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Amritsar to host world expo: Punjab International Trade Expo (PITEX) 2008 will be organised by PHD Chamber here from December 3 to 7. Disclosing this here on Thursday, a spokesman for the government said this would be the biggest international expo in North India and give opportunities to industry, entrepreneurs and corporate sectors from India and South-Asian countries to showcase their potential.

Welfare board chief: Former BJP Punjab Mahila Morcha president Vijaya Laxmi Bhadoo on Friday assumed the charge as chairperson of the Punjab State Social Welfare Board here. Bhadoo conveyed her thanks to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and leaders of the BJP, who have assigned her the major task. Cabinet minister Swarna Ram said Bhadoo was the founder chairman of the Mahila Raksha Samiti and an eminent social worker.

Talk on slowdown: Economists and communists across the state deliberated on global financial meltdown during a series of lectures organised at Desh Bhagat Yadgar hall here today. The speakers were of the opinion that only a major labour class revolution could save the world from a severe economic crisis. Comrade Jagroop said imperialism will die its own death.

Sodhi bereaved: Kulwant Kaur (78), mother of BS Sodhi, joint director, information and public relations, passed away after a brief illness here on Saturday morning. She is survived by three sons. She was cremated at the Model Town crematorium in Ludhiana. The antim ardas will be held at the Model Town gurdwara between 2 to 3 pm. on November 23.

Seminar held
: A seminar was organised on the eve 300th year Gurta Gaddi at SDSE Senior Secondary School, Patiala, under the banner of Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh, Patiala, at Shri Sanatan Dharam Sabha here in Patiala on Saturday. Commissioner of municipal corporation, Patiala, Harkesh Singh Sidhu, was the chief guest and Balveer Singh Billing, ex-chairman, Punjab and Haryana Bar Council was the guest of honour.

Campus placement: Eight students of Khalsa College, Patiala, and one student of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, were selected by WIPRO in a joint campus placement drive that was conducted in Khalsa College on Friday. Students were assessed on the basis of four rounds of interview.

Workshop on water quality
: Under the water quality monitoring and surveillance programme of the government of India, a workshop was organised by the communication and capacity development unit of the Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Punjab, at Khai village, near Lehragaga, on Friday. Seventyfive persons from villages of the area took part. Experts said contaminated water caused diseases like cholera, hepatitis, vomiting and loose motions. People were urged to use drinking water supplied by the Water Supply Department through water pipes.



3 get Rs 1,200 petrol filled, flee:
Three tricksters, posing as family, sped away from a petrol station in Sector 3 without paying for the fuel they got filled in the car. According to the police, they got petrol worth Rs 1200 filled in their car and sped away without paying for it. A has been registered.



National highways to be widened
: The Haryana government has formulated a scheme to widen all national highways to at least 7 metres, preferably over 10 metres, by the year 2010. Widening work on 185 km length of roads is in progress. Such work will also be taken up on 172 km length of roads. An official spokesman said the state government was all set to create better infrastructure in the state. A sum of Rs 4,740 crore had already been spent on the development of roads, bridges and buildings during the period March 2005 to October 2008 as against Rs 2,334 crore spent by the previous government during its full term of five years.

Inter-college contest
: Students of Dubaldhan Government College here have bagged a trophy for literary events in the inter-college competitions held recently at Apeejay PG Girls College, Charkhi Dadri (Bhiwani). The team comprised Neetu and Manju, BA (final year) students of the college. College media coordinator Sunit Mukherjee said Neetu won the first prize in poetic recitation (Punjabi) and Manju got the second prize in poetic recitation (Hindi).

Children get prizes
: Additional deputy commissioner Ramesh Verma on Friday gave away prizes to 170 children who had won various competitions organised in the district under the cleanliness drive. The ADC also released publications, which have been prepared to encourage schoolchildren to take interest in cleanliness of their surroundings in rural areas. Verma said schools were a right platform to inculcate a sense of cleanliness among children.

PNDT committee: The PNDT committee constituted on the directions of deputy commissioner Vikas Gupta has decided to involve women and social organisations and village panchayats to check the menace of foeticide.

Training camp concludes
: The five-day training camp, which was organised by the HIRD, Nilokheri, concluded here on Saturday. As many as 28 members of the Central Secretariat Service, ISMT, New Delhi, interacted with people belonging to various castes and occupational groups in five villages. They also interacted with the HIRD faculty and officers of health, food and supplies and police departments. Dr Gauri Shanker, associate professor of the HIRD, Nilokheri, conducted the programme. The director of the institute, Dr Surat Singh, and other faculty members acted as resource persons.

Quiz contest held
: Rishab and Rishu Bansal from S.D. Model School, Jagadhri, bagged the first position, while Sudhir Balara and Ankit Malhan from Model School, Rohtak, were declared runners-up and Surender Mittal and Rupakshi from Happy Senior Secondary School, Jind, secured the third position in a state-level quiz competition on renewable energy organised by the renewable energy department, Haryana, which concluded here on Friday. Project officer of the renewable energy department B.S. Golan said a consolation prize would be given to Pankaj Saini and Abhishek of Government Senior Secondary School, Kurukshetra. Golan further said the first prize comprised a cash prize of Rs 20,000, the second prize of Rs 16,000, the third prize of Rs 10,000 and the consolation prize of Rs 6,000.

Gang busted: The police has busted a gang of robbers following the arrest of three persons. A car, a sword, an iron rod and a mobile set have been recovered from their possession. Additional superintendent of police Mahinder Singh on Friday said a district police party held three persons along with a car from Bhatt Majra village. The arrested have been identified as Malkiyat Singh, Binderpal, and Lakhvinder Singh. Mahinder Singh said they told the police that Baljinder, a resident of Samana in Punjab, was also with them. They were produced in a local court on Saturday, which remanded them in police custody for three days.



Driver killed
: A driver identified as Ranvir Singh (40) was killed when his cement-loaded truck (HP-23-8023) rolled down into a deep gorge, near Kujail village, about 50 km from here, on Friday. His body was extricated by villagers from under the truck.

Reservation for handicapped
: The state government has announced 3 per cent reservation for visually, hearing impaired and physically handicapped besides giving 5 per cent age relaxation in getting government services. This was stated by Deputy Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha Khimi Ram Sharma while presiding over the Zila Sharirik Viklang Utsav organised here on Saturday. He said the regional hospital organised camps on every Saturday to issue ‘Handicapped Certificate,’ while similar camps were held at the subdivision level on every second Saturday.

1 killed in accident
: One person identified as Ashish Sharma, a resident of Paonta and a worker of the Youth Congress, was killed, while other three injured, one of them seriously, when the car in which they were travelling fell into a deep gorge at Danoi on the Dadahu-Sangrah road on Saturday. Condition of Hemant Kumar Sharma is reportedly stated to be critical. The injured have been identified as Sangeet Walia of Dadahu and Atikant of Paonta. Both have received multiple fractures.

5 houses gutted
: Five houses were reportedly destroyed in fire that broke out in Bara Gram village of the Chhota Bhnagal area of Baijnath subdivision on Friday. Official sources said the fire was first noticed at 5 pm and in few minutes it spread in the adjoining houses. Pradhan of Bara Gram Panchyat Bhim Singh said the total loss caused by the fire had been estimated at Rs 30 lakh. Meanwhile, SDM D.K. Rattan distributed immediate financial assistance to the affected families.

New bank branch
: The Central Bank of India on Saturday opened its second branch in the Kasumpti area of the town. S.K. Aggarwal, assistant general manager, Central Bank of India, Shimla region, said said the bank had 3,500 branches spread all over the country. This would be the bank’s 36th branch in the hill state.

Pesticides given: The Horticulture Department on Saturday said pesticides worth Rs 6.62 crore had been provided to fruit growers and farmers so that they could use it in their farms and orchards. An official spokesperson said here that 176 metric tonnes of pesticides had been made available to the growers during the current financial year. He advised the growers to follow the suggestions provided under schedule 2008 and added that they could also contact the field officers of the horticulture department in their area for more information.

Appeal to VC: The Himachal Pradesh University Teachers Association (HPUTA) has urged the Vice-Chancellor to accept its long-pending demands, including holding of interviews under the career advancement scheme. The association called upon the VC, Prof Sunil Kumar Gupta, on Saturday and urged him to repair the road leading to the teachers’ residences.



Blood donation camp held
: A Blood donation camp was organised by the State AIDS Control Society today in which eight students from Air Hostess Academy( AHA) donated blood. While blood test was undertaken of 31 students. The camp was held at the academy premises.

Workshop on faculty development: A long day faculty development workshop was organised by ICFAI University today for the benefit of the academic staff of various educational institutions. An expert faculty team from Hyderabad conducted the program which comprised of two sessions. Over 60 academicians from various educational institutions in the city attended the faculty development program. Prof. M.R. Chandu faculty member of ICFAI talked about "communication strategies for the academia".

Electricity dept conducts raids
: With the electricity department incurring severe losses due to the electricity thefts and non-payment of bills department came into action and raided the houses and shops. Though department had few days back had also organised camps for late payment of bills. Citing the gravity of the matter electricity department send a team to Kankhal area. In the raid thirteen connections were disconnected.

Hindi sammelan in BHEL: Contrary to common perception Hindi language have varied scope in the technical area and the best language in communication. These were the views of spokespersons speaking at the 'Raj Bhasha Sammellan' organised by the Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL).


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