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Bhog ceremony
: The Bhog ceremony of S. Balwant Singh Sidhu, father of Bathinda Mayor Baljit Singh Bir Behman will be held on Thursday, i.e. April 15 at the Model Town gurdwara from 12.30 pm onwards. A former member of the SGPC, Balwant Singh Sidhu was also the sarpanch of village Bir Behman for a record 30 years.

TATA Docomo plan: TATA Docomo has launched 'World Talk' for its Malwa belt subscribers, a daily usage offer for ISD calling under daily plans offering. Customers can make ILD calls to USA, UK and Canada landline numbers for five minutes and ten minutes at Rs 10 and Rs 20, respectively. Also three-minute calls to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kawait and Yemen will cost Rs 20, said Aditya Gupta, the company's COO for Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

3 killed in mishap: Three migrant brick kiln workers were killed while 17 sustained injuries as the tractor-trailer by which they were travelling collided with a bus on the Sangria-Hanumangarh road Tuesday. DC Ravi Kumar, ASP Yaad Ram Phansal, SDM JC Arya, DSP Chandresh Gupta and other officials rushed to monitor the treatment.

Ludhiana get two points:
Ludhiana scored two points for their 30-run first innings’ lead against hosts Amritsar in the first match of the Punjab State Under-16 Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the ML Markan Trophy today.


Woman found dead: A woman, Poonam Devi, died in suspicious circumstances at a railway quarter in Shiv Colony here on Tuesday. Following a complaint lodged by father of the deceased, the city police has registered a case of murder against Poonam’s husband Ravinder Kumar, who is a railway employee, father-in-law Badlu Ram, mother-in-law Rata Devi and three others.

2 crushed to death: Two migrant labourers were crushed to death by a dumper in Khijoori village on Monday. The deceased, identified as Shivakaran Ranjan and Arvind Kumar of Uttar Pradesh, were reportedly sleeping near the construction site of a factory when the dumper parked nearby abruptly backtracked and trampled upon them. The police has arrested the dumper driver for causing death by negligence.

Direction to farmers: In view of the sudden rise in the prices of fertilsers, Deputy Commissioner A Sriniwas has instructed farmers to purchase a bag of fertiliser at its marked price only and to obtain a receipt thereof from the dealer concerned. Simultaneously, the DC has issued strict directions that if a dealer is found to charge money in excess of the marked price from any farmer, his licence will be cancelled with immediate effect while legal action will be initiated against him under the provisions of the FCO Act.

Patronage for bodybuilders: The Director of the Indian Bodybuilding Federation, Amit Swami, along with other functionaries of the federation met Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman of the Indian Olympics Association (IOA) at his office in Delhi recently. In his meeting, Swami sought IOA’s tangible patronage for the Indian bodybuilders to bolster their performance at the international level.

Lathicharge condemned: The district unit of the Sarv Karamchari Sangh has condemned the lathicharge on the striking employees of Jammu and Kashmir and their arrest after registration of cases against them under the ESMA. Extending support to the legitimate demands of the employees, district president Ram Mehar Sharma and secretary Jai Bhagwan Dahiya have urged Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to order withdrawal of cases and find a solution of their demands on the negotiating table. They said on the call of the All-India State Government Employees Federation, the district unit would hold a protest on April 15 at the DC’s office and submit a memorandum addressed to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister.


Freshers Day:
The second year students of B.Sc. (Agriculture) organised a freshers-cum-awareness day at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) on Tuesday. An impressive function was organised to mark the day, in which freshers presented their introduction and showed their skills and competence in extra-curricular activities. Thinless Angmo and Sandeep were adjudged as Mr and Miss Fresher.

2 vehicles stolen: Two vehicles were reportedly stolen from different areas of Jammu, the police said on Wednesday. Surjit Singh of Krishna Nagar, Jammu, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his motorcycle was stolen from outside his house. In another incident, Charan Singh of Nanak Nagar filed a complaint with the police alleging that his tipper was stolen from outside his house. Cases have been registered.

17 hurt in mishaps: As many as 17 persons were injured in road accidents in the Jammu region on Wednesday, the police said. Eight persons were injured when an auto-rickshaw rolled down at Kala turn in Reasi. The injured were hospitalised. Meanwhile, in other incidents, nine persons were admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu, after they received injuries in road accidents, the police said.


Sadhu held with deer skins:
A sadhu was held with two deer skins while he was trying to cross over to Nepal from the Tanakpur border. According to information, SSB personnel during their routine checking found that the bag being carried by Baba Sewagiri of Sirkot Baintri in Nepal had two deer skins in it. On being questioned the sadhu said the skins had been gifted to him by one of his followers.

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