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Best paper awards
: Two research papers of Dr Swapandeep Singh Chimni, a reader in chemistry department of Guru Nanak Dev University, have been declared as the most cited papers (2005-08).The papers published in two international journals are: Tetrahedron letters(2005) and Tetrahedron: Asymmetry(2006). Among other academic awards, Chimni is the recipient of senior research fellowship by CSIR in 1988, INSA-RSC visiting fellowship in 1996 and a visiting associateship for the year 2000-02. He has 68 research publications to  his credit.

Lecturer honoured: Harvinder Kaur, a senior lecturer in architecture department of Guru Nanak Dev University, has been honoured for rendering meritorious services in her field by First Friday Forum at Chandigarh. She was presented a shawl and a citation.

Youth festival: While talking to the mediapersons, Dr Ajay Sareen, principal, RR Bawa DAV girls college, said the institute has bagged the first runners-up trophy in the youth festival of Guru Nanak Dev university which concluded here today.  The college has bagged 12 first, nine second and seven third positions in the festival. The students also got the highest number of individual prizes in different items.

Blood donation camp held
: The NSS unit of Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Bathinda, organised a blood donation camp today. The camp was sponsored by Asra Welfare Society. More than 200 units of blood were collected and donated to the civil hospital. Hazari Lal Bansal, chairman, Punjab AIDS Control Organisation, was the chief guest.

Civil defence meeting: The civil defence, Bathinda, held a meeting today. On the instructions of DC Rahul Tewari, two members were appointed. Surinder Mohan Bhola was appointed chief of civil defence and Bhupinder Singh Bhullar was made deputy chief of civil defence. The ex-chief Chaudhary Shyam Lal was given a farewell today.

Markfed SE arrested:
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Wednesday nabbed a superintendent engineer (SE) of Markfed, while accepting the bribe of Rs 10,000. Harcharan Singh Bhullar, joint director-director-cum-SSP, Flying Squad, VB, said SE S.K. Garg had taken this money to bail out his junior from higher departmental inquiry.

Drugs worth 2 lakh seized: A high-level team, headed by state drug controller Bhag Singh, seized habit-forming drugs from an unlicensed godown, being run by a chemist on the Gurdaspur-Pathankot road, near a prominent education institution here on Wednesday. R.S. Rana, civil surgeon, said during the raid 2.5 lakh tablets, 9,300 capsules, 882 bottles of syrups and 6,400 injections were seized. The total value of the drugs was about Rs 2 lakh.

Manager caught taking bribe: Vigilance sleuths, Hoshiarpur, led by DSP Daljit Singh, caught Kulwant Singh, general manager, Punjab Roadways depot No. 2, Amritsar, while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from conductor Gurdeep Singh of Amritsar on Tuesday. Gurdeep was wanting to be transferred back to Amritsar depot No. 2.

Proposals okayed
: Municipal corporation cleared 10 out of 18 proposals for change of the land use in a meeting held here today. The meeting was convened by mayor Rakesh Rathour, commissioner Vinay Bublani and senior town planner AS Tuli. The STP said there were certain queries on the remaining proposals which would be taken up in the subsequent meetings.

Health camps in remote villages:
The mobile medical unit of the district health department organised special medical checkup camps at Burj Tehal Dass and Kharkuwal villages under National Rural Health Mission. The camps aimed at providing better healthcare facilities to the residents of remote villages at their doorstep. Civil surgeon Dr Chitranjan Brar said as many as 120 patients suffering from different ailments were examined. Clinical tests of 20 patients were also conducted.

Cold storage raided: After receiving information about storage of a huge quantity of milk products, a team of the district health authorities, led by civil surgeon Dalip Kumar, raided a cold storage in the focal point here on Wednesday. Dr Dalip said as per information they found 16.8 quintals of “khoya”, 4 quintals of “rasgule” and 3 quintals of “petha ” in the cold storage. The team collected samples of these sweets, which were sent to a food-testing laboratory at Chandigarh.

4 take vehicle on pistol point: Four men who had hired a Tavera vehicle from Patiala, snatched the vehicle on pistol point from the driver after making him get down near a prominent gurdwara on the Patiala-Sangrur road on Tuesday. The driver informed the police which laid a naka at Cheema. When the Cheema police tried to stop the Tavera, the snatchers opened fire on the police and managed to flee leaving the vehicle behind.


Adolescence health: The health department in association with Sosua, an NGO, on the occasion of Global Iodine Deficiency Prevention Day, organised a programme on adolescence health issues at Government Senior Secondary School in Bhangrola village on Tuesday. Deputy civil surgeon Dr Rekha Singh mentioned about the importance of balanced diet. She also emphasised on proper intake of iodine in food. Nearly 500 students participated in the programme. Meanwhile, a health check up was also organised.

2 held for theft: The police on Tuesday solved some cases of vehicle theft and arrested two persons -Balwinder Singh and Rajesh, alias Bachchi, - in this connection. Later, they were produced in a court, which remanded them in police custody for five days. SP Sultan Singh said Manoj Kumar, a local resident, had lodged a complaint with the police regarding the theft of his motorcycle on September 5. During interrogation, Balwinder revealed various thefts committed by them.

New appointment: The state government has appointed Mukesh Sharma as a member of the Rewari District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum. He joined the court here recently. Earlier, he had consummated a two-year tenure each as a member of the Matrimonial Reconciliation Board of Courts, Gurgaon, and the Unfair Means Committee of the Haryana Board of School Education, Bhiwani.

Prohibitory orders: On the eve of Diwali, District Magistrate Chander Prakash has promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, banning storage and sale of crackers and fireworks in crowded residential areas. Simultaneously, Rao Tula Ram Park, Sector 5, near Leo Chowk, HUDA maidan of Sector 1, behind the district secretariat, open premises of Government Senior Secondary School for boys, Bawal, the fair ground of HUDA, Kosli, and the open complex of the Government Senior Secondary School, Dharuhera, have been specified for the sale only by licensed vendors from 10 am to 8 pm from October 25 to 28.

Blood donation: As many as 30 student donated blood at a camp jointly organised by the National Industrial Training Institute and J.R. Memorial Institute here on Wednesday. The camp was inaugurated by the city magistrate, Sandeep Singh.


Rs 3.78 lakh donated: Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal was presented Rs 3.78 lakh at the Kam Dhenu annual function at Namhole on Tuesday evening. Nand Parkash Vohra and Vijay Kumar, prominent industrialists of this area, presented a cheque worth Rs 51,000 while Kam Dhenu Trust presented a cheque of Rs 21,000 to Dhumal for Chief Minister’s relief fund. Shri Naina Devi Temple Trust also gave a cheque of Rs 1.22 lakh while the HPWD superintending engineer gave a cheque of Rs 1.84 lakh.

2 houses gutted: Two houses were gutted at Jawali village under Plahach panchayat in Banjar subdivision of this district on Tuesday. The village was at a distance of 6 km from the road head and fire tenders could not reach the place. Lal Chand and Mohar Singh were the fire victims. The estimated loss was about Rs 10 lakh.

Stolen tractor found: The police on Tuesday recovered a tractor stolen from Baral village, near here. Karan Singh, the owner of the tractor, had lodged an FIR on January 22. During patrolling at Shahpur, the Kangra police arrested Banti, a resident of Ghanara (Fatehpur) in Jawali subdivision, about a month back. The accused confessed a number of vehicle thefts in the district. According to DSP Bidhi Chand Verma, during interrogation the accused confessed stealing a Maruti car at Rehan and two tractors from Thakurdwara and Baral in Nurpur subdivision. A police team was sent to Jalandhar along with the accused to recover the stolen tractor, which was further sold to a local resident there.


Deputy commandant among 6 BSF men hurt: Six BSF personnel, including a deputy commandant, were injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling was hit by a truck at the new bus stand in Samba on the Jammu-Pathankot highway on Wednesday, official sources said. The injured were identified as driver Din Dayal, constables Din Pal Singh, Farooq Ahmed, A.H. Sababa, Sheikh Parvez and deputy commandant Himanshu. They were admitted to the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital. The police has seized both the vehicles and registered a case against truck driver Gurpreet Singh, who has been detained.

Literary-cum-poetic meet: Adbi Kunj, a literary centre, organised a literary-cum-poetic meet on Wednesday. In the literary session, Jaswant Singh Manhas presented his short story titled ‘Zindagi Aur Dahej’ and Shambu Nath Pyasa read his Dogri short story ‘Maan Meter’ which depicted the menace of dowry system prevailing in the society. In the poetic session those who read out their ghazals, poems, bhajan and songs included Nargis Sitara, Talib Kashmiri, Jaswant Singh and others. Sanjeev Bhasin, a well-known Hindi writer and poet, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Drawing contest: The railway authorities organised a drawing competition in Government High School, Railway Colony, on Wednesday to sensitise students regarding the safety measures while travelling in a train. Over 50 students participated in the contest held in the school campus. District traffic manager Ashok Sharma said: “The competition is aimed at generating awareness among the students as well as among the  masses.”

60-yr-old man found dead  on roadside: A 60-year-old man was found dead on a roadside in the Nowhatta locality on Wednesday, a police spokesman said. The body of the deceased was found at the Jabgaripora locality of Nowhatta in downtown Srinagar. The spokesman said the identity of the deceased and the cause of his death was not known immediately. However, locals believe that he apparently died of cold. Meanwhile, a 70-year-old beggar identified as Abdul Khaliq died of cardiac arrest at the SMHS hospital here. Khaliq, a resident of Drugmulla village of Kupwara, was shifted to the hospital by the police. His body was lying unclaimed at the police hospital.

Girl dies in blast: An eight-year-old girl was killed and another wounded when an explosive device went off in Kupwara district, official sources said on Wednesday. An explosive device went off at Badi Beri in Kupwara district when children were fiddling with it. A girl, Rabia Yousuf, died on the spot while six-year-old Maryam Manzoor was injured. She has been hospitalised.

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