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Punjab’s business tour to China off
Chandigarh, October 11
The much touted business tour of one Punjab minister, two MLAs, one chairman and five senior officers to China was today called off. Official sources in the Punjab Government told The Tribune that the tour had to be cancelled for want of clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs.

Case against Daler, Secy for threatening ASI
Police to raid Mumbai office
Patiala, October 11
The Patiala police today registered a case against pop star Daler Mehndi and his secretary, both of whom are accused of threatening an officer who is operating a computer seized from the office of the pop star.

Shamsher Mehndi comes out of the District Courts in Patiala on Saturday. — PTI photo
Shamsher Mehndi comes out of the District Courts

Badal refutes Vigilance charge
Investing Rs 2.45 cr black money in Harbans Lal’s name
Parkash Singh Badal
Chandigarh, October 11
Former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal yesterday refuted the Vigilance Bureau charge that he had invested Rs 2.45 crore black money in the name of ex-Sarpanch Harbans Lal, manager at a petrol station owned by his brother in Mandi Killianwali.

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SAD (A) protest against police high-handedness
Phagwara, October 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), SAD (A) would hold a state level conference at Phagwara on November 22 to protest against police high-handedness, including the one in which party president and Lok Sabha, member Simranjit Singh Mann was ill-treated by the police on October 4.

Cop fearing threat from SP, moves court
Bathinda, October 11
Mr Ravinder Kumar, Sub-Inspector (SI), a former station house officer (SHO), Sadar police station, Dabwali (Sirsa district of Haryana), has alleged threats from the then SP of Sirsa, Mr A. S. Ahlawat, and DSP, Dabwali, Chander Singh and petitioned to Mr Rajesh Garg, Judicial Magistrate, Dabwali for protection.

NCM to take up helmet issue with Centre
Jalandhar, October 11
The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has decided to take up the issue of challaning of Sikh women by the Punjab police for not wearing helmets with the Centre and the state government. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti have condemned the traffic wing of the Jalandhar police for challaning a Sikh woman yesterday.

Punjab post offices to accept water, power bills
Chandigarh, October 11
The Punjab circle of the Department of Posts will accept payments of water, electricity and telephone bills at its 3400 post offices in the rural and semi-urban areas in the state.

Gender bias behind declining sex ratio
Chandigarh, October 11
The Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner, Mr J.K. Banthia, has expressed concern over the declining sex ratio in Punjab. The decline in the sex ratio, indicated in the last census, was due to the low rate of birth registration of the girl child, he said.

Dell all set to start operations
Patiala, October 11
Information technology giant Dell is all set to start commercial operations in Punjab in a big way and the state government has promised the multinational company every help in order to facilitate its operations.

The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, being conferred with the Degree of Doctor of Science at the 17th annual convocation of Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET). — Photo by Subhash Patialavi
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, being conferred with the Degree of Doctor of Science


SAD, BJP men block traffic
Gurdaspur, October 11
At least 200 activists of the SAD and the BJP from the district gathered at Hanuman Chowk here today and marched, in procession under the leadership of Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, President of the state unit of the BJP, to the post office crossing, where they sat in a dharna from 12.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and blocked traffic.

Fernandes should quit, says Mann
Nawanshahr, October 11
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP and President, SAD (Amritsar), talking to mediapersons here today at Bazid Palace said that keeping in view the involvement of staff of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in a rape case, the Central Government should immediately initiate steps to bring the military and para-military forces under the purview of National Human Rights Commission. He also demanded the resignation of the Defence Minister on moral grounds.

BJP office-bearers
Barnala, October 11
Mr Dhiraj Kumar Goyal, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Barnala Mandal announced the office-bearers and executive committee members of the mandal.


Criminals have become part of governance: DGP
Amritsar, October 11
After Independence political leaders of our country became bosses and they considered their political opponents as target groups, they used the police the way the Britishers did, a policeman who is trained to obey orders is in a dilemma, whether to obey wrong orders or to displease the boss, for those who are in power often change their places with those out of power.

US bid to disarm N. Korea will be foiled, says envoy
Ropar, October 11
North Korea will foil all attempts of the Bush administration to disarm the country, said Mr Jang Kwang Son, Ambassador to North Korea to India, while addressing a function organised by the All-India Forward Bloc to mark the 58th founding anniversary of North Korea at Netaji Model School here on Thursday.

Christian family accuses minister of shielding culprits
Jalandhar, October 11
Even as the police has initiated investigation into allegations of a Christian family of Gakhlan village that its head, Chanan Masih, died on Wednesday after being beaten up by four Christians of the same village, the family has alleged that a Punjab minister is shielding the “culprits” and the police is working under pressure from him.

Vajpayee decried for wearing shoes while performing puja
Hoshiarpur, October 11
Mr Kuldip Kumar Nanda, President District Congress Committee here criticised Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India, for performing arti of idols of Lord Rama and Lord Laxman with shoes on a Vijaydasimi function at Ram Lila Ground, Subhash Nagar, New Delhi.

MP accuses union of exploiting farmer’s death
Bathinda, October 11
Mr Bhan Singh Bhora, MP, today alleged that some vested interests were trying to exploit the situation which arose after the death of farmer Gurdev Singh of Maur Charat Singhwala village in a rail accident while he was sitting on a dharna on September 30 at Bhai Bakhtaur level crossing.

One dead, 7 hurt in clash
Hoshiarpur, October 11
One person was killed and seven others were wounded in a clash between two groups at Oharpur village under Tanda police station yesterday.

Togadia’s statement provocative, says Calcutta
Amritsar, October 11
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and many Sikh organisations, including the Dal Khalsa, today described the statement of Mr Parveen Togadia, general secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), terming Sikhs as Hindus as extremely provocative, unwarranted and illogical.

Resolution on Pheruman amended
Jalandhar, October 11
The SGPC yesterday amended an over 33-year-old resolution regarding Darshan Singh Pheruman, who died in Amritsar on October 27, 1969, after observing a fast for 74 days in support of Sikhs’ demands.

Pollution damaging wetland ecology
Ropar, October 11
Though the recent breach in coal ash dykes of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant here has caused concern regarding pollution in the international wetland, damage to its ecology has been continuing for decades.

BJP to honour martyrs’ kin
Chandigarh, October 11
The Punjab Unit of Bhartiya Janata Party has decided to honour families of soldiers hailing from the state who were killed during the Kargil conflict. A statement issued here today said that the families of all 78 martyrs would be honoured by December 13.

SSPs, DSPs taught to manage stress
Phillaur, October 11
A one-day training programme on Behavioural Science for Senior Superintendents of Police and Deputy Superintendents of Police of Punjab was held at the Punjab Police Academy, here yesterday. The course was inaugurated by Dr G.S. Aujla, Director of the Academy.

Vigilance to probe flush latrine scam
Malout, October 11
Punjab Animal Husbandry Minister, Jagmohan Singh Kang today said the Vigilance Bureau, would conduct an inquiry into the Rs 25-lakh flush latrine scam, in the Gidderbaha Assembly segment during the tenure of the SAD-BJP government.

Rs 50 postal orders disappear
Gurdaspur, October 11
Resentment prevails among residents of the area for un-availability of Postal Orders of the denomination of Rs 50 for more than a month.

Couple killed in road mishap
Kharar, October 11
A man and his wife were killed when the motor cycle they were riding was hit by some unidentified vehicle on the Kharar-Banur road near Bhagomajra village last night.


Litigants suffer as posts of judge lie vacant
Jalandhar, October 11
Hundreds of litigants are at the receiving end due to a shortage of judges in Jalandhar.

Ex-VC Ahluwalia granted bail
Patiala, October 11
The Sessions Court today granted bail to former Punjabi University Vice- Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia in the corruption case registered against him by the Vigilance Department.


CM’s intervention sought
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 11
Resentment prevails among commission agents, rice millers, farmers and staff of procurement agencies due to frequent changes in the allotment of grain markets from one agency to another, which affects the entire procurement process.


Industrialist held for duping bank
Jalandhar, October 11
The Economic Offences Wing of the district police has arrested an industrialist for duping Canara Bank of more than Rs 1.17 crore by allegedly selling the property which had been mortgaged with the bank for procuring loan to set up an industrial unit in 1997.

Murdered man’s kin question police role
Rajpura, October 11
Family members of Narinder Kapur, who was stabbed to death by three members of a family on October 2 night inside a PCO located at Focal Point near here, allege that police is trying to hush up the case. The police had arrested Arjun Singh and his two sons Tejinder Singh and Surinder Singh on murder charge the same day.

3 held, 217 LPG cylinders seized
Sangrur, October 11
The police here has recovered 217 LPG cylinders from three persons. These cylinders were stolen from a local gas agency on April 23, 2003. A case was registered under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC on April 24.

Truck driver murdered
Abohar, October 11
The body of Rattan Lal (45), who had been working as the driver of a truck owned by Mr Gurmukh Singh of Jammu Basti here, was recovered from the tool box of the truck near the inter-state border last night.

Woman cop held for theft
Bathinda, October 11
A woman constable, Balbir Kaur, posted in the city police station, was arrested today for her alleged involvement in theft at the house of police constable Prem Kumar in June.

1 held for making fake documents
Ropar, October 11
The Ropar police has busted a gang involved in making fake driving licences and registration of vehicles with the arrest of Sant Singh, a resident of Molli Vedvan village under the Sohana station of Ropar. Sant Singh used to make fake documents along with his son Bikram Singh.


Irregularities in college affairs alleged
Sangrur, October 11
Dr Tejwant Mann, a representative of the College teachers in the management of the Akal Degree College, Mastuana Sahib, near here, has urged the college management to remove the Principal of the Akal Degree College following an audit report which showed “irregularities”, in the college.

Forcible collections for schoolchildren
Gurdaspur, October 11
The district administration has announced to hold a film festival in the district in eight cinema houses at various places in the district for the students from October 21 to October 26, and every student without exception, will have to pay Rs four.

Plan to upgrade medical colleges
Amritsar, October 11
The minister for Medical Education and Research, Mr Santokh Singh, said that the state government had undertaken concrete steps towards global target of vision 2020 ‘right to sight’ and focus on major areas which include controlling major causes of blindness, human research development and building infrastructure with appropriate technology.


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