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Badungar lodges protest with CS
Alleged picking up of SGPC members’ kin
Chandigarh, October 22
Unable to establish contact with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Mr M.S. Bhullar, DGP, on the phone, SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar, today lodged a strong protest with Chief Secretary, Y.S. Ratra about alleged terrorising and “ kidnapping” of close relatives of SGPC members by the Police.

Tohra threatens to hold parallel poll
Gurdaspur, October 22
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SHSAD president, addressing party workers at Gurdwara Singh Sabha said here today that he was not a candidate for the post of SGPC presidentship.

SGPC allows ‘blacklisted’ scholar to hold ‘katha’
Amritsar, October 22
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee today embroiled itself with another controversy by allowing a Sikh scholar to hold “katha” (discourse on Sikh scriptures) at Golden Temple who had been allegedly “blacklisted” by inserting an advertisement in newspapers on behalf of the secretary of the SGPC last year.

Badal’s arrest after probe: CM
Kiratpur Sahib, October 22
Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister, today claimed that the SAD’s proposed mass movement from November 15 against the Congress government would not evoke any response from the Punjabis, especially farmers, as they felt that Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, was misleading them.

CPM ultimatum to Amarinder govt
Chandigarh, October 22
The CPM today gave the Amarinder Singh government an ultimatum till November 15 to either implement its charter of demands or face a “jail bharo andolan” from November 18.

Lord Paul opens hospital block
Jalandhar, October 22

Lord Swraj Paul, British business ambassador, concluded his much-hyped “Jalandhar Outreach Event” by inaugurating a 50-bedded block at the local Devi Talab Charitable Hospital. He also addressed the annual convocation at Doaba College and interacted with children at the local Red Cross Deaf and Dump School.

Lord Swraj Paul during a civic reception organised in his honour in Jalandhar on Tuesday.  — PTI photo

Lord Swraj Paul

A Sikh priest blows a traditional horn
A Sikh priest blows a traditional horn inside the compound of the Golden Temple (background) in Amritsar on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Fatehgarh Sahib



Sikh jathas to Pak: Advani’s no to DSGMC
Amritsar, October 22
Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishan Advani has not obliged a Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee deputation led by its President Paramjit Singh Sarna to allow a jatha of Sikhs to visit gurdwara in Pakistan for participation in the celebration of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary in mid November.


SAD not shielding corrupt: Dhindsa
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 22
“The SAD is not in favour of shielding the corrupt, but it want that the probe against them should be fair and preferably should be done by a sitting high court Judge or a ‘joint Assembly committee’ should be formed on the pattern of the Joint Parliamentary Committee.


‘Tough laws’ on power theft needed
Patiala, October 22
The PSEB Engineers Association yesterday urged the Punjab Government to enact stringent laws on theft of power on the pattern of the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments. Besides, it asked for the issuing of instructions for the registration of the FIRs in power-theft cases.

SAD to oppose water to Rajasthan

Bathinda, October 22
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, said today that the release of water to Rajasthan by the Congress government in Punjab was a step towards the completion of the SYL canal and the SAD would oppose the move.

Mr Sukhbir Badal, general secretary of the SAD, and Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, former Punjab Minister, during a Press conference at Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Mr Sukhbir Badal and Mr Chiranji Lal Garg

Garcha, Grewal’s custody extended
Jalandhar, October 22
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr A.S. Grewal, today extended the police remand of former Technical Education Minister and sitting Akali MLA Jagdish Singh Garcha and Director (Outreach) of Punjab Technical University A.S. Grewal till tomorrow.

SDM’s police remand extended
Kharar, October 22
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate here, today extended till October 24 the police remand of a Punjab Civil Services officer, Jagir Singh, at present posted as the Subdivisional Magistrate at Malout.

16,000 ‘bogus’ old-age pensioners in dist
Amritsar, October 21
Chaudhary Santokh Singh, Minister for Social Security and Welfare of SCs and BCs, has said that more than 16,000 old-age pensioners were found to be “bogus” in a survey conducted in the district.

This is not a lathi charge, but a policeman plays traditional 'gatka'
This is not a lathi charge, but a policeman plays traditional 'gatka' on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Ram Das at Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

German citizens, Ms Kerstin Rupp and Mr Kanwal Sethi
German citizens, Ms Kerstin Rupp and Mr Kanwal Sethi, at 'smadh' of Shekh Brahm, a contemporary of Guru Nanak, at zero line in the Khemkarn sector on Tuesday. The couple have come all the way from Germany to produce a documentary film on the Indo-Pak conflict. — Photo RS

VB raid on ETO’s house
Bathinda, October 22
Kishan Chand Rajoura, Excise and Taxation Officer, Ferozepore, was arrested from his house here today by the Vigilance Bureau for amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Notice to 2 sons of ex-minister
Fake arms licences case
Ferozepore, October 22
The District Magistrate has served show cause notices on two sons of former BJP minister Surjit Kumar Jiani on finding that they had been issued firearms licences when they were allegedly underaged.

Pherurai’s lockers searched
Chandigarh, October 22
Sleuths of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau today opened two bank lockers of former SSP Gurcharan Singh Pherurai, who is facing charges of corruption.

Conference on e-governance in city
Chandigarh, October 22
The Punjab Government has taken a major initiative in the field of IT by playing host to the sixth national conference on e-governance to be held here on October 24 and 25.

Eyes of 5 deceased donated after mishap
Muktsar, October 22
Five members of a family were killed in a road accident on October 16. The tragedy could not deter the survivor, Mr Kushwant Rai, from doing his utmost for those who had been waiting for donors of eyes to receive the gift of seeing the world.



Ex-SHO, 3 others booked
Fazilka, October 22
The police has registered a criminal case against Kirpal Singh, former SHO of Fazilka police station, and three others following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for torturing and keeping Manjit Singh Shah, alias Murli, local Congress leader, in illegal confinement in 2000.


UGC chief’s advice on PSC selections
Patiala, October 22
The University Grants Commission Chairman, Mr P.C. Hota, today advocated amending the Articles of the Constitution governing the appointment of the state Public Service Commissions, suggesting that future selection of members and chairman of the commissions could be made from a panel recommended by the Union Public Service Commission.


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