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Kabbadi tourney
: The Young Sports Club in Hirapur village will organise the second edition of the annual kabaddi tournament from January 1 to 3 in collaboration with the panchayat and some NRIs. Club president Balwinder Singh said competitions would be held in 54 kg, 58 kg and 70 kg weight categories, besides open contests.

Shabad gyan competition
: The local Govt. Senior Secondary School organised an " Inter-house shabad gyan competition". Eight teams belonging to different houses participated. Chander Shekhar House, Bhagat Singh House and Ambedkar House won the first three positions, respectively. Dr. Kabal Singh, chairman of the school management committee, distributed prizes among the winners as well as the students . 

Rape charge
: Romesh Lal, a resident of Isa Nagar, was on Monday booked for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl of the same locality here. DSP Naresh Dogra said the girl lodged a complaint that she was raped by her neighbourer, Romesh Chand, on December 24.The accused was yet to be nabbed. 

Gas agency booked: The Sujanpur police registered a case against a local LPG gas agency under the Essential Commodity Act on Monday. The case was registered on the complaint of assistant food and supplies officer against the gas agency. 

Woman killed: Meena Rani (45) of Behladpur was killed when a truck hit her moped near Jakho Lari village, about 16 km from here, on the Pathankot- Amritsar road on Monday. She was rushed to the Civil Hospital here where doctors declared her brought dead. After conducting a post-mortem examination, the body was handed over to her husband.

5-yr-old killed in mishap
:Five-year-old Kahna Ram was killed on the spot while five others were hurt as the camel cart that the family was using to go to the fields collided head-on with a jeep on Monday in the morning near village Jasrajsar on the Nokha road, police said. As per the details, poor visibility caused the mishap. A case has been registered, the police said. 



IAS officer goes on deputation
:The state government has placed the services of IAS Deepti Umashankar at the disposal of the Union Government for appointment as Director in the Department of Personnel and Training, Delhi, with immediate effect. 



Fire in showroom
: Goods worth Rs 10 lakh were destroyed in a fire that broke out in Giriraj Enterprises, showroom of a garments company, at Subhash Chowk here on Sunday night. Short circuit is said to be behind the incident. Owner Naresh Pal Antil closed the showroom at 8.30 pm. Around 11.30 pm, the market chowkidar noticed flames coming out of the showroom and informed the police. The police and the firemen broke the lock and the fire was brought under control in half an hour. 



Another teacher in paper controversy
: Yet another teacher has created a controversy by setting a question paper asking questions about “selfish leaders” who divide people on the basis of religion. A passage in the English question paper of the second year read, “Today, we need true religion the most. It teaches us to worship God and love His creation. It fills us with humility, kindness and mercy. But unfortunately, these days we fight one another in the name of religion. Some of our selfish leaders provoke uneducated and naïve people. They defame religion. Dr Iqbal has rightly said religion does not teach hatred.” Some teachers say that this question paper was pro-government, as it was aimed to appease the government.

3-doctor panel to probe death of newborn: The state government has constituted a three-member committee to probe the death of an infant due to the alleged negligence of the authorities of the GB Pant Children’s Hospital where it was administered an expired injection. Minister for Medical Education RS Chib, who visited the hospital, constituted a team of three doctors to investigate the matter and submit a report within seven days so that action could be taken against the guilty. The seven-day-old infant was born at the Lal Ded Maternity Hospital, and was later shifted to the GB Pant Children’s Hospital. 


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