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Mist, fog likely

NEW DELHINEW DELHINEW DELHINEW DELHI, JAN. 25.JAN. 25.JAN. The weatherman has forecast mist and shallow fog on the Republic Day morning with possibility of light rain in some areas during the day, which would remain generally cloudy. The minimum temperature would hover around 7 degrees Celsius.

The maximum and minimum temperatures recorded at Safdarjung on Tuesday were 15.2 degrees Celsius and 7.1 degrees Celsius respectively, while Palam recorded a maximum temperature of 13.9 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 7.5 degrees Celsius.

Safdarjung recorded a maximum and minimum relative humidity of 89 per cent and 64 per cent respectively. The maximum humidity at Palam was 100 per cent, while the minimum was 75 per cent.

Gardener accidentally shot at

NEW DELHINEW DELHINEW DELHINEW DELHI, JAN. 25.JAN. 25.JAN. A 25-year-old gardener sustained a bullet injury in the abdomen when the service weapon of a Delhi police constable posted as the personal security officer at the rented accommodation of an Israeli Embassy official accidentally went off while he was cleaning it at Sunder Nagar in South Delhi today. The victim is stated to be out of danger.

According to the police, the incident occurred around 9-30 a.m. when constable Satender, who is with the Xth Battalion of the Delhi Armed Police was cleaning his weapon. He accidentally pressed the trigger. The bullet hit gardener, Ram Sharan, working nearby. He was rushed to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he is stated to be out of danger.

The local police have registered a case and arrested Satender. Further investigations are on.

Bomb hoax at Jama Masjid

NEW DELHINEW DELHINEW DELHINEW DELHI, JAN. 25.JAN. 25.JAN. A call purportedly made from the United States to the Union Home Ministry control room, stating that a bomb had been planted in Jama Masjid, led the police to conduct a search in its premises. However, no explosives were found.

It is learnt that the call was received in the afternoon, in which the caller identified himself as the spokesperson of a Christian fundamentalist group and claimed that a bomb was going to explode at Jama Masjid. The Delhi Police Control Room (PCR) was immediately informed, following which the local police conducted a search in the Jama Masjid premises. Later, the call was declared a hoax after no bomb was found.

Dhindsa

files PIL

NEW DELHINEW DELHINEW DELHINEW DELHI, JAN. 25.JAN. 25.JAN. The former Union Minister, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today moved Public Interest Litigation in a Delhi court demanding an inquiry into the monetary transactions of the son of the Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh.

Mr. Dhindsa alleged that Captain Singh's son, who runs a company named Punjab Intranet, deposited Rs. 4 crores in the account of his friend in Singapore and later withdrew 55,000 dollars from there in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). He urged the court to order an inquiry by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the Central Bureau of Investigation into the matter.

He said Captain Singh's son had been awarded a contract worth Rs. 14.8 crores for laying down optical fibre by the Punjab Government, for which he had received an advance sum of Rs. 5 crores.

The court sent the matter to the Registry stating that this be heard by the bench concerned on January 28.

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