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Students honoured:
The Brahmarishi Mission School today honoured its outstanding students, who had excelled in academics and co-curricular activities, principal Brahmrita said. Dr Neelam Arun Mittu, principal of the Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College was the chief guest. Dr Shyam Sunder Thakkar, chairman of the school managing committee, presided over the function. Sushant, Aarti, Himanshu, Ekta Dhamu, Vijyender Jangu, Shivani Reliya, Sakshi Gupta, Rahul Arora, Diksha, Shivam Reliya, Rahul Bansal, Shagun Singla, Palak Nagori, Chiragh, Shubham Watts were presented medals. Professor O.P. Chaudhary and Seema Juneja conducted the function. The managing committee presented a memento to the chief guest.

Extension lecture:
An extension lecture was organised at the Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal, on Wednesday on the ‘Importance of Music in Life'. The resource person was Dr Jyoti Khanna, principal Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh. Earlier, principal S.S. Sangha and all the members of the staff welcomed Jyoti Khanna. Khanna explained the students about the difference aspects of music and basic teaching skills and importance of music in life.



Voltage fluctuation: Sudden fluctuation of voltage in 13 houses in the town on Thursday resulted in damage to television sets, refrigerators and other electric gadgets. The voltage fluctuation victims submitted a memorandum to the local SDM demanding compensation against their loss.

Criminal arrested: The police on Thursday arrested Pradeep Kumar wanted for car theft . The stolen car was recovered from Punjab in 2004 but the accused was absconding. Following a tip off, the police led by an ASI arrested the accused from Muradpur Jatta village in Punjab.

Interim relief: The Himachal Pradesh University has released the third instalment of 10 per cent interim relief to its teaching as well as non-teaching employees from February. Vice-Chancellor Sunil Kumar Gupta said release of additional interim relief would put a burden of Rs 30 lakh per month on the university exchequer.

PR’s role: The secretary, Information and Public Relations, Ram Subhag Singh, on Wednesday called upon the officials of the department to adopt a professional approach in disseminating the policies and programmes of the government.



Jawan found dead
: An Army jawan, identified as Jeevan Lal of 53 Battalion, was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a transit camp in the winter capital of the state on Wednesday night, police sources here said. The deceased was posted at Srinagar and stayed for a night at the camp as he was going on a leave. Cardiac failure could be the reason behind his death, the police said, adding that the body has been shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital for autopsy.

2 die in cattle shed collapse: Two women were killed when a cattle shed collapsed due to heavy rains in Rajouri district here, police officials said here. Due to heavy rains, two women, identified as Mariam Begum and Shahin Akhter, had taken shelter under the cattle shed in Kalas village in Thanamandi tehsil of Rajouri district on Wednesday. They were buried when it collapsed. The bodies were later recovered by villagers.

Seminar on AIDS: For creating awareness about HIV/AIDS, Serving All Humanity Yearningly Over the Globe (Sahyog) India organised a seminar at Government Higher Secondary School (Boys), Akhnoor, on Thursday. The seminar was held in collaboration with the J&K AIDS Prevention and Control Society. Minister for Health Sham Lal Sharma was the chief guest. Among others, project director, J&K AIDS PCS, MA Wani emphasised on sensitising people about HIV/AIDS. An educationist, Dr Kavi Raj Sharma, delivered a lecture on “Stigma and Discrimination” vis-a-vis affected persons. Principal of the school Buti Ram presented the vote of thanks.

Nepalese succumbs to injuries: A Nepalese, who succumbed to his injuries in a hospital on Thursday morning, was earlier found lying unconscious and bleeding profusely in a toilet of a general coach of Lohit Express late last night. The deceased, Puran Thappa(30), was a watchman in Srinagar. Official sources said a sweeper peeped through the toilet window of Lohit Express at Jammu railway station at 1 am last night and found a man lying unconscious. The sweeper informed the GRP, which shifted the victim to Government Medical College. However, the victim succumbed to his injuries.

Saleem APHC media adviser
: As part of its reorganisation, which has started recently, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has appointed Syed Saleem Geelani as its media adviser. He is the president of the National Peoples Party (NPP), a constituent of the conglomeration. The chairman of the Hurriyat conference, Mirwiaz Umar Farooq, has authorised Saleem Geelani to take over the charge as media adviser.


Hotel employee’s body found
: The body of a hotel employee was found in the morning today in the premises of Hotel Gulmarg in the Library area here. According to sources, the deceased, Avtar Singh, was working as a guide and was last seen on Tuesday night. His body was found in the bushes near the hotel. It is being surmised that the victim fell from the hotel balcony but the matter is being investigated.

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