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Pregnancy talk:
The health department organised a seminar for creating awareness amongst pregnant women for better healthcare at the Saroya health centre. About 70 women participated in  the seminar. 

Cong seeks road repairs:
Congress leaders, municipal councillors, sarpanches of various villages and former Congress minister Raman Bhalla said here on Saturday that the party would organise a dharna at Kanwa Chowk on September 17 if the administration failed to repair roads of the district within 10 days.

Grant announced:
Punjab minister for cultural affairs Hira Singh Gabrian announced a grant of Rs 1,25,000 for the development of Gurmat Sangeet (Sikh divine music) at a function organised by the Punjabi University’s department of Gurmat sangeet and Gurmat Sangeet Chair here on Friday. He gave away prizes to the winners of the five-day Gurmat sangeet competitions wherein Gurdwara Bhaini Sahib won the first prize of Rs 21,000 in the group shabad singing in the senior category. In the junior category, the honour was bagged by Mata Sahib Kaur Girls Senior Secondary School, Talwandi Sabo.

Appeal for fund: Vice-chancellor of Punjabi university Dr Jaspal Singh has made an appeal to the university teaching and non-teaching staff to spare one day’s salary to be deposited in the Prime Ministers’ Relief Fund for distribution among the flood victims in various parts of the country. They have been asked to give their consent by September 15 so that the relief fund could reach the affected humanity in time. Most of the teachers and staff members have already given their consent. 

Book exhibition: Vice-chancellor of Punjabi University Dr Jaspal Singh inaugurated a book exhibition, organised by the university’s department of youth welfare in collaboration with Sahitya Academy, on Friday. The exhibition, where the books will be available at half the original price, has been organised with the objective of inculcating awareness about reading literature among the students. More than 1,000 books have been displayed at the exhibition. 

Indo-Pak mushiara: An Indo-Pak mushiara will be held here on September 20. Giving this information on Saturday, Samir Sharda, convener, World Spiritual Awareness Foundation, said noted poets, including Tariq Sabzbari, Rohana Roohi, Wasim Brailvy, Nida Fazily and many others, would participate in the mushiara.

Mobile-snatcher in police net:
With the arrest of a person here, the local police claimed to have solved several incidents of purse and mobile snatching in the area.In a press note issued here today, DSP Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh stated that the accused, identified as Jaswinder Singh alias Mintoo of Manawali, was nabbed at a special checkpost near Hadiabad on Friday. A knife was also recovered from Mintoo.

Farmers get credit cards:
About 200 farmers got Kisan Credit cards, amounting to Rs 2.81 crore, at a function organised by a local branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) at Kammo Majra Khurd village, near here, on Friday. Circle head of PNB, circle office, Bathinda, R.S. Kalaria presided over the function.

NGO honours 87 teachers: A local NGO, Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum (SASWF), honoured 78 teachers and nine headmasters for showing 100 per cent results in class VIII annual examinations-2008 in their respective schools at a function here on Friday. The schools were in Bangawali, Bugra, Bhumsi, Khurana, Mullamajra, Mulabadha, Noorpura, Pedhni Kalan and Rangian villages. DC V.K. Ohri honoured the teachers. Dr A.S. Mann, president, SASWF, and Sham Lal, secretary, Siksha-Sudhar Committee, also spoke on the occasion. — TNS



INSCOL inks pact: INSCOL inks pact with Sydney varsity: INSCOL inked a pact with the University of Western Sydney at ceremony organised in Sydney on Friday. This agreement has been signed for upgrading their diplomas to the bachelors in the nursing degree. The ceremony was attended by senior dignitaries from the university, including the pro-vice-chancellor, dean, director international, associate dean and representatives from INSCOL.

Jewellery stolen: The police have registered a case against unidentified persons for stealing gold and diamond jewellery from a residence in Sector 42. In her complaint, Nisha Chawla alleged that the thieves broke open the lock of her house on September 3 and decamped with two gold bangles, a mangal sutar, locket set, five gold rings and a diamond ring. A caseee has been registered under Sections 454 and 380 of IPC at Sector 36 police station.

Observer elected:
The State Election Commission, Punjab, has appointed Som Parkash, chief administrator, PUDA, as observer for the Kharar municipal elections. Som Parkash said he was appointed election observer till September 17 and was assigned this responsibility for fair conduct of elections and redress of complaints from candidates and their agents. He said he would always be available to the public and his contact number was 9876100022.



3 killed in accident:
Three persons were killed and 3 others injured in a head-on-collision between a mini-truck and trailer near Jhumpa Kalan village on Thursday. Two farmers identified as Bhanwar Lal and Gopal of Rajasthan and driver Rinku of Mansa, Punjab, died on the spot whereas Manoj of Mansa, Ram Prasad and Bhagwan Sahay of Laxminarainpur village of Rajasthan sustained injuries.

Prohibitory orders:
The district authorities have clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in the vicinity of 200 metres from the examination centres in view of the examinations of the Board of School Education, Haryana, starting from September 10. The orders issued by the district authorities said special vigil would be kept on the photostat shops so that no paper relating to the examinations could be photocopied. The authorities warned the photostat operators to desist from entertaining elements coming to them for photocopy of such papers or else strict action under the law would be taken against them. 

Man shot at:
A 28-year-old man, Brij Pal, was seriously wounded after four youths opened fire at him in the forest area near Jaidari village on Saturday. He was admitted to a local private hospital, from where he was referred to the PGI here. The assailants have not been identified as yet, said the police. The incident took place when Brij Pal along with his brother Dharam Pal was working in his fields in the village. Brij Pal was shot at by four persons when he went to the nearby forest area after hearing a sound from there. 



Annual sports:
Students should take equal interest in sports along with their studies as sports and games were essential for development of a sound and healthy mind in a healthy body . This was said by SP K.K.Indoria while inaugurating four-day district-level annual sports and games tournaments of high and senior secondary schools here on Saturday. He said addiction to drugs under influence of bad elements had become a challenge for society and students should remain cautious that such wrong elements did not succeed in alluring them to this bad habit which was becoming major cause of destruction of health and body of a section of our youth.

Boy crushed to death:
The Paonta DSP said a jeep hit Rajesh Kumar (22), a resident of Bata Mandi village, on the Nahan-Paonta State Highway on Saturday. The boy was rushed to Paonta civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Driver Manoj Kumar, along with the jeep, fled the scene of accident. But the police arrested the driver and sent him for medical examination after registering a case. 

Cannabis destroyed: The police on Saturday launched a drive to make the area cannabis free. In the first phase of the drive, the police on Saturday destroyed cannabis in the Rajgarh and surrounding areas.

Nigam pledges Rs 2.50 crore:
The Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam has contributed Rs 2.50 crore towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the Bihar flood victims. The chairman-cum-managing director of SJVN, H.K. Sharma, presented the cheque to union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and state minister for power Jairam Ramesh in Delhi. 



Players asked to register:
The Jammu and Kashmir Amateur Kabaddi Association has directed kabaddi players in boys and girls categories to register themselves with the association before September 30. President of the Association, Chaman Lal Gupta, former union minister of state for Defence, informed that instruction was issued following guidelines of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India. Players failing to register themselves will not be allowed to participate in the forthcoming contests. 

LeT commander killed:
A divisional commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Qari Usman, was shot dead by security forces in an encounter on the outskirts of Sopore on Saturday. At least one more militant was still trapped in the house where the fighting broke out between militants and the forces. Police sources said they along with the Army killed Usman in Dangerpora. Baramulla SSP said on a specific information, a joint operation was launched by the Sopore police and the 22 RR. One AK 47 rifle and 2 magazines were recovered from the site of the encounter. 

Boy dies: Tanveer Ahmad Malik (18) died under suspicious circumstances in north Kashmir on Saturday. Official sources said Malik was taken to the hospital after he fell unconscious. A resident of Kalgi in Uri town, Malik was declared brought dead by the doctors. However, it was later learnt that his death was caused due to consuming some poisonous substance. The police has started investigations.

Delta Force’s Raising Day:
The Counter Insurgency Delta Force, fighting terrorism in Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts of Jammu province, today celebrated its 15th Raising Day. Many former GOC of the force were present on the occasion. Lt Gen P.C. Bhardwaj, GOC-in C, Northern Command, who has also been the GOC of this force, was also present. During the ceremony at the war memorial, tributes were paid to the martyrs and a religious function and Barakhana with the jawans were held.
The specialised force has been at the forefront in combating terrorism since 1994. It has also got the opportunity to take charge of a portion of the National Highway-1A, the lifeline of the state. The gallant troops of the Delta Force have received 1,136 honours and awards till date including one Ashok Chakra, four Kirti Chakras and 33 Shaurya Chakras.


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