Central Government staff to go on strikeNEW DELHI: Joint Council

of Action for Central Government Employees convener J.P. Chaubey

said on Saturday that unions of Central Government employees and workers in the Railways, Defence civilian establishments, Income Tax and Central Secretariat would go on an indefinite general strike beginning March 1 demanding settlement of their demands.

In a release, Mr. Chaubey

said the unions would serve notice for strike on

February 7 to their respective administrations.

Workshop on tele-conferencingNEW DELHI: Indira Gandhi National Open University Vice-Chancellor H. P. Dikshit on Saturday said a large number of organisations

have started availing of the tele-conferencing facilities at the Electronic Media Production Centre of the university.

Inaugurating a two-day roundtable workshop on ``

ICT- Enabled Distance Education" organised jointly by UNESCO and IGNOU, Prof. Dikshit said that

Maruti Udyog, National Council of Educational Research and Training and University Grants Commission are availing

of the tele-conferencing facilities.

NCC festivalNEW DELHI: A three-day All-India National Cadet Corps festival titled "Cadet-2006" ended here on Saturday.

At the mega festival

organised by the NCC unit

of Kirori Mal College, cadet competitions, debate, athletics, quiz photography, poster making, essay

writing and cultural

contests were held.

On the sidelines, seminars

on ``Indian Air Force" and

``Role of Youth in Disaster Management" were

also organised.

Punjab AcademyNEW DELHI: To mark its silver jubilee, the Punjab Academy has organised a three-day function at Mavlankar Auditorium here beginning February 7.

Awards for 2004-2005 will be conferred on distinguished writers and journalists at the function. Each awardee will be given a cash prize, shawl, citation and memento of the Academy. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will be the chief guest, while Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely will preside.

New treatment for heart patientsNEW DELHI: Heart Care Foundation of India president Dr. K. K. Aggarwal said on Saturday that melatonin treatment could have a protective effect on the heart for patients suffering from low blood pressure.

Quoting from a study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, Dr. Aggarwal said that melatonin, a pill that regulates sleep, decreases night-time blood pressure.

The drug has no effect on day-time blood pressure or on heart rate.