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Gurupurb celebrated: The birthday of the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated at the Dasmesh Girls College of Education (Badal) on Tuesday. An Akhand Path was held on Sunday while Bhog and Guru ka Langar was served on Tuesday. The students of the college sang Shabad. Sumanpreet and group sang Kavishari related to the Sahibjada. Prabhleen and group sang Shabad ‘Abal Allah Noor Upayaya’. Karmjeet sang a religious song ‘Jas Guru Da Gaunde’. On the occasion, Dr Kuldeep Kaur Maan, Jagdish Kaur Sidhu and principal Vimlanshu Malik were also present. Principal Dr SS Sangha thanked all present there.

SGPC POLL: The Gurdwara Election Commission proposes to register parties intending to field their candidates for the forthcoming SGPC elections. A spokesperson for the commission said interested parties were requested to intimate their names, address, other particulars, including the particulars of their office-bearers, and also choice of three symbols in order of preference to the Secretary, Gurdwara Election Commission, Kothi No. 23, Sector-8A, Chandigarh. List of symbols could be obtained from the commission office, Chandigarh.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab Engineers Association (B&R). President - Rampual, Coordinator -Arvinder Singh, Senior Vice-President JS Dhindsa, Vice-President Pawan Nagpal, General Secretary JS Sodhi, Joint Secretary Harjot Singh, Finance Secretary Inderjit Singh, Finance Secretary Rakesh Gag and Press Secretaries Zorawar Singh and Varinder Kumar.

Purse snatched from woman
: Two unidentified youths riding on a motorcycle snatched the purse from a woman in Kasaba market while she was returning to her shop from a bank nearby on Tuesday. Though the shopkeepers chased the snatchers but could not nab them. Sources said the woman, running a chemist shop, had lost Rs 70,000 cash, jewellery and a few cheques. A few days ago, the locks of some shops were also found broken in the market. Police said a case was registered in this regard and efforts were on to nab the accused.

Hosiery items gutted
: A fire broke out in a shop located near Ram Lila Chowk here on Tuesday. A large number of hosiery items were gutted.The owner of the shop was informed by the neighbouring shopkeepers about the incident. The fire station officials were informed in time. By the time fire tenders were pressed into service, a large number of items had been gutted. The cause of the fire could not be known.

Komal elected chief of scribes’ body:
Amarjit Komal, district in charge of the Ajit Group of Newspapers, has been elected unopposed as president of the Kapurthala Working Journalists Association for two years. Journalists garlanded him at a meeting at the local Press Club for his success in the election and lauded his welfare activities.

Dental association
: The following have been elected office-bearers of the local chapter of the Indian Dental Association: President - Dr Asghwani Dhir; general secretary - Dr Amandeep Singh; secretary - Dr Bela Kapoor; vice-presidents - Dr Gulzar Chand and Dr Harshbinder Kaur; joint secretary - Dr Gurpal Arora; treasurers - Dr R.K. Chopra and Dr Bhasker Dhir; conveners (Community Dental Health) - Dr Rubina Vera, Dr Sunita Bika and Dr Tirath Singh; convener (Community Dental Education) - Dr Nitu Gupta and Dr Mena Rana; executive members - Dr Manmohanjit Singh, Dr Shenam, Dr Sehajpal Singh and Dr Amandeep Singh; and PROs - Dr Amit Kakaria and Dr Amit Kumar.

Man dies due to cold: An unidentified man died due to cold here last night. The body was found near old dispensary here today. According to sources, nearly 70-year-old man died due to cold last night. The body had been kept for identification at the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital for 72 hours.

Tarn Taran
Education curriculum:
Harpal Singh and Jagbir Kaur, educationists from the USA, delivered lecturers on “Education curriculum” at Sri Guru Angad Dev College of Education, Khadur Sahib, 25 km from here, on Saturday. Dr Sruti Rishi, Principal of the college, presented a vote of thanks.


MBA programme
: NIIT University and ICICI Bank Limited have joined hands to launch a Master of Business Administration (Finance and Banking) programme. The agreement was signed today by Chanda Kochhar, managing director and CEO, ICICI Bank Limited, and Rajendra S Pawar, founder, NIIT University. The students will also undergo an internship at ICICI Bank during the course duration. On successful completion of the programme, the students would directly assume middle-management responsibilities in ICICI Bank. The programme is expected to commence from April 2011.

Conference on microbial biotechnology: A two-day national conference on “Microbial Biotechnology” was inaugurated here today at the mathematics auditorium, Panjab University. NK Ganguly, eminent scientist, Dr Satnarayan and other delegates from across the country, attended the conference. Research papers were presented on challenges in biopharmaceutical products, merging genomics, progress in microbial biotechnology etc.


Fire breaks out due to gas leakage
: Students of a school in the Gujjar Nagar area had a narrow escape on Tuesday morning as a fire broke out in a nearby shop where gas cylinders were being refilled illegally. According to the Fire and Emergency Services Department, the fire broke out due to the leakage of gas from the cylinders. Around five fire engines were used to control the fire.

Girl rescued from kidnappers
: The police rescued a teenage girl in Baramulla district on Tuesday and arrested her alleged abductor within five hours of receiving the complaint, an official spokesperson said. A special team of police, formed after a complaint was filed about the kidnapping of the 17-year-old girl from Tangmarg, nabbed the kidnapper, Mashook Ahmad Malik of Singhpora village at Pattan in Baramulla district, within hours of the crime, he said. The girl was restored to her parents after legal formalities.

CRPF jawan commits suicide: A CRPF jawan allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Baramulla district today, officials said. Constable RK Medhi (26) shot himself dead with his service rifle at a camp in Adipora village in Sopore, 55 km from here, they said. Medhi, a resident of Assam, died on the spot, they said, adding that the motive behind the jawan taking the extreme step was yet to be known. The jawan had resumed duty last month after availing of 60 days of leave.

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