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SGPC poll: Centre keeping tabs on situation
Rampura Phul (Bathinda), October 25
Apprehending threat to peace in Punjab, the Centre has told to keep watch on the situation which has been changing fast as tension has been building up with the election for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee office-bearers draws near.

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Check oppression in Punjab: Badal
New Delhi, October 25
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today sought Centre’s intervention to check the “political vendetta” unleashed by Punjab Government against Akali Dal leaders in Punjab.

Vigilance probes PSEB purchase
Ropar, October 25
The Punjab State Electricity Board vigilance has begun an inquiry into the purchase of boltless fire wedge connectors by certain officials of the board. A team of PSEB vigilance led by the ADGP, Mr Lalit Bhatia, visited the Anandpur Sahib hydel project to inquire about the boltless fire wedge connectors purchased by the board in 1999.

Farmer in debt, commits suicide
Faridkot, October 25
Living under heavy debt and poor economic conditions, Amarjit Singh (38), a young farmer of Chahal village, 5 km from here, committed suicide at his house yesterday. He has left behind two sons and a widow.




Pbi varsity divests Khehra of charge
Patiala, October 25
The Punjabi University authorities today divested Dr Paramjit Singh Khehra, who had been functioning from his residence for the past five years after an accident, of his charge as Controller of Examinations of the university.

Eviction notices to 50-odd Sikh families
Chandigarh, October 25
For the 50-odd Sikh families of Sindri in Dhanbad, if the 1984 riots were a nightmare then the recent Union Cabinet decision of disinvestment in fertiliser companies may be the worst catastrophe for them.

An escape from police torture
Ludhiana, October 25
A labourer working in the canteen of the Hero DMC Heart Centre, was allegedly subjected to severe torture and subsequently kept in illegal confinement by the police for over three months.


Rotary’s child labour project
Chandigarh, October 25
The problem of child labour has assumed alarming proportions. To tackle this social evil the Rotary Club Amritsar South in collaboration with the Government of India has taken the initiative to raise the level of education of these children so that they can be absorbed into the mainstream.

Home Guard job for Beant witnesses
Chandigarh, October 25
Nearly seven years after Punjab’s Chief Minister Beant Singh was killed in a bomb blast, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the prime witnesses in the case should be recruited as Home Guard volunteers.

Procession against drug use
Bathinda, October 25
Sankalp, an NGO, held a “jaago” procession in the city last evening to spread awareness about the menace of drugs. “The aim of the procession is to create awareness among residents regarding drug abuse which has become a matter of concern in Malwa, office-bearers of the NGO said.

Judicial remand for Garcha
Jalandhar, October 25
Duty Magistrate Mandeep Pannu today sent former Technical Education Minister Jagdish Singh Garcha and Director (Outreach) of the A.S. Grewal, amid judicial custody till November 8.

Ardas march on Oct 27
Chandigarh, October 25
Khalsa panchayats of Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala, Sangrur, Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar, Malout, Nawanshahr, Ropar and Anandpur will take out the second ardas march on October 27 to press for the resignation of Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti and Takht Keshgarh Sahib Jethedar Manjit Singh.

Lawyers observe strike
Kharar, October 25

Over one hundred practicing lawyers in Kharar judicial courts complex yesterday observed a complete strike against the recent amendments in the Civil Procedure Court.

Chemical Examiner assumes charge
Patiala, October 25
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr DC Sharma, yesterday took over as Chief Chemical Examiner of the State Forensic Chemical Laboratory here.

Preneet exhorts religious tolerance
Patiala, October 25
Patiala MP Preneet Kaur has urged politicians to take bold decisions to safeguard diversities of different cultures, as well as inculcate the feeling of religious tolerance among people.

NRIs ready to set up projects
Chandigarh, October 25
A group of 40 NRIs from Canada, the USA and the UK met Mr D.S. Bains, Commissioner, NRIs, Punjab, here today. The group, led by Mr Lakhbir Singh Gill, has expressed its desire to contribute for the economic and social development of the state.

Over 12 jaundice cases reported
Hoshiarpur, October 25
More than a dozen cases of jaundice have been reported in various villages of Hajipur block of the district. Dr S.K. Sharma, District Health Officer, along with health officials visited Hajipur yesterday.

Men fast for wives
Phagwara, October 25
Karva Chauth was observed by several men here today. Mr C.R. Gautam, a lawyer, has been observing it for the past 38 years, when he was only 12 years old. Now he is 50 and fasts along with his wife. His son had also been observing it but discontinued with it this year.


BKU activists block traffic
Moga, October 25

Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, under the leadership of Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, today staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner and also blocked the traffic for about two hours at the Subedar Joginder Singh crossing.

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Paddy floods Punjab mandis

Chandigarh, October 25
Punjab is heading for a new record of paddy production despite drought. The state has already crossed the 100 lakh tonne mark. 

Straw burning banned
Patiala, October 25
Patiala Deputy Commissioner Tejvir Singh has banned the burning of straw following harvesting of the paddy crop in the district with immediate effect.


Desilting work allotted ‘without’ inviting tender
Mansa, October 25
The local Executive Engineer, Irrigation, is alleged to have allotted desilting work of various canal distributaries worth Rs 25 lakh without inviting tender to oblige a Congress leader. Sources said the Executive Engineer had earlier invited tender for the work up to September 27 but the tenders were withdrawn on September 25, stating insufficient funds as reason.

Rs 52.8 lakh for village projects
Muktsar, October 25
For completing various development projects in villages Rs 52.8 lakh will be spent in the current financial year by the state government in cooperation with the Central Government under the Integrated Waste Land Development Programme.


Mystery shrouds minor’s rape
Bathinda, October 25
A minor domestic help working in the official residence of a Major, a dentist in the military hospital in the cantonment, was allegedly raped by an unidentified person on October 23.

Gang of thieves busted
Gurdaspur, October 25
The police has busted an inter-state gang of thieves and recovered goods worth Rs 3.5 lakh from it. According to a press note issued here today, Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, identified the members of the gang as Charanjit Singh, Sat Pal, both residents of Jammu, Rajesh Kumar and Kamal Kumar, both residents of New Delhi.

Cop booked in cheating case
Faridkot, October 25
The police claimed to have nabbed Lakhvinder Singh, a constable of Moga, in connection with an extortion and cheating case. His two accomplices, head constable Jaswant Singh and Gurmit Kaur are at large.

Fake birth certificates racket busted
Kapurthala, October 25
The district administration has busted a racket of fake birth certificates alleged to have been issued from the office of the Civil Surgeon. The racket came to light with the detection of three such fake certificates which were submitted in the office of the Deputy Commissioner for counter-signatures.

Jilted wife commits suicide
Amritsar, October 25
Dr Balwinder Kaur, who was running “Pathania” Hospital along with her husband, also a doctor at Ajanala, today committed suicide by strangulating herself with a ceiling fan.

Idols found missing
Amritsar, October 25
Idols of a deity were reported missing from a place of worship, 8 km from here last evening. The police arrested Surinder Singh of Kalian Skatran village (Khem Karan) who allegedly stole the idols taking these to be made of gold, Dr S.K. Kalia, SP (City) said.

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