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Teaching practice completed:
About 180 prospective teachers of the DAV College of Education here have completed 20 days of teaching practice in 11 schools, principal Venita Singh said. During the period, they taught more than 7000 lessons in respective subjects and also conducted co-curricular activities which included competitions in poem recitation, singing, etc.— OC

Rape alleged: A minor girl from village Shergarh on Wednesday alleged that she was raped by her neighbour a day earlier. The culprit reportedly forced entry to her house when all other members of the family had gone to pick cotton in some fields. The police at Khatwan village post have contacted the victim for recording her statement, sources said in the evening. — OC

Scientist to get award:
Prof Narpinder Singh, dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, GND University and coordinator, University-Industry Linkage Programme, has been selected for the Recognition Award of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences for 2007-08 for contributions in the field of agricultural engineering and technology. The university press note here on Tuesday said the award would be conferred upon him at the 9th Agricultural Sciences Congress at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar, starting from June 22, 2009. — TNS

Bathinda kid shines:
Aaryan Bhardwaj, who turned seven on Wednesday, got the first rank in the district, in the 8th National Cyber Olympiad. The test was organised by the Science Olympiad Foundation on September 4 this year at 3000 centres across the country and abroad. He got 91.83 percentile. Aaryan got the 88th rank in the country from among millions of students.

Four hurt in mishap: An Indica overturned during a collision with a bus on Wednesday morning. On being informed, the members of an NGO reached the spot along with the ambulance and rushed the injured to the civil hospital. The injured have been identified as Ravi 20, son of Bohar Singh, Rahul 17, son of Rakesh Kumar, Savitri Devi 60, wife of Divan Chand and Rakesh Kumar 42, son of Diwan Chand, all residents of  Gidderbaha. — TNS

New heads for Pb corporations:
Pawan Kumar Tinu, a law graduate and an activist of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), today took over as chairman of the Punjab Scheduled Castes Land Development and finance corporation here. Sukhbir Singh Badal, president, SAD, was present on the occasion. The government also appointed Jarnail Singh Wahid as chairman of Markfed. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his wife Surinder Kaur Badal, were present at the Markfed office to congratulate Wahid. — TNS

Undertrials come to blows at court:
Two undertrials came to blows when they were brought handcuffed to a local court for their hearing in a case this afternoon. In the scuffle one sustained injuries and was hospitalised.Undertrials Gian Singh, resident of Basti Shekh, and Ranjit Singh of Adampur indulged into a tiff over a petty issue. Gian Singh sustained head injuries in the scuffle.He was admitted to the local civil hospital and was later discharged in the evening. A case has been registered against Ranjit Singh at police station division No 4. — TNS

One arrested for gambling:
The local police has arrested a resident of Machhiwara for gambling in public place. The accused has been identified as Ravi Kumar. Police recovered Rs 490 from his possession. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered against him at the city police station. The police is investigating the matter. — TNS

Terror attack condemned

The local police and the civil defence committee met under the presidentship of Gurcharan Singh, chief warden, at Shingar Cinema here yesterday. They condemned the terrorists’ attack in Mumbai that had shaken the entire nation. They said the way the situation was handled by the police and the NSGs was really commendable. — TNS

Assembly session sought:
District Congress president Ajitinder Singh Moffar has condemned the terrorist attack in Mumbai and demanded an immediate Assembly session to pay tribute to the deceased and review the law and order situation in Punjab. He said in a statement here on Wednesday that terrorism should be fought by rising above party and other affiliations. In the special session, law and order problem, which was not right in the state should be discussed, he added. During the special session tributes should also be paid to the dead and martyrs, he added. 
— OC

Seminar on economic crisis: National Secretary of CPI (ML), Deepanker Bhattacharya, would address a seminar on global economic meltdown at Teachers’ Home, Bathinda, on December 9. Giving this information, district secretary of party, Bhagwant Singh Sammaon said that the seminar would be held on the subject "Global Economic Meltdown and Communist Movement". Comrade Mao Tse Tung’s lecture would be delivered on this occasion. He said that when imperialism is in the crisis, the communists should play a decisive role to get the world out of economic crisis. — OC

Volleyball tourney from Dec 6: A volleyball shooting tournament would be organised at Dasmesh public Schoo on December 6 and 7 by Mansa Sports Club. President of the club, Kamal Kumar Singla, said that deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul would inaugurate the tournament and SSP Manwinder Singh would distribute the prizes. Club president said that the top three teams would be provided a memento and Rs 5,100, Rs 3,100 and Rs 2,100, respectively. — OC

Medical camp:
The local Doaba Social Welfare Association organised a free medical check up camp here at gurdwara Manji Sahib on Wednesday. A team of doctors comprising Dr. Sukhinder Kaur Nagra, Dr. Ranjiv Kumar, Dr. NP Sharma and Dr. Amarjoth Sandhu examined more than 300 patients suffering from various ailments. Free medicines were also given to needy persons, informed Vasdev Pardesi, general secretary of the association. — OC

Football tourney: The Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Memorial Football Tournament Committee, Banga, would organise 11th state level football tournament at Sikh National College, Charan Kanwal, Banga from December 5 to 10. Meanwhile, the cricket and hockey tournaments organised by the Sports Club concluded in Pathankot on Wednesday. DC Gurdaspur, Gurkirat Kirpal Singh gave away prizes to the participating players. — OC

3 killed in mini-bus mishap:
In a bus mishap that took place at Sular Gharat village (near Dirba) on Wednesday, three persons, including two women, were killed while 12 passengers sustained injuries. SHO of Dirba police station Jagatpreet Singh said here on Wednesday that in this mishap two women, Pal Kaur and her daughter Sukhbir Kaur, died on the spot, while 70-year-old person Kehar Singh died on the way to hospital. The SHO said the driver of a mini-bus parked his vehicle at Sular Gharat village and alighted from it. Meanwhile, some one played a mischief with the gear of the bus, due to which the bus moved and overturned. The police had nabbed a person believed to be behind the mischief. — TNS

MC chief’s name notified: The Governor of Punjab has notified the name of Harbans Lal, a member of the Sangrur Municipal Council, as its president. A notification to this effect was issued by D.S. Bains, principal secretary, Dept of Local Government, Punjab, on Wednesday. The notification has been issued in the light of an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court of November 26, 2008. Earlier, Harbans (president elect) had filed a petition in the HC against an order of the special secretary of the department refusing to notify his name as president of the council. — TNS



Dr B.C. Gupta bereaved: The cremation of former electronic engineer Nirmal Kumar, father-in-law of Punjab financial commissioner, Cooperation, Dr B.C. Gupta will be held at Sector 25 cremation ground here on Wednesday. Kumar (80), who died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday, is survived by Dr Vanita Gupta, director, State Aids Control Society, Chandigarh. CHANDIGARH

Exams rescheduled: Sacred Heart School has rescheduled the exam, which is scheduled for 3rd Dec to 19th Dec, and the paper scheduled for 19th Dec is postponed to 6th Jan, 2009 for the senior wing of the school. — TNS

Complaint No: Ram Niwas, home secretary-cum-chief vigilance officer has stated that a telephone number 2743410 has been installed in the office of superintendent, home-III branch, for attending vigilance complaints. — TNS



Power transmission to be strengthened:
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam have jointly made a comprehensive programme to strengthen the transmission and distribution network of the district, under which various developmental works will be carried out at an estimated cost of over Rs 150 crore. A UHBVN spokesperson on Wednesday said the district would have 23 new substations within the next two years to transmit power, which included setting up of 220 kV substations at Kaul and Batta near Kalayat, five 132 kV substations at Dhand, Kheri Gulam Ali, Habri, Sitamai and Khurana and 33 kV substations in Sangan, Deora, Sirta, Songri Guliana, Jagdish Pura, Kathwar, Sisla Sismor, Kutabpur, Budha Khera, Chandana, Deeg, Barsana, Kheri Raiwali, Mandi Sadran, Landar Keema and Harnola villages. — OC

Sports Council: The Haryana College Teachers’ Association (HCTA) has welcomed the revised and new constitution of the Sports Council of Kurukshetra University. The HCTA is of the view that the present constitution will increase the participation of college teachers of physical education and students in sports activities. General-secretary of the HCTA Rajbir Parashar on Wednesday said the HCTA had hailed the direction and content of the new governing principles of the Sports Council, which was unambiguously a positive step towards decentralisation and democratisation in the functioning of the body. Dr Parashar said the HCTA had demanded a review because the earlier constitution was not conducive for flourishing sports in the university and other affiliated colleges. — OC

Last date extended:
The last date for admission to various programmes except MPhil and MA (P) education being offered by the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE), Kurukshetra University, has been extended up to December 31, said director, DDE, KU, in a press note released here on Wednesday. The form had to be submitted with late fee of Rs 1,500 plus usual examination late fee. — OC

Fire in cloth factory:
A major fire broke out at a cloth factory named Koutons here on Wednesday morning. Although fire was huge, there was no casuality. Seven fire tenders reached the spot immediately and controlled the fire in one and half hour. The SHO said the factory got fire at 6 am and they received the information at 7.15 am and they reached the spot immediately. The fire was so huge that they had to refill the tender. — TNS

Teenager killed:
Amit Yadav (15), son of Surender Singh Yadav, died after he reportedly fell into a well incidentally while watering their fields in Parkhottampur village, near Jatusana, on Tuesday. The police, which held inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC, has treated it as a case of incidental death. — OC

Youths thrash man: Some youths allegedly beat up a man after they failed to get the victim’s motorcycle for a joy ride in TP Scheme Colony here on Tuesday. They also set Chandan Mata’s motorcycle on fire and looted his gold chain. The police has registered a case of causing hurt, theft and indulging in mischief by fire against the accused, Vishal, his accomplice Sandeep and several others, on a complaint filed by the victim, a resident of Mohalla Tejpura here. — OC

Teacher dies in accident:
A retired teacher, Sultan Singh (60), a resident of Uttam Nagar Colony in Gohana, was killed after he was reportedly hit by a vehicle near railway crossing on the Meham road on Wednesday. The driver of the vehicle sped away after the incident. The victim had gone for a morning walk. Passers-by found his body lying on the road and informed his family members. The police reached the spot and took his body to the CHC, Gohana, for a postmortem. A case has been registered. — OC



New DC:
Amar Singh Rathore, a senior officer of the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Cadre (HAS), has joined here as the deputy commissioner. Earlier, Rathore was the director of the Town and Country Planning, Shimla. He has replaced Devesh Kumar, who has been posted in Shimla as the director of the Information Technology. — OC

Reimbursement bills:
Himachal Pradesh Pensioner’s Kalyan Sangh has expressed serious concern on the non-payment of medical reimbursement bills of pensioners. In a letter written to the Chief Secretary, which was released to press on Wednesday, president of the sangh B.D. Sharma said despite announcement by the Chief Minister on July 15 to release Rs 16 crore for paying medical bills to pensioners, these were still pending for the want of money — TNS

Tata Sumo stolen:
A Tata Sumo was reportedly stolen from Packa Tiala village falling under the Dehra police station in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Subdivisional police officer Kulwant Singh said the vehicle was parked along the roadside at the village on Monday and found stolen in the morning. — OC

3 shops gutted:
Three chemists shops in front of referral hospital at Dadahu were reportedly destroyed here on Wednesday after a fire broke out in one of the shops, which reportedly engulfed two more shops. The fire was first noticed by watchman of the bazaar. Hundreds of residents immediately assembled at the spot and tried to extinguish the fire with the local police. — OC



DD’s tribute to scholars:
In its efforts to showcase the rich cultural history of the state, Doordarshan has initiated a series of programmes so as to pay tributes and preserve the memories of great artists, jurists, scholars, academicians and poets of eminence who brought laurels to the state. ‘Sakhsiyat’ and ‘Safar Zindagi-Hundh’ are two such programmes introduced recently by Doordarshan Srinagar and Kashmir channel so as to preserve the great voices that are playing their last innings. — OC

Thieves decamp with telephone cables:
Thieves looted 600 pairs of telephone cables, rendering many telephones dead and more than 20 gas cylinders were robbed from a shop in the uptown, during the past 24 hours, official sources said. They said in the dead of night, when people remained indoors, a group of thieves looted several meters of cables at Natipora. A BSNL official said, about 600 telephones were dead in the entire area. — UNI

World Disable Day: A function was organised on the premises of Shafaqat Special School for Multiple Disabilities by Voluntary Medicare Society on the occasion of World Disable Day on Wednesday. Various competitions like fancy dress, flower show, rhymes, game show and cultural programmes were organised on the occasion. — OC



Seminar on beat policing held:
Police administration would provide light weapons, motorbike and walky-talky to the beat police officers. Making this announcement during a seminar on beat policing held yesterday, IG Garhwal Ashok Kumar said that multipurpose belts would be provided to beat officers. He also made it clear that beat officers will not be looking after the routine jobs in the police stations. “The beat officers would be exclusively dealing with the duties assigned to them under the respective beat,” said the IG. — TNS

MC holds meeting: As part of its garbage disposal initiative, Dehradun Municipal Corporation today held another round of dialogue with the Hoteliers and Restaurant owners. The meeting in principle decided to level some user charges ranging from Rs 300 to Rs 1000 depending upon the category of business. The hoteliers and Restaurants were broadly divided into three categories. First those, Restaurants without lodge, Restaurants with lodge and Restaurants with both lodging and eatery. Further, it was decided to include two more restaurant owners in the 9-member committee of hoteliers. —TNS

Security beefed up:
With the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, security has been tightened in the city and special checking operations are being carried out in the city. Policing at all the prime locations and sensitive places have been increased. Police patrolling is also increased at all major temples and Triveni ghat. SHO A.Chaudhari said that vigilance in the city has been increased at all public places. Meanwhile the traders association and student associations paid tributes to the martyrs who died in the Mumbai attacks. — TNS

Sadhvi found dead: A 60-years-old sadhvi named Krishna Saraswati was found dead at her Shivam Ashram room in Haripur. Her body was found hanged with the room fan. The Haripur area is a saint dominated area with various ashrams situated here. The ashram authorities tried to conceal the matter as they tried to give her Jal Samadhi but the area people informed the police.  Police took the body in the possession and send it for the postmortem. A senior police officer said that it looks like a suicide case but possibility of internal feud can't be totally ignored. — TNS


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