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Martyrs honoured:
The SGPC has installed portraits of martyrs of the Battle of Saragarhi and SGPC member Daljeet Kaur Badaguda at the Central Sikh Museum here today. Giani Jagtar Singh, additional granthi, Golden Temple, unveiled the portraits and said the martyrs of Saragarhi held a lot of significance in the Sikh history. A total of 21 Sikh warriors had sacrificed their lives while protecting the Saragarhi Fort on September 12, 1897.

Training workshop held by Puncofed:
Under the chairmanship of Rajiv Agarwal, district development manager, Nabard, a training workshop was organised by Puncofed for the employees of co-operative societies and the management committee at Teachers' Home.

Capt welcomes hanging:
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh has welcomed the hanging of Parliament attack plotter Afzal Guru. In a statement, Amarinder Singh said the attack was a highly provocative act, which needed to be dealt with an iron fist. “An attack on Parliament is an attack on the nation, which is totally unacceptable," he said.

Pact with US state soon: Punjab would soon initiate joint ventures with the US state Iowa to bring the much-needed crop diversification in the state and to boost its education sector. An announcement to this effect was made by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a high-level meeting with a 21 member delegation on Saturday. The delegation was headed by Craig A Lang, CEO & President of Iowa Board of Regent.

Badal advised more rest: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has cancelled all his pre-scheduled engagements across the state for another three days till February 12. A government spokesman said after a check-up, doctors advised Badal to take rest for another three days. The fresh dates of the postponed functions will be announced later by the Chief Minister's Office.

Man dies in road mishap:
The faulty traffic lights on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road in Morinda once again claimed a life when motorcycle-borne Mahima Singh was hit by a speeding car on Friday evening. He was a resident of nearby Behbalpur village. The lights haven’t been repaired for over a year. On February 3, last year, a father-son duo was killed on the same spot. Roop Chand, an employee with the power department, said the department couldn’t repair the lights due to paucity of funds.

4 booked for murder:
The police has registered a case pertaining to murder against Gurjant Singh, Ritu, Amandeep Singh and Gurbaj Singh for allegedly plotting and murdering local resident Ashok Kumar. GS Sikand, SHO, City, Samana said the deceased’s wife Ritu had developed illicit relations with Gurjant, following which he along with others murdered Ashok with a poker.

Noorani sisters in city: Sufi singers Noorani sisters will perform at the Harpal Tiwana Centre for Performing Arts on Nabha Road in Patiala on Sunday to commemorate the birthday of ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh. The sisters’s song “Allah Hoo”, which was produced in collaboration with musicians from India, has been widely appreciated.

Man robbed of Rs 20 lakh:
Four unidentified car-borne robbers allegedly snatched a bag containing Rs 20 lakh from Munish Kumar, owner of Jaipal & Co, at the grain market in Phillaur on Friday. Phillaur DSP Paramjit Singh Pannu said Munish had a dispute with one Jasminder Singh Dhillon and that the investigation was on.

Labourer commits suicide: A labourer identified as Pargan Ram allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison in a field in Dayalpur village near Phillaur on Friday. A case has been registered and the body has been sent to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination.



One more tests positive:
A 53-year-old woman from Sector 23 tested positive for Swine Flu today. The number of cases has now reached 29 in the Chandigarh region so far. It includes two deaths. According to officials, the cases are not epidemiologically linked.

Gurusar college win PU hockey meet:The hockey team of GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar, won the Panjab University Inter-College Hockey Championship for Men (Evening and Education Colleges), here today. The Department of Evening Studies, PU, secured second position.



Sugar recovery high:
Sugarmills in Haryana have achieved an average sugar recovery of 9.04 per cent during the current crushing season (2012-13), as on January 31, which is the highest in the past five years. While stating this, Haryana Cooperation Minister Satpal Sangwan said as compared to it, the sugarmills in the state had recorded an average sugar recovery level of 8.38 per cent during the corresponding period of 2011-12.

2 loot cash at gunpoint:
The district police has arrested two criminals who had looted Rs 2 lakh at gunpoint from owners of a oil cake factory at the Dhand mandi in Kaithal on January 23. The police has also seized a motorcycle used in the crime and got vital clues about two of their accomplice who are still at large. The arrested accused were produced in a local court on Saturday, which sent them to two-day police remand for further interrogation.

Booked for illegal colonies:
On a complaint lodged by Kurukshetra District Town Planner, the police has registered two cases at Thana Ladwa against seven and five persons, respectively, for allegedly carving two separate residential colonies at Ladwa in the district without any prior permission of the Director, Town and Country Planning.

6 women hurt;
Six women were injured when their vehicle collided with a Canter on the Rewari-Bawal road on Friday. They were admitted to a private hospital here. The accident took place when the victims, all residents of the Farukh Nagar area of Gurgaon, were going to condole a relative’s death at Tihara village, while the Canter was on its way to Rewari.

Students donate blood: As many as 84 students and several members of the staff of Kishan Lal Public College donated blood at a camp jointly held by the NSS and the NCC units of the college on Friday. Civil Surgeon Dr Vijay Singh Yadav, who inaugurated the camp, highlighted the importance of blood donation which, he said, saved the lives of many accident victims in crucial times.

Students seek scholarship: Irate Scheduled Caste students of Government Postgraduate College, Bawal, held a demonstration, under the banner of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at the district secretariat here on Friday. The students were protesting against the non-payment of scholarships amounting to Rs 1 crore to 450 SC students for the past over 15 months.

Man commits suicide:
A man died after consuming poison at Bhawdin village in Sirsa on Friday night. The victim has been identified as Jaswinder Singh. The victim’s brother, Mukhtiar Singh, has alleged that his brother’s wife and her alleged paramour were responsible for the death. He alleged that the victim’s wife had developed extramarital relations with a youth and despite his brother’s opposition, she was not ready to stop meeting her paramour. The police said a case had been registered in this regard.



Leopard kills buffalo: A buffalo belonging to Sharda Ram of Hawaan village, near here, was killed by a leopard on Friday night. Panchayat president Dina Nath Sharma said leopards had killed a number of pets and cattle. Now villagers feared for the safety of their children and women. Sharma urged the Forest Department to take immediate action and also give full compensation to the affected villager.

Vehicle stolen:
A Tata Safari (HR-10S-1924) was stolen from the Chogan locality here on Thursday night. The police said the vehicle had been parked by the owner outside his house and found it missing on Friday morning. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered and further investigations are on.



Vegetable sellers penalised:
Sub Divisional Magistrate, Dehradun City, Girish Gunawant on Saturday visited Dharampur, Nehru Colony and Ring Road vegetable markets and penalised shopkeepers selling vegetables in polythene bags to the costumers. Over Rs 11,000 as fine was collected and 40 kg of polythene bags were seized.

DM orders repair of roads: District Magistrate BVRC Purshottam has taken exception to the rampant road cuttings being done by various civic departments in Dehradun. The District Magistrate has directed these departments to ensure that dug up roads were repaired in time. He said delay in repairs led to disruption of traffic movement on these roads. It was the responsibility of the department concerned to ensure timely repair of roads after these were dug up for some purpose. Often damaged roads result in serious mishaps. A meeting would be held at the collectorate office on February 21 to discuss the condition of roads.

Land disputes’ cell formed: District Magistrate, Dehradun, BVRC Purshottam has constituted a cell for resolving land disputes in the region. The cases of land disputes have risen sharply in the recent times. The cell will redress complaints relating to land disputes. Senior police and administrative officials have been deputed in the cell, who will resolve the cases lawfully. They will also hold on-the-spot land inspections to get to the root cause of the disputes. Additional District Magistrate Dipendra Singh Negi has been made the head of the cell.

Football tournament: Thirteen teams will  participate in the 21st Late Shri Narayan Gurung Memorial District Football Tournament 2013. The tournament being organised by the  Vijay Cantt Football Club  will begin on February 11 and conclude on February 17. Garhwal Sporting,  Wills Youth Club, Garhwal Star, Khukhri Club, Doon Eagle and Cantt Blue  are some of prominent teams that have confirmed their participation in the tournament.

Train services sought:
Demanding train services from Kathgodam to Bareilly on the recently commissioned broad-gauge line, the traders of Kathgodam on Saturday protested by symbolically stopping a train to Bareilly at Kathgodam station. “After being commissioned as broad-gauge line last month, train services are being run from Bareilly to Kathgodam by the Railways, but despite being accepted in principle by the Railway authorities, the much-awaited express train is not being run from Kathgodam to Bareilly for which we have started this agitation,” said Dharam Prakash Yadav, president of the Haldwani Vyapar Mandal.

Order on rape victim:
A judicial magistrate has ordered to keep a gang-rape victim woman at the Haldwani Nari Niketan until the report of the radiology test taken on her to determine her age comes to light. “As the mother of the victim has refused to have any relations with the victim and the father of the victim is in jail, we have sought the court’s opinion to keep her at Nari Niketan, which has been accepted by the court,” said Devendra Pincha, police circle officer of Kashipur.

DIG’s warning:
A disgruntled organisation of SSB guerillas has now planned to demonstrate at the national level on March 4 this year. “We have been demonstrating for our three-point demands for the past many years but the governments have only assured us. Now we will have to raise our voice at the national level for the nation could know our plights and sacrifices made by our volunteers,” said BN Dalakoti, centre president of the organisation.

Leopard found dead:
Yet another leopard was found dead near Kujgarh river in Tunasera village of Ranikhet subdivision of Almora district, making the total number of dead leopards in the state in one month to 16. “The more than 6-year-old leopard died of pneumonia after a fight with another animal," said Mamta Yadav, veterinary surgeon, who conducted a postmortem on the carcass.

Rudrapur Nagar Nigam:
Nagar Nigam at Rudrapur will come into existence by next week as the Commissioner and District Magistrate have sent their reports to the government, said Tilak Raj Behar, former Health Minister of the state. “After the town of Rudrapur becomes Nagar Nigam, its budget will be allocated by the Central Government, which will enable construction of several civic works and create new jobs in the urban body, which the town is waiting for long,” said Behar.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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