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Centre out to destabilise Cong govts, says CM
Capt Amarinder Singh
Chandigarh, October 16
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today accused the Centre of trying to destabilise the Congress governments through “task forces” of various central agencies placed under the charge of BJP ministers.

Badal case: VB picks up 3 for questioning
Bathinda, October 16
The Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, with the help of the Muktsar police, today picked up three persons, two from Killianwali village and one from Lallbai village of Muktsar district, to question them in connection with corruption cases registered against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Harbans Lal, a former manager of a petrol station owned by a close kin of Mr Badal.

Spokesman seeks apology from Tohra, Calcutta
Chandigarh, October 17
The Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Spokesman has served a 15-day legal notice on SGPC President Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Chief Secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta and four others for tendering an unconditional apology for levelling allegations against the magazine.




Ahluwalia for roundtable conference
Chandigarh, October 16
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, a wellknown Sikh scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, today asked the organisers of the “World Sikh Conference” not to adopt a confrontanist approach towards Akal Takht.

Bairagis seek memorial to Banda Bahadur
Barnala, October 16
The Virat Bairagi Sammelan, organised by the Bairagi Mahan Mandal Punjab on the occasion of the 333rd birth anniversary of Bairagi Baba Banda Singh Bahadur here today, unanimously urged the Punjab Government to erect memorial to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Sirhind in Fatehgarh Sahib district and prepare a documentary film on the Baba.
A gathering at the state-level function held in connection with the 333rd birth anniversary of Baba Banda Bahadur at Barnala on Thursday
A gathering at the state-level function held in connection with the 333rd birth anniversary of Baba Banda Bahadur at Barnala on Thursday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

SAD asked to make stand clear on VHP march
Chandigarh, October 16
The Punjab CPI said today that if the Shiromani Akai Dal (Badal) was sincere about the demands of farmers, it should withdraw its minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, from the Union Cabinet.

220 kar sewaks leave for Ayodhya
Amritsar, October 16
As many as 220 ‘kar sewaks’ sporting saffron flags, head and arm bands raising slogans Jai Sri Ram’ and ‘Mandir Vahi Banaegey’ left for Ayodhya by Howrah Mail here today. They were led by Rakesh Madan of the Bajrang Dal on the call of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal to reach Ayodhya on October 17.

Tourist plane from London lands at Raja Sansi
Raja Sansi (Amritsar), October 16
A chapter to aviation history was added when today first non-stop tourist chartered flight landed at international airport here. All passengers were British nationals including NRIs and international tour operators who were part of the 220-member group in the inaugural flight.
Delegates of the first non-stop tourist chartered flight from England to Amritsar wave to mediapersons
Delegates of the first non-stop tourist chartered flight from England to Amritsar wave to mediapersons on their arrival at Rajasansi airport on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma 

Death of NRI on train: son suspects stepmother
Ludhiana, October 16
The death of an NRI attributed to drugging by an unknown co-passenger on board the Kolkata-Amritsar Punjab Mail has taken a new turn with his son alleging that he was murdered by his stepmother in connivance with her family members.

Govt again writes to Administrator
Chandigarh, October 16
After two futile attempts, the Punjab Government has initiated a move for the third time to allow a member of the Rajya Sabha and the Supreme Court Advocate, Mr R.K Anand, to represent the state in a corruption against the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.


CM urged to probe working of private finance companies
Abohar, October 16
Several organisations have urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to get the working of the unregistered private finance companies probed through the Economic Offences wing of the Vigilance Department. A similar request has been made to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, and the Union Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, to ask the Department of Income Tax to check the mushroom growth of such companies in the region.

Kargil martyrs’ kin to get monetary aid
Muktsar October 16
Mr Kanwaljit Singh Lalli, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab Security Services, yesterday said monetary help of Rs 5 lakh would be given to the families of those Army personnel of Punjab who sacrificed their lives during the Kargil battle and shortly after it.

2 factions of vet officers’ body merge
Chandigarh, October 16
Two factions of the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association merged today at a meeting held today under the chairmanship of the Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister, Punjab, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang.

Police terror grips family, neighbours again
Ludhiana, October 16
Two-and-a-half years after some cops, including a former police cat, killed a youth in New Prem Nagar here, police terror gripped members of the victim’s family and residents of the colony tonight.


Lal Singh impleaded in plot case
Chandigarh, October 16
If allegations in a writ petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court are to be believed, a show-cause notice was issued to a Rajpura-based co-operative society “with the intention of allotting 23 plots to the persons of Punjab Minister Lal Singh’s choice”.

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Rice miller to pay 31 lakh to FCI
Moga, October 16
Faridkot Civil Court Judge R.L. Chohan has decreed a suit in favour of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), for the recovery of Rs 31 lakh from Messrs Bansal and Sons, a rice mill, in connection with a case of fraud and forgery and criminal breach of trust registered in 1995.


Markfed denies arhtias’ charge
Chandigarh, October 16
The Punjab Markfed today denied the charge made by certain arhtias of Khanna mandi that it was delaying payments for paddy being procured by it.


Man beaten to death
Tarn Taran, October 16
Sukhdev Singh, alias Sukha (35), a Dalit and resident of Maluwal Santan village falling under police station Chabal, was allegedly beaten to death by two residents of the same village. Illicit relations with the daughter of the accused is said to be the reason behind the murder. A case under Section 302, IPC, has been registered.

Two killed in road mishap
Bathinda, October 16
Mr Suraj Bhan was killed yesterday while Mr Darshan Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector, Punjab police, who was posted in the local Civil Lines police chowki, succumbed to his injuries in the local Civil Hospital today after their car met with an accident on the Bathinda-Multania road late last night.


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