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Badungar files plea in PHRC
Apprehension of govt interference in SGPC poll
Chandigarh, October 28
Apprehending the use of musclepower, the police and other arm-twisting measures by the Punjab Government to stop pro-Badal members from exercising their franchise in the elections of the SGPC President on November 12 at Amritsar, SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar, today filed a petition in the Punjab Human Right Commission (PHRC), seeking its intervention to stop the government interference.

SGPC members get ‘five-star facilities’
Mansa, October 28
Former Chief Minister, Punjab and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal has kept 88 members, including 11 women members of the SGPC belonging to Mansa, Bathinda, Sangrur and other districts at his farmhouse at Balasar in Sirsa district of Haryana.

SAD (A) activists stage dharna
Amritsar, October 28
Hundreds of workers and office bearers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) staged a dharna outside the Central jail here today demanding the release of Sikh youths, who were languishing in the jail for years.

PSEB to return power to states
Ludhiana, October 28
The Punjab State Electricity Board will start returning power to Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir from November 1 under the banking system.

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Police remand for Pherurai in fake arms licences case
Ferozepore, October 28
Putting up a brave front former SSP of Ferozepore Gurcharan Singh Pherurai today spoke to The Tribune in a court here saying that he was being framed due to political vendetta.

Punjab restructures school education
Chandigarh, October 28
Effecting a major change in the Punjab Education Department, the Punjab Government today issued orders regarding the reorganisation and restructuring of the school education.

EPF scam: contractor booked, officials in dock
Ropar, October 28
The Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP) authorities have been finally, after a delay of two years, forced by the PSEB Vigilance to register an FIR against Sodhi Errectors, the second labour contractor accused of swindling Rs 51,25,985 in the EPF scam. The case against the contractor was registered under Sections 406, 409 and 120-B of the IPC in the Sadar police station, Ropar.

MoD to get defence land vacated
Ferozepore, October 28
Amid concern expressed by the civilian owners of defence lands and bungalows on the basis of old grant or lease in all cantonments of the country the Ministry of Defence has finally decided to get these lands vacated dislocating thousands of families without any prior settlement of compensation.


BJP to enrol 3 lakh members in Punjab
Bathinda, October 28
Mr Avinash Jaiswal, General Secretary, Punjab state unit of the BJP has said that three lakh persons would be enrolled as primary members of the party in Punjab. A campaign has been launched for it.

No differences with party: Kharar MLA
SAS Nagar, October 28
The MLA from the Kharar constituency, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, today sought to lay at rest speculations about his differences with the party leadership.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, General Secretary of the SAD and former Finance Minister, addresses a rally of party workers at Dera BassiKanwaljit lashes out at Cong
Dera Bassi, October 28
A former Finance Minister and SAD General Secretary, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today criticised the ruling Congress government under the chiefministership of Capt. Amarindar Singh for its ‘anti-farmer’ policies.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, General Secretary of the SAD and former Finance Minister, addresses a rally of party workers at Dera Bassi on Monday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan


2 CPI men default on SC corpn loan
Amritsar, October 28
Two CPI leaders have been found to be defaulters of the Scheduled Caste corporation. Though one of the leaders has already remained behind bars on charges of impersonation, the department is contemplating fresh action against the leaders and an employee of the corporation.

‘Kale kachhewale’ fear grips villagers
The residents of Sultanwind village begin 'thikri pehra'Sultanwind (Amritsar), October 28
Following a rise in incidence of attacks by the Kale Kachhewale gang in the Majha region, the able-bodied youth of this sleepy village, which was called ‘mini Khalistan’ during the days of terrorism, have started thikri pehra to protect themselves.

Stalked with fear after the attack by the Kale Kachhewale gang, the residents of Sultanwind village begin 'thikri pehra.' — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Doping ‘not to affect Sunita’s job’
Budhlada (Mansa), October 28
Special security arrangements had been made in the state to thwart untoward incidents during festivals. This was stated by Mr M.S. Bhullar, Director-General Police, Punjab, to mediapersons here on Saturday.

Vigilance raids on PTU ex-VC’s house
Patiala, October 28
A high-level Vigilance team raided the residence of Dr H.S. Gurm, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, in Urban Estate here today.

MC ‘sleeps’ as parking lot becomes banquet hall
Patiala, October 28
Even as the state Vigilance Department has sought the record of some of the building plans passed during the past few years in the city during the Akali-BJP regime, the manner in which the Municipal Corporation “slept” over non-compoundable violations conducted by a hotel is most glaring.

Onion, garlic prices going the ’98 way
Jalandhar, October 28
The prices of essential vegetables like garlic and onion have started witnessing a steep hike in the state during the past fortnight.

Mann wows Tribune readers
Bathinda, October 28
“I am thrilled to interact with residents of Bathinda. I feel happy that the city which was once called a backward area, has developed so much”, said popular Punjabi singer and actor Harbhajan Mann while giving gifts to readers of The Tribune.

Court orders status quo in tree felling case
Kharar, October 28
Ms Harinder Sidhu, Civil Judge, today ordered status quo on a suit filed by the Dalit community of Siswan village in Kharar tehsil for permanent injunction, restraining the defendants, including the Forest Ranger, Sultanpur Taprian village, and the District Forest Officer, Ropar, from issuing permit for the felling of khair trees and firewood from the forest area within the revenue limits of Siswan village.

Petitions of two SGPC members infructuous
Chandigarh, October 28
Two different petitions seeking the grant of anticipatory bail filed by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee members Kashmir Singh and Bhagwant Singh were rendered infructuous after state counsel informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that there was no case registered against them.

Akali leaders give memo to Jacob
Chandigarh, October 28
The Akali Dal faction led by N. S. Minhas and former Mayor Harjinder Kaur here today submitted a memorandum to Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd) to restrain Chief Minister Amarinder Singh from indulging in personal “vendetta.”

Cabbies besiege RTA Secy’s house
Jalandhar, October 28
Scores of taxi operators besieged the Baradari residence of the Secretary to the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) for about four hours to register their protest against his alleged attempt to force them to send their vehicles to him on “begar”.

Man gets life term for murder
Moga, October 28
The District and Sessions Court here has sentenced a person to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of murdering his neighbour.

Tribute to mother of modern Punjabi theatre
Patiala, October 28
A festival featuring two plays — ‘Mirza Sahiban’ and ‘Nau Das Barah’ — is to be a perfect tribute to Norah Richards, “mother” of modern Punjabi theatre, on her birth anniversary on October 29. Norah, a Norwegian who settled in India, gave Punjabi theatre a style different from that of Parsi theatre and encouraged experimentation.

Motor cycles for border patrol
Tarn Taran, October 28
The DGP Mr Sarabjit Singh Bhuller, flagged off 30 motor cycles for enhanced patrol in the sensitive border areas here today.


Removal of encroachments ordered
Ropar, October 28
The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, today ordered the removal of roadside encroachments in Nangal town. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of administrative officers of the area at the Nangal Municipal Council office. The meeting was held to review the progress of various development projects of the town.


Woman held for son’s murder
Kapurthala, October 28
The police has solved the murder case of Sonu Masih of Alludinpur village with the arrest of his mother Deepo and her suspected paramour.

Petrol station owner booked
Bareta (Mansa), October 28
On a complaint of some Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) activists and farmers, the police has booked the proprietor of the Kulrian petrol station for mixing kerosene with diesel.

2 bodies found
Bathinda, October 28
The body of Azad Kumar, a Junior Engineer employed with the Punjab State Electricity Board, was found today from thick vegetation along the Bathinda-Malout road, about 2 km from the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant.


GND varsity youth fest begins
Amritsar, October 28
A two-day youth festival for colleges of education affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University began at Khalsa College for Education here today.

Wooing voters with liquor
Amritsar, October 28
Liquor is being used to woo voters in a run-up to the annual elections of the Non-Teaching Employees Association at Guru Nanak Dev University.

School holds annual function
Patiala, October 28
Children of Kaintal School enthralled the audience with a varied display of song, dance and drama on their annual function here yesterday. The programme included a number of items in which each and every student of the school participated.

Pbi varsity youth fest schedule
Patiala, October 28
Punjabi University has finalised its schedule for the zonal youth festivals to be organised in its affiliated colleges. The zones include Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa, Bathinda and Faridkot.Top

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