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Abohar
Abohar NCC cadets adjudged most disciplined
: Five of the seven trainees in the 10-day NCC camp, who were declared as the most disciplined cadets are from Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here, informed principal Dr Neelam Arun Mittu on Monday. Dr Mittu and NCC in-charge, Anita Singh felicitated Kajal, Shruti, Smriti, Maniya and Seema for winning the distinction and also honoured Gurpreet, Sheenam, Kanta, Kalpana and Poonam for excelling in the drill during the camp that was attended by about 350 students from different colleges at Moga recently.

BANUR
Seminar
: A seminar on the production management was held on Sunday at SVIET wherein Anil Srivastava, CEO of Continental Devices, Mohali, was the chief speaker. He stressed on the need for import of latest technology to upgrade quality and enhance skills of workers apart from the innovating managerial skills. Meanwhile, Over 350 delegates from all over India will participate in the two-day national seminar, starting from February 10 -11, on “opportunities and challenges in physical education” being organised by the Punjabi University's department of physical education in Patiala. The seminar will be preceded by a workshop on “naturopathy and first aid” on February 9.

BATALA
One nabbed
: The police laid a naka at Gandhi Chowk and caught Amritsar resident Munish Kumar with 3,033 duplicate keys. Senior Superintendent of Police Naresh Arora said here on Monday that a case under sections 51, 52, 63 and 68 of the Copyright Act, 1957, was registered against him.

Bathinda
Power cut:
Due to maintenance work, the power supply to Kamla Nehru Colony, Bharat Nagar, Patel Nagar, DAV College, Bibi Wala road, Joganand, Gobindpura, ITBP and Polytechnic College will remain suspended from 10 am to 7 pm on Tuesday.

Prize distribution: The annual prize distribution function was organised by Flower Valley Public School, Bathinda, on February 8. The chief guest Saroop Chand Singla, constituency in-charge, Shiromani Akali Dal, Bathinda inaugurated the function. Principal, Sushma Arora welcomed the chief guest. Students presented many programmes including action song, dandia, Punjabi play, Vande Mataram and others. Urvashi and Navpreet made the audience dance in the end.

Mock test: The Harbhajan Institute organised a mock test on Sunday in which six students participated. Besides Bathinda, this test was organised in other cities as well. The purpose of this test was to prepare the students of secondary class for science and maths. Harbhajan Singh, director of the institute, said that this test is being conducted on the guidelines of CBSE and PSEB. Another director of the institute, Prof Amolak Singh Saikho said that to bring awareness among the students, Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 would be given to the students obtaining the first, second and third position, respectively.

Hoshiarpur
Charitable health centre
: Addressing gathering on the opening of Maya-Labh Charitable Health Centre here on Sunday, additional-director of the department of cardiology of Fortis Hospital, Mohali, Dr R.K. Jaswal  cautioned the citizens about the increase in the number of cardiac patients in the country.

Mansa
SFI conference at Sunam
: The Students Federation of India (SFI) would hold the 22nd state-level conference at Sunam on February 11, said Swaranjit Singh Dalio, state secretary of the organisation. The student leader said that they would raise the demand to stop privatisation of the ITIs in the state and ensure 10 per cent share of Central budget and 30 per cent share of state budget on education. He also demanded that the activities of all private educational institutions in Punjab should be brought under the supervision of government by enacting a new law. Consessional passes should be allowed in private buses as well, he demanded. The SFI leader also informed that nearly 200 delegates from all districts of Punjab were expected to attend the Sunam conference that would be addressed by Rita Brata Banerjee, among others.

Nawanshahr
Two killed in accident
: Two motorcycle-borne persons, identified as Raminder Singh and Kashmir Singh, were killed when hit by speeding vehicle near Jafferpur village at Rahon road here on Monday. In another accident, Rattan Singh and Jujhar Singh of Bhootan village were injured when their motorcycle was hit by a car near ITI at Chandigarh road.

Promotion cases cleared: In order to clear the cases of assured career progression (ACP) of the school teachers lying pending during the tenure of the previous district education officers, DEO Prem Chand Gupta organised a camp at Government Senior Secondary School here on Monday. As many as 50 cases were cleared on the spot.

Tarn Taran
ETT teachers warn govt:
Hundreds of ETT teachers of four districts --- Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Kapurthala --- organised a “warning rally” here and at township Khadoor Sahib. They asked the state government to return the control of elementary schools to the education department as the SAD promised in manifesto during the Assembly elections.



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CHANDIGARH

Chandigarh
PU don to receive Darwin medal: Prof I S Dua, former chairman department of botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Prof of botany has been chosen to receive the rare distinction of Charles Darwin Medal on the occasion of the his 200th birth anniversary on February 12.

Mohali
Elected
: A meeting of various welfare bodies of the town was held to elect office bearers of the Citizen Welfare and Development Forum. The following were elected unanimously: chief patron-AN Sharma; patron-Gian Singh; chairman-MDS Sodhi; president-Albel Singh Shyan; executive president- PS Virdi; senior vice-presidents-SS Barnala, Gurmail Singh, Karam Singh Dhanoa; vice-presidents-presidents of affiliated bodies; general secretary- Jarnail Singh Kranti; legal adviser- PD Wadhwa; finance secretary-Mohan Singh; joint secretaries-Harbinder Singh, Nirmal Singh Niamian, Satvir Singh Dhanoa, Kulbir Singh Dhillon and organising secretary-BS Garewal.

Books released: Two books were released at a literary programme orgainsed by the Sahit Kala Sabhyacharak Manch in collaboration with the languages department, Punjab, at Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, here. The books - ‘Mehkan da Wanzara’ by Raj Zakhmi and ‘Sanjhan Pyar Dian’ by Babu Ram Diwana were released on the occasion. Dr Gurmukh Singh, a writer and critic, was honoured for his contribution to Punjabi literature.

Blood donation camp: As many as 133 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Punjabi Cultural and Welfare Society and Sukhdev Singh Gill Memorial Welfare Club in association with the Market Welfare Association, Phase III B. The camp was organised in the memory of Master Gaurav Sharma.

Appointed: Gurinderjit Singh, a Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer, has been appointed Central government counsel to conduct the Centre government cases (other than the cases of income tax and the Railways) in the high court.

Panchkula
Rubber stamp seized:
The police has claimed to have recovered a rubber stamp used by patwari of Pinjore Deepak Kumar in tempering the revenue records. The patwari was booked while five staff members Mukesh, Surjit, Kirandeep, Harbans and Jitender facing the allegations were arrested on February 6. The patwari had already managed to secure the anticipatory bail in the case.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Sundernagar
Office-bearers: Chandermani Chauhan was elected as president of the Keran-Taryambar Kishan Kalyan Samiti yesterday unanimously. The samiti is an organisation of farmers of the mining area, which would be acquired for the setting up the cement plant, near Sundernagar. Others elected include general secretary Kamal Swarup, senior vice-president Nand Lal, vice-president Moti Ram and treasurer Karam Singh.


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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Red Cross mela concludes
: The two-day Red Cross Mela-cum-Raffle draw, in which 50 stalls, including that of the Indian Air Force were put up, concluded here on Sunday with Governor NN Vohra presiding over the closing ceremony. The event was held to create awareness about the Red Cross and its activities.

Srinagar
Jawan dies in accidental fire
: A CRPF jawan was killed when his service weapon went off in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, official sources said today. They said constable Shubanshu Mohaty of the 154 battalion of the CRPF was in his camp at Kurigam when his service weapon went off accidentally last night. A case has been registered.
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