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Punjabi youth land in Lanka jail
Chandigarh, October 12
Fourteen youths from Ludhiana, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Fatehgarh Sahib and Jalandhar have been languishing at the Negombo prison in Sri Lanka.
Lured by greener pastures in Europe, these 14 youths were relieved of huge amounts, travel documents, by travel agents before they landed in the Negombo jail in a month ago.

Govt gives norms the go-by
Uses unofficial route to keep tariff order pending
Patiala, October 12
The Punjab Government, which has no legal or administrative authority to stay the implementation of the tariff order issued by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, is now using the unofficial or verbal instruction route to keep the implementation of the order pending.

Will New Delhi listen?
Chandigarh, October 12
The ruling Congress party sponsored resolution indicting the Centre over paddy has been passed by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
Was a sort of history created on Friday? The special session, according to Capt Amarinder Singh, was to be make Punjab’s “collective voice” heard in New Delhi. Will New Delhi listen?

Bonus paid to drought-hit farmers
Chandigarh, October 12
Even as the Centre is yet to release funds for the additional Rs 20 per quintal of paddy, to be given to the farmers during purchase by the official agencies on account of drought relief, the Haryana government is stated to have started paying that amount.




Langah granted regular bail
Ropar, October 12
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, Ropar, today granted regular bail to Sucha Singh Langah, former Punjab Public Works Minister and senior Akali leader, in a case registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau on May 16 at SAS Nagar under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and 13 (I) (a) (c) (d) (e) read with 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

SGPC men being threatened: Badal
Patiala, October 12
The SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that the Congress government was threatening SGPC members to make them change their loyalty. Talking to newspersons, he said false FIRs had been registered against two SGPC members and nine others were being threatened by the government.

Canal closed for maintenance

Bathinda, October 12
The “lifeline” providing succour to the sandy plains of the district, the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal, has run dry as water flow into it has been shut down. For a week no water flowed through the mud embankments as the canal was closed down for repair and maintenance.

The dry silt-laden bed of the Bathinda canal, which has been shut down for maintenance, on Saturday.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

The dry silt-laden bed of the Bathinda canal


Hanspal lauds fair poll in J&K
Jalandhar, October 12
Terming the smooth conduct of elections in Jammu and Kashmir as victory against terror, PPCC chief H.S.Hanspal today said that long-pending issues, including the grant of citizenship rights to those Sikhs who had migrated to Kashmir after Partition, would be taken up with the Central Government after the formation of a government in J&K.


MC staff to strike work from tomorrow
Jalandhar, October 12
Perturbed over the recent arrest of 11 officials of the local municipal corporation in the Rs 9.5 lakh Fogging machine scam, the joint action committee of various MC employee unions has decided that the staff on duty at various octroi collection centres of the city would abstain from work from October 14 onwards.

BKU(E), transporters trade charges
Bathinda, October 12
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) and the Mini Bus Operators Union, Rampura Phul, have blamed each other for the problems being faced by rural students in using their concessional bus passes.

Ayurveda ‘boon’ for HIV patients
Jalandhar, October 12
Ayurvedic medicines have proved to be more effective than allopathic medicines in boosting the body immunity system of a patient suffering from the deadly HIV virus. Stating this at the 59th annual general body meeting of the Catholic Health Association of India here today, Father Sebaistian said ayurvedic medicines had been successfully tried on HIV patients.

Photo exhibition mesmerises Patialvis
Patiala, October 12
Capturing the long tresses of models, mattered in fascinating curls that frame the aesthetically designed contours of their faces or showcasing their flawless skin with a spellbinding angular fine-boned structure, ornamented with prominent deep set eyes that are piercing and mesmerising.

Quashing of FIR ordered
Chandigarh, October 12
Mr Justice Viney Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the quashing of a first information report registered in September, 2000, at a police station in Bathinda district with regard to an alleged guarantor of a miller in a paddy misappropriation case.

Defamation suit against Bhaniarawala
Patiala, October 12
The SGPC President, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, today filed a defamation suit against Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala for alleging that he (Mr Badungar) had visited his dera in August 2000.


Youth held in fraud case
Gurdaspur, October 12
The police arrested a foreign-returned youth, identified as Balkar Singh, a resident of Mirthal Tanda village under the Pathankot Sadar police station, yesterday on charges of having committed a fraud by helping his brother to get a job in the paramilitary forces using his educational certificate.

2 chemists arrested
Gurdaspur, October 12
The police has arrested Sandeep Kumar, owner of Sandeep Medical Store, Gurdaspur, and Sanjeev Kumar, alias Bobby, owner of Bobby Medical Store, Gaznikot, for violating of the orders of the District Magistrate issued under Section 144 of the CrPC.

One held for sacrilege
Tarn Taran, October 12
The police here has resolved the issue relating to the incident of sacrilege at Thathinn Mahantan village yesterday by arresting Harminder Singh, alias Kala, resident of the same village against whom a case under Section 295A has been registered by the Sarhali police station.


40 pc govt colleges sans Principals
Amritsar, October 12
The condition of colleges in the state is pathetic. Not only are they understaffed and lack even basic infrastructure for effective teaching more than 40 per cent of them remain “headless” despite government’s commitment to elevate the standard of education in the state.

Faridkot varsity Exam Controller quits
Faridkot, October 12
The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Controller of Examination, Dr Nachhattar Singh, has resigned from his post due to alleged lack of proper functioning of the institution.

Govt teachers decry education policy
Ropar, October 12
A joint district-level convention of the Government Secondary School Teachers Union and the Government Primary School Teachers Union here today rejected the New Education Policy-2002 of the Punjab government and termed it as “anti-teacher”, “anti-students” and “anti-people”.

Oxford don speaks on paradox of language
Amritsar, October 12
Dr Roy Harris, Professor Emeritus, Oxford University, UK in his lecture on “paradox of language and metalanguage” questioned the very foundation of the orthodox forms of discipline of linguistics.


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