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Harsimrat indisposed@@CHANDIGARH: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has postponed her visit to Amritsar on November 9 on the request of Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is indisposed. She is suffering from dengue and was hospitalised recently in New Delhi. The fresh date of the President’s visit would be announced after Harsimrat’s recovery, an official release said. — TNS@@@@Badminton tourney@@Bathinda: The two-day badminton tournament began here at the Dunes Club on Saturday. The matches played were boys singles. The winner of today's matches were Bhageshwar, Gagandeep, Gurvinder Singh (Mour Mandi), Gurvinder, jasvinder, Surjit and Anish etc. The function was presided ober by SDM KPS Mahi. SSP Ashish Chaudhary was the chief guest. Deputy Director, Employment Exchange Harpal Singh welcomed all the delegates. — TNS@@@@Vigilance Awareness Week @@Bathinda: NFL Bathinda unit is observing Vigilance Awareness Week from November 3. Virendra Kumar, chief general manager, inaugurated the week-long activities by administering pledge to the employees. — TNS@@@@Civil defence@@Bathinda: The Civil Defence Warden's Club organised a debate competition at the SSD Senior Secondary School here. Students of about 10 schools debated on environment. Talking about civil defence, Shamsher Singh Azad of the club said, "In case of an emergency we look after various things like blackout etc. Children should know these things and our club is working on the lines of an NGO.” — TNS

Protest rally on Nov 13@@Abohar: Non-teaching staff of the DAV campus here on Friday staged dharna outside the offices of the principals. State joint secretary KK Sidana and presidents of the local units Rajinder Sharma, Raj Kumar and Kamal Huria criticised the state government for not implementing the UGC recommendations on revision of pay scales and allowances. They said employees will participate in the state-level rally at Khalsa College, Patiala, on November 13. — OC@@@@Calligraphy competition@@Bathinda: To celebrate Punjabi month, the Government Middle School, Fatehpur (Mansa) conducted calligraphy competition in Punjabi language. Jagjit Singh clinched the first position in class-VIII category while Manjit Singh and Harjinder Kaur got second and third positions, respectively. In class-VII category, Sandeep Kaur, Lakhvir Singh and Jaspal Singh bagged top three positions. In class-VI group, Lakha Singh, school head, lauded the students. Mohan Lal Salhan, principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Jhunir, encouraged the students. — TNS@@@@India heritage quiz contest@@Faridkot: Dasmesh Public School, Faridkot, romped home with the second position at the prestigious north zone “India Heritage Quiz competition-2009” held at the DAV School, Amritsar. Sauarv Aggarwal and Hamrazdeep Singh of Class X and Shubham Mehta of Class IX, gave a crushing defeat to the other state teams. Director principal 
S. Gurcharan Singh congratulated all the participants and teacher in-charge D. Grewal on the success. — TNS

One held for stealing
: One Rajat Kumar has been arrested for stealing Rs 4.22 lakh of his employer Parveen Aggarwal. Out of the total amount, Rs 4.15 lakh has been recovered by the police. Parveen Aggarwal  of Mohalla Attarian, who deals in pig iron and had a office at  Railway Road here, had lodged a complaint against Rajat alleging the employee took the money from an almirah in the office by  making duplicate keys. It is alleged that Rajat, a resident of Mian Mohalla, took help of his friend Gagan in the task.

Harsimrat indisposed
: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has postponed her visit to Amritsar on November 9 on the request of Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is indisposed. She is suffering from dengue and was hospitalised recently in New Delhi. The fresh date of the President’s visit would be announced after Harsimrat’s recovery, an official release said.

Fake agents booked
: Fake travel agents duped Sucha Singh of Majhi of Rs 11 lakh and 700 euros in the name of sending him to Italy. According to police sources, Sucha Singh alleged that Harbhajan Singh and his son Paramjit Singh took the money for sending him to Italy. But they neither sent him  nor returned his money. The police has booked them under sections 420  and 120-B of the IPC.

I-T operation triggers bazaar closure
: Four main bazaars of Phagwara, including Bazaar Bansanwala, Mahavir Bazaar, Gaushala Bazaar, Banga Road, remained closed till afternoon yesterday due to fear among shopkeepers after a large-scale search operation conducted by high-level teams of the Income Tax Department at four trading, exporting and industrial houses here on Friday. Hundreds of customers were surprised to find the bazaars closed and assumed it might be owing to another bandh call.

Bid to loot ATM:
Some unidentified persons allegedly tried to break open an ATM of the State Bank of Patiala at Dhuri on Saturday. However, when they failed to get successful, they damaged the room housing the machine. On getting information, the police rushed to the spot. Investigations are on.

Fresher’s party: The Bhai Gurdass Institute of Engineering and Technology here on Saturday organised a fresher’s party. Harshdeep Singh and Shanu were adjudged Mr and Miss Fresher 2009, respectively.


Discussion on climate change: Volunteers of the Citi India conducted interactive and educational activities on the basics of climate change through flash cards, and other games at the Youth Technical Training Centre today. A press release said that they also imparted knowledge on the importance of climate change on planet earth and shared tips on how they can save the environment.

Cricket trials today: Trials for the Rajiv Gandhi Cup All-India U-15 National League Cricket Tournament will be conducted on November 8 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, at 3 pm. The four-day tournament will be played at the Sawai Mann Singh Stadium, Jaipur, from November 24. Around 16 teams from across the country will participate in the tournament.

Workshop on Indian culture
: Sanskar Bharti, Panchkula, has organised a two-day national-level painting workshop at The Gurukul here today. The workshop on “Indian Culture and Heritage” has been jointly sponsored by The Gurukul, Panchkula, C&E Limited, Panchkula, and Pidilite Industries. The unique endeavour by Sanskar Bharti aims at getting artists closer to the Indian culture and heritage and exploring their talent.


Vigilance awareness week concludes: On the concluding day of Vigilance Awareness Week, the Power Grid Corporation of India Northern Region Transmission System-II on Friday organised a seminar on “Prevention of Corruption in Public Life”. RC Tayal (IPS), IGP, CRPF, Jammu Range, who was the chief guest on the occasion said: “Corruption is a big menace prevailing in society. We have good laws which are as good as in the US, but implementation of these laws is not up to the standard”. Prizes were also distributed among winners of various competitions held in different schools and colleges.

Encroachment drive: Following the instructions issued by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand to ensure that encroachment upon the government land should not come up, the Enforcement Wing of the Jammu Municipal Corporation removed encroachment at various places and seized three truck loads of goods on Friday. According to a statement issued here, the wing removed encroachments upon payments and foothaths made by shopkeepers at City Chowk, Kanak Mandi, Lakhdata Bazar, Rajinder Bazar, Sunder Singh Gurudwara Road, Residency Road and Old Hospital Road.

563 cheques distributed: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla, said the Centre and state governments had launched a number of centrally sponsored schemes for the uplift of the socio-economic conditions of the weaker sections of the society by opening Anganwadi and tailoring centres, besides distribution of IAY cheques among houseless families. The minister distributed 563 cheques amounting to Rs 8.5 lakh among the beneficiaries under the Integrated Social Security Scheme and Indira Gandhi National old-aged pension schemes, here on Friday.

Internship programme ends: More than 15 MBA students of Softlab, an authorised learning centre of Punjab Technical University, participated in an internship training programme at IDEA Cellular for two months. The main motive of the training was to make students aware about the practical knowledge in the respective field.

Symposium on global warming: A symposium on “Global Warming a threat to life” sponsored by Directorate of Environment, Ecology and remote Sensing, J&K, was held at Government College for Women on Friday. Manisha Mehra, Surbhi Andotra and Rohni Gupta secured first, second and third positions, respectively.

Veterinary camp held: A record number of 1,890 livestock including cows, goats, buffaloes, sheep, horses and mules were treated in the veterinary aid camp held at Dalpar village in Udhampur district under the Operation Sadhbhvana, on Friday. The camp was organised by a team of officers and jawans from the 3-Advance Field Veterinary Hospital on behalf of the 71-Sub area. The camp was inaugurated by district development commissioner, Udhampur, Ajay Khajuria.

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