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Cigarette sellers issued challans in Amritsar

Amritsar: A Health Department team issued challan to three cigarette vendors for violation the guidelines of the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP). Nodal Officer for NTCP Dr Naresh Chawla said selling loose cigarettes, packets without pictorial warning as per the specifications of the government, smoking at public places were violation of government rules. He said strict action would be taken against shopkeepers selling cigarettes to minors or near educational institutions. TNS

Help for elderly? Call on 14567

Amritsar: The district Health Department on Tuesday organised an event at Guru Ram Das Birdh Ashram to promote the elderly helpline 14567 for senior citizens launched by the government. Dr Jaspreet Sharma said the helpline launched by the Social Justice Department would ensure that the elderly get medical and legal help in case of any trouble. He said the elderly himself or any other person can report a problem at the helpline, after which the information would be passed on to local officials, who would ensure that all possible help is provided to them. Civil Surgeon Charanjit Singh said the helpline would be of help to the elderly living alone or facing any kind of abuse. He said medical help in case of need would also be provided by the government. TNS

Four booked for culpable homicide

Amritsar: The Rajasansi police have booked four persons for culpable homicide after they thrashed a drunk man, who later died on Monday. The deceased was identified as Rajesh Rawat, while the accused are Shallu and Mandeep Singh of Ward Number 13, Gandhi Nagar, Rajasansi. Krishna Devi, victim’s wife, told the police that her husband Rajesh was a habitual drunker. On July 25, around 10.30pm, he had a quarrel with the accused, who were on two bikes, over some issue. They thrashed him brutally and left him injured. He was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed. The police have registered a case under Sections 304, 323 and 34 of the IPC against the suspects, while no arrest has been made so far. TNS

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