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11 students selected
: Eleven students of batch 2009 of IT courses of GND University were selected by Computer Maintenance Corporation (CMC), New Delhi, a TATA enterprise, for jobs during campus placements in the university. Dr Sukhdev Singh, director, Placement, said till now 367 students of the varsity had been offered jobs by various multinational IT companies in the current academic year.

Order for cyber cafe owners:
Deputy commissioner R.L. Mehta has directed all the cyber café owners in the district to maintain records of names, addresses and telephone numbers of the visitors. The visitors must record the details in their own handwriting. In case of suspicion, the café owner could contact the nearest police station. The orders would remain effective till December 22. Mehta said the orders had been passed in the light of rise in anti-social activities, including bomb blasts by extremists recently, with the help of internet.

SAD to hold rally on Nov 7: The Shiromani Akali Dal would organise a rally at the local grain market on November 7 to launch the election campaign for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, informed Rajinder Kanjhla, district president of the SAD. MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa would address the rally and listen to public grievances.

Articles gutted: Household articles worth thousands were gutted after a house near Gobind Charitable Trust here caught fire on Friday. Gopal Krishan, owner of the house, said his family was not present when the house caught fire. The neighbours called up the fire department. A fire tender reached the place and controlled the flames. However, the exact reason behind the fire could not be known.

UN Day celebrated
: The World United Nations Day was celebrated on Friday at the Eastwood International School here. The UN flag was displayed and the students learnt the meaning of the flag. Hand-made badges of the flag were distributed among the students. Students enacted the principle organs of the UN. A quiz related to the UN was organised to mark the occasion. Beena Rao, dean of the school, pledged to work for world peace.

TSU criticises Joint Forum: Activists of the Technical Service Union (TSU) on Friday condemned the decision of Joint Forum that allegedly called off the strike against the management of the PSEB on Thursday. Leaders termed the decision as anti-employee. Satwinder Singh, president of the TSU, alleged that the activists of the Joint Forum had been misleading the employees, who had been struggling for their rights.

Kids celebrate Diwali: Students of the Blooming Buds School celebrated Diwali with great pomp and show on the school premises. The school was decorated with lights, candles and flowers. Children came dressed as Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman. They were told the importance of Diwali and sweets were distributed among the children. The tiny tots enjoyed the crackers lighted by the school authorities.

Anti-food adulteration drive: To curb the sale of adulterated and sub-standard food items during the ongoing festival season, the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, has initiated a special drive. This was stated here on Tuesday by Dr S.P.S. Sohal, director, Health Services, Punjab. He added that health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla had directed all civil surgeons and district health officers to remain vigilant against the sale of sub-standard items in their districts.

Say no to gifts this Diwali: Prof Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health and family welfare minister, Punjab, has asked employees of the Health Department, including senior officers, doctors and para-medicals, to restrain from accepting gifts from individuals or organisations on Diwali. Employees should rather present a gift of love and affection this Diwali.

Spurious desi ghee seized
: Five quintals of spurious khoya, 1.75 quintals of spurious desi ghee and 35 quintals of spurious salt were seized by a team of district health authorities on Friday during a campaign launched to nab unscrupulous elements indulging in the sale of adulterated food items. R. S. Rana, civil surgeon, said the team comprised Parvej Taneja, district health officer, Amit Joshi, district food inspector, and others.

Dance, drama by UK body
: A programme of dance and drama was organised for the British Council’s United Kingdom India Educational Research Initiative (UKIERI) project at Punjab Public School here on Thursday. The school is a part of 10 schools involved in the UKIERI project, out of which six schools are from India and four from the UK. The programme named, “Let me make a difference,” is based on the concept “Family”, which is of concern to everybody.

Self-employment for girls
: More than 150 sewing machines were given by managing director of State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) A.C. Varma to girls for self-employment under the bank’s differential rate of interest (DRI) scheme at a function, organised by the SBoP in collaboration with the Akhand Path Sewa Samiti at Bhawanigarh on Wednesday. Varma, chief guest, also gave cheques to the girls for purchasing raw material.

Motor Co. told to pay: The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed TVS Motor Company Limited, Harita, Hosur, Tamil Nadu, either to replace motorcycle of the same model or refund its price amount i.e. Rs 35,990, along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from January 5, 2008, till realisation to complainant Ashok Kumar Singla, a local resident. The company has also been directed to pay Rs 3,000 as litigation expenses to the complainant.



Voter lists
: Deputy commissioner-cum-district electoral officer Devesh Kumar has said a special revision of voters’ lists of constituencies concerned of Vidhan Sabha and Parliament has been initiated and draft lists will be published on November 10. Photo voters lists would be available at all polling stations for the inspection between November 10 to 24, 2008, he added.

Total sanitation: The district has achieved the distinction of being declared first under the total sanitation programme and the achievement would be maintained even in future. This was stated by forest minister J.P. Nadda while presiding over a khula darbar programme organised to settle grievances of people at Ghumani on Friday. He said the President had given a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh to each of the 65 gram panchayats, which had been adjudged as totally clean in a state-wide survey conducted by a team of specialists.

: Lieut-Col M.G. Sharma (retd) has been appointed as the member of the state advisory board of naturopathy and yoga by the state government.

Restricted holiday: On the eve of Bhaiya Dooj, the SDM of Kangra has declared October 30 as restricted holiday for the Kangra subdivision.

2 held with charas
: The Banjar police here on Friday arrested two persons identified as Krishan Kumar, son of Balbir Singh of Sonepat, and Vinod Kumar, son of Risal Singh, a resident of Jhajjar, Haryana. The police also seized 1.1 kg of charas from their possession. A case under Sections 20A and 29 of the NDPS Act has been registered in this regard.

Panel constituted
: The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the local Arya Government College has been constituted, following its annual elections held on Friday. It were held under the supervision of college principal Hardev Katoch. Former director of KCC bank Manoj Pathania has been elected president of the PTA for the second term consecutively. Dhruv Singh, Ashwani Kumar and Manmohan Singh were elected vice-president, secretary and cashier, respectively.

RTI fee reduced
: The state government on Friday reduced the fee for providing information to applicants under the Right to Information. An official spokesperson said the fee had been reduced from Rs 10 to Rs 2 per page. No fee would be charged from below poverty line families for providing the required information.

Three promoted: Power controller of the state electricity board Suneel Grover here on Friday was promoted the director of power regulation. Under the new assignment, he would be responsible for the management, control and regulation of power within the state. The board also promoted senior executive engineers -Arun Tanwar and S.K. Kaul- to the rank of superintending engineers, who were posted at the Nahan and Rampur circles, respectively.



3 mines recovered
: Security forces averted major tragedies by recovering three anti-personal mines (APMs) along the Indo-Pak border in Kathua district on Friday. Acting on a tip-off, BSF troops recovered two mines in Bobiya and another in Regal in the Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua district. The mines were later defused. The Army and the police also foiled a militants’ plan to trigger explosions and recovered 10 kg of RDX, besides other war-like stores in Ramban district. Acting on a tip-off that militants were making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to trigger blasts during the Assembly elections, the security forces launched a search operation in the Neel forest belt in Banihal tehsil. The forces busted a hideout and seized 10 kg RDX.

World United Nations Day: The International Resource Cell (IRC) of Jammu University (JU) observed World United Nations Day on Friday. The occasion was marked with the screening of a documentary based on effective implementation of the Right to Information Act in fighting corruption. Library in charge Prof Naresh Padha was the chief guest. Padha stressed upon the students to make most of the opportunities available in the university. Social and RTI activist Anurag Singh’s documentary based on the movement for the empowerment of peasants and workers through the Right to Information Act was also screened.

Academic scholarships
: DGP Kuldeep Khoda ordered the payment of 51 scholarships of Rs 840 each for the wards of police martyrs and serving personnel from the Central Police Welfare Fund. These scholarships were to be given to those who had secured distinction in the annual examinations of class VIII and IX during the 2007-08 academic session.



Event manager resolves dispute with authorities:
The dispute between the event manager of the recently concluded Autumn Festival and the Nagar Palika authorities has been resolved. Kanchan Maheshwari had filed a complaint of misbehaviour and assault against a Palika official and accused the Nagar Palika of withholding payment due to her. The Nagar Palika has paid the dues to Maheshwari and both parties have withdrawn the police complaints lodged against each other. President of the Nagar Palika O.P. Uniyal said all misunderstanding had been cleared. He hoped such incidents would not recur.


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