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Blood donation camp held
: Thirty students donated blood during a camp that was organised by the NSS unit of DAV College of Education, principal Dr Venita Singh informed. Dr Lal Chand of the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital was the chief guest. NSS in-charge Prof Parminder Kamboj and Prof Shelly Chhabra assured that another camp would be held during the seven-day camp in December.

Fashion show concludes: Gurpreet Kaur, Riya, Naaz Bansal, Komal, Aditi Ahuja and Abhinandani won prizes among girl students in the three-day fashion show that concluded in Sachkhand Convent School here on Friday, principal Golden Kaul informed. Among the boys, the winners included Dilsajan, Tejbir, Monil, Pardeep, Gurdit and Kabir. Anu Ahuja was the chief guest on the occasion.

Aryan youth festival: The students of DAV International School (Amritsar) topped in ved mantra and Qawwali and also in patriotic song competition during the state-level Mahatma Hansraj Aryan Youth Festival being held at the LRS DAV Senior Secondary Model School here. Toppers in other contests: light vocal solo and ghazal- DAV Public School Amritsar, debate- DAV School Amritsar, declamation- DAV Public School Amritsar. Prizes were given away by Dr Manju Mehta controller exams DAV School Education Board and SDM Ajay Sood.

Telecommunication exam: Surinder Kumar, Kuldeep, Jasbir Singh and Luxmi Narain of Abohar Polytechnic College here are in the top-20 merit list of electrical and telecommunication exam (semester VI), conducted by the Punjab State Board of Technical and Industrial Training, chairman Sanjeev Middha informed.

Sawinder Singh Tarsika, senior vice-president of the district unit of the SAD, was nominated as Adviser, Punjab Power Corporation, here on Friday. He was given the authorisation letter by Cabinet Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike.

ASHA workers sensitised to H1N1
A training workshop on H1N1 (swine flu) under the Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness Project on Influenza A was organised by the Red Cross Society here today, in which 48 accredited social health activists (ASHA workers) and anganwari workers from 35 villages of the district took part. Project director-cum-state coordinator of the project Dr RP Verma said the participants would now educate rural women on how they could save their family members from swine flu. Besides, they would also refer suspected swine flu cases to the hospitals, he added.

: An intra-college paper presentation competition was organised at SUS Women Engineering College, Tangori, on Friday. Around 30 students participated in the contest. Papers on development and future prospectus of direct methanol fuel cell, quantum computing, ceramics in technical world and biotelemetry were presented.

HC acts on Kang’s plea
: Taking up a petition by MLA Manjinder Singh Kang against the scaling down of his security cover, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday called for a report in the matter. Justice Jaswant Singh also issued notice of motion to Punjab and other respondents for November 2.Apprehending threat to his life since the day he openly sided with ousted Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Kang had earlier asked for paramilitary force security cover. Kang had claimed he was receiving threatening calls from unidentified phone numbers ever since he lent support to Manpreet.

Over 20 hurt in road mishap
: Nearly 24 passengers sustained minor injuries as a mini-bus skidded in a gorge near village Tahliwala Bodla of this sub-division on Friday morning. Jaswinder Singh, a resident of village Chirangwali, who was admitted to the local hospital, said the driver of a mini-bus coming from village Roranwali to Fazilka, lost control over the staring and fell into a khud near village Tahliwala Bodla. The villagers and passersby rescued the passengers. It is stated that the driver of the bus fled from the site after the accident. The Arniwala police is probing the matter.

Five booked
: The police booked Prem Singh, Akli and Kala, all of Miani, in three separate cases under the Excise Act. The police seized 30 litres of illicit liquor each from Prem Singh and Akli and 36 litres from Kala. The police has also booked Parminder Singh of Sarangwal and Ashok Kumar of Shankrala in two separate cases under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act and seized 60 kg and 20 kg poppy husk, respectively, from them.

Workshop on vegetables
:The state-level research and extension specialists’ workshop for vegetable, fruit and flower crops will be held at Punjab Agricultural University on November 2 and 3. Director of extension education, Dr MS Gill stated that the workshop would be an important activity, wherein PAU scientists, field functionaries and extension specialists of PAU, along with the state department of horticulture will interact to finalise the new recommendations. 

Mandi Gobindgarh
Rapika crowned Miss fresher
:District police chief Ranbir Singh Khatra, who was the chief guest for freshers’ party at RIMT Polytechnic College, Mandi Gobindgarh, said the future of the country was in the hands of young generation and students should work hard in this age of global competition.Solo dance, songs, jindua, dance, Malwai giddha, choreography, modelling, rap, giddha and bhangra were the main highlight. Mr Vikas and Ms Rapika were elected Mr and Miss freshers.

School block inaugurated:
A newly constructed block of Army Public School was inaugurated by Lt-Gen D.S. Thakur, General Officer Commanding of Rising Star Corps, here on Friday. The block has 24 classrooms, 500-seat auditorium, gymnasium and sports stadium.



Memorandum: The Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) today submitted a memorandum to the Panjab University VC to set up virtual classrooms in every department. These classrooms would consist of audio-visual aids, white boards, better and comfortable chairs and air-conditioned laboratories and rooms, claimed SOPU leaders.

Awarded: Professor D Behera, professor, department of pulmonary medicine, at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, has been selected for the “Achanta Lakshmipathi Oration Award” for the year 2010-2011 by the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), New Delhi. This award is in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of respiratory medicine. His early work on adverse effects of pollutants as a result of smoke emission from domestic fuels, especially in rural communities had far-reaching public health impact not only in India but also in other developing countries with similar practices. Behra is currently on deputation as the director, Lala Ram Sarup Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, New Delhi, an autonomous body of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Paper presented: Dr Tarana Negi, assistant professor, department of zoology, Government College, Sector 1, Panchkula, presented a research paper during a recently-held First International Conference on Managing Ecosystem Health of Tropical Seas 2010 in Malaysia. Her paper was on “Impact of migratory birds on the production of fishery composition in Pongdam wetland in Himachal Pradesh”. Scientists from Canada, Australia, Japan, China and Korea also presented papers. Dr Negi was among the three delegates from India and the only one from Haryana to take part in the conference.


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