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Probe bodies zero in on Badal
Chandigarh, October 5
The ongoing confrontation between the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and a former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, reached new heights as the former said today that the investigating agencies had almost zeroed-in on Mr Badal in corruption cases.

A political showdown in offing?
Chandigarh, October 5
Accusations and counter-accusations notwithstanding, Punjab, which has been struggling to recover from the after “effects of nearly two decades of turbulence, appears to be heading for another phase of “confrontation politics” for giving another severe blow to a tottering economy of the state.

Cong drive to cleanse party
Ropar, October 5
On the pattern of on-going “anti corruption” drive in Punjab, the Congress Government has also launched a drive against the “corrupt” Congress persons to provide clean and corruption free administration to people in the state.

Akali ex-minister attends Nirankari meet function
Dal Khalsa sees red
Bathinda, October 5
Former Akali Minister, Chiranji Lal Garg, the only Hindu Akali minister in the previous SAD-BJP government of Punjab, attended the “Manav Ekta Sammelan” organised by Sant Nirankari Mandal on October 2 here and presided over head of the sect Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj.

Former SAD minister Chiranji Lal Garg at the Manav Ekta Sammelan

A former SAD minister, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg (extreme left), at the Manav Ekta Sammelan of Nirankaris in Bathinda on Wednesday. Akali Dal members are not supposed to deal with Nirankaris, who have been excommunicated from the Panth.
— Photo Kulbir Beera




PF scam: PSEB told to file FIR
Ropar, October 5
The Vigilance Department of the Punjab State Electricity Board has directed the authorities of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant to register an FIR against labour contractors responsible for the EPF scam.

Activists of the All-India Christian Dalit Front demonstrate near the Wagha check post
Activists of the All-India Christian Dalit Front demonstrate near the Wagha check post on Saturday. They were protesting against the killing of Christians in  Pakistan recently.Photo Rajiv Sharma

PSEB engineer denies demanding bribe
Chandigarh, October 5
Addressing a press conference here today , Mr R.P. Singla, Senior Executive Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board, said that the Punjab Vigilance Bureau “ fixed “him in a corruption case in connivance with an owner of a private engineering firm that had been caught stealing power in Mohali by him.

PSIEC medallions popular
Chandigarh, October 5
The concept of gold and silver medallions to commemorate an event or to perpetuate memories of an occasion has won the Punjab Small Industries Corporation a medal for itself.

Travel agents cough up 69 lakh
Hoshiarpur, October 5
Even as the network of unscrupulous travel agents continues to spread in the Doaba region where hundreds of unsuspecting people are duped by these travel agents, the local police has set a record of sorts by making such travel agents return Rs 69 lakh to victims during the past six months by making investigation of such cases a time-bound affair.


Tohra blames Badal for SGPC poll delay
Chandigarh, October 5
Former SGPC Chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra today squarely blamed a former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for deliberately getting the holding of the general elections to the SGPC delayed in connivance with the Union Government.


Atinder for UN role in eco development
Chandigarh, October 5
For Mr Atinderpal Singh, who once headed the dreaded Khalistan Liberation Organisation, it is now sustainable development of Punjab which tops his professional agenda.

NFL staff threaten stir
Bathinda, October 5
The Central Government is yet to decide on disinvestment in various Public Sector Undertakings. The Coordination Committee of Unions of employees of National Fertilisers Limited today threatened direct action against NFL to resist disinvestment in NFL.

A view of light and sound play
A view of light and sound play Bole So Nihal organised by the Chief Khalsa Dewaan on the occasion of 61st All-India Sikh Educational Conference at Khalsa College in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo RS

Railways sanction 54 overbridges
Patiala, October 5
Punjab Public Works Minister Partap Singh Bajwa said today that 54 Railway overbridges had been sanctioned for Punjab by the Railway Ministry. Speaking to newsmen after watching the semifinal match of the 27th All-India Gurdarshan Singh Memorial Football Tournament, he said never had, so many railway overbridges been sanctioned for Punjab in one go.

Fire brigade: vehicle repair costlier
Sources in the Municipal Council here have indicated that the total expenses occurred on the maintenance of vehicles and accessories of the fire brigade during the past 15 years are more than their present book value. Even then the vehicles are known as “dhakka-start khataras”.

MC to generate power from solid waste
Patiala, October 5
The Patiala Municipal Corporation proposes to generate electricity from solid waste which will help it run streetlight in the city for which it has roped in a US firm. Disclosing this here today while addressing a press conference after returning from a three-nation tour sponsored by HUDCO, city Mayor Vishnu Sharma said the aim behind the project was two fold — to create a smooth system to collect solid waste and store it in covered dumps and to ensure profit from the exercise by generating power from it.

Need to rewrite Sikh history: Barnala
Amritsar, October 5
The Governor of Uttaranchal, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, in his presidential remarks at the Chief Khalsa Dewan said the Sikh history had not been presented in its right perspective and need to be rewritten with proper care without distortion of facts.

Sikh bodies want ban on Ashutosh
Jalandhar, October 5
The row between the Noormahalia sect and the Joint Action Committee (JAC), of certain Sikh religious and political organisations, intensified today, when the latter threatened to stop the former holding any function in the state.

Narcotics smuggler gives up in court
Bathinda, October 5
Raj Modar, a resident of Rampura Phul in the district, who had earned notoriety in the smuggling of narcotics internationally, surrendered in court here last evening. Raj Modar, who had been into active politics and was a leading transporter in the region, had entered the world of smuggling to cash in on his relations with influential people in Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.

Hearing on Langah’s bail on Oct 9
Ropar, October 5
A court here today adjourned hearing on the bail application of Sucha Singh Langah, former Punjab PWD Minister and senior Akali leader, to October 9 in a case registered against him at SAS Nagar on May 16 under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Hearing of plea on Jora Singh on Oct 8
Kharar, October 5
A court here today fixed October 8 next date of hearing on an application moved by the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, for declaring Mr Jora Singh, PCS, former Secretary of the Punjab, Subordinate Services Selection Board, a proclaimed offender.

Hans Raj Hans backs farmers’ demands
Rakhra (Patiala), October 5
“Late I am to receive the award from the Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, but not too late to interact with the farmers”. This is how Mr Hans Raj Hans consoled himself on Friday when he arrived here to receive the prestigious Amrik Singh Cheema Award 2000-01 at the Rakhra Kisan Mela. He got caught in a traffic jam on the G.T. Road near Khanna. The award was to be given to Mr Hans by Mr Jacob who had to go back hurriedly as he was confronted with tough questions put by farmers disgusted with the MSP for paddy and power supply position.
Hans Raj Hans

World Heritage gild likely for Golden Temple
Barnala, October 5
The Golden Temple in Amritsar will be made a world heritage centre and the Punjab government is striving in this direction. Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Minister of State for Tourism and Industry, said this at the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology yesterday.


Punjab to go for contract farming
Gurdaspur, October 5
Dr R.K. Rampal, Agriculture Director, told newspersons here today that 10 lakh hectares under cultivation of rotational crops like wheat and paddy would be used for diversification in phases within five years. He said contract farming was being introduced in the state to ensure regular marketing of the produce of the farmers.

Confusion over paddy bonus to farmers
Khanna, October 5
Confusion prevails among officials of the procurement agencies on the issue of bonus of Rs 20 per quintal for paddy declared by the Centre. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh inaugurated the procurement process at Khanna on October 1.

Punjab bandh by farmers on October 29
Jalandhar, October 5
In its bid to further intensify the stir against the state and the Central governments over the failure to hike the MSP of paddy to Rs 760 per quintal, seven farmers’ unions have given a call for Punjab bandh on October 29.


12 PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, October 5
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of one IAS and 12 PCS officers. Mr V.K. Meena has been posted as ADC (General), Gurdaspur. Mr Sukhmandar Singh has been posted as SDM, Jalalabad while Mr Deepak Raj Garg has been transferred to Faridkot as A.C. (Grievances).


Robbers attack 3 houses, loot jewellery, cash
Lambra (Jalandhar), October 5
Armed attacks by masked robbers at three houses at Tower Enclave on the city’s outskirts in the wee hours today left seven persons injured, four of them seriously. The robbers, who were armed with iron rods, created a scare among residents of scores of colonies on the city’s outskirts.

2 killed, 10 hurt in mishap
Jalandhar, October 5
Two passengers were killed and 10 injured in a head-on collision between a private bus and a truck at Dyalpur village, near Kartarpur, on G.T. Road yesterday. According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the truck, was coming to Jalandhar from Amritsar, lost control over the vehicle as the front tyre burst.

Man, wife murder youth
Bathinda, October 5
Gurmeet Singh, a youth of Ablu village of this district was murdered late last night by a resident of same village, Chhinder Singh and his wife Paramjit Kaur. Police sources said that Gurmeet Singh was murdered by Chhinder Singh as he was suspecting that deceased was having illicit relations with his wife.

Cop held for cheating
Phagwara, October 5
A policeman, Balbir Singh, who was earlier the head munshi of the local City police station was arrested yesterday for dereliction of duty. The arrest of the cop was made under Sections 420, 409 and 120-B of the IPC for cheating, criminal breach of trust by a public servant and criminal conspiracy.


‘Laddoos’ draw kids to school
Patiala, October 5
Coming regularly to school has started to mean much for thousands of students in 16 blocks of the state, with the start of the new mid-day meal scheme from the beginning of this month, under which they are being served with ‘pinni’ and ‘motichoor laddoos’, ‘kadah’ and ‘pulao’.

Lakhs collected for old student’s treatment
Amritsar, October 5
Students of Guru Nanak Dev University here in a gesture of goodwill have collected lakhs of rupees for the treatment of an old student of the varsity who has been suffering from blood cancer.


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