pradeep Rao explained the way to solving mathematics questions quicker than computer. Lalita Kanwar, principal of the school, said the company would soon have a regular course in the school for 'brain power techniques'. 

‘Book’ Virgo Metallic MD
: The Solan district unit of AITUC has sought a murder case against the MD of Virgo Metallic Appliances Private Limited, Shoghi, for the firing incident on Monday in which a worker was killed and several others were injured. State AITUC chief Jagdish Bhardwaj said that it was highly questionable that personal security guards of the MD were carrying weapons in the factory unit. 

Rs 2.92-cr offerings
: Sirmaur DC Pushpender Rajput said here on Wednesday that offerings made in the past year had been assessed at Rs 2.92 crore at Shri Tripur Bala Sunderi temple in Trilokpur village. Out of this Rs 82 lakh were spent on different development works being carried out in the temple area. He said to extend the parking area and other facilities for the devotees visiting the temple during the navratras, the temple committee had acquired an additional six bighas of land in the village near the temple. 

Body found
: The police on Thursday recovered the body of Sandeep Kumar (19), a resident of Gehara, from the balancing reservoir of the BBMB, who had committed suicide in May. As per information, the deceased was a student of the Industrial Training Institute here and was stated to be under depression. He jumped into the canal near the control gate of the BBMB on May 25. 



MLA picked up: Panthers
: Alleging that their party MLA from Samba Yashpal Kundal was picked up by the police, the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Thursday accused the Ghulam Nabi Azad government of resorting to horse-trading, ahead of the trust vote in the state Assembly on July 7. Addressing mediapersons here, senior party leader Harsh Dev Singh said the government was trying to intimidate their MLAs before its test strength on July 7. He alleged that the ruling party initially threatened Kundal, but when he did not give in to their threats, the police picked him up. He claimed that Kundal was kept at the Ramgarh police station. He said the police could not arrest any member of the Assembly without prior permission of the Speaker. Harsh Dev said they would challenge the decision of land revocation taken by the government. 

Debt waiver scheme
: Banks operating in Jammu and Kashmir have identified 31,425 farmers for debt waiver (amounting to Rs 64.61 crore) and 2,445 beneficiaries for debt relief (amounting to Rs 8.36 crore) under one-time settlement. This was stated at the third meeting of the Steering Committee of State Level Bankers (SLBC) on monitoring progress in implementation of the agriculture debt waiver/debt relief scheme-2008 held at J&K Bank corporate headquarters on June 30, a spokesman of the J&K Bank said on Thursday. He said the meeting, which was attended by representatives of the RBI, J&K Finance Department, NABARD, J&K Bank, SBI and PNB, advised all the lending institutions operating in the state to prepare crystallised lists of beneficiaries under the scheme to be displayed at their branches for information of the beneficiaries. Farmers have been advised to check their names in the list displayed in their respective bank branches. 


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