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Tight security for Sarabjitís bhog ceremony today
Amritsar, May 10
A bevy of dignitaries, including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, are expected to attend the bhog ceremony of Sarabjit Singh at his native village Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran district tomorrow. Lodged in a Lahore jail, Sarabjit was brutally attacked by jail inmates.

Vijender may be let off the hook 
Patiala, May 10
Having failed to find concrete evidence against boxer Vijender Singh, the Punjab Police is unlikely to challenge the court orders restraining it from conducting drug tests on the pugilist.

To sell surplus power, CM gives nod to trading company 
Chandigarh, May 10
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today gave the nod to Punjab State Power Corporation Limitd (PSPCL) for establishing a power trading company to sell surplus power, which is likely to be generated from the upcoming thermal plants in the state, to other states.


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Prisoner on parole shot dead
Sangrur, May 10
A prisoner on parole, Dharminder Singh (35), was today shot dead allegedly by his brother-in-law Jasbir Singh along with one Bant Singh, both residents of Mehlan village. A case has been registered against the accused. Dharminder, who was convicted for dowry death of his wife, succumbed to his injuries at Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. ó TNS





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Tight security for Sarabjitís bhog ceremony today
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 10
A bevy of dignitaries, including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, are expected to attend the bhog ceremony of Sarabjit Singh at his native village Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran district tomorrow. Lodged in a Lahore jail, Sarabjit was brutally attacked by jail inmates.

The ceremony will be held at Guru Nanak Dev DAV Public School adjacent to the BSF premises in Bhikhiwind. Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal convened a meeting of officials at Bhikhiwind to take stock of the preparations.Tight security arrangements have been made and police personnel from other districts summoned. Helipads have been set up at Bhagwanpur and Valtoha for the VVIPs.

Besides SAD and Congress leaders, prominent persons from different walks of life are expected to pay their last respects to the deceased. Union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur and PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa are likely to attend the bhog ceremony.

The vehicles will be parked near the BSF premises on the outskirts of the village. No vehicle would be allowed to pass through the township.

Partha Baruah, an artiste from Assam, today reached Amritsar with the bust of the deceased. He was received by Sarabjit's daughter Swapandeep at the railway station. Talking to mediapersons, Baruah said it was his way of paying homage to Sarabjit. 

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Vijender may be let off the hook 
Aman Sood
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 10
Having failed to find concrete evidence against boxer Vijender Singh, the Punjab Police is unlikely to challenge the court orders restraining it from conducting drug tests on the pugilist.

With the probing team headed by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Hardyal Singh Mann shifted to Patiala, Vijender is learnt to have requested the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to allow him to undergo training at the SAIís Sonepat centre.

Mann said Vijender was not the key accused in the drug haul case and his name figured only in the list of probable consumers.

ďAfter the court last week rejected our plea on the boxer's hair and nail samples, we are no more eager to challenge the court order,Ē Mann said, adding that a challan would soon be submitted but would not have Vijender's name.

Indian Amateur Boxing Federation president Abhishek Matoria said the boxer had sent an application to be allowed to train at the SAIís Sonepat centre. The Punjab Police had earlier claimed that the boxer had consumed heroin, procured from drug lord Anoop Singh Kahlon, at least 12 times.

Meanwhile, the Patiala police today claimed to have recovered mescaline, a synthetic drug primarily used in Mexico. 

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To sell surplus power, CM gives nod to trading company 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today gave the nod to Punjab State Power Corporation Limitd (PSPCL) for establishing a power trading company to sell surplus power, which is likely to be generated from the upcoming thermal plants in the state, to other states.

A decision to this effect was taken by the Chief Minister at a meeting with L&T director SN Roy.

The latter had called on the CMat his official residence here to update him on the status of the Rajpura thermal plant.

Badal directed PSPCL chairman KD Chaudhri to work out the modalities for establishing the trading company so that it could be put in place by September this year.

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