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Budget session from March 4
: The 11 th Budget Session of the  13 th Punjab Vidhan Sabha will be held from March 4 to 25. A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal cleared the file to this  effect last evening for approval of the Cabinet. The file would then be sent to Punjab Governor for a final approval.

3 IAS officers transferred: The Punjab Government today transferred three IAS officers with immediate effect. Sanjay Kumar becomes Secretary (Revenue) and in addition Survey Commissioner of Wakfs. Jaspal Singh  has been posted as Secretary, Expenditure (Department of Finance) and  Dr Arvinder Singh is the new Secretary, Home Affairs and Justice. 

Lohri celebrated
: GMT College of Education celebrated Lohri Students sat around the bonfire and sang folk songs. Traditional sweets like rewaris, peanuts and gachaks were distributed among students. 

Bar body celebrates Lohri:
Members of the District Bar Association, Patiala, celebrated lohri in a function organised at Central State Library. Patiala divisional commissioner GS Grewal was the chief guest at the occasion. He stressed that festivals helped bridge the gap between people at the social level. More than 1,000 advocates attended the function. 



Hockey trials: Trials to select the Chandigarh team to represent in the first Senior Woman National Championship at Sonepat will be held on January 14 at 3 pm at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium. The national championship will be held at Rai School of Sports, Sonepat, from January 19 to 30. The players can contact UT DSO KS Bharti or coach Rajinder Singh. 

Phones out of order: Hundreds of Reliance landline consumers in some parts of the city were put to inconvenience today following a technical snag. It is learnt that the optical fibre was cut at three places - near Zirakpur and at Sectors 8 and 17 - due to digging work. The phones went out of order around 9 am today and the connections could be restored only after 8 pm. 


More snow predicted in Valley
: Even as the State Meteorological Department predicted moderate to heavy snow in the Kashmir valley in the next three days, the minimum temperature in the city settled at 4°C above normal on Thursday. “The minimum temperature in Srinagar was 1.6 °C, which was 4°C above normal,” said an officer of the State Meteorological Department. The minimum temperature in Leh town was -20.4°C, while in Kargil it was -15.4°C.

1,173 police cadets pass out : Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed the hope that police cadets passing out of the Sheeri Training College would not only exercise minimum use of force while maintaining law and order but would also respect human rights like a civilised force. Addressing the passing- out parade at Sheeri in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on Thursday, Omar said the Jammu and Kashmir police was a bridge between the government and the people during the recent unrest in the Valley. In all, 1,173 cadets completed training. 


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