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Semester system for MSc
: Guru Nanak Dev University will introduce semester system in the MSc programmes in all affiliated colleges from 2009-10 session. The Academic Council which met here on Thursday under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Jai Rup Singh decided it.. The syllabi for courses for 2009-10 session was also approved. He said semester system in other faculties would be considered subsequently.

Youth fest
: The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle of Faridkot, Muktsar and Bathinda conducted the Youth Festival- 2009 at the Teachers’ Home here on Thursday, in which around 380 students took part. On the occasion, various competitions, including poem recitation, turban tying, ‘gurbani’ and quiz were held. Simranjit Kaur and Navdeep of Baba Farid Law College stood first in ‘gurbani’ and poem recitation competitions respectively. Maharaja Ranjit Singh College, Malout, won the quiz contest while Manjit Singh of Adesh Polytechnic College came first in turban tying competition.

Lawn tennis: Five girl students of local Government Rajindra College have brought laurels to the college by winning the mix and singles events of lawn tennis at the inter-college championship organised by the Punjabi University, Patiala. The tournament was held at M.M. Modi College, Patiala. Those who secured positions were Sumanpreet Kaur, Manpreet Kaur, Neeru Joshi, Taqdeer and Jaswinder Kaur.

Stone for college library laid
: Punjab BJP vice-president and local MLA Surjit Kumar Jyani laid the foundation stone of a computer lab and library building at the local MR Government College today. On the occasion, Jyani presented two cheques for Rs 31 lakh and 7 lakh for the construction of the building of lab and library. Jyani also inaugurated the 62nd annual sports tourney. Students and NCC cadets of the college participated in the march past held to mark the occasion. He further stressed on the importance of games and encouraged students to participate in sports. Games would keep the students away from drug addiction, he said.

Traders meet tax official: Representatives of the Footwear Traders of Punjab met excise and taxation chief parliamentary secretary Jagish Sahni in Chandigarh on Wednesday to discuss their outstanding issues. Fazilka Beopar Mandal president and footwear dealer Ashok Gulbadhar disclosed that the major issue raised by traders was related to levying of 12.5 per cent tax on plastic footwear in state.

Man duped
: Fake travel agents have duped Anoop Singh of Bhana village of Rs 5.25 lakh on the pretext of sending his relative Harjit Singh to the UK. The police has booked Rupesh Dhir of Hadiabad and Vikram Sharma of Model Town, Jalandhar, under sections 420 of the IPC and section 10 of the Immigration Act, 1983.

Dowry case: Neelam Rani, daughter of Ram Singh of Balla Kullian, lodged a complaint against her husband Balwinder Singh, mother-in-law Gian Kaur, father-in-law Tarsem Singh and sister-in-law Kuldip Kaur, all of Gokal Nagar, at the Dasuya police station for allegedly harassing her for more dowry.

Astrologer honoured
: Raghbir Rupal Dhiman, an astrologer, was honoured by the Knitwear Club at Sutlej Club here on yesterday. Priyank Bharti, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Vinod Thapar, president, Knitwear Club, Jaswant Takkar, Narinder Miglani, Rohit Rampal, Charanjiv Singh, Vishav Bandhu, general manager, DIC, PV Leela, director finance, Central Silk Board, were also present among others.

Cong leader cremated
: Senior Congress leader, former chairman of improvement trust and former president municipal council Sita Ram Taneja (59) was cremated here on Wednesday. A large number of people, including representatives of different political, social, religious and trade organisations attended the funeral procession. His sons Vipin Taneja and Amit Taneja donated the eyes of their father to the local Eye Donation Society.

Traffic blocked: Activists of the Sri Guru Ravidass Mandir Parbandhak Committee blocked traffic at Rotary Chowk here to protest against pasting of a banner on the banner earlier put by the committee in connection with the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidass here on Wednesday. Dharna was lifted only after the banner put up to hide the earlier banner was removed with the intervention of local MLA.

Seminar on market
: Manpreet Singh Badal, finance minister, Punjab, will inaugurate two-day seminar on ‘Making Markets Happen’, being organised by School of Management Studies, Punjabi University, from February 6.Vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh will preside over the seminar. It will focus on emerging trends in the Indian market.



Lecture on global financial crisis
Government College, Sector 46, today organised an extension lecture on “Global financial crisis and its impact on India.” The lecture was delivered by Dr Sadkkadulla, regional director of RBI, Chandigarh, who apprised the students with economic situations at both Indian and global level.

Traffic awareness camp: Stepping Stones School organised a traffic awareness camp to inculcate a sense of discipline on roads among students. A team of officials from the department of traffic and security, headed by HS Doon, SP Traffic and Security, visited the school and apprised the students. 

Peace day observed: The Peace Club of Government Model High School, Sector 36, celebrated Peace day with great zeal today. On the occasion, students of the school presented a play “We are one” along with group songs, elocution by the students on Gandhian thoughts, giddha on Punjabi beats and took a pledge to observe the coming Valentines’ Day for showing respect and regard to their parents.

Nepalese commits suicide: Hassi Lal, a Nepalese, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a wooden log in his hutment near the Sector 19 gurdwara today morning. Ruling out the possibility of foul play, the police termed it a suicide. The deceased used to work as a watchman in the locality, but had left the job and was unemployed. The body was shifted to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital for post mortem. A case has been registered.



3 held for motorcycle theft
: The district police has solved four cases of motorcycle theft and arrested three persons in this connection. Those arrested were sent to judicial custody on orders of a local court. Giving details, SP Sultan Singh told mediapersons here on Thursday that thieves had stolen a motorcycle belonging to Kuldip Singh of Mundri from his office here on January 24. Another motorcycle of a local resident was also stolen from outside Kotak Life Insurance office here on Jan 30. While investigating these cases, ASI Satbir Singh, in-charge of the HUDA police post, arrested Harender, alias Lalain, of UP and recovered three motorcycles from him.

Fleecing of consumers
: Expressing concern over the alleged fleecing of consumers by petrol pumps, gas agencies and rations depot holders, the BJP has demanded stringent action against the defaulters. A deputation of BJP workers led by district president Chander Prakash Kuthria met the food and supply inspector and demanded prompt action against erring gas agencies and petrol pumps and depot holders. The deputation alleged that a large number of complaints had been poured in against overcharging and artificial shortage of these commodities.

Girl crushed to death: A three-and-a-half-year-old girl was crushed to death by a tractor-trailer on the Karnal-Kaithal road here on Wednesday. The incident took place when the deceased was crossing the road with her mother near Prem Colony. The driver, Surjit Singh, a resident of Moga district in Punjab, has been arrested. In another incident, Darshan Chand (40) died after he was reportedly hit by a tractor at Naglafarm. A case has been registered.

Health camp
: The NSS unit of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidhyalaya started a seven-day heath camp in the memory of late Ranbir Singh Hooda on Tuesday. The health camp was inaugurated by the Vice chancellor (VC) of the university. The university fraternity observed a two-minute silence in the memory of the departed soul and prayed for the peace of the bereaved family. The VC said the university had a special association with the late freedom fighter as he was among the first batch who got admitted in the then Gurukul in Bhainwal Kalan in 1925, which later became the south campus of the university.



Pedestrian hit to death
: A pedestrian, identified as Abrar Hussain Shah of Pathana Peer, at present putting up at Burnoi Sagra, died when an unidentified motorbike hit him in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district on Thursday, police sources said. Abrar was immediately shifted to the nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A case has been registered.

Book released: “Sheeraz”, a book in Hindi written by Neeru Sharma, was released by the Jammu and Kashmir Cultural Academy on the occasion of its golden jubilee at KL Saigal Hall on Wednesday. The book comprises various essays, stories, short stories, poems and ghazals.

Man held on murder charge: A 65-year-old woman has been killed by her husband at Chann Khatrian village of Hiranagar tehsil in Kathua district. The woman, identified as Shanu Devi of Chann Khatrian, was killed by her husband Chuni Lal, the police said, adding that the reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained. The accused has been arrested and the police has registered a case and also seized the weapon of offence.

2 tourists found unconscious
: Two tourists were found unconscious in a hotel room on the banks of Dal Lake here on Thursday, a police spokesman said. Dharminder Kumar and Mohammad Irfan, both residents of Lucknow, became unconscious due to lack of oxygen, as they had left a gas heater on in their room throughout the night, the spokesman said. They have been hospitalised.

9 thieves held: The police arrested a group of nine thieves in Bandipora district of North Kashmir on Thursday. A police spokesman said the burglars were arrested from their houses at Sudunara village of Sumbal in Bandipora. The recoveries made from them include 14 gas cylinders, some copper utensils and three bicycles. The spokesman identified the arrested thieves as Aijaz Ahmad Dar, alias Tangalnaar, Abdul Rehman Dar, alias Shaibrekh, Sajad Ahmad Dar, alias Pupalat, Sajad Ahmad Wagay, alias Pheteh, Reyaz Ahmad Wagay, alias Khanzh, Manzoor Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Ayoub Khuja, alias Aba, Showkat Ahmad Dar, alias Shakeh, and Showkat Ahmad Wagay, alias Suga.

Man found dead: Body of a 38-year-old person was recovered by the police in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, a police spokesman said. The deceased, identified as Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, was found dead by the roadside near Gooripora village on Wednesday night. Bhat hailed from Balhama village.

Seminar on career counselling
: The Career Counselling and Guidance Cell of Women College, Udhampur, in collaboration with the Institute of Chartered Financial Analyst of India (ICFAI), Jammu, organised a seminar and presentation on career counselling and guidance on the college campus on Wednesday. The seminar was conducted by professionals of the ICFAI.



CM gives 14-cr for mega parking
:Chief Minister BC Khanduri has announced a sum of Rs 14 crore for construction of four mega parking facilities in Mussoorie and assured to resolve housing problems being faced by locals.
Speaking to mediapersons today, the CM said his government would make all efforts to resolve the housing problem in association with the Mussoorie-Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA). Earlier, the CM opened a road here, which has been named after the late Manorama Devi Birla, wife of the late KK Birla.


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