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Batala
Rs 3 cr for MC
: All preparations have been made at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Government Polytechnic College, Kahnuwan Road, here for Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s visit to the town on January 23. Punjab chief parliamentary secretary and local MLA Jagdish Sawhney said Badal would be allocating Rs 3 crore to the local municipal council for development works, including sewerage, sanitations, streetlights, construction of roads, etc. Village panchayats falling under the Batala assembly constituency were also expected to get Rs 58 lakh.

Faridkot
Baba Farid students shine at science olympiad
: Harvinder Singh, a student of class X of Baba Farid Public School, Faridkot, has topped in Asia's largest National Science Olympiad conducted recently by the Science Olympiad Foundation, New Delhi, on November 18, 2008. Sahil Loomba got the third rank. Mohit Bajaj and Amanpreet Singh Aulakh won the fourth and eighth position, respectively. Lakhs of students studying from class III to XII appeared from across the country. The students thanked Inderjit Singh Khalsa and staff members. Chairman Kuldeep Kaur and the principal thanked teachers Rajiv Ahuja, Satish Bhatt, Ruchi Gupta for their efforts.

Hoshiarpur
Lawyers observe strike
: In response to a call given by the Delhi Bar Association, members of the District Bar Association here yesterday observed a strike to oppose the proposed amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). A meeting of the association took note of the fact that the proposed amendments would give arbitrary powers to the police and certain amendments were against the principle of natural justice.

Fire incident: Fire broke out in Tajider Pal’s furniture shop at Kot Fatuhi in Mahilpur on Monday, damaging goods worth lakhs. The fire engine of the municipal fire brigade took more than two hours to control the fire. The cause of fire was yet to be known.

Mansa
Mann enthralls audience
: "Self-confidence is the first requirement for success," said artist Bhagwant Mann during a function at the National College, Bhikhi, on Monday. He told students he would make a Punjabi film with Gurdas Mann. He had an offer from the Congress and the Akali Dal to contest the Lok Sabha elections, but did not intend to join politics. Principal Sukhdev Singh and press secretary of the college management committee, Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, welcomed Bhagwant Mann.

SANGRUR
Dialysis unit set up
: MP from Sangrur Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Tuesday inaugurated a dialysis unit at the Government Civil Hospital here. On the occasion deputy commissioner VK Ohri, deputy medical commissioner Amita Goyal, district health officer Ramesh Bansal, SMO HS Bali, district BJP president Jatinder Kalra and area in charge of the SAD Parkash Chand Garg were also present. The dialysis unit has been set up at a cost of about Rs 15 lakh. An amount of Rs 12.22 lakh has been spent on two dialysis machines while Rs 2.73 lakh has been spent on reverse osmosis system. Dhindsa has provided money from his MP Local Area Development fund, while remaining expenditure has been done by the health authorities from the user charges of the hospital.



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CHANDIGARH

Chandigarh
Award for PU VC:
Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh, will join a select band of individuals that include P Chidambaram, minister of home affairs and Prof Yashpal, a physicist and educationist, when he will be conferred the “Seth Jai Parkash Memorial Award” for the year 2008-09 for his outstanding services in the field of education and scientific research on January 22 in a presentation ceremony at Mukand Lal National College Hall, Yamuna Nagar. Prof Sobti will also be delivering a memorial lecture on “Latest advances in biotechnology” on the occasion. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 51,000, a citation and a shawl.

Annual day: Annual academic day ‘Navrangika 2009’ of Valley Public School was celebrated with gaiety and sobriety. Mange Ram Gupta, minister of education of the Government of Haryana was the chief guest. Lt Col SK Verma, principal read out the school report. The occasion was marked by a colourful display of cultural items of dance and music.

Cricket tournament from Feb 3: The Chandigarh sports department is organising the 3rd Inter-School Cricket Tournament for Advisor's Cup for boys U-19 from February 3. The matches will be played at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium and St John's High School, Sector-26, here. Entries may be sent to Harish Sharma, junior cricket coach and Naib Singh, senior manager at the cricket stadium, Sector-16, Chandigarh, up to February 1 till 5.00 pm.



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HARYANA

Chandigarh
School board exams from Feb 16:
The Haryana Board of School Education will conduct the second semester examinations of middle, secondary or senior secondary (academic or open school) classes from February 16 to March 10. Secretary of the board A Sriniwas said here today that 11.98 lakh students would appear in the examinations, for which elaborate arrangements would be made.

Jagadhri
3 killed in road mishaps
: Two youths and an anganwadi worker were killed in two separate road mishaps in Yamunanagar district on Tuesday, police sources said here. Two youths were killed and another was injured when their motorcycle was hit by a car near Ladhi village this afternoon. The deceased have been identified as Vajinder and Naveen. In the second incident, an anganwadi worker, identified as Satinder Kaur, was killed when her bicycle was hit by a car near Chappar village. She was returning home after attending to her duties when the mishap occurred.

KURUKSHETRA
Office-bearers elected
: The following were declared elected office-bearers of the Akhil Bhartiya Teerth Purohit Mahasabha here on Sunday. President Shriprakash Mishra; vice-presidents Jai Narayan Sharma, Subhash Pandey, Rajiv Nandan Mishra, Bal Krishan Pathak and Purushotam Sharma; general secretary Naveen Naagar Chaturvedi; organising secretary Shrikant Vashishth; propaganda secretary Narender Jha; secretaries Dhirender Upadhyay Rajgeer, Rajesh Trivedi, Suresh Sharma, Kanhiya Tripathi and Chandranath Chakaha Madhu; and treasurer Rajender Joshi. Besides, a 36-member executive committee was also constituted.

SIRSA
Delivery huts
: The health authorities will soon set up delivery huts in all villages of the district to promote institutional deliveries of expectant women in rural areas. The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the Five Point Coordination Committee set up under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) here on Monday. Deputy Commissioner SK Goyal presided over the meeting. The health department and the ICDS Department will jointly implement the programme of establishing delivery huts in villages.

SONEPAT
Move criticised
: State president of the BJP Mahila Morcha Anuradha Sharma on Monday criticised the move of the Social Welfare Department to deposit the cash incentives being given to the girl child under the state government’s Ladli scheme in her account to be managed by the girls’ fathers. Addressing a meeting of the district Mahila Morcha, she pointed out that the department so far had been depositing this amount in the girl’s account being managed by the mother. “This proposal of the department is not justified as mother takes care of a girl more than a father,” she said and demanded that the ongoing practice should not be altered.

Two arrested: Two youths identified as Satish of Rohtak district and Rajeshwar of Delhi, were nabbed by the CIA unit of the district police on Monday. Two stolen cars valued over Rs 9 lakh were recovered from their possession. They were in town to sell these cars. SSP Navdeep Singh Virk said Satish had stolen Tavera from Kanwarji Call Centre in Gurgaon about 20-25 days ago with the help of Rajeshwar, who worked in the call centre as driver. Similarly, Rajeshwar was nabbed along with a stolen Maruti Zen, which was stolen from Janakpuri in Delhi on October 10, 2008, he added.



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JAMMU & KASHMIR

SRINAGAR
Panel to monitor power distribution
: A three-member committee has been constituted in Budgam district of Central Kashmir to ensure the smooth supply of power to consumers, an official spokesman said here on Tuesday. The committee was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Rafi, the spokesman said. It would asses and monitor the repair and replacement system on weekly basis. Meanwhile, the Power Development Department authorities said 87 faulty transformers were replaced during the past two days in the valley.

Traffic violators fined: In a major drive, the Jammu and Kashmir Traffic police seized seven vehicles and realised fine to the tune of Rs 65,000 from the offenders involved in the violation of traffic rules here, official sources said. “A total of 404 violators were booked by the police in different parts of Srinagar on Monday and fines were realised from them,” the sources said.

Body found: The body of Mohammad Yousuf Malik, 45, was found from Kulgam district of South Kashmir, a police spokesman said here on Tuesday. The body was found near his house at Danew-Kandimarg in Damhal-Hanjipora. The cause of the death was not known immediately. A case has been registered.


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DEHRADUN

Dehradun
Jagdish is Kranti Dal youth cell chief:
Jagdish Chauhan has been elected as the new president of the district unit of the youth cell of Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD). The national general secretary of the youth cell, DK Pal, announced this in the presence of the president of the cell and Dawarahaat MLA Puspesh Tripathi, here today. The party also re-organised the executive committee of the district unit of the youth cell.

Vishwakarma, IPS win: At the third All-Indian SP Singh Memorial U-13 Cricket Tournament at Indian Public School Ground here, host IPS and Vishwakarma Cricket Academy (VCA) won their respective matches today. Electing to bat after winning the toss, IPS went on to score 154 runs in their allotted 20 overs. In reply, Haldwani Colts fell short by 12 runs. In the second match, VCA beat Nawab Cricket Academy by six wickets.


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