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Abohar
DYC chief flays govt:
The District Youth Congress president Sandeep Jakhar was accorded a warm welcome in village Seetogunno of Balluana segment in this sub-division on Sunday. While exhorting the party workers to participate overwhelmingly in the Maghi Mela conference, he strongly criticised the SAD-BJP alliance government for pursuing policies that were against the interests of farmers, daily wage earners, employees and traders. The people suffer due to day long power cuts but the Chief Minister boasts of ushering in power revolution, he regretted. Jakhar alleged that the state government was siphoning off the grants received from the Central government and was trying to spread hatred against the UPA.

Encroachments removed: The administration on Saturday evening removed encroachments to speed up hitherto hanging construction of the overbridge to facilitate smooth traffic on the Kishangarh mega highway in Hanumangarh town area. SDM K.K. Mathur said that revenue officers were assisted by the engineers and other staff of the municipal council in removing kiosks and other temporary structures on Ratangarh road besides warning other encroachers to voluntarily remove their shops before the launch of second operation.

Shard Utsav organised: The students not only enthralled the gathering with a cultural programme during the Shard Utsav that was organised today by Mata Jeeto Ji Girls College in Suratgarh, 60 km away from Sriganganagar, but also prompted them to run into emotions by highlighting the sad social scenario that was emerging due to evils like dowry, drugs and female child foeticide.

Three detained in death case: The police late last night took three persons into custody for interrogation following recovery of the body of one Gurdeep Singh who had been reportedly kidnapped on the first day of the New Year, sources said.

CHANDIGARH
Bhavishya Nidhi Adalat today:
The Bhavishya Nidhi Adalat will be organised on Monday at all offices of the regional provident fund commissioner (RPFC) in Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Amritsar and Jalandhar. SK Aggarwal, RPFC-I, Punjab and Chandigarh, said the adalat would be held from 11 am to 3 pm.

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HARYANA

FATEHABAD
Blood donation camp:
As many as 51 units of blood were collected at a blood donation camp organised by the Gram Sewak Samiti at Samain village in the district on Friday. Deputy Commissioner JS Ahlawat inaugurated the camp. He urged villagers to shun social evils. SDM Yogesh Mehta and City Magistrate Satish Jain were also present on the occasion.

GURGAON
Woman commits suicide:
A woman committed suicide by allegedly eating some poisonous substance here on Saturday. According to the police Frida, a resident of Sondh village in Tawaru, had a fight with her husband Rafik after which she ate some poisonous substance. She was taken to the local Civil Hospital, from where she was referred to Delhi. She died on her way to Delhi.

REWARI
Protest held:
School lecturers from various parts of the district held a protest rally in the energy park here on Friday. Denouncing the “injustice” done to them in the implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, state president of the Haryana School Lecturers Association (HSLA) Anil Yadav announced that they would intensify their agitation and hold a state-level protest rally in Rohtak on January 25 if their demands were not accepted by the state government by then. Later, raising slogans against the government, they marched to the district secretariat where they submitted to the deputy commissioner a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister.

Committee formed: Deputy Commissioner Chander Prakash has constituted a high-level committee to strictly enforce prohibition of smoking in public places in the district. The committee, headed by him, will ensure that rules related to smoking in public places are scrupulously observed by one and all.

1 held for theft: The police has arrested Ashok Kumar Yadav for allegedly stealing Rs 1 lakh from Bishanmber Dayal Yadav’s bag in Mandola village, near Khol, on Friday. The police has also seized the stolen amount from his posession. He was on Sunday produced before Duty Magistrate RK Dogra, who remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days. Dayal had withdrawn Rs 1.50 lakh from the Mandola branch of the Gurgaon Gramin Bank.

Man crushed to death: Satish Kumar (32), a resident of Jhajjar district, was reportedly crushed to death by a tanker at Kosli on Friday. The mishap took place when he was crossing a road. The police has registered a case of causing death by negligence under Sections 279, 304-A of the IPC against the tanker driver, who reportedly fled the scene.

SIRSA
SPIC for hike in exemption limit:
SME Pharma Industries Confederation (SPIC), a confederation of small and medium pharmaceutical industries spread all over India except the excise-free zones of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and northeast states, is not content with the recent 4 per cent excise cut by the Central government and wants government to increase the abatement rate from the current 35 per cent to 60 per cent and the exemption limit from the current Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 4 crore. This was stated by Vinod Gupta, joint secretary (media) of the SPIC, in the inaugural meet of the confederation held in Delhi recently.

Fire in garment shop: Large stocks of readymade garments were gutted in a fire that broke out in showroom situated in the local Ajay Vihar area here on Sunday. A passerby informed the showroom owner, Raman Mittal, who in turn called fire tenders. The cause of the fire is yet to be established.

NUJ executive meeting: Haryana Governor AR Kidwai will inaugurate a two-day meeting of the national executive of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the local Surkhab Complex on January 17. Bhupender Dharmani, national secretary of the NUJ, told mediapersons here on Friday that Haryana Finance Minister Birender Singh would preside over the inaugural session.

YAMUNANAGAR
Better pay scales sought:
Irked over the Sixth Pay Commission implemented by the state government, members of the Haryana School Lecturers Association on Saturday submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, demanding a hike in pay scale. District president of the association Rohtash Rana said the state government should at least provide them pay scale equal to high school headmaster.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

CHAMBA
Charas seized:
In a raid conducted by the police on Saturday, 7.5 kg of charas seized from the possession of two persons in Tissa area of the district. One person has been identified as Prem Singh and his accomplice is yet to be identified. The SP, Chamba, Chander Shekhar Pandit, disclosed that the culprits had been arrested and a case under the NDPS Act had been registered for further action.

DALHOUSIE
Trekking expedition ends:
The National Himalayan Winter Trekking Expedition organised by the Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) at Youth Hostel, Dalhousie, concluded on Saturday. This expedition is being organised for the 17th year in succession. It continued for 24 days and each batch was for six days. As many as 831 participants from 17 states participated in this programme, out of which 168 were women. The four southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu contributed to nearly 30 per cent of the trekkers.

KULLU
Holiday on Jan 13:
Deputy Commissioner, Kullu, M Sudha Devi has declared January 13 as local holiday on Saturday. In a press release here she said with a little amendment of the notification number GAD-(M) of August 9, 2008 and November 4, 2008, of the state government, the said local holiday was declared. All government schools and offices would remain closed on the Maggi Festival that falls on January 13, the release added.

MANDI
Test for police recruitments:
As many as 2,456 candidates appeared for the written test for the recruitment of over 100 police head constables in the district on Sunday. According to police sources, candidates will be called for the interview and physical test for the final selection on the basis of their merit in the written test. The process would be over within weeks time, they added.

NURPUR
Gaddi Vikas Samiti:
Ahkil Bhartiya Gaddi Vikas Samiti, Nurpur, has urged the state wool federation to set up permanent counter of sale and purchase of sheep wool at Nurpur. A delegation of the samiti led by its president Madan Lal on Saturday met the federation representative here and apprised him of various problems being faced by sheep reaper and wool producers in the area, which included opening of wool collection centre at Nurpur, imparting of training of wool cutting know-how for quality produce to the reapers. The samiti also submitted a memorandum to the state wool federation in this connection.

SHIMLA
House gutted:
A 12-room house was gutted in a major fire that broke out in Chalali village, near Kotkhai, on Saturday night. While the exact cause of the fire could not be ascertained, the police said it might have been sparked off by an electric short-circuit. Initial estimates put the loss at Rs 20 lakh. Horticulture minister Narender Bragta visited the scene of the incident and directed the administration to provide all possible help to the affected family.

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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu
Banker booked:
A bank employee was booked for allegedly circulating fake currency to customers in Surankote area of Poonch district, official sources said here on Sunday. On a complaint lodged by two police constables that they were issued fake currency by one of the employees of a local bank’s branch in Draba, the police registered a case and started investigations. “The constables alleged that they received 15 fake currency notes of Rs 500 denomination in their salary,” the sources said.

Woman commits suicide: A young woman committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance in Katra town of Reasi district, official sources here Sunday said. A housewife, identified as Dolly (23) consumed poisonous substance at her residence in Karktyal village. She was immediately shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu, where she was declared brought dead. A case has been registered.

Jawan held with ‘bhukki’: A CRPF jawan, possessing 6 kg of poppy straw (Bhukki), was arrested on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Banihal area of Ramban district, official sources said here on Sunday. Based on a tip-off, the police laid a nakka on the national highway and intercepted a passenger bus on Saturday afternoon. The accused has been identified as Hardev Singh, 183 Battalion. Six kg of Bhukki has been seized from his possession and a case has been registered.

Guns, cartridges stolen: Burglars struck at a shop and stole two double barrel guns, two air pistols and some cartridges, police sources said here on Sunday. “Burglars struck at defence arms and ammunition shop on Saturday night in Gangyal area on the city outskirts. They fled away with two double barrel guns, two air pistols, besides cartridges,”' the sources said. A case has been registered and investigations are on.

Seminar on AIDS: The Serving All Humanity Yearningly Over the Globe India organised an awareness seminar on HIV-AIDS in collaboration with the state AIDS Prevention Control Society and the J&K Commission for Women at Prerna Institute of Rehabilitation and Research at Kullain, RS Pura, on Sunday. NGOs, drivers, transporters, educationists, students participated in the seminar. Project director of the state AIDS Prevention Control Society Dr MA Wani inaugurated the seminar.

Srinagar
Man electrocuted:
A labourer hailing from Bihar was electrocuted inside a factory in Pulwama district on Sunday, the police said. Jeevan Mandal, a resident of Kooch in Bihar, died of electric shock after he came in contact with a live wire at Asrar Poly Veneer factory in Ukhoo-Kakpora area in South Kashmir Pulwama district. A case has been registered.

1 killed in mishap: One person was killed and three others were injured in separate road accidents in the valley overnight, official sources said on Sunday. A vehicle hit and critically wounded Fayaz Ahmad Kawa at Shadipora in Bandipora district. He was immediately rushed to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Three persons were injured when their vehicle met with an accident at Satina in Ganderbal district. The injured were hospitalised.

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