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Badal criticised for praising Modi
: Radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa has criticised Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for showering praises on his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi who, it claimed, was “responsible for eviction of Sikh farmers and mass killings of Muslims in 2002”. In a statement issued on Monday, a party spokesperson said Badal described Modi as “desh ka mahan neta”.

Protest against merger of schools
: Social Democratic Party and Bharat Jagao Andolan activists on Monday held a protest against the government’s move to merge 32 elementary schools in the district. Party president Jai Gopal Dhiman alleged the committees constituted to shortlist schools for merger prepared false reports. He said aspects like students’ safety had not been taken into consideration. 

One more tests positive for dengue
:A male patient from Delhi tested positive for dengue. He took treatment from Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, "By now 15 patients from Ludhiana have tested positive for dengue. While remaining 22 are from other districts and state.''He appealed to all residents to take necessary preventive measures. 

5 held with 45 stolen vehicles
: The police on Monday claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of vehicle thieves following the arrest of five persons. At least 45 stolen vehicles and 20 fake registration certificates were recovered from their possession. Surjeet Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Muktsar, said on a tip-off, a night patrol party intercepted a Bolero vehicle, not bearing registration number plates, between Inakhera and Mallwala villages. 

Man arrested on rape charge
: The police has arrested a 26-year-old man for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman for the past several months on the pretext of marriage. The accused has been identified as Ravi of Kot-ise-Khan village in the district. The accused was produced before a local court, which remanded him in 14-day judicial custody.

New Delhi
Stamp on Lala Jagat Narain
: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday released a postage stamp on freedom fighter, parliamentarian and journalist Lala Jagat Narain. The Prime Minister described him as a brave freedom fighter, a fearless journalist and an able MP. "The morals and principles of journalism set up by Lala Jagat Narain continue to guide journalists across the country. He opposed any move to curb media freedom," he said. 



Army holds painting contest
: The Rashtriya Rifles battalion based at Kalal, under the aegis of Headquarters Counter Insurgency Force (Uniform), organised a three-day Inter-Government Schools Painting Competition from September 5 to 8, under Operation Sadbhavana. The Government Middle School, Dhindeka, was adjudged first in the event.

Five cattle smugglers held
: The police arrested five bovine smugglers and rescued 28 bovine animals in the Thanamandi area of border district, Rajouri today. Reports said a police party at Thanamandi had nabbed five bovine smugglers on a tip of specific information. Three of them were identified as Shamas Tabrez, Mohammed Taraf, Zahid Ali. The police has also seized two Tata Mobiles and a truck.


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