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Gurdev Badal may be summoned
Amritsar, October 7
Akal Takht may summon Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, senior vice-president of the SAD and Cabinet minister, his son Kewal Singh Badal, junior vice-president, SGPC, Mr Amrik Singh Aliwal, a former MP, Mr Buta Singh, a former Union minister, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, a former minister and other leaders of various political parties for having links with Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara who has been excommunicated.

Panthic Morcha to seek CM’s dismissal
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 7
The Panthic Morcha has decided to organise “Khalsa march” on October 17 from Fatehgarh Sahib to Chandigarh under the aegis of Akal Takht and the Sant Samaj and submit a memorandum to the Governor demanding dismissal of the Badal Government for failure to protect the ‘Guru’ of the Sikhs, said Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht addressing a gathering at Tarkhan Majra village today at the Bhog ceremony in connection with the desecration at Tarkhan Majra place of worship.

Puran Singh sees plot to  kill him
Amritsar, October 7
Giani Puran Singh, Head Granthi of the Golden Temple and former Jathedar, Akal Takht, has alleged that there was a conspiracy to kill him after a murderous attack on Baba Mangal Singh Satlani, acting president of the Gurmat Gurbani Parcharak Sant Samaj, on October 4.


File photo of Giani Puran Singh, Head Granthi, Golden Temple, with late Baba Mangal Singh Satlani. — Picture by Rajiv Sharma

SAD calls for ardas on October 14
Chandigarh, October 7
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal today charged the Congress with acts of sacrilege aimed at disturbing peace and communal harmony in Punjab with an eye on the next Assembly elections.





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Badal asks all political parties to unite
Kharar, October 7
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, has appealed to the leaders of all political parties not to take political benefits from the incidents of sacrilege at some places recently and should join hands in fighting those forces who wanted to disturb peace in the state.

Banned book in circulation
Amritsar, October 7
Even as the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, has written to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to ban ‘Purkh Guru’ authored by Mehar Singh and published by Namdhari Darbar, Bhaini Sahib (Ludhiana), the controversial book is still in circulation. However, the Namdhari sect has claimed that it has not published the new edition of the book.

PPCC chief for judicial probe into sacrilege
Patiala, October 7
A judicial commission under the observation of a high court judge should be set up in the state to probe the “deep-rooted conspiracy” behind the recent acts of sacrilege committed at various places.

Paddy scam: CBI indicts 11 FCI officials
Chandigarh, October 7
The Central Bureau of Investigation has indicted 11 officials of the Food Corporation of India for their role in the 1994-95 paddy scam in which paddy worth crores of rupees was allegedly pilfered, causing a huge loss to the exchequer.

Controversy over MP Fund distribution
Bathinda, October 7
A controversy has erupted following the change made in the pattern of distribution of funds of a member of Parliament, Mr Bhan Singh Bhora, allocated under the MP Local Area Development Fund (MPLADF), between Bathinda and Mansa districts, by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr R. Venkat Ratnam.

COMMUNITY

Marriage palace flouts norms
Bathinda, October 7
Six years back ignorance of safety measures cost hundreds of students their lives when a fire break turned into a major tragedy at a marriage palace at Dabwali. But it seems a local marriage palace has not learnt any lesson from the tragedy and is making the same mistake.

200 TB patients adopted
Jalandhar, October 7
As many as 200 poor persons afflicted with TB were adopted by the north zone unit of the Indian Chest Society for treatment free of cost during a function held at the local Ranjit Hospital today.

10 pc villagers face risk of blindness
Ropar, October 7
About 10 per cent of the rural population in the age group 30-40 in the rural areas of this district are suffering from corneal opacity, a disease which if not detected at an early stage, leads to permanent blindness. This was stated by Dr Charanjit Singh, who has organised several eye check-up camps in the area, and was at Passiwal village near Nangal, today to organise another such camp.

Kargil heroes, families honoured
Kapurthala, October 7
The Jai Jawan Welfare Society, an NGO, organised a function at Jagjiwan Hall of the local Sainik School yesterday to honour Kargil heroes and their families.

Long delay in park development
Pathankot
A park named after Capt Gurbachan Singh Salaria, a Param Vir Chakra winner, has not been developed here even years after its setting up was announced by the authorities.

CM for joint efforts on AIDS awareness
Amritsar, October 7
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at a national conference on the HIV and AIDS here has called for a joint effort by social organisations and the government to spread awareness among the people about the AIDS.

Union’s threat to gherao MLAs, ministers
Bathinda, October 7
The Punjab State Ministerial Services Union has threatened to gherao Punjab ministers and MLAs if the state government did not implement the already accepted demands of the union.

Auditorium stone laid in memory of writersThakur Udhe Singh of namdhari sect lays foundation stone of auditorium being constructed in memory of legendry punjbi writers Gurbax Singh and Nanak Singh at Preet Nagar (Amritsar) on Sunday.
Amritsar, October 7
Foundation stone of an auditorium in memory of noted Punjabi writers Gurbax Singh “Preetlari” and Nanak Singh “Navalkar” was laid at Preet Nagar by Thakur Uday Singh namdhari here today.

Thakur Udhe Singh of the Namdhari sect lays the foundation stone of the auditorium at Preet Nagar (Amritsar) on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Centre’s hands tied on Kashmir: BJP
Bathinda, October 7
Mr Sangh Priya Gautam, national general secretary of the BJP, while stating that political compulsions of the BJP-led coalition government at the Centre were responsible for the non-solution of the Kashmir problem, claimed that the Centre had been successful in creating a favourable atmosphere at the international level towards the Indian viewpoint.

Colonies lack basic amenities
Patiala, October 7
The Residents’ Welfare Associations (RWA) of the New Mehar Singh colony and the Mehar Singh colony have strongly resented the attitude of the Municipal Corporation.

‘Regular check-up after 50 must’
Bathinda, October 7
Regular medical examination of all those who have crossed 50 years of age is must to overcome prostate diseases. This was stated by Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, a pioneer in laparoscopic removal of kidney stone in the country and the Head of the Urology and Transplant unit of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, while delivering keynote address at a seminar held on the topic of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by the Physician Forum, here last night.

AGRICULTURE

Shanta satisfied with procurement pace
Pathankot, October 7
Mr Shanta Kumar, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, said here today, new foodgrain policy was in the offing as the Prof Abhijeet Sen expert committee is formed for the purpose would submit its report shortly.

Plea to raise MSP of wheat, paddy
Moga, October 7
General secretaries of the Punjab unit of the Bhartiya Kisan Union today urged the government to increase the maximum support price (MSP) of wheat to Rs 912 per quintal and of paddy to Rs 720 per quintal taking into consideration the unprecedented rise in prices of insecticides and other inputs.

Lok Adalat for farmers soon
Bathinda, October 7
Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman, Punjab Legal Services Authority, today said a special Lok Adalat to settle disputes of commission agents and farmers in connection with loans would be organised in Muktsar district shortly.

CRIME

Fake currency seized, one held
Jalandhar, October 7
The special cell of the district police today arrested a person dealing in counterfeit Indian currency and seized fake notes worth Rs 1.20 lakh from his possession.

Opium seized

Man kills father over land dispute

Jacob to honour toppers
SAS Nagar, October 7
The first three toppers in the middle, matriculation and senior secondary examinations during the past three years will be honoured by the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at a function to be held on the Punjab School Education Board premises on October 16.Top

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