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Congress gears up for  Maghi Mela :
Congress is gearing up for the political conference to be held during the Maghi Mela in Muktsar on January 13. District Youth Congress president Sandeep Jakhar during a hectic tour held workers meeting in village Maujgarh, Jandwala Hanwanta, Panniwala Mahla, Achadiki and Bhangarkhera before addressing a meeting here at residence of youth wing worker Sandeep Soni.

Judo contest on Jan 17: The 3rd District Judo Championship for men and women would be held at the Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here on January 17, principal Neelam Arun Mittu said. Entries would be accepted till January 16 by 3 pm.

Man commits suicide :
Ashwani Kumar (30), a resident of Bassi Pathana, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on Saturday. SHO Surjit Singh said Ashwani Kumar was running a business and was under the state of depression these days due to recession. His body was handed over to the family members after the autopsy. The police has initiated an action under Section 174 of the CrPC.

Body found :
The body of a man, identified as Sangat Ram, was found in a street at his Mukhliana village early on Saturday morning. According to police sources, marks of injuries caused by sharp-edged weapons were found on the body. It is suspected that after murdering Sangat Ram, his body was thrown in the street.

Air-India reduces fares :
Air-India has reduced its passenger fares on sector Delhi/Amritsar and Amritsar/Delhi from Rs 3,275 to Rs 2,425, including taxes. The Amritsar/Delhi flight would take off at 10.20 am and arrived at 11.15 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and the Delhi/Amritsar flight would take off at 6 pm and arrived at 6.55 pm on Monday,  Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Demolition drive : The town planning section of the municipal corporation demolished the construction work started for carving out a new unapproved colony, near Babu Labh Singh Nagar, here on Friday. Officials revealed that the colony was being carved out in a 1.5 acres with road laying work being executed. The officials reached just in time and warned the dealers against going ahead with the scheme in an illegal manner.

Medical seminar
: The Banga unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA) organised a seminar on “Advances in medical science” under Continous Medical Education (CME) programme on Friday. IMA president Dr Subash Dhir presided on the occasion. More than 40 doctors participated in the programme. Joint replacement and orthopaedic surgeon Dr Harminder Singh delivered a lecture on disorders of the knee joint and discussed the role of total knee joint arthroplasty in advance cases of osteoarthritis. He also showed the video clippings of the joint replacement surgeries.

Farmers to continue stir :
The farmers today resolved to continue the dharna at Sriganganagar Sugar Mills besides asking the growers to keep on transporting sugarcane to the mills in Punjab.



Surgery : Fortis Hospital, Mohali, has claimed to have a successful hip replacement surgery on 104-year-old woman. The surgery was conducted by Dr Harsimran Singh. Chanan Devi from Dhaliwal fell at home two weeks ago and fractured her hip bone. Chanan was operated on December 29, the surgery took just 37 minutes and only 100 ml of blood loss occurred. Chanan was allowed to stand with support 24 hours after the surgery, said Dr Harsimran.



Shop catches fire :
In a fire incident which took place on Friday late night, the articles worth lakh of rupees gutted in the handloom shop of Gandhi Chowk, Kalka. Shiv Kumar Rana, the owner of the shop said at around 11pm, Darshan, a local rehriwala informed that the shop had caught fire. The fire brigade from HMT and Parwanoo managed to control the fire. The local police administration also rushed to the spot. The reason behind the incident is assumed a short-circuit. The police is investigating the matter.

Pedestrian dies in mishap :
A pedestrian was reportedly killed when he was run over by a vehicle (HR 05V 8899) at Khanpur village, near here, today. The deceased has been identified as Jai Prakash. He was walking on the roadside when the vehicle hit him and fled. The victim succumbed to his injuries at the Civil Hospital at Indri.



Seminar on Urdu :
Director Centre for Professional Studies in Urdu, Jammu University, Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik on Saturday said Jammu University and Kashmir University would organise a two-day national seminar on “Urdu in J&K Past, Present and Future” on Monday at Seminar Hall of Computer Science Block, Jammu University.

Panthers’ session begins : Two-day session of JKNPP candidates and delegates started on Saturday in Jammu. According to the press note issued here, 79 candidates who contested the elections participated. Iinaugurating the session, chairman of the JKNPP Prof Bhim Singh congratulated the party candidates for their performance in the elections. Besides, Harsh Dev Singh, Yashpal Kundal and Balwant Singh Mankotia, 20 candidates from the valley, 21 from Jammu and one from Ladakh attended the session.

Bid on SHO’s life :
A police officer survived a bid on his life when militants hurled a hand grenade towards his Gypsy at Hyderpora on the Srinagar Airport road on Saturday night, official sources said. This was the first militant attack in the city in 2009. They said the militants hurled a hand grenade towards a Station House Officer (SHO) of a police station at Hyderpora bypass around 6.30 pm. However, it missed the intended target and exploded on the roadside without causing any damage. The sound of the blast was heard in the entire area.


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