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Batala
Principals removed
: Kusum Bhandari and Mannu Sekhri have been removed as principals of Dr M.R.S Bhalla DAV Girls High School, Qila Mandi, and Agyawanti Marwaha DAV Girls Senior Secondary School, Dusehra Ground, respectively. In their place, Kanta Mahajan and Shanta Oberoi, former principals of these schools, have been reinstated. The local managing committees of these schools took these decisions at a meeting on Friday.

Hoshiarpur
Meat shops closed
: The Deputy Commissioner has ordered to close all meat shops and slaughterhouses in the district on Lord Mahavir Jyanti (Saturday).

Condemnation: The District Bar Association, Hoshiarpur, at its meeting held under the presidentship of R.P. Dhir on Friday, condemned the killing of R.K. Joshi, a Ropar-based lawyer. The association demanded the arrest of the accused.

Jagraon
Body found
: A dead body of a person, who was missing since Wednesday, has been recovered by the railway police on Thursday. The body was found from a pond near the railway station, Jagraon. It has been identified as of Jaswinder Singh (38), who worked at a sanitary shop here. The body bore a sharp edged injury mark near the ear. Residents allege this act to have been done by a serial killer. However, Sudagar Singh, father of the deceased has alleged that a woman of their village had committed the crime.

One injured: Paramjit Kaur of Lakha was injured near Nawa Dalla, when a speeding mini bus hit her scooter. The police has registered a case under sections 279, 337, 427 of the IPC against Sarbjit Singh, alias, Sarbi, driver of the mini bus.

3 booked: In two separate incidents the Dehlon police has booked three persons for assault. In the first incident, Tejinder Singh, alias, Khanna of Jand allegedly entered into the house of Parminder Singh of his village and allegedly assaulted him with a spade. The police has registered a case under sections 452, 323, 341 of the IPC. In another incident, Sukhdev Singh and Jassi of Nangal allegedly assaulted Jagtar Singh of their village with sharp edged weapons and lathis. A case under sections 323, 324, 325 of the IPC has been registered.

Jalandhar
Toppers
: Mallika Sikri and Megha Arora, students of DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology Jalandhar and Chandigarh College of Engineering Landran, respectively, have shared the top rank in B.Tech first semester examination conducted by Punjab Technical University, the result of which was declared today. Both have scored 579 marks. While Mallika is a student of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Megha is a student of B.Tech (IT). Gagandeep Kaur, a student of Rayat Institute, Nawanshahr, has bagged second position with 572 marks.

Nawanshahr
Panesar retires
: Deputy Director, Sainik Welfare, Capt. (Retd.) SPS Panesar, was given a warm farewell party on his retirement at the District Sainik Welfare Office on Friday. Lt. Col. (Retd.) Jernail singh, vice president, District Sainik Board, Col. Chuhar Singh and Col. Malkeet Singh, director and chief instructor of Sainik Vocational academy spoke on the occasion. Ex. Gratia grant worth Rs.Two lakh was also handed over to Ajit Singh father of martyr Gurmail Singh.

Bid for VIP number: The District Transport Office earned a revenue of whooping Rs.1,51,500/- during an open bid to sell the special vehicle registration number PB-32-G-001. DTO, R.L. Jassal said that the minimum price fixed by the government for selling 001 registration number had been fixed Rs. 50000/- and in case of more than one aspirants, the number was sold by organizing open bid. As many as 5 aspirants participated in the bid and the highest bidder was Sital Singh, a resident Chandigarh.

Patiala
SYMPOSIUM
: The local Rotary Club (Mid-Town) organised a symposium on “environmental pollution” at Thapar University here on Friday. Director of the university Abhijit Mukherji advised the Rotarians to work with missionary zeal for preserving the environment in the state. Senior environmental engineer, Punjab Pollution Control Board, Malwinder Singh said no campaign succeeded without public participation.

CAMP: An awareness camp on social evils and environment awareness was organised by Jasdev Singh Sandhu College of Education, Kauli, at Daun Kalan, near here, on Friday. It was sponsored by the department of education and community services, Punjabi University. Dr Harshinder Kaur, a child specialist, talked about measures to arrest the imbalance in sex ratio.

RETURN COUNTERS: The income tax department has decided to open return receipt counters at Ayakar Bhavan here. These will function from 9 am to 5.30 pm on March 31.

Phagwara
Two killed
: A “granthi” was killed in an accident on the Banga road in the town on Thursday night. The victim, Bhajan Singh, was travelling on motor cycle. In another incident, cyclist Satnam Singh died on the spot after being hit by a car near Rurrka Kalan village last night.



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HARYANA

Ambala
SERVICE CAMP
: The NSS wing of SA Jain Senior Secondary School organised a service camp in Naya Gaon, near Ambala city, on Friday. Volunteers of the NSS distributed books among villagers. They also launched a sanitation drive in the village.

HANSRAJ AWARD: Principal of DAV College J.S. Nain will be presented with the Mahatma Hansraj Award by the DAV college managing committee in New Delhi on Saturday. Nain is being awarded for his achievements during his tenure at the colleges at Naneola, Pehowa and Ambala.


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Hamirpur
More pension demanded
: The Himachal Pradesh State Welfare Association highlighted its long- pending demands in the state executive meeting held here. President of the association Jiva Nand Jivan and other office-bearers urged the government to fulfil their demands, including one-month additional pension on the Punjab pattern as LTC, a 5 and 10 per cent increase in pension after 65 and 75 years, respectively, revised option for medical reimbursement and Rs 80 instead of the present Rs 180 as the fee for card to avail 20 per cent concession in HRTC buses for senior citizens.

BJP rally: The ‘ satta parivartan sankalap’ rally being organised by the BJP here on April 6 will be a trend setter for future politics, said media spokesman Rajinder Rana on Friday. Rana said the price rise, unemployment had made people quite frustrated, which would be reflected in the turnout at the rally.

Three arrested: The police has arrested three persons for looting 30 boxes of country liquor under Nadaun police station. In-charge of Nadaun police station, told that Anil Kumar, Ramesh Kumar and Vipin Kumar, of Jalahdi village have been arrested and 24 boxes of Una no.1 have been recovered from them. Police sources told that these persons were arrested after a complaint was registered on Wednesday that 30 boxes of the liquor were looted by few persons near Sera village while taking the liquor for distribution on vends in two jeeps.

Memento given: The Hamirpur press club organised a party to bid farewell to district public relations officer Pawan Pakhrolvi, who is retiring from service on March 31. President of Press club Dinesh Kanwar, also presented a memento to Pakhrolvi on behalf of the press club.

Kangra
Burns victim dead
: Rakhi, a student of the local MCM DAV College who had received 80 per cent burns following a stove blast at her house in Purana Kangra locality of the town on Tuesday, , succumbed to her burns at the CMC, Ludhiana, on Thursday night. A police party rushed from here to Ludhiana to get a post-mortem done before the body was handed over to her parents. Rakhi struggled for life at the CMC for more than a week, costing her poor family Rs 80,000.


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