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Ludhiana
City Centre case adjourned:
The Sessions Judge SP Bangarh on Saturday adjourned the hearing in the city centre scam involving former CM Capt Amarinder Singh till September 17. The court heard the arguments advanced by the defence lawyer representing accused Ashok Chopra, relating to Today Homes company, against framing charges. Amarinder didnít appear as he was to appear before a court in Mohali.

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CHANDIGARH

Chandigarh
Professor chosen for scientist award:
Prof OP Katare, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, has been chosen for the prestigious OPPI scientist award for the year-2011. The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), Mumbai, has instituted scientist awards as a part of its public-private partnership initiative to recognise and honour outstanding Indian
scientists working in the area of healthcare. Professor Katare has made contribution towards human healthcare by developing novel phospholipid-based drug delivery systems for the treatment of difficult-to-treat immune-mediated skin ailments like psoriasis and eczema. Besides publishing more than five patents, 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals and more than 40 invited talks at national and international conferences, he has been instrumental in the successful transfer of two novel drug delivery technologies to pharma-industry.

Newcomers welcomed: Senior students of science stream at PGGC-11 organised a fresherís party. A colourful sequence of dances, songs and skit was presented on the occasion. Dr Ramneek Sharma, Dean, college instructions, urged the students to direct their potential and talent in grooming their personalities. She asked them to prepare themselves for the challenges. Aditi was declared Miss BSc Fresher and Gurjot Singh was adjudged Mr Fresher.

Nominated: Dr Manolar Lal, associate professor, department of physics at GGDSD College, Sector 32-C, Chandigarh, has been nominated International Educator of the Year-2011 by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England. Earlier too, the research and editorial departments and Awards Board of the IBC had listed Dr Lal on the IBC List of the Leading Scientists of the World. Dr Lalís research revolves around the area of amorphous semiconductors and he has also been granted a major research project entitled dielectric studies of Chalcogenide Glasses for Electronic Devices by the UGC (University Grants Commission), New Delhi.

Science books put on display: GGDSD College, Sector 32, officiating principal Meena Prabhakar today inaugurated an annual book exhibition . Science books were put on display.

NSS camp: A one-day NSS camp was organised in Government College of Education,
Sector 20-D. Bikram Singh Rana, state liaison officer, was the chief guest.

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HARYANA
 

CHANDIGARH
Tests postponed:
The Haryana Staff Selection Commission has postponed the written tests for the posts of excise and taxation inspector in the Excise and Taxation Department. The tests were to be held at Panchkula, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal and Rewari on September 11. The Secretary of the commission said the next date for the tests would be notified later on.

Poll duty: Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, Sumita Misra on Saturday said in view of the Hisar Parliamentary byelection, Director-General, Health Services, has been asked to recommend only genuine cases of medical leave of officials working with state government, corporations and the Central Government in districts of Hisar, Bhiwani and Jind till October 19. The step aims at curbing cases of medical leave by employees to avoid poll duty.

Haj house: The Haryana State Haj Committee will soon have a Haj House at Gurgaon. Chairman of the committee Aftab Ahmad said the Chief Minister had allotted a plot of 1,627 sq m on lease for 99 years in Sector 39 of Gurgaon for the purpose.

Sonepat
Man kills son:
Shushil (20) of Saragthal village under the Sadar police station, Gohana, was shot dead by his father Baljit, a retired military person, at his house late last night. Baljit has been arrested and booked for murder. Shushil reportedly used to harass family members every now and then. There was some altercation between the father-son duo last night after which Baljit fired at Shushil from his licensed gun.

Best sports school: Motilal Nehru School of Sports (MNSS), Rai, has been ranked the best boarding sports school in the country by the Education World magazine in its September edition. Schools have been ranked on the bases of 14 parameters like academic reputation, facilities etc for the past four years.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Nurpur
Pension arrears sought in one go:
A meeting of the HP Government Pensioners Association Nurpur unit held here on Saturday which was presided over by president SL Gupta. The association opposed the decision of the state government to release pension arrears of the pensioners in fractions and demanded to release the same in one go due since January 2006. It also denounced the Joint Consultative Committee constituted by the government in which state association was not consulted.

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DEHRADUN

Dehradun
No trace of missing girl:
A BTech girl student, who went missing while on her way to college in Indiranagar area on Friday, could not be traced even on Saturday. She is said to have gone somewhere as she got poor marks in an examination. Kiran (20) is a student of computer science stream (second year). When she did not return home from college till Friday evening, her family registered a complaint with the police. Later, a missing personís report was filed in the Basant Vihar police station. The police is questioning Kiranís teachers and friends.

GMVN Union: A deputation of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) Union today met Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Harbans Kapoor and sought regularisation of services of daily wagers. The employees union also threatened to start a protest at the secretariat in Dehradun if their demands are not met at the earliest. Purshotam Puri led the deputation.

22 grievances redressed: As many as 22 grievances out of 31 were ironed out on the spot during the Ambedkar Chaupal Scheme that was organised for members of the Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribes at Vikasnagar Junior High School on Saturday. The remaining complaints have been transferred to the concerned departments who have been asked to solve them within the stipulated time. The villagers asked the officials to do something about the wild animals who spoil their fields. They also asked officials to install poles so that they could get proper supply of electricity. The villagers also demanded that a bank and panchayat bhawan be constructed in their area.

Kumaon Briefs
Underweight LPG cylinders:
Residents of various localities in Haldwani blocked traffic on the Kaladhungi Road on Friday afternoon to protest against the less quantity of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the domestic cylinders being supplied. The underweight cylinders were weighed in front of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) officials who tried their best to pacify the consumers. The protesters are also agitated over the fact that the cylinders are supplied only along the main roads and consumers staying inside residential coloies are left high and dry.

One killed, 3 hurt in mishap: One person as killed when a pick-up vehicle fell into a gorge in the Nini Patal area of Pithoragarh district on Friday evening. Three persons were injured in the incident. The injured were rushed to the district hospital with the help of the 108 Emergency Response System ambulance. The deceased is yet to be identified.

Newborn babyís body found: The recovery of yet another body of a newborn has led to public outcry in Haldwani. The body was found on Friday evening in a drain in the Vanbhoolpura locality of the town. It was seen by some passersby who informed the police. Investigations in the area have failed to yield any results. The body was later sent to the mortuary.

36,000 spurious gutka pouches seized: The Udham Singh Nagar police, along with officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, has unearthed a massive consignment of spurious gutka in the Sitarganj area of the district. The seizure is said to be of 36,000 gutka pouches. Two persons - Sandip Gupta of Khatima and Ramratan of Bareilley - have been nabbed. A series of raids has been conducted at gutka godowns in the area.

Internet cable develops fault: Residents of Nainital are facing problems as there is no online connectivity in major areas of the Lake City. The people whose livelihood is dependent on internet services are the worst affected along with the functioning of the offices where work is done mostly through the internet. It is learnt that the internet cable coming to Nainital has developed a fault near Kaladhungi. Efforts are on to repair the fault. Wireless internet connections are proving to be the saving grace in these circumstances.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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