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ABOHAR
Accident: A youth, who got married just five months ago, was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle last night in the Sriganganagar region. Sources said the victim Darshan Singh, of village 15BLD, was returning after dropping his wife at her parental house in village 22 PTD in the Raisinghnagar area. A vehicle crushed him to death as he was waiting for a bus on Bajuwala crossing near a farmhouse. 

Mourned: The Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists, at a meeting here, had mourned the untimely death of Purushottam Goyal (54), a senior journalist with some vernacular in Gidderbaha. At the meeting, the members of the union expressed their heartfelt sympathies to the deceased’s family. Purushottam Goyal had died on Thursday after brief illness. 

Batala
Martyrdom Day
: An enormous martyrdom day procession was taken out on Thursday to commemorate the martyrdom day of Baba Jeewan Singh. The procession was taken out from Gurdwara Baba Jeewan Singh, Luharan Wali Gali, and passed through the G.T. Road to Gandhi Chowk, Guru Nanak Nagar, Lallian Wali Gali, Kahnuwan Road and culminated at Gurdwara Baba Jeewan Singh. 

CHANDIGARH
Toll exemption sought
: Ex-servicemen have appealed to the state government for exemption from toll tax on highways. The general secretary of the ex-servicemen wing of the SAD, Col Partap Inder Singh Phulka (retd), has cited a recent letter issued by the NHAI, which states that defence personnel/ex-servicemen and their families are exempt from paying toll on production of identity card. 

Cong rally today: The Congress has planned a series of public meetings and rallies to invigorate the party after recent district-level dharnas across the state. Spokesman for the party Jagmohan Singh Kang said PPCC president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal would address a district-level rally at Tarn Taran on December 22. 

TB control programme: Health and family welfare minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla stressed that medical colleges should take the maximum advantage of Revised National TB Control Programme and that the laboratories meant for TB control should be fully equipped. She was presiding over a meeting to review the progress of the implementation of the programme in government and private medical colleges.

FAZILKA
Id celebrations: On the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha, Sunil Kapoor, commandant of the 99 Battalion of the BSF in Fazilka sector offered sweets to his counterparts rangers at the Sadiqqi border check post. Both the officers exchanged best wishes on this occasion. Pakistan rangers’ Wing Commander and other rangers too offered sweets to children present on this occasion. Hundreds of people including the BSF, Army jawans and civilians in Fazilka and nearby areas also celebrated Id with fervour and gaiety. 

Traffic camp: The Lions Club of Fazilka with cooperation of the administration organised a day’s Traffic Rules Awareness Camp near local grain market. DSP Rachhpal Singh was the chief guest at the programme. Baljit Singh and Sukhvinder Singh, traffic in-charges of the city police, Fazilka, informed the drivers about traffic rules to be followed while driving vehicles. SHO Baljit Singh called upon the drivers to abide by traffic rules to prevent accidents. Reflectors were also fixed on the vehicles. 

GURDASPUR
Department promotions: Up in arms against alleged promotions of certain engineers ignoring the seniors, the Diploma Engineers Association, Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, has given a strike call on December 24. Association president Satnam Singh Dhanoa alleged that the promotions had been done by the authorities to serve their vested interests. 

HOSHIARPUR
‘Fill posts of safai karamchari’
: Chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Santosh Chowdhary, in a letter to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, has urged the Chief Minister to issue directions to the departments for filling the posts relating to Scheduled Castes, especially those of safai karamchari, on apriority. 

Travel agent booked: A fake travel agent duped Sukhdev Singh of Mallian Nangal of Rs 95,000. The Garhdiwala police booked Jagtar Singh of Chanota (Dasuya) under sections 406 and 420 of the IPC in this connection. According to police sources, Sukhdev Singh alleged that Jagtar Singh took Rs 95,000 for sending him to Dubai, but did not fulfil his promise. 

Jalandhar
Raising Day
: The Royal Maratha battalion celebrated its 208th Raising Day somewhere in the western sector today. The battalion was raised on December 21, 1800, by Capt Greene at Mumbai. It has a rich tradition of valour and glory. During World War I the battalion earned the sobriquet “Royal” for its gallantry displayed in Mesopotamia. 

Passport adalat: The Jalandhar passport office will hold a special adalat for speedy disposal of the pending cases on December 24. Passport officer A K Mahajan said all those persons, who have filed applications before March 31, 2007, could visit personally between 10 am and 1 pm. Mahajan said no request for out of turn or tatkal passports would be entertained on December 24, except under extreme emergency cases.

Muktsar
Medical camp
: A medical camp for pregnant women and children was organised at Mai Bhago Ayurvedic College Hospital for Women here on Friday. More than 200 patients were examined at the camp. The aim was to cure and prevent certain diseases during pregnancy.

PATIALA
Congratulated: The local arts and theatre lovers, including members of the National Theatre Arts Society, congratulated Avtar Singh Makkar, president of the SGPC for appointing education director Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, a great connoisseur of theatre, arts and literature. Pran Sabharwal and artists expressed joy and congratulated Gurmohan Singh on his new coveted assignment to improve the education standards and promote Punjabi theatre movement through 50 institutions of the SGPC in the region.

SANGRUR
NGO: Review freebies: President of the local Asha Di Kiran Foundation, an NGO, A. S. Mann has urged the government to review the policy of giving various things free of cost or at subsidised rates to different sections of society. He was addressing a meeting here on Thursday. 

Seven held for trespass: The police on Friday arrested Ranjit Singh, Balwinder Singh, Jarnail Singh, Sarbjit Singh and Shibu on the charges of trespass, intimidation, rioting armed with deadly weapon. They had reportedly ploughed a wheat field in Bakhtaurnagar village, claiming the land belonging to them. The sarpanch has claimed that the land belongs to the panchayat. 



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CHANDIGARH

AMBALA
Criticised: The BJP local unit general secretary K.L. Sehgal, on Friday, strongly criticised the long power cuts in the state. Sehgal said the lack of power supply put a question mark on the ability of the Hooda government to provide basic amenities to the common man. He said power cuts earlier used to take place in summers but now it had become common during winters too. 

MOHALI
Dead: Harpreet (6) of Korawalla village died at the PGI on Thursday night after a fall from the roof of his house. The victim fell from the roof on December 16 while playing with his friends. He was admitted to the Dera Bassi civil hospital before being shifted to the PGI. His father Ram Pal requested the Dera Bassi SDM that the family did not want a post mortem of the body. 

Body found: An unidentified body was found in Shampoo village on Friday. The victim was in his early 30s and seemed to be a migrant labourer. His body was recovered from a ditch full of water in the village. The police was called in. The body was sent to the Mohali civil hospital for identification. 

No water supply: There will be no water supply at noon in residential Phases I to VII and industrial Phases I to V on December 24 due to urgent maintenance work. According to a press release issued by the department of water supply and sanitation, the afternoon supply, too, would be at low pressure. 

Remove anomaly: Member of the All India Congress Committee Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha has requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to get the anomaly in airfares from Delhi and Amritsar to Toronto removed so that Punjab could earn more revenue. Garcha had written a letter to the PM in which she pointed out that persons going by the Amritsar- Toronto flight of Air India had to pay $200 more than those going to Toronto from Delhi by the same airlines. As such, people preferred to get flights from Delhi, which adversely affected air traffic from Amritsar. She said the air distance to Toronto from Amritsar was less as compared from Delhi but the airfare was higher.

PANCHKULA
Ambulances for Red Cross: The Panchkula Red Cross Society got three ambulances and a funeral van. Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Suryakant Sharma handed over the vehicles donated by Vinod Ghai to the society at a function held on Friday. Sharma distributed woollens to inmates of Old Age Home. He distributed blankets and Rs 500 each to the 50 families whose houses were gutted in a fire at Saketri village. 

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
4 killed. 19 hurt in road accidents
: Four persons were killed and 19 others were injured in separate road mishaps across Jammu region today. The deceased have been identified as Girdhari Lal of Tikri in Udhampur, Rita Devi of Badhori, Anil Kumar of New Plots Jammu and Raj Kumar of Salehar in Arnia. 

Fake currency seized: The police recovered fake currency worth over Rs 16,000 from two persons under the jurisdiction of Rajouri police station here today. The accused have been identified as Khalil Ahmed of Badha Kahana and Fazal Hussain of Atti Rajouri. A case under Section 489 of the RPC has been registered against them.

Abduction bid foiled: Village Defence Committee members have foiled a bid by militants to abduct two villagers in Rajouri district, official sources said here today. A group of militants abducted two villagers - Rakesh Kumar and Om Prakash- from Thangar village in Sunderbani belt of Rajouri district late last night. The duo raised an alarm, drawing the attention of VDC members in the area who rushed to the area and fired some rounds. Militants escaped from the spot leaving behind the duo, they said.

Three held with poppy: Three persons were arrested here today for allegedly possessing 30 kg of poppy. On a tip off, the police set up a check post at Panjtirthi area of the city and intercepted a vehicle on way to Punjab from Srinagar. Police recovered 30 kg of poppy from the trio. A case has been registered. 

One held with contraband: One person was arrested with seven kilogram of charas here, police said today. On a tip off, police intercepted a vehicle in Channi Himat area last evening and arrested Ghulam Nabi Bhat alongwith a bag containing seven kgs of charas, they said. A case under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances was registered against Bhat, they said.


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