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Golden Temple kirtan live:
For devotees in other parts of the country and abroad, the SGPC has come out with a new internet application called "Live Kirtan" using which the people can listen to Gurbani from the sanctum sanctorum at the Golden Temple. Launching the facility here on Saturday, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar lauded the internet division of the SGPC for developing this application which can be run on i-phone and i-pad.

Aid for Cambridge students: SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has said that the SGPC has allocated Rs 1 crore to facilitate the studies of five students in Cambridge University. These students have been selected from SGPC-run institutions.

Badal slams petrol price hike: Terming the hike of Rs 1.40 in petrol price as a totally irrational and anti-people decision of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said that sole motive of the hike was to give undue benefit to big oil companies. He said this move was reflective of Centre’s doublespeak as on the one hand, it was claiming that the recent Budget would arrest inflationary trends but to everyone’s surprise, just within 24 hours of its presentation, the Centre had announced the petrol price hike.

Youth beaten to death:
A youth, Kulwinder Singh, was allegedly beaten to death by a farmer at Bhogpur village in Dharamkot sub-division of Moga district on Friday. Kulwinder was defecating in the field of one Joginder Singh, when the owner noticed it and started beating him with a stick until he fell unconscious. A few minutes later, the youth succumbed to his injuries. A case of murder has been registered against Joginder Singh, his wife Paro and two sons Gurmeet Singh and Kulwant Singh at the Dharamkot police station.

Crop diversification:
The Agriculture Department will grow pulses, oil seeds, lentil, barley and black corn on 3,000 hectares in the district during the current rabi season to promote crop diversification. Oil seeds have been sown on 300 hectares and maize will be grown on 200 hectares. Ropar Agriculture Officer Lakhwinder Singh Hundal said pulses, including barley, lentil, and black corn would be sown on 500 hectares.

Traffic plan for Hola Mohalla: In order to avoid traffic congestion during Hola Mohalla that is to be celebrated at Kiratpur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib from March 23 to 28, the Deputy Commissioner has ordered to divert the trucks and buses that travel into the area. The trucks from Ropar heading towards Kiratpur Sahib for Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh will proceed towards Nalagarh and Swarghat before reaching the destination. Similarly the trucks plying on Ropar-Anandpur Sahib road will go towards Nurpur Bedi-Agampur-Chandesar. The trucks plying between Anandpur Sahib and Nangal will also be diverted to other routes via Chandesar.

Free eye camp: Around 600 persons were examined at a free eye check-up and operation camp, organised in memory of former PEPSU Chief Minister Babu Brish Bhan and former MP Sant Ram Singla at Aggarwal Dharamshala in Moonak on Saturday. Justice Ashok Bhan, chairman, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, was the chief guest while Sangrur MP Vijay Inder Singla presided over. Doctors from Lions Eye Hospital, Patran, examined the patients and identified about 110 patients for cataract operations which would be performed on Sunday.



Woman found dead
: The body of a 23-year-old woman was found under mysterious circumstances at her in-laws’ residence late night in Sector 24, Panchkula. The victim who hailed from Kurukshetra was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where she was declared brought dead. The body has been kept in the mortuary for the post mortem.



Petrol prices:
Slamming the UPA government for the second hike in petrol prices within a fortnight, the INLD on Saturday demanded an immediate rollback of the rates. In a statement, Ellenabad MLA Abhey Chautala and party’s state president Ashok Arora said the hike in petrol prices would only add to the inflation.

Three held:
The police has arrested three persons for duping a shopkeeper of Rs 9.63 lakh in a deal of mobile sets. The police said Harsh of the Pipli road in a complaint had alleged that Arun Gandhi of Panipat and three others had purchased 250 mobile sets of Carbon company costing Rs 9.63 lakh, but neither they had paid the cost of the mobile sets nor returned money. They were produced in the court here and were remanded to police custody.

One dead: Resham Ram of Jalbera village, who was injured when a motorcycle hit his bicycle near the bus stand, succumbed to his injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Friday evening. The police has registered a case.

12 arrested:
On a tip-off, the police conducted raids at two places in Dharuhera and arrested 12 persons, residents of various places of the Dharuhera area and the Mewat area, while indulging in gambling. The police, which recovered from them Rs 90,000, booked them under the Gambling Act.



1 held with 250 gm charas: The police has arrested Pawan Kumar from near the Animal Husbandry Department on NH-21 (Chandigarh-Manali) for possessing charas weighing 250 gm, on Friday evening. SP Anupam Sharma said the police had set up a naka on the spot in its campaign against the illicit trade and smuggling of such contrabands. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act.

HPSSSB member: Former IPS officer Jog Raj Thakur took oath of office and secrecy as new member of the HP Subordinate Services Selection Board (HPSSSB) in a function here on Friday. He was administered the oath by HPSSSB Chairman JK Chauhan.

School clarifies: Dinesh Chander, Headmaster, Jolly Convent Public School, Jahu, has clarified that the school is affiliated to the HP Board of School Education (HPBSE) in the second list of the board dated January 20. He has condemned the claim that the school is not affiliated to the HPBSE.

Lambs stolen:
Two motorcycle-borne thieves stole lambs worth Rs 12,000 belonging to shepherd Madan Lal from Baijnath. The herd was grazing near Slapparh under Sundernagar police station. Though the police has lodged an FIR under Sections 379 and 34, IPC, at Sundernagar police station, the accused are yet to be arrested.

Charas seized: The Rajgarh police on Friday arrested Inder Singh (37) from Ghotari village and recovered 22.68 kg charas with a market value estimated at more than Rs 22 lakh. Inder had been on the run after being let out by the Kanda jail on parole of three weeks since April 2011. He had sought this parole to attend his sister’s wedding, but jumped it. At present he is undergoing 10-year imprisonment for smuggling charas under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Lectures on biosciences: Shoolini University, in association with Bio Spectrum, on Thursday held a seminar on the importance of biosciences. Prof PK Khosla, VC, Shoolini University, said such programmes assumed importance as biotechnology was losing its charm among students owing to lack of structured jobs and inadequate trained human resource. He said, “We cannot ignore biotechnology, as it is set to play a key role in meeting our future food and health needs and also resolving issues like global warming, waste management, pollution abatement, etc.” Narayanan Suresh, Group Editor of BioSpectrum also spoke. A vote of thanks was given by JM Julka, Director, Planning.


Man jailed for rape:
A trial court in Almora has sentenced a person to 7 years’ imprisonment for raping a girl and later handing her over to his brother last year. According to the prosecution, Sunil Kumar of Udham Singh Nagar lured the girl to Almora and raped her there. He later handed her over to his brother. “The brother of the victim lodged a complaint with the police, which arrested the culprit. The court found Sunil guilty under Sections 363, 366 and 376 of the IPC on Saturday,” said Divan Singh Bisht, DGC, crime, Almora.

Two youths arrested:
The Champawat police on Saturday arrested two youths from Nepal along with Rs 36 lakh they had stolen from a factory owner of Delhi, where one of them worked as driver. “The local police swung into action after the Delhi Police sought its assistance with regard to an FIR lodged at Mangolpuri police station in Delhi under Section 408 of the IPC. The youths, who were alighting from a bus, were arrested and the stolen money was recovered from their possession,” said RS Mehta, SO, Banbasa police station.

Students threaten stir:
Students of local PG College have threatened to launch an agitation if vacant posts of teacher are not filled in a week. “As the Public Service Commission is not recruiting teachers in the college, teachers should be appointed on contract immediately. Students are suffering in the absence of teachers,” said Adarsh Katahyat, president of the students’ union of the college.

Centre's effigy burnt:
Workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today gathered at Clock Tower and burnt an effigy of the Union Government in protest against the hike in petrol prices. The workers shouted slogans against the Congress-led Central Government and alleged that the Central as well as state governments had utterly failed to check inflation and rapid price rise.

Tiger's carcass found:The carcass of a tiger was recovered from Bechauri area of Ramnagar forest division in Kumaon today. Forest officials have sent the body for postmortem and the exact reason of the death will be known from the postmortem report. The deceased tiger’s stomach was severed and the role of suspected poisoning cannot be ruled out.

Elephant menace:Elephant menace continues in Doiwala region of Dehradun. Elephants last night destroyed crops of wheat at Doiwala in the agriculture fields. The villagers in Doiwala spent the night in fear and informed the forest authorities. Meanwhile, forest authorities today directed increasing of patrolling in Doiwala.

Residential maps:The Mussoorie-Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) will be approving residential maps on line from April 1. MDDA has prepared a software and the training of the MDDA officials has already begun for the purpose. The arrangement will be implemented on trial basis for a period of one month.

UKD (D) to take part in poll:The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (Democratic) has announced to participate in the forthcoming local bodies elections in the state. UKD (Democratic) leader Shaktisheel Kaparwan said the party will be participating in the local bodies’ elections with full strength. He said the party hopes to show excellent performance in the local bodies polls.

Social welfare officer punished:
HC Semwal, Director of the Social Welfare Department, has suspended a district-level officer of the department for the embezzlement of Rs 7 lakh of scholarship amount meant for students belonging to the weaker section of a school in Udham Singh Nagar. “An inquiry by the Crime Branch and the CID found the officer guilty in June, 2012. He was sent to jail on Saturday. He has been suspended from service,” said Semwal.

Telescope to be installed:
The Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences in Nainital is mulling to install a 30 diameter telescope, considered to be one of biggest telescopes, by 2021. It will help in exploring the hidden dimensions of space. “We have been given responsibility to prepare the assembly of the third such telescope in the country for which the mirror control system and software will be prepared at Pune and Bangalore, respectively,” said Prof Ram Sagar, director of the institute.

Research paper presented:
Dr Mohammed Arif, an agriculture scientist retired from DRDO, presented a research paper on Antarctic fauna and their adaptation on the second day of a national seminar on innovations in ethno pharmacology here on Saturday. “The paper deals with the habitat of aquatic and terrestrial animal fauna of Antarctica, their modes of living and feeding behaviour and adaptation to combating harsh climatic conditions,” said Dr Arif, who had been to Antarctica for research during his service time.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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