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Seats for needy students:
The Aryan Group of Colleges has decided to reserve 10 per cent seats out of a total of 300 seats for meritorious, needy and poor students. These 10 per cent seats would be filled by renowned retired police officer Kiran Bedi-run Navjyoti India Foundation, disclosed Dr Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges (Chandigarh), while talking to the media here recently. He added that preference would be given to those hailing from this border area as he himself belongs to this area. It was my dream to serve the residents of this area, said Kataria.

Badminton Championship:
The 23rd District Badminton Championship was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Dharam Dutt Tarnach at the local Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. More than 300 players (boys and girls) from all over the district were participating in the six-day tournament in the age group of 10, 13, 16 and 19 years.

Tailoring school: The Hospital Welfare Section (HWS) of the District Red Cross Society, Hoshiarpur, on Tuesday opened a sewing and tailoring school at Ram Tatwali village in the Kandi area of the district . After inaugurating the centre, chairperson of the society Vijay Laxshami said that the HWS was already running two sewing and tailoring schools, a knitting centre, five balwari centres, a midwife centre, a counselling centre, besides a skincare and service centre in the district for the welfare of women. The counselling centre was doing well by amicably settling matrimonial disputes. She said a number of women were earning their livelihood after getting training from the above centres.

Shagun scheme: Punjab Social Justice and Technical Education Minister Swarna Ram today distributed financial aid among 234 beneficiaries under the shagun scheme, which had been lying pending since 2006-2007. The minister distributed cheques worth Rs 35.10 lakhs among 234beneficiaries of 45 villages in Phagwara subdivision. Phagwara SDM Amarjit Paul said Rs 15,000 each was provided to every beneficiary under the shagun scheme.

Sewerage work:
Residents of Hirapur have thanked the government for meeting their long-pending demand by starting work of laying sewerage in the village on December 21. The progress of work on the project was inspected by Kartarpur MLA and parliamentary secretary Avinash Chander. The villagers said in the absence of sewerage their suffering used to be at its worst during the monsoon. Besides, water-logging was common in the low-lying areas. During the last monsoon sullage from the drains entered houses after the village pond overflowed, they rued. The MLA assured the villagers that he was trying to get other problems of the villages redressed .

CIPHET ties up with Andhra firm:
The Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) has licenced the microencapsulation technology for encapsulation of food ingredients and enzymes to Unique Biotech Limited in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. The technology is highly useful for biotechnology and nutraceutical industries. As per the MoU, Unique will get non-exclusive rights for droplet generator of microencapsulator developed by CIPHET.

Doctors hold protest:
Doctors and paramedical staff of the Civil Hospital on Tuesday protested against the misconduct of some persons with government doctor Ashwini Kumar during duty hours. A protest rally was also organised, which was addressed by several doctors, including the Senior Medical Officer. The protesters demanded adequate security of the hospital staff.

Road mishap:
Former Nagar Council president Malkiat Singh Ragbotra sustained injuries in a road mishap near Sugar Mills Chowk here on Tuesday night. Ragbotra was returning from Satnampura on a cycle, when he was hit by a speeding vehicle. The vehicle driver sped away along with the vehicle. Ragbotra was admitted to the Civil Hospital. A case has been registered.

Topper felicitated:
Bhawna Gupta of Sangria has topped in BSc exam that was conducted by the Maharaja Ganga Singh University. She has secured 90.57 per cent marks. She was honoured by Lok Sabha member Arjun Ram Meghwal during a function held at the Jawahar Vidyapeeth with a letter of appreciation along with a cash reward of Rs 2,100.

Tarn Taran
Walia elected district president of NRI Sabha:
Gurcharan Singh Walia, a known social worker, was unanimously elected district president of the NRI Sabha for seventh consecutive time here today. Bakhtawar Singh, SDM-cum-returning officer, said as many as 85 out of total 230 members were
present in the election meeting.

Protest against lathicharge: Protesting against the police lathicharge on teachers at Gidderwindi, in Jalandhar, yesterday, the unemployed ETT teachers today took out a march here today. They handed over a memorandum to the Additional Deputy Commissioner in this regard and demanded an early release of their arrested associates.

DC supervises MGNREGS works: Khushi Ram, Deputy Commissioner, supervised different developmental works going under MGNREGS in different villages. Talking to newsmen at Malchak village, 25 kms from here, after supervising de-silting work at the village pond, the DC said Rs 11.14 crore was released to the district under this scheme. An amount of Rs 1 crore was spent on setting up of four Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendras at Naushehra Pannuan, Khadur Sahib, Gandiwind and Bhikhiwind villages. At Kairon, Jhamke Khurd, Valtoha, Mianwind and Fatehbad villages, the kendras were being set up at a cost of Rs 10 lakh each.

BSNL Workers Union condemns discrimination against Dalit staff: Rajinder Singh, circle president, National Union of BSNL Workers (FNTO), in a press note issued here today condemned for allegedly harassing and discriminating against Schedule Caste employees. Rajinder said in spite of the instructions issued by the National Commission for Schedule Caste, the expulsion of Jagan Nath, a chaukidar, and Onkar Nath Mali have not been evoked. He said the commission had instructed to promote Chandu Lal, CTO, but the officials knowingly ignored the instructions of the commission. He has written letters to the higher authorities.

Canadian MPs visit: Sukh Dhaliwal, a Canadian MP, has appealed to the Punjab youth to stay away from drugs to compete on the international level. Dhaliwal expressed his anguish over the maltreatment meted out to Indian ambassadors in America.



Crisis control:
Former Punjab Minister Manpreet Badal today gave a clarion call to save Punjab from financial crisis. Punjab has been drifting towards being a non-progressive state due to the political parties.



The HPCC and its district and block-level units organised a number of programmes throughout the state to mark the Congress partys 126th Foundation Day on Tuesday.



Girl killed in fire incident:
A physically challenged girl, Rehana, 12, daughter of Bashir Ahmad, was charred to death in a fire that broke out in the double-storied house of Bashir Ahmad Wani at Checkabandar Khag, Budgam, on Tuesday. The cause of fire is being ascertained. In another incident, a fire broke out in a cowshed of Ghulam Qadir Reshi and soon it engulfed the house of Ghulam Nabi Bhat and the kitchen of Abdul Rashid Reshi at Saidpora Bala in Srinagar. All structures were gutted completely. In yet another fire incident, the house of Abdul Samad Bhat at Lonepora Mattan in Anantnag was completely damaged. However, no loss of life or injury to anyone was reported in the incidents.

Dont throw stones at troops: Rights group: Expressing concern over the loss of lives in Kashmir, a London-based human rights group has urged India and Pakistan to resolve their conflicts through dialogue. It also asked the separatists to revise its strategy. Addressing mediapersons at the end of his visit to the Kashmir Valley, Syed Nazir Gilani, secretary-general of the Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR), said the state government had a principal role to play in the protection and promotion of human rights. I would like to reach out to the Hurriyat (Mirwaiz) and the Hurriyat (Geelani) and others in politics and civil society and urge them to conduct their politics strictly in accordance with the jurisprudence of the Kashmir case, Gilani said. He said there was no need to throw stones at Indian soldiers, any member of the security forces or a civilian patient travelling to hospital.


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