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Amritsar
Waste disposal project for Amritsar
:The Centre today gave go-ahead for Rs 73-crore solid waste management for the city under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM). Municipal Corporation Commissioner DPS Kharbanda from Delhi said on the telephone Union Secretary Urban Development, M Ramachandran had approved this project first time in Punjab and first instalment of Rs 35 crore would be released next week.

SAD, BJP close ranks: The top leadership of the SAD and BJP today closed ranks for thrashing out a winning strategy for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today convened a high-level meeting with in charge BJP affairs of the state Balbir Punj, local BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu and former cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia to improve coordination among the rank and file of the two parties. According to reliable sources, Badal laid to rest all discordant voices emanating from different quarters and said their old ties with the BJP could never be sullied.

Bathinda
Elected:In the elections of the Northern India Regional Council of Chartered Accountant (2009-10), Bathinda, Manesh Jindal has been elected as chairman, Rajneesh Gupta as vice-chairman, Kuldeep Singh Sara as secretary and Sandeep Gupta as cashier.

Jalandhar
Two arrested
: The police on Friday arrested two persons of Basti Peer Daad for their alleged involvement in a murder case. The suspects, Satnam Singh and Tarundeep Singh, were arrested for the murder of a truck driver. The duo reportedly thrashed a truck deriver to death at Maqsudan level crossing after a collision between the truck and their car last evening. The police has also recovered the car involved in the crime. A case of murder has been registered against the two at Maqsudan police station.

Foreign surgeons: Reputed surgeons from France Dr Chalencon and Dr Philippot will come to Jalandhar on Monday. They will conduct hip and knee surgeries with a city-based surgeon, Dr Shubhang Aggarwal, at Satyam Hospital here. An orthopaedic and joint replacement surgeon at Satyam Hospital, Dr Aggarwal said this had been the fourth time that foreign surgeons were visiting his centre in the last one year.

PAP recruitment: The District Sainik Welfare Office (DSWO) will organise a six-week special coaching classes for recruitment of male constables in Punjab Armed Police (PAP) from March 10 onwards. Deputy director of the DSWO Lt-Col Manmohan Singh said 331 vacancies had been declared for the post of male constable by the PAP. Interested candidates, including ex-servicemen, could register their names for the coaching classes from February 20.

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HARYANA

Fatehabad
IB official, son receive burn injuries
:An official of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) received serious burn injuries while his teenaged son was also injured in an incident of fire at his residence under mysterious circumstances. Navdarshan Singh (36), a Junior Intelligence Officer, equivalent to the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector in the IB, was sleeping in a room with his son Dildeep (14) while his wife was sleeping in a separate room in their house in Jagjivan Pura last night. The fire was noticed at about 3 am today, when Dildeep started crying for help.

Rewari
Roadways’ staff assaulted
:Students of Class XII of various villages reportedly assaulted members of a flying squad of the Haryana Roadways on the Mahendragarh-Rewari road in Roliawas village, near here, yesterday. The students also allegedly threw stones, smashing glasses of the bus after which they fled. A senior member of the squad, Budh Ram, who sustained grievous injuries, was admitted to the trauma centre here. A case has been registered against Navin, Sandeep and other students. Over 10 students, who were to appear in the examination of the Haryana School Board of Education at the centre at Rewari, boarded the bus at Nangal Mundi village. The bus was stopped by the flying squad at Roliawas village. The students. who were allegedly without tickets, resorted to violence.

Sirsa
Man killed
:A man was allegedly beaten to death with a wooden log by two persons over a sum of Rs 5,000 in Saktakhera village near Dabwali here last night. The accused threw the body of the victim identified as Swaran Ram (35) near the railway tracks. The victim’s son has alleged that the victim had consumed liquor with Kala and Rewata last night and they killed him for Rs 5,000.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Shimla
Office-bearers
: The following have been elected office-bearers of the HP branch of Northern India Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.Chairman Dinesh Kumar Sood, vice-chairman Walia Umesh, secretary Arvind Kumar.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Annual day celebrated
: JK Montessorie Senior Secondary School, Talab Tillo, celebrated its annual day function at Abhinav Theater on Saturday. On the occasion, Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed was the chief guest while Director School Education Zahida Khan was the guest of honour. Students of the school presented cultural programme. Mementoes and certificates were given to the students for their outstanding performance in academic and extra-curricular spheres.

VDC member killed: A member of a Village Defence Committee (VDC) was murdered by his relative over property dispute in Doda district, police sources here said on Saturday. The VDC member, identified as Bhagat singh of Kolai, was murdered by his nephew Sandeep Kumar of Thathri on Friday night while the police recovered the body from the fields in nearby village Sohain. However, the police launched the hunt and arrested the accused. A case has been registered.

Leh
1 held for burglary
: The police has arrested a person involved in three burglary and theft cases in Leh. Stolen items worth Rs 20 lakh have been recovered from the accused, identified as Ghulam Nabi of Kargil. Earlier, he had served in Ladakh Scout, an Indian Army unit based in Ladakh and was dismissedfrom the service because of bad character.

Srinagar
Hurriyat leader released
: Senior leader of the Hurriyat Conference Nayeem Ahmad Khan, who was arrested for carrying out anti-poll activities, was set free from the Srinagar Central Jail on Saturday. Nayeem, a leader of the moderate faction of the group arrested last year during anti-poll campaigns, was released following revocation of his detention under the Public Safety Act, official sources said.

Man held on extortion charge: An alleged extortionist was arrested in Bandipora district on Saturday, the police said. Manzoor Ahmad Kaloo, wanted in a case under Section 392 of the RPC for allegedly extorting Rs 2 lakh from a person at Gund Jehangir Sumbil last month, was arrested from Sumbal area of the district. The police has recovered Rs 25,000 from him at the time of the arrest. However, three of his accomplices, Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo, Ghulam Mohammad Ahanger and Irshad Ahmad, are still absconding.

3 structures gutted: Three structures, including a bandsaw mill, were gutted, official sources said. A fire broke out in a bandsaw mill at Buchpora causing damage to timber while a shed was gutted near Nehru Park on the bank of Dal Lake. A fire also damaged a shop at Bata Mohalla at Bandipora in north Kashmir. No one was injured in the incidents.

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