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Batala
5,942 CDs seized:
The police arrested Madan Lal of Bhandari Mohalla and Ashwani Kumar, alias Ashi, of Taragrah village in a raid and seized 5,942 pirated CDs, cassettes, wrappers, one UPS, one CD player and one television from them on Friday. A case under sections, 420, 292 and 34 of the IPC and sections 51, 52-A, 63 and 68-A of the Copy Right Act has been registered.

Narcotic powder: The narcotics cell of the Batala police arrested Hira Lal of the local Gandhi Camp and seized 170 gm of narcotic powder from him at Sagarpura village. A case has been registered at the Civil Lines police station against him under the NDPS Act.

Jalandhar
Pay panel notification:
A meeting of members of the Private Colleges Non-Teaching Employees Union held on Friday demanded a notification on the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission report from January 1, 2006. General secretary of the union M.L. Khullar said the government should bring the non-teaching employees under the purview of the Sixth Pay Commission.

Ludhiana
Environment exam postponed:
The environment examination of Class V of Punjab School Education Board, which was scheduled to be held on July 20, 2009, has been postponed to July 30, 2009, due to technical reasons. This was informed by Pradeep Kapoor, district science supervisor.

Mansa
New court complex ready:
The new court complex at Budhlada would be inaugurated by the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Teerath Singh Thakur, on July 25. It has been constructed on nine acres for Rs 8 crore, said district sessions judge Bhupinder Singh.

Nawanshahr
Orientation programme:
With a view to enriching teachers with the latest techniques for making the teaching-learning process more effective and fruitful, the Kirpal Sagar Academy, Rahon, organised a two-day orientation programme which concluded on Friday. Event vice-chairperson Perminder Fuchs inaugurated the programme in which 50 teachers participated.

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HARYANA

CHANDIGARH
Mahila chaupals: The Haryana government has decided to provide cash incentive of Rs 20,000 to those gram panchayats of the state who will construct mahila chaupals on priority by December 31. An official spokesman said here on Saturday that proposals would be invited from the panchayats desirous of constructing mahila chaupals by July 20. These proposals would have to be submitted in the office of Additional Deputy Commissioners of the districts concerned so that by July 31 the funds for the construction of mahila chaupals could be made available.

Speaker to visit US: Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr Raghubir Singh Kadian has been invited by the National Conference of State Legislatures of America to share his experiences as a Speaker at National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Legislative Summit on July 21 to strengthen the percepts and principles of Parliamentary Democracy in the USA. Stating this here on Saturday, a spokesman for the Haryana Vidhan Sabha said Dr Kadian had been requested by the NCSL to offer advice from the lessons he had learnt as Speaker of the Assembly and to share those practicable experiences with approximately 130 International Legislative Leaders apart from hundreds of other persons of the NCSL.

SONEPAT
Anti-ragging panel: In compliance to the directions of the University Grants Commission (UGC) on curbing the menace of ragging in higher education institutions, the Vice-Chancellor of the Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal (Sonepat), has constituted a 17-member Anti-Ragging Committee under the chairmanship of Prof BP Malik, Chief Warden and Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, and Suresh Verma, warden and the member secretary. Other members of the committee included representatives of the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police, a journalist from Sonepat, sarpanch of Murthal village, two parents of freshers and three students.

9 hurt in accident: Nine persons were injured, including five of them seriously, when the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in overturned after it was reportedly hit by a car on the Murthal-Sonepat road on Saturday. The auto-rickshaw was on way to Murthal from Sonepat. The seriously injured were referred to PGIMS, Rohtak, by doctors of the local Civil Hospital. The car driver fled the spot after the accident.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

CHAMBA
LPG extension counter: Residents of Bhattiyat subdivision have sought opening of an extension counter of LPG at Chowari. Though there had been a longstanding demand of the people of Bhattiyat urging the government  for setting up of a new gas agency, no avail. Sanjay Kaushal, a resident of Chowari, requested the state government to open an extension counter for the supply of LPG gas till the agency was allotted to the area.

Body found: An unidentified body was found in a mutilated condition on the bank of a khud in Kathet panchayat of Bhattiyat subdivision in Chamba district on Friday. According to report, some residents of nearby villages, who went to graze livestock, saw the body lying near the khud. They reported the matter to the Chowari police and it recovered the body.

DALHOUSIE
Furniture distributed: In order to provide help for the well being of the community living around the Air Force area, the IAF Wives Welfare Association has distributed furniture, including desks, to Government Primary School, Lohali, located on the outskirts of the hill town on Friday.

NURPUR
Nagni Mata fair: Religious fairs at the Nagni Mata temple, near here, started  on Saturday. These fairs are being celebrated on every Saturday of Sawan and Bhadon months every year and thousands of pilgrims from far-off places visit here to pay obeisance. One of the fairs is officially celebrated as the district fair.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Raghunath Bazaar:
The Raghunath Bazaar Business Association has appreciated the decision of president of the Jammu and Kashmir Dharmarth Trust Council Divakar Singh to develop the historic Raghunath Bazzar in the best possible manner to restore the temple’s heritage status. The 15-member delegation of the association called on the president of the Trust and sought maximum development grants from the administration for all-round development of the 100-year-old Raghunath Bazaar.

Office-bearers elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Shaitani Nala Langar Union, Jammu: president - Radhey Shayam; vice-president - Prem Kumar Sharma; secretary - Pawan Kumar Mittal and public relation officer - Sudesh Kumar, Kathua.

Srinagar
Five felicitated:
Prominent historian Prof Fida Mohammad Hassnain, theatre artist and film maker Pran Kishore, singer and Padama awardee Raj Begum, Kashmiri writer Ghulam Nabi Aatish and musician Shabir Ahmed Saznawaz were felicitated at a function organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages here on Saturday. Khursheed Ahmed Ganai, principal secretary to the Chief Minister recalled the contributions of Raja Begum, Fida Mohammad Hussnain, Pran Kishore, Ghulam Nabi Aatish and Saznawaz. Eminent writer Ghulam Nabi Gowhar, who presided over the programme, said their outstanding work needed encouragement at national and international level.

Explosion in Pulwama: An explosion took place in the Pulwama area of south Kashmir today but there was no report of any injury, officials said. The blast occurred in a vegetable field at Malikpora, 35 km from here, on Saturday. Meanwhile, a blast was averted with the recovery of a live grenade from a garbage dump at Bagyas-Chattabal in the Chattabal area of the city on Saturday. The police was trying to ascertain who planted the devices, they added.

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