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Poohla booked on abduction,
murder charges

Moga, October 17
Ajit Singh Poohla, facing allegations of abduction, encroachment and ransom, and six of his associates have been booked on the charges of abducting and killing a Moga resident in October 1990.

Dimpy ‘hired’ gunmen to murder liquor contractor
Police remand extended till Oct 19
Rampura Phul, October 17
Even as the police remand of Prabhjinder Singh, alias Dimpy, was extended upto October 19 by the local judicial magistrate in the murder case of liquor contractor, Darshan Baja Khana, startling facts were revealed during his interrogation by senior police officials yesterday.

News Analysis
Dalit, Jat Sikh votes gave cutting edge
to Cong

Chandigarh, October 17
The ferocity of the contest as was expected, both in Kapurthala and Garhshankar, started disappearing soon after trends from these two Assembly segments, where byelections were held on October 13, started pouring in this morning.

Punjab plan to make 2,500 villages green
Jalandhar, October 17
In a step aimed at making Punjab a green state once again, the Forest Department is planning to kick-start a mega “go green” campaign to plant lakhs of saplings of different species of ornamental and other trees in 2,500 selected villages and 15 major towns across the state within one year.

Students develop ‘intelligent transport system’
Ludhiana, October 17
A group of four electronics and communication engineering students have successfully developed an intelligent transport system which benefits bus commuters by giving information about the approaching bus and also helps a transport company to keep a track of its fleet in the targeted area.

Oppn MPs to meet President, PM today
Ludhiana, October 17
The SAD and BJP MPs would meet the President and the Prime Minister tomorrow in Delhi to bring to their notice the alleged corrupt practices and other misdeeds of Amarinder Singh government in Punjab.


British poet Benjamin Zephaniah, who had turned down the Order of British Empire title early this year
British poet Benjamin Zephaniah (right), who had turned down the Order of British Empire title early this year, goes through a script during the filming of a BBC documentary in Amritsar on Sunday. — PTI



Amritsar's unique "Langur Mela" gets underway with the beginning of Navratras.
(28k, 56k)

Another stock of explosives found
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 17
The police has found another stock of explosives from the Doraha-Sidhwan canal near Sangowal village, the spot where a large quantity of the material was found yesterday. The police claimed to have shifted the material to a safe and unknown place but a team of experts from the armed police was yet to arrive and diffuse the explosives.

Tribune Impact
Malpractices by priests will be curbed, says DC
Kali Mata temple premises cleaned
Patiala, October 17
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, said today that the administration would try to curb malpractices by priests of the Kali Mata temple and evolve a transfer policy for them even as devotees coming to the temple had a reason for cheer with the premises receiving a vigorous round of scrubbing.

How Sofats tried to evade action
Ludhiana, October 17
It took the Punjab chapter of the Indian Medical Association about five years to ensure action against Dr Sumit Sofat and his wife, Dr Sumita Sofat. Had it not been the persistence of the IMA and its state president, Dr O.P.S. Kande, the Sofats would not have been brought to book.


Development plank clinched the issue for Cong
Jalandhar, October 17
The Congress-favoured poll outcome at Kapurthala and Garhshankar has established that people of the two constituencies voted while taking progress and development of their respective areas as a core issue at the back of their mind and almost pushed all other issues in the back in the byelection.


BSP workers hold rally
Phagwara, October 17
A large number of workers of the BSP, led by the party councillor, Mr Ramesh Kaul, yesterday staged a demonstration on the premises of the local Civil Hospital against the discharging of their injured activist Charanjit “after underplaying the nature of his injuries under political pressure”.

A large number of kikar and eucalyptus trees cut down for widening of the Ropar-Chamkaur Sahib road on Sunday.Trees ‘sacrificed’ to widen roads
District heading for ecological imbalance
Ropar, October 17
The district is heading towards a major ecological imbalance as a large number of fully grown trees, including kikar and eucalyptus, have been axed for widening of 15 km long stretch of Ropar-Chamkaur Sahib road along Sirhind canal forest division here.

A large number of kikar and eucalyptus trees cut down for widening of the Ropar-Chamkaur Sahib road on Sunday. — Photo by writer

Workshop on spine therapy concludes
Patiala, October 17
A three-day workshop on manual therapy for spine in a clinical reasoning perspective organised by Exercise Fitness and Health Alliance (EFHA), Patiala, concluded here today. Noted physiotherapist, Prof D.P. Bhatnagar, spoke on the increasing popularity of physiotherapy as a means of improving the quality of life.

TB hospital sans grant
Gurdaspur October 17
The menace of tuberculosis is spreading its tentacles in the state. According to the data collected during the recently abandoned National TB Control Programme there are about three lakh acute tuberculosis patients in Punjab. These patients are spreading the TB bacilli, a communicable disease, among the masses.

Paucity of funds hits anti-AIDS drive
Ropar, October 17
AIDS is spreading fast in the district due to paucity of funds, and lack of a definite policy to tackle such cases. As many as 45 new cases have tested positive for HIV this year at Civil Hospital, Ropar. Last year a total of 25 persons had tested HIV positive in the district.

Angiography facility at Bathinda
Bathinda, October 17
The city known as the heartland of the Malwa region has added another feather in its cap when an angiography operation was conducted on two heart patients for the first time in the local Delhi Heart Institute and Research Centre.

248 checked for heart ailments
Sangrur, October 17
Umeed Khanna Foundation, a local social organisation, in collaboration with the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi, today organised a two-day free heart check-up camp on the premises of the foundation’s office here.

Engineers body seeks white paper
Power sector reforms
Bathinda, October 17
The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association has demanded that the state government should issue a white paper on the proposed reforms in the power sector listing the weaknesses of the PSEB at present, the proposed remedies in the suggested model and the time frame in which the same would be achieved.

Top official does road repair work
Phagwara, October 17
Translating into practice the adage that self-help was the best help, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Chairman, Punjab Agro Foods Ltd, has himself started levelling pits and potholes on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road, near the octroi post.

Surjan Singh Thekedar cremated
Ludhiana, October 17
Veteran Akali leader Surjan Singh Thekedar was cremated at the Model Town Extension crematorium here this evening. Mr Kanwalinder Singh, his son, and members of the SGPC lit the pyre.

‘Press’ stickers being misused
Batala, October 17
The word ‘Press’ is being misused on a large scale here. Mr Ram Singh, chief of Batala police district, said he had given instructions to police officials to check vehicles which had ‘Press’ stickers.

Villagers complain about bad roads
Kharar, October 17
Residents of Simbalmajra, near here, today complained that link roads to the village were in bad shape. They made the complaint to, Mr Kewal Krishan, Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, who was the chief guest at a sabyacharak mela organised by the gram sudhar sabha.

Marriage of two underprivileged girls solemnised
Batala, October 17
Marriage of two sisters, Rima and Sunita, was solemnised by residents of Chatti Gali yesterday. The girls don’t have any close relatives.


Need to check fall in cotton price, says Singla
Chandigarh, October 17
Upset over the big fall in cotton price in the past few days, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, will tomorrow go to Delhi to take up this issue with the Union Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar, and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia.


Dera chief killed, disciples at large
Moga, October 17
The head of a dera of Udasi sect, Baba Suraj Muni, was killed allegedly by some of his disciples at Sekha Khurd village last night. The deceased belonged to Bokhri village in Bathinda district.


Sainik School students await revision of scholarships
Kapurthala, October 17
Tall claims by the state government notwithstanding, students of Sainik School here are waiting for formal orders from the state government for the revision of their scholarships promised to them for the past more than a year.

25 teachers found absent
Amritsar, October 17
As many as 25 teachers were found absent in government schools in the border belt of the district during a surprise visit by Dr Rajkumar, Parliamentary Secretary for Education.

SSF decries ‘anti-Sikh’ general knowledge test
Patiala, October 17
The Sikh Students Federation today opposed the “anti-Sikh” general knowledge test ‘’dedicated’’ to the 400th anniversary of the Guru Granth Sahib which was taken by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

‘Baba Banda Bahadur upheld philosophy of Guru Gobind Singh’
Patiala, October 17
Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal today said the contribution made by Baba Banda Bahadur towards creation of a separate Sikh State had not been evaluated in proper perspective till now.


Malwa Gramin Bank faces staff shortage
Sangrur, October 17
Malwa Gramin Bank, a sponsored bank of the State Bank of Patiala, with 41 branches in Sangrur, Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib districts and head office at Sangrur, has been facing shortage of staff, putting an extra burden on the existing staff, besides an “adverse affect” on the normal functioning in various branches of the bank in rural areas.

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