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Ankur Garg has been appointed as secretary of the Aggarwal Navyuvak Sabha, Abohar.

Save the girl child:
Shivalik Public School, Jaitu, organised a function with the theme 'Save the girl.' The school performed many plays related to girls like the one "Agla janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Dijo'. A group dance on the song 'I am a big, big girl' and Punjabi items like Trinjhan, Gidha and Jhumar were also performed on the occasion. The function started with a speech by chief guest S. Kamaljeet Singh Mehta. Inderjeet Garg was the guest of honour. Varinderjeet Sahni, the school principal gave an account of the school's performance. Nitish Kumar of class X and Vandana Maheshwary of class IX were adjudged best athletes. 

Students of Shivalik Public School, Jaitu, taking part in a cultural event during a function. Tribune photo

Science fair held: A district science fair was organised at Government School in Paras Ram Nagar here today, in which about 84 students from 36 schools participated. The winners would contest state-level competitions to be held from December 1-4 at Ropar. 

Sr citizens for tax benefits after 60: The Senior Citizens and Pensioners Vikas Manch here has urged the Union Government to allow the benefit of income tax concessions to the senior citizens at the age of 60 years instead of 65, as other benefits to them were already being given at the age of 60 years. President of the Manch GL Goel said the Manch wanted enhanced medical allowance for Central government staff and release of arrears of pension revision from January 1, 2006, for state employees. 

DRDA staff to stage dharna: Responding to the call given by the All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association, thousands of employees working in the district rural development agencies (DRDAs) throughout the country, will stage mass dharna on November 25 at Jantar Mantar road in New Delhi. They are opposed to the “intentions” of the Union Rural Development Ministry with regard to winding up of the DRDAs. 

Seminar on skin care:
Cosmetology department of the DAV College for Women organised a seminar in collaboration with "Jovens" Company wherein experts in the field of beauty and skincare interacted with the college students and gave them valuable tips. Principal, Dr Pushpinder Walia, said the knowledge of cosmetology was helpful to students to enhance their overall personality besides it could also prove helpful in providing them lucrative jobs.

Attempt to rob SBI branch:
Some miscreants attempted to rob the State Bank of India branch at Mansoorpur village last night. According to police sources, miscreants broke open the locks of the main gate of the bank branch and entered the complex. They searched the almirahs due to which the record lying there was scattered. The Mukerian police has registered a case under sections 380, 457 and 511 of the IPC and has started investigation.

IMA state chief:
Dr RS Pawar of Ropar has been elected president of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) at a meeting held here on Thursday. Dr Sudhir Raj of Muktsar and Dr HS Narang of Bathinda have been elected vice-presidents of the body. The secretary of the Punjab unit will be nominated a a meeting to be held on November 28. The elections were held under the observance of the IMA Election Commissioner Dr Jaskaran Singh Gill. Briefing the media, Dr Sudhir Raj said that foremost on the agenda of the new team be to improve the doctor-patient relationship. He added that the team will also participate in the National Health Programme and will also voice concerns about chemists and doctors who give drugs without proper prescriptions. 

President of state unit of IMA: Dr R.S. Pawar of Ropar has been elected president of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) at a meeting held here on Thursday. Dr Sudhir Raj of Muktsar and Dr H.S. Narang of Bathinda have been elected vice-presidents of the body. The secretary will be nominated on Nov 28. The elections were held under the supervision of IMA Election Commissioner Dr Jaskaran Singh Gill. 

Playwright awarded:
Noted Punjabi playwright Dr Devinder Kumar, a lecturer in Punjabi at Sikh National College, Banga, was awarded with the Ishwar Chander Nanda Award by the Language Department, Punjab, at a state-level function held recently in Patiala. He was awarded for his latest publication of Punjabi play “Parcham”. Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Education and Language Minister, presented the award to him. 



Two IAS officers shifted: Sumita Mishra, Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, will also hold the charge of Commissioner and Secretary, Election Department. She will also continue to be Director, Renewable Energy Sources. G Anupama, Additional Director, HIPA, Gurgaon, is now at the disposal of the Government of India for appointment as Director in the Ministry of Tourism, New Delhi. 

Three killed in accidents:
Three persons were killed when a tanker they were travelling in skidded off the road near Batta village here on Saturday. Sources said the driver identified as Lakhvinder lost control over the vehicle. Cleaner Amarjit and trader Sourav Singla, who were sitting in the tanker, died on the spot. The tanker was carrying gur and was on the way to Abohar from Hardwar.



Seth nominated member of research group:
Dr CM Seth, IFS, ex-director, SFRI, Jammu and Kashmir, has been nominated as a member of the Research Advisory Group (RAG) of the Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), Shimla, by the director of HFRI. Seth recently superannuated as chairman of the State Pollution Control Board. He was also engaged as environmental consultant in the SASB. Being an expert in forestry and wildlife, he is already a member of several national and international groups and presented papers in many conferences. 

Camp on pest management: To spread awareness among farmers about integrated pest management (IPM), the Centre for Integrated Pest Management Centre (CIPMC) organised awareness camps at Suchetgarh, RS Pura and Jammu on Wednesday. The farmers were told about the latest hazard free techniques to be adopted in their agricultural fields for the control of pests and insects. The experts from the SKUAST appealed to the farmers present there that they should use high quality seeds. 

Claim of Rs 9.5 lakh settled: In a bid to boost customers’ confidence in J&K Bank’s insurance tie-up with Metlife Insurance Co Ltd, an insurance claim amounting to Rs 9.5 lakh was settled on Wednesday. Madan Gupta, vice-president of Jammu Central, handed over the insurance claim cheque to Ferdos Begum, wife of late Fareed Ahmed Sheikh, at the zonal office Jammu central. Fareed had taken a life insurance policy for himself through Metlife India. He expired when he had paid only one annual premium. 

MLAs to go on study tour: A meeting of the petition committee of the legislative Assembly under the chairmanship of MLA Ashok Khajuria on Wednesday decided to undertake a study tour of Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa in the first week of January next year. Sardar Rafiq Hussain Khan, Jugal Kishore, Bharat Bhushan, Abdul Razak Wagay, secretary, Legislative Assembly, M. Ramzan, senior officers of the Agriculture Production Department attended the meeting. 

Naib tehsildars meet Chib: A delegation of newly selected naib tehsildars, led by Amit Bedi, on Thursday met RS Chib, Minister for Medical Education and Youth Services, here and apprised him of their problems. They demanded the appointment orders be issued immediately. While another delegation of sales tax and excise employees discussed service related matters and sought the intervention of the minister in solving their problems. Chib assured the delegates that their demands would be considered.

Pilgrim dies of heart attack:A pilgrim, on his way to the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, died due to heart attack on Thursday. Official sources said Yogesh Talwar, a resident of Malviya Nagar in New Delhi, was going to the shrine along with a friend when he suffered a cardiac arrest at Adhkunwari in Katra. He was rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. 

Awareness camp for farmers:
A one-day awareness camp for farmers was organised by the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) at PWD Dak Bungalow here on Thursday. The programme was sponsored by the Indian Meteorological Department and as many as 150 farmers participated in the camp to avail and learn new techniques from scientists. Apart from it, a film on global warming by Al Gore, eminent environmentalist, was also showed to the farmers. All senior professors and director, research, SKUAST Jammu, NA Sudhan were present on the occasion. 


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