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SHSAD not to field candidates
Chandigarh, October 26
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today affirmed his faction would not field any candidate for the November 12 SGPC Presidential election and would prefer to propose the name of a ‘person selected by the seven-member core committee of SGPC members’.

Tohra blesses non-aligned members
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 26
A seven member committee formed under the convenership of Mr Mal Singh Ghuman to field a consensus candidate selected by SGPC members and not by the PAC of any political party for the post of SGPC President, called on Mr G.S.Tohra, President, SHSAD, at his native village Tohra today. 

CM to ensure safety of SGPC members
Bathinda, October 26
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh refuting the allegations levelled by the Akalis that the Congress government was interfering in Sikh religious matters, particularly the SGPC elections, said the government would ensure the safe entry of all SGPC members into the Golden Temple.

PGPC invites Mann to Pak
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 26
Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee co-President Sham Singh has invited Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann, MP, to Pakistan to participate in the gurpurb celebrations next month.

Scrapping of 40-yr-old scheme mooted
Amritsar, October 26
After waiting for nearly 40 years, over 100 refugee families from Lahore and west Pakistan have got relief after an Improvement Trust scheme was recommended to be “scrapped” by a high-level inquiry report. The scheme forbade residents of Kucha Panditan to renovate or reconstruct their structures which are over 80 years old.


Fatehgarh Sahib




Contract issue stirs up row in PSEB
Patiala, October 26
The issue of awarding the execution contract for the 500-MW Stage II of the Lehra Mohabbat project on engineering, procurement and commissioning (EPC) basis to BHEL has resulted in a tug of war between PSEB engineers and its management which has even bypassed the technical advise of its Chief Engineer, Thermal Design.

An Army official of the Sikh Light Infantry conducts physical test
An Army official of the Sikh Light Infantry conducts physical test during a recruitment rally in Jalandhar Cantonment on Saturday.
— Photo Pardeep Pandit

Two officers suspended
Chandigarh, October 26
The Punjab Department of Local Government has placed Mr Banke Behari, Assistant Town Planner and Mr Madan Gopal, Building Inspector of the Municipal Corporation, Amritsar, under suspension with immediate effect.

33 appointees’ degrees reported fake
Ropar, October 26
An inquiry into the scandal of recruitment to the posts of elementary teachers training in the SAD/BJP rule has found that 33 candidates were appointed on the basis of fake degrees.

Punjab sends 50,000 tonnes of wheat, fodder to Rajasthan
Guru Harsahai, October 26
Punjab has come out to the rescue of Rajasthan in overcoming starvation and the after-effects of drought by deciding to send 50,000 tonnes of wheat and adequate fodder for cattle by two special trains today besides supplying 1,000 cusces of water for a limited period to bring cheer to the Rajasthani people in the festival season of Divali.

Jhummar dance, which seems to have got lost in the sands of time, is today being revived in many areas of Punjab.
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Rotation notice upsets councillors
Barnala, October 26
With the local municipal council poll a couple of months away, the decision of the Punjab Government on rotation of reserved and general wards has upset councillors intending to try their luck once again in the ensuing poll scheduled to be held early next year.


Forum’s war on social evils
The Democratic Citizens Forum has once again shot into prominence by spearheading a campaign to contain two major evils simultaneously. Mr Subhash Kanwer Bedi, founder-president of the forum, says that blackmailing and drug addiction had threatened the social and financial culture of this area for the past two to three years.

More jawans deployed along border: Jain
Hoshiarpur, October 26
Mr S.N. Jain, Inspector-General, BSF, said today that in view of the seizure of 18 Pakistan-made pistols and ammunition near Daoke village, a special operation in the area adjoining the Indo-Pakistan border was being launched.
The peepal tree across the border fencing at Daoke village (Amritsar ) from where BSF had dug out arms and ammunition during a special combing operation on Saturday. The flood lights near the border fencing constantly illuminate the peepal tree throughout the night. How miscreants had buried the weapons under the tree despite constant vigil remains a question. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
The peepal tree across the border fencing at Daoke village

Badal, Tota Singh meet Garcha in jail
Jalandhar, October 26
Former Chief Minister and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal today met former Technical Education Minister, Punjab, Jagdish Singh Garcha, aremanded in judicial custody till November 8 in a case in Central jail here this evening.

Gurdev Badal’s pre-arrest bail plea dismissed
Ropar, October 26
A court here today dismissed anticipatory bail application of Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, MLA from Panj Grainan and former Punjab Agriculture Minister, as infructuous following police statement that Mr Badal was not wanted to by it as no case had been registered against him.

Pherurai case: ex-SHO may turn approver
Ferozepore, October 26
Former SHO of Mamdot police station Darshan Singh is said to have acceded to become an approver and key witness against Gurcharan Singh Pherurai in a case of graft registered against them.

Harbhajan Mann thrills Tribune readers
Amritsar, October 26
Harbhajan Mann, popular Punjabi singer, thrilled subscribers of The Tribune here and gave them gifts. Symbolic of popularity and credibility, Harbhajan Mann and The Tribune have started a joint venture to honour Tribune readers.

Popular singer-actor Harbhajan Mann poses for a photograph with the subscribers of The Tribune in Amritsar on Saturday. — Tribune Photo

Popular singer-actor Harbhajan Mann poses for a photograph

Chawla objects to CM’s remarks
Patiala, October 26
Former Sikh Students Federation general secretary and presently member of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Amarjit Singh Chawla said today that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, should have been discreet in his words while talking about terminating his services due to his alleged militant activities in the past.

Future bright for folk songs: Malkiat
Phagwara, October 26
Punjabi singer Malkiat Singh today lashed out at artistes for vulgar videos of Punjabi songs and appealed to the Punjab Government to institute an award for those artistes who promoted and preserved the Punjabi language, culture and poetry.

Govt to intensify tree plantation drive
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 26
Tree plantation campaign would be intensified from November 1, the Punjab Day, in the state and the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, would inaugurate the campaign by planting a tree in SAS Nagar, said Dr Harbans Lal, Minister for Forest, while addressing an impressive function at Sirhind today after inaugurating a tree plantation drive launched by the District Environment Protection Society.

Rajindra hospital to be developed
Patiala, October 26
The Punjab Minister of State for Health, Medical Education and Research, Mr Ramesh Dutt, today said the Government Rajindra Hospital here would be developed on modern lines keeping in view the necessity of having a modern health facility in the state due to the extra burden on the PGI at Chandigarh which had to service the entire Northern region.

Queries from abroad on organ sale
Amritsar, October 26
The Government of India has been receiving queries on the “illegal sale” of human organs in our country even from abroad. Some of the countries sought curbing of this trade. This was disclosed by Mr Rajan Kashyap, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, in his address at a state-level seminar on female foeticide, organised by ‘Shakti’ a non-governmental organisation for the welfare of women, here today.


Govt harassing SAD supporters: BKU
Moga, October 26
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) today criticised the alleged unnecessary harassment to SAD supported SGPC members by the Punjab police at the instance of G.S. Tohra, former SGPC President, and Ravi Inder Singh, former Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha, to get the support of SGPC members having allegiance to Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

BKU agitation continues
Moga, October 26
Continuing their statewide mass agitation in support of farmers’ demands, activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) blocked road and rail traffic at the Malout-Hisar railway crossing for more than two hours today.


One held with 27 bottles of IMFL
Ferozepore, October 26
A team of the Excise Department led by Harjot Singh Bedi, Inspector, today seized 27 bottles of the IMFL being smuggled from Jalandhar to Ferozepore from an employee of the railways.

Kale kachhewale gang busted
Pathankot, October 26
The local police has busted a notorious killer gang of kale kachhewale and arrested six members of the gang after a brief encounter. It has seized a pistol, two cartridges and shells besides stolen gold jewellery and cash from them.


Teachers not paid salaries
Fazilka, October 26
As many as 1,354 teachers of middle schools appointed under the Upper Primary Blackboard Operation scheme and 100 teachers appointed in 50 recently opened primary schools in the state have not been paid their salaries for June, July, August and September.

Dons visit Rayat institute
Ropar, October 26
Dr Rob Cameron and Mr Harbans Singh Bassan, Professors at Bradford University, UK visited the Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology at Railmajra village, 6 km from here, and delivered a series of lectures to students of the institute in small groups.Top

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