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Judo championship:
Geeta of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here has qualified to participate in the national judo championship to be held in Orissa shortly.Principal Dr Neelam Arun Mittu, while felicitating Geeta and other students in the college campus on Friday, informed that Geeta, student, BA (I), had won gold medal in the 63 kg weight category in under-20 group during the '31st Punjab State Judo Championship' held recently at Mohali. Another student Ashima Sharma won bronze medal in 57 kg wt category.

Alumni meet:
Dasmesh Girls College of Education Badal (Muktsar) is going to hold an alumni meet on September 21. The main objective of the meet is to elect new office-bearers. Besides, a scholarship of Rs 1,100 is also under consideration. This scholarship will be given to the poor but talented students of the college. The scheduled time of the alumni meet is 11 am.

15 Adarsh school sites allotted:
The Punjab government will set up 108 Adarsh schools under public private partnership (PPP) mode to impart free and quality education to brilliant and economically poor rural students in all districts and has received 24 proposals from different 11 private partners for the allotment of school sites. Disclosing this here yesterday, state Education Minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur said the Punjab Education Development Board (PEDB) had openly invited applications from interested private partners to set up Adarsh schools in the state. In this response, 11 private partners had applied for the allotment of Adarsh school sites and the PEDB had finalised and approved 15 sites to five private partners to set up these well-equipped educational institutions in the state, she said.

High-tech nurseries: Forest Minister Tikshan Sud said on Wednesday high-tech forest nurseries would be set up in the state for sourcing quality to produce 15 lakh to 30 lakh seedlings of clonal plants every year for farmers. The nurseries would be in partnership with private sector, he added. 

Seminar on nuclear deal
: Critique Ferozepur Chapter and Philosophical Society of the Dev Samaj College for Women organised a seminar on the theme ‘Nuclear Energy: Development, National Security and Hegemony.’ In the first session, Sapanpreet and Ramanpreet raised their concern on the Indo-US nuclear deal. In the second session, Kulwinder and Amandeep spoke on the issue of nuclear disarmament. The participants appealed to the nuclear power nations to destroy the nuclear bombs for the sake of humanity. 

BSF seizes drugs: In a special operation, the troops belonging to eight battalion, Border Security Force (BSF), at around 10.20 am on Friday morning, apprehended a consignment of contraband from area between border pillars 149/37 and 149/38 close to the border outpost Noorwala along the Indo-Pakistan border in this sector. According to the BSF sources, the consignment included two kg heroin and some quantity of opium besides three Pakistani SIM cards, which was found hidden in a utensil kept beneath seesham tree under the cover of paddy crops in the fields between the cobra fencing and the zero line (IB). BSF sources said the fields belonged to one Kuldeep Singh, a resident of village Sakatra. Kuldeep Singh had not come to work in his fields across the fencing for the last few days, revealed BSF officials, adding that they have recommended registration of the case against Kuldeep Singh and his two sons, Gurvinder Singh and Dharminder Singh.

Inter-college debate
: Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospitalwill be hosting the Baba Farid University inter-college debate championship on Saturday. According to Manisha Prabhakar, principal of the college, teams from various colleges affiliated to Baba Farid University, Faridkot will be taking part in the one-day debate contest on the topic of "Populations and Environment". Dr SS Gill, vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University will be the guest of honour.

Guest house inaugurated
: Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Sangrur, Garima Singh on Friday inaugurated a campus guest house at the local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology. Hakam Singh Jawandha, Chairman, Bhai Gurdas Group of Institutions, was also present on the occasion. Garima Singh appreciated the role of Bhai Gurdas Group of Institutions in the field of technical education. Jawandha said the guest house had been equipped with all modern facilities.

Dharna by MC staff: Employees and safai sewaks of the Municipal Council here on Thursday went on strike and staged a dharna in front of the MC office demanding implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission report; regularisation of services of part-time and daily wage employees and filling vacancies in the fire brigade wing. Sanitation work in the town was hit. Municipal employees’ union leader Bal Krishan urged the government to accept the demands. 

DTO disallowed bail: Additional Sessions Judge Rajinder Aggarwal on Thursday disallowed an anticipatory bail applications of District Transport Officer (DTO) Sukhmander Singh and clerk Kesar Pal Singh filed under Section 438 of the CrPC. On the directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ravinder Kumar Condal, the police had booked the DTO, the clerk and Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) Edvin Seth on September 9 under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 120-B and 34 of the IPC. Ajay Pal Goyal, a resident here, had moved court, seeking directions to the police to register a case against the three. Goyal alleged they prepared a forged document to cause loss to him and give benefit to the MVI in a case.



Literary conference
: The Him Sahitya Sehkaar Sabha, a state-level organisation devoted to the cause of Hindi and Pahadi literature and publications of works of Himachali writers, will hold a state-level literary conference here on October 11. This was stated by sabha state president Rattan Chand Nirjhar while addressing mediapersons at the Circuit House here. About 100 prominent literary figures of the state and from outside are expected to attend this congregation, he said.

Chamba-Pattan bridge
: Long-awaited Chamba-Pattan bridge on the Beas, a Rs 18.71-crore project, would soon connect Jawalamukhi and Chintpurni shrines, reducing the distance between them by about 25 km. This was stated by Minister for Consumer Affairs Ramesh Dhawala at the heritage village of Garli in Dehra subdivision of the district here on Thursday. He said the bridge would prove to be a vital connectivity between the Pragpur and Jawalamukhi constituencies besides helping pilgrims to travel directly from Chintpurni to Jawalamukhi.

Milestone for BSNL: The BSNL achieved a new milestone by adding 2 lakh new mobile phone subscribers in the state in the first five months of the current year taking the total number to over 10 lakh. With this the total number of connections, including landlines and wireless phones, crossed the 16-lakh mark. Chief General Manager, Himachal Circle, Anil Kaushal said the fast growth of mobile connections exhibited the confidence of the people in the company. The network was being constantly upgraded to keep pace with the technological advances.

Phone cables hit:
Widening of the Mehatpur-Una-Amb road, which has been undertaken by a Chinese company, has affected the Mehatpur BSNL telephone working badly. The Irrigation Department has removed its pipelines which were coming in widening of the road and has shifted it to safer place but while doing so large number of telephone cables have been cut off which have affected 800 telephone connections situated in villages of Badala, Bdholian Kalan, Basdehra, Charatgarh, Dehlan, Jakhera, Badhar, Raipur and part of Mehatpur.



Shias hold demonstration
: Shia Muslims along with students of Leh and Kargil on Friday held a demonstration against the USA and Israel for occupation of Masjid Al-Aqsa by Israel. They burnt US and Israel flags. After Jamat-ul-vida prayers, college students from Ladakh, Kargil, Rajouri and Poonch staged the protest.

6 hurt in clashes
: Six persons, including two police personnel, were injured in clashes between protesters and the police after Friday prayers at Sherbagh in Anantnag town on Friday. The police lobbed teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge when some youth started pelting stones on the police personnel. Shops and business establishments were closed due to the tension. 

Arms seized, 2 held: Security forces seized one AK magazine, 510 rounds of AK ammunition, three hand grenades and one UBGL during vehicle checking at Hamrey on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway on Friday. The driver and the conductor of the vehicle have been arrested.

2 killed in mishaps: Two persons were killed and other two injured in road accidents across the valley since Thursday. One girl died when she was hit by a speeding Scorpio near JVC Bemina, Srinagar. In another incident, an unidentified tipper hit a motorcycle at Banquet Hall, MA Road, Srinagar, injuring two persons. One of them later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. 

Woman commits suicide: Florri Jan of Shahabad Dooru in Anantnag district set ablaze herself in her house and was referred to the SMHS, Srinagar, where she died. She had recently got married. The police has registered a case.


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