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SHSAD not to contest for SGPC chief’s post
Chandigarh, October 15
As the SGPC presidential election has turned into a big battle for various players having stakes in Punjab’s politics and governance, former SGPC chief G.S. Tohra and his party today distanced itself from it.

SAD, SGPC draw up contingency plan
Amritsar, October 15
At a high-level in-camera meeting SAD and SGPC members of the district today chalked out a multi-pronged strategy and contingency plan to counter the attempts of some rival Akali factions to control the SGPC with the alleged support of the state government.

Under surveillance? Under surveillance? Punjab police security personnel listen to the one-to-one talk between SGPC chief Kirapal Singh Badungar and General Secretary Bibi Kiranjot Kaur before a high-level joint meeting of the SGPC and SAD in Amritsar on Tuesday. —A Tribune photo

CM’s remark on Badal’s arrest flayed
Chandigarh, October 15
Punjab BJP President B.L. Rinwa and Senior BJP leader Balramji Dass Tandon have described as most unfortunate the press statement of Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh about Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s impending arrest.

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‘No breakdown of law & order possible’
Moga, October 15
Punjab Congress president H S Hanspal today said he did not see any possibility of a breakdown of law and order or any revolution in the state in the event of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s arrest on corruption charges.

Pak bid to revive terrorism in Punjab
ERRORISM in Punjab ended way back in 1993 as the people of the State chose the path of peace. But Pakistan’s ISI, aided by residual Punjab militants, has made persistent attempts at destabilising the state. Many disturbing trends have been witnessed in the past five years which testify that Pakistan is working overtime to revive terrorism.

Implement tariff order, say engineers
Patiala, October 15
In a bid to put pressure on the Punjab Cabinet which is meeting tomorrow to discuss the tariff order passed by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC), the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineers Association today appealed to the commission to intervene in the matter and direct the PSEB to implement the tariff order passed on September 6 immediately.

Chhatbir zoo chief in vigilance net
Chandigarh, October 15
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has ordered a vigilance inquiry into the irregularities committed by Director V.K. Sharma and others of Chhatbir Zoological Park. Two XENs belonging to the Public Health Department and the PSEB, two Tehsildars, four Naib-Tehsildars and two DSPs have also been brought under the vigilance net on various charges and irregularities.


Congress govt a failure: Chawla
Jalandhar, October 15
Senior BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla said today that the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab was a failure on all fronts. Talking to reporters here, she said the Punjab Government was only pursuing cases of corruption pertaining to the previous SAD-BJP regime and had nothing else to show by way of its achievements.


Cabinet to discuss relief to farmers
Ropar, October 15
The Punjab Cabinet will discuss tomorrow the issue of providing immediate and sufficient relief to the farmers for their badly damaged standing crops by the hailstorm on Saturday in an area of 8,000 acres in the Morinda and Chamkaur Sahib areas besides other affected areas in Fatehgarh Sahib and Ludhiana districts.

Sikh jathas to Pak: PM requested to intervene
Amritsar, October 15
Fearing mismanagement of gurdwaras in Pakistan in the absence of the visits of Sikh jathas to the neighbouring country, Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, president of the International Bhai Mardana Yadgaar Kirtan Darbar Society (IBMYKDS) has urged Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to allow Sikh jathas to visit Pakistan for “darshan” of Gurdwaras. 

Historic documents missing
Important documents relating to the historical importance of this border city are missing from the Deputy Commissioner’s office and the Municipal Committee library. According to details available, Ferozepore acquired the status of district headquarters in 1838, when it became a British possession. Since then, the British started appointing civil servants in charge of district affairs at Ferozepore. 

Net services at Golden Temple
Amritsar, October 15
Pilgrims visiting the Golden Temple will avail themselves of the internet, ISD and other facilities, thanks to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which has set up an ultra-modern customer services centre on the periphery of the SGPC complex.

Punjab told to start environment studies
Chandigarh, October 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Punjab Government to get in touch with the Punjab School Education Board authorities for incorporating environment studies in the syllabi for classes VI to X.Sucha Singh Langah

Langah freed on bail
Patiala, October 15
Former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Minister Sucha Singh Langah today was released from the Central Jail here following the receipt of his bail order from a Ropar court by the jail authorities. Sources disclosed that Langah was released from the jail around noon. A number of supporters of Langah were outside the jail to received him.

Vigilance asks MC to give record
Patiala, October 15
The Punjab Vigilance Department has asked the local Municipal Corporation to give the record of the maps and other clearances given to commercial buildings during the period from January, 1998, to July, 2002.

Poll no solution to J-K problem, says Mann
Phagwara, October 15
There were no takers for the Indian sectarian foreign policy in the international community of nations, and India stood isolated in the world for a on the Kashmir issue India should need the advice of the European Union and the USA for the negotiated settlement of Kashmir issue and de-escalation of tension on the Indo-Pak border through mutual dialogue.

PCMS: restructure Health Dept
Chandigarh, October 15
Totally rejecting the plan for privatisation, the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association has demanded the restructuring of the Health Department by expanding and decentralising the administrative supervisory network to combat with prevalent problem of absenteeism, poor work culture and deterioration in the standard of the health services.

Cancer victim’s daily grind
Bathinda, October 15
Veeru Ram, a construction labourer, used to drive himself hard from early morning till late evening to earn enough to educate his children. So was the case with his wife. Apart from meeting his routine liabilities, Veeru Ram was saving some money for the education of his child.

Suspected HIV patient operated on
Bathinda, October 15
As confusion marked the diagnosis of a patient said to be tested Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), positive his right leg was amputated partially here today in the civil hospital here after two-hour-long operation.

Nominations not fed in PO accounts
Hoshiarpur, October 15
Account holders of various post office schemes here are a harried lot as the authorities concerned did not feed nominations in their accounts in the computerised records.

Punjabis too enjoy dandia
Bathinda, October 15
Not only Gujaratis residing in the city, but also Punjabis enjoyed the dandia dance arranged every evening for the past one week. The dandia held at the local Bhoj Raj School was largely attended by Gujaratis who have been residing in the city for the past many years.

RSS installation day celebrated
Batala, October 15
A procession was held here today by activists of the local unit of the RSS to commemorate its installation day. The RSS come into existence on Dasehra at Nagpur in 1925 through the efforts of Dr Keshav Rao Madhav Rao Bali Ram Hedgewar.

Students mobilise villagers for dharna
Rampura Phul, October 15
The ongoing tussle between students and mini-bus operators may take an ugly turn as the students have been holding meetings in villages seeking support of panchayats for holding a dharna near the office of the civil administration here.

Badal govt defied Rama’s ideals: CM
Patiala, October 15
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that the erstwhile Badal government had fallen by the wayside because it had started suppressing the poor and the down trodden and had set aside the principles of good governance elucidated by Lord Rama in the Ramayana.


Patiala MC to hire 50 sweepers
Patiala, October 15
Faced with a shortage of sweepers and the festival season ahead, the Patiala Municipal Corporation has decided to hire 50 safai sewaks who will join duty from tomorrow to reduce pressure on regular sweepers of the corporation.


Woman raped, trader murdered
Raman Mandi (Bathinda), October 15
When a resident of Bangi Nihalsinghwala village left her parental house last evening to distribute invitation cards for the celebration of the birthday of her son, little did she know that destiny had something else in store for her.

Cong councillor ‘kills’ undertrial
Jalandhar, October 15
In a brutal incident, an undertrial, who was recently released on bail in an attempt to murder case, was stabbed to death by a Congress councillor and his sons at the Kishanpura locality here tonight.

SGPC member booked
Ropar, October 15
The police today registered a case against Jarnail Singh Aulakh, an SGPC member from Anandpur Sahib, and Inderjit Singh Arora, a resident of Anandpur Sahib, under Sections 392, 420, 365, 406, 342 and 34 of the IPC.


School inaugurated
Jalandhar, October 15
Sanskriti KMV School , blending Indian values and a modern outlook, was inaugurated here today by the President of the Arya Shiksha Mandal, Mr Chander Mohan.

Sikhya Abhian Scheme to be launched
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 15
The Central Government-sponsered Sarav Sikhya Abhian Scheme is being launched in Fatehgarh Sahib in all 581 primary schools in the district to achieve a 100-per cent target of providing free of cost education to all girls, as well as SC students, up to class VIII. This was disclosed by Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, while presiding over a meeting, here today.

ABVP’s campus unit declared
Patiala, October 15
Criticising the Punjabi University administration for its “negative” attitude towards student council elections, the newly elected president of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s (ABVP) campus unit, Mr Gurjit Singh Nagra, said the university administration should take the requisite steps to ascertain that the U.G.C. guidelines regarding 180 academic days were implemented immediately.


Cotton factories evade fee worth crores
Mansa, October 15
Market fee and the rural development fund (RDF) running into crores are being evaded by cotton factory owners on the purchase of kapas and narma allegedly in connivance with officials of the market committees of the district.


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