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Booked for stealing power:
The anti-power theft police has booked one Harbans Singh of Mehraj village for stealing power. Acting upon a complaint by the SDO (PSEB), Rampura Phul, the police registered a case under the Anti-Power Theft Act. Meanwhile, the PSEB authorities imposed a penalty of Rs 1.5 lakh on the accused.

Aam Admi Ka Sipahi: To promote the Youth Congress' drive, Aam Admi Ka Sipahi (AAKS), some senior state-level leaders, including state youth Congress president Ravneet Singh Bittu, will be in the city on Sunday. The leaders would also listen to the grievances of party workers during their visit.

Malwa College function: ‘Colours of Phagun and Chaitra’ was the theme of Malwa College annual function held on Saturday.



580 get degrees: Around 580 students were conferred degrees at a convocation ceremony held at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, here today. Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, a renowned agricultural scientist and Padma Bhushan Awardee, was the chief guest, who congratulated and encouraged the students.

Office-bearers elected:
AK Padmanabhan has been elected as president of the local unit of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), while Tapan Sen has been elected as general secretary and Ranjana Nirula as treasurer. In an election held here on Saturday, 16 new vice-presidents and 15 secretaries were also appointed.



Chawla case:
Panel meets DSP: Demanding arrest of the killers of ex-chairman of the municipal council, Bhiwani, late Nand Lal Chawla and action against the culprits giving threatening calls to the kin, a delegation of the Punjabi community met DSP Sunehara Singh here on Friday. The delegation sought more security cover for the family. The delegation, comprising members of the Jan Sangharsh Samiti, was recently formed for the demand of arrest of the accused of the Chawla murder case, met under the headship of its president ML Kataria. The court has fixed March 25 as the next date for hearing.

Non-Practising Allowance:
The Haryana government has decided to extend the Non-Practising Allowance (NPA) to those posts of Ayush Department that had been drawing NPA before January1, 2006. This will be applicable on the condition that the basic pay plus NPA did not exceed Rs 85,000 per month. The NPA will be treated as part of the pay for the purpose of DA, entitlement of loans and advances and TA/DA only. A spokesman for the State Finance Department said here today that it had also been decided to fix the rate of interest at 8 per cent per annum on deposits in the General Provident Fund from April 2009 and also on accumulations as stood on March 31, 2009. This rate of interest would remain in force during 2009-2010.

IRIA’s conference today:
The annual conference of the Haryana state branch of the Indian Radiological and Imagine Association (IRIA) will be orgainsed at Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Rohtak on Sunday. Stating this, Dr Rohtas Yadav, state president of the IRIA, said Dr SS Sangwan, Vice-Chancellor of Pt BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, would be the chief guest at the inaugural function. Six academic sessions would be held during the day-long conference. The election of the IRIA would also be conducted after the last session.

Conference on economy:
A two-day national conference on “Emerging Global Economic Scenario: Asia and India”, was organised by the Department of Economics, Kurukshetra University, under the UGC SAP-I programme here on Friday. Professor BB Bhatacharya, Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, inaugurated the conference. He also spoke on the strengths of India and Chinese economy. The conference was attended by over 100 economists drawn from all over the country, including Prof IN Mukherjee, Prof MR Khurana, Prof Prahlad Kumar, Prof OP Bohra and Prof Mona Khare.

Protesters set truck afire:
A truck was set on fire and its two occupants were thrashed by agitators after they noticed dead carcasses of animals lying in it at the Sampla town in Rohtak on Friday. The mob blocked the road and rail traffic. The truck driver allegedly tried to run over the protesters who overpowered two of the three truck occupants and handed them over to the police. Later, Dalbir Yadav, DSP, headquarters, persuaded protesters to lift the blockade. A case has been registered against the arrested duo identified as Raju and Nadeem of Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh.

Team to check mining:
The district administration has constituted a special task force and also registered an FIR against private parties for carrying out mining work in the Khijrabad area here on Thursday. The team headed by the DC comprised other members, including SP, SDM Bilaspur, district mining officer, district forest officer, district revenue officer and transport officials. DC Amit Kumar Aggarwal said so far we had registered three FIRs against private parties and also arrested Ramesh for carrying out mining work in Khijrabad despite court orders of banning the mining.



13 kg of contraband seized:
The police on Saturday claimed to have seized 13 kg of ganza from the railway station, but the smuggler managed to flee. It said during a routine search, a man was caught with a bag containing the contraband from the railway yard, near J&K Bank. Yashpal Singh, SHO, Railway station police post, said: “Two packets of contraband have been seized. Efforts are being made to nab the accused.”

Boy found dead:
A boy was found dead at his home at Sedaw village in Shopian district on Saturday. The boy, Ishfaq Majeed Lone, was a student of class XII. The police said the body of Ishfaq was found under mysterious circumstances at his house. A case has been registered.

11 injured in mishap: Eleven persons were injured in road accidents across the Kashmir valley on Saturday. A Tata Sumo, on its way from Srinagar to Baramulla, rammed into a tree near the Zangum crossing in Baramulla injuring seven persons. The injured have been admitted to hospital. A truck loaded with iron rods plying to Srinagar from Jammu hit a passenger bus and a Sumo vehicle parked on the roadside near Goriwan in Bijbehara tehsil in Anantnag district. The truck overturned. The driver of the truck was injured. In another incident, a truck coming from Khanabal to Qazigund hit a shop near the Mir Bazaar chowk on the national highway in Anantnag injuring three persons, including the driver.


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