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Bathinda
Khayala son joins SAD
: Just a day after Gurdial Kaur, widow of Baldev Singh Khayala, joined the Congress, Harbhajan Singh Khayala, son of Baldev Singh, joined the SAD (B), in the presence of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal here today. Baldev Singh Khayala was the former Rural Development and Panchayat Minister and his son, Harbhajan, was a loyalist of the Akali Dal (1920). After joining the SAD (B), a number of municipal councilors and the president of the Arhtia association, Mansa, Munish Babbi, all announced their full support to the party.

Ferozepur
Bharat Nirman campaign begins
:The Press Information Bureau of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in collaboration with the district administration launched five-day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign (PIC) today to highlight the flagship programmes of the Central government like NRHM.

PATIALA
Ayurvedic college inspection
: A two-member Central Council of Indian Medicines team inspected the Government Ayurvedic College here on Wednesday . lack of funds led to drop in number of patients to the college hospital. Dr Ashwani Kumar, principal of the college said the CCIM team had left satisfied. He hoped the college would not face derecognition .The CCIM team comprised Dr Amitabh Kumar of Ranchi and Dr Alakh Narain Singh from Bihar.

‘Release pay panel report’: Punjab Civil Medical Services doctors and medical teachers decried delay in releasing the Punjab Pay Commission’s report. Dr DC Sharma, general secretary, PCMS Association, and Dr DS Bhullar, chairman, in service, doctors’ wing of the state branch of the Indian Medical Association, here on Wednesday demanded early release of the report.They said the central service officers serving under the state government were getting higher revised emoluments, and had drawn arrears too. The leaders demanded in toto implementation of the the report of the Sixth Central Pay Commission as had been implemented for the central government health services doctors and the medical teachers in AIIMS and the PGI, Chandigarh.

SANGRUR
Booked for killing wife
: Harvinder Kaur was killed allegedly by his husband Gurpreet Singh at Bhawanigarh on Tuesday night. The Bhawanigarh SHO said on Wednesday that on the complaint of father of the deceased Bhupinder Singh of Ludhiana, a case against Gurpreet Singh and his mother Manjit Kaur under Sections 302, 34 of the IPC and Sections 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Acthas been registered.

Placement for jobs: Thirty-seven students of Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET)here have been selected for jobs by the Adept Software Solutions, Bangalore and the Oasis Software, Chennai at two-day campus placement drive, which concluded on Tuesday here.

Honour for students: At the prize distribution function of Shaheed Udham Singh (SUS) Government College, Sunam 13 km from here on Wednesday which was presided over by SSP Naunihal Singh, Meenu Rani (B.A.II) and Deepika Bansal (B.A. III) were given roll of honour for second and eighth positions, respectively, in the university annual examinations. Sukhmanpreet Kaur (B.A.III) got roll of honour for distinction in sports. Seventeen students got college colour in youth activities, three in NSS and seven in sports activities. Sunam SDM Baldev Singh gave away prizes to the students.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Training camp
: A constituency-level one-day training camp would be organised at Shah Talai in this district on March 8 for all BJP activists of the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency. This was said by constituency co-convener and chairman of Kangra Urban Cooperative Bank Raseel Singh Mankotia while presiding over a meeting of the office-bearers and the BJP leaders of the district here at the Circuit House on Thursday. He said the camp would be addressed by party state president Jai Ram Thakur and Chief Minister PK Dhumal.

CHAMBA
Staff shortage
: The Department of Animal Husbandry in Chamba district is currently facing scarcity of staff. The livestock farmers were not able to get assistance and guidance of experts of the department in case any disease breaks out in their areas. At present, 50 posts in various categories of veterinary doctor and employees are lying vacant in the department, which included seven posts of veterinary doctor, eight posts of veterinary pharmacist, two posts of senior assistant and one post of assistant.

HAMIRPUR
Campaign launched
: District Information and Public Relation Department on Thursday held several programmes at Badu, Kot, Anukalan and Hamirpur town under the ongoing campaign to popularise development programmes of the state government. District public relation officer, Hamirpur, Anand Sahor said this campaign had been launched by the department to take the policies and programmes of the state government to the people. He said the department through skits and nataks being organised by the artists is trying to make people aware about the policies of the state government.

Nurpur
Paswan to lay stone
: Union Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan will lay the foundation stone of a steel plant of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) at Kandrori on February 21. According to official information, SAIL will start production in 2010 and initially Rs 1.1 crore is being spent on its establishment. Paswan will also address a public meeting at Kandrori.

One convicted: The court of additional CJM here on Thursday convicted Ashok Kumar of Bhatlu, near Palampur, for rash and negligent truck driving, which resulted into a road accident by hitting a bus on the Pathankot-Mandi national highway at Jassur on December 12, 2002. He was awarded imprisonment of four months and a fine of Rs 2,500.

UNA
Honoured
: Rakesh of Khanpur village and Ninad Prabhakar of Santoshgarh village, who represented India in World Winter Games for Special Children at the USA and won gold medals for India were honoured on Thursday at the Prem Ashram Home for Special Children by Una DC Padam Singh Chauhan. The DC praised the working of the ashram and announced Rs 2,100 each for both the winners and Rs 5,000 for the ashram.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Cong leader held
: Four gamblers, including a local Congress leader, were arrested in Samba district, police sources said here on Thursday. The police conducted a raid in Sarore village on Wednesday and arrested four gamblers, including a Congress leader of the area, along with Rs 8,000,'' the sources said. The accused have been identified as Taleem Hussain (Congress leader), Chindbar Pal Singh, Vishwajeet Singh and Idd Hussain Kher, all residents of Sarore. A case has been registered.

Rajouri
Awareness workshop
: The Income Tax Department organised an awareness workshop on Income Tax in the border district of Poonch on Thursday. The district administration, ADC, Poonch, RL Bhelum was the chief guest while Additional Commissioner, Income Tax Department, J R Khajuria inaugurated the workshop.

Srinagar
Fake cops nabbed
: Some youths who were impersonating as cops and carrying out illegal activities were apprehended on Thursday. Though the police did not disclose the number of criminals as search for those at large is on, sources said two of them had been arrested so far. These youths used to harass traders and extort money from them. They would target even civilians in the name of sparing them the harassment of "arrest and fines". The police said these youths also indulged in timber and drug smuggling and would pass their work as "official", showing fake identity cards.

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