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Kapurthala
RCF staff stage dharna
:Employees of the store department of the RCF staged a dharna for two hours to lodge their protest against the railway board for not including them in the group incentive scheme here today. The employees also held a rally. Addressing the rally, staff council joint secretary Sarabjit Singh and member Brij Mohan flayed the railway board for undue delay in deciding to include six RCF departments in the incentive scheme.


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CHANDIGARH

Fire breaks out in Sector 26 hotel:There was panic at President Hotel, Sector 26, here as fire broke out in a room late this evening. According to information, room no 204 was completely gutted. Fire tenders from a fire station brought the fire under control within 40 minutes. The exact cause of fire could not be known.

Clarification on BEd:Contrary to the report in sections of press regarding the Punjab Government proposal to abolish the entrance test for BEd admission, the state government has clarified that there is no such move as of now. 

Mohali
32-yr-old hangs himself
:A 32-year-old resident of Sector 70, Deepak, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his house here last night. The victim, who hails from Rohtak, was living in the rented accommodation with his mother, Nirmala Devi. Deepak was married eight years ago and was not living with his wife. A police official said the victim was a habitual drunkard. Earlier, the victim used to work in a call centre and was under depression due to unemployment. The police has initiated inquest proceedings in  the case.

Man held for  kidnapping minor:The Mohali police has arrested a resident of Shahimajra village on charges of kidnapping a minor girl and compelling her to marry him. According to the police, Deepak Bahadur and the girl were found in Delhi. While the former was arrested, the girl was handed over to her parents after getting her medically examined. Bahadur was presented in the court after which he was remanded to police custody for two days. The police said Kamla Devi, mother of the girl, had complained that her daughter had not returned home on March 20. The police had registered a case under the Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC.
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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
Cong manifesto bundle of lies
: INLD: The INLD has scoffed the Congress manifesto as a bundle of lies and crude attempt to cheat the people. The party has also sought clarification on the Congress’s failure to fulfil its election promises committed in the last Lok Sabha elections. INLD secretary general Ajay Singh Chautala said here on Wednesday the people would not give another chance to the Congress as its track record over the past five years had been full of failures and broken promises. He said Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s acceptance of not being able to implement the manifesto spoke loud and clear about the deceit with the common men.

KURUKSHETRA
Chait chaudas mela ends
: On the concluding day of three-day Chait Chaudas mela, about four lakh pilgrims offered “pinds” to their respective ancestors for their salvation after having a holy dip in Saraswati Tirth at Pehowa, 25 km from here, on Thursday. About one-lakh pilgrims also had a holy dip in the sacred Braham Sarover, Sannihit tank and Gurdwara Sixth Paatshahi here on Amavsya. Various social and religious voluntary organisations organised ‘langars’. Information and Broadcasting Center established by the Information and Public Relations Department at Bal Bhawan had worked round-the-clock and so far about 2,000 announcements had been made about found and lost. No untoward mishap had been reported so far.

Awareness camp: A one-day awareness camp on the Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) was organised by Students Clubs and sponsored by the Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC), Ministry of Small and Micro Scale Industries, Government of India at National Institute of Technology (NIT) here on Thursday. Dr Naresh Pal, state director of KVIC, explained the aspects of the PMEGP in detail to the participants while NIT director Dr MN Bandyopadhyay explained the importance of self-employment to the society in general. Dr Dixit Garg, president, Students Club, Prof RM Sharma and Dr Praveen Agarwal, both senior faculty members, were among those who were present on the occasion.

Admit cards, date sheets: Admit cards and date sheets of BA, BCom, BCA, BIM Part-I/II/III, for which the theory papers examinations will commence from March 30, have been dispatched in respect of those students who have completed all requirements of the respective courses, including payment of full fee and submission of required documents. Director of the directorate of distance education, Kurukshetra university, Dr MP Mathur said here on Thursday students, who had not received the examination admit cards and date sheets before the date of commencement of examination, might contact the directorate personally on any working day, along with his/her three passport size photographs.

NEW Delhi
Re-nomination
: The candidature of sitting MP from Kurukshetra Navin Jindal has got a boost with several congress leaders of the area demanding that he be re-nominated for the seat. One among such supporters, Balram, who is the former president of the Congress unit of Pehowa, has shot off a letter to Sonia Gandhi highlighting the virtues of Navin Jindal. He has said that Jindal was the right candidate.

REWARI
Three killed in road accidents
: Three persons, including two brothers, died while one other was injured in separate road accidents in the district during the past 24 hours. Karan Singh Yadav and his younger brother Charan Singh Yadav, residents of Uttam Nagar colony here, were killed while their third brother Brahm Prakash Yadav sustained injuries when the motorcycle they were riding on, was reportedly hit by a trailer truck on the Dharuhera-Rewari road, near Masani village, 8 km from here, on Wednesday. The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the driver of trailer truck, who reportedly fled soon after the accident. In a second incident, Sanjay (16) died on the spot after he was reportedly hit by a three-wheeler on the Rewari-Khandora road near Jaitrawas village on Wednesday. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 304-A of the IPC in this regard.

Six booked for murder: Following the demise of Pradeep Kumar, a resident of Gujjar Majri village, who succumbed to his injuries in a hospital here on Wednesday, the police has now added Section 302 of murder to a case of rioting and causing grievous injuries earlier, registered against Gugan, Madan and four others. Sources said that the accused, who reportedly bore some grudges, had inflicted grievous injuries with brickbats on Pradeep on Monday.

YAMUNANAGAR
Tech fest
: Over 500 students from engineering colleges of different states took part in a three-day technical festival at Seth Jai Parkash Mukand Lal Institute of Engineering and Technology (JMIT), in Radaur here on Thursday. Dr MN Bandyopadhyay, director of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra, inaugurated the function. Dr Bandyopadhyay highlighted the importance of such technical festival for overall development of the young graduates of the engineering institutions. Principal of the institute Dr Randhir Singh while welcoming the guests highlighted the various features of the technical festival and described the importance of each event for the students.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Total sanitation
: Bilaspur district has got first position in the entire state in all districts for maintaining and achieving “over all total sanitation” in its rural areas up till now. Additional district magistrate Subhash Chaudhary, while addressing mediapersons here on Thursday, said this. He said Mandi district has attained first position in the state for obtaining target of “Open Defecation free.” 

CHAMBA
Seminar on history
: The Chamba Shilpa Parishad, a local organisation, will hold a two-day seminar in the memory of late Rita Sharma on ‘History, Art and Culture of Chamba Himalaya’ at the local Bhuri Singh Museum on March 28 and 29. According to Vijay Sharma, president of the parishad, a galaxy of literary personalities, including writers, historians, poets and a diversity of artists of the area are expected to participate in the seminar.

SUNDERNAGAR
Monkeys sterilised
: Around 700 male and female monkeys have been sterilised under the sterilisation campaign from different locations in Mandi District so far. After the sterilisation, monkeys were kept in the hospital for post-operation care and then brought back and released at the same location from where these were captured. According to BD Suyal, conservator, forest, the impact of sterilisation would not be visible immediately. However, the multiplication would get reduced in course of time.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
PDP names 2 LS candidates
:The PDP today announced party candidates for Jammu-Poonch and Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seats. Former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today announced the name of former Rajya Sabha member Trilok Singh Bajwa as party candidate from the Jammu-Poonch seat and Thakur Balbir Singh from the Udhampur-Doda seat.

DGP reviews poll security:Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, DGP Kuldeep Khoda reviewed security at a high-level coordination meeting of police officers here today. Khoda asserted that all possible security arrangements would be ensured for the smooth conduct of LS poll in the state beginning April 16. The meeting dwelt at length transport plan, deployment of polling parties to different polling stations and security arrangements.

Srinagar
Poet Farhad joins PDP
:Renowned poet and broadcaster Abdul Ahad Farhad has joined the PDP at the residence of PDP patron and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed  here today. Farhad said he was joining the PDP by conviction and was convinced that the party leadership and its policies could go a long way in bringing out the state from the political morose. He said the PDP’s self-rule formula was a solution to all problems of the Kashmir issue in its internal and external ramification. Senior PDP leaders welcomed Farhad in party folds and expressed hope that his joining would help in strengthening the party.

Salman Sagar is MC Mayor:Salman Sagar and Sajad Ahmad Chasho were today elected uncontested as Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (MC), respectively. Later, the newly elected Mayor said the MC would accord special attention to the beautification and development of Srinagar city. He said need of the hour was to take measures for improvement in sanitation in the city. He stressed for maintaining close liaison between the corporation and people besides the business community, civil societies and other related agencies for ensuring beautification of the city.

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