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Vedanti chides critics of celebrations
Ludhiana, October 31
Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti today had a dig at the people who are opposing the bi-centenary celebrations of the coronation ceremony of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. He ridiculed their argument that there was no coronation ceremony organised before Maharaja Ranjit Singh ascended the throne.

Sant Waryam Singh passes away

Ratwara, October 31
Chanting of slokas and recitation of Gurbani began at the headquarters of the Vishav Gurmat Ruhani Mission soon after the news of the demise of Sant Waryam Singh, founder-president of the mission, reached here today.

Followers of Sant Waryam Singh pay tributes as his body is kept for sangat darshan at Ratwara Sahib on Wednesday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

Institute students go on strike
Demand clarification on UGC chief’s statement
Patiala, October 31
Students of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information and Technology, which was established this year in the Punjabi University campus, today went on strike and raised slogans against the university management, demanding a clarification on the status of the institute.




SHO pulls out gun to scare away students

Jalandhar, October 31
Hundreds of striking students of Punjab Technical University were today shocked to see the Maqsudan police station in charge taking out his service pistol and threatening their leaders who were agitating against the alleged irregularities and injustice done to students by the university.

The Maqsudan police station in charge is seen threatening a group of striking students with his pistol in front of Punjab Technical University at Jalandhar on Wednesday. — Photo Pandit

The Maqsudan police station in charge is seen threatening a group of striking students

SGPC panel takes up job
Chandigarh, October 31
The three-member “commission” set up by the SGPC President, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, to enquire into the recent acts of sacrilege in Punjab has taken up the job assigned to it. The members of the panel are Justice K.S. Tiwana, Justice Ujjagar Singh and Mr Kharak Singh Mann, a Sikh scholar.

HC quashes Mandi Board-dept merger
Board curbed on loans
Chandigarh, October 31
Punjab Chief Minister’s “sangat darshan” programme today suffered a setback after a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed an order issued on May 29 directing the merger of the Colonisation Department with the Punjab Mandi Board.

Row over kar seva takes new turn
Faridkot, October 31
Tussle over the restarting of kar seva of Gurdwara Dasmi Patshahi at Jand Sahib, village 20 km from here yesterday took a new turn when a congregation comprising members of various rural clubs, panches and sarpanches appealed Baba Ajit Singh to start the work on the gurdwara.

CM doling out millers’ money to ‘sangat’?
Fazilka, October 31
The failure of the Punjab Government to make payment to rice mills for the levy rice supplied by them is adversely affecting the sowing of wheat. According to sources, the main reason cited for withholding the payment is that the Punjab Government has reportedly diverted the amount released by the FCI for distribution in “sangat darshan” programmes of the Chief Minister.


Case against Kewal Singh adjourned
Bathinda, October 31
Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, got further reprieve today when the hearing of the case related to the death of Sharanjit Kaur, his daughter-in-law, was adjourned to December 13. Giani Kewal Singh, along with his son Baljinder Singh and a close relative Joginder Kaur, are facing trial under Sections 304-B and 34 of the IPC.

Tributes paid to Indira Gandhi
Faridkot, October 31
The District Congress Committee organised a function here today to remember late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 17th death anniversary. Various speakers, including Mr Avtar Singh Brar, local MLA, and Mr S.K. Gupta, former DCC president, paid rich tributes to her. Over 200 Congress workers and senior district leaders attended the function.

3 Sangrur cops dismissed
Sangrur, October 31
The Sangrur district police chief Mr Jatinder Singh Aulakh, has yesterday dismissed three constables Gurnam Singh, Baljinder Singh and Rajinder Singh from service. They were dismissed under Punjab Police Rules 16.1 read with Article 311 (2) (B) of the Constitution of India.

MC fails to decide on memorial site
Amritsar, October 31
Rowdyism prevailed at the Municipal Corporation House meeting here on Monday over the issue of allotment of a prime hotel site for the Maharaja Ranjit Singh memorial building. The opposition to the allotment of the site outside Ram Bagh instead of a site in the bagh saw fiery scenes in the house.

Mann: probe killing of Bhai Kaunke
Chandigarh, October 31
The President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, has urged the government authorities concerned to order a CBI probe into the alleged killing of Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke, Jathedar of the Akal Takht.

SPG takes over key venues
Amritsar, October 31
An advance party of the Special Protection Group (SPG) has taken over key venues for the two-day BJP national working committee meeting which opens here on November 2.

Arhtiyas end strike
Sangrur, October 31
Arhtiyas who had been on a two-day strike at the local grain market resumed work at 1.00 p.m. today after receiving part payment from the agencies concerned. They were protesting against the delay on payments for paddy procured by procurement agencies.

Governor leads ‘shobha yatra’
Jalandhar, October 31
Birth anniversary of Lord Balmiki was celebrated here with fervour. Social and religious organisations organised a joint “vishal shobha yatra”. Babu Parmanand, Governor of Haryana, Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal and Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Chaudhary Jagit Singh led it. 

PSEB to set up coal washeries in Jharkhand
Patiala, October 31
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to set up coal washeries in the Karanpur area of Jharkhand at a cost of Rs 80 crore to tackle the problem of pollution near its thermal plants.

No Shiromani awards during Punjabi Week
Patiala, October 31
The Punjab State Language Department is celebrating Punjabi Week from tomorrow sans the distribution of the Rs 1 lakh each to 13 Shiromani Sahitkar and Shiromani Patarkar (journalist) awards.

HC quashes FIR in rape case
Chandigarh, October 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed FIR no. 557 dated November 25, 2000 registered at Dera Bassi police station in Patiala district. The FIR related to case of alleged rape and invoked Sections 375/376/362/363/342/120-B/34 of the IPC against Jaswant Kaur and Nachchatar Ram alias Nachchatar Singh.

JE murder accused remains scot-free
Amritsar, October 31
The accused in the Davinder Singh Walia murder case continues to roam free despite his identification in the FIR. Walia was working as Junior Engineer in the PSEB and was brutally murdered on the night of October 9 by Satpal Singh Satta, sub-station attendant of the same department, with a sharp-edged weapon.


Paddy procurement
Patiala, October 31
About 11,59,000 metric tonnes of paddy has been procured through various government and private agencies in the district till date. Out of this government agencies have procured nearly 10,84,000 metric tonnes while private agencies have procured about 64,000 metric tonnes of paddy.


Repatriate ADGP to cadre state: ministry
Chandigarh, October 31
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has directed the Punjab Government to immediately repatriate Mr S.S. Virk, ADGP, to his parent cadre state. Official sources told TNS today that the Home Ministry had asked the state government either to relieve Mr Virk by today or he should be “deemed as relieved” after October 31. The Home Ministry had specifically told the state government for strict compliance of its directives.


Gang of robbers busted
Jalandhar, October 31
The district police busted a gang of robbers arresting 10 persons here today. Mr Inderjeet Singh Randhawa, SP (Detective), said today the CIA branch of the district police received information that about 15 armed persons had assembled at a brick-kiln near the Phillaur railway station and were conspiring to commit robbery.

Man shot dead
Amritsar, October 31
Two persons, including a woman, were murdered in separate incidents here on Monday. Kirpal Singh, a resident of Ganndi village was shot dead by Satnam Singh and his son Kulwinder Singh, alias Bittu, of the same area with a .12 bore gun. 

Couple with fake passports held
Amritsar, October 31
A young couple was arrested at the Rajasansi Airport here today while trying to travel on forged passports to the UK to get married.

Newly wed burnt to death
Bathinda, October 31
Maninder Kaur, a resident of Jalandhar city, who was married here on July 29, 2001 was allegedly burnt to death by her husband, Devinder Pal Singh and mother-in-law Balwinder Kaur for bringing inadequate dowry.


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