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Badal under pressure to change SGPC chief
Amritsar, October 19
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal is under pressure to change Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar as Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee chief in the forthcoming election for the post of SGPC chief, scheduled to be held before November 30.

Badungar lashes out at Tohra, CM
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 19
If Mr Tohra wants to become the SGPC chief again, he should approach to Mr Badal, SAD president, instead of seeking help from Capt Amarinder Singh. The Congress has always opposed the Sikhs. This was stated by Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, president, SGPC, while addressing a press conference here today. He had come to participate in the first Khalsa sports function being organised by the SGPC at the local MG College.

Bhaur flays Dhindsa on poll observers
Phillaur, October 19
Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur has opposed the Union Minister and Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa’s announcement of sending central observers for the elections of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and described it as a direct interference of the government in religious matters.

Badal appears in court
Chandigarh, October 19
The former Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today appeared in a local court in a defamation case filed by him against the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. Mr Badal had filed a case accusing Capt Amarinder Singh of spreading and publishing false reports about his assets and properties.

SAD meeting on agitation today
Chandigarh, October 19
Though the meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the SAD, that continued till late this evening, will be held again early tomorrow to give final touches to the agitation to be launched against the imposition of power tariff on the farming sector and state repression of SAD-BJP leaders, but the SAD has decided to give a “befitting reply to the state government”.

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Bhattal not consulted on 2 CPI MLAs
Bathinda, October 19
Punjab Rural Development Minister, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, said yesterday that she was not consulted by party men before admitting two CPI MLAs Mr Gurjant Singh Kuttiwal and Mr Nathu Ram into the Congress party.

Set up more fast-track courts, Parshad tells Punjab
Amritsar, October 19
Fast tack courts were proving to be great boon for over 2 lack undertrials awaiting bail, claimed the Union Minister of Law, Justice and Coal and Mines, Mr Ravi Shanker Parshad.

Fast-track courts for economic offences sought
Chandigarh, October 19
There are 25,000 families in Punjab who have been duped by human smugglers in the garb of travel agents. The amount of money they paid to these “agents” runs into a stupendous figure of Rs 1,250 crore, say sources in the Police Department.


Cong not rigid on CM issue, says Khurshid
Jalandhar, October 19
Mr Salman Khurshid, senior Congress leader, said today that the Congress was not rigid about the selection of the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister or about going along with the National Conference, but at the same time it wanted to represent the feelings of the people of the valley in a true sense.


A soldier unloads his baggage
A soldier unloads his baggage to board a train from Amritsar after guarding the border on Saturday. The Army is due to begin pulling hundreds of thousands of soldiers back from the border with Pakistan, ending the longest and biggest peacetime deployment in country's history. — Reuters

Canal water theft: JE seeks arrest of 3
Gurdaspur, October 19
Sukhjinder Singh, Junior Engineer of the Upper Bari Doab Canal, Dhariwal sub-division, has complained to SSP of police district Batala, Deputy commissioner, Gurdaspur and DIG, and police Border Range to arrest Jarnail Singh, Karnail Singh, and Joginder Singh, residents of Bangowal under Kalanaur police station in Batala police district, against whom a case was registered on August 21 this year for stealing canal water.

PSEB subsidy adjustment ‘illegal’
Patiala, October 19
The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association today claimed that the subsidy adjustment of Rs 795 crore in the tariff order announced by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission was not in accordance with Section 67-A of the Electricity Supply Act .

Arhtiyas’ loans to farmers may sink
Amritsar, October 19
More than 450 arhtiyas (commission agents) of the district have been affected due to the withdrawal of free power from the agricultural sector. They fear less procurement of paddy by the government agencies which has set some standard for purchasing the paddy. This will not only lead to cut in their commissions but the arhtiyas who are unofficial money lenders to farmers also fear losing their money due to the added expense of the electricity bills.

Problems galore at Writers Home
Patiala, October 19
Artists are welcome to stay in an air-conditioned room at the Writers Home for Rs 25. However, there’s one big problem at the place. It has been without electricity for the past five months as the Punjab State Electricity Board has cut the Home’s power connection due to the non- payment of bills.

Police remand for PCS officer
Kharar, October 19
A local court today remanded a Punjab Civil Services officer, Jagir Singh, presently posted as Sub- Divisional Magistrate in Malout, in police custody till Wednesday in a case of issuing fake arms’ licenses during his postings in Amritsar district.

Judicial remand for bank Director
Kharar, October 19
A court here today remanded Malout Land Mortgage Bank Director Sukhwant Singh Tillu in judicial custody till October 30 in a case of corruption registered against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s aide and Officer on Special Duty Hardeep Singh at Mohali on August 29.

HC: grant disability pension to ex-jawan
Chandigarh, October 19
Allowing a petition filed by a soldier sent out of military service after he sustained injuries while on way to attend his mother’s last rites, Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Union of India and other respondents to grant disability pension to him.

Pherurai’s remand extended
Ludhiana, October 19
A Jagraon court today extended the police remand of former Ferozepore SSP Gurcharan Singh Pherurai till October 23 in a case of disproportionate assets registered against him.

Clear probation of doctors: PCMSA
Amritsar, October 19
The PCMSA has demanded to clear the probation period of 1998 and 1999 batches of PCMS doctors on priority basis. Mr Navtej Pal Singh, president of the association, in a press note issued here yesterday said although the doctors of the batches had served the government for more than four years, the government had not cleared their probation period.

Amendment in ‘ardas’ sought
Amritsar, October 19
Bhai Ashok Singh Bagrian, Sikh scholar, has sought an amendment to the daily “ardas” performed at the Golden Temple in accordance with the “true traditions” of Sikhism. He regretted that several communications to the SGPC authorities and Akal Takht Jathedar in this regard had elicited little response.

Sehajdharis ‘part of Sikhism’
Amritsar, October 19
Noted Sikh scholar and founder President of the All-India Sikh Students Federation Bhai Harbans Lal today sought amendment in the procedure for nominating Sikh high priests including jathedar of Akal Takht.

4 kids injured in accidental shooting
Gurdaspur, October 19
Four children, all aged below 15 years, were wounded in accidental shooting at Talwandi Raman village yesterday. According to the police, Malkiat Singh, Manpreet Kaur and Gurpreet Kaur, were wounded when they were hit by shots fired from a .12-bore gun.

18 passenger trains searched
Phagwara, October 19
The railway police team, headed by Superintendent of Police (Operation) Surinder Singh Sidhu, and anti-sabotage team today searched more than 18 passenger trains at the railway station here.


Fingerprint cell to be modernised
Phagwara, October 19
The ADGP of Punjab (Computer and Wireless), Mr D.R. Bhatti said yesterday that the border districts of the state were being linked up through computers with the police headquarters at a cost of Rs 8 crore.


Cinema owner held for selling stolen vehicles
Abohar, October 19
The police here today arrested Mr Rakesh Aggarwal for a cinema house owner and another person selling stolen vehicles; ASP said that that the police had put up naka.

Vehicle thieves’ gang busted
Muktsar, October 19
The police here claims to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves who used to rob  vehicles on gunpoint from areas of the state. Mr Manoj Singh Dhillon, SSP, in a press note said here today that Rajinder Singh of Bathinda was arrested for robbing a vehicle on gunpoint from Mr Narinder Mohan. The SSP said the robbed vehicle, 12 cartridges of .12 bore and a gun were recovered from the possession of the accused.

Punsup’s field officer held
Jalandhar, October 19
The local branch of the Vigilance Bureau today arrested a field officer of PUNSUP on the charge of accepting a bribe at the Talwandi Sabho grain market. According to the Vigilance Bureau here, a trader, Daljeet Singh of Kang Sabhu under Nakodar police station, complained to the Bureau that field officer of PUNSUP, Ram Rishi, was demanding Rs 24,000 for passing the quality of his 2,400 quintal of paddy.


Punjab to implement Sarv Sikhiya Abhiyan
Nawanshahr, October 19
The Punjab government will implement the “Sarv Sikhiya Abhiyan” in letter and spirit and strive hard to fulfil the desired target of 100 per cent literacy by bringing all children in the age group of six to 14 years in the fold of education. The government has earmarked Rs 129.80 crore to be spent for infrastructural development in government schools in the current financial year and has released a sum of Rs 64.90 crore in the state as its first installment.

Khalsa College Principal booked
Amritsar, October 19
Dr M.S. Dhillon, Principal of the local Khalsa College, was booked by the police for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to assault Prof Baljinder Singh of the Department of Commerce, of the college, here last evening. At least five miscreants had allegedly assaulted him on July 17.


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