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New complex inaugurated
: Dr Anil Jose Thomas, the Bishop of Jalandhar Diocese and the patron of over 120 schools in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, inaugurated the new complex of the St. Alphonsa Convent School here. Rev Fr Sebastian, the Parish priest of St Joseph's Catholic Church and Rev Fr Mathew also joined the ceremony. Principal Jijoe Augustian thanked the dignitaries and the gathering. — OC

Sports competition held: Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle and Sikh Missionary College organised sports competitions for the students of the local schools as part of Holi celebrations at the Government Senior Secondary School here, convener Dr Mandeep Singh informed. The toppers in different events included Harjeet Kaur, Pardeep Kaur, Kokam Kaur, Sidak Singh, Paras Singh, Kashish, Kamal Kaur, Vishal Singh and Abhimanyu. Jaspal Singh and Harmanpreet were declared the best players in the friendly cricket match that was held on the occasion. Winners were awarded medals by the members of the NGOs. — OC

Awareness camps: The Punjab Social Welfare Board has been allocated Rs 50 lakh to organise awareness camps, vocational training for women and run counselling centres, chairperson Vijay Luxmi Bhadoo said. Addressing an awareness camp organised by the Seva Bharti, an NGO, at Ganga Mata Mandir in the slum area of Regar Basti here, she exhorted women to take benefit of the schemes that were launched under the Swavlamban programme by the Board. — OC

Seminar held
: Dasmesh Girls B.Ed College, Badal, held a national seminar on ‘Equity and quality concerns in school education’ on Monday. Pargat Singh, Director, Sports, of Punjab was the chief guest on the occasion. Principal SS Sangha welcomed the chief guest and delegates from different states. The resource persons included Kulwinder Singh, Department of Education and Community Services, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr SN Ghosh, Department of Psychology, HP University, Shimla, Dr Kuldeep Puri, Reader, Department of Education, USOL, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dr Tarlok Bandhu, Senator, Panjab University, ML Chilana, Prof. (retd) NCERT, Delhi and Dr Venita Singh, Principal, DAV College of Education, Abohar. The Director, Sports, honoured Roby Tomer for her achievements in shooting and Ramandeep for being the best athlete of the college. — TNS

Principal appointed: An eminent educationist, Dr Santosh Singh Bedi, has joined as Director-Principal at Bhai Maha Singh College of Engineering (Adesh Group), Muktsar. College authorities said that Bedi had retired as professor in the department of physics, PAU, Ludhiana. — TNS 

The government has given performa promotions to nine IPS officers in the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police. A spokesman of the government said that nine officers including Sarvshri Sudhanshu S Srivastava, Parveen Kumar Sinha, B Chandra Sekhar, Amardeep Singh Rai, Neerja V, Anita Punj and Kapil Dev had been promoted in the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police whereas two officers, Amit Prasad, G. Nageshwara Raoi have been promoted in the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police with effect from August 30, 2010. — TNS

Annual day
: Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, held its annual day on the college campus. RS Sharma, general secretary of the DAV Managing Committee, New Delhi, was the chief guest.The students who secured top positions in various examinations of Panjab University during the session 2009-2010, were honoured by the chief guest. Prizes were also awarded to students who topped their classes in the university as well as during the house examinations in the same session. Principal Dr VK Sharma read out the annual report. A cultural programme was also presented by students. The chief guest also laid the foundation stone of the Golden Jubilee Commerce Block on the college premises. — OC

Fire in fast food shop:
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire, which broke at a fast food shop in Central Town here on Sunday night. Fire tenders worked hard to control the fire. Short circuit in power lines is said to be the cause of fire.





7 killed in mishap
: Seven persons were killed and eight injured in an accident on the Sohna-Taudu road on Monday. The mishap took place when an autorickshaw collided with a dumper-truck coming from the opposite direction. The eight injured persons were rushed to a government hospital in Sohna. — TNS

Blood donation camp on Holi
: Deputy Commissioner Yudhbir Singh Khyalia organised a blood donation camp to celebrate Holi here on Sunday. Khyalia first played Holi with the visitors and then exhorted them to donate blood. As many as 117 units of blood were collected during the camp. The camp was organised under the aegis of the local Shiv Shakti Blood Bank



Nalwadi fair
: The Amar Jyoti Kala Manch was declared first and got cash prize of Rs 10,000 in Pahari folk dance competition organised during Nalwadi fair here on Sunday. The Mahila Mandal Soi Ghamarda was second and got Rs 7,000 and the Mahila Mandal Barmana got the third prize of Rs 5,000 as 29 prominent cultural troupes competed from all parts of the district in the day-long cultural extravaganza. — OC

Him Rang Lokautsav begins
: A seven-day-long Him Rang Lokautsav was inaugurated by state BJP president Khimi Ram at the Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra here on Sunday.
Khimi Ram said the Art, Language and Culture Department would do recording of the folk songs and dances and folklore of the state. — OC

Workshop on water resources
: The Central Water Commission organised a one-day workshop on “water resources development in the state - knowledge sharing session” and an exhibition here on Monday. Presiding over the workshop, principal secretary, Irrigation and Public Health, Narender Chauhan gave details of the works undertaken so far on development of water resources in the state and emphasised the need for scientific, efficient and sustainable exploitation of the precious resources. — TNS

Sri Sri hits out at corruption
: A week-long tour of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to the state began with a mahasatsang being held at Thodo Ground here on Monday. He said corruption, environmental degradation, female foeticide and drug abuse were the burning issues of the country. He said he supported his fight for corruption. — OC



Ultras attack security forces
: Militants fired at a police patrol party in the Sopore area of Baramulla district on Monday. The militants fired at the police team while it was heading towards police station Sopore around 4.45 pm. However, no one was injured in the firing and the militants managed to escape. Militants lobbed a grenade towards the security forces in the old city area of Srinagar late Sunday evening. A police spokesman said, “The militants lobbed a grenade at the security forces at Rainawari, injuring two CRPF personnel, a policeman and two civilians. All injured were admitted to hospital”. — TNS

PDP concerned over ration shortage: The PDP has expressed concern over the non-availability of ration, electricity and other essential commodities in the colonies of migrants at Mattan Anantnag. Interacting with the migrants, who were recently allotted flats after they joined government jobs under the migrant quota in Kashmir, PDP leader and district vice-president Ab Rahim Rather said the NC government was making hollow claims of providing every facility to the migrants who preferred to come to the Valley, but the condition of the flats allotted to them and the facilities there belies the claims. — TNS



60-yr-old dies in road mishap
: A 60-year-old man died after his moped was hit by a truck at Shaspur on Sunday morning. The deceased has been identified as Jeevan. The police said he was taken to a local hospital after the incident. However, he died during the treatment, doctors told the police. — TNS

Goods destroyed in fire: All commodities got gutted in a fire that broke out at Kedar Nath General Store near Kohli Petrol Pump in Patelnagar. Four fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire. It took over an hour to douse the flames. Fire officials said short circuit could be the reason of the fire. — TNS

Kumaon Briefs

Chaukhutia (Almora)
2-year-old female leopard found dead
: A two-year-old female leopard was found dead near Chinauni village in the Chaukhutia area of Almora district on Sunday. “The leopardess seems to have died in a fight with another leopard as wounds are visible on the body, especially the neck,” said Dr S Bisht, veterinary surgeon, who conducted the postmortem on the body.

Son kills aged father, dumps body in gutter
: A son killed his aged father in the Mukteswar area of Nainital on Monday as his wife had provoked him to do so. “Narain Singh was killed by his son and his body dumped in a gutter at Supi village of the Mukteswar area. The police has arrested his wife and the investigation is on,” said Sadanand Daate, SP, Nainital.

Bodies of two men recovered
: The bodies of two men were recovered in different places of the district in what is being said as Holi violence. “Lawman Ram was beaten to death in the Gangolihat area by two youths when he was returning from his brother’s funeral at Lechural Joshi village in Gangolihat subdivision of the district. The body of a 36-year-old man was recovered from the Bin area of the district. He too seemed to have been beaten to death,” said NA Bharane, SP, Pithoragarh.

Cong seeks commissionary HQ in Pitthoragarh: As the state government has indicated the creation of new districts of Didihat and Ranikhet in the Kumoan region, the Congress party in Pitthoragarh district has announced to start a fresh agitation for the commissionary headquarters in Pitthoragarh district. “If Didihat district is created, the three districts of Champawat, Pitthoragarh and Didihat should have their own commissionary at the centre place of Pitthoragarh,” said Mahendra Singh Lunthi, president of the Pitthoragarh Congress Committee.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 

Student of Class IV gifted  scholarship fee
: Class IV student Savita Thapa of Saraswati Shishu Mandir School was gifted scholarship fee in cash by members of the Lioness Club of Mussoorie on the occasion of Holi on Sunday. Principal Manoj Rayal said Savita had excelled in academics this year, hence, the Lioness Club thought of gifting the girl child belonging to the poor strata with the scholarship amount. The Principal also said such a gesture would encourage the student in performing well in the class and assist the family financially. — OC


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