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Batala
‘Lovers’ sign death pact:
The bodies of a Batala couple who had eloped on Thursday evening were found in a Jammu hotel today. According to sources, Naveen Handa (34), resident of Purian Mohall and Anu (24) of Mohalla Daula Nangal committed suicide. The autopsy was conducted at Jammu, The family members are waiting for the  bodies. Naveen was a  married man.

BATHINDA
March:
A group of NRIs from the UK, along with ex-servicemen from Bathinda, will hold an awareness march against corruption from here to Chandigarh on Saturday. They will present a memorandum of their demands to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on October 22.

Gifts changed: The Bar Association of Phul, Bathinda, has alleged that a gift shop owner had changed gifts meant for dignitaries, including the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, DIG (Faridkot range) on the occasion of the laying of foundation stone of the court complex at Rampura Phul.The association, in a letter to the Chief Minister, has said it had ordered 22 gifts, including seven worth Rs 850 and 12 Rs 700 for the occasion.When the wrapper of one of the gifts was removed, it was found to be an inferior item.

Suicide: Vijay Kumar, 25, allegedly committed suicide by setting himself on fire here on Friday.His body, with 60 per cent burn injuries, was found in shrubs at Khatebasti. A case has been  registered. 

Sarpanch held:Jagseer Singh,suspended sarpanch of Deon village here, has been arrested by the Nehia Wala police for entering into a brawl with Avtar Singh, a member of the panchayat. A case has been registered against Jagseer.

2 arrested: The local police on Friday arrested Ramesh Kumar and Satwan for stealing gold ornaments during a marriage party at Doomwali village two days back.Gold ornaments were recovered from them. A case under Section 380 and 411, IPC, has been registered.

Hoshiarpur
Dengue cases:
Two dengue fever cases have been reported in the civil hospital last evening. The patients have been identified as Raju (15), son of Harbhajan Lal of local Mohalla Premgarh, and Jyoti (15), daughter of Parshotam Lal of Mohalla Preet Nagar. District epidemiologist Sardul Singh said Jyoti, who was already suffering from dengue fever for the past four days, was brought to the civil hospital in critical condition. She was vomiting blood-stained material. Her platelet count was only 27000.

MOGA
Programme:
The All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and employee unions of the Punjab Roadways held a programme on the 19th death anniversary of Nachattar Singh Dhaliwal at the bus stand complex here on Friday. State general secretary Jagrup Singh, CPI, said labourers had been left unemployed and were forced to starve.

Protests: The Punjab Government Transport Workers Union (PGTWU) chalked out a string of rallies to protest against recruitment through outsourcing in the Punjab Roadways. The PGTWU will hold protests in front of depot offices on November 12 and 15. 

MUKTSAR
Two killed:
Two men, Gurkamal Singh (39) and Jaswant Singh (35), were killed on the spot when their car skidded off the road and fell into a roadside canal at Dhani Tara Singh village, near Malout, about 40 km from here, on Thursday morning.

Camp for girls: The district health authorities on Friday distributed spectacles to 142 girl students as a part of the ongoing Eye School Screening campaign in Punjab. The spectacles were given to needy girls ( 8-14 age group) at a camp organised at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School.

Nawanshahr
School timings:
The leaders of various teachers’ union have asked the education department to reschedule the school timing from 9 am to 3 pm in winter and 8 am to 2 pm in summer. The matter has been rasied with the government time and again but nothing concrete has been done so far, they added. Among those who put forward the demand included Balbir Singh Bains of the Punjab State General Category Welfare Federation, Dinesh Kumar of the Gazetted and Non-gazetted SC/BC Employees Welfare Federation, Prem Rakker, Shiv Kumar Vashisht of the Government Teachers Union and Bhupinder Singh Warraich of the Democratic Teachers Front. 

Health dept raid: Civil surgeon Manjit Kaur and drug inspector Amit Duggal conducted a raid on Anmol Medical Hall, Asron, in Nawanshahr district on Thursday and sealed about 3,000 tablets, capsules and injections belonging to nine types of medicines for want of proper purchase record.

PATHANKOT
Auditorium:
An auditorium equipped with a state-of-the-art facilities was commissioned here on Friday. Having a seating capacity of 400 persons, the auditorium (Kiran), was inaugurated by Brig Anil Gupta, Commander of the 21 sub-area.

Tarn Taran
Change of guard:
Bhupinder Singh took over the charge of additional district and sessions judge here today succeeding R.S. Rai who has been transferred back to Amritsar.

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CHANDIGARH

CHANDIGARH
Website:
Financial commissioner and principal secretary, finance and planning departments, Haryana, S.P. Sharma launched the website of the economic and statistical organisation and the planning department www.esaharyana.gov.in here on Thursday. 

MOHALI
Durga Ashatmi:
Kanya Jeevan Dayini, an NGO working for the welfare and upliftment of girls, held a Durga Ashtmi function for 50 under-privileged girls in a school at Madanpur village, here on Friday. Manmohan Kaur, vice-president of the Mohali unit of the organisation, said the ritual of worshipping girls should not be limited to just one day. The girl child should be protected in the womb itself. Moreover, discrimination against girls should be stopped and an end to dowry deaths should be brought about, he added.

Purse snatched: A purse containing Rs 4,000 and gold jewellery was snatched from two women, here on Friday. Kulwant Kaur, a resident of Phase VII, here, was travelling in a rickshaw with Kuldeep Kaur, a relative who had come from Delhi when a youth on a motorcycle snatched the purse and fled. The police has registered a case in this regard.

Clothes distributed: Nishkam Sewa Bhav Samiti distributed school dresses, shoes and socks to 30 students with regard to Durga Ashtmi celebrations in a school at Madanpur village, here on Friday. The samiti took over the school after it was closed by the Punjab government as the education guarantee scheme under which it was run was abolished.

PANCHKULA
Bangiya Parishad:
The Bangiya Parishad celebrated “Maha Ashtami”, the most pious of its five-day-long festivities, here today. Devotees offered morning prayers at the temple. A community kitchen was organised in the afternoon.
Children later took part in competitions like balloon bursting, musical chairs, etc. A cultural programme was organised in the evening in which a dance troupe from West Bengal regaled the audience.

Five arrested for theft: Five persons were arrested on Thursday from Sector 18, here, on charges of theft. Som Pal, Sunil, Sohan Lal, Raju and Rajesh were arrested for stealing two-wheelers. The five were produced in the court of the CJM Anshu Shukla on Friday. While Som Pal and Rajesh were sent to one-day remand, the rest were sent to judicial custody.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
Celebrations:
Durga Puja is being celebrated here with great fervour. Special puja was held at Defence Colony, Kharga auditorium and Air Force PL ground. During the celebrations at the Air Force grounds, cultural events were held in the evening.

BHIWANI
Burn injuries:
Three persons, Balwan, Rukma Devi and Raja Ram, suffered burn injuries when a domestic gas cylinder blew up at Jui village on Friday.

Seeds: Managing director, Haryana Seeds Development Corporation, Fateh Singh Dagar said on Wednesday the farmers of the state would be provided with 2.40 lakh quintal seeds during the current rabi season. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

KULLU
Science quiz:
La Montessori School (LMS), Kaleheli, captured all first positions in the seniors and juniors science quiz organized by the Children Science Congress held during the past two days at Government Senior Secondary School, here. Gaurav Sharma and Gagan Deep stood first in the seniors section in which 11 teams participated. Udai Singh Kanwar and Nitin Thakur were adjudged the best among the 14 teams. Sayam Kapoor and Shantnam Sood stood first in the junior section which comprised 11 teams. Akanksha Gupta of the same school was selected for the executive corner. The teams of LMS School would represent the Kullu subdivision for district-level competitions.

NURPUR
Education Bill:
The Kangra District Government Teachers Association has opposed the move to enforce the Right to Education Bill, 2006. Onkar Rana of the association said teachers would oppose it tooth and nail as it had some clauses that would adversely affect the teachers.

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