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Special Winter School
: Academic Staff College (ASC) of Guru Nanak Dev University will organise a three-week Special Winter School 2008-09 from December 23. Dr H.S. Bhatia, director, ASC, in a press note here on Wednesday said the thrust area of the school was Nano Science and Technology and added that professor of physics Dr R.K. Bedi had been appointed course coordinator.

Army pension adalat
: A two-day defence pension adalat for retired soldiers of Punjab will be held at Ferozepur from December 18. According to a spokesman of principal controller of defence accounts (pensions), the adalat will be inaugurated by additional controller general of defence accounts Indu Liberhan. Defence pensioners residing in Punjab having specific pension grievances can attend the adalat, along with supporting documents, for redressal of their problems, the spokesman added.

Intoxicant seized
: The CIA staff arrested Dalbir Singh, alias Sunny, resident of Dhianpur village here, and seized 200 g of intoxicant powder from him. The district police chief told mediapersons here on Wednesday that a police patrolling party, on a tip-off, raided Dhianpur village on the Batala-Dera road and recovered 200 g of intoxicant powder from Dalbir Singh.  A case has been  registered.

Blood donation: President of the Desh Bhagat Sabhyacharak Chetna Manch Uttam Singh Arora and his wife celebrated their wedding’s silver jubilee on Tuesday by donating blood at the blood bank and distributing jerseys, shoes and socks to as many as 61 poor students of the Government Elementary School, NFL colony. Besides, they also arranged dinner for the patients at local civil hospital. Uttam Singh has already pledged his body and this was his 25th blood donation.

Music album released: Harman Sidhu, a Punjabi singer, released his album ‘Pai gaya pyaar’ in the city on Wednesday. The eight-song album is co-sung by Miss Puja. The music has been composed by Tejwant Kittu. Harman looks forward to his album becoming a hit in Punjab.

First-aid training camp: The Ambulance Brigade Division of the United Welfare Society, Bathinda, in association with the Red Cross, organised a week-long first-aid training camp at Mata Sahib Kaur Memorial Public School here on Wednesday. According to Inderjit Kaur, principal of the school, Naresh Pathania, training supervisor, the Red Cross, accorded first-aid training to 200 students and covered the aspects like first-aid in burns, heart attacks, fractures and snakebites besides practical training on artificial respiration and other life-saving techniques. Students got first-hand information about handling emergency situations also.

Human Rights Day: The Human Rights’ Day was observed at AS College of Education, Kalalmajra, here on Wednesday. The human rights’ club of the college organised the event. Teachers and students of the college exchanged their views.Various cultural events, including skits and drama, were also performed by the students.

Uniforms distributed
: The Yog aur Sewa Parivar (YSP), an NGO, distributed ready-made uniforms, school shoes, sweaters and mid-day meal to 65 students of Government Elementary School, Moti Nagar, on Wednesday. Hira Singh Gabria, cabinet minister, Punjab, was chief guest. He announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh to the school.

BSP mourns MP’s death
: The district unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has mourned the death of Munavvar Hassan, a party MP from Muzzafarpur, who was killed in a road accident on Tuesday. Mangal Singh, senior vice-president of the Batala party unit, and Iqbal Singh Bhatti, senior BSP leader, said here on Wednesday that the death of the BSP MP was an irreparable loss to the party.

One held: The Dhariwal police arrested Talwinder Singh, resident of Athwal, and seized 5 g of smack from him. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

Martyr remembered
: The 38th martyrdom day of Major Hardev Singh Grewal, Vir Chakra, was observed at Guara village (near Malerkotla) on Wednesday. Punjab PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa was also present at the function. Major Grewal sacrificed his life during the Indo-Pak War on December 10, 1971, on the border in Chhamb sector. He was awarded with Vir Chakra posthumously. Dhindsa announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the village senior secondary school named after the martyr. The family of the martyr also gave a grant of Rs 25,000 to the school. Dhuri MLA Iqbal Singh Jhundan, ex-MLA Achhra Singh Guara, principal of the school Bhupinder Singh, and vice-president, SAD, Rajinder Singh Kanjhla also paid tributes.

Tarn Taran
Undertrial fires at police
: An undertrial Manjit Singh Chabal fired at the police party to escape from the custody at the court premises here on Wednesday. The accused, booked in a case of attempt to murder, was brought to appear in the court of the Additional Sessions Judge. According to SP (D) Malvinder Singh Sidhu, accomplices of the accused provided him with a 9-mm pistol from which he fired at the police personnel escorting him. However, policemen overpowered him and recovered the weapon.



Office-bearers: Varinder Singh Sant, national president of the Anti- Corruption and Crime Prevention Community- Oriented Policing Society, today announced the office-bearers of the Punjab unit of the society. President - Dr Harjasdeep Singh; general secretary - Kirandeep Singh Oberoi; vice-president-Mithlesh Yadav; treasurer - Anil Kumar Kansal; and secretary - Ashok Kumar Arora . Besides this an 11- member executive committee was also formed. Advocate Harmanjeet Singh Dhanoa was nominated in charge, legal cell of the society.

5 kg poppy husk seized
: A 5 kg poppy husk was confiscated from Amarjeet Singh, a resident of Barauli village, on Wednesday. The police put up a naka, near Gharuan, and arrested Amarjeet with poppy husk stored in a cloth bag. He has been sent to 14 days judicial  remand.

MC executive officer:
Vijay Kumar Gupta took over the charge as the executive officer of the Mohali municipal council here on Wednesday. He replaced Amna Kumar Goyal, who has been transferred to Rajpura civic body. The transfer orders issued by the secretary have been received on Wednesday.



Paddy arrivals
: As many as 39.20 lakh tonnes of paddy has arrived in mandis of Haryana during the current kharif season so far. Stating this here on Wednesday, a spokesman for the food and supplies department said of the total paddy arrival, about 18.13 lakh metric tonnes had been procured by government agencies at the minimum support price and the remaining about 21.07 lakh metric tonnes had been purchased by private millers and traders, which included 3.37 lakh tonnes levy and 17.69 lakh tonnes non-levy paddy.

Jhuggis demolished in Faridabad
: A demolition squad of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on Wednesday demolished scores of jhuggis in Sector 17 and cleared shop verandahs of encroachments. The anti-encroachment operation was conducted smoothly. The HUDA authorities have warned shopkeepers of stringent action in case they indulged in encroachments in the future. Similar drives in other sectors of HUDA are being planned.

Energy conservation fairs:
To make people aware about electricity conservation, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has decided to organise energy conservation fairs at all its circle headquarters, including Sirsa, Hisar, Bhiwani, Narnaul, Gurgaon and Faridabad, from December 13 to 15 as part of Energy Conservation Day celebrations on December 14. A spokesman for the DHBVN said here on Wednesday that the nigam would organise exhibitions, speeches, seminars, drawing competitions and cultural programmes during the fairs. Nigam officers would educate people about efficient use of domestic and commercial electrical gadgets, use of non-conventional energy for lighting, cooking and water heating.

Tipsy employee suspended: General manager of the Haryana Roadways S.K. Katyal has placed a Class VI employee, Rajender, under suspension for allegedly consuming liquor while on duty. Confirming this here on Wednesday, Katyal said Rajender, who was posted at the old bus stand here, was found under the influence of liquor while on duty and was suspended.

In-laws booked for dowry
: The Sadar police has booked Suman Lata’s husband Anil Kumar Yadav, her mother-in-law Shakauntala Yadav and seven others, all residents of Balawas Jamapur village, near here, on charges of harassment for dowry, causing hurt and criminal intimidation. A case under sections 498-A, 406, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against them on a complaint filed by Suman Lata, daughter of Pooran Singh, a resident of Bhiwadi town in Alwar district in Rajasthan. She alleged that recently she was subjected to cruelty by her in-laws for dowry.

Blood donors
: Two voluntary and social organisations and five blood donors of Gohana who have donated blood 50 or more times will be among those to be honoured by the blood bank of the PGIMS, Rohtak, on December 12. Asha Hooda, wife of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, will be the chief guest at the function. Among the Gohana blood donors, Surender Biswas has donated blood 130 times, Rahul Goyal 78 times and P.K. Paliwal, Thakur Jagpal Singh and Lalit Adhlakha 50 times each. Sri Ram Sharnam Ashram and Ahuti are the two organisations of Gohana town to be be honoured for their outstanding contribution to the blood donation movement.



Soil samples tested: Consequent upon the directions of the state government, 3487 samples of soil from differing parts of Chamba district have been tested for the ‘rabi crops under the recently launched innovative campaign called ‘apni mitti pehchano abhiyan’ of the government. According to district soil testing officer, R. L. Chauhan, the soil samples duly tested in the laboratories had been sent to the respective blocks alongwith soil health cards.

Leopard cub dead
: A six-month-old cub of leopard was caught dead in the barbed wires on the fringe of forests of Dalhousie cantonment on Tuesday. After receiving information about the incident, forest officials rushed to the incident site and tried to save the cub but despite all efforts, it succumbed to its injuries. Later, the body of cub was sent for a post-mortem examination, sources said.

Yojna launched
: The Atal Vidhyut Bachat Yojna was launched in the Nurpur area on Tuesday by local MLA Rakesh Pathania at Chhatrolli village near here. Addressing a gathering Pathania said the government would distribute CFLs worth Rs 1 crore to all domestic power users in Nurpur assembly constituency. He said 400 poly houses were also being set up in the area to generate self-employment.

Bar protest
: Members of the Himachal Pradesh High Court Bar Association abstained from appearing in courts to express their solidarity with the agitating lawyers of Mandi. The decision was taken by the association on a call by the Mandi Bar Association which was up in arms against the police over the registration of false cases against its three advocates.



Awareness programme
: The Catch Society and the University of Jammu jointly organised an awareness programme on Human Rights Day in Nangal, Samba village on Wednesday
. The programme started with the welcome address by patron of the association Dr. Khem Raj Sharma. Member of the core committee, Amnesty International Society for Human Rights, Sunil Sharma, was the chief guest on the occasion. Sharma while addressing stressed that people should report to the organisation if human rights were violated anywhere.

Fake passport racket busted: Mohammad Shawl of Rehan village was arrested when the police busted a fake passport racket in Rajouri district on Tuesday here. The police said a fake passport of Shawl, carrying photograph of his brother Talib Hussain was recovered from his possession. Shawl was engaged in making fake passports for trips to Dubai, the police said.

Workshop on bamboo mission
: With the collaboration of the State Forest Research Institute, the School of Biotechnology of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) organised a day-long workshop on the National Bamboo Mission on the university campus. The SMVDU VC Prof N. K. Bansal inaugurated the workshop, while agriculture production principal secretary Sonali Kumar presided over the function. Bansal spoke on the importance of bamboo production and its various utilities.



CONFERENCE: Scientists from all over the world will converge at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, for a three-day conference from December 11 on the latest research and development in nano-technology.

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