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Vigilance summons Badal again
Chandigarh, October 14
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today issued fresh notice to Rajya Sabha MP Sukhbir Singh Badal, asking him to appear again in the office of the DIG, Economic Offences Wing to submit the clarifications and records of his properties.

Cabinet to take up sportspersons’ case
Chandigarh, October 14
The Punjab Council of Ministers’ meeting scheduled here for Friday is expected to take up the case of 337 police sportspersons and coaches. Sources told TNS today that the necessary amendments had been made in the Punjab Police Rules, 1934, not only to adjust the existing sportspersons but also to open a window for future personnel. 

Steep rise in onion prices
Jalandhar, October 14
The skyrocketing prices of onion have started destabilising the household budget in the Doaba region and elsewhere where the prices have shot up twofold in the past fortnight.

Jathedars’ role comes under scanner
Amritsar, October 14
The role of the Sikh clergy and the SGPC came under scanner for having failed to take preventive actions against those indulging in blasphemous acts. Sikh intellectuals said the title of “professor of Sikhism” conferred on Mr Gurtej Singh should be withdrawn.

Complainant in Bhattal case alleges threat
Bathinda, October 14
Mr Balwant Singh Dhillon, complainant in a corruption case against Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today alleged that Mrs Bhattal had threatened those who were responsible for the case against her, He urged the Punjab Governor to intervene into the matter.

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Bhattal launches IRDS scheme
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 14
“The Rural Development Department has unearthed embezzlements to the tune of over Rs 10 crore in the State, done allegedly by panchayats from government funds sanctioned during Sangat Darshan programmes.

Youths cheated of lakhs on pretext of jobs
Some of the youths who were cheated by a firm claiming to be a branch of the Mumbai-based Tee Kay CompanyBathinda, October 14
“Careers On Ships”, “Caring for Colleagues and Customers” and “You can earn more profit than you can ever think of”—these were the few slogans, coined by Tee Kay Shipping Company in its advertisement inserted in various dailies of the state for recruiting employees.
Some of the youths who were cheated by a firm claiming to be a branch of the Mumbai-based Tee Kay Company narrate their tale of woes to a policeman in front of the office of the company at Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera


Cut in staff strength mooted
Ropar, October 14
The office of the Chief Electrical Inspector, Punjab, has mooted a proposal to reduce its staff strength to 44 against the sanctioned strength of 95. Sources here said it had been proposed that the electrical inspectorate of the state should be run by drawing officers from the PSEB rather than augmenting its own cadre.

Some men too fasted
Phagwara, October 14
Karva Chauth was today celebrated by women, some men and unmarried girls. Mr Chitranjan Gautam, a lawyer, has been fasting on Karva Chauth for the past 35 years. “I started fasting in school and I still fast on Karva Chauth, he said, adding that his son also used to fast on Karva Chauth earlier but discontinued it now.
Mehndi becomes a rage with women on Karva Chauth. (28k, 56k)

Students perform traditional Punjabi folk dance
Students perform traditional Punjabi folk dance at a youth festival held in Amritsar on Tuesday. — PTI

Pensioners’ plea to govt
Kharar, October 14
The All Department Pensioners Association here at a meeting held under the Presidentship of Mr Hardeep Singh here on Sunday urged the Punjab Government to release the pension for October before Divali.

One killed, 71 hurt as truck overturns
Mansa, October 14
A truck carrying about 150 persons belonging to Budhlada, Achanak, Kulana, Satike, Kalipur and Gobindpura villager of the district overturned near Datewas villages on the Budhlada-Jakhal road today resulting in the death of one person and injuries to about 71 persons.

Ashirwad to replace Shagun scheme
Ropar, October 14
The Ashirwad scheme would soon replace the Shagun scheme in Punjab. The Shagun scheme was launched by the SAD-BJP government to provide financial assistance of Rs 5000 to poor Dalit families at the time of marriage of their daughters. The Congress after coming to power had abandoned the scheme.

Aid given to 12 ex-servicemen
Fazilka, October 14
A rally of ex-servicemen was held at the M.R. Government College Stadium today. Retired Army officers, including decorated personnel, and widows participated in the rally. Major General N.B. Singh, G.O.C., and Brig R.C. Malik, Commanding Officer, presided.

SGPC seeks ban on function

Rotary Club Divali Mela
Barnala, October 14
Mr Makhan Sharma, President, Municipal Council, here inaugurated a Divali Mela organised by the Rotary Club, Barnala at local Government High School, (Boys) on Sunday. 


CBI submits status report in panchayat secys’ case
Chandigarh, October 14
The Central Bureau of Investigation, today submitted a status report in a sealed cover in the panchayat secretaries termination case. After going through the report, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, headed by Chief Justice B.K. Roy, ordered the resealing of the same.

  • 100 examined in sex scam, says CBI

  • Notice on plea of Chohan


Scam in cotton purchase alleged
Mansa, October 14
The payment of market fees and rural development fund running into crores of rupees is allegedly being evaded by the cotton factory owners on the purchase of kapas and narma in connivance with officials of the market committees of the district.

NFL opens krishi seva kendra
Bathinda, October 14
A krishi seva kendra was opened at NFL township and a mobile soil and water testing van was dedicated to farmers of the region by Mr P.S. Grewal, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, National Fertiliser Limited on Sunday.


3 revenue officials suspended
Faridkot, October 14
Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, has suspended three junior officials of the Revenue Department for dereliction of duty. They are Balkar Singh, district revenue assistant, Amarjit Singh and Harish Kumar, both clerks.


Couple killed in sleep
Tarn Taran, October 14
An old couple was found murdered with sharp-edged weapons under mysterious circumstances last night at Nagoke village falling under Verowal police station. The police has registered a case under Section 302, IPC.


Punjabi varsity creates 3 more faculties
Patiala, October 14
The Academic Council of Punjabi University today approved the creation of three new faculties of engineering and technology, business studies and law. Earlier, all three courses were covered under the Faculty of Professional Courses.

Open IIT at Bathinda: BJP
Bathinda, October 14
After an announcement made by the Prime Minister that five new IITs would be opened up in the country, residents of the district have been demanding that at least one IIT should be opened up in the district. 

Students for bus pass facility
Barnala, October 14
Amarjit Raju and Sanjeev Mintu President and Secretary, respectively, of the Punjab Radical Students Union in a statement here on Sunday said that the PRSU would not allow Students Bus Pass Concessional Travelling Facility to be stopped.

Science fair concludes
Bathinda, October 14
Host MSD Public School has won 12 out of the total 49 prizes, including the quiz competition, under various categories in the two-day science fair, which concluded here today. Top

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