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Pro-CM SGPC members meet Vedanti
Amritsar, October 28
Following a patch-up between Mr Parkash Singh Badal and SGPC chief Jagdev Singh Talwandi yesterday at the Political Affairs Committee's meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal held at Chandigarh the much publicised meeting of the SGPC executive committee with the Jathedar Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti turned out to be a non-event.

Mohinder Singh Romana member executive SGPC talking to newsmen after meeting the Akal Takht jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti st Akal Takht at Amritsar, on Sunday Mohinder Singh Romana, SGPC  executive member, talks to newspersons after meeting Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti at Akal Takht in Amritsar on Sunday.
— Rajiv Sharma

Cong promises revamping of police
Patiala, October 28
Capt Amarinder Singh, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee virtually kick-started election campaign of his party by announcing that his party would revamp state’s police set-up if it came to power after the Assembly elections. He also launched a scathing attack on the ruling SAD-BJP combine.

PPCC chief Amarinder Singh, Mrs Preneet Kaur, MP, and Congress leader Lal Singh at a rally at Chhotti Baradari in Patiala on Sunday. PPCC chief Amarinder Singh, Mrs Preneet Kaur, MP, and Congress leader Lal Singh at a rally at Chhotti Baradari in Patiala on Sunday.
— Photo Subhash Patialvi





191 Hindus cancel visit to Pak
Amritsar, October 28
Following reports of kidnappings, rapes and assault on members of minority communities, a jatha of 191 Hindus devotees, which was scheduled to reach Pakistan tomorrow to pay obeisance in shrines, there has cancelled the visit at the eleventh hour.

MPs urged to vote against POTO
Amritsar, October 28
Dubbing the newly promulgated Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO) as a new “avatar” of the defunct TADA, Dal Khalsa and the All-India Shiromani Youth Akali Dal (AISYAD) yesterday urged the members of Parliament cutting across the parties to vote against the ordinance in the coming session of Parliament.

Kanshi leaves sammelan, hosts red-faced
Nawanshahr, October 28
The organisers of the BSP-sponsored “Saini sammelan”, especially Mr Gurmail Singh Saini, former president of the district unit of the BSP, had to face a lot of embarrassment when the BSP supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, while addressing the sammelan at the nearby Langroya village today with a view to bringing Sainis, one of the most dominating castes in the Nawanshahr Assembly segment, into the party fold, virtually distanced Sainis from the BSP with his utterances.

‘No confirmed case of anthrax in Punjab’
Chandigarh, October 28
The Punjab Government today said that “no confirmed “ case of anthrax had been reported in the state yet.


Avoid pact with Left: PPCC member
New Delhi, October 28
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) member and trade unionist M.M. Singh Cheema has appealed to PPCC president Amarinder Singh not to have any truck with Communist parties.

SAD rift comes to fore
Budhlada (Mansa), October 28
The revolt brewing amongst SAD workers in Budhlada circle against the party high command came to the fore when Mr Jagjit Singh, member, SGPC, laid the foundation stone of the Kalipur-Kulana link road near Budhlada today, despite being informed by the tehsildar and the SHO that the ceremony would be performed by the General-Secretary and Member, Rajya Sabha, Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder.


Jawans of the Dogra Regiment
Jawans of the Dogra Regiment present a guard of honour on the occasion of their celebrations in Amritsar on Sunday.
— Rajiv Sharma

MC fails to remove encroachment
Bathinda, October 28
In a classic case of official neglect, local municipal officials have ignored the orders of the District Magistrate to remove an encroachment in the Balla Ram Nagar area of the city.

Rehabilitate stone crushers: Badal
Chandigarh, October 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has directed various departments, including the Housing and Urban Development and the Science, Technology and Environment, to facilitate rehabilitation of all members of the Zirakpur Stone Crushers Association.

Protest against ‘forced’ conversion
Bathinda, October 28
Activists of the BJP, Hindu Jagran Manch and the Balmiki Sabha blocked the traffic on the Bathinda-Goniana main road protesting against the permission given to a church to hold their religious programme at the official complex of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) here today.

Forum to take up pollution issue
Bathinda, October 28
“Rising air pollution in the city is affecting the health of residents and if the authorities concerned do not take necessary action to stop further deterioration in the quality of air, the forum would have to invoke legal remedies for the benefit of the residents of the area,” Mr M.M. Behal, secretary, Punjab Law Forum, said in a press note issued here today.

Lab technicians to intensify stir
Phagwara, October 28
Stepping up its ongoing agitation, the Medical Laboratory Technicians Association will start a relay fast outside the office of the Director, Health Services, Punjab, in Chandigarh, from November 19.Kids with "lathies" joined the march of RSS workers to commemorate "Sathapna Diwas" in Jalandhar on Sunday.

RSS members celebrate ‘sathapna divas’
Jalandhar, October 28
Hundreds of armed RSS workers participated in the “Sathapna divas” celebrations at Partap Bagh here today. Senior BJP leaders, including Punjab Medical Education Minister Manoranjan Kalia, district BJP chief Nawal Kamboh addressed the workers who later held a march to commemorate “Sathapna divas”.

Children with "lathis" joined a march of RSS workers to commemorate the “sathapna divas” in Jalandhar on Sunday. — photo Pandit

RMPs plan agitation
Bathinda, October 28
Hundreds of members of the Medical Practitioners Association (MPA) of Bathinda, Ferozepur zone, today held a protest rally at Lambi, the home constituency of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, to express resentment over the adamant attitude of the state government towards their demands.

‘Bathinda Blast’ casts spell
Bathinda, October 28
The police had a tough time controlling thousands of enthusiastic youngsters who were induced to dance to the tunes of Punjabi sons at “Bathinda Blast”, a programme organised by etc Punjabi channel at Bahia resorts on the Bathinda-Chandigarh road, yesterday evening.


Recovery of farmers’ coop loans suspended
Malout, October 28
The Punjab government has decided to suspend recovery of loans taken by the farmers from the cooperative banks following large scale losses suffered by them due to attack of bollworm on the cotton crop.


Two policemen suspended
Phagwara, October 28
Two policemen of the local police station were suspended for dereliction of duty, the police said today.


5 robbers held, arms seized
Phillaur, October 28
Five armed robbers and a taxi driver were arrested and their arms and ammunition seized within half an hour of the robbery they committed at Apra village in this sub-division last evening.

4 cops booked for keeping drugs haul
Bathinda, October 28
A criminal case under Sections 403, 411, 414 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against four policemen at the local Government Railway Police (GRP) station for their alleged involvement in tampering with the consignment of narcotics which they found in a train during patrolling in September.

700 kg of poppy husk seized
Bathinda, October 28
Five smugglers of poppy husk, wanted in many cases, dodged a police party and fled after abandoning their jeep near Jogawala village in the district. About 700 kg of poppy husk was recovered, from the jeep.


Dang seeks action in exam bungling
Amritsar, October 28
The veteran CPI leader, Mr Satya Pal Dang, has taken a serious note of bunglings in the internal assessment in the subject of Surgery during MBBS examination conducted last year by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Colleges of education festival opens
Abohar, October 28
Zonal Youth Festival of Colleges of Education affiliated with Panjab University was declared open at DAV College of Education here by the Principal Dr Ranveer Pratap Asija on Sunday. Mr Brij Lal Rinwa Punjab BJP President was the chief guest on the first day’s session.

UGC Chairman to be honoured
Patiala, October 28
Dr Hari Gautam, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC), will be conferred the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Coronation Bi-centenary Award by Punjabi University during the North Zone Vice-Chancellors’ Conference to be held here tomorrow.

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