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Amritsar
DCP to fight drug menace:
Dr Surinder Singh, son of a freedom fighter and a candidate for the Democratic Congress Party (DCP) from the Amritsar parliamentary seat pledged to launch a crusade against drug menace and corruption besides developing the city “in the true sense”. Dr Surinder, after getting his party symbol “Nagara”, said he is contesting for the second time. Earlier, he had contested in the year 1992. He said he lost his family members during heyday of terrorism.

Mansa
More Cong men join SAD:
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today got another shot in the arm as Surinder Pal Singh Rana, vice-chairman Markfed and former MC Dalbir Singh Kaleke joined the party after leaving the Congress, in the presence of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. Kaleke said workers of Congress were totally disillusioned with the intra party fighting of the top Punjab Congress leadership, who were not bothered about ordinary workers. Rana said that people of Punjab had seen a new hope in the leadership of Sukhbir Singh Badal.

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HARYANA

Faridabad
Cong banks on PM’s visit:
The Congress here is banking heavily on the “progressive” image of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, scheduled to address an election meeting here on May 4, to brighten the prospects of its nominee from the Faridabad parliamentary constituency Avatar Singh Bhadana, who is facing a stiff challenge from the BJP.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Nurpur
Resentment:
Around 15 villagers of Kopra panchayat in a memorandum submitted to the local SDM today expressed their resentment over delay in disbursing payment of their labour job done under the NREGA scheme. Meanwhile, the SDM had further submitted their complaint to the Block Development Officer to conduct an inquiry into the allegation.
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Jawan hurt in landmine blast:
An Army jawan was injured in a land mine blast near the LoC in Poonch district on Friday. While patrolling the area, the Army jawan, Opinder Chand, stepped on the mine near the Madana border outpost in Gulpur belt, about 260 km from here, the police said. The jawan has been hospitalised.

2 held on murder charge: Two sisters were arrested on Friday for allegedly killing their mother in Poonch district, the police said. The accused - Yasmin and Parveen Akhter - who confessed to have committed the crime said their mother died after being hit by them last night. The victim Kaneeza Begum, wife of Mohammad Tasveer, was hit on head when she tried to stop her daughters to go out with some youths at their residence in the Mendhar area, about 220 km from here.

Leh
Polythene ban:
A seminar on climate change was organised by Delhi-based NGO- Nandanya and the Women Alliance of Ladakh , the pioneer initiator of polythene ban. The World Wide Fund also showed a film on climate change in the Himalayas -“Living with Change- Voice of Ladakh.” It is pertinent to mention here that a ban on polythene bags has been in force in Ladakh for the past one decade.
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