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PM reschedules visits to Punjab
Chandigarh, October 26
International commitments and other pressing engagements notwithstanding, the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, will visit Punjab thrice within a month — between November 2 and December 1 — to honour all his promises.

Promotion to IAS: panel ‘violated’ regulations
Chandigarh, October 26
A number of Punjab Civil Services officers, who were not selected for promotion to the IAS by a committee headed by a member of the Union Public Service Commission, today said that the committee violated the IAS (Appointment by Promotion) Regulations.

40 Afghan Hindus, Sikhs arrive at Attari
Attari, October 26
The largest-ever jatha of Afghan Hindus and Sikhs reached here via the Samjhauta Express today. At least 40 persons, including 22 children, were a part of this jatha. Reports of the precarious situation of the Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan abound as the Taliban militia is reportedly resorting to trimming of beards and moustaches to look like Indians.

Afghan Hindus and Sikhs arrive at Attari via Samjhauta Express on Friday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Letter to Brigadier ‘contained’ anthrax
Bathinda, October 26
Various microbiological tests conducted at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, has confirmed that a letter received by Brig P.S. Sanghera from Singapore a few days ago contained anthrax. The tests were conducted under the supervision of Dr P.K. Jain, microbiologist, GGSMC, Faridkot.


Devotees from far and wide visit the Durgiana temple in Amritsar to attend the rare 10-day "Langooron wala mela," organised on the occasion of the "navratras".
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‘Leaders have failed Sikh institutions’
Chandigarh, October 26
Even as many other issues remain unresolved, the role of Sikh institutions has come centre-stage. Though many Sikh scholars feel concerned about this, not many Sikh politicians feel the same way nor do the Sikh clergy or sants and sects.

Grants allocated by Badal not released
Bathinda, October 26
Ms Gorinder Pal Kaur Mangat, senior vice-president of the BJP of this district and municipal councillor, has been trying hard to get grants allocated for her ward by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a sangat darshan programme in August released.


MP expresses shock over PM’s statement
Hoshiarpur, October 26
Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, the local MP, today expressed shock over the recent utterances by Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister, made at a function organised to celebrate the 50 years of the BJP’s formation.

Mann seeks ban on VHP, Bajrang Dal
Phagwara, October 26
The Akali Dal (Amritsar), President and MP, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today called the apartheid act against minorities, especially Sikhs and Muslims, promulgation of the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTA) and the passport ordinance as communal and declared that his party and the Panthic Morcha would oppose them in Parliament.

SAD workers oppose Datewas’ nomination
Budhlada (Mansa), October 26
More than 1,000 workers of the SAD led by senior Akali leaders gathered at Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha here to oppose the nomination of Mr Harbant Singh Datewas, circle in-charge of the party in the forthcoming elections, to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. The workers urged the party high command to put up a candidate who could defeat the Congress-CPI candidate in the local Assembly constituency.

AISSF (U) seeks ticket for 25 workers
Jalandhar, October 26
The All-India Sikh Students’ Federation (United) has demanded that the SAD (Badal) leadership should allocate 25 party ticket to the federation in the forthcoming Assembly elections.


Maharaja coronation function postponed
Amritsar, October 26
The celebrations relating to the bicentenary of coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been postponed here for two days. The celebration now will commence on November 13 on the birthday of the Maharaja, instead of November 11 was already scheduled.

Dasehra celebrated
Barnala October 26
Dasehra signifying the victory of good over evil was celebrated here on Friday. To mark the occasion, the local Bharatiya Sanatan Dharam Mahavir Dal and the Ganesh Dramatic Club took out a ‘shobha yatra’ which began from local Krishna Panchayati Mandir and ended at the Improvement Trust Office.

Festival season in full swing
As the festival season gets going, the residents of this town have been witnessing jagrans, jhankis and Ramlila. The shops are well stocked and the traders are looking forward to brisk sales. Kharar is one of the few towns of Punjab where dramatic clubs stage mobile tableaux.

Culture of boneless fish comes to Nangal
Ropar, October 26
The Punjab Government has decided to culture boneless fish in the Nangal Dam lake. It is for the first time that the plan to culture boneless fish has been drafted in the state. Earlier, the Fisheries Department had been promoting the farming of catla, rohu, mrigul, grass carp, common carp and silver carp.

‘Private docs in govt hospitals? No way’
Patiala, October 26
The in-service wing of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association has opposed the move of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation to allow private practitioners to set up diagnostic facilities and service centres in government hospitals and health centres of the state run by the corporation.

Sushma should apologise: Jaskaran
Phagwara, October 26
Mr Jaskaran Singh, General Secretary Akali Dal (Amritsar), which is a constituent of the Panthic Morcha, today demanded that the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, should apologise in Parliament in its session commencing on November 19 for not telecasting the Junior World Cup Hockey Championship match which India had won for the first time at Hobart (Australia) on October 21.

No place for auto-rickshaws 
Shuttled back and forth between various locations in the city for lack of a permanent auto stand, three-wheeler drivers of Patiala are a harassed lot. Nearly 150 three-wheelers ply in the city, mainly on the bus stand-hospital route. They get their customers from among the large number of people who land at the bus stand in the morning to visit Rajindra Hospital for treatment.

Crowd turns violent as singer fails to turn up
Jalandhar, October 26
Nearly 500 migrant labourers turned violent, pelted stones and threw bottles for about an hour in front of a marriage palace here yesterday night when their favourite singer from Bihar allegedly failed to turn up for his show. A waiter working at the palace and a helper of the organisers were injured in the incident.

SGPC election: few register as voters
Mansa, October 26
Mr Gurdev Singh, Secretary, Gurdwara Election Commission, in a press note issued here yesterday, has said that according to the information received by the commission, a negligible number of persons have so far submitted forms for getting themselves registered as voters though a period of more than one month has already expired since September 2, 2001.

Punjabi films ‘lack’ professionalism
Barnala, October 26
Bhagwant Mann, a comedian hailing from Punjab, while narrating his experience, said acting in Punjabi films was not a good experience as there was lack of professionalism and the standards of scripts was far below that of Hindi films.

3-phase power supply to tubewells increased
Patiala, October 26
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to increase the three-phase power supply to tubewells to ensure six-hour supply per day. In a statement here today, PSEB officials said the increase in supply has been enforced with effect from October 25.


Electricity boards to benefit from ABT
Patiala, October 26
The State Electricity Boards under ‘Availability Based Tariff’ will have the option to achieve benefits worth crores of rupees per day by responding to the grid frequency and drawing cheaper power from the grid at high frequency and also by under drawing power of at low frequency and in the process earning a revenue of Rs 4.2 per unit.

PSEB launches Web site
Patiala, October 26
The Punjab State Electricity Board yesterday launched its Web site ‘’ during a ceremony here. Giving this information. PSEB Chairman Mr Sudhir Mittal said all information relating to the board would be easily accessible on the website.

40 more PSEB engineers transferred
Patiala, October 26
The Punjab State Electricity Board today transferred 40 more Assistant Engineers and Assistant Executive Engineers along with two Senior Executive Engineers and one Additional Senior Engineer.

35 employees found absent from work
Gurdaspur, October 26
As many as 35 government employees working in various offices here were found absent during simultaneous checks by teams constituted by the Deputy Commissioner yesterday. They were warned to be regular in the future else action would be taken against them.

Badal lays stone of Press Club
Amritsar, October 26
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today laid the foundation stone of a Press Club in the E-block of the Ranjit Avenue. Addressing the newsmen Mr Badal lauded the role of the Press and said his government was committed to maintaining its freedom.


Zail Singh’s kin proclaimed offender
Amritsar, October 26
Grandnephew of Giani Zail Singh, former President of India, Dr Arshdeep Singh, was declared “proclaimed offender” (PO) in the court of Mr Kishore Kumar, Chief Judicial Magistrate, here.


Teachers oppose contract recruitment
Bathinda, October 26
Mr Darshan Singh Maur, District General Secretary, Democratic Teachers Front, in a press note issued here yesterday said the contract recruitment of teachers by the state government was not good for the development and upliftment of educational standards.

Women’s youth fest from today
Amritsar, October 26
The Zone ‘B’ women’s youth festival of Guru Nanak Dev University will be held from tomorrow to October 30 on the university campus. More than 900 students from Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr will participate.


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