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New institute
: Fortune Academy is launching National Institute of Finance and Accounts at Queens Road here on September 10. The institute would be inaugurated by Dr Neelam Kamra, principal of the local BBK DAV College for Women. while Neera Sharma, principal of DAV Public school would be the guest of honour on the occasion. — TNS

Change of address: The main branch of the Union Bank of India would be shifted to new premises near post office, Chowk Phawara on September 11. The general  Manager of the bank AK Bansal would inaugurate the  new premises. — TNS

Office-bearers’ elected: The following have been elected as office bearers of New Amritsar Residents Welfare Association: President Baljit Singh Bhullar, Patron MS Neki, general secretay S Chauhan, senior vice presidents, Bhagwan Singh; and Ramesh Kapoor, Vice-presidents Ranjit Singh Sandhu and Vikram Goel, financial secretary Joginder Nath Puri, joint secretaries, Hari Om and JPS Sidhu. —TNS

Baptism lauded
: Shaheedi Jatha Mata Sahib Kaur's leader Pargat Singh expressed happiness over SAD chief Sukhbir Badal taking 'Amrit Paan' and he said it was an example for the entire youth of today. Whereas, the anti- SAD organisations stated that Sukhbir should have done it much before as he had already lived half his life but Pargat stated that there was a time for everything and asked how was it possible for Sukhbir to experience 'Amrit Paan' before when it was destined now. — TNS

Road accident: A youth, Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Jagmal Wali, was killed when his motorcycle was knocked down by a bus. A case against the bus driver has been lodged at the Talwandi Sabo police station. Lakhwinder died while he was being taken to the civil hospital in Bathinda. After conducting the post-mortem, the police handed over the body to the family members. The driver is absconding. — TNS

4 looters arrested: The police in the Dhariwal area arrested four members of a gang, which was involved in incidents of looting and snatching in the district, on Tuesday. The accused, along with their leader Yoben Mashi, were arrested after a police party gave them a long chase. While Yoben managed to escape, the other four accused, Ramesh Masih, Banti Masih, Rakesh Masih and Kali Masih, were arrested. A case has been registered. — TNS

Birth anniversary: The birth anniversary of Baba Sri Chand, founder of Udasin Sampardai, was celebrated at Dera Baba Charan Shah, Bahadurpur, here today. Hundreds of sanyasis related to Udasin Sampardai thronged the dera and offered prayers to Baba Sri Chand. A big congregation was held in which Mahant Raminder Dass threw light on the teachings of Baba Sri Chand. — TNS

Schoolbags for needy students:
The Life Insurance of India Corporation (LIC) celebrated its 52nd anniversary here. The week-long celebrations concluded on Monday. The LIC distributed schoolbags among the needy students of Saindass School, Basti Nau. The LIC organised a blood donation camp on the occasion. — TNS

Awareness camp: Parivaar, a social group would organise an awareness camp Circuit House here on September 14. President of National Federation of Parents Group Amarjit Singh Anand said experts would provide tips on handling disabled kids. — TNS

Rally against social evils: To raise awareness against social evils like femicide and dowry, the students of Frankfinn, an institute of aviation training, would hold a march in city on September 12. Carrying banners of ‘Save Girl Child’, the students with assistance of Jaycees, an NGO, would distribute leaflets to the motorists and other city residents at Guru Nanak Mission Chowk. — TNS

New BSNL schemes: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched new prepaid SIMs under ‘general prepaid plan and student power plan’ which would have a talk value of Rs 30 and validity of 7 days. The customers would also get Internet usage to Net One for a period of two months. Under the scheme, the customers would be required to pay only telephone access charges for the services. In another scheme, the BSNL has introduced a new optional plan Gramin 75 with fixed monthly charges of Rs 75 instead of Rs 110 in rural areas. — TNS

Sangat darshan: A sangat darshan programme was held at Forest Rest House here on Tuesday. DC, Gurdaspur, Gurkirat Kirpal Singh presided over the programme, while transport minister Mohan Lal was the chief guest.Out of 62 complaints, 48 regarding faulty sewerage system, streetlights and drinking water were redressed. — OC

School for disabled kids: Jagmohan Mahajan, national president of Mand Budhi Manav Vikas Samiti, visited Asha School of Army. Divya Jaswal, wife of Brig K.S. Jaswal, Commanding Officer, 21 sub area, welcomed him. Mahajan met special children and was impressed with the dedication of principal, teachers, staff and management committee. — OC

Son kills father: Milkha Singh (62) of Jeobala village, 13 km from here, was allegedly killed by his son Arjan Singh here late Monday night. SSP Harinder Singh Chahal said Arjan Singh, in a fit of anger, hit his father with a wooden block killing him on the spot.The body of Milkha was cremated early Tuesday without conducting a postmortem. Other sons of the deceased, Ranjit Singh and Nishan Singh, brother Subeg Singh and nephew Gurbhej Singh were also involved. The police has registered a case against all of them. — OC

Teenager abducted: The police registered a case against an unidentified person under sections 363 and 366 of the IPC here on Tuesday. According to the police, Sudagar Singh of Kartholi Mohalla here lodged a complaint that his 16-year-old daughter Neetu went to the market on September 5 but did not return home. The complainant alleged that Neetu was abducted by some persons. The police has started investigation into the case. —TNS

Lecture on yoga
: A Yoga lecture was organised at Sardar Rajinder Singh Memorial Mukat College of Education for Women. Dr V.P. Mehta, who was the guest speaker, stressed that yoga was important in today's stressful life. Theoretical as well as practical knowledge was given to the attendants. — TNS



Blood donation camp
: A blood donation camp was organised at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) with the support of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. At least 74 units of blood was collected. Dr Paramjit Kaur led the medical team of the GMCH. The students, who were instrumental in organising the camp were, Katekhaye Shankar Dnyaneshwar, Beheti Pritsh Shivnarayan, Sunik Ashok Nankar, Ashish Ashiyani, Ketan Chovutiya, Ankit Ladiya, Raj Rughwani, Pooja Thakur, Ritu Hooda and Rajesh Ganguly. — TNS

Faculty development: The third faculty development programme was held at Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ramnagar, Banur. As many as 100 faculty members from various institutes under the Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes participated in the programme. Meanwhile, the placement cell of the college announced that Dell officials had offered various technical, managerial and medical positions to 52 SVIET students. — TNS



Relief material
: The district administration will send relief material to Balwa Bazar village of Supaul district in Bihar, which was badly hit by the recent flood. Deputy commissioner T.L Satya Prakash said the administration had decided to send relief material worth Rs 20 lakh to the village. A sum of Rs 10 lakh had been collected through various social organisations so far. — OC

BEd session
: Haryana power, water supply and sanitation minister Randeep Singh Surjewala inaugurated the first session of BEd college run by the Jat Educational Society here on Tuesday. President of the governing body Baldev Kotra thanked the minister for the permission to start the college. Meanwhile, the minister inaugurated a blood donation camp organised by the Jaycees Club in RKSD College here, in which as many as 125 persons donated blood . — OC

Open darbar on Sept 11
: To redress the grievances of electricity consumers, the superintendent engineer of the UHBVN will organise an open darbar on September 11 in UHBVN office here. This was informed by Sanjeev Bali, SDO, electricity department. — TNS

Guga Mari mela: The Guga Mari mela of Kalka was held on Tuesday with religious fervour. Devotees from the early morning thronged the three Guga Mari temples to pay their obeisance. The main attraction of the mela was the sight of bringing the traditional nishans (Chharies) to the temples. Thousands of the devotees from Kalka, Pinjore, Parwanoo and its adjoining villages attended the fair. — TNS

10 held for immoral trafficking: Ten persons, including three women, were arrested under the Immoral Trafficking Act from Kailash Nagar here on Tuesday. District police chief V.K. Ramana said the police received a tip off that immoral trafficking was going on at the residence of Raj Kumar of Kailash Nagar here. A police party was sent to the house with a fake and a shadow customer. After the bargain was struck, the shadow customer signalled the police party, following which the house was raided. The police said two of the arrested women had hired the house of Raj Kumar while three of the arrested men fetched customers and earned money on commission basis. They were produced in a local court, which remanded them in judicial custody. — OC

Semester examinations
: The district administration has made arrangements for holding the semester examinations of middle, high school and secondary classes of the Haryana School Education Board, commencing on Wednesday. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC will remain in force during the examination hours. — OC



Officers criticised
: Himachal Pradesh State All Employees Joint Action committee Chairman Gopal Dass Verma has strongly criticised some officers in Himachal Government, who he alleged, were not cooperating with new BJP government and were posing hurdles in various ways in implementation of various government orders with lame excuses. Refusing to name these officers and addressing media persons here on Tuesday, Gopal Dass Verma said that the committee was finalising a list of such erring officers along with their alleged misdeeds and this list would be presented to the Chief Minister and BJP national president Raj Nath Singh soon. — OC

Adventure sports
: The Speaker, Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Tulsi Ram, stressed the need for promotion of adventure sports like ‘Thang-ta’ martial arts in a big way all over the country. Presiding over the concluding ceremony of a four-day long 15th National Thang-ta games championship here on Monday, the Speaker stated that thang-ta martial arts should be introduced in schools and colleges. — OC

Workshop held
: A one-day workshop on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme was organised at Bachat Bhawan here on Tuesday. M Sudha Devi, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over the workshop, said that the scheme would not only be beneficial to rural development but also guarantee 100 days employment to the rural people. She called upon the villagers to utilise the scheme to the maximum and advised the officials involved in the implementation of the schem to complete works within the stipulated period.— OC

Appointments annulled
: Additional District Magistrate Sandeep Kumar while disposing of third phase of complaints of aggrieved anganwari candidates against appointments of anganwari workers and helpers last year has annulled six more appointments. The results of the hearing of these complaints were announced at the local office of the Child Development Project Office on Monday. . According to information the appointments of Sudesh Kumari of Lahroon, Meena of Vankadoli and Poonam of Nanooh (all anganwari workers) and Nirmala Devi of Kothi, Dinesh Devi of Kotpalari and Rekha of Baan(anganwari helpers) were revoked. — OC

Mountain biking
: The fourth mountain biking event, MB Himachal-2008, will be flagged off here on the occasion of the World Tourism Day on September 27. This was disclosed by Manisha Nanda, secretary tourism, while presiding over the meeting held here on Tuesday. The event is being organised by the Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association, Shimla, with the financial and administrative support of the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. The participants would have to cover a distance of 680 km during the nine-day event, which will conclude at Manali on October 6. — TNS

Salaries revised: The government has enhanced the monthly remuneration of panchayat sahayaks from Rs 2,340 to Rs 3,120. An official spokesperson said here on Tuesday that the revised rates would come into effect from August 2008. The revised rates will be allowed to only those panchayat sahayaks, who were not posted in their home gram panchayat. — TNS

Electoral rolls: Following the delimitation of Assembly constituencies in the state, the process of special summary revision of photo electoral rolls in the 68 Assemblies has been completed. Chief electoral officer, Manisha Nanda, said here on Tuesday that the electoral rolls had been published and interested persons could purchase the CD of the electoral rolls for Rs 100. She added that the electoral rolls were also available on the website of the state government. — TNS



Conservation of Ladakh monastery
: The 10th century Lamayuru monastery in Ladakh, which has weathered vagaries of nature and lack of maintenance, is set to get a face lift with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) embarking on its renovation. “Lamayuru monastery will get a face lift as the ASI has begun the process for its renovation and beautification,” ASI officials said. The tenders for undertaking works has been floated by the ASI last week, they said adding entire belt would be beautified and renovated. Belonging to Kadgu Pa branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Lamayuru monastery located on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway in Kargil district of Ladakh region is one of oldest monasteries in Ladakh. It has been a main source for imparting knowledge of ancient rituals and traditions to monks for centuries, they said. Founded by Indian monk-cum-scholar Mahesiddhacharya Naropa in 10th century after spending many years in mediation at the spot, Lamayuru has a population of 150 resident monks. Situated at a height of 3510 metres above sea level, Lamayuru has fascinating caves. Lamayuru hosts two annual masked dance festivals in second and fifth month of Tibetan lunar calendar. — PTI

New tableaux for Republic Day Parade
: The Jammu and Kashmir government has approved new state tableaux to be displayed at the 2009 Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, official spokesman said on Tuesday. The tableaux, designed by Chusool Mahaldar, depicting the three regions of the state was approved at a meeting chaired by chief secretary S.S. Kapur on Monday. — PTI

3 model villages coming up in Bandipore: Three model villages are coming up at a cost of Rs 3.6 crore in Bandipore district of north Kashmir, where 5,000 households have been identified for job cards under the Rural Employment Generation Scheme. This information was given by C Phonsog, adviser to the Governor at a meeting, first since the imposition of Governor's rule in the state at Bandipora on Tuesday. The meeting was told that three model villages would be developed in the district during the current financial year. As many as 5,000 householders were identified for job cards under the Rural Employment Generation Scheme during the year. He was informed that 22.75 km road was upgraded and blacktopped in the district this year and completion of work in mini-secretariat and residential block at a cost of Rs 2.12 crore was expected this year. The district development commissioner informed that till October 15, 2008 the stock of all essential commodities would be dumped in Gurez tehsil, which remained cut off during winter months due to heavy snowfall. He said so far 9456 quintals of rice, 6325 quintals of atta, 1241 quintals of sugar and 25,000 litres of kerosene oil have been stocked in various sale centres of the area. — UNI

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