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‘Dhadis’ sing Badal’s praises
Fateh Singh’s function turns election rally
Badiala (Bathinda), October 30
The state-level function organised to pay tributes to Sant Fateh Singh on his 29th death anniversary here today turned out to be an election rally of the SAD-BJP combine as the speakers, including Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, urged the public to vote for the ruling alliance in the Assembly elections.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, pays tributes to Sant Fateh Singh on his 29th death anniversary at Badiala (Bathinda) on Tuesday. Badal lays stone of railway overbridge

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, pays tributes to Sant Fateh Singh on his 29th death anniversary at Badiala (Bathinda) on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo

Cong to hold rallies in Punjab
New Delhi, October 30
The Congress is planning to boost its election campaign in Punjab with a series of rallies in each of the 117 constituencies. The programme of rallies would be finalised at the party’s campaign committee meeting in Chandigarh on November 8.

Akali unity: BJP pins hopes on PM
Chandigarh, October 30
Worried over disunity in the Akali ranks, the Punjab unit of the BJP has pinned its hopes on the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to bring about unity among the main Akali factions.




Storm brewing up in state CPM
Ludhiana, October 30
All is not well with the Punjab unit of the CPM as some rebels have launched a counter movement with parallel party rallies being organised across the state almost daily. And the expulsion of the state committee member of the party, Mr Chandershekhar, who is also the general secretary of the state unit of the Centre for Indian Trade Unions, is likely to further deepen the crisis in the state CPM.

Development funds to lapse from tomorrow
Ropar, October 30
It is just like giving with one hand and taking with the other. The Punjab Government has ordered the lapse of funds deposits for various development works in four departments, namely the Public Works Department (B&R), PWD (Public Health), Irrigation Works Department and Panchayati Raj Department from November 1.

Charges framed against former VC, 5 others
Patiala, October 30
A local court today framed charges against former Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Joginder Singh Puar and five others in a case pertaining to alleged irregularities committed during the hosting of the 83rd National Science Congress in 1996 besides irregularities in appointments and promotions.


Talks for pact with BSP on: Mann
Sangrur, October 30
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today described Mr Parkash Singh Badal as a “Khalistani” and an “opportunist”.

SHSAD rally tomorrow
Bathinda, October 30
Mr Ishtpal Singh Khialiwala, district general secretary, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), alleged in a press note here today that those guilty of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots had not been punished so far.


Giani Bhagwan Singh, Head Granthi, Akal Takht, performs ardasGurdev Badal, son complete ‘tankhah’
Amritsar, October 30
Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, Agriculture Minister, his son Kewal Singh Badal, junior vice-president, SGPC, and Mr Amrik Singh Aliwal, a former MP, who were declared “tankhaiya” for having links with Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, completed their 15-day punishment today.

Giani Bhagwan Singh, Head Granthi, Akal Takht, performs ardas after completion of 'tankhah' by Gurdev Singh Badal, his son, Kewal Singh Badal, and Amrik Singh. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Bhattal case adjourned
Bathinda, October 30
Mr B.C. Rajput, District and Sessions Judge, today adjourned the case relating to the alleged misappropriation of the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund by the former Punjab Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, till November 29.

Small savings schemes garner record 2,811 cr
Dera Bassi, October 30
The Punjab government claims to have broken all previous records under the small savings schemes. A sum of Rs 2,811 crore has been collected in 2000-01 against Rs 948 crore in 1996-97.

Punjabi still not official language
Patiala, October 30
Even as the Punjab Government is set to launch its annual Punjabi Week celebrations from November 1, Punjabi is yet to become the uniform language of use in government offices of the state.

Drinking water scheme for Muktsar
Muktsar, October 30
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, said here today that soon a long pending demand of local residents would be met as the government had prepared a scheme worth Rs 6 crore for providing drinking water to Muktsar.

Regiment celebrates silver jubilee
Nabha October 30
Several functions and adventure activities were organised to mark the silver jubilee of 84 Armoured Regiment somewhere in the Western Sector today.

Killings of Christians in Pakistan flayed
Amritsar, October 30
The Rt Rev P.K. Samantaroy, Bishop of Amritsar and chairman of the Socio-Economic Development Programme (SEDP), and Mr Danial B. Das, secretary-cum coordinator, SEDP, have condemned the killings of 18 Christians in Pakistan when they were offering prayers in a church.

Suicide case turns mysterious
Patiala, October 30
A suicide case registered by the Julkan police station after a man was found hanging from a hook in his house yesterday, now appears to be a case of murder with the post-mortem examination of the body revealing internal injuries to the abdomen.

P.D. Mohindra bereaved
Ludhiana, October 30
Mr Ramji Dass Mohindra, (91), brick-kiln owner, died at 47 Club Road here this afternoon after a brief illness.

Pollution camp


Make payments, say arhtiyas
Sangrur, October 30
Protesting against the non-payment for the procured paddy by different government agencies for the past more than 20 days, arhtiyas, their ‘munims’ (accountants) and labourers of the local grain market today held a protest march through the town and shouted slogans against the Punjab Government.


One killed in accident
Banur, October 30
One person died, while two others sustained serious injuries, in a head-on collision of a Punjab Roadways bus and a Maruti van in Jalalpur village on Zirakpur-Patiala highway near here, this evening.

1 killed, 2 injured in mishap
Bathinda, October, 30
One person was killed, and two others were seriously injured, in a collision between two scooters and a car near Jodhpur Romana village today.

Impersonator arrested
Hoshiarpur, October 30
An impersonator, posing as an ex-MLA from Adampur before the Hoshiarpur Deputy Commissioner in an open darbar, was caught today when he failed to prove his identity.


Bridge gap between industry, varsities: VC
Patiala, October 30
The Distinction between franchise and collaboration needs to be clarified by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to ensure that universities do not lose out on a huge amount of revenue.

Pbi varsity to introduce 5 new subjects
Chandigarh, October 30
The principals of colleges, government and private, affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala, today decided to introduce five new subjects at the graduation level from the next academic session. The five are environmental studies, gemology, cosmology, fashion technology and information technology.

APJ College wins GND varsity trophy
Amritsar, October 30
It was all Jalandhar affairs in the Guru Nanak Dev University ‘B’ zone youth festival which concluded here today. The APJ College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, lifted the ‘A’ division women’s youth festival ‘B’ zone trophy. Hans Raj Mahila Mahavidyalya, and Kanya Mahavidyala of Jalandhar remained runners-up and third respectively.

Blind honoured at PU fest
Abohar, October 30
Two blind students from the Government College of Education, Chandigarh, received appreciation awards at the Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival here in the DAV College auditorium. Dr Ranveer Pratap Asija, convener of the festival, and the college Principal, Dr Chander Mohini, honoured Bindu and Lal Singh for their participation in the singing competition.

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