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Two-day seminar on pop culture & literary studies
: DAV College Bathinda is organising a national seminar on ‘Pop culture and literary studies’ on November 17-18. Literary personalities including Padmashri awardee Prof Gurdial Singh, Dr Manjit Singh, Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Dr Rana Nayar, Head, department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh will be taking part. The department of English will be organizing the seminar on the first day while the department of Punjabi will organize it on the second day. 

Punjab & Sind Bank opens its 930th branch: The Punjab and Sind Bank opened its 930th branch at village Pitho in Bathinda district with a view to extend inclusive growth in Punjab. The branch was inaugurated by GS Bindra, general manager, local head office, Chandigarh. SS Kalra, zonal manager, Bathinda was also present during the branch opening function, which was largely attended by villagers and people from neighbouring areas.

President of the Punjab State Aggarwal Sabha Charanji Lal Garg speaks during a function organised to celebrate Maharaj Aggarsain Jayanti in Mansa on Sunday.
President of the Punjab State Aggarwal Sabha Charanji Lal Garg speaks during a function organised to celebrate Maharaj Aggarsain Jayanti in Mansa on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Aggarsain Jayanti celebrated: A large number of people belonging to the Aggarwal community attended the state-level celebrations of Maharaj Aggarsain Jayanti, organised at Mansa on Sunday. Addressing the gathering, president of the Punjab state Aggarwal Sabha, Charanji Lal Garg congratulated the Aggarwals of Punjab for the work they did for the progress and development of the community. Further, Garg appealed to them to follow and implement the path shown by Nand Kishore Goenka and informed that there was message from the Agroha Dham that with the change of time it was necessary for the Aggarwal community to take part in politics. Speaking further, he mentioned that despite the fact that Aggarwals were a dominating community, no political party had given proper reorganization to it. He further appealed to the gathering to take part in politics to achieve their due importance in politics.

Blood donation camp held
: A blood donation camp was held at SD College educational society on Monday. The staff members, NSS and NCC students donated more than 75 units of blood. Dr Bhagmal, civil surgeon, Barnala, inaugurated the camp. Managing committee president Dr Aneesh Parkash and principal Dr ML Bansal also addresses the gathering. Lions Club and SBP supported the camp. 

Annual prize distribution
: The annual prize distribution of the local Malwa school was held at the school complex on Sunday. Cultural events like group songs, group dance, choreography, Gidha and Bhangra were presented by the students. SSP, Muktsar, Inder Mohan Singh, was the chief guest on the occasion. Among others, Gurpal Singh Gora, Gurmeet Singh Mann, Gurdial Kaur, school principal KP Venu Gopal and the degree college principal NR Sharma attended the event. 

Athletic meet
: The Meera Public School, Sardulgarh, celebrated its first annual athletic meet with much enthusiasm among the students on the occasion of Children's Day. As many as 1100 students of the school participated under their house banner. The meet was organised on November 13-14. A number of events like frog race, ball picking, lemon and spoon race, banana eating race, 100m race, 200m race, 400 m race, relay races, hurdles, shot put, javelin throw, discuss throw, high jump, triple jump, long jump were held. Besides, tug-of-war between staff and students, 200m race for support staff and 100m race for staff and management. Principal Prashant Kumar Lal congratulated the winners and exhorted the students to lead a disciplined life. 

: A seminar on contribution of Guru Nanak Dev towards Punjabiyat was organised at Patel Memorial National College, Rajpura, under the chairmanship of Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala. Dr Jaspal said Guru Nanak Dev preached for the welfare of the community without any prejudices between the rich and poor and between the Hindu and Muslim. The seminar was conducted by the UGC sponsored Guru Nanak Chair. Delegates and teachers from various educational institutions also attended the seminar.



‘Fire walk’ seminar:The Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India organised a ‘Fire walk’ seminar at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here yesterday.Approximately 200 members attended the seminar. PS Rathore, a management ‘guru’, said fear made us timid, but we had a lot of energy and power within ourselves, invoking which made us confident. 

Half day in govt schools today: All UT government and government-aided schools will function only for the first half of the school hours tomorrow on the occasion of Idu'l Zuha (Bakrid) on November 16, 2010. 

Youth held for stabbing migrant:The UT police today arrested Vicky, a local youth, for stabbing a migrant from UP at Mauli Jagran.The victim arrived in the city late night yesterday and was headed to Mauli Jjagran when Vicky stabbed him in his back and robbed him. The police arrested him today where he confessed that he was also involved in a mobile snatching incident that took place a few days ago.

Water supply to be hit:Due to urgent repair of delivery pipe at Sector 12, there will be no supply of water between 1 pm to 2 pm on November 16 in Sectors12, 14, 16, 21-A, 22-B, 25-C and PGI in Chandigarh.Spokesman of the corporation said that there would be full supply of pressure from 3 to 9.30 am and low pressure from 7 to 9.30 pm in these sectors.

PGI OPDs to remain closed on Nov 17:All OPDs in PGI will remain closed on November 17, 2010, on account of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid), a gazetted holiday. Emergency services will function as usual.



HC orders release of 8 PSA detainees:
Two days ahead of Eid-ul Azha, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court quashed the detention of eight persons under the Public Safety Act (PSA) hereon Monday. Justice Hasnain Masoodi passed the orders quashing their detention under the PSA, which provides for the imprisonment of a person for two years without trial, and directed the state government to release them if they were not wanted in any other case. 

Two bodies found: The police has recovered the bodies of two persons from a forest area of Baramulla district on Sunday. The bodies have been identified as those of Altaf Hussein and his brother,Abid Ahmad. According to residents, the brothers had gone to the forest. 


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