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BSNL unearths free call racket
Espionage angle being probed
Bathinda, October 29
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) authorities have unearthed a racket involving some of its employees who allegedly used to make domestic and international calls, including to countries inimical to India, free of cost from its exchange located at Bahini Bagha village in the district.

Gurcharan Singh TohraTohra faction moves Sikh judicial panel
Amritsar, October 29
The Tohra faction has moved the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission to get five SGPC members, loyal to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, disqualified before SGPC chief election scheduled for November 12.

Badungar’s plea: PSHRC orders inquiry
Chandigarh, October 29
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has asked the Chief Secretary of Punjab to file a reply by November 8 with regard to kin of SGPC members who have been allegedly picked up and whose whereabouts are not known.

SGPC member close to Bibi for consensus
Jalandhar, October 29
Mr Partap Singh Advocate district president of the SAD Urban Unit and an SGPC member considered close to Bibi Jagir Kaur, wanted unanimity in the party over SGPC chief selection. He said choice of the SGPC chief should not be a one-man show.

Ministry for diversification mooted in Punjab
Chandigarh, October 29
The Chief Minister’s committee on agriculture policy has suggested the setting up of a ministry for diversification in Punjab in the final report submitted to Capt Amarinder Singh by its Chairman, S.S. Johl, here today.




  Police team raids Ropar thermal plant
Ropar, October 29
Following the registration of an FIR against the labour contractor of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP), the police today raided the plant premises in search of the accused. However, police sources said the contractor was at large.


CM cheated farmers, says Akali leader
Bathinda, October 29
Mr Parambans Singh Romana, vice-president of the All-India Youth Akali Dal (Badal), has alleged that the Amarinder government had cheated farmers by imposing power tariff on them.

SAD PAC meeting on Oct 31
Chandigarh, October 29
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal, has called a meeting of the party’s Political Affairs Committee, (PAC) past and present MPs, MLAs, district jathedars and other office-bearers of the organisational wings at Chandigarh on October 31.


Singla’s bid to expose Dhindsa
Chandigarh, October 29
The Chief Minister’s advisory committee on fiscal reforms and financial reconstruction and resource mobilisation Chairman, Mr Surinder Singla, MLA, today gave a political twist to the inclusion of user charges, including tariff on agriculture power, in the terms of reference of the 12th Finance Commission to be set up shortly.

Pherurai seeks transfer from Ferozepore jail
Chandigarh, October 29
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for November 12 on a petition filed by former Senior Superintendent of Police Gurcharan Singh Pherurai seeking directions to the police for keeping him in any prison except Ferozepore’s Central Jail.

  • Proceedings stayed

  • Two-day notice

  • Permission granted

Bhattal case hearing on Nov 12
Bathinda, October 29
Mr Jaspal Singh, Special Judge, today adjourned the hearing in the corruption case against Punjab Rural Development Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal till November 12 as she failed to appear in the court. Charges were to be framed against her today.

SSP acquitted in kidnapping case
Patiala, October 29
Six police officers, including SSP Harinder Singh Chahal, were today acquitted by a CBI court in a case regarding the Kidnapping and disappearence of a Jagraon resident on the basis of a closure report filed by the CBI.

Charges framed in Saru Rana case
Patiala, October 29
Charges were framed in the Saru Rana case against former Vice-Chancellor Punjabi University Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia under Section 376, IPC, here today on the basis of an FIR registered by Saru Rana on February 19.

Vigilance raids on grain markets
Chandigarh, October 29
Following complaints from farmers of irregularities in paddy procurement and allegations of demanding commissions and cuts by Inspectors of procurement agencies and arhtiyas, the Vigilance Bureau today conducted raids in 150-odd mandis. This is the second instance when the bureau has checked paddy procurement operations.

PPSC scam: lawyers leave for Delhi
Chandigarh, October 29
In less than two days after a memorandum was signed by over 1,000 advocates of the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking presidential support for action on the basis of a report submitted by the high court’s former Chief Justice Arun B. Saharya on the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) recruitment scam, a group of lawyers today left for Delhi to meet the members of the Committee on Judicial Accountability.

Industrialists apprise MP of problems
Chandigarh, October 29
The Patiala MP, Ms Preneet Kaur, today chaired a meeting of members of the Dera Bassi Industries Association and officials of the department concerned in Kisan Bhavan, Sector 35, Chandigarh today.

Preneet chairs meeting to develop Patiala
Chandigarh, October 29
A meeting of the Patiala Urban Development Authority (PUDA) held here today under the chairmanship of Mrs Preneet Kaur, MP from the Patiala Parliamentary Constituency, finalised the development plan of Patiala as a counter magnet to the national Capital.

Police callous on stipends, says Dang
Amritsar, October 29
Mr Satya Pal Dang, CPI leader, has said the police has been callous in streamlining the stipend by the Punjab Istri Sabha Relief Fund to dependents of former police officers who died fighting terrorists.

Report on ‘police harassment’ sought
Barnala, October 29
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has asked the Principal Secretary, Home, Punjab, and IG (Litigation), Punjab, to submit a report after looking into a complaint lodged by Mr Guru Dutt Sharma, a postal assistant serving in the main post office here. The complainant alleged that he was being harrassed by the Barnala police at the behest of Parmod Kumar, a local journalist.

Village education panels formed
Faridkot, October 29
The Punjab government has constituted 13,000 village educational development committee to launch the Jan Sampark Abhiyan scheme to ensure universalisation of elementary education under the centrally sponsored Sart Shiksha Abhiyan Programme in the state. Each committee comprises of seven members who will inspect the primary schools in their respective areas. 

Ayurvedic doctors unhappy with government
Faridkot, October 29
Resentment prevails among hundreds of unemployed ayurvedic doctors against the “indifferent” attitude of the Punjab Government to provide them with jobs. According to reports, more than 100 ayurvedic dispensaries against 450 were functioning without experts for the past many years. In 1995, the government recruited 60 doctors on an 89-day basis and later terminated their services without any reason.

Brahma Kumaris focus on mind, time management
Bathinda, October 29
Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya organised a discussion on “Mind Management” and Time Management” in its office here last evening.

HIV-positive truck driver dies
Bathinda, October 29
Pooran Singh (name changed), an HIV-positive patient who was operated upon by a team of doctors at the local Civil Hospital about two weeks ago, died here last night.

AIDS, TB cases on the rise
Hoshiarpur, October 29
The future of a three-year-old boy suffering from HIV infection, whose father died recently due to AIDS and mother is also infected with HIV and tuberculosis at Patti village, 12 km from here, hangs in the balance. This is not an isolated case. Another such family is facing the same situation. Three persons have died due to AIDS at Bohan, Shergarh and Chabbewal villages during the current year.

Runway extension work delays flights
Raja Sansi (Amritsar), October 29
The runway extension being carried out at Raja Sansi Airport has been delaying the landing of various international flights at night. The Airport Director, Mr V.S. Mulekar, said since the instrument landing system (ILS) had been rendered non-functional due to the runway extension project presently under way. 

Amarinder takes objection to recruitments
Chandigarh, October 29
Taking serious view of the recruitments in certain government departments in contravention of a blanket ban imposed by the Cabinet, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today ordered a high-level inquiry.

1,210 Home Guards await salaries
Ropar, October 29
With Divali round the corner 1,210 Home Guards serving in the district have not been paid salaries for the past three months.

Allow Hindu jathas to Katasraj: Billa
Amritsar, October 29
Close on the heels of Sikh religious bodies demanding the opening of route for pilgrimage to Pakistan-based shrines, the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena has written to the President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for similar facilities to Hindu jathas desirous of visiting Katasraj shrine in Pakistan.

Corpn employee asphyxiated
Amritsar, October 29
One Corporation employee died and three others were taken ill after inhaling a poisonous gas when they went to clear sewage pipes at Focal Point industrial area on Mehta Road here today.


3 travel agents booked for fraud
Kapurthala, October 29
The Dhilwan police today registered a case under Sections 420, 406 and 120-B of the IPC against three travel agents for allegedly duping two persons of Rs 17.30 lakh on the pretext of sending them to the USA.


Fee overcharged, allege BDS students
Bathinda, October 29
A section of students of the Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Dental Sciences and Research have alleged that they had been cheated and overcharged during their stay at the college during the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course. They also filed a complaint with the Punjab Chief Minister, besides the authorities concerned.

Rotaract Club holds GK contests
Bathinda, October 29
The Rotaract Club organised cultural and general knowledge competitions for school students. Mr Surinder Sharma, secretary of the club, in a press note issued here yesterday said 150 students from 25 schools of the district participated in the competitions.


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