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Blood donation camp:
Sant Nirankari Mandal organised a massive blood donation camp in Nirankari Bhawan here on Sunday. A team of doctors from Rajindera Hospital, Patiala conducted the camp and more than 200 units of blood were donated. Dr Swarn Singh Nirdoshi said on the directions of Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj, 221 blood donation camps would be organised all over the country in the memory of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji. He said the 198th camp was organised here.

Medical camp: Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised the 22nd free multi specialty medical check up camp at Mata Harnam Kaur Community Development centre here on Sunday. A team of doctors checked up 434 patients suffering from skin, orthopaedic, dental, heart, endocrinology and kidney diseases. The trust provided medicines to the patients free of cost.

PU Senate polls:
The General Categories Welfare Federation thanked voters for electing federation backed Prabhjit Singh in the recently held PU senate polls.

Air Force Day:
The Adampur Air Force Station celebrated Air Force Day at its base camp here today. A mini-marathon and cycle race was held for the personnel on the occasion. Station Commander Gp Capt P.W. Ambekar flagged off both competitions.

Komal is scribes’ body chief:
Amarjit Komal, reporter, Ajit, was elected unopposed as chief of the Kapurthala Working Journalists Association for a period of two years at a meeting held at the local Press Club on Sunday. According to returning officer Harnek Singh Jainpuri, the only rival candidate Arun Khosla withdrew his nomination in favour  of Komal on the last day of the withdrawal of nominations.

Blood donation camp:
Bharat Vikas Parishad, Khamano, with help of Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir Society, organised a blood donation camp at Gurudwara Sahib here. The camp was inaugurated by gurudwara committee president, Kirpal Singh. A team of doctors from PGI, Chandigarh, led by Dr Usha Rao, collected 124 units of blood.

Singing contest:
A group song competition was held at A S Modern Senior Secondary School, Khanna. Teams from 10 schools participated. A. S. Modern Senior Secondary School stood first in the competition. Hindi Putri Pathshala was declared first in Sanskrit group competition.

Canteen revamp:
Brig K.S. Jaswal, Commander, 21 Sub-Area and Station Commander, on Saturday inaugurated the modernised and renovated canteen of the local station for the welfare of soldiers, armed force veteran and their families. Brig Jaswal addressed the officers, JCOs and armed force veterans.



Fertilisers in rabi season:
Union secretary (fertilisers) Atul Chaturvedi on Saturday assured that there would be no shortage of DAP and other fertilisers in the ensuing rabi season in Haryana. Interacting with senior officers of fertilisers supply companies at a meeting held here under the chairmanship of Haryana chief secretary Dharam Vir, he said in view of the requirement of fertilisers during the coming rabi season, Haryana would get a sufficient amount of fertilisers. He assured that 11.15 lakh metric tonnes (MTs) of urea, 4 lakh MTs of DAP, 25,000 MTs of MOP and 42,500 MTs of NPK would be supplied to the state.

2 caught taking bribe: The Vigilance Bureau has caught Shyam Singh, patwari, Halka Farukh Nagar, Gurgaon, and Indu Shekar posted as the AFM, DHBVN, Palwal, red-handed while allegedly accepting an illegal gratification of Rs 3,000 from Anup Katariya of Basai village in Gurgaon and Rs 12,000 from Hari Dutt of Katesara, Palwal, respectively. A spokesman of the bureau said cases had been registered against accused under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

Teachers’ eligibility test: The school teacher eligibility test (STET) for different categories conducted by the Haryana Board of School Education will be held at the examination centers in all district headquarters on October 4, 5, 11 and 12. A spokesman for the board said the test for the post of heads (principals, headmasters and headmistresses) would be held on October 4, elementary teachers on 5, lecturers on 11 and for the post of masters and mistresses on October 12. He said those applied for correction in their applications could collect their corrected admit cards by October 1.

SHO suspended:
Inspector Ashok Kumar, who was working with the Kalka police station as SHO, was suspended on Saturday with immediate effect. DSP Daya Nand said during the recent visit of K.K. Sandhu, IG of Ambala range, some discrepancies were found in the work of the SHO, which followed the action against him.

Steam engine model: The models of old WD steam engine, diesel engine and a break van of guard with power cabin will be displayed on Territorial Army Day celebrations in Delhi, to be held on October 4. D.N. Punia, chief works manager of Kalka Railway workshop, said it was first for the time in the history of Kalka railways that models have been constructed for display in the Territorial Army Day, which would be chaired by one of the Union Ministers.

Elected: The following have been elected on respective posts of Muslim Welfare
Committee, Kalka -- M.A. Faruqi (president); M.N. Bari (vice-president); Shafik
Ahmed (secretary); Khurshid Anwar (propaganda secretary); Zakir Husain (cashier);
and Munnavvar Husain, Mohammed Salim, Zahir Ahmed and Shamshad Ahmed
(executive members).

Seminar held:
Subjects like prospects for application of rapid innovative techniques in dairy industry, antibiotic residues in milk and milk products and their adverse effects on human health, food safety management system for milk and milk products, changing face of processed food industry in India, hygienic design and current and future challenges in food safety were discussed at the national seminar on “food safety and quality issues relevant to the dairy industry” here on Saturday. NDRI director A.K. Srivastav stressed the need for maintaining high quality in food processing especially dairy products.

Surgical workshop: Minor details of procedures of ear and sinus surgery were demonstrated at a two-day surgical workshop of ENT surgeons organised by the Haryana branch of the AOI. Balloon sinuplasty, a novel endoscopic catheter based technology for treatment of sinus, was also demonstrated. The endoscopic procedures were introduced for the first time in Haryana during the conference, which was attended by over 300 surgeons.

Academic calendar:
Registrar of Kurukshetra University Ramesh Kumar Sharma in a notification released here on Saturday announced the academic calendar for the BEd (regular) course for the colleges of education (aided and self-financed colleges) for the academic session 2008-09. According to the approved academic calendar, the teaching session would be from October 1 to December 24, while winter vacations would be observed from December 25 to 31. After the holidays, the teaching session will follow from January 1, 2009, to May 31, 2009, while preparatory holidays will be observed from June 1, 2009, to June 7, 2009. Theory examinations would be conducted from June 17, 2009 and summer vacations would be observed from June 8, 2009, to July 26, 2009.

Fire in beauty parlour:
An air conditioner, a refrigerator, cosmetics, furniture and other items were destroyed in a fire that broke out in the Shahnaz beauty parlour owned by Veena Arora in the Model Town market here on Saturday. The fire was reportedly caused by short circuit.



1 held for murder:
The police has arrested Sher Singh of Majhed village. He was arrested for allegedly being responsible for the death of Ajay Pal, alias Jai Ram, of Panga village in that area. The SP said here on Thursday that nearly 16 villagers had gone for hunting to a nearby forest and five of them carried their guns with them while others had no weapons. He said later one of the hunters, Ajay Pal, was found injured with a gunshot. Ajay Pal’s family members rushed to the spot, but he was found dead. The police took his body into possession and arrested Sher Singh as an accused in this crime.

Man gets 3-yr jail: Additional Sessions Judge A. K. Sharma here on Saturday has convicted and sentenced Lal Singh, resident of Jang-nallah village, to three years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 15,000 for carrying 1,100 gm of charas. Earlier, public prosecutor R.K. Barwal said here that Lal Singh was arrested by a police party on July 11, 2007, near Deoth chowk, while he was carrying charas in a plastic bag.

Camp concludes: A five-day youth empowerment camp organised by district Nehru Yuva Kendra at Youth Hostel, Jabbli, near here for youth clubs and mahila mandals of Jandhutta development block concluded on Saturday. Around 35 youths of the block participated. Presiding over the concluding function, zonal director of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Anil Kaushik exhorted the youth to develop the habit of hard work and quick reaction to social evils for uprooting them.

The people of the minority community of the Muslims living on the borderland of the Kihar sector of Chamba district have been experiencing acute shortage of essential commodities at the government depots functioning in their area. Unit leader of the Anjuman Islamia Salooni Liyakat Ali Khan had sent a request letter to the Chamba Deputy Commissioner and urged him to supply essential commodities to their area.

Protest rally: Anganwari workers and helpers held a rally to protest against the apathetic attitude of the state government towards their demands. Later, Jayanti Duggal, the state general secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Anganwari Workers and Helpers Association, and district general secretary Nishi Bala said a demand charter was already submitted to the state government in support of their demands, but no attention was paid to it. They alleged exploitation of hundreds of anganwari workers and helpers in the state by the government. Anganwari leaders warned to launch a state-wide agitation if their demands were not met.

School annual day:
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School here celebrated its 107th annual day. O.P. Sharma, director, higher education of Himachal Pradesh government, was the chief guest on the occasion. Addressing the students, the director thanked the sisters of charity for augmenting the efforts of the state government in providing quality education to the children of the state.

ENT camp:
An ENT surgical camp was organised by the Vivekananda Kendra at the Tanda government medical college here on Sunday. Dr Sanjay Sachdeva, head of the ENT department at Fortis, removed a big stone from the tonsillitis of Vipin (35) of Bhala village. The doctor said the stone was unusually big and was of rare entity. Four complicated ENT surgeries were performed at the camp. Such surgeries were not undertaken at any of the medical colleges in the state. Earlier, Dr Sachdeva examined more than 70 patients in the free OPD camp at Gopal Bagh.

Worker electrocuted:
Shiv Kumar (27), who was employed with HM Steel factory in Kala Amb industrial area, was electrocuted on the factory premises on Saturday night. According to in charge of Kala Amb police post, the deceased was resident of Choila village under Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh. His family members had been informed by the police and a case registered. The factory management has reportedly announced to give financial assistance to the wife of deceased.

Highway blocked: Some tractor owners, supported by some political workers, blocked the Nahan-Paonta national highway on Sunday. Five tractors loaded with sand and grits were impounded by the police at Bhoop Pur. The police settled the matter by issuing them a warning and imposing a fine of Rs 1,000 each under the Motor Vehicles act. Later, the tractors owners parked their vehicles on the road against the police action, causing inconvenience to residents and tourists. SDM Manmohan Sharma and DSP Virender Singh Thakur reached the spot and persuaded them to lift the blockade. The traffic remained disrupted for around one hour.

Revision of electoral rolls:
The special revision of electoral rolls for the conduct of by-elections to the vacant wards of various Panchayati Raj institutions will be conducted so that those eligible can get their names enrolled. The state election commissioner, R. Bhattacharaya, said the qualifying date for inclusion of names as eligible voters would be January 1, 2008. The publication of draft electoral roll prepared during the previous year would be made on October 10, 2008. The claims and objections could be filed between October 7 and October 16, which would be decided before October 21, she said.



Seminar inaugurated:
B. R Chauhan, director, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), on Sunday inaugurated a seminar on "Employment Opportunities" here. He said the Centre had approved a new credit-linked subsidy programme called the Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) aimed at generating employment opportunities through the establishment of micro-enterprises in rural as well as urban areas. The PMEGP would be a central government scheme to be administered by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME). The scheme would be administratively controlled by the Ministry of MSME as the single nodal agency at the national level while it would be implemented through state KVIC offices at the state level.

Ex-gratia relief for militancy-hit:
The state government has announced an ex-gratia to the tune of Rs 12,26,381 in favour of militancy-affected families of Anantnag district. An official spokesman said the district-level screening committee, Anantnag, which met under the chairmanship of the District Magistrate, Anantnag, sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs 12,26,381. Of this, Rs 5 lakh was sanctioned in favour of next of kin of five persons killed in militant violence, while Rs 2 lakh in favour of 2 missing cases and 1 lakh was sanctioned for property damage of non-migrants. An amount of Rs 4,26,381 was also sanctioned in favour of 5 cases of migrant property.

Rs 2.12 cr for OBC students: Under the Contributory Social Security Scheme (CSSS), the department of social welfare has disbursed Rs 2.12 crore among students of other backward classes (OBC) in the state. An official spokesman said as many as 77,744 OBC students had received benefits of pre-matric scholarship involving Rs 2.12 crore during the last financial year. To cover 99,098 beneficiaries during the current financial year, an allocation of Rs 2.49 crore had been fixed for the same purpose. He said Rs 31.08 lakh was disbursed among 9,578 beneficiaries during 2007-08. An outlay of Rs 80 lakh has also been earmarked for the current financial year to benefit 53,300 beneficiaries. Meanwhile, Rs 1.96 crore had been disbursed among 80,047 SC students as pre-matric scholarship in 2007. An outlay of Rs 2.42 crore had been earmarked for covering 98,855 students during the current year. Similarly the department has released Rs 1.76 crore as post-matric scholarship in favour of 2,998 students of OBC category during 2007-08. An outlay of Rs 1.14 core had been fixed for covering 7,828 students during the current financial year.

Woman dies: A woman was killed in a road accident, while a school and a house, were gutted in the Kashmir valley on Sunday. Official sources said Syeeda Begum (65) was injured after being hit by a water tanker of the public health engineering (PHE) department at Rangpath Handwara. She was rushed to the Kralgund hospital where she died. Meanwhile, a government primary school and an adjacent house were reduced to ashes in a fire incident at Chandoosa in north Kashmir. The cause of the fire was not known. no one was injured.

Rs 10 cr for Sonamarg: In order to make Sonamarg more attractive to tourists from across the globe, the state government has sanctioned Rs 10 crore for its development. Official sources said: “An amount of Rs 10 crore is being spent on the development of Sonamarg by the Sonamarg Development Authority (SDA) during the current fiscal year.” Of this, Rs 5 crore has been utilised on various development works so far. Sources said Rs 9 crore had been incurred for various development works by the Wullar Manasbal Authority. Under the sector, 31 works had been taken in hand, of which 12 development works had been completed at a cost of Rs 2.10 crore. Nearly 75 per cent works for the construction of the Sonamarg-Gagan Geer tourist villages, costing Rs 78 lakh, had been completed.


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