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Students shine
: Gurwinder, Dilpreet Kaur, Vishakha Bishnoi and Shubham topped in different competitions which were organised during Mahatma Hans Raj birth anniversary celebrations at the LRS DAV Senior Secondary School here on Tuesday. Sunita Sehgal and Alka Satija formed the penal of judges.

Judicial custody for 67
: All the 67 people arrested by the Railway Protection Force (RPF), Bathinda, for allegedly creating a ruckus at Balluana station, besides posing a threat to life of the train passengers on Saturday, have been sent to judicial custody till May 4 by the local court here on Tuesday.

Girl injured in mishap
: A girl of Devinagar village was injured seriously when a milk tanker hit the Kinetic Honda she was riding pillion with her brother on Tuesday morning.Sukhwinder Kaur, daughter of Surjeet Singh, was admitted to a hospital in Chandigarh in a serious condition. Her brother Moninder Singh received minor injuries. The accident occurred near the Bhushan factory at Dera Bassi. 

Health society meeting
: In a meeting of the district health society held here on Tuesday, DC Kamal Kishore Yadav instructed the SMOs of various blocks of the district to ensure 100 per cent registration of the pregnant women in their blocks and take stringent measures against those violating the PNDT Act. Dr Dilip Kumar, CMO, Dr DP Godhara, assistant CMO, Dr Faqir Chand, DFWO, Dr Rakesh Sikri, DHO besides SMOs of various blocks, NRHM officials, DEO, CDPO and other officials were present in the meeting. 

Woman’s body found
: A decomposed body of an unidentified woman, aged about 55, was found in the fields at Wadhan village PS Bulhowal last evening. After taking it in its custody, police has sent the body to the local Civil Hospital for  identification and postmortem examination.

Engineering entrance test dates clash
: Candidates trying for admission to engineering colleges affiliated with Punjab Technical University as well as those with SRM University, Tamil Nadu, are in a dilemma. The schedule for entrance tests for admission in colleges of either of the two universities clashes as the date has been fixed as May 2. The parents have demanded that either of the two universities should change the date so that they are able to try their luck at both the places. SRM University has its affiliated colleges in Delhi as well, arousing the interest of the parents from Punjab wanting to send their children to the national capital for higher studies.

Placement drive
: A placement drive was held at Doaba Group of Colleges. Accenture, a US-based company, visited the campus. As many as 3,200 students of BTech stream from various colleges took the written test. Around 210 students were selected for the post of associate software engineers.

Youth killed: A youth, Shahid alias Babu (25), a resident of Nawab colony was knocked to death by a train on Monday, while crossing the railway line near the Raikot road railway phatak here. The body has been sent for postmortem examination. 

Girls’ education
: In order to promote girls’ education, the Education Department, under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, during the year 2009-10, distributed 4,878 notebooks to 1,560 girl students of 100 primary schools of the district. Moreover, a grant of Rs 5,000 each was released to 100 schools of this remote district.

Cop hurt in accident
: A Chandigarh cop sustained serious injuries after being hit by an unknown vehicle near the sales tax barrier here late on Monday night. The injured has been identified as Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Chhadbad village. The incident took place when Kulwinder was moving towards to his village where the vehicle hit his motorcycle from the behind. He was rushed to the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where his condition was said to be critical. The driver of the unknown vehicle fled from the spot and the police had initiated investigations.



Cleanliness drive: As part of the ongoing heritage week, a cleanliness drive was organised at Sukhna Lake on Tuesday. Around 300 students from various schools participated in the drive. Ram Niwas, Secretary Tourism, said, “With an aim to educate youngsters about protection, preservation and propagation of our rich heritage, various activities are being organised by the administration.” While interacting with students, Sunil Bhatia, DPI(S) UT encouraged students to preserve rich heritage of the city.

Grant for college: Under the scheme of promotion of Basic Scientific Research, the UGC, New Delhi, has granted Rs 2.21 crore to 13 science departments of the GGDSD College, Sector 32-C. The departments of physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, bio informatics, statistics, psychology, information technology, industrial technology, mathematics, microbiology, biochemistry and biotechnology of the college, will receive Rs 6 lakh each.

Roll numbers issued: Students of the second semester of University Institute of Hotel Management, Panjab University, and Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) submitted a memorandum to the authorities on Tuesday. They were objecting to the holding back of roll numbers of certain students. However, they got their roll numbers later in the day. Roll number of eight students of the first semester were not released. Students said due to late announcement of results, they could not apply for re-evaluation. 

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Central Administrative Tribunal Bar Association: president- Arvind Moudgil; vice-president- Rohit Sharma; secretary- Rohit Seth; joint secretaries- Jyoti Choudhary and Brijesh Mittal; and senior executives- Deepak Agnihotri, AL Vohra, NP Mittal and Lakhinderbir Singh. 

Women Savings Day celebrated: To mark the celebrations of Women Savings Day, a state-level function was organised at Government College of Education, Sector 20-D, here today.Prizes were given to the best 18 workers among bachat yojna agents, 31 SAS and PPF agents, four bank and 15 postal officials.

Work resume: After cancelling the contract with the contractor involved in the cement scam, the municipal corporation (MC) yesterday resumed the development work at the Sector 7 plaza as it had decided to get some work done by its department. 

Ban on washing cars
: The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has imposed a complete ban on the use of water for irrigation of lawns, washing of cars, washing courtyards and other avoidable household chores involving consumption of water. The consumers will also be responsible for leakage of water from overhead tanks or individual pipe from the main line. Installation of booster directly on the main waterline is also restricted. The ban of avoidable consumption of water has been imposed with immediate effect in Sectors 66, 67, 68, 69, 77, 78, 79 and 80 and the bulk material market in Sector 65-A. The move to conserve water would remain in force till June 30. 

Educational trip: The students of Anees School had a brush up with the rural life during their visit to Bakarpur village. Director of the school Aneet Goel said as a part of the school’s endeavour to provide students greatest exposure to different facets of life, the trip was held for an agricultural field wherein children experienced nature’s glory, learnt about agriculture implements and saw the farmers sweating hard to produce food. Students from Classes VII, VIII and IX observed methods of harvesting, threshing, winnowing, and irrigation. 

Talk on obesity: Obesity and sleep disorders in children are associated to their overindulgence in virtual world of television and the Internet. Dr Sandip Jain, head, department of paediatrics, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, observed this while delivering a talk on health at The Millennium School. He said excessive TV viewing and being glued to videogames had both psychological and social implications. “Children who excessively indulge in virtual reality have been found to be shy and introvert. They should be encouraged to participate in outdoor activities such as games and sports,” he suggested. 



Magazine released
: Financial commissioner and principal secretary (Information and Public Relations), Haryana, KK Khandelwal on Tuesday released monthly magazine “Vaishya Express” of the Aggarwal Vaishya Samaj. Transport and Tourism Minister OP Jain was also present on the occasion. Jain said Maharaja Agarsen, the founder of the Aggarwal community, had given the message of unity, love and harmony. Khandelwal said the magazine would play a significant role in providing a new direction to society.

Drugs seized
: Banned and intoxicating drugs have been seized from a medical store owner by the drugs control authorities at Ellenabad town on Tuesday. District drugs control officer Rajnish Dhaliwal said banned oxytocin injections used for animals were found in the shop. They also found some drugs used for intoxication. The authorities have seized the drugs and taken samples for testing. 

Woman burnt to death
: Amarjit Kaur (27) of Bhagwangarh village was allegedly burnt to death by pouring kerosene oil by her husband Baldev Singh following an old dispute on Monday. A case against Baldev has been registered under Section 302 of the IPC on Tuesday on the complaint of deceased’s brother Surjit Singh. The body was handed over to the family after a postmortem. 



BSNL staff leader hails move on disinvestment
:Convener of Joint Action Committee (JAC), J&K Circle, Nisar Ahmad has expressed satisfaction over the decision of the Centre to refer the issue of BSNL disinvestment to a Group of Ministers.He also extended gratitude to the workers who supported the strike and regretted the inconvenience to the customers today.

Minibus conductor dies: Ranjeet Kumar, a minibus conductor, who was found lying unconscious under mysterious circumstances near his fields at Lalial village in Kanchak on Monday, was declared dead by doctors, the police said. The deceased was shifted to a private hospital, where the doctors declared him dead on Tuesday, the police said. Jaipal Sharma, SHO, Kanachak, said: “The inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC, have been initiated in this regard. 

Hideout busted
: The police in south Kashmir on Tuesday busted a militant hideout and seized some items stored by militants there. Police sources said the Kellar police and the 44 Rashtriya Rifles during a search operation in the Shalidar forests detected a hideout from where they seized 13 blankets and utensils. The hideout was later destroyed. Security forces had yesterday seized a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from Baramulla district. 



SP leaders concerned at depleting forests:Uttarakhand Samajwadi Party (SP) members today met Principal Chief Conservator of Forests expressing concern over fast depleting green cover in Dehradun.Led by their state president Vinod Barthwal, party members reached the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr RBS Rawat and submitted a memorandum to him.Ravindra Singh Negi and Gulfam Ali were prominent leaders in the delegation. 

40 goats charred to death
:Forty goats were charred to death in a fire incident at Tok Chunaula village in Chaukhutiya yesterday morning.According to information, the cattle shed of Anand Singh was engulfed in fire that had spread on account of a strong wind from a burning hedge nearby. The fire was so severe that none of the animals could be saved. The family was dependent on the goats for its survival.


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