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Garg to join SAD
: RD Garg, an industrialist of the region and zonal chairman of the Ministry of Food Processing Industry, will formally join the ruling SAD at a function to be held at his residence on Tuesday. The function will be presided over by Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal. 

Ginners’ body calls off strike
: The Punjab Cotton Factories and Ginners Association on Monday announced to call off its statewide strike following an assurance of the CM to resolve issues through talks. Accusing the state government of discriminating between small and mega projects, regarding exemptions in the market fee and rural development fund (RDF), the association members had been observing an indefinite boycott of cotton auctions throughout the state since January 1. “Considering our memorandum, the CM immediately summoned the heads of the departments concerned for January 18 at Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh,”said Bansal.

Body found in bag
: A gunny bag containing the body of an unidentified man was found in a pit on the Hariana-Dosarka road on Monday. According to police sources, it was suspected that after murdering him, his body was dumped in a pit. Marks of strangulation was found on the neck of the body. After taking the body in its custody, the police has sent it to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem examination.

2 killed in mishaps: On account of poor visibility due to fog, two persons have lost their lives in the district. According to police sources, Baldev Singh of Pandori Ladhan was killed when an Innova car hit the scooter he was riding near Panesra on Sunday evening. The body of Raj Chaurasia of Uttar Pradesh was found crushed by some unknown vehicle near Pur Hiran bypass here last night.

Motorcyclist shot at
: A motorcycle-borne man sustained serious injuries when two unidentified persons fired at him in Ambedkar Nagar, near Basti Nau, falling under police station Division-5 on Monday evening. The victim, Deepak Pelu, was rushed to a local hospital from where he was referred to a Ludhiana hospital.

Processed food plant
: The Ludhiana Central Jail may soon have a production plant of processed food on its premises as well as an outlet of the same outside. The project is an offshoot of a training programme in food processing started by the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology for jail inmates earlier this week. The aim of the programme is to enable the inmates to earn a livelihood after they complete their sentences. “We have more than 2,500 prisoners/undertrails in the jail whose consumption of food is quite big. If this training programme, initiated by the CIPHET, is successful, we may set up a plant for soyabean or groundnut milk production on the jail campus itself,” said jail superintendent Kuldeep Singh. 

2 SHOs promoted
: SSP Rakesh Aggarwal has promoted Raj Kumar and Kewal Krishan, SHOs posted at the city and sadar police stations, respectively, as Sub-Inspectors by affixing badges on them here on Monday.



:Following have been nominated as office-bearers of the Traders Association (associates Chandigarh Beopar Mandal) here today.Dr Zora Sigh- pattern; Surjit Singh Sodhi- chairman; Ashok Kumar- president; Davinder Sharma- senior vice-president; SK Bedi and Raman Mann, vice-presidents and Rajesh Bidra, general secretary.

Cricket trials tomorrow:Trials to select the city team for participating in the 1st All-India Senior T20 National League Cricket Tournament to be held at Rohtak, Haryana, from January 21, would be held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, on January 13 at 2 pm.Stating this in a press note, Cricket Council of India general secretary RS Dandiwal said those interested should contact cricket coach RK Jain on 9814100386.

Cross  country meet on Jan 31:The National Cross Country Championship would be held at Delhi on January 31.The spokesperson of the UT department of sports in a press note issued here today said athletes interested in participating in the event should contact SK Joshi, UT athletics coach, at Sports Complex, Sector 7, on January 15 at 10 am.

Workshop on teaching trends
:The faculty members of Ashmah International School, Mohali, attended a workshop to meet challenges in education. Brigadier Jagdev, expert in academics and trends in teaching technology, brushed up teachers’ knowledge by emphasising continual learning among teachers. 



Liquor seized
: The police has recovered 31,695 ml of liquor from various shops during the past 24 hours, official sources revealed on Sunday. The police had conducted raids on five shops at different locations of the district and seized the illicit liquor that was kept by the shop owners for clandestine sale. It has registered cases against the shop owners under the Excise Act. 

Man commits suicide
: A person reportedly committed suicide by hanging from a tree. The police said Suresh Kumar (28), son of Bidhi Chand of Kahol village under the Badsar police station, ended his life by hanging from a tree in the forest near his village on Saturday. The deceased was found dead by villagers on Sunday. 

One suspended: The Deputy Commissioner has suspended gram panchayat president of Kot Langsa Rajesh Sharma from the post for alleged irregularities in seven development works carried out by him in the panchayat. 

: Following have been elected office-bearers of the Barol Development and Jan Kalyan Parishad here: president - CK Sharma, senior vice-president - SC Katoch, vice-president - SK Angaria, general secretary KK Sharma, and treasurer - Ram Pal Singh. 

Cricket tourney
: Cricket tournament organised by local Brijraj Cricket Club opened at Chogan here on Sunday. MLA Rakesh Pathania while inaugurating the tournament assured sports lovers that the proposed stadium at the Chogan ground would be built within a year. He informed that a number of technical impediments in its construction had been removed which would pave the way for its construction. Meanwhile, organisers of the tournament said as many as 32 cricket teams were participating in the tournament. 


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