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Liquor vends to remain closed on Oct 10
: The liquor vends at Maiserkhana village will remain closed on October 10 in view of a religious fair being organised there. The sale of liquor has been banned in all the vends serving country-made as well as English liquor.

Rs 209 Cr Ludhiana road project soon: The Punjab Government on Tuesday reviewed the status of ongoing development works in Ludhiana. It was informed in the meeting that the eight-laning project of the Ferozepur Road-Jagraon Bridge-Sidhwan Canal and construction of three under bridges would commence from December. The project, costing Rs 209 crore, would be completed by March 2015. The construction of a parking complex at Feroze Gandhi market at a cost of Rs 35 crore would be completed by June 2015.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Robbery bid foiled, 7 held
: The Fatehgarh Sahib police busted an armed robbers’ gang near Nabipur village here on Tuesday. The seven-member gang was planning to rob a shop in the cattle market. The police seized a revolver, iron rods and sharp-edged weapons. The accused have been identified as Ranvir Singh and Tarsem Singh of Badhochi Khurd, Vatanvir Singh of Sidhwan, Manpreet Singh of Madhopur, Lakhvir Singh of Majri Sodhian, Gurpreet Singh of Bhamarsi Jer and Sukhwinder Singh of Patiala.

SGPC chief’s son cremated:
The last rites of Tejinder Singh Soni (38), son of SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, were performed at the Model Town Extension crematorium here on Tuesday. He had died after a prolonged illness at the PGI in Chandigarh on Monday. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Cabinet Minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon and MLAs Bibi Jagir Kaur, Balwinder Singh Bains, Simerjeet Singh Bains and Ranjeet Singh Dhillon were among those present on the occasion.

Six arrested for serving cannabis
: The Patiala police on Tuesday raided a hookah bar, Arabic Infusion, and arrested six persons for allegedly serving cannabis. It booked nine persons under the NDPS Act. The arrested have been identified as Ramesh Chauhan, Deepak, Subhash Chand, Karan Sharma, Mukesh and Ranjit. The other three accused are on the run.

Teachers to go on fast today: A few teachers at Punjabi University will sit on an indefinite fast from October 9 in protest against the university authorities’ failure to consider previous services under the Career Advancement Programme. Dr Rajesh Kumar, convenor of Teachers for Intervention (TIE), said according to University Grants Commission (UGC) it was mandatory to include previous regular services of teachers when they joined the university.

Medical Officer’s house burgled
: A house of Medical Officer, Deepak Chander was reportedly burgled in Khotrra Road locality here last night. The burglars entered in the house when the family was away and decamped with valuable goods including one mobile phone,digital cameras, two wrist watches etc. The police has registered a case.

2 drug peddlers arrested: The police has arrested two drug peddlers identified as Dushyant of Mandi(HP) and Ravi Kumar of Sahibjada Ajit Singh Nagar and recovered 200 gm of intoxicant powder from their possession. Gursewak Singh Brar, SP, said 100 gm of intoxicant powder was recovered from Dushyant and the same quantity of intoxicant powder from Ravi.

13-yr-old girl murdered
: An unidentified person was booked for allegedly murdering a 13-year-old girl near Guara village, about 12 km from Malerkotla, on Monday. Amargarh Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Gurmeet Singh said a cousin of the deceased had complained to the police that someone had tried to rape the victim before murdering her. The DSP said the post-mortem examination of the deceased did not confirm the attempt to rape charge. Gurmeet Singh said the girl, a Class VIII student, was attacked when she was returning to her house from the fields.


Bilaspur man dies at 104:
Jiunu Ram, son of Sadhu Ram of Dhar Kanshi village under Kutehalla gram panchayat in the Naina Devi constituency, died at the age of 104 at his village, 38 km from here, on Monday. Jiunu’s son Dharam Pal said his father remained active till his end. Jiunu’s funeral on the bank of the Gambhar khud, near the village, was largely attended by panchayat representatives among others.

Girl dies of snakebite: Meena (9), daughter of Sohan Lal of Gharaan village under Gharaan gram panchayat, near here, died of snakebite Saturday night. Meena, a student of Class IV, was reportedly sleeping with her grandmother and three other children in the room, when she woke up and started weeping. Her grandmother also woke up and found a snake on the bed. Meena was rushed to the Jhandutta Community Health Centre, but she died on the way.

PO held: The police apprehended Dinesh Kumar, a proclaimed offender (PO), from the Mall road in Manali after 10 years. Dinesh was living there under a fake name Bhim and working as a property dealer. Superintendent of Police (SP) Kapil Sharma said Dinesh was arrested by a police team led by PO cell Head Constable Bodh Raj and Constables Sanjiv Kumar, Ravi Kumar and Raj Kumar from Manali in Kullu district.

‘Execute orders on street vendors’
: The HPCC has urged the district administration to direct the local Municipal Council not to harass street hawkers and tehbazari permit holders in the town. In a press statement here on Monday, HPCC spokesperson Dharam Malhotra, who is also a member of the legal cell of the Congress, asked the administration to implement the Supreme Court (SC) directions with regard to the National Policy on Urban Street Vendors, 2009, which was applicable to all municipal areas in the country.

CITU holds protest rally
: Activists of CITU took out a rally in protest against the anti-labour policies of a construction company engaged in the Chanju hydroelectric project in Churah sub-division of Chamba district on Monday. The activists also blocked vehicular traffic at the Nakrot bazaar. CITU district secretary Sudesh Thakur alleged that the construction company was violating the provisions of the Labour Laws and not giving the legitimate rights to the labourers. She threatened to prolong the agitation if the company failed to give the 25 per cent hike in their wages.

BJP opens office in Sundernagar: The district unit of the BJP opened its office in Sundernagar on Tuesday. It was inaugurated by Sarkaghat MLA Inder Singh. Addressing mediapersons, Inder Singh said the office would control and ensure the smooth functioning of the party in Sundernagar, Sarkaghat, Dharampur, Karsog and Nachan Assembly segments of the district. Many local BJP leaders were present on the occasion.

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