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BASSI PATHANA
Blood donation camp: Blood Donor’s Society organised 90th blood donation camp at Aggarwal Dharmshala here today. A team of doctors from PGI led by Dr Usha Rao conducted the camp and 101 units of blood were donated.Dr Mohinder Singla said over 18,000 units had been donated to PGI, AIIMS, Rajindera Hospital, Patiala.

Office-bearers: The office-bearers of Khatri Sabha and Yuva Khatri Sabha were selected in a meeting held under the presidentship of Jaspal Malhotra on Saturday. Mandhir Mohan Wig- president, Janak Kumar Ralhan-senior vice-president and Dr Sohan Lal Arora- vice-president.

Batala
Murder accused held
: Gaurav Chauhan, son of Girdhari Lal of Khillonian Wali Gali, Batala, was arrested here on Friday in connection with the murder of Gaurav Mahajan (22) of Paharai Gate. Gaurav was attacked by a group of six persons with base bats on the night of February 21. He succumbed to his injuries on March 10.

CHANDIGARH
Transferred: In a press note, the Election Commission, Punjab, has transferred two executive engineers posted at Mansa and Budhlada with immediate effect.

Names submitted: The Punjab government has submitted the names of three senior officers to replace ADGP (Law and Order) Shashi Kant who was removed from his post on the directions of the Election Commission. Punjab DGP KK Attri said the commission was yet to nominate Shashi’s successor. The three officers whose names have been submitted to the commission are JP Birdi, Rajan Gupta and Chander Shekher.

Jalandhar
Complaint cell
: With the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, the district administration has constituted a complaint cell. The administration has also formed special videography teams which have been assigned the task of recording the rallies of the candidates. Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer Ajeet Singh Pannu said all arrangements pertaining to poll in various booths falling under the Jalandhar  parliamentary constituency should  be made well in time.

Khamano
Bank recruits 13 MBA students: Thirteen MBA students of the Cordia Institute of Business Management, Sanghol, were selected by HDFC Bank for regular posts through the campus placement.

Pathankot
2 bikers killed
: Two persons in the age group of 23 to 25 years were killed in a road accident on the Pathankot-Jammu road near Sarna, 8 km from here, today. According to the police, Rajinder Kumar and Anshu Bhandari were on their way to Madhopur on a motorcycle when a truck coming from the opposite side hit their motorcycle. Rajinder Kumar was killed on the spot, while Anshu Bhandari succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital. The truck driver fled from the scene.

Phagwara
Couple booked
: The police has booked a Ludhiana-based couple for allegedly abetting Joginder Singh, alias Soma, of Model Town Extension in Ludhiana, to commit suicide. Joginder’s body was found under mysterious circumstance in his car near a dhaba on the highway on Wednesday night. An FIR has been registered against Babli and her husband Gurpreet of the same locality in Ludhiana on the complaint of Joginder’s wife Jaswinder Kaur.

SANGRUR
Liquor vends auctioned
: Liquor vends of Sangrur district were auctioned for Rs 100.19 crore for the financial year 2009-10 here on Friday, while the liquor vends during the financial year 2008-09 had been auctioned for Rs 89.65 crore.

FCI employees’ rally held: Food Corporation of India (FCI) employees of category III and IV, working in various FCI depots of Sangrur district, here on Friday held a rally in view of the forthcoming elections, to be held on March 26, for recognition of trade unions.

‘Pay Rs 5 lakh to widow’: Members of the local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, including president MD Sharma and member Harvinder Sharma, have directed ING Vysya Life Insurance Company Limited, Bangalore, to pay Rs 5 lakh, along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of repudiation of the insurance claim i.e. November 14, 2008, till the realisation to Jaspal Kaur, widow of Balwinder Singh of Pharwahi village in Barnala district. The forum has also directed the insurance company to pay Rs 3,000 to the widow in lieu of litigation expenses. The order of the forum shall be complied with within 60 days of communication.
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HARYANA

AMBALA
Lok adalat: The Haryana State Legal Service Authority organised a Lok Adalat in the local court complex, where Rs 14 lakh were dispersed as accident claims. Around 347 cases were settled and District and Session Judge BM Bedi said 13 benches were set up to dispose off the cases. Chief Judicial Magistrate Parveen Gupta said another Lok Adalat would be orgnanised on May 16.

KARNAL
Workshop held: A workshop of the National Agriculture Innovation Project to launch a value chain on composite dairy foods with enhanced health attributes and value chain on zone-free cloned embryos for quality animal production from elite buffaloes and pashmina goats was organised at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) here on Friday. The emphasis of the workshop was to improve the existing breed of buffaloes and pashmina goats. Dr AK Srivastava, director, NDRI, said there was need to improve the existing breeds of buffaloes so that to have elite buffaloes having capacity and capability of 3,000 litres of milk production per lactation. Dr Srivastava said it was only in dairy sector that one million tonnes of whey was drained every year in the country with important nutrients that could be utilised by making different dairy products.

SIRSA
Jail for robbers: A fast tract court on Saturday sentenced three bank robbers to imprisonment for seven years each. Accused Manjinder, Sukha and Joginder had robbed the Gramin Bank situated in Kurangawali village on September 1, 2003, on gunpoint and had decamped with a booty of Rs 67,000. In a case that was tried for over six years in the court, Manjinder’s sentence was considered as undergone by the court, while the other two will have to serve imprisonment.

Sonepat
Three gangsters held
: The police claimed to have arrested three armed gangsters on Thursday near Badwasni village and seized two loaded pistols, three cartridges, a motorcycle, a Maruti Gypsy and a hockey stick from their possession. The arrested gangsters, identified as Joginder and Sandeep of Murlana village and Rajiv of Pugthala, had been remanded in the police custody. According to SSP Navdeep Singh Virk, Joginder was arrested earlier in a case of alleged abduction of a girl from his village, but he was released on bail. The police also seized 520 gms of charas from a person identified as Prem Singh of Assaudha village in Jhajjar district. He confessed that he used to bring charas from Uttar Pradesh to supply in Haryana.

HJC nominees: The names of Haryana Janhit Congress candidates for all 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state would be announced by the end of March, said party senior leader and incharge of the party affairs in the Sonepat parliamentary constituency Lehri Singh here on Friday. He said as the party had become a constituent of the Third Front, the other constituents of the Front would support the HJC candidates. Alleging that the eligible poor families had still remained deprived off the benefits of the BPL families, state deputy media incharge Sumitra Dahiya announced that if the BPL cards were not issued to the eligible families, the party would demonstrate in the DC office.

YAMUNANAGAR
Boy commits suicide: Kunal (24) of Yamuna colony died after jumping in front of the train near Tirth nagar on Saturday. He died on the spot. The railway police recovered his body from the track. It was not ascertained yet why the youth took extreme to end his life. He was running cosmetic shop near the railway station, said railway police sources.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Workshop: The district Department of Ayurveda started a two-day workshop under the “Continuing Medical Education Programme” for all departmental ayurveda doctors and private ayurveda and homoeopathic practitioners in the Conference Hall of the Tourism Department here on Saturday. District ayurveda officer Dr RK Sharma said the workshop had been necessitated to apprise doctors with latest developments and techniques in the field of system of medicine for the welfare of people. He said more than 70 A class degree holder doctors and practitioners attended the workshop.

BJP stands firm: The BJP stands firmly united behind Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. The party is almost half way through its election campaign by now, while the Congress is nowhere to be seen in the field as it has even failed to decide its candidate for the Hamirpur seat so far due to differences among various factions. This was stated by state vice-president, BJP Kisan Morcha, Roshan Thakur while addressing mediapersons here on Friday. He said the 14-month rule of the BJP in the state had seen record concessions and benefits being given to the farmers of state.

HAMIRPUR
Programme for doctors: A two-day Continuing Medical Education Programme for private and government sector doctors of the Indian medicine system started at Hamirpur on Saturday. Assistant programme coordinator Jagbir Sharma said the programme is being organised under the Government of India project to introduce changing trends in the system of medicine. He said Prof Sanjiv Sharma, Dr PR Sharma, Dr OP Sharma and others, including he himself, would deal on topics related to common diseases, accidental injuries, diabetes etc in this programme.

MANDI
2 Nepalese held: The police on Friday busted a gang of thieves allegedly involved in the theft of mobile handsets in cases registered at the Karsog police station. It arrested two Nepalese- Jai Bahadur and Ravinder Kumar and recovered five handsets from them. According to the police, they have stolen five handsets from the shop of one Tej Ram, a resident of Tatapani on March 12. They have been nabbed under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC. The police is also verifying their involvement in other cases of thefts in the area.

NURPUR
Barbed fencing: An expert team led by the Jawali SDM on Friday visited Matlial village in Khatiar gram panchayat adjoining the Pong Dam reservoir where land had been sinking resulting into the collapse of a house a few days back. The team inspected the affected area of the village where local residents had been facing landslide threat for the past a few days. They suggested barbed fencing for the affected area and did not for see any further threat of sinking of land.

UNA
Seminar on awareness: The Government of India, Ministry of Water Resources, Central Ground Water Board, Northern Himalayan region, Dharamsala, will organise a one-day workshop on “Awareness Raising and Data Dissemination” under the Hydrology Project Phase-II (HP-II) on Monday at Hotel Maya, Una. Ashok Kumar Chaubey, senior scientist in charge, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Rampur, Una, will be the chief guest to the workshop and JS Sharma, regional director, Central Ground Water Board, Northern Himalayan region, Dharamsala, will preside over the function.
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

JAMMU
Death anniversary: A function has been held at the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Headquarters to commemorate the second death anniversary of veteran Congress leader, former president of the J&K PCC and former MP Mohammad Ayub Khan. The function was attended by senior leaders of te PCC, legislatures, leaders of the District Congress Committee and frontal organisations. Khan was the member of the Constituent Assembly and held several important portfolios like health, revenue, rehabilitation, public works, forest, transport etc.

Medical camp held: The 47 Battalion, BSF, organised a medical camp free of cost for residents of Achhad town and in its surrounding areas on Saturday. Manish Aul, Officiating Commandant of the 47 Battalion, BSF, inaugurated the medical camp. On the occasion, medicines were distributed among the poor and needy person.

Body recovered from canal: A body of an unidentified man was recovered from a canal in Bari Brahmana area, 14 km away from Jammu, on Saturday. Official sources said an unidentified body was recovered from Nehalki Canal in Bari-Brahmana. The body has been shifted to the hospital for identification and other legal formalities. A case has been registered.

UDHAMPUR
2 killed in house collapse: A 37-seven-year-old man and his son were killed when a portion of their under-construction house collapsed in Doda district on Friday evening. According to the police, Jahan Mohammad was digging a foundation when a portion of his house caved in at Akramband, about 3 km away from Doda town. Jahan Mohmmand and his 12-year-old-son Yasir Mohammad, who was standing near his father, were buried in the incident. Neighbours recovered the bodies of the duo after removing the debris.
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