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Badal to face Vigilance Bureau today
Chandigarh, October 7
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, wife Surinder Kaur and son Sukhbir Singh will be present in their Sector 2 house tomorrow to join investigations in a disproportionate assets case registered against them on June 25 on a complaint filed by a Congressman from Mansa.

Questionnaire finalised for Badal
Badal to be grilled amid tight security
Sukhbir must obey law, says Amarinder

Minister raids Coke plant
Amritsar, October 7
In a crackdown on Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottlers, the Union Minister of State of Food Processing Industries, Mr N.T. Shanmugham, today seized five empty bottles of Coca-Cola from a bottling plant operated by M/s Amritsar Crown Caps Ltd at Jandiala Guru during a raid.

Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Mr N. T. Shanmugham at a press conference in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Probe ordered into Daler's charge against DSP
Patiala, October 7
Patiala Zone Inspector-General of Police Shashi Kant today ordered an inquiry into the allegation made by Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi that local Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajinderpal Singh Anand had demanded Rs 1.5 crore in case he did not want any action against him in a case of human trafficking registered against his brother and others in which he had also been named.

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Fatehgarh Sahib


  Ash goes for spaghetti
Satellite kitchen for Bollywood stars

Jalandhar, October 7
Amritsar may be known worldwide for its Punjabi delicacies, but a team of 29 Jalandhar-based chefs left no stone unturned to outpoint it on the food front—by catering for Aishwarya Rai, Anupam Kher, Gurinder Chadha and the entire crew of film “Bride and Prejudice”.

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai, Martin and "Bride and Prejudice" director Gurinder Chadha at a press conference in Amritsar on Monday night.
— PTI photo

Pays obeisance at Golden Temple

10 contractors held for fraud
Mansa, October 7
A fraud involving lakhs of rupees committed by private contractors of octroi posts in depositing the revenue collected by them with the local Municipal Council during 1998-99 came to light today.

Lecturer, kin booked for dowry
Mansa, October 7
The police has registered a dowry case under Sections 498-A and 406 of the IPC against a lecturer, Mr Gurbaj Singh, his mother Harbans Kaur and his father Malkiat Singh, all of Muktsar district, and her sister Shahbaj Kaur and husband of the sister Yadwinder Singh, both residents of Bathinda district.


Lions Club offers to treat 100 Pak children

Wagah (Amritsar), October 7
The President of Pakistan, Gen Pervez Musharraf, during his 40-minute meeting with eight member Indian delegation, led by Mr Ashok Mehta, Vice-President, Lions Club (International), gave positive indications for the relaxation of visa process and resumption of rail and air links besides improvement of cultural and trade ties between India and Pakistan.

Ashok Mehta, vice-president of the International Association of Lions Clubs being greeted by members of the Lions Club upon his arrival at the Wagah border on Tuesday morning. — Photo by Sawinder Singh

Chohan to contest SGPC poll
Jalandhar, October 7
The Khalsa Raj Party (KRP) headed by Khalistani ideologue Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan has decided to contest the forthcoming SGPC elections on its own.

Cops neglecting duty, alleges NGO chief
Amritsar, October 7
The holy city which is projected as a world heritage site, is dotted with steel structures and vulgar posters. These structures are being put up at every chowk, nook and corner of the city.

Murder mystery solved
Nangal, October 7
The railway police has solved the mystery behind the gruesome case of suspected rape and murder in which the naked body of a woman was recovered from the railway track near Kalitran village, about 8 km from Nangal, on October 1.

Five Dalits hurt in group clash
Patiala, October 7
Five Dalit farmers were injured when they were fired upon by ‘zamindars’ in Sahnipur Tanda village in Julkan police station last night.

Freedom fighter cremated
Phagwara, October 7
The octogenerian freedom fighter Nazar Singh Sangha was cremated here today with full honours. Punjab Social welfare Minister Joginder Singh Mann placed wreaths on the body. Mr Sangha, breathed his last after protracted illness. 

Soldier cremated with honours
Amritsar, October 7
Sepoy Saraj Singh (20) of Mari Megha village who was hurt in militant attack on September 13 at Nogaon sector, Baramula in Jammu and Kashmir and later succumbed to his injuries at military hospital in Delhi, was cremated at his native village with full military honours.


High Court
Petition against G.S. Samra
Chandigarh, October 7
The complainant in a corruption case registered against two judicial officers, G.S. Samra, is back in the news again. In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a city-based firm has now sought registration of a first information report against him “for committing a cognizable offence.

Bar Association men observe strike
Rampura Phul, October 7
Members of the local Bar Association Rampura Phul today passed a resolution and struck work to lodge their protest against the initiation of a move by the Punjab Government to include a number of villages of this sub-division in Faridkot district.

9 booked for murder on HC orders
Moga, October 7
On directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Kotisekhan police has registered a murder case against nine persons of Galhoti village for murdering Baljit Singh, a commission agent.


Farmers demand crop insurance
Faridkot, October 7
Farmers have underlined the need for introducing the crop insurance scheme on a priority basis to improve the economic condition of the farming community in the state. They say the diversification system alone will not be of much help. The farmers were participating in a district-level training camp organised by the district Agriculture Department today to apprise them of the latest techniques and the benefits of contract farming and diversification.


Minister for better facilities to passengers
Amritsar, October 7
Union Minister of State for Railways A.K. Murthy today issued instructions for better amenities at Railway stations. During his surprise visit here he directed the DRM to renovate the station in three weeks as he wanted to tour this area in the first week of November to supervise the improvement.

FCI, flying squad teams visit mandis
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 7
A team of the FCI, a Central Government agency, today inspected various purchase centres in the district. The team was led by Mr Kaul, Joint Secretary Food, Government of India, and accompanied by Mr Pandey, Manager Quality Control and SRM, Punjab.

MC move on tenders saves Rs 25 lakh
Nangal, October 7
The Nangal Municipal Council has saved Rs 25 lakh due to the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, to check the alleged pooling of tenders.

Ban on petrol stations with bad machines, poor stuff
Mansa, October 7
Mr Raj Kamal Chowdhary, Deputy Commissioner, Mr Prem Goyal, District Food and Supplies Controller, Inspector, Weight and Measurement Department, along with other officers today checked the quality of petrol being supplied in five petrol pumps of the district. Mr Chowdhary said almost all petrol pumps were selling petrol and diesel of prescribed quality but some of them were found indulging in short changing.


3 held for killing, selling meat of wild boar
Nangal, October 7
The wild life authorities of the Anandpur Sahib range have arrested three local residents, including Babu Ram, Vijay Kumar and Dinesh Kumar, for allegedly killing and selling the meat of a wild boar.

Five women smugglers held
Moga, October 7
The Punjab Police today claimed to have apprehended five women poppy husk smugglers in this district. More than 26 kg of poppy husk was seized from their possession, a police spokesman said.

Minor raped
Mansa, October 7
A minor girl (16), daughter of a farmer of Dayalpura village in Budhlada subdivision was raped yesterday by Udham Singh of the same village. The girl was returning to her house when the accused Udham Singh dragged her to the nearby fields and raped her.


Teachers not paid salary for months
Bathinda, October 7
If you think that managing household affairs without salary for one month is difficult, think about those teachers of government-run schools in Punjab, who have not been getting their salaries for the past four months and the perpetual humiliation they have been facing to arrange for hard cash.

College teachers hold rally
Sangrur, October 7
The district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) today expressed resentment against the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for “failing” to keep his poll promises of continuing 95 per cent grant-in-aid to private-aided colleges and implementation of the Pension-Gratuity Scheme of December 18, 1996.

GND varsity employee suspended
Amritsar, October 7
Even as Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to place an ad hoc employee under suspension following his alleged role in the yesterday’s firing incident between two rival groups in the varsity campus, Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor said that security within and outside the university would be beefed up to prevent untoward incident in the future.

Appointment welcomed
Chandigarh, October 7
The Government College Retired Teachers Welfare Association at a meeting here today welcomed the appointment of Mr Manmohan Singh as Secretary, Higher Education, Punjab.


Industrial growth centres to be developed
Bathinda, October 7
With a view to give boost to the industrial development in the backward area the Government of India would set up industrial growth centers that would act as magnet.

Cinema licence issue reaches censor board
Bathinda, October 7
Mr S.K. Sinha, Secretary, Department of Home, Punjab, yesterday ordered the district administration, Bathinda, to screen those films, on the basis of which the District Magistrate, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, ordered the cancellation of licences of two cinema houses in the town, for the censor board to find out whether these films fell in the X-rated category.


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