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Advani on visit to Beas:
BJP stalwart LK Advani landed at Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport on a private visit here on Saturday. He was accorded a warm welcome by Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma, national BJP secretary Tarun Chugh, Cabinet minister Anil Joshi, CPS Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu and other party leaders. He headed to Dera Radha Soami Satsang in Beas.

Market panel appointments:
The government has nominated Sukhdev Singh and Gurlaal Singh as chairman and vice-chairman of Mallawala market committee. Harjinder Singh and Ganesh Dass; and Kaaraj Singh Aahlan and Shamsher Singh have been nominated to the same posts in the Guruharsahai and Makhu panels.

Scholarship given to nursing students :
The College of Nursing, DMCH, today organised the 25th Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) Punjab State Conference-2014 on behalf of TNAI Punjab State in Dumra Auditorium. The theme of the conference was “Developing effective leadership in Nursing: Today, Tomorrow for Quality Patient Care”. Charanjeet Kaur Cheema, Registrar, Punjab Nursing Registration Council (PNRS), Chandigarh, was the chief guest. The inaugural function started with a speech by Dr Jasbir Kaur, principal, College of Nursing, DMCH. An award ceremony was held. The annual financial report was read out by GK Walia, secretary, TNAI Punjab State. A scholarship for Rs 5,000 for BSc nursing and Rs 10,000 for MSc nursing was given to 14 students. 

Bank officers hold protest:
More than 500 officers of various banks held a demonstration under the banner of United Forum of Banks Union in Patiala on Friday in support of their demands, including salary revision from November last, upgrade of pension, five-day week and regulated working hours. Pramod Sharma, All India Bank Officers Confederation general secretary, said they would go on strike on November 12.

Ambulance donated: Executive Director, Power Grid Northern Region-II, SK Sharma handed over an ambulance to Government Medical College (GMC), Patiala, in an impressive function at the 400/220 KV Substation at Patiala. Principal, GMC, Patiala, Dr KD Singh received the ambulance.



Oil mill gutted in Kalayat:
An oil mill in Kalayat town was gutted in a fire on Saturday. The stocks of cottonseed, oil, Bardana and other articles worth lakhs were destroyed.

Rape attempt on 5-yr-old:
A rape attempt was made on a 5-year-old girl at the Balmiki chowk area of Sirsa last night. Sunder, allegedly lured her to a secluded place and tried to rape her. Police said a case had been registered.

Two killed in road accidents:
Two persons were killed and two injured in two separate road accidents in Yamunanagar district on Saturday. Police said Lakhvinder and Abhey got injured while Rohit died. In another mishap, Lakh Ram was crushed under a tractor-trailer near Pansara village.



Man arrested with charas:
One person was arrested by the police on Saturday for carrying 755 gm charas from Banikhet township, said DK Chaudhary, SP, Chamba. The SP said the accused had been identified as Charanjeet of Ludhiana. A case under Section 20 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered at the Dalhousie police station.

A car catches fire on the Mandi-Kullu road in Mandi on Friday nightCar catches fire, driver escapes unhurt: The driver of a car escaped unhurt when his car caught fire on NH-21 here on Friday night. The police said car driver Satish of Kullu was on his way to Banjaar, when the car caught fire. He jumped out of the vehicle. Fire tenders were rushed to douse the flames, but the car was damaged completely. 

A car catches fire on the Mandi-Kullu road in Mandi on Friday night. Photo: Jai Kumar

Rs 51 lakh given to Chief Minister’s fund:
The Chairman, State Pollution Control Board, along with the staff, presented a cheque for Rs 51 lakh towards the CM Relief Fund to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh here on Friday. The Chief Minister appreciated the noble gesture and said the assistance would prove beneficial for the needy and the poor. 



Action against illegal mining
In view of impending mining season of sand and other sub-minerals, Director, Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation, Dr S Chandola has instructed officials to act against those involved in illegal mining in Gaula, Kosi and Dabka rivers in Kumaon region. “We have decided to install CCTV cameras, besides deputing eight security personnel at every exit gate of the Gaula river as maximum illegal mining cases are being reported from there,” said Dr S Chandola, MD, Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation. Instructions have been given to officers to cut trees allotted to the corporation for fuel purposes after Diwali.

Awards for anganwari workers:
The ICDS will give awards to 30 anganwari workers from Kumaon for their contribtution to child welfare. According to instructions issued by the ICDS directorate, six anganwari workers each from Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar and Almora districts and three each from Pithoragarh, Bageshwar and Champawat districts will be awarded for their work. “We have issued instructions to all district magistrates to fill forms to recommend the names of good anganwari workers and these to the directorate in time,” said Nidhimani Tripathi, Director, ICDS, Uttarakhand.

Misusing Jim Corbett’s name:
The Jim Corbett National Park authorities have decided to give notices to those who are doing business by using the name of Jim Corbett illegally through Internet.

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