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Nagar kirtan
: A nagar kirtan led by Panj Piaras was taken out to mark the birth anniversary of Baba Deep Singh here today. The procession began from Akal Takht and passed through Sri Guru Ram Dass Sarai, Jallianwala Bagh, Lakkar Mandi, Sultanwind Gate, Swaran House, Golden Cloth market, Tej Nagar Chowk, Shaheed Udham Singh market, Kot Mahna Singh before culminating at Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh at Chatiwind Gate.

Disaster management: Rajbir Singh Walia has taken over as district coordinator, disaster management, Amritsar. He would coordinate different departments with regard to activities of disaster management in the city.

Pensioners Day: The Guru Nanak Dev University Pensioners Welfare Association would observe Pensioners Day on February 9 at Guru Nanak Bhawan. R.P. Sobti, press secretary of the association, said experts would present their views on this occasion. Besides this, there would be a question-hour session to find solutions to various problems faced by the pensioners.

Train cancelled
: The Railways authorities have cancelled the Ferozepur Cantt-Mumbai Punjab Mail (12138) till January 28 due to blockades of railway lines near Jind in Haryana following protests in that area. However, if the law and order situation improved, the train service will resume.

Youths flee with bag: Two motorcycle-borne youths fled with a bag containing documents by breaking windshield of a vehicle near Sherpur Chowk here today. Ekjot Singh, a junior engineer (JE), had gone to Fauji Colony where two motorcycle-borne youths broke the windshield of his vehicle and fled with the bag. 

Traffic blocked
: To demand repair of Mehs Bridge, residents of 12 villages here staged a dharna and blocked traffic for seven hours on the circular road here on Tuesday. The villagers lifted the blockage following an assurance from SDM.



BJP protest
: The BJP leaders led by Kishan Pal Gurjar, president of the state unit of the party, sat on a dharna here today. They were protesting against the obstruction to the partyís Ekta Yatra by the Centre and the government of Jammu and Kashmir. A large number of workers reached the mini secretariat in a procession, raising slogans against the Centre.


Omar calls on Governor
: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called on Governor NN Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday. During the meeting, that lasted for over an hour, the Governor and the Chief Minister had wide-ranging discussions related to the governance of the state, particularly focusing on security and development issues.

Tight security in Srinagar
: Tight security arrangements have been made here in view of the BJPís Rashtriya Ekta Yatra and the threat posed by the separatist JKLF, with a heavy deployment of troops around Lal Chowk ahead of the Republic Day celebrations. All security arrangements have been made at the vital installations and the district headquarters, where the celebrations are slated to take place on Wednesday. The authorities here have already rounded up the local BJP leaders as a precautionary measure. The Jawahar Tunnel on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was also closed to vehicular traffic on Tuesday morning. It was, however, opened in the evening and only the vehicles moving from Srinagar to Jammu were allowed to proceed.

Votersí Day observed across Valley: Votersí Day was observed across the Valley on Tuesday where the importance of casting vote was highlighted by the speakers. Several functions in this connection were held at all the district headquarters where district election officers (Deputy Commissioners) presided over the functions. The functions were attended by booth level officers, enumerators, and youths who had attained the age of 18 years and had become eligible to caste vote.


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