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Daler Mehndi fraud case probe given to Sangrur police
Shamsher admits sending 10 persons abroad
Patiala, October 8
Patiala Zone Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shashi Kant today took among the human trafficking case, in which Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi is accused of being hand in glove with his brother in sending members of his troupe abroad illegally, from the Patiala Police and transferred it to a Sangrur police officer.

Chohan goes to HC for SGPC poll
Chandigarh, October 8
Once considered self-styled President of Khalistan, Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, is now seeking the indulgence of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for early Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) poll.

Akal Takht is supreme, say Sikh high priests
Amritsar, October 8
The five Sikh high priests today announced that all the four Takhts, including Patna Sahib, Hazoor Sahib, Damdama Sahib and Kesgarh Sahib could take up regional issues pertaining to Sikh affairs, including religious and social issues.

Indian youths languish in Pakistan jails
Amritsar, October 8
Ms Balbir Kaur had mortgaged her land to collect a sum of Rs 2.15 lakh to send her son Baljit Singh (20) to Lebanon in 2001. But travel agent Swarn Singh cheated them, sent Baljit to Jordan.

Fatehgarh Sahib

Eighteen Pakistani children, who accidentally crossed the Indo-Pak border and were arrested by border officials, are yearning to return home.
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PSEB holds meeting with BKU leaders
Patiala, October 8
The Punjab State Electricity Board Chairman, Mr Y.S Ratra, held a meeting with representatives of the Bharati Kisan Union (BKU) to review the problems and demands of farmers at the board Secretariat here today.

Police accused of shielding guilty of rape and murder
Jalandhar, October 8
Parents of Ram Tirath Kaur, whose body was found outside a computer centre in Hoshiarpur on June 22, today alleged that the Hoshiarpur police was shielding the accused and no action was started against them in the past three months.

One feared dead in factory blast
Ludhiana, October 8
Three persons were killed and six seriously injured in two incidents in the city late tonight. A person was feared dead and another injured in a blast at a factory at Sunder Nagar. 


No move to change CM, says Hanspal
Phagwara, October 8
PPCC President HS Hanspal today pooh-poohed rumors about a change of Chief Minister in Punjab. Talking to mediapersons, here, Mr Hanspal said there was no move to install Ms Ambika Soni as the Chief Minister of Punjab.

CPI to fight for farmers
Bathinda, October 8
Dr Joginder Dyal, state secretary, CPI, Punjab, said today that the entire state and district leadership of the party had descended on Bathinda town to fight against any move of the state government to stop people from attending the bhog ceremony of Gurdev Singh, who died after being hit by a goods train while sitting in dharna on the Bhai Bakhtaur railway level crossing during a “rail-and- rasta-roko” agitation of farmers on September 30, to be held on October 10 at Maur Charat Singhwala village.


Parkash utsav of Guru Ram Dass celebrated
Amritsar, October 8
Aeroplane showered petals on ‘nagar kirtan’ procession (religious procession) held on the occasion of Parkash Utsav (Birth anniversary) of fourth Sikh Guru and founder of holy city here Guru Ram Dass. The ‘Nagar Kirtan’ was taken out from Akal Takht at noon today.

Sikh children wearing traditional dress, participate in a procession on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Ram Dass on Wednesday.
A Sikh youth displays martial art during a procession on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Ram Dass, in Amritsar on Wednesday. — PTI photo  Children participating in the procession. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

‘Gurus’ articles shifted to Canada’
Moga, October 8
Some articles of Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh have been secretly shifted to Canada from Dhilwana Kalan village in the district about a month ago without prior intimation to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee, an SGPC member said here.

Petitioner for CBI probe into cases against Kiran Rosy
Chandigarh, October 8
In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, city industrialist Bharat Bhushan Aggarwal has sought directions to the state of Punjab, and the Additional Director-General of Police, besides another respondent, to hand over the probe into cases against PCS officer Kiran Rosy to an independent agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Another complaint against SDM
Amritsar, October 8
Mr Shivdev Singh Sandhawalia, SDM, Baba Bakala, who is facing ‘corruption charges’ following the registration of an FIR came under clout again today when a terrorist victim alleged that he (the SDM) had demanded a bribe for clearing the compensation case despite directives of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Bar to oppose move on dist boundary
Bathinda, October 8
Mr Mohinder Singh Sidhu, president of the District Bar Association, Bathinda, has said members of the Bar will oppose the state government’s move to attach certain villages in the Rampura Phul subdivision in the district to Faridkot district, according to a press note issued here today.


Farmers hold protest, burn effigies
Tarn Taran, October 8
Hundreds of farmers under the leadership of the Kisan Sangarash Committee burnt effigies of the Union and the state governments here today in protest against the killing of one Gurdev Singh, a farmer at Bhai Bakhtora level crossing in Bathinda district on September 30 and against the lathi charge on the farmers the next day.

DC’s orders on smooth procurement of paddy
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 8
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, today conducted a surprise check on various purchase centres and expressed satisfaction over the procurement of paddy.


Action against DSP recommended
Malout, October 8
Mr Surinder Pal Singh, SSP, Muktsar, has written to IG (Headquarter), Punjab Police for disciplinary action against DSP, Malout, Mr Gurmeet Singh following complaints against him from the subordinate staff, including SHO, police station, city, Babu Lal Sharma in past two days.

Probe ordered into cops’ recruitment
Faridkot, October 8
Following a row over the recruitment of a large number of policemen during the tenure of former Director General of Police M.S. Bhullar in the past about one year despite a blanket ban on recruitment in all state government departments, the Punjab government has marked an inquiry.

Lease agreement for remodelling bus stand signed
Amritsar, October 8
A new lease agreement for the local bus stand and its remodelling was signed at a high-level meeting presided over by the Chief Secretary, Mr Jai Singh Gill, today.


Truck Union men clash, 9 hurt
Moga, October 8
Nine members of the Truck Union here were injured in a clash between groups days before the union elections scheduled for October 18.


Principal, DEO staff found absent
Amritsar, October 8
The Principal of a government school and many employees in the District Education Office were among those found absent during surprise raids conducted by the officiating Deputy Commissioner and SDMs in the district.Top

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