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SAD PAC meeting tomorrow
Withdrawal of free power facility
Chandigarh, October 17
Calling upon all opposition parties and farmer organisations to unite at one platform to oppose the power tariff on the farming sector, SAD General Secretary Kanwaljit Singh said today that an emergency meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the party would be held on October 19 at the residence of Mr Parkash Singh Badal to chalk out an agitational programme.

Punjab in a bind over tariff issue
Chandigarh, October 17
The Punjab Government is caught in a peculiar situation over the issue of imposing power tariff on the farming sector. In fact, it is groping in the dark to defend itself on this issue. On the one hand it is trying hard to apportion the entire blame on a former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for the power tariff on the agriculture sector.

BKU (E) blocks traffic
Demands free power for farmers
Moga, October 17
The BKU today condemned the decision of the Capt Amarinder Singh government for withdrawing the facility of free power to farmers and threatened to launch a state-wide agitation in the form of rallies, demonstrations and traffic jams throughout the State.

23 arms licensees on Pherurai’s official address
Bathinda, October 17
Facing two criminal cases, the former SSP, Ferozepore, Gurcharan Singh Pherurai, now remanded in police custody, is likely to face another case. During the preliminary investigations done by the police, it has come to light that he has facilitated arm licences for his kith and kin on the addresses of his official residence and the SSP’s office.





PM-CMs interface on fiscal reforms today
Chandigarh, October 17
Most of the damage done to finances in the states is due to the Centre’s ‘generous hike’ in the pay/allowances of its employees based on the recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission. Since the states had no choice but to follow suit, they got mired in a debt-trap. The empowered committee of state Finance Ministers had taken cognizance of this fact at its last meeting in New Delhi on September 12.

Troops withdrawal: villagers heave sigh of relief
Indo-Pak Border, October 17
Residents of the border belt, who have been virtually living on the razor’s edge ever since the Army deployment along the international border, are feeling relieved after the decision of the National Security Advisory Board to withdraw troops in a phased manner. However, the losses in terms of human lives in various mine blasts would continue to haunt them.

Mann hails withdrawal, wants open border
Chandigarh, October 17
The withdrawal of troops and de-escalation of tension on the Indo-Pak border is a welcome sign. It must be followed with an amicable solution to the vexed Kashmir problem so that the development of border states like Punjab gets revived with a rejuvenated vigour.


Four of family die as car hits trees
Faridkot, October 17
The scene at Ram Bagh cremation grounds here was distressing when the bodies of Dwarki Devi (75) and Nirmal Kumar (45), mother and son, who died in a car accident on the Malout- Muktsar road yesterday, were consigned to the flames today. Dwarki Devi’s two daughters and the car driver also died in the accident.

Probe victimisation by Cong workers: PHRC
Amritsar, October 17
In a recent direction the Punjab Human Rights Commission on a complaint of Mr Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Saidpur Kala village, Gurdaspur, has sent his complaint to the ADGP attached to the commission for an immediate inquiry.

Improve industry in state: MLA
SAS Nagar, October 17
‘‘The disinvestment policy of Punjab is a fraud. It is part of a conspiracy against our state by its politicians and bureaucrats’’. This was stated by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA, Kharar, at the general body meeting of the Industrial Welfare Association Phase IX held here today.

Bajwa promises wider highways
Ropar, October 17
The Punjab government has drawn up a comprehensive plan for widening and strengthening of all state highways in the next two years. This work will be completed at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore with the financial assistance of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Recruitment scam: 4 allowed bail
Ropar, October 17
The Sessions Judge, here today granted regular bail to Tirath Singh, OSD to VC of Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, and Col (retd) Jora Singh, and anticipatory bail to Jagjit Singh Sidhu, Secretary of the Punjab School Education Board and Pavitar Pal Kaur, Deputy Director, PSEB, in a case registered against them by the Vigilance Bureau on June 14 at SAS Nagar.

Badungar’s plea
Chandigarh, October 17
Adding a twist to the on-going controversy, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee President Kirpal Singh Badungar on Thursday denied the allegations that he had visited the dera of Piara Singh Bhaniara in August 2000 where announcement was made by the Baba regarding his plans to publish a granth.

Bhaniara case: hearing on Oct 31
Patiala, October 17
The District and Sessions Judge here today issued notice to the State of Punjab for October 31 on a revision petition filed by accused-turned-approver Karnail Singh against the transfer of the case to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ambala.


LIC staffers looted of Rs 7 lakh
Gurdaspur, October 17
Two scooter-borne youths looted Rs 7.80 lakh from LIC employees outside their office in the city this afternoon. The accused escaped after firing a shot which wounded a shopkeeper, Mr Ashok Kumar Mahajan.

Hotel raided, 10 arrested
Amritsar, October 17
At least five couples were arrested from a hotel in Putlighar area under the Immoral Trafficking Act last evening. The hotel belongs to a former Akali MLA. According to information available, a police party headed by DSP (R) on a tip-off raided the hotel, Sun-n-Shine and caught four women, one unmarried girl and five men.


Guru Granth Sahib conference opens
Amritsar, October 17
“Guru Granth Sahib is the most modern spiritual granth of the world and could bring solutions to various modern day problems,” said Prof S. Rinpoche, Prime Minister-in-exile of Tibet. He was inaugurating the three-day international conference on Guru Granth Sahib at Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Panel to decide IT students’ fate
Patiala, October 17
The Punjabi University authorities yesterday constituted a five-member committee to look into ways and means in which the future of students enrolled with the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information and Technology situated on the university campus here and the Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Information and Technology which is running the distance education courses at Talwandi Sabo could be protected.

Rs 10.80 lakh received for midday meals
Muktsar, October 17
The Central government has released first instalment of Rs 10.80 lakh for midday meal for 50 days for children of primary schools in the district. Rupees 43.20 lakh, would be spent on meals for 200 days in a year to children of primary schools in the district.

PTU VC Rajan assumes charge
Jalandhar, October 17
“The challenges ahead of me are to improve quality of education and to bring the industry closer to academics, besides maximising the employment potential for students through campus recruitment,” says Dr Y. S. Rajan, Vice Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, who assumed charge here today.


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