Thursday, October 4, 2001,
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Octroi row may hit govt’s poll prospects
Bathinda, October 3
Even though Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is leaving no stone unturned to bring the SAD-BJP alliance in power in Punjab again, the issue relating to the abolition of octroi may snowball into a major disadvantage for the ruling combine in the coming Assembly elections.

22 followers of Bhaniara guru arrested
Tension in Tarkhan Majra village
Ludhiana, October 3
In a crackdown on followers of the controversial Bhaniara Guru, the Jagraon and Ludhiana police have arrested at least 22 persons from different places as a preventive measure for maintaining law and order in the region.

Protesters burn an effigy of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara in the main chowk of Machhiwara on Wednesday. Protesters burn an effigy of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara in the main chowk of Machhiwara on Wednesday.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Tarlochan writes to envoys
Chandigarh, October 3
Disturbed at the growing incidents of assault on Sikhs, both in Australia and New Zealand, the vice-chairman of the National Minorities Commission, Mr Tarlochan Singh, has in separate letters to the High Commissioners of the two countries in New Delhi urged them to approach their respective governments to ensure the safety of Sikhs.

9000 students await roll numbers
Patiala, October 3
As many as 9000 students due to appear for the forthcoming BA supplementary examination of Punjabi University starting from October 18 face an uncertain future as the varsity authorities are still to start work on the conduct of the examination due to the refusal by certain staff members to do computerised programming of the cut list of the candidates.

13 sarpanches defect to SAD
Ferozepore, October 3
The state government will spend an additional sum of Rs 50 crore on the development of the border areas of Ferozepore, Amritsar and Gurdaspur. This was stated today by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal after the inauguration of a modern bus stand at Zira built by Markfed at an estimated cost of Rs 2.23 crore.


Poor ‘to pay’ 20 pc cost of encroached land
Faridkot, October 3
The Punjab Government will charge 20 per cent of the total cost of the land encroached upon by the weaker sections of the society to rehabilitate them. The amount will be charged in five equal instalments This was stated by the Punjab Agricultural Minister, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, while laying the foundation stone of a middle school building at the local Sanjay Nagar basti last evening.

Posts source of corruption: panel
Bathinda, October 3
The National Consumer Awareness Group, Muktsar, has said that the octroi posts throughout the state have become a source of corruption. Therefore, the state government should put up its case in the high court convincingly so that the stay order on the abolition of octroi should be withdrawn.

BJP workers block traffic
Ropar, October 3
At least 200 BJP workers today blocked traffic on the Nangal-Chandigarh road, near Bhanoopli, for about an hour to protest against the alleged police inaction in a case involving Manohar Lal, a Dalit of Daroli village. The BJP workers, which included Dalit sarpanches of 10 villages of the Nangal constituency, sat on a dharna on the road.

Telecom Dept under fire
HE functioning of the Telecom Department has come under severe criticism due to non-issuance of telephone connections to applicants for over 18 months since Mr Gel Chand assumed charge as General Manager of the Pathankot circle.

Trader killed in J&K cremated
Amritsar, October 3
Naresh Kapoor, a cloth merchant who was killed in terrorist attack on the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on October 1, was cremated here today. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.

AISSF to observe ‘shaheedi divas’
Chandigarh, October 3
The All-India Sikh Students Federation will observe “shaheedi divas” on October 9 at Akal Takht. It will be dedicated to Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha, who were hanged in the General Vaidya murder case.


Farmers shifting paddy to Khanna
Ludhiana, October 3
The ‘smooth procurement’ claims of the state government have come under cloud as due to the non-procurement of paddy farmers from Ludhiana and several markets of the Doaba belt today headed towards Khanna grain market, where they expect early procurement.

Monitoring procurement on computers
Fatehgarh Sahib
Procurement of paddy has started in the district and for the first time the process is being monitored on computers. Subdivisional and block offices and important procurement centres have been linked through the Internet and e-mail to provide the necessary information to the district administration.

FCI not meeting procurement target
Bathinda, October 3
Although 1,58,111 metric tonnes of paddy have been procured in various purchase centres of the district till yesterday, the Food Corporation of India has failed to meet its procurement target.

Licences of 5 commission agents cancelled
Faridkot, October 3
The district administration has cancelled the licences of five commission agents for committing various irregularities in the purchase of paddy in the district. They include Jaildar Trading Company and Lakhvir Chand and Sons, Sadiq, Gurtej Singh and Ajay Trading Company, Mehmuana, and Tehaldas Naresh Kumar, Kotkapura.


211 kg of poppy husk seized
Bathinda, October 3
The district police has seized 211 kg of poppy husk from a place near Kotha Guru village and arrested a man in this connection.
Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, said in a press note issued here today that a police party on patrol arrested Dara Singh of Kotha Guru village and seized the poppy husk from his possession. 

Two arrested on charge of abduction
Sangrur, October 3
The Dhuri police has arrested Amrik Singh of Bhalwan village and Rajdip Singh of Farwahi village, who were allegedly involved in the abduction of Tejpal Singh (14), a son of Mr Bikar Singh, a teacher. The boy was abducted in the last week of August this year. Later, the abductors released the boy after receiving a ransom of Rs 4 lakh.

Woman raped, murdered
Patiala, October 3
In a gruesome incident, a 24-year-old woman, who had been married for four years, was allegedly raped and murdered by a friend of her husband, who inflicted 20 stab injuries on her neck, chest and abdomen around midnight yesterday.


VC’s assurance to management school
Patiala, October 3
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, today said the demands raised by the Punjab School of Management Studies would certainly get his full attention and support.

288 schoolchildren participate in contests
Dera Bassi, October 3
As many as 288 students from 13 Saravhitkari Vidya Mandir of the Patiala division participated in a three-day “Kala Parav”, which concluded at Senior Secondary Saravhitkari Vidya Mandir, here today.

Students participate in mehandi contest during the three-day ‘Kala-Parav’ organised at Senior Secondary Saravhitkari Vidya Mandir at Dera Bassi on Wednesday.

Students participate in mehandi contest during the three-day ‘Kala-Parav’ organised at Senior Secondary Saravhitkari Vidya Mandir at Dera Bassi on Wednesday.

Students perform giddha to mark the annual day function of Deepmala Public School at Dera Bassi on Wednesday.

Minister honours schoolchildren
Dera Bassi, October 3
To improve Indian education standard, an urgent change in education system is required. Vocational and technical education should be implemented in almost every school, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister, while addressing a gathering at the 6th annual prize distribution function of Deepmala Public School, here today.
Students perform giddha to mark the annual day function of Deepmala Public School at Dera Bassi on Wednesday.

Rashtriya Gaurav Award for engineer
Patiala, October 3
Mr Rajbir Jindal, a city-based engineer and fellow of the Institute of Engineers, has been awarded the Rashtriya Gaurav Award by the International Institute of Success Awareness for his outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of engineering.

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