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Career camp: A career counselling camp was organised at Aryans Business School here on Friday, in which students from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali participated. They were provided guidance on various professional courses like BBA, BCA, B.Sc (IT), MBA and MCA. Experts guided the students to opt for job-oriented courses. They were advised to ensure whether the colleges were affiliated and recognised before taking admission.

NFL turnover touches  Rs 5,127 crore mark: The National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has achieved a turnover of Rs 5,127 crore for the financial year 2008-09. It was Rs 4,141 crore last year. The profit before tax of the company stood at Rs 155 crore, a press release issued here said.The company recorded production of 33.44 lakh tonne of urea this year with a capacity utilisation of 103.5 per cent compared to 32.68 lakh tonne last year. During 2008-09, the company sold 33.77 lakh tonnes of urea this year compared to 32.38 lakh tonne in 2007-08. Meanwhile, the NFL is in the process of changing the feedstock of its fuel oil-based plants at Bathinda, Panipat and Nangal to natural gas. Natural gas being cheaper would bring about a considerable reduction in the cost of production at these units.

Ex-Secy Krishan Swaroop dies at 94
: Former Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretary Krishan Swaroop (94) died here on Thursday following a paralytic attack. He is survived by his wife Kanta Sharma, two sons, Ajay Swaroop, who is Chief General Manager of the State Bank of India, Chandigarh, and Vijay Sharma who is settled in London, besides a daughter.

Media seminar:
Shri Jagdish Prasad Jhabar Mal Tibdewala University and Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) will jointly organise a national seminar at village Chudela on June 5 and 6, IFWJ president Vikram Rao and Vinod Tiwari convener of the function informed today. Senior academicians and journalists will discuss the role of rural journalism in promoting education among girls, water conservation and measures to check suicides and other burning social issues, Vinod Tibdewal, designate vice-chancellor of the university, said. Meanwhile, the Rajyoga Foundation for Research in Education, affiliated to Brahmakumaris, has also finalised its plan to hold a four-day media seminar at Gyan Sarovar complex in Mount Abu from June 14.

Body found: The police has recovered a dead body from the Abohar branch of canal near Akhara village. The body was that of a man of 35-40 years of age, the police said. The body was seen floating in the canal by a passer-by this morning who informed the matter to the police. The body was not identified till evening.

Labourer wins 51 lakh lottery
: It was dream come true for a labourer working with a tent house when he won Rs 51 lakh lottery. A monthly lottery ticket of Rs 51 lakh of the Punjab Government was won by Balwinder Singh Bobby, a resident of Badesh Kalan village. Bobby said he never thought he would win the lottery. He had forgotten the ticket at his home.

Training programme for parents:
An orientation programme for parents to handle their kids during the adolescent stage was organised in BCM School, Chandigarh Road here. Dr Aruna of the CMC guided the parents about natural and biological reasons for the change in behaviour of kids during the adolescent period and suggested ways through which they could help them pass through this stage.

PSEB to impose power cuts from today
: The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is set to impose one to four-hour power cuts from June 1 and 10, respectively. People of Punjab hardly faced power shortage in the run-up and after the elections, but now the board is busy preparing a road map for power cuts once again. PSEB has decided to impose one-hour power cut daily on domestic and industrial consumers, while farmers will be have uninterrupted power supply for four hours a day from June 1. Power cuts in urban areas and for the industry are likely to be enhanced to a minimum of four hours per day from June 10 as the board authorities are maintaining that they will have to divert more power for paddy plantation.

Labourer commits suicide
: Bhag Singh (45), son of Jangir Singh, resident of Munshiwala village, 5 km from Dirba, on Saturday allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a girder in his house. Dirba SHO Bakhshish Singh said on Sunday evening that Bhag Singh was a drug addict and a labourer by profession. A case has been registered under Section 174, CrPC.

Jaundice cases detected: Eleven jaundice patients have been detected during past week in Lehragaga town, 40 km from here. Medical Officer (MO) Ajay Kumar posted at Lehragaga hospital told The Tribune on Saturday that initially three-four patients visited the hospital with jaundice symptoms (viral hepatitis) from ward No. 1 of the town. “After a survey was conducted with the help of health workers in the locality, the number of patients suffering from jaundice rose to 11,” he added.



Teachers training exam: The entrance examination of ETT course to be conducted by the State Institute of Education- Sector 32, Chandigarh, is scheduled for July 19. The two-year integrated training course is for graduates who want to pursue a career in teaching at elementary level. The prospectus will be available at the institute from June 2 to 27 for Rs 100.



Applications invited
: The Haryana government has invited applications for three national awards, namely National Awards for Child Welfare, National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement and Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award for Service to Children, by June 30. Stating this here on Saturday, a spokesman for the Women and Child Welfare Department said National Awards for Child Welfare and Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award for Service to Children were given for the best work done in a year in the cause of children. National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement is given to children who had achieved outstanding status in various fields, including academics, arts, culture and sports.

Homeopathic camp
: Punjabi Sabha, Pinjore, organised its first free homeopathic health check up camp at Gurdwara Manji Sahib with the help of doctors of Haryana Homeopathic Council. A team of nine doctors examined 271 patients of various health problems like skin diseases, orthopaedics, ENT, etc. Pankaj Gandhi, general secretary of sabha, has decided to organise such camps in future also to facilitate residents with medical aid.

Five booked
: The police has booked Himani Sharma’s husband Jagdish Sharma, mother-in-law Revati Devi and three others, all residents of Narnaul area of Mahendragarh district, on charges of harassment for dowry and causing hurt to woman. A case has been registered against them on a complaint filed by Himani, who got married to Jagdish on February 13, 2006. She alleged that soon after the wedding she was harassed for more dowry.

No Tobacco Day observed: A function was held to mark World No Tobacco Day at REI Agro Limited, 10 km from here, on Sunday. At the behest of Amit Swami, director of the factory and national president of the Young Men’s Association of India, factory workers took a pledge to eschew smoking, tobacco and its allied products henceforward in life. Swami expressed concern at the increasing number of youths taking to smoking.

68 drunkards held
: The police nabbed 68 drunkards while they were consuming alcohol at different public places in the district during a special drive on Friday night. All have been booked under the Excise Act. SSP Navdeep Singh Virk said after receiving complaints about consumption of alcohol at public places, teams from different police stations carried out special checking at the public places and nabbed the miscreants.

Seminar held: The Sonepat Press Club organised a seminar on the occasion of Hindi Patrakarita Divas in PWD Rest House here on Saturday. Journalists from all over the district participated in the seminar, which was presided over by veteran journalist RD Shapra. President of the Press Club Jasbir Khatri, founder president Pawan Bansal and other senior journalists opined that Hindi Patrakarita had reached the doorsteps of the common man in remote areas and had played a key role in highlighting their problems.



135 donate blood
: No other human act is so pious and valuable as blood donation as this cannot be compensated with any other valuable thing or act. This was stated by Forest Minister JP Nadda while inaugurating a blood donation camp organised by the Sant Nirankari Mandal here on Sunday. He praised the efforts of the mandal for welfare of humanity and said the mandal was always at the service of humanity. Nirankari Mandal district chief Chet Ram said 135 persons donated blood in the camp. Regional organiser KC Dhiman was also present.

Induction hailed: Prominent leaders of the Congress here namely state party secretary Hoshiar Singh Thakur and former Agriculture Minister Sardar Bachittar Singh have hailed and welcomed the appointment of two top leaders of the state- Anand Sharma and Virbhadra Singh- as Cabinet ministers in the central cabinet. They expressed thanks on behalf of the state and Congressmen towards UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Addressing mediapersons here on Sunday, they said this is for the first time that the state had got such a unique representation in the central cabinet.

Woman arrested: The police here has arrested Reena Devi of Sayari Ghodu village under the Barmana police station for allegedly killing her mother-in-law Maharaju (72) at her house on Friday. According to reports, both Reena and Maharaju were having estranged relations and were living separately. They happened to have a quarrel over some issue, which flared up into manhandling of one by the other. Scuffle between the two resulted in sudden fall of Maharaju headlong to the floor, which is said to have resulted in her instantaneous death.

Stagecraft camp: The Himachal state Kala, Sanskriti and Bhasha Academy will hold a stagecraft training camp for youths at Kullu from June 16 to July 5 in collaboration with Rashtriya Natya Vidyalaya, New Delhi. This was stated by secretary of the academy BR Jaswal. He said only those youths who have at least passed class XII and have participated in at least three stage plays till now would be eligible for the interview for selection for this training camp at Kullu on June 15 at the office of the District Language Officer at Dhalpur.

Nature study camp
: A 40-day national-level nature study camp, which was organised by the Youth Hostels Association of India at Youth Hostel, Dalhousie, for the fifth year in succession, concluded here this week. Total 613 participants, belonging to 226 different schools from eight states participated in the camp. The activities included trekking, rappelling and river crossing. A painting competition was also held on the topic ‘global warming’. All prizes were won by the students of Pathania Public School, Rothak. The winners included Ayushi Garg, Ankita Garg, Kritika Grover and Jigyosa Arora.

Seminar held
: AK Vidya Mandir, Chandigarh, organised a seminar on Sunday for students and parents at the town hall, Hamirpur, about the career prospectus in various streams. Satish Kumar of the institute talked about entrance test to AIEEE, IIT and other courses. He said preparation and proper training is very important for clearing these tests and even student with high percentage cannot be sure of qualifying these tests without proper training, study material and thorough preparation. A large number of students and their parents attended the seminar.

Delhi resident convicted
: Mandi fast track court judge KS Kayastha on Friday convicted Mafa Bhai, a resident of Delhi, and sentenced him to four years of imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 20,000. He was booked under the NDPS Act on October 26, 2008. The court found him guilty of possessing 700 gm of charas. He was arrested by the Mandi police at Pandoh on carrying charas when he was travelling in a bus plying from Kullu to Delhi.

: The Himachal Pradesh Unemployed Ayurvedic Doctors Association has taken an exception of the ongoing batch-wise recruitment process of the ayurvedic doctors by the state Ayurveda Department. Association president Sanjiv Guleria rued on Sunday that the department was prolonging the process by taking interviews in March last and now organising first time counselling of the candidates. He lamented that the ongoing recruitment had already been delayed unprecedentedly and deferred so many times during the past seven years.

Farewell: Himachal Pradesh State INTUC general secretary Rajnesh Sharma bid farewell to the union on Sunday. He said he had intimated the national INTUC president and the state Labour Department in this connection. He pointed out that after leaving the trade union he would render his services to yog guru swami Ramdev and impart yoga training in the rural area of the state.



Two chains snatched: Unidentified youths snatched gold chains from a woman and a girl in Trikuta Nagar and Digiana areas, respectively, in separate incidents here on Saturday. Official sources said adopting a similar modus-operandi the youths engaged their victims in a talk by asking addresses of fictitious persons, snatched their gold chains and fled on motorcycles. Giving details of the Trikuta Nagar incident, a police officer said Nirija Munshi, of East Extension, was disposing of garbage outside her house when a youth riding a motorcycle engaged her in a talk by asking her to help him locate the residence of a man. While she was trying to help him out, his accomplice, who was riding pillion, snatched her gold chain. They sped away on the motorcycle, he added. The incident happened around 1 pm. In another incident in the Jeevan Nagar area of Digiana, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from a 22-year-old girl. An officer from Digiana police post confirmed the incident, but said the victim did not lodge any complaint.

Seminar concludes: A two-day national seminar on “Writing regional history and historiography of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh”, organised by the Department of History, Jammu University, concluded here on Saturday. Two technical academic sessions were held on the second day. The forenoon session was presided over by Prof K Veluthat, whereas the second session held in mid-noon was presided over by Dr Ashvini Aggarwal. About 25 scholars presented their papers on diverse topics, related to regional history and historiography.

Addl water supply: District Development Commissioner, Samba, Saurabh Bhagat on Saturday directed the public health engineering authorities to divert Nandani and Rakha Batali tubewell water supply (2 lakh gallons per day) besides supplementing tanker services to various areas of Samba town to meet an acute water scarcity problem prevalent in the area. The DDC convened a meeting of citizens of Samba town and the PHE authorities to work out strategies for ensuring adequate drinking water facilities to the town and surrounding localities.

T-20 tournament final: Jammu University VC XI won the final of the All-India Vice Chancellor’s (VC) Cup T-20 tournament by defeating VC XI Mumbai team by six wickets in the match held at Mumbai University on Friday. Vice Chancellor of Jammu University Varun Sahani and Registrar GS Sambyal congratulated the JU team for their success.

Cop’s son felicitated: IGP, Jammu zone, K. Rajendra Kumar on Saturday felicitated Inzar Talib, son of a police officer, who recently qualified the IIT-JEE examination and ranked 137. Rajendra appreciated Inzar and assured him that the police department would help him in his endeavours.

Training programme ends: To educate the people about the handling of emergency situations such as earthquake and landslides, a five-day training programme was organised from May 25 to 29 on civil defence by Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board for its employees at Gurukul Shiksha Kendra, Charnapaduka in Katra. As many as 30 employees of the board participated in it.

Shobha yatra held: A Shobha Yatra was orgnaised by members of the Megh Sudhar Sabha, Jammu, to celebrate the 611 birth anniversary of Sant Kabir Dass. The yatra started from MA stadium and went through several areas, including Gumat, Sunder Singh Gurudwara, Raghu Nath Bazar, City chowk, Purani Madi, Kacchi Chowani, before culminating at Megh Sudhar Sabha headquarters in Rehari.




Leopard kills teenager: A teenage boy was killed by a leopard at a village in Tehri district, the police said here today. The incident occurred last evening when Mahipal (16) went to fetch milk from a neighbouring house. As the boy did not return home, his family members launched a search and found the half-eaten body in a nearby jungle. The villagers have now asked the forest authorities to declare the leopard as man-eater.


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