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New Punjab Day celebratedr:
Mamta and Paramjit bagged the top two prizes in the poster making contest organised to mark the New Punjab Day celebrations at Kenway College of Education here on Saturday. In the short story competition, Ved Parkash got the first prize while Gautam got the second position. Sulochana, Gurpreet Kaur, Surinder Kumar, Mahabir, Gurpreet Singh, Harmit Kaur, Amandeep Singh, Kuldeep, Seema and Charanjit were among the students who enthralled the gathering by presenting a cultural programme. The chief guest Gurraj Singh Chahal handed over the prizes to the winners. An exhibition on cultural heritage of Punjab was also organised on the occasion. Vice-principal Sushila Narang spoke about the history of ancient Punjab.

Death condoled:
The teaching and non teaching staff of the Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) here today condoled the death of Dr Prem Singh, former professor of linguistics at University of Delhi. Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor said the country has lost a linguist of repute and his contributions in the field of classical languages like Sanskrit, Latin and Greek would always be remembered.

Man held with unlicenced pistol
:The CIA staff arrested one person for keeping unlicenced pistol today. Acting on an information, the CIA staff laid a barricade on the Bardeke Drain Bridge near Jagraon. The police intercepted a Sakoda car (CH 03 R 3703) and arrested Kulwinder Singh of Jaspalon, near Samrala. An unlicensed 32-bore country-made pistol was recovered from his procession.

Clear paddy stacks: BKU:
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has urged the Punjab government to make immediate arrangements to lift paddy from grain markets. President of the BKU Balbir Singh Rajewal said on Saturday that there were huge stacks of paddy bags lying in markets of Samrala, Khamano and other areas and farmers were facing problems in unloading their paddy in most of grain markets in the Jalandhar-Ludhiana belt. He said senior government officers should be deputed to inspect various grain markets. He also urged the government to make arrangements for more gunny bags. 

KKU agitationJ: The Kirti Kisan Union (KKU) has decided to participate in the rail roko agitation from November 14. KKU president Nirbhai Singh said his union would also participate in the rail roko agitation, the call for which was given for seven different farmers’ organisations in favour of several demands of the farmers.

Annual fair: The annual fair being organised at St Mary’s Cathedral, Jalandhar Cantonment, tomorrow will feature a special prayer for the victims of Orissa violence. Spokesman of the Diocese of Jalandhar, Father Peter, said three Bishops including one from Varanasi, 400 nuns, 160 priests and a huge gathering of the community will participate in the prayer to be conducted between 12 noon to 2 pm. Father Peter said the Diocese will present a memorandum calling for peace and universal brotherhood to the minister for public relations Bikramjit Singh Majithia.

INIFD students shine in IIT fest:
Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) participated in IIT Kanpur's cultural fest “Antaragni-08”.
There were above 50 colleges from all over India to give their best shot in the events. INIFD had participated in five major events and won three first prizes. They became the leaders of the ramp by winning the first prize in “Ritambhra”. They won the first prize in ‘Roots’- the folk dance competition and for the event ‘Abhivyakti’. Rohit won the fourth prize in the ‘Blind Date’ event.

Seminar on Hindi held at BVM : Intellectuals from 45 schools attended the seminar organised by Pearsons Longman, educational company, at BVM Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar. The aim of the seminar was to highlight the idea of teaching Hindi as a way of getting the students one with their culture. Ramkaran Dabar, reader, SCERT, New Delhi, said the intellectual and technological advancement in curriculum, methods of teaching, multimedia-learning tools and testing programs are the need of hour for Hindi subject. 

Warm send-off to MTSC principal: The staff members and the management of the Master Tara Singh Memorial College (MTSC) gave principal Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota a warm send-off yesterday. Meanwhile, Prof Surinder Kaur Atwal has been appointed as the new principal of the college.  One booked for beating smack dealer

Meet on Nirmal Gram scheme:
To implement the Nirmal Gram scheme, deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul held a meeting with district officials on Saturday. Under the scheme, nearly 20 villages have been selected for development works, including sanitation, water supply and sewerage. To sensitise the panchayats about the scheme, meetings would be held on November 5 and 6 at the BDPO offices concerned.

Woman booked:
The police has booked Balwinder Kaur of nearby Duneke village for allegedly trying to deposit fake currency in her account in the Railway road branch of the Oriental Bank of Commerce here on Friday. She was yet to be arrested. The manager of the bank had complained to the police that the woman brought Rs 40,000, out of which 18 currency notes of Rs 500 each were found to be fake. A case has been registered. Meanwhile, the woman had alleged that she got Rs 10,000 as loan from a local shopkeeper who arranged the money for her from a head constable presently posted at Ludhiana. 

SGG girls excel in youth fest:
Students of SGG Girls College celebrated their spectacular performance in the youth festival held recently. The college team managed to bag as many as 28 prizes in various events held at Sant Darbara Singh College for Women during the Diamond Jubilee Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival. They bagged 10 first positions, 14 second and four third positions. The winners were felicitated by principal Dr Savita Uppal.

Panchayat member beaten up:
A member of the panchayat of Bharur village (near Sunam) Kulwant Singh and one Sahib Singh were allegedly beaten up with sticks and a sharp-edged weapon by some persons at the village on Friday night. Both were admitted to the Sunam Civil Hospital from where Sahib was referred to a Patiala hospital. Acase against five persons under Sections 323, 324, 506, 341, 148 and 149, IPC, had been registered.



Vijender celebrates b’day:
Olympian Vijender celebrated his 23rd birthday with his parents, relatives and close friends at a private restaurant located on the outskirts of the HUDA Colony here on Thursday. He said: “I wanted to celebrate my birthday with my family members and close friends so I preferred celebrating the occasion here.” His coach Jagdish Singh, HPCC general secretary Sandeep Singh, district press secretary Binnu Tanwar, general manager Haryana Roadways Ram Phal Kundu and several others were also present on the occasion.

Electoral rolls:
The Haryana government has asked all divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, SDMs and the secretary of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha that the directions regarding preparation of electoral rolls issued by the Election Commission of India under the Representation of the People Act of 1950 and 1951, Registration of Electors Rules, 1960, and Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, from time to time should be strictly complied with. They have also been asked to ensure that there is no interference by the executives in the process of conduct of elections and revision of electoral rolls and related activities. 

Guest lecturers’ honorarium hiked: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday announced a major concession to private schools and an incentive to guest lecturers on the occasion of Haryana Day, at a felicitation function organised by private schools at Jind. Hooda said the private schools which were charging bus fare up to Rs 200 per child would not have to pay any tax on school buses and those which were charging more than Rs 200 per child would have to pay tax at the rate of Rs 20 per seat instead of Rs 40 per seat. Hooda also announced that the honorarium of the guest lecturers would be increased from Rs 100 per hour to Rs 123 per period and monthly honorarium from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000.

Three die in accident:
Three persons were killed on Saturday when their motorcycle collided with a truck on the Jind-Kaithal Road. The accident took place when 75-year-old Phoola Devi, along with her son Surinder (35) and her grandson Rajesh (20) were going from Jind to Badhana village on a motorcycle. Their vehicle was hit by a truck near Amarheri village. The trio, residents of Khem Nagar colony here, reportedly died on the spot. A case has been registered.

Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas:
‘Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas’ was observed at Dubaldhan Government College here on Friday to commemorate the martyrdom day of Late Indira Gandhi. Principal, faculty members and students of the college took pledge on the occasion to work towards maintaining national integrity and fight against terrorism. Two-minute silence was observed in the memory of Late Indira Gandhi and all victims of terrorism on the occasion. 

6 hurt in mishap: Six persons were injured when a truck coming from opposite direction collided with a jeep, carrying over 12 passengers, on the Jhajjar-Rewari National Highway here on Friday. The jeep was going to Jhajjar from Kulana village. Bhateri, Omal, Mangal, Harichand, Sudha and Krishan sustained multiple injuries and were taken to the civil hospital here. All injured are said to be out of danger. — OC

2 women held: The Bahadurgarh police arrested two women in connection with theft of iron from a factory located near Kasaar village in the district. The accused have been identified as Darshna of Rohtak and Pinky of Bhiwani. According to the police, the accused have confessed their crime during interrogation and have been sent in jail for judicial remand. 

Haryana Higher Education commissioner Jyoti Arora will inaugurate Haryana Day state-level festival - Ratnawali - at Kurukshetra University Auditorium here on November 3. Vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University R.P. Bajpai will preside over the function. 

HJC flays govt:
Alleging that the district has been getting stepmother treatment from the state government, district president of Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) Satpal Kaushik on Friday said the district was still neglected on the developmental front due to lack of political will. While addressing a gathering at Hamida area here, he said: “Neither the state government nor the INLD-BJP alliance during its rule in the state had given due consideration for providing basic amenities and better road connectivity. 



Resumption of bus service sought:
Residents of far-flung areas of Churah subdivision in Chamba district have urged the state government to resume HRTC bus services in the Bounderi and Devikothi areas. In their grouse, the residents of these areas expressed that earlier the HRTC bus was plying to these areas, but with the cancellation of bus services to these areas not only the residents, but also the school students were facing difficulties. 

One found dead:
Mystery shrouds the death of Bishwajeet (38), a resident of Sameerpur village of the district, the police said here on Saturday. Kangra DSP O.P. Jamwal said some people had brought Bishwajeet to a local private hospital on Friday evening where he collapsed at the reception of the hospital. The doctors tried to revive him, but failed. Jamwal said the body was sent for a post-mortem and the preliminary autopsy report indicated sudden death due to heart failure. The viscera had also been sent for chemical analysis. However, Bishwajeet’s father did not suspected any foul play.

Site inspected:
Additional director of the State Urban Development Vikas Labru on Saturday inspected proposed sites for setting up centrally sponsored solid waste management for local Municipal Council. According to Lalit Kumar, executive officer of the council, the proposed site, near Chinva link road, has been finalised. “The council has been asked to initiate proceeding for the transfer of land in the name of the council and Rs 57.25 lakh would be spent on the project, he added. 

Bus driver held: Tarsem Singh of Laroonh village, one of the motorcyclists who were injured seriously when the motorcycle was hit by a speeding HRTC bus on Talwara-Jassur road on Thursday, succumbed to injuries on Friday night on his way to the Tanda Medical College. Other accident victim Umedh Singh has been admitted with a private hospital at Pathankot. According to the police, HRTC bus driver Baldev Singh, who had fled after dashing into stranded the car and private bus, has been arrested. A case under Sections 304(A), 279 and 337 has been registered against the accused.



7 grenades seized:
The police seized grenades and ammunition from Udhampur district on Saturday, sources said. Acting on specific information, the police launched a search operation and recovered a haul of ammunition, covered in a polythene bag, including seven grenades, seven detonators and 20-feet wire from Ramni Dhok forest in the Latti area, sources said. However, the police seized the consignment and launched a search operation in the area. However, no arrests had been made so far.

Kashmiri compulsory in schools:
The Kashmiri language has been made compulsory subject in all schools in the valley upto secondary stage, official said on Saturday. They said the government had decided to include Kashmiri in the curricular as a compulsory subject. 

Woman commits suicide: A 40-year-old woman committed suicide, while another made a similar attempt in the Kashmir valley on Saturday. Official sources said one Taja Bibi consumed some poisonous substance in her Zahgli house in Kupwara district. She was immediately rushed to the local hospital where she was declared brought dead. Meanwhile, Safeena (35) also consumed poison in her Hajibal, Tangmarg house. She was admitted to the sub-district hospital from where she was referred to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura in a critical condition. It was not immediately known why they took this extreme step.

186 Hajis leave for Jeddah: Another batch of 186 Hajis from Jammu and Kashmir left for Jeddah on Saturday. Official sources said a total of 540 Hajis had left for Jeddah since their departure started from here on October 30. About 8,000 pilgrims from the state will perform Haj this year in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.


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