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Sukha, Jinda’s death anniversary observed
: The SGPC and radical Sikh outfits on Wednesday held a function at the Akal Takht to mark the death anniversary of Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha, assassins of Gen AS Vaidya.

Girl Child Day to be celebrated:
The Director General of School Education has directed schools to celebrate International Girl Child Day on October 11. The heads have been asked to educate students about the importance of the day and importance of educating girls.

Tota Singh tests positive for dengue
: Former Punjab Agriculture Minister Tota Singh has contracted dengue and is currently admitted to Fortis Hospital, Mohali. He was admitted there four days ago and his condition is stated to be stable. The SAD leader was supposed to attend a court hearing in a corruption case in which he is one of the accused. However, he could not do so due to his illness.

Congress leader joins Akali Dal: Congress leader from Balachaur Rajpal Chohan joined the Shiromani Akali Dal on Wednesday in presence of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal. A number of his supporters are also expected to join the party soon, said senior SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra.

Progressive Punjab Summit: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for creation of an ultra-modern tented structure at the Mohali multipurpose sports stadium to host the Progressive Punjab Summit on December 9-10. The entire event would be held at the Mohali stadium. It was also decided that separate meeting halls would be created at the site to accommodate small industry/ theme-specific brainstorming sessions.

Fatehgarh Sahib
VAT to be simplified
: The Punjab Government would next month simplify the process of filing Value Added Tax (VAT), said Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal here on Wednesday. He claimed the business community would find the new process less cumbersome. Among others who were present on the occasion were Bikram Majithia, Sukhdev Dhindsa, Nirmal Singh and Prem Singh Chandumajra.

Dasehra celebrated
: Dasehra was celebrated at Mother's Pride School. Children came dressed as Lord Rama, Laxmana, Sita, Hanuman, Ravana and other characters of Ramayana. The celebrations began with the tilak ceremony at the entrance. Students sang bhajans and created an effigy of Ravana using paper and sticks. The effigy was burnt using crackers to demonstrate the victory of good over evil.

Gurpurb celebrated: GRD Academy, Humbran Road, celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Shri Ram Das Ji. The Gurpurb celebrations began with a path of Shri Sukhmani Sahib. A student of upper kindergarten, Shabad Singh, enthralled the gathering with his melodious shabad recital. Students also spoke about the teachings of the Guru and took part in collage making, poster making and slogan writing.

5 held for gambling: The Sadar police has book five persons, including co-owner of a restaurant, for gambling at Chabra Colony on Pakhowal Road. The accused have been identified as Jasdeep Singh Bindra, Karanvir Singh, Navpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh and Harpreet Singh. Bindra is a co-owner of the Hub restaurant in Ghumar Mandi that remained in controversy for thrashing of a senior police officer last year. The police also seized Rs 30,000 from the accused. SHO, Sadar, Amandeep Singh Brar said a raid was conducted by Balbir Singh, in charge Lalton police post, following a tip-off.

Civil Surgeon seeks update: Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta has directed medical superintendents of the all hospitals to send daily reports of suspected and confirmed Dengue cases and deaths before 2 pm daily as per the orders of Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal. The information of the previous day cases should be emailed daily before 2 pm The report of the cases will be submitted to the DC before 4 pm daily.

Terrorist challenges state govt in court
: Terrorist Narain Singh Chaura today challenged the authority of the state government in sanctioning trial against him in a local court here today. He is to be prosecuted under the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act. He was arrested in Tarn Taran on Feburary 26. Chaura’s counsel said only the Union Government could sanction the trial for the alleged offence. The court directed the state government to reply on October 24, the next date of hearing. Chaura’s interrogation led to the seizure of an AK-56 rifle, 20 cartridges, a .30 mauser along with 50 rounds and five hand grenades from a box buried in the Slaimpur riverbed at Kurali. A case under the Explosive Act, the Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act was registered against him.

PPSC ex-chief appears in court: Former chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), Ravi Sidhu, appeared in a special court here on Wednesday in a disproportionate assets case. He is currently serving six years in jail in a bribery case. The next date of hearing has been fixed as October 17. Sidhu was arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from an Assistant Excise Inspector in March 2002 for selection to the PCS cadre. Later, assets worth Rs 25 crore were seized at his house.

Home Guards Commander ends life
: Rajinder Singh (45), Company Commander, Punjab Home Guards, Mansa, today allegedly “committed” suicide at Kohrian village (near Dirba). Station House Officer (SHO) of Dirba police station Subeg Singh said on Wednesday, Rajinder Singh had shot himself with a 12-bore rifle at Kohrian village. He said the reason behind the suicide could not be known immediately.

Printing press owner killed: A printing press owner, Sat Pal Uppal (62), was electrocuted to death at his shop near Gurdwara Singh Sabha here on Wednesday. The body got burnt after the shop caught fire due to the short circuit. Fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the fire. The police sent the body for a postmortem and registered a case. The deceased is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.

13-year-old girl’s murderer held: The district police on Wednesday claimed to have solved a blind murder case of a 13-year-old girl within 36 hours. The police arrested the accused Santosh Kumar (21), resident of Sapol district in Bihar, at Ludhiana railway station. The girl was allegedly murdered near Guara village on Monday when she was returning to her house on October 7. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu said the accused was nabbed when he was about to leave Punjab. Initially, the police believed that the accused had raped the victim before murdering her. But, Santosh confessed to strangulating the girl with her dupatta after unsuccessfully trying to rape her. He also hit her head multiple times with a brick.



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