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SGPC sacks 250 employees
Amritsar, October 12
Services of more than 250 employees serving in various SGPC-run gurdwaras and educational institutes were terminated here today. These employees have been rendered surplus and had not completed 240 days in service.

Pak builds six more BOPs
Jalandhar, October 12
To strengthen its presence on the Indo-Pak border, Pakistan has set up six more border observation posts (BOPs) in the Shakagarh area facing the Gurdaspur and Amritsar sectors, during the past two years.

ADGP told to investigate frame-up case
Abohar, October 12
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the ADGP (Crime) Punjab to enquire into the allegations that some police officers here had framed a youth in five cases of theft to save a son of a councillor of the ruling party.

Businessman missing for one month
Amritsar, October 12
The family of Rajesh Khanna, who has been missing since September 19, has been running from pillar to post in search of their son. The long wait of Rajesh’s wife Rita Khanna and her two children Rita (9) and Subhank (7) continues all the day.

Badal man’s rice mill searched
Doomwali (Bathinda), October 12
A team of Punjab Vigilance Bureau today searched rice mill here and a cold store in Rampura Town of this district, owned by Mr Harbans Lal, former manager of a petrol pump, owned by kin of Mr Parkash Singh Badal.



  Akal Purakh ki Fauj honours seven
Amritsar, October 12
Baba Kanwar Singh Negi (72), Padam Shree (1981) and Padam Bhushan (1990) awardee who developed the Gurmukhi script in Braille, helped hundreds of blind ragis find jobs in gurdwaras here and abroad but he has failed to find any support for financing his master strokes on to a computer software or special machines to make imprints for posterity.


SAD to contest Rajasthan poll
Bathinda, October 12
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today that the SAD was consulting legal experts for criminal proceedings against the Punjab Vigilance Bureau for its alleged torturing of party workers. His son Sukhbir Badal said that state Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh would meet the fate of President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein for his for his anti-people policies.


Mann-police row: youth body to move court
Phagwara, October 12
The October 4 police-politician row took a new turn today. The five office-bearers of Dr B.R. Ambedkar Youth Federation Punjab declared that a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) writ petition would be filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against SP Phagwara for showing disrespect to the Constitution by raising casteist feelings an allegation denied by the SP.

Writers not welcome at Writers’ Home
Patiala, October 12
Writer Home in the State Language Department complex, built in 1992 to provide inexpensive lodging to Punjabi writers, has lost its relevance for writers. A Shiromani Awardee, Lakh Karnalvi, visited the home better known as Sahitya Sadan recently he found both gates locked.

Cultural show dedicated to Halwarvi
Patiala, October 12
The monthly haas raag rang programme of Punjabi humour, music, dance and drama, which was postponed to today, got good response from the audience.

Rabies claim 1 more life
Amritsar, October 12
Raman (5) alias Raja, a resident of the Preet Nagar locality in the Verka area who died of rabies here on October 9 was cremated here yesterday. This is the second such incident reported from the area.


‘Shift labour court to judicial complex’
Patiala, October 12
The Labour Court here which caters to disputes of Patiala, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Shaib and Ropar districts, is functioning from a very old building which has been declared unsafe nearly 15 years ago. The Bar Association has been seeking the shifting of the Labour Court to the new District Courts complex.

2 juvenile justice boards set up
Faridkot, October 12
The Punjab Government has constituted two juvenile justice boards here and at Ludhiana comprising three members each to solve the problems of juveniles in the state.


Ferozepore tops in paddy procurement
Ferozepore, October 12
For the first time since the process began on October 1 the border districts has topped in paddy procurement. The paddy procurement chart has touched 10 lakh metric tonnes against 7.26 lakh metric tonnes during the year 2002 to 03.

Licences of 2 grain dealers suspended
Faridkot, October 12
Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, has suspended the licences of two grain dealers, of Chandbaja and Kotsukhiaya villages for allegedly committing irregularities in the purchase of paddy. The Deputy Commissioner who visited different purchasing centres like Pucca, Chahal, Chandbaja and Kotsukhiaya to ensure the proper procurement of paddy found excess weight of the produce in many gunny bags against the actual weight of the purchase made at both centres.


Sarpanch suspended
Fazilka, October 12
Gurlal Singh, sarpanch of Ghattianwali Jattan village has been suspended by the Deputy Director Rural Development and Panchayats on the alleged charge of committing irregularities.


Man rapes minor daughter
Amritsar, October 12
In a heinous crime, a father raped his minor daughter at a godown in Tangra village falling under the Majitha police district on the night of October 5. The incident came to light after a case was registered under Section 376 of the IPC against the accused on a complaint lodged by Ms Kashmir Kaur, mother of the girl, at Jandiala police station here late last evening.

Security guard murdered
Phagwara, October 12
A private security guard, Chatar Singh (32), was today found murdered in the cabin of a Nepali watchman, Lashman Singh, on the Green Planet India Enterprises premises near Kanchi Nagar on the GT Road. The Nepali watchman was found missing from his cabin. The salary of the security guard, Rs 5,800, 10 live cartridges and a cycle were allegedly taken away by the watchman.

SI, ASI held on graft charge
Gurdaspur, October 12
Sub-Inspector Baldev Singh, in charge (police) at the Pathankot railway station and Assistant Sub-Inspector Sain Dass posted with the Dorangala police station have been booked on charges of corruption.

Two held for robbery
Gurdaspur, October 12
The police here has arrested two persons for robbery. Mr R.P.S. Brar, SSP today identified the accused as Deepak alias Deepa of Pathankot and Inder Dass resident of Mukerian in Hoshiarpur district. One .30 bore Chinese, mauser one .303 bore country-made pistol, six cartridges and one scooter (PB-35-8046) were recovered from their them.

Two held on murder charge
Abohar, October 12
The mystery behind the death of Dalip Kumar of Sardarpura village in the subdivision has been solved.

Priests strangle man with ‘siropa’
Ludhiana, October 12
Two priests of a gurdwara in Janakpuri here have been arrested allegedly for killing a mentally-challenged person in gurdwara two days ago.

2 killed in accident
Bathinda, October 12
Two persons were killed in a road accident near Talwandi Sabo sub division of the district today, when their scooter was hit by a speeding canter.


Students seek refund of excess fee charged
Gurdaspur, October 12
Resentment prevails among parents of the students who sought admission to BA/B.Sc. (part-I) and MA/M.Sc. part-I in government colleges in this academic session for government’s failure to refund them the additional fee charged from the students.


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