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Doctors’ Day today:
The Doctors’ Day, observed on July 1 every year, holds a special significance for medical practitioners in India as on this day, they commemorate the birth anniversary of eminent physician and patriot Dr BC Roy, who was born on July 1, 1882. He also died on July 1. This special day is an ideal opportunity to remind people of the critical role doctors play in their lives. The day is also significant for doctors themselves as it provides them with an opportunity to revitalise and rededicate them to the practice of medicine. Dr Amrit Sethi, an ophthalmologist, informed that this year, the day is dedicated to give a new lease of life to the sacrosanct bond of a doctor with his patient by recognising the rights of the patients for complete transparency in the treatment.

Agarwal assumes charge as Chief Secy:
Subodh Chander Agarwal, a 1975 batch IAS officer, assumed charge as Punjab’s new Chief Secretary. He replaces Ramesh Inder Singh, who relinquished office on Monday. Taking over, Agarwal said he, with his team of administrative officers, would work for the welfare of the state with devotion. He would continue work done by Ramesh Inder Singh and give priority to make good connection between people and the government.

Jalandhar based scientist designs prototype:
Raj Seth, a Jalandhar based scientist and researcher at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University, Toronto, Canada has contributed in designing and developing a model prototype of 20 km inflatable space tower. The space tower is 15 km in height, and it could go further up to an altitude of 20 km. The scientist expressed his desire to collaborate with the Indian Space agencies in materializing the design prototype into reality in future.

Bodybuilding machine launched:The city-based free of cost Natha Bagichi Akhara, behind the Central Jail, has launched a state-of-the-art bodybuilding machine. The machine was inaugurated by Ustad Mangal Pahalwan who said children, youths and aged people could avail the facility. The akhara is equipped with traditional massage and exercise facilities.

Engg college to start new courses:
The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, will be starting BBA and BCA courses from this session. To promote technical education in the region, the college has also started Classes XI and XII (non- medical) at LCET Senior Secondary School. A counseling cell has also been set up in the institute for the students. Dr JS Sohal, director of the institute, said: “The inclination for these courses is increasing in the region. Many institutes offer these courses, but students should be careful while choosing the institute.”

2 drown in sacred pool:
Two youths drowned while taking bath in a sacred pool on the premises of Baba Mallan Shah Dera situated on the Baghapurana road near here on Tuesday. Sucha Singh and Rajesh Kumar, along with two other boys, came to the dera at noon. There is a myth among the locals that the water in the pool is sacred and heals skin diseases. Sucha and Rajesh, who were suffering from skin diseases, jumped into the pool, but the water level was deep and they got drowned. The bodies have been sent to the district hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Exam schedule revised:
Punjabi University has revised the schedule for MEd (regular) entrance exam keeping in view the interests of students. The earlier date for MEd. entrance test was July 12. Now this test will be held on July 25. Students who are interested in applying for this course can apply with Rs 1,000 late fee till July 6 and with Rs 1,500 late fee till July 12.

MEd entrance test on July 25:Punjabi University has postponed the date of the MEd entrance exam keeping in view the interests of students. The test, which was scheduled to be held on July 12, would now be held on July 25. The interested students could apply for the course with submission of late fee of Rs 1,000 till July 6 and with the late fee of Rs 1,500 till July 12.

12 selected in placement drive:
Twelve students of IET Bhaddal have been selected by HCL Infosystems Limited in a campus placement drive held on the campus premises. TPO, Dr JS Kanwar, said two representatives from the company visited the institute to select the students. As many as 52 students were shortlisted for the selection. Twentyfive students were selected after the first round and 12 students cleared the second round.



Admission interviews on July 15, 16:The interviews for admission to MA Part-1 (Semester-1) Psychology in general category for the session 2009-10 will be held on July 15 and that for the reserved categories will be held on July 16 from 9.30 am to 5 pm. 

Saupin’s opens today:Violating the administration orders, Saupin’s School, Sector 32, will re-open tomorrow, even as students of all others schools in the city have been given a break till July 7. When contacted, principal A.B.S. Sidhu said: “The holidays were announced keeping in view the hot weather. But now the weather is pleasant and suitable for students to join school.” He said the school would not be able to cover the syllabus if holidays were extended. However, DPI (S) Samwartak Singh could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

2 houses burgled:
Thieves decamped with cash and jewellery after breaking into a house during the daytime at Sector 15 here today. The owner of the house was not at home. In another incident, thieves struck at a house in Sector 12. According to information, the owner of the house, SS Kahlon, and member of his family members were out of station.



Youth killed:
A youth was killed on the spot and another seriously wounded when their bike went off the road, near Nainikhud, about 15 km from here, on Monday night, according to a report received here on Tuesday. The deceased had been identified as Sammi and the injured, Rajeev, was admitted to a nearby Kakira Hospital. Both were residents of Chowari in Chamba district. The youths were on their way to Chowari, the report said; adding that the police had registered a case to ascertain the cause of the accident.

2 kg of charas seized:
The Kangra police on Tuesday seized 2 kg of charas on a tip-off and arrested the accused under the NDPS Act from Kundliar village, near Jawalamukhi. Kangra District Police Chief Atul Fulzele said Veena Bharti, an IPS probationer, on a tip-off that Kuldeep Chand, a resident of Kathog, was carrying contraband in his shirt at Kundliar village, rushed to the spot and intercepted him and charas was seized from his possession.

Hostel inaugurated:
Deputy Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Dr SP Tiwari inaugurated a hostel for international students at CSK HP Agricultural University, here on Tuesday. He said with the kind of facilities available, more foreign students would come to the university in the coming years. The ICAR had planned to provide maximum educational facilities to foreign students in the country and this hostel was a part of that programme, he added. Vice-Chancellor Dr Tej Partap said ICAR had fully funded the hostel constructed at a cost of Rs 1 crore.

Plea to restore office:The Taxation Bar Association, Palampur, at its meeting held here on Tuesday, once again appealed to Union Minister for Steel Virbhadra Singh to use his good offices for immediate restoration of office of the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals), Palampur, which was arbitrarily closed in May 2006. Sanctioned post of the commissioner from Palampur was shifted to Amritsar and this office was attached with the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals), Solan. In the meeting, members of bar associations of Una, Hamirpur, Chamba, Nurpur, Dharamsala, Mandi and Kangra also participated.


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