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Cong sees Badal hand in lathi charge
Amarinder curbing democracy, say CPI, BKU
Jalandhar, October 2
Mr H.S. Hanspal, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, today said the farmers’ struggle was needless and they should try to solve their problems through talks. “What was need for farmers to resort to agitation when the matter was being looked into by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and talks were on to resolve the matter,” said Mr Hanspal, during his chat with newsmen here.

Farmers to observe protest day on Oct 10
Bathinda, October 2
Even as six kisan organisations today condemned the “repressive and suppressive measure” adopted by the state Congress government to curb their agitation, they decided to observe October 10 as rosh and shardhanjali’ (protest and homage) day in front of tehsil offices in the state in connection with the death of a farmer, Gurdev Singh, during the Rail and rasta roko agitation.

Wide gap in Badals’ assets, income, says Vigilance
Chandigarh, October 2
Former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal will be asked to account for his sources of income by Vigilance sleuths on October 8 in the disproportionate assets case.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Review of financial position on Oct 9
Chandigarh, October 2
The Punjab Council of Ministers is scheduled to review the financial situation on October 9. This review comes at a time when the state has just emerged from an overdraft of Rs 300 crore.

17 panthic bodies plan meet on Oct 26
Chandigarh, October 2
As many as 17 Panthic organisations have decided to hold a “representative gathering” of Sikhs from all over the world here on Sikhism. Addressing a press conference today, Mr Gurtej Singh, Professor of Sikhism; Major-Gen Narinder Singh (retd) and Mr Joginder Singh said the Sikh convention would be held on October 26.

Punjab needs industrial units: Kewal Dhillon
Barnala, October 2
Mr Kewal Singh Dhillon, vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and a renowned industrialist, was today honoured by about 20 social, religious, educational and other organisations at the Bansal Palace here on his first visit to the town. He belongs to Barnala area, and his native Tallewal village is about 20 km from here.

28 injured as buses collide
Jalandhar, October 2
Twentyeight passengers were injured when two buses in which they were travelling collided near Adampur today.


Tohra dubs Sarna group win unfortunate
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 2
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, SGPC, has termed the win of Congress-backed candidates in the annual elections to the executive of the DSGMC as unfortunate.

Dullo warns Swami not to meddle in state affairs
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 2
By making provocative statements and giving threats to the state government, the Union Minister of State for Home, Mr I.D. Swami, wanted to vitiate the atmosphere of the state and the Centre-state relationship, said Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, MP, while talking to mediapersons here on Monday.


Badrukhan accused to appear before Takht
Sangrur, October 2
A seven-member inquiry committee led by Bhai Mann Singh, Head Granthi, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, today asked all persons involved in holding akhand path at a samadh in village Badrukhan, near here, to appear at Akal Takht, Amritsar, on October 8.

Speaker for early completion of injury centre building
SAS Nagar, October 2
The local MLA and the Deputy Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, on Tuesday demanded the reconstitution of the 17-member society supervising the establishment of the Regional Spinal Injuries Centre in SAS Nagar.

Amritsar Shatabdi may be speedier
Phillaur, October 2
The Railways may increase the speed of the Shatabdi running between New Delhi and Amritsar from 110 km per hour to 120 km per hour. This was stated by Divisional Railway Manager, Mr Hukam Chand Punia, while talking with this correspondent here today.

Afghan doctors arrive for training
Amritsar, October 2
Indian doctors in the private sector have offered to train Afghan doctors in various superspeciality departments and upgrade their technical skills on the latest high-tech equipments.

Training soldiers to get jobs after retirement
Chandigarh, October 2
In the first venture of its kind, two institutes have been established by Western Command to impart professional training to soldiers who are about to retire so that they are better placed for post-retirement employment in the civilian sector.

They remembered the Mahatma the ‘right way’
Nangal, October 2
The Sutlej Club of Nangal today celebrated Gandhi Jayanti by helping the physically challenged. In a function, the club gave away 30 tricycles, 55 artificial limbs, four hearing-aid machines and five pairs of crutches to the physically challenged persons of the area.

School students remember Bapu
Faridkot, October 2
A function to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti was held at the local Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Senior Secondary School today. More than 2,000 boys of the school, old students, its founder members and representatives of political parties and social organisations attended the function.

Rs 5 lakh grant for Valmik Chair
Chandigarh, October 2
The Punjab Government will organise a state-level function on the occasion of “Parkash Utsav” of Maharishi Valmik at Kapurthala on October 10.

Pak consulate calls 8 detenues
Faridkot, October 2
Keeping in view the gesture shown by the Government of India for the repatriation of all eight Pakistani boys under 17 to their country (Pakistan) at the earliest, the High Commission of Pakistan has called all of them in New Delhi tomorrow for their identification.

Roshani for physically challenged
Rajpura, October 2
While boosting the morale of physically challenged persons Roshani Society, a non-government organisation, pointed out that these persons could prove more efficient if provided with sitting jobs.


Cut in contract farming area opposed
Patiala, October 2
Farmers of Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib, who had decided to put their faith in the contract farming policy of the state government, have come in for a rude shock with the Punjab Agro nearly cutting the area under contract farming by half in the two districts for the coming six-month vegetable season.

Strict guidelines for paddy allotment process
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 2
Out of the total 98 rice mills in the district, 85 have been allotted, to procurement agencies for custom milling of paddy, whereas nine defaulter rice mills and four incomplete rice mills have not been considered for the allotment of paddy.


Honorarium of boards, corpns chiefs hiked
Patiala, October 2
The state government has decided to increase the honorarium of chairpersons of various boards and corporations in Punjab. This was disclosed by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, while addressing a press conference here yesterday.


Three cops booked for rape
Amritsar, October 2
The Mehta police, under Majitha police district, has booked three policemen for allegedly raping a woman on September 24. The case was registered last evening after the woman presented herself before Ms Shashi Prabha, SSP, Majitha.

Farmer held with 3 kg opium
Attari, October 2
A novel way of smuggling of opium and other narcotics came to light with the arrest of Balkar Singh of Brar village near Khasa here, who gave the police startling details of the new modes of smuggling.

Foster father rapes, impregnates minor
Phagwara, October 2
A case of first making a minor schoolgirl his foster-child and then raping her and impregnating her came to light today. The rapist is a panch.

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