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Peace delegation:
A four-member peace delegation of the AISAD, led by Jaswant Singh Mann, on Friday went to Jammu and Kashmir for forging peace in the trouble-torn valley. Besides Mann, the delegation consists of Darshan Singh Isapur, former member, SGPC, Manjit Singh Tarn Tarani and Hardip Singh, both general secretaries, AISAD. Mann said the delegation would meet Governer N.N. Vohra and leaders of all parties, including the Congress, PDP, National Conference and separatist leaders, besides leaders of the Amarnath Sangharsh Committee in this regard. They would give a final report of their talks to the Prime Minister. 

Profit for NF
L: The country's second largest producer of urea, National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has registered a net profit of Rs 155.82 crore (before tax) and earned Rs 108.65 crore (after tax) for the year 2007-08. NFL has presented a dividend cheque of Rs 31.83 to the government for 2007-08 in respect of shares held by it. The company recorded its turnover of Rs 4,141 crore, a 7.1 per cent growth.

IFFCO conference
: To discuss the demand and supply of the pesticides and fertilisers, the IFFCO organised a conference here on Friday which was attended by farmers, delegates of the IFFCO and agricultural officers. Sohan Singh, field officer, IFFCO, said the fertilisers would be made available as per the demand made by farmers through indent and they should not worry about it. 

Shagun scheme: SAD in-charge Malkeet Singh Keetu distributed as many as 95 cheques worth Rs 20.5 lakh to Dalit girls under the shagun scheme here on Friday.

Rajasthan Assembly polls:
District collector of Hanumangarh Mugdha Sinha has asked over a hundred sector in-charges to ensure fair, free and peaceful elections. At the first election-related meeting held on Friday, she told them to achieve 100 per cent photo I-card target during the stipulated period, verify physically the route-chart of each sector, get genuine electorates enrolled if they had been left out inadvertently and propagate voter helpline.

Farmers to block rail traffic:
In favour of their demands, five farmers’ organisations would block the railway traffic in the state on October 20. BKU (Ugrahan) leader Ram Singh Bhaini Bagha said a rail-roko call had been given to farmers to support their demands of increasing the paddy rate to Rs 1,400 and increasing the permissible moisture content for paddy purchasing. 

Govt policies flayed: The Democratic Employees’ Front and the Radical Peoples Forum brunt the effigy of central government on Friday near local bus stand for not containing the rising economic crisis. On the occasion, Sikandar Singh Dhaliwal, Sukhdarshan Natt, Jaspal Khokhar and Sukhcharan Danewalia addressed the gathering and said the government policies were responsible for the current state of affairs. 

Anti-dengue drive
: ADC Indu Malhotra has directed executive officers (EOs) of municipal councils and block development and panchayat officers of the district to start cleanliness drive in their respective areas as a precautionary measure for the prevention of dengue. She gave the direction at a meeting of the Health Department held to review the progress of various health schemes and projects here.



Job fair for engg students:
The BRCM College of Engineering and Technology, Behal, will organise a job fair from October 20 to 22 on the college premises. Director-general of the college R.C.D. Kaushik said as many as 14 companies would come to recruit the students. He said several companies like SHAPERZ India, Visual Soft India Private Ltd, Blackberry Technologies, WebNet Creative, HCL Technologies, Vodafone, Poly Cab India and several others would participate in the fair. He said to participate in the job fair, students would have to register themselves in between October 13 and 19 at the website of Synergy Management Services (www.synergylko.com). 

Clarification on DA
: The Haryana government has clarified that dearness allowance will be allowed to the family of a deceased government employee on the last pay drawn by him/her. Enhancement of DA allowed from time to time will also be admissible to the family. A letter to this effect has been issued by the chief secretary.

Bonus on paddy: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda thanked the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for conceding to the demand of the farmers by announcing bonus of Rs 50 per quintal on MSP of paddy. In a statement issued here on Thursday, the Chief Minister recalled that he had been requesting time and again to the union agriculture minister as well as the Prime Minister to enhance the minimum support price of paddy or grant bonus to the farmers on the sale of paddy. The request now had been accepted in the larger interest of the farming community, he added.

  hurt as bus overturns:
Five persons were injured when a private bus they were travelling in overturned on the Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh road here on Thursday. The bus was coming from Bahadurgarh to Jhajjar. The injured were admitted to a private hospital where condition of all is said to be out of danger. The incident took place when the bus driver applied brakes all of a sudden and it overturned. The injured were identified as Ravi, Ashok, Rajpal, Sumit and Navin.

2 killed in accident
: Two persons were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with an unidentified vehicle near HP gas plant on NH-71 on Thursday. The deceased have been identified as Anil (27) and Suresh (25). The victims were on their way to Anoopgarh village.

Gangster held:
The police has arrested a notorious gangster, Azad (18), a resident of the Taoru area of Gurgaon district, who was declared a proclaimed offender on September 12 by the court of the Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate of Kosli after he persistently indulged in absenteeism from the court in a case of theft. The police has now registered a case of non-attendance in obedience to a subpoena under Section 174-A of the IPC. He was produced in the above court on Thursday, which remanded him in police custody for two days.

Brother-in-law rapes woman
: A woman of Bilaspur village was allegedly raped by her brother-in-law on Wednesday here. The police has registered a case against the alleged accused, Salim. However, he escaped after committing the crime. Police sources said the incident took place when the victim was sleeping alone at home.



Samiti clarifies:
Member secretary of the newly constituted ‘Rogi Kalyan Samiti’ of the regional hospital, Chamba, Dr Rakesh Verma has clarified that the samiti has approved current fiscal year’s budget of Rs 57.10 lakh which is not in crore as appeared in ‘The Tribune’ on page-4 on Friday, October 17, 2008. 

Road accident:
Bhupinder (10), resident of Dehlan, was crushed to death by a speeding Tata Safari near Baddi on Friday. The vehicle coming from Badi hit him while he was crossing the road. He died on the spot. The Driver is absconded. A case has been registered. 

Hind Gaurav award:
H.K. Sharma, chairman and managing director, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) Ltd, has been awarded the Hind Gaurav award and a gold medal by the Indian Society for Industry Intellectual Development. Subodh Kant Sahai, union minister of state for food processing industries, presented in New Delhi on Thursday. 

Relief funds: The employees of the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) today made a contributions of Rs 4.48 lakh towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The vice-chancellor, Prof Sunil Gupta, on Friday presented a cheque on behalf of the employees to Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal here. Both the teaching as well as non-teaching employees of the HPU have donated generously to make this contribution.

Seminar on climate: A seminar on ‘Users requirements of weather and climate in Western Himalayas’ will be organised by the India Meteorological Department here on Monday.



Free rail tickets for students:
The Northern Railways will issue free monthly season tickets to students availing its newly introduced train service between Anantnag and Budgam stations in the Kashmir valley. Women students up to graduation level and male students up to 12th standard can avail of the initiative, a railway official said. The free tickets will be available at Rajwansher, Budgam, Srinagar, Pampore, Kakapora, Awantipora, Panzgam, Bijbehara and Anantnag railway stations, he said. “Special camps are also being set up in Srinagar, Anantnag and Budgam districts for issuing free tickets,” he added.

ANC disfavours poll in Nov: Former Chief Minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah’s Awami National Conference is not in favour of the Assembly elections before the winter as the situation was not conducive for such a process under the present circumstances, senior ANC leader Muzaffar Shah said here today. The ANC, which came out of political hibernation after 22 years, had earlier this year announced its decision to contest all 87 Assembly seats. The party had been launching a sustained public campaign over the past several months across all three regions in the state. “We are not in favour of the elections in November as the situation is not conducive for such a process”, Muzaffar Shah said. 


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