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B.B. Sharma new principal of DAV College:
B.B. Sharma will take over as the new principal of DAV College here. A decision to this effect was today taken by the DAVC managing committee, a report received from New Delhi said this evening. Sharma, head of the science faculty in the college, went abroad after successfully organising the National Science Conference and flew back on June 15. The post of the principal had been lying vacant after March 31 when B.C. Josan relinquished the charge to take over as principal in DAV College at Chandigarh. Anil Makkar, head of the Math department, had been working as officiating principal since then.

Foundation day: The Bharat Vikas Parishad (Shiva Ji) celebrated the foundation day of the NGO by organising a "bhajan sandhya" in the Shri Sanatan Dharm Mandir here late last evening, a release said on Friday. Ladies Club president Karuna Jaiswal inaugurated the function by lighting a lamp. Neetu Chhabra presided over the function. Sheela Garg, Renu Thareja, Anita Modi, Santosh Chawla and Krishna Nagori sang bhajans.

2 boys run over by truck:
Two boys riding a motorcycle were killed when they were run over by a truck on the Tarn Taran road here on Friday. The deceased were identified as Simran Singh and Dilpreet Singh of the Tarn Taran Road area. A case has been registered against the driver of the truck.

Date extended: GND University has extended the last date for the submission of application forms for admission to one-year certificate course in dress designing, cutting and tailoring run at its Gurdaspur Regional Campus situated on the Hardochanni Road till July 14. Interview for admission will be on July 16. Dr Sujan Singh, coordinator, said the course was being run by the Department of Adult Continuing Education and Extension of the university and meant only for class X pass women candidates.

NCC camp
: A 10-day NCC camp at Batala ITI kicked off here on Friday. Camp commander Col S. Mankotia said around 500 boys and girls from various schools and colleges would be imparted training during the camp and students would be selected for the Independence Day parade.

Study centre honoured: Sikkim Manipal University organised a convention at Manipal, where Bathinda’s Study Centre Sinesoft Education was honoured for its excellent work. Indian cricket team captain Anil Kumble presented the honour, a press release issued here said on Friday. Anil Kumble said that Manipal University was doing a good job and it was the only university that was using the most advanced techniques to educate the students. The press release informed that the Bathinda centre has been working for the last ten years and its products are now working in multinational companies.

OPENING: Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT), Doraha, has opened its career-counselling cell in its campus premises. The cell provides free counseling to 10+2 and graduate pass outs and is working 24 hours through tele marketing. Students can put their queries even on the e-mail to seek career guidance.

Man succumbs to injuries
: Sukhpreet Singh, a resident of Morinda area who was injured in a road accident on Wednesday, succumbed to his injuries. He died while under treatment at PGIMER, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Sukhpreet met with an accident near Ballomajra village on NH 21 when he took a sudden U-turn and his car collided with a tractor trolley. The police has registered a case against the tractor trolley driver on the complaint of Sukhpreet’s cousin Netra Singh.

: A tree plantation drive was organised by KVM School’s NCC cadets under the guidance of the school principal Rajiv Nagalia here on Friday. Three saplings were planted today under the campaign. The cadets aim at planting 50 saplings during the month of July. As many as 45 cadets took part in the programme.

TIE-UP: Max New York Life Insurance today announced a tie-up with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). As per the agreement, Indian Oil will make available its around 2,000 Kisan Seva Kendras across the country for the sale of Max New York Life insurance products. According to the company, it has adopted a multi-channel strategy in order to reach a wide category of people. "This tie up is a step towards furthering our reach in Emerging Markets and serve these markets more efficiently,” said a spokesperson.

Power failure: Local residents, particularly of Delhi Gate, bus stand and Mandi area, have remained without electricity for about 24 hours for the past several days. Nobody was available in the compliant registration office of the PSEB near Satta Chowk and the telephone of the office was also not working. Xen, PSEB, N.K.Jindal said the fault at 220 grid was the cause of the power failure.

Lions Club: The Lions Club here has appointed Ashok Bansal as its president, Gurmit Singh secretary, Rajesh Bansal and Pawan Bansal vice-presidents and Raj Kumar treasurer. The president of the club said special focus would be given on providing services of the distinguished health specialist to needy and poor patients at their doorsteps.

Eye check-up camp: Dr Mahesh Ahuja and ophthalmic officer Hardeep Singh Randhawa examined more than 500 patients at an eye check-up camp organised by the Naina Devi Mandir Committee. Needy patients were provided medicines and spectacles free of cost. Dr Ahuja said selected patients would be operated upon in the Civil Hospital and the committee would bear the expenses, if any.

Oath of office
: Punjab public works department minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa administered an oath to the newly elected 2,776 panches during a function organised at New Grain Market here on Friday. Dhindsa exhorted panches to participate actively, honestly and impartially in the panchayat for overall development of their villages.

Rally held: On the occasion of World Population Day, an awareness rally was organised here on Friday in which 400 students marched through the town streets carrying banners and posters to aware people about hazards of population explosion. The rally was flagged off by Government Senior Secondary School principal Iqbal Singh.

Villagers duped
: On the directions of SP Harpreet Singh, DSP Karamjit Singh has started investigation into the fraudulent activities of some persons alleged to be agents of a company, Active India Private Limited, here on Friday. Sarpanch, Mirzapur, Jagdish Singh has alleged that about 70 villagers of Mirzapur and adjoining areas had been duped of an amount of Rs 1,470 each against which they were given coupons for big prizes. The SP said legal action would be taken against the culprits.

Dharna held: Over 100 workers of the Forest Workers Union held a dharna here on Friday in favour of their demands. Rattan Singh Ralla, district president of union, said the government was not giving the pending payments.



Orientation programme
: Gian Jyoti Public School organised the orientation programme for the welcoming of Class XI in the new session. The students of Class XII presented a welcome dance and Harpreet Kaur delivered a welcome speech. An hour-long presentation was given on the development and achievements of the school right from 1974, the beginning of the school till date. Principal Ranjeet Bedi welcomed the students and encouraged them to show their potential to the maximum in future.

Blood donation camp: Indus Hospital organised a blood donation camp in association with the Rotary Blood Bank Society, Sector-37, Chandigarh, here on Wednesday. The camp was inaugurated by Dr Sukhdev Singh, director, health, Punjab. As many as 54 volunteers, staff members and doctors of the hospital donated blood. The MD of the hospital, Dr Navtej Singh, said the hospital would organise more such camps in rural belts.

Class III appointments: Health and family welfare minister, Punjab, Prof Laxmi Kanta Chawla handed over appointment letters to around 20 candidates joining on compassionate grounds in the health department, Punjab, here on Wednesday. These appointment letters were given at the Phase VI office of Punjab Health Systems Corporation. All new appointees are the kin of health and family welfare department’s employees, who have expired while serving the department and would be joining the department on Class III posts.

100 donate blood: C-DAC, Mohali, organised a voluntary blood donation camp in collaboration with PGIMER, Chandigarh. Public relations officer Deepak Rana told that counselling sessions with the slogan “Give the Gift of Life” was also arranged to motivate the blood donors. Pamphlets with frequently asked questions were also distributed to the students before the camp. More than 100 students and staff members come forward generously to donate blood.

Medical camp: A free medical camp was organised by Ivy Hospital at the premises of industries in Phase VII. Renowned dermatologist Dr Naveen Kansal, ENT expert Dr Lovneesh, MD (medicine) Dr Jagpal Pandher and dietician Nidhi checked the patients. According to Gurtej Singh of Ivy Hospital, “Over 100 patients attended the medical camp. The patients got specialised consultation free of cost.”


SCs seek loan waiver
: The Schedule Castes has also demanded that their loans, which they had obtained from the Haryana Schedule Castes Finance and Development Corporation and other commercial banks, should be waived. In a communication addressed to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, advocate Surinder Ranjha, vice-president of the local municipal council and a Balmiki leader, has urged the government to waive the loans of Schedules Castes.

30 hurt in mishap
: At least 30 persons, including 12 women, were injured, three of them seriously, when the pick-up van they were travelling in reportedly overturned on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near Asalwas village, 12 km from here, on Friday. The seriously injured, Patashi Devi, Krishna Devi and Sube Devi, were admitted to a private hospital here and other injured persons were given treatment at the local Civil Hospital.

8-yr-old killed: An eight-year-old child, Golu, son of Vijay Kumar of Karoli town of Rajasthan, was reportedly crushed to death by a truck in Vikas Nagar area of Maheshwari village near Dharuhera on Thursday. The incident happened when the child was going along with his father. The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the truck driver, Akbar Hussain of Mewat district, who reportedly absconded soon after the accident.

Job fair
: The divisional employment office, Rohtak, and the Haryana United Schools Association will jointly organise a job fair at the local employment office on Saturday. Divisional employment officer H.S. Kataria said principals and managers of private schools had been invited to the fair.

Rs 37 cr for Y’nagar
: The centre has sanctioned Rs 37.52 crore for the district under the sarva shiksha abhiyan (SSA) scheme. Last year, the amount approved was Rs 22.8 crore. Deputy commissioner Nitin Kumar Yadav has said with the government aid this year, the total number of boys and girls getting benefits under the SSA has increased to 91,821 in the district while last year the number was 31,051.



: Following have been elected the office-bearers of The Kangra Central Co-Operative Bank Pensioners Welfare Association here on Wednesday. President-I.C. Dohru, vice-president- R.S. Mandial, general secretary-K.S. Mankotia, cashier/office secretary-K.K. Sharma and press secretary-R.C. Bhatia.

Awareness camp
: MP Anurag Thakur has laid stress on organising awareness camps in the rural area to make people aware about the forestry schemes. Speaking in a seminar organised by the Department of Forest on Wednesday he said there was an urgent need to make people aware about forestry which has drawn global attention now. He asked the department to link forest conservation programmes with employment generation.

Cricket academies: The Hamirpur Cricket Association has decided to open four cricket academies at Tarkwari, Sujanpur, Hamirpur and Nadaun. Press secretary of the association Anil Sharma said league matches would be played on every Sunday between the teams of the academies on the pattern of private clubs. He said four cricket coaches would also be appointed in these academies.

Photo electoral rolls:
Chief electoral officer Manisha Nanda held a meeting with the representatives of political parties in connection with the special summary revision of the photo electoral rolls of parliamentary and Assembly constituencies. The draft of photo electoral roll for the 68 Assembly constituencies had been published on July 10, 2008. Photographs and other detail had been mentioned in the rolls besides the names of the electors.

Conference: The state chapter of the Public Relations Society of India will organise a two-day conference on “importance of public relations and media in governance” from Saturday. The conference will have sessions on “public relations and media strategies for good governance” and “corporate social responsibility”. Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal will inaugurate the conference.


HC notice to Amarnath board
: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday issued a notice to the chief executive officer (CEO), Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, over the installation of a marble edifice of the Shivalingam at the shrine. Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir asked CEO Bharat Bhushan Vyas to reply within a week. A petition filed by a local resident had sought directions from the court that the shrine board be restrained from installing a marble edifice of the Shivalingam at the cave as it amounted to sacrilege. In 2006, the petitioner had filed a case against the board after allegations surfaced that the board was using an artificial Shivalingam in the absence of a naturally-formed one.

Governor’s rule: State unit of the Samajwadi Party on Friday welcomed the dissolution of the state Assembly and imposition of Governor's rule. SP's state president Sheikh Abdul Rehman said all recent administrative steps taken by the Congress-led government should be quashed as they were politically motivated. Rehman also called for free and fair elections due in October. Rehman said people were not satisfied with the Congress, the National Conference and the People's Democratic Party (PDP). "The country is facing a great threat from communal forces. The need of the hour is that all secular forces come together,” Rehman said. Meanwhile, about 12 political and social activists joined the SP's state unit along with their supporters.

6 houses gutted: Six houses and a car were gutted in a fire in the Kashmir valley on Friday. Official sources said a fire broke out in a house at Bonamsar, which later spread to the adjoining houses. Six houses were gutted in the fire before fire engines controlled the leaping flames. However, no loss of life or injury to anyone was reported. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained. Meanwhile, a car caught fire at the Jahangir Chowk causing extensive damage to it. However, the occupants of the car escaped unhurt.

Fake currency racket busted
: With the arrest of three persons on Friday, the police claims to have busted a fake currency racket in the city. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided certain localities and arrested the three persons, besides, recovered fake currencies worth $1,300, official sources said. The accused were identified as Sandeep Singh from Doda district, Sanchar Singh from Jammu and Sardeep Singh from Doda. Police sources said the accused were being interrogated and more arrests were likely from Doda and Kishtwar districts.


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