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Is financial emergency a solution?
Punjab in debt trap
Chandigarh, October 8
Does the current financial crisis warrant the declaration of a “financial emergency” in Punjab? The Congress had sought such a provision for Punjab when Capt Amarinder Singh led a delegation to the then President, Mr K.R. Narayanan, on January 11, 1999.

Badal’s charge refuted
Chandigarh, October 8
Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, categorically stated today that the Congress had never interfered in the SGPC elections and allegations to this effect by SAD President Parkash Singh Badal were baseless.

Review decision on 15 pc surcharge
Patiala, October 8
The Punjab State Electricity Board has filed a review petition before the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission seeking permission to bill consumers the surcharge being charged by the Railways on account of freight reduction in Station Heat Rate ordered by the Commission and the hydro-generation calculated by it in its tariff order.




PAP commandos fare well in J&K
Patiala, October 8
From ‘’Strangers to pals’’ as they were referred to in Jammu and Kashmir, the 3000-strong contingent of Punjab Armed Police (PAP) commandos did more than just poll duty. They carried the pyschological war to the enemy camp, besides ensuring record polling in booths under their control.

Youth’s kidney removed at gunpoint
Amritsar, October 8
The kidney of a 17-year-old youth was removed at gunpoint in a Jalandhar hospital. Before removing the kidney, he was kept in illegal captivity in Chandigarh and was threatened with dire consequences if he went to the police.


CM trying to create political terror: BJP
Phagwara, October 8

Former Punjab BJP chief Daya Singh Sodhi has alleged that Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government is trying to create political and administrative terror in the state.

Bhinder: Akalis have anti-Cong agenda
Gurdaspur, October 8
Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, a former Union Minister, talking to newspersons here today, said all factions of the Akali Dal were chips of the same block and had a common anti-Congress agenda to keep their flock together.


Notice issued to Punjab
Chandigarh, October 8
Taking up two different petitions seeking the grant of anticipatory bail filed by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee members Balbir Singh and Bhagwant Singh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notice of motion to the state of Punjab.

  • Punjab asked to explain

Pak electioneering strays into India
Gurdaspur, October 8

Electioneering for the October 10 elections in Pakistan spilled across the border when an air-borne election symbol tied with gas balloons floated across the Indo Pakistan border and landed in the border town of Narot Jaimal Singh across the Ravi river in the district last night.

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Original drawings offered
Akal Takht restoration
Amritsar, October 8
Hundreds of original drawings of frescos, including that of Hindu Gods and Bhagats, which disappeared when the Radicals pulled down the structure of Akal Takht, are in the treasured possession of descendents of Bhai Gian Singh, who belongs to the lineage of naqqashs.
Earlier stories on October 8, 7, 6, 5

‘Check’ atrocities against women
Hoshiarpur, October 8
The women’s cell of the SAD, led by Bibi Vinod Chadha, state president of the cell, staged a dharna in front of the district courts here today in protest against the increasing atrocities against women in Punjab.

Brar assures action against party men
Faridkot, October 8
Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, Congress MP, has assured that the Punjab Government will take action against those party workers and leaders who had forcibly taken the control of Durgiana Temple at Amritsar on October 6 from the committee of BJP members.

‘Rift’ between OSDs, CM’s political Secy
Ferozepore, October 8
Three officers on special duty of Captain Amarinder Singh organised sangat darshan programme at Guru Har Sahai last week. The programme was organised and managed by Major H.S. Bhullar, Captain Bikramjit Singh and Mr Vishavpreet Singh Chhina, all OSDs to the CM. They came over to Guru Har Sahai to hear grievances of people.

7 law officers redesignated
Chandigarh, October 8
In just over six months after the Congress government took over the reigns in the state of Punjab, seven law officers were redesignated by Punjab’s Department of Home Affairs and Justice.

PCMS Association opposes privatisation
Chandigarh, October 8
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association today opposed Punjab Government plan to privatise health services. In the first step the Amritsar Civil Hospital is to be handed to a private entrepreneur.

Bail creates controversy
Bathinda, October 8
The order issued by the Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Mr G.K. Singh (now under transfer), in connection with the bail of an accused in a case pertaining to Sections 107 and 151 of Cr PC in the Sangat police station on October 5 seems to have created a controversy as another accused in the same case has alleged that Mr G.K. Singh was not empowered to grant bail and thus he had misused his powers for vested interest.

People urged to move consumer forums
Muktsar, October 8
Mr H.S. Brar, president of the Punjab State Consumer Grievances Redressal Forum, said people should complain to the district consumer grievances redressal forums whenever there was any deficiency of service by any company.

4 killed, 7 hurt in mishap
Ferozepore, October 8
Four persons, including a woman, were killed on the spot while seven others, including two women and two children, were inured seriously when their jeep collided head-on with a truck near Ferozepore cantonment on the Ferozepore-Fazilka road here today. 

Two die of jaundice
Hoshiarpur, October 8
A number of jaundice cases have been reported from the rural areas of Mukerian subdivision in the district. According to information received here, Sukhwant Singh (23) of Mehatpur village and Dikshat (7) of Naumoli village died at the DMC, Ludhiaha, due to jaundice.

Hero of ‘Bhagat Singh’ weds today
Jalandhar, October 8
Deepak Dutta, who is playing the title role in Ramanand Sagar’s forthcoming film “Shahid Bhagat Singh”, is marrying a Jalandhar girl, Sanya Lubana, a renowned artist and a former Miss Chandigarh.

Wine contractors support Safdipur
Patiala, October 8
Wine contractors from all over the state and Youth Congress leaders came out in support of contractor Balwinder Singh Safdipur who has been accused of being responsible for an assault on another contractor Mangar Rai Gupta, around 10 days back.

Liquor shops to remain close
Bathinda, October 8
The District Magistrate has ordered that the liquor shops in Maiser Khana village of Talwandi Sabo tehsil will remain closed on October 11 keeping in view the annual mela to be held there.


Farmers use paddy to burn PM’s effigy
Jalandhar, October 8

A group of farmers and members of the Progressive Farmers Association today used harvested paddy as fuel to burn the effigy of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, a symbolic form of protest against the minimum support price of paddy offered by the Centre.

BKU appeal to MLAs on special session
Ludhiana, October 8
The Bharatiya Kisan Union has appealed to all political parties to be present in the state Assembly on October 11, when a special session has been convened to discuss the farmers’ problems.

Contract farming programme launched
Amritsar, October 8
To introduce diversification in agriculture during the ensuing rabi season in the state, the government has launched a “contract farming programme” in Punjab. This was stated by Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Minister of State for Agriculture, Revenue and Rehabilitation, and Cooperation, while inaugurating a district-level farmers training camp at the Guru Nanak Bhavan here today.

1,78, 286 tonnes of paddy procured
Bathinda, October 8
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, said that here today the paddy procurement was in full swing and there was no shortage of paddy bags.


Eight cops booked for fraud
Bathinda, October 8
A case of fraud was registered against eight policemen, including a head constable and a constable, in Faridkot today for their alleged involvement in cheating the Punjab Government of lakhs of rupees.

Gang of cheats busted, 4 held
Gurdaspur, October 8
The police has busted an inter-state gang of cheats who charged Rs 12,000 to Rs 92,000 for enrolling people as members of various hotels.

Six held under gambling Act
Bathinda, October 8
The district police has arrested six persons for indulging in “satta” transactions and has recovered Rs 21,000, three mobile phones and a motor cycle.


Physiotherapy college opened
Jalandhar, October 8
Saint Soldier College of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, the first college in Punjab to get ISO 9001 certification, was inaugurated by the local MP Mr Balbir Singh at Khambra village on the Jalandhar-Nakodar road here today.

Science mistresses’ appeal to CM
Chandigarh, October 8
The Association of Newly Appointed Science Mistresses in a representation submitted to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and President of the Punjab Congress H.S.Hanspal has demanded that they should not be removed from service.

Rs 14.41 lakh for schools
Jalandhar, October 8
The District Education Development Committee has disbursed a sum of Rs 14.41 lakh for infrastructure development in schools and for the mid-day meal scheme in 75 primary schools in Adampur block of the district under the “sarv shiksha abhiyan” programme.

School building inaugurated
Bathinda, October 8
Mr Surinder Singla, MLA, while inaugurating the new building of Government Primary School at Choghe Khurd village, near here, said the state government spent about Rs 1,700 crore every year on education.

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