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Amritsar
Credit camp:
The Oriental Bank of Commerce organised a credit camp for priority sector advances at Tarn Taran recently. General manager A.K. Tangri distributed sanction letters worth Rs 32.68 crore among 391 beneficiaries. Deputy general manager S.N. Chopra explained the various schemes of the bank under agricultural and priority sectors. 

Bathinda
Blood donation :
With the help of United Welfare Association, a blood donation camp was held in Doomwali village where 23 unit of blood was collected. 

Hoshiarpur
Cold claims life:
One person has died of severe cold in the district last night. According to police sources, Dev Raj of  Bulhowal died due to severe cold in the village last night. 

2 arrested:
Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the house of Sardool Singh at the local Mohalla Kamalpur and seized intoxicants - 97 capsules of parvonspas, 520 tablets of mitrazepam, 1,200 tablets momolit and seven vials of rexcot on Monday. The Sadar police has arrested Sardool Singh under sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. In another case, the city police arrested Paramjit Singh of Premgarh and seized 22 kg poppy husk from him. He was arrested under sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. 

Youth hangs self: 
The body of Sandeep Bansal was found hanging from the girder in his house at the local Mohalla Garhi Gate on Tuesday. According to police sources, Sandeep Bansal went to sleep in his room last night. This morning when his mother went to give him bed tea, she found the body of her son hanging from the girder of the room.The police has sent the body for post-mortem examination to the local civil hospital. 

Muktsar
Notice on animal fair :In a public interest ltigation, directions have been sought to restrain the authorities concerned at Muktsar from holding a competition of animals. “Pashudhan championship” is scheduled to be held at Guru Gobind Singh stadium and playground of Muktsar government college from January 10.
Taking up the petition filed by advocate Gurbaj Singh of Ferozepur district, the Bench of Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Hement Gupta issued notice of motion for January 7.

Nawanshahr
Eye operations
: As many as 105 eye operations were performed at Drishti Eye Hospital, Banga, under the aegis of Swami Lal Dass Brahmanand Bhuriwale Charitable Trust. The trust has organised a free eye-cum -medical check up camp at Tapparian Khurd village to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Lal Dass on Sunday. 

PNB’s new office:
Punjab National Bank zonal manager V.M. Upadhaya on Tuesday inaugurated the new premises for its industrial focal point branch. A large number of industrialists appreciated the efforts of the bank for providing modern premises for this leading industrial branch. Upadhaya said the bank had several schemes to finance small and medium enterprises and would provide funds under various schemes to upgrade the industrial activity in this region. 

Cyber cafes:
Keeping in view the apprehension of danger to the security of general public, VIPs, government institutions on account of use of the facilities like email, etc, available in cyber cafes by unknown persons which may also lead to terrorist activities affecting the security of the state, the district magistrate (DM) N.K. Wadhawan, has ordered the owners of all cyber cafes in the district to maintain registers for noting the identity of the visitors/users mentioning name, address, telephone number and identity proof. 

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HARYANA

Gurgaon
Hooda to inaugurate power plant:
The state Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be inaugurating the fourth electricity plant in Gharli village near here on January 10. This was stated by Bhupinder Chaudhry, MLA, Pautadi, at the Congress Bhawan here yesterday. The plant is of 1,320 mw.

KAITHAL
DC’s priorities:
Deputy Commissioner Amneet P Kumar in her first press conference said here on Tuesday that press acts as bridge between the administration and the people as it highlighted problems facing the people which some times were not in the notice of the authorities. She said to improve public amenities, the expeditious execution of the development projects and the beautification of the town would be her top priority. She told mediapersons that she has asked the officials to remain punctual and strictly adhere to the official timings and those playing truant will not be spared. 

KARNAL
Youth killed:
One person was killed when he was hit by a speeding truck near Ghar Gujran here on Tuesday evening. The deceased, identified as Sandeep (24), resident of Biwipur Jatan, was walking by the roadside when he was knocked by an unknown truck. The driver of the truck fled from the spot after the accident. A case has been registered.

Family court to settle cases: A special “Parivarik Mahila Lok Adalat” (Family court) would be held at all district headquarters and sub-divisional headquarters in the state on February 14 to settle cases pertaining to marriage and family affairs, including the cases under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 and section 125 of the code of the Criminal Procedure 1973. Disclosing this here on Tuesday, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Karnal, YK Ritu Bahal said all cases relating to family disputes would be taken up and decided in the Family Court. 

YAMUNANAGAR
Faculty development:
The most precious heritage of mankind is entrusted to the teachers and they should mould their students into responsible citizens. However it is unfortunate that these days many teachers shirk their responsibility and have joined a rat race to make more and more money by private coaching or through other means said vice-chancellor, MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, professor PK Yadav. He was addressing the gathering of faculty members on the second day of the faculty development Programme at Ganpati College of Management for girls, Shahpur, here on Tuesday. While prof B Setia of NIT, Kurukshetra, emphasised the need to go high-tech by using IT and web tools for updating latest knowledge. 


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Local holidays:
Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate Amar Singh Rathore has declared two ‘local holidays’ for Bilaspur district during the current calendar year. A notification issued here on Tuesday said one local holiday would be observed on January 13, on Lohri festival, while the other on March 23, final day of the seven-day mela, Nalwadi, the biggest cultural event of this area. He said these holidays would be observed throughout the district by all government and semi-government organisations and would be paid holidays as other gazetted holidays. 

NSS camp ends: A 10-day National Social Service (NSS) camp for students of the Government Senior Secondary School, Bassi, concluded about 90 km from here on Monday evening. It was attended by 55 participants, which included 28 boys and 27 girls. Principal KD Gauttam said here on Tuesday that the students were apprised regarding various government programmes and public schemes by a number of district officers while they were also given field training in social service. 

DALHOUSIE
No use of mini secretariat:
Despite the commissioning of a huge edifice of mini secretariat at Salooni Township, the tehsil headquarters in Chamba district, offices of tehsil welfare, integrate child development scheme, Public Health Departments were still functioning in the private rented buildings. The mini-secretariat building has not been of use to the various government departments so far. Moreover, the offices of HPSEB, Divisional Forest Officer, Irrigation and Public Health Department were already having their own departmental buildings. 

SHIMLA
Case given to CBI:
The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and the Students Federation of India (SFI) on Tuesday demanded that the case pertaining to the death of deputy forest ranger Raman Kalthaik be handed over to the CBI to ensure a fair probe. Raising doubts about the fairness of the police investigation into the case they said the manner in which the police had acted in an unfair manner, it is only a CBI probe, which will unveil the truth. The case has been handed over to the CID by the DGP after the family doubted the role of the local police. 

Setting up of IIIT: Horticulture and Technical University Minister Narender Bragta said the issue of setting up of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) had been raised with the centre. Presiding over the review meeting of the Technical Education Department here on Tuesday he said the Centre was likely to approve the centre for Himachal. He said that Himachal was emerging as an education hub with the setting up of a central university and NIFT in Kangra and IIT in Mandi district. 

Bank branch opened: UCO Bank celebrated its 66th foundation day in the state by opening a branch at Chakkar in the periphery of the capital city. Inaugurating the branch deputy general manager Anil Bakshi said the bank was observing January as the customer satisfaction month and working on the motto “create at least one satisfied customer everyday”. He said the bank was opening 66 new branches across the country and the Chakkar branch was one of them. With this the total number of branches in the state had gone up to 134. 

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DEHRADUN

HARIDWAR
Schools to re-open on Jan 9:
The district magistrate, Shailesh Bhagoli, has ordered the schools to remain closed till January 8 in view of the cold wave prevalent in the entire northern region. All state-affiliated private schools and colleges have been ordered to remain closed till January 8. If schools are found open before Jan 9, the district education officer will be responsible for it. 

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