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Editorial board:
Eminent economist and registrar of Guru Nanak Dev University Dr R.S. Bawa has been taken on the editorial advisory board of Indian Economic Journal, an official journal of the Indian Economic Association. In a press release issued here today, a university spokesman said that this journal was being published for the past 55 years and had about 3,500 members all over India. Earlier, Dr Bawa served as president of this association during 2001-02.

Grewal assumes charge:
BJP leader Harjit Singh Grewal on Tuesday took over as chairman of The Punjab Information and Communication Technology Corporation Limited (Punjab Infotech). Grewal is the co-incharge of the Haryana state BJP. The Punjab Infotech is the nodal agency of the Punjab government for promotion of IT and ITES in the state.

MLA accuses CM of bias:
Commenting upon Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s statement that all constituencies were equally dear to him, MLA, Nabha, Kaka Randeep Singh said it was a testing issue for Badal and he had to prove his words by translating these into action. Randeep said it seemed better sense had prevailed as the government had started at least talking about the development of the constituencies led by Congress MLAs. On Friday the Chief Minister had claimed his government was not biased while allocating development funds.

Farmers’ camp held:
The Agriculture Department on Tuesday organised a camp here to educate farmers about rabi crops (pulses etc) and better water management techniques. The camp was inaugurated by additional deputy commissioner (development) Harnek Singh. Farmers from different parts of the district participated in the camp.

119 HIV positive cases found: In nine months, 119 cases of HIV were detected in Sangrur district by the two counselling and testing centres in Sangrur and Malerkotla Civil Hospitals. Fifty women too were found infected with HIV.

Tarn Taran
Dowry case:
Five members of a family in Sarhali village here have been under Domestic Violence Act. The case has been registered on the statement of Kulwinder Kaur daughter of Baldev Singh of Khara village. The victim alleged that her husband Prabhjit along with his father Shingara Singh, mother Surjit Kaur and two brothers Saranjit Singh and Inderjit Singh, used to torture her for more dowry.

Conference held: Shiromani Istri Akali Dal, women wing of SAD, organised a conference here today. Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, former MP and president of Istri Akali Dal was the chief guest. Gulshan said the wing would be strengthened soon to ensure better participation of women SAD activities. Alwinder Pal Singh Pakhoke, district president of SAD, presided over the event. Other who spoke on the occasion included MLAs Prof Virsa Singh Valtoha and Harmit Singh Sandhu.



Work orders:
The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Technical Employees Union has sought to abolish the system of work orders and contractorship so that the wide scope of employment avenues to the poor educated youths could be generated. Lashing out at the government’s trend of promoting culture of contractors and work orders here on Monday, district president of the union Atma Ram alleged that these traditions were unhealthy for the clean working of the government and breading corruption. He demanded recruitment of new staff.

Photo I-cards: The ‘gaddi’ families of Bharmour tribal region in Chamba district have resented the unsuitable schedule fixed from September 20 to October 7 for making their election photo identity cards (EPICs) by the Election Department. The representative of these families who met the mediapersons here on Monday said the schedule for making EPICs was not suitable to the gaddi families who are basically shepherds and some of them have moved down towards plains alongwith their livestock in this season. They demanded that some other appropriate time should be chalked out for preparing their EPICs according to their convenience so that they would not remain deprived of this facility.

Tribal art gallery: The Chamba Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has expressed concern over the inordinate delay in the setting up of a tribal art gallery and museum at Bharmour Chaurasi, a project which had been pending for the past several years. Despite repeated reminders of the INTACH, the building for the proposed gallery and museum could not be constructed so far. The INTACH has again urged the government to take necessary steps to set up the museum.

Pension trust: The HPSEB pensioners association has described the formation of a ‘pension trust’ as anti-pensioners, which is an injustice to the pensioners and family pensioners of the board. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, H.K.Gautam, convener of the association, said to generate pensions from the dividends earned through investment in the share market by the HPSEB had given a big shock to the pensioners and family pensioners. Opposing the recently formed ‘pension trust’ by the government and its decisions, he said the verdict of the board would lead to the exploitation of the pensioners, which would jeopardise their interests.

Narrow escape:
Four persons of a family travelling in a Maruti van had a narrow escape when the van swerved off the road and fell into a 100-metre deep gorge near Kundi on the Hobar-Kundi road in Bhattiyat subdivision of Chamba district on Sunday evening, according to a report received here on Monday. Those injured include Kishan Chand, his wife Suvitro, daughter Pooja (11) and driver Garv Singh. The condition of the injured was stated to be out of danger.

Scouts’ function:
A state-level jamboree of Scouts and Guides will be organised from October 19 to 24 at Government Senior Secondary School, Hamirpur. Chief commissioner of the organisation O.P. Sharma said more than 300 students from schools would attend the programme that would be inaugurated by education minister I.D. Dhiman and Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal would be chief guest on the concluding day.

Founder’s day:
Dagshai Public School (DPS) celebrated its 51st founder’s day at Dagshai, 4 km from here on Tuesday. The students presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion. Director principal Dr Harjinder Singh Majhail welcomed the chief guest. He highlighted the role and achievements of the school. Health minister Rajiv Bindal addressed the gathering and called upon the requirement to impart quality education blended with moral fibre and spirituality. Later, he gave away prizes to students who had excelled in academics and co-curricular activities.

Man found dead:
PWD labourer Sukh Ram, a resident of Timbi village under Shillai tehsil, was found dead in a trench near Ashiadi village. The body was noticed on Monday morning. It had been probably lying there for three days. Empty bottles of liquor were also recovered from the spot. Paonta DSP V.S. Thakur said the post-mortem report had revealed that he died due to heavy consumption of liquor. He ruled out any foul play behind the death.

Workshop held:
A workshop on complete sanitation campaign was organised in collaboration with an NGO Samarapan Association at Bhadwar near here on Monday, which was presided over by local SDM Inder Bhardwaj. A large number of representatives of panchayati raj institutions of nearby gram panchayats were present in the workshop. The chief guest called upon the villagers to avoid open defecation and construct toilets in their houses. On this occasion Samarapan Association displayed a model of flush latrine prepared at a cost of Rs 600.

Minor raped:
A 16-year-old girl of Dhami village near here was raped by a boy of the local ITI on Sunday night. A student of class X, the victim had come to the city with some relatives. The accused, Kameshwar, who was known to her, took her to his residence and raped her. The matter was reported to the police by her father on Monday evening. The medical examination of the girl has confirmed rape. A case has been registered and the accused arrested.



Folk artistes’ meet:
Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages is organising a two-day folk artistes’ meet at Leh, beginning on October 17. Over 150 artistes drawn from various parts of the state are likely to take part in this mega event that has been named as “Dhanak”. Cultural academy secretary Zafar Iqbal Manhas said the meet would help in understanding and bringing the three regions of the state closer. “Normally, such events were being organised either in Srinagar or Jammu, but this time we chose Leh with a purpose to know more about the folk dances of Ladakh region,” Zafar said.

HC to function on Oct 11:
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court would function on October 11, registrar-general of the court, said here today. He said October 11 would be a working day in the court in lieu of the holiday observed on October 1 on account of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Army recruitment: An Army recruitment rally is being held from October 10 for three days at Leh in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said today. He said the rally was being held at the Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre, Leh, for the candidates of Leh and Kargil districts. The selected candidates would have to appear in a written test on October 26, he said.


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