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Now CPM speaks for Indian youth in Italy
Chandigarh, October 20
CPM General Secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet has sought the intervention of Union External Affairs Minister Mr Yashwant Sinha to help 15,000 Indian youth, mostly Punjabi, in availing themselves of the general amnesty declared by the Italian Government for all “illegal immigrants” there.

Power politics vs free power
Chandigarh, October 20
Punjab is smouldering. The running animosity between two principal political parties — the Congress and the SAD — is doing more harm than good to the state. Now the SAD, its ally, the BJP and their new-found partner, the CPI, seven kisan unions and factions of the BKU and the SAD have taken a strident stand on stopping free power and are gearing up for agitations.

Farmers to get sufficient power supply: minister
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 20
Dr Harbans Lal, State Minister for Forest and Food Supply, Punjab, Mr Sadhu Singh Dharam Saut, MLA, Amloh, Dr Sikandar Singh, District Congress President, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Gurwinder Singh Dhillon, Member, Block Samiti, Mr Hardeep Kaur Virk, Member, Zila Parishad and many other Congress leaders condemned the statements made by Parkash Singh Badal and other Akali leaders regarding the withdrawal of free power scheme for the farmers in the state.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Farmers to display black flags
Mansa, October 20
To register their protest against the re-imposition of electricity charges, farmers, as per directive of the SAD, will display black flags on their tubewells throughout the state.

Mr Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh, a former SAD MLA from Mansa, with other Akali workers puts up a black flag on a tuebwell at a village near Mansa.
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh

Punjabi Week celebrations postponed
Patiala, October 20
Shrouded in darkness due to disconnection of its power supply following non-payment of bills, the State Language Department has now postponed its annual Punjabi Week celebrations which are traditionally held in the first week of November.

Oil tankers go off road today
Jalandhar, October 20
The supply of petroleum products to all petrol pumps, Punjab Roadways depots and factories in the state will come to a grinding halt tomorrow as owners of about 2,200 oil tankers have decided to keep their vehicles off the road for an “indefinite period” in protest against the “dictatorial” attitude of four major oil companies, — IOC, BP, IBP and HPC.

Patients cough up more for medicines
Ferozepore, October 20
Pharmaceutical companies are minting money due to the government’s weak policies as patients are charged much higher amounts for medicines purchased from chemist shops as compared to the rates charged at government hospitals.

Lord Paul attributes success to luck
Jalandhar, October 20
“Jalandhar is the best city of India and during my two-day stay here, I will meet my old friends,” said Lord Swraj Paul, chief of UK-based Caparo group and a Chancellor of Wolverhampton University, who arrived in his hometown tonight after a gap of 44 years.


Non-aligned SGPC men to perform ardas
Amritsar, October 20
Non-aligned SGPC members will perform ardas at Akal Takht on October 29 for holding “free and fair” annual elections of the SGPC. Mr Hardip Singh, senior member of the 7-member committee, constituted by the non-aligned group, alleged that the posts of Sikh high priest had been politicised. He appealed to Jathedars to play an impartial role.
A family returns with belongings to their house situated close to the border with Pakistan near Attari in Punjab
A family returns with belongings to their house situated close to the border with Pakistan near Attari in Punjab on Sunday. People living close to the border with Pakistan have started coming back to their homes after the troop pullout began.
— Reuters

SGPC meeting ‘inconsequential’
Chandigarh, October 20
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today dismissed as inconsequential the meeting of 20 SGPC members at Anandpur Sahib on Friday. Talking to newsmen at his residence, Mr Badal said he had not given any authorisation to Mr Mal Singh Ghuman to hold such a meeting.

Cong workers join NCP
Amritsar, October 20
Hundreds of workers of the Congress headed by Ms Bhato Pradhan have joined the Nationalist Congress Party at a meeting of the district’s units of the NCP held here today. This was disclosed in a press release issued here.


MC authorities demolish authorised structure
Bathinda, October 20
Even as the unauthorised construction has been coming up without any check in the city, the municipal council authorities have demolished a portion of house, despite the fact that the construction was done after the municipal council authorities duly sanctioned the site plan of the same.

Plan to stop illegal colonies
Amritsar, October 20
A high-level contingency plan is being drawn up to restrict illegal colonies from mushrooming besides taking deterrent action against the owners of structures in such existing colonies in the district. Comprehensive survey has put number of illegal colonies at a whopping 142.

Drugs wreak havoc on Maqboolpura
At least one junkie dies every month in Maqboolpura, called as a locality of ‘widows’, even as the rate of deaths has increased from 50 to 150 in the past five years. The Nasha Virodhi Squad, headed by Master Ajit Singh, a resident of the same colony, has already identified 136 widows who have lost their bread-earners in less than a decade.

A migrant labourer being administered a drug injection by another addict in Amritsar’s Maqboolpura locality.

A migrant labourer being administered a drug injection by another addict in Amritsar’s Maqboolpura locality

Another Maiserkhana probe
Bathinda, October 20
Mr S.K. Verma, ADGP of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, will conduct an inquiry into an incident at Maiserkhana village in the district last year in which many residents were injured when they were allegedly beaten up by the police.

Children’s Park begs attention
Two major projects, sponsored and funded by Mr Virendra Kataria as a member of the Rajya Sabha, are taking their last breath. He had to struggle hard for getting a piece of land allotted in the old tehsil complex for a community hall.

Civilians banned from wearing olive green dress
Bathinda, October 20
Mr Anurag Verma, District Magistrate, yesterday banned till December 31 the use of military green dresses by civilians as it could pose a security threat. The District Magistrate said mischiefmongers and could use the olive green dresses, commonly used by military personnel, to create trouble.

Ardas by jawans
Amritsar, October 20
Hundreds of jawans of the Sikh Regiment, Dogra Regiment, Engineering Corps and others held prayers here today following the announcement of troops withdrawal from the Indo-Pakistan. Army men thronged the Golden Temple, Sheedan Sahib, Sri Durgiana Mandir and other religious places.

Tributes paid to police hero Karam Singh
Patiala, October 20
A gathering of Raikot villagers (Ludhiana district) here today remembered Karam Singh, hero of 1959 Chinese ambush on the eve of Police Day. Karam Singh hailed from Raikot.


Farmer information centres to be set up
Jalandhar, October 20
Farmers of Punjab will now be able to disseminate their findings in agriculture across the world through the Internet, thanks to the Block Farmer Information Centres being set up at the block level in four districts of the state.


Ex-BDPO booked for embezzling funds
Batala, October 20
The Batala police has booked Harbhajan Singh Cheema, a former Block and Panchayat Development Officer, Fatehgarh Churian, for embezzling government funds during the previous Assembly elections. He had issued at least 30 ‘bogus’ cheques for the ‘developmental works’ to various panchayats which were never carried out.

Four caught in raid on hotel
Amritsar, October 20
Four persons were caught in a raid on a hotel in the Jallianwalabagh area under Kotwali police station around 8 p.m. tonight. The raid was conduced on Hotel Maharaja, said Mr Vijay Partap Singh, Superintendent of Police.

Robbery cases solved
The Patiala police claim to have solved robbery cases by arresting two people from two different places of the city.
Mr Kuldeep Singh, SP (City), led a police party which nabbed one Kishen Singh from the Dharampura bazar market and took into possession the stolen property that included 10 tolas of gold.


Mid-day meal launched
Ropar, October 20
Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, yesterday launched the mid-day meal scheme in Ropar district. He distributed food to about 400 students of eight primary schools under the Awankot Centre of Ropar block at Sirsa Nangal village, about 15 km from here.

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