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Teenager handed over to Pak officials
: An 18-year-old Pakistan national, who was caught by the BSF while crossing the border, was handed over to the Pakistani Rangers on Tuesday. RPS Jaswal, Deputy Inspector General, BSF, said the person was identified as Mohd Nadim of Jaggu Mata village of Lahore district. During questioning, it was found that he had inadvertently crossed the border. Nothing objectionable was found from him, he added. “As a goodwill gesture, we handed over the teenager to the Pakistan Rangers”, he said, adding that at least 15 Pakistan nationals, who had inadvertently crossed the border, had been given a safe passage this year.

Missing in U’khand, 31 declared dead
: As many as 31 of the 59 Punjabis, who went missing during the recent Uttarakhand floods, have reportedly died. The remaining on the list of state flood control room have returned home safely. Confirming this, Sanjay Kumar, Secretary, Coordination, said: “We have sought an official communication from the Uttarakhand Government to facilitate insurance and other compensation claims of the victim families.”

Tributes paid to Punjabi researcher: The UK House of Commons paid tributes to Iqbal Singh, a long-standing adviser and researcher to the All-Party Group on the Punjabi community in Britain, who passed away on September 3. Iqbal Singh, 79, who hailed from Sikri village in Hoshiarprur, was the younger brother of former DGP and UPSC chairman Gurbachan Jagat. The House placed on record “its admiration and gratitude” for Iqbal's hard work on behalf of the Punjabi community in the UK.

Fatehgarh Sahib
9 peddlers
arrested: The district police in its anti-drug drive arrested nine drug peddlers here on Tuesday and recovered 46,200 intoxicant tablets and 330 bottles of smuggled whisky. Those held are identified as Randhir Singh of Ludhiana; Gurdeep Singh alias Raju of Sirhind; Jatinder Singh and Hari Om, both from Mandi Gobindgarh; Manjit Singh; Surinder Singh and Gurinderjit Singh, Jasbir Singh and Jaswinder Singh, all residents of Bassi Pathana. All the accused have been booked under the NDPS Act. 

Man attacked
: Neeraj Sharma, son of Vijay Kumar of local Mohalla Fatehgarh, was seriously wounded when a mob stated to be of some dalit organisations equipped with sharp edged weapons assaulted him at a mobile phone shop at Sutehri Road this afternoon. The mob smashed windowpanes of the shop and mercilessly beat Neeraj Sharma. Some dalit organisations have given the Hoshiarpur band call on September 11, 2013 yesterday to protest against a news channel for its alleged derogatory remarks against their Guru. But some of the activists of these organisations brandishing swords and lathis forcibly got closed shops in the locality of Bus Stand, Jalandhar Road, Railway Road and Sutehri Road today. 

Woman raped: A woman of Daulowal village was allegedly raped by Sandeep Slaria of Avankhan. Mukerian police has booked Sandeep Slaria, his brother Babba and maternal-uncle Surjit Singh, alias Chhinda of Majari, Gurdaspur, for rape. The police said the victim alleged that Sandeep Salaria took her to a hotel in Mukerian from on July 31, where he raped her on the pretext of marrying her. Sandeep’s brother Babba and maternal uncle Surjit Singh threatened her with dire consequences if she narrated the incident to anyone. The police has registered a case under Sections 376, 506 and 120 B of the IPC. 

Drug peddler held
: The police has arrested a drug peddler identified as Ashok Kumar of Shahpur village, Jalandhar, at Kahlon - Bharta road and recovered 50 grams of heroin from his possession. A case has been registered against him under relevant sections of the NDPS Act. 

PRTC staff hold protest
: A large number of PRTC employees held a protest rally outside PRTC headquarters here on Tuesday. They demanded that workers, who have worked on a contractual basis for over 10 years, be regularised; and that they be paid salaries on time. Seeking action against HS Bhatti, General Manager of Chandigarh depot, Nirmal Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary of the PRTC Workers Union, said Bhatti was targeting their workers and urged the government to probe the matter.



Janvi wins dist badminton championship
Jammu:Janvi Mahajan got the better of Sharuti Sharma by 21-10 and 21-1 with ease in U-13 girls singles match today in the ongoing 28th Jammu District Badminton Championship being organised by Jammu City and District Badminton Association at Indoor Sports Complex, M A Stadium. — TNS


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