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LRS DAV school triumph
: LRS DAV Senior Secondary School here has clinched the overall trophy at the Mahatma Hans Raj Aryan Zonal festival, which concluded in different towns on Tuesday, principal Kusum Khungar informed on Wednesday. 

Dharna lifted: The dharna organised by the residents of the village 2KSP inside the government primary school to demand upgradation of the school was lifted on Wednesday evening following telephonic assurances from MLA Dharminder Mochi and block education officer Sidharth Mehra, sources said. The agitators, however, warned that the agitation would be resumed if the school was not upgraded by October 9. 

Fancy dress competition: Sidharth, Mona Lisa, Shruti, Maneesh, Virpal, Ramandeep and Vikas won prizes in the fancy dress competition organised at Swami Keshwa Nand Senior Secondary School here to celebrate the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, on Wednesday, principal S. Nagpal said. 

: The Assistant Public Relations Officer Association met the director of the Public Relation Department, Tejvir Singh, on Wednesday. The APROs demanded that all posts of public relation officers should be fulfilled by promoting the APROs. Press secretary of the association Jai Kishan said the director assured to look into the demands of the APROs. 

Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was organised at Bachat Bhawan by district chemist association on the occasion of International Blood Donation Day. A rally by school children was also taken out during the occasion. About 100 volunteers had donated blood for the blood bank of the Civil Hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib, during the occasion. 

Finance minister flayed
: State secretary of CPI (ML) Rajwinder Singh Rana on Wednesday commented on the statement of state’s finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, who had suggested decreasing of subsidies given to farmers and labourers. Opposing the suggestion, Rajwinder said the state government should take steps to check theft of taxes and income taxes. He suggested that new house taxes should be recovered from the owners of big buildings. 

Diabetes camp
: Baldev Nayyar, a social worker, organised a 'diabetes detection-cum-awareness camp' at Rai Hospital, Banga  on Wednesday. 

Jawan shoots self
: An Army jawan Parvesh Kumar (28) allegedly shot himself with an SLR rifle here today. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. A case has been registered. 

One hurt in mishap
: A Punjab police bus (PB 11 M- 8043) rammed into a car coming from the opposite side on Wednesday in Punjabi University, here. The bus carried school children of Police DAV School, Patiala. An elderly couple, a driver and a 2-year-old child were travelling in the car when the bus took a wrong cut and hit the car. An adult man was critically injured and was taken to hospital. 

Improvement trust
: Dr R.S. Parmar took over as improvement trust chairman of Ropar here on Wednesday. The ceremony was attended by senior SAD and BJP leaders of the area. Daljeet Singh Cheema, adviser to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, said Dr Parmar was among ten other improvement trusts chairmen of the state who have taken over the reins of respective bodies.

Tarn Taran
Body found
: The city police found an unidentified body from Muradpur locality near the bypass here last night. The post-mortem examination was conducted at the local civil hospital. 



Seminar on medicine
: A seminar on physical medicine was organised for doctors by the Mohali unit of the IMA here on Wednesday. The event was presided over by Mandeep Singh Sandhu, secretary health-cum-managing director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation. Dr A.K. Joy Singh gave a lecture on physiotherapy and told how to effectively cure backache with the help of physiotherapy without taking any medicines. Dr S.S. Bhatia, president of IMA, presented a vote of thanks to the participating doctors. 

Raising Day: The Defence Accounts Pensioners Welfare Association celebrated the Raising Day of its department here on Wednesday. President Jagtar Singh said the department was 260 years old and was one of the oldest departments of the Government of India. He highlighted the achievements of the department made during the years. Elders Day was also celebrated by the association. Pensioners who were 80 years old were honoured. 

Navratra celebrations
: More than 25,000 devotees visited Mata Mansa Devi temple on the first Navratra here on Tuesday. While a total of Rs 4 lakh and 45 thousand were offered by the devotees to the deity, gold and silver, in addition to clocks, fans, clothes, ghee and other articles, were found in the offerings. A bhajan programme would be presented by Agnihotri brothers at the temple on Thursday at 8.30 pm. 



HPSSB member
: Jai Kishan Chauhan was administered the oath as a member of the Himachal Pradesh Service Selection Board (HPSSB) by board chairman Harbans Kumar Sharma here on Wednesday. Chauhan has been teaching law in Punjab for several years. He has also authored a book on law. 

BSNL schemes: BSNL general manger S.L. Singh has said that the nigam is launching several new schemes for bank and public sector employees of the state and the Central Government. Addressing mediapersons on Wednesday, he said the plan would be open till November 14. By including all these categories of employees, the number of subscriber under the plan would reach 60,000. He said BSNL was also launching rent-free landline phone connections for rural customers. 

Road accident
: Foujdar Singh, a resident of Gorakh Pur in Uttar Pradesh, was reportedly killed on the spot in an accident here on Tuesday. The incident took place when his motorcycle had a head-on collision with a truck coming from the opposite direction at the Vishwa Karma Chowk in Paonta. Driver of the truck Ramesh has been arrested. 

Krishi vikas yojna
: The state has received a sum of Rs 15.11 crore under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna for starting new innovative projects. This was stated by chief secretary Asha Swaroop while presiding over the state-level sanctioning committee convened by the Department of Agriculture. The scheme has been started to increase the investment in agriculture and allied sectors leading to four per cent growth in this sector,  she informed. 

Recruitment rally: An open recruitment rally for the Army will be held at Pooh helipad ground from October 22 to 26. Col A.P.S. Rajura, director, Army Recruitment, said the candidates should bring along all original certificates with them. 

Hindi fortnight: Hindi fortnight was observed by the Jawahar Navodya Vdyalaya, Theog, here on Wednesday. Essay, slogan writing, debate and poetry competitions were held on the occasion. An exhibition of famous Hindi books was also put up. 

Woman dies
: A woman reportedly died here on Tuesday as she fell into a gorge while cutting grass in Karsog subdivision of Mandi district. She has been identified as Meera Devi (26) of Kheneri village. On receiving information, the police recovered the body and handed it over to her relatives on Wednesday. 



Implement pay panel report
: Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, state CPM secretary, has urged the state administration to implement the Sixth Pay Commission report after removing "disparities" at the earliest. In a press note issued here on Tuesday, he welcomed the government move for reviewing various aspects of the pay commission recommendations by constituting a high-level committee. 

Resident rue water shortage
: Residents of Kishtwar on Tuesday staged a demonstration in protest against failure of the authorities concerned to restore water supply in some parts of the town, demanding strict action against officers of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department responsible for the acute shortage of drinking water. The residents ended the protest only after senior PHE and police officers rushed to the spot and pacified the agitating people. They assured to restore water supply within 24 hours. A large number of residents of Kishtwar took out a procession against the shortage of drinking water. 


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