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Foetus found: A deserted foetus was recovered in the thickly populated Nai Abadi locality across the railway crossing in Fazilka on Wednesday. Police station city in-charge Kuldeep Singh informed that the police have registered a case under section 318 of IPC against unidentified persons. 

4-year-old child burnt in jhuggi fire
: A four-year-old girl, daughter of migrant labourer Verma Nand, was burnt alive when a fire broke out in the jhuggi in which she, along with her parents, was living at Bajrawar village last evening. According to police sources, at the time of the incident Verma Nand, who hails from Chanapur village in Badaun disitrict (UP), and his wife had gone to the nearby fields for work. The child was alone in the jhuggi. All household articles lying in the jhuggi were also reduced to ashes. The cause of fire is still not known.

Markfed staff go on mass leave: On a call of the Joint Action Committee of Markfed Employees, Punjab, local employees went on mass casual leave and boycotted wheat procurement at the purchase centres today to protest against reduction in their house rent allowance following implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission report. A spokesman of the action committee said the employees would also go on mass casual leave and boycott procurement work on April 9. 

Gold chain snatched
: Two unidentified motorcycle borne youths snatched a gold chain from schoolteacher Vandna Arora here today. She was riding a scooter when the snatchers struck. The incident happened near the Civil Hospital. The police is yet registered a case in this regard. 

Stone of campus laid:
Foundation stone of modern air-conditioned hostel was laid yesterday at Doaba Group of Colleges, campus I. The hostel will be equipped and fully furnished. The hostel will be able to accommodate 400 hundred students. Hostel will come up before the start of academic session 2010-2011. 

Fire incident
: Goods worth thousands of rupees were destroyed in a fire which broke out in the  house of Mahinder Paul at the Baba Gadhia locality here on Thursday. Fire tenders worked hard to  control the fire. Sparking from an electric wires was said to be the cause of fire.

5 hurt in clashes: Five persons sustained serious injuries in three different clashes in Dhak Pandori, Dharamkot and Jagatpur Jattan on Thursday. The injured, Satnam, Mukesh, Ravi, Inderjit and Manak were admitted to the Civil Hospital. 

DYC observes World Health Day
: The District Youth Congress (Rural), Jalandhar, observed World Health Day on Wednesday at Goraya, Adampur and Bhogpur, under the leadership of Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, president, DYC (Rural), along with Monty Sehgal, national facilitator (training, IYC). More than 300 people were examined and provided free medicines. They were also apprised of different social programmes of the Youth Congress which would help the common man in day-to-day life. 

Tarn Taran
Dy DEO takes charge
: Kans Raj PES resumed the charge of the Deputy District Education Officer (secondary) here today. The post had been lying vacant since the inception of the town as a district. Kans Raj was the Principal of the Government Secondary School, Gaggobua before resuming his present post. D.K. Mahia DEO (S) and other officials welcomed Kans Raj. 

Cheques distributed: Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura distributed cheques worth Rs 60 lakh to beneficiaries in a function organised here today. The minister, while addressing the gathering on the occasion, highlighted the different developmental workers initiated by the State government. Cheques for Rs 30 lakh were given to 200 dalit families under the Shagun Scheme, while cheques of the same amount were given to the panchayats for development works. 

Stolen bikes recovered: The Bhikhiwind police have arrested two accused identified as Vishal, alias Kala and Monu, residents of the border township of Bhikhiwind and have recovered 11 stolen motor bikes from them. SP Tejinder Singh Maur told this correspondent here today that the accused had lifted bikes from the neighbouring towns and religious places. A case under section 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered against the accused, said the SP. 

Farmer training camp: The Horticulture Department organised a farmers training camp at Dilawarpur village, 8 km from here toady, under the ATMA Scheme. Farmers were cautioned against the excess use of fertilisers and insecticides. 


Water supply to be hit: Due to repair of 132 KV Kharar-Ropar HT Conductor, the water supply to Chandigarh will remain suspended from 1pm to 2 pm. There will be full supply of water from 4 pm to 10 am and 5.30 pm to 9 pm in the city. 



Body recovered:
The body of a man was recovered close to GT road at Ambala City this morning. The deceased Bharat Bahadur (34) was working at the residence of a jeweller at Ambala Cantt. 

Power schedule revised:
To minimise incidents of fire due to sparking in the electrical system crossing over fields, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has revised the power supply schedule for agricultural tubewells.
The nigam will now supply power from 7 am to 11 am to one group of tubewells and from midnight to 4 am to the other group as there are minimum chances of fire during this period. An official spokesman said here today that these days, there was bare minimum requirement of power for irrigation. 

Death anniversary
: The 21st death anniversary of Om Prakash Garg, former MLA and founder president of Indira Gandhi National College, Ladwa, was celebrated on the college premises, 20 km from here, on Wednesday. The members of the management, staff and prominent persons from Ladwa and surrounding areas paid tributes to the late leader and remembered his services and invaluable contribution to the development of the area. Floral tributes were also paid to his statue on the college premises. 

Rs 5 lakh for blood bank
: The authorities of the Indian Oil’s Panipat refinery have donated Rs 5 lakh to the blood bank of the Red Cross Society, Panipat. The amount was donated for purchase of two refrigerating units for storage of blood at the blood bank. A spokesman for the IOC said the Indian Red Cross Society provided blood free of cost to poor and needy patients and the establishment considered it to be its social responsibility to make arrangements for proper storage of blood at the bank. 

Villagers block traffic
: Villagers blocked traffic on the Baldhan-Kosli road, following the accidental death of an eight-year-old boy, Davender, son of Rakesh Kumar, in Baldhan Kalan village, near Jatusana, on Wednesday. They demanded arrest of the motorcyclist, Ravinder Yadav of Baldhan Khurd village, whose motorcycle had reportedly hit the boy fatally. The blockade was lifted at the intervention of the police, who assured that the offender would be arrested soon. 

Labourer killed: A migrant labourer, Manoj Verma, a resident of Pilibhit area of Uttar Pradesh, met a tragic death following his reported entanglement in a threshing machine at Sajjan Singh Yadav’s farmhouse in Bhairampur village, near Kosli, on Thursday. The mishap took place when the victim was putting sheaves of wheat crop into the thresher which was reportedly being operated by Sajjan Singh. The Kosli police has registered a case of causing death by negligence against Sajjan Singh. 



Programme to empower youths
: To create basic understanding among youths about gender and their role in gender sensitivity, a day-long interaction-cum-awareness programme was organised here on Thursday by Student Mobilisation Initiative Learning through Exposure (SMILE).“The objective of the programme is to empower youths for self-development and sustained growth,” says Mushtaq Ahmad Malla, youth coordinator (SMILE executive). About 60 youths from various parts of the valley, including Budgam, Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam and Srinagar, participated. 


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