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Prize distribution function
: The would-be-teachers showcased their talent in different streams on Tuesday during the annual prize distribution function titled ‘Garima-2010’ that was organised by the Murti Devi Memorial B.Ed College located in Sadulshehar, 31 km from here. The participants in the cultural programme looked concerned over the social evils besides gender imbalance that haunts the Indian society. They took a pledge to serve the nation as ideal teachers.

Philanthropist remembered: Philanthropist and eminent social activist Gopi Chand Ahuja was remembered on his death anniversary by organising Havan yagya in Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here on Tuesday. His grandson Dev Mittar Ahuja and grand daughter-in-law Veena Ahuja were joined by Dr Neelam Arun Mittu, Dr B B Sharma and Kusum Khungar, principals of the DAV institutions here in paying tributes.

Four held: Four persons have been arrested under the NDPS Act with the police terming them as the main suppliers of smack in Abohar, Balluana and Fazilka segments. In total, 1100 grams of smack was recovered from their possession. As per the FIRs registered here today, a police party led by ASI Sudershan Kumar intercepted a motorcycle (RJ-13-SE-7680) on the Kerakhera-Malukpura canal lane and recovered 500 grams of smack from border area youths, Karnail Singh and Surinder Singh.

Deceased identified
: The woman who was found dead near the FCI godowns on the Bhadrakali road in Hanumangarh on Monday has been identified as Seema (43), wife of Som Parkash Suthar, principal of Govt Senior Secondary School, Dholipal village, official sources confirmed today. Some poisonous substance too was found near her. Sources said the victim, mother of twins, had been mentally upset for the past few days.

Job fest: The SUS Group of Colleges will organise a mega job fest to recruit engineers, management and HR pharmacy graduates on May 6 and 7. Engineer Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu said multinational companies have accepted their initiation to recruit students from their college.

Bassi Pathana
1.5 kg opium recovered
: The police arrested an unidentified person during patrolling on Wednesday and recovered 1.5 kg opium from his possession. Rajwinder Singh Sohal, DSP, in a press note, said the police party stopped a suspicious man on Damheri Bridge at Bhakra Canal and during search recovered 1.5 kg of opium from his possession. During investigation he revealed his identity as Harinder Prasad of Motihari in Bihar, and admitted that he was involved in sale of drugs. He was produced in the court and was remanded to one-day police custody.

Searing heat: NGO seeks change in school timings:
The Bathinda Vikas Manch, an NGO, has appealed to the district administratrion and the state government to change the school timings in view of the searing heat. The Manch has suggested timings from 7 am to 12 pm instead of the 8 am to 2 pm schedule. The NGO pointed out that due to census duty, studies had already been affected in government schools. In the light of this, the government should declare summer vacations early, the Manch said.

Lessons imparted in first-aid: The District Red Cross Society and St. John Ambulance Association, Bathinda, organised a two-day training programme on first aid, from April 29 to 30, for the staff of Larsen and Toubro Engineering and Construction division working at Guru Gobind Singh Refinery. Lectures on various topics were delivered by Naresh Pathania, district training supervisor of st. John Ambulance and Prem Kumar Mittal, headmaster, GHS, Buladewala, faculty from Red Cross, Bathinda.

Siblings tear off cops’ uniform: In a scuffle, three brothers allegedly tore off the uniform of two cops at Ballo village on Tuesday evening, when they visited them to investigate a complaint lodged against the trio. Acting upon the statement of constable Jawant Singh and PHG jawan Balkuar Singh, the Rampura police booked the accused, Hardev Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Jagsir Singh, under the IPC. In-charge Chauke police post said the accused were at large.

Workshop on hand hygiene: Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes and president, IMA, inaugurated the workshop on Global Hand Hygiene Day on the Theme 'Save Lives: Clean Your Hands' organized by Fortis Hospital. He said that washing hands is a simple and economical way to decrease the rate of spread of infection. Kuldeep Longia, principal, Desh Bhagat School of Nursing, Mandi Gobindgarh, clinical instructor Navneet Kaur, Dr Geeta Mehta, regional advisor, WHO, who was the chief guest and Dr Anita Sharma, head, lab medicine and infection control of Fortis Hospital, were also present. In another development, five members of Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospital, Muktsar, have been selected for survey on availability of dental health manpower and prevalence of dental diseases in urban and rural India. Dr Upinder Singh and his team will be participating in the training programme to be conducted at Harvansh Singh Judge Dental College, Chandigarh.

Selected in IIM: Vishal Gupta, a student of My career Experts, got selected in IIM Ahmedabad. His achievement has been hailed by his parents and teachers at the institute alike.

Dera Bassi
Worker dies at factory
: A factory worker was killed at the AP Paper Mills while he was working on a machine here on Wednesday. According to information available, Chandan of Sitamarhi in Bihar died when he got entangled the machine. The body was sent to Civil Hospital for post-mortem examination. The police said action would be taken after talking to his relatives.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Relay fast
: The relay fast by Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) activists here entered the 21st day on Wednesday. Members of the union had been demanding the immediate release of paddy seeds which required less water. The state president of the union, Pishora Singh, said they met Punjab’s Agriculture Minister Sucha Singh Langah, who assured them that he would look into their demand.

Workshop: A one-day research workshop on "Research Methodology and SPSS software" was organised by The Berkley College, Chaura Sanour, Patiala. The resource persons were Dr Alok Saklani, director, Apeejay School of Management, Studies, Delhi, Dr GS Batra from School of Management Studies (SMS), Punjabi University, Patiala, and Dr Narinder Kaur, Associate Professor, Government Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala.

One booked
: A servant has been booked in a case of theft on the complaint of Jasmit Kaur, a resident of Royal estate here. She complained to the police that her servant Baboon had stolen a mobile phone, around $300 and costly watches when she went to meet her sister. A case was registered.


Revised exam dates: The controller of examination has declared that the revised schedule with all relevant details of the examination to be held on 12, 13 and 14 May, (which was postponed because of the sudden declaration of holidays by Panjab government) will be available on the Panjab University website from tomorrow onwards. The students and parents are advised to access the PU-website for the revised examination schedule.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Industries Association of Chandigarh: president- Arun Mahajan; vice-president- Jag Mohan Lal Khandelia; secretary- YK Mahajan; joint secretary- Amarbir Singh; and treasurer- Manmohan Singh.

‘Diabetes leading killer’: “Diabetes is fourth leading cause of death globally. Every year, 3.8 million people die from diabetes-related causes and unfortunately India has dubious distinction of having largest diabetes population in the world. We have an estimated 41 million diabetics,” said Pawan Goel, CEO, Chemical Resources, at the launch of an ayurvedic medicine to fight diabetes.


Board results: The result of first and second semester of the middle examination for March-2010 will be declared on May 7. The head of schools can collect the result of the regular students and from the District Education Office. BSNL services subscribers can also know results by sending an SMS: hr 08<roll No>56666 (SMS Code), or by logging on to websites www.bseh.gov.in or www.results.nic.in. Also, they can call helpline no 01664-254000.

Freedom fighter dead: The mortal remains of veteran freedom fighter Manohar Lal were consigned to the flames with state honours at his native Lukhi village, near Kosli, on Wednesday. Manohar Lal (85) died of protracted illness on Wednesday. SDM Pradeep Kumar laid a wreath on the pyre on behalf of the district administration. Manohar Lal, who took a pro-active part in the satyagrah at Nabha during the freedom movement, courted imprisonment for one year. He is survived by two sons and five daughters.

3 gangsters held: The police claimed to have arrested three gangsters allegedly involved in a number of cases of loot and murder. According to SP Mahender Singh Sheoran, after receiving a tip-off that three youths on a motorcycle were standing near Kumaspur Chowk on GT road in suspicious circumstances, a team led by inspector Lakhvinder Singh raided the spot and nabbed them. During interrogation, they confessed to a number of crimes committed in different parts of the state as well as in Punjab. They have been identified as Sandeep of Jind, Rajesh of Kaithal and Satbir of Sonepat.

Unit catches fire, 1 killed: A person was burnt to death and another seriously injured while putting off a fire which broke out in an industrial unit of paints at Firozpur Bagar village today. The deceased has been identified as Surender, who was a resident of Uttar Pradesh and working with the unit as foreman. The fire reportedly broke out around 4 am. After seeing the fire Surender along with other factory labourers tried to douse it. In this attempt, Surender and another labourer Sonu were burnt seriously.

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