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Arrest warrants against 2 in
Badal case
Kharar, October 15
In connection with the FIR dated June 24 registered against former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the court of the Kharar Judicial Magistrate, Mrs Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, has issued arrest warrants for October 29 against Anil Kumar, son of Mr Harbans Lal, manager of the Killianwala petrol pump of Mr Badal, and another suspect Bhagwan Das Gupta.

Hoardings adorn Patiala roads

Patiala, October 15
This home town of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is Punjab’s Karnal. Huge hoardings, almost the same size as in Haryana, adorn every important traffic intersection on all important roads, including National Highway 64, passing through the city.

A hoarding appreciating development of Rajpura on National Highway 64 at Rajpura.
A hoarding appreciating development of Rajpura on National Highway 64 at Rajpura. —Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Punjab to try again for China trip
Chandigarh, October 15
Hurt by the nonclearance of its delegation to China by the Union Government, the Punjab Government has decided to make another bid to send the delegation to that country.

SDM’s vehicle found carrying fake registration number
Ferozepore, October 15
The official vehicle of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Zira, has reportedly been found carrying a fake registration number. The fact came to light during a surprise checking conducted by the Commissioner, Ferozepore Division, Mr B. Sarkar.




  Statement of witness worth only if he is cross-examined
Chandigarh, October 15
The statement of a witness cannot be considered if his examination-in-chief has been recorded but he has not been cross-examined — the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled in a significant judgement.

Salary bills of gurdwaras exceed “golak”
Amritsar, October 15
Salary bills of many historic gurdwaras is more than the monthly “golak” (offerings), affecting the “dharam parchar” being carried out by the SGPC. At least Rs 1 crore is being paid to the surplus staff in the form of salary.


Panchayat poll on October 29
Phagwara, October 15
Elections to the Panchayat of Vir Nagar , village Sarpanch of village Ranipur Rajputan village and some panches of Balolan, Chiheru, Dhaddey, Guru Nanak Nagri, Jagatpur Jattan, Lakhpur, Mauli, Nasirabad, Nawin Abadi Narangshahpur, Nihalgarh, Prempur, Randirgarh, Sapror, Sham, Nagar, Gobindpur, would be held on October 29 election duties were allotted yesterday at a meeting by SDM cum returning officer here Pritam Singh.

Mann’s party to contest 4 seats
Hoshiarpur, October 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will contest four parliamentary segments viz Sangrur, Bathinda, Ropar and Phillaur in the forthcoming elections of the Lok Sabha. This was disclosed by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of SAD (A), while talking to mediapersons here today.

Govt policies anti-people, says Tandon
Phagwara, October 15
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was strengthening and helping the SAD-BJP combine by following anti-people policies and we would win all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab. This was declared here yesterday by former Punjab Local Bodies Minister and BJP leader Balramji Das Tandon.


British Sikhs offer help for Pak shrines
Wagah, October 15
Most historic gurdwaras in Pakistan do not have ‘parkash’ of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and many of them are in a dilapidated condition. A 14-member jatha of UK-based Sikh pilgrims said this on arrival here today. The leader of the jatha, Mr Harjinder Singh Sami, told newsmen that they visited Sikh shrines at Hasan Abdal, Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib, Sacha Sauda, Bhai Lalo Khuhi etc.

A jatha of Sikh pilgrims from the UK arrives at Wagah on Wednesday. —Photo by Rajiv Sharma
A jatha of Sikh pilgrims from the UK arrives at Wagah on Wednesday.

Homoeopaths from Pak arrive
Wagah, October 15
A 22-member delegation of homoeopathic doctors from Pakistan arrived here today. The delegation, led by Dr Sheikh Azhar Intesar, president of the Pakistan chapter of Homoeopathic Doctors, has come to attend a three- day 14th International Homoeopathic Congress 2003, scheduled to be held from October 17 at the Air Force auditorium, New Delhi.

Canadian PM to ink pacts on trade, IT
Amritsar, October 15
The Canadian Minister for Industry, Mr Allen Rock, today stressed the need for increasing trade and economic ties with India. Talking to newsmen after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, Mr Rock said he was going to explore a number of areas, including information technology, communication, agriculture and infrastructure, where Canada and India can work together and help the economic ties grow at a faster pace.
Canadian Minister for Industries Allen Rock (second from right) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday.
Canadian Minister for Industries Allen Rock (second from right) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Solution to Kala Afghana issue favoured
Amritsar, October 15
Consensus prevails among Sikh intellectuals and leaders to find an amicable solution to the controversy arising out of the convening of the World Sikh Conference on October 26 at Chandigarh on the Kala Afghana issue. A seminar was held at the Chief Khalsa Diwan to deal with the situation arising out of Mr Kala Afghana challenging the edict issued against him.

Cancellation of octroi auction raises doubts
Hoshiarpur, October 15
Cancellation of the auction, for the contract of octroi collection of Municipal Council here has created controversy. Contract was finalised for Rs 8.51 crore and then its cancellation has left people guessing.

Of inflated phone bills and harassed subscribers
Gurdaspur, October 15
Subscribers having telephone connections from the main and new telephone exchange are a harassed lot due to excessive billing for the current month. There are complaints that bills received are four times compared to previous bi-monthly bills.

Punjab to modify lottery schemes
Chandigarh, October 15
The The Punjab State Lotteries is modifying its future bumper lottery schemes so as to attract maximum response. This was stated by Mr B.R. Bajaj, Principal Secretary, Finance, Punjab, today while giving away prizes to the winners of Punjab State Rakhi Bumper, 2003. The draft of first prize was received by Mr Jaspal Singh of Phagwara.

Fast by unemployed linemen continues
Patiala, October 15
The indefinite fast being observed by the Unemployed Linemen Union, Punjab, in support of their long-pending demand of filling thousands of technical posts lying vacant in the Punjab State Electricity Board, Patiala entered its 28th day today.

Fest to showcase heritage
Kapurthala, October 15
Preparations for the Heritage Festival at Kapurthala are in full swing. Part of the Punjab Government’s plan to promote heritage and boost tourism, the festival will provide a platform to showcase the heritage of Kapurthala. The heritage building housing the Jagatjit Club has been illuminated. A three-day exhibition is being put up by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Madan Mohan nite on Oct 19
Jalandhar, October 15
Efforts would be made to recapture the magic of melodies of the late music maestro Madan Mohan and other great musicians during the annual Madan Mohan Nite to be organised by the Sangeetkar Madan Mohan Yaadgar Sabha on October 19 at the local Gymkhana Club.

Ambedkar mela organised
Jalandhar, October 15
Ambedkar sabhiyacharak mela was held at the local Ambedkar Bhavan today by the Ambedkar Mission Society.

Lab technicians defer rally
Phagwara, October 15
The Medical Laboratory Technicians Association, Punjab had deferred its state-level rally and protest march of October 19 outside the ancestral house of Dr D.P.S. Sandhu, Director, Health Services, Punjab. 

Dharna against hike in water tariff
Hoshiarpur, October 15
Hundreds of women, led by Ms Pushpa Sharma, general secretary the Punjab Mahila Morcha of the BJP, staged a dharna at the local Clock Tower today in protest against the recent increase in the tariff of water and sewerage by the Hoshiarpur Municipal Council.

SMO writes to CM, seeks promotion
Bathinda, October 15
Dr Manjit Kaur, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), working in Civil Hospital Nathana, has alleged that she was denied promotion allegedly by replacing her Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) in the office of the Director, Health Services, Punjab.


Pace of paddy procurement more than expected
Sangrur, October 15
Paddy purchase by traders this year has surprised farmers too. In Sangrur district, traders purchased 2,23,941 metric tonnes (MTs) of paddy till last evening of the total 10,43,644 MTs of procured paddy by government agencies and the traders meaning the traders purchased more than 21 per cent till October 14 this year compared to 2.8 per cent (only 22,241 MTs out of 7,83,442 MTs of procured paddy) last year.

Markfed ‘delays’ paddy payments
Chandigarh, October 15
A large number of commission agents have complained about delayed payments for paddy procured by Markfed. Commission agents from Khanna Mandi say that Markfed made the first payment for paddy after 11 days. Till date, Markfed has cleared the payments for paddy procured till October 4 in the Khanna mandi.


DCC office-bearers announced
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 15
The District Congress Committee today released the much-awaited list of office-bearers. Vaid Hari Krishan, President, DCC, addressing a press conference here today said every one, who had worked for the party had been adjusted and it had been ensured that representatives of MLAs, MPs and other senior leaders were adjusted. He claimed that there was no factionalism in the party. Answering a query about the heavily constituted DCC, he said representation had been given to every section of society.

MC, police at loggerheads over posts’ construction
Amritsar, October 15
The police and the municipal corporation (MC) are reportedly at loggerheads over the construction of police posts in the city.

PSEB move to recover 16.7 cr arrears
Jalandhar, October 15
To recover arrears of Rs 16.72 crore owed by the Punjab Police, health and other departments to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in the north zone alone, the Board has decided to take up the matter with the Director General of Police and the Punjab Chief Secretary to spend up the payment process.

Homeless SCs to get 1.8 cr
Sangrur, October 15
The district administration will disburse an amount of Rs 1.8 crore soon among 900 homeless scheduled caste persons, living below the poverty line in the district, for the construction of houses.

Official suspended
Chandigarh, October 15
Dr Lal Singh Momi, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, Faridkot, was today placed under suspension for dereliction of duty.


PSEB employee acquitted in bribery case
Chandigarh, October 15
In a complete reversal of events, a Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employee accused of accepting Rs 100 for issuing a duplicate copy of a demand notice, was acquitted of the charges framed against him.

Mardana society chief booked
Ferozepore, October 15
The Ferozepore police has booked Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, president, International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Society, on the charge of getting a passport of a girl prepared on the basis of a fake ration card. The girl, Mandip Kaur, a resident of Nawanshahr, was later married to an NRI, Garry Gill, of the USA.

MC clerk suspended
Amritsar, October 15
Mr Gurvail Singh, a clerk in the local municipal corporation, has been suspended while four others have been booked by the police for allegedly trying to hide records and attacking Mr Balwinder Singh, a resident of Sharifpura, on September 30. A case was registered against them under Sections 341, 506 and 323 of the IPC at the Kotwali police station here today.

Five hurt in road mishaps
Fazilka, October 15
Five persons are reported to have injured in two different road accidents. According to information, two brothers, Sukhwant Singh (23) and Nanak Singh (21), who were coming on their scooter from Hauz Khas village to Fazilka this morning to attend an Army recruitment rally, collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction and got injured.

60 kg poppy husk seized from cop
Sangrur, October 15
The police allegedly seized 60 kg of poppy husk from a head constable of the Punjab police, Darbara Singh, posted at Nabha, from his house at Kherri Gillan village, near Bhawanigarh, on Monday night.

Schoolgirl raped by acquaintance
Tarn Taran, October 15
A 16-year-old student of Class IX was allegedly raped by a middle-aged person, Nirmal Singh, alias Nimma, of Kotdatta village under Harike police station. The accused is a family acquaintance of the victim.

80-year-old murdered
Jalandhar, October 15
Vidya Rani, 80-year-old widow, was allegedly stabbed to death by some unidentified people at her house here yesterday morning.


Media commercialised, says former VC
Jalandhar, October 15
Observing that media has been making a considerable contribution towards the ever-evolving process of society, Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, yesterday exhorted journalists to serve society with a missionary zeal.

PTU plan to set up digital libraries
Amritsar, October 15
Punjab Technical University (PTU) is planning to set up digital libraries for reducing journals and accelerating research and development programmes. This was stated by Dr S.K. Salwan, an eminent scientist and Senior Adviser to PTU, while delivering a special lecture on ‘New initiatives by PTU in research and development in science and technology at Baba Kumar Ji Engineering College at Gursar Satlani, near here, recently, according to a press note issued by the college here yesterday.

Hearing aids given to 71 students
Bathinda, October 15
Mrs Sunil Aggrawal, chairperson of the hospital welfare section of the District Red Cross Society, today said that the latest equipment, including hearing aids, were being provided to deaf and dumb students of Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf, Dumb and Blind.
Chairperson of Hospital Welfare Section Mrs Sunil Aggarwal presents a hearing aid equipment to a deaf and dumb student of Mahant Gurbanta School at Bathinda on Wednesday.
— Tribune Photo by Kulbir Beera
Chairperson of Hospital Welfare Section Mrs Sunil Aggarwal presents a hearing aid equipment to a deaf and dumb student of Mahant Gurbanta School at Bathinda

Abolition of teachers’ post hits schools
Fazilka, October 15
Instead of filling the large number of vacancies, the Education Department, Punjab has decided to abolish these posts. According to this decision 3,242 posts of teacher of different categories and other staff in primary and secondary schools of the state have been abolished. This has adversely affected the functioning of the schools and the studies of thousands of students have been hit hard.

VC releases book
Patiala, October 15
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai released a book “Mera Desh Mere Lok” on the campus here today. This book is the Punjabi translation of the best seller ‘Wise and Otherwise: A Salute to life” written in English by Ms Sudha Murti, a renowned Kannadaga writer.

70 students donate blood
Bathinda, October 15
As many as 70 members of three NSS units of the local Rajindra Government College donated blood in a camp organised by the college authorities here today.

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