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Badal calls PAC meeting tomorrow
Chandigarh, October 25
As the stand-off between President of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, and President of SGPC Jagdev Singh Talwandi, over certain Panthic issues continues, Mr Badal has called another meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the party here on October 27.

High priests may hold in-camera meeting
Move to checkmate Talwandi
Amritsar, October 25
Even as members of Dharm Parchar Committee have recommended the removal of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti as Jathedar, Akal Takht, the Sikh high priests may hold an informal in-camera meeting at some private venue here tomorrow with a view to checkmate Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, SGPC chief. Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar, Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, who had gone to the USA, will return to India this evening.

Most sacrilege cases solved, claims DGP
Hoshiarpur, October 25
Out of the seven incidents of sacrilege at various places in the state, including Sakrala in this district, most of them have been solved and those responsible for the acts arrested. This was stated by Mr Sarabjit Singh, DGP, while talking to mediapersons at the Subsidiary Training Centre of the BSF at Kharkan, 12 km from here, today.

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7 killed, 18 hurt in mishap
Faridkot, October 25
Seven persons died and 18 were injured, two of them seriously, in a head-on collision between a Tata 407 and a tempo near Kothe Thewala, about 5 km from Kotkapura, in the district last evening. Four persons died on the spot and three others succumbed to their injuries at the Civil Hospital, Kotkapura.

PCS promotions hang fire
Chandigarh, October 25
The appointment of eight officers, whose names were approved for the promotion to IAS from the Punjab Civil Services cadre on November 16 last year by a selection committee headed by a member of the Union Public Service Commission, continues to hang fire till date.

CISF deployed at Rajasansi
Rajasansi (Amritsar), October 25
Rajasansi airport has stolen a march over the Chennai and Kolkata airports with the formal deployment of the Central Industrial Security Force here today.

Minister of Civil Aviation Syed Shah Nawaz Hussain after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, on Thursday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Mattewal for judicial panel
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 25
Justice delayed is justice denied. Due to shortage of judges in courts, litigants are not getting early justice and even in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, there are only 33 judges and many posts are lying vacant.


Inter-state issues: CPI flays SAD
Bathinda, October 25
State leadership of the CPI yesterday condemned the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for his failure to solve the inter-state issues, including transfer of Punjabi-speaking areas and Chandigarh to Punjab and river water dispute. It said such issues should not be blown out of proportion to derive political mileage.

Rift between Akalis comes to fore
Budhlada, October 25
Differences in the local Akali leadership came to the fore yesterday when a section of senior Akali leaders, including members of the SGPC, urged the party president and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to find a suitable candidate for the coming Assembly elections from this area to defeat the sitting MLA, Mr Hardev Singh Arshi.


PSEB move on TA, DA assailed
Ropar, October 25
The PSEB Engineers Association of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant region has condemned the recent move of the board with regard to the entitlement of travelling and daily allowances. At a meeting attended by more than 150 engineers, Mr Charanjit Singh, regional secretary of the association, alleged that as per the revised circular of the board barely six chief engineers would fall in Grade I and more than 70 per cent of the entire engineering cadre would fall in Grade III and IV.

Enteritis strikes at brick-kiln again
Kotshamir (Bathinda), October 25
Gastroenteritis has struck again at a brick-kiln here and claimed the life of a three-year-old child of a labourer. Earlier in June, two children had died of gastroenteritis at the same kiln.

Two suspected anthrax letters found in Ropar
Ropar, October 25
Two envelopes, suspected to be containing anthrax, were found today in the district. A postman in the Head Post Office here noticed two unstamped envelopes packed in a strange manner. He brought the matter to the notice of the Deputy Chief Post Master, Mr Dev Raj Chaudhary, who reported to the police and the Health authorities.


Cotton growers stage dharna
Mansa, October 25
On a call given by the Northern India Cotton Growers Organisation, a dharna was staged by the Punjab Kisan Sabha today in front of the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Budhlada.


6 civil servants shifted
Chandigarh, October 25
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of two IAS and four PCS officers. Mr Gurinderjit Singh Sandhu has been posted as Secretary of the Department of Information Systems and Administrative Reforms. Mr Jagpal Singh has been appointed Managing Director of Punjab Alkalies and Chemicals Limited.

Four promoted to rank of ADGP
Chandigarh, October 25
The Punjab Government today ordered the promotion of four Inspectors-General as Additional Directors-General of Police besides issuing fresh posting orders for seven ADGPs. Those promoted today are Mr S.S. Virk, Mr K.K. Attri, Mr N.P.S. Aulakh and Mr R.S. Chalia.

Holiday not under NI Act: DM
Bathinda, October 25
The District Magistrate, Mr R. Venkatratnam, clarified yesterday that the holiday announced on October 30 in connection with the 29th death anniversary of Sant Fateh Singh was not under the Negotiable Instruments Act as published in a section of the Press.


Woman, paramour die in bid to murder husband
Gurdaspur, October 25
A conspiracy hatched by Jagdish Kaur, wife of Jatinder Singh, her paramour, Gurbux Singh and a cycle repair shop owner, Ranjit Singh, son of Partap Singh, all residents of Bhumbli village in the district, to kill Jatinder Singh and his father, Master Yoga Singh, took a dramatic turn resulting in the deaths of Jagdish Kaur, Master Yoga Singh and Gurbux Singh. Jatinder Singh sustained injuries in the scuffle while Ranjit Singh escaped. He was, however, arrested by the police today.

Three held for touting ammo depot jobs
Bathinda, October 25
The police has detected a fake recruitment agency by arresting three persons who along with their associates had been cheating people by claiming that they could get them jobs in the ammunition depot here.
Amarjit Singh (right) is seen with fake certificates and the money extorted from people at Bathinda. — Photo Kulbir Beera

2 Pak intruders nabbed
Tarn Taran, October 25
The BSF arrested two Pakistani intruders while they were trying to crossing the Indo-Pak border in the Khemkaran area near Amarkot village, last night. The Khemkaran police has registered a case under the Indian Passport Act.


3 lakh identified under ‘Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan’
Bathinda, October 25
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister for Science and Technology, Punjab, said according to a survey conducted by the Education Department, 3 lakh children had been identified to provide education under “Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan”.

DC favours yoga in schools
Ropar, October 25
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr G. S. Grewal, has urged the administrations of all schools in the district to start yoga for students. Yoga will help in developing the mind of the students. In the cut-throat competition that the students have to face in their later life, it is very pertinent that they should have a strong mind.

Democratic Teachers Front holds rally
Bathinda, October 25
Members of the district unit of the Democratic Teachers Front yesterday held a rally in front of the office of the District Education Officer to express their resentment against non-filling of vacancies of teachers and non-acceptance of their other demands.

Project given to Professor withdrawn
Patiala, October 25
A project given to Prof S.S. Joshi, a former Head of the Linguistic Department, Punjabi University, by the university authorities at the time of his retirement has been withdrawn on the plea that a vigilance case is pending against him.


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