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Tributes paid:
Activists of the Anti-Terrorist Front led by Senior Vice-President Mohinder Singh Sidhu paid tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh at his statue outside Hall Gate here on Thursday. They also raised patriotic slogans for Udham Singh. 

Admission counselling on Aug 6: The results of the entrance test for the admission to the masters of library and information science course run by the Department of Library and Information Science of Guru Nanak Dev University have been declared. The results are available on the university website www.gndu.ac.in. Department Head Dr Amritpal Kaur said counselling would be held on August 6. She advised the candidates to bring all the original documents and certificates along with admission fee for the course. 

Course rescheduled: The three-week refresher course in computer science, which was scheduled to commence on August 7 for lecturers of the colleges and universities, has now been rescheduled. It would be held on August 22. The refresher course is being organised by Academic Staff College in collaboration with the Computer Science Department. ASC Director Dr H.S. Bhatia said the lecturers could apply for the course on the prescribed form available on the ASC premises or it could be downloaded from the university website www.gndu.ac.in

Avail benefits, kin of martyrs told: The district administration has appealed to kin of Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims and martyrs of the Kuka Movement, who were recently been given the status of freedom fighters by the Central government, to contact officials concerned to derive benefits available to the kin of martyrs who had made supreme sacrifices during the freedom struggle. DC Kahan Singh Pannu said the family members could get several benefits under the Freedom Fighter Sanman Pension Scheme, 1980. 

MP’s plea to central govt: Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana Tarlochan Singh has urged the Centre to turn Castle Hill Estate at Mussoorie that houses the office of the Survey of India into Maharaja Dulip Singh Museum. The British had kept 11-year-old Maharaja for three years at estate before exiling him to England in 1852. The MP also urged the central government to take up the issue of violations of the Nehru-Liaqat Ali Pact, under which the Pakistan government was to maintain the Sikh shrines and properties in that country. He alleged 34 acres belonging to Gurdwara Bebe Nanki, near Lahore, have been acquired to construct a defence colony. 

‘Operation Sacrifice’ begins:
Engineers and account officers of BSNL, Bathinda, under the banner of All India Graduate Engineer Telecom Officers Association (AIGETOA) started Operation Sacrifice on Friday aiming at what they called uplifting the BSNL and against the "ill-policies" of BSNL and "anti-business activities of guest deputed officer" holding key policy making post in the management. They said that the operation has been launched at the national level. 

Osteoarthritis check-up camp: Lions Club Bathinda Greater and the Nar Narain Sewa Sanstha held a free osteoarthritis check-up camp here on Friday. More than 300 patients were examined at the camp. During the camp, patients were provided knee braces at a concession. 

Career counselling camp:A three-day career counseling camp and on the spot admission was started by Aryans Business School (ABS) for MBA, BBA and BCA in Bathinda at hotel Suncity on Mall road. The camp would continue on August 1 and 2. Around 325 students from Moga, Muktsar, Bathinda, Mansa, Faridkot, Sangrur and Ferozpur, participated in the camp. Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans group, was also present to guide the students. 

Amartex store: Amartex Industries Ltd. opened a store at Malout, Amartex Shoppers World, opposite Adarsh Cinema, near Kamra Hospital, GT Road, Malout. The group has seven stores in Punjab and is committed to offering quality products at very economical prices. This was stated by Vineet Bajaj, head, operations, Amartex Industries. The group plans to touch Rs 500 crore turnover in the next two years. 

Chandigarh scribe on NRI honour list:
Chandigarh-based Punjabi journalist Baljit Balli, Chief News Reporter, Ajit Group, has been chosen for the Life Time Achievement Award, 2009, for his contribution to the Punjabi media, language and culture. Announcing this, Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation, Canada, has said the award will be conferred upon him on August 2 at Surrey, British Columbia. 

Cop killed:
Harjeet Singh, a head constable, who has been working as a munshi for the past 10 years and was recently transferred to a police post falling under the Samrala police station, died in an accident late last night. A speeding Swift car hit the cop, who was on his way to a village in Bhairomajra, Ropar, on a two-wheeler. 

RI for Punsup inspector:
In a corruption case, DR Arora, Judge, Special Court, Sangrur, on Friday awarded two years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fine of Rs 10,000 under Section 7, Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, to Punsup Inspector Sirjiwan Kumar Sharma, who was posted at Tollewal village (Longowal) in November 2005. The judge also awarded him two years’ RI and fine of Rs 5,000 under Section 13 (2), PC Act, in this case. 

Tarn Taran
Residents gherao police station:
Residents of Bhikhiwind area under the banner of the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha gheraoed Bhikhiwind police station for more than 12 hours to lodge their protest against alleged police atrocities. Chaman Lal Darajke of the sabha, Baldev Singh Pandori and other leaders of different organisations have demanded release of the two youths of Ghurakwind village who were arrested from their village. The leaders said the persons were innocent and alleged that they had been arrested at the instance of the SAD MLA. The leaders further alleged that the police was hand in glove with drug peddlers and anti-social elements. 



Road blocked:
Alleging bungling in the grant provided for developmental works, residents of Shyampura village staged a demonstration against the sarpanch on Friday and shouted slogans. The agitators blocked the Satnali-Bhiwani main road. They were demanding dialogues with administrative officers. On getting information, the SDM, Mahendergarh, reached there and assured them to conduct probe into the matter. Later, they lifted the blockade. 

Ultimatum to UHBVN:
The Haryana Pensioners Welfare Society (HPWS) has given an ultimatum to the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) to pay the arrears and re-fix the basic pension of the pensioners of the UHBVN as per the Sixty Pay Commission recommendations. In case their demands were not met, the HPWS would stage a dharna in the front of the office of the executive engineer (OP) of the UHBVN here on August 3. Stating this in a signed statement released to mediapersons here on Thursday, Jagdish Prashad Gupta, general secretary, HPWS, said similar dharnas would be staged in Pehowa on August 10 and at Shahbad Markanda on August 13. 

Anti-ragging panel: As per the directives of the MHRD, Government of India/UGC regulations-2009 to control ragging, the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra, has constituted an anti-ragging committee, anti-ragging squad, flying squads and teams of staff members to prevent any possible ragging incidents on the NIT campus. Stating this to mediapersons here, an NIT spokesman said: “The teams consisting of faculty members have been put on duty in hostels from 4.30 pm to 9.30 pm on all working days and from 9 am to 9.30 pm on holidays to prevent any possible ragging incidents in and around the hostels. Arrangements have been made to escort first-year students from the hostel to the institute and back to the hostel.” 

2 killed in mishap:
Two persons, Dharam Pal and Arvind Kumar, both residents of Musepur village, were killed when the motorcycle they were riding on reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle on the Rewari-Musepur road, near Berli village, on Friday. The incident took place when they were on their way to Musepur. 

CM to open canal today:
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, accompanied by seven state ministers, will inaugurate and lay foundation stones of various projects on Saturday. The projects to be inaugurated by the CM include the Dadupur-Nalvi Canal, consumers court, PWD rest house and advocates’ chambers at the district court. Besides, the CM would also lay the foundation stones of a revenue colony at Jagadhri and a 220 kV sub-station at Sadhaura, informed SDM HC Jain here on Friday. 


PSU Jammu varsity unit:
Bhim Singh, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, has appointed Suresh Sharma, a postgraduate student of JU, as President of Jammu University (Wing) of the Panthers’ Students Union (PSU), with 11 other member-students from the university to continue the movement for establishment of the proposed central university in Jammu province. Bhim Singh has advised the PSU not to associate itself with the Sangharsh Samiti for any movement as the samiti had betrayed the people of Jammu and was responsible for the death of innocent youth during the two-month land row agitation. 

Malik heads Urdu dept: Shohab Inayat Malik Professor, Urdu Department, University of Jammu, on Friday took over as head of the department, relieving Prof Nusrat Ara Chowdhary. Malik assured the students and staff that he would do his best for the promotion of Urdu language and literature. 

Youth hurt in firing: A youth, Dinesh Kumar, was injured when motorcycle-borne gunmen fired two shots at him outside Jammu’s most sensitive technical airport locality on Friday. However, one bullet hit his leg while the other hit the fuel tank of a petrol tanker parked in that area. Dinesh Kumar was shifted to hospital for treatment. Police sources say the firing was a result of rivalry.

Kilam’s transfer condemned: The Jammu University Teachers Association (JUTA) condemned decision of the university to transfer and post Dr Minakshi Kilam as director of the Directorate of Distance Education. JUTA said Kilam was stripped of the extraordinary powers bestowed on her by the former Vice-Chancellor in the recent university council meeting. 


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