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Chandigarh
Free houses for 42,000 families
: As many as 42,000 families belonging to the economically weaker sections will get free houses in the next two years. Presiding over a meeting here, Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal said every sanctioned mega project has been asked to earmark 6 per cent area for EWS housing. He said the government was committed to provide shelter to every family by 2020. Sukhbir said the proposed houses should have two rooms, a kitchen and a toilet.

Government amends service rules: The Punjab Government on Monday issued a notification amending Rule 3.26 (a) of Punjab Civil Services (First Amendment) Rules, Volume-I, Part-I, 2012, giving an option to its employees retiring on or after October 31 of a year's extension in service, but on certain conditions.

Jagraon
Air Force Day celebrated
: Air Force Station, Halwara, celebrated the 80th Air Force Day here. The celebrations had spread over one week with variety of activities, which ensured involvement of every air force personnel. The celebrations kicked off with a basketball match followed by a cultural program. A healthy baby show and interactive sessions between officers and airmen were also organised during the occasion.

Jalandhar
Woman consumes wrong medicine, dies
: A woman was found dead at her residence in Hardyal Nagar last evening. As per the deceasedís kin, she mistakenly consumed a wrong medicine, after which her health deteriorated and later died. The deceased was identified as Priya. The police said as the deceasedís relatives did not smell any foul play, inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC were initiated. The body had been sent for the post-mortem examination.

Malout
Five booked for fraud marriage
: An MBA graduate boy allegedly married a girl after bringing all fake relatives, including "mother" to the wedding, which he performed just to get dowry. The police said the victim, Mamta Rani of Krishna Nagari, has lodged a complaint with them alleging that Piyush Bahri, a resident of Yamunanagar in Haryana, approached her family through one of their relatives in Sriganganagar in Rajasthan and married her giving impression that all his relatives including mother attended the ceremony. However, the girl later came to know that all those attended the marriage from her in-laws' side were fake.

Patiala
Two arrested with 50 gram smack
: The police has arrested two persons after allegedly recovering 50 gram smack from their possession. A case under various sections of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused, Jaswinder Singh and Nirmal Singh. Both belong to Kaithal district in Haryana. The police has confiscated the motorbike in which the accused had hidden the smack.

Phagwara
Earrings snatched from two women
: Two robbers riding a motorcycle snatched earrings from two women --- Surinder Kaur of Satnampura and Sonia of New Model Town--- in Phagwara. The police has registered cases.

Three arrested with intoxicants: The police has arrested three persons --- Ranjit Singh of Rihana-Jattan, Mangat Ram of Lakhpur village and Gurpreet Singh of Begumpur --- with 445g of intoxicant powder from their possession in two different cases. The police also busted a gang of electrical wire and transformer thieves and arrested two of its members, identified as Raj Kumar and Amarjit of Begampur village.

Sangrur
Pensioners block road in Sangrur
: Beneficiaries of old-age pension scheme and other such plans, including financial assistance to widows and disabled persons, of the Social Security Department on Monday blocked the Lehra-Jakhal road at Chottian village to protest the non-disbursement of pensions for the past few months. SHO Baljit Singh said the beneficiaries alleged that their sarpanch had not been disbursing the pensions to them. The blockade was lifted following an assurance of action in the case by Lehra Panchayat Officer.
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HARYANA

Kalka
St John's School opened in Kalka:
St John's School was recently inaugurated at Baptist Church, Kalka. Dyal Masih, President of Baptist Union of North India (BUNI), Delhi, was the chief guest at the function and RV Suloman, Secretary of BUNI and DB Masih, secretary, BCTA, Delhi, were the guests of honour, said Balbir Chaudhary, President of the Baptist church sai. Dorthy Chaudhary, anchor of the programme, said Jeewan Kumar, paster in charge of the church, conducted a prayer meeting followed by a cultural programme.

Kurukshetra
Boy dies in mishap
: Kapil (7) of Duniya Majra Farm village , near Pehowa was killed on the spot when he was hit by a motorcycle near Chuniyan Farm in Sandhoala village, 15 km from here, on Sunday evening.

Rewari
Cotton gutted
: Cotton worth about R 25 lakh was gutted in a fire in Jaipal Yadavís cotton fibre godown at Sangwari village, 12 km from here, on Sunday evening. The fire was reportedly caused by sparks from a high-tension line.

Blood donated: As many as 105 persons, including women and functionaries of the club, donated blood at a camp held under the joint auspices of the Rewari Rotary Club and the Rewari unit of the Art of Living Organisation here on Sunday. District Welfare Officer Manoj Yadav, who inaugurated the camp, encouraged the blood donors by affixing badges to them. The accumulated blood was entrusted to the District Red Cross Society.

Nominated: Dr SP Yadav, president of the Rewari district unit of the Indian Medical Association, has nominated the following office-bearers of the association: vice-presidents - Dr Rajeev Gulati and Dr Kartar Singh Yadav; secretary - Dr Kanwar Singh, joint secretaries - Dr Sanjay Agarwal and Dr Abhinav Yadav; and treasurer - Dr Alpana Gulati.

Sonepat
Body found
: The Gohana police found the body of Neeraj, a resident of Pugthala village, wrapped in a gunny bag from the Jawaharlal Nehru canal near Katwal village on Sunday. Neerají body was handed over to his parents after a postmortem examination. Neerajís brother, Dheeraj, had lodged a complaint in the police on Sunday that Neeraj had gone with Sandeep and Anil of the same village and Praveen of Murlana a few days and did not return. He suspected that they had murdered his brother.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

Bilaspur
Goat fetches Rs 25,00
: Madan Ram, a farmer of Mannan village near Jhandutta, 45 km from here, sold off his goat for a record price of Rs 25,000 to a customer yesterday. Madan said he had purchased this goat about eight months ago for Rs 8,500 as then its weight was 25 kg. But now after care and upkeep, the goat weighed 70 kg and was sold to Reham Ali Shellarwala of Dinak village in Sundernagar tehsil, Mandi district.

Kangra
Primary teachersí body elections
: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Primary Teachers' Federation, Kangra Block: President - Kamal Jeet; general secretary - Dinesh Kumar; and casher - Vijay Kumar.
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