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Talwandi, Tohra hold meeting
Amritsar, October 22
In a significant development, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, SGPC chief and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, held a closed-door meeting at the SGPC-run dental college.

Sacrilege: Panthic Morcha to set up people’s panel
Ludhiana, October 22
The Panthic Morcha will set up people’s commission, comprising three retired judges of high court, if Mr Parkash Singh Badal does not accept the three-member commission, set up by Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, president of the SGPC, to probe the incidents of burning of “birs” of Guru Granth Sahib and the sacrilege of the same in Punjab.

High priests approved probe panel: Talwandi
Mr Jagdev Singh TalwandiAmritsar, October 22
The SGPC chief, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, today asserted that the three-member probe panel appointed to look into the burning of holy “birs” was set up in consultation with the Sikh high priests, the Dharam Parchar Committee and executive committee of the SGPC.

Government steps to tackle bio-terrorism threat
Chandigarh, October 22
The Punjab Government has tied up with leading institutions to deal with threats pertaining to bio-terrorism. The state government has put the authorities at Punjab Agricultural University, the Punjab Pollution Control Board and the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology on alert in this connection. 




BJP leaders do stock-taking
Chandigarh, October 22
The Punjab BJP leadership today reviewed the religio-political and socio-economic situation in the state besides the arrangements for the forthcoming meeting of the National Executive in Amritsar on November 2 and 3.


Sarpanches not in real sense
Patiala, October 22
It has been nearly three years since Lakhwinder Kaur of Kalla Bhaini village in the Patiala district was elected Sarpanch but she has still to learn anything about the running of the panchayat. She doesn’t really need to as the whole work is taken care of by her husband Balkar Singh, who for all practical purposes is referred to as the “sarpanch”.

No state honours for martyr
Jaffal Jhingar (Jalandhar), October 22
A pall of gloom has descended over this tiny village with the spreading of the news about the death of a local youth Manjit Singh who made the supreme sacrifice while fighting ULFA militants at Dibrugarh in Assam on Saturday morning.

The anthrax scare has forced postal employees to take precautionary measures
The anthrax scare has forced postal employees to take precautionary measures to sort out letters at the Jalandhar Railway Mail Service branch on Monday. 
— PTI photo

PCMSA flays move to privatise health services
Sangrur, October 22
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association has condemned the move of the Punjab Government to allow private entrepreneurs to set up diagnostic centres (clinical laboratories) in government hospitals and community health centres in the state.

Enclosure awaits panthers

About a year ago, an enclosure intended to house a pair of panthers was inaugurated by Mr Surjit Kumar Jyani, Punjab’s Minister of Wildlife, in the deer park of the Bir Moti Bagh sanctuary. The enclosure still awaits the arrival of panthers.

Badal, Dhindsa to call on PM today
Chandigarh, October 22
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, accompanied by the Union Chemicals and Fertlisers Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, will call on the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, tomorrow to ensure his participation in the concluding function of the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh on November 13 at Amritsar.

Yoga camp held for cops
Bathinda, October 22
Prof M. Lal, a renowned yoga trainer, conducted an orientation camp for the Punjab Police jawans here late last evening. Dr Jatinder Jain, SSP, who inaugurated the camp, said a medical examination of the police personnel was conducted in the recent past and most of them were found to be suffering from hypertension, obesity, nervousness and diabetes.

Gratuity rates for prisoners raised
Chandigarh, October 22
The Punjab Government today revised the gratuity rates paid to prisoners in lieu of work done by them in jails.


‘Desi’ cotton getting high price
Bathinda, October 22
Even as the production estimates of cotton crop in North India, comprising Punjab, Haryana, Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh circles of Rajasthan, have been coming down day by day, the prices of desi variety of cotton have been showing upward trend due to increase in its demand in domestic and international markets.

EPZ for basmati sought
Chandigarh, October 22
Mr D.S. Bains, Managing Director of the Punjab Markfed, has called for the establishment of an export processing zone in the state for promoting the export of basmati rice. Markfed has already engaged a Dutch company, M/s Cebeco, as consultant for undertaking the study as a part of the Punjab Government’s programme for setting up an export promotion zone.


Voter list revision from Nov 3
Chandigarh, October 22
The Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, Mr Gurjit Singh Cheema, said today that a special revision of the voter lists would start on November 3 in the state. Announcing the schedule in this connection, he said that the voter lists would be published on November 3. 

Term of planning panel extended


CBI warrants against DSP, 2 others
Patiala, October 22
A local CBI court today issued non-bailable warrants against a DSP and two other police officials, including an Inspector and a Sub-Inspector, in a case involving the disappearance of Sant Chanan Singh and five of his relatives during 1993. The next date of hearing, against DSP Gurmeet Singh, Inspector Sube Singh and Sub-Inspector Sukhdev Raj Joshi, has been set for November 19.

Lost children recovered
Rajpura, October 22
A police party headed by ASI Sukhdev Singh of Kasturba Chowki, Rajpura, handed over three lost children to their parents. Manoj (9), Kamal (7) and Satta (6) had disappeared on October 19.

Travel agent disappears with lakhs of rupees
Rajpura, October 22
A travel agent, Sanjeev Kumar, who allegedly lured people with promises of sending them abroad, has reportedly disappeared with lakhs of rupees. A complaint in this regard was registered with the police by Ms Swaran Kaur of Guru Arjan Dev Colony, Rajpura.


Held for cheating PMT candidate
Bathinda, October 22
The district police today arrested Gurdev Singh Ronana for allegedly cheating Ms Nidhi Sukhija of Rs 50,000 by promising to get her admission to a medical college in the Pre-Medical Test conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Zonal youth festival begins
Ferozepore, October 22
The Panjab University zonal youth festival started here today at the DAV College for Women with more than 500 participants from various colleges of the region. Mrs Kiranjeet Saiyunwala, a social worker, and Mr Ashok Gupta, president, Municipal Committee, Ferozepore were the guests of honour.

Tiny tots bloom in fancy dresses
A fancy dress competition and group dances presented by Mukat Public School saw tiny tots dressed as unrecognisable creatures. The school wore a festive look with excited toddlers waiting for their turn on the stage. Mrs Gayatri Kaushal, Principal of the school, inaugurated the competition. Among more than 80 participants were “dancers”, “snowgirls”, “drunkards”, but the most popular ones were George Bush and Osama bin Laden. There were five Osamas.

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