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273 complaints received:
The district election office has received 273 complaints of violation of the model code of conduct till now. Deputy Commissioner Bhagwant Singh said about 250 complaints had been disposed of. He said three counting centres were established at Khalsa College, Medical College and Mai Bhago Government Polytechnic. In order to speed up the announcement of results, votes polled in favour of candidates in each assembly constituency would be installed on the website of the Election Commission for public view.

Dashmesh students excel:
Dashmesh Public Senior Secondary School, Bathinda, today honoured students who fared well in Class VIII and Class V boards. Two students, Rupinder Kaur and Anjali have scored 93 per cent and 92.5 per cent in Class VIII, respectively. Rupinder scored 100 marks in home science, 99 in maths and 96 in Hindi. Anjali scored 100 in home science and maths. Around 80 per cent students have secured first class.

Student awarded:
Bahader Singh, a student of MA (I) of DAV College, has been awarded by the Indian Red Cross Society of Punjab, on the recommendations of the college principal. Bahader has received the award for donating blood nine times and for organising four blood donation camps in the college. The Punjab Governor and the society president presented the award to him on World Red Cross Day at Chandigarh.

The digital one-stop shop:
After Patiala and Amritsar, LG Electronics launched its premium brand Shoppe in Model Town here on Thursday. During the inauguration, Moon B. Shin, MD, LG India, claimed that the global recession had not caused any adverse effect on the company. The LGIEL achieved a turnover of Rs 10,730 crore in 2008. He said the Shoppe serves as a one-stop shop for all the digital needs of the household. He was accompanied by Deepak Jasrotia, regional manager (North) and Harvinder Singh Gogia, branch manager, (Punjab).

Orane Beauty Academy: The Orane Beauty Academy has opened three branches in Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar. The admission to these well-equipped beauty academies has begun. Academy director Kuljinder Sidhu said the students would not only get a chance to get international-level education here but also find it easy to go abroad to start career in beauty industry. He said, “Orane Canada offers the interested Indian students a chance to get higher education after doing their relevant courses in beauty and hair from Orane (India).”

Counting tomorrow:
Counting of votes of nine assembly segments falling under the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency will be held in the city on May 16. Counting of East, South and Atam Nagar segments will be held at Government College for Boys and that of Central, West, North, Gill, Dakha and Jagraon on the PAU campus.

Nokia Ntheatre launched: Nseries, sub-brand of Nokia, has launched Nokia Ntheatre, available on its range of multimedia devices, including the Nokia N79, N85, N95 and N96. Consumers purchasing Nokia Nseries phones will be entitled to select five movies from genres.

Appointed: ICICI Prudential Life has appointed V Vaidyanathan as the managing director and chief executive officer of the company from May 1, 2009. He has replaced Shikha Sharma. He was earlier the executive director with the ICICI bank.

Power shutdown: Power supply will remain suspended in Daba Colony, Gobind Nagar, Janata Nagar, New Janata Nagar and Daba Road from 9 am to 11 am on Friday due to maintenance works.

Homage paid to Vimla Dang:
A condolence meeting was organised here on Wednesday by the Punjab Istri Sabha and homage was paid to CPI leader Vimla Dang, who died recently. District president of the Sabha Rekha Sharma said contribution to the social sphere by Vimla Dang would always be remembered.

HarshlaClass VIII exams — Harshla tops in Moga dist:
student of the Arya Girls Senior Secondary School, Moga, stood
first in the class VIII exams, conducted by the Punjab School
Education Board, in Moga district by securing 93.3 per cent marks.
She got 746 marks out of a total of 800 marks.  

Sewing machines:
Sewing machines, clothes, utensils and other household items were distributed among 20 needy women at a function organised by the Rotary Club here on Thursday. Club president Varinder Dogra presided over the function, while District Governor Vinod Sharma was the chief guest. Sharma advised the people to come forward to serve society through the NGO’s and said it was a duty of every citizen to extend his support to the needy persons.

Folk dance: Spicmacay organised a Rajasthani folk dance programme here on Thursday. The musical team comprising Anwar Khan, Khete Khan, Barkat Khan and Habib Khan presented a magical performance. Prof Mannu Sharma said the aim of their organisation was to promote the Indian classical music and folk dance.



SBI adopts five girl students: Pala Ram, regional manager, State Bank of India, RBO-I, Chandigarh, presented cheques to five girl students of Government Primary School, Sohana, to meet their education expenses under the "Adoption of Girl Child" scheme adopted by SBI Mattaur Sector 70, Mohali, branch during a function.



Youths not traced:
The Kangra police stopped the combing operations last night in the Birta and Kachiari areas on the outskirts of this temple town as the three youths, suspected to be terrorists, who had alighted from a private bus could not be traced out. The police was investigating the matter, but described it as a “rumour”. The Kangra SDPO, who was supervising the combing operations, said none of the suspected youths could be traced out despite combing operations till midnight.

Husband killed:
An argument between a couple at Charch village under Chopal tehsil ended with the death of the husband, Vikram Sen, who was hit on the head by his wife. According to the police, the incident took place at Charach village where the couple had come to attend a wedding from Chandigarh. The wife, Sarita, hit her husband with a wooden plank after the two had a heated argument, resulting into Vikram’s death. The police has arrested Sarita. A case has been registered under Section 302 of the IPC in the Chopal police station.



VC to close down study centres soon:
The National Secular Forum (NSF) claimed today that Vice-chancellor of Jammu University Prof. Varun Sahni would close the illegal study centres, which are functioning in the university campus, within two days. Vikas Sharma, president of the NSF, said in a meeting held today with Prof. Sahni had assured them that the illegal study centres would be closed soon. Sharma said the order passed in 2005 declared all study centres except IGNOU as illegal and two such illegal study centres were still working on university campus.

Hit-and-run cases claim two lives: Just two days after Vaishno Devi (65), mother of a local journalist, succumbed to her injuries sustained in a hit-and-run case, Surinder Singh Anand (73), father of a photojournalist, died late last night of injuries received in an accident. While Vaishno Devi was hit by a rashly driven mobike on BC Road on May 9, Surinder Singh Anand was hit on May 11. A condolence meeting was held at the local Press Club today in this connection.

Goods worth lakhs gutted: Grocery items worth about Rs 30 lakh were gutted in fire, which broke out in a shop in Ramgarh near Vijaypur yesterday. Reports said fire started from the godown and in no time it engulfed the entire shop. “It started at 11.45 pm last night and was brought under control at 3.30 am,” Devinder Singh, Ramgarh, SHO, said. The cause of fire was attributed to short-circuit in livewires.


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