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Mail from Pak being x-rayed
Chandigarh, October 24
The Department of Post, Punjab, has asked the Customs Department to put the land mail coming from Pakistan at Amritsar through X-ray to prevent attempts to send letter bombs.

Another Army officer gets letter
Bathinda, October 24
Another letter suspected of containing anthrax powder landed here yesterday. The letter received by a senior military official was immediately handed over to the police and later to the Civil Hospital authorities for chemical examination.

CISF to be deployed at airport today
Rajasansi (Amritsar), October 24
Rajasansi Airport will get an added boost with the formal induction of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel tomorrow. More than 130 personnel belonging to the anti-hijacking security wing of the CISF have already pitched bases here.

Give justice to Punjab on river waters: Cong
Chandigarh, October 24
The president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Capt Amarinder Singh, here today urged the Union Government to do justice to Punjab regarding the allocation of share from river waters.



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EARLIER STORIES

 
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in a meeting with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in a meeting with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at his residence on Tuesday evening to discuss some important development projects of Punjab and  the bi-centenary celebration of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Govt makes mockery of job offer
Terrorist victims left high and dry
Amritsar, October 24
The abolition of vacant posts in government departments has made a mockery of government claims of giving jobs to terrorists-affected dependants. Jobs were denied after vacancies were abolished following the expiry of a six-month period within which these individuals were eligible for the jobs.

Publisher, authors of Bhaniara granth arrested
Ropar, October 24
The police has claimed to have arrested the publisher and authors of the Bhav Sagar Samundar granth of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara. The SSP, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, said the controversial granth was initially recorded on tapes.

Harpreet case transferred
New Delhi, October 24
The sensational murder case of Harpreet Kaur, daughter of former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Bibi Jagir Kaur, has been transferred to a Sessions Court in Patiala, CBI sources said here today.

POLITICS

Political scene hots up in Sirhind
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 24
Hectic political activities have begun in the district, with the declaration of ‘sangat darshan’ programme of the Chief Minister for Sirhind constituency to be held on October 31. Different warring factions of the SAD (B) have geared up their activities and are mobilising their supporters.

Tohra begins poll campaign
Patiala, October 24
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, virtually launched his party’s election campaign by addressing a gathering at Balbehra village in the Dakala Assembly segment, near here today.

COMMUNITY

50 drug addicts die in 2 years
Amritsar, October 24
At least 50 drug addicts have died in two years in Chhehrta township, near here. The town is worse than Maqboolpura, a suburb of Amritsar known as a “locality of widows” due to the death of a number of breadwinners in a period of five years.

No bridge for past six months
Bathinda, October 24
Putting up a signboard “Drive slow, bridge is damaged” near a narrow, weak and temporary bridge is all that the authorities have done so far in place of proper bridge on the Behman distributary on the Bathinda-Malout national highway, which had collapsed about six months ago.

Ravi Kant died of drowning: SSP
Sangrur, October 24
Refuting the allegations levelled by the protesters at a rally organised by the Ravi Kant Murder Action Committee on October 20 at Dhuri, Mr Jatinder Singh Aulakh, local SSP, on Monday said he was neither bowing to any political pressure nor was there any such pressure on him from any quarter to hush up the case.

Again, no buyers for HIG flats
Patiala, October 24
The High Income Group (HIG) flats constructed by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) in Urban Estate, phase two, continue to be jinxed with PUDA failing to dispose them off despite inviting applications for their sale for the second time recently.

IN FOCUS
An uncommissioned fountain
Patiala
More than a year ago, the Municipal Corporation decided to construct a water feature with a fountain in Tripri township. The water feature is ready but the fountain is yet to be installed.

Channi clarifies to Akal Takht
Amritsar, October 24
In a significant development, Mr Iqbal Singh Tiwana, political secretary to Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, chief of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), and Mr Charnjit Singh Channi, chief, Khalsa Action Committee, today submitted clarifications to the Akal Takht secretariat separately and desired to undergo any “tankhah” if found guilty by the Sikh high priests.

Talwandi wasn’t target: Vedanti
Amritsar, October 24
Even as Mr Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht, has clarified that the joint appeal issued by the five Sikh High Priests on October 12 for not making “baseless allegations” against anybody henceforth was not targeted at Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, yet the Panthic crisis is unlikely to be defused in the near future.

‘Directive on unity not hukamnama’
Amritsar, October 24
Even as Mr Kulwant Singh, a former SGPC secretary, has sought a written clarification from Akal Takht on the “validity” of the directive issued by the then Jathedar Akal Takht, Bhai Ranjit Singh, in 1998 for maintaining truce to the warring Panthic leaders, Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti said it could not be described as a hukamnama as it was issued for a “limited purpose”.

Employees want bonus, promotions
Dera Bassi, October 24
A large number of government employees organised a flag march in villages of the Dera Bassi subdivision today to press for the acceptance of their pending demands.

Veterinary pharmacists hold rally
Bathinda, October 24
Members of the Veterinary Pharmacists Union today held a rally in front of the office of the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, here to press for acceptance of their demands.

Mrs Kalwant Singh dead
Chandigarh, October 24
Mrs T. Kalwant Singh, a member of the Board of Governors of Punjab Public School, Nabha, died here yesterday. Mrs Singh (85) was living in Sector 2 here. She had been on the board for more than three decades.

AGRICULTURE
ADMINISTRATION

New Municipal Act soon: Tandon
Ropar, October 24
The new Municipal Act for Punjab will be notified soon. The Punjab Government has sent clarifications sought by the Union Government regarding the newly drafted Act of the state and now only the formal assent of the President is awaited.

CRIME

Villager held for sister’s murder
Sangrur, October 24
The Lehra police has arrested Kewal Krishan, a shopkeeper of Gobindgarh Jejian village, for allegedly killing his sister, Rani, and a four-year-old child, Amritpal, son of Hari Bhan of the same village, in the last week of September. The police registered murder cases against Kewal Krishan yesterday.

EDUCATION

DAV College wins fest trophy
Amritsar, October 24
The local DAV College won the Guru Nanak Dev University Zonal Youth Festival trophy for men today. Hindu College, Amritsar, and Khalsa College, Amritsar, stood second and third, respectively. 

PU youth festival concludes
Hoshiarpur, October 24
The three-day Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival concluded at the local DAV College today. Several one-act plays were staged on the concluding day.

PU Zonal Youth Festival results
Ferozepore, October 24
Folk and classical dance performances were the highlight of the finale of the Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival held here at the DAV College for Women. In all, 18 teams comprising over 350 students competed in different events.

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