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Appear at Akal Takht, accused leaders told
Anandpur Sahib, October 8
Sikhs who kept association with Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, even after he was ousted from the panth by the then Akal Takht chief, Bhai Ranjit Singh, have been directed to appear before Akal Takht for violating the “hukamnana”.

G.S. TohraQuit post, Tohra urges Talwandi
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 8
Jathedar G.S. Tohra, president, SHSAD, today praised Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, president, SGPC, for walking out from a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the SAD on the issue of sacrilege yesterday.

Morcha accuses Vedanti of ‘indifference’
Anandpur Sahib, October 8
Members of the executive committee of the SGPC, associated with the Panthic Morcha, at a press conference held here today, accused the Akal Takht Jathedar, Joginder Singh Vedanti, of taking the incidents of sacrilege lightly.

SHSAD questions CM on ‘Bir’ issue
Chandigarh, October 8
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, Chandigarh unit, today flayed the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for not showing any concern about the burning of “Birs” in a few villages of the state.

SSF (United) team to submit report today
Ludhiana, October 8
The joint fact-finding team of various splinter groups of the All-India Sikh Students’ Federations owing allegiance to the SAD is likely to stir a hornet’s nest with its report being submitted to the Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, at Amritsar tomorrow at the time of bhog ceremony of Sukha and Jinda, who were executed for the assassination of Gen Vaidya.



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Badal afraid of truth: Amarinder
Rampuraphul, October 8
The Punjab Congress chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, today alleged that the state Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, was not instituting a judicial probe into the recent incidents of burning of ‘birs’ in various parts of Punjab because he (Mr Badal) was afraid of truth.

Parkash Singh BadalCong behind acts of sacrilege: CM
Dirba (Sangrur), October 8
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, held “sangat darshan” here today and distributed grants worth Rs 2.80 crore among 87 villages of the Dirba Assembly constituency for various development works.

BJP leaders hold meeting
Amritsar, October 8
A meeting of BJP leaders from six Assembly constituencies of Ferozepore, Fazilka, Abohar, Amritsar (Central North) and Amritsar (West) was held here today under the chairmanship of Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, administrative in charge of these constitutencies, and Mr Avinash Jaiswal, organisational in charge and general secretary of Punjab BJP. 

PTV blacks out anti-govt protests
Amritsar, October 8
While the electronic media all over the world beamed widespread protests in Quetta, Peshawar and other parts of Pakistan, viewers of the PTV were totally in dark about these happenings in the country.

Radar surveillance beefed up
Rajasansi, October 8
In view of enhanced threat perceptions following last night’s US attacks on Afghanistan, the Indian Air Force, stationed in this border district, has started round-the-clock radar surveillance as opposed to earlier “as per requirement” aerial radar surveillance in normal peace-time operations.

Administrative reshuffle in Punjab
Chandigarh, October 8
In a major administrative reshuffle at least 14 IAS officers were given new postings in Punjab today. The new Principal Secretary, Finance, is Mr P. K. Verma. He replaces Mr K. R. Lakhanpal, now posted as Presiding Officer, State Colleges Tribunal and State Schools Tribunal, vice Mrs Gurbinder Kaur Chahal.

POLITICS

BJP takes credit for OBC quota
Bathinda, October 8
Mr Sangh Priya Gautam, BJP national general secretary, today said the Other Backward Classes were given the benefits of reservation by the BJP and other parties were only cashing in on the caste issue.

COMMUNITY

Oppn propaganda on octroi baseless: Tandon
Gurdaspur, October 8
Mr Balramji Das Tandon, Local Bodies Minister, talking to mediapersons at Taragarh, 20 km from here, yesterday said the SAD-BJP government had taken a policy decision to abolish octroi in the state. The government has moved an application before the Punjab and Haryana High Court for vacation of the stay on the abolition and as soon as the stay is vacated, the government would enforce its decision, he added.

Baba Banda Bahadur award for Amarinder
Chandigarh, October 8
The Baba Banda Bahadur award will be given this year to Capt Amarinder Singh, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

Plea to set up manpower export centres
Faridkot, October 8
All-India Lok Bhalai Party has urged upon the Central Government to set up manpower export cooperation centres in Punjab to send youths abroad to earn their livelihood.

Patwar union stages dharna
Amritsar, October 8
A state-level dharna of the Revenue Patwar Union was staged outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today. Patwar Union members from Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur on the call of the local Patwar Union protested against the non-acceptance of their demands.

Govt to honour martyrs
Moga, October 8
The Punjab Government has decided to give state honours to those martyrs who lost their life while fighting terrorism in the country. The names of the institutions and other complexes situated in their respective villages would be named after them. 

AGRICULTURE

Farmers ‘happy’ over paddy procurement
Bathinda, October 8
The Punjab Government has been making all efforts to make paddy procurement smooth to the satisfaction of farmers of the state. Stating this here today, former Union Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said that procurement, lifting and storage operations were coordinated by the state and central agencies in a way that farmers faced no problem at the purchase centres.

IFFCO to insure farmers, kin
Abohar, October 8
IFFCO and KRIBHCO are committed to bring awareness among farmers all over India regarding personal and equipment insurance to ensure economic and social security for them and their families.

ADMINISTRATION

Punjab creates 9 posts of SP
Ludhiana, October 8
While the Punjab government has banned the recruitment of lower-level police personnel citing financial crisis as reason, it has, in a surprise move created nine new posts of Superintendent of Police in three districts, besides approving, in principle, the continuation of 18 more such posts in the state, which were declared as abolished recently.

CRIME

8 held for narcotics smuggling
Bathinda, October 8
Eight persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of narcotics. At least 8 kg of poppy husk and 54 litres of illicit liquor were seized from their possession, according to the police here today. Gurjant Singh, resident of Giana in the district, was arrested for allegedly possessing 8 kg of poppy husk. 

Arrested for selling fake gold biscuits
Bathinda, October 8
The police has busted a gang selling fake gold biscuits from a local jewellary shop and arrested Prithvi Raj alias Titu, for his involvement in it. Two other members of the gang are still at large.

Pimp, 2 women arrested
Bathinda, October 8
The police claims to have unearthed a brothel being run at a house in the local Bhagu road area and arrested a pimp Rajveer Kaur. According to information, Rajveer Kaur has been staying there for the past about eight months.
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