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Kapil Sharma, Ginni Chatrath marry in Jalandhar

Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath at their wedding at Jalandhar on December 12, 2018.
Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath at their wedding at Jalandhar on December 12, 2018.
Star comedian Kapil Sharma married his lady love Ginni Chatrath here at a traditional Punjabi ceremony, which was enlivened by popular singer Gurdas Maan.
 
Kapil made a late entry at the wedding venue, which was done up in red and gold.
 
The bride stuck to the traditional for her attire, and accessorised her look with maatha patti, nath and statement earrings and a layered neckpiece.
 
Kapil sported a green sherwani, with string adding some drama to his look. His triple kalgi on the turban and sword grabbed attention, as did his bearded look.
 
He shared their first wedding picture himself via Instagram, with an emoticon with folded hands in gratitude for the love and blessings from all over.
 
The venue had ample security considering Kapil is an established name in the industry and has a huge fan following. Invitations to the wedding itself had a barcode for entry.
 
A guest on condition of anonymity told IANS that there was a limited gathering of the couple's close family members and friends, apart from a few names from the world of comedy.
 
It was very much a Punjabi wedding in terms of the food, barring special Thai food arrangements.
 
The star attraction was a performance by Gurdas Maan.
 
The "Comedy Nights With Kapil" star and Ginni wanted the wedding to be rooted in their culture. In fact, they chose Lovely Sweets, a 60-year-old Indian sweets manufacturer from here, for the sweets they have distributed, and Lovely Imagination, for designing the elaborate wedding invitations and sweets.
 
Their wedding was preceded by days of ceremonies and pre-marriage rituals, including a sangeet which saw their friends dance the night away.
 
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Law should take its course in nun rape case: Bishops' body

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Denying that it wanted a Bishop accused in the rape of a nun to step down, the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) on Sunday said that law should take its course in the matter.
 
"(Our) silence should in no way be construed as siding with either of the two parties. We have learnt of certain statements attributed to our President, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, that (accused) Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese should step down," CBCI Secretary General Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas said in a statement here.
 
"We wish to clarify that he has made no such statement and wishes to disassociate himself from any such statement. Bombay Archdiocese spokesman's comments are in his personal campacity and have to be taken as such. 
 
"We reiterate what we said earlier: The CBCI has no jurisdiction over individual Bishops. Besides, a police probe is on. One party has approached the Kerala High Court... Church authorities will take a decision once police file a definitive report after investigations," the statement added.
 
He said they were expressing their "distress" regarding developments regarding accusations against Mulakkal.
 
The CBCI statement comes after Kerala Police asked accused Bishop Mulakkal to appear before a probe team on September 19. 
 
Mulakkal stepped down as Bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese on September 15, handing over temporary charge of the diocese to Father Mathew Kokkandam.
 
A Kerala nun had accused Mulakkal of repeatedly raping her between 2014 and 2016. Five other nuns of the congregation have supported her claim and along with a section of the laity are holding a protest at Kochi, which continued for the ninth day on Sunday.
 
An FIR was registered against the Bishop, with the nun and other convent inmates giving detailed statements running into 114 pages.
 
Mulakkal has denied wrongdoing and termed it a "conspiracy" against him.
 
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Controversial bishop, accused of rape, asked to appear before Kerala Police

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The Kerala Police on Wednesday sent a notice to controversial Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar, who has been accused of rape by a nun, asking him to appear before them on September 19.
 
A Kerala nun has accused him of repeated sexual abuse between 2014 and 2016.
 
"We reviewed the entire case today (Wednesday) and there are contradictions in the statements of the victim, the accused and the witnesses. So, we have asked the bishop to appear before us on September 19, when the Investigation Officer would question him. 
 
"The contradictions in the statements have to be cleared, or else there could be issues," Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Sakhre told the media in Kochi soon after a review meeting on the case.
 
"Security to the complainant and the witnessess is there and we have registered cases against the death threats that the nuns have allegedly received," added Sakhre.
 
State Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan, deputising for Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is off to the United States for treatment, told the media in the state capital that the government is with the victim.
 
"No one needs to be worried for anything and it's unfortunate that nuns have had to stage protests. We all know that the probe has been going on for a while now, but since it has to be submitted to the court, there just can't be any errors," said Jayarajan.
 
On Wednesday, a day-long protest before the state secretariat in Kochi was organised by the Joint Christian Council, whose indefinite relay fast in the state capital entered its fifth day.
 
In the state capital, joining the protesters was former state Congress President V. M. Sudheeran, who said the protests should not be mistaken as one against the Christian community.
 
"The police itself said that all the evidences are there with them in the case, then why are they hesitant to go forward? The state police chief is unable to go forward in this case and it's most unfortunate," said Sudheeran.
 
In Kochi, Wednesday saw more and more leaders -- political and otherwise -- visiting the protest venue. They included top political leaders from various parties, civil society members and film personalities.
 
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Coming to the defence of Mulakkal was his own diocese, who in a statement said that this is nothing but a conspiracy hatched against the bishop.
 
"This is just an allegation... The bishop had visited the nun's home for a function and she looked very happy also. According to her complaint, the previous day the bishop had abused her. If that were the case, could she be happy? Moreover, all the complaints surfaced after a lady came with a complaint against the nun," says the statement.
 
Popular Malayalam film personality Joy Mathew led a protest in Kozhikode against the callousness of the authorities in the case as the nun is yet to get justice.
 
Incidentally, the Kerala High Court will on Thursday look into an affidavit that asked the state government to detail the steps taken on the complaint of the nun.
 
"All the details in the case would be presented before the high court on Thursday in the affidavit," said Kottayam Superintendent of Police who is leading the probe.
 
It was in June that the victim alleged that Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar had sexually abused her several times between 2014 and 2016.
 
An FIR was registered against the bishop and a 114-page detailed statement was taken from the nun and other inmates of the convent. However, Mulakkal has denied any wrongdoing.
 
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Nun abuse case: Kerala Police questions bishop in Punjab

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Kerala Police on Tuesday questioned Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Roman Catholic Diocese here in Punjab following allegations of sexually abusing a nun, an official said. No arrest has been made so far.
 
The Bishop's quizzing began late on Monday and ended on Tuesday morning.
 
There was high drama before questioning as the Bishop avoided meeting the Kerala team which reached Jalandhar, around 155 km from Chandigarh, on Friday.
 
The Kerala Police team also questioned Father Antony and Jalandhar Diocese Chief Public Relations Officer Father Peter.
 
Three journalists from Kerala also alleged manhandling by the Bishop's private security when they tried to speak to Mulakkal.
 
The Kerala Police team, which was given protection by their Punjab counterparts, arrived at the congregation of Missionaries of Jesus, the headquarters of Christian centres in the region, for investigation.
 
Earlier, the team met former nuns of the Jalandhar diocese on Friday and Saturday.
 
The Punjab Police, fearing law and order trouble, provided protection to the Kerala team.
 
Several followers of the diocese had gathered at its campus in Jalandhar on Friday after hearing about the arrival of the six-member Kerala police team, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) A.T. Subhash.
 
A nun had alleged in June that Mulakkal sexually abused her several times at a convent in Kuruvalangadu near Kottayam in Kerala between 2014 to 2016. 
 
An FIR was registered against the bishop and a 114-page detailed statement was taken from the nun and other inmates of the convent.
 
Mulakkal has denied any wrongdoing.
 
A spokesman for the diocese told the media that no wrong had been done by the bishop and that the allegations were being made by the nun at the instigation of people with vested interests.
 
Earlier, statements were taken from the Head of the Syro-Malabar Church Cardinal Mar George Alencherry and also a few other former nuns who were residents at the convent.
 
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Kerala Police team meets nuns in Jalandhar

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Even though it failed to meet the bishop accused of sexually abusing a senior nun, a team of the Kerala Police met some nuns in Punjab's Jalandhar district on Saturday.
 
The Kerala Police team, which was given protection by their Punjab counterparts, arrived at the congregation of Missionaries of Jesus, the headquarters of Christian centres in the region, for investigation.
 
The team met some former nuns of the Jalandhar diocese on Friday and Saturday.
 
Police sources said the Kerala team is expected to meet and question Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar on Sunday.
 
The Kerala Police team arrived in Punjab's Jalandhar city, around 155 km from Chandigarh, on Friday, but failed to meet the controversial bishop, who is accused of sexually abusing a nun.
 
The Punjab Police, fearing law and order trouble, provided protection to the Kerala team.
 
Several followers of the diocese gathered at its campus in Jalandhar on Friday after hearing about the arrival of the six-member Kerala police team, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) A. T. Subhash.
 
A nun had alleged in June that Mulakkal sexually abused her several times at a convent in Kuruvalangadu near Kottayam in Kerala between 2014 and 2016. An FIR was registered against the bishop and a 114-page detailed statement was taken from the nun and other inmates of the convent. 
 
Mulakkal has denied any wrongdoing. A spokesman for the diocese told media that no wrong had been done by the bishop and that the allegations were being made by the nun at the instigation of vested interests.
 
Earlier, statements were taken from the head of the Syro-Malabar Church Cardinal Mar George Alencherry and also a few other former nuns who were residents at the convent.
 
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Nun case: Kerala Police team in Jalandhar, fails to meet bishop

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A Kerala Police team arrived in Punjab's Jalandhar city on Friday, but failed to meet the controversial bishop, who is accused of sexually abusing a nun, fearing law and order trouble.
 
Police sources said the Punjab Police had to station its personnel in and around the campus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar after several followers of the diocese gathered there after hearing about the arrival of the Kerala police team.
 
The six-member team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) A.T. Subhash, arrived here on Friday to question the accused, Franco Mulakkal, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar, and others.
 
However, the Kerala police team did not enter the diocese campus and could not question the accused bishop as local authorities feared that this could lead to law and order problem.
 
The Kerala police team is likely to question the bishop in the next two days.
 
A nun had alleged in June that Mulakkal sexually abused her several times at a convent in Kuruvalangadu near Kottayam in Kerala between 2014 and 2016. An FIR was registered against the bishop and a 114-page detailed statement was taken from the nun and other inmates of the convent. 
 
Mulakkal however, denies any wrongdoing.
 
A spokesman for the diocese told media that no wrong had been done by the bishop and that the allegations were being made by the nun at the instigation of vested interests.
 
Statements were taken from the head of the Syro-Malabar Church Cardinal Mar George Alencherry and also a few other former nuns who were residents at the convent.
 
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Kerala Police to question accused bishop in Jalandhar

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A Kerala Police team left for Jalandhar on Friday to question a Catholic bishop accused of sexually abusing a nun.
 
The six-member team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police A. T. Subhash, will first stop in Delhi to question a city-based couple who raised a complaint against the nun, according to informed sources.
 
The team will then travel to the Punjab city where they will meet the accused, Franco Mulakkal, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar.
 
The nun alleged in June that Mulakkal sexually abused her several times at a convent in Kuruvalangadu near Kottayam between 2014 and 2016. 
 
An FIR was registered against the bishop and a 114-page detailed statement was taken from the nun and other inmates of the convent. 
 
Mulakkal however, denies any wrongdoing.
 
He told the Punjab media last month that he was waiting to meet the probe team formed after Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra reviewed the case.
 
Statements were taken from the head of the Syro-Malabar Church Cardinal Mar George Alencherry and also a few other former nuns who were residents at the convent.
 
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Kerala bishop accused of raping nun denies moving to Vatican

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A Kerala bishop accused of sexually abusing a Catholic nun, once again denied the charges on Thursday and the reports of his moving to the Vatican.
 
Even as a special probe team mounted a detailed investigation against Franco Mulakkal, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar in Punjab, he dismissed any plans of going away anywhere.
 
Mulakkal told a Malayalam TV channel in his office in Jalandhar that he has not even been contacted by the police. He also said he has not applied for any anticipatory bail, "because he has done no wrong".
 
"I now hear reports that I am trying to run away to Vatican. I wish to state that I am very much here (Jalandhar) and all such reports are baseless and am not running anywhere," said Mulakkal.
 
Trouble began for the bishop when a Catholic nun alleged that she was sexually abused by him several times between 2014 and 2016.
 
An FIR was registered against the bishop and a 114-page detailed statement was taken from the nun.
 
Mulakkal, for his part, maintains that he has done "no wrong at all" and that the nun took part in several functions besides travelling with him.
 
"She also took part in the functions after the death of my mother. I have no clue on why all this has surfaced," added the bishop.
 
The probe team has so far collected evidences from a convent near Kottayam, where the bishop is alleged to have abused the nun.
 
The team will meet a few people in Kannur believed to be helpful in the case.
 
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Manoj Sinha flags off Darbhanga-Jalandhar City Antyodaya Express

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Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha flagged off the 22551/22552 Darbhanga-Jalandhar City Antyodaya Express (Weekly) through video conferencing from Rail Bhawan here today.
 
Member Traffic, Railway Board, Mohammad Jamshed, Member Traction, Railway Board, Ghanshyam Singh and other senior officials of Railways were present on the occasion.
 
Speaking on  the occasion, Mr Sinha said Indian Railways have been making many efforts for providing connectivity all over the country and giving access to the countrymen along with making travel easy and comfortable. This Antyodaya Train will make it easy to commute for those travelling from Bihar to Punjab thus providing connectivity to the people of Bihar. The train is fully equipped with good facilities like Bio-toilets, mobile charging, and so on, he added.
 
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SpiceJet adds Adampur as its 6th destination under Regional Connectivity Scheme

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Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced the addition of Adampur in Punjab as its sixth destination  under UDAN, the Government's Regional Connectivity Scheme, from May 1.
 
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla made the first online booking for the Adampur-Delhi sector at an event organised in Jalandhar yesterday.
 
A press release from SpiceJet said it was the first and only airline to connect Delhi with Adampur with direct flights.
 
With the addition of Adampur-Delhi UDAN route, SpiceJet will operate seven daily UDAN flights. The airline had launched services on the Mumbai-Porbandar, Mumbai-Kandla, Jaipur-Jaisalmer and Hyderabad-Puducherry routes under the UDAN scheme last year. SpiceJet also recently announced the Hubli-Chennai and Hubli-Hyderabad UDAN routes which will be in operation from May 14.
 
“SpiceJet has been among the pace-setters for UDAN which we believe has the potential to democratize and broaden air connectivity to the last mile in a country where flying is still beyond the reach of most. We are proud to add Adampur on to our pan-India network. We expect businesses and industrial trading to receive an immediate boost from the direct connectivity while promoting medical tourism and strengthening the economy of the city. Our flight will also offer immense flexibility and convenience to frequent NRI travellers residing in this region," Ms. Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and Revenue officer, SpiceJet said.
 
The second largest military airbase of India, Adampur houses a large number of non-residential Indians from Doaba, the NRI belt of Punjab. 
 
With no direct air connectivity, a typical traveller has to travel to Delhi via an Amritsar flight.
 
Deploying its Bombardier Q400 aircraft on the route, SG 8731 will take off from Delhi at 3.30 pm and reach Adampur at 4.45 pm. The return flight, SG 8732, will take off at 5.05 pm and reach Delhi at 6.15 pm.
 
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CCEA okays six-laning of Jalandhar-Amritsar section of NH-1 in Punjab

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved six-laning of the Jalandhar-Amritsar section of National Highway (NH)-1 in Punjab under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase II on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis. 
 
An official press release said the cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 523.85 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 20 kms. 
 
The release said the project would expedite improvement of infrastructure in Punjab and also reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Jalandhar and Amritsar.
 
Development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of this region. It will also increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities, the release added.
 
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Lovely Professional University confers honorary doctorate on Hamid Karzai

President Pranab Mukherjee awarding the Lovely Professional University' first honorary doctorate degree to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, at the 3rd convocation of the university at Jalandhar on May 20, 2013.

President Pranab Mukherjee awarding the Lovely Professional University' first honorary doctorate degree to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, at the 3rd convocation of the university at Jalandhar on May 20, 2013.
President Pranab Mukherjee awarding the Lovely Professional University' first honorary doctorate degree to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, at the 3rd convocation of the university at Jalandhar on May 20, 2013.

We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
 
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
 
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
 
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
 
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.
 
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12 children killed as school bus collides with truck near Jalandhar

As many as 12 children and the driver of their school bus were killed when it collided head-on with a truck laden with stones at Jaheer village near Jalandhar in Punjab on Monday morning, police said.

 
Jalandhar: 12 children die after school bus collides with truck

As many as 12 children and the driver of their school bus were killed when it collided head-on with a truck laden with stones at Jaheer village near Jalandhar in Punjab this morning, police said.

Jalandhar Rural Superintendent of Police Rajinder Singh said the bus, which belonged to the local branch of Akal Academy, had collected the children from the village and was on its way to the school when the mishap occurred around 0800 hours.
 
While seven of the children died on the spot, the other five succumbed to their injuries in a nearby hospital.
 
Nine other children suffered injuries in the accident and were admitted to the hospital, where three were discharged after first aid, he said.
 
In all, there were 24 children in the bus, all below the age of ten. The mini-bus was badly damaged in the collision, he said.
 
A case had been filed against the driver of the truck, who absconded from the scene, Mr Singh added.
 
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Actor, comedian Jaspal Bhatti dies in road accident

Well-known actor, comedian and satirist Jaspal Bhatti, best known for his television serials Flop Show and Ulta Pulta, died when his car hit a truck in the early hours of Thursday at Shahkot in the Faridkot district of Punjab, reports reaching here said.

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Jaspal Bhatti

Well-known actor, comedian and satirist Jaspal Bhatti, best known for his television serials Flop Show and Ulta Pulta, died when his car hit a truck in the early hours of today at Shahkot in the Faridkot district of Punjab, reports reaching here said.

The mishap occurred around midnight last night when Mr Bhatti was on his way to Jalandhar as part of a promotional tour for his latest film, Power Cut, which is due to be released tomorrow.
 
Mr Bhatti's son Jasraj Bhatti and two others, including actress Surilie Gautam, were injured in the incident and were admitted to a nearby hospital.
 
Apart from his television shows, which made him a household name across the country, Mr Bhatti, 57, had appeared in several Hindi movies. His wife Savita Bhatti produced his television shows and acted in most of the episodes.
 
Born on March 3, 1955 at Amritsar, Mr Bhatti had his schooling in Ambala, Nangal and Sujanpur, Pathankot. He took a degree in electrical engineering from the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.
 
While in college, he became known for his street plays, which were essentially spoofs on corruption. He worked briefly as a cartoonist for The Tribune, Chandigarh.
 
Mr Bhatti's satire on the Punjab police, Mahaul Theek Hai (1999) was his first directorial venture for a full-length feature film in his language, Punjabi.
 
Among other ventures, Mr Bhatti had set up a training school and studio at Mohali near Chandigarh.
 
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Factory building collapses in Jalandhar; 55 rescued, several still trapped in debris

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As many as 55 people were extricated from the debris of the building of a blanket factory that collapsed in the Focal Point area near Jalandhar in Punjab late last night, official sources said.

Rescue operations were still on and efforts were on to bring out some more people believed to be still trapped under the debris, Deputy Commissioner Priyank Bharti said from the scene of the incident.
 
He said the factory owners had indicated that about 10-15 people could be still trapped inside, while workers said the number was much higher.
 
"But we are not going by these numbers and we will continue the rescue efforts till the last worker is accounted for," Bharti said.
 
Personnel from the fire brigade, the Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were involved in the rescue operations.
 
The building collapsed a little before midnight last night. The cause of the mishap is yet to be ascertained.
 
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3 dead, 6 hurt as school van collides with train in Punjab

Three children were killed and six others injured, two of them seriously, when a school van collided with a passenger train at an unmanned railway level crossing near Mahuwal station here today.


2 dead, 7 hurt as school van collides with train

Two girl students were killed and seven others were injured, three of them seriously, when a school van collided with a passenger train at an unmanned railway level crossing near Mahowal station in this district of Punjab today.


Engine of DMU train catches fire in Punjab

A fire broke out in the engine of a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train going from Amritsar to Hoshiarpur near Jairampur village on the Jalandhar-Amritsar railway section this afternoon.


Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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4 of family among 5 killed in road mishap in Punjab

Five people, including four members of a family, were killed in a head-on collision between a car and a truck near Dogranwal village on the Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway today.

Police said the family was going from Amritsar to Jalandhar Cantonment. The accident occurred when a motorcycle suddenly came on to the highway from Dogranwal village road. In an effort to avoid hitting the bike, the driver of the car collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction.

The deceased had been identified as Partap Singh (78), vice-president of Goldsmith Association, Amritsar, his wife Bimla Devi (70), son Jaspal Singh (55) and grandson Raja Singh (28) and car driver Prem Singh.

Two persons riding the motorcycle were injured as the bike also hit the car after it collided with the truck. They were admitted in a hospital at Mustfabad village and stated to be out of danger.

Police registered a case against the truck driver.

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Punjab: SAD councillor remanded in police custody in murder case


Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor Prince Makkar and three other accused in the murder of a hotel owner's son in the city were remanded in police custody by a local court today.


Prince Makkar, a nephew of SAD MLA from Adampur Sarbjeet Singh Makkar, and his three friends Amardeep Singh Sachdeva, Amanpreet Singh Narula and Jasdeep Singh Jassu were remanded in police custody for five days by Judicial Magistrate I Class Ajitpal Singh.


All the four accused, who were booked for killing Gurkirat Singh, son of Sekhon Grand Hotel owner Rajbir Singh, on Wednesday night, surrendered in the court of Judicial Magistrate Jasbir Kaur yesterday.


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Cop crushed to death, another injured by mini-truck in Jalandhar


A police head constable was mowed down by a speeding mini-truck while another cop sustained serious injuries in a road mishap at Ladowali road here last night.


Inspector Harbhajan Singh, Incharge, PCR wing said both the policemen, Head Constable Sukhjinder Singh and Constable Avtar Singh, were on patrol duty late last night when the mini-truck hit their motorcycle and dragged it for quite a distance.


Both the cops received serious injuries. Head Constable Sukhjinder Singh succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital. Avtar Singh had been admitted to a private hospital with one of his legs fractured.


Police have arrested the driver of the mini-truck and a case under section 304-A of IPC has been registered against him.


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2 killed, 4 injured in Punjab road accident


Two people were killed and four others injured in a road accident near Mandiali village on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road, police said here today.


According to the police, the accident occurred when a speeding car rammed into another one which stopped all of a sudden in middle of the road due to some technical snag.


Two people -- Kewal Krishan and Gulshan Kumar -- died on the spot while Vimal Kumar, Malkiat Singh, Om Parkash and Darshan Singh were seriously injured in the accident.


Police said the occupants of both the cars were residents of Dhilwan town in Kapurthala district and were returning after visiting a temple in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.


The bodies were handed over to their relatives after post mortem examination, the police added.


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Lt Gen S K Sahney sentenced to 3 yr RI in ration scam


In the first such case involving a General-level officer, Lt General Surendra K Sahney (retd) was convicted and sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment in the army ration scam.


The General Court Martial (GCM) pronounced its verdict this evening after the GCM found the General guilty of irregularities in the procurement of dry rations for the Army.


The GCM also stripped him of all the benefits he was enjoying after his retirement. He was stripped of the stars, ranks and other decorations he was conferred during his service in the army.


General Sahney was tried on nine counts of corruption and professional impropriety.


The GCM headed by Lt General Jatinder Singh had begun court martial proceedings at the headquarters of the Vajra corps at Jalandhar cantonment on August 6 last year. The scam had come to light in April last year.


The prosecution produced 23 witnesses in the case as compared to only one witness by the defence. General Sahney, after he was retired from the military service in the year of 2006, was attached to the Vajra Corps for the trial which ended yesterday with his imprisonment and cashiering.


The GCM gave its verdict late in the evening yesterday after it completed all the proceedings with regard to the final decision of the court which lasted nearly for the entire day.


After the verdict was pronounced, the officers of the Military Police took the tainted General in their custody.


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