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PUNJAB

AMRITSAR
Remand for manager:
District manager of Scheduled Caste Land and Finance Corporation Kuljit Singh, who was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a handicapped cobbler, has been sent to 14-day judicial remand. Kuljit was caught by the Vigilance Department. He had allegedly refused to release the two cheques of Rs 10,000 each since September 20, 2007. 

Bathinda
Rajindra College:
Annual prize distribution function of Government Rajindra College was held on Wednesday. S. Mukhtiar Singh, PESI, retired principal and former chairman, Punjab School Education Board, gave away prizes. Principal R.K. Banger congratulated the winners. The stage was conducted by Prof Tejinder Singh. Vice-principal Prof Sukhchain Rai Garg and registrar Prof Vijay Goyal thanked the staff. 

Literary function: Writers Forum, Bathinda, is organising a literary function on March 9 at DAV Senior Secondary School, Bathinda, at which Dr J.S. Anand's book of Punjabi poetry 'Saarian pauna, saari chanani' will be released by Hakam Sufi, a noted folk singer. Noted Punjabi critic Prof Brahm Jagdish Singh will present a paper on the book. Dr Harnek Singh Komal will preside over the function and Dr Satwant Kaur Bhullar, principal, DAV Senior Secondary Public School, will be the guest of honour. 

Youth festival: The 11th boys' inter-polytechnic youth festival took place on Wednesday at Government Polytechnic College, Bathinda. Around 40 colleges are participating in the three-day event. The event was judged by folk singers Gurmeet Bawa and Lachi Bawa and a Punjabi writer Manpreet Tiwana. 

Rural doctors: On Wednesday, the 27th day of their agitation, rural medical officers under the aegis of the Rural Medical Services Association held a blood donation camp in front of the mini-secretariat here. Dr Aslam Parvez, president of the RMSA, said this was a novel way of protest by organising a blood donation camp. 

CHANDIGARH
Nominated:
Punjab Pradesh Congress secretary Dr Robinder Singh has been nominated as vice chairman, All-India Powerloom Board, under the Ministry of Textiles, according to a PPCC statement here on Wednesday. 

Ludhiana
New course:
Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management is introducing a BBA programme with its ongoing B Com and B Com (honours) courses from this academic session. The college aims to train and inspire a new class of students who can make a difference to their families and organisations. The Panjab University Inspection Committee visited the college for the grant of funds.

MALERKOTLA
Baby’s body found:
The police found the body of a newborn baby from the bushes in OCL factory on the Ludhiana Road here on Wednesday. According to SI Baldev Singh, municipal councillor Tahir Ali Khan informed the police about the incident. A postmortem examination was conducted in the civil hospital. A case has been registered under Sections 317 and 318, IPC. 

Mandi Gobindgarh
Book released:
A religious travelogue “Jithey Jai Bhai Mera Satguru” written by Shromani Sahitkar Surjit Singh Marjara dedicated to Sant Balbir Singh Sichewal was released by religious preacher Giani Devinder Singh at historical Gurdwara Chhevi Patshahi in Mandi Gobindgarh on Wednesday. 

Elected: Tax Bar members of Fatehgarh Sahib district at a meeting on Wednesday elected office-bearers. They are president Jatinder Pal Singh, vice-president Sat Pal Garg, secretary Satish Dhingra, treasurer Anil Kumar Goyal, chairman (Income tax panel) Ashok Gera, chairman (VAT panel) Prem Kumar Bansal and press secretary Sanjeev Sharma.

Mullanpur Dakha
Students excel:
Students bought academic laurels to Dr Mohan Kaur Memorial Institute of Nursing by securing 100 per cent result in the final annual exams held recently. M Chakarvorti said about 20 students of second year managed to secure more than 70 per cent with Randeep Kaur securing 78 per cent stood first while Sandeep Kaur and Veerpal Kaur bagged second and third position by securing 77.6 per cent and 77 per cent, respectively. The students of the institute excel in sports and curricular activities, besides academics.

NABHA
Eye check-up camp held:
A cataract awareness camp-cum-seminar was organised at Kakrala village by the Jan Sewa Society. Dr Atul Kakkar explained the prevention, care and management of eyes and cataract to the villagers in simple dialect. He also operated upon 33 patients for cataract. 

Rajpura
Atta-Dal Scheme:
As many as 110 families were given green cards under the Atta-Dal Scheme at Rajpura on Wednesday. These families, from ward No. 21 were given cards. Under this scheme the green card holders could get ration from various ration depots. Speaking during the occasion, Jagdish Jagga, local political leader, while talking to media said that people would not only get the ration, but also medicines and other facilities as well. 

SANGRUR
Dharma Sansad chief dead:
Chairman of the Dharma Sansad, a body of local temples, and general secretary, Bharatiya Mahavir Dal, Thakur Jagdish Rai (77), popularly known as Jaggu, was cremated here on Wednesday. He died of heart failure on Tuesday. He is survived by wife, a son and three daughters. His son Jagmohan Thakur, assistant controller (finance) in the civil surgeon office here, lit the pyre. Jagdish Rai remained associated with the local Dadri Wala temple and Baghikhana Ram Lila for more than five decades till his death. He retired from government service in 1990. 

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CHANDIGARH

MOHALI
Fraud:
The Mohali police registered a case of fraud against two persons on the complaint of Shalinder Singh, a resident of Patiala. Shalinder Singh alleged that on August 21, last year he gave his vehicle on rent to Inderjit Singh, MD, Chahal Motors, for Rs 19,000 per month. He said the MD’s company gave him 11 cheques of Rs 19,000 to take him in confidence but when he deposited one cheque in the bank it was bounced. When he went to the company, it was closed, and the accused ran away with his vehicle, the police added. 

Cooker unit sealed: A team of the Bureau of Indian Standards on Wednesday sealed a unit manufacturing pressure cookers, Shiva Udyog, at Mohali during a raid. The unit was using ISI mark on their product without having a valid BIS license under the brand “Reliance”. In another raid on Amrit Feeds, Gurdaspur, it was found that cattlefeed was being manufactured without license from the BIS. 

Zirakpur
House burgled:
The local police registered a case of theft on the complaint of Mahesh, a resident of Dhakoli village, on Tuesday. According to the police, Mahesh said the owner of the house, Daman Singh, and his family went to Noida to meet their son. He alleged that he found the locks of the house were broken and television set was missing. He also said the exact loss would be confirmed after the owner comes back. A case has been registered in this regard.

Three booked: The local police registered a case of detaining against three persons on the complaint of Rajinder Singh, hailing from UP, here on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Pardeep Kumar, Jassi and Varinder Kumar of Rana Goods Carriers located on the Zirakpur-Chandigarh Highway. According to the police, Rajinder Singh alleged that his son Shalinder Singh was working as a driver in Rana Goods Carriers. He alleged due to a financial dispute his son was detained by them from February 28.

Body found: A body of an unidentified man was found lying dead on a railway track near Dhakoli village on Tuesday. According to the railway police, the incident took place around 8 am when the patrolling team informed the railway police that a man was spotted lying near the railway track. The police said the deceased was crushed to death under the passenger train. A case has been registered in this regard. 

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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
Addl charge:
Anand Mohan Sharan, Transport Commissioner, Advisor, Civil Aviation and Special Secretary, Civil Aviation and Transport Departments, has been posted as Additional Resident Commissioner, Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi, against a vacant post. He will also hold the charge of Transport Commissioner, Advisor, Civil Aviation and Special Secretary, Civil Aviation and Transport Departments in addition. 

GURGAON
Petrol station looted:
Four persons allegedly looted Rs 20,000 at a gunpoint from a petrol station at Sohna on Tuesday. SHO Surinder Kumar said they had registered a case. Some persons came in a car and got the tank of the vehicle full and later to terrify the staff of the Raghunandan petrol station, they fired into the air. They took away Rs 20,000 from the cashier, he added. However, the petrol station owner claimed that more than Rs 30,000 had been stolen.

KAITHAL
2 get life term:
The court of Additional Sessions Judge AK Shori here on Monday sentenced Lakha Singh of Peedal village and Manjit Kaur of Theh Mukerian to life imprisonment and fined them Rs 5,000 each after holding them guilty in a murder case. Manjit Kaur lodged a complaint with the police that her husband Lakhbir Singh went missing on March 24, 2007. However, after persistent inquiry by Bansi Lal, brother of the deceased, Manjit confessed that her husband had been murdered by Lakha Singh and she was also a party to this murder. Kulwant Singh had helped in the crime and in disposing of the body. 

KARNAL
Appointed:
Former vice-president of the Haryana Youth Congress Dayal Singh, an eminent social worker, has been appointed organising secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee. He said accepting this responsibility at the time of Lok Sabha elections was a big challenge and he would work with sincerity and dedication to prove himself. 

REWARI
Villages declared  hypersensitive:
As many as 22 villages of the Kosli, Bawal and Rewari segments have been declared hypersensitive for the coming Lok Sabha elections. Similarly, 37 villages - 17 of Kosli, 14 of Bawal and six of the Rewari segment - have been declared sensitive. While the Kosli segment constitutes a part of the Rohtak parliamentary constituency, Bawal and Rewari segments fall under the Gurgaon parliamentary constituency. One micro-observer will be appointed at each polling booth in the above villages. 

YAMUNANAGAR
Man stabbed to death:
Jeet Ram (28), a resident of Taruwala, was allegedly stabbed to death by two persons on Monday. The body of Jeet Ram was found lying at Hadoli. Police sources said the incident took place when the deceased, who was working in a private hospital, was on his way to his in-laws house at Lalhari. Brother of the deceased Amarjit Singh had alleged Deepak and Prakash had murdered his brother, following an argument on February 25. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Appointed:
Roshan Thakur, a youth leader of the Kot Kehloor constituency and a former district general secretary of the Bhartiya Kisan Morcha, has been appointed state vice-president of the state Kisan Morcha. 

SHIMLA
Brother killed:
Hemtu Ram (80), a resident of Basantpur village in Shimla district, was hacked to death by his own brother over a land dispute on Wednesday. Both brothers--- Hemtu Ram (80) and Rupu Ram (78) had an argument over land dispute that resulted into a bloody battle. The police said Rupu Ram and his Nepali help, who was also involved in the attack, had been arrested and a case registered against them. 

Women’s Day: The state-level function of the International Women Day will be held at the Ridge on March 8. Chief Secretary Asha Swaroop will preside over the function. A blood donation camp will also be organised and exhibitions will be put up by various departments. The theme of the day is ‘Girl child and gender empowerment’. Cultural programme and quiz competition for schoolchildren will also be held. 

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Student stabs classmate:
A class XI student of Government SRML Higher Secondary School attacked his classmate with a sharp-edged weapon in the school premises here this morning. The police said Waqar Hussain of Pir Khou attacked Sachin Kumar of Rehari with a ‘khukhri’. Animosity between the two over the post of president of students union of the school led to the incident. Both were contesting the elections for the post. The accused has been arrested and the weapon of offence seized. The victim was out of danger. 

Srinagar
2 girls commit suicide:
Two girls have committed suicide by hanging in the Kashmir valley since Tuesday. The police said Fahmeeda (20) hanged herself in her home at Dhobiwan Kunzar in Baramulla district. Another girl, Masooda, committed suicide by hanging herself in her home at Bagh Sangarwani, Rajpora, in Pulwama district. 

Woman dies in mishap: Haja, wife of Abdul Aziz Baba from Dangiwacha, near Sopore, died after she was hit by a Tata Sumo, police here said. She had been hit by the speeding vehicle and later succumbed to her injuries.

Udhampur
Health centre inaugurated:
The Udhampur DC on Wednesday inaugurated a sub health centre renovated by the Army in the Majalata area at a cost of Rs 3 lakh. The DC said the civilian population in this district had got multifaceted health and educational facilities from the Army, especially in deficient areas. Col Manohar Shinde said the Army would continue aiding civilians under Operation Sadbhawana to have better civilian-military liaison. 

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