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Batala
Migrant labourer kills employer: A migrant labourer, Sarwan Kumar, murdered his employer Ranjit Singh after a minor altercation at Ammonangal village here today. Sarwan Kumar refused to milk buffaloes and Ranjit Singh reprimanded him. This infuriated Sarwan Kumar and he attacked Ranjit Singh with a sharp-edged weapon when he was milking a buffalo. Ranjit Singh died on the spot. The police arrested Sarwan Kumar and registered a case.

Patiala
Khalsa College bags 5 UGC research projects: Khalsa College, Patiala has bagged five major research projects granted by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi. Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, Principal of the Khalsa College congratulated the faculty members. He that these research projects marked the progressive vision of the institution and proved that the college was ahead in the field of academics.

Zirakpur
Woollens distributed
: The Peer Muchhalla Builders Association yesterday distributed blankets among needy people in Zirakpur. Vijay Arora, president of the builders association, said he wanted to help the needy persons who could not afford to buy blankets and woollens to survive the winter chill. A community kitchen was also organised for them.



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CHANDIGARH

Raids conducted: A team of the food and supplies department today conducted raids in the fruits and grain market, Sector 26, this morning to check the hoarding of onions. During the surprise check, it was found that two shops (shop numbers 25 and 37) had discrepancies in sales register.
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Srinagar
Partial response to Geelaniís bandh call
: The strike call given by the hardline separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, in protest against the alleged human rights violations in the state evoked a partial response on Saturday. Though shops and business establishments remained closed on the busy Residency Road and the city centre of Lal Chowk, it remained open in other parts of the city. The attendance in government offices also remained thin. The police said the situation remained normal and there was no untoward incident reported from any part of the Valley. However, all university exams scheduled for Saturday and Sunday were cancelled by the authorities due to heavy snowfall and the fresh dates would be announced later, PRO of Kashmir University said.

Jammu
22 injured as minibus overturns
: At least 22 persons were injured, three of them seriously, after the minibus they were travelling in skidded off the road near Dinga Morh at Hiranagar in Kathua district on Saturday. The police said the injured, including the driver and the conductor of the minibus, were first taken to the Hiranagar Sub-district Hospital and later referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here. The condition of the injured was said to be stable.

Students on tour meet Chidambaram: A group of 38 schoolchildren, including 18 girls, from the remote areas of Kashmir, along with DG, BSF, Raman Srivastava, called on Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi on Saturday. The students, in the age group of 10 to 16 years, are on a Bharat Darshan tour being organised by the BSF. The DG, BSF, apprised the Home Minister of the composition of the group and that they all belonged to the remote areas of Kashmir, an official release stated here on Saturday.
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