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Lay off religious affairs, Badal warns CM
Bir Behman (Bathinda), October 13
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today took a hard stance when he threatened that there would be a revolution in Punjab if the state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who had started “harassing” the members of the SGPC, did not stop interfering in the religious matters of the Sikhs.

Badal flays Amarinder on security for SGPC men
Chandigarh, October 13
SAD President, Parkash Singh Badal today decried the Punjab Government’s move to put surveillance on SGPC members in the garb of security personnel. 

Punjab in financial straitjacket
Chandigarh, October 13
The Punjab Cabinet will discuss two important issues at its forthcoming meeting here. One, the tariff order of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission and two, the financial situation as on August 31 up to when the Accountant-General has also submitted the state’s “performance” report.

Indian youth in Italy caution parents
Chandigarh, October 13
“Please do not repeat the mistake we made,” is the caution given by Punjabi youth —- awaiting regularisation of their “stay” in Italy — to their parents back home.

Gap in PSEB, PSERC figures
Ropar, October 13
The PSEB during the recent paddy season came to the rescue of the farmers by maintaining nearly a 10-hour power supply to the tubewells despite facing a severe financial and coal crisis.




4,000 acres identified for crop diversification
Bathinda, October 13
With the launch of the contract farming programme by the Punjab Government the district administration has identified about 4,000 acres in the district in this regard.

IAF ex-official, son held in dowry case
Gurdaspur, October 13
The police has arrested Dr Karandeep Singh, his father Air-Vice-Marshal Prithipal Singh (retd) and his mother Ravinder Pal Kaur, residents of Ludhiana, for harassing and torturing Dr Kiranpreet Kaur for bringing less dowry.

Jalandhar doctor’s royal connection
Hardly does anyone know that a local doctor has been doubling as a high-profile consultant physician of Bahrain’s royal family. 


State BJP to enrol 5 lakh members
Chandigarh, October 13
The Punjab BJP has decided to enrol five lakh members. Prof Brij Lal Rinwa, President of the state BJP, has divided the state into four regions for the purpose with Mr Avinash Jaiswal as the state membership convener.


Foul play in agency allotment: millers
Bathinda, October 13
Even as a section of rice mill owners on the condition of anonymity alleged that money and political connections had played a significant role in the allotment of agencies to the rice mills for milling paddy, the Punjab Food Minister, Mr Lal Singh, has claimed that it was done as per the norms.

Police remand for Hardeep Singh’s accomplice
Kharar, October 13
Mrs Harinder Sidhu, Duty Magistrate here today remanded Sukhwant Singh, Director of Land Mortgage Bank, Maloud (Ludhiana), and a close associate of Hardeep Singh, OSD to former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau yesterday, in police custody till October 16.

No takers for Palika Bazar shops
Tarn Taran
Shops constructed at the local Palika Bazar have become a white elephant for the Municipal Council as not even a single shop has been sold for the past six years. Palika Bazar has become a haven for anti-social elements. It is being used as a taxi stand these days.

Weavco in fiscal knots
Amritsar, October 13
The re-audit report done by the Audit Department, Punjab has reportedly found large-scale financial irregularities in the audit of books of local unit of Punjab State Handloom Weavers Apex Cooperative Society Limited, by Tilak Raj, the then incharge of the unit.

Leopards devour cattle
Hoshiarpur, October 13
A pair of leopards on a cattle-killing spree are giving sleepless nights to the inhabitants of about 10 odd villages in the Kandi area bordering Himachal Pradesh. The sarpanches of these villages have brought this to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner and other officials but so far no steps have been taken by the administration to check the attacks by the wild cats.

50 pc passport applications fail scrutiny
Phillaur, October 13
“Fifty per cent applications seeking new passports, get rejected, due to several technical mistakes in filling the forms”, Regional Passport Officer Amarjit Singh said here today.

IMA conference on AIDS
Patiala, October 13
The Indian Medical Association, Patiala branch organised the North Zone Conference of the IMA College General Practitioners in Government Medical College here today. The conference discussed ways of spreading on awareness among people on diseases like AIDS and TB.


Mill MD held for GP fund scam
Faridkot, October 13
The Faridkot police today arrested Sukhdev Kapoor, one of the four managing directors of the Kotkapura Cooperative Spinning Mills, Sandhwan, for embezzling more than Rs 80 lakh of the GP fund of the employees and workers of the mills from 1996 to 1999.


Funds for primary schools released
Faridkot, October 13
The district administration has released Rs 99.20 lakh in the first phase to uplift the standard of education in the primary schools of Faridkot district. Earlier, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and the state Education Department had jointly sanctioned around Rs 2 crore for this purpose under the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan.

No salaries for 4 months
Fazilka, October 13
The Punjab Government had opened 50 primary schools in different parts five years ago and appointed 100 teachers in these schools. These teachers have not been paid their salaries for June, July, August and September so far.

Overall trophy for Adesh institute
Moga, October 13
The Adesh Institute of Engineering and Technology Faridkot, has bagged the overall performance trophy at the technical festival organised by the Indian Society for Technical Education, New Delhi, at Lala Lajpat Rai Engineering College, Moga.

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