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Polio camp for pilgrims:
The Health Department is organising a special polio camp for the pilgrims, who will be visiting Pakistan to visit the historic gurdwaras there on Baisakhi. The camp will be held from April 4 to 11. Every pilgrim will be administered polio drops.

Holiday on April 10:
The Punjab Government on Friday notified a public holiday on April 10 in all government offices, Boards, corporations and educational institutions located in Chandigarh but governed by the state on account of the General Election for the Union Territory. The government also declared a holiday on April 30, the day the state goes to polls.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Man booked in dowry case:
The police on Friday booked Gurinder Singh of Kidi Afghana village for allegedly causing the death of his wife, Shilpa. Her viscera report confirmed that she had died after consuming sulphas tablets on August 25, 2013. Investigating Officer Balwinder Singh said the victim’s father Mangat Ram of Kaithal had complained that Gurinder was harassing her for more dowry. No arrest has been made so far.

2 booked for NRI’s murder: The Mukerian police have booked two youths for allegedly murdering an NRI who had to return to Dubai on Friday. Balwinder Singh, victim Jatinder Singh’s father, said his son was to board a flight from Amritsar. Balwinder alleged that accused Raman and his brother Amandeep had called Jatinder to their house. He alleged that when his son did not return till late in the evening, he went to look for him, only to find him dead at the accused’s house.

Meet on cyber security:
The Postgraduate Department of Computer Science, Khalsa College, organised a national conference on "Cyber Pollution: Problem and Remedy" on the college campus on Friday. The conference aimed at highlighting the cyber threat that needs to be dealt with devising new legal structure. Mohanveer Singh Sidhu, Additional Director, Department of Technical Education, Punjab, was the chief guest.



Harvesting vacation:
For the first time, the Education Department has announced a harvesting vacation in Panchkula schools from April 5 to April 14. All government, private aided and private unaided schools will remain closed during this period due to the harvesting vacation (Fasli Avkaash).



Political activists join PDP:
Senior political activists from Shopian GM Shah and Ghulam Ahmad Dar joined the PDP on Friday. Shah is the vice-president of the J&K Panch/Sarpanch United Forum. Ghulam Ahmad Dar hails from Zainapora village.

Power shutdown in some parts of city today: The power supply will remain suspended in some parts of the city on Saturday. In order to carry out urgent repairs and maintenance works, the power supply from the 33 kV Habbak-Soura-SKIMS lines will be affected tomorrow. According to the Power Controller, Power Development Department, Kashmir, there will be no power from 11am to 4pm in the areas which are fed from the 33-kV lines.

Banihal man’s body fished out from Jhelum: The body of a resident of Banihal town was fished out from the Jhelum river here on Thursday. The body was recovered from near the city's Basant Bagh locality, a police spokesman said. The deceased has been identified as 30-year-old Liyaqat Ahmad Katoch, a resident of Pogal area of Banihal. The police have filed a case under Section 174 of the CrPC. "After conducting all medico-legal formalities, the police handed over the body of the deceased to his relatives for the last rites," the spokesman said.

Malik placed under detention: JKLF: The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik, was on Friday placed under detention at his residence in the city here, his party said. Malik was placed under house arrest today and was not allowed to attend the Friday prayers, the JKLF said in a statement. The party said a large contingent of the police cordoned off his residence located at Maisuma in the city here on Thursday night and placed him under detention. The police, however, did not make any comment about the detention. The JKLF has launched an election boycott campaign across the Kashmir valley.



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