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Studentsí body poll leads to shootout in college 
Tarn Taran, July 24
The election to the students' body at Sri Guru Arjun Dev Government College led to shootout between two groups outside the college campus today. The firing created panic among students who ran for cover. The firing went on for about 15 minutes. No causality has been reported.

7 years on, govt restarts pension of khadi board staff
Hoshiarpur, July 24
After a gap of seven years, the state government has re-started pension for employees of the Punjab Khadi and Village Industrial Board.

Farmers block highway against land acquisition
Amritsar, July 24
In protest against the acquisition of agricultural land of Kaler Ghuman village, activists of 17 farmer unions blocked the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway near Umranagal village, 2 km from Beas.



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Man booked for rape, uploading movie on internet 
Hoshiarpur, July 24
The Hajipur police booked Sarabjit Singh of Kolian under relevant sections of the IT Act and IPC for raping a girl and uploading her obscene scenes on the internet.

55 safai karamcharis get appointment letters
Phagwara, July 24 The Chief Parliamentary Secretary (local bodies) Som Parkash today distributed appointment letters to 55 safai karamcharis of Mohalla Sanitation Committees at a colourful function held in the premises of Municipal Corporation, Phagwara.

Youth denied admission: PSU holds protest
Nawanshahr, July 24
The Punjab Students Union held a dharna and rally at MBBG Govt College, Pojewal on Tuesday. They were protesting against the college authorities for denying admission to a youth.

 





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Studentsí body poll leads to shootout in college 
Gurbaxpuri

Tarn Taran, July 24
The election to the students' body at Sri Guru Arjun Dev Government College led to shootout between two groups outside the college campus today. The firing created panic among students who ran for cover. The firing went on for about 15 minutes. No causality has been reported.

The city police on the basis of a complaint filed by the college principal has registered a case under Sections 307, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against students belonging to both the sides.

A group, led by Bhagwan Singh of Kajikot and Narinder Singh of the Nanaksar Mohalla, forcibly entered the college campus along with 20 armed associates.

They started firing against their rival group, led by Jagwinder Singh and Sukhchain Singh.

The firing took other students by a surprise. Some hid themselves under the desks in college canteen. The rival group, armed with a double-barrel gun, also opened fire making the other group flee.

The city police reached the spot and started searching the belongings of students. Even girl students were not spared from the checking.

The city police said no accused has been arrested as yet. Raids have been conducted on their possible hideouts.

Four days back, Harpreet Singh and Jagwinder Singh was elected president and acting president, respectively, of the students' body.

Bhagwan Singh and his supporters pasted pamphlet announcing their separate body yesterday. They have warned the rival group not to claim themselves the representatives of students.

Supporters of Bhagwan Singh were carrying weapons since the past two days.

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 7 years on, govt restarts pension of khadi board staff
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, July 24
After a gap of seven years, the state government has re-started pension for employees of the Punjab Khadi and Village Industrial Board.

Attending a function to provide arrears to pensioners, who had been retired from the service of the board after 2005, former Punjab minister Tikshan Sud Tikshan Sud said after a lot of efforts by BJP leaders Balramji Dass Tandon, Vijay Sampla and him, the state government had re-started pension for employees of the board. Earlier, the state government had stopped pension for employees due to financial restrain.

He distributed cheques worth Rs 1.78 crore among 79 retired employees.

Vijay Sampla, Chairman, Punjab Khadi and Village Industrial Board, said the board had provided loans and subsidy to about 1,000 industrial units in the state during the last four years and provided jobs to 10,000 youths.

He also said there is a shortage of 88 employees in the board for which he had written to the state government to allow the board to make recruitment against vacant posts.

The board would install a plywood unit in the state during the current financial year, he said.

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 Farmers block highway against land acquisition
Manmeet Singh Gill/TNS

Amritsar, July 24
In protest against the acquisition of agricultural land of Kaler Ghuman village, activists of 17 farmer unions blocked the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway near Umranagal village, 2 km from Beas.
Farmers hold a protest on the GT Road near Umranangal village.
Farmers hold a protest on the GT Road near Umranangal village. A Tribune photo

In the evening, the protesters lifted the blockade after Amritsar SSP (Rural) Preet Paul Singh Virk assured them that the matter would be resolved by Thursday. The protesting farmers shifted their protest to Baba Bakala tehsil complex and said they would again block the GT Road if their demands were not accepted by Thursday.

Farmers were protesting against the notification of the Rayya panchayat to acquire 14 kanal and 11 marla agricultural land. Nine families of marginal farmers, who grow vegetables, own the patch of land.

The aggrieved families along with members of various associations had been sitting on the agricultural plot for the past 25 days. It was only yesterday that members of the unions decided to shift their protest to tehsil complex.

To further intensify their agitations, over a thousand farmers today decided to move towards Beas to block a bridge over the river.

However, they were stopped by the police near Umranagal village. Traffic on the road had to be diverted towards Baba Bakala. The vehicles covered an extra 5 km to reach Beas. Initially, the unions decided to block the traffic only for two hours, but then converted it into an indefinite protest.

Satnam Singh Pannu of the Kisan Sangarsh Committee said, "The land is the only source of livelihood for 70 members of nine families. It is hard to manage from such a small piece of land but they are doing it. Now, the government wants to deprive them of their only source of meager income." He said Nagar Panchayat, Rayya, also owns a piece of land near the place.

When contacted, Baba Bakala SDM TK Goel said, "The land is required for the construction of a sewage treatment plant. It was acquired through a notification issued on June 27. Later, when we tried to take possession of the land, farmers opposed it."

He said the administration had already recommended to the government that the piece of land owned by Nagar Panchayat could be used for the sewage treatment plant.

point of dispute

* On June 27, the state government issue a notification to acquire land belonging to nine families of Kaler Ghuman village to construct a sewage treatment plant

* As many as 17 unions of farmers come in support of the aggrieved families

* Farmers go on protest, lift blockade after Amritsar SSP (Rural) Preet Paul Singh Virk assures them that the matter will be resolved by Thursday

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 Man booked for rape, uploading movie on internet 
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, July 24
The Hajipur police booked Sarabjit Singh of Kolian under relevant sections of the IT Act and IPC for raping a girl and uploading her obscene scenes on the internet.

Police sources said the victim said Sarabjit Singh often visited his auntís house which was located opposite to her house in Chhani Nand Singh village. One day she went to Mukerian along with him on a motorcycle. But, later he took her to a hotel at knife point and raped her. He also made a movie of her. Thereafter, Sarabjit Singh raped her many a times and blackmailed her with the threat of uploading the movie if she refused to have sex with him or she narrated the incident to anyone. Later, she came to know that Sarabjit Singh had uploaded her obscene movie on the internet, alleged the victim girl.

Three booked

Hoshiarpur: The Model Town police has booked Raj Kumar, his mother Gurbax Kaur and father Sohan Lal, all of local Bassi Khawaju, under Section 498 A of the IPC for torturing and maltreating Rajís wife Pawan Kumari for dowry.

Rs 3.67 looted

Hoshiarpur: Two motorcycle-borne youths injuring the manager of a brick-kiln, identified as Surinder Kumar of Ward 5, Dasuya, and looted Rs 3.67 lakh from him near Adda Siprian on Monday.

Surinder was going to the house of Sanjiv Kumar Bansal, owner of brick-kilns, on his motorcycle. Near Adda Siprian, two youths on a motorcycle attacked him with a sickle due to which he fell on the road. The miscreants then decamped with Rs 3.67 lakh from the dickey of the motorcycle. The Talwara police has registered a case under relevant section of the IPC.

One held for assault

Phagwara: A property dealer Arvinder Singh was seriously in injured after he was allegedly attacked by some assailants near local Sugar Mills Chowk here in the evening on Monday. The victim was coming back after depositing a large sum of money in the bank at the time of the attack. The police has arrested the assailant.

A scooterist Balwinder Singh also sustained injuries when the assailants threw a bottle on Arvinder. Both the victims were admitted to the hospital. Later when some persons raised an alarm, the assailants fled the spot leaving their motorcycle behind. SP Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh said the police has traced the motorcycle and arrested the assailant.

Heroin seized

Nawanshahr: The CIA staff has nabbed one Swarn Kaur of Pakhowal village and recovered 30 gram heroin from her during patrolling on the Mahalon-Gujjarpur road. A case under relevant sections of the NDPS Act has been registered against her.

Man held with stolen bike

Nawanshahr: The Banga police has arrested Mandip Kumar of Pharala village and recovered a stolen motorcycle from his possession. The accused confessed to have stolen it from Phagwara. A case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered against him. 

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  55 safai karamcharis get appointment letters

Phagwara, July 24
The Chief Parliamentary Secretary (local bodies) Som Parkash today distributed appointment letters to 55 safai karamcharis of Mohalla Sanitation Committees at a colourful function held in the premises of Municipal Corporation, Phagwara.

Commissioner Satish Kumar Singla accompanied Parkash on the occassion. Singla said 137 such safai karamcharis are being regularised and 97 have been regularised so far and the remaining 40 would be regularised soon.ó OC

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 Youth denied admission: PSU holds protest
Our Correspondent

Nawanshahr, July 24
The Punjab Students Union held a dharna and rally at MBBG Govt College, Pojewal on Tuesday. They were protesting against the college authorities for denying admission to a youth.

Karam Singh Sekhan, the state executive member of the PSU said it was the only government college in the district. More than 100 youths had been denied admission to the college on the pretext that the seats allocated to the college had already been filled.

The studentsí body has appealed to the higher authorities to take immediate steps to ensure admission to the youth in the government college by increasing the allocation of seats in the college as otherwise the youth belonging to the backward Kandi area would have to pay a heavy fee to get admissions in private institutes. Besides, the problem of lack of staff and infrastructural facilities should also be solved. The PSU would launch a stir if the problems faced by the students are not addressed, Sekhan said.

College principal Bikker Singh said the college had been allocated two sections comprising 160 seats for BA part-1. All the seats, including 15 % Principal's quota had been fulfilled. The college had sent a request to the higher authorities to grant permission to admit more students, he added.

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