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Bassi Pathana
Nagar kirtan
: On the eve of Parkash Utsav of Guru Teg Bahadur, the managing committee of the local Guru Teg Bahadur Gurdwara held a nagar kirtan here on Friday. Hundreds of devotees led by Panj Piaras participated in it.School bands, gatka parties, kirtani jathas, Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Societies and various social, religious and political leaders accompanied the nagar kirtan. The gatka parties showed their skills of martial arts.

BATHINDA
BSP Bathinda candidate
: Nem Chand, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate for the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat, on Thursday filed his nomination papers in a simple, but impressive road show. His wife Honey Jain filed her papers as covering candidate. A rally was also organised in the regard at the BSP office. Addressing the rally, BSP state president Avtar Singh Karimpuri came down heavily on the SAD-BJP combine and the UPA government at the Centre.

CHANDIGARH
Cong on candidates’ security
: A Congress delegation met Home Secretary NS Kang on Wednesday and raised the issue of withdrawal of escort vehicle to Raninder Singh, Congress candidate from Bathinda. It said while his rival Harsimrat Kaur Badal was provided Z security, Raninder was not provided even the routine escort, mandatory for candidates. It also demanded adequate security for Congress candidates in Punjab, particularly in the border and sensitive areas.

CM felicitates cardiologist: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday felicitated an internationally acclaimed interventional cardiologist Dr Purshottam Lal, who was awarded Padma Vibhushan by the President of India on Tuesday, for making Punjab proud. In a congratulatory message Badal said, “Dr Lal’s tremendous capabilities and acumen have enabled him to be honoured with the Padam Vibhushan Award. Since the inception of Padma Awards in 1954, so far only nine medical doctors have been honoured with Padma Vibhushan and Dr Lal is the 10th doctor to receive this highest Padma Award. He was the first interventional cardiologist in the country to receive this award. He was earlier honoured Padma Bhushan and Dr BC Roy Award making him fourth doctor in Indian history to receive these three awards.

Jalandhar
Shop gutted
: Goods worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in fire that broke out in a electrical goods shop in the Industrial Area here late night. The electrical wires and other gadgets in the premises of V.P. Electricals got reduced to rashes.

A clarification: Major-Gen Mandeep Singh, additional DGAFMS, has clarified that the figure of HIV positive cases in the armed forces of India is 0.16 per cent per thousand and not 0.6 per cent as mentioned in the  news item published in The Tribune on April 5.

SANGRUR
Jameel-Ur-Rehman, Ramoowalia file papers
: Former Union Minister and candidate of the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) Balwant Singh Ramoowalia on Thursday filed nomination papers for the LS elections from the Sangrur parliamentary constituency before Assistant Returning Officer-cum-SDM, Sangrur, Pardeep Aggarwal here. As he is also a candidate of the Third Front, he filed papers in the presence of a member of national executive of the CPI Dr Joginder Dayal, a senior CPM leader Lehmbar Singh Taggar and Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann. Besides Ramoowalia, BSP candidate from Sangrur Mohammad Jameel-Ur-Rehman also filed nomination papers here in the presence of national general secretary, BSP, Narender Kashyap and district president of the party Jagtar Singh Changal.

2 hurt in firing, cop booked: Pankaj Shukla and Jogi Ram sustained injuries when a miscreant opened fire at them, allegedly with a revolver, here on Wednesday night. Both were admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The police said on Thursday that it was a case of an old enmity. It had registered a case against three persons, including Havildar Pawan Kumar and Dilpreet. However, no one had been arrested.

Tarn Taran
Two girls abducted
: Two girls, including a Class 8 student, have been abducted. Sandeep Singh and Harpreet Kaur of Mehmoodpur village have been booked under sections 363, 366,120B of the IPC for abducting the Class 8 student. Meanwhile, Amarjit Singh of Chabal, Balbir Singh of Bhojjranwala village and three other unidentified persons have been booked by the Chabal police for abducting a 19-year-old girl of Chabal town.

Nagar kirtan: A nagar kirtan procession was taken out on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji and Guru Anged Dev Ji here today. The procession passed through Khadoor Sahib where it was received by Baba Sewa Singh.



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CHANDIGARH

ZIRAKPUR
PO arrested
: The Baltana police arrested a proclaimed offender on Friday who escaped last year from Dera Bassi court premises before being produced. The police officials claimed that proclaimed offender Vijay was roaming near railway track on the Panchkula road where, on a tip off, the police team arrested him. The local court sent him to judicial custody for 14 days. The police said Vijay was arrested in a case of theft.

Household goods gutted: Household goods, including some cash, were gutted in a fire that broke out on Thursday night in a house of Dalip Kumar, a resident of Sanoli village, here. The exact cause of fire was yet to be ascertained. The fire department officials were looking into the possibility of short-circuit leading to the incident. According to sources, a fire tender from Dera Bassi fire station was pressed into service. The fire was brought under control in an hour. Meanwhile, a shop here reportedly caught fire due to short-circuit on Friday.


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HARYANA

AMBALA
Ex-MP files papers
: Ex-MP Rattan Lal Kataria filed his nomination papers on Thursday. After the filing of the nominations he, along with the INLD supremo, addressed a gathering of INLD and BJP supporters at the HUDA ground in Sector 8, Ambala City. Chautala asked his supporters to ensure Kataria wins by a thumping majority. He asked them not to think of Kataria as a BJP candidate, but to ensure his victory. Meanwhile, Chautala also used the podium to advocate for the Akali Dal and asked people to ensure that the SAD wins.

BKU backs HJC: Many of the farmers in the state are not unhappy only with the present government, but also the previous governments in the state. Members of the Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU) have now decided to vote for the HJC. They are hopeful that the HJC being a newly formed party will do what the others have not done till now. “Last time we voted for the Congress, before that for the INLD and before that for the Haryana Vikas Party, and this time it will be the HJC,” said Madanpal Rana, president of the BKU.

KAITHAL
Support for Cong
: The Haryana Rhbari Samaj had taken a decision to back the Congress candidates on all ten seats in the Lok Sabha elections. In a statement signed by party president Tek Chand, general secretary Udai Singh and other office-bearers issued here on Friday, it had been stated that in the state executive meeting held here on Thursday full confidence had been expressed in the leadership, policy and programmes initiated by Sonia Gandhi and the Chief Minister. It was further state that the state government had taken effective steps for the uplift of all sections of society and specially the Scheduled Castes and the Backward Classes.

KARNAL
Six booked for murder
: The police on Friday registered a case of murder against six persons under Sections 302, 148 and 149, IPC, in the Traveri police station on a complaint of Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Kurak village, for allegedly crushing his father Gurbachan Singh to death. In his complaint he said Amrik Singh of Gamdinadana village entered the Gurdwara in an inebriated state and created a chaos. He crushed Gurbachan Singh when he tried to stop him. The police registered the case against Amrik Singh, Sukhi and Sabu Singh of Gamdinadana village, Inderjeet of Sandh village and two unknown persons.

Dowry death: In yet another case of dowry death Raj Rani (20), who was married to Vinod three years back, ended her life allegedly by setting her on fire. Raj Rani, who sustained 95 per cent burn injuries, died in Balaji Hospital in the Kunjpura area. The police registered a case under Section 304 B, IPC, against her husband and in-laws on the complaint of her father Harbans Lal, a resident of Faridpur in Panipat district who alleged that her daughter was being continuously tortured by her husband, brother-in-law Ashok, mother-in-law Lacho devi and father-in-law Gyan.

KURUKSHETRA
Teachers to hold protest
: University and college teachers will demonstrate and stage a dharna in front of vice-chancellor, Kurukshetra University, office here on Monday in protest against the continuous dilly-delaying tactics of the state government in the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission Recommendations for university and college teachers in the state, which have caused a great resentment in the teaching community in the state. A decision to this effect was taken in the Kurukshetra University Teachers’ Association executive committee emergent meeting held under the chairmanship of Prof NS Kaushal, president Haryana Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations and president here on Thursday.



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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Bilaspur
Workshop ends:
The 15-day seminar on art of acting and stagecraft, under the name of Folk Theatre Workshop, organised at Shri Radhe Govind Public School in collaboration with the Department of Language and Culture concluded here last night. DC JS Rana presided over the concluding function.

Palampur
ICAR test postponed:
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has postponed its 14th All-India Entrance Examination for admissions to undergraduate programmes and award of national talent scholarships for the academic session 2009-10 which were scheduled for April 19. The fresh date for holding these examinations will be announced by the ICAR in due course of time.



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