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Banur
27-yr-old killed in mishap
: A resident of Dharamgarh village was killed after being crushed under the rear tyres of a water tanker at the MC road in Banur on Saturday. The victim, identified as 27-year-old Rajinder Singh, was working at a shop in Rajpura. He had gone to Banur to purchase medicines when the mishap occurred. The police has booked the tanker driver and efforts are on to nab him, said a police officer.

Jalandhar
Two hurt
: A bus of Cambridge International School had a head-on collision with an Ambassador car in the Urban Estate area on Thursday. Car driver Harpreet Singh sustained serious injuries, while the school bus driver escaped with minor injuries. The car belonged to Uco Bank. No case was registered as both the parties settled for a compromise in the evening.

Youth camp: The directorate of youth services on Saturday inaugurated a camp for training nearly 200 youths as resource persons for a drug de-addiction campaign across the state. Assistant director, youth services, Capt I.S. Dhami said 10 youths from each of the 20 districts had been picked up for the training. The youths would be oriented to first identify the drug addicts, counsel them through a continuous process and even keep a tab on them so that they did not fall in bad company again.

MOHALI
Elected
: Following persons were elected as members of the Sanjha Uprala Social Welfare and Cultural Society: president - Chanchal Singh; senior vice-president - Harvinder Singh; vice-president - Kulwinder S Chandi; general secretary - Kamaljit Uppal; treasurer - Harbans Singh; joint secretary - Harjeet Singh Sehmi; organising secretary - Dharampal S Sandhu; advisor - JP Singh, convenor - RS Saini. Saini, during the meeting of the society, decided to hold free medical camps, free education for needy, physically challenged and orphan children.

Nawanshahr
Female foeticide
: The NSS unit of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, organised a thought-provoking session on Saturday. Amarjit Grewal, chief adviser of the Knowledge Foundation, Punjab, spoke on female foeticide in the state with available data and the mental makeup of Jat Sikhs and other castes.

Pathankot
2 killed in road accidents
: Sudershan Kumar, a resident of Saidawala Kalan and an employee of the water and sanitation department at Nawapind, was killed at Gurdaspur, 35 km from here, on Friday. Sudershan was on his way to home when his cycle was hit by a car. In another accident, Tilak Raj was killed at Pandori, near Gurdaspur, when a tractor-trailer hit him when he was going to his home.

Four arrested: The Gurdaspur police arrested Jatinder Kumar and Suraj Bedi and seized Rs 2,400 with code word slips from their possession on Saturday. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered. Meanwhile, the Dorangla police arrested Satya Devi and Lovekesh Kumar and recovered 1,500 litres of illicit liquor from them.

RAJPURA
One held with porn CDs
: The Rajpura police arrested one person with porn CDs on Saturday. The police recovered 300 such CDs from accused Surinder Kumar’s shop near the Ghanaur area. Police officials said a tip off was received by them in this connection and raids conducted at his shop this afternoon. A case in this connection has been registered against the accused and he would be produced before the magistrate, said the police officials.

15 kg poppy husk seized: The police on Friday arrested one person with 15 kg poppy husk at Rajpura-Ambala road. The accused has been identified as Dayal Singh, a resident of Uttaranchal Pradesh. He was carrying the narcotics in a polythene bag and was on his way towards Rajpura from Ambala. The police got a tip off of his entry with poppy husk in Rajpura and a special naka was laid on the highway. A case has been registered.

ZIRAKPUR
Family booked for dowry
: The local police registered a case of dowry on the complaint of Gunjan, a resident of Saini Vihar, Baltana against her husband Sartaj, a resident of Kharar, and his family members. According to sources, Gunjan alleged that her in-laws were harassing her for dowry and also assaulted her. A case has been registered.


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HARYANA

AMBALA
Man killed in accident
: A gateman of railway level crossing near wholesale cloth market at Ambala city was killed on the spot when a car hit him near the railway track. According to information, Gyan Chand was standing near the railway level crossing gate when a car hit him. Three other persons were also hit by the car and sustained minor injuries. The railway police said the driver was under the influence of liquor. A case against car driver Ram Kumar has been registered.

BHIWANI
Man stabbed to death
: A man was allegedly stabbed to death by two persons while he was sleeping at his residence on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Shiv Kumar Soni of local Birwan Pana. He was immediately taken to the Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The police has registered a case.

Lawyers suspend work: Members of the Bhiwani Bar Association suspended work here on Saturday in protest against the alleged victimisation of lawyers of the Madras High Court by the police. President of the association Joginder Singh Tanwar said the lawyers were being harassed by the police every next day and they would not bear it at any cost. He said their protest would continue until stern action was taken against the police personnel.

CHANDIGARH
Govt to construct ROB
: The Haryana government has decided to construct road over bridge (ROB) and a ramp with steel structure for light passenger vehicles on the Ambala-Ludhiana section in Ambala. Stating this here on Saturday, Haryana PWD Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav said Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had accorded his approval for the construction of ROB on the Ambala-Ludhiana section railway line.

Sanskrit awards: To encourage Sanskrit in a big way, the Haryana government has introduced three new Acharya awards from 2008-09. Director of the Haryana Sanskrit Akademy, Rameshwar Dutt Sharma, said here recently that the Virjanand Acharya Award would carry a cash prize of Rs 31,000, the Vidya Martand Pandit Sitaram Shastri Acharya Award a cash prize of Rs 21,000 and the Pandit Yudhishthar Mimansak Acharya Award a cash prize of Rs 11,000.

Award for Haryana Tourism: For the first time, the Haryana Tourism Department has received the National Tourism Award for 2007-08 in the field of promotion of MICE tourism in the government sector. Haryana Minister of State for Tourism, Forests, Environment, Sports and Youth Affairs Kiran Choudhry said the award was given by P Chidambaram, Union Home Minister, and Ambika Soni, Union Tourism & Culture Minister, at a function organised in Delhi on February 24 to Keshni Anand Arora, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Tourism, Haryana.

HISAR
Officiating VC
: Professor HL Verma of the Haryana School of Business, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, would be the officiating Vice-Chancellor of the university during the absence of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Devinder Dayal Singh Sandhu, who was on a tour of Canada, a university spokesperson said here on Saturday.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Facilities for farmers
: The government is giving the top priority to provide maximum facilities to farmers of the state and most of the policies are oriented towards that direction. This was stated by district public relations officer Amar Singh Thakur while addressing a program organised by the Department of Information and Public Relations at Buhad village on Wednesday.

CHAMBA
Pharma units
: Officials of the Health Department have waged a campaign against the pharmaceutical companies supplying substandard medicines to private chemists as well as government hospitals. In the forays conducted this week in certain parts of the region, health officials have seized samples of seven types of medicines, which included life saving medicines, too. According to sources, the samples are being sent for analysis to the composite testing laboratory at Kandaghat in Solan district so that punitive action could be initiated against those playing havoc with the lives of people.

NURPUR
Residents angry
: Resentment prevails among residents of Suliali gram panchayat in this subdivision over failure of commissioning of 10-bedded ayurvedic hospital even after the notification of sanctioning of the same in July 2007. According to information, the then Virbhadra Singh Government had issued notification to sanction ayurvedic hospital, Nurpur, at Suliali with capacity of 10 beds and sanctioned posts of ayurvedic physicians, supporting paramedical and other staff to run the hospital but not even a single post was filled to pave the way to upgrade the dispensary to the hospital. The local gram panchayat has urged the state government to fill the sanctioned posts so that the hospital could start functioning.

Docs’ body flays govt: The state Unemployed Ayurvedic Doctors’ Association has accused the government of meting out step-motherly treatment to jobless doctors in their recruitment despite sanctioning 150 posts. President of the association Sanjiv Guleria on Friday said doctors had been awaiting batch-wise appointments since 2003. He said the model code of conduct would likely to be enforced next month in the wake of ensuing Lok Sabha polls, which would further delay appointments of ayurvedic doctors.

SHIMLA
Decision hailed
: The Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies (SDRS) has welcomed the decision of the Election Commission for introducing Braille script on EVMs in the ensuing elections. Yashwant Rai, vice-chairman of the HP Chapter of the SDRS, said it was historic step towards delivering actual right of vote to the visually challenged persons.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

JAMMU
Dept of astrology sought
: The Jammu University Research Scholars Executive Association (JURSEA) has demanded setting up of an independent Department of Astrology at Jammu University. In a statement, president of the researcher body, Vikas Sharma, said, “Seven years ago, UGC had granted Rs 15 lakh to some 15 varsities across the country. While all varsities have opened independent Departments of Astrology, JU is yet to establish the department.” 

Srinagar
Grenade attack near park
: Militants lobbed a grenade near Children Park behind the Lal Ded Hospital late last evening. But the grenade exploded in an empty corner without causing any loss of life. Official sources said the militants were probably targeting CRPF personnel, but as it often happens the grenade fell far off the target. The police carried out a thorough search in the area. Militant attacks have declined in the summer capital over the last several months and the blast yesterday brought shutters down in the locality as people ran to safety.

New Defence PRO: Lieut-Col JS Brar assumed the charge of Defence PRO, Srinagar here on Saturday. This beat includes the valley and the Ladakh region, a spokesman of the office said. The officer has a varied operational and administrative experience in all regions of the state. Prior to his present posting, lieut-Col Brar was posted at Leh.

Udhampur
Soldier found dead
: Mystery shrouds the death of a soldier, who died in his residence under mysterious circumstances. The police has registered a case. According to the PRO, Northern Command, a solider, SM Kumar, of a local unit at Udhampur, belonging to Jamnagar, Gujarat, was found dead in his house on Saturday morning. The matter is being investigated by the police and the Army. The body has been sent for post-mortem and a court of innquiry has been ordered.

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DEHRADUN

Dehradun
Jagannath Yatra
: Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra was taken out in Dehradun on Saturday. The idol of Lord Jagganath placed on the ‘rath’ and surrounded by devotees was the highlight of the yatra. Speaker Harbans Kapoor flagged-off the yatra from the Parade Ground by sweeping the road ahead of the rath. The yatra criss-crossed almost all the prominent roads of the city.

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