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Entrance test for M Phil (Pbi):
The entrance test for admission to M Phil (Punjabi) will be conducted at Guru Nanak Bhawan Auditorium, GND University, here on September 3 at 2 pm. Dr Dharam Singh, professor and head, School of Punjabi Studies, in a press note here on Friday said roll numbers had already been dispatched. Candidates not receiving these could contact the department on the same day at 10 am along with an attested photograph.

Fellowship for varsity scholar: Dr Priyanka Sharma, Dept of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, GND University, has been awarded the Dr D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship of the UGC, New Delhi, for 2008. The varsity press note here on Thursday said she would be given a fellowship of Rs 20,000 per month, along with contingency grant for three years. This year the fellowship has been awarded only to 10 scholars all over the country.

Transferred: The Punjab government on Friday transferred Mandeep Singh
Sandhu as secretary to the Department of Welfare of SCs/BCs and Narinderjit
Singh as MD, Punsup. He will also hold the additional charge of the post of
secretary, Information Technology.

Bassi Pathana
Snatchers nabbed:
A high drama was witnessed in the main market on Friday afternoon this afternoon when people nabbed two youths who tried to snatch gold earings of a lady. The youths were thrashed before being handed over to the police. According to information, the youths started following the lady from the bus stand and crossed her many times as soon as she reached the market. As they tried to snatch her earings, she raised an alarm and the people around her chased the snatchers and finally, managed to nab them.

Speech competition:
The Rural Training Health Centre, Bhalaiana, Muktsar, organised a speech competition on social evils here on Thursday in which about 29 students from various schools took part. Bhupinder Singh, head, community medicine, Adesh Medical College, Muktsar, was the chief guest while Gursimranjeet Kaur, assistant professor, community medicine and Rajesh Bansal, were the judges. Karamjeet Kaur, Government Senior Secondary School, Bhalaiana, Roop Chand, Sach Khand Public School, Bhalaiana and Karamveer, Amrit Public School, Bhalaiana, secured the first, second and third positions respectively in the competition.

Seminar on human rights:
A seminar on “Human Rights, Indian Perspective” was held at JC DAV College, Dasuya, Hoshiarpur, on Friday. Organised by the Awakening Civic Consciousness among Common Citizens (A4C), Sanjiv Kalra, IG, Jalandhar Range, was the chief guest. Kalra highlighted the role of police force for protecting human rights.

Freedom fighter dies at 96:
Bachan Singh of Panj Garian village in the district, who was an active member of the Azad Hind Fauj and a close associate of its leader Subash Chander Bose, died late Thursday night due to cardiac arrest. He was 96. Gurdeep Singh, son of the deceased freedom fighter, said when Bachan Singh complained of chest pain, he was taken to a village doctor who referred him to a hospital in Amritsar. But Bachan Singh died soon after reaching there.

Goods, cash stolen:
Some miscreants stole goods worth Rs 40,000, including a refrigerator, fans, irons, mobile phones, DVDs and Rs 7,400, from the shop of Narinder of Malmazara village on Thursday evening. According to police sources, after breaking the shutter of the shop, the miscreants decamped with the goods. A case under sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered in this connection.

Body found: An unidentified body, aged about 24 years, bearing marks of sharp-edged weapons, was found in the fields at Handowal village on Friday. After taking the body in its custody, the police sent it to the local civil hospital for a post-mortem examination and identification. A case under section 302 of the IPC has been registered at Sadar police station in this connection.

Rape charge: A girl of Shahlapur village was allegedly raped by Pardeep, a youth of the same village. The Tanda police booked Pardeep under sections 376 and 506 of the IPC in this connection. No arrests have been made so far.

Blood donation:
A blood donation camp was organised at Doaba Group of Colleges, Kharar, in collaboration with the Rotary Club, Garhshankar. As many as 150 units of blood were collected. The camp was inaugurated by Mohali DSP Shivinder Singh Bains. The students were also sensitised on proper diet to maintain healthy blood count and urgent need for regular blood donations.

Tributes paid to Mann:
Different organisations expressed deep sorrow over the demise of poet Rupinder Singh Mann. While paying tributes to him at a meeting here, they termed his death as a big loss to society. Leaders of the Radical People’s Forum and Revolutionary Youth Association said that along with being a progressive writer, he was also an environmentalist. Mann had played a key role in the struggle against the discharge of effluents into the Buddha Nullah at Ludhiana, they added.

GCG strike:
Students of Government College for Girls (GCG) continued the strike today and locked the college gate in protest against the time table. The Students did not attend any classes. The girls said they would now go on an indefinite strike till the demand is fulfilled.

Protest march:
In protest against the demolition of a building block on August 26 near the Rose Garden at Sunam by the Sunam Municipal Council authorities, people took out a protest march in the town on Friday. The building block was demolished on the order of the court. The protesters staged a dharna near Piran Wala Chowk, Sunam, and demanded return of the land to the gurdwara sahib. They also submitted a memorandum to Sunam SDM Gurpreet Singh Thind.



Fast by VHP activists:
Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists on Friday started a 72-hour hunger strike at the local Rohtak Chowk on the call of the Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti. Ritik Wadhwa, Prem Chand Jain, Raj Kumar Makkar, Satyanarain, Ghanshyam Saraf, Om Prakash Maan joined the agitators. Wadhwa said VHP activists from Loharu, Kairu and Tosham would sit on dharna on August 30 and Bhiwani, Buwani Khera and Mundhal activists would observe strike on August 31.

School board gets ISO  certification: The Board of School Education, Haryana, has been granted the ISO 9001-2000 certificate by the Bureau of Indian Standards. This was stated by Rajan Gupta, commissioner and secretary, Education and Languages Department, Haryana, and board chairman, here on Friday. He said the board had become the first board in the country whose management system and working were in accordance with the standards laid down by the International Standards Organisation 9001-2000.

2 held on graft charge:
A team of state vigilance bureau on Thursday raided the office of the food and supplies department here and arrested two officials while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000. Section officer Krishan Kumar and accountant Rajinder Kumar had allegedly demanded the bribe for releasing the security deposit of a contractor, Amrik Singh. The complainant had informed the SVB that his Rs 15 lakh were deposited as security with the government and he needed no objection certificate from these officials for the release of the security deposit.

Schemes worth  Rs 427 lakh cleared: The District Planning Committee on Friday approved schemes worth Rs 427 lakh for 2008-09 at a meeting held under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner J.S. Ahlawat. The state government had made an allocation of funds amounting to Rs 312 lakh for general works and Rs 115 lakh for works related to the Scheduled Castes for the current financial year. Priority, according to the agenda presented to the committee, will be given to expenditure on health, horticulture, panchayats and development and integrated child development schemes. The expenditure on different administrative blocks of the district will be Rs 74 lakh for Fatehabad, Rs 44 lakh for Tohana, Rs 60 lakh for Ratia, Rs 49 lakh for Bhuna, Rs 40 lakh for Bhattu Kalan and Rs 23 lakh for Jakhal.

Kisan mela:
HAFED and the North India Cloth Mills Association (NICMA) on Thursday organised a kisan mela in Faggu village under their drive “Mission White Gold”. Deputy commissioner V. Umashankar and Sudhir Rajpal, managing director, HAFED, inaugurated the mela. Rajpal said the “Mission White Gold” had been launched with an objective to increase the production of cotton in Haryana.
He said by the efforts of HAFED, the production of cotton had increased by
663 kg per hectare.

Seminar on English: The English Promotion Forum, an NGO of the town, on Thursday organised a seminar on the importance of English language in the local CMK National Girls PG College. Former minister Jagdish Nehra was the chief guest on the occasion. A speech competition of students was organised on this occasion. Suman Punia and Arti Soni got the first two positions, respectively, while Jyoti Godara and Kunal Saharan shared the third prize.

2 die in mishaps:
A person was killed and five others were injured when a Sonepat-bound canter carrying buffaloes collided head-on with another canter on the Kharkhoda-Sonepat road here on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Ashok of Rajasthan. In another incident, Ashok of Humayunpur village in Rohtak district died on the spot when his motorcycle was hit by a tractor-trolley near Narayan Mandir on the Kharkhoda-Rohtak road on Thursday night.



Award for school:
The Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Thiru T. Raja has presented the ‘State Award’ to Dalhousie Public School of Dalhousie under the Computer Literacy Excellence Awards for Schools - 2007 at an award distribution function held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday. The ‘state award’ consisting of a trophy along with a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh was received by Dr. (Capt.) G.S. Dhillon,  Director and Principal of the school from the Union Minister.

Boy killed:
A 10-year-old boy Akshay was killed after being hit by a Maruti car at Pat Bangla near Rampur, on Friday. According to the police Akshay, a student of class four, was hit by a speeding car (HP-26-0077) while he was on his way to the school. The driver of the vehicle sped away and the police was still trying to trace him. A case has been registered in Rampur police station.

Teacher awarded: Principal of local Dayanand Public School Shashi Kiran has earned yet another distinction with conferring of the National Award For Teachers — 2007. During her distinguished career as a teacher and education administrator, Kiran has won a number of awards. The Arya Pratinidhi Sabha and DAV conferred her with their highest honour - Outstanding and exceptional contribution to Arya Samaj and education - in 1995.


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