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Neha brings laurels to DAV:
Neha Bishnoi, an M.Ed student of the DAV College of Education here, is among the 467 candidates in the country to pass the UGC-JRF exam this year. Notably, she is the first student from this area to qualify for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship Test). Besides, two other students of the college, Neeru Bathla and Himanshu Sharma, have cleared the UGC- National Eligibility Test. This was informed by Venita Singh, principal of the college. — OC

Farmers dharna on Nov 19: The BKU (Lakhowal) during a meeting at the Kisan Bhawan here on Saturday flayed the agriculture department for the DAP shortage in the region, a press release said. The members said the authorities had failed in checking the conditional sale of fertiliser by private traders. The union workers had unearthed a godown being used for stocking fertiliser without proper documentation on Thursday but the authorities concerned were not ready to act. The BKU resolved to organise dharna at the office of the department in the new grain market on November 19. 

College convocation:
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Arya Mahila College here would organise its 21st convocation on November 24 on the college campus. Surjit Singh Barnala, governer of Tamil Nadu, will be the chief guest on the occasion. 

Protest over head’s transfer:
Students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Fatehgarh Churian, went on strike against the transfer of their school principal.Principal S.S. Kahlon has recently been transferred to Ludhiana by the department and the students of the school have been on strike since Tuesday. There are about 1,700 girl students in the school, but only 200 students of the lower classes attended the school on Saturday.The students raised slogans against the transfer of the principal and boycotted classes.

Pension adalat on Dec 18-19:
The ministry of defence would hold a two-day pension adalat at Ferozepur on December 18 and 19 to settle on the spot the pension-related grievances of the defence pensioners throughout Punjab. According to a defence spokesman, the pensioners have to send their complaints to the pension adalat officer at Allahabad by mentioning their name and other contact details. 

686 get degrees
: Nearly 686 students received degrees at the annual convocation organised at DAV College here today. Prof G.K. Chadha, member of economic advisory council of Prime Minister and CEO of South Asian University in Delhi, was the chief guest. He said earlier the world economy was unipolar with the USA taking the lead and of late it had become bipolar with China joining in. The economy would soon turn tripolar with India forming the third pole, he added. “Privatisation of education cannot be stopped but the government needs to control it,” he said.

Seminar on lok adalat:
A seminar on lok adalat was held at Universal Disabled Care Taker Social Welfare Society (Regd.), Patiala, under the Legal Aid Council Scheme of Kharar. Judge K.K. Goel and his team mates Gopal Arora and Surjit Singh organised a seminar on special lok adalat at 4 pm on Saturday. They delivered speeches regarding the awareness for legal rights of mentally and physically disabled people and other issues. They also discussed about the government aids and funds that registered non- governmental organisation could borrow from the government. 

Minor girl raped:
A six-year-old girl was raped by a person at Bazigar Basti Dhuri near here. DSP Swaran Singh said on Saturday the police had registered a case under Sections 376 and 342, IPC, against the accused after a medical examination of the victim was conducted in the Civil Hospital. According to a complaint lodged by Jaswinder Kaur of Bazigar Basti Dhuri, her neighbour Sattu Kumar, son of Kala, had raped her child. The accused is absconding. 

Mansa district officials meet:
High Court judge Harbans Lal on Saturday held a meeting with district officials about lok adalat which would be held on December 20 and 21. During the meeting, Lal described the importance of the lok adalats saying that they had been playing a key role in providing early justices. It is notable that over 30,000 cases were pending in this district, out of which 10,000 related to BSNL and 9,000 to Punjab State Electricity Board. 

POs nabbed:
The Gurdaspur police nabbed two proclaimed offenders here today. Sub-inspector Yash Pal said the arrested persons had been identified as Balbir Singh and Des Raj, residents of Sohal village. A case has been registered. 

Warm gesture: Chander Prabha Mehta, NRI and wife of late Subhash Mehta, the founder of the Old Students Association, distributed sweaters on behalf of the association among girl students of Government School here today. Association president Sudershan Verma said more than 50 sweaters were given to the needy students. 

Children’s Day celebrated:
Blossoms Senior Secondary School celebrated the Children’s Day in its premises here on Friday. On this occasion a drawing competition was also held in which 125 students from eight schools participated. The students presented a cultural item. Anmoldeep Kaur of Blossoms Sr. Sec. School, Ankur of Sri Aurobindo International and Shubhpreet Kaur Sandhu of DAV School won in the age group of 4-7 years. 

Suicide case: Protest held:
Relatives of Ashok Kumar Syal, who had committed suicide four days ago by consuming some poisonous substance, and others on Friday held a demonstration at the office of the Sunam DSP in protest against the non-arrest of Sukhwinder Singh of Sunam and Balwinder Singh of Kammomajra Khurd village. The police had registered a case against both persons under Section 306, IPC (abetment of suicide), for allegedly forcing Ashok to commit suicide by harassing him on account of money matters. The protesters met Sunam DSP Joginder Singh Sandhu and demanded immediate arrest of the alleged accused. 



There was a scare in a rally of the BSP when a party supporter fired gun shots in the air to welcome the party leader, Avtar Singh Kreempuri, in Phase VIII here this evening. The party leader was on his way from Uttar Pradesh to Punjab when party workers tried to welcome him in a different style. When asked abut the incident, he said it should not have been done. 

Conference at NIPER: An international conference entitled “New developments in drug discovery from natural products and traditional medicines” is being organised from November 16 to November 20 at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here. About 350 delegates are expected to participate in the conference.

Security for HCS exam:
Tight security arrangements have been made for the exams of Haryana Civil Service (judicial branch) being conducted here on Sunday. A total of 16 centres have been set up for the exam conducted by the Haryana Public Service Commission. According to the information, while the exams would be conducted under the supervision of 18 IAS officers, at least one DSP, one inspector, two non-gazetted police officers, along with 20 constables, would guards the centre. 



Cong ruling state efficiently: Kadian:
The Congress government in Haryana has been ruling the state efficiently. This was stated by the Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Dr Raghubir Singh Kadian, who was here as a chief guest at a zonal youth festival here on Saturday. He said the present government was working to minimise regional imbalance in the state. All districts in the state had made rapid progress during the present Congress rule, he added. According to him, the status and power of Faridabad parliamentary constituency had increased following the implementation of the Delimitation Commission. Earlier, there were only six assembly seats in this Lok Sabha constituency. Now, the number had increased to nine. 

Lectures on English literature:
Former head of the English department of Delhi University R.W. Desai delivered two extension lectures for students of English literature in the local Manohar Memorial College on Saturday. Mahesh Mehta, a lecturer in English, said Desai delivered lectures on “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare and “Paradise Lost” by John Milton. Mehta said G.K. Das, former vice-chancellor of Uttakal University, Orissa, would deliver an extension lecture on Sunday. 

Truck stolen:
In an incident of theft at Pinjore, occurred on Thursday night, the thieves decamped with a truck parked on the National Highway-22. According to the information available, Gopal Sharma, driver of the truck, who resides in Abdullapur, Pinjore, has lodged a complaint with the Pinjore police that he had parked the truck No. HR-37-4579, at Khadi Ashram near Sheranwali Mandir, Pinjore, on Thursday night at around 7pm. He came to know about the theft on Friday morning. Mohan Singh, a resident of Handiya mohalla, Ward No. 4 of Kalka, was owner of the truck. 

2 killed in accident:
Two persons were killed and several others were injured when a car collided head-on with a maxi cab between Sahuwala and Panniwala Mota village on the Dabwali road here today. The car caught fire after the accident. The maxi cab was on its way to Dabwali from Sirsa, while the car was coming towards Sirsa. Two occupants of the car died on the spot.



Liquor seized:
The police here on Friday intercepted a Mazda truck (HP 51B-0235) on the National Highway No 88 and recovered 15,30,000 ml of liquor contained in 170 cases. SP Kuldip Sharma said the occupants of the vehicle, including driver, fled the scene after seeing the police. The police has impounded the truck and registered a case in this regard.

Examination centre:
Residents of the Chandi area in Chamba district have urged the state government to set-up an examination centre of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education at Government High School. In a joint statement issued here on Saturday, Chaman Singh, pradhan and Hans Raj, up-pradhan of gram panchayat, Chandi, urged the government to agree to the demand as students suffer a lot due to the absence of centre. 

Children’s Day: The students of Nepal, England, China, Brazil, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia and Spain who had come to Chamba for research work in various domains on Friday assembled at the ‘paryavaran chetna avam gramin vikas kendra’ at Sahoo and celebrated Children’s day. Lectures were also delivered on the biography of Nehru on this occasion.

Jeevanmani Yojna:
Nearly Rs 60 crore will be spent on the “Jeevanmani Yojna” for clean drinking water to all schools in the state. This was stated by Deputy Speaker of the state Vidhan Sabha Khimi Ram at a “Bal Diwas” function held in a remote village school Barsheni in the Parbati valley of the district. He said work of the Rs 10 lakh Shillah-Tahuk drinking water scheme had already been started. 

Legal awareness drive:
A legal awareness campaign was organised by the District Legal Services Authority, Una, in the Sub Jail Una on Saturday. It was presided over by Una Chief Judicial Magistrate R.K. Verma. He explained the provision of free legal aid, rules and conditions under which the convicts could seek free legal aid. Pankaj Gupta, JMIC court No 4 Una, explained the aims and objects of the legal aid programme. Abira Vasu, JMIC, talked about the jail manual under which they can have various facilities in the jail. 



30-kg poppy husk seized:
The police arrested a narcotic smuggler and recovered 30-kg of poppy husk (Bhukhi) from his possession in the Nagrota area on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, some 13-kms from here, sources said on Saturday. “The police intercepted a vehicle at a nakka laid down at Nagrota. During frisking, the contraband was seized from the driver,” the police said. The accused has been identified as Muzaffar Ahmad, resident of Kulgam and a case under section 8/15 of NDPS Act has been registered against him. 

Porter dies:
A porter who was working for the Army has died under mysterious circumstances in Kupwara district, the police said on Saturday. The porter identified as Mohammad Rafiq Mughal of Reswari-Awoora area who was working for the army died near Nawan Gali in the district yesterday, they said. A case had been registered in this connection, they said. 


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