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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 1:42 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:42 AM (IST)BRIEFLY

Rs 5 lakh to sewer mishap victims’ kin

Muktsar: The state government on Thursday gave Rs 5 lakh as an ex gratia to the family of the father-son duo who were asphyxiated in a tank of a sewage disposal plant in Gidderbaha yesterday. Besides, the family has been assured of a government job. Congress MLA from Gidderbaha Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and Muktsar Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal today visited the victims’ house and handed over a cheque for Rs 5 lakh to their kin. TNS

Front for review of medical leave policy

Chandigarh: The Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) has urged the government to review its decision to not grant medical leave of less than 15-day duration to its employees. A delegation led by Devinder Singh Punia and Vikramdev Singh, who met the DPI (Elementary),  said, “Going by the decision, an employee suffering from a minor ailment will also need to avail of a minimum 15-day medical leave. It is totally illogical,” they added. tns

Fee rules not yet notified, says BJP 

Chandigarh: The BJP on Thursday claimed that the Education Department “erroneously” directed strict implementation of ‘Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutes Act, 2016’ without notifying rules. Vice-president Harjit Singh Grewal and state secretary Vineet Joshi said that the Education Minister on April 11 issued a statement for “strict implementation” of the Act although the rules for its implementation were cleared by the Cabinet on April 19. tns

3 cows killed in wall collapse

Hoshiarpur: Three cows were killed in a wall collapse at Krishna Cold Store at Geegnowal village on Thursday. A minor gas leak was also reported. Some of the people present there complained of suffocation and a burning sensation in the eyes. Bullowal SHO Balwinder Kumar, who was passing by, informed senior police officers and the fire brigade. DC Vipul Ujjwal said an inquiry had been marked. OC

One dead, six hurt as car, bus collide

Abohar: Sumit Soni (22) died on the spot while six of his relatives sustained injuries as the car they were travelling in collided with a Rajasthan Roadways bus on the Hanumangarh-Sriganganagar road on Thursday afternoon. The injured — Savitri, Jyoti, Pooja, Mohit, Rajesh and Rihu, a child —have been shifted to a private hospital. Preliminary investigation indicated that the victims were going to Sriganganagar for shopping in connection with a marriage function slated for next week. OC

Missing toddler’s body found in dump

Abohar: The body of three-year-old Vasudev who was reported missing from Kelnia village (Hanumangarh) on Sunday evening, was found in a garbage dump on Wednesday. DSP Jai Singh Dahiya said a woman passing by the dump noticed foul smell and informed panchayat members. The autopsy has been conducted and viscera will be sent to a forensic science lab. The Pallu police station incharge has been asked to investigate. OC

Youths open fire

Muktsar: Two groups of youngsters, allegedly owing allegiance to two major rival political parties, opened fire in the busy Pappi Market in Malout on Thursday afternoon. Though the police did not disclose anything, sources said some shots were fired in the air and a .32-bore bullet was also recovered from the spot. They added that Gurbir Singh from Karamgarh village had opened fire on Vishal. Meanwhile, the name of Manpreet Singh was doing the rounds for firing in the air. They further said the groups had some old rivalry. Deepak Pareek, ASP, Malout said, "As of now I can only say that there had been some firing in the air. We are scrutinising CCTV footage.” TNS

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