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Abohar
Officials inspect rly station
: Not to speak of general sanitation, the commuters here are deprived of the potable water , the citizens conveyed to the high-level team of the Northern Railway officials, who visited the local railway station to check the status of sanitation.The team led by the Chief Director Health BB Aggarwal was escorted by the Chief Engineer Rakesh Goyal and Pramila Gupta, Divisional Commercial Manager from Ambala. The team warned the local staff that lethargy in keeping the railway complex clean would attract punitive action. Hanuman Dass Goyal, vice-president, Railway Passenger Association raised the issue of supply on non-potable water through taps. The inspection team assured to redress the problem. 

Seminars held: The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle and Sikh Missionary College organised seminars at the Bhag Singh Hayer College for Women, DAV College and Gurudwara Angad Sahib here. The US-based scholar Bhupinder Singh said on the occasion that religion intends to bring awareness among the people against superstitions and social evils. Colonel (retd) Dilbagh Singh former CO NCC, Dr Pritam Singh Sidhu, Gurmukh Singh, Deepkanwal Kaur, Pradeep Kaur and Tejinder Singh Khalsa were among those who participated in the discussions. Exhibitions of religious educative books were also organised during the seminars. The students who had found place in the merit list of moral education exam were honoured. 

Pathankot
Annual function
: The annual cultural-cum-prize distribution function of SSM College, Dinanagar, was held on Thursday. The chief guest, Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Punjab Education Minister, presided over the function and gave away prizes to students. Principal S.K. Modgil read out the annual report. Sita Ram Kashyap, MLA from Dinanagar, was also present.

MCs budget: The Municipal Council (MC) has reserved Rs 16 crore for various development works and schemes to be initiated in the town in its Rs 30-crore annual budget, which was unanimously passed here on Thursday by the council. This was stated by Anil Viz, president of the council.

Phagwara
Trains searched
: The Railway Police on Friday launched a search campaign at the local railway station and searched different mail and express trains, including Shatabdi Express, Jan-Nayak Express, Sachkhand Express, Chhattisgarh Express and Barauni Express, during their halts at the railway station. 

Office-bearers elected: The local unit of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (South) has been reorganised by inducting following office-bearers: Ajit Pal Singh Rinku (president), Gurjit Singh Matharu, Jaspal Singh, Sikander Kapoor and Satish Siwan (vice-presidents), Surinder Nirania (general secretary) and Raju Soni (treasurer). 

Sriganganagar
Students enthrall all
: The students enthralled the gathering by presenting solo and group dances besides folk songs of Punjab and Rajasthan during a function organised by the CR Senior Secondary School (Sadulshehar). The chief guest Krishan Saharan, patron, Chaitanya Yoga Samiti, was joined by Balwant Budania, president, Private Teachers Association, Dr Naresh Sethi, social activists, and Birbal Rinwa, founder of the institution in lighting the lamp. Principal Amarjit Kaur welcomed the guests. 



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HARYANA

Rewari
2 killed in mishap
: Two youths died and two others were seriously injured on Thursday when the car they were travelling in struck against a tree on the Rewari-Dharuhera road. The deceased were identified as Vikas (24) and Ajit (23). While one of the injured, Jitender of Phadni village, was hospitalised here, Harkesh, who sustained serious injury, was admitted to a private hospital in Gurgaon. 

Sonepat
Man stabbed to death
:Ram Mehar (62) of Sandal Khurd village was allegedly stabbed to death by his elder brother Mahabir following an altercation over money transaction last night. The police has registered a murder case against Mahabir, who reportedly absconded after the incident. The incident took place when Mehar was standing at the village bus stop. 


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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
14 students hurt in mishap
: A teacher and 14 students of a Government High School were injured after the minibus they were travelling in overturned at Chiril village, near Basohli, in Kathua district on Friday evening. The police said the accident took place when the driver of the minibus, on his way to Basohli from Sandri, lost control over the vehicle and it overturned. It added that the injured were taken to hospital and relieved after first-aid. The Kathua police has started investigation into the incident. 

Srinagar
Snow, rain lash Valley, Leh
: Moderate to heavy snow continued to lash various parts of the Kashmir valley since Thursday. Srinagar and its adjoining areas had snow and rain. An official of the state MeT Department said the minimum temperature in Srinagar was 0.8C. About 34 mm of rainfall was recorded in Gulmarg on Thursday morning. Pahalgam, the base camp of the holy Amarnath cave shrine, also received snowfall. Meanwhile, a fresh spell of snow disrupted normal life and revived the cold wave in the Ladakh region. Icy winds were blowing throughout the day and the weather remained mostly cloudy.

Shabir Shah detained: Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) president Shabir Ahmad Shah was detained by the police in Shopian on Friday when he tried to take out a rally in protest against the arrests of youths and separatist leaders. Shah along with two of his close associates was taken into preventive custody after he tried to hold the rally against the large-scale arrests of youths and separatist leaders , the police said here.

Jawan dies:Krishan Kumar, a constable of the 26 Battalion of the BSF, was injured in an accidental fire while he was cleaning his service weapon in his barrack here on Friday. He was admitted to the 92 Base Hospital at Badamibagh, where he died.In another incident, Hameed Nabi Mir (15), a student of Darul-Aloom Bilaliya, Awantipora, fell from the building of Darul-Aloom Bilaliya at Hazratbal in Srinagar. He died in hospital.


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DEHRADUN

DEHRADUN
Guv mourns Arjun Singhs death
: Governor of Uttarakhand Margaret Alva has expressed sorrow at the demise of veteran Congress leader Arjun Singh in Delhi on Friday. Describing Arjun Singh as a nationalist, a committed secularist and a social reformer who championed many causes, the Governor said he played an important role in the nation building as Chief Minister, Governor and Union Minister.Uttarakhand Congress president Yashpal Arya has also expressed grief at the demise of the Congress leader. 

Missing J&K youths found: The two Jammu and Kashmir youths, who went missing from the Armys sadbhavna yatra have been found much to the relief of the Army and the police officials. According to the police officials, the two boys were found missing from the Parade Ground bus stand. The police was deployed at the railway stations and bus stand to find the duo. It was later informed by the head of the convoy that the two boys have contacted their parents in J&K and were returning home by train. The sadbhavna group, comprising young students, has now left for Delhi, said SSP GS Martoliya. 

Man attempts suicide: Anshul Verma (26), a resident of Karanpur, attempted suicide at his residence here on Friday. The police said the boy was under depression due to some family tension and had consumed poison. He was taken to the Coronation Hospital where he was recovering. 

Kumaon Briefs
Make optimum fund utilisation, officials told
:Udham Singh Nagar DM BVRC Purshottam has directed the officials to make optimum utilisation of the funds made available to them for various developmental schemes. He has warned that showing of abnormal expenditure in the last month of the financial year would be considered as a financial irregularity and would invite a probe. Speaking at a meeting held at Rudrapur on Friday, the District Magistrate has asked the officials to provide details of facilities available under the Atal Adarsh Grams to the village development officers concerned within a month.

Social Welfare Dept officials charged with harassment:The management of Mangaldeep Vidyamandir, an institution catering to the needs of mentally disabled children, has charged the officials of the Social Welfare Department with harassment on account of release of grants over the last four years. At a meeting held at Almora on Thursday, the management of Mangaldeep Vidyamandir at Khatyadi has decided to approach the CM Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank on the issue. They have charged that the institution has been getting the Central aid since 2001, but over the last four years there has been a lot of harassment in the release of funds from the Secretariat level. They have alleged that the officials have not released even the first instalment for the current financial year, even as the year is coming to an end.

DM wants separate counters for senior citizens:The officials heading various departments involved in direct public dealing in Nainital have been asked to install separate counters for the senior citizens. Nainital DM Shailesh Bagauli has given these directions on Friday. These counters are to be set up in the nagar palika office, bus terminus, bill collection centres of the Power Department, Jal Sansthan, banks, hospitals etc. Bagauli has asked the SDMs to carry out an inspection after a month.

Review meeting of Red Cross Society held:The Red Cross Society in Udham Singh Nagar district will be chalking out an elaborate plan to carry out social welfare activities in the coming days. This was stated by DM BVRC Purshottam, who is also the chairperson of the society, at a review meeting held on Thursday at Rudrapur. It was pointed out that there was a need of Rs 28 lakh for establishing a Red Cross building at the district headquarters. Meanwhile, the health department officials have been directed to make arrangements for opening the temporary Red Cross office on the premises of Jawaharl Lal Nehru Hospital.

8-year-old boy killed in accident:An 8-year-old boy was killed and his father was seriously injured when a tractor trolley in the Shakti farm area of Udham Singh Nagar hit them on Thursday. According to information, Nishikant Choudhary and his son Vishwajeet were returning home in the Tagore Nagar locality on a bicycle when a tractor trolley hit them. The child succumbed to injuries while being taken to the Public Health Centre in Sitarganj.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 

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