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Bio-tech lab inaugurated:
H.R. Gandhar, director of DAV Schools and B.C. Josan, principal of the DAV College, Chandigarh, jointly inaugurated the first lab for the MSc (Bio-tech) students in the DAV College here today. Principal B.B. Sharma welcomed them. Gandhar said Abohar was already recognised as one of the prime centre for higher education in the state. With creation of state-of-the-art lab for biotechnology students, it had taken another step forward, he added. He was happy to find that students from other states too had taken admission in the local college, meriting the facilities made available by the management.

Seminar on agriculture: While discussing 'Agriculture in the post refrain era, performances and challenges,' Harsh Sharma, lecturer from the Panjab University, said at a seminar in the DAV College here on Friday that throughout history, agricultural development strategies with state support programmes had been essential to achieve rapid economic growth and poverty alleviation.

Youth kills uncle:
A family dispute over the division of land between a nephew and his uncle led to the murder of the latter at Harmoey village on Thursday. According to the police sources, the dispute had arisen between Manjinder Singh, and his uncle Jasbir Singh. The accused allegedly assaulted his uncle with sharp-edged weapons due to which the victim was seriously injured and shifted to the civil hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries. A case has been registered under the IPC.

Rs 1,200 snatched: The police filed a case against two unidentified youths, for snatching Rs 1,200 from Dhani Ram, a resident of local Katcha Toba, last night. According to the sources, the duo who were on their motorcycle fled from the spot after snatching the amount.

Pensioners Day:
The All India Central Government Pensioners Association (AICGPA) would jointly celebrate the Pensioners Day-2008 with various organisations of the central and Punjab government on December 17 at the local Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Trust Bhawan at Nehru Garden Road.

First CFL village:
Bhambri village, that falls under the Ghulal division of the
Punjab State Electricity Board, has become the first out of 286 villages that has
opted for CFL bulbs.

Thieves strike at doctorís house:
Thieves struck at the house of a doctor couple in Kitchlu Nagar today and decamped with cash and gold jewellery worth lakhs. Dr Ajay Chabra of Kitchlu Nagar has complained that when he visited his house during noon, he found that the locks had been broken.

Patwaris pledge eyes:
In a worth-emulating gesture, the revenue patwaris of the sub-division, at a meeting held under the presidentship of Harbhajan Singh Jadli, have pledged to donate their eyes. The Revenue Patwar Union, condemning the Mumbai terrorist attack, paid tributes to those who lost their lives in the attack.



One killed:
Jagdish (35), a resident of Bhat Ka Syana village, was killed on Friday after he fell from a private bus, which was on way to Rajgarh from Tanda. Police sources said Jagdish, who was an employee of the Horticulture Department, was critically injured when he suddenly fell on the road from the window of the running bus near Rajgarh helipad. He was rushed to Rajgarh Hospital from where he was referred to Solan Hospital, but he succumbed on the way.

Two die in mishap:
Sanjay Gupta (35), junior engineer in the IPH, and Prem Lal (42), BO in the Wildlife Department, died on the spot when the their Maruti car (HP-03-0044) they were travelling in rolled down, near Jaigarh, 4 km from Chopal, on Thursday night. As the accident took place late in the night, it was only on Friday morning that the villagers found that an accident had taken place. However, both were dead by the time the bodies were recovered.

Alumni meet: The HPU will hold an alumni meet in April next year. Vice-chancellor Sunil Kumar Gupta on Friday held a meeting with senior officials with regard to holding of the alumni meet. The varsity intends preparing a directory of all students who have passed out from the institute since its inception in 1971. A committee had been constituted under the chairmanship of Dean of Studies V.P. Sharma to make all preparations for the meet.



4 killed in mishaps:
Four persons were killed in different road accidents in the Jammu region in the past 24 hours, police reports here said on Friday. Naib Subedar Bal Krishan (24) of Nikkian Khour, Akhnoor, and Havildar Ashok Kumar (30) of Kaluchak were killed when an unidentified vehicle hit them on the National Highway near Kaluchak. In another incident, two BJP workers were killed when their vehicle met with an accident near Kuthyar Bala in Udhampur district. The deceased activists have been identified as Amar Singh and Balbir Singh.

1 killed in grenade blast: A shepherd was killed in an accidental grenade blast in an Army firing range area in Rajouri district on Thursday. Sanjit Singh, while returning home from the forest area on Thursday night, accidentally stepped on a grenade at the Nonihal Army firing range in Nowshera border belt of Rajouri district, resulting in blast, the police said. The grenade was among the over 300 grenades fired by the Army during a practice exercise held on Thursday. A case in this regard has been registered by the police.

Painting exhibition: Swati Sood, a 22-year-old student of the Institute of Music and Fine Arts, has put up a painting exhibition, depicting what all Jammu residents witnessed during the unprecedented 63-day Amarnath land agitation. The exhibition will conclude on December 8.

Kashmiri poet dead:
Eminent Kashmiri poet and scholar Dr Altaf Niaz died of cardiac arrest in Bandipora district on Friday. The 44-year-old Niaz complained of chest pain in the morning and died before he could be taken to the hospital, his family said. Niaz was posted as lecturer in Government Degree College, Handwara.

Illicit liquor seized: About 1,350 bottles of illicit liquor on Friday were seized by the police in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, which goes to the polls in the sixth phase on December 17. Sources said on a tip off, the police raided a place in the district and seized 1,350 bottles of liquor from Fayaz Ahmad Khan.



AIDS awareness: An awareness campaign was organised by HOPE (Horizon for Prosperity and Education), to spread awareness about AIDS today at Govind Garh. The organisation held a puppet show and Nukkad Natak for at least 2000 people comprising of truck drivers, labourers and other sections of the society where awareness about AIDS is limited. Programme coordinator of HOPE said that the leaflets and brochures were distributed among the people and they were encouraged to avail the facility of free HIV test at Doon Hospital.

UPCC media cell: The office of the media cell of the Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC), was inaugurated at the partyís state office here today. Uttarakhand Congress chief, Yashpal Arya said that in order to have better interaction with media and to propagate various programmes being undertaken by the Congress, they had constituted a media committee under the headship of senior party leader Suryakant Dhasmana. Prominent among others present on this occasion included media incharge of Uttarakhand Congress Suryakant Dhasmana, spokesman Surender Singh Arya and co-spokesman Rajiv Maharishi.

Dharna staged: Seeking removal of anomalies in the Sixth Pay Commission linked to ministerial cadre, Uttaranchal Federation of Ministerial Services Association members today staged dharna at Luxmi road situated Pay Commission office. The protesters alleged that their pay related concerns have repeatedly been ignored by the commission and thus they have been forced to go for the protest. Led by T.S. Pundir State President of the Association, the agitating employees on the occasion also submitted their resignation. R.P. Juyal, Sushil Joshi, J.P. Saklani, Purnanand Nautiyal and Shekarnand Raturi participated in the todayís protest.

MP pays tributes to martyr: Former Congress MP Harish Rawat on Friday visited the Ganeshpur residence of NSG Commando Gajendra Singh Bisht who attained martyrdom fighting terrorists in Mumbai. In his condolence message to the bereaved family members, Rawat said the sacrifice made by Gajendra would be written in golden words in the nationís history. He said Uttarakhand had no dearth of persons who are ready to sacrifice for the cause of the nation.

PNB opens ATM centre: The Punjab National Bank on Friday opened its 37th ATM center in Dehradun. The ATM has been installed opposite Garhi Cantt Police Station. S.K. Goyal, deputy general manager of PNB said the bank was fast expanding its services in Uttarakhand. He said the bank presently has 1808 ATMs in the country while a total of 81 ATMs were in Uttarakhand.


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