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Amritsar
Langar sewa:
Pilgrims from Raikot constituency carried out community service at Guru Ramdas Langar Hall in the Golden Temple complex here on Wednesday. Led by former MLA of the area, Ranjit Singh Talwandi, volunteers from 72 villages of Raikot distributed food, chopped vegetables and cleaned utensils.

Boundary wall: Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, inaugurated the construction of the boundary wall of Baba Jiwan Singh Collegeate School and Baba Jiwan Singh Women College at Satlani Sahib, near Attari, here on Wednesday. The college would be constructed on 15 acres land.

NABHA
Farmer found dead:
A resident of nearby Laut village was found murdered on Tuesday morning in the fields. Farmer Bant Singh, who held a small piece of land, was found dead with head injuries 1 km away from his tube well room. Sarpanch Nirmal Singh and son of the deceased Binder Singh said Beant was a very gentle person and the family was not having enmity with anybody in the village.

Paramedics’ ire: Paramedics condemned the apathetic attitude of the state government towards them in a meeting organised here. They demanded regularisation of services of contractual employees, enforcement of pay commission report from January 2006, filling of vacant posts, etc. Secretary, Para Medical Association, Bharat Bhushan, district chairman, Class IV Union, Deep Chand and state press secretary, Para Medical and Health Workers Union, Punjab, Narinder Mohan Sharma addressed the gathering.

Nawanshahr
Nishan Sahib:
Activists of the All-India Saini Federation led by its president Surjit Singh Sherry submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner here on Tuesday urging him to stop the alleged move to shift the historical “Nishan Sahib” from the bank of the Sutlej near Asron village in the district. “Nishan Sahib” is associated with Maharaj Ranjit Singh.

Tarn Taran
Farmer commits suicide:
Nirvail Singh (38), son of Dharam Singh of Pandori Rehmana village,15 km from here, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous liquid here late last evening. According to information, the deceased was debt-ridden and feeling mentally disturbed. He has two sons. Before committing suicide the deceased tried to kill his wife and sons who escaped by hiding themselves nearby.

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HARYANA

Hisar
8 killed in mishap:
Eight persons were killed and three others injured when their jeep collided with a truck today, the police said. The incident took place on the Hisar-Tohana road this evening when they were proceeding towards Uklana from Barwala, they added. Six victims have been identified so far, the police said.

REWARI
Financial assistance:
Deepender Singh Hooda, son of the Chief Minister, made a tour of Kosli, Jhal, Bawwa, Nahar, Karoli, Bhala and Lilodh villages of the Kosli subdivision on Wednesday. Addressing meetings at the above villages, he extended a cordial invitation urging villagers to participate in the Chief Minister’s ‘Bijli Rally’ at Khanpur Khurd village in Jhajjar on January 10. He said the Chief Minister would lay the foundation stone of a 1320 MW Power Plant at Khanpur Khurd village on January 10. Deepender announced financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh each for Kosli and Bhalki villages, Rs 20 lakh for Bawwa village and Rs 10 lakh each for all 31 villages of the Nahar block of the district.

Material destroyed: Material worth lakhs of rupees was reportedly destroyed in a fire, which broke out in a cotton plant of Arham Spinning Mills at Bhiwadi, near Dharuhera, on Tuesday. Till the filing of the report on Wednesday, the cause of the fire was not known.

SIRSA
Six women held:
Six women have been arrested by the police for attempting to steal commodities from a grocery shop here. They were produced before a local court on Tuesday and were later released on a bail. They have been identified as Mukhtiar Kaur, Bobby, Lakhwinder Kaur, Kali, alias Surjeet Kaur, Soma and Rajo, alias Parvinder Kaur, all residents of Mansa district of Punjab. They were arrested by the police while they had allegedly attempted to steal a tin of vegetable ghee and concealed it under their garments.

Chautala to address rally: Former Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala and BJP president Rajnath Singh will address a rally in the Nehru Park here on January 18. Abhay Singh Chautala, a former MLA, addressed a joint meeting of INLD and BJP workers here on Tuesday in connection with the mobilisation of support for the rally. Abhay Singh alleged Sirsa had lagged behind in the matter of development in the present regime as the government did not care for the area. “The government has perhaps presumed that Sirsa is a part of Punjab or Rajasthan,” he alleged. He said the padyatra by party MP Ajay Singh Chautala beginning on January 14 would expose deeds of the present government.

SONEPAT
Two held for dacoity:
The police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested two persons in connection with the alleged dacoity committed by them in a powerhouse of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam at Aterna village in the district recently. The accused have been identified as Om Parkash of Bullandshahar (Uttar Pardesh) and Parkash of Meerut (Uttar Pardesh). Both culprits had allegedly looted Rs 5,200 and a mobile phone from employees on duty and copper wire worth Rs 8 lakh kept there.

YAMUNANAGAR
Cyber café owner held:
The owner of a cyber café was arrested from Farakpur for not taking precautionary measures to record visitors’ entry in the café in violation of Section 144 of the CrPC here on Wednesday. The case against the owner of the café, Amandeep, has been registered under Section 188 of the IPC. SP Vikas Arora said the District Magistrate had imposed Section 144 of the CrPC, directing all cyber café owners to maintain records of visitors. In order to prevent anti-social elements, we had launched a campaign and arrested one cyber café owner, who was not maintaining proper records, he added.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

NURPUR
Medal winner:
Rajnish Kumar (13), son of Rakesh Kumar of Gangath town, has brought laurels to the state by winning five gold medals from among 16 participants of Himachal Pradesh in the National Children Science Congress (NCSC) held at Dimapur in Nagaland from December 27 to 31. According to his guide, Rakesh Walia, Rajnish is a student of eighth standard at the Government Senior Secondary School, Gangath. He said the NCSC was inaugurated by former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam and 800 child scientists from all over the country took part in it. Rajnesh presented his report on ‘Soil in local context of Gangath an experimental study’.

PALAMPUR
Nepalese held:
The police had arrested a Nepalese, who had allegedly killed dogs and consumed its meat in a past few days. In the past few days, a number of stray dogs got missing from the Aima, Budnla and Ghuggar areas of the town. On Tuesday evening a few youths noticed a person eating meat of dogs and skins lying and they lodged a complaint with the police. Palampur DSP Rakesh Singh personally reached on the spot on Wednesday and arrested the person along with the dead animal, which he was about to consume. He said the arrested person was being sent for a medical examination.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
CRPF jawan commits suicide:
A CRPF jawan on Wednesday allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon in Poonch district, official sources here said. Jawan identified as Pargat Singh of Tikri village, Barnala district in Punjab, who was posted in the 193 Battalion, shot himself with his service rifle at ITI complex in Poonch town. The jawan died on the spot while reason behind the suicide was yet to be ascertained. A case has been registered.

Ex-serviceman robbed: An ex-serviceman was robbed by some unidentified persons on gun point in the heart of the city, police sources here on Wednesday said. “An ex-serviceman Naik Puran Singh, resident of Pallanwalla, was robbed of Rs 20,000 on pistol gun point by two unidentified motorcyclists near Amphalla Quarters on Tuesday evening,” the police said. The ex-serviceman withdrew Rs 20,000 from a bank and was on his way to his house, when the miscreants followed him and on reaching near quarters, pointed pistol at him and robbed of Rs 20,000, the police added. A case has been registered.

Father held on rape charge: A person was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping his daughter in Samba district, police officials said. Romila Devi, mother of the 14-year-old girl, filed a complaint with the police that her husband Jaswant Singh had raped her daughter when she was not at home in Kotli village in the district on Tuesday. A case has been registered and the girl has been sent for a medical examination to the hospital. A manhunt has been launched by the police to arrest the father.

Srinagar
Poppy straw seized, 4 held:
The police arrested four smugglers along with poppy straw in South Kashmir district of Pulwama, official sources said on Wednesday. On a tip-off, the police conducted an operation at Rehmoo village in Pulwama district during which four smugglers were arrested. Later, the police seized 25 kg of banned poppy straw from their possession.

Bear killed: A bear was found dead in north Kashmir district of Kupwara, official sources said on Wednesday. Panic gripped in Kulogam village in Kupwara when villagers found the bear near the house of a villager on Wednesday. Later, Wildlife Department officials were informed and the body of the bear was handed over to them. The cause of his death was not immediately known.

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