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Semester examination:
The semester examination of the Guru Nanak Dev University will be held from November 25, said Dr Gurnam Singh, professor in charge, Examinations, in a press note here on Tuesday. He said 84 examination centres had been established at various departments of the University Campus, Regional Campuses, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar and affiliated colleges. At least 11,000 students would be appearing in the examinations.

Bassi Pathana
Free eye camp:
The district health department under the aegis of Sant Baba Ajit Singh Ji Hansaliwale organised free eye check-up camps at primary health centres, Khera and Nandpur Kalour. According to Dr Satwant Bhalla, civil surgeon, over 900 patients were examined by a team of doctors comprising Dr Sarbjit Singh, Dr Jaswant Singh, Dr Naresh Chauhan, Dr Jagdish Singh, Dr Tarsem Lal Matoo and Dr Jagjit Singh. At least 480 patients were operated upon and were provided with medicines free of cost.

Grant for dharamshalas raised:
The Punjab government has raised the grant for the construction of dharamshalas from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh for Scheduled Castes (SCs). Gulzar Singh Ranike, minister for welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, said here on Tuesday that better facilities would be provided to SCs for social functions such as marriage or other community gatherings.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Shahi Imaam backs SAD:
The Sarv Bhartiya Mazlis Ahirar Islam Hind, Punjab, will support the SAD in the coming Lok Sabha elections. The Shahi Imaam of Punjab stated this at a press conference yesterday here. He said the Muslims were living peacefully in the state. He praised the party for various development works in the state and criticised the Congress for neglecting the Muslims. He said they would not support the BJP in the elections but would not prevent anyone from voting in favour of the BJP. SAD candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib and deputy speaker of Lok Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal was also present.

Chain snatched:
Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from Kamla Rani, wife of Surinder  Pal, in the New Civil  Lines area here on Wednesday afternoon. After snatching the chain the youths fled from the spot. The matter has been reported to the police which has started  investigation.

Land grab bid:
Jeet Kaur, a resident of Choti Karoran village, on Tuesday accused Naya Gaon police station SHO Jarnail Singh along with a property dealer of trying to grab a piece of 7-marla land owned by her. At a press conference, she alleged that earlier the SHO had implicated her in a forgery case, in which she was bailed out. She also accused the SHO of telling her to leave the land as is was under the actual ownership of a relative of a senior police official.

Essay contest:
The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST) organised a district-level essay writing competition. In English section Kirandeep Kaur (Kirpal Sagar Academy), Jagwinder Kaur (Bhagwan Mahaveer Public School, Banga), and Vimandeep Kaur (Kirpal Sagar Academy) won the first three positions, respectively, and in Punjabi section Inderjit Singh (GHS, Bharta Kalan), Gurmit Kumar (GHS, Khatheran) and Harsharan Kaur (GHS, Bakapur) won the first three positions, respectively, informed Balihar Singh Bains, district  science supervisor.

Founder’s day: Kirpal Sagar Academy, near Rahon, celebrated its 19th founder’s day. M.S. Chhina, AIG, Punjab police (intelligence), was the chief guest and Surinder Kaur, chief patron of the academy, presided over the function. Students presented a colourful cultural programme. A large number of parents attended the function.

Woman killed,  son injured:
A woman was killed while her son was seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a truck on the GT Road here today, the police said. Balwinder Kaur and her son Lakhbir Singh sustained serious injuries in the accident. Both were rushed to the local civil hospital. However, Kaur succumbed to her injuries while her son was stated to be out of danger. The police has registered a case.

138 duplicate filters seized:
The police seized 138 duplicate filters, used in vehicles, from five spareparts shops situated on the Mehlan road here on Tuesday. A case has been registered against five persons under Sections 63 and 64, Copyright Act, 1957. Local DSP Pritpal Singh Thind said the police raided the shops on the complaint of officials of a reputed filter-making company. The DSP further said four persons Ramesh Kumar, Lajpat Rai, Vidya Sagar and Harbhajan Singh had been arrested while fifth one managed to flee.



Cabinet meeting:
The Haryana Cabinet will meet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here on  November 21.

70-year-old abandoned:
A 70-year-old man has been lying abandoned by the side of the Kalka-Paploha road near Bharat Nagar T-point for the past over 20 days. Area resident Kunj Lal said the man was found lying on the road by some passersby, who sat him by the roadside. Since then, residents have been providing him with eatables, water and blankets. The residents have urged the local administration and NGOs to make arrangements and provide shelter to the septuagenarian. The man is unable to tell the address or names of his relatives.

Man killed: A 65-year-old retired teacher was killed when he was hit by a train engine while he was crossing the railway line at the Kalka railway station. The victim died on the spot. The engine was shunting at the time of the accident. The police said the victim had been identified as Subhash Chand, a resident of Friends Colony. The body was handed over to the relatives of the kin after a postmortem at the local civil hospital.

One killed, 8 hurt in  road accidents:
One person was killed and eight others were injured in four road accidents in Karnal on Wednesday. A biker was killed on the spot when he was hit by a speeding truck near Himalayan Public School while crossing the highway. In another accident, a couple was injured when it was hit by a car near Ramba at the Indiri road. The couple identified as Gurjeet Singh and Gurvant Kaur. Jassa, son of Gurbarchan Singh of Barsat village, was seriously injured in hit and run accident near Katlaheri village. Five persons were injured one of them was seriously when the paddy laden tractor-trailer overturned near the grain market here late on Tuesday.

Seminar on women empowerment:
Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya (BPSMV), the first women university of the region, in collaboration with Haryana Pavilion on Wednesday organised a seminar on women empowerment at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Dr Pankaj Mittal, vice-chancellor of the university touched upon almost every aspect associated with the problems being faced by women. Emphasising on the need for gender equality and removing gender discrimination she said gave a new slogan to society of “progress of women: Progress of all”. She said women were playing a vital role in social development. The session touched upon a fundamental question of women empowerment.

Man crushed to death:
Gurdeep (28), truck driver of Tilak Nagar, was crushed to death by a truck on the state highway here on Wednesday. The accident took place when he moved out of the truck to inspect some problem developed in the tyres. A truck coming from the opposite direction runs over him. He died on the spot. While the truck driver, who killed Gurdeep, has managed to run away from the spot. The police has registered a case against the unknown driver for causing death due to rash and negligent driving.



Medical check-up camp:
The Sarva Kalyankari Sabha on Wednesday organised a free medical check-up camp at Sujanpur. A 10-member team of doctors and paramedical staff headed by Dr Harpreet Singh from Orthonova Hospital, Jalandhar, examined the patients and distributed free medicines to them. President of the sabha Rajinder Rana inaugurated this camp. He appealed to the people to come forward in contributing for the sabha since it is involved in helping needy families. About 1,500 patients availed the facility of free check-up in this camp.

Birth anniversary: The district Congress Committee organised a programme to observe the 91st birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on Wednesday at the PWD rest house in which the Congressmen from throughout the district participated. District president of the Congress committee Sunil Sharma said the nation would always remember the sacrifice made by the former Prime Minister and it is the result of her farsightedness that India is a nuclear power today.

Farmers’ rally:
The farmers here have decided to take out a rally and would submit a memorandum to the Sundernagar SDM on November 25 against the method adopted by Harish Cement Ltd to purchase the land of farmers on agreement basis vide which it was alluring the farmers to sell their land at throw away prices. They further threatened that if the practice was not stopped they would lock the premises of the company. In a joint meeting of farmers of the plant area and the mining area they have formed a joint action committee on Tuesday.



Headless body found: The headless body of a woman was found on the Dehradun-Doiwala railway track on Tuesday morning. A team led by SHO of Doiwala station M.C. Joshi reached the track and found the body along with Rs 6400, a silver ring and a mobile phone. The deceased has been identified as 64-year- old Saroj. Her nephew Bhupendra said she had been mentally disturbed for some time and was undergoing treatment.

Two arrested for cheating: Uttarakhand STF has arrested two tricksters, Bhandari and Mangeram, belonging to a “Zaharkhurani” gang on Tuesday. The modus operandi of the gang included administering drug-laced biscuits and tea to rail passengers after befriending them. Both the accused allegedly duped a Ramnagar businessman of lakhs of rupees at an animal fair last month. The police also recovered Rs 2,100 and a mobile phone from them.

PNB campaign: Punjab National Bank deputy general manager, SK Goyal, on Wednesday said the bank was offering zero balance saving fund accounts for students of the age of 10 years and above, as part of its pan-India campaign to inculcate banking habits in school students. By opening this account, students become eligible for the issuance of demand draft of all types of fees free of charge.

Workshop on management:
A management workshop was organised in the Gurukul Kangri University in association with the Faculty of Management Studies, New Delhi on Wednesday. Dr. Garden Paitzer from Roosevlt University, Chicago, USA, addressed the two-day workshop. He gave a lecture on effect and control of multinational companies in the global economy.

Seminar held: A seminar, aimed at explaining the importance of following traffic rules, was organised for the NCC cadets in association with the traffic police and Gurukul University on Wednesday. Chief guest of the seminar Professor Swatantra Kumar said one has to inculcate patience to avoid accidents on roads.

Indira Gandhi remembered: On the occasion of the birth anniversary of late prime minister of India Indira Gandhi on Wednesday, various functions were organised here. City Congress committee organised a meeting and paid tributes to the former leader. Veteran congress leader Subash Ghai said Indira sacrificed her life for the country. The city Valmiki Sabha also organised a “havan” in remembrance of the late prime minister at the Alaknanda Ghat.


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