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Rs 35 lakh seized: The CIA staff has seized unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 35 lakh from a vehicle near Ramsara village. The vehicle occupants were detained, but their questioning did not yield any information about the source and purpose of carrying the cash. The case has been referred to the Income Tax Department.

5-yr-old Barnala girl recovered
: The Tapa police on Tuesday recovered five-year-old Khushbu from the custody of her alleged abductors, Buta Singh and Daropati Devi. The girl was recovered from Handhiaya, near Barnala. She has been handed over to her father. Both the accused have been arrested. SSP Snehdeep Sharma said the girl was allegedly abducted on November 3 from her house at Tapa. Her father Sunil Kumar, a labourer, complained to the police on Monday.

SC panel receives 1,800 complaints:
The State Commission for Scheduled Castes has received a record 1,800 complaints till October this year, compared to a mere 450 in the previous three years. Rajesh Bagha, Chairman, said a majority of the complainants were college students who alleged they were made to pay fees even though they were entitled to free education in colleges. On directions of the commission, many colleges had to reimburse the fees they had charged from SC students, he added.

Resume flights to Toronto: Ruby:
Former Canadian MP Ruby Dhalla has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for an early restoration of the Air India’s Amritsar-Toronto flight and expeditious clearance of international flights from Mohali Airport. In a communiqué to the Prime Minister, Ruby said a large number of NRIs visited Punjab during the ongoing marriage season. They were facing problems due to the lack of direct flights between Amritsar and Toronto, she added.

Marriage Palaces threaten closure: The Punjab Marriage Palace and Resorts Association has threatened to close down all marriage palaces in the state from March 2013 in case the state government decided to increase external development charges, licensing fee and change in land use charges under a new policy that is being formulated. Association president Sukhdev Singh Sidhu said the four-member committee appointed by the state government to formulate a policy for them should also consider their point of view while formulating the policy.

2 youths killed in accident:
Two youths were killed in a road mishap at Badrukhan village in the district when their motorcycle was allegedly hit by a Toyota Innova MUV on Monday. Rinku Walia (20) and his friend Lovpreet Singh (17) were on way to Sangrur from Mastuana Sahib. Rinku died on the spot while Lovpreet succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital. The driver of the Innova fled the spot leaving the vehicle behind. A case has been registered.

Red Ribbon Clubs to be set up in colleges: With the receipt of funds by the state Youth Services Department from the Punjab State AIDS Control Society, decks have been cleared for setting up of Red Ribbon Clubs in colleges to create awareness about HIV/AIDS and drug abuse. In Sangrur district, such clubs will be set up in 30 colleges, including Government Ranbir College, Sangrur; Desh Bhagat College, Bardwal (Dhuri); Akal Degree College, Mastuana Sahib (Sangrur); Government College, Malerkotla and University College, Moonak. The clubs would be set up by November-end.


Freedom fighter passes away:
Chajju Ram (91), a freedom fighter, died at his native Danipur village near here on Tuesday. He joined the Punjab Regiment as sepoy in 1942 and revolted against the British Army on a call given by Subhash Chander Bose. He was lodged in a jail in west Punjab (now in Pakistan) for a year. Later, he joined the Azad Hind Fauj for some time. After Independence, his name was not included in the list of freedom fighters. Just two years ago, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the government to include his name in the list of freedom fighters.

Rs 1 lakh looted: A motorcycle-borne man allegedly snatched Rs 1 lakh from Jugni Devi of Dhaud village here on Tuesday. Investigation in the case was on, said the police.

Man shot at:
A government employee was shot at near Jattu Halwai Chowk by two motorcycle-borne persons here on Tuesday. The employee, who was rushed to a hospital with bullet injuries, was stated to be out of danger.

Newborn dead:
The mutilated body of a newborn girl was found at Khurrampur village on Tuesday. The girl, whose hands and feet were mauled by stray dogs, seemed to have been strangled.


Case filed against hotel owner:
The Jammu and Kashmir Police today registered a case against the owner of Hotel Silver Star for allegedly attacking a team of JK bank officials. The police has registered an FIR at the Pantha Chowk police station.

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