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Attari retreat timings changed:
Timings for beating the retreat ceremony at Attari check-post on Indo-Pak border have been rescheduled in view of shortening of days. Now, the ceremony would start at 5.30 pm. This was revealed by the BSF authorities here on Thursday.

Rally against drug abuse: The Punjab Women Yoga Association in collaboration with the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Welfare Club on Thursday organised an awareness rally against rampant drug abuse in society. A large number of students from various schools participated in it. The rally started from PBN Senior Secondary School and culminated at Jallianwala Bagh Memorial near Golden Temple after passing through various bazars of the walled city.

GND varsity admissions: Guru Nanak Dev University has extended the last date for admission to bachelor of physiotherapy till October 6. The registrar, however, clarified that neither any student could be admitted after October 6 nor the examination schedule would be further extended due to non-completion of syllabus.

Conference held:
Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh on Wednesday stressed the need for efficient and effective delivery of public services with little or no transaction costs to end the menace of corruption from public life. Speaking at a conference on “Total Quality Management” organised by the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration here he said the total quality management could be achieved by providing transparent administration and ensuring quality-service delivery of public services.

Boy electrocuted:
Neeraj, an 11-year-old-boy, was electrocuted while playing on the roof of his house here. According to sources, the victim accidentally touched high-tension wires, which were crossing over his house. His parents rushed to the roof after hearing his screams. The boy had suffered serious burn injuries and was immediately rushed to Dera Bassi Civil Hospital where doctor shifted him to GMCH-32. His condition was said to be critical.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Memorandum submitted:
A delegation of government aided schools teachers met SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday and submitted a memorandum to apprise him of their problems. Press secretary of the Punjab Aided School Progressive Front Gurdish Singh said the delegation demanded salary for the teachers, who failed to get the same for the past many months, interim relief and medical allowance for the employees. Sukhbir Badal assured the delegation to look into the matter.

Regional centres:
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, will set up three regional centres, one research and training centre in Kandi areas of the state. According to Dr Onkar Singh Parmar, director, extension education of the varsity, one livestock and poultry research and training centre would be set up at Talwara to improve productivity of livestock in the backward Kandi region.

Teachers to go on mass leave:
Members of the Punjab Government Aided Teachers and other employees on Thursday said they would proceed with a statewide “mass casual leave” on October 4 in protest against the indifferent attitude of minister for education Upinderjeet Kaur for not implementing the beneficiary schemes of the aided schools.

The Rotary Club, Kharar, donated Rs 10,660 for Bihar flood victims through Rotary District 3080 on Thursday. The Rotary International District 3080 made a package of Rs 323 per victim which consisted of a dhoti, blanket and medicines. The members of the club donated generously for the cause.

Animal camp:
The Kandi Friends Educational Trust IET Bhaddal organised an animal welfare camp at Saifalpur village near Ropar. As many as 100 villagers attended the camp. IET CEO Ravinder Singh said villagers should adopt other allied occupations in addition to agriculture. Dr R.N. Batish gave information about animal breeds, fodder, good feed and curative measures. At least 176 animals were examined.

Meeting: Meeting of the District Grievances Redressal Committee was held on Thursday. Technical education minister Chaudhary Swarna Ram presided. Directing the members, Swarna Ram said all members should come up with three complaints so that the same could be redressed expeditiously. He took a serious note of the officers sending their subordinates to attend meeting. Deputy commissioner Baldeo Purusharha said the complaints pertained to encroachments, requirement of new roads, repair of roads, sewerage, water supply, development etc.



Saplings planted:
Members of the Kalgidhar Enclave Welfare Association, Baltana, organised a tree-plantation drive in their locality recently. As many as 100 saplings of Chacrasia and Alestonia were planted in the residential as well as commercial area. P.P.S. Dhaliwal, S.K. Verma, Pardeep Passi, Ranjit Verma, and A.M. Sood were among those who participated.



Media workshop:
Teachers and students of M.S. Panwar Institute of Communication and Management, Solan, organised a workshop on media awareness at Hotel Windsmore, Parwanoo, on Wednesday. As many as 70 students from Parwanoo and its vicinity attended the workshop. Utpal Amrender Chaudhary from Mumbai, who was the main orator, laid emphasised on various aspects of journalism and focused on audio-visual communication. Co-ordinator of the workshop, Ruchika Gupta, told The Tribune that the union ministry of information and broadcasting was going to start the first community radio of Himachal Pradesh, Our 90.4 FM, in Solan.



Chemist shop raided:
On the specific tip-off, the police on Thursday raided a chemist shop in the Naya Bazar area of the town where reportedly a truck loaded with the cement of government supply was being unloaded. Additional S. P. Sirmour Bindu Rani Sachdeva told The Tribune that the police had ceased 100 bags of cement from the spot which was issued to a contractor for departmental work being executed in the Shambhuwala area. The cement was issued on a valid indent from the store of Irrigation and Public Health department at Judda Ka Johar near Nahan.

All-India BSNL Cultural Meet:
West Bengal won the overall teams’ trophy in the four-day All-India BSNL Cultural Meet which concluded here on Wednesday. Tamil Nadu circle bagged the second position and MTNL, Mumbai, the third place. Competitions were held in music, dance and drama in 17 categories. Director of finance, BSNL, gave away the prizes to the winners. In all over 250 artistes from 20 BSNL circles across the country participated.


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