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4 gamblers held:
The Gangyal Police arrested four gamblers and recovered Rs 1,200 from their possession, official sources said here on Wednesday. A police party conducted a raid at Kunjwani and apprehended four gamblers. The accused have been identified as Sanju Sharma, Mohammed Iqbal and Krishan Lal, all residents of Kunjwani, and Dev Raj of Langer. A case has been registered. 

Seminar organised: One-day seminar on ‘role of women in peace building’ was organised on Tuesday by the Centre for Women’s Studies of Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu, in collaboration with the Mahila Shanti Sena (MSS), India and Canada. The stress of the seminar was on development of women. Dr. Anne Pearson was chief guest. Others participants included principal of the college Nalini Kohli, Dr. Hemla Aggrawal, Poonam Dhawan, Anurag Gangal Chandra Mohan, Krishnakumar, Shrambharati, Dr. Radha Bhat, Director, Gandhi Peace Foundation, and Dr. Ved Ghai. 

SAD (A) flays Forest Dept: The Shirmani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Simranjit Singh Mann has condemned the force employed by the Forest Department, Jammu, to evict poor nomad Gujjars from their land in the Belicharana area of Jammu. According to a press note, the use of brute measures resulting in destruction and burning of their (Gujjars) hutments erected by them can by no means be legitimised. A declared ‘state welfare policy’ was the need for the hour. 

Two huts gutted: At least two makeshift huts of Gujjars were gutted in fire at Sangrampur in Domana near here on Wednesday. Out of five makeshift huts, two were completely gutted in fire. Two fire tenders along with 16 firefighters were rushed to the spot and the fire had been brought under control, RS Sodhi, director of the Fire and Emergency Services said. The cause of fire was not ascertained yet. 

Blood donation camp: To celebrate World Red Cross Day, a blood donation camp was organised by the NSS Unit and the Extension Activity Unit of Model Institute of Education and Research College of Education at Government Medical College, Bakshi Nagar, on Wednesday. As many as 50 volunteers along with NSS programme officer Poonam Soni and Komal Sharma, convener, Extension Activity Unit, participated in the camp. 

1 killed in mishap: A minor girl, identified as Shaziawas (7), has been crushed to death when she was hit by a rashly driven vehicle near Vikrant Factory in the Industrial Estate area of Kathua. A police party shifted the victim to the Kathua Hospital, where she was declared brought dead. 

Cross-LoC bus service:
Owing to the alleged failure of the Pakistani authorities to give travel permit to Indian citizens to meet their divided family members in PoK, just four Indian citizens could board the cross-LoC Poonch-Rawlakote bus service on Monday. However, 19 fresh visitors from the PoK managed to reach here. Official sources said 44 passengers from India crossed over to PoK from Poonch . These include four Indian citizens and 40 PoK citizens who returned to their homes after meeting their relatives here.




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