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Abohar
Inter-house games
: Almost all the would-be-teachers participated in the inter-house games which were organised by the DAV College of Education here today, informed Principal Dr Venita Singh. Sania Mirza House won in throwball (boys) and tabletennis (girls), Dhanraj Pillai House in badminton (girls and boys), cricket and basket ball (boys), Mohinder Singh Dhoni House in kho-kho and table tennis (boys) while Milkha Singh House emerged winner in the volleyball match.

Seminar on RTI Act: The Kenway College of Education here organised a seminar on the Right of Information (RTI) Act today, principal Dr S. Singh informed. During the seminar that was sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR), the visiting academicians discussed the constitutional aspects of RTI, its problems and prospects, besides judicial perception. The speakers included Principal S.S. Randhawa from Mahalpur, Sudershan Dhingra, Ajay Khosla, Dr Shyam Sunder Patiala, Harjinder Kaur Muktsar and Vijay Grover.

CHANDIGARH
Entry of German Co decried: The Punjab CPM on Wednesday condemned the decision of the state government to allow the entry of the German multinational Metro Cash and Carry into the state. In a statement here, CPM acting state secretary Charan Singh Virdi said the party was of the view that the multinationals would not only hit the livelihood of retail traders, but would also dictate its terms in purchase and selling prices of the commodities. Virdi called up Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to immediately scrap this “anti-people” agreement and called upon people to come forward and protest against this agreement.

MANDI AHMEDGARH
Nursing Home under scanner: Having failed to find adequate evidence under the PNDT Act, the civil surgeon, Sangrur, has asked the police to initiate action against organisers of a private nursing home at Kup Kalan, near here, under provisions of Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act. The SMO, Fatehgarh Panj Garayian, has been directed to keep a vigil on the activities of the Gill Nursing Home. According to Dr Dalip Kumar, civil surgeon, Sangrur, the police had received a complaint that the nursing home was allegedly involved in illegal termination of pregnancies.

SANGRUR
Grant for rural sports: For the promotion of sports in villages, Punjab PWD Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa here on Wednesday gave cheques worth Rs 27.50 lakh to 55 villages of nine blocks of Sangrur district. Every village has been given a grant of Rs 50,000 as first installment under the Panchayat Yuva Krirra Aur Khed Abhiyan. Besides this, a grant of Rs 5 lakh will also be given to every block for sports activities. A grant of Rs 10,000 to every village will also be given for purchasing sports material. Dhindsa also gave cheques for Rs 16.72 lakh to various clubs and social organisations from his discretionary funds.
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CHANDIGARH

Rent Act: The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) today demanded speedy reform on various trader issues prior to the announcement of Lok Sabha elections. President of the CBM, Charanjiv Singh, urged the Central Government to notify a balanced Rent Act.
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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
Additional charge: The Haryana government has given the additional charge of special secretary, Personnel, Training, Vigilance, Parliamentary Affairs Departments, director, training and IO vigilance to PK Das, state project director, Haryana Prathmic Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad, during the leave period of P Raghavendra Rao.

KAITHAL
Two arrested: The district police has arrested two persons, who had taken delivery of rice worth Rs 5,62,500 from a Cheeka rice miller by allegedly forging documents. The accused have been sent in a two-day police remand. SP Sultan Singh said Amar Lal had alleged that a man claiming to be the proprietor of Messers Mahabir Food Corporation, Delhi, came to him on January 25 and purchased 409 bags of basmati rice. He made the payment through a cheque, which bounced. After investigations, the police arrested Rajinder Kumar Khatri, a resident of Delhi, and Om Parkash Khatri of Jind, from Sonepat district.

KARNAL
14-yr-old sodomised: A 14-year-old boy of Gandra village had been allegedly sodomised by three persons of the same village. The victim alleged that Anil, Krishan and Rajender took him near a tubewell on February 20 and sodomised him. The accused have been booked under Sections 337 and 34-B of the IPC. In another incident, an autorickshaw driver allegedly knocked down a cyclist near the toll plaza here on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Kali Ram (55), a resident of Raipur Rodang village. A case has been registered.

REWARI
1 killed in mishap: A factory worker, Praveen Kumar (22), was killed on the spot while his colleague Om Prakash was injured when the motorcycle they were riding on reportedly collided with a tractor-trailer on National Highway 8 here on Tuesday. Simultaneously, two other factory workers, Hari Kishan of Alwar district and Suresh Kumar of Bakhapur village, who were walking on foot, were injured after they were hit by the fleeing tractor-trailer.

SONEPAT
Annual function: Former Chief Minister and INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala exhorted students to strive hard and leave no stone unturned in achieving their goals. Chautala was addressing the annual day function of the local Chhotu Ram Arya College here on Wednesday. Principal of the college Narender Singh listed the report of the annual activities of the college in various fields.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

CHAMBA
158 logs of deodar seized: The vigilance wing of the Police Department has seized 158 logs of deodar trees from the Jamuhar area on Tuesday; vigilance officials at the district headquarters revealed this here on Wednesday. On a secret tip-off, a team of vigilance officials raided the place where these illegally cut deodar logs were kept near the bus-stop at Jamuhar about 12 km from here. A case under Section 379 of the IPC, Sections 41, 42 of the Indian Forest Act and Sections 4, 16 of the Himachal Pradesh Land Prevention Act has been registered.

Testing successful: The pressure testing of the spiral casing of power generating unit-I on the Chamera hydroelectric project, stage-III, has been carried out successfully in the presence of NHPC executive director (region-II) SK Agarawal. Giving this information here on Thursday, project general manager KK Joshi said the underground powerhouse cavern of 100 x 18.6 x 40 m of the 231 MW Chamera stage-III project had already been excavated to house three Francis vertical axis turbines at Dharwala village where three generating units of 77 MW each were being installed.

KANGRA
Camp ends: Nearly 100 ENT patients were treated by Dr Sanjay Sachdeva, director, Fortis, Delhi, in a free OPD camp organised jointly by the Vivekananda Kendra Kanya Kumari and Ripudaman Charitable Trust. Some complicated ENT surgeries were carried out by Sachdeva in Dr RP Government Medical College, Tanda, during the two-day camp here, which concluded on Thursday. Spokesman of Vivekananda Kendra Prof KC Gupta said free OPD was carried out at Gopal Bagh in the outskirts of this town.

NURPUR
PO arrested: Following a tip-off, the police arrested proclaimed offender (PO) Balkrishan, son of Hari Ram of Khaniara road, Dharamsala, at Samloti, near Kangra, on Wednesday night. He had been absconding for the past over nine years and was wanted in a case of theft. According to the police, a case under Sections 454 and 379 had been lodged against him on October 18, 1999, and the court had declared him a proclaimed offender. He had allegedly stolen electric equipment from a pump house in the Forest Corporation Depot at Bhadroya.

Free broadband modems: The BSNL will provide 25 subsidised broadband connections at Gangath and Kotla, the rural areas of Nurpur subdivision. Subdivisional telephone engineer Tilak Thakur said the BSNL would provide free broadband modems without any installation charges to first 25 applicants. “These subscribers will get Rs 99 package with 400 MB and Rs 150 package with one GB data downloading per month,” he added.

SHIMLA
Rs 1.3 lakh disbursed: Horticulture Minister Narender Bragta on Wednesday visited Balog village under Tharola panchayat in the Kotkhai area of Shimla district where several houses were gutted in a devastating fire on Tuesday evening. He disbursed Rs 1.3 lakh to the affected families as immediate relief and directed the district administration to provide ration, blankets and tents to them. He also visited the local hospital to inquire about the health of three injured persons. Even though the cause of the fire is still being ascertained, the police said it was most likely due to a short circuit.
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

JAMMU
Chhatwal named  director-principal: Maj-Gen Ravinder Singh Chhatwal (retd) has been appointed director-cum-principal of Mahant Bachittar Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Jammu. An MTech (Computers) from IIT, Kanpur, General Chhatwal remained commander and instructor at Military College of Engineering, Mhow, for 10 years. After retirement, he joined as director-general, Amity University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, and as director-cum- principal in Akal College of Engineering and Technology, Baru Sahib (HP).

Martyrdom day on March 2: Due to the ongoing board examinations, the Progressive Students Association (PSA) has decided to observe the martyrdom day of Chander Shekhar Azad on March 2 instead of February 27. According to president of the schools’ unit of the PSA Gourav Sharma, a seminar on the “ideology of revolutionary fighters and present scenario” would be held on March 2 at Higher Secondary School, Bhor Camp, Chatha.

Seminar organised: The Directorate of Environment and Remote Sensing organised a seminar on "Save environment, save earth" at Government Degree College, Nowshera. Mohd Riyaz of Government Degree College, Nowshera, won the first prize whereas Sarita and Veena Gupta bagged the second and third prizes, respectively. DFO K Ramesh Kumar, who was the chief guest, called upon students to protect forests and environment. RL Sharma, environmental soil conservationist, Directorate of Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing, in his keynote address emphasised the need for plantation of more trees.

Two held with heroin: Two persons carrying heroin in a polythene bag were arrested by the police on Wednesday in the Surankote area of Poonch district, an official spokesman said. The accused identified as Muzamil Hussain, 30, a resident of Sunai Surankote, and Mohammad Hanief, 40, a resident of Harhi Surankote, were apprehended at Lathong while they were travelling in a private vehicle. A case has been registered.

Srinagar
Ex-servicemen rally held
: An ex-servicemen rally was organised by 12 Sector RR for veterans of Budgam district at the district headquarters on Wednesday. A defence spokesman said the rally started with an address by the director of the Rajya Sainik Board followed by that of Commander, Headquarters, 12 Sector Rashtriya Rifles. Around 150 veterans along with their wives and children attended it.
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