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Lathi-charge, clashes mar Kapurthala poll
Kapurthala, October 13
Incidents of cane-charging, clashes between Congress and Akali supporters and allegations of bogus voting and booth capturing by supporters of the ruling party marred the process of byelections at the Kapurthala assembly segment here today.

A Congress supporter argues with Mr S.S. Dhindsa, MP and former Akali minister, as a police officer intervenes at Hindu Kanya College, Kapurthala, on Wednesday. A Congress supporter argues with Mr S.S. Dhindsa, MP and former Akali minister, as a police officer intervenes at Hindu Kanya College, Kapurthala, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Repoll likely in one Garhshankar booth
Chandigarh, October 13
Repolling is likely to be ordered in at least one booth in the Garhshankar Assembly constituency following attempts by miscreants to storm in. Contrary to apprehensions expressed by different political parties in the state, polling process was more or less peaceful in the Kapurthala Assembly constituency.

Sukhbir Badal’s cousin discharged in
criminal case

Muktsar, October 13
Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon, alias Nimis, first cousin of Mr Sukhbir Badal, was today discharged from a criminal case, which was registered against him at the Lambi police station of this district on June 11, 2003, by Additional Sessions Judge, Mr U.S. Gair.



Students of Punjab College of Technical Education, Ludhiana, are all smiles on their return to Amritsar
Students of Punjab College of Technical Education, Ludhiana, are all smiles on their return to Amritsar on Wednesday after winning "Dhoom 2004", a cultural festival, held at the Shaheed Zulfkar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology in Islamabad. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

BHEL to execute Lehra Mohabbat-Stage II
Patiala, October 13
Reeling under a severe power crisis, the Punjab State Electricity Board is set to augment its thermal generation by allotting work for the execution of the 500 mega watt Stage Two phase of the Lehra Mohabbat project to Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited.

Hosiery industry and PSEB happy, farmers not
Chandigarh, October 13
The sound of knitting needles has become longer and louder in Ludhiana, thanks to the early onset of winter this year. Whereas Monday’s rain has depressed farmers in central Punjab, it has cheered owners of hosiery and knitwear industry, having a seasonal turnover of Rs 6000 crore.

Teachers plan “education bandh” on Oct 19
Chandigarh, October 13
Over 6,000 teachers from private government-aided colleges will march to Chandigarh for a rally on October 19, the day for which a call has been given to be observed as ''education bandh''. The call is by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union. The teachers will go on mass casual leave that day.

Fake political secretary of Sonia Gandhi held
Bathinda, October 13
A youth, who had been impersonating as political secretary of AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and cheated a section of district officials, was arrested today.


Manuke claims support of 45 panchayats
Moga, October 13
The Chairman of the Panchayat Samiti, Baghapurana, Mr Amarjit Singh Manuke, has claimed the support of 45 panchayats out of 50. Mr Manuke, who is facing boycott by the rebels, also claimed the support of 22 members of the 23-member samiti and two members of the Zila Parishad.


Punjab to hire wildlife management experts
Chandigarh, October 13
Biodiversity in Punjab will soon be in safe hands. For the first time in its history, Punjab has decided to hire reputed wildlife management experts to help it conserve wildlife better.

A view of Mata Kali temple on the eve of Navratras in Patiala on Wednesday.
A view of Mata Kali temple on the eve of Navratras in Patiala on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Children pray on the occasion of St Peter’s Mother Mary day celebrations at St Peter’s Academy in Patiala on Wednesday.
Children pray on the occasion of St Peter’s Mother Mary day celebrations at St Peter’s Academy in Patiala on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Rights panel takes on PSHRC; writes to President
Chandigarh, October 13
The Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) today took on the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) alleging that there was ‘no transparency’ in its working.

PSEB engineers seek white paper
Patiala, October 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineers Association today accused the State government of trying to dismantle the PSEB in a non-transparent manner without taking the major stakeholders, including engineers, into confidence.

Maharashtra Red Cross officials visit Punjab centre
Chandigarh, October 13
The honorary secretary of the Maharashtra Red Cross, Dr C. J. Baltiwala, along with the joint honorary secretary, Maharashtra, visited the Punjab Red Cross Centre to study its programmes and projects on Monday.

Probe sought into Kargil funds misuse
Patiala, October 13
Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ex-servicemen cell president Col (Retd) P.I.S. Phoolka has demanded a CBI probe into “misappropriation” of funds meant for Kargil martyrs by office-bearers of the BJP.

72nd IAF anniversary celebrated
Bhisiana (Bathinda), October 13
Group Captain S. Sukumar, Station Commander, gave away commendation and appreciation cards to the selected Air Warriors at the 72nd anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF), which was celebrated with a lot of fanfare here.

Bank staff hold protest against merger
Patiala, October 13
On a call given by Central Bank Organisations, more than 400 employees of the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) held a demonstration in front of the regional office of the bank in protest against the merger of private sector Global Bank Trust with the OBC.

SGPC official in the dock
Amritsar, October 13
Another SGPC member, and this time senior vice-president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Gurpal Singh Gora, is in dock on the charge of polygamy. However, Mr Gora had denied the charges.

Ban Divya Jyoti activities, says SGPC
Amritsar, October 13
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) yesterday asked the state government to ban the activities of Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan, Noor Mehal.

Chief Khalsa Diwan flays Modi’s remarks
Amritsar, October 13
The Chief Khalsa Diwan has condemned Mr Narenda Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, for his remarks against the Sikh Community.

‘Green drive’ in Bathinda
Bathinda, October 13
Sahara Jan Sewa, an NGO, which has been taking care of destitutes and cremating unclaimed bodies for the past two decades, started “green drive” in the city yesterday.

Blockage in nullah removed
Kharar, October 13
A blockage in a nullah, which was allegedly encroached upon by some residents of Badala village, was removed by the local administration today.


Court order in child-swapping case today
Amritsar, October 13
The court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) today reserved the order regarding the custody of Amarpartap Singh, who was allegedly swapped by Ramesh Rani, mid-wife, at the time of his birth, for tomorrow after hearing the arguments on the DNA report.

High Court
Appeals allowed
Chandigarh, October 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has allowed the appeals filed by teachers of border areas of Gurdaspur against the decision of the Punjab Government to stop the border area house rent allowance payable to employees like them whose place of employment is situated between 10 and 16 km of the international border.


Farmer-arhtiya deals: BKU against police role
Moga, October 13
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Punjab) would make all efforts to stop police intervention in deals involving farmers and arhtiyas. This was stated by working chief of the union Manjit Singh Kadian and general secretary Bhupendra Singh Mahesari here.

Arrest fall in cotton prices: BKU
Moga, October 13
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Punjab, has said that if the decline in the cotton prices was not checked then the union would stage dharnas at various places across the state.


No need for more recruits, says DGP
Faridkot, October 13
The Punjab Government has withdrawn over 4,000 of the 6,000 police personnel provided as security to a large number of political leaders and other dignitaries in order to strengthen police stations in the state.

Inside Babudom
Police standoff ends
Chandigarh, October 13
The standoff has ended. The Punjab Government has finally decided not to post IPS officer G.D. Pandey under Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP) D.R. Bhatti. The two officers were opposed to each other following contrary stands in the wireless scam.

Two registry clerks suspended
Bathinda, October 13
Two employees of the Revenue Department posted in the local tehsil as registry clerks placed under suspension by Deputy Commissioner, K.A.P. Sinha for their alleged involvement in handing over an unsigned sale deed of a piece of land to one of the purchasers after removing the same from the custody of tehsildar.


Couple done to death by ‘kale kachhewale’ gang
5 family members injured
Patiala, October 13
Members of the ‘kale kachhewale’ scaled a compound wall to enter the courtyard of a house in Uttam Colony in Banur last night and clubbed a couple to death and injured five others seriously.

Youths set priest on fire
Bhadaur (Barnala), October 13
Two motor cycle-borne unidentified boys set on fire a temple priest. The incident took place around 9 pm yesterday when, after the routine kirtan, the priest, Om Parkash, was closing the temple.

Youth arrested in acid-throwing case
Batala, October 13
The police today registered a case under Section 326, IPC, against Narinder Singh, son of Mr Ranjit Singh, a resident of Industrial Estate, Focal Point, Batala.


Teachers without salary for two years
Fazilka, October 13
Two J.B.T. teachers teaching in government-aided Satsang Primary School here since September 20, 2002, have not been paid salary for want of sanction from the Punjab Finance Department.

VB raids on nursing colleges
Moga, October 13
The Vigilance Bureau yesterday conducted raids on four nursing schools and colleges in the city and seized some documents.


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