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Govt to take over  two Itis
: The state government has decided to take over Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) at Jallalabad and Maksudpur from private hands and run them on its own. Technical Education Minister Swarna Ram said these institutions were handed over to private people by the previous government on account of shortage of funds. He said these were being upgraded from the next session under the Centre of Excellence Scheme. The minister said several more ITI buildings were being built across the state with the help of World Bank.

Health institute sought: Sangrur MP Vijay Inder Singla on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to establish a premier healthcare institute on the pattern of AIIMS in Sangrur, besides establishing a rural university. Singla, who met Singh as head of a delegation of legislators from his constituency, said the Sangrur constituency, which is in the rural heartland of the Malwa region, lacked health and educational facilities. The delegation told the Prime Minster that since the area had a high incidence of cancer, there was an urgent need for a premier health institute. Singla said Singh gave the delegation a patient hearing and assured to look into its demands. 

Assumes charge: Onkar Singh Thapar assumed charge of the office of the Chairman, Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation, on Wednesday. Stating this here, a spokesman of the government said Thapar was accompanied by Transport Minister Mohan Lal, Culture and Tourism Minister Hira Singh Gabria and Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, S.S. Channy. 



Book exhibition at DAV College
Library of MCM DAV College for Women organised a book exhibition on Sikh History to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. A wide range of books on social and cultural history of Punjab were displayed for students and faculty members. College principal Puneet Bedi congratulated the library staff for such an initiative and instilling religious values among students. 

2,500 to attend CITU conference: At least 2,500 delegates representing a 50-lakh membership will attend the 13th all-India conference of the CITU, to be organised here from March 17 to 21 next. This was announced at the general body meeting of the CITU. CITU president MK Pandhe, general secretary Mohammad Amin and CPM state secretary Charan Singh Virdi addressed the meeting. 


DIG bereaved: Haryana Governor Jagannath Paharia and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda expressed shock and sorrow on the sad demise of Ishwar Singh Deswal (79), father of Rajbir Singh Deswal, DIG, CID, Haryana. He passed away at PGI, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. In a condolence message issued here, they said the deceased was devoted to the social cause of the poor people and downtrodden of the society. He is survived by a son and five daughters. They also sent their condolences to the bereaved family. 

Man gets 10-yr RI: Neelima Shangla, Additional Sessions Judge, Kurukshetra, in a judgment announced here on Tuesday, sentenced Bobby, alias Manphool, a resident of Barna village in this district, for 10 years rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 50,000 for allegedly raping a mother of three children. 

2 held for blackmail:
The police on Tuesday arrested two persons for allegedly making a fake video of a girl and blackmailing her. The arrests were made after the family members of the girl lodged a complaint with the police and the efforts of the panchayat to resolve the issue failed.A case has been registered a case against the two persons. 

6 gangmen run over by train
: Six gangmen working on a rail track near the Asawati railway station were crushed to death by NP-6 (New Delhi-Palwal) shuttle train from Delhi this evening. According to witnesses, the gangmen on seeing the train coming from Palwal shifted to the adjoining track. At the same time, the shuttle train from Delhi headed for Palwal also arrived, crushing the six to death. Reports are that an administrative inquiry has been initiated into the matter. The accident just after 7pm.


Pharmacist killed: Ram Krishan (32), a veterinary pharmacist, was seriously injured when his motorcycle allegedly rammed into a truck while overtaking it near Sagirthin on the Shimla-Bilaspur National Highway 88-A, about 15 km from here, on Tuesday. He was immediately rushed to the regional hospital here but was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. However, he died on his way to Chandigarh. Ram Krishan was employed as a pharmacist at the Government Pashu Samvardhan Farm at Kothipura near here.

Man held: The police has arrested Kuldip Kumar of Khungan village in gram panchayat Paplah near Ghumarwin under Section 448 of the IPC for allegedly demanding and harassing his wife for dowry. Earlier, Devi Ram of Dhani Pakhar and the father of the girl, accused that Kuldip was harassing and maltreating his daughter for dowry ever since she got married to him six months ago. 

One convicted: Chamba Sessions Judge SC Kainthala convicted Hardev, a resident of Kundi village in Churah tehsil of Chamba district, for carrying charas and sentenced him to undergo rigorous imprisonment for four years along with a fine of Rs 40,000. In default of payment of fine, the convict shall further have to undergo rigorous imprisonment for six months. 


Training centre
: The chairman of Citizens Cooperative Bank Limited, Jammu, Dinesh Gupta on Tuesday inaugurated the staff training centre on the premises of Shastri Nagar branch. He highlighted the importance of training to staff in order to update their knowledge.

Encroachments removed: The enforcement wing of the JMC on Wednesday seized 10 kg of polythene bags from different outlets in the city. The wing removed encroachments upon pavements and footpaths made by shopkeepers at Shalamar, City Chowk, Kanak Mandi, Raghunath Bazar and Residency Road. 

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