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CM for voting right to Sehajdhari Sikhs
Chandigarh, October 23
Even as the Punjab Congress chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, has been avoiding taking sides on the issue of disenfranchising of Sehajdhari Sikhs in the SGPC elections, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today came out in full support of the Sehajdhari Sikhs stating that all Sikhs had the right to vote in these elections.

Plan to adopt zero tillage for wheat sowing
Chandigarh, October 23
Zero tillage reduces the cost of cultivation of wheat by Rs 2,000 per hectare. Dr Ajmer Singh, Director of Agriculture, says that under this concept, pre-sowing irrigation is done after harvesting paddy and wheat is directly sown with a drill without farmers going in for ploughing of fields.

Canadian PM for reviving ties with India
Chandigarh, October 23
The two-day visit of Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien to India beginning tomorrow will focus on expanding political and economic relationship between the two countries as well as discuss regional security issues. For Mr Chretien, it will be his second visit to India as Prime Minister. 

Delegates arrive for Sikh convention
Chandigarh, October 23
A number of Sikh delegates from the USA and the UK have arrived here to participate in the world Sikh convention at Mohali on October 26, which is being vehemently opposed by the SGPC, the Shiromani Akali Dal etc.

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Man accused of bribing Badals in Vigilance net
Chandigarh, October 23
In a game of oneupmanship between the Punjab Vigilance Bureau and the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal , the police today arrested Jagnandan Singh of Sangrian village of Hanumangarh district (Rajasthan), for having paid a bribe of Rs 2.5 lakh to Ms Surinder Kaur Badal through his brother-in-law Kuldip Singh to get a job as a government schoolteacher and for manipulating his domicile documents. 

Scholars ready blueprint on Jathedars’ removal
Amritsar, October 23
Close on the heels of the announcement of 21-member Religious Advisory Board by the SGPC, various Sikh organisations today discussed the blueprint for the appointments and removal of the Sikh high priests.

Bachi takes over as PSEB administrative member
Patiala, October 23
Akali leader Gurbachan Singh Bachi today took over charge as Administrative Member of the Punjab State Electricity Board following a direction to this effect by the Punjab and Haryana High Court leaving Congress legislator Raman Bhalla who had been recently appointed to this post high and dry.

Dismiss Pro-VC, VC asks Governor
Patiala, October 23
The Punjabi University authorities have decided to convey to the university’s Chancellor and Punjab Governor, Justice O. P. Verma, that he is being defied by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr R. N. Pal.


Pak Commissioner to report on objections over dam
Wagah, October 23
Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Water, Syed Jamait Ali Shah and his two advisers Mr Bashir Ahmed and Izhar-ul-Haq said that they would submit their report on the serious violation of the Indus Water Treaty by the Government of India while constructing 450 mv Baglihar hydro project in Jammu and Kashmir to the government of Pakistan at the earliest.

CBI begins probe into labourer’s death
Chandigarh, October 23
Three years after the alleged custodial death of a youth, Sonu, at Abohar in Faridkot, the CBI today started investigation into the matter after registering a case following High Court directions. The CBI has also decided to send a team of officials to Bihar and Punjab to find whereabouts of the deceased’s family, which disappeared from Abohar a few months after the incident.

Besan sweets gain popularity in Amritsar.
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PUDA told to pay plot holder Rs 8.5 lakh
Ropar, October 23
The District Consumer Forum has directed PUDA to pay a compensation of Rs 8,57, 000 to a complainant, Mr Ravinderpal Singh Bains, a resident of Phase 9, Mohali.

Bains to attend WSO meeting
Amritsar, October 23
The defunct World Sikh Organisation is being revived even as the issue is pending with the Sikh clergy. The first meeting of the WSO is being held next month on the arrival of its chairman, Mr Didar Singh Bains.

A district’s fight against drug addiction
Fatehgarh Sahib: Fatehgarh Sahib district has a large number of drug addicts, particularly in the rural areas. The problem is growing rapidly. Courtesy, mushrooming of quacks and illegal chemist shops.

Sharing pain, hopes and laughter
Rajpura, October 23
Happiness is always infectious. So it was this afternoon for the 30 physically challenged kids of Roshni Rehabilitation School, who lived life kingsize in the few moments of sharing they had with 15 children from YPS, Patiala, and SAS Nagar. As children from two streams of society came together to celebrate Divali in a manner different from the usual cracker routine, the exhilaration that spread in the ambience was for all to see.

Nine rape cases in September
Jalandhar, October 23
The unprecedented hostage incident recently and the police success in killing the kidnapper notwithstanding, nine rape cases — of which seven were alleged gangrapes — during last month alone has exposed the “effectiveness” of the Jalandhar police in controlling crime, particularly crime against women.

Tourism potential untapped
NANGAL (Ropar):
The proposed picnic spot at Nangal has got embroiled in the bureaucratic process that threatens the project much to the disenchantment of the local people. Sources here say that the Department of Local Bodies has rejected the original proposal of the project mooted by the Nangal council under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain.

Therapy for bad period
Now women in the reproductive age can say goodbye to heavy and irregular menstrual bleeding through thermachoice uterine balloon therapy, informed Dr P.M.Gopinath, a leading gynaecologist at Soonya Hospital, Chennai, and president of the Obstetric and Gynaecological Society of Southern India here today.

Survey on foeticide
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 23
A special survey would be conducted in Fatehgarh Sahib district to assess the reason behind the lowest female birth rate in the district. This was announced by Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, on Friday night while addressing a gathering at the local District Administrative Complex.

Homage paid to war hero
Moga, October 23
Homage was paid to Subedar Joginder Singh, a Param Vir Chakra, by the Army and the district administration on his 41st martyrdom day at his memorial near the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today.

Hans supporters criticise cops
Jalandhar, October 23
To protest against alleged dilly-dallying attitude of the police in the case of attack on Amrik Hans, brother of popular singer Hans Raj Hans and Sarpanch of the nearby Sofi Pind, residents of Sofi Pind laid siege to the office of the SSP and shouted slogans against the police.

Nothing green in this park
Residents of Urban Estate, Phase I, here are sore over the poor maintenance of the park in the area, which was developed at a cost of Rs 9 lakh by the Punjab Urban Planning Development Authority a couple of years back.

Register case under rights Act, police told
Abohar, October 23
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Home Department and the Punjab police to register the complaint of a local resident as a case under the provisions of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. The IGP (Litigation) has been asked to submit a report to the commission before January 2.

SC labourers allege unfair treatment
Barnala, October 23
Mr Ajmer Singh Khuddi, President, Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party Scheduled Castes Cell have urged the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the Government of India to ensure justice for the Scheduled Castes, backward classes and labourers of Barnala area.

Cops shown ‘Gangajal’
Sangrur, October 23
Nearly 550 police personnel of Sangrur district today were shown “Gangajal” film at the Moti Theatre here. SSP A.S. Rai, along with other police officers also accompanied the policemen.

500 pigeons die, SHO issues denial
Mehraj (Bathinda), October 23
More than 500 pigeons and some other birds died in the past two days under mysterious circumstances in this ancestral village of state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Tours planned to unite Bairagis
Chandigarh, October 22
Mr K.K Bawa, president of the All India Bairagi Mahamandal, said bairagis were secular and were instrumental in bringing together various segments of society through services, education, medicine and free kitchen (langar).

Demand to shift dumping ground
Tarn Taran, October 23
Residents of the local Noordi mohalla staged a dharna today in front of the office of the municipal council against the dumping ground for dead animals on the Palasaur road.

Probe into human trafficking sought
Phagwara, October 23
Mr Kesar Singh, president of the Socialist Front, Punjab, and Mr Balwant Singh Khera, chairman of the Malta Boat tragedy Probe Mission, today asked the Home Ministry to bring out a white paper on human trafficking.

Swami unhurt in accident
Phillaur, October 23
International Bala Ji Mission America chief Swami Bala Ji had a narrow escape when his car collided with a truck on the Phillaur-Goraya road today.

Bhagwan Dhanwantry  Divas celebrated
Bathinda, October 23
Members of the Ayurvedic Association perform yajna at an ayurvedic hospital in Bathinda Members of the Punjab Ayurvedic Medical Services Association, Bathinda in association with the staff members of District Ayurvedic Office today organised a function on the occasion of Bhagwan Shri Dhanwantry Divas. They pledged to serve the mankind with zeal and treat the hospitals as “Arogya Mandirs”.

Members of the Ayurvedic Association perform yajna at an ayurvedic hospital in Bathinda on Thursday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera


Proceedings quashed
Chandigarh, October 23
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the proceedings of a meeting in which the President of the Jaitu Municipal Council in Faridkot district was elected.

  • Food for undertrials

  • Notice of motion

Inspector gets bail
Phagwara, October 23
A vigilance inspector, Mr Harbhajan Das, who was arrested here last night for a drunken brawl with policemen, was today released on bail after he gave a personal bond of Rs 5,000.


Farm experts leave for Pak
Amritsar, October 23
A six-member delegation of farm experts left for Pakistan at 10 a.m. via at Wagah today. The delegation led by Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, comprising Dr Rajinder Singh, Dr Santokh Singh Sokhi, Dr H.N. Kajuria, Dr Joginder N. Kaul and Dr H.S. Brar would attend the 53rd symposium on Agriculture at Faisalabad.

Rice millers allege discrimination
Bathinda, October 23
Owners of Guru Nanak Rice Mills at Rampura and Dyalpura Bhaika towns in this district, and kin of Rampura Phul MLA, Gurpreet Kangar, who joined the SAD (Badal) a few months ago, have not received paddy in these two mills from the Punjab government for storage this season though 50,000 bags of paddy have been given to every rice mill in Punjab by procurement agencies.

BKU alleges irregularities in paddy purchase
Mansa, October 23
Officials of the Punjab Agro Industries posted on the Haryana border area of the district and specially posted at Hakamwala purchase centre of the district are depriving the state government of crores in the purchase of paddy.

Cut in farm loan rate soon
SAS Nagar, October 23
Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh today announced that the government will reduce the rate of interest on agriculture loans from the current 13 per cent to between 9 and 10 per cent within a month. The minister was talking to mediapersons after laying the foundation stone of the Punjab Agriculture University camp office here today.


Gang of cheats busted
Bathinda, October 23
With the arrest of two persons, including a dismissed jawan of the Haryana Home Guards, the local police today busted a gang of inter-state cheats. Police sources said Pasho, a resident of Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan, and Buta Singh, a dismissed jawan of the Haryana Home Guards, were arrested today for their alleged involvement in defrauding a resident of Tungwali village of the district.

Couple held for abetting suicide
Fatehgarh Sahib , October 23
The Fatehgarh Sahib police has arrested a couple on charges of forcing their sister-in-law to commit suicide more than a year after it had initiated action against the victim’s estranged husband and his family members.

5 booked for cheating
Mansa, October 23
The city police has registered a case against Jiwan Kumar, a clerk of the District Transport Office, Harchet Singh, of Mansa, Jalaur Singh, proprietor of M/s Giddarbaha Finance Company, Rajinder Singh Makkar, notary public, and Hardev Singh, Namberdar, all from Bathinda, under Sections 420, 465, 467, 471, 120-B and 34 of the IPC.

Rs 3 lakh looted at gunpoint
Tarn Taran, October 23
Two scooter-borne youths looted Rs 3 lakh at pistol-point from a commission agent at Kirtowal village under the Harike police station today.


Ayurvedic college may dismiss staff
Amritsar, October 23
The management of Sri Laxmi Narayan Ayurvedic College is contemplating dismissal of certain staff members who led the agitation against the college authorities. Meanwhile, Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran CPI leader, has written a letter to the Vice-Chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences to appoint a high-powered committee to assess the situation in the college and sought steps to check “injustice and excesses” against students and staff.

Probe begins into college graft case
Barnala, October 23
Probe has begun into the charges of alleged financial irregularities by the authorities of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera, here. The probe began following orders from Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur.

School celebrates annual day
Kapurthala, October 23
Sainik School, Kapurthala, one of the oldest educational institutions in Punjab, celebrated its 42nd annual day here today. The school has sent 461 cadets to the National Defence Academy since its inception.

Non-teaching staff body threatens stir
Patiala, October 23
The Punjabi University Non-Teaching Employees Association today demanded withdrawal of the show-cause notice served on its president Malkit Singh Meeta adding if this was not done, the university authorities would be responsible for the consequences.


Conversion of trade allowed
SAS Nagar, October 23
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today decided to permit conversion of trade in commercial sites in urban estates in Punjab. This was decided during a meeting of the Finance and Accounts Committee of PUDA held here.

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