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Amritsar
‘Golden Walk’
: The Air Force Station, Rajasansi, would organise ‘Golden Walk’ on April 7 to promote adventurous activities and enhance the spirit of walking. Group Captain G.S. Mann, who is the station commander, would flag off the event at 5:00 am from Air Force Station and the walk would conclude at Golden Temple. — TNS

Chandigarh
State floats Rs 600-cr loan

The Punjab government with the RBI’s nod today floated Rs 600 crore loan to fund a part of plan and development schemes. A spokesman today notified the sale of Punjab government stock (securities) of 10-year term for Rs 600 crore. The spokesman said the consent of the Centre had been obtained for the loan. — TNS

Hoshiarpur
Pat for BJP-SAD:
Members of the Punjab Police Pensioners Welfare Association in its meeting here on Monday unanimously decided to vote and support the BJP-SAD candidate Som Parkash from Hoshiarpur (reserved) Lok Sabha seat. In a press release, association chairman Malkiat Singh stated the SAD-BJP alliance always came forward for the welfare of retired policemen, therefore, the association had decided to favour its candidate. — OC

Jalandhar
Dutta rejoins Cong:
Having rejoined the Congress, Anil Dutta today resigned as the managing director of Jalandhar Central Cooperative Bank. Dutta had earlier quit the Congress and joined the Akali Dal after the Congress ticket for 2007 Jalandhar Central Assembly elections had gone to former Improvement Trust chairman Tejinder Bittu. — TNS

Pathankot
BSP opens offices:
In ordered to intensify the election campaign of the party candidate for the Gurdaspur parliamentary seat, Thakur Swaran Singh, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) opened its two election offices at Kotli and in the city. Amarjit Singh Thekedar, senior leader of the party, while inaugurating the office claimed that the party had full command over Dalit voters besides the voters of the upper castes. He said the party would be the single largest party after the election were over. — OC



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HARYANA

GURGAON
Man duped:
Two motorcyclists fled after taking away a cash of more then Rs one lakh from Red Cross Society employee, Atul. He told the police that the cash had been collected as licence fee in the name of society, the counter of which is situated in the secretariat. He had reached near his office building when the accused came on bike and took away the bag. The police recovered the bike from Udyog Vihar in the evening but still has to grab the thieves. — TNS

KAITHAL
Shop gutted
: A general store was gutted in fire in the main bazar here on Monday. Three fire tenders reached the spot with in minutes and controlled the fire. Ravinder Tomar SHO city, with a police force, also reached at the spot. According to information, the owners of the firm Ram Kumar and Sons on noticing the fire in the morning raised an alarm and soon the shopkeepers in the neighbourhood helped to extinguish the fire, but it could not be controlled. It took nearly an hour to firemen to completely extinguish the fire. According to reports goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in this incident. — OC

One killed: Ram Kishan, a resident of Kalu wali Gamri, was killed when a tractor hit him here on Monday. Two others - Raj Pal and Ram Kumar have been injured in this incident. The police has registered a case of murder under Section 302, IPC, against Mandeep singh of Dera Gadla, the tractor driver. According to information, victim Ram Kishan with some other persons, was coming on his Jhota Buggi on the Kaithal siwan road. He had exchange of some hot words with Mandeep. The driver in a fit of rage drove the tractor speedily towards the victim and hit him badly who succumbed to the injuries. The accused fled from the spot. — OC

REWARI
Boy drowned
: Bansi Lal (13) son of Kanshi Ram of Rajasthan, drowned while reportedly bathing in a pond in Bas Doodha village, near Khol, on Sunday. Kanshi Ram’s family had come to offer their worship to Lord Bhairon at a fair held in the village. — OC

Nomination: Rao Narbir Singh, the HJC candidate from the Gurgaon parliamentary constituency, will file his nomination papers on April 17. This was stated by Rao Narbir at a press conference here Monday. Lalita Bharati, who had unsuccessfully contested the previous Assembly election from the Bawal constituency on the BSP ticket, joined the HJC, along with her supporters, here Monday. Rao Narbir said the main fight, to all intents and purposes, this time could be between the Congress and the HJC. — OC

Youths killed: Two youths were killed on the spot while the third one sustained grievous injuries when the motorcycle they were riding on, was reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle on the by-pass, near the Pataudi road, here on Sunday. Deceased have been identified as Sube Singh (23) of Mohalla Nai Abadi and Kapil Kumar (21) of Bhim Basti colony here. The injured Dheeraj Kumar (25) of Ramsinghpura colony has been hospitalised here. The mishap occurred when they were returning home after a visit to Baba Bhairon’s fair in a surrounding village. — OC

Two held for murder: The Kasaula police has arrested two persons - Rakesh Kumar of Nangli Ojha village and his accomplice Karan Singh of Rasgan village in Alwar district of Rajasthan, in connection with the murder of Suresh Kumar of Nangli Ojha village, whose body had been found from an isolated spot near the Rudh flyover on the Jaipur-Delhi highway here on March 24. The alleged killers, who had chopped off Suresh’s testicles and had also inflicted a grave injury on his head, had later thrown the body there. The accused were on Monday produced in the court of JMIC Rajesh Garg, who remanded them in five-day police custody. — OC

YAMUNANAGAR
Two booked: The police on Monday booked two youths include Virender Singh and other unknown for allegedly murdering a youth nearly seven months ago in police station, Farakpur. The accused had allegedly murdered Ravi and later hanged his body on a tree in Chopra garden here. Father of the deceased Dharampal had suspected foul play behind the death of his son. However, the cause behind the murder would be revealed after further investigation. — TNS


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

SHIMLA
Guv, CM greet people: Governor Prabha Rau and Chief Minister PK Dhumal have felicitated the people of the state on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. The Governor said the teachings of Lord Mahavira were relevant even now as they inspired people to lead a pure and truthful life. Dhumal said Lord Mahavira stressed on right faith, proper conduct, knowledge and non-violence, which were key to healthy and peaceful life. — TNS

Foundation stone laid: Justice Lokeshwar Singh Panta of the Supreme Court on Monday laid the foundation stone of a new judicial complex at Jubbal. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 1.68 crore. Senior judge of High Court Justice RB Mishra, principal secretary to chief justice-cum-registrar vigilance Dharam Chand Chaudhary, Horticulture Minister Narender Bragta, Shimla District and Sessions Judge BR Chandel and other judicial officers were present on the occasion. — TNS 
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Govt urged to issue SRO  for pay panel report
: The National Mazdoor Conference has urged the state government to issue a service rule order (SRO) for implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission report and DA instalments before Darbar move. Addressing a workers’ rally at Gandhi Park in RS Pura on Sunday, Subash Shastri said as all issues had been settled between the government and employees, it was obligatory for the government to issue an SRO at the earliest. He asked the government to regularise all daily wagers, casual labourers and consolidated and ad hoc employees. He also demanded LTC revival, provision of bonus and children’s education allowance. — TNS

Complaint cell opened: A complaint cell, headed by tehsildar, Revenue Training Institute, Jammu, Ashok Kumar Sharma, has been constituted for the Raipur Domana Assembly constituency. The office is available at phone number 0191-2553396. The telephone number of Ashok Kumar Sharma is 94192-12044. Any complaint can be launched on the above mentioned telephone numbers. — TNS
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DEHRADUN

Employees hold protest: Employees of Jal Nigam, Jal Sansthan departments on Tuesday held a protest against the management’s order linked to providing jobs to one of the family members of any deceased employee. The agitated employees said the new order was aimed to appoint the kin of any deceased employee on the same post as held by the deceased despite higher qualification of the kin. — TNS
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