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PM’s visit
: Punjab chief secretary R.I. Singh and DGP N.P.S. Aulakh visited Birla Seed Farm here on Thursday to take stock of arrangement in view of the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to lay foundation stone of the IIT. The IIT will come up on 538 acres of land, currently with the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The PM is expected to lay foundation stone of the IIT September 19. — TNS



Student dies
: A student of the Little Flower Convent School, who was critically injured in a road accident on September 3, succumbed to her injuries at the PGI on Thursday. Jasmeet, a resident of Raipur Kalan, met with an accident when the scooter she was riding collided with a car on the dividing road of Sectors 14 and 15. She was returning home after her tuition classes. She was rushed to the general hospital from where she was referred to the PGI. — TNS

Miraculous escape: Four youth had a miraculous escape when a car they were travelling in rolled down a gorge near Shilon village mod on Thursday evening. While Rajesh and Paramjeet of Budhanpur village in Panchkula came out of car unhurt, two girls, identified as Rajni and Sonia of Sector 35, Chandigarh, suffered minor injuries. According to the police, the youth were returning after visiting Morni and Tikkar Tal. — TNS



Bajra procurement
: The Haryana government has decided to commence procurement of bajra from Friday under the minimum support price (MSP) operations so as to prevent its distress sale and ensure MSP to farmers. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said instructions to this effect had already been issued to managing directors of Haryana Ware Housing Corporation, HAFED, CONFED, Haryana Agro Industries Corporation, general manager of the Food Corporation of India and other officers concerned in the state. He said they had been asked to ensure that bajra procured by the agencies conformed to the prescribed uniform specifications of kharif marketing season 2008-09. The MSP of Bajra was Rs 840 per quintal. — UNI

Businessman looted
: Harish Kalla, a businessman of Jaipur, has been reportedly looted of Rs 70,000, a gold chain, two mobile phones and other important documents. The incident took place when he took a lift in a car while coming from Delhi to Jaipur on September 7. The car driver and his associate allegedly administered him some intoxicating drug through a soft drink en route to a restaurant in Bilaspur. They allegedly looted him when he became unconscious, following which he was dropped on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. — OC


Theft in temple
: Property worth Rs 10,000 has allegedly been stolen from Mata Shri Naina Devi Temple at Gambrola on the National Highway No. 21 near here on Wednesday. Chief manager of the temple Baba Rama Nanda Shambu said on Thursday that the theft occurred when he and three of his disciples were fast asleep at the verandah of the temple. — OC

Relief for Bihar
: Members of the Paonta Congress Mandal has decided to send a help to the flood-affected people of Bihar in the form of cash within a week. A meeting of the mandal concluded on Wednesday at Paonta under the chairmanship of senior vice-president Roshan Lal Mishra. The draft would be sent to the Bihar government directly— OC

IT courses
: The Annamalai University will be opening up its centre for conducting all information technology (IT)-related courses, including BCA, MCA, BSc IT, MSc IT, in Shimla. The university has authorised Padmavati Balaji Institute (PBI) for conducting its courses here. The PBI has already been running the MBA telecom management programme of the university for the last three years. The PBI is now being considered for ISO certification, and this will make it the first institute in the state to have it. — TNS


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