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Jalandhar
SAD opens office
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The Shiromani Akali Dal opened its office in Jalandhar at a vacant house of an NRI in Defence Colony today. Former SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar inaugurated the office. SAD district president and member of the Political Affairs Committee Gurcharan Singh Channi and BJP district president Subhash Sud attended the event.

Ludhiana
BKU chief refuses to fight poll:
President of the Bharti Kisan Union Balvir Singh Rajewal has refused to fight elections on SAD ticket. He was not give ticket from the Samrala constituency for long. He called a meeting of the union in Chandigarh tomorrow to chalk out the next course of action. Rajewal said the union was hopeful of getting Akali Dal ticket in first or second list, but now the party workers had decided not to fight elections on the ticket of Akali Dal.

Special prayer meeting: The three-day 25th Triennial (87th Anniversary) All-India General Assembly United Church of Northern India concluded here today at Issa Nagri. A special prayer was offered for peace, love, prosperity, unity, integrity and communal harmony in India.


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HARYANA

Faridabad
2 kidnappers held:
Nitin (20), abducted from a market in the Suraj Kund area on Wednesday, has been rescued and two kidnappers had been arrested. The accused were demanding a ransom of Rs 5 crore from the relatives of the victim for his release. SS Kapur, Police Commissioner, said one of the accused was arrested in Noida and his associate was nabbed here. The police zeroed in on the location of one of the accused on the basis of the calls made by them through the victimís cellphone.

Hisar
8 youths held:
The police has arrested eight youths who were planning to loot several petrol stations. A pistol, cartridges and an axe was seized from them. The police said they were sitting in a Tata Safari on the banks of a canal near Talwandi Rana village of the district on Thursday. On a tip-off, the police rushed there and surrounded them from all sides. They tried to escape but the police nabbed them.

Rewari
Husband held:
With the arrest of Manjit Yadav, husband of the slain nurse Sushila Yadav (25), the police has cracked the murder case of Sushila who was strangled to death on the night of December 31 when she was on duty at the Civil Hospital here. A police official said while Manjit had confessed to the crime, he told the police that relations between his wife and him got embittered when she came to know that he was having an affair with a girl.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

KANGRA
Youth succumbs to injuries:
A 19-year-old youth succumbed to his injuries in the Tanda Medical College Hospital on Sunday. He was injured when a tractor, which was raised on a jack, overturned at Khera Bohra village on Saturday. Ashwani Kumar of Ram Nagar Paddha was working as a conductor of a tractor. Ashwani was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Palampur, from where he was referred to DRPGMC, Tanda. The police has registered a case against the tractor driver under Sections 336 and 337, IPC.

One killed in hit-and-run case: One person was killed in a hit-and-run case and four others were injured in two different road accidents in the Kangra valley during the past 24 hours. Kangra district police chief DS Thakur said one unidentified person was found dead on the Pathankot-Mandi National Highway at Paprola in the wee hours of Sunday. The body after the post-mortem was kept preserved for his identification. He said the age of the victim was between 35 and 40 years.

MANDI
One arrested with 20 gm of opium:
The police arrested Tara Chand, a resident of Dari, Kullu, under the NDPS Act at Larji under Aut Police station on Sunday after recovering 20 gm of opium from him. The police has started inquest proceedings in the case.

NURPUR
Burglars decamp with jewellery:
Burglars committed theft in a house at Baari village, near Rehan, on Saturday night. They broke open a steel cupboard and decamped with cash amounting to Rs 45,000, gold jewellery weighing 70 gm and an LPG cylinder. House owner Naresh Sharma, a retired Assistant Engineer of the state Electricity Board, along with his family, was away at that time. DSP Rajinder Jaswal said the police had lodged an FIR.

SHIMLA
HPPSC screening test postponed:
The state Public Service Commission has postponed the screening test for the post of medical officer (dental) scheduled for January 10 in view of the heavy snowfall which has disrupted traffic in the state. A spokesperson of the commission said new dates of the test would be announced shortly.

3.75 kg of charas seized: The police recovered 3.75 kg of charas from Balag Kanchi during patrolling from the possession of Pratap Singh of Naveen village in Theog.

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DEHRADUN

DEHRADUN
Skating cíship:
The Indian Roller Skating Federation in Dehradun on Saturday selected the state roller skating team, which will participate  in the 49th National Roller Skating Championship here.  About 150 skaters participated in the state selection. The  competitions will be held at three places, including Bangalore for Speed roller-skating,  Faridabad for Roller Hockey and Chandigarh for Artistic Roller  Skating. The selected candidates are:  Speed Category- Harsh Parashar, Priyank Sharma, Dheeraj  Aggarwal and  Gaurav Kumar; Artistic Category- Saumya Mridul, Arshya Kapoor, Chetna Singh, Rajesh Victor and Sajal Hatwal.

Kumaon Briefs
Man commits suicide:
A resident of Ramnagar committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. The deceased has been identified as 50-year-old Bhola Dutt Mishra. He used to work with the Forest Development Corporation as a scaler. He left his house on Saturday for duty but did not reach there. His cellphone remained switched off throughout the day. Later, members of his family were informed that he had gone to the Transport Nagar area and consumed poison. He died while being treated at a government hospital. The reason behind the extreme step is yet to be ascertained.

45-yr-old run over by train: Bhim Singh Khani (45), a resident of Bakuliya village near Mota Haldu, was killed when he was run over by a train. The victim was returning home after making purchases at the Saturday market. While he was trying to cross a level crossing at Teen Pani, he was run over by a train.

Youth held with 11 crude bombs: The Rudrapur police has arrested a youth and seized 11 crude bombs from his possession. The accused, Asit Bala of Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh, was arrested from his rented accommodation in Sanjay Colony following a tip-off. He is learnt to have made the bombs with the intention of getting one Ranjit Malakar of Dineshpur framed in a case. Ranjit had allegedly humiliated him some time ago. Asit had allegedly manufactured the bombs with the help of one Shekhar Roy who is still at large. Further investigations are on in the matter.

1 killed as dumper falls into gorge: A young boy was killed when a dumper fell into a gorge in the Danya area of Almora. The deceased has been identified as 14-year-old Dalip who had been travelling in the back portion of the vehicle. The dumper was allegedly transporting sand from Panar illegally and the accident took place near Makdaun.

Cold wave claims life: The continuing cold wave conditions in Kumaon claimed another life in Haldwani. A middle-aged person was found dead in the Gorapadav area. He is yet to be identified. He is learnt to have been around 50 years of age and his clothing suggested that he was a beggar. The deceased was found wrapped in a threadbare blanket.

Farmers threaten agitation: Alleging that the administration has failed to address the concerns raised by them, the farmers of the Gaula Par region in Haldwani have threatened to launch an agitation. Agitated over the continuing exploitation by the middlemen and politics deciding the developmental works to be done in the rural areas, the farmers of the Bhabar area of Kumaon have been seeking redressal of their problems. The farmers allege that there has been no intervention from the government on the issue of their continuing exploitation. They have questioned why open auction of cash crops is not being allowed. They have further alleged that the employees of Mandi Samiti have been conniving with the middlemen in exploiting them.

34 cellphones seized: The Tanakpur police claims to have seized 34 mobile phones of Chinese make from a youth arrested by them. The youth, Ramesh Kumar of Pilibhit, was arrested during a routine check at the Banbasa bus terminus. On being questioned, the accused was unable to furnish any document with regardto the purchase or procurement of the cellphones. Investigations are on in the matter.

Woman saves son from leopard: Showing immense courage, a woman from Gagri Tok of Ramaila village in Champawat managed to save her three-year-old son from the jaws of a leopard. The boy, named Deepak, was trying to descend the stairs in his house when a leopard attacked him. Hearing his screams, his mother, Ishwari Devi, reached the spot and flung herself at the animal. The leopard then fled the spot. The child has sustained minor injuries on his head.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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