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Bibi ordered ‘execution’ of Harpreet, says approver
Patiala, October 19
Dr Balwinder Singh Sohal, who had turned approver in Harpreet murder case, while testifying in a local court here today claimed that the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, had directed him to eliminate her daughter on April 14, 2000.

SAD-BJP paid heavy price for Modi’s remark
Chandigarh, October 19
The wicked joke reported to be played by the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, on the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, during the Assembly election campaign in Maharashtra has made the SAD-BJP combine pay a heavy price in the Assembly byelections in Punjab.

Gurdwara panel seeks poll observers
Chandigarh, October 19
The Gurdwara Election Commission is not taking any chances for the remaining SGPC polls in November this year. Learning from past experience, the Commission has decided not to arm the Punjab Government with any excuse for non-deployment of paramilitary forces in four constituencies for Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee polls.

2 ADCs designated DCs for election purpose
Chandigarh, October 19
Ruling out the possibility of interference by the Deputy Commissioners of Amritsar and Gurdaspur during the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee polls, the Punjab Government on Tuesday designated two Additional Deputy Commissioners as DCs for the purpose of conducting the elections.




Motorcycles and scooters damaged by students who ransacked the SAI hostel in Patiala on Tuesday.Students ransack hostel in high-security zone
Patiala, October 19
Fifty to 60 students of Mohindra College armed with swords and rods ransacked the Sports Authority of India (SAI) hostel, situated at a stone's throw from the residence of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Motorcycles and scooters damaged by students who ransacked the SAI hostel in Patiala on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Islamabad to Mandhera, musicians trace their roots
Javaid and Babur Niazi from Pakistan, who opened the Kapurthala Heritage Festival with their recital on Monday. Kapurthala, October 19
For vocalists Javaid and Babur Niazi from Pakistan the visit to Kapurthala has been a matter of celebration. Displaced from Punjab years ago, the sons of Tufail Niazi, regarded as the finest torchbearer of the Kapurthala musical tradition, today travelled backwards in time, searching for their long-lost roots.

Javaid (left) and Babur Niazi from Pakistan, who opened the Kapurthala Heritage Festival with their recital on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma


No move to replace CM, says Bhinder
Pathankot, October 19
There was no move to replace Capt Amarinder Singh as the Chief Minister of state, said, Ms Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader in a press conference yesterday.


Two Customs men shifted
Wagah (Amritsar), October 19
The Punjab Government today transferred two Customs officials who allegedly misbehaved with former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral last Sunday at the Indo-Pak joint check post here on the Indian-Pakistan border.

Here number plates are for decoration
Moga, October 19
“Kerah sada na nahi janda”, “Punjabian di shan vakhri”, “Aa gayi pind di raunke”,... one liners like these, besides colourful logos and names, adorn the number plates of a large number of vehicles, mainly two-wheelers, here and the increase of such vehicles shows that the traffic police is not concerned.

Punjab brick-kiln owners to protest from Oct 25
Jalandhar, October 19
Irked over the silence of the Central Government towards their demands, about 2500 brick-kiln owners of Punjab have decided to tread on a war path and participate in nationwide series of protests from October 25.

Mehtab SinghVillage pays tribute to its son today
Chandigarh, October 19
The Punjab Minister for PWD, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, will unveil the statue of Mehtab Singh at Nanoki village, near Nabha, tomorrow. The statue is being installed by family members of Mehtab Singh and the villagers at the Nanoki Boat Club to perpetuate his memory, as he was an asset to the Nabha state.

Five months after death, ashes brought from USA
Amritsar, October 19
Ashes of Nirmal Singh Thind, a 44-year-old motel owner, who belonged to Amritsar and was shot dead by masked robbers at Seattle (USA) on May 31 were immersed at Kiratpur Sahib today, after a gap of four and a half months.

Devotees going to Maiserkhana Temple to get blessings of Durga Bhagwati at Maiserkhana town on the Bathinda-Mansa road on TuesdayDevotees throng Maiserkhana Mela
Maiserkhana (Bathinda), October 19
Thousands of devotees from different parts of Punjab and its neighbouring states Haryana and Rajasthan, have started arriving at this town situated on the Bathinda-Mansa road to pay obeisance at the temple of goddess Durga Bhagwati and to get her blessings. The Maiserkhana Mela is connected with goddess Durga Bhagwati. Pilgrims, both Hindu and Sikhs, from far away places come here twice a year during mela days.

Devotees going to Maiserkhana Temple to get blessings of Durga Bhagwati at Maiserkhana town on the Bathinda-Mansa road on Tuesday. — Photo Sonu

Golden Temple manager transferred
Amritsar, October 19
The SGPC chief today posted Mr Ajaib Singh, assistant secretary, as the new manager, Golden Temple, by replacing Mr Major Singh Ratoul in the wake of several unsavoury incidents in the serai.

Aggarwal Sabha welcomes Haryana Govt’s decision
Bathinda, October 19
The Aggarwal Sabha, Punjab, yesterday welcomed the decision of the Haryana Government to give the status of heritage city to Agroha town in Hisar district, which used to be the Capital of the empire of Maharaja Aggarsain.

Sangrur Zone youth festival begins
Sangrur, October 19
The three-day Punjabi University Sangrur zone youth festival today began at Government Ranbir College here. Mr Daljit Singh, a former Director of the Youth Welfare Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, inaugurated the festival by lighting a lamp. About 1,000 students from 22 colleges of the Sangrur zone are taking part in 30 items, including theatre, music, dance, fine arts and folk arts.

PSEB engineers hold protest
Ropar, October 19
Members of the PSEB Engineers Association from all over the state today held a protest against the move of the Punjab Government to divide the state electricity board into different generation, transmission and distribution companies at thermal plant here.

Hospital professor suspended
Amritsar, October 19
Mr Satish Chandra, Secretary, Medical Research and Education, has suspended Prof Geeta Sharma of the Pharmacology Department-cum-Medical Superintendent, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, here.


Bar not for harsh step against Commissioner
Faridkot, October 19
The District Bar Association (DBA) today decided not to take any harsh step against the Commissioner, Mr B. Sarkar, till it got a favourable response from the authorities from which the association had demanded action against him.

One convicted in corruption case
Chandigarh, October 19
Punjab Khadi Board's Junior Technical Promotion Officer Sadhu Singh, posted at Moga, has been convicted by a special court in a corruption case and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of Rs 5000.


Cotton growers threaten agitation
Bathinda, October 19
Even as members of the BKU (Ekta)-Sidhupur group today continued their dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here to lodge their protest against the falling prices of cotton, the BKU (Ekta) led by Mr Joginder Singh Ugrahan today announced that it would declare its mode of agitation on October 26.

Loans for farmers to be increased, says minister
Rajpura, October 19
Mr Akhilesh Pratap Singh, Union Minister of State for Agriculture, said today that the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre would not discourage the farming community and assured it that the Centre would increase by 38 per cent the loans to be given to farmers.


Two patwaris suspended for fraud
Ferozepore, October 19
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ranjit Singh, today suspended two patwaris and cancelled the licence of a nambardar on charges of cheating a woman. The suspended patwaris, Ashok Kumar and Ravinder Kochar, in connivance with Vijay Kumar Kohli, nambardar, allegedly duped Urmila Kumari of 30 marla and Rs 16 lakh.


Woman stabbed to death
Suman Abohar, October 19
A woman was stabbed to death in full public view in Arya Nagar locality here today. According to information, Suman (40) was going to Shiv Mandir at about 11 am when a youth residing in her neighborhood chased and allegedly stabbed her repeatedly in her abdomen. The passers-by rushed in panic and bolted the doors for safety.

Child’s kidnapping case solved, 3 held
Kotkapura, October 19
Mystery shrouding the kidnapping of Mandeep Sharma(7) has been solved with the arrest of three persons. During interrogation the accused confessed to have killed him.

Twins killed on way to Army recruitment rally
Pathankot, October 19
A day after nine aspirants for recruitment in the Army were injured in a stampede at Mammon cantonment yesterday, another tragedy struck today. Twin brother coming for recruitment today morning were killed in an accident.

Deported youth commits suicide
Hoshiarpur, October 19
A deported young man from the USA committed suicide at his residence in Miani village in this district today. It is reported that Datinder Singh (38), son of Mr Surat Singh, a resident of Miani, had been living with his wife, Bhupinder Kaur, and a daughter in the USA for the past 15 years. 

Market Committee clerk held for fraud
Moga, October 19
A Vigilance Bureau team today arrested an auction clerk working in the Market Committee office at Nihalsinghwala on the charge of getting the job on the basis of a fake certificate.

One held for attacking MC chief
Bhucho Mandi, October 19
Mr Dharmpal, a local shopkeeper, was arrested today for his alleged involvement in attacking employees of the local municipal council, including its president Ram Kumar Garg. Police sources said Mr Dharmpal allegedly attacked Junior Engineer Parlahad Kumar and works clerk Hem Raj and MC president Ram Kumar Garg when they were inspecting the work pertaining to the premix paving of a street of this town.

Stray bullet hits labourer
Bathinda, October 19
A stray bullet, the origin of which could not be confirmed, hit a labourer while he working in a house in the Phase II locality of Urban Estate here today, under mysterious circumstances.

Constable, 5 others booked for abetting suicide
Abohar, October 19
The city police had booked Constable Mukhtiar Singh, his wife Pushpa Devi, a staff Nurse, and four other relatives under Sections 306, 452, 323, 324, 34,148 and 149 IPC for abetting Deepmala (20) to commit suicide inside the official quarters at the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here.


Indefinite strike by engineering students
Bhaddal (Ropar), October 19
Students of the Institute of Engineering and Technology at Bhaddal today went on a indefinite strike against the implementation of Regulation-2004 by the Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, just three weeks before their final examinations.

2 residential schools for girls
Bathinda, October 19
The Punjab Government will open two residential schools at Talwandi Sabo and Sangat with the help of the Centre for providing free education to girls in the 6-14 age group.

Technical fest organised
Moga, October 19
A national-level technical fest, ASTRON-2004, was held at the Lala Lajpat Rai Institute of Engineering and Technology. Students from 34 institutes of Punjab and outside the state participated in it.

Teams to monitor training in schools
Ferozepore, October 19
The Education Department has constituted tehsil-level flying squads in order to ensure that regular training is being imparted to schoolchildren.

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