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PUNJAB

Amritsar
Purse stolen
: Joginder Pal Sodhi, a resident of the local Katra Khajana, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his purse was stolen from the premises of the Durgiana Temple here on Thursday. He said the purse contained Rs 2,700 and important documents.

BASSI PATHANA
Elected
: Pritpal Singh Dharni councillor and Parveen Kumar-advisers, Anil Kumar Loomba- patron, Rajiv Malhotra- president, Nand Kishore- vice-president, Manmohan Jargar- general secretary, Pawan Bansal-secretary, Om Gautam-cashier, Balwinder Bansal- press secretary, Major Singh-PRO were unanimously elected officer-bearers of “Bassi Welfare Organisation”. The office-bearers said it would be non-political and a social organisation, which would work for the development of the town.

Batala
One arrested:
The police arrested Jang Bahadur of Gandhi Camp and seized 150 gm of intoxicant powder from him, said ASI Manoj Kumar. The accused was arrested on the information given by an informer of the police. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act.

DERA BASSI
Body found
: A body of an unidentified man was found on a railway track near Dera Bassi on Thursday afternoon. According to the GRP, the incident came to light around 3.30 pm when the patrolling team informed the railway police that a man in his mid-60s was spotted lying near the railway track. The body of the deceased has been kept in the mortuary. A case was registered.

Hoshiarpur
Liquor seized
: The Tanda police seized 150 litres of illicit liquor from Iqbal Singh of Miani on Wednesday evening. He was booked under sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.

Nawanshahr
Traffic problems
: A deputation of an NGO, Helping Hands Charitable Trust, submitted a memorandum to Additional Deputy Commissioner Harminder Singh drawing the attention of the district administration towards the problem of traffic congestion in the town on Thursday. The NGO has urged the administration to take effective measures to solve the problem of traffic congestion as well as haphazard parking of vehicles.

Appointment: Rajinder Singh Gill, coach of the Badminton Association, Mukandpur, has been appointed court official to conduct India Open Grand Prix-09 Tournament, scheduled to be held from March 24 to 29 in Hyderabad.

Patiala
Gang busted
: The local police has arrested a gang of seven persons involved in stealing cars. Three cars have also been recovered from their possession. The suspects have been identified as Rajiv Sharma, Anil Garg, Anuj Rana, Yudhisthir, Gangu Ram, Feroze and Narinder Chaudhary. The police sources said the gang was active in Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat. The modus operandi of this gang was to buy stolen cars from Gujarat and Rajasthan and then get fake documents to sell them in Punjab. The police said Gurpartap Singh, a resident of Bhai Rupa, who was also named in the case, was still at large. A case has been registered.

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CHANDIGARH

Panchkula
Theft
: Thieves decamped with six music systems after they broke open the locks of six cars parked outside the houses in Sector 11 here on Tuesday night. In one of the cars there was a music system worth Rs 60,000. The police claimed to have arrested two members of the gang involved in the theft.


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HARYANA

FATEHABAD
Prize distribution
: Vimal Chandra, Commissioner, Hisar division, distributed prizes to over 200 students at the annual prize distribution function of Government College, Bhattu Kalan. JK Abhir, SDM, Fatehabad, and Dr Gulab Singh, a noted philanthropist, were present. College principal Suman Gulab read the annual report of the college and highlighted the achievements of the institution.

FARIDABAD
Probe into worker’s death
: The police has initiated investigation against Jaipur Golden Transport Company with regards to the death of its employee. The investigation is sequel to a complaint made by a relative of the employee that the latter was murdered on the office premises of the company, which has its main branch here. According to the complainant, he had received the news of injury of his relative from the company on Tuesday.

JIND
11 get life term
: A local court sentenced 11 persons to life imprisonment in a murder case on Wednesday. Additional District and Sessions Judge SK Goyal convicted Balwan, Bala, Kuldeep, Nafe Singh, Rishipal, Hakikat, Tejveer, Lakhmi, Hukami, Surjit and Sultan for the death of Yashpal in Sahanpur village last year.

Sirsa
Seminar
: The Department of Law of Chaudhary Devi Lal University will organise a national seminar on “Growth and Development of Law: Post Independent Era” in the seminar hall of the university on March 20 and March 21. Dr BP Singh, chairperson and dean, faculty of law, informed mediapersons that Deputy Commissioner SK Goyal will be inaugurate the seminar.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

CHAMBA
Fresh snowfall
: After a gap of more than a month, the Chamba region had a spell of rain accompanied by thunderstorm on Thursday afternoon. The higher peaks of Chamba district and the adjoining peaks of Pir Panjal Mountains received fresh snowfall, according to reports pouring into the district headquarters town of Chamba.

ITBP checkpoint gutted: A barrack housing the security checkpoint of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at Barothi in Salooni tehsil of this district was burnt to the ground last night, according to a report received here this evening. ITBP Assistant Commandant Ajay said almost all arms-related material, ration and other belongings of the ITBP jawans was evacuated from the barrack immediately as soon after the fire started. He said the barrack belonged to the NHPC (National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) who had given it to the ITBP for setting up a security checkpoint.

One dead: One person died on the spot when his feet slipped from a hillock and fell down into a deep gorge, near Tunnuhatti, about 65 km from here, on Tuesday, according to a report received here on Thursday. The deceased had been identified as Pawan, a resident of the Rajpura area of the district, the report revealed; intimating that the police had handed over the body of the deceased after an autopsy.

Non-payment of wages: As many as 12 persons from the Jassorgarh area of Churah subdivision of the district who have not been paid their wages for the past about two years are frequently making rounds of offices for getting payments of their wages which are overdue under the NREGA. These people were engaged for the construction of footpaths in the area under the NREGA, but payments of their wages were overdue and not released even after a period of about two years had elapsed, they alleged. Officials were not available for comments despite best efforts.

KANGRA
Woman suffers burns
: A mother of three children is fighting for her life in Dr RP Government Medical College, Tanda, after she received 50 per cent burn injuries at her residence in Giana Kalan village, the police said here on Thursday. DSP OP Jamwal said Santosh Kumari (35) was brought to hospital on Wednesday with 50 per cent burns. As she was unconscious her statement could not recorded and her family members did not depose before the police on the issue as yet. He said the cause of the incident could not be established as yet.

NURPUR
Workshop for PRIs
: In order to educate representatives of the panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) about the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme the Rural Department on Wednesday held a two-day workshop on premises of the Block Samiti Bhawan here. Project officer of the District Rural Development Agency Dr Harish Gajju said records of NREGA were going to be online so that transparency could be ensured in the rural works. The departments of PWD, IPH, Agriculture and Horticulture were being attached to NREGA. He said the department was organising such workshops keeping in view the problems being faced in execution of NREGA works.


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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Farewell to Governor’s ADC
: A farewell was given to Major Sumit Sood, ADC to Governor N. N. Vohra, at Raj Bhavan here on Thursday evening. The Governor presented a memento to Major Sood and wished him success in his career. Major Sood is moving back to his parent unit after completing two years as an ADC to the Governor.

Psychiatrist found dead: Dr Pradeep K Sankhyadhar, a psychiatrist at GB Pant Hospital in Satwari, was found dead in his clinic-cum-residence in Shivaji Chowk area of Nanak Nagar on Thursday. Sources said clothes of the deceased had bloodstains and his body had some injury marks. A native of Lucknow, Dr Pradeep K Sankhyadhar had settled here after his father was appointed principal of a local ayurvedic hospital. Sources said the deceased had been under depression since his mother’s death and his family had secured the Jammu DC’s nod for not conducting autopsy.

Wild pig kills man: A man died while his son sustained critical injuries after a wild pig attacked them in an agricultural field in Sain Nikowal village in RS Pura sector on Thursday. Daya Ram and his son Sham Lal were working in their field when a wild pig suddenly appeared there and attacked them. The victims raised alarm and villagers shoed away the wild beast. The victims were shifted to Government Medical College here. Daya Ram succumbed to his injuries while critically injured Sham Lal has been hospitalised.

PHE store raided: Sleuths of the Vigilance Organisation conducted a raid in procurement stores of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department and seized the entire record regarding purchases in Narwal area here on Thursday. A senior Vigilance Organisation officer said: “since it is a big store, the raid is still going on and take a couple of days to physically check the store and ascertain facts from stock register.

Udhampur
Dogri writers’ meet
: The Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages is organising a two-day state-level Dogri writers’ conference here from March 21. During the conference, paper-reading sessions, poetic symposium, Dogri lok nach, kavi goshti and panel discussions would be organised in which prominent Dogri writers, poets and artists would take part.

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