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One booked for cheating: The police today booked Mohit Dhingra, a resident of Gali Natha Ram Wali, for cheating ahrtiya Puneet Bansal of Namdev Nagar. Puneet complained that the accused had borrowed Rs 30,000 from him about a month ago but refused to return the money. The complainant said the accused had promised to return the money within 15 days. The Civil Line police has registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC in this connection. No arrest has been made so far and the investigation is on.

Two booked for thrashing woman: The police has booked two persons, including a woman, for beating a woman at the Talwandi Sabo Court Complex. Complainant Sunita Rani of Gidderbaha said she was attacked by Raju, wife of Lakhwinder Singh, and another person, identified as Khan, in the court complex. The complainant said the accused attacked her without any provocation and during the attack the accused tear off her clothes. A case under Sections 323, 294 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at the Talwandi Sabo police station. No one has been arrested so far and the investigation is on.

BRTS okayed in two cities:
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday gave his nod to the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Amritsar and Ludhiana at a cost of Rs 500 crore. A press note said Sukhbir had asked the PWD to complete the project within a year. Sukhbir had earlier led an official delegation to Dubai and Turkey to study new models of urbanisation, BRTS and solid waste management systems. Sukhbir had discussions with the two major urban developers in Dubai, EMAAR and Nakeel. The team also studied the new urban parameters and building controls that help in vertical development.

Drive to regularise illegal colonies: Local Bodies Minister Chunni Lal Bhagat on Thursday advocated the need for generating awareness among the masses about the need for getting their illegal colonies, buildings and plots regularised by October 7 to avoid legal action. An official press note said officers of the Local Bodies Department had been holding a special drive to create awareness among the public. The state expected to earn Rs 200 crore through regularisation of illegal colonies.

Online grievance redressal system: To galvanise grievance redressal network, the Punjab Government has decided to upload information on disposal of grievances on the web portal. An official press note from the Administrative Reforms Commission said now onwards, the reply on the grievances would only be uploaded on the web portal and the practice of sending reply through file or copy would be discouraged. He said instructions had been communicated to all the departmental heads and deputy commissioners.

Freedom fighter Ranjit Singh dead: Veteran freedom fighter and member of the Indian National Army (INA) Captain Ranjit Singh (87) died on Thursday evening in a private hospital in Ludhiana. He was also president of the All India Freedom Fighter's Organisation (AIFFO), an official press note said.

Tributes paid to Hitabhilashi: BJP leaders and workers on Thursday paid floral tributes to their former leader and martyr Babu Hitabhilashi on his 26th death anniversary. Hundreds of BJP workers participated in the ceremony organised at the BJP's Punjab headquarters here.

Students burn police's effigy:
Local students, under the banner of Punjab Students Union, on Thursday burnt an effigy of the Punjab Police to protest against the alleged highhandedness on them during an agitation on the Sangrur-Barnala main road in Mastuana Sahib a few days ago. Union leader Shanker Badra alleged that the police resorted to lathicharge on the students at Barnala (and also in Patiala) when they were protesting "peacefully", seeking fee concession for Dalit students.

Tarn Taran
Minor gang-raped in Tarn Taran:
A 13-year-old schoolgirl was allegedly raped by six youths while she was on her way to a religious place near her village. A resident of Bhathal Bhai Ke village, the girl was abducted from outside a gurdwara by six youths. The victim alleged that she was taken to a tubewell room in nearby fields where the youths raped her. A case has been registered against Gurjant Singh and Saab Singh, both resident of Naushera Pannua village, and four unidentified persons.

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