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Chidambaram for corporate investment in agriculture
Ludhiana, October 31
Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram today sought corporate sector’s investment in pre and post agricultural activities and at the same time ensuring that farmers were not forced to part with their land.
PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr K.S. Aulakh leads Governor S.F. Rodrigues and Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to the university’s convocation in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr K.S. Aulakh leads Governor S.F. Rodrigues and Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to the university’s convocation in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Legal notice to SGPC officials
Amritsar, October 31
Mr Raghbir Singh, secretary, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), issued a legal notice to officers of the SGPC along the Dharam Prachar Committee (DPC) including its president and secretaries here today.

Health Dept, police fail to establish Thind’s identity
Hoshiarpur, October 31
Even after his disappearance for 21 days, the District Health department and the police here have failed to establish identity of Dr Ravinder Singh Thind, a surgeon with government rural hospital, Phuglana of this district. He has been absent from his duty since October 10, 2006, following the arrest of a doctor of the same name of Grewal Hospital at Doraha (Ludhiana) in a case of murder by the Amritsar police on October 9.



Overseas leader seeks quota for NRIs in Punjab poll
Chandigarh, October 31
Advocating voting rights for NRIs, Mr Vikramjit Bajwa, a prominent NRI from the USA and vice-president of the Indian National Overseas Congress, today called upon mainstream political parties to spare five seats each for the NRIs settled in India in the February, 2007 Punjab Assembly elections.                                    Vikramjit Bajwa

Vikramjit Bajwa

Sarpanch murdered
Gurdaspur, October 31
Harbhajan Singh, Sarpanch of Kandira village in the Shri Hargobindpur area of the district, was murdered brutally in the Mand area of the district on the banks of the Beas last evening. Harbhajan was a close aide of Mr Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa, brother of the PWD Minister, Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa.

Police finds novel way of catharsis
Batala, October 31
The Batala police is admitting to its mistakes these days. One of the Sub Inspectors, while admitting to his mistake in front of over hundred colleagues, said he was part of the police party that arrested dreaded terrorist Sukha Sipahi. They arrested the terrorist and his wife. His wife asked for permission to use the washroom. Since the local police did not have women constable it allowed her to go to the washroom unguarded.



Congress highlights achievements at ‘jan sampark’ conferences
Ludhiana/Samrala, October 31
On the first day of the jan sampark programme, launched jointly by the Punjab government and the Congress today, three conferences were organised at Samrala, Khanna and Ludhiana.

BJP leader flays Arjun’s remarks
Hoshiarpur, October 31
Mr R. P. Dhir, former chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana and vice-chairman (Legal Cell), BJP Punjab, has condemned the statement of Mr Arjun Singh, Union Human Resource Development Minister, in which the latter threatened to take action against Saraswati Shisu Mandir chain of schools.

Govt misguiding Nangal people, says BJP
Ropar, October 31
Different political parties today criticised the state government for spreading false information about the cabinet decision to grant the subdivision status to Nangal sub-tehsil. The BJP and SAD termed it an attempt by the government to misguide the people of Nangal keeping in view the coming assembly elections.


Nandgarh honours Bibi Amrit Kaur
Jalandhar, October 31
Mr Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, honoured Bibi Amrit Kaur, a daughter of late Beant Singh, an assassin of Indira Gandhi, by presenting her with a “siropa” (robe of honour) at a function organised by Dal Khalsa here today.

Protest march by physically challenged
Sangrur, October 31
The district unit of the Physically Handicapped Association, Punjab, organised a protest march, through the town and a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands by the government. During the march the protesters raised slogans to air their grievances and condemned government’s alleged indifferent attitude.



SC rejects Baba Amrik Singh’s bail plea
Chandigarh, October 31
The case registered by the Punjab Police against Baba Amrik Singh for having allegedly embezzled crores of rupees from kar seva funds took a new turn yesterday. The Supreme Court rejected his plea for interim bail.

Lawyers oppose bifurcation of dist
Gurdaspur, October 31
After Pathankot today lawyers of the Gurdaspur Bar Association struck work. While lawyers of the Pathankot Bar struck work from October 28 to 30 demanding district status for Pathankot, advocates of Gurdaspur today announced they would strike work till Saturday to oppose the bifurcation of the district.


Case registered under domestic violence Act
Chandigarh, October 31
The first case under the newly introduced law on protection of women from domestic violence was registered in Punjab today.

Man rescued from kidnappers, 2 held
Ferozepore, October 31
The police has arrested two persons for the kidnapping of Guru-harsahai businessman Babu Ram. Mr Arpit Shukla SSP said Babu Ram was kidnapped on pistol-point by unidentified persons last week and a ransom of Rs 1 crore was demanded from his family for his release. The police arrested two persons including his driver in 24 hours of the incident.

Kingpin of thieves’ gang arrested
Abohar, October 31
The city police today nabbed the kingpin of an inter-state gang, which had stolen bales of cotton from a local cotton factory. A proclaimed offender wanted in a murder case was also arrested.


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