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Prayer for PM:
Over one thousand students, teachers and members of the non-teaching staff participated in the yagya organised on Wednesday at the LRS DAV Senior Secondary School to thank the God for successful bypass surgery of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. They recited vedic mantras and joined the mass prayer for early recovery of the PM.

Extension lecture: The DAV College on Wednesday organised an extension lecture by Anu Gupta chairperson of the Computer department of the Panjab University in the auditorium here. While speaking on the server side Java programming she exhorted the students to gain knowledge on use of internet to update their academic skills. Anu Gupta, alumni of the local college, was greeted by principal Dr B.B. Sharma and Sonika Narang head of the Department of computer here.

Minor held for theft: The police has arrested two minor in connection with the thefts committed in the panchayat ghar in the Talwara Jheel area, sources said on Wednesday.The police said that the accused were 13 years and 10 years old. The police said that a FIR had been registered against unidentified persons in the first week of this month as they had burgled the panchayat ghar and set some important record on fire. The children have confessed having committed thefts.

Archer,  quiz star honoured:International archer Gaganjot, UK award winner Raghav Sharda and quiz star Jayesh Gilhotra of the LRS DAV Senior Secondary School were honoured by the administration during Republic Day celebrations.Two students of the DAV College Sanjeev Kumar and Vishesh Batra have been honoured for excellence in the Asian Para Olympics and National open archery respectively. Sunil Kamboj and Jatin Kamboj of the Victoria Public School were honoured for presenting research paper on water pollution and remedies during the National Bal Vigyan Conference held in Nagaland, press releases said on Wednesday.

Photo exhibition held:
The three-day exhibition of collection of photographs by Arsh Rup Singh was organised by the department of still photography and audio production at BBK DAV College for Women here today. Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, health minister, inaugurated the exhibition, while Neelam Kamra, principal of the college, welcomed the spectators. As many as 26 species of birds of the holy city were captured in the photos. Common names of birds were given along with their scientific names with the photographs.

Security awareness:
The Punjab National Bank, Bathinda circle, observed a security awareness week from January 19 to 26. The objective was to prepare the staff and security guards to meet any kind of eventuality. The programme was inaugurated by R.S. Kalaria, circle head. The convener of the programme was assistant commandant Prem Sagar Bhardwaj, manager (security).

Inaugurated: Principal R.K. Bangar inaugurated a museum at the history department of the Government Rajindra College here on Thursday. Staff members and students besides Babu Solanki, president of the History Association, and Prof Sukhdev Singh, head of the History department, were present on the occasion. The museum has the works of eminent artistes, including Leonardo Da Vinci. It also houses pictures of freedom fighters, ancient coins and traditional articles among other historical artefacts.

Elected: Girdhari Lal Goel has been elected as president while Bachan Lal Jindal, Subhash Mittal and Sohan Lal Goyal have been elected as senior vice-president, vice-president and general secretary, respectively, of the Senior Citizens and Pensioners’ Vikas Manch here recently.

PPCC appointment:
Joginder Singh Chhina has been appointed convener of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Scheduled Caste Cell. The appointment of Chhina, who has already been working as PPCC secretary, has been welcomed by senior Congress  leaders of the district.

President Medal for DSP:
In charge CID unit, Distric Hoshiarpur, Deputy Superintendent of Police Gurdip Singh has been awarded President Police Medal for his 38 years meritorious service by the President of India on the occasion of  Repuplic Day

Advocate alleges manhandling:
A city based advocate has alleged that certain suspects in a case manhandled him in front of the office of the DSP (R-II) and smashed his chamber thereafter. Complainant S.S. Sahi also alleged that the assailants threatened him with dire consequences. In a complaint to the SSP, Sahi alleged that Pratap Narayan Yadav, Sikh Ram, Sunita and her husband Naresh Bahadur manhandled him in front of the DSP office where both the parties were present in connection with the case.

Office-bearers elected:
The following have been elected office-bearers of the local unit of the Indian Dental Association: president - Dr Gulzar Chand; general secretary - Dr Gurpal Arora; vice-presidents - Dr Tirath Singh and Dr Meena Rana; and treasurer - Dr Bhasker Dhir.

Union to move SC on octroi revival
:Members of the Municipal Workers Union said today that they would move a petition in the Supreme Court to revive “chungi” (octroi) in Punjab.In a press note here, the joint secretary of the union said they held a meeting yesterday, where members condemned the policies of the Punjab Government.



Two killed in accidents:
Two persons, including an 11-year-old student, met with tragic deaths in Baramulla and Ganderbal districts on Thursday, a police spokesman said. Tahir Hussan, a VIII class student, died when a tree that was being cut fell on him at Shahkote in Uri sector of Baramulla district, he said. The police has registered a case. In another incident, a truck driver died on the spot when he lost control of the vehicle and fell into Sindh River at Gadribal-Sumbal, the spokesman said. He identified the victim as Nazir Ahmad Lone of Sindhbal village. The police has registered a case in this regard.

2 militant’s supporters held: The security forces on Thursday arrested two militant supporters in Pulwama district, the police said here. A joint party of the police, troops of the 55 Rashtriya Rifles and the 182 battalion of CRPF nabbed the two militant’s supporters identified as Abdul Qayoom Rah of Manduna village and Mohammad Maqbool Dar of Murran village at a local bus stand early on Thursday, the police said. A pistol with four rounds and a grenade were recovered from their possession, the police said. A case has been registered against the arrested persons, they said.


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