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Arts & craft exhibition
: The students of Dahlia House topped in Science as well as Arts and Craft category in the two-day exhibition that concluded at the Assumption Convent School here on Friday evening. In the Science models and charts competition the second position was won by Jasmine House while Lily House stood second in the Arts and Crafts presentations. Principal Sr Lucy said that it had been an annual feature of the school activities to promote extra curricular activities. 

Eye camp organised: The multi specialties hospital based at Gurusar Modia on Friday organised, a free eye check up camp in Dera Sacha Sauda at village Jandwali near Hanumangarh town. A team of eye surgeons examined about 500 patients and selected 75 of them for cataract operations, which would be conducted at Gurusar Modia, Dera spokesman Lakhjit Singh informed. 

Athletics meet: Dhora Mehrajpur-based Jhamku Devi Senior Secondary School excelled in the district athletics meet that concluded in the Government Senior Secondary School here on Friday. Principal Kuriakose VK informed that students Dharampal Singh, Navdeep Kaur and Amandeep got first position in discuss throw, javelin throw and 4x100 meter relay race while Khushal Singh and Prabhjot Kaur stood second in the relay race and shot put in different age categories. 

Farmers stage dharna: Farmers of the tail-end villages staged a sit-in (dharna) at the divisional office of the irrigation department on Friday and shouted slogans against the state government. Bhartiya Kisan Union Krantikari leaders alleged that the authorities had suspended water supply in Panjawa and Bakayanwala sub-canals for cleansing on November 3. But the work could not be started as the department failed in arranging the daily wage earners. 

Photo electoral rolls to be revised
: Kusumjit Sidhu, chief electoral officer, Punjab, on Thursday said the photo electoral rolls for all Vidhan Sabha constituencies as per the newly delimited Assembly constituencies were being revised in accordance with the guidelines and programme issued by the Election Commission of India. She appealed to the general public and all political parties to cooperate with electoral registration officers. For any further clarification the DC-cum-district election officer/electoral registration officer/election tehsildar and booth-level officer of the district could be approached. 

Badal felicitates CRPF: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday felicitated the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on its 69th anniversary being observed on Friday. In a message, Badal recalled the outstanding services of the CRPF towards the country and hoped that the force would act as a source of inspiration for new recruits, thereby keeping the lofty motto of the force “Service & Loyalty” ever high. 

Seminar held
: A national-level seminar on economic issues was organised at the Nehru Memorial College, Mansa. Dr Sukhpal Singh, professor at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, was the chief guest at the seminar while Dr Manjeet Singh, dean of college development Punjabi University, Patiala presided over the seminar. The participants conclude that there was no danger to the Indian economy from the global meltdown. At the end of the seminar, Association for the Punjab Studies was formed. 



HUDA official held for graft
: The vigilance department has nabbed Harish Kumar, Kanoongo, working with HUDA, for allegedly taking bribe for releasing the report regarding a plot. Dudaheda-based Vijay Kumar had filed a complaint that his plot had been taken over by HUDA and it had to send a report to release the same, but Harish, who had to issue the report, asked him to pay Rs 10,000 to pass it. A raid party was constituted by the vigilance bureau to nab the official. 

SDO caught taking bribe
: An official of the SDO rank, HUDA, posted in the district was caught while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 from a contractor on Thursday. The official has been identified as Ravinder Singh. The raid was conducted by the vigilance department. Sanjay, the complainant, who had been working as a contractor with the department, approached the office of the SP, vigilance, Hisar, claiming that the SDO had been demanding Rs 20,000 as bribe in return for granting permission regarding the allotment of cement bags for the project of sewer construction. 

Internet banking
: The switch over from traditional manual banking to Internet banking has increased the risk of frauds and other cyber crimes and investigating agencies need to develop skills to deal with emerging challenges. Only adequate knowledge, skills and awareness about frauds in Internet banking can help a customer from being cheated. This was the crux of the one-day workshop on “Fraud prevention in internet banking” organised by the ICICI bank for Haryana police officers in Madhuban here on Thursday. Hacking of password, misuse of credit card, fishing through fraud mails and transferring data with schemer were common modes of committing frauds, said Inderjit Singh, manager, ICICI risk containment. 

Chain snatcher held
: The police has arrested a woman identified as Moni Bawaria (20) of Bharatpur district of Rajasthan for stealing chains. She was on Friday produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Saurabh Gosain, who remanded her in judicial custody. Sources said when Bawaria snatched the gold chain of Gita Devi Yadav in Kanwali village on Thursday, she raised the alarm, following which the accused was overpowered by villagers. Consequently, the police took her into custody and registered a case of theft against her. 

Fire in wood factory
: A wood factory was gutted in a fire, which broke out here on Friday. A fire broke out at 4 am in the Mehesh Wood Products factory situated in Bahalgarh village near National Highway 1. The fire was extinguished after a couple of hours by the fire service department. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. However, no loss of life was reported. 

Blood donation camp: As many as 120 persons, including students, donated blood in a blood donation camp organised jointly by the Sri Ram Sharnam Ashram and the Sri Ram Sewa Samiti, Gohana, at Satya Nand Public High School, Gohana, on Friday. The camp was inaugurated by deputy commissioner Ajit Joshi. 



Notices issued
: The Town and Country Department (TCP), Parwanoo, on Friday issued notices to the Electricity and IPH Departments to cut power and water connections, respectively, of 15 illegal building structures at Jabli, 13 km from here. The development has created panic in the area, dotted by unplanned constructions. 

Ultimatum given
: The Students’ Central Association (SCA) of the local Arya Government College on Thursday submitted an ultimatum to the government through the local SDM, demanding immediate filling of posts of three lecturers lying vacant. The association warned that if the state government did not fill the posts by November 10, students of the college would go on strike.

Mock drill
: The civil and military agencies will carry out mock drill for undertaking rescue and relief operations in the case of an earthquake in Sanjauli and the Lower Bazaar area of the town on Saturday. Deputy commissioner J.S. Rana said the National Disaster Management Authority had selected Shimla and Kangra for the undertaking of mock exercise as both fall in the high-seismic zone. 

Book released: Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal on Thursday released poetry book ‘Shanti Doot’ written by veteran journalist Bishambar Lal Sood. Dhumal said the book had very good patriotic and devotional verses, which would help to spread the message of universal brotherhood, peace and non-violence. 

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Women Teacher’s Association of Himachal Pradesh University. President- Sudesh Negi, Vice-president- Anup Sud, general secretary- Sushma Sharma, joint secretray- Sudershana Rana and treasurer- Shashi Bala Kalia. Those elected as the executive members includes- Vidya Sharda, Sadhna Mahajan, Mita Biswas, Madhu Sharma, Mamta Mokta, Prabha Jistu and Ranjana Bhan. 

Promoted: The state government on Friday promoted additional principal chief conservator of the forests projects A.K.Gupta to the rank of the principal chief conservator forests. Gupta, a 1975-batch IFS officer, is the next senior-most officer after Vinay Tandon, who has been posted as the principal chief conservator of forests after the retirement of Pankaj Khullar last month. 



Trilingual e-dictionary
: The Department of Linguistics, Kashmir University, is developing a trilingual e-dictionary in English, Hindi and Kashmiri, as part of a national-level project funded by the Centre. This was disclosed during a seminar ‘Perspectives in Linguistics-2008’ that concluded at Kashmir University on Friday. Prof Sadiq Wahid, vice-chancellor of Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, said the originality of language and its power should always be maintained. Scholars from various universities in India and abroad presented 25 papers in five technical sessions. 

Flag Day celebrated: The Jammu and Kashmir Bharat Scouts and Guides Association celebrated the Flag Day here on Friday. Volunteers from as many as 27 schools of the district participated in the event. Sri Ram Memorial Awards initiated for the best scout masters and best guide captains were presented to Guddi Anand of Bikram Memorial High School, Bishnah, Hamida Bano, guide captain of Srinagar, Gurcharan Singh Dutta of Little Rose Academy and Ali Mohammad Wani of Green Valley Public School, Srinagar. 


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