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NHRC seeks Punjab view on
Badal case
New Delhi, October 9
The National Human Rights Commission has directed the Punjab Government to submit within three weeks its comments on former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s complaint about the blatant misuse of executive power by the Punjab Government and political vendetta against leaders and workers of the SAD.

Sukhbir Badal comes out of the office of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) after facing a questioning session in Chandigarh on Thursday Sukhbir Badal comes out of the office of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) after facing a questioning session in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

CM’s counsel seeks exemption from appearance
Chandigarh, October 9
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, did not appear in a criminal defamation case filed against him by his predecessor, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, accusing him of spreading false information about his assets and properties. While Mr Badal being complainant appeared in the court of the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal.



  Sutlej waters test acidic 
Poor maintenance may have caused dyke breach
Ropar, October 9
The waters of the Sutlej in the international wetland has turned acidic due to the flow of the thermal plant fly ash into it. Five samples collected from the Sutlej by the Fisheries Department, Ropar, yesterday have indicated that the pH level of the river waters has dropped to 6 due to the large inflow of fly ash.

Fly ash case: 3 engineers suspended
Our Correspondent
Ropar, October 9
Taking cognisance of the dereliction of duty by certain officials of the Ropar thermal plant in the breach of dyke case, the Chairman of the PSEB, Mr Y.S. Ratra, has suspended three officials of the Civil Maintenance Wing. The order states that the Additional SE, Mr Gurdeep Singh, Executive Engineer, Mr Ajay Gupta, and junior engineer, Mr H.S. Brar, were being suspended.

Punjab youths freed by J&K police, return home
Mahal, October 9
After spending more than three nightmarish months in various Jammu jails, six boys of the village, three of them minors, who were picked by the Jammu and Kashmir police on suspicion of being members of “kale kachhewale” gang, returned home here last evening.

Six boys who returned home on Wednesday after being released by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
Six boys who returned home on Wednesday after being released by the Jammu and Kashmir Police

MLA accuses officials of causing 6-cr loss to MC
Jalandhar, October 9
The functioning of the local municipal corporation has come under a cloud, with Congress MLA Raj Kumar Gupta accusing MC officials of conniving with two private telecom companies to cause a loss in revenue to the tune of Rs 6 crore by misleading the House.


Crucial SGPC meeting today
Amritsar, October 9
Apart from taking stern action against organisers of the proposed World Sikh Sammelan, being held at Chandigarh on October 26, the crucial executive meeting of the SGPC as well as the Dharam Prachar Committee of the SGPC being held at Fatehgarh Sahib tomorrow, may give call to boycott ‘Spokesman’, a monthly magazine, for allegedly indulging in blasphemous acts.

Rights panel comes to rescue of suspended employee
Abohar, October 9
Officials of the Market Committee have been asked by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission to reply to the allegations levelled by Mr Kailash Chander Goyal, who has been reverted from the post of Superintendent twice and placed under suspension, by December 22.

Pak delegation arrives
Wagah, October 9
A six-member delegation of MPs from Pakistan entered India around 3 pm here today. The delegation was headed by Choudhary Manzoor Ahmad of the Pakistan People’s Party.

Pakistan's MPs wave on their arrival at the Wagah border on Thursday. — PTI photo
Pakistan's MPs wave on their arrival

Excise officer gheraoed
Sangrur, October 9
A large number of shopkeepers today gheraoed the Sangrur Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Mr K. B. S. Sidhu, alleging “harassment ” at the hands of the sales tax officials at Sunam, about 14 km from here.

Students perform bhangra during a youth festival
Students perform bhangra during a youth festival being organised at GNDU in Amritsar on Thursday. — PTI

Free for all at MC meeting
Patiala, October 9
The general body meeting of the Patiala Municipal Corporation today witnessed a free for all with Councillors first freely abusing each other and then going in for a fist fight and even swinging chairs to strike at each other.

Cops connived with land-grabbers: Judge
Bathinda, October 9
A house situated at Nathana town and belonging to a local resident, Mr Sumer Singla, has allegedly been taken into possession forcibly by six persons, including a retired Executive Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board, Mr Sukhminder Singh. The other accused include his son Rupinder Jit Singh, alias Romi, daughter-in-law Rupinder Kaur and three others.

DIG completes probe into ex-sarpanch’s suicide
Moga, October 9
The DIG (police), Ferozepore Range, Mr Hardish Singh Randhawa, who was directed by the State Human Rights Commission to find out truth whether the senior Akali leader Gurdyal Singh, former Sarpanch, Baghapurana, had committed suicide with his licences revolver or he was killed, has completed his inquiry and may submit his report to the commission before the stipulated date of October 13.

Notification on CSD items still awaited
Chandigarh, October 9
Even after a month the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, agreed to roll back the imposition of sales tax on certain items sold through CSD canteens, the state government is yet to issue a notification in this regard, leading to resentment among serving armed forces personnel as well as ex-servicemen.

Sports policy in six months, says Kang
Barnala, October 9
Punjab will have a new sports policy within six months. The 26-point policy would include infrastructure and diet.

Ex-judge found drowned
Patiala, October 9
An Additional District Judge, who had been forcibly retired by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2001, was found drowned in the "sarovar" of Gurdwara Motibagh here this morning.

Company’s efforts to light road fail to materialise
Ropar, October 9
The philanthropic efforts of DSM, a multinational company located in Asron industrial area of Nawanshahr district, 4 km from here, to light an accident-prone 12-km stretch of the Ropar-Asron road have failed to materialise due to the failure of the PSEB to provide power connection.

VIP brats issue: SHO suspended
Ludhiana, October 9
Finally buckling under political pressure, the Punjab Police today suspended a Punjab Police Inspector posted as a Station House Officer Sarabha Nagar police station here for allegedly ‘misbehaving’ with two youths, one son of a serving Congress minister and another of a local municipal councilor.

RPFC invites forms from PF claimants
Chandigarh, October 9
With Pratap Steel Rolling Mills Ltd., Mandi Gobindgarh, depositing the entire provident fund dues up to September, 1996, the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner (RPFC), Punjab and Chandigarh, has decided to settle the PF claims of all the former employees of the company.


Power board penalised for voltage fluctuation
Abohar, October 9
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, has slapped a penalty of Rs 20,055 on the Punjab State Electricity Board for damage caused to a colour TV set due to fluctuation in voltage. The order was passed by Mr Amarjit Singh Katari, president, and Mr S. K. Gupta, a member of the forum.


Paddy being sold at premium
Fazilka, October 9
Even as there is record arrival of paddy in the local grain market it is being sold at premium. At present bulk of the paddy is being purchased by the rice millers at Rs 600 per quintal as against the minimum support price of Rs 580 declared by the government. So far 6,91,915 quintals of paddy has arrived in the market. Out of this the five government procuring agencies have purchased about 60,000 quintals of paddy which constitute less than 10 per cent of the total arrival.


SMO held on bribe charge
Tarn Taran, October 9
The Senior Medical Officer, in charge Civil Hospital Patti, Dr Harjit Bharti, was nabbed last night by a team of Vigilance Bureau from Amritsar for taking a bribe of Rs 1,500 from a resident of Moga to issue a medico-legal report.

House of Congress leader robbed
Phagwara, October 9
Two armed persons today robbed valuables at gun point worth over Rs 2 lakh from the residence of Madan Mohan Bajaj (Gudd), a former president of Block Congress (Urban) Committee at Guru Harkishan Nagar here.


30 out of 35 teachers found absent during raid
Amritsar, October 9
Thirty of the 35 staff members of the Girls Senior Secondary School at Patti, including the officiating Principal, have been found absent during a raid of the district administration.

Students block traffic, demand free travel
Barnala, October 9
Activists of the Punjab Radical Students Union, the Students Federation of India, the All-India Students Association, the Punjab Students Federation and the Punjab Students Union blocked traffic in front of the PWD Rest House and staged a protest rally here today to press the Punjab Government to allow students free travel in buses.


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