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PPSC gearing up to retest ‘tainted’ men 
Jalandhar, October 27
The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has not received any communication from the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the latter’s reported move to conduct a re-examination of the entire batch of 39 “tainted” PCS (judicial) officers, even as the commission is gearing up to conduct the re-examination of such officers.

Will the Amarinder Govt deliver?
Disinvestment of Punjab PSUs
Chandigarh, October 27
The story of disciplining 49 public sector undertakings in Punjab begins now. The Disinvestment Commission has drawn up the roadmap for their closure, merger, restructuring, strategic sale etc.

Punjab notifies new industrial plots policy
Chandigarh, October 27
The Punjab Government has notified a new policy for the allotment of industrial plots and semi-developed land to entrepreneurs. Under the new policy, a fixed percentage of plots would be reserved under ‘off-the-shelf scheme’ to cater to immediate land requirement of entrepreneurs, said Mr Avatar Henry, Minister for Industries and Commerce, here today.

Singla warns of system collapse
Ferozepore, October 27
The economy and system of governance in Punjab are moving towards total collapse. The political class should think in the interest of the state and give time to the government to bring back the state on the right track.

Anandpur Sahib


SAD agitation may prolong: Badal
Chandigarh, October 27
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal said here today that the statewide subdivision-level protest marches to be organised by the party would be the beginning of a long and sustained democratic struggle to set aside unjust policies and decisions of the Amarinder Government.

Khalsa Panchayat wants Vedanti to quit
Anandpur Sahib, October 27
Hundreds of activists of the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat, led by Mr Rajinder Singh, convener of the panchayat, today took out a second march from Loh Langar gurdwara to Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, here, seeking the resignations of Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, and Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar of Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, for “failing” to provide justice to a rape victim who had approached Akal Takht against the head of a religious dera.

Sikh jathas write to Kalam
Amritsar, October 27
Following a negative reply over the issue of permission to Sikh jathas to visit Pakistan gurdwaras by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Mr H.S. Bhullar, president of the International Bhai Mardana yaadgari Kirtan Darbar Society (BMYKDS), has written to the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying that the Sikh gurdwaras were falling into disrepair due to the failure of Indian Sikhs to visit Pakistan.


Sarpanch harassed at minister’s behest?
Patti, October 27
Even as an Akali Sarpanch and his three brothers, residents of Dhaliwal village who have absconded have alleged that they were implicated in ‘false cases’ at the behest of the Irrigation Minister, Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar, his confidant Tarlok Singh Chakwalia, who had unsuccessfully contested the previous assembly election on Congress ticket, claimed that they were trying to hoodwink the police by using the media.

Protest against PUDA scheme
Barnala, October 27
The Anti-Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) Action Committee Barnala blocked vehicular traffic for two hours at Courts Chowk and organised a dharna here today to protest against PUDA move to develop an urban estate on 270.24 acres here by uprooting those who had built houses in the area on the Barnala-Sangrur bypass road.

Ludhiana set to meet water-for-all target
Ludhiana, October 27
Ludhiana is set to become the first city of India to supply municipal water to its entire population within the next four months. The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will formally launch on Punjab Day (November 1) a water supply augmentation project for supplying pure drinking water to all inhabitants of the city.

Cerebral malaria case reported
Bathinda, October 27
Sanjeev Kumar, a native of Assam, an employee of a private canteen at Bhisiana Air Force station, 25 km was reported cerebral malaria a few days ago, but not admitted in the Civil Hospital here despite directions warranted it.

Infantry Day celebrated
Bathinda, October 27
Infantry Day was celebrated near Dabwali town today to commemorate the first successful combat action by the infantry after the Independence of India in 1947. Wreaths were laid by senior officials of the Army at a memorial of the gallant Infantry soldiers to pay homage to the war heroes. 

An Army official pays homage to the martyrs after laying wreaths at the memorial of gallant 'Infantry Soldier' near Dabwali on Sunday.
— Photo Kulbir Beera
An Army official pays homage to the martyrs

Police stations to be made people friendly
Jalandhar, October 27
The look and working of police stations is likely to be revamped and made more people friendly soon, following the “good policing” competition, set rolling by Mr M.S. Bhullar, Director-General of the Punjab police here today.

Board in offing to choose awardees
Patiala, October 27
The Punjab Government has decided to go in for a permanent Advisory Board with a fixed term for the state Language Department to decide the award of as many as 13 Shiromani Puraskars given each year to eminent writers and poets in Punjabi, Hindi and Sanskrit languages.

Experts favour change of NACO norms on AIDS
Amritsar, October 27
At the two-day, 28th regional conference of dermatologists, veneorologists and leprologists of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir, panellists discussing AIDS scenario said National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) guidelines far removed from reality vis-a-vis ground realities about the disease.

NRIs keen to develop airport, hospital
Amritsar, October 27
Prosperous Punjabi NRIs have offered to contribute in the rebuilding of Punjab’s economy. The president of the NRIs entrepreneurs association, Mr Narinder Dhir, told newsmen here today that they had explored different avenues for making investments. These include building an NRI colony, superspecialty hospital, airport and modern agro-based industries.

Police remand for SC lawyer
Mansa, October 27
Mr Arun Madan, an advocate of the Supreme Court, has been remanded in police custody till October 28 in connection with a case of forging orders of the apex court of the country.

SHSAD to block rail traffic at Rajpura
Patiala, October 27
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal will stop rail traffic at Rajpura on a call given by various ‘kisan’ organisations protesting against injustices done to Punjab farmers.

Gadhri mela from Oct 30
Jalandhar, October 27
To inculcate a spirit of sacrifice among the youth, the Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Committee has decided to dedicate “Gandhi babian da mela”, which will be held here from October 30 to November 1, to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives at the Andaman and Nikobar Islands during the British regime.


ASI among 3 cops suspended
Moga, October 27
The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Shiv Kumar, yesterday suspended three policemen, including ASI Ajmer Singh, and ordered a departmental inquiry in this regard.


Checks at mandis, case registered
Chandigarh, October 27
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today registered a case under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Sections 420 read with 120-B of the IPS against an Inspector of the warehousing corporation and a commission agent of the Apra and Goraya grain markets.

Sarpanch booked for fraud
Nawanshahr, October 27
The Rahon police has registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC against Mr Hari Parkash, Sarpanch, Dariyapur village under Aur block of the district, following a complaint lodged by Mr Harbans Lal, panchayat member.


Inspection of primary schools from today
Chandigarh, October 27
The Punjab Education Department has decided to launch tomorrow a unique “Jan sampark abhiyan” aiming at comprehensive inspection of primary schools in all 216 education blocks to give impetus to the “Sarv shiksha abhiyan”, a scheme to ensure universalisation of elementary education, bringing all out-of-school children in the 6-14 age group under the school system, a press note said here today.

Teachers’ wards honoured
Bathinda, October 27
Kapil Goyal, 11, a student of Class VI, dreams of becoming an IAS officer and is trying his best to excel in studies to realise his goal. And when Kapil was presented with a memento by Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma at the annual function of the Teachers’ Home Management, Education and Welfare Trust here today, he was on cloud nine. With innocence, Kapil said he tried to keep abreast of the latest happenings by listening to the DD news bulletin every evening.


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