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Terror victims against scrapping of death term
Amritsar October 24
Though Swarn Kaur’s (75) tears dried long ago following death sentence to four killers of 13 members of her family including an unborn child, yet her pain over the loss never subsided. All-India Anti-Terrorist Front chief Maninderjit Singh Bitta with Swaran Kaur who lost 18 members to terrorist violence, at a press conference in Amritsar on Monday.
All-India Anti-Terrorist Front chief Maninderjit Singh Bitta with Swaran Kaur who lost 18 members to terrorist violence, at a press conference in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

450 gm RDX seized from Hawara’s accomplice
Ropar, October 24
In a major breakthrough, the Ropar police today recovered 450gm of RDX from Kharar, a pistol and cartridges which were reportedly hidden by Gurdeep Singh, an accomplice of the main accused in Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara.

Badals declare ‘war’ on Amarinder
Alamgir (Ludhiana), October 24
Former Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal and his son, Mr Sukhbir Badal, appeared to be in aggressive mood today exhorting their workers to get ready for a war against the Congress in general and the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in particular.




State needs a revolution in education
Chandigarh, October 24
Severe criticism from Treasury and Opposition benches notwithstanding, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha at its last session passed the Lovely Professional University Bill, to take the number of universities in the state to seven, besides a deemed university (Thapar, Patiala) and a National Institute of Technology (Jalandhar).

Few takers for classical music, say Misra brothers
Kapurthala, October 24
Noted Benaras Gharana maestro, Pandit Rajan Misra, who is a postgraduate in sociology, has a rather wry observation to make about society’s sensitivity vis-à-vis classical music. “Artistes are languishing in penury,” he rues. His brother Sajan Misra, too, feels the same. “Classical music programmes are relegated to post-primetime shows. And the government also does not have artistes’ welfare high on its agenda.”
Vocalists Rajan Misra and Sajan Misra perform on the concluding day of the fourth Baba Jassa Singh Kapurthala Heritage Festival in Kapurthala on Sunday evening.
Vocalists Rajan Misra and Sajan Misra perform on the concluding day of the fourth Baba Jassa Singh Kapurthala Heritage Festival in Kapurthala on Sunday evening. —  Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Widow gets pension after 21 years
Chandigarh, October 24
It took 21 long years for the widow of a Navy sailor to get her pension sanctioned. After running from pillar to post for over two decades the sufferings of Bhinder Singh Mangat's family have finally come to an end, with his widow Harinder Kaur receiving her pension book.

Delay in paddy harvesting may not light up farmers’ Divali
Chandigarh, October 24
With Divali just seven days away, a large number of farmers of Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar and Ludhiana may not be able to celebrate the festival as their crop — paddy — is still to be harvested. It is the returns from the crop that pumps the celebrations.


Office of Majitha SSP gheraoed
Amritsar, October 24
A large number of activists of Communist and farmer organisations today gherao the SSP Majitha office in protest against alleged inaction by the police in arresting so-called Baba Lakha Singh of Gurdwara Tahli Sahib, who allegedly demolished the residence of a retired government teacher, Mr Jaswant Singh, in connivance with a Congress leader on September 25.

Power plant to be named after Beant Singh
Ludhiana, October 24
The new gas-based 1000 MW power plant being set up near Doraha would be dedicated to Beant Singh, a former Chief Minister.

Bank staff begin fast
Patiala, October 24
Employees of the State Bank of Patiala, head office, along with all zonal offices started a protest fast in front of the head office here from today on a call given by the All India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation. It will continue till October 28.


12 Punjab officers made DIGs
Jalandhar, October 24
The outright confirmation of 12 IPS officers as DIGs by the Centre has virtually put Punjab in a quandary, as the state government was still waiting to grant them not only the requisite selection grade but also promotion for reasons best known to the Home Department authorities.

No DPROs in 4 districts
Faridkot/Muktsar, October 24
The Congress government, in a hurry to fulfil its poll promises ahead of next Assembly elections, seems to have forgotten to appoint District Public Relations Officers (DPROs) in various districts of the state who could highlight its achievements properly. A drama artiste manages affairs of the DPRO office in Faridkot, while three other districts of Malwa are functioning without DPROs.

Licences of three arhtiyas suspended
Sangrur, October 24
The licences of three arhtiyas of Akbarpur procurement centre, which falls under the Bhawanigarh Market Committee, were today suspended on account for gunny bags with poor quality paddy.


9 hurt in clash
Rajpura, October 24
Nine persons were injured in a clash between the two labour unions which took place at the New Grain Market, here today, over the issue of lifting of grain sacks. Later, the police resorted to mild cane-charge in order to disperse the mob.

Body found in pool
Abohar, October 24
A body was found floating in a stagnant water pool near southern boundary wall of the abandoned Shree Bhawani Cotton Mills here today. The victim appeared to be of 20-22 years, official sources said today.


PTU, GND varsity close gates on Rai varsity students
Gurdaspur, October 24
Notwithstanding the SC order Guru Nanak Dev University and Punjab Technical University (PTU) are not accepting students of Rai University. The Supreme Court had issued orders for the closure of Rai University and directed other universities to accept affected students.

Dr Ravi Baba Farid varsity VC
Chandigarh, October 24
The Governor of Punjab, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today cleared the appointment of Dr Ravinder Ravi, a former Principal of Government Medical College, Patiala, as
Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.


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