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ABOHAR
Cremations held:
Hundreds of citizens, including members of the Indian Medical, PCMS Officers and Chemists Associations, Rotary and Lions Clubs, attended the cremation of Dr Krishan Kumar (53), younger brother of Bhim Sain Jat, the state secretary of INLD and president of the Shri Amarnath Langar Sewa Samiti at Shivpuri grounds on Wednesday. The sub-divisional town lost another eminent social and spiritual worker Surinder Kumar Sukhija (45), secretary of the Dera Radhasoami . He too died of cardiac arrest. The cremation was attended by a large number of followers.

Talent hunt: Champa has topped in ghazal and folk singing in the four-day talent hunt competitions which concluded at the DAV College of Education here on Wednesday. Other winners are: bhajan- Ashok Kumar; song- Puja; quiz- Jaidev Bishnoi; skit- Naughty Boys group; acting- Parnam Singh; poetical recitation- Jagmeet; debate- Jaidev; pakhi making- Paramjit Kaur; poster-making- Ankit; embroidery- Meenakshi; cartooning and on-the-spot painting- Mukesh Kumar; rangoli- Himanshi; collage-making- Ruchika; still life- Bhupinder; mehandi- Aarti; phulkari- Tarandeep Kaur; dasuti- Payal Chhabra and chroshia- Kamini.

Five nabbed: A team, led by the block forest officer Jeeta Singh and guard Krishan Lal, nabbed five persons for cutting trees on the strip of the Daulatpura sub-canal near Diwankhera village and recovered Rs 45,000 as penalty, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, the district president of the Punjab Non-gazetted Forest Officers Union, said on Wednesday. The culprits were identified as Dyal Singh, Kishan Singh, Karnail Singh, Gurmukh Singh and Joginder Singh, all residents of the government seed farm colony, near here.

Two arrested: The police arrested Major Singh, a resident of Bhairon village in Tarn Taran police district, under the NDPS Act after recovering 170 gm smack on Tuesday. Satish Kumar of Rajput Mohalla, Jalalabad West, who was nabbed with 150 gm opium, was remanded in judicial custody on Wednesday.

Amritsar
SAD (A) panel:
In a bid to remove factionalism in the SAD (Amritsar), a five-member fact-finding committee, headed by Satnam Singh Bhiru, has begun interactions with party workers. It will soon submit its report to the party leadership. President of the kisan wing of the party Bhiru said here on Wednesday that the members of the committee would stay away from the political activities till the report was out.

BARNALA
Identity cards: Deputy commissioner R.L.Mehta has ordered the Poultry Farm and Brick-kiln Associations to keep proper records of its migrant labour. These associations will issue identity cards to their employees. The DC has also banned the loading and unloading of goods in the Pharwahi, Handiaya and Sadar Bazars and link roads of the KC Road till 8 pm. The entry of heavy vehicles is allowed only between 1 pm to 5 pm.These orders have been made effective from Wednesday till December 8.

BATHINDA
Freedom fighter:
Freedom fighter Mansa Ram (87) died at his residence in Bhucho, near here, on Wednesday. He is survived by four sons and two daughters. He had not been keeping well for some time. A gun salute was given in his honour.

Dog bites two: A stray dog attacked a man and a woman at the railway station on Wednesday. The two, described as mentally unstable, were asleep at that time. The injured were rushed to the civil hospital, but due to the non-availability of rabies vaccine there, they were taken to a private hospital.

PATIALA
New office bearers:
Sharanjit Singh Jogipur, president District Youth Congress released the list of new office bearers with the approval of Vijay Inder Singla, president of the Punjab Youth Congress on Tuesday.The block presidents include Avtar Singh Dhakraba of Patiala Block, Narinder Pal Happy of Rajpura (Rural), Manjeet Singh Goraya, Ghanour, Harvinder Singh Honey, Patran (Rural), Hardeep Singh Josan, Sanour (Urban), Sukhdeep Singh, Samana (Rural), Anil Kumar Nanni, Nabha (Urban), Gurpreet Singh Mohra, Nabha (Rural), Sukhchain Singh, Bhadson. The president of the District Youth Congress also released a list of 21 district vice-presidents, 26 general secretaries, 27 secretaries, while Ravinder Pal Shukla is legal adviser and Kuldeep Singh Shermajra, office incharge.

Samrala
Lambardara Union Election:
A meeting of the lambardaras of Samrala Tehsil was held here today in the tehsil complex under the chairmanship of S Batra, chief patron, for the election of new council Sohan Singh Bharthala was elected president, Darbara Singh Madpur as senior vice-president, Pritam Singh Taprian as junior vice- president, Gurmeet Singh Dhorla as general secretary and Harnek Singh Ropalon was elected as joint secretary, Iqbal Singh Bomba was new cashier and Tara Singh Lal Kalan was the junior cashier.

3 books released: Three books namely “Gawach Gaya Tamooan di talash” by prof Hamdardvir Nausheharvi, “Kite Takran Taan Haal Sunawan” by Dr Gurdaipal Singh and “Akhar Akhar Ahsaas” by Babu Singh Chauhan were released by Sidhu Damdami, editor, Punjabi Tribune, Dr Parminder Singh, Dr Bhagwant Singh, Jaspal Singh and advocate Awhar Singh Godara.

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CHANDIGARH

MOHALI
Profits:
The Patiala Development Authority (PDA) has collected earnest money to the tune of Rs 144.28 crore by launching a housing scheme in collaboration with OMAXE Limited for allotment of 1577 residential plots on the Sirhind road. Chief administrator, PUDA and PDA, Som Parkash said the scheme had attracted a massive response as the authority had received 10550 applications for plots, size of which varied between 200 square yards and 1350 square yards. The project is named PDA-OMAXE city for which 336 acres of land was acquired in the year 2002-03. The chief administrator said this was the first ever project that had a private partnership format through joint venture on turnkey basis.

PANCHKULA
Investigating team formed:
SP, Sandeep Khirwar, has constituted a special investigation team under ASP Maneesh Chaudhary to solve the Barwala dacoity case. Khirwar said the committee would investigate the dacoity. He however, refused to comment on the leads, maintaining these could hamper investigations. 


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HARYANA

AMBALA
N-deal to solve power crisis
: Working president of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Kuldeep Sharma on Wednesday said Congress party has never entered into any alliance which is against national interest. He said the history of Congress is full of sacrifices and the party has never misled the people to stay in power. “The UPA government’s efforts for the nuclear deal is a welcome step and the people who are opposing the deal cannot be thinking in the larger interest of the country,” he added. He further said in the coming years, nuclear power will not only solve the power crisis, it will also be affordable to the common people.

Family seeks justice: The family members of Rakesh Kumar, who was allegedly murdered in Gulab Mandi last week, today demanded speedy justice in the case. Devinder Kumar, brother of Rakesh Kumar, in a letter addressed to the home secretary, Haryana government said the police has yet not arrested all the accused in the case. He said his brother was injured due to the assault on him by a group of youths and he breathed his last at the Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantt. 

REWARI
Membership:
The Rashtriya Nav Chetna (RNC), a voluntary organisation of Haryana, has launched a membership drive to expand its base. About three dozen persons joined the RNC at a function here on Wednesday. 

SIRSA
Cable theft:
Three more persons, who had allegedly stolen BSNL’s ground cables worth Rs 15 lakh last month, have been arrested by the police.

YAMUNANAGAR
Cassette released:
An audio cassette and CD of Shabad Gurbani ‘Har ko namsada sukhdai’ recited by Bachitter Singh and Himenshu was released during the Parkash Utsav of Shri Guru Ram Dass ji celebrations, which concluded here on Tuesday. 

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