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Bathinda
Power cut:
Due to repair of the 66 KV sub-station, the power supply to the areas, including Civil Station, Power House road, Police Lines, Shant Nagar, Guru Nanak Pura mohalla, Pujaan Wala mohalla, Mehna chowk, bus stand, Seedianwala mohalla and Molwiawala mohalla will remain suspended on Monday from 9 am to 6 pm. The information was given by sub-divisional officer, PSEB, through a press note.

CHANDIGARH
Journalist bereaved:
Bimla Devi, mother of Sushil Goyal, Senior Staff Correspondent, The Tribune, died in Sangrur on Saturday morning after a prolonged illness. She was 74. Her cremation in the evening was largely attended by eminent citizens of Sangrur. 

MoU signed for campus: Decks were cleared to set up multi-disciplinary integrated campus consisting of Engineering and Polytechnic College, Depts of Business Studies, Computer Studies and Pharmacy at Nanowall Vaid in Hoshiarpur district, after an MoU was signed to set up the campus in public-private partnership on Friday.

Jagraon
Honing teaching skills:
A seminar on “Components of professional education and essentials of employment in Technology era” was conducted at Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Kamalpura. The seminar was sponsored by CCIT under the guidance of its director Dr Sarabjit Singh. Teachers were made aware of the basic teaching skills. Dr Sarabjit said the developing the education spirit is in the hands of teachers only. The seminar was attended by teachers of all four institutes being run by the GGS Trust, Kamalpura.

JALANDHAR
PSSF threatens jail bharo stir:
The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF) has threatened a jail bharo stir if its demand of an early implementation of the pay commission report after consultation with representatives of the Punjab Employees Action Committee was not met. Federation office-bearers Ranbir Dhillon and SS Chahal said the Punjab Joint Action Committee would hold state-level rally in Ludhiana on February 14. 

DSP’s daughter hurt: DSP Satnam Singh’s daughter Lovepreet Kaur (22) was reportedly injured after an accidental fire from his father’s service pistol on Friday night. Satnam is posted as DSP with the Punjab Armed Police in Jalandhar cantonment. She sustained an injury in her stomach and was admitted to a local hospital. 

Educational trip: The Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan organised an educational trip to Amritsar for its students of AIE centres. District project coordinator Rajiv Joshi said the students were taken to Jallianwala Bagh, Harmandar Sahib, educational institutes and other historical sites in the city. 

Burn injuries: Aged NRI Sheetal Singh sustained over 90 per cent burn injuries due to an electric shock from the high-tension wire crossing over his house at Virk village under Goraya police station. NRI Sheetal was rushed to DMC Hospital in Ludhiana. 

Kapurthala
Body identified:
The body recovered from the Kali Bein on Friday has been identified as that of Parshotam Kumar, son of Satpal of Makadpur in Nawanshahr. According to police sources, Parshotam had been kidnapped about three weeks back and the body was allegedly dumped into the bein after his murder.

Ludhiana
Pulse polio drive today:
The district unit of the Department of Health and Family Welfare will launch a pulse polio drive tomorrow.
District immunisation officer Manorama Avasthi and Civil Surgeon SP Sharma has mobilised various groups for administering polio drops among children. Puneet Juneja (child specialist) said At least 5, 68, 000 children would be administered polio drops at 2,100 boths across the district.

Mansa
Rape case: 3 booked:
The Jhuneer police has booked three persons, including a woman, in connection with a rape case. According to police, the victim alleged that the accused - her distant relatives with whom she had been living - had been sexually exploiting her for the last two years.
Both the accused had threatened her of dire consequences against disclosing the trauma she had been going through to anyone, she alleged and added that the wife of one of the accused had also supported him in the misdeed. 

Nawanshahr
World kabaddi cup:
Nawanshahr Sports and Cultural Club Toronto (Canada) would organise the 9th Shaheed Bhagat Singh world kabaddi cup on ITI grounds here on Sunday. The kabaddi teams from India, the USA, Canada, German, the UK and Italy would participate. Winner would get Rs 1 lakh as prize money. 

Patiala
Blankets distributed:
Theatre group NTAS in association with Glaxo SimthKline Consumer Healthcare Limited observed leprosy day at S Kushdeva Singh leprosy colony here on Friday. B Jagdish, general manager (Nabha), Glaxco, distributed 52 blankets among those afflicted with leprosy and donated Rs 8,400. He also distributed stationery among poor and needy children.

Cardiologist bereaved: Krishna Verma, mother of renowned cardiologist Dr Sudhir Verma, died here yesterday after a brief illness. She was 83 and is survived by two sons and a daughter. Her cremation at Rajpura Road cremation grounds last evening was attended by a large number of people. Wreaths were placed on the body on behalf of a number of social and voluntary organisations.

Raikot
Sadbhawana girls bring laurels
: About five rural girls of College of Education run by Sadbhawana Society, Jaladiwal village, near here brought laurels to the college figuring in the merit list of the Punjab University. Harsimaran Kaur, Manisha, Amandeep Kaur, Manisha Sharma and Karamjit Kaur managed to bag positions in the university merit list in B.Ed exams that were held recently. Dr Surinder Kaur principal and the staff felicitated the meritorious students for their performances.

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CHANDIGARH

Chandigarh
Purse snatched:
A resident of Sector 20 filed a complaint alleging that two persons snatched her purse containing Rs 25,000, a mobile phone and passport from the market of Sector 22 on Saturday.

Panchkula
Diagnosis camp:
The Panchkula Welfare Trust organised a free diagnosis camp on the inauguration of its charitable diagnostic centre, Sector 4, Mansa Devi Complex, on Saturday. The camp was held at newly constructed building at a cost of Rs 2 crore. Diagnostic tests like X ray, CT scan, haematolgy, bacteriology, and mammography were conducted free of cost.

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HARYANA

Chandigarh
CLP meeting on Feb 2:
The Haryana Congress Legislative Party will meet in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha here on February 2 at 11.30 am. The budget session of the assembly also opens that day.

KURUKSHETRA
Nursing homes inspected:
A four-member committee formed under the PNDT Act inspected five private nursing homes running their ultrasound centres in Pehowa Block, 25 km from here, on Saturday. The civil surgeon-cum-district appropriate authority, Dr Praveen Garg, said the nursing home owners were warned not to indulge in nefarious activities otherwise a strict action would be initiated against the offenders. 

REWARI
Woman commits suicide:
A 35-year-old woman, Meena Kumari, wife of Vijay Kumar, allegedly committed suicide by setting herself on fire in Bohatwas village here on Friday. The police, which held inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Cr PC, said the woman took the extreme step following some domestic discord. 

1 killed in accident: Rajesh Kumar (30), a resident of Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, was killed on the spot while eight other occupants, including the driver, were injured when the tempo they were travelling in was reportedly hit by a truck on the Bawal-Rewari road on Friday. The mishap took place when the tempo was on the way to Rewari. Two seriously injured occupants of the tempo, Subhash and Titoo, were referred to Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi. A case has been registered against truck driver Bedu Ram of Jhajjar district, who reportedly absconded after the incident.

SONEPAT
Bar assn poll:
Krishan Malik was elected president of the Sonepat Bar Association on Saturday. Surender Kaushik became the vice-president of the association by defeating his nearest rival Sailender Saroha by a margin of 30 votes. Sunil Dahiya was elected secretary of the association. Pradeep Kaushik and Netra Pal Dahiya were declared elected unopposed as treasurer and joint secretary, respectively. Senior advocate Umed Singh Dahiya was the returning officer. 

Eye donation: Shanti Devi of Rohtak and Guran Devi of Gohana became the 177th and 178th eye donors on Thursday. The families of the deceased contacted the founder of NGO Ahuti, Surender Biswas, for donation of the eyes of their mothers. The operations were carried out by a team of doctors from the eye bank of the PGIMS, Rohtak. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

HAMIRPUR
Holi festival:
The annual historical Holi festival of Sujanpur would be celebrated this year from March 9 to 11. After holding the preparatory meeting of the Holi festival on Saturday chairman of the organising committee and Hamirpur DC Abhishek Jain said efforts would be made to ensure maximum participation of the people in the festival and common people would also be educated about the policies of the state government through exhibitions put up by different departments. 

Honoured: Hamirpur-based Narain Sewa Sansthan on Saturday organised a programme to honour its president Raseel Singh Mankotia, who is also the chairman of Kangra Central Cooperative Bank, for getting Himachal Kesari annual award for social service. Felicitating Mankotia the organisers lauded the work done by him for handicapped persons through the sansthan. Mankotia said he had been involved in social service since 1987 and feels honoured to work for the deprived section of society and would continue to do in future also. 

KULLU
Basant Panchami:
The Basant Panchami fair was celebrated here on Saturday with great zeal and enthusiasm at the historical Dhalpur Maidan after an interval of 48 years. During the past 48 years, the festivities were celebrated at a smaller scale at the Palace Ground in Raghunathpur. This fair is the second big attraction after Dussehra in Kullu 

SHIMLA
Maha sammelan:
Chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Ex-servicemen Department Col VS Lagwal said on Saturday that a maha sammelan of the ex-servicemen would be held at Palampur on February 4. He said ex-servicemen from all over Himachal would take part in the function which would be graced by HPCC chief Kaul Singh Thakur, former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and CLP leader Vidya Stokes. 

Awarded: The Heritage Institute of Hotel and Tourism (HIHT) has been awarded for best audit compliance and performance (intake) by Punjab Technical University (PTU). Vice-president of the institute DK Singh said the staff of the HIHT, which has three campuses at Shimla, Agra and Goa, always strives to give best to the students. He said the two awards were given at the meet of the PTU held at Ludhiana, last week.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

JAMMU
Stolen jewellery recovered:
Displaying swift action within a day of complaint of jewellery stolen to a tune of Rs 85,000, the police was able to nab the culprit and recover the jewellery on the same day. Sunita, wife of Ashok, an air force employee and resident of Subhash Nagar, lodged a complaint of her jewellery being stolen on Friday. DSP Shiv Kumar Chauhar said they rounded up all suspected people and interrogated them. One of the neighbours, Vishal, accepted his hand in the theft and showed the police a flour container in his house where he had hidden the jewellery.

Constable opens fire: A constable of the J&K police was on Saturday arrested after he opened fire with his service weapon over a land dispute in the Janipur area, the police sources here said. “The accused, identified as Constable Gourav Sharma (Belt No. 1329), posted in the security wing of the J&K police was involved in a dispute over a piece of land with another party,” said Shiv Dev Singh Chouhan, DSP, Jammu West. Chouhan, however, said the accused opened fire in the air against another party in the dispute, namely Sushma Devi, resident of Janipur. “The accused has been arrested and weapon of offence (pistol) has also been seized. A case under Section 307 of Ranbir Penal Code has been registered against him,” Chouhan added. 

SRINAGAR
Militant hideout busted:
Security forces on Saturday busted a militant hideout in Baramulla district seizing some ammunition, official sources said. The hideout was busted by the troops of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles during search operations at Gafar Pathri in the Binner area of Baramulla on Saturday morning, the sources said. The search of the hideout led to the recovery of 139 rounds of Ak-47 ammunition, 15 rounds of Pika ammunition, a magazine of Ak-47 assault rifle, two wireless antenna’s and some electric wire. However, no one was arrested during the operation, the sources added.

Two die in accidents: Two persons lost their lives in separate road accidents in Srinagar and Baramulla districts on Friday, a police spokesman said on Saturday. Ali Mohammad Joo was killed when he was hit by a Maruti car near his house at Pandryathan on Friday evening, the spokesman said. He said Joo was critically injured in the mishap and was rushed to the SMHS hospital in the city, where he succumbed to his injuries. In a separate incident, a mini-bus hit and critically injured Irshad Ahmad Rather at Jalsheeri in Baramulla district on Friday night, the spokesman said. He said Rather, a resident of Khadinyar, was rushed to Soura Medical Institute here, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Seminar held: Doctors in the valley opine that two decades down the line half of the population would be diabetic if present trend of less physical activities coupled with bad dietary habits. Speaking at a seminar on Obesity Update-2009, Professor Abdul Hamid Zargar, Director, SKIMS, Soura, said a good chunk of population living in valley did not exercise and took food which leads to health complications for them. He said 15 per cent of population of the valley is obese. 

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