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Abohar
Farmer murdered:
Ami Chand (43), a marginal farmer of Jhumianwali village here, was killed allegedly after being attacked with sticks by his brother Om Parkash, nephew Aad Ram and some neighbours.

Hoshiarpur
Stop air strikes: Dal Khalsa:
Condemning the killings of Palestinians in Israeli air strikes, the Dal Khalsa has urged the Union Government to take concrete steps to end the aggression on Palestine.

Mohali
Helpline launched:Education Minister Daljeet Singh Cheema on Tuesday launched a toll free helpline, 18001372215, so that students' grievances are redressed speedily. A special cell, Complaint and Grievance Cell, has also been made operational at the office of Director General School Education at Phase 8, here.

Muktsar
Motorcyclist killed:
A motorcyclist was killed while three others sustained injuries in a head-on collision between a car and motorcycle near Daula village on the Malout-Bathinda highway in Gidderbaha on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Balkar Singh of Chughe Kalan village in Bathinda. The pillion rider, Gurpreet Singh, was referred to Bathinda.

Ropar
Dairy centres in all dists: The state government would open Dairy Training and Extension Centres in all districts, said Gulzar Singh Ranike, Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries Minister, here on Tuesday. Ranike, who started a course in dairy products training at Dairy Training and Extension centre, Chatamli, said farmers needed to diversify into other areas such as dairy farming.

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CHANDIGARH

Chandigarh
18 get Sahitya awards
: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today honoured 18 litterateurs for their outstanding work during 2013. The Aajiven Sahitya Saadhna Samman was conferred on Gopal Das 'Neeraj'. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a shawl and a citation. The Aditya-Alhar Hasya Samman carrying a cash prize of Rs1 lakh was conferred on Ashok Chakrdhar. The Mahakavi Surdass Samman of Rs 1.5 lakh was conferred on Madan Gopal Shastri whereas Babu Balmukund Gupt Samman, Lala Desh Bandhu Gupt Samman and Pt. Lakhmichand Samman carrying a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each were conferred upon Chandrakanta, Manmohan Gupt Moni and Acharya Mahabir Prasad Shastri, respectively. Similarly, Jankavi Mehar Singh Samman and Shresth Mahila Rachnakar Samman of Rs 1 lakh each were given to Yoginder Moudgil and Sudarshan Ratnakar, respectively. The Vishesh Sahitya Sevi Samman of Rs 51,000 each was conferred upon Rajinder Mohan Bhatnagar, Baldev Vanshi, Amarnath Amar, Amarnath Sahni, Virender Goyal, Roop Devgun, Mahender Sharma and Anupam Mishr.

EC orders on transfers: In view of the coming Vidhan Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has directed the Haryana Government to transfer all officers connected directly with elections if he/ she has completed three years in present posting or home district during the last four years. The order would also be applicable to the officers completing three years on or before October 31. Shrikant Walgad, Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, gave this information in a video-conference with DCs and returning officers of all districts here today.

Hooda okays Rs 485-cr for Gurgaon, 3 towns: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday approved Rs 485.93 crore for development works in four towns Pinjore (Rs 22.31 crore), Faridabad (Rs 59.24 crore), Hisar (Rs 23.17 crore) and Gurgaon (Rs 381.21 crore).


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HARYANA

Sonepat
Aim to plant 2 lakh trees in one month
: Sonepat DC: Deputy Commissioner Sameer Pal Srow said around two lakh saplings will be planted in the district in the next one month. Speaking at the district-level Van Mahotsav function at DCR University of Science and Technology, Murthal, he urged each student to plant four trees.

Karnal
India, Mauritius NGOs join hands to help special kids
: A MoU has been signed between National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activists (NIFAA), an NGO of India, and the Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF), a charitable trust of Mauritius, to work for the welfare of physically and mentally handicapped children.

Yamunanagar
Kanwariya goes missing in Western Jamuna Canal
: A 15-year-old Kanwariya went missing in the Western Jamuna Canal (WJC) on Tuesday afternoon. Sachin, a Kanwariya of Shakti Nagar in Sirsa, had left home with his friends to bring "kanwar" and holy water from the river Ganga in Haridwar on July 10. While returning from Haridwar, Sachin and his friends went into the WJC near the Railway Bridge, Yamunanagar, to take a bath today. He slipped into the deep end of the canal accidently and then went missing. Sachin's parents were informed about the incident. The city police and a team of divers were searching for the boy till the filling of this report.


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