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BJP ideologue remembered
: Rich tributes were paid to BJP ideologue Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay on his 44th death anniversary here today. On the occasion, the chairperson of the Pandit Deen Dayal Vichar Manch, Sharda Saini, called upon people to adopt Upadhyay's principle of “Antodaya” - simple living and high thinking.

Haveli to come up in Amritsar
: After tasting success in Jalandhar and Murthal, Haveli, a village theme resort, has announced to open its unit in Amritsar. Coming up on the National Highway-1, the resort will be operational from May 2013. — TNS 

State inks pact with Monsanto:
The Punjab Government on Tuesday inked an MoU with Monsanto Holdings to jointly establish three centres of excellence for the promotion of cotton, maize and vegetables in Punjab. An official spokesperson said the MoU was signed by Financial Commissioner, Development, GS Sandhu and CEO (India Region) Monsanto Holdings Gynendre Shukla.

50 new urban estates to come up in state: To develop urban areas in an holistic manner and provide better living facilities to the people, CM Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday gave a go-ahead to PUDA to establish 50 new urban estates at various places under the jurisdiction of six development authorities of Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala and Bathinda. Badal has asked PUDA to finalise the new housing policy soon.

Accidental shot kills Akali leader’s son:
Danish, 15-year-old son of Akali leader Anandpal Singh Brar, died of a bullet injury at his residence at Teachers’ Colony here on Tuesday. The victim allegedly shot himself accidentally in the chest with a revolver belonging to his father.

Peddler held with heroin worth Rs 1.2 cr:
The police has arrested a notorious drug peddler after recovering heroin worth Rs 1.25 crore from his possession. Thirty litres of acetic anhydride chemical, used to manufacture psychotropic substances, was also seized. Senior Superintendent of Police Varinder Pal Singh said the accused, Maura Ram, was a resident of Bir Sarkar area in Guruharsahai.

DC bans sowing of crops along border: Deputy Commissioner Manjit Singh Narang has banned the sowing of tall crops like Bt cotton in fields along the zero line of the India-Pakistan border following objections by the BSF. The BSF officials had written to Narang that such crops gave an advantage to drug peddlers to push narcotics into the Indian territory.

Moga woman dies of swine flu:
A 45-year-old woman belonging to Moga died of swine flu at the CMCH here on Tuesday. Besides, two more swine flu patients, a 60-year-old woman from Samrala and a 30-year-old woman from Himachal Pradesh, were admitted to the hospital. Forty patients from Punjab, including 17 from Ludhiana, and three from other states have so far been tested positive for swine flu.

Hygiene campaign: A hand hygiene campaign started in St GDS Convent School, Rahon Road, here on Tuesday. Students were made aware about frequent hand-washing which is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. The students were advised that hand-washing requires only soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser-a cleanser.

Woman police officer surrenders
: A police head constable named Rajwinder Kaur today surrendered in a local court following a pending cheating case registered at Civil Lines police station in Patiala. “She had reportedly submitted fake certificates to get a job in the police,” said the SHO.

SGPC-run institutions to have hockey teams:
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has made it compulsory for all SGPC-run colleges and schools to form hockey teams in order to promote the sport. SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar said this at 9th Khalsa Khed Utsav at Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib.


Rai is DG, SVB:
The state government has posted Parminder Rai, chairman, Haryana Police Housing Corporation, as Director General (DG), State Vigilance Bureau (SVB), against a vacant post.

Dhindsa is chief of defence board:
The Ministry of Defence has appointed Prof Kuldip Singh Dhindsa, a renowned scientist, as chairman of the Recruitment and Assessment Board of the Defence Research and Development Organisation. Apart from annual assessment of scientists, the board also selects scientists through various recruitment schemes.

Biker killed: Prakash Chand, a resident of Kamoda, was killed when a motorcycle hit his motorcycle near Khanpur Rodan village in the district on Monday evening. The Pipli police has registered a case in this regard.

Curator elected IASC secretary: Dr Maha Singh Poonia, curator, Dharohar Haryana Museum, Kurukshetra University, has been elected as Secretary, Indian Association for the Study of Cultural Property (IASC).

Youth dies:
Narender Yadav (24), a resident of Kakodia village, died on the spot while five children of his  family were injured seriously when their Alto car collided with a truck on the Jhajjar-Rewari Road, near Mastapur village, on Monday night. All five children were admitted to a private hospital here.

Dental council member:
Dr Sanjay Tewari, principal, Postgraduate Institute of Dental Sciences, has been appointed as member of the Executive Committee of the Dental Council of India. This is for the first time in the past 25 years that a doctor from the state has been appointed a member of the EC.


Kumbh pilgrims' death mourned
: Governor Aziz Qureshi has expressed grief over the death of several pilgrims on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya at Kumbh Mela. He said the mishap was extremely unfortunate. The Governor prayed for the peace of the departed souls.

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