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Badal criticises temple demolition:
Condemning the demolition of a temple in Karachi, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately take up the issue with the Pakistan government. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Badal said the sentiments of the Hindu community were hurt by the razing of a century-old temple Sri Ram Pir Mandir at Soldier Bazaar in Karachi. The temple was demolished by a builder on December 1 despite a Pakistani court hearing a petition seeking stay on the move.

‘Declare ’84 riots as genocide’:
Over 27,000 Sikhs living in the US have signed a petition prepared by the Sikhs for Justice, a US-based human rights advocacy group demanding the 1984 anti-Sikh riots be declared genocide. In a press release, the group said the petition would be presented before the Administration of US President Barack Obama on December 15. It said as per the US Government policy, a petition requires at least 25,000 signatures to warrant an official response from the President’s Administration. The petition has urged the Obama Administration to fulfill its obligation under Article 1 of the UN Convention on Genocide by recognising the 1984 riots as ‘Sikh Genocide’.

Moga-New Delhi Shatabdi from today: Shiromani Akali Dal Lok Sabha MP from Faridkot Bibi Paramjit Kaur Gulshan and the local Congress MLA Joginder Pal Jain have agreed upon to jointly flag off the Moga-New Delhi Shatabdi Express on Saturday. The train will arrive at Moga on Saturday at 2:05 pm and leave from the station at 3 pm. For the time being, it has been proposed to extend the frequency of the existing New Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi train from Ludhiana to Moga for two days only, i.e. on Saturday and Sunday, in a week.

Veterinary doctor caught taking bribe:
The Patiala Vigilance Bureau has arrested a veterinary doctor for allegedly accepting bribe from a farmer in lieu of releasing fitness certificates for his cows. The Vigilance sleuths allegedly caught veterinary doctor Surjit Singh red-handed while accepting Rs 2,500 from Jaspal Singh, a resident of Hamjherhi village. The doctor was posted at Patran.

Junior engineer held on graft charge:
A team of the Vigilance Bureau, Sangrur, led by DSP Balwinder Singh Sidhu on Friday arrested a junior engineer, Surinderpal Singh, posted with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited at Amargarh, while he was allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a local resident, Jaswinder Singh. The DSP claimed that the JE had allegedly demanded Rs 10,000 as bribe from Jaswinder for installing a transformer in his field at Rampur-Bhindran village (near Bagrian). But Jaswinder approached the Vigilance Bureau, which laid a trap and caught the official red-handed.

Leopard injures four in Lehragaga: A leopard injured four persons after straying into Ratta Kherra village, 15 km from Lehragagga, on Friday. The injured have been admitted in a hospital at Budhlada. The police said the leopard later jumped into an 18-ft-deep abandoned well in the village. It said the well had been covered with an iron gate and forest officials informed to rescue the animal.



Arms records digitised: The Deputy Commissioner’s office has digitalised the database of Arms Licence holders of the Chandigarh region. The data has been digitalised by the National Informatics Centre, which is available at http://chandigarh.gov.in/how_firearm.htm. This is going to be beneficial to the police authorities in tracking the owners of the arms recovered at the site of the crime.


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