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Police to reopen cases of natural deaths
Jalandhar, January 9
Apprehending foul play by a growing nexus of close relatives and acquaintances of victims and lower rung police officials in hushing up of certain heinous crimes like murders, the Punjab police has planned to re-investigate hundreds of ‘doubtful’ missing persons’ and natural death cases in Doaba region of Punjab.

Kashmiri traders asked to move out of Pathankot
Pathankot January 9
“We are Indians and Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the country. We have the right to go and do business in any part of the country. But why the local police is asking us to move out of Pathankot” said Ali Mohamud a “shawl” trader from Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir. The Kashmiri traders putting up in Pathankot are a harassed lot. They allege that local police officials have asked them to move out of Pathankot.


A group of Kashmiri traders who allege that they have been asked to move out of Pathankot by the police A group of Kashmiri traders who allege that they have been asked to move out of Pathankot by the police.
— Photo by Jangi



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  Demand to exempt scribes of SAARC nations from visa rules
Chandigarh, January 9
The “Punjab-Punjab Consultation : Exploring Complementarities”, an Indo-Pak conference jointly organised by the South Asian Free Media Association and the Chandigarh Press Club here today, gave a call to “repent the bloodshed and mayhem on both sides after Partition and mutually seek forgiveness from each other to revive our common historical, cultural, spiritual, entrepreneurial and intellectual linkages for the benefit of our future generations.”

Vehicles plying illegally threaten life of commuters
Gurdaspur, January 9
The police is clueless about the vehicle that hit the Maruti car in which six members of a Mohali family, who were killed in an accident on the Pathankot-Mukerian road yesterday, were travelling. This is not a solitary incident. Life of the commuters is threatened by old and wretched vehicles plying on the road throwing to wind all traffic regulations and laws.

A rickety truck with exposed engine belonging to a stone crusher owner plies illegally on the Pathankot-Mukerian road
A rickety truck with exposed engine belonging to a stone crusher owner plies illegally on the Pathankot-Mukerian road. — Photo by Jangi

Sansis of Gurdaspur-II
Illicit distillation source of livelihood
Deeda Sansian (Gurdaspur): Their only demand from the elected representative was to shift a Punjab Police havildar belonging to their community from the area. Baldev, a Sansi who has taken up a job in the police, had made life hell for residents of Deeda Sansian. Being an “insider,” he had stopped their age-old practice of fermenting illicit liquor in the village.
Residents of Deeda Sansian (Gurdaspur) at a shop in the village
Residents of Deeda Sansian (Gurdaspur) at a shop in the village. — Photo by Jangi

POLITICS

Durgiana Temple panel chief quits PPCC post
Amritsar, January 9
In a major setback to the Congress, Mr Surinder Arjun, president, Durgiana Management Committee, here today, resigned from the post of secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (intellectuals cell) in protest against the ‘non-cooperation’ of his party in temple affairs.

BJP, RSS misguiding people on Ramdev, says CPM leader
Amritsar, January 9
Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, a senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader claimed that over one lakh party workers will gather at Jalandhar on March 23, martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh.

BJP vice-president decries Brinda Karat
Amritsar, January 9
Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, vice-president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, has come out in the support of Swami Ramdev and accused Ms Brinda Karat of playing into the hands of anti-national elements who were out to destroy the age-old social and cultural fabric of the country.

SAD ex-patron’s family feels alienated
Amritsar, January 9
Peeved at the projection of Mr Bikram Singh Majithia, brother-in-law of Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), as the next Assembly poll candidate from Majitha, family members of the late Parkash Singh Majitha, a former patron of the party, have refused to accept the decision of the party.

COMMUNITY

Panjwar’s brother picked up by police
Jhabal (Tarn Taran), January 9
The Jhabal police today picked up Mr Sarbjit Singh, elder brother of Parmjit Singh Panjwar, who figures among the 20 most wanted Indians and self-styled chief of the Khalistan Commando Force and has taken refuge in Pakistan. He was picked up from Panjwar village near here today.

Widows get cheques
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 9
Punjab Government has initiated various schemes to uplift the living standard of those living below the poverty line and to provide financial assistance to widows who have no source of income.

Lions Club distributes sweaters
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 9
The Lions Club, Sirhind, today distributed sweaters to the needy students of govt primary and high School at Khera village in the district at a function in the school. Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary was the chief guest at the function and he distributed the sweaters.

COURTS

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IPS officers’ postings as heads of central jails challenged
Chandigarh, January 9
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for January 30 on a petition challenging the posting of IPS officers as in-charge of various central jails in Punjab as also the appointment of another IPS officer as DIG, Prisons.

Judicial remand for 5 murder accused
Rajpura, January 9
Five persons, accused of the murder of two youths, whose bodies were found from railway tracks near Dera Bassi on January 1,were today sent to judicial custody by a local court.

ADMINISTRATION

Bhatnagar appointed FC (Revenue)
Chandigarh, January 9
Mr K.K. Bhatnagar, an IAS officer of the 1970 batch, has been appointed Financial Commissioner (Revenue). The post, considered to be the most important after that of the Chief Secretary in the state’s administrative set-up, fell vacant on December 31, when Mrs Rupen Deol Bajaj retired.

CRIME

Investigation officer held on graft charge
Patiala, January 9
The Patiala Vigilance Bureau has nabbed the in charge of the Patiala district’s Economic Offences Wing, Darshan Singh, when he was accepting gratification. According to Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, Superintendent of Police, the Vigilance Bureau acted on a complaint filed by Mr Sheesha Singh of Patran against whom a case under Section 404 had been registered at the Samana police station.

Scribe attacked, four arrested
Bathinda, January 9
A government school teacher and his four aides today attacked Mr Charanjeet Bhullar, a Punjabi Tribune scribe posted at Bathinda, at Mandi Kalan village near Rampura Phul.

EDUCATION

Five new institutes of science to be set up
Amritsar, January 9
India is on the threshold of creating a new scientific culture for the next generation with the opening of 5 new institutes of sciences in the country. These institutes will be set up at Pune, Kolkata besides near Chandigarh for the northern states and two more to be opened up in central and south India.

12,000 teachers to be recruited
Chandigarh, January 9
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that 12,000 teachers would be recruited on a permanent basis. They would be recruited through panchayats and would not be transferred. He said this while talking to reporters here.
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