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Labourer dies: A labourer was killed and another injured as a shell exploded in a scrap store at the Mahajan Field Range on the Sriganganagar-Bikaner highway in Rajasthan today. The victim has been identified as Vijesh (21) of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. The injured, Dhiraj (23), was admitted to a hospital in Bikaner. The police will probe whether or not the labourers were trying to extract brass from the shell.

Sewerage in shambles: Punjab Local Bodies Chief Engineer (CE) Vijay Kanwal visited the city today to take stock of the sewerage system. To apprise the CE of the deteriorating condition of the sewerage system, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar took him to Indira Nagari, Thakur Abadi, Nai Abadi, Ramdev Nagar, Arya Nagar, Sidhu Nagari, Ghanta Ghar Chowk and Circular Road.

Woman held with narcotics
: ASI Bhupinder Kumar has recovered 900 narcotic capsules from Pawandeep Kaur (name changed) at Alladad Pura village. The police have registered FIR no. 8 under Sections 22, 61, 85 of the NDPC Act. She was sent to Nabha jail till February 11 by the Judicial Magistrate, Amloh. She has been into this business for the past 8 years, the ASI added.


Panel for tobacco control: The state government on Thursday notified a State-Level Coordination Committee (SLCC), headed by Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, to implement the National Tobacco Control Programme COTPA ACT, 2003. An official spokesperson of the Health and Family Welfare Department said the committee had been constituted as per the guidelines of the National Tobacco Control Programme.


Gas agency owner booked: The police have booked a gas agency owner and three others for selling domestic LPG cylinders on the black market. On a tip-off, police intercepted a jeep near Garhshankar and seized cylinders that were being transported illegally. The jeep driver did not have the delivery vouchers for the cylinders.

College lecturers protest: The guest faculty of all three government colleges in the district continued their strike on ninth day today. Lecturers at MRPD Government College, Talwara, burnt copies of their degrees at the college gate. 


Martyr's nephew rejoins PPP: Martyr Sukhdev Singh's nephew Bharat Bhushan Thapar, who was in the founding team of the People's Party of Punjab (PPP) and had switched over to the SAD in March last year, again joined the PPP on Thursday. Party spokesperson Navjot Dahiya said: "Thapar repented on leaving the party. He was not a political person and was lured by the ruling alliance."


January is cervical awareness month: The month of January has been marked as Cervical Health Awareness Month by the American Social Health Association (ASHA) and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. The Ludhiana Mediways Hospital commemorated the month by holding cervical cancer awareness talks at the hospital and colleges thereby educating and motivating women to get screened for cervical cancer.

Keyhole spine surgery: The Department of Neurosurgery at Christian Medical College and Hospital here has started keyhole spine surgery. The surgery involves a minimal cutting of tissues and there is no incision of muscles and bones. The surgery is done under general anaesthesia using an endoscope/microscope with a one-inch incision on the patient’s back. The advantage of the surgery is that there is a minimal post-operative pain.

CME for plastic surgeons: The Department of Plastic Surgery and Anatomy, under the aegis of the North Zone Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (NZAPSI), jointly organised a mid-term CME (continuous medical education) and Hands-on Flap Dissection Course for the budding plastic surgeons. As per Dr Sanjeev Uppal. the Head of the Department, the course allowed the participants to familiarise with the full spectrum of skin flaps, including muscle, facial, bone and perforator-based flaps.

Conference at DMCH: The Second International and 5th National Conference of the Indian Society for Rational Pharmacotherapeutics (ISRPT) on the theme “Quest for Responsible Use of Medicines” started at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here on Thursday. The conference is being aided by the Punjab chapter of the ISRPT in collaboration with the MCI, the ICMR and the UGC and accredited by the Punjab Medical Council. Conference secretary Dr Sandeep Kaushal, professor and Head of Pharmacology at DMCH, informed that the ISRPT was formed in New Delhi in 2007. 

Hearing on power tariff on Feb 3:  The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) will hold a public hearing at the multi-purpose hall in the Power Colony here on February 3 to invite views on the proposed revision of tariff. Rachpal Singh, Chief Engineer, Central Zone, PSPCL, said consumers belonging to different categories, including agriculture, industry and trade, could attend the meeting and present their views on the proposed revision of power tariff.

Literary session tomorrow: A literary session will be organised on February 1 to mark the 75th birth anniversary of Dr SS Dosanjh, the author of several books, including Guru Nanak Bare Sach Di Khoj and Punjab De Ithasik Novel. The discussion will be on Punjabi literature and Dr Dosanjh will be awarded with Dr MS Randhawa Award on the occasion. 

Mahatma Gandhi remembered: Congress leader Parminder Mehta paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation at the main office of the Municipal Corporation here on Thursday. Mehta said Mahatma Gandhi always deplored communal elements. He said Gandhi never indulged in violence and youngsters should follow the path shown by the great leader. 

Demand for new Trust: Senior Akali leader Jathedar Gurmail Singh has requested Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar to dissolve the Trust of Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh, Model Town Extension Chowk, as members of the Trust were allegedly running the affairs at their whims and fancies. He demanded that new members of the Trust should be appointed at the earliest. 

Stolen goods recovered: Mandi Gobindgarh: Iron goods worth lakhs have been recovered by the Police Division Number 2 from a godown in Mandi Gobindgarh. It was stolen from at gun point from the watchman of Trvenipuri Steel Rolling Mill on the intervening night of January 27-28. SHO GS Sakund said on the statement of Danesh Batra, a case has been registered. 

Rs 7 crore surrendered by Jain Group: Jain Group today surrendered undisclosed income of Rs 7 crore to the Income Tax Department. The department conducted a survey on the directions of BB Nanavati, Commissioner of Income Tax (I). The income tax team visited nine premises of the group in the city and checked documents computers and balancesheets.

Three booked for theft: The city police booked three persons in a theft case and recovered an auto-rickshaw, cooking gas cylinders and LEDs from their possession. Following a tip-off, the Division No. 4 police nabbed the accused identified as Shiva, Vikas and Roshan, all residents of Haibowal and surrounding areas.

Case against travel agent: In his statement to the police, Tersem Singh of Ajnala in Amritsar stated that Bakshish Singh of Samrala, a travel agent, took Rs 1.8 lakh from him on the pretext of sending his son abroad. But neither his son was sent abroad nor Bakshish returned the money. A case has been registered. 


3 booked for fraud: The Moga police have booked three persons for allegedly defrauding Deep Finance Company of Rs 6.77 lakh. Rajinder Singh, owner of the company, alleged that Subhkarman Singh Brar, Damanjit Kaur Brar and Samarjit Singh Brar, all residents of Sangha Colony in the city, took a loan of Rs 10.88 lakh for purchasing new buses, but they did not repay Rs 6.77 lakh and sold the buses. A case has been registered.


BBMB gets green award: The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has won the annual "Greentech Environment Excellence Gold Award 2013" under the hydro power sector category for outstanding achievements in the field of environment management and sustainability. The award was received by BBMB chairman AB Agrawal in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Dr Bhaskar Chaterjee, Director General and CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Two forest officials  held for graft: The Vigilance Bureau (VB) sleuths caught a block officer and a guard of the Ropar Forest Department red handed accepting a bribe of Rs 8,000 on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Gurdas Singh and Daljit Singh. Ludhiana range VB Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Balbir Rana said the accused demanded the bribe in lieu of issuing an NOC to Shamsher Singh of Chhoti Jhakkian village. A case has been registered.




Headmaster dies in road accident: A 47-year-old man on a scooter got crushed under a speeding pick-up van (HP-24A- 8196) coming from the opposite direction near Dadhole, 65 km from here, on Wednesday. Amar Deep Chandel, Headmaster, Government High School, Baroti, in Hamirpur district, was on his way to school from Punen village, near here, when the accident took place. He died on the spot. The police impounded the van and registered a case. The body was handed over to the family after postmortem.

Acid ‘falls’ on woman in bus: Asha Devi of Sunhani village was badly injured when an acid bottle accidentally fell on her from a bus rack of a private bus near Barad village here on Tuesday. The victim had boarded the bus at Ghumarwin for her village when the incident took place. Her head, arms and legs were badly injured, a report said. The victim was taken to the Civil Hospital at Barthin and then rushed to the Regional Hospital. The police have registered a case and the matter was being investigated. 


131 encroachments removed in Chamba: As many as 131 encroachments have been removed at different places of the district. Disclosing this here on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner Kadam Sandeep Vasant said as of now, 22 cases were pending which included 16 in Churah sub-division with one case for regularisation and five cases in Chamba tehsil. The pending cases would soon be decided and removed, he said.

One nabbed with 1.5 kg charas: The police nabbed a man and seized charas weighing 1.512 kg from him here on Wednesday. The accused is a resident of Rajasthan. SP Jagat Ram said the police party during a naka at the Jassourgarh zero point in Churah subdivision of the district intercepted a pedestrian and recovered the charas from him. A case under Section 20, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, had been registered against the accused at the Tissa police station. 


Youth arrested for computer thefts: The police have nabbed Änil Kumar (23), a "techie thief" and stage show singer, in connection with cases of theft of computer and other gadgets in the city. Anil last worked with a hotel here and decamped with its computer and other gadgets. The police lodged an FIR and nabbed him from Nahan, said ASP, Shimla, Somya Sambhasivam. He was arrested. 



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