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Dissidents to face action: Badal
Alamgir, October 21
Adopting a tough posture in the run- up to the SGPC elections, SAD chief and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today made three crucial declarations: the candidate for the SGPC chief’s post will be selected by the party high command, the elections will be held at Amritsar and that party dissidents should toe the party line or face the consequences in the coming days. The elections are to be held on November 12.

‘Non-aligned’ members’ agenda on Takht chiefs
Amritsar, October 21
The “non-aligned” SGPC members would replace Jathedars of Akal Takht and Kesgarh Sahib if they succeeded in electing “true Panthic” president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee at its annual election to be held at Amritsar on November 12.

SAD-Cong conflict: Punjab on the boil
Chandigarh, October 21
Punjab is on the boil. The political confrontation between the state government and the SAD, the main opposition party, is heading for the worst. Even parties like the BJP, the CPI and the CPM have started warming up against the government.

2 Garcha supporters held
Ludhiana, October 21
Just a day after Akali Dal MLA, Jagdish Singh Garcha, was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau on corruption charges, the Dehlon police has arrested two of his trusted workers from Bondli village. The workers were evading arrest for the past three months allegedly due to the pressure exerted by the Akali leader.




Govt seeks report on brawl at Wagah
Wagah, October 21
The Central Government has reportedly sought a detailed report about the yesterday’s brawl between a BSF jawan and Pakistani Ranger during the daily Retreat ceremony held at the Wagah joint checkpost.

Border demining tough task
Ferozepore, October 21
Even as the Indian Army is set to withdraw troops, the task of demining along the border with Pakistan will be onerous. Both India and Pakistan had deployed a large number of anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines along their common border.

French envoy’s assurance to Sikhs
Photographs on driving licences
Amritsar, October 21
Mr Bernard de Montferrand, French Ambassador to India, assured of “a pragmatic approach to the issue of photographs of Sikhs without turbans on driving licences in France”. There was resentment among Sikhs living in France over the French Government’s orders in respect of driving licences to have photographs of Sikhs without turbans.

French Ambassador to India Bernard de Montferrand with SGPC general secretary Bibi Kiranjot Kaur at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, on Monday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

French Ambassador to India Bernard de Montferrand with SGPC general secretary

Man loses four sons to liquor
Fear stalks the family of Mr Pritam Singh, an ex-serviceman and a resident of Maqboolpura, who lost all his four sons with in a span of four years because of an overdose of liquor or drugs. Besides, many young persons of the colony have lost their mental equilibrium for the same reason.

Mr Pritam Singh , an ex-serviceman who lost his four sons to an overdose of liquor and drugs, along with his wife and grandchildren.

Mr Pritam Singh , an ex-serviceman who lost his four sons to an overdose of liquor and drugs

Police Commemoration Day observed
Mansa, October 21
Police Commemoration Day was observed by the district police at the district administrative complex here on Monday. Mr Sudhanshu Shekhar Srivastva, Senior Superintendent of Police, was the chief guest. Mr Hartej Singh Sekhon, Superintendent of Police. (Headquarters), read a list containing 975 names of martyrs.

Buy levy rice, millers to govt
Patiala, October 21
The Punjab Rice Millers Association today demanded that the government should start accepting levy rice from millers immediately on the pattern being followed by the Haryana Government. In a statement here, association president Tarsem Saini said the association had already met Food and Supplies Minister Lal Singh and Principal Secretary Food, in this regard but still no instructions had been issued to accept levy rice from the millers.

Badal opposes release of water
Chandigarh, October 21
SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal today came down heavily on Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for issuing orders to release 1000 cusecs of water to Rajasthan from the Ropar headworks on the eve of wheat sowing in Punjab, demanding that these orders be withdrawn immediately. He hoped the Chief Secretary would advise the Chief Minister against going ahead with such disastrous orders.

Anti-tank gun barrel found
Jalandhar, October 21
Three days after a large Army arsenal was found on the roadside at Goraya, the police today found one barrel of a 12.7 mm gun between two railway lines in the same area.

Petrol tanker owners go on strike
Jalandhar, October 21
Nearly 2200 petrol tankers today went off road hitting supply of petroleum products. A call for an indefinite strike was given by the Punjab Petroleum Tankers Union. No tanker loaded petroleum products from any of the three oil terminals of the state, claimed Mr Davinder Singh Babbu, president of the union, maintaining that stand-off between the union and the four oil companies continued.

Lord Paul visits ancestral home
Jalandhar, October 21
Lord Swraj Paul was overcome with emotion as he looked at Apeejay School here. It once used to be a small house owned by his family where he used to live along with his parents, four brothers and three sisters.

A student of Apeejay School presents a bouquet to Lord Swraj Paul during his visit to his ancestral home in Jalandhar on Monday.
 — Photo Pardeep Pandit
A student of Apeejay School presents a bouquet to Lord Swraj Paul

Panthic panel holds meeting
Nawanshahr, October 21
The Panthic Commission inquiring into the alleged rape and corruption charges against Baba Dhanwant Singh of the Noor Vishav Ruhani Charitable Sansthan and the role of jathedars of Sri Akal Takht Sahib and Sri Keshgarh Sahib in the episode, held its fourth meeting at the Gurdwara Singh Sabha here on Sunday to hear the view of various Sikh organisations and affected individuals.

Pt Rao, Sujat Khan enthral audience
Kapurthala, October 21
On the second day of the concert, organised in connection with the Sharad Utsav in memory of Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, a great Sikh General and founder of Kapurthala, an erstwhile princely state, on the sprawling lawns of the palatial Jagatjit Palace, renowned singers Neeta Pandit, Sujat Khan and Pandit Luxmi Krishna Rao enthralled the audience.

Valmiki Jayanti celebrated
Ropar, October 21
The birth anniversary of Maharshi Valmiki was celebrated at the Valmiki temple, near Giani Zail Singh Nagar, here today. A function was also organised in the temple which was attended among others by Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Mr Khillari Ram Budhiraja, a former president of the local municipal council, and Mr Jaswant Singh, DDPO, Ropar.


SHSAD to support Punjab bandh
Bathinda, October 21
The SHSAD today said it would participate in the Punjab bandh on October 29 by farmers in protest against the bar on free power and charging of electricity for running tubewells.

Kisan unions to block traffic on Oct 29
Mansa, October 21
To discuss the programme of Punjab bandh on October 29, a district-level meeting of seven kisan unions was held in the main gurdwara here yesterday.

Rain creates panic among farmers
Bathinda, October 21
The downpour last night created panic among the farmers at the local grain market who had been waiting for the procurement of paddy. A visit to the mandi today revealed that the farmers whose crops had been lying in the open were trying to save the produce from the water that had stagnated in some parts of the mandi.



AIDS awareness course concludes
Bathinda, October 21
A two-day AIDS awareness training course for NSS volunteers concluded at the local SSD Girls College today. As many as 50 volunteers from five local educational institutions participated.


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