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Abohar/Hanumangarh
Folk dances mark annual function of school :
Dances by the students based on popular Punjabi number “Mittra Punjab saada sone di chidi” and Rajasthani folk “Rang de re mahane” enthralled the august gathering which included Hanumangarh legislator Vinod Kumar's wife Vijaya Chaudhary, Sadulshehar MLA Santosh Saharan and Uma Bishnoi during the annual function of the Jat Girls Hostel at Hanumangarh on Wednesday evening.The guests not only lauded the efforts of the Zila Jat Samaj Samiti but also complimented warden Sharmila Jangu for running a well equipped institution for girls. Rajpal Kaur and Saroj Kaswan were awarded as best hostlers. — OC

Bathinda
Paper reading contest held at Govt Rajindra College :
The Rajindra Chemical Society of Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, organised a paper reading contest today on the college campus. The topic was 'Nature and extent of agricultural pollution'. Around 14 students presented their views on agricultural pollution, especially the non-judicious use of pesticides which have resulted in increased incidence of cancer among people of the Malwa belt. Students of BSc-I, II and III, medical and non-medical, gave a patient hearing. Neetika Bansal from BSc-III, Mandeep Kaur of BSc-I and Rinky Baroi of BSc III bagged the first, second and third positions, respectively. Principal of the college R.K. Bangar presided over the function.

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HARYANA

Ambala
4 cops jailed for undertrial’s escape :
Four policemen, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector, were sentenced to six months’ imprisonment each for negligence of duty after an undertrial, whom they were escorting, managed to escape from a hospital. In July 2003, four policemen identified as ASI Jaswant, EHC Pritam Singh, constables Tilak Raj and Prithvi were on duty to escort an undertrial, Arun Kumar, a resident of Yamunanagar, in the Civil Hospital, where he was admitted for treatment. The undertrial had escaped by breaking the windowpane of the hospital’s bathroom. — UNI

REWARI
Man arrested for killing wife :
The police has eventually arrested a seven-month-old fugitive, Vijay Kumar, who had fled after allegedly killing his wife Minoo (30) in Kanwali village on June 1, 2008. A senior police official said the accused’s Narnaul-based relative led to Vijay’s arrest. Vijay was on Friday produced in the court of the Ilaqua Magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody. Sources said Vijay, a resident of Mahendergarh district, who had been living in a rented accommodation in Kanwali village, allegedly assaulted his wife and later strangled her to death, following an altercation with her. He absconded after the incident. The police had registered a case of murder in this regard. — TNS


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HIMACHAL PRADESH

HAMIRPUR
Two booked :
The police has booked an employee of the Regional Publicity Office (RPO), Hamirpur, and his accomplice for consuming alcohol in the government office during duty hours. Hamirpur SHO Anjani Kumar Jaswal said an employee of the RPO was found consuming liquor in the office along with Vipin Dhiman and Desh Raj. The police has sent Hans Raj and Vipin Dhiman for their medical examination and Desh Raj reportedly managed to flee from the office. — TNS

One dead : One person has died on Thursday night in Kareri village under the Badsar police station when the tractor in which he was travelling overturned. Two brothers, Suresh Kumar and Naresh Kumar, were going to their village on a tractor (HP21-0224), which met an accident in the midnight. Naresh died on the spot in this mishap. — TNS


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JAMMU & KASHMIR

JAMMU
PWD employee held with charas :
A government employee in the J&K Public Works Department (PWD) was arrested along with 6 kg of charas from the Jewel Chowk area, police sources said on Friday. “During routine checking, the police intercepted a man identified as Zahoor Ahmed Wani, resident of Kulgam, Srinagar and recovered 6 kg of charas from his bag late last night, which he had smuggled from the valley to hand over to a party here,” sources added. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him. — UNI

Vaishno Devi route reopened : In view of the fewer pilgrims undertaking the journey to Vaushno Devi due to cold weather, the old cave route to the shrine was reopened on Friday. “The ancient cave route to the shrine was reopened in view of the downfall in the rush of pilgrims due to cold wave conditions,” shrine board officials said here. “The route is opened only during the winters as less number of tourists arrive at that time but the route is closed whenever we see a rise in their numbers,” they said. — PTI

Farmers on study tour : The state government has sent a group of farmers for a study tour to Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to learn the latest farming techniques in order to give boost to agriculture and horticulture sectors in the state. The week-long study tour, comprising 24 farmers and orchard owners from the horticulture technology mission at Kathua, will focus on imparting technical know-how and knowledge regarding the quality fruit cultivation and production to the participants. — PTI

Army’s recruitment drive : A large number of unemployed youth from all the ten districts of Jammu region is likely to converge at the Garrison town of Samba to appear in Army’s recruitment rally beginning Saturday. The Army, as a part of its normal itinerary, has launched the recruitment rally for Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Reasi, Poonch and Rajouri. “Eligibility criteria of matriculation and 12th Class pass have been fixed for the aspiring candidates,” said Col Surinder Singh, Director, Recruitment. The screening test will be held from January 17 to January 21, followed by an actual test from January 22 to January 27. — TNS

SRINAGAR
2 killed as building gutted :
Two people were killed and 18 others were wounded when a building housing the office of an insurance company and a joinery mill were gutted in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said on Friday. Sources said fire broke out in ground floor of a building, housing the office of New India Insurance here, causing damage to it and records. A joinery mill was gutted in a devastating fire at Shalteng, about 9 km from here on Srinagar-Baramulla road. The cause of the fire was not known, they said adding no one was injured. — UNI

UDHAMPUR
Poppy husk, charas seized :
The police on Friday recovered 45 bags of poppy husk (Bhukki) from a truck which was on its way to Punjab. According to the police, during the checking of vehicles it intercepted a truck near TCP this morning, from which it recovered the poppy husk. Two persons named Harun Rashid and Rias Ahmed were arrested in this connection. In another incident, cops seized over 4 kg of charas from another vehicle near Banihal on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act. —TNS


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