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Tobacco Act
: Deputy Commissioner Bhagwant Singh said violation of the Tobacco Control Act, 2008, could be reported at toll free number 1800 110 456. He said this had been conveyed by the Health and Family Welfare Department, New Delhi. The act came into force on October 2 last year.

PWD protest: The PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union, in order to press upon the government for the regularisation of contract employees, would hold a protest rally at Ludhiana on March 17. Union general secretary Sukhdev Singh said here today that daily wagers working in the Water Supply and Sanitation Circle, Ludhiana, were due for regularisation. He said the Amritsar circle would hold a protest rally on March 13. He added that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had not implemented his promise of regularising the contract employees.

Assault bid
: Malkiat Singh of Gobindpur Khun Khun was seriously injured when Sukhwinder Singh of the same village and Parminder Singh of Hariana, along with two unidentified accomplices, allegedly assaulted him with sharp-edged weapons on Thursday afternoon. According to police sources, Malkiat Singh was going to his fields for providing tea to farm labourers. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital from where he was referred to the DMC, Ludhiana. A case has been registered.

Man dies: Jarnail Singh of Mandera was crushed to death by 15 JH DMU on the Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar railway track at 9.15 pm here on Wednesday. According to police sources, Jarnail Singh was crossing the track when the DMU crushed him.

BSNL offer
: Subscribers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)Telephone Exchange Dhanansu, Dudhal, Lehal, Maloud, Mattewara, Noorpur Bet, Razoor, Acharwal, Mallah, Purain, Tihara, Baglikalan, Bassi Gujjran, Bhadla, Chari, Dhanoor, Dhindsa, Hambowal Bet, Jahangir, Jaspalon, Khirnia, Manki, Mohanpur, Nanowal, Panjgaraian, Poonia, Powat, Rajewal, Sherpur Bet, CMC, Baliawal, Chhapar, Chaunta can avail of free trail offer of broadband under Plan-250 with  unlimited uploading/downloading for a period of 15 days. During the trail period, customer can decide whether to continue with the scheme or not. The scheme is valid upto  March 31.

Store opened: Spice Communication Ltd, an associate of Idea Cellular Ltd, today inaugurated its first “My Idea Store” at Bhagwati Communications. Devinder Thakur, head, post paid sales, Punjab, said the opening of the centre would add to the service value provided to customers. They would come up with 27 more such stores in the city this month, he said.

Workshop on cervical cancer: The department of obstetrics and gynaecology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), will organise a CME-cum-workshop on colposcopy for the early detection of cervical cancer on  Saturday. The CME is aimed at making the gynaecologists aware of the latest modalities in the diagnosis and treatment of cervical  cancer. According to Dr BK Gill, professor and head of the department, around 150 delegates from all over Punjab are expected to attend the workshop.

MCPI discusses economic crisis: The Punjab state committee of the Marxist Community Party of India (MCPI) held a meeting to discuss the impact of global meltdown on India’s economy here today. The national general secretary, Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, said the meeting was more relevant in context of the forthcoming parliamentary elections. He said the economy was deeply affected by the crisis.

Mandi Ahmedgarh
Book on Partition woes released
: Raikot SDM Jaspal Singh Jassie released the book “Rab Warge Bande” authored by Jagmit Singh Pandher at a function organised at Victoria Public School, Lehra, recently. Former Nabha Chief Election Officer Dr Maghar Singh Kalia presided over the function. Pandher, Jassie and Kalia echoed similar sentiments on strengthening social bonds between the Muslims, Sikhs and the Hindu.



4 die as car overturns
: Four persons were killed on the spot when an Alto car overturned near Kheri Daulatpur village on the Bhiwani-Hansi road on Wednesday. Pradeep, Ravinder, Sandeep, Manjeet and one of their friend of Kheri Daulatpur village were going to village Alakhpura after playing Holi in the car. Pradeep, Ravinder, Sandeep and their friend were killed on the spot while Manjeet was struggling for his life in the hospital.

Life term for 6
: Six persons, including a woman, convicted of murder of an old aged couple here last year have been sentenced to life imprisonment by the district court on Thursday. One of the accused has been awarded seven years in jail with a fine of Rs 5000 for helping the accused. The victims identified as Tarsem and his wife Bohti Devi had been clubbed to death by some sharp-edged weapons on April 6, 2008.

Transformer coil stolen: Theft of coil worth thousands of rupees from a transformer located in Baroda village in the district has resulted in inconvenience for residents as there was no power for several hours. There had been several such incidents that have reported in the district in which the transformer or the substation had been made a target by unscrupulous elements resulting in supply disruption and a loss to the Power Department. The police has booked a case.

Plywood dealer murder case
: In Narinder Arora plywood dealer murder case of 2006, a sharp shooter of Surender Geong gang was awarded life imprisonment while 32 others, including Surender Geong, were acquitted due to lack of evidence by the court of Additional Sessions Judge AK Shori here on Tuesday. Manjeet Singh, alias Vicky, of Narwana, who got life imprisonment and fined Rs 10,000 by the court, would have to undergo two years further imprisonment if he failed to pay imposed fine.

Pay scales
: Kurukshetra University Teachers’ Association president NS Kaushal, secretary Parmesh Kumar and University, executive council, member, Bhagwan Singh, on Thursday demanded early implementation of the new pay scales and other benefits, including age of superannuation on the Central government pattern, in toto as notified by the Ministery of Human Resource and Development on December 31, 2008.

3 die in road accidents
: Three persons, including two brothers, died on the spot in separate road accidents in the district on Wednesday. Bishamber Gujjar and his brother Dharmender Gujjar, residents of Nangalia village of Alwar district in Rajasthan, were killed on the spot when their motorcycle was reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle on the Jaipur-Delhi highway. In a second incident, a person, Bijender, was killed on the spot while his colleague Babli was injuried when their motorcycle reportedly collided with a car near Bawal on Wednesday. A case has been registered.

Judicial custody: Roshan Lal, deputy superintendent, Welfare Department, Narnaul, was allegedly caught red-handed by a vigilance team while accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from Mahavir Prasad on Tuesday. A case has been registered. Later, the accused was produced in the court of the JMIC who remanded him in a 14-day judicial custody.

3 killed in mishap
: A family of three died in a road accident near Panniwala Mota village in this district on Wednesday. Vikas (30) of Kalanwali was coming to Sirsa town with his wife Shalu (28) and two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Khushi on his motorcycle when some unidentified vehicle hit their bike. The three died on the spot. A case has been registered.

One sentenced
: Krishan of Garhi Jhijhara, a juvenile convicted in a murder case, was sentenced to serve as peon in Government Senior Secondary School, Gannaur, for six months by Principal Judge of the Juvenile Justice Board RP Goyal. Krishan was found guilty of his involvement along with brother Raj Singh, Mukesh and Inder of the same village in the murder of Sri Ram of the village on July 23, 1999 whose body was found near Bhor-Majri railway station.

Property gutted: The wrestling mats, food grains and furniture etc worth Rs 20 lakh were gutted in a fire that reportedly broke out in two rooms of Government Senior Secondary School, Mahra, on Wednesday night. Agitated over the incident of fire, the gram panchayat on Thursday locked the school and did not allow the entry of students and teachers in the school. A complaint had been registered.



Banners banned on govt premises
: Additional district magistrate Meera Mohanti said on Thursday that no wall writing, pasting of posters or defacement in any form or display of hoardings, banners and flags would be permitted on any government premises. Presiding over the meeting of the district-level committee for observance of the model code of conduct she said no one could use any individual’s land, building, compound wall and vehicles for this purpose without specific permission of the owner and the photocopy of the same had to be submitted to the district election officer. Complaints regarding violation of code could be submitted in writing or verbally on telephone number 2657005.

Central observer: General secretary of the Pradesh Congress Committee Asha Kumari has been deputed by the All-India Congress Committee as the central observer for the Delhi state for the Lok Sabha poll. She will take up the assignment form March 13.

HPU coaching centre: The pre-examination coaching centre of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) will start classes for various competitive examinations from March 23. Besides SCs, STs and OBCs, the candidates from general category could also get enrolled for pre-medical entrance test and the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination. The candidates from reserved categories will be given stipend as per rules. The general category candidates will be charged a fee of Rs 4,000.


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