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Pressed to marry 80-yr-old, teenager contempt suicide
Bathinda, October 9
A student of Class XII of Phulhi village today jumped into the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) lake here to commit suicide following pressure from her kin forcing her to marry a man of her grandfather’s age.

Reply to Sidhu’s plea filed
Ropar, October 9
The prosecution today filed reply in a court today to the application of Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, former Chairman of the PPSC, vide which Sidhu had sought his discharge for want of valid sanction by the competent authority — the President of India to prosecute him in the disproportionate assets cases.

MC scam: 10 sanitary officials arrested
Jalandhar, October 9
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested 10 officials of the Sanitary Department, including an assistant commissioner of the local Municipal Corporation, for allegedly duping the civic body of Rs 9.5 lakh by making fake payments.

Rs 60 cr for Patiala under NCR programme
Chandigarh, October 9
The Union Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation has approved Rs 60 crore under the National Capital Region programme for the first phase of water supply and sewerage project in Patiala. The decision of the Ministry’s NCR Planning Board has been conveyed to Punjab.

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Atwal denies meeting Tohra
Jalandhar, October 9
Former Punjab Assembly Speaker and senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Charanjit Singh Atwal today denied that he had met Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) president Gurcharan Singh Tohra at Ludhiana recently.

SAD-BJP meeting today
Phillaur, October 9
A meeting of the SAD and the BJP will be held at the residence of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal tomorrow in Chandigarh. Stating this, Punjab BJP organisational general secretary Avinash Jaiswal, said today that the final strategy regarding the participation in the special session of the Assembly on October 11 would be discussed.

BJP recasts two district units
Chandigarh, October 9
Punjab BJP President Brij Lal Rinwa today recast the party’s Amritsar (Urban) and Moga district units on the recommendation of the respective presidents, Col Amrik Singh (retd.) and Mr Ramesh Beri.

Sukhbir Badal Police pressure on SGPC men: Sukhbir
Killianwali (Muktsar), October 9
Former Union Minister Sukhbir Badal today alleged that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had directed senior police functionaries to put pressure on SGPC members to dissociate themselves from the SAD in the coming election to the post of SGPC President.

Badal, 7 SGPC men hold meeting
Moga, October 9
Former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal today held a closed-door meeting here with seven Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) members from this district.


Flesh trade: panel’s clean chit to hotels
Amritsar, October 9
The flesh trade racket case, which was busted by the Amritsar police in May, took a new turn today, with a high-powered committee giving a clean chit to the government-run hotels here.

Check sewage discharge to curb pollution
Chandigarh, October 9
Taking a serious view of pollution being caused due to discharge of sewage from an falling area under the Khanna Municipal Council, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has suggested that a comprehensive programme should be drawn up for the generation of revenue and implementation of projects for reducing pollution.

  • Notice on MLA’s bail plea

Conference on Guru Granth Sahib
Amritsar, October 9
Guru Nanak Dev University in collaboration with the Academy of Guru Granth Studies, USA, will organise an international conference on inner dynamics of Sri Guru Granth Sahib for the celebration of the 400th year of its compilation from October 17 to 19 here.

Takht honours Jinda’s mother
Amritsar, October 9
The Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, today honoured Bibi Gurnam Kaur, mother of Harjinder Singh Jinda— one of the assassins of Gen A.S. Vaidya at Akal Takht after the bhog ceremony, here today. Tributes were paid to the assassins of General Vaidya — Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha.

No funds for nutrition scheme
Hoshiarpur, October 9
While the Punjab Government from time to time has been introducing various schemes for the benefit of weaker sections of society, it fails to providing the required funds regularly to continue these schemes. As a result, these are either dropped or discontinued.

Garbage dumping poses problem
Pathankot, October 9
Garbage in this town has not been removed for the past about a month. Heaps of filth are everywhere and no steps are being taken to remove garbage. The municipal council has failed to mark the site for dumping garbage.

Commissioner cancels order on councillors
Amritsar, October 9
The Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation here today withdrew the “un-constitutional” letter issued by his Assistant Commissioner, Kirpal Singh, a PCS officer, aimed at curbing the elected representatives of the House.

Residents resent power cuts
Bathinda, October 9
The annoying din of power generators accompanied by diesel fumes has once again become the bane of city residents. After the power situation remained stable for a few weeks, the crisis has returned, bringing in its wake unannounced cuts.

Charges traded over temple funds row
Amritsar, October 9
Allegations were traded by two factions having support of the BJP and the Congress over the alleged embezzlement of Durgiana temple funds.

Bitta: make Gill Gujarat Governor
Amritsar, October 9
All-India Anti-Terrorists Front Chairman M.S. Bitta today attributed the terrorist strike on Akshardham Temple in Gujarat to the sequel to the riots following the utterances by VHP president Ashok Singal.

Hearing on Langah’s bail plea adjourned
Ropar, October 9
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, Ropar, today adjourned the hearing on the bail application of Sucha Singh Langah, former PWD Minister to October 12. The hearing was adjourned due to non-production of police record of the case in the court by the prosecution today.

DTO issues notice to truckers
Bathinda, October 9
The ongoing rift between the Bir Bhola Truck Union of the city and the District Transport Officer, Faridkot, may snowball into a major controversy as the DTO has issued a notice to the office-bearers of the union, asking them to apologise for their allegedly false, derogatory and defamatory remarks.

Students protest against bus operators
Bathinda, October 9
Students of Chauke and other villages of this district who were reportedly not allowed to travel free of cost in some buses although they had concessional passes, today held a meeting with a kisan union and some panchayats. The students want villagers to help them. The students are protesting against the behaviour of some bus operators.

Medallions: orders worth Rs 1 crore
Chandigarh, October 9
The Punjab Small Industries Export Corporation’s concept of issuing commemorative gold and silver medallions to mark the 2600 years of the birth of Lord Mahavira in Madhya Pradesh has turned out to be a success.

Panel to look into groundwater pollution
Rajpura, October 9
Punjab Public Health Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa said today special committee had been constituted to look into the groundwater pollution caused by industries in Bathinda, Mansa, Faridkot and Sangrur districts.

Undertrial dies in custody
Sangrur, October 9
An undertrial facing murder charge in Sangrur jail died under mysterious circumstances while on way back after attending the court of the Additional Sessions Judge here.


Licences of 5 arhtiyas suspended
Faridkot, October 9
Mr A. Venu Prasad Deputy Commissioner here has suspended the licences of five arhtiyas for irregularities in the purchase of paddy in the district. They are G.M. Trading Company, Sadiq, M/S Joginder Singh and Sons, Deep Singh Wala, M/S Rajeev and Company, Jand Sahib, M/S Kartar Singh Brar and Company, Mehmuana and M/S Veer Traders, Machaki Kalan Purchasing Centres.


Govt bans hunting
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 9
The Punjab Government has banned hunting in forest areas. This was informed by Punjab Minister of State for Forests Harbans Lal while addressing a function here on the concluding day of the wildlife protection week today.


Gang of car thieves busted
Patiala, October 9
The police has busted an inter-state gang, led by an active member of the Bhindrawala Tiger Force, which used to snatch cars and gypsies in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh at gun point in the guise of policemen.

Schoolgirl dies in accident
Phagwara, October 9
Himani (5) of UKG class died on the spot and 15 other students of GDR Day Boarding Public School were injured, five of them seriously, when their tempo was hit by a truck in the local industrial area this morning.

Deras attacked, baba killed
Amritsar, October 9
In a gruesome incident, two deras located at Chakk Sikander and Nizampur villages were looted by armed persons. One baba was killed and six persons were injured in the incident today.

4 killed in road accident
Fazilka, October 9
Four persons were killed and eight others injured in a road accident, 10 km from here, today. According to the police, a Tata Sumo carrying 12 passengers from Fazilka to Abohar collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction at about 1.00 a.m. leaving three persons dead on the spot while another one died on way to a hospital of the eight injured, the condition of five is stated to be serious.

Man arrested with pistol
Ropar, October 9
The police has arrested Arvinder Singh Brar, a resident of Chandigarh, and seized a .32-bore pistol and five cartridges from him. He was arrested on the Kurali-Sisan road.


Rs 2.3 cr for Sarv Sikhiya Abhiyan
Muktsar, October 9
The government has sanctioned Rs 2.34 crore for the district under the Sarv Sikhiya Abhiyan launched by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development and the State Education Department.


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