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Vikas Yatra: Badal doles out sops
Tribune News Service

Kurali/Chamkaur Sahib, February 13
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal flayed Congress for the Mumbai terror attacks during his vikas yatra held at Kurali and Chamkaur Sahib. While addressing the gathering, mainly comprising of SAD workers, Badal said the Congress had harmed the dignity of nation and failed to save hundreds of lives during the attack.

Highlighting the details of Rs 59.83 crore road infrastructure plan for Morinda constituency, he said 276.41 km roads were being strengthened and widened at a cost of Rs 29.07 crore.

He added that 15.9 km new link roads at a cost of Rs 2.41 crore were also being constructed, which would be completed by March 2009. In addition to this, under central roads’ funds scheme, 13.95 km roads, with an estimated cost of Rs 8.97 crore, would also be completed by March. Under the NABARD, a stretch of 11.80 km, including a bridge over it, was also being constructed, costing Rs 6.6 crore.

He further said eight new bridges for the area had also been approved that would cost Rs 15 crore. While talking about the road link between Siswan and Baddi, he said 5.3 km road, including three bridges over it, would be completed by June at a cost of Rs 12.14 crore, which would reduce journey between Siswan and Baddi by 20 km.

He announced that Forest Awareness Park would be set up at Pallanapur village. The total cost of the project would be Rs 85 lakh. He also assured people that problems regarding provision of fresh drinking water and sewerage would be taken up on priority.

He said Rs 1.95 crore project to provide fresh drinking water in villages of Morinda constituency had already been completed and Rs 3.99 crore more would be spent in the next phase for this purpose. He also assured the people that he would soon take up the issue of the under railway bridge at Kurali with the Union Ministry of Railways.

On his grant distribution spree, he disbursed cheques for Rs 2 crore and Rs 1 crore as developmental grants for municipal council, Kurali, and nagar panchayat, Nayan Gaon, besides Rs 3.76 crore and Rs 1.5 crore for development works in villages of Chamkaur Sahib constituency and nagar panchayat, Chamkaur Sahib.

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1,044 brushes made of mongoose hair seized
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, February 13
A resident of Rajpura has been arrested by the police with 1,044 paint brushes made of mongoose hair on Thursday. Volunteers of the People for Animal (PFA) got the accused arrested and help the police in recovering the brushes as well.

A team of the PFA reached Rajpura on Thursday and brought the matter of illegal sale of brushes into the notice of the SSP, Patiala. They sent dummy customers to the suspected shops where they bargained with the sellers to buy paint brushes. They bought one brush for sample at a cost of Rs 500 yesterday.

They raided the shop today with the help of city SHO Bikramjit Singh Brar and arrested the shop owner Lal Chand from near the old Rajpura Bus Stand.

One of the volunteers of the PFA Saurav Gupta from New Delhi told TNS that they came to know about the sale of the illegal brushes in various districts of Punjab after a factory was busted in Delhi a few days back. "As many as 30,000 brushes were recovered from the factory in Delhi and two people were arrested by the police", he said.

He revealed that one brush was made after killing three or four animals. He claimed that mongoose was boiled at a temperature of 100 degree celsius after which the hairs were removed with a razor from their body to make brushes.

For the purpose, a large number of mongoose are killed in Muradabad, Meerut and other parts of Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the police has released another person, reportedly a former councillor, from whom four brushes were recovered in an adjoining shop.

"Since we got only four brushes and the volunteers said the man seems to be innocent, we have not initiated any action against that person", said the SHO.

A case under Sections 39 and 9 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 has been registered against the accused in this connection. The police is investigating the matter.

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Nigerian PO held after 10 years
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, February 13
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today arrested a Nigerian, who was declared proclaimed offender around 10 years ago. The Khamano police had arrested Kayode Osa Tuyy, a resident of Lagos in Nigeria, along with his another friend Sam, in June 1998.

The police had seized 400 grams smack from each of them who were convicted by the session court in Fatehgarh Sahib in September, 1999.

Later on, they got bail from the high court after which both accused escaped and did not appear before the court despite repeated summons.

According to police officials investigating the matter, the high court released strict orders for the arrest of the proclaimed offenders. After extensive search by the police, one of the accused was found lodged in the detention centre of Lampur Narela in Delhi for their over stay in country.

During investigations, it was found that both accused were also arrested by the Delhi police under the NDPS Act and have undergone imprisonment while the Punjab police has declared them proclaimed offenders. They were released from Tihar Jail in 2008.

Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Kaustubh Sharma said the accused would be produced in the court and would be sent to judicial remand. Efforts would also be made to arrest another accused in the case, he said.

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Punjab seeks Central forces for LS poll
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 13
Punjab has sought 150 companies of Central forces for deployment in the state during the forthcoming Parliamentary elections, said Kusumjit Sidhu, chief electoral officer of Punjab, after presiding over a meeting of the electoral officers of Patiala division.

The meeting was also attended by Patiala divisional commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir. Kusumjit Sidhu said she had discussed different measures to be taken to ensure free and fair elections in the Parliamentary constituencies of Punjab with the district electoral officers. She further said additional Central forces had been demanded for deployment in Punjab during the Parliamentary elections to ensure maintenance of law and order.

Kusumjit said it had been decided as per the guidelines issued by the election commission to deploy micro observers for 10-15 polling booths, each, in the upcoming elections.

She said she had asked the district electoral officers to send her reports about the preparations of elections this month. As per the commission guidelines, it had been decided that persons with photo cards would be allowed to vote in the polls.

Kusumjit also said 94 per cent of the eligible voters had been issued voter I-cards while the district election officers had been told to ensure that new cards for others were prepared at the polling booths across the state on February 22 and 23.

The electoral rolls in Punjab had been revised up to January 9 and these had been updated till January 22, she added.

The state electoral officer said Punjab had sought 7200 more electronic voting machines from the election commission for the elections. She further ensured that the elections in Punjab would be held in a fair manner.

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Symposium
‘Oceanic algae important for environment’
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 13
A two-day symposium on “Phycology in India: Basic to Applied” is being organised by the department of Botany, Punjabi University, here yesterday.

Prof HD Kumar, professor emeritus, CSIR, outlined the use of oceanic algae to control harmful effects of global warming and greenhouse effect. Talking about the dawn of newly emerging area of synthetical biology, he said the possibility of creating living cells from various types of virus could help in fighting environmental menaces. He also discussed about the climate regulatory effect of algae to conserve global climate.

Dr Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor of the university, said the common man had tampered with the environment, losing all respect for nature.

While espousing the cause of quick shifting from chemical to bio-fertilisers to get better and hygienic food, he lamented the catastrophic attempts of humans as supreme conscious beings as they had become conscious of the devastating effects of global warming, Dr Singh said.

He said he had succeeded in restoring ecological balance on its campus by making it a smoke and polythene-free zone.

Dr G Subramanian, former director of National Facility for Marine Cyanobacteria, Tiruchirappali, delved on issues like using algae for improving cultivation and increasing yields, creating eco-friendly fuels, foods and vitamins. Bio-fuels from algae like hydrogen would be cheaper and pollution-free besides being renewable in nature, he said.

Dr Subramanian also explained the use of phycological plants for use against ailments like inflammation, pain and cancer. These could also be used to reduce the harmful effects of pesticides, antibiotics, detergents and heavy metals.

Dr MS Saini, dean, Academics Affairs, outlined the thrust areas and achievements of science departments of the university.

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Dacoits’ gang busted
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, February 13
The local police today busted a gang of dacoits involved in many thefts, robberies and other heinous crimes in Ambala and adjoining areas.

A stolen Santro car, live cartridges and a revolver were also seized from their possession. The accused, who were arrested today, have been identified as Bharpur Singh of Sampli Sahib village near Kharar, Devi Ram and Dalbir Singh of Khanpur village in Kharar.

During interrogation, they revealed that Joga Singh of Khanpur, Gurpreet Singh of Sampli village, Sandhu of Patiala and Jatinder Kumar of Patran, were also their gang members.

The police is conducting raids to nab the absconding culprits.

The accused admitted that they had lifted a Santro car from Delhi road a few days back and also attacked a jeweller at Ambala to loot jewellery from his shop.

They also admitted to have looted a tractor at gunpoint at Ambala few days back.

A case under Sections 382, 473 and 411 of the IPC and 25, 54, 69 of the Arms Act had been registered. SHO Bikramjeet Singh Brar said the accused were arrested at a naka near chungi in Rajpura.

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FCI official gets jail for bribe
Our Correspondent

Ambala, February 13
Special Judge, CBI Court, Haryana, A K Verma sentenced two-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 4,000 to an officer of the FCI under Section 13(1) (d) read with 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, here today.

The court further sentenced him one-year rigorous imprisonment for one year and a fine of Rs 1,000 under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Both sentences would run concurrently.

According to prosecution, the FCI officer O N Yadav was caught red-handed by a CBI team in January, 2002, while taking bribe of Rs 20,000 from a businessman for releasing order of two deliveries of wheat.

The judge observed in the order, "Day in and day out, the gigantic problem of corruption in the public servants is on the increase. Large-scale corruption retards the nation-building activities and every one has to suffer on that count.

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Two women held for snatching
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 13
The local police today arrested two women involved in many snatching incidents during the past few months.

The accused have been identified as Paramjit Kaur, a resident of Tarkhanmajra village in Patiala district, and Rano of Sher Majra village in Patiala. Both the accused were trying to snatch a gold chain of Jaspal Kaur of Ludhiana, who was waiting for a bus at the bus stand here.

As soon as the accused tried to flee from the place after snatching the chain, the victim raised an alarm. The police personnel deployed around the bus stand chased the duo and arrested them.

The police officials investigating the matter said the accused would be produced before the magistrate after registering a case in this connection at the local police station.

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Chitkara students bring laurels
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, February 13
A team comprising four students of the Electronics and Communication Engineering department of Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology won second prize in Robotics competition in the recently concluded IIT Kharagpur Tech Fest (Kshitij-2009).

About 6,000 students from all over India participated in this mega event.

The students, who won the competition are Vikas Sharma, Sandeep Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and Salil Jain.

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Train police to deal cyber crime: Ex-DGP
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 13
Lalit Bhatia, former DGP, PSEB vigilance, delivered a lecture on cyber crime at Mata Gujri College here today. A large number of students, teachers and others attended the lecture.

He spoke about the Information Technology Act and shared his views on updating the relevant laws. He also informed the audience about the safe use of Internet, its etiquettes and strategies to combat the cyber crime.

He said even senior police functionaries in Punjab were unaware of various cyber laws.

"Senior police officials should also undergo training to learn about the law and to deal with the cyber criminals," he said. He also stressed that cyber laws must keep pace with technology. Cyber policing requires a multi-disciplinary approach to solve the emerging problems, he said.

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Rare surgery at Patiala hospital
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 13
Specialist doctors at Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, near here, have successfully performed a rare surgery on a female patient who reported at the hospital with absence of uterus and vagina.

The procedure was done at the hospital jointly with the efforts of a team of doctors headed by Dr Praveen Mohan, head of the department of gynaecology, and Dr Sudhir Mehta, head of the department of plastic surgery.

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COURTS
 

Consumer Forum
HDFC Bank told to pay Rs 14,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked the HDFC Bank to pay Rs 14, 000 to the petitioner, Kanhaya Lal Kaul. The forum also asked the HDFC bank to pay a compensation of Rs 2,000. The amount includes the money that was drawn from the bank account when the card was stolen.

The petitioner, Kanhaya Lal Kaul, lost his wallet containing ATM card of the HDFC Bank on March 22, 2008, at Naina Devi Temple. He stated in the petition that he informed the bank immediately about it through a telephone call and requested them to block his account at 4 pm, however, the card was not blocked.

As a result, an unknown person withdrew the money from his account at 6:15pm. He suffered grave mental and physical harassment, as an amount of Rs 9,000 was lost from his account.

The HDFC bank, in its reply, denied that they received any such call from the complainant to block the ATM account. However, the STD bill was annexed to prove that the phone call was made.

The forum headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal stated, “It is necessary for the bank to have monitored the calls and to have produced the conversation recording to suggest on which date the said call was received but they have not produced any such recording. “This by itself is sufficient to hold the bank as deficient in rendering proper service."

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Electrician convicted in murder case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
Additional District and Sessions Judge R.K. Sondhi today convicted Puneet Kumar, an electrician, for murdering Brij Rani (72). The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on February 17.

On May 2, 2005, Brij Rani was found brutally murdered at her Sector 18 residence. Open electricity switchboards in the house of the deceased had provided vital clues to the police, leading to the arrest of Puneet.

According to the prosecution, the accused had bludgeoned the victim with a blunt weapon and there was a deep wound on the forehead of the victim, besides other head injuries.

The prosecution had maintained that the accused had left the spot with gold earrings, chain, gold ring and gold bangles of the victim.

The murder had come to light when a neighbour, on hearing high-volume from the TV from the victim's house at around 10:30 pm, asked one Satish Sharma, a tenant living on the first floor of the house, to enquire about the matter.

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Trial court to decide on ‘D5’ release
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
Additional District and Sessions Judge S.K. Aggarwal has sent the case seeking stay on the release of movie “D5”, based on Nithari killings, to the trial court.

An application was moved by Karandeep Pandher, son of Mohinder Singh Pandher, after an appeal was filed in the Sessions Court seeking stay on the release of the movie.

The court asked the trial court to decide the application within 15 days.

Last year, the trial court had dismissed the application on the grounds that it was not maintainable and that the remedy lies with the censor board.

Karandeep Pandher had filed a case against film director Yogendra Konkar, lead actor Raza Murad, who is playing the role of Moninder, other actors and chairman of Central Board of Film Certification. Karandeep had sought for permanent injunction restraining the permission, production and release of film “D5”.

The petition was dismissed on April 4, 2008, on the grounds that it was not maintainable and the appeal against the order was accepted yesterday with the trial court directed to decide on the petition.

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CRIME
 

2 women held for immoral trafficking
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
The police arrested two women of Bihar and West Bengal, along with Mohammad Munazir of Bihar, who were reportedly involved in the immoral trafficking yesterday. The police said that a team led by DSP (East) PK Dhawan arrested the three accused red-handed from Mani Majra, while taking money.

SHO, Mani Majra police station, said a case under the Immoral Trafficking Act has been registered in this regard.

Arrested

The police registered a case on the complaint filed by Paras Ram Thakur of Panchkula alleging that Ramesh Sharma of Mani Majra tried to steal his purse containing Rs 10,000 from the housing board light point yesterday. A case has been registered in this regard and accused has been arrested red-handed while stealing the purse.

Cable stolen

Bhupinder Kumar of Sector 34 lodged an FIR alleging that Ravinder Singh of Sector 52 had stolen 2.5 metre telephone cable from a school in Sector 45 yesterday. The accused has been arrested and the cable has been recovered from his possession. A case has been registered at sector 34 police station.

Vehicles stolen

A resident of Sangrur, Hartinderjit Singh, reported to the police alleging that his car (PB-39-B-2343) was stolen from Sector 22 on February 10. A case has been registered at sector 17 police station.

In a separate incident, Lala Chand, a resident of Raipur Khurd, lodged an FIR alleging that his motorcycle (CH-03-N-8934) was stolen from his house last night. A case has been registered at industrial area police station.

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Woman booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 13
The police registered a case of fraud on the complaint of Ghasita Ram, a resident of Dashmesh Nagar, Kharar, against Sheefali, a resident of Ludhiana, here today.

According to the police, Ghasita Ram alleged that the accused was working as immigration agent. He said they talked with the agent to send his three family members to aboard and also gave her Rs 1 lakh with passports. He alleged neither she gave money back nor sent them abroad, the police said.

He also complained to the police that she gave him a check of Rs 80,000 but when he deposits the check and it was bounced. The police registered the case and started further investigation.

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SPORTS
 

Civil Services Golf Meet
76 to tee off in Panchkula today
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 13
Civil servants from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir, and Chandigarh will converge on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club for the two-day North Zone Budget Signs Civil Services Golf Championship, which will start at 9 am tomorrow.

Hosted by the Chandigarh Golf Association, the championship will see 64 serving and 12 retired civil officers teeing off for the titles at stake. Prizes will be given away for the best gross score on each day. After the final two-day competition, 10 golfers and two reserves will be selected on the basis of their performance in the North Zone championship.

Six teams from North, Central, East, West, South and North-East zones will clash during March in the All-India Civil Services Golf Championship to be held in Delhi.

CSR Reddy is coordinator of the North Zone. Championship’s technical committee is headed by Lt-Col BS Chahal with Col HS Baidwan as the convener. Brig Santokh Singh will be chief referee and Pauline JM Singh will be the starter and scorer.

Jagmohan Singh of Budget Signs, the main sponsors of the tournament, said his organisation would collaborate with the association to bring corporate and public sector golfers to the tricity.

Harendra finishes tied 10th

Harendra P Gupta fired a two under 70 on the final day to finish tied 10th at three under 285 in the Aircel-PGTI's Solaris Chemtech Open Golf Championship on the par 72 Golden Greens in Gurgaon today.

The Chandigarh golfer, who pocketed a prize money of Rs 59,700, finished 13 strokes behind Mukesh Kumar, who clinched the title.

This was Harendra Gupta's second top 10 finish in three events, which took him to the fourth spot in the PGTI's Order of Merit for 2009.

Harendra fired two birdies and a bogey to be one under 35 at the turn. A birdie in a bogey-free back nine saw him finish with a two under par 70 card. city's Randhir Singh Ghotra also played a two under par 70 to finish tied 12th at one under par 287 for a prize money of Rs 50,850. Twenty-year-old Ajeetesh Sandhu played the day's best card among city golfers, a three under 69, to be tied 26th at three over 291. He won a prize money of Rs 33,900.

The other city golfers in the fray were KPS Sekhon and Sujjan Singh, (tied 37th at eight over 296), Dayal Singh (tied 42nd at nine over 297) and Harmeet Kahlon and Rajiv Kumar (tied 45th at 10 over 298).

Fortythree-year-old Mukesh Kumar from Mhow, who last won a professional title in August last year, shot the final day's best score, a five under 67, to take his tournament total to 16 under 272. Kolkata's Rahil Gangjee carded three under 69 in the final round to finish second with a total of 11 under 277. M Dharma's 10 under 278 total earned him third place.

He also became the leader in the Aircel-PGTI Order of Merit as a result of his latest triumph. Mukesh was seventh on the Order of Merit before the Solaris Chemtech Open Golf Championship.

Anirban Lahiri ended the tournament in fourth place at eight under 280, while Arjun Singh and Gaurav Pratap Singh posted matching totals of six under 282 to be tied fifth.

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Rs 30 cr to be spent on sports
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 13
Khalsa College, Patiala, celebrated its 47th annual sports day here yesterday. The animal husbandry, fisheries and dairy development minister, Punjab, Gulzar Singh Ranike, was the chief guest and said: “The Punjab government plans to spend Rs 30 crore in the next financial year for the development of sports in the state. The government has already spent Rs 20 crore this year.”

Ranike said sports was the best way to keep the youth physically and mentally strong. Now, they were getting involved in drugs and hence, he urged them to play on a daily basis to get rid of this problem.

Ranike further said the number of scholarships and the daily activities of players had increased. Moreover, about 169 coaches had been appointed for the benefit of players.

He congratulated the staff members and the organising committee and donated Rs 1 lakh for the purchase of sports equipment.

He also promised to approve a gymnasium hall for the college after the decision of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Principal Dharmender Singh promised that suitable steps would be taken for promotion of sports in the college.

Gursharan Singh Gill, professor of physical education, highlighted the annual achievements of sportspersons and congratulated the players.

Surjit Singh Rakhra, chairman, District Yojna Committee, Indermohan Singh Bajaj, chairman of the Improvement Trust, Kirpal Singh Badungar, ex-president of the SGPC, Shivender Singh Grewal, member SGPC, Harinder Pal Singh Tohra and Seema Sharma were the other dignitaries on the occasion.

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Trials for athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
The Chandigarh Masters Athletics Association is conducting trials for athletics meet on February 15 at sports complex, Sector 46.

The selection for participation in National Masters Athletics Tournament has been scheduled to be held at Hisar from March 19 to 22 based on these trials.

Yachting championship

PU Campus, DAV College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College shared the winners trophy after they finished with 10 points apiece at the Panjab University Yachting (men) Championship held at Sukhna Lake, here, today.

The rowers form PU clocked 4:12.99 seconds to win the 600 metres event while DAV College, Chandigarh, won the 1200 metres event with a timing of 45:35.12 seconds. Meanwhile, the 1800 metres event was won by SGGS College with a timing of 34:23.35 seconds.

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Guru Nanak School emerge champions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, emerged as winners beating DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, in the 3rd Adviser Cup under-17 Cricket Tournament which concluded today at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16 here.

Guru Nanak Public School batting first scored 234 runs while the runner-up team of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, was bundled out for just 159 runs.

Meanwhile, Prashant Chopra was declared the best batsman and Gurinder Singh was given the best bowler award.

Adviser to the UT Administrator Pradip Mehra was the chief guest on the occasion.

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Cricket trials on Feb 16
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 13
Open trials for selecting budding cricketers for the Kings XI Punjab Academy will be conducted on February 16 and 17 at the PCA stadium.

Interested candidates should carry their birth certificates and proof of their sports achievements in original along with two attested photo copies of the original certificates coupled with a no objection certificate from their respective associations on February 16 at 8 am for registrations.

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