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Amritsar
Man kills wife
: Soma (65), a resident of Wadala Johal Village, was allegedly hacked to death by her husband Harbans Singh here on Saturday evening. In a complaint lodged by Soma’s brother Sardool Singh alleged that his sister was hit with a spade as a result of which she died on the spot. A case has been registered under section 302 of the IPC. The accused has been arrested.

Batala
Unapproved colonies
: On the direction of the Gurdaspur deputy commissioner to the sub-registrar, no sale deed pertaining to nine unapproved colonies was being entertained. However, the deputy commissioner has clarified that the sale deed of the land falling in the colony of Usmanpur City has been exempted from his directive as it has got the approval of the PUDA authorities.

Religious procession: A religious procession was taken out here today to mark the birthday anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. Led by ‘Panj Piaras’ and followed by thousands of devotees, the procession started from Gurdwara Kandh Sahib and passed through Achligate, Dharmpura Colony, Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Kahnuwan Chownk, Gandhi Chowk, etc.

Bathinda
Elected
: Dr Bhagat Singh Dhaliwal was unanimously elected as president of the management committee of the local Public Library for three-year term on Sunday. K.K. Sharma held the charge as acting president. General secretary Jagdish Singh Ghai read out the report of programmes undertaken by the library in the past three years on the occasion. Pawan Mani had proposed Dhaliwal’s name and H.S. Mokha was the returning officer.

Jalandhar
Councillor joins BJP
: Independent councillor from ward number 44 Sunanda Malhotra today joined the BJP raising the tally of the party men to 20 in the MC House. BJP district president Ravi Mahendra announced this in a press note here. The SAD lags behind with 14 councillors, making a combined tally to 34. Congress has 20 councillors with the remaining six councillors working independently.

Ludhiana
Dharamshala stone laid
: MLA Harish Bedi, along with Rajendar Bhandari and Madan Lal Baggha, laid foundation stone of Bhagwal Valmiki Dharamshala here on Sunday. The dharamshala will be constructed at a cost of Rs 5 lakh. In a press note issued by the Kamleshwar Dharamshala Mandir Committee, the committee thanked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for the amount.

Mansa
Sankalp campaign
: CPI (ML) on Sunday held a meeting at Baba Buja Singh Bhawan following the Sankalp campaign. Addressing the meeting, the state secretary of the party, Rajwinder Singh Rana, said that imperialism had been creating problems for the poor. He said that the big parties of the country had been adopting the policies of imperialism. The economic crisis, which the world had been facing, was brought about by capitalist policies. He expressed concern over the black money which was reportedly being deposited in the banks of Switzerland. Among others who addressed the meeting were Sukhcharan Singh Danewalia, Gurjant Singh and Ranjit Singh Tamkot.
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HARYANA

FATEHABAD
Science exhibition: Saraswati Vidya Mandir School organised a science exhibition here on Saturday. It was inaugurated by district education officer HS Chhokar. Principal of the school Vijay Nirmohi said as many as 350 students participated in it and displayed their working and stationary models. In the working-models category, thermal power plant model by Mohit, Lavkesh, Milan, Aman and Himanshu was adjudged the first. In the non-working models category, chain reaction model by Pooja, Meenal, Neeru and Deeksha was adjudged the first.

Lineman hurt: An assistant lineman of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) received serious burn injuries due to electrocution while working on a transformer in the local Jagjiwanpura area on Sunday. Raj Kumar also received injuries as he fell from the pole after electrocution. A local journalist, Rajinder Sharma, who was standing nearby, rushed him to the local general hospital and informed the DHBVN authorities.

GURGAON
Seminar for women: With a view to creating awareness among rural women, the Department of Panchayat and Development organised a seminar at the local community centre on Sunday. Experts present on the occasion gave effective tips to the rural women on preventing themselves and their families from various diseases. Director of the department SK Monga was the chief guest. He informed the gathering about welfare schemes and facilities being provided by the government for women and exhorted them to avail these. Aasha Welfare, Aanganwari and ANM workers had put up stalls to make women aware of their rights.

KAITHAL
Samples taken: On the directions of ADC Ramesh Verma, XEN PWD (B&R) has taken the samples of material being used by a contractor for the construction of water channel at Guliana minor of the district. The ADC said on Saturday he had also directed the XEN CADA not to release any payment of the contractor concerned till the report of testing laboratory was received. The administration took a serious view of allegations levelled by villagers about the use of ‘substandard’ material in the construction of water channels at Guliana canal minor.

ROHTAK
Office-bearers elected: Veteran journalist Gian Singh has been re-elected as the chairman of the Press Club, Rohtak. Senior staff correspondent of The Tribune, Bijendra Ahlawat, and sports reporter, Anil Gulati, will be the new secretary and treasurer, respectively. According to a Press Club spokesman, working journalists of the city unanimously elected the new office-bearers at a meeting held in the club office at Pt Shri Ram Sharma Rangshala here on Thursday. The tenure of the new body will be one year.

SONEPAT
District-level sammelans: The Indian National Congress will organise the district-level party sammelans in the country and a sammelan in the district will be organised in Gohana on January 24. This was stated by national vice-president of the All-India Mahila Congress and former Haryana Minister Krishna Gahlaut while talking to mediapersons on Saturday. She said national president of the mahila Congress Dr Prabha Thakur, Haryana in charge Mohisina Kidwai and state mahila president MLA Sumita Singh would attend the sammelan. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son, Deepender Singh Hooda, would also be invited, she added.
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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Seminar: The Forest Division here organised a daylong seminar on “Media and Environment” for mediapersons on Sunday. DFO Pushpender Rana invited suggestions from the media to spread awakening among schoolchildren on this subject. He urged them to come forward to cooperate in this welfare project. Subject specialist Satya Prasanna from Palampur detailed the programme through introductory movie titled “Nature and We” and said we have to protect the very Nature if we are to protect and preserve our environment.

Review conference: Youths should take active part in all activities of the gram panchayats of their area apart from taking interest in removing social evils and solving various problems connected with their villages. This call was given by district youth co-ordinator of the Nehru Yuvak Kendra Som Dutt Zard while presiding over the development block-level review conference of office-bearers of Mahila Mandals and Yuvak Mandals at Ghumarwin, near here, on Saturday.

KANGRA
Two smugglers held: Two smugglers were arrested during a raid in Kathog village, near Jawalamukhi, on Sunday and recovered 17 logs of sandalwood from their possession, the police said. Dehra SDPO Kulwant Singh said the police arrested Ankaj and Pankaj, residents of Kathog village, and recovered sandalwood worth Rs 40,000 from their possession. A case has been registered under the Forest Act.

PALAMPUR
Three injured in accident: At least three persons were injured, two of them seriously, when a speeding light vehicle collided with a truck, near Arla village, on the Palampur-Pathankot national highway on Saturday night. According to a report, the incident took place when the pick-up collided with the truck coming from Pathankot laden with sugar. Both drivers received serious injuries and were rushed to the Government Medical College, Tanda, where the condition of one of the drivers, Pawan Kumar, is stated to be serious.
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Jawan hurt in accidental firing:
A CRPF jawan was injured in an accidental firing in Channi Himmat area of the winter capital, official sources here on Sunday said. A constable in the CRPF identified as Aashiq Hussain sustained a bullet injury when his official weapon went off accidentally while he was servicing it. He received injury on his left shoulder and was immediately shifted to the hospital.

Girl found dead: A girl committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence in Roopnagar area, police sources here on Sunday said. The girl, identified as Nisha Chib, was found hanging in her room by family members, who immediately shifted her to the hospital after breaking the door, which was bolted from inside. The doctors, however, declared her as brought dead while the police has registered the case. The reason behind this extreme step is yet to be ascertained as the police recovered no suicide note from the site.

Srinagar
Youth drowns in Jhelum:
Panic gripped a village in South Kashmir when a youth slipped and drowned in Jhelum river, official sources said on Sunday. Farooq Ahmad (25) was on the bank of the Jhelum river at Pazalpora when he slipped and fell into the river. Efforts were going on to extricate the body.

Militant falls to death: A militant was killed when he fell down from a hilltop in south Kashmir forest, official sources said on Sunday. They said a militant identified as Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Najar slipped and fell down from a hilltop at Tral in south Kashmir district of Pulwama. He died on the spot.
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