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4 IAS officers promoted
:The Punjab Government today promoted four IAS officers, Kusumjit Sidhu, AR Talwar, Himmat Singh and DS Guru, to the Chief Secretary grade in the pay scale of Rs 80,000 (fixed) with immediate effect.

Dera Bassi
One killed in accident
: An unidentified person was killed in a road accident near here on Sunday night. The body would be kept at the Civil Hospital here for identification for 72 hours. According to information available, he was crossing the national highway when an speeding car coming from the Ambala side hit him. He succumbed to his injuries while being lifted from the site. The police registered a case under Sections 279 and 304 of the IPC. 

Chemist shop raided
: The district drug authorities today raided a chemist shop in the Lamma Pind Chowk locality of the city and seized a significant amount of habit-forming drugs as the owner of the shop failed to produce any purchase and sale record of the seized stock. Kulwinder Singh, Drug Inspector, said acting on a tip-off, Muskan Medical Hall at Lamma Pind Chowk here was raided by the authorities and 1,036 capsules, 1,100 tablets, 40 injections and 180 syrups, containing habit-forming formulations, were seized from the shop. 

: BCM College of Education in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle organised a seminar on “Revamping Education System: Some Suggestions for Politicians, Bureaucrats, Teachers and Parents”.
Prof Jasdeep Kaur Chahal, Dean, faculty of education, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion. Principal Dr Khushvinder Kumar welcomed the chief guest. Prof Chahal said futuristic vision and overall development should be the aim of education. Dr Jaswinder Dhillon, associate professor, department of English, Panjab University Regional Centre, Muktsar, in his presentation stressed on the philosophical basis of education. 

Mandi Ahmedgarh
: At least 100 students of the Government Elementary School at Khera village near here have been felicitated for their performance in academics, sports and co-curricular activities. The function was presided over by Baldev Singh Latala. Subedar Bharpoor Singh Khera and Mehar Singh were the guests of honour. A cultural programme was also presented by the students. Government School Teachers’ Union president Sikandar Singh Jartoli and sarpanch Chetan Ram gave away prizes to the students. Headmaster Amarjit Singh appreciated the role of teachers in preparing students for various events. 

Papers presented
: A research paper on “Measuring Testability of Aspect Oriented Programs” was presented by Prof Parteek Sharma, faculty of computer science department of RIMT-Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, during an international conference on computer applications and industrial electronics at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (from December 5 to 7). More than 250 research papers were presented. 

Yamla Jatt remembered
: Punjabi University today held a function in the memory of renowned Punjabi folk singer Yamla Jatt. Friends and family members of the late singer discussed his contribution to Punjabi music here on Monday. A function was held at the Kala Bhawan in Punjabi University. Close associates and fans of the late singer gathered to share their experiences. 

: Sadbhavna Group of Educational Institute and Sadbhavna College of Management and Technology opened a pharmacy division here. Veer Vikram, assistant professor, ISF College, Moga, presided over the inaugural function. 



PG accommodation searched
: In an attempt to keep a tab on the activities of anti-social elements, the police conducted search operations in paying guests and slum areas here on Sunday. A team led by Additional SHO Ravinder Pal today carried out search operations in paying guest accomodation and rented accommodations in various colonies of Lohgarh, Baltana and Pabhat areas. They also carried out search in slums near the Patiala-Zirakpur and the Kalka-Zirakpur intersections. Zirakpur Additional SHO Ravinder Pal said the operation was launched to keep a check on activities of people with a criminal background. 

200 children vaccinated: About 200 children were vaccinated for second dose of measles in a special vaccination camp organised by the district health authorities at Pabhat health sub-centre here today. The camp was inaugurated by district family welfare officer Dr SP Surila. A rally was also conducted by schoolchildren to spread awareness about measles. SMO Dera Bassi Dr Meena Hardip said the camp was organised on the directions of the state government. 


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