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Amritsar
Fire incident:
A major fire broke out in the Guru Nanak Bhavan here on Friday morning. Three fire brigade tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire. According to information, the fire broke out due to a short circuit, which was noticed by the labourers working in the basement of the bhavan. 

Bathinda
Concern for  girl child :
Bathinda Vikas Manch is dedicated to catering to the needs of commoners. Female foeticide is a burning issue, across the country, especially in Punjab. The main causes of female foeticide are ignorance and illiteracy. Despite successful tenacious efforts, some extra deserving efforts are needed to make this programme successful, Rakesh Narula, stated during a meeting organised by the Manch. Like every year, the Manch has decided to celebrate Lohri for newborn girls. The parents of the female children would be cordially invited and the members of the Manch would present gifts to female children as well. This function would be organised on January 11. Other social service organisations would also contribute in this social welfare activity. 

Takes charge : Mohinder Partap has taken charge as Chief Engineer, Construction, at Guru Hargobind Thermal Power Plant, Lehra Mohabbat, it was informed on Friday.

Hoshiarpur
Social activist cremated :
Social and religious activist Sat Pal Dilawar was cremated at the local cremation ground on Friday evening. Hundreds of people, including member of Rajya Sabha Dharmpal Sabharwal and former MP Kamal Chaudhary, attended the funeral.

Ganja seized : On a tip-off, the Model Town police raided the area of Mohalla Bhim Nagar on Tuesday night and seized 3.5 kg of ganja from Nandu Kumar. 

Jalandhar
Gurpurb holiday:
In view of the nagar kirtan celebrations on Gurupurb, Jalandhar deputy commissioner Ajeet Singh Pannu has declared Saturday a holiday in government and semi-government schools. 



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CHANDIGARH

Chandigarh
Sampark centres closed :
All e-sampark and gram sampark centres in the city will remain closed on January 5 and 8 on account of the birth anniversary of Sri Guru Gobind Singh and Muharram. These have been declared holidays under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, by the UT. 

Blankets distributed : Officials and staff of the Indian Red Cross Society, Chandigarh, on Friday distributed around 100 blankets to needy and downtrodden people. The society also plans to distribute 50 blankets to rickshaw pullers through the Chandigarh traffic police to observe 20th national road safety week already in progress from January 1 at Children Traffic Park, Sector 23, here. 

Meeting: A meeting of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was held here on Thursday under the chairmanship of local unit president VST Malik. The meeting decided that the party would field its candidate from Chandigarh in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, said Sunil Kumar president of the youth wing. 
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HARYANA

KAITHAL
4 hurt in road accident :
Four persons were injured, when the car in which they were travelling, rammed into a stationary truck on the national highway 65, near Batta village, on Friday morning. All injured were admitted in the civil hospital . Bharpoor Singh, a resident of Chhapra, said he and his three friends were slowly moving on the road and they could not see the truck parked on the road side due to the dense fog. Due to the impact of the accident Bharpoor, Amreek, Nirmal and Ram Saroop suffered injuries. 

REWARI
2 held with synthetic ghee :
On a tip off, the Model Town police conducted a raid in the slum-dwellers hutment, adjoining the Brass Market, here on Thursday evening. The police seized 70 kg of synthetic desi ghee and arrested two persons, Ramesh and Rajesh, both residents of Ahmedabad. They were produced in the court of the ACJM on Friday, who remanded them in the police custody. A case has been registered under Sections 420, 272, 273 of the IPC as well as Section 12 of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Rs 11.97 cr for kin of police martyrs :
The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday sanctioned Rs 11.97 crore for the families of martyrs, who had sacrificed their lives in combat operations or other incidents, under various welfare schemes, official sources here said. “An amount of Rs 11.97 crore has been sanctioned for the families of the martyrs and ex gratia to injured policemen in the state to take care of their families,” they said. While Rs 11.61 crore was disbursed under special relief schemes, Rs 2.67 lakh would be provided to policemen under welfare schemes. For school-going children of the martyrs, Rs 14.47 lakh has been sanctioned as scholarship. 

Srinagar
Award for DD director :
Dr Rafeeq Masoodi, director, Doordarshan Kendra (DDK), Srinagar, has been selected for the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ by the Indian International Friendship Society (IIFS). The award is being given to Dr Masoodi for his understanding of art and culture. A spokesman for the DDK said Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit would confer the award on Masoodi at the Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on Friday. Some of the past recipients of the award include Mother Teressa, former Vice-President of the country B.D. Jatti, NRI business magnate Vijay Malaya, cine stars Dev Anand, late Sunil Dutt, Rajesh Khanna, Raveena Tandon and Jayaprada; singer Pankaj Udhas and former Indian cricket captains Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.

One falls to death: One person was killed after he fell from stairs while two others were injured in a road accident in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said on Friday. Rigzin Dorjay fell from the stairs of his house and died on the spot. One person was injured in a road accident at Kanispora in Baramulla, while a police constable was injured after he was hit by a vehicle at Awantipora.
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