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Bathinda
Youth sets self on fire, dies
: A 25-year-old man of Mirjeana village in Bathinda district allegedly ended his life by setting himself ablaze on Friday. Police sources said the deceased was mentally disturbed. He was rushed to Talwandi Sabo hospital. Doctors there referred him to the civil hospital in Bathinda, where he succumbed to his burn injuries, which were stated to be 90 per cent.

Legal literacy camp held: Under the directions of the Punjab Legal Services Authority, a micro legal literacy camp was organised at village Kotshamir, said Rakesh Kumar, assistant district attorney (Legal Services) in a press release issued here today. At the camp, the villagers were provided with detailed information on free legal aid schemes, Lok Adalats, RTI Act, female foeticide and counselling and conciliation centres. This camp was organised under the guidance of Kuldeep Singh, district and session judge-cum-chairman of the District Legal Services Authority and with the coordination of the Yuvak Bhalai Club of the village.

Free health camp on March 22: The Jindal Hospital and Maternity Centre will organise a free check-up camp on its premises on March 22 from 10 am to 2 pm. At the camp, a team of doctors headed by Dr Dheeraj Jindal and Dr Ashu Jindal will examine the patients for various diseases like renal stone, depression and overweight.

Bassi Pathana
Appointed
: Vinod Kumar Marble was appointed vice-president of district unit of the Beopar Mandal by Varinder Rattan, president of the mandal, in a meeting held here on Friday. He was assigned the job to look into the grievances of the traders belonging to Bassi Pathana, Khamano and Sanghol area. The meeting was attended by Prem Chand Batra, Tarlok Singh Bajwa, Avtar Singh, Mohan Lal Sappal and Kulbhushan Malhotra.

Ludhiana
Lok Adalat today
: The district legal services authority will hold a Lok Adalat under the supervision of District and Sessions Judge GK Rai at the District Court Complex on Saturday. Lachhman Singh, secretary, district legal services authority, said eight Benches had been constituted for hearing the cases. Each Bench would be headed by a judicial officer and assisted by a lawyer and a social worker.

Samrala
Annual day
: Annual prize distribution function was held at M.A.M Public School in Samrala. The function headed by MLA Jagjivan Singh and SDM Sukhdev Singh Mahal, was the chief guest. The students welcomed the chief guest with shabad-kirtan and also performed bhangra and giddha.


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CHANDIGARH

PANCHKULA
Child drowns
: One-and-a-half-year-old baby, Golu, died after he fell into a water storage tank outside sulab shochalya at Indira Colony here on Thursday. The baby was left by his mother Maya outside the shochalya who found her son in the water tank. She immediately rushed him to the hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.

MOHALI
One arrested for theft
: The police here arrested Amandeep Singh near Mullanpur during a special naka who was driving a vehicle on fake registration number. During investigation it was found that the accused used to steal the vehicles and further sell them after preparing fake registration certificates. Mullanpur SHO Harsimratjit Singh Bal said the accused named his two accomplices Vivek Sood and Surinder Singh, both residents of Mansa in Punjab, who were also involved in the crime.

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HARYANA

AMBALA
BSNL offer
: BSNL, Haryana, is celebrating free Personalised Ring Back Tone (PRBT) week from today till March 24. During this week every postpaid or prepaid GSM subscriber of Haryana Telecom Circle can enjoy the free tone on their mobiles. The subscriber can access the service by dialing short code 56777 for which the call will be chargeable @ Rs.2/- per minute.

Armyman found dead: An Army man was found dead on the railway tracks near the DRM office in Ambala Cantt on Friday. He has been identified as Rattan Singh (30). According to the GRP, he was on his way to Delhi from Kargil for some official work. His body has been sent for postmortem to the Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantt. The GRP has started inquest proceedings into the case.

Bhiwani
Cong men flay admn
: Congress workers have expressed concern over blackening the faces of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda by the administration. Stating it a shameful act, the Congress workers said the banner or board could have been removed. HAFED had set up this board to display its product with the pictures of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister. To follow the model code of conduct, the administration blackened the slogan and photos.

GURGAON
Boy dies in road accident
: Sachin, resident of Sector 15 and a student of class IX of Salwan Public School, killed by a speedy bus here on Thursday. He, along with his friend Arpit, was on his way to Palam Vihar when the accident took place. According to eyewitness a bus took a wrong turn and hit their bike. Sachin died on the spot as the bus crushed his head while Arpit got injuries on his leg. The driver of the bus fled away from the spot and the PCR reached the spot after half an hour.

HISAR
VC nominated to board
: Dr Devinder Dayal Singh Sandhu, vice-chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, has been nominated to the International Quality Education Foundation’s Regional Review Board-Asia. Dr Sandhu is a former director-general, Ordnance Services, Indian Army. The foundation, Switzerland, is a non-profit organisation helps teaching institutions that worldwide deliver the highest quality education. Together with local and regional senior managers from leading organisations, its academicians assess the quality of teaching.

REWARI
Cong ticket
: The All-India Jangir Brahmin Yuva Mahasabha has sent a communication to the AICC president Sonia Gandhi seeking allotment of the party tickets to representatives of the Jangir Brahmin Vishvakarma Samaj for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. The mahasabha has demanded a minimum of 10 tickets for nominees of the Brahmin samaj in different states.

SONEPAT
‘Beti Bachao’ caravan
: “Beti Bachao” (save daughter) caravan led by Ram Niwas Sharma and Om Prakash Kashyap reached at Gohana on Thursday. A long queue of the people had gathered at the drain No. 8 bridge in the town to put their signature on a 21-meter-long banner taking it as their commitment to promote the girl education and to work against female feticide. The caravan commenced its journey on March 8 from Braham Sarovar, Kurukshetra, on the occasion of International Women Day and will terminate in Ambala on March 23.

Round-the-clock patrolling: Following the incidents of thefts of electrify equipment, including transformers, transmission and distribution electricity wires of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam from the fields in the villages, District Magistrate Ajit Joshi has ordered for round the clock patrolling by the adults in every village of the district. The orders had been issued under the Punjab Village and Small Towns Patrolling Act with immediate effect and will remain in force till further orders. Under the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, the gram panchayats had been made responsible for assigning and performing of the patrolling duties.

SIRSA
Sports meet begins
: The annual sports meet of the Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Vidyapeeth began here on Friday. Dr Kuldeep Singh Dhindsa, director general of the Vidyapeeth, inaugurated the meet. Teams from colleges of dental sciences, education, engineering, management, physiotherapy, pharmacy polytechnic are participating in various events of the sports meet.

Seminar on law begins: A two-day national seminar on Growth and Development of Law: Post Independence Era began on Friday in Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa. DC SK Goyal inaugurated the seminar, while university vice-chancellor Dr KC Bhardwaj presided over. Prof BP Singh, chairperson, faculty of law, informed that over 150 delegates are participating in the seminar. Prof PC Sheoran, head of the law faculty of Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak delivered his keynote address. Bhardwaj said the poor implementation of laws was the bane of our society and said most of the laws remainedd in books only.

IAF show on March 27:To display all major facets of the Indian Air Force’s operations, professionalism and prowess, Suryakiran, a formation aerobatic team of the IAF, will exhibit aerobatic display at the Air Force Station, Sirsa, on March 27.This was stated by Group Captain GS Bedi, Station Commander of the Air Force Station, while addressing a press conference here on Friday.He said the show was dedicated to the local people and they could witness the show without any entry fees.

YAMUNANAGAR
Kidnapped
: Om Parkash, resident of Khajuri village, was allegedly kidnapped by the six persons in a broad day light here on Friday. He was abducted from his shop on the Babuka road in Radaur. The police has registered a case against the unknown persons under Sections 365, 120 B of the IPC acting on the complaint of victim’s brother Sanjeev. Sanjeev has alleged that six persons visited his brother shop and took him away with them.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

CHAMBA
NGO approaches govt
: Taking exception to the negative approach of the Forest Department about the development aspect of this district with regard to hydropower projects, roads and other schemes, the National Forum of Awareness and Development, an NGO, has decided to approach the Union Government, the Supreme Court and the CBI with a memorandum for initiating suitable action against those arbitrarily applying the provisions of law. A communiqué of the NGO said its members were gathering facts where development works had been impeded by the Forest Department on the pretext of environment overlooking the public interest by the forest officials.

HAMIRPUR
Mid-Himalayan project
: Regional director of the Mid-Himalayan Watershed Development project RC Kang said Rs 3,97,63,000 were being spent during the current financial year in 46 panchayats in Hamirpur district out of which Rs 1.28 crore were being spent on the SC and ST dominated villages. He said the main objective of this project is to conserve water, forest and soil and develop agriculture and horticulture sector to boost the economy of rural people.

Totu incident: Organiser of the Himachal Sewa Dal Chetan Lakhanpal has condemned the alleged sexual exploitation of challenged girls in a Totu-based institute by their teachers. He said this shameful act had not only lowered the prestige of the state but also of the country and such people involved in heinous activities under the garb of voluntary service are blot on society. He also demanded stern action against the accused.

Campaign: A local social worker, Hem Raj Chadda, has started a campaign from Friday onwards against female infanticide. He said he would try to create awareness among the people against this social evil.

Review meeting: Vijay Chandan, additional district magistrate, Hamirpur, has asked the programme officer of the Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) to include more socially relevant programmes to reach more and more youths in the rural areas through these programmes. Addressing a review and planning meeting for the 2008-09 of the NYK, Hamirpur, he said, “Next year 30 clubs would be registered in the district out of which first 10 on the basis of performance of their activities would be given Rs 10,000 each while the next 20 would be given Rs 5,000 each.”

Man crushed under bus: An old man lost his life after being crushed by a Himachal Roadways bus while alighting from it at the Galod bazaar under the Badsar police station last night. Ram Dhan (60) of Tihari village was crushed under an HRTC bus (HP-36-0379) at Galod while alighting from the bus, which was on its way from Hamirpur to Dandu. A case has been registered against bus driver Jagan Nath.

Mandi
Man booked
: Rewti Devi’s brother today lodged a complaint at the Balh police station that his sister had committed suicide on March 18 by hanging herself from a tree after her husband tortured her. Victim’s brother Aman Chand alleged his sister’s husband Bir Bahadur used to torture her.

SHIMLA
Regularisation
: With the last date for applying for regularisation of unauthorised structures under the latest retention policy being March 31, the Practising Architects Association of HP has said the spirit behind the move was being defeated as the way it was being implemented by the departments concerned was not proper. In a representation to the Financial Commissioner-cum-Secretary of the Town and Country Planning Department, the association has sought certain clarifications regarding the interpretation of the notification dated February 25. General secretary of the association Rajeev Verma said there was some confusion as regards regularisation of deviations up to 40 per cent.

CAT plan: The state government will explore the possibility of setting up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the implementation of catchment area treatment (CAT) plans in different parts of the state effectively and in a time-bound manner. This was stated by Chief Minister PK Dhumal here. He said there was an urgent need for a dedicated agency for achieving CAT plan objectives and making the whole exercise result-oriented. He said the government had put environment protection on the top of its agenda in view of the ongoing degradation so that corrective measures could be taken before it was too late.

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