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Navjyoti first in B.Sc IT: Girls topped the merit list of Guru Nanak Dev University BSc in IT part II examination, the result of which was declared here on Saturday. Navjyoti of the BBK DAV College for Women here stood first in the Guru Nanak Dev University B.Sc IT part-II examination securing 640 marks, while Sakshi Midda of HMV College, Jalandhar, stood second securing 626 marks and Pallvi Thapar of Doaba College, Jalandhar, achieved the third position.

Tribune scribe bereaved: Amar Singh Uppal (103), grandfather of Jasvir Singh Uppal, correspondent of Punjabi Tribune from Fatehgarh Sahib, died on Thursday. Amar Singh was the former sarpanch of Brass village and was quite active till he breathed his last in his house at Sirhind. Amar Singh, a teetotaler throughout in his life, was an active social worker who encouraged village youth to shun drugs. His bhog ceremony would be held on July 12.

IMFL confiscated: The Fatehgarh Sahib police recovered 850 boxes of liquor meant for sale in Chandigarh on Saturday. Booty confiscated was Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) being carried in a truck from Chandigarh to Rajasthan. The Police has arrested Sahib Singh. IO sub-inspector Sarwan Singh said during inquiry, Sahib Singh had accepted to being a part of the gang involved in smuggling of liquor. This is second large haul in past less than 15 days.

163 trainees  pass out
: IGP-cum-managing director of the Punj
ice Housing Corporation M.K. Tiwari took the salute from 163 trainees of the second security training course at a passing-out parade at Chaman Stadium, Police Recruit Training Centre (PRTC), Jahan Khela, 8 km from here on Saturday. During their two-month training, the trainees were made conversant with the legal and procedural provisions pertaining to security, vital security operations and their practical methodology.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab Ayurvedic and Unani Medical Officers Association: president - Kewal Krishan; vice-president - S.M. Sinya; secretary - Saravjit Singh; cashieer - Rajinder Devgan; and state members - Ramesh Kumar Sharma and Surinder Kalyan.

Insurance claim: In a case of claim of a car that got damaged totally in an accident, the local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed United India Insurance Company to pay Rs 4.25 lakh, along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of repudiation i.e. December 7, 2007, till the realisation to complainant Sumit Arora. In the order pronounced by president of the forum M.D. Sharma and member Harvinder Sharma, the insurance company has also been directed to pay Rs 3,000 as compensation for mental tension and harassment, besides Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses to the complainant.


PSEB flayed: The Consumer Protection and Grievances Redressal Forum on Saturday flayed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for hiking tariff in the state. President N.S. Gill said a civil writ petition was already pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in connection with an earlier hike for which the PSEB has to reply on July 11. He said the power board should check transmission losses, power theft, make recovery of arrears from government departments and stop subsidies instead of hiking tariff.

Release of DA: The Pensioners and Senior Citizens Welfare Association has urged the Punjab Chief Minister to release installment of dearness allowance to employees and pensioners in the state. President S.S. Jaspal requested the CM to direct the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission to submit its recommendations by February next year and get these implemented within four months.

P’kula boy clears NTSE: Shirish Sharma, a student of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, has cleared the written stage of the second-level of national talent search examination (NTSE). Hereafter, he will appear for the final interview. The written examination was conducted by the NCERT on May 11. Students clearing this interview will be awarded a scholarship for 14 years.

Project on Himalayan ants: Ministry of environment and forest, New Delhi, has sanctioned a research project worth Rs 19 lakh to Dr Himender Bharti, department of zoology, Punjabi University, Patiala, to study the role of ants in conservation and management of degrading ecosystem of Shivalik range of Himalayas due to human activities. Dr Bharti has also been sanctioned another research project with approved layout of Rs 28 lakh by department of science and technology to study evolutionary trends in ants of Greater Himalaya.


Waste management plant:
A solid waste management plant, which will benefit Karnal, is likely to be set up soon. Sources said the project would be the first of its kind in the state where plastic waste would be segregated from the rest of the municipal waste using the latest technology. There is also a plan to convert garbage into manure which could be sold, bringing revenue to the local civic body. Sources said the solid waste management project had been hanging fire for quite some time due to the unavailability of land. Now, land had been earmarked for the purpose in Shekhpura village on the Karnal-UP road. The foundation stone of the Rs 16.58 crore project will be laid by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on July 23.

Cyber cafes told to install CCTVs:
The district administration has asked the owners of cyber cafes to install CCTV cameras on their premises and maintain the recordings for at least three months. The order also directed the cyber cafes to keep a complete record of the visitors to check activities of unwanted elements. Senior officials maintained that the orders had been passed to ensure law and order in the district. The orders stated that cyber cafes should check identification proof of all internet users. Sources said the orders had been issued as a part of the ongoing efforts to thwart militant activities across the country. The cyber cafe owners have been asked to make entries of all internet users in a register along with their contact numbers and addresses.


Protest by students: Students of classes XI and XII of Government Senior Secondary School, Kuthera, raised slogans against the Education Department on the Ghumarwin-Kuthera road and blocked vehicular traffic for over one hour. They were protesting against the transfer of their physics lecturer Rakesh Bhardwaj. The lecturer, who was transferred here only two months ago from Government Senior Secondary School, Chail chowk, Mandi district, has been again transferred from here. There was already a shortage of teachers in the school, students said. They warned of a regular agitation if proper staff was not made available in the school at the earliest.

Camp inaugurated: Anil Kaushik, zonal director of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Himachal zone, inaugurated a seven-day state-level “Nehru Yuva Sathees” training camp at the Youth Hostel, Jabli, on Saturday. Kaushik exhorted participants to involve rural youth for ensuring proper implementation of national and state-level programmes. More than 60 youths are participating in the camp.

NGO body poll: The president of District NGO Federation P.C. Verma has said that the fresh election to the district body of the federation will be held here on Monday. He said there was no factionalism in the federation. Majority of the employees were with the federation and their membership in the district was 4,107, he added.

Memos submitted: The Bamsan block Congress committee submitted two memorandums to the Governor through the DC, Hamirpur, on Saturday. Chairman of the State Ex-Servicemen Department of the Congress committee Col B.C. Lagwal (retd) said they had decried the state government for not reducing sales tax and VAT on petrol, diesel, and LPG. In another memorandum, they have expressed concern over non-implementation of various welfare measures for ex-servicemen.

Body found: The body of an assistant lineman of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB), Hitender Kumar, was found from Jug nullah, near Baldian, about 25 km from here. One of the two persons of his village with whom he was last seen on July 3 has been rounded up for questioning. A case has been registered.


Guru’s birth anniversary: The birth anniversary of sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind, was celebrated here on Saturday with religious fervor and gaiety. Despite the ongoing curfew and complete shutdown, Sikhs visited various gurdwaras across the city to celebrate the occasion. The main function was held at Gurdwara Tali Sahib at Talab Tilo, Jammu, where thousands of Sikhs paid their obeisance.In his felicitation message, Governor N.N. Vohra said: “Guru Hargobind was a saint-soldier who gave the Panth a unique philosophy of Piri (spiritual power) and Miri (military power) and aimed at striving for a harmonious society which would stand against oppression.” He said the Guru’s message of selfless service for mankind based on the values of righteousness, truth and love attained more relevance in recent times when the world was facing grave challenges emanating from the growing intolerance and incidence of violence.

Khoda praises police: Appreciating the role of police in combating militancy and bringing normalcy in the state, Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Kuldeep Khoda, said it would always do its best to ensure peace and normalcy. Addressing jawans and officers at Pulwama yesterday, the DGP announced one rank promotion of nine police personnel of the District Police Lines, Pulwama, and Anantnag, who took part in various anti-militancy operations on the spot. Khoda appreciated the role of public with regard to giving support to the Jammu and Kashmir Police and other security forces in bringing normalcy and peace in the state. Interacting with mediapersons, Khoda said the situation was under control and Amarnath yatra was going smoothly.

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