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relief for Sikhs: Dr Daljeet Kaur Khalsa, DSGMC executive committee member, on Monday appealed to the Centre to allow the family members of Sikhs figuring in the “blacklist” to visit India so that they could see their ancestral villages and also pay obeisance at the historic Sikh shrines here.
‘Lift ban on posts in aided schools’: On the plea of Government Aided School Bachao Front, the National Commission for Minorities, Delhi, on Monday directed the State Minority Commission to redress the grievances of aided schoolteachers. The State Commission has written to Principal Secretary, Education, to lift the ban imposed on filling regular posts in aided schools run for minority communities.
SAD worker dies in clash: In a clash between two Akali groups on Monday, Chamkaur Singh (40), a resident of Toot village, was injured after he was hit by a bullet. He later died in hospital. The police said they were yet to identify the assailant.
3 travel agents booked for fraud: The police has booked three travel agents for allegedly duping two youths of Rs 17.5 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad. Fauja Singh of Bianpur Chhota (Gurdaspur) alleged that Nathu Ram of Amirpur Jattan village cheated him of Rs 7.5 lakh. In the other case, registered in Tanda, Jaswinder Singh of Jahura village alleged that Bakhsheesh Singh of Jaidan in Kapurthala and Parkash Masih of Dasuya duped him of Rs 10 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Canada.
Man booked for molesting boy: A resident of Chotala area in the district, Jaksan, has been booked for allegedly molesting an eight-year-old boy. The accused, booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, took the minor to his house on September 28 and allegedly molested him.
Gurdwara gutted in Ropar village: Seven holy books were damaged in a fire that broke out at a gurdwara in Pathrehri Jattan village near here on Monday. The cause of the fire is stated to be a short circuit. Kesar Singh, the care taker of the gurdwara, said the fire was noticed at around 2 am and soon engulfed the whole room where the holy books were kept. Giani Mal Singh, Jathedar of Takht Sri Kehsgarh Sahib, who reached the spot, said the fire broke out due to negligence on the part of the care taker. Kesar was asked to appear before the Takht on October 2.
Sangrur lawyers to strike work today: Members of the District Bar Association (DBA), Sangrur, and Bar unions of Dhuri, Malerkotla, Sunam and Moonak will strike work on Tuesday. Gurtej Singh Grewal, DBA president, said the call had been given in protest against police officials who on Monday "manhandled" an advocate at the judicial complex here. Grewal said they had demanded action against the erring police officials. On the other hand, Harinder Singh, Station House Officer, said a constable, Navrinder Singh, had filed a complaint against an advocate for beating him up and stopping him from performing his duty.