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Manpreet is Ms Basant:
The DAV College of Education organised Basant Utsav on Friday. Manpreet Kaur was crowned as Ms Basant. In the competitions held to mark the occasion, Brij Lal topped in kite making, Ram Kumar in kite flying, Ashu Kataria in sweet snacks preparation, Richa in salty snacks, Monika in on the spot painting and Diksha Malhotra in the flower management. Principal Dr Venita Singh honoured the college teams, which had won gold in the PU inter colleges Basketball and Bag Singh Hayer memorial running trophy in the inter college quiz competitions.

Students shine in contests: The LRS DAV Senior Secondary School students have won many medals in the national calligraphy and slogan writing competitions organised by Delhi-based NGO, Avantika, giving "child labour" and "illiteracy" as themes. Principal, Kusum Khungar informed on Friday that Utkarsh and Manav Sidana bagged gold, Diksha, Anmol and Vasu Chadha won silver, Samil Monga, Deepali, Harvind, Aditya, Kanishka Kalra, Arushi and Nidhi Mittal have won bronze medals.

Students recruited by co.:
The IBM Daksh, a multinational company, has recruited 11 students of Guru Nanak Dev (GND) University out of 14 through a joint campus recruitment drive conducted at the university campus here on Wednesday. The students have been offered a salary package of Rs 1.80 lakh per annum, plus incentives. 

Parminder Singh bereaved:
Sukhdyal Kaur, mother of Parminder Singh, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, died in Ferozepur after a prolonged illness a few days ago. She was 84. Her bhog and antim ardas will be held at Ferozepore Gurdwara Sara Garhi on February 1 between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm. 

Roads to be six-laned:
To widen and strengthen roads in the state, the Punjab government will take up the expressways project under the build, operate and transfer (BOT) scheme to make the Lalru-Baddi and Mohali-Phagwara roads four to six lanes. This was disclosed by Minister for PWD Parminder Singh Dhindsa while talking to mediapersons on Monday. 

Tributes paid to Mahatma Gandhi: Paying floral tributes to father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs who laid down their lives during the freedom struggle of the country at a special function organised in this connection here today, Deputy commissioner N.K. Wadhawan said everyone could achieve his or her life’s mission by following the teaching of Mahatma Gandhi. SSP Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill also paid tributes to the father of the nation. A two-minute silence was also observed. In a separate function, an NGO, Savera, organised a blood donation camp to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

Asst engineer’s office burgled: Some miscreants broke into the office of assistant engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, Marnaian Khurd, P.S .Mehtiana and decamped with chest containing Rs 18,526, bank pass book and compact discs during the intervening night of January 28 29. Miscreants also stole 43 mobile phones and some cash from the shop of Sandeep Kumar of Sahri at Nasrala village during the same night.The Mehtiana police has registered cases. In another theft, miscreants broke opened the golak (cash box) of the village gurdwara at Mehtabpur (Mukerian) last night and stole the uncounted cash donations from it. After stealing, they threw the golak outside the gurdwara and fled. 

2 snatchers held: The district police today arrested Kushal Pal Singh of Bring village in Jalandhar district and Manjit Singh of Chautala in a case registered under section 382 of the IPC at Hariana police station last year. SSP Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said two motorcycle used in snatching incidents and Rs 5,000 were recovered from them. The duo had snatched Rs 40,000 from Bhela Gas Service, Hariana, about six months ago. Their three more accomplices involved in the snatching case were still at large, said Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill. 

Basant Panchmi celebrated: Students of the Hoshiarpur Institute of Management and Technology today celebrated Basant Panchmi. They participated with enthusiasm in kite-flying competition and cultural events which were arranged in the institute. Awards were presented to the winners of the competitions by the office-bearers of the institute’s management.

MC seals 2 buildings:
The MC today sealed two commercial buildings for non-payment of sewage bills. One of thebuildings is in Adarsh Nagar, the other is in Model Town. SE (O&M), V.P. Singh, said the roadways authorities had paid up their dues to the tune of Rs 11 lakh, leading to today’s total recovery of Rs 16 lakh. 

IGNOU test :
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will conducting an entrance test for management programmes (OPENMAT-XXV) for the session starting from February 1.
The examination centres for the region are Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar.

Witnesses in Raja case get security :
A day after notorious criminal and jewel thief, Rajeev Raja, escaped from police custody, the Ludhiana police provided security to witnesses in cases pertaining to him.
The police felt the need to provide them with security on the grounds that Raja might try to harm them. 

Man objects to eve teasing, beaten up :Helping a woman being teased by a group of miscreants cost Rajiv Dhir of Aggar Nagar dear as he was allegedly beaten up and seriously injured with a sharp-edged weapon by relatives of an Akali leader outside a mall last night. Rajiv had come to see a film with his wife when two youths started teasing a girl. Rajiv objected to it and as soon as the couple came out, the accused, along with some others, attacked Rajiv. No one came forward to help him. Security guards also stood there like mute spectators. A case has been registered.

Industry to protest against power cuts:The Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India has decided to protest against unscheduled power cuts in the state. Power cuts have been increased from four to six hours a day, besides a peak load hour of five hours as also a one-day power cut. Badish K. Jindal, chairman of the Punjab chapter, said industries were unable to meet their export and domestic orders.

SFI holds conference:
The Student Federation of India (SFI) held a conference on Thursday at Budhlada. State secretary of SFI, Swaranjeet Singh Daliu and state vice-president Gurpal Singh Dhaliwal addressed this conference. Swaranjeet Singh Daliu said that private institutions were being given preference by the government.

District-level competition organised:
PEDA, in collaboration with the district education department, organised district-level poster making and essay writing competitions on the renewable sources of energy. As many as 65 students from different schools participated. In the poster making competition, Ramanpreet Kaur (Soondh Maqsoodpur), Gulab Singh (Chaunagra), Pardeep Kumar (Nawanshahr), Dharamvir (Bharta Kalan) and in the essay writing competition, Navneet Kaur (Chaunagra), Kamaljit Singh (Bachhauri), Manjit Kaur (Palli Jhikki) and Pankaj Kumar (Ratenda) won the first three positions and were given consolation prizes. 

Car found: The police has recovered a Safari vehicle (PB- 32F-6717), which was allegedly found abandoned near Government Senior Secondary School here on Friday. Traffic police in charge Surjit Kumar Chaudhary said the police was informed by the nearby shopkeepers that the vehicle had been lying abandoned there for the past two days. It was brought to the police station. 

Medical camp:
A two-day medical check-up camp for women, organised by community health centre in collaboration with the Rotary Club (Midtown), concluded at Dinanagar, 25 km from here, on Friday. The camp was inaugurated by Sita Ram Kashyap, MLA, Dinanagar. Dr B.S. Bajwa, SMO, Dinanagar, said 481 women were examined by an expert team of doctors and free medicines were given to patients. 

Annual function: The annual prize distribution function of Swami Swatantranand Memorial College was held at Dinanagar on Friday. Iqbal Singh Sandhu, SDM, Gurdaspur, was the chief guest, while Swami Sadanand ji, acharya, Dayanand Math, Dinanagar, presided over the function. Artistes from different states, including Gujarat, Haryana and Rajasthan, glorified their states through their cultural presentations.

Water-borne diseases:
The Department of Water Supply and Sanitation on Wednesday organised a training programme at Badrukhan village, near here, on water supply and sanitation project being run with World Bank assistance. Nearly 65 persons, including members of gram panchayat, sanitation committee, the youth club and prominent villagers, took part in the programme.

Get-well-soon cards for PM: About 700 students of local General Gurnam Singh (GGS) Public School on Friday sent get-well-soon cards to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had undergone a multiple bypass heart surgery recently. Principal of the school Kulwinder Singh said the cards had been made by the students. 

24 students selected for job: One hundred and eight students of MBA, 2009 batch, from the local BGIET and the Bhai Gurdas Institute of Management and Technology participated in the campus training-cum-recruitment drive on Thursday. Out of the 108 students, 24 were finally selected by the Bharat Capitals, Chandigarh. 

Kisan Goshthi held: A one-day Field Day-cum-Kisan Goshthi on “Integrated nutrition garden for women empowerment” was organised on Wednesday at Nagra village by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kherri (Sangrur), and Farm Advisory Service Scheme, Sangrur. Director, Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana, Nachhattar Singh Malhi highlighted the importance of vegetables and fruits for leading a healthy life. Dr Didar Singh Bhatti, Dr Jagdish Grover, Dr Mandeep Singh, Dr Vijay Kumar, Dr Roopinder Singh and Dr Maninder Kaur also spoke on the occasion. 

Tarn Taran
The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the ETT Teachers Union: President - Harbax Singh Bhola; general secretary - Maninder Singh; senior vice-presidents - Chandan Singh and Satpal Singh; treasurer - Yadwinder Singh; and patron - Malkiat Singh.



Financial aid:
The Centre has sanctioned a financial assistance of Rs 36,000 to Munshi Ram Jogi, a resident of Bajina village in Bhiwani district, for the period from April 1, 2007, to March 31, 2009, under the scheme of financial assistance to persons distinguished in letters, arts and such other walks of life who may be in indigent circumstances. A letter to this effect issued by the Ministry of Culture stated that under the scheme the state governments concerned were also required to pay assistance of Rs 500 per month to such awardee. 

Sports festival:
The state-level Marathon and Rural Sports Festival will be organised at Narwana in Jind district on the occasion of Basant Panchmi on Saturday. Stating this here on Thursday, a spokesman for the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Haryana, said the events that would be held in the festival included half marathon (men), circle kabaddi (men and women), tug of war, wrestling (men and women), weightlifting and five rural items. 

Labour games:
Panipat is all set to host the fourth zonal labour games that are scheduled to be held here from Saturday onwards. Elaborate arrangements are being made for the games that are being conducted by the State Labour Welfare Board. The games would be organised in the local Shiva Ji Stadium and inaugurated by SP Gupta, Divisional Commissioner, Rohtak. Around 250 labours working in various industries in five districts of the Rohtak division are expected to participate in these games. 

1 killed in mishap:
Dalbir Gujjar, a resident of Mehrauli area of Delhi, was killed on the spot while three other occupants of a car were injured when the car they were travelling in was reportedly hit by a truck near a rice factory on the Jaipur-Delhi highway here on Thursday. The mishap occurred when the car was on its way to Delhi from Jaipur. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC against the truck driver, who reportedly absconded after the incident.

Shop looted:
Mobile phones and computers worth Rs 1.50 lakh were stolen from a shop at Shiv Chowk here on Wednesday night. Pardeep Jolly, owner of Anmol Mobile Junction, told the police that he had gone to his residence on Wednesday night after locking the shop properly. He received a call at about 3.30 am on Thursday informing him about the theft in his shop. After going to his shop, he found out that his computer, laptop, 12 new cell phones, 30 old mobile phones and SIM cards were stolen. The police has begun the investigations.


Two LeT conduits held with hawala money:
Two over-ground workers of militants have been arrested in Rajouri district and Rs 2.20 lakh worth hawala money was recovered from their possession, the police said on Friday. Acting on a tip off, the police intercepted a passenger bus on the Sunderbani-Taryath road on Thursday and arrested Sadiq Khan and Makhan Din - both residents of Draman and seized cash worth Rs 2.20 lakh, a police spokesman said here on Friday. police said they had received the money from one Abuda, a self-styled commander of LeT and had to hand over the amount to a Hizbul Mujahideen militant Adil in Sarwala village. Investigation is on. 

NCO dies: A Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Army succumbed to his critical burn injuries in Command Hospital, Udhampur, sources on Friday said. The NCO, identified as Lance Naik Narain Thapa, hailing from Darjeeling (West Bengal), who was shifted to Command Hospital, Udhampur, with critical burns injuries, died on Thursday, the sources said. As per reports, Lance Naik Thapa’s clothes caught fire when he accidentally fell over a kerosene heater while performing Sentry duty at a forward post along the LoC in the Balnoi area of Mendhar in Poonch district. 

Result declared: Result for the 7th batch comprising of 14 students undergoing Global Understanding Course at the University of Jammu in collaboration with the East Carolina University, USA, declared on Friday. The successful candidates were conferred the certificates by Vice-Chancellor Prof Varun Sahni. According to coordinator and lead teacher for the course, Dr Parikshat Singh Manhas, the course started in August, 2005, keeping in view the importance of networking and collaborations.

Nazki honoured:
Member Legislative Assembly, Bandipora, Nizam-ud-Din Bhat and DC, Bandipora, Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad honoured the renowned poet, Abdul Rashid Nazki, with Sheikh-ul Aalam award for his contribution in the art and literature at a function organised jointly by the Information and Education Departments in Bandipora on Friday. This award had been constituted by the District Information Centre, Baramulla, four years back. A mushiara was also organised on the occasion, in which prominent poets of the district participated.

Jawan hurt in accidental fire: A Head Constable of Central Reserve Police Force was injured in an accidental fire in Shopian district, the police said. It said Head Constable Sambo Chand of the 166 battalion was injured in an accidental fire during a firing practice session at Pad Pawan. He was shifted to hospital for treatment and his condition was stated to be stable.

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