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Amritsar
Watchman murdered
: Several unidentified persons stabbed Surjit Singh, watchman of a marriage palace, situated on Tarn Taran Road, to death last night. The incident came to light when the owners of the palace found him murdered in his room. The police authorities said preliminary investigations pointed at illicit relations as cause of murder.

Batala
Body of girl found
: A body of a 4-month-old girl was found at Addowal village falling under Rangar Nangal police station in Batala. Talking to mediapersons here today, SI Gurmeet Singh said the police got the information from a person who saw the body of a girl floating on the village pond.

Ferozepur
Robbery bid at ATM, 5 held
: The Ferozepur police has arrested five persons in connection with a robbery attempt at the ATM of State Bank of Patiala, Makhu. SSP Dinesh Pratap Singh said the five persons were identified with the help of closed 
circuit cameras installed at the ATM.

Jalandhar
Power cuts
: Due to some maintenance work, power supply from the 11-KV Model House line will remain closed to Model House, New Model House, Deol Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Buta Mandi, Bhargo Camp and other adjoining areas on March 8 from 10 am to 2 pm.

BSNL mela: The local wing of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) conducted a BSNL mela outside its office premises here on Friday. Scores of residents thronged the mela for booking landline, broadband and 2G and 3G mobile connections. General manager, telecom, Jalandhar, Rajiv Kumar, said they had decided to organise such melas at different locations.

DEO inspects exam centres:Commissioner, Jalandhar division, S.R. Ladhar and district education officer (secondary) Joginder Das yesterday paid a surprise visit to some examination centres in the district. The officials were accompanied by a flying squad from the Punjab School Education Board. The visit was aimed at checking any use of unfair means and stop mass copying during the examinations. The duo visited government senior secondary school, junior model school and girls school situated on Ladowali Road. They also went to government senior secondary school at Jamsher village and inspected the examination centres at five other places as well.

Mansa
‘Cong to name candidates after March 15’
:The Congress would declare its candidates after March 15, said Congress general secretary Raninder Singh. Speaking at Budhlada today, he said that people of the state and Bathinda were aware of the fact that mere slogans of the SAD-BJP combine could not solve their problems. He said that the SAD-BJP government was trying to derive political mileage from the schemes of the Central government and the World Bank.

Tarn Taran
Cop dies
: Jagir Singh (35), a resident of Rattagudda village, who was a police constable posted in Moga district, died in a road accident near Sarhali, 22 km from here, on Friday night. The police has registered a case under sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the IPC. According to the information, Jagir was coming to the town here when a tractor-trailer hit him.

Opium seized: The police has arrested Gurchand Singh of Manochahal Kalan village with 500 gm of opium at a naka near Noordi village, 6 km from here, on Friday night. SSP Surinder Pal Singh Parmar said here on Saturday that Kala of the same village took the accused to an unidentified person at Sarawan village.

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CHANDIGARH

Three houses razed:The enforcement wing of UT Administration demolished a part of an unauthorised structure of three houses in Sector 22, here today. The administration warned that no one would be allowed to do unauthorised construction and stringent actions would be taken against violators. Also, criminal cases would be registered against those who are indulged in illegal activities.

Panchkula
Talk on domestic violence
: A group discussion on domestic violence and abuse against women was organised by WISE (where inner strength enlightens) on the Women’s Day here today. The organiser and mentor of WISE, Renu Mathur, spoke about various kinds of victims. Seema Chaudhary, former president of Panchkula Municipal Council, was the chief guest.

Power shutdown:There will be no electricity supply in Panchkula town tomorrow. The Panchkula Xen operation division said the power supply in the city would remain affected from 9 am to 5 pm. While the supply to the all the industries in the town would be switched off completely. Power supply would be disrupted in residential areas as well. This power cut is due to the shut down of 220 KV sub-station at Tepla In Ambala district by Haryana Vidyat Prasaran Nigam for testing of bus bar protection of newly constructed A-3 bay, added Xen.

National conference: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Haryana police will organise a three-day national conference on “Optimising the contribution of women in police to the organisation and society” at Indradhanush Auditorium, Panchkula.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

NURPUR
3 booked
: The police on Saturday booked Balbir Singh, Tilak Raj and Jeet Ram of Dekwan village in an attempt to murder case. Dumnu Ram (65) was allegedly attacked by them on Friday night during a jagran program. According to DSP Hari Ram, a case had been registered against them. Dumnu Ram has been admitted to the Military Hospital, Pathankot, in an unconscious condition.

PALAMPUR
Scientists honoured
: A team of four veterinary scientists of Dr GC Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences has brought laurels to CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University. In recognition of the excellent team work in fields of veterinary immunology and biotechnology, the Indian Society for Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology has presented Sir FM Burnett Memorial Team Award--2008 to Rajesh Chahota, Mandeep Sharma, S. Mittra and SD Thakur. They have been awarded for their work on the molecular epidemiological investigation of a flea-borne Rickettsial outbreak in Deol village of Baijnath in the state, which infected about 300 persons of the village.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

JAMMU
UGC’s proposal opposed
: The Jammu University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) has rejected the draft proposal circulated by the UGC for the appointment as well as the promotion of the teachers based upon the Assessment Performance Indicators. The representatives have expressed their displeasure on the modalities and the weightings assigned to the various parameters, which are not reliable and so cannot be valid. The teachers’ body has also requested the UGC to revise it before putting into circulation for wider acceptance.

5 gamblers held: The Pucca Danga police on Saturday nabbed five gamblers from Tange Wali Gali and seized Rs 1 lakh from their possession. The police sources said acting on a tip off, a police party raided a dairy farm in Tange Wali Gali and caught five gamblers red-handed, who were indulging in the unlawful activity. The accused have been identified as Vinod Kumar of Kachi Chawni, Rajesh Kumar, Jatinder Choudhary, Pankaj Kumar and Rajinder Kumar, all from Tange Wali Gali. A case under the Gambling Act registered against the accused.

Jawan dies in landmine blast: An Army soldier was killed and another injured in a landmine blast near the LoC in Pallanwala Sector, said a Defence spokesperson. He said, during a clearing operation in the forward area of Pallanwala Sector in Akhnoor subdivision, a mine exploded killing sepoy Amrit Pal Singh of 12 the Sikh Regiment besides injuring another Lance Naik Manjit Singh on Friday. The injured jawan has been hospitalised, he said.

Freedom fighter remembered: The Freedom Fighter’s Association, Jammu, today celebrated 107th birth anniversary of Comrade Dhanvantri, under the presidentship of Ved Gandotra at Neta Ji Park, town hall. Former Deputy Chief Minister Pandit Mangat Ram Sharma was the chief guest. The chief guest highlighted the role of Comrade Dhanwantri who associated with Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru, Sukh Dev, Chander Shekhar Azad, Ashtaq Ullah, Ram Parshad, Bismal and initiated the complete freedom struggle of India. While paying rich tributes to Comrade Dhanvantri, president of the association Paras Ram Poonchi said in 1928 Comrade Dhanvantri was sent to Kala Pani and got released in 1946.

SRINAGAR
2 landmines defused
: A tragedy was averted in Kupwara district on Saturday where the police defused two landmines. Officials said two landmines weighing about 8 kg and 10 kg, which were concealed in bags, were planted by the militants on the road that was frequented by the Army convoys. The militants apparently wanted to target the Army vehicles, the police said.

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