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8-year-old boy crushed to death
: One Anuj (8) was crushed to death by a speeding pick-up van at the bus stop of Maujgarh village on Abohar-Sriganganagar road today. It is learnt that Anuj of Kheowali Dhaab village had come to Maujgarh to meet his maternal parents. As he along with his father Naurang Lal was waiting for a bus to return to their native village, a pick-up van allegedly hit him and sped away towards Sriganganagar. The kid died on the spot. The police has nabbed the driver and seized the vehicle. 

Bhakra board meets generation target
: The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has once again surpassed the energy generation target set by the Central Electricity Authority for the financial year 2012-13. The BBMB generated 11,000 million units against CEA's target of 10,023 million units. 

Dera Bassi
Proposed complex irks residents
: Leaders of different political parties and local residents on Sunday assembled at the court complex to urge the authorities to build the proposed judicial complex on forest land near the national highway to avoid traffic congestion. They tried to submit a memorandum on the issue to high court judge Ranjeet Singh Randhawa but failed. Randhawa refused to accept the memorandum even though a few officials in the administration and several local residents urged him to do so. Randhawa was here for the annual inspection of a local court. 

Fatehgarh Sahib
Rs 3254.24 cr loans to be disbursed
: The District Credit Plan for the year 2013-14 was launched by Deputy Commissioner Yashvir Mahajan. A sum of Rs 3254.24 crore in loans will be disbursed during the next financial year. A sum of Rs 2114.18 crore has been allocated to agriculture, Rs 692.84 crore to SSI and Rs 447.22 crore to other priority sectors. Mahajan emphasised on promoting development schemes for the poorest sections of the society. 

Punjab CM to lay foundation stone: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will lay the foundation stone of Baba Moti Ram Mehra memorial at Fatehgarh Sahib on April 11. The memorial will be erected on the pattern of Chapar Chiri which was built in the memory of Banda Singh Bahadur just outside Mohali. A Diwan Todar Mal memorial will also be raised to recognise the services of martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the human cause.

Bangladeshi woman held
: An old age Bangladeshi woman has been arrested by jawans of a patrolling party of the 51battalion from the Lakha Asli check post in Fazilka district. Sources say, a woman identified as Fathima Khadoon, aged about 60 years, was spotted by the jawans in the Indian Territory. The jawans arrested her and handed over her to the Fazilka police. 

Labourer killed
: A labourer was killed while his colleague sustained injuries while digging a well at Karma village. Report says Resham Singh, a farmer, had hired some labourers to take out old bricks from the well situated in his fields. Two labourers went down the well to bring out the bricks and suddenly, the well caved in. The duo got buried under the debris. The other people working in the field raised an alarm following which villagers rushed to the labourers’ rescue. JCB machines were pressed into service. BSF officials also reached the spot and helped the rescue team to take out labourers. One of them identified as Gurpreet Singh, alias Gora, was declared brought dead at a hospital while the other, Satpal Singh, is undergoing treatment.

NFL signs pact with Centre
: National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Fertilisers, Government of India, for the fiscal 2013-14. As per the agreement, signed by Sudhir Mital, Secretary (Fertilisers), and RG Rajan, Chairman and Managing Director, NFL, the company would produce 35.68 lakh MT of urea. 

Deceased's kin hold protest
: Following the death of both the mother and child during delivery at Jadla dispensary, the family members of the deceased held a protest in front of the Civil Dispensary at Jadla on Monday. Later, the doctors and senior officials of the Health Department sorted out the issue by convincing the aggrieved that there was no negligence on the part of the staff at the dispensary. Anita Rani, wife of Ajay Kumar of Jadla village, was reportedly brought to the dispensary for delivery in the morning but soon the complications arose due to which she and her child died. Dr Sonia of Civil Dispensary, Jadla, said the patient had been coming for regular check-up and she was anaemic.The deceased is survived by three children. The family members were alleging that the both died due to the negligence of the staff.

Man booked for raping minor: The Kathgarh police has registered a case against Sonu (31) of Balewal village under Sections 376 of the IPC and 5(M) (W) R/6 of The Protection of Children From Sexual Offence Act, 2012 for allegedlly raping a five-year-old girl of the same village. The case has been registered on the complaint of Jasvir Kaur, mother of the victim. In the complaint the girl's mother had stated that the girl was playing late in the evening when the youth took her to a lonely place and raped her. The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment. As per the doctor at the hospital, the girl was in a state of trauma. The accused was in an inebriated state while committing the crime.

22 devotees hurt as tempo overturns
: Twentytwo devotees were injured when the tempo they were travelling in overturned near Hakimpur Khatra village in Malerkotla on Monday. Hailing from Chuharr Chakk village in Moga, the pilgrims were on their way to participate in a religious fair in Khanna. 


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