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Amritsar
SGPC promotions:
President of the SGPC Avtar Singh has promoted assistant secretaries Satbir Singh and Tarlochan Singh as additional secretaries. Chief account auditor Ranjit Singh, personal secretary Manjit Singh, flying squad in charge Mohinder Singh, supervisor Dilbagh Singh and purchase in charge Gurcharan Singh Gharindi have also been promoted as assistant secretaries. 

Bag stolen: Dr Baljit Maan of Adlakha Hospital on the Race Course road alleged that his bag was stolen after breaking glasses of his car parked outside the hospital here on Saturday. It was the second incident of theft on the road within a gap of few days. 

Mansa
Labourers injured:
Two labourers were injured when a wall collapse at Ganesh brick kiln in village Khiwa Khurd today. According to sources, Parkash Chand (35) and Anjana (32) were injured in the mishap. The injured have been admitted to Civil Hospital, Mansa. Leader of Lal Jhanda Bhattha Mazdoor Union, Jeet Singh Bhikhi, has demanded a compensation for the injured labourers.

DEF to hold convention: The Democratic Employee Front (DEF) would organise a state-level convention in Jalandhar on January 11. District president of organisation Sikander Singh Dhaliwal, district secretary Jaspal Singh Khokhar and district vice-president Darshan Singh Tahalian said that the convention would focus on the problems of the employees. 

Nawanshahr
7 devotees hurt:
Seven devotees were injured when the vehicle belonging to Dera Kargal Paniali collided with a Punjab Roadways bus near Canal View Hotel on the Balachaur- Chandigarh road due to dense fog this morning. The dera was organising “parbhat pheris” in connection with the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh. Manjit Singh Sujjowal, Balwinder Singh Ghamour, Priya and Harman were admitted to a private hospital at Balachaur, and others Sucha Singh, Baljit Kaur and Dimpy were admitted to the civil hospital here. 

SHO takes charge: Gurmit Kaur has taken charge as SHO, NRI police station, here. Earlier, she was in charge of the women cell. She is the first women SHO in the district.

Pathankot
Poppy husk seized:
The police arrested Parveen Kumar, Chamkour Singh and Pratap Sharma and seized 9.4 kg of poppy husk from them here on Saturday. SP(D) Balbir Singh Khaira said illicit liquor, including 40 kg of lahan from five persons, was also seized from various parts of the district.

Driving licenses: Former member of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB) Kanwal Bakshi distributed about 400 heavy civil driving licences to the personnel of the 5021ASC Battalion in the local cantonment on Friday. Bakshi said the issue of heavy driving licences would help in rehabilitation of the Army men after their retirement. He appreciated the civil administration for rendering cooperation in issuing the driving licences. 

SANGRUR
Stones of 3 roads laid:
MP from Sangrur Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Friday laid the foundation stones for the construction of three new roads at Lehragaga. These roads are being constructed under the Nabard scheme from Gaga to Kotra, Ladal to Kotra and Gidariani to Kishangarh. Dhindsa also gave a cheque for Rs 51,000 to the village sports club at Gidariani village.

Tarn Taran
Mass marriage:
On the last day of the week-long death anniversary congregation of Baba Tara Singh and Baba Charan Singh Sarhaliwale, 85 couple tied the knot on Friday. Baba Sukha Singh blessed the newlywed poor couples who were given items of daily needs, including furniture, utensils and clothes. 

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HARYANA

JHAJJAR
One killed, 5 hurt in mishaps:
One person was killed and three others were injured in a road accident on the Jhajjar-Sahlavaas road near Dhania village here on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Kamal Singh, a resident of Amboli village in the district, while the injured, Mukesh and Parminder of Sahlawaas village and Dheeraj of Ahri village, have been referred PGIMS, Rohtak. The incident took place when a car, in which they were travelling, became out of control and rammed into a tree. In another incident, two women - Sumitra and Rekha - sustained injuries when a jeep hit them near Khajpur village here on Saturday morning. The women were going to dump garbage outside the village. 

KURUKSHETRA
School timings changed:
Keeping in view the cold weather, which has potential of adversely affecting the health, District Magistrate Pankaj Aggarwal, in an order issued here on Saturday, has ordered that all government and government-aided and private schools falling in this district will start from 9 am onwards with effect from January 3 to January 10. Aggarwal has observed that it was essential that the movement an exposure of the children during early hours in these weather conditions should be restricted to prevent such danger to human health and safety as these adverse conditions of the weather increase the possibility for the same. 

SONEPAT
Two killed in accidents:
Veena, of Gurgaon, died on the spot whereas her husband Krishan Govind was injured seriously when their car was hit by a truck on the GT road, near Bahalgarh, on Saturday morning. Krishan has been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak, and driver Joginder, who also sustained injuries, has been admitted in the civil hospital here. According to information, they were going from Gurgaon to Punjab when a speeding truck reportedly hit the car and it overturned on the roadside. The truck driver managed to run away from the spot. A case has been registered against the truck driver. In another incident, Sunita, resident of Lal Darwaja here, was killed when she fell down between track and platform while boarding a passenger train here at the railway station on Saturday. She was fatally injured by the steps of the compartments of the train in motion. She was rushed to civil hospital, but doctors declared her as brought dead.

Two arrested: The police has arrested two armed gangsters identified as Prakash and Om Prakash, both from Uttar Pradesh, who were allegedly planning to loot the passersby at pistol point at Deepalpur road. The police seized a country-made pistol, five live cartridges and a knife from their possession. According to SSP Navdeep Singh Virk, the arrested gangsters had confessed that there were around 12 youths in their gang and they were involved in stealing the electricity transformers.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

NURPUR
Body found:
The police found an unidentified body on the roadside of the Pathankot-Mandi national highway here on Saturday evening. According to the SHO, the deceased was nearly 40-years-old and wearing pant-shirt and sweater and seems to have died two days back. He said the deceased was a migrant labourer. The police had taken the  body into its custody for post-mortem examination. 

SHIMLA
Retirement age:
In a statement issued here on Saturday president of the Himachal Pradesh University Teacher’s Association Prof Suresh Kumar urged Chief Minister PK Dhumal to enhance the retirement age of university teachers to 65 as this had been recommended by the UGC in view of shortage of qualified teachers. While thanking Dhumal for the release of pay scale of university and college teachers, he urged that the scale and all terms and conditions be implemented in totality. 

Hotel owners: With the objective of enhancing hospitality services in the hill state, the Tourism Department will provide training to those associated with the tourism sector. Disclosing this here on Saturday, secretary, Tourism, Manisha Nanda said the training would be provided to owners and workers of hotels, dhabas, taxi and bus drivers, conductors, porters, guides, police, Home Guards and staff of the Tourism Development Corporation.

Blankets distributed: As a relief to the fire victims of Sarahan village in the Chopal area of Shimla district, a fortnightly magazine “Janpaksh Mail” distributed blankets to the people. Chief Editor of the magazine Anil Khimta said it was a miracle that a major disaster had been averted as the villagers ensured that other houses were not devastated in the fire. It was on the night of December 21 that a three-storeyed building caught fire. 

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Man held for setting wife afire:
The police on Saturday arrested a man for allegedly setting his wife afire for dowry in the Domana area on city outskirts, sources here said. “Asha Devi, 25, wife of Raj Kumar, a resident of Raipur-Jagir, Domana, was admitted to Government Medical College Hospital with 90 per cent burns, Gian Chand Sharma, SHO, Domana, said. He said: “We have arrested the husband of the victim. she is struggling for life in the hospital while a case has been registered against him.” 

Srinagar
PPP chief War released:
Chairman of the Peoples Political Party (PPP) Hilal Ahmad War was released from the central jail here on Saturday after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court quashed his detention on Friday. War was arrested in July last year and detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA). A single bench of the court on Friday directed the authorities to release War in case he was not wanted in any other case. War, suffering from eye and kidney problem, was detained under the PSA for his alleged role in the bomb blast at the Batmaloo bus stand in which four labourers from Bihar were killed in July last year. The PPP chairman had asked outsiders allegedly involved in criminal activities to leave the valley a week before the blast. 

Body of terrorist found: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday recovered the body of a Hizbul Mujahideen militant, who reportedly died after falling from a hill in Pulwama district. The body of Ghulam Mohiuddin Najar was recovered from Dood Marg Mohalla village in the Tral area, the police said here. The ultra of Nagbal Chana Mohalla in Tral was reportedly ill and had slipped from a hill. 

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