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Sonu Jhinjha advances
: Sonu Jhinjha, a student of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here, has entered the quarter-finals of the PTC Punjabi Mutyar contest 2008. Earlier, she had excelled as NCC cadet and participated in the Republic Day parade at Rajpath this year. There was jubilation in the college campus on receiving the message regarding her success from the Noida centre of the PTC where the tough contest had been in progress for a couple of days.

Free medical camp
: Sewa Bharti, Bathinda, organised a free medical camp for the homeless of Dhobiana Basti, which was recently razed by PUDA authorities. Dr Shiv Dutt Gupta examined more than 150 patients on the occasion. Free medicines were also distributed among the needy patients.

Tree plantation drive: The Bathinda Municipal Corporation (BMC) started tree plantation drive in the city on Monday. BMC Mayor Baljit Singh Bir Behman inaugurated the drive by planting the sapling in Ward 39. He said the main aim behind planting saplings in the city was to keep it pollution-free. Speaking on the occasion, he said that everyone should plant a sapling in one’s lifetime. The Mayor also assured the residents living ‘across the rail tracks’ that 10 RO systems would be installed in a short course of time. The way development activities were going on in the city, Bathinda would become number one district in the state, he added.

: The Punjab government on Monday appointed Mandeep Singh Sandhu to the post of MD, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, with the additional charge of secretary, Health and Family Welfare, while shifting secretary T.R. Sarangal to the Department of Welfare of SCs/BCs, Punjab.

Biker hacked to death
: Unidentified robbers hacked a motorcyclist to death on the Nurmehal-Nakodar road in Sangh-e Khalsa village and escaped with his mobile phone, bike and cash on Sunday night. According to the police, victim Jasbir Singh alias Billu of Quila Nurmehal was on his way home from Nakodar when he was assaulted. A case has been registered.

Granthi ends life: A granthi allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house in Boparai village on the Nakodar road last night. Karamjit Singh was residing on the gurdwara premises along with his family. The police said Karamjit Singh’s wife disclosed that he came home in an inebriated condition and locked himself in a room. When Karamjit did not open the door despite his wife efforts, she called others for help but her husband had by that time committed suicide, the police claimed.

Army man held: The district police have arrested an Army personnel for his involvement in a murder case. According to the SP (City-I) SK Kalia, Bhinder Singh alias Lucky of 2 Rashtriya Riffles along with his accomplices Baljit Singh alias Balli and Amritpal Singh alias Kala, both of Malewal in Fatehgarh Churian, kidnapped and killed a driver Ramesh Kumar. Lucky, a resident of Buttar Bankuha in Giddarwaha, during preliminary questioning confessed to his crime and named his other accomplices, said Kalia.

Homeopathy congress
: The 21st National Congress of Homeopathy of the Indian Institute of Homeopathic Physician (IIHP) will be held on November 8-9 at Dasmesh Auditorium, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. The national vice-president of the IIHP Dr S.S. Vithal said nearly 1,000 delegates would take part in the mega event, which was going to be held the first time in the history of Punjab since 1944. Dr Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health minister, Punjab, will be the chief guest on this day.

Railway overbridge
: Bowing to the pressure mounted by employees of the Diesel Modernisation Works (DMW), Patiala Member Parliament Preneet Kaur assured them that she would make efforts to get a mini railway over bridge constructed near the railway station leading to DMW complex. She said an estimate had already been prepared and that a total amount of Rs 80 lakh would be spent on constructing the over bridge.

Foundation Day: The department of Punjab historical studies of Punjabi University is organising “Dr Ganda Singh Memorial Lecture” on its foundation day on September 16 at the Senate Hall. According to head of the department Dr Navtej Singh, the department was established on September 16, 1963, and Dr Ganda Singh was appointed its first head.



Engineer’s Day celebrated
: The 41st Engineer’s Day was celebrated at Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology, Banur, in the memory of an eminent Indian engineer and statesman Bharat Ratan Sir Mokashagundam Visvesvarya. H.S. Brar, member power (distribution), PSEB, Patiala, was the chief guest. Various activities like paper presentation, poster making, debate and many more were organised.

Inter-college contest: Microsoft, a leading innovator of software technologies, conducted an “All-India Inter-College Go A-Alive Challenge” with an effort to popularise digital communication. A total of 254 college teams from all over the nation participated in this contest. In the contest, Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali, students secured the first position in Punjab and eighth all over India for developing a website www.gjimt.in <http://www.gjimt.in>. The team comprising S.K. Pawar, assistant professor - IT (team coordinator), Jagmohan Singh (team leader), Sandeep Kumar, Sukhdeep Singh Kohli, Gaganpreet Singh and Navjot Singh Tulsi (team members) participated in the contest.



Licence fee
: The government has decided to charge licence fee from the Haryana government employees for residential accommodation at the rate of 1.5 per cent of the basic pay plus DP and CCA for the revised scale after January 1, 1996, or the standard rent of the type of accommodation in occupation, whichever is less. A letter to this effect has been issued by the finance department.

Addl charge: The Haryana government has given additional charge of deputy commissioner, Jind, to O.P. Sheoran, deputy commissioner, Hisar, during the leave period of Pankaj Yadav with immediate effect.

English language labs: The Haryana government has decided to set up English language labs in its 25 government colleges, which will be developed as Centres of Excellence. Giving this information, the state education minister, Mange Ram Gupta, on Monday said these labs would enable the students in terms of self-learning. He said grant money of Rs 2 lakh each would be given to these colleges for the construction of room with seating capacity of about 25 students. Gupta said a new subject "Certificate Course in Communication Skill" would be introduced as add-on-course.



Hindi Day
: Forest minister J.P. Nadda, while addressing a gathering on Sunday at the National Institute of Technology on Hindi Day, said the state government was making an effort to adopt Hindi as an official language. It had taken a decision to present official documents in Hindi at the Cabinet meetings.

Students honoured: The Sarva Kalyan Kari Sabha organised a programme at Chowki Jamwal to honour students. Chairman of ex-servicemen welfare corporation M.C. Parmar was the chief guest and Rajinder Rana, state president of the sabha, presided over the function. Prizes were distributed among the brilliant students.

Student dies: Aman (15), a 10+2 student studying in government senior secondary school, Sera, who had fallen from a bus on Saturday near Nadaun , succumbed to injuries at the PGI, Chadigarh, on Monday.

Training programme
: The local institute of hotel management organised a training programme for school students to help develop an aptitude for the hospitality industry among them. Secretary, tourism, Manisha Nanda, awarded certificates to the participants. They were acquainted with various aspects of the hospitality industry and also made to realise the importance of food and beverage service in its success.



Death mourned
: Panthers Party chief Bhim Singh has mourned the demise of Srinagar district unit secretary Arshid Hussain Farash and Mohammad Latief Wani, a driver. Prof Bhim Singh expressed deep condolence to the parents of A. H. Farash, who died while trying to save some women from the wrath of the security forces. Describing Farash’s death as murder by the security forces, Prof Singh demanded compensation to the family and action against the culprits. Meanwhile, Prof Bhim Singh paid Rs 5,000 to the widow of Mohd Latief Wani, adding said that he would bear the expenses of education of his three children and pay Rs 500 per month till the completion of their education.

Chib JKNPP nominee: The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Monday nominated Shamsher Singh Chib as its party candidate from Sunder Bani-Nowshera in the forthcoming Assembly elections, general secretary of the party Anita Thakur said. Besides being a President’s awardee for teaching, Chib is a social activist and vice- president of the party's Rajouri district unit.

Fake currency seized: The police apprehended two people and recovered fake currency from their possession in Rajouri district on Monday. “Based on specific information, the police intercepted two people identified as Mohammad Sadiq and Abdul Hamid at a nakka and arrested them”. During frisking, the police recovered fake currency of Rs 20,000 from their possession. A case had been registered and investigations were on.

7 held for cheating: Seven persons, including three Army deserters, were arrested for allegedly trying to sell pesticide as brown sugar to a woman here on Sunday. The police raided a house and took into custody the seven men, including Mohammad Ashraf, Gulzar Ahmed and Abdul Rehman, who had deserted the Army some time back. On being tested, the powder, which they were trying to sell, turned out to be a pesticide. The men were arrested as there were reports that they might have cheated some other persons, the police said.

Rs 162 cr for drainage
: Under the modernisation of drainage system over Rs 162 crore are being spent on the construction, improvement and upgrade of various drains in Jammu and Srinagar. Three major drainage projects at a cost of Rs 99 crore have been taken up for execution in Srinagar. These include Pahroo Chowk Chanapora drainage system, Rawalpora, Tengpora drainage and Bemina, Parimpora, Fruit Mandi drainage projects. The total length of these drains is 73 km. Similarly, three drainage projects at a cost of Rs 63 crore are under execution in Jammu. These include 20 km Akhnoor upstream drain, 13 km Talab Tilloo drain and 60 km Landoichoi primary drain.

Road projects: Nine major road projects involving an expenditure of Rs 191.24 crore are under execution in Jammu division to upgrade and create road communication facilities. The total length to be treated under these projects accounts for 168 km passing through various towns, district headquarters and Jammu city. Sanction has also been accorded to the construction of three bridges over nallah Kooh, Koghole and Devik in Udhampur and Jammu districts at a cost of Rs 7 crore.

Rs 49 cr for college buildings: Building complexes for 14 degree colleges at a cost of Rs 49 crore are being constructed under the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Programme (PMRP) in the state. The construction work on eight colleges in Jammu at Hiranagar, RS Pura, Akhnoor, Thana Mandi Rajouri, Kathua, Samba, Basohli and Mendhar and six colleges in Kashmir at Dooru Anantnag, Sopore, Bandipora, Budgam, Beerwah Rand Pattan is on full swing and so far four buildings for four degree colleges have been completed.

Challan for supervisor: The State Vigilance Organisation has produced Challan in the court of special judge, Anti-Corruption, Kashmir, against Mohd Maqbool Dar, then supervisor, CA&PD, Circle, Kulgam for possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income valuing Rs 25.23 lakh. In the course of investigation material evidence about his legitimate sources of income and movable and value of immovable property was collected. The assets was found to have been raised by the official by misuse of his official position and by indulging in the corrupt practices.

4 health officials suspended
: Four government officials, including a doctor were suspended on Monday for allegedly remaining absent from their duties at Katra hospital in Reasi district. Dr Sona Dogra, driver Bihari Lal, Shravan Singh and Charan Singh, were suspended and a show-cause notice was served to them by deputy chief medical officer Dr R.P. Singh, following protests by some villagers. The villagers were protesting against the staff after the death of Ranjeet Singh (21) Soda village yesterday. They alleged that the medical, paramedical staff along with the ambulance driver were absent from the hospital which resulted in Ranjeet’s death. Senior officials immediately rushed to the spot and ordered the suspension of the four officials.


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