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Govt approves 6 new road links:
The Punjab Government has approved six new road projects of 330 km in length. The estimated cost of the projects is Rs 955.89 crore. The roads are the 42.12-km Rayya-Kharra road (Rs 145 crore), 53.50-km Manpur Head-Jagroan-Raikot road along the Abohar Branch (Rs 194.74 crore), 47.44-km Manpur Head-Barnala-Raikot road along the Bathinda Branch (Rs 155.15 crore), 49-km Nidampur-Lehra road along the Ghaggar Branch (Rs 163.71 crore), 72.15-km Tanda-Sri Hargobindpur-Amritsar road (Rs 158.30 crore) and 65.98-km Kapurthala-Nakodar-Phillaur road (Rs 138.99 crore).

179 lecturers, 49 principals shifted: The Education Department has shifted 179 lecturers, 49 principals and 38 headmasters in government schools in Punjab. A spokesman said the teachers would not be given any travelling allowance.

BJP to raise Patel's statue, 600-ft high: The BJP will lay the foundation stone of the “Statue of Unity” on October 31 as a tribute to Vallabhbhai Patel’s contribution to the freedom struggle. The 600 ft statue will be built at Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat.

Kapurthala man ends life in US:
A 35-year-old resident of Muhablipur village in Sultanpur Lodhi reportedly committed suicide in the US where he had gone about six months ago to seek better fortune. Deceased Paramjit Singh’s father Jaswant Singh said he had spent about Rs 25 lakh to send him to California. Paramjit was upset as he had been made to do menial jobs and was unable to cope with the expenses and language problems in the US. Paramjit had reportedly made his way into the country in 50 days through an illegal channel. He is said to have spent more than a month in jail during the course of his journey.

Protesters booked:
The police today booked Ramanjit Lalli and 28 persons, who have been observing a chain hunger strike for the past one week near the Jalandhar bypass. They were taken into preventive custody. The protesters want the government to make a policy change in the reservation quota. They had staged a dharna on the bypass on Sunday, which had led to a traffic jam. ADCP (Traffic) Harmohan Singh said the protesters were booked under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC. Hundreds of Lalli’s supporters blocked traffic and demanded their release.

Dalit woman alleges rape:
A 22-year-old Dalit girl from Jagraon sub-division of Ludhiana has accused a Moga youth of allegedly raping her while calling her to a hotel to discuss marriage ties. In her complaint, the victim alleged that the 25-year-old youth, Kamaljit Singh of Nasirewala village, had promised to marry her and asked her to meet at Mogabarnala road on the outskirts of the city on Tuesday, police said.

Patwari held for accepting bribe:
The Vigilance Bureau (VB) caught Jaspal Singh, a patwari posted at Maniana Halqa in Moonak, red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Jagtar Singh of Harigarh Gehlan village in Moonak on Wednesday. Jagtar Singh had complained to the VB that Jaspal Singh had demanded Rs 10,000 for transferring a girdawari in his name.

Pensioners go on hunger strike: Over 23 pensioners observed a hunger strike outside the district administrative complex here on Wednesday. They demanded that the two instalments of the Dearness Allowance be released and the medical allowance be enhanced from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 per month.



Office-bearers elected:
Office-bearers of the Yadav Sabha (Regd) Chandigarh, Panchkula were elected. Vijay Pal was elected as president, BL Yadav as senior vice-president, Pushpa Yadav as vice-president, Mohinder Yadav as general secretary and Ram Yadav as treasurer.



Shop gutted:
A two-storey shop was gutted in a fire due to a short-circuit here early on Wednesday. Five fire tenders of the local Municipal Corporation took three hours to douse the fire.The shop, located in a congested area in the NIT, dealt in electrical goods. A large quantity of cables and others articles were stored in the upper storey of the shop.


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