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Exhibition held:
A comprehensive audio-visual aids exhibition was organised under the guidance of Mandeep Kaur and Rajpal Kaur at the DAV College of Education here today to enlighten the students in different teaching subjects including Hindi, Punjabi, English, Social Studies, Maths and Science. Principal Venita Singh while inaugurating the exhibition exhorted the would-be-teachers to make maximum use of audio visual aids to involve the students.

Murder accused held: Alleged sharp shooter Jaswinder Singh "Rockey" has been arrested. He was nominated in the FIR that was registered under section 302 of the IPC and Arms Act after the murder of Bunty Swami, a contractor with a ghee factory, in the region in August this year. Rockey was on Thursday produced in a local court which remanded him in police custody till November 8, sources said.

Dr Bhim Sen Garg has been unanimously elected as president of the SD Sabha, Barnala. The general secretary of the sabha, Shiv Darshan Kumar Sharma, said that the general body meeting of the sabha was held at SD Senior Secondary School. He proposed the name of Bhim Sen which was accepted by members. It may be mentioned that the post was lying vacant for the past one month after the death of president Panna Lal Goyal.

Laptops worth lakhs stolen:
Thieves reportedly broke into a shop located on Ladowali Road falling under police station number four and decamped with several laptops and other items worth several lakhs. When contacted, SHO Nirmal Singh said he had got information about the theft and sent a policeman there but the shop owner did not lodge a formal complaint with the police and said his seniors from Delhi would come and decide whether a complaint would be lodged or not.

ATM inaugurated: The State Bank of India today installed a new ATM at Vayu Vihar, the residential campus of Adampur Air Force Station. The ATM was inaugurated by Gp Capt P.W. Ambedkar, station commander, Adampur.

Seminar today:
A national-level seminar on - Challenges in Making India a Global Power - would be organised at the Nehru Memorial Government College, Mansa on November 7. Dr Sukhpal Singh of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad would be chief guest on the occasion. Several issues like agrarian, farmers, environment, corruption, problem of inclusive growth, women's empowerment, democracy and development, energy security, foods security, economic reforms would be discussed at the seminar. Professor K.K. Sharma, head of the department of economics, said that the Association for Punjab Studies would also be formed on the occasion.

Workers to stage dharna: Several employees associations, during a meeting held at Baba Bhuja Singh Bhawan here on Thursday, decided to organise a district-level dharna on November 10 against the anti-employee attitude of the Punjab Pay Commission. Sikander Singh Dhaliwal and Sukhdarshan Singh Natt of Democratice Employees Front, Karnail Singh and Bikar Singh of PSSF (Ajnala), Atma Singh Atma and Jagseer Singh of PSSF (Dhillon), Charanjeet Dhalewa of PSSF (Khatra) and Om Prakash and Sher Singh of Punjab Ministerial Staff participated in the meeting.

Condolence meet: A condolence meeting was held here on Thursday to express grief over the demise of noted producer-director B.R. Chopra. The Radical people's forum leaders, Jaspal Khokhar, Pardeep Sapolia and Yadwinder Singh, said Chopra was an institution in itself.



Seminar: The northern regional office of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) organised a seminar on vigilance awareness on the concluding day of the vigilance awareness week here on Thursday. CBI DIG B.L.Soni, who was the chief guest, said it was an individual’s attitude, which was instrumental in creating a corruption-free environment. He urged  all to be vigilant in day-to-day activities and expose those who indulged in  it. K.K. Narang, deputy director general, BIS, said vigilant public could help in fight corruption. She said vigilance was a “positive test in the hands of management” to improve the efficiency and profitability of an organisation She urged the  participants to be “watchful, careful and cautious” in all public dealings in their day-to-day work.

Bar chambers: The UT administration has decided to construct lawyers’ chambers at the judicial complex in Sector 43. The expenditure of Rs 55.66 crore for construction would be borne by the Bar.  As a petition in this regard came up for hearing, the Punjab and Haryana High Court was informed that the architectural drawings for the proposed building have already been issued.

Sudha Gupta  honoured: Sudha Gupta, Medical Social Worker, department of cardiology, PGIMER, was honoured today by Rotary Club Chandigarh with Vocational Award 2008-09 in recognition of her hard work in identifying patients for implantation of pacemaker through Rotary Pacemaker Bank.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Haryana Roadways ministerial staff association (Chandigarh depot): president-Ratan Jangra; vice-president-Kamal Lal; general secretary- Prakash Chand; secretary-Rajendra Singh; joint-secretary-Bimla Devi; treasurer- Sant Kumar and adviser- Pawan Kumar



Modern buildings:
The Haryana government has earmarked a sum of Rs 500 crore during the current financial year to construct and maintain modern buildings of hospitals, mini-secretariat, judicial complexes, community health centres, polytechnics, industrial training institutes and jails in the state. Haryana PWD (B&R) minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav said the state government had launched a campaign in the state to provide latest look to government buildings for creating conducive environment in the state. Besides, new modern buildings would also be constructed in the state to meet the demands of people.

Docs’ interviews from Nov 16: The Haryana Health Department will begin the interviews of medical officers at Panchkula from November 16. An official spokesman said only those candidates would be interviewed who had applied in response to an advertisement published in various newspapers on September 12 last. Those who might not receive the interview card, should visit the website of the department, www.haryanahealth.nic.in.

Body of 4-yr-old found:
The police on Wednesday recovered the nude body of a four-year-old boy in a farm situated on the Pautadi road, near here. The face of the boy was smashed badly. Ram Lakhan, uncle of the boy, who came with the body to the police station said he was missing since Monday and they had filed a complaint in this regard.

Cash, jewellery looted:
Some persons reportedly looted cash, jewellery and other articles worth Rs 7 lakh from a house in Sector 14 on Tuesday night. The robbers also made a futile attempt to loot another adjacent house in the sector before escaping with the looted property. The owner of house no 917, Savitri Khurana, and her son Jitender in the morning found that two almirahs in the room were open and gold ornaments and silver articles were found stolen from it. The gangsters allegedly used some intoxicants to make family members unconscious.

Compromise reached: A compromise was reached between the management of the Reeba Textile unit, Chidana, and the workers of the unit under the arbitration of SDM Gohana Jai Deep Kumar on Wednesday. The management agreed to pay compensation of Rs 2.50 lakh to the wife of deceased Devender of Murlana village. He had died in a road accident, while driving a unit’s vehicle in July. With this, the five-day-old indefinite strike of the workers ended.



Deodar sleepers:
The district Forest Department team on Thursday swung into action and nabbed a vehicle (HP-33A 7624) and seized 28 freshly sawed deodar sleepers from it at the Bindrabani barrier. Dhansehwar, a resident of Jawalapur area in Panarsa forests range, was arrested in this connection. DFO, Headquarters, Kunal Satayarthi said the deodar sleepers were smuggled from the Panarsa forest range. He said the vehicle had been impounded and the 1.5 cubic metres timber worth Rs 50,000 in the market had been seized.

Sports meet:
A sports and cultural meet was organised for disable students under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan at Bhadwar near here on Wednesday. As many as 40 disable students of the government primary schools of the block participated in the meet. In painting Nitesh and Ranjit were declared first and second, respectively. In 200 m race Mukesh stood first and Neeraj second. In 10 m race Neeraj stood first and Nitesh second. In chair race Neeraj and Kirpal were declared first and second. In solo dance Vishal and Mukesh won first and second positions. It was presided over by Kangra district project office (Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan) coordinator Dharmender.



Lineman electrocuted:
A PDD lineman was electrocuted while working at Mankote in Mendhar area of bordering Poonch district on Thursday, official sources said. The daily-wage lineman, identified as Nissar Khan (40), was working at the power grid with his colleagues when he fell from the pole due to electric shock, the sources said. The incident occurred when electricity transmission was allegedly allowed at 9.35 am without informing the PDD staff at work. Khan was immediately shifted to nearby hospital at Mendhar, where the doctors pronounced him dead. Relatives of the deceased blocked the main road and held protest demonstrations in front of the office of the sub-divisional police officer. “Smelling foul play behind the death, they were demanding inquiry into the incident,” an official said.

Seminar organised: The Directorate of Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing in collaboration with P.G. Department of Psychology, University of Jammu organised a seminar on ‘environmental effects on human cognitive behaviour’ here on Wednesday. The seminar focused on ill-effects of environment on human behaviour, thoughts, emotions and interventions. Students elucidated on issues like overcrowding, pollution, personal space and associated psychological maladies like irritability, aggression, and chronic anxiety. Bhavneet and Eisha were declared first and second, respectively. The third position was shared by Samia and Vinaylata.

200 leave for Haj:
Another batch of 200 Hajis from Jammu and Kashmir left for Jeddah by special flight from Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport here on Thursday, official sources said. With this, the total number of Hajis left for Jeddah since the departure of pilgrims started from here on October 30 has risen to 1,330. An estimated 8,000 pilgrims from the state would perform Haj-2008 this year in the holy cities of Mecca and Madina.

7 hurt, three houses gutted: Seven persons were injured while three houses and a shop were gutted in a fire in the Kashmir valley, official sources said on Thursday. The sources said seven persons were injured when two vehicles, in which they were travelling, collided near an Army camp at Kunzar on the Srinagar-Baramulla Road on Wednesday evening. The injured, including both the drivers, were hospitalised. In other incidents, three houses and a shop were gutted in fire at main market Sogam and Lolab in north Kashmir on Wednesday night. The cause of the fire was not known.


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