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Paddy stolen
: As many as 81 bags of paddy were stolen from the premises of K.C. Traders and Dharowali Commission Shop in the grain market here on Monday night. Davinder Kumar, owner of the shop, disclosed that the paddy was lying in the open in front of the shop. No case has been registered. 

School games
: The state education department will organise the Punjab State Primary School Games at the local sports stadium from December 11 to 13, which would see around 2,000 participants. MP Paramjeet Kaur Gulshan would be the chief guest. On the concluding day, Dr Upinderjeet Kaur, education minister, would distribute prizes among the winners. 

Power cut: Power supply to Growth Centre, Joga Nagar, Harbans Nagar, Bhai Mati Dass Nagar and Mansa road areas will remain suspended from 9 am to 7 pm on December 10 due to urgent maintenance work at the 132-kv sub-station in Industrial Growth Centre. 

Annual function
: Rising Sun Public School, Mundi Kharar, held its annual prize distribution function on Tuesday.Principal Swarn Kaur presented the annual report of the school. She said day boarding facility had been introduced in the school. Students presented cultural programme on the occasion. Senior vice-president of BJP Tarlochan Singh Mann was the chief guest of the function. 

Medical check-up camp
: Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran, being run under the aegis of Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Education Trust, organised a free medical check-up camp at nearby village Pharala on Tuesday. A team of doctors examined more than 600 patients suffering from different ailments. A general check-up of schoolchildren was also done. Besides providing free medicines to the needy patients at the camp, Dr Budh Singh Dhahan, president of the trust, announced a special discount of 50 per cent for the patients who need further treatment as well as surgery at the hospital. 

New Year cards: Students of Sardar Tara Singh Kahma Red Cross School for Special Children have prepared special New Year greeting cards. The cards are available in four different varieties at a nominal price. 

Relief for ’84 riots victims
: MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa distributed cheques worth Rs 92 lakh among 46 victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots at a function here on Monday. The function was organised to distribute an amount of Rs 2 lakh each for the rehabilitation of the riots victims. He also gave red cards to 25 persons on the occasion. Dhindsa said the Punjab government would provide a job to a member of every red card-holder family. 

SLIET convocation: The 11th annual convocation of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), deemed-to-be university, Longowal, was held at the campus, 20 km from here, on Monday. R.A. Yadav, chairman, AICTE, New Delhi, Dr Varinder Sahni, director, SLIET, Tejinder Kaur, principal secretary and VC, PTU, Jalandhar, Dr R.S. Khandpur, director-general, Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, and Dr M.B. Bera, dean, Academics, SLIET, were present. 

Docs meet civil surgeon
: A deputation of the local district unit of the PCMS Specialists Doctor’s Association met the civil surgeon here on Tuesday to discuss the problems being faced by them. The deputation was led by Dr Jatinderpal Singh and Dr Nirmal Singh, president and general-secretary of the association, respectively. The association was opposing the long duty hours of the doctors, which put physical and mental burden on them. They demanded that instead of 18 to 24 hours, their duty time should be cut to six hours.



Free treatment for PGI bigwigs: The city’s premiere health institute, PGI, is all set to make treatment free for its own VIPs. The decision was taken at a governing body meeting held in New Delhi. According to sources, the PGI governing body approved to providing medical treatment to the president and other top members of the institute and its governing body as well as former members on a par with the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

DIG shifted: After the wait of nearly one month, the union ministry of home affairs issued the transfer orders of DIG Vivek Gogia (headquarters and intelligence) and shifted him to Delhi. Rajinder Singh Ghumman will replace Gogia. He will join as SP here.

Charge taken: Chief conservator of forests, Punjab, R.K. Luna, took over as chief wildlife warden, Punjab, on Monday. Sources said the orders were passed by the Punjab government on December 5. Luna, a 1982-batch Indian forest officer, had earlier served as director, Chhat Bir zoo. 

Boy succumbs to injuries
: Paramjit Singh (13), a resident of Manoli village, succumbed to his injuries at Command Hospital in Panchkula today. The deceased was admitted at the hospital on December 2 after a motorcycle hit him while he was on his way to his school on cycle around 8 am. Sources stated that Paramjit was seriously injured in the accident and was undergoing treatment at the hospital. The motorcyclist was identified as Hardeep Singh. The local police registered a case against the accused. 



Foundation stone
: Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, laid the foundation stone for the lawyer’s chambers at the court complex here on Tuesday. He also announced Rs 21 lakh for the construction of a library and other facilities. 



Dhumal gives grant
: Chief Minister Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal has provided financial help of Rs 2.50 lakh to a critically ill youth Rajesh Kumar, son of Prem Ram of Sunali village in this district for saving his life. Rajendera Garg, a member of the H. P. Schools Education Board, said here on Tuesday that father of the youth had brought condition of his son to the attention of the Chief minister after he was examined by a team of experts of Sir Gangaram Hospital, Delhi, who had said that both valves of Rajesh’s heart were inoperative and if this costly operation was not conducted immediately , there was no hope of survival for this patient. 

Flag Day fund  collection: India would ever remain indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives in defence of our borders and also gave supreme sacrifice so that we could live in peace. This was said by Deputy Commissioner Amar Singh Rathore while inaugurating district level “Armed Forces Flag Day “ fund’s collection at the district Collectorate here on Monday. Rathore gave a call to all sections of society to donate liberally as this was only the symbolic way to say ‘Thank you “ to those sons of soil and also to remember their sacrifices. 

Scholarships  announced
: My Himachal, an NGO, has announced to grant HOPE scholarships to 81 students studying in various schools of the state. The grant amount is based on government school fees structure and meant for meritorious and deserving students. Spokesperson of the NGO Disha Singh said 205 applications were received for the scholarship programme out of which 81 students were selected on merit-cum-means basis. 

Donation given for environment
: Members of the Indian Forest Service Association, Himachal Pradesh, presented a draft for Rs 51,000 to Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal as contribution towards the Himachal Pradesh Environment Fund on Tuesday. Dhumal thanked them for contributing towards the fund. “There is a dire need to educate people about the environmental safeguards and to take steps against degradation and global warming,” he added. 

3-year-old killed in accident: A three-year-old boy was killed and four others were injured when the car they were travelling in rolled down a khad at Jeori, near Rampur, on Tuesday. According to the police, Ankush (3) died on the spot while the others travelling in the Matiz car (HP-15-0460) sustained injuries. Those injured were Bahadur Singh, Sati Ram, Sharda and Ramki Devi. All of them belonged to Nanan village. 

BIG TV has 14,000 subscribers: The direct-to-home provider from the Reliance Communications BIG TV has registered over 14,000 subscribers in Himachal Pradesh since its launch three months ago. President of the company Mahesh Prasad said grabbing 44 per cent of the market share in the state over a short period of 90 days was a big achievement. The company had set up a network of 1,000 retail outlets for the purpose. A 100- member specialised team had been set up for installation of the DTH equipment in far-flung hill areas. The share of the BIG TV in interior areas like Karsog valley, Rohru, Kotkhai and Naduan was more than 60 per cent. 

Selected for Best Chapter Award: The Shimla chapter of the Public Relations Society of India (PRSI) has been conferred Best Chapter Award for its excellent performance for 2008. According to PRSI national president the award will be given during the 30th All-India PR Conference being held at Guwahati from December 11 to 13. The Shimla chapter has bagged the award for the second consecutive year. 



Gojri poet laidto rest
:Versatile Gojri poet and writer Choudhary Israil Asar, who passed away on late Monday night, was laid to the rest at his ancestral graveyard in Lambheri village on the Jammu- Rajouri national highway. He was 92 and belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal clan of the Gujjar tribe. Asar had the distinction to be the first among the Gojri writers having been crowned with highest national literary award “ Bhasha Samman”, presented to him by Sahitya Akademi in 2001. 

16 hurt in mishap: At least 16 passengers on board a Jammu bound bus sustained injuries after the vehicle skidded off road and plunged into a gorge near Kour Jagir in Nagrota on Tuesday. reports said, the driver of the bus failed to negotiate a sharp curve and the vehicle plunged into a gorge near Kour Jagir. The bus was on its way to Jammu from Reasi. They said, a 45-year old woman, Veena Suri of Delhi, sustained critical injuries in the mishap.


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