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Abohar
Youth killed in cylinder burst:
One Deepak (18) was killed when an LPG cylinder that he was using for preparing tea burst following fire in ward number 5 of Suratgarh in Sriganganagar. Another LPG cylinder caught fire on Wednesday afternoon in a Dharamshala causing panic in the locality but tragedy was averted.

Amritsar
Aroosa arrives:
Aroosa Alam, Pakistani woman journalist and friend of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, today quietly crossed over to India through Attari-Wagah land route at 11.50 am. Major Amardip Singh, Officer on Special Duty to Amarinder Singh, reached the Attari border to receive the Pakistani guest.

SGPC media adviser: Nominated by SGPC president Avtar Singh, Vikramjit Singh (Maan) joined as media adviser at the Shiromani Committee office here on Wednesday. A master in journalism and mass communication, he has also worked with Punjabi Tribune.

Batala
Youth dies:
A youth was killed in a road accident near Bhagowal village here on Monday. Quila SHO Lal Singh said Pardeep Singh of Ratta village was returning home on a motorcycle from a nearby gurdwara. When he reached near a pond at Bhagowal village, he fell down from the motorcycle and died because of head injury. A case under section 174 of the CrPC has been registered.

Bathinda
Lucky draw:
Lucky draw for landline eligible valued customers of BSNL, Bathinda SSA, was held on Wednesday. DPRO Waheguru Pal Singh pressed the button to select 15 lucky customers who will be provided with ITC/Call now card as per BSNL orders. The main objective is to promote the customer to pay landline bills on time.

Elected: Teja Singh Dandiwal has been elected as district president of the Kisan-Khet Mazdoor Congress Cell, District Congress Committee, informed Mohinder Bhola, in-charge of the District Congress Committee, Bathinda.

Distributed: Kits worth Rs 300 each were distributed to around 50 students of the Government Elementary School, Tankiwala, and Government Elementary School, Beriwala park. Each kit contained two copies, half a litre oil, four soaps, two toothpastes, a toothbrush, a bag and stationery items.

Chandigarh
‘Release pay panel report’:
Punjab civil secretariat employees on Wednesday held a protest rally and warned the government that they would vote against it in the coming Parliamentary elections in case the Sixth Pay Commission report was not released before the imposition of the model code of conduct. The employees, who gathered at the secretariat here under the banner of Punjab Civil Secretariat Staff Association, raised anti-government slogans and claimed the government was deliberately not releasing the pay commission report.

54 DSPs transferred: The state government today transferred 54 DSPs in the
run up to the LS elections to meet the requirements of the Election Commission.
The DSPs have been transferred following a directive of the EC to ensure officers
who had either served three years or belong to particular districts did not remain
in the same post.

Fazilka
BJYM welcomes new voters:
In view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) organised a conference here today to welcome the newly enrolled voters. The conference was attended by BJYM state president Vivek Modgill, general secretary Aamna Gupta, Punjab BJP state vice-president and local MLA Surjit Kumar Jyani, BJP state general secretary Mridula Sharma.

Hoshiarpur
Showroom gutted:
Fire broke out in a computer showroom, AG Tech System, at Shakti Nagar, near Dhobi Ghat, here on Wednesday. The fire engulfed the entire showroom due to which the entire stock of computers and other related equipment were reduced to ashes causing a loss of about 6.5 lakh. A short circuit was stated to be the cause of fire.

Jagraon
Punjabi film:
The cast and crew of an upcoming international punjabi film “Jag Jayondian De Mele” were here on wednesday. Addressing a press conference, writer of the screenplay Baldev Gill said, “This will be the first international film shot on the rural background of Punjab and urban lifestyle of Canada.” Not revealing much about the storyline, he said the film is a complete family drama. It’s about the love affair of a girl from traditional blacksmiths of Punjab, which is played by actor Tulip Joshi. It ends in urban Canada with many twists.

Ludhiana
Loan against jewellery:
Indian Overseas Bank launched a new product "Cash credit against jewellery" at its regional office at Civil Lines, here, on Monday. The function was presided by chief regional manager V K Gupta. Gupta explained the salient features of the product, which included credit against jewellery for individuals. Credit under the scheme was available from Rs 50,000 to Rs 10 lakh at attractive interest rate with no margin and low-processing charges. 

Book exhibition: Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University will organise a two-day book exhibition from February 19 at the examination hall.

Mansa
Elected:
Navpreet Singh Mansahia was elected vice-chairman of the State Task Force which was formed by Central Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

Nawanshahr
Protest rally: Members of the District Bar Association, on a call given by the All-India Bar Council, held a protest rally in the judicial complex here on Wednesday to raise their voice against the amendments in the CrPC Act. J.S. Deol and Sapna Arora, president and secretary, respectively, of the association said the amendments to the CrPC Act were not in the interest of the general public.

NGO official dead: Inderpal Singh Chhina (80), vice-chairman of NGO Unity of Man - Kirpal Sagar, died on Wednesday. Patron Surinder Kaur, chairman Karamjit Singh, staff and students of the Kirpal Sagar Academy and Kirpal Sagar BEd College, near Rahon, in the district, paid tributes to the departed soul.

Ravinder Kaur Shukla Dr Ravinder Kaur Shukla, Professor, Sri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh, who has been nominated Dean, Ayurveda, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Pathankot
Police criticised:
More than 400 activists of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Naujwan Sabha, including women, burnt the effigy of the police at Labour Shed Chowk here on Wednesday for not taking action in many cases pertaining to chain snatching and brawls. They handed over a memorandum to the SDM demanding transfer of some police officials.


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CHANDIGARH

AC Taxis: STA approves fare cut: Travelling in AC radio taxis will cost less with the State Transport Authority recommending a tariff of Rs 13 per km. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas. The decision will be implemented once approval from the UT Administrator was granted.

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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
Imams’ honorarium hiked:
The Haryana Wakf Board has increased the honorarium of Imams to Rs 4,500 from Rs 3,528 per month. Announcing this here on Tuesday, a spokesman for the board said the board had launched a number of welfare schemes for the benefit of people belonging to the Muslim community. The board was setting up Mewat Engineering College in Palla village of Nuh tehsil. In this college, 85 per cent of the seats would be reserved for students belonging to the community. He said the board also provided scholarships to the tune of Rs 41.92 lakh to poor students under the scholarship scheme in 2008-09.

Panchkula
Panchkula SP shifted:
Panchkula SP Sandip Khirwar was transfered to Palwal today. Faridabad SP SK Jadhav will be the new SP of the town.

REWARI
Woman dies of burns:
Shakuntala Devi (35), wife of Krishan Kumar, died of severe burns reportedly caused by a fire, which broke out after a stove abruptly burst in her kitchen at Nangal Pathani village, near Jatusana, on Monday night. The woman is survived by a son and five daughters. The Jatusana police, had treated it as a case of accidental death and a case has been registered under Section 174 of CrPC.

Sarpanch booked: The Rohrai police has booked Satbir Singh, sarpanch of Mastapur village, for alleged misappropriation of Rs 1,11,991 of the panchayat funds in 2007. A case of criminal breach of trust and criminal intimidation under Sections 409, 506 of the IPC has been registered against the sarpanch on a directive of the court of the sub-divisional judicial magistrate, Kosli, who has issued it on a petition filed by Jagmal Singh of Mastapur village. Subsequently, the matter was probed by the BDPO who reportedly found the expenditure quite exorbitant.

SONEPAT
Father, daughter killed:
Rama Kant, a resident of Badhmalik village, and his daughter Renu were killed when they were hit by a car on the GT Road near Pithopara turning on Monday. Both were returning on a bicycle from Pio-Maniari to their village. While Renu died on the spot, Rama Kant succumbed to injuries while being taken to the PGIMS, Rohtak. A case has been registered.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

JAMMU
12 passengers injured:
As many as 12 passengers were injured, including one of the drivers, when two buses collided near the Rehari area in the city, police sources said here on Wednesday. A bus coming from wrong side collided with another, which was on its way to Katra, resulting in injuring at least 12 passengers. The condition of driver is stated to be critical.

Youth held for rape: A youth was arrested today for allegedly raping a minor girl in Jammu district, the police said. Chander Shaker (26) today allegedly raped the 13-year-old daughter of a labourer at her residence in the RS Pura belt of the state, it said. The girl along with her father registered a complaint with the police, following which Shaker was arrested.

Rajouri
12 hurt in mishap:
As many as 12 persons were injured, five of them seriously, when the matador they were travelling in overturned at Tandwal, here today. Police sources said the vehicle was carrying a marriage party from Nowshera to Poonch when it met with the accident as its front tyre burst.

SRINAGAR
2 killed in accidents:
Two persons were killed and another injured in road accidents, while one house was gutted in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said on Wednesday. A vehicle reportedly hit and wounded Sajjad Ahmad at bus stand Pantha chowk. He was admitted to the SMHS hospital, where he died. Sonaullah Bhat, who was admitted to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura after he was hit and injured by a vehicle at Magam died in the hospital. In another incident, a vehicle hit and injured Adil Shah at Kanihama in the Badgam district.In yet another incident, fire broke out in a house at Saspol village in Leh due to gas leakage. The house was partially gutted.

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DEHRADUN

Training camp: Forest Research Institute’s four-day training programme on Nursery and Plantation Technique of Forestry and Medicinal Plants began here. Inaugurating the programme, Chief Guest and senior IFS official Omkar Singh said the institute was assisting in setting up Van Vigyan Kendras at different states of the country, which was primarily aimed to disseminate information to farmers. He said such training programme proved to be of immense benefit for the farmers.

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