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HT Punjab news digest: Ludhiana artisans stare at job loss, court cancels Rakhi’s bail and man kills ‘transgender’ wife

Been away? Need the news in one go? Here’s a wrap-up from Punjab, the neighbourhood and the diaspora for July 7.

punjab Updated: Jul 07, 2017 21:05 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
GST,GST fallout,Jalandhar Man kills wife
Workers at an embroidery unit in Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT Photo)

40,000 cloth artisans in Ludhiana stare at job loss as they fall out of GST chain

Tucked away in the outskirts of the industrial city of Ludhiana, in New Kundan Puri area, embroiderer Abdul Rehman is sitting idle on the ground floor of his house in a ‘vehra’ — as clusters of labourers’ houses are called — while on the first and second floors there are more than 20 labourers either just lying on the floor or playing cards. They blame the Goods and Services (GST) Tax for the lack of work. Read more

Sikhs for Justice ‘unfazed’ by sedition cases over its call for referendum in Punjab

Gurpatwant Pannun, legal advisor of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), who along with four others was booked for sedition by the Punjab police for launching the separatist ‘Referendum 2020’ campaign in the state, has dismissed the charges, saying they will only promote and legitimise the campaign. Read more

Punjab speaker sets up committee on farmers’ suicides

Punjab assembly speaker Rana KP Singh on Friday constituted a committee to review farmers’ suicides in the state and prepare a report on the issue. Congress legislator Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria will head the committee. Read more

After 11 years of marriage, Jalandhar man kills ‘transgender’ wife

Narinder Chauhan, 31, a resident of Tej Mohan Nagar, has been arrested by the district police from Delhi for the murder of his wife Shama, 27, whose body was found in his rented house in Tej Mohan Nagar here on April 30. Narinder had been absconding since then. Read more

Now travel from Chandigarh to Patiala in just one hour from October

The much-delayed Zirakpur-Patiala four-laning project will be completed by October 2017. This will reduce the travel time between Chandigarh and Patiala by over 30 minutes. Presently, it takes more than one-and-a-half hour to reach Patiala from city. Read more

‘Remarks’ against Valmiki: Ludhiana court cancels Rakhi’s bail, issues fresh warrants

A day after granting bail to controversial actress Rakhi Sawant in a case of hurting religious sentiments, a local court on Friday cancelled it as she failed to appear in the court for hearing. Read more

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First Published: Jul 07, 2017 21:03 IST