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Roll Nos. despatched:
GND University has sent admission cards (roll numbers) to candidates for the UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) scheduled to be held on December 28. Dr MP Mahajan, co-ordinator, said the candidates who did not receive admission cards by December 24 could contact the office of the co-ordinator (administrative block) from December 25 to 27 with two passport- size attested photographs. No roll number would be issued on the day of the test.

Social activity lauded:
Goodwill Society provided RO water for drinking to all present at the Mega Lok Adalat, which took place on December 20 and 21. Kuldeep Singh, sessions judge and Raj Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, president of the Bar association, Bathinda, inspected the drinking water stall and praised all activities done by the society. 

Cyber cafes to keep vigil: Expressing concern over the menace of cyber crimes, the district magistrate, Bathinda, Rahul Tewari, under section 144 of the CrPC has directed owners of all cyber cafes to prohibit use of their shops by unknown persons. He ordered them to maintain a register, make entry in handwriting of visitors, mentioning name, address, telephone number, address and signature. The order will be in force till February 18, 2009.

Honoured: Zirakpur Municipal Council chief NK Sharma and Chandigarh mayor Pradeep Chabbra were honoured by the Government Employees Residents Welfare Association, Sector 22, here on Monday. Members of the association organised a gurmat samagam. Its president Paramdeep Singh Pabhat said Sharma  and Chabbra had been honoured for  their efforts in developing their respective areas. 

Aid to old age home inmates:
Having distributed woolen pullovers, shoes and socks among more than a thousand students in the region, the Lions International today took care of the inmates of the old age home as most of them preferred to pass rest of their lives here due to indifference of their children. District governor Anjana Jain visited the complex along with members of the Lions Club Diamond to hand over a blanket to each of the aged person. She also spent some time with them to acquaint herself with their problems and assured all possible assistance on behalf of the NGO.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab Medical Representatives’ Association: president - Ramakant Sharma; general secretary - Rajesh Puri; and treasurer - Sanjiv Chawla.

Saplings planted:
Saplings were planted at the Government Senior Secondary School, Bhainibagha today by the Asra Lok Sewa Club, Mansa. Project chairman of the club, Tarsem Semi said that political adviser of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, Parmjeet Singh Sandhwa, was the first to plant the saplings on the school premises. On this occasion, parliamentary secretary Jagdeep Singh Nakai, ex-MLA Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh and school principal Amrit Pal Singh were also present.

Awareness rally on hygiene: Students of the Punjab Public School, Mansa today took out a rally to crate awareness about clean and fresh environment. Children marched from Gurdwara Chowk to Bal Bhawan raising pro- environment slogans. After the rally, a cultural programme was also staged by the students. Students delivered lectures and presented skits about how to care for the environment. SDM G.S. Pannu said that cleanliness was necessary for healthy environment. 

Grewal is Sangrur Bar chief:
Gurtej Singh Grewal was on Monday elected president of the Sangrur District Bar Association. He defeated Balwant Singh Dhindsa by 79 votes. Outgoing president of the association and returning officer for the election Harkewal Singh Sajuma said Jasbir Singh Jassi had been elected vice-president and Ashish Grover secretary of the association. 

Khatris to fight social evils: Members of the Khatri community participated in a state-level conference, organised by the Punjab Khatri Sabha, here on Sunday. Founder of the sabha Ch Shiv Lal Bhagria presided over the function, while Sangrur DC VK Ohri was the chief guest. State president of the sabha Daljit Singh Zakhmi appealed to the community to fight social evils like female foeticide, drugs and dowry. Satpal Satyam, Balraj Oberoi Bazi, Bhupinder Singh Sodhi, Rajinder Pal Puri, Balvinder Verma and Anil Batta talked about the problems being faced by the community. 

Orthopaedic camp: An orthopaedic surgeon Parmod Gupta examined 200 persons at a bone mineral density (BMD) test and orthopaedic check-up camp here on Sunday. The BMD test was done with a special machine free of cost. Dr Gupta said the patients who had been examined at the previous camp on October 19 last and were taking calcium regularly, had shown great improvement. 

Workshop on maths: A national-level one-week instructional workshop on “Computational aspects of mathematics,” organised by the Mathematics Department of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) (Deemed University), Longowal, began at the institute campus on Tuesday. Prof Tejwant Singh, dean (Basic Sciences), PAU, Ludhiana, inaugurated the workshop, while RR Bhargava, professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT Roorkee, was guest of honour. SLIET director Prof V Sahni was also present. Head of the Department of Mathematics Prof SS Dhaliwal, convener of the workshop Dr RK Mishra and coordinators Dr Mandeep Singh and Dr S Gupta also spoke. 

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of Punjab Medical Representatives Association: president - Manoj Sethi; vice-president - Manbir Singh; secretary - Sandeep Saluja; cashier - Pardeep Sachdeva. 

Villagers gherao police station:
Villagers today gheraoed the police station here for more than one and half hours in protest against the non arrest of killers of Mangwal village milkman Balwinder Singh (45). They alleged that the police had failed in tracing and arresting the killers even after 19 days of the murder. They also demanded Rs 5 lakh compensation for the family of the victim. 



Citrus fruits:
The HPMC has set up as many as 10 procurement centres in lower Kangra district for procuring citrus fruits from fruit growers.
In a statement here today HPMC regional manager, Kangra, SP Katna stated that these centres would remain till February 15 and had been procuring citrus fruits of B grade and C grade, respectively, for Rs 5.85 and Rs 5.25 per kg which were fixed as support price by the state government for the current season. 



Two robbed of Rs 26,000:
Two men were robbed of Rs 26,000 by unidentified miscreants in a bus on its way from Delhi to Jammu, police source said on Tuesday. The incident took place near Pathankot where the miscreants offered the passengers biscuits laced with intoxicants. After the victims - Mohammad Yousuf and Babu Din - fell unconscious the accused robbed them and fled away. A case has been registered.

Seven houses gutted:
Seven houses were gutted in a fire in north Kashmir, official sources said on Tuesday. They said fire broke out in a house at S.K Bala in Bandipora district on Monday night. However, fire spread to nearby houses before the fire tenders could reach there. The cause of the fire was not known, they said, adding that no one was injured. 

Ban on food items lifted: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation has lifted ban on the sale of some food items, including jams, ketchups and chocolates. The SMC had imposed ban on their sale, following allegation that pig fat was being mixed in these items. The SMC lifted samples of these items and sent for analysis to public analyst, Kashmir for verification. The report revealed that there was no content of pig fats in these samples.

Body recovered: Body of a person was recovered under suspicious circumstances in a village at south Kashmir, official source said on Tuesday. Later, the deceased was identified as Bashir Ahmad Chirag, a resident of Baba Mohalla, Shopian. The cause of his death was not known, they said, adding a case has been registered in this connection. 


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