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PU quiz contest
: In the PU Inter College quiz competition that was organised by Bhag Singh Hayer College for Women in village Kala Tibba, the team from DAV College of Education and Gopichand Arya Mahila College, both of Abohar, were declared winners and runners-up, respectively, Vivek Chhabra organiser of the event informed. Lt Col KL Bishnoi, CO, NCC, and Gopal Singh, principal, Government College, Muktsar awarded prizes to the winners. Principal Dr Parminder Sharma thanked the dignitaries and participants.

Career counselling: At a seminar on career counseling at DAV College of Education on Monday, Army School principal Manish Sharma gave tips to students on the significance of body language, costumes, general knowledge, expression and self-confidence for interviews. Principal Dr Venita Singh said guidance would be offered on resume making and body language.

Training workshop:
A training workshop concerning life skills, adolescence, environment, drugs, female foeticide and HIV/AIDS was organised by the District Science Department for 100 nodal officers of 50 Government Senior Secondary Schools at Teachers' Home, Bathinda. Narinder Kumar Bassi, Community AIDS Educator, was the key speaker who conducted the workshop. A film 'Saavdhan' concerning HIV/AIDS (a joint Production of UNAIDS and Border Security Force) was also screened. District Education Officer HS Sandhu lauded the efforts made for AIDS awareness.

School function held: Radcliffe School organised Saraswati Puja on Basant Panchami to commemorate the Goddess of Learning, followed by a cultural programme in its new building at Civil Lines. Principal of Malwa College NK Gosain was the chief guest. Principal SK Jena thanked the guests. Students and staff of the school besides many dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Seminar held: The English department of Government Barjindra College, Faridkot, organised a two-day national seminar on “Art, culture and theory-mapping the transition from modernism to post-modernism”, which concluded here recently.

Laghu Udyog Bharti’s office-bearers elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab unit of the Laghu Udyog Bharti (LUB), an organisation of small-scale industrialists: President - Dinesh Lakra; general secretary - Arvind Dhumal; senior vice-president - Sarv Daman Bharat; vice-presidents - Ashok Gupta, Lalit Sharma and Vijay Talwar; organising secretary - Dr Raghbir Suri; secretaries - Arun Ralhan, Jagat Kathuria and Satish Chander Sareen; joint secretary - Surinder Dhall; and treasurer - Chander Shekhar Gupta. 

Four hurt in mishap: Four persons, including a women, sustained serious injuries when the vehicle they were travelling in was reportedly hit by a truck on the Nabha- Malerkotla road on Monday. They were rushed to the local Civil Hospital but were later referred to the Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. A case has been registered in this regard. 

School function: Government Model High School organised a function to remember Satguru Ram Singh on his 196th birth anniversary. School Principal Ashok Kumar Dharmani was the chief guest on the occasion. 

New train:
The region will have a new weekly train linking Ahmedabad with Udhampur via Bathinda and Hanumangarh. North Western Railway Chief PRO Lalit Bohra informed on Tuesday that 09108 Udhampur-Ahmedabad (Weekly) Janambhoomi Express special train will be flagged off at Udhampur (J&K) on February 14 at 11.50 pm. It will have stoppages at Jammu Tawi, Bari Brahman, Samba, Chakki Bank, Jalandhar city, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Bathinda, Hanumangarh, Peelibanga, Jodhpur and Abu Road.



Cash stolen:
Ramesh Taneja, a resident of Sector 30, reported to the police that someone has stolen his bag containing cash 79,000, a petro-card and an ATM after breaking glove box of his scooter yesterday.


Book released:
Radhey Shyam Sharma, former VC of Makhan Lal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism, Bhopal, released a book titled 'Raagmaye Haryana' by Dev Raj Sirohiwal, an official of the Public Relations Department , here on Tuesday. The function held at Maharshi Dayanand University. It was presided over by Ubaid Niyazi, a retired Deputy Director of AIR. Sharma said more efforts must be made to improve the standards of journalism. 

Rs 6 lakh looted:
Some motorcycle-borne miscreants allegedly looted Rs 6 lakh from the accounts clerk of a flour mill near Janata Bhawan here on Tuesday. The incident took place when Net Ram, accounts clerk at the mill, was going to the mill after withdrawing Rs 6.08 lakh from the local branch of the PNB. Two motorcycle-borne miscreants hit his bicycle and snatched the bag containing the cash. A case has been registered. 


Man falls into gorge
: A passenger of Chandigarh to Manali evening bus service fell into a deep gorge several feet down and was seriously injured at Kallar on the NH No.21 between Suharghat and Nauni near here late on Monday evening. Reports said the passenger probably had gone to urinate at the roadside when the bus stopped for tea. He could not judge the deep crack and suddenly slipped. He is admitted to the local Regional Hospital here.

Implement plans: MP 
:Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur has asked all heads of the department to ensure effective implementation of development schemes so that the maximum people could take benefits and raise their standard of living. Addressing a district vigilance and monitoring committee meeting here today, Thakur said to provide benefits to people through development schemes was the aim of the government and officials should try to resolve people’s complaints on the priority.



Mufti calls on Governor
: Former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed called on Governor NN Vohra this afternoon at Raj Bhawan. According to sources, Mufti reached Raj Bhawan in the afternoon and returned after an hour. Both discussed prevailing situation in the state.

Support for Baba Ramdev’s campaign: The People’s Action and Public Accountability, an NGO, and the All Jammu and Kashmir Movement for Peace and Justice have supported yog guru Baba Ramdev’s campaign in protest against the Central government for not bringing the country’s unaccounted money stashed in foreign banks.

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