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HOSHIARPUR
Protest march: After the district delegates’ meeting, activists of the Punjab Nirman Mazdoor Union led by their state president Ganga Parsad and general secretary Harinder Singh Randhawa held a protest march in the main bazaars here on Wednesday in support of their demands. They submitted a charger of demands to deputy commissioner N.K. Wadhawan.

Naked body found: The naked body of an unidentified 36-year-old man was found in a ditch near Chack Sadhu village on Tuesday evening. Marks of injuries were found on various parts of the body. It is suspected that after murdering him, his body was dumped in a secluded ditch near the village. The police sent the body to the local civil hospital for a post-mortem examination and identification.

Boy commits suicide: The body of Deepak Kumar (13), son of Devi Dayal of Bajwara village, was found hanging from a hook of the ceiling fan at his house on Tuesday night. According to the police, Deepak Kumar was mentally upset and had committed suicide. After doing proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC, the police has handed over the body to his family.

Ludhiana
PAU don awarded
: Dr DS Ladher, professor of extension education at Punjab Agricultural University, has been conferred with a fellowship by the Indian Society of Extension Education. Dr Ladher was awarded at the recently concluded national seminar on ‘innovative extension strategies for agricultural development and rural prosperity’ at Rajindra Agricultural University, Pusa Samastipur.

Traffic week starts: In order to aware the residents about the traffic rules, the city police in collaboration with the NPC Transport Welfare Club commenced the 20th traffic week here today. SSP RK Jaiswal, stressed on proper training of commercial drivers. He said the special emphasis would be paid to train the commercial vehicle drivers during the traffic week.

Pathankot
One killed as bike hits tractor-trailer:
Parminder Singh (23) was killed and his friend Gurpreet Singh was injured in an accident which took place at Guru Nanak Park in Gurdaspur on the Pathankot-Amritsar road on last night. According to the police, the youths were on the way to their residence on a motorcycle after New Year celebrations. The motorcycle struck against a tractor-trailer as a result of which Parminder died on the spot while his friend got serious injuries. He was admitted to the local hospital. The driver of the tractor has been arrested.
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CHANDIGARH

Panchkula
BJP business cell formed
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The BJP district president, Sham Lal Sachdeva, has appointed Ajay Mittal as the president of party business cell. Harinder Malik, a resident of Sector 11, was also appointed as general secretary of the cell. While Sanjiv Saini and Punit Deswal were appointed as the vice- presidents, the responsibility of treasurer were given to a resident of Abhyapur village, Satish Kumar.
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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
New chief architect: Partap Singh will be the new chief architect of Haryana following the retirement of AK Sabarwal. Partap Singh, who took over his new assignment on Wednesday, is an alumnus of IIT, Roorkee, and he joined the state’s Architecture Department in 1982 as assistant architect and during his stint spanning over 26 years, in which he worked as architect and senior architect, he conceived several new building designs which were widely appreciated.

5 IAS officers promoted: The Haryana government has promoted five 1983-batch IAS officers to the rank of financial commissioner and principal secretary in the pay scale of Rs 37,400-67,000 plus grade pay Rs 12,000 with effect from January 1. The officers who had been promoted to the rank of financial commissioner and principal secretary included Keshni Anand Arora, YS Malik, Rajan Kumar Gupta, Raj Rup Fulia and Sarban Singh. Consequent upon their promotion, they will continue to hold the present departments, an official release said.

Name of dept changed: The state government has decided to change the name of the Public Works Department (Water Supply and Sanitation) to Public Health Engineering Department with immediate effect. Stating this here on Tuesday, an official spokesman said in Hindi this department would be known as the Jan Swasthya Abhiyantriki Vibhag.

KAITHAL
Consumer forum chief: Anil Kumar Tewari, advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, and a resident of Kaithal, has been appointed chairman of the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam. This was disclosed to mediapersons by Power Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala during a press conference held at PWD rest house here on Wednesday. The minister said Tewari had been appointed for a term of three years and the forum would decide the disputed cases of all categories of consumers falling under the jurisdiction of the DHBVN except power theft cases. Anil Tewari is son of former Haryana chief parliamentary secretary Roshan Lal Tewari, who represented the Kaithal assembly constituency from 1982-87.

REWARI
White Paper sought: Rewari zila parishad chief Satish Yadav has demanded issuance of White Paper on various development works carried out by the Municipal Council here in the past one year. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, he alleged that owing to a nexus between the contractors and certain high-ups, huge government funds had gone down the drain in the construction of city roads and accomplishment of other developmental works. He said it was shameful that in the absence of requisite facilities as many as five accidental victims were recently referred to other hospitals from the local trauma centre, which was inaugurated with much fanfare recently.

SIRSA
Youth murdered: A youth was allegedly murdered with sharp-edged weapons in Asakhera village here when he had gone to water his fields on Wednesday night. The victim has been identified as Bhaga Ram (25). His brother, Surender, told the police that Ram had gone to their fields with him and their other brothers, Bhup Singh and Devi Lal, on Wednesday night. He said while Bhup Singh and Devi Lal accompanied him to a water channel to start the water supply, Bhaga Ram remained alone in the fields. They found him lying unconscious in a pool of blood when they returned. He was immediately taken to a private doctor in Chautala village, who declared him brought dead.
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Srinagar
PDD employee electrocuted
: A Power Development Department (PDD) employee was electrocuted in the Kashmir valley, official sources said on Thursday. Lineman Ghulam Ahmad Mir was critically wounded when he got in contact with a live wire while repairing a power line at Khanpora Hatmulla in Kupwara district. He was admitted to the local SMHS hospital where he died.

Khalid Bashir’s new collection: The latest collection of noted poet, writer and director of the State Information Department Khalid Bashir Ahmad, Deeda-i-Aab-e-Rawaan, has hit the stands. The book reflects Kashmir’s history, culture, literature, economy and other aspects through the prism of Jhelum river. The book has dwelled deep on issues of historical significance like old manuscripts, travelogues, scientific, literary and research papers written on Kashmir. Khalid Bashir has earlier distinguished himself in literary world with his two poetic collections - Sada-e-Neem Shab and Khwab Para.

Udhampur
Meet on minimising mishaps
: District Development Commissioner Sudershan Sharma on Thursday convened a meeting of officers concerned to discuss preventive measures for minimising road accidents in the hilly district of Kishtwar. The meeting was a part of the follow-up action on the Governor’s directions to ensure safety of passengers on all routes and also formulate a joint mechanism to rationalise traffic management. Other traffic issues like the timing of passenger buses, overcoming the menace of overloading, activation of traffic police, arrangements of buses on needy roads and joint inspection of roads for removal of landslides were discussed. Addressing the meeting, the DDC stressed the need for strict enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, besides regularising the passenger traffic on all routes of the district.

Rural sports mela: A two-day rural sports mela organised by the Department of Youth Services and Sports, Doda, in Government Higher Secondary School, Bhagwah, has been concluded here. The aim of the mela was to develop a sense of sportsmanship and awareness about the sports among the youths of rural areas of Bhagwah block. Youngsters participated in the games like volleyball, kabaddi, wrestling, tug-of-war, stone lifting, hand power and minor games for the children below 14 years. Winners were awarded the trophies and certificates.
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