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Mohit enjoys luxuries in custody
He has been kept in an AC room and his food is brought from hotel
Alleged mastermind of the recent diamond robbery Mohit Sharma being taken to a Phillaur court on Wednesday. Phillaur, October 15
Alleged mastermind of the robbery of diamonds worth Rs 3.52 crore and son of SSP (Vigilance), Patiala, Mohit Sharma is being provided all comforts in police custody at the Phillaur police station.
Alleged mastermind of the recent diamond robbery Mohit Sharma being taken to a Phillaur court on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Badal hits back at Captain
Ludhiana, October 15
Calling Capt Amarinder Singh a “deflated football”, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said he did not want to waste time by commenting on him.

MCI takes notice of doc-drug firms nexus
To formulate guidelines for physicians
Ludhiana, October 15
Free jaunts and cash benefits to doctors from pharmaceutical companies across the country have come to the notice of the Medical Council of India (MCI). The major things under the MCI scanner, following a communication from the Central government, include cash and gifts from pharmaceutical companies, promotion of certain products, free air tickets and free sojourns.



Acid Attack on Rape Victim
Special team to probe incident
Moga, October 15
Even as no arrests have been made for the recent acid attack on the alleged rape victim of nearby Ghal Kalan village, the police has constituted a special team to investigate the incident.

Hailstorm damages crop
Paddy crop flattened by heavy rains and (right) gunny bags filled with paddy lying wet in the grain market in Gurdaspur district. Shri Hargobind Pur (Gurdaspur), October 15
Heavy rains accompanied by hailstorms and squall, which hit this border district late last night, has left a trail of destruction as far as paddy crop is concerned.

Paddy crop flattened by heavy rains and (right) gunny bags filled with paddy lying wet in the grain market in Gurdaspur district. A Tribune photograph

Cop’s reversion to ASI’s post

Govt can correct bona fide mistake: HC

Chandigarh, October 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has virtually passed strictures against a former director-general of the Punjab police for his role in granting an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) out-of-turn promotion to the inspector’s post.


Youth Akalis threaten to gherao Sonia
Chandigarh, October 15
Youth Akali Dal (YAD) patron Bikram Singh Majithia today warned the Union government to immediately announce increase in MSP of paddy to Rs 1,000 per quintal retrospectively, announce Rs 300 bonus coupled with lifting of ban on non-basmati rice to mitigate the sufferings of paddy farmers or face gherao by the angry peasantry of the state.

Sidhu hails Cong invite to PM
Amritsar, October 15
BJP MP from here Navjot Singh Sidhu today hailed District Congress Committee (Urban and Rural) resolution inviting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to contest Lok Sabha election from Amritsar.


Gurdaspur-Delhi train flagged off
Pathankot, October 15
Three towns of Gurdaspur district, Pathankot, Gurdaspur and Batala, have been linked to Delhi with the commissioning of a super-fast train here today.

Higher moisture, unwilling rice millers hurdles, says FCI
Chandigarh, October 15
Slow procurement of paddy by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) seems to be adding to woes of the Punjab government which has stepped up pressure on its procurement agencies and senior bureaucrats to ensure procurement of all paddy arriving in the mandis.

Steps to make journey by Samjhauta comfortable
Amritsar, October 15
Steps will be taken to ensure a comfortable journey by rail to Pakistan and vice versa through Samjhauta Express, said Ferozepur divisional railway manager Satish Kumar here today.

Child marriage prevented, 5 detained
Bathinda, October 15
The police here today rounded up a bridegroom (35), his first wife, mother, the 12-year-old bride-to-be and her mother and took in its possession articles of dowry.

Bank team studies tourism development facilities
Gurdaspur, October 15
A multiple disciplinary team of Asian Development Bank (ADB), headed by Michal Green, has started touring various places in Punjab to study the feasibility of various projects prepared by the state government to make it one of the world-class tourist destinations.

Barnala celebrates Shory’s victory
Barnala, October 15
Festive mood gripped the area and residents started celebrating as soon as the news of the victory of Devinder Shory in the parliamentary elections of Canada reached here today.
Jaswant Singh Gill
Jaswant Singh Gill

Hero in Bengal, unknown in hometown
Amritsar, October 15
The only living recipient of India’s highest civilian gallantry award, Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak (SJRP), from the President of India, Jaswant Singh Gill (69), who is cosidered a hero in Bengal for scripting a “saga of courage” by rescuing 65 coal miners trapped in a colliery to safety, has been living as an ordinary person in his hometown here.

CM reviews position of DAP supply
Chandigarh, October 15
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urged the Union government to ensure timely supply of DAP as per the state’s demand in view of ensuing rabi 2008-09. While reviewing the position with regard to the availability of DAP here late last evening, Badal directed the state chief secretary and financial commissioner development to regularly monitor the supply and also keep liaison with the Department of Fertilisers for uninterrupted and adequate supply of DAP.

Two IAS, 6 PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, October 15
The Punjab government today transferred two IAS and six PCS officers. Among the IAS officers Manashvi Kumar ADC (Dev), Gurdaspur has been posted ADC and ADC (Dev), Hoshiarpur and Basant Garg, SDM, Muktsar becomes SDM, Roopnagar.

Team collects samples of Swan water
Nangal, October 15
A day after the reports of the Swan rivulet being polluted by industrial units in Hiamchal Pradesh were highlighted, a team of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) collected samples from the rivulet.

Mullanpur Garibdass Land Row
DC recommends review of mutations
Chandigarh, October 15
The deputy commissioner of SAS Nagar has recommended a review of mutations of over 500 acre of land of village Mullanpur Garibdass. The land costs over Rs 1,000 crore and its shares are said to be owned by a Haryana politician along with some influential persons of Punjab.

Work on Goindwal Sahib power plant begins
Patiala, October 15
Work on the 540 MW Goindwal Sahib thermal power plant will begin on October 18 after Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal performs the ground-breaking ceremony.

Bhattal seeks funds for MLAs on Central pattern
Chandigarh, October 15
Congress Legislature Party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, while condemning the arrest of party legislator Sukhpal Khaira on Sunday, has urged the government to follow the Central pattern on the issue of disbursing grants to Assembly constituencies.

Educational tribunals yet to function in Punjab
Chandigarh, October 15
It’s a classic case of how the state machinery functions even in sensitive matters. The State of Punjab was issued notice in 2004 on the issue of constituting educational tribunals for the employees of private unaided technical educational institutes. Even after a lapse of almost four years, the tribunals are yet to become fully functional.

Govt asks IGP to exercise restraint
Chandigarh, October 15
The Punjab government has taken notice of the ongoing tussle between its senior-most officers by asking IGP Sanjeev Gupta to exercise restraint while complaining about colleagues even as it has been decided that the DGP or ADGP will investigate a private complaint received against him recently.

Youth shot dead at Punjabi varsity festival
Patiala, October 15
In a gang warfare, a youth was shot dead at the Punjabi University Youth Festival being held at the Prof Gursewak Singh Memorial Physical College of Education here today.

Woman, kids die in roof collapse
Nangal, October 15
A woman and her two children were killed when the roof of their house collapsed due to strong winds early this morning. Bhago Devi, a resident of Tappriyan Majra Manglur village, was sleeping in her kutcha house with her husband and five children. In the incident, Bhago, her five-year-old daughter Charanjit and two-year-old son Sat Kartar were killed. Her husband Subhash, who is a truck driver, and three daughters survived the tragedy.—TNS



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