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Work for state’s welfare, NRIs told

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Chandigarh: Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rana KP Singh has sought the cooperation and contribution of the Punjabi Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) towards the socio-economic development of the state. Rana KP is currently on a tour to the United Kingdom and some other European countries. A number of NRI delegations called on him and offered their cooperation in rebuilding the state. The Speaker told them that they could particularly help the state in improving the education and healthcare system there. He suggested that the NRIs could straightaway work with the state institutions in a transparent manner. TNS The Tribune

Father-in-law booked for woman’s rape

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Sangrur: The police have registered a rape case against a man on the complaint of his daughter-in-law. ASI Santokh Singh said the victim from Ghabdan village has alleged that her father-in-law Bachan Singh had been raping her for the past six months. Last week, the victim informed her husband, who brought her to the police station. TNS Biker killed in mishap Sangrur: One person was killed and another injured on Saturday night near Ratola after their motorcycle was hit by a speeding vehicle. The police have registered a case. Lavpreet Singh, along with his friend Sukhchain Singh, was going to Chaundha village on his motorcycle when they were hit by an unidentified vehicle. Lavpreet died in Malerkotla hospital. TNS Tree plantation drive Chandigarh: The Bhakra Beas Management Board...

6-quintal poppy husk seized in Ropar

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Tribune News Service Ropar, October 15 The district police busted an interstate gang of drug peddlers seizing six quintals of poppy husk here today. While two of the gang members identified as Sanjiv Kumar, alias Sonu, of Hoshiarpur and Baljit of Haroli in Una district in Himachal Pradesh have been arrested, many more arrests were likely after the questioning of the accused. This was the biggest seizure of poppy husk in the district so far, said Senior Superintendent of Police Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu. He said before this the biggest quantity of poppy husk was recovered in 2004 when the police seized four quintals of it from drug smugglers. Sandhu said the police had got information that the poppy husk was being smuggled in the area from Madhya Pradesh. He said the accused used to conceal ...

Muktsar MC chief booked for assault

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Muktsar, October 15 Municipal Council chief Harpal Singh Bedi, an SAD leader, and two unidentified persons have been booked for allegedly confining his farm labourer and assaulting him on Wednesday. On the complaint of Gurtej Singh, a resident of Kotli Devan village here, the police registered a case under Sections 341, 342, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC. Bedi said, “Some Congress leaders want to grab the MC chief’s post. They are hatching a conspiracy against me. The complainant got himself admitted to a hospital yesterday on the insistence of these leaders.” Gurtej alleged that Bedi and his aides held him captive in a room for three days before village residents got him released. Periwinkle Grewal, SHO, Muktsar Sadar, said, “A manhunt has been launched to nab the trio.” — TNS The Tribune

WhatsApp rouses cops to action

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  Sangrur: WhatsApp is proving to be a potent weapon for residents who have lost all hope of getting help from lower-rung police officials. Upset at the inaction on their complaints lodged at various police stations, they have started contacting SSP Mandeep Sidhu on WhatsApp. Action is usually taken within hours. Aman Goyal, a local jeweller, said his worker had fled with gold and silver ornaments in April. “I kept visiting the  city police station, but cops refused to register an FIR. On October 9, I sent a message to the SSP. The FIR was lodged next day,” he said. According to Sidhu, this direct method shows that people trust him. “I have taken action against many officers for delaying action on complaints. I will keep doing it if I get more such messages,&rd...

Of caste, humiliation and course correction

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Charanjit Singh Teja  Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 15 Had Punjabi writer Maninder Kang been alive, Vishav would have been his obvious choice for a character in his sequel to the powerful short story “Kutti Vehra”, set in Amritsar’s Khazana Gate area, exploring 400 years of a ghetto inhabited by manual scavengers. Enrolled in LLM with Amritsar’s Guru Nanak Dev University, when Vishav chose manual scavenging, his family profession, as the subject of research, his teachers were at first reluctant. “They did not want caste a part of legal research,” he says. But he refused to budge. (Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd) As part of his research, Vishav interviewed 189 sewerage workers, all employees wi...

Jakhar’s Gurdaspur stunner

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Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, October 15 Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar pulled off a stunning victory for the party today, winning the Gurdaspur parliamentary byelection by a record margin of 1.93 lakh votes, the highest ever. The margin stunned psephologists, who had said the lead would not exceed one lakh votes in view of the low turnout on October 11. Jakhar polled 4,99,752 votes and his rival Swaran Salaria of the BJP 3,065,33. Securing a mere 23,579 votes, the security deposit of AAP’s Maj Gen Suresh Khajuria (retd) was forfeited. He left the hall after the first round of counting. Editorial: The Gurdaspur verdict The BJP faced the ignominy of a 35 per cent drop in vote share. In 2014, its candidate Vinod Khanna had polled 4.62 lakh votes and won by 1.36 lakh...

No aid to curb stubble-burning: Farmers

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Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Sangrur, October 15 Farmers who have adopted alternatives to stubble- burning have claimed that they neither received any financial aid nor technical training from the Punjab Government so far. The Agriculture Department, Sangrur, confirmed that they had not received a single penny out of Rs 36.96 crore that they had sought for the current year as subsidy to farmers for the purchase of required equipment like happy seeder to prevent stubble-burning. “In the past two years, I purchased four machines, but have received subsidy only for one. I have not seen any required action or training camp by any authority during the past two years to convince farmers against stubble-burning,” said Harinder Singh, a farmer from Kaheru village who has not bur...