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CPI hardens stand against CM
Amritsar, October 11
The CPI, which has been at loggerheads with its pre-poll partner, the Congress, has accused Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, of taking a pledge before Akal Takht to implement the pro-Khalistan ‘Amritsar Declaration’.

Farmers unable to sow paddy may get relief
Patiala, October 11
Hope may be round the corner for thousands of farmers in the state who could not sow paddy crop due to drought-like conditions in the state. The Central team which is criss-crossing the state to ascertain the damage to the paddy crop, says that the Union Government is reconsidering a proposal to give them compensation on a par with that given for the totally damaged crop.

Mill polluting groundwater shut
Pollution board gets tough
Patiala, October 11
In a bid to reduce groundwater pollution, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has closed down one paper mill and curtailed the production of six others, besides ordering all bulk drug manufacturers in the state to go in for effluent treatment plants and directing four distilleries to become zero-discharge industries.

Industrialist’s murder
Suspect’s accomplice detained
Ludhiana, October 11
The police has detained an accomplice of the suspected killer of an industrialist of Kot Kapura, whose mutilated and charred body was found from a field near the Moga bypass yesterday.

Fatehgarh Sahib




A water-course of discord
A water-course passing through the Bhai Pheru Sangat Sahib Khalsa Senior Secondary School here has become a bone of contention between the institution’s management and the Irrigation Department.

Water crisis in Abohar deepens
Abohar, October 11
The crisis of drinking water for around 1.5 lakh residents of this town has deepened further with the decision of the Irrigation Department to extend suspension of water supply to canals for another week.

Court orders auction of DC office property
Ropar, October 11
Mr B.S. Sandhu, Civil Judge (Senior Division), Ropar, has ordered the auction of property of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, comprising two cars, four air conditioners, 50 steel almirahs, 50 fans, 20 coolers and 100 chairs on October 23 in connection with Ravi Dutt Saini versus Punjab State case through the local Collector and the SDM, SAS Nagar.

Mann plans dharna on October 25
Phagwara, October 11
The Akali Dal President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, said today that his party would stage a dharna on October 25 in front of the office of the SDM, Malerkotla, in protest against the 10-month “blockade” on the Indo-Pak border.

Act against erring insecticide inspector
Chandigarh, October 11
Coming down heavily on an insecticides inspector for apparently helping an organisation by delaying the filing of a complaint, Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Punjab’s Director of Agriculture Department to take appropriate action.

  • Pre-arrest bail for Badal’s OSD

  • Notice to Punjab in gang-rape case

  • More time given in organs’ sale case

MC billing hit by computer snag
Amritsar, October 11
Close on the heels of embarrassment over the release of an ‘unconstitutional’ letter by the Additional Commissioner to elected representatives gagging their rights the Municipal Corporation is embroiled in another controversy.

Street play on drug menace
Abohar, October 11
As part of “war against drugs” campaign launched by the district police in collaboration with various voluntary organisations, dramatic club Aks yesterday concluded its series of street plays with the 51st show of “Wapsi” at the municipal town hall here. ASP Rakesh Aggarwal complimented young artistes on the occasion.

Recruitment rally on October 19
Amritsar, October 11
The Regiment of Artillery will organise an 8-day rally to recruit soldiers (general duty) for artillery under unit headquarters quota for brothers or son-in-law (in case of no son of the war widow) of war widows, ex-servicemen and servicemen of the Regiment of Artillery from state of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh from October 19 to 27 at Amritsar Cantonment.

Popularise lok adalats: judge
Muktsar, October 11
Mr A.N. Jindal, District and Sessions Judge, said here today that people should be educated to settle their cases through mutual compromise or through lok adalats, which would be a permanent feature now.

Sacha Sauda chief speaks to media
Salabatpura October 11
Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda (Sirsa) against whom the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered an inquiry to be conducted by the CBI into allegations that he has raped a girl for months, today asked his followers to be patient and not lose temper. 

CHAI to focus on health for poor
Jalandhar, October 11
The Catholic Health Association of India will strive for the prevention and control of infectious diseases linked to poverty throughout the country. The two-day general body meeting and seminar “Communicable diseases — collective action, the best bet” of the CHAI, began on the local Trinity College campus today.

Birdevinder’s behaviour criticised
SAS Nagar, October 11
People are agitated over the behaviour of the Kharar MLA towards an OSD to the Punjab Chief Minister and have decided to oppose him if he did not mend his ways.

22 HIV cases detected
Sirsa, October 11
As many as 22 cases of HIV were detected last year, local NGO Shiv Shakti Raktdata Samiti report has stated. Syphilis virus was found in 24 cases, Hepatitis-B in 75 and Hepatitis-C in 64 during blood tests this year.

Lawyers call off agitation
Amritsar, October 11
The District Bar Association here today called off its three-day-old strike following a meeting between senior police officials and the Bar. According to Mr Rajpal Sood, vice-president of the association, the meeting was arranged at the instance of the District and Sessions Judge.

Permission sought to auction cinema
Amritsar, October 11
The Excise and Taxation Department here has sought the permission of the state government to auction Gagan Cinema situated on the Batala road for the recovery of more than Rs 70 lakh as entertainment tax.

Bharati told to pay 5,000 as relief
Amritsar October 11
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Bharati Mobile limited, SAS Nagar to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 along with Rs 5,00 as cost for failing to provide signal for over 41 days.

Man, son denied bail
Moga, October 11
Mr Jagmohan Singh Chawla, Additional District and Sessions Judge, yesterday dismissed the bail plea of a man and his son accused in a murder case.


ASI, 4 other cops booked
Phagwara, October 11
A case has been registered against an ASI, Sanjiv Kumar, and four other cops under Sections 395, 452 and 342 of the IPC on charges of dacoity, criminal assault and wrongful confinement. However, they are yet to be arrested. The IPC Sections are read with Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act.

Dalit minor raped over use of tap
Talwandi Sabo, October 11
A minor belonging to a Dalit basti here was allegedly raped by some persons last night over the use of a tap by her mother, a widow. According to information, residents of the basti got a water tap installed in the housing lane after contributing money. 

Gang of five robbers arrested
Nawanshahr, October 11
Ms V. Neeraja, SSP, in a press note issued here today said the local police had unearthed a hawala racket and a gang involved in various crimes of murder and robberies.

2 car thieves arrested
Gurdaspur, October 11
The police has busted a Srinagar-based inter-state gang for allegedly stealing cars. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, in a press note issued here today, said Sohail Ahmad, alias Junes Ahmad, a resident of Butt Malu, Srinagar, and Javed Hassan, a resident of Raj Bagh, also in Srinagar, had been arrested and a brand new Esteem car was recovered from their possession.

Lover commits suicide
Hoshiarpur, October 11
One person allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at Kaulpur village under the Mukerian police station yesterday.

Kale Kachhewale strike at house, kill 1
Amritsar, October 11

The notorious ‘Kale Kachhewale gang struck near Sultanwind village, killing one person and leaving two seriously injured in the wee hours here today, the police said.


Students’ strike enters second day
Phillaur, October 11
Students of the sports wings of DAV College, Phillaur, continued their strike for the second day today. They also held a dharna in protest against the college Principal. The students alleged that they had been deprived of the chance to play kabaddi at the state level due to the non-payment of entry fees by the college.

The members of Democratic Teachers Front hold a marchTeachers stage dharna
Bathinda, October 11
The Democratic Teachers Front today staged a dharna near the office of the District Education Officer to show resentment against the education policy-2002. 
The members of Democratic Teachers Front hold a march in Bathinda on Friday to show resentment against Education Policy-2002.
— Pphoto Kulbir Beera

Mid-day meal scheme launched
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 11
Education Block-2, Bassi Pathana, of this district has been adopted under the mid-day meal scheme being launched under the assistance of the Central Government. Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib inaugurated the scheme today by giving meal to schoolchildren at Fatehpur Raian village, near Bassi Pathana. 

Zonal youth fest for women on
Amritsar, October 11
The four-day women’s zonal youth festival of Guru Nanak Dev University began at BBK DAV College here today.

Seminar on employment
Batala, October 11
A seminar-cum-exhibition about employment is going to be held tomorrow at the Sikh National College, Quadian.

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