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SGPC executive to meet Vedanti today
Amritsar, October 27
The general House meeting of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which is scheduled to be held before November 30, may be pre-poned. The election of the committee president and its executive will be held at the meeting. Sources said the House could be convened between November 20 and November 22.

Centre, state fail to file reply
Amritsar, October 27
The Centre and the Punjab Governments, in spite of orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, have reportedly failed to file a reply in the sehajdharis case. The court had directed the respondents to file detailed replies to the petition seeking quashing of Section 2 (Subsection 10-A) of the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, which gives voting right to sehajdhari Sikhs, positively by October 15.

Alarming rise in air pollution
Bathinda, October 27
With only a thermal plant and a few small-scale industries, one cannot even think that it will be such a polluted city in terms of air pollution. The city has been always on the receiving end in terms of civic amenities even though it boasts of a municipal council which, if the statements of officials are to be believed, is to be declared municipal corporation shortly.


Sukhbir’s unique idea for bypoll
Phagwara, October 27
Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary and former union minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today mooted a unique idea for bypolls. Talking to newsmen here, Mr Badal said when an Assembly seat fell vacant due to the resignation of an MLA or due to other factors, then the party who held that seat should be allowed to nominate its candidate. This would save energy, money and time spent on bypolls.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Kairon’s trip for cure criticised
Hoshiarpur, October 27
Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress MP from the Hoshiarpur Parliamentary constituency, has criticised the decision of the SAD-BJP government of sending Mr Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Excise and Taxation Minister, Punjab, who is also the son-in-law of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, for treatment to Rochester in the USA, with $ 32,000 and two attendents by ignoring all rules and norms.

Kanshi exhorts workers to gear up for poll
Nawanshahr, October 27
The BSP supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, while addressing the meeting of sector in charges of the local Assembly segment and party workers here at Kumar Hotel on Thursday exhorted them to gear up for the ensuing Assembly elections.


Self-help groups a boon to women
Fatehgarh Sahib
The setting up of self-help groups to make women and poor persons self-sufficient, particularly in the rural areas of this district, is proving to be a boon. The scheme not only encourages the habit of small savings among them, with the saved amount being made available to the members as loan, but also strengthens the women empowerment and literacy drives.

Ranjit Singh celebrations to be broad-based
Chandigarh, October 27
The Punjab Government has decided to broadbase the concluding programme of the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh by spreading it over 10 days from November 9.

101 Dalit girls married off
Amritsar, October 27
As many as 101 Dalit girls were married at a mass-marriage function organised by the Punjab Scheduled Caste Vikas Manch under the state government’s shagun scheme here today.

A view of the mass marriage ceremony at Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo: Rajiv Sharma

Art of effigy-making dying
Bathinda, October 27
Is the art of making effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkarna which are burnt on the Dasehra day, dying? The answer is in the affirmative if feelings of the local effigy-makers are any indication.

14-yr-old reunited with family
Bathinda, October 27
Sarvesh Pathak (14), who ran away from his home in Uttar Pradesh after his mother beat him up about four years ago was reunited with his family members yesterday by volunteers of the local Dost Welfare Society, a social organisation.

One succumbs to dengue fever
Nawanshahr, October 27
Contrary to the claims of the district health authorities, a case of death due to dengue fever has come to light here. A local resident, Tara Singh Walia (74), reportedly died of dengue fever at CMC, Ludhiana on Wednesday.

1 killed, 4 hurt in car-truck collision
Mansa, October 27
A person was killed and four others were injured when a Maruti Esteem car, in which they were travelling, collided with a truck on the Mansa-Sirsa road near Fatta Maloka village in the district last night.

Shahi Imam asked to apologise to Shabana
Hoshiarpur, October 27
“Savera”, a society for social awareness, has deplored the derogatory remarks made by the Jama Masjid Shahi Imam, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, against the film actress-turned-social activist and Rajya Sabha Member Shabana Azmi and demanded an apology from him.

Brawl at temple creates tension
Sangrur, October 27
Tension prevailed for some hours near Mandir Sri Naina Devi here today when members of the mandir committee reportedly threw the cycles and scooters out of the mandir complex which were parked there last night by a former cycle stand contractor by allegedly breaking open the lock of the gate.

Controversy over Dasehra Utsav
Bathinda, October 27
That Mr Sewak Ram Bhola, a Congress leader and municipal councillor, presided over a function organised in connection with the Dasehra Utsav yesterday has caused a flutter in the Akali circles here. The function was organised by Mr Vijay Kumar Sharma, municipal councillor and a close confidant of Mr Chiranji Lal Garg. Mr Garg, state minister, claimed that though Mr Sharma was still his confidant, he (Mr Sharma) has marginalised him politically.

Dogra Regiment’s golden jubilee function today
Somewhere in the Western Sector, October 27
The battle hardy elite 16 battalion of the Dogra Regiment will celebrate its golden jubilee here tomorrow. The Vice-Chief of the Army Staff, Lieut-Gen N.C. Vij, the GOC-in-C of the Western Command, Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh and the Chief of Staff of the Western Command, Lieut-Gen H.S. Kanwar, will join in the celebrations.

Burglary in post office averted
Gurdaspur, October 27
Makhan Singh, a chowkidar at the local main post office, averted burglary in the post office on the evening of October 25. According to post office sources, the chowkidar detected some persons attempting to break open a back door of the post office. He raised an alarm. As a result, the burglars, who according to the chowkidar, were about four in number, ran away.

Death sentence awarded
Ahmedgarh, October 26
An accused in the murder of four persons has been awarded death sentence by an additional sessions court here.

Missing boy untraced
Gurdaspur, October 27
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of Manjinder Singh (11), a student of Class V of a school at Ghot Pokar village. The boy, who came to play here on October 18, has not so far returned to his home.

Forcible conversion alleged
Bathinda, October 27
BJP activists staged a dharna in front of the Bhana Mal Trust building here following a clash with Christian activists holding the Christian Revival Conference at the venue.

Astrology conference in Jan
Moga, October 27
The Principal of the local S.D. College for Women, Mrs Surinder Pal Brar, has been invited by Vishva Jyotish Vidyalaya in international university of astrological science, to participate in the 25th International Astronomical and Astrological Conference to be held in Kolkata in January.


Farmers seek relief for damaged crop
Mansa, October 27
A large number of farmers under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Lakhowal (BKU (L) staged a protest march here today to demand compensation for the damage caused to the cotton crop by American bollworm.

Rice millers cry for payments
Kharar, October 27
The local rice millers are facing a financial crunch as the Punjab government has failed to make payments amounting to Rs 4 crore on account of rice supplied by them to the Central pool during this season, which started on September 21.


MC nod to Rs 60-cr development works
Jalandhar, October 27
Development works worth Rs 60 crore were approved unanimously in the absence of Opposition councillors during an emergency meeting of the House of the local Municipal Corporation here today. The Punjab Medical Education Minister, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, who is opposing the resolution favouring permanent allotment of the official residence to the BJP Mayor, boycotted the meeting.

Regularisation of staff brews trouble
Jalandhar, October 27
Contrary to the Punjab Government instructions to all heads of departments to regularise the services of work-charged and daily-wage employees against vacant posts, the Local Bodies Department has ordered the stay of the appointment of the work-charged employees who had already been regularised by the local Municipal Corporation authorities about 10 days back.

Be public friendly, Bhatti tells cops
Phillaur, October 27
The Additional Director-General of Police and Director of the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, Mr D.R. Bhatti, has called upon police personnel to effect a change in their tactics and behaviour so as to become more public friendly.

Revised PSEB timings from November 1
Patiala, October 27
The Punjab State Electricity Board today revised the timings of peak load restrictions with effect from November 1 in accordance with the change in sunset timings. The PSEB officials have in a statement said the peak-load restriction hours on large supply consumers will be advanced by 30 minutes.


Journalist assaulted
Ludhiana, October 27
A correspondent of Hindustan Times sustained injuries when he was beaten up by kin of an Akali leader last night. The incident took place when the scribe stopped the assailants from bursting crackers in the middle of College Road. Angered over his “objection”, they allegedly started beating him.

Booked for burning wife
Amritsar, October 27
Palwinder Kaur (25) was set on fire by her husband Santokh Singh, a resident of Fateh Singh colony here, on October 24. Palwinder Kaur in her complaint to the police last evening said that her husband Santokh Singh had illicit relations with his sister-in-law, a widow of his elder brother. On her objecting, the relations, both husband and sister-in-law poured kerosene on her and set a fire. She received critical burns and is under treatment at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. No arrest have been made.

Man kills wife
Ludhiana, October 27
Pritpal Singh of Lohara village has allegedly shot dead his wife, Harjit Kaur after being allegedly caught red-handed with his paramour by his son and wife. The incident occurred last evening at his Janta Enclave house that he had reportedly given to his paramour.


Women’s youth festival opens
Amritsar, October 27
The four-day women’s ‘B’ division youth festivals of the Guru Nanak Dev University opened here today. Mrs Swadesh Chopra, director of the Him Samachar Group of Newspapers inaugurated this festival by lighting a candle.

Rs 9 crore grant for medical colleges
Patiala, October 27
The Punjab Government has decided to give Rs 9 crore for upgradation of three medical colleges of the state, located at Patiala, Faridkot and Amritsar. This was stated by the Punjab Health Minister, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, at a press conference after inaugurating an ENT seminar at Government Medical College, here today. Mr Kalia said the amount would be spent to increase facilities in those centres.


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