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January 3, 2011

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National

January 3, 2011

Deaths in road accidents alarming: DIG
Our correspondent
MINGORA: Malakand Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Qazi Jamilur Rehman on Sunday said the ratio of people dying in traffic accidents in the area was alarming. Addressing a news conference, he said that 531 road accidents took place in 2010 while in 2009 only 266 incidents had occurred in Malakand Range. He said a 15-day traffic campaign would be launched to create awareness among the people about safe driving in Swat, Buner, Dir Upper, Dir Lower, Shangla and Chitral districts. He said he had received public complaints against the drivers for accommodating more passengers in their vehicles than the capacity. Earlier, Qazi Jamilur Rehman inaugurated the traffic awareness campaign in Saidu Sharif.

3 more swine flu cases reported in Swabi
Muhammad Farooq
SWABI: Three more cases of swine flu were reported in the district on Sunday, official sources said. The sources said Tasleema Bibi, a resident of Gazasri in Gadoon Amazai, Majid belonging to Maneri Payan village and Mashal hailing from Chaknodah area were found positive for H1N1 virus in tests done in a hospital in Islamabad. Talking to The News, District Health Officer Dr Gul Muhammad said an isolation ward had been set up for the persons affected by swine flu in Shahmansoor Hospital Complex in Swabi and precautionary measures were being taken to check the spread of the disease in the area. He said the anti-polio campaign is over and now the staff would be assigned to comb the area for the swine flu victims. Earlier three cases were reported on December 27 from Kota, Kala and Panjpir villages.

Factory workers demand rights
Our correspondent
LAKKI MARWAT: Workers of the Lucky Cement Factory have asked the management to give them their due rights. The demand was made in a meeting held here Sunday in Shahbazkhel village and attended by Shad Mir, Saifullah, Sajjad Khan, Bismillah Jan, Muhammad Mushtaq, Abul Hassan,

former councillor Asmatullah, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Dr Matiullah, Khan Zaman, Sher Jang and Amanullah Khan. The participants asked the management of the factory to give rights to the workers. They said the workers were neither against the management nor the government, but running from pillar to post for the acceptance of their demands. They asked Saifullah brothers to play their role in removing grievances of the workers.

2 senior cops, driver hurt in Dir roadside blast
Our correspondent
TIMERGARA: Two cops and their driver sustained injuries in a roadside blast near a bridge at Jandol in Dir Lower district on Sunday, official sources said. The sources said the cops from the Samarbagh Police Station were on routine patrol when an explosive device planted near Bokarai Bridge went off at 11:45 a.m. Sub-Inspectors Shah Khalid and Razimand Khan and police driver Qismat Ali sustained injuries in the incident. They were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital in Timergara for treatment.

Urdu writer passes away
Our correspondent
MANSEHRA: Known Urdu writer Dr Mumtaz Manglory has passed away. Late Mumtaz Manglory was laid to rest on Saturday at his ancestral graveyard in Manglor, a village sited some 20 kilometres from here. The deceased was the member of Punjab and Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa textbook boards. He wrote dozens of textbooks for both the boards.

Obituary
ABBOTTABAD: Dr Nasir Farooq, associate professor of community medicine at Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, passed away here Sunday after prolonged illness. His Nimaz-i-Janaza was offered at Bilal Town. People from all walks of life attended his funeral. Dr Nasir Farooq was son of veteran journalist Sharif Farooq and was residing in Abbottabad for quite a long time.

Target killing a conspiracy: ISO
Bureau report
PESHAWAR: The Imamia Students Organisation (ISO), Peshawar chapter, on Sunday said the killing of Shia people in the city was a conspiracy to foment sectarian violence. This was stated in a meeting held with Owaisul Hassan in the chair and attended by members of the organisation. Expressing grave concern over the killing of Ashiq Hussain hailing from Kurram Agency, he asked the chief minister to take notice of the incident. ISO General Secretary Hassan Jan said that anti-sectarian elements were a black spot on the society and trying to fan sectarian violence.

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