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BJP to stand by SAD
Bathinda, October 18
Punjab BJP chief Avinash Rai Khanna today reiterated that his party will stand by its alliance partner in the time of need and will participate in all programmes of the SAD in the eventuality of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s arrest by the Punjab Government. He also decried the “game plan” of the Vigilance Bureau in not conducting a speedy investigation for “obvious reasons”.

Badal’s plea to Governor on excesses
Chandigarh, October 18
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today met the Governor, Justice O.P. Verma. He submitted a memorandum to the Governor drawing his attention to the alleged excesses being committed on Akali activists by the Vigilance Bureau and the state police in the Lambi-Gidderbaha area.

119-cr drinking water plan for state
Chandigarh, October 18
Of the 12402 villages in Punjab, the state government has identified 11849 as problem villages regarding drinking water. The identification has been made on the basis of the norms laid down for safe drinking water and its availability by the Union Government.

Warsi, Wadali brothers captivate
Kapurthala, October 18
Kapurthala Heritage Society would have certainly not conceived of such a successful opening to the 2nd Baba Jassa Singh Sharad Utsav. Pandits Rajan (right) and Sajan Mishra celebrate the joy of togetherness on their visit to Kapurthala where they bared the nuances of Banaras gharana through their vocal recital on the second day of Baba Jassa Singh Sharad Utsav, being held at Jagatjit Palace.
Pandits Rajan (right) and Sajan Mishra celebrate the joy of togetherness on their visit to Kapurthala where they bared the nuances of Banaras gharana through their vocal recital on the second day of Baba Jassa Singh Sharad Utsav, being held at Jagatjit Palace. — Tribune photo bye S.S. Chopra.




SGPC to refer Pak Sikhs’ visa plea to Centre
Amritsar, October 18
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has decided to refer the request of Pakistani Sikhs to the Central Government for granting visas to those who want to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. At least 25,000 Sikhs are living in Pakistan.

Varsity don held for student’s suicide
Amritsar, October 18
Dr M.D. Singh, Head of the Department of Law, Guru Nanak Dev University along with Harminder Singh Mintu, IInd semester student of law were booked by government Railway Police for “forcing” allegedly Sourav Mahajan, a final semester student (of law) to commit suicide here late last evening.


BJP leaders to attend party office
Chandigarh, October 18
The Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided that on each working day, a senior party worker will sit in the BJP’s state office to interact with party workers and the public, a release issued here said.


Police yet to identify kidnapper
Jalandhar, October 18
The district police is still groping in the dark to ascertain the identity of the kidnapper, who had kept seven-year-old Ashna hostage at her Adarsh Nagar residence and was later killed in the wee hours of Thursday during a police operation.

Now, send messages via e-post
Chandigarh, October 18
After three years of receiving and sending e-mails in four states, the Indian Postal Department is extending the service in the rural areas of Punjab by the end of this year.

Heart check-up camp at Barnala
Chandigarh, October 18
The Umeed Khanna Foundation is holding a free heart checkup camp in SD College, Barnala, on October 19. This is the third such camp being organised by Umeed, which has been serving the people of the district. Heart checkup camps is an annual feature of Umeed.

IMA lauds SSP for action against SHO
Ferozepore, October 18
The Indian Medical Association’s, meeting here took up the issue of the death of patient Baaz Singh in one of the private hospitals here. The association in a resolution lauded police chief, Praveen Sinha for action against SHO Satnam Singh for harassing the doctor and demanding the bribe to settle the case in his favour.

Workshop on crime against women held
Hoshiarpur, October 18
The Hoshiarpur police organised workshop-cum-seminar on crime against women at the local Services Club yesterday. Mr Dinkar Gupta, DIG, Jalandhar Range, was the chief guest on the occasion. He spoke about the emerging strategies to deal with crime against women. Dr Ravinder Kala, practising psychologist in Ludhiana, gave presentations on counselling techniques and counselling of victims of crime.

Singh sabhas for action against journal
Jalandhar, October 18
Taking exception to certain contents alleged to be against the dignity of the Golden Temple and Sri Guru Granth Sahib, published in a Chandigarh-based monthly magazine, the Singh Sabhas of Jalandhar have urged Akal Takht Jathedar to take legal action against the publisher of the magazine.


3 remanded in police custody
Kharar, October 18
Mrs Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today remanded Darshan Singh Pavitter Singh and Sukhmander Singh, all from Muktsar District, in police custody till October 20. They were arrested by the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, in connection with an FIR registered against Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, and others.

2 cops to be tried for murder
Mansa, October 18
Mr Harsh Mehta, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mansa, today committed Gurjit Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mehal Kalan in Sangrur district and Inspector Chuhar Singh, now Station House Officer, Joga in the district, to the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Mansa for trial in a murder case registered against them under Sections 302, 364 and 34 of the IPC at Sadar Mansa police station.

1,234 cases settled at lok adalat
Gurdaspur, October 18
A lok adalat was held here today which was attended by judges, lawyers, general public and law students. Mr Justice H.S. Bedi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman of the state Legal Services Authority, Punjab, Chandigarh, was to preside over the adalat, but could not attend due to his pre-engagements.


Punjab to set up traffic authority
Chandigarh, October 18
In view of the chaotic conditions on the roads, resulting in over 2500 deaths annually in Punjab, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has decided to set up a Traffic Regulatory Authority in the state. The concept would be to regulate traffic on the pattern of developed countries.


College Principal arrested on graft charge
Ropar, October 18
Vigilance sleuths have arrested Principal of the Shaheed Kanshi Ram College of Physical Education Bhupinder Singh on the charge of corruption. Vigilance sources said the Principal was booked for giving admission, a student to, Nishan Singh, in the Bachelor of Physics Education course on the basis of a fake certificate.

Doctor booked for bid to rape patient
Moga, October 18
The police has registered a case against a private doctor allegedly for attempting to rape a patient. The case was registered yesterday. According to an FIR lodged the Dharamkot police, a woman of Maujewala in this district was admitted in the hospital of the doctor for severe pain on October 12. On October 15, doctor came to her bed asked to come to the cabin for examination.

Man commits suicide
Blames Inspector, three others
Patiala, October 18
A 46-year-old man allegedly committed suicide last night by consuming sulphos tablets and left behind a suicide note in which he named a police inspector and three others and claimed they had forced him to take this extreme step.

Punsar resident shot at 
Dera Bassi, October 18
Two unidentified youths snatched a motor cycle from a resident of Punsar village at gunpoint and later shot at him before speeding away on the same motor cycle in broad daylight near here today. The incident occurred in Bir Dandrala, a forest area, located on the Dera Bassi-Mukandpur village link road, at about 9.30 am.

Three killed in road accident
Sangrur, October 18
Three persons were killed when their car and a Tempo collided near Channo village on the Sangrur-Patiala road last night.

Cong leader shot at
Ludhiana, October 18
Mr Parminder Mehta, Secretary, Punjab Pradesh, Congress Committee, escaped a bid on his life when three persons shot at him near Civil Hospital here late this evening.


BAMS student seeks grace marks
Amritsar October 18
Nine years after the lodging of a complaint of “sexual harassment a student has now written to the Governor and Chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, the Chief Minister and the Vice-Chancellor of University to treat her case as a special one.

Techfest concludes, students told to have
analytical bent
Longowal, October 18
On the concluding day of “Techfest 2003” to the national-level technical festival, at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology here today, Dr S.S. Oberoi from Tata Consultancy Services, New Delhi, asked the students to cultivate analytical approach, excellent communication, indepth knowledge, ability to lead and work as a team, honesty and integrity.

Mizoram Governor lays stress on moral education
Amritsar, October 18
Indian educational institutes are equipped with the best infrastructure, but lack “gurus” to inculcate moral, ethical, social and religious values in the youth, said Mr Amolak Rattan Kohli, Governor of Mizoram, while speaking on “Higher education — education reforms” at Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

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