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Unveiling ceremony of Megh Rishi memorial:
State executive of the Meghwal Samaj Sangh during its meeting held here today finalised arrangements for the unveiling ceremony of Megh Rishi memorial, said Om Parkash Manda, president of the NGO. The meeting was presided over by Ravi Kant Parihar, chairman of the state body. Manda further said Ram Parkash Acharya would be the chief guest at the function scheduled for February 19 near the local police complex. 

Woman held with smack:
The district police nabbed Jaswant Kaur, a notorious drug peddler of infamous Anngarh area situated on the outskirts of the city, here today and recovered 100 grams of smack from her. She was arrested during a naka laid by a Sadar police station party after a tip-off on the Fatahpur road and seized the contraband from her. According to the police, nine cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and the Excise Act had been registered in different police stations here against her.

Protest march: The Naujawan Bharat Sabha and Punjab Students Union (PSU) will hold protest march against changes being made in the original structure of Jallianwala Bagh in the ongoing beautification project on Thursday. The protest march would begin from Gole Bagh and terminate at Jallianwala Bagh. 

Daily-wagers to hold rally: The daily-wage employees of the Public Works Department in the state would hold a protest rally in Bathinda on February 17 to remind the state government of its promise to regularise their services, PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union general secretary Sukhdev Singh stated in a press release here today. 

Students honoured: Sonu Jhinjha was honoured as "Gem of the College" during the annual prize distribution function at the Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here on Wednesday. Ludhiana-based industrialist and philanthropist Rajneesh Ahuja was the chief guest. He honoured about 250 students who had excelled in academics, NCC, NSS, cultural activities and sports. Principal Dr Neelam Arun Mittu read out the annual report. The students enthralled the gathering with classical dance, folk songs and dance. SDM N.S. Brar presided over the function. 

PTU convocation tomorrow:
Nearly 292 students of Punjab Technical University will get their degree-cum-merit certificates during the seventh annual convocation to be held at the new Kapurthala campus on February 13. Punjab governor Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) will preside over the function. Chairman of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries S.C. Bargodia will deliver the convocation address and Dr Y.S. Rajan, principal adviser, CII, will be the guest of honour.

GNIMT convocation on Feb 13:
The Punjab Technical University has notified the merit lists of 2008 for various examinations. Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, has won the first four positions in MBA and 1st, 4th and 9th positions respectively in BBA.It is the first time that any PTU College has got first four positions, claimed an official press release here today.The medals and merit certificates will be awarded by Gen (Retd) SF Rodrigues, Chancellor PTU at the convocation on February 13, on the new PTU Campus.

Meeting of workers:
Workers under the banner of the Punjab Mulazam Sangharsh Committee held meetings in view of their Ludhiana rally scheduled for February 14. Leaders of the workers demanded that the state pay commission should give its recommendations in favour of the employees. 

Opium seized:
The police arrested Gautam Rai, resident of Balba, Bihar, here on Wednesday and seized 1 kg of opium from him. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him. Rajesh Kumar was arrested by the Gurdaspur police under the Gambling Act. 

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Patwari held taking bribe:
Tarsem Singh, a patwari of Bhaowal (Patti), has been nabbed by a vigilance bureau (VB) team while taking bribe from a farmer. Ashok Kumar, DSP, who led the team, said here today that the Tarsem Singh demanded a bribe of Rs 6,000 for making “limit” documents of the land of the farmer used for getting loan, etc. The farmer agreed to pay him Rs 4,000 and brought the matter to the notice of the VB. The DSP led the team and recovered the amount from Tarsem Singh in the presence of two witnesses. A case has been registered against Tarsem Singh. 


BSP election in charge:
The BSP has appointed its general secretary of the state unit Suraj Pal (Ammu) as election in-charge of the constituency. The BSP has already announced the former member of national cricket team Chetan Sharma as its nominee from Faridabad. 

Congress activists from Thanesar and Ladwa on Tuesday honoured MP Ram Prakash for being nominated as Rajya Sabha MP for the second time at a function at Shiwaalaa Raamkundi, Ladwa, about 20 km from here. They also felicitated district Congress committee former president and All-India Congress Committee former member Pawan Garg for re-joining the party.

Quiz contest:
Teams from five colleges participated in a quiz contest organised by the economics department of Kishan Lal Public College here on Tuesday. While KLP College bagged first prize, second position went to Rao Lal Singh College of Education, Sidhrawali. Former principal JB Singh distributed the prizes.

Admission date extended:
The Directorate of Distance Education of Maharshi Dayanand University has extended the last date for admission to undergraduate/postgraduate and BLib/MLib courses through distance education. The last date of admission is now February 28. But the applicants will have to pay a late fee of Rs 2,000. 



Workshop held:
A one-day workshop on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) was held at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology on its Chatha campus here on Tuesday. In the workshop, officials of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Command Area Development and scientists at Sher-e-Kashmir varsity discussed the new technique of rice cultivation which was introduced in some areas of Jammu around two years ago. The SRI technique has got tremendous results in areas like RS Pura, Bardial Bishnah, Sher Garh, Meerah Sahab etc. as there was record increase in rice production by 30 per cent. Underlining the significance of this technique, Director Extension Education KS Risam said the new technique involved lesser use of seed and water and gives better yield. 

8 hurt in accidents:
Eight persons were injured, including a senior police officer, in two road accidents in the valley on Wednesday. ASP Mohammad Yousuf Mir, three special police officers (SPOs) and a driver were injured when an official vehicle they were travelling in collided with a bus at Aab-Trag near Pampore, 15 km from here, the police said, adding that the injured were rushed to the hospital. The police vehicle was on its way to Srinagar from Anantnag when the mishap occurred. A case has been registered. In another accident, three persons were injured when a car dashed into an electric pole near Rangrate on the outskirts of the city today. 

One falls to death: A Power Development Department (PDD) employee died after he fell down from an electric pole during a repair work in the city, official sources said on Wednesday. Mohammad Ayub Dar of Nowgam was working on power transmission line when he fell down from a pole at Batmaloo. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. 


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