Militant arrested with 8 grenades in Jammu

JAMMU: A militant was arrested and eight grenades recovered from him in Jammu as police foiled a major terror plot to trigger blasts in the winter capital, days ahead of the Independence Day.
Acting on intelligence inputs, police intercepted a bus in Gandhi Nagar area here late on Sunday night and arrested a youth from Kashmir who was carrying eight hand grenades, a police officer said.

In view of the arrest, a high alert has been sounded in Jammu. The militant is being put through sustained interrogation to ascertain about the plans and his contacts in the city and its outskirts, police said.

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4 terrorists killed in fresh exchange of fire with security forces in Shopian

SRINAGAR: Four terrorists were killed in a fresh exchange of fire with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said on Saturday.
With these deaths, the number of terrorists killed in the overnight operation reached five.
The security forces had cordoned off the area last night following specific intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists there and had started a search operation there.
The search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists fired upon the security forces, an official had said.

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Gunfight breaks out between security forces terrorists in J&K’s Baramulla

SRINAGAR: An encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists at Sopore township in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday, police said.
He said as the forces were conducting the searches, the terrorists fired upon them and the security personnel retaliated.
The gunfight was going on when the last reports came in, the police official said.

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AAP’s Amritsar presidents defy Delhi diktat

Amritsar: Many AAP leaders and volunteers in Majha are expected to defy the party high command’s call for boycotting ousted leader of opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira’s convention in Bathinda on Thursday.
AAP Amritsar Urban president Suresh Sharma said he and Amritsar Rural chief Pargat Singh Chogawan were taking a bus full of AAP volunteers to attend the Bathinda convention . “To tell you the truth, volunteers are spending money from their own pocket and are more than willing to attend the convention; this shows their resentment to Khaira’s removal from the post,” he said.
AAP’s Majha zone in-charge, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, said ousted leader of opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira’s convention was aimed at maintaining his political clout in the state . “It is not being held on the issues of drugs or corruption. It is an anti-party activity. They should have avoided such a situation,” said Dhaliwal. Asked if he would take disciplinary action against AAP volunteers and leaders who attend the convention, he said the decision rested with the central leadership. “But we anot stopping volunteers or leaders from attending the rally,” he said.

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Assets of co-accused in drugs case attached


LUDHIANA: In a major development in the infamous Raja Kandola drugs case, the enforcement directorate’s (ED) zonal office, Jalandhar, on Tuesday attached assets worth Rs 1.08 crore of Nishan Singh, a resident of Sunam, who is a coaccused in this case.
A statement was issued by the ED on Tuesday, which said, “The ED issued a provisional attachment order for attaching immovable properties valued at Rs 1.08 crore in the name of Nishan Singh and his family members and a Toyota Corolla Altis car registered in his name. Nishan is an accused in a drug case involving Ranjit Singh Kandola, alias Raja Kandola.”

Kandola, known as BMW Singh in Punjab as he used to flaunt his luxury cars, has now been booked by the STF for supplying heroin to various dealers through two Jalandhar-based NRIs. Kandola is already facing six cases registered by Delhi police and ED under the NDPS Act.






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​Forensic department organizes cleanliness drive at PU

CHANDIGARH: The Institute of Forensic Science & Criminology, Panjab University, carried out Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, here on Tuesday to support the cleanliness drive in the Campus.
The program began with a motivational discourse by Dr Shweta Sharma, chairperson of the institute. While talking to the active volunteers of the institute, Dr Sharma spoke to students and staff to begin with the crusade and contribute their endeavors to make the drive a major achievement. The chairperson also requested the members of the institute to keep their working spaces clean in this way guaranteeing the general point of neatness.

Segregation of various wastes like, glassware, plastic ware, chemicals and other miscellaneous items was carried and was disposed of properly. The dynamic support, zeal and enthusiasm offered by the faculty members, staff, research scholars and students made this drive a great success.

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On way to Greece illegally- Punjab man drowns

NAWANSHAHR: A 27-year old man from Balachaur in Punjab’s Nawanshahr district drowned in Turkey when he was being taken illegally across the border to Greece by human traffickers.
Manjinder Kumar drowned while crossing a river in Turkey, according to details given to his family by the travel agent and another person.
Agent had promised to take man to Greece Manjinder’s father Tarsem Lal, a resident of Majhot village, in a police complaint alleged that a husband-wife travel agent duo had promised to take his son directly to Greece and had taken Rs 5.50 lakh from him.

Then on July 19, Rakesh Kumar called me up and told me that my son had gone missing while crossing the border. On July 24, he again called up and said that we would get more information from one Mohan Lal when he would come back. On July 27, one person called up and identified himself as Mohan Lal and told us that Manjinder had drowned in a river while crossing in Turkey. Rakesh Kumar also said a mishap had happened, but then did not clarify anything further,” Tarsem alleged. Balachaur police have registered a case .

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Khaira event may save AAP: Sandhu

CHANDIGARH: Claiming that the upcoming volunteers’ convention announced by former leader of opposition (LoP) Sukhpal Singh Khaira was not anti party, AAP’s Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu said that such talk was a part of disinformation being spread to discredit them.Khaira, along with eight party legislators backing him, plan to hold a convention on Thursday in Bathinda. The event was organized after his removal from the LoP post.

Talking to mediapersons, Sandhu said, “How can a convention of Punjab volunteers be anti-party? The convention would try and give a sense of direction to the volunteers who have been confused and demoralized for the past one year due to lack of a party structure in the state and certain wrong decisions by the high command.”

This has resulted in derailing the legislative wing, which had been functioning exceptionally well,” he said.

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Removed after poll debacle Durgesh and Sanjay are back

JALANDHAR: After being kept away since AAP’s poor performance in the last year’s state assembly elections, party leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak seem to be making a gradual come back into Punjab politics. While Pathak was present during the meeting between Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and the dissenting MLAs from Punjab, Sanjay attended the meeting of the office-bearers of Punjab unit in Delhi.

On Monday, when Sisodia met the party Punjab unit office-bearers, led by state copresident Balbir Singh, Sanjay, who is now a Rajya Sabha member, was present and spoke in the meeting. “He said all decisions in Punjab were taken collectively by the party leadership,” said the head of a district unit of AAP, who was present in the meeting.

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Sucha Singh Langah acquitted of rape charges

GURDASPUR: In a major reprieve to Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sucha Singh Langah, a Gurdaspur court on Monday absolved him of the rape charges on Monday.Langah was suspended from primary membership of SAD after the registration of a rape case against him in October 2017, barely 11 days before the Gurdaspur parliamentary bypoll.Langah, who is also a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), was also excommunicated from the Sikh Panth by the Akal Takht after the case was filed.

However, in March 2018, the complainant backtracked from her earlier statement stating that she was not the woman seen in the video, which changed the course of investigations.Reacting on Langah’s acquittal, SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said he (Langah) had always maintained that case against him was politically motivated. When asked when party would revoke his suspension and utilize his services in the ensuing parliamentary elections, he replied, “I can’t comment on these issues today.”

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