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Thousands attend farmer’s bhog
Opposition parties, farmer bodies lash out at state govt
Maur Charat Singhwala (Bathinda), October 10
The bhog of Gurdev Singh, a farmer of this village, who died after being hit by a goods train while sitting on a dharna at the Bhai Bakhtaur rail track on September 30, was held at a local gurdwara today.

Captain doing all this at Sonia’s behest, says Badal
Chandigarh, October 10
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday accused the All-India Congress Committee President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, of directing the Punjab Government to target a Sikh leader, as was allegedly done by the party against the community during the “Operation Bluestar.”

Justice has been done, say Sodhi’s parents
Passiawal (Kapurthala), October 10
The award of capital punishment to the killer of Balbir Singh Sodhi, an NRI hailing from this village, by an Arizona court yesterday, has brought a sense of satisfaction to his aged parents, who have dubbed the court decision as “timely and an epitome of justice, which would act as a deterrent in the future against hate crimes.”
The parents of Balbir Singh Sodhi at their house in Passiawal village of Kapurthala district The parents of Balbir Singh Sodhi at their house in Passiawal village of Kapurthala district. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

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SGPC panel suspends Harbeant
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 10
The Dharm Parchar Committee of the SGPC in its meeting held at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib here today unanimously decided to suspend Mr Harbeant Singh and issue a show-cause notice for expelling him.

Tripura girl returns from Pakistan
Yakia, alias, HemaWagah (Amritsar), October 10
Yakia (21), alias, Hema, a resident of Tripura, who was sent to Pakistan by Bangladeshi agents on the pretext of providing a lucrative job there and later sold in the flesh trade market, today returned to India through the Wagah joint checkpoint. This is for the first time that an Indian girl has been released by Pakistan.

SSP directed to shift SHO
Chandigarh, October 10
In an alleged case of police atrocity, a youngster was left dumb after being reportedly tortured by Nabha’s Station House Officer following his failure to pay bribe. Instead of assisting the “victim”, the SHO, in an attempt “to save his skin”, allegedly registered a false case of theft against the youngster.

GND varsity don beaten up
Amritsar, October 10
Dr G.S. Bhalla, Head, Department of Business and Commerce, Guru Nanak Dev University, one of his students and a friend were beaten up by certain persons near Hindu College, here today.

Dr G.S.Bhalla narrates the incident outside a police station in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Dr G.S.Bhalla narrates the incident outside a police station

GND varsity law festival concludes
Amritsar, October 10
A three-day technical-cum-cultural bonanza, Law Fiesta-2003, organised by the Computer Science and Engineering Department of Guru Nanak Dev University, concluded here yesterday.


Complaint against ETO registered
Sunam (Sangrur), October 10
Following the registration of a complaint by the local police against the Excise and Taxation Officer, Mr Ominder Singh, and other staff members of the Taxation Department, this afternoon, the agitating shopkeepers and traders ended their protest in front of the local police station and opened their shops and other business establishments, which they had closed till 1.30 p.m. today.

Protest against Togadia’s visit

VHP President Parveen Togadia inaugurates a function in Amritsar on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Wagah retreat ceremony to be pleasant now
JALANDHAR: People crossing over to Pakistan or coming from that country or curious onlookers who visit the Wagah joint checkpost daily to see the evening retreat ceremony may soon not be greeted by stiff postures of jawans on both sides as the BSF authorities have decided to go in for a unilateral initiative to dilute postures of its jawans to a more pleasant level with the hope that its counterparts would reciprocate and contribute to the ongoing bilateral relationship improvement exercise.

Sikh woman challaned for not wearing helmet
Jalandhar, October 10
The traffic wing of the Jalandhar police today challaned a young Sikh woman for not wearing a helmet and an ASI heading the motorcycle unit of the wing even allegedly suggested to her to get recruited in the police. He also told her not to “educate” them, when she said it was not compulsory for Sikh women to wear helmet.

George urged to shift ammo dump
Sangrur, October 10
A deputation of the Ammunition Dump Hatao Sangharsh Committee, Sangrur, on Wednesday met Mr George Fernandes, Union Defence Minister, in Delhi and submitted a memorandum to him, demanding the shifting of the ammunition dump from the populated area here.

Balmiki Jayanti celebrated
Kapurthala, October 10
Mr H.S. Hanspal, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has openly accused that the Bharatiya Janata Party and its frontal organisations are not interested in constructing the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Children’s film fest from Nov 21
Gurdaspur, October 10
Ten districts in Punjab have been chosen to host a film festival, Mr Vipan Chandra, Joint Film Distribution Officer, Children Film Society of India, New Delhi, said here yesterday.


Amarinder asked to appear in court
Chandigarh, October 10
The UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal, today directed the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, to appear in person on October 22 in a defamation case filed against him by his predecessor, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Badal aide sent in judicial custody till Oct 23
Kharar, October 10
Ms Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate, today remanded Mr Harbans Lal, the manager of the petrol station allegedly belonging to former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, in judicial custody till October 23.

Litigants suffer as posts of judge lie vacant
Jalandhar, October 10
Hundreds of litigants are at the receiving end due to a shortage of judges in Jalandhar. The courts are overburdened as five posts of judge, which fell vacant due to the dismissal of five judges in February after the PPSC scam came to light, are yet to be filled.


Notices issued to 6 officers
Faridkot, October 10
Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, has issued show-cause notices to six senior district officers who failed to attend the ‘khula darbar’ convened here to redress the grievances of the aggrieved people particularly ruralites.


Head Constable hurt in clash
Fazilka, October 10
A Head Constable was injured in a dispute between a police team and villagers in Ghattianwali Bodla village of this subdivision in early hours today. The police allegedly fired into the air in self defence.

One killed as mini-truck, train collide
Hoshiarpur, October 10
One person was killed on the spot while another was seriously injured when the 9112-Jammu-Ahmedabad Mail collided with a mini-truck at an unmanned gate near Bhangala on the Jalandhar-Jammu railway section, about 65 km from here, around 12.10 pm today, police sources said.


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