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SP responsible for farmers’ torture, says morcha
Jalandhar, October 5
“Apart from Government Railway Police (GRP) officials, the Mansa SP (D), Mr Lakhwinder Singh and the Talwandi Sabo DSP, Mr Aushutosh, played a tyrannical role and ordered policemen to let loose a reign of terror against farmers during the October 1 farmers’ rally at Bhai Bakhtaur village in Bathinda district during which one farmer was killed,” said a report prepared by a fact-finding committee, set up by the Punjab Lok Morcha, which probed the killing of a farmer and subsequent alleged ‘torture’ of farmers by the police and the GRP.

CPI to hold bhog of Gurdev Singh
Bathinda, October 5
The CPI leadership of Punjab while pleading to fight against the repressive politics of the state government decided to hold the bhog ceremony of Gurdev Singh, who died after being hit by a goods train while sitting on dharna at the Bhai Bakhtaur railway level-crossing on September 30, in a befitting manner.

SAD to observe Punjab bandh if Badal arrested
Bathinda, October 5
Union Chemical and Fertilizer Minister and senior SAD leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today said that the party would immobilise entire Punjab in case the Vigilance Bureau arrested former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family. The Union Chemical and Fertilizer Minister and senior SAD leader, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, addresses a Press conference
The Union Chemical and Fertilizer Minister and senior SAD leader, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, addresses a Press conference at Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune Photo by Kulbir Beera

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Drive against corruption directionless, says SAD (A)
Nawanshahr, October 5
Dr Harjinder Jakhu, general secretary, SAD (Amritsar), yesterday, ridiculed former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for filing a petition before the National Human Rights Commission against the alleged misuse of power by Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister Punjab.

Amarinder going Beant way, says Mann
Phagwara, October 5
There is a police “raj” and “danda raj” in Punjab and the government of Capt Amarinder Singh was following the footsteps of Beant Singh and Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Sammelan challenge to Takht, says Calcutta
Amritsar, October 5
Dubbing the proposed ‘World Sikh Sammelan’ as ‘anti-Panthic’ the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today decided to take up the issue in the Dharm Prachar Committee and executive committee meeting, scheduled to be held at Fatehgarh Sahib on October 10.

Fake currency racket busted, four held
Amritsar, October 5
The district police yesterday busted a fake currency racket with the help of public here. The police has arrested four persons in this regard and seized fake currency notes worth Rs 9,500 from them.


Ravana goes up in smoke
Patiala, October 5
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, set aflame the effigy Of Ravana amidst tight security arrangement at the Vir Hakikat Rai park in Rajpura colony here this evening.

Dasehra celebrated in ‘Galat Malat’ style
Patiala, October 5
Comedy king Bhagwant Mann and his troupe, Galat Malat Manch, celebrated Dasehra in their own style by comparing corruption with the mythological figure of Ravana and burning his effigy at the Baradari Gardens, here today.

SGPC secy told to appear before medical board
Amritsar, October 5
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today directed its secretary, Mr Harbeant Singh, to appear before the three-member medical board before sanctioning his two-month leave.

Centre to set up panel for disabled
Jalandhar, October 5
Mr Satyanarayan Jatiya, Union Minister for Social Welfare and Empowerment, said today that the Central Government was geared up to set up a national commission to deal with problems being faced by handicapped people in the country with a more comprehensive approach.

Shiv Sena to hoist Tricolour in Srinagar
Phagwara, October 5
The Shiv Sena (Hindustan) yesterday announced plans to send a ‘Balidani Jatha’ (sacrificial squad) of its activists to Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Republic Day next year and hoist the Tricolour and saffron flag there with a view to challenge the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammad militants in the valley.

Beant Singh complex in state of mess
Patiala, October 5
The Beant Singh Shopping Complex, which was built more than a decade ago by the Improvement Trust, is at present in a state of neglect as the building has not yet been transferred to the Municipal Corporation.

Dog bites many, panic in Verka
Amritsar, October 5
Panic prevailed in Verka situated on the Batala road as a rabid dog reportedly bit several people, including a 10-year-old girl and animals, today.

Phone service in a mess
Nabha, October 5
Resentment prevails among residents of the town over poor telephone services. They said that when they contacted phone authorities, they were told to make complaints on the computerised number 198, but the computer failed to register the complaint.

Rs 14.11 lakh given for rural water supply
Nawanshahr, October 5
Mr Parkash Singh, local MLA, distributed cheques for Rs 14.11 lakh to Begumpur, Jadla, Bhan Mazara, Lodhipur, Ghakewal and Pallian Kalan villages for providing drinking water facility here yesterday.

Book of Punjabi ghazals released
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 5
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, released Gazal Changer, a book of Punjabi ghazals, written by Kirpal Singh Preshan at a function in Bachat Bhavan here. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ahluwalia said that the poetry of Preshan is full of human values and high thoughts.

Lathicharge on linemen flayed
Chandigarh, October 5
The state president of the BJP and the leader of the party in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, today condemned the lathicharge on the Unemployed Linemen’s Union outside the residence of the Chief Minister in support of their demands.

1 pilgrim killed as truck overturns
Amritsar, October 5
One person was killed and 25 others injured when a truck carrying a group of Sikh pilgrims overturned after losing balance on blind turn at Chabbal village, 20 km from here today, the police said.


Insecticide dealers made to compensate farmers
Abohar, October 5
The Agriculture Department Punjab yesterday persuaded insecticides sellers to pay compensation to the farmers who had alleged that their cotton crop was damaged due to use of “sub standard” insecticides.


Shocked at rape of daughter, man commits suicide
Phagwara, October 5
Shocked over the rape of his minor daughter by his cousin, a man committed suicide by jumping before a train at the Kherra railway crossing here in the early hours today.

3 booked for raping minor
Kapurthala, October 5
The Sadar police has booked three youths of Kalasanghian village on the charge of raping a minor girl of the same village.

Flesh trade racket busted
Jalandhar, October 5
A flesh trade racket has been busted with the arrest of four alleged prostitutes, including its kingpin, the police said today.

Retired DFO arrested
Hoshiarpur, October 5
On the instructions of Mr Lok Nath, SSP (Vigilance Bureau), Jalandhar, the bureau today arrested retired Divisional Forest Officer Sardara Singh, Garshanker, under the Prevention of Corruption Act for amassing disproportionate assets beyond known source of his income.


Teachers to cease work if not paid
Phagwara, October 5
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union today served an ultimatum on the government that it would give a cease work call in all 172 non-government colleges if the grant for the second quarter was not released and disbursed next week.

Nabha, October 5
Mr Shafi Mohammad Mungo, State Vice- President of the School Teachers’ Association Punjab, said that the following had been elected office-bearers of Patiala unit of the association.

DAV students top in group song contest
Bathinda, October 5
Students of R.B. DAV Senior Secondary School stood first while students of S.S.D. Girls College, Bathinda, got the second position in the junior section of national group song competition organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad here today.


Traders threaten to observe bandh
Bathinda, October 5
In a significant move which could have far reaching impact on the on-going agitation by farmers’ organisations, representatives of the Punjab Pardesh Beopar Mandal today while alleging that a handful of farmers from different kisan unions were blackmailing traders and the administration today threatened to launch an agitation in case the authorities concerned failed to check their illegal activities.Top

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