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Singing competition:
The Divine Light Public School has won the second position among 15 teams, in the state level Rashtriya Group singing competition, organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP). The BVP office-bearers visited SPS Kataria, administrator of the institution and participants, to hand him over the trophy on Tuesday. 

Coach honoured: Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of Prakash Singh Badal, and Upinderjit Kaur, education minister, have jointly awarded Rs 10,000 to Ravi Kumar, a coach in the local LRS DAV Senior Secondary School for his contribution in competitions, organised by the Punjab School Education Board recently. 

Ration distributed to poor: Pardeep Garg, spokesman, informed that members of Shri Guru Nanak Modi Khana Society, distributed ration to the 20 needy families, during the monthly meeting, today. Free kitchen was also run after the meeting. 

ITBP men donate blood:
To commemorate the 47th Raising Day of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, a blood donation camp was organised in association with the Red Cross Society and Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in the ITBP complex on the GT Road here on Tuesday. Commandant of the 29th battalion Udebir Shorot in a press note, said 49 officers and jawans of the battalion donated blood  to the Red Cross Society. Shorot was the first to donate blood, followed by assistant commandant Banwari Lal. 

Aid for needy: The staff of the Khanna Paper Mills Ltd contributed their one-day salaries to the people affected by the unprecedented floods in Bihar. Mill director Suneet Kochhar presented a cheque for Rs 1.71 lakh to Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, to be forwarded to Care Today, an NGO. 

Sampla is khadi board chief
: Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice-president Vijay Sampla took over as chairman of the Punjab Khadi and Village Industry Board here on Tuesday. Sampla, who is a Dalit face of the party, has served as general secretary of the BJP twice. Among those who were present there party Cabinet ministers Manoranjan Kalia, Ch Swarna Ram and Tikshan Sud, besides chief parliamentary secretaries Jagdish Sawhney and Sukhpal Singh Nannu and State Infotech board chairman Harjit Singh Grewal.

Adulterated food items:
At least 5 quintals of khoya and 35 quintals of salt were seized by a team of district health authorities on Tuesday during its special campaign launched to nail down unscrupulous elements who were indulging in the sale of adulterated food items. R. S. Rana, civil surgeon, said the team comprising Parvej Taneja, district health officer, Amit Joshi, district food inspector, and others, had been covering the entire district to nab sweetmakers and other shopkeepers, who were indulging in the sale of spurious and unhygienic products to people on the eve of Diwali. 

New SDM for Budhladha:
M.M. Sabbarwal, PCS, took the charge of the SDM, Budhladha, on Tuesday. Earlier, he had been Assistant Commissioner General (ACG) to deputy commissioner (DC), Mansa. He had also served as ACG to DC, Mohali. 

Police martyrs remembered:
Police Martyrs’ Commemoration Day was observed at the Police Lines here on Tuesday. DC V.K. Ohri, SSP Naunihal Singh and ADC Indu Malhotra paid tributes to the martyrs by laying wreaths at the Shaheedi Samarak. On the occasion the DC and the SSP also honoured family members of 58 police martyrs, who had laid down their lives while performing duties. SP (D) Bhupinder Singh Virk read the list of police martyrs. 

Co. told to refund amount: The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum on Tuesday directed Koutons Retail India Limited, Gurgaon, and its authorised franchisee Bhalla Garments, Sangrur, to refund the price amount of a pair of trousers within 45 days or replace the trousers at the same price, subject to his choice, to complainant Naveen Kumar, local resident. 



Sarita suicide case:
The arguments on the bail application of the accused in the Sarita suicide case were concluded here on Tuesday. The Special Judge of the CBI court, A.K. Verma, reserved the order on the application for October 23. The CBI had arrested two police officials of the Rohtak CIA staff for allegedly raping Sarita, who had later committed suicide in front of the police headquarters at Panchkula on June 9. The CBI counsel, H.P.S. Verma, during the arguments, pleaded that Sarita had mentioned the name of two of the accused - Baljeet and Silak Ram- in the suicide note. In September, on the direction of the CBI court, the DNA test of the duo accused was conducted in a national laboratory in Delhi and the report of the test came negative. 

Prohibitory orders:
On the eve of Diwali, District Magistrate Pankaj Aggarwal, in an order issued here on Tuesday, has prohibited the sale of fireworks, which explode at the height of 4-5 meters or above and dangerous type of bombs within the municipal limits of Thanesar town, Pipli, Ladwa, Babain, Shahbad, Pehowa, Ismailabad and other areas of the district. The sale will be restricted from October 25 to 30. 

Drive against dengue:
In collaboration with the local Municipal Council, the health authorities in the district on Tuesday launched a 15-day drive against dengue larvae breeding in all localities of the town, said civil surgeon Dr M.S.Ahlawat. He said nearly 15 teams had been deployed to carry out fogging and other 16 teams to visit house-to-house to check water containers, destroy the dengue larvae if found. 



Ban on firecrackers:
Hamirpur district magistrate Abhishek Jain has imposed a ban on the sale of unlicensed firecrackers and clamped Section 144 from October 20 to 30. In his orders, Jain has banned exploding firecrackers in the main bazar, from mini secretariat to regional hospital and Bhota Chowk to petrol pump. The ban has also been imposed at Nadaun, Sujanpur, Bhota, Badsar, Jahu, Bhoranj and Bijarahdi areas from 10 pm to 6 am on the Diwali night. 

Two dead:
Two persons died of hooch on Monday as they had overdose of liquor at Patlikuhal, about 20 km from here. The deceased were identified as Kamal and Kanshi Ram, both Nepalese. The police said the post-mortem confirmed excessive dose of liquor as the cause of death. The bodies were handed over to the relatives, the police added.

Workshop held:
A workshop on computerisation of accounts in the government sector was organised by the Information Technology (IT) Department here on Tuesday. Representatives of various boards, corporations and public sector undertakings attended it. It was chaired by secretary, IT, B.K. Aggarwal. The objective was to enable efficient processing of information and automatic generation of accounting documents. 



Youth found dead:
Panic gripped the people of the Mujpathri area when body of a 26-year-old was found in the forest area on Tuesday, official sources said. They said a group of villagers, who were going to the forests, saw a body at Nangaser in Shopian district. The body was taken to local police station. The deceased has been identified as Rashid Goorsi, a local resident. The cause of his death was not known and investigations were on, they said. 

Boy’s death sparks protest: An 8-year-old boy was knocked to death by a vehicle at Bijbehara, leading to massive protests by locals, official sources said on Tuesday. They said a vehicle hit and killed Umar Bashir at Bijbehara in Anantnag district of south Kashmir. Later, hundreds of people took to streets in protest against the incident. The driver of the vehicle was arrested, they said adding situation was now under control. 



ICFAI organises IMDP-08: The ICFAI University has organised a Management Development Programme at ICFAI National College here. Inaugurating the programme, Prof P.A. Kulkarni, vice- chancellor, ICFAI University, said the programme is aimed at enhancing and ensuring effective global service standards in the service sector. He said the objectives of the IMDP were to understand service design issues, explore customer values, enhance customer retention and ensure best practices in the service sector. Many senior research scholars, academicians and meritorious students attended the programme. 

Amway forays into energy drinks: Amway India Enterprises has announced its venture into the energy drinks and energy bar segment by launching Amway XL Energy Drinks and Amway XL Energy Bars. While Amway Energy Drinks have no carbohydrates, no sugar, no fat and marginal caffeine and is in two flavours - Citrus Blast and Tropical Blast, Amway Bars are available in Apple, Cinnamon and Fruit and nut flavours.


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