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Major reshuffle in Punjab Government
Chandigarh, October 6
Besides transferring 10 top IAS officers, the Punjab Government today shifted the Principal Secretary, Finance, Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, to the Irrigation Department. He replaces Ms Kusumjit Sidhu, who goes to the Power Department relieving Mrs Vini Mahajan of the additional charge.

Vigilance summons Sukhbir Badal on Oct 9
Chandigarh, October 6
Taking a tough stand against Rajya Sabha MP, Sukhbir Badal, who did not appear before the Vigilance Bureau today for the second time for questioning in the disproportionate assets case, the bureau has now served the third and final notice asking him to appear in the bureau office here at 11 am on October 9, according to sources.

Mother, son killed while asleep
Kapurthala, October 6
The wife of an NRI and his son were killed by unidentified persons in their house in Saintpur village on the night of Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Manjit Kaur and her son Gurpreet Singh (15).

Helpline to curb child abuse
Chandigarh, October 6
The childhelpline, 1098 launched on October 1 by Nawanshahr police chief V. Neerja has added a new dimension to the concept of “safeguarding childhood”. This cause is also dear to the Punjab Human Rights Commission, which, has been collaborating on child rights and protection with the British Council and the Police Academy, Phillaur.



Selloff reviewed
Chandigarh, October 6
Punjab’s disinvestment process has been bogged down due to lack of interest by various private companies. Except Punjab Tractors Limited, the disinvestment, in fact, is on the standstill in other four government undertakings.

Punjab plans heritage festivals
Parveen Sultana to grace first festival in Kapurthala
Chandigarh, October 6
As a sequel to last year’s heritage festivals organised to lift the sagging tourism potential of the state, the Punjab Government has planned another series of cultural celebrations this year. The objective of the festivals, to be organised in the districts of Kapurthala, Amritsar and Patiala, is to bring alive the cultural vivaciousness of the state and place it on the international tourist map.

Sikh bodies to move Takht against Prof Manjit Singh
Amritsar, October 6
The former Jathedar of Takht Keshgarh Sahib has embroiled himself in another controversy allegedly by participating in the ‘Vishawa Dharma Prachar Yatra’, organised by the Vishwa Parvasi Bharatiya Forum yesterday at Auckland. The Sikh Society of Auckland and the Dal Khalsa unit of New Zealand have decided to lodge a petition to Akal Takht in this regard.

Punjab matric exam forms


Job in fake certificate: SGPC Secy fails to depose
Amritsar, October 6
Mr Harbeant Singh, Secretary SGPC who has been facing charges of getting job on the basis of ‘fake matriculation certificate’ today refused to appear before the three-member medical board which met at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here.

Seminar dedicated to Guru Angad Dev
Tarn Taran, October 6
On the concluding day of the two-day seminar organised at Khadoor Sahib by Baba Daljit Singh, founder, Guru Nanak Sikh Mission of America and head of the Gurdwara Gurjot Parkash Sahib Chicago (America) with the help of Baba Sewa Singh, head, kar sewa sect Khadoor Sahib, yesterday, and four more Sikh scholars presented their papers on the life of Guru Angad Dev.

Cheaper electrical lights provide stiff competition to traditional diyas.
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Withdraw cases, demand arhtiyas; threaten stir
Bathinda, October 6
The arhtiyas of Punjab would observe a complete bandh all over the state soon if the authorities concerned did not withdraw the false criminal cases registered against arhtiyas about forcing the farmers to commit suicide. They also demanded legal action against the representatives of so-called farmer unions, which had allegedly been blackmailing the administration and them.

Dullo condemns lathicharge on farmers, linemen
Nabha, October 6
Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, MP, yesterday condemned the lathicharge on farmers and protesting linemen and assured that those responsible would be dealt with strongly. While regretting the use of force on peaceful agitators he said such events could malign the image of the ruling party.

Mann’s men to meet Kalam
Phagwara, October 6
A delegation of SAD (A) would call on the President of India and the speaker of Lok Sabha, next week and submit a memorandum to them against the violation of the privileges of the Member of Parliament by the Phagwara police here on October 4.

Kharar-Banur road to be upgraded
Kharar, October 6
Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, PWD Minister, Punjab, today laid the foundation stone of the upgradation, widening and strengthening of the Kharar-Banur road with an estimated cost of Rs 2.20 crore.

CITU to launch stir from Oct 15
Jalandhar, October 6

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions today announced to launch state-wide agitation from October 15 to protest against the alleged anti-worker labour policies of Punjab and the Central Governments.

Postal staff duping govt
Mansa, October 6
Employees of the local post office are making money by duping the government in the name of deposits in small saving schemes. The government has appointed agents to make the public aware about the small saving schemes and to mobilise people to deposit their savings in post offices.

Civil Hospital ward closed due to staff shortage
Tarn Taran, October 6
The surgical ward of the local Civil Hospital has been closed down due to the shortage of the paramedical staff, specially staff nurses. Mr Mohinder Singh Prince, former president of the local citizen council, today said here that the Health Department, keeping in view the work of this 50-bed tehsil-level hospital had deputed here three staff nurses on deputation.

Governor to inaugurate ‘Sharad utsav’
Kapurthala, October 6, 2003
The Punjab Governor, Justice (retd.) O.P. Verma, will inaugurate second Baba Jassa Singh Sharad Utsav to be organised from October 17 to October 19 at Jagatjit Palace, said the Deputy Commissioner today in a press release.

Motivate kids to play games, parents urged
Bathinda, October 6
Mr B. Sarkar, Commissioner, Faridkot Division, today urged the parents to encourage their children to take part in sports for inculcating discipline and competitiveness among them. Mr Sarkar, was addressing a function at the opening ceremony of the Inter-District Punjab School Games here.


Notice to Punjab on disputed dera land
Ferozepore, October 6
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr M.M.S. Bedi, today issued notice to the state of Punjab to produce the entire records of the case pertaining to the disputed land of Dera Sekhwan on October 27, in which Mr Manpreet Badal and his relatives have been booked by the local police. On October 1, in response to an anticipatory bail application moved by Mr Manpreet Badal, Mr Bedi had issued summons to the local police to produce the entire records related to the disputed land of the dera on October 6.


Gunny bag shortage man made, say farmers
Moga, October 6

Although the district administration had assured the farmers that there would be no shortage of gunny bags for filling paddy but farmers claimed that the shortage in markets was man-made. 

Kisan mela held
Patiala, October 6
A one-day kisan mela was held at Rakhra under the aegis of the Young Farmers’ Association, Punjab, which was inaugurated by State Public Health and Panchayat and Rural Development Minister, Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, here today.


Criminal complaint against Finance Minister
Patiala, October 6
A local Congress leader has filed a criminal complaint against Finance Minister Lal Singh and four others in the court of the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) here today. Mr Ajay Thapar has filed the criminal defamation under Sections 499, 500 and 12-B, IPC, against Mr Lal Singh, District Congress Committee (Rural) President Hardial Singh Kamboj, Patiala police chief Paramraj Singh Umranangal, Inspector of Bhadson police post Didar Singh and Chandigarh-based Regional Passport Officer Arvind Kumar.

7 held on charge of robbery
Sangrur, October 6
The police here today claimed having arrested seven persons, including a former militant of Khalistan Commando Force (Zaffarwal) and seized four Hero Honda motorcycles, a Ford tractor, a gypsy, three .30 bore mausers, a .315 bore pistol along with cartridges, and a .30 bore spring field rifle with cartridges from their possession.

12 booked for attack on cops
Jalandhar, October 6
The Noormahl police has booked 12 persons allegedly for attacking a police team and freeing one of their accomplices, who had indulged in eve-teasing on the Dasehra day.

2 die, 6 hurt in mishap
Sangrur, October 6
Two persons were killed and six others injured when a jeep, carrying 12 persons, and a tractor-trailer loaded with bricks, collided near Channo village on the Sangrur-Patiala road this morning. The dead and injured persons were occupants of the jeep. However, four children, occupants of the jeep, escaped unhurt in this accident.

One injured in shootout outside varsity campus
Amritsar, October 6
Two groups today exchanged fire in front of the examination centre of Guru Nanak Dev University here in which Arun Rana was injured. At least 15 rounds were fired. An old enmity is said to be the cause of the clash.

Man killed
Amritsar, October 6
Baldev Singh, a resident of Professor Colony, Tilak Nagar was allegedly killed by his brother-in-law Jaspal Singh of Sudarshan Nagar area here late last evening. However, his body was found near Shivala Bhaian area here today. 


Varsity releases Pro-VC’s salary
Patiala, October 6
After much controversy, the Punjabi University authorities released the salary of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, after he met with the Governor and Chancellor of the university, Justice O.P. Verma (retd).

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