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Tension resurfaces in Talhan
Jalandhar, October 6
Tension has resurfaced in Talhan village after nearly about two years as one of two groups of the 20-member management committee of Gurdwara Shahidan Sant Baba Nihal Singh have apprehended that the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee could make an effort to take control of the gurdwara forcibly.

Top militant Bittu released on parole
Nabha , October 6
Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu, president, Shiromani Khalsa Dal, was today set free on parole after 10 years of detention from the high-security Nabha jail on orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the presence of the Damdami Taksal chief, Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma.

Rice millers asked to pay for ‘under-milled’ paddy
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rahul Bhandari, checks weighing of paddy at Jandawala village, near Bathinda Chandigarh, October 6
The Punjab Government, acting at the behest of the Central Government, has told rice millers in the state that nearly Rs 100 crore is to be recovered from them for alleged
“under-milling” of paddy in the year 2001 during the SAD rule.
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rahul Bhandari, checks weighing of paddy at Jandawala village, near Bathinda, on Thursday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera




Nayagaon rape case: Govt to order CBI probe
Chandigarh, October 6
The Punjab Government will handover investigation in the infamous Nayagaon rape case to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The case pertains to the alleged rape of a minor girl by some influential persons and it is being investigated by a special investigation team constituted on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

SGPC’s Gurdas Hall, school locked
Amritsar, October 6
An unsavoury situation arose when local police today locked the SGPC’s Gurdas Hall, which houses a Serai and Senior Secondary School for Girls, thereby putting Sikh Sangat and students to lot of inconvenience here today.

Badal seeks clarifications on Dhar’s allegations
Chandigarh, October 6
On the eve of the Congress Chief Ministers’ conclave here, the Shiromani Akali Dal today shot-off a set of questions to the Congress. The President of the SAD, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, asked the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to break her silence on the disclosures made by a former Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau, Mr M.K. Dhar, in his book “Open Secrets”.

3-member panel to monitor pollution by Budha Nala in Ludhiana
Chandigarh, October 6
Almost three-and-a-half years after the Punjab State Human Rights Commission took congizance of widespread pollution in the Budha Nala in Ludhiana, playing havoc with the health of residents, the commission has formed a three-member committee to monitor pollution and suggest remedial measures.


Probe report swept under carpet
Pathankot, October 6
The Department of Cooperation, Punjab, has come under scanner for allegedly not forwarding the inquiry report against a Chief Executive Officer of a local cooperative bank in which the inquiry officer has proposed registration of a criminal case against the CEO and others.

Bungling alleged in relief for tsunami-hit
Amritsar, October 6
Opposition group of the local Service Club situated in historic Ram Bagh gardens led by Mr S.S. Chhina, yesterday complained to the DIG border range, Mr HS Randhawa, alleging lakhs meant for tsunami victims were embezzled by the then self-styled president of club Mr Sarabjit Singh Sandhu, and his brother Amritpal Singh Sandhu.

IT tribunal rebukes Commissioner (Appeals)
Amritsar, October 6
The local Bench of the Income Tax Tribunal in a judgement passed strictures against the commissioner (Appeals) and Assessing Officer. The case was instituted by assessee Maj-Gen Kanwarjit Singh Gill who as legal heir had filed Income Tax return for his late mother Narinder Kaur Gill.

Dalits demand free power
Jalandhar, October 6
Demanding free domestic power supply for Dalits, labourers and the Christian community, the Pendu Mazdoor Union held a demonstration here yesterday. The members gathered outside Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall in the morning and marched toward the DC complex to present a memorandum.


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Govt asked to file affidavit on allotment of flats
Chandigarh, October 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Punjab Government to file an affidavit as to whether the decisions taken by it regarding allotment of flats and booths in the meetings presided over by the previous Chief Minister are part of the deliberations of the two committees set up by the Prime Minister.


Pardoned DSPs to get full service benefits
Chandigarh, October 6
The Punjab Police will give full service benefits to two Deputy Superintendents of Police, whose sentences had been pardoned by the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) recently.


‘Canteen owner’ murdered
Sangrur, October 6
Mr Chaman Lal (27), who ran a canteen at Civil Hospital, Dhuri, was reportedly found “murdered” near Benra village, on the Sangrur-Dhuri road this morning. He reportedly had gone to Benra village to bring milk last evening.

7 members of Kale Kachhewala gang held
Pathankot, October 6
The local police has arrested seven members of an inter-state Kale Kachhewala gang. In a press conference held here today, the SSP, Gurdaspur, Mr Pramod Bhan, said at about 2.30 am last night the police received an information that the house of Malkiat Singh at Garden Colony on the Dhaki road had been burgled.

Four killed in accidents
Jalandhar, October 6
Four persons, including two brothers, were today killed in different accidents in the city. The two brothers identified as surinder yadav and Varinder Yadav, were killed at G.T. Road near the focal point area, as their bicycle was rammed by a private bus from the rear side, resulting in their demise on the spot, the police sources said.

Lecturer run over by truck
Kharar, October 6
A woman living in Phase VII here was allegedly run over by a truck near the sales tax barrier at Balongi village here today. The deceased was coming back on a bicycle from a school in Badmajra village, when the accident took place.

Girl from Bangladesh held against her wishes
Kapurthala, October 6
Sahina, a girl from Bangladesh in her teens, is waiting to be rescued from her husband in Bhulana village situated near the rail coach factory here. According to sources, Sahina was married to a more than 30-year-old cousin of a renowned landlord of the area.

Relatives, gunman of MLA beat up man
Amritsar, October 6
The relatives and the gunman of an MLA, brutally tortured Tejinder Singh, a resident of village Bal Kalan under Majitha Police district, who was being falsely implicated in a theft case.


Students to protest on Oct 13, 14
Patiala, October 6
To support the demands of students of Punjabi University, Patiala, seven student organisations of Punjab will hold protests and demonstrations at all district and tehsil headquarters on October 13 and 14, according to Mr Gurmukh Singh Mann of the Punjab Students Union.

PRTC chief interacts with students
Patiala, October 6
A “meet-the-student journalists” programme was organised at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, Patiala, today. Veteran journalist and Chairman, PRTC, Ved Prakash Gupta, who was the chief guest of the function, interacted with students.


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