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Farmers to block traffic tomorrow:
Various farmer and labourer unions in the state have announced to block rail traffic on Wednesday to lodge their protest against the Union Budget. Jamhuri Kisan Sabha leader Rattan Singh Randhawa said they would block the rail traffic from 1 pm to 3 pm on Wednesday in an attempt to highlight their demands. He said the Budget failed to deliver anything new for the agriculture sector, adding that Rs 500 crore for diversification was not enough.

2 killed in accident: Two SGPC activists were killed while another suffered serious injuries in a road accident last evening. The trio, Jaswant Singh, his wife Jaspreet Kaur and Bhajan Kaur, was hit by a school bus near the Poher bus stand, Dehlon. They were on their way to Bikhi village near Rara Sahib when they were hit by the bus.

Liquor firm employee looted of
Rs 6 lakh: Three car-borne men allegedly assaulted Raj Kumar, an employee of a wine contractor's firm, and looted an amount of over Rs 6 lakh from him on Sunday night. As per the report lodged with the police, the incident took place when Raj was returning home in the company's car around 10 pm after collecting cash worth Rs 6 lakh from 28 wine outlets of the town. A person pounced upon him and tried to snatch the cash bag. When Raj tried to resist, another man assaulted him with a sharp-edged weapon on his head. A case has been registered.

Two arrested with 104-kg poppy husk
: The CIA has arrested two persons and seized 104 kg of poppy husk from their possession. Senior Superintendent of Police Harcharan Singh Bhullar said during a naka at Chatha Nanherra village, the CIA team had found four bags containing 104 kg of poppy husk in a car. The arrested accused have been identified as Jasbir Singh, a resident of Gaga and Nirbhey Singh, a resident of Lehal Khurd. A case under the NDPS Act had been registered against them. Meanwhile, the Sunam police seized 20-kg poppy husk from Zaila Khan, a resident of Namol. 

Clerks observe pen-down strike: The clerical staff of the offices of the Deputy Commissioner and sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) in the district today observed a pen-down strike. The protesters demanded the upgrade of the post of sub-divisional assistant to superintendent grade-II, creation of ministerial cadre posts in the newly carved districts, setting up of legal cells in the headquarter offices in the district, upgrade of the post of steno-typist to junior scale stenographer and the promotion of members of ministerial cadre to Naib Tehsildars on vacant posts.

Techfest on March 8 at Sangrur college: A robot show will be one of the main attractions of the 'Techfest-2013' to be organised by the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) on March 8 and March 9 at Longowal, about 20 km from Sangrur. About 40 colleges from across the country are expected to take part in the event.


Construction of passage:
State Public Works Department and Industries Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala got approval for the construction of a passage between the lawyers' chamber and the judicial block on the judicial campus. About Rs 21.16 lakh will be spent on the construction of 112-feet-long passage.


BJP councillor stages protest:
BJP councillor Sachin Gupta staged a protest in front of the District Magistrate’s office here today, demanding the allotment of ration shops in his ward. Gupta said the DM was not starting the process of inviting tenders for 11 ration shops, including one in his ward that had been lying closed for the past one year.

One held for murder: A team of the Special Task Force has arrested Azam, alias Azim, from Lucknow, in a murder case. He had allegedly murdered a woman and her child.

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