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Cook Islands to be scanned for Badal’s accounts
Ludhiana, October 17
Parkash Singh Badal
The Punjab Government, it is learnt, has decided to send the Ludhiana DIG, Mr Siddharth Chattopadhya, on a 10-day trip to Cook Islands in the South Pacific to investigate the alleged bank accounts of certain Punjab politicians, including former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Mr Chattopadhya is attached to the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, that is investigating the assets of the Badal family.

Badal’s family answers Vigilance queries
Chandigarh, October 17
The beleaguered former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, his wife, Ms Surinder Kaur, and their son, Sukhbir Badal facing a disproportionate assets case today sent in their written replies to the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, pertaining to certain queries asked by them during their questioning held last week.

CM in self-created crisis, says Badal
Chandigarh, October 17
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal said today that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was responsible for the political crisis he was facing. It was totally wrong on the part of Capt Amarinder Singh to blame the Union Government for his political problems. He said the Union Government was not trying to destabilise the state government in any manner.

Ejection order against Tota Singh’s kin
Tota SinghSAS Nagar, October 17
The local SDM has ordered the ejection of Deep Woollen Mills, purportedly run, among others, by a member of the family of former Punjab Minister Tota Singh, from a plot in the Industrial Area here.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Police team leaves for Delhi to arrest Daler
Daler Mehndi
Patiala, October 17
The Patiala police today despatched a team to New Delhi to arrest pop star Daler Mehndi even as the name of a senior Haryana police officer has come under the scanner during the continued interrogation of Shamsher Mehndi, who has been in police custody now for 13 days.

Ruckus over Hanspal’s statement
H.S. HanspalChandigarh, October 17
Punjab Congress President H.S. Hanspal’s statement asking people not to use “Singh” with the name of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur has kicked a controversy. Even senior Congress leaders have been upset over the statement.

Centre anti-farmer, says Jakhar
Gurdaspur, October 17
Mr Balram Jakhar, a senior Congress leader and former Agricultural Minister, said that the Central Government led by the BJP had failed on all fronts but its performance on the agriculture front was the worst. The Central Government had no agriculture policy.

Panches’ election on October 29
Faridkot, October 17
Under the directions of the Punjab Election Commission, the election of the panches of 18 gram panchayats of Faridkot and Kotkapura blocks in the district will be held on October 29.


BJP executive to be announced by Oct 28
Sangrur, October 17
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, today said he would announce the Executive Committee of the state unit by October 28. After that party activists would be sent to villages throughout the state as part of the preparations for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections in 2004, he added.


Lok darbar a big hit with people
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 17
"If any official or government employee demands a bribe for undertaking your official work, or any of your grievances is pending unattended in any government office, you can bring it to my notice publicly, and if found correct, the concerned person would not be spared," said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner today while addressing the first "lok darbar," a new concept introduced by the DC to redress the grievances of the people at their doorsteps.

Kapurthala’s legacy on show
Kapurthala, October 17
The second Baba Jassa Singh Sharad Utsav that began in Kapurthala this evening was not just about the celebration of the musical heritage of the city by way of delightful renditions of Sufiana “qalams” by Wadali and Warsi brothers. It was also an occasion to trace the architectural might of the historic city.

Qawwals bring alive Sufi tradition
Kapurthala, October 17
It is not an easy road for those who practice the art of qawwali. Faced with stiff competition from the more lucrative and seemingly glamourous musical genres from pop to ghazals, qawwali, as an art, has to face the dearth of admirers every now and then. No wonder only 1 per cent of qawwals find themselves sticking to the classical base and rendering compositions typical to the age of Sufi saints, who made qawwali a divine indulgence.

No registration of dogs for 25 years
Amritsar, October 17
In a glaring example of negligence, the municipal corporation here has not registered a single dog for the past more than 25 years. This has made a survey of growing population of stray dogs difficult in view of the rabies threat that had taken three lives recently. It has also caused a loss of lakhs to the MC in the form of fees accruing from it. The dog population has exceeding one lakh here, as per a survey by the APCRI, a national body.

Chheharta-Attari bypass accident-prone
The site for the proposed India Gate project at the Chheharta-Attari bypass on the Amritsar-Lahore road has turned into an accident-prone area. Vehicles coming from Attari road sometimes ram into the low-boundary wall encircling the three-way crossing due to the absence of streetlights and reflectors. The sharp turn at the large roundabout demarcated for the ambitious project has aggravated the problem. One road from the bypass leads to the Attari railway station and the Wagha checkpost and another to Rajasansi airport.

Writers’ delegation crosses over to Pak
Amritsar, October 17
An 11-member delegation of eminent Indian writers led by Ajeet Cour, founder president of the Foundation SAARC Writers and Literature, a SAARC recognised body, today crossed over to Pakistan through the international Wagah joint check point here.

Workshop on quake awareness ends
Jalandhar, October 17
To handle the threat of an earthquake, the district administration has decided to form wardwise committees, which will be imparted training in rescue operations, restoration of road network, resumption of drinking water supply, communication, healthcare and provision of essential supplies.

Cell mooted to check human trafficking
Patiala, October 17
The Punjab Government has mooted a special cell under the charge of an IGP to catch pop singers and travel agents who dupe the youth on the pretext of taking them abroad.

Kar seva dispute takes new turn
Faridkot, October 17
The year-long dispute between Baba Ajit Singh, a noted kar sevak of several Sikh shrines, and the local committee over the kar seva of the about 100-year-old famous gurdwara at Jand Sahib village in Faridkot district has taken a new turn.

CPI activists to gherao DC offices
Sangrur, October 17
Dr Joginder Dayal, Secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPI, said today the party activists would gherao the offices of the Deputy Commissioners on November 27 throughout the state in protest against the WTO policies and the alleged anti-people policies of the state and Central governments.

Encroachments on panchayat land to be removed
Amritsar, October 17
The Department of Rural Development and Panchayat today launched campaign from the Verka block to remove encroachments on panchayat land. Stating this in a press note the Block Development and Panchayat Officer, said the encroachments were being removed on the directions of Mr S.R. Ladhar, Director of the RDP.

Flying set to resume at Patiala club
Patiala, October 17
Flying is set to resume in the Patiala Flying Club after nearly six months, with a Pushpak aircraft being put through a test flight. The club has two aircraft at its disposal. While the Pushpak aircraft was grounded nearly six months ago due to a minor fault during the course of which its insurance lapsed, the Cessna aircraft’s engine was sent to Chandigarh for repair two years ago.

Physically challenged face official apathy
Patiala, October 17
Physically challenged persons of Patiala district and nearby villages are facing problems due to official apathy in getting their work done in the Civil Surgeon’s office. The office is situated on the fifth floor of the newly constructed Mini Secretariat, here.

Drive to issue birth certificates
Bathinda, October 17
The government has launched a campaign to issue birth certificates to all children under 10 years of age. The first phase of the campaign will start on November 14. Stating this here yesterday at a meeting of the district officials, Mr Inderjit Singh, Director, Census, Punjab, said nearly 40 lakh children in the state were to be issued the birth registration certificates.

Sarpanch challenges Punjab’s mistake
Chandigarh, October 17
Incredible, but true. A Ludhiana district resident was elected sarpanch. Took oath. Was issued an identity card. Only to be told later that it was all a big mistake. Just after two months of his taking oath in July, Gurdeep Singh of Marewal village was issued a letter by Ludhiana’s Block Development and Panchayat Officer directing him against taking part in any gram panchayat work. The reason: His name had been “wrongly printed”.

Chakreshwari fair attracts people from all faiths
Fatehgarh Sahib
This town is the land of great martyrs, saints and gods. A number of religious shrines of the Sikhs, the Muslims and the Hindus such as Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib, Rauza Sharif and Mata Chakreshwari Devi Jain Temple are situated here.

Plying of more buses sought
Bathinda, Oct 17
The local unit of the INTUC has urged the district administration to start a bus service to areas beyond the railway line since it is very hard to commute to several localities.


PSEB directed to compensate farmers
Faridkot, October 17
A three-member panel of the local District Consumer Disputes and Redressal Forum, headed by its president, Mr B.C. Gupta, in a unanimous decision has asked the Punjab State Electricity Board to release the tubewell connections to six farmers of Mumara village in the district within six months.


Principal, student arrested on corruption charges
Ropar, October 17
Vigilance sleuths have arrested Principal of the Shaheed Kanshi Ram College of Physical Education Bhupinder Singh on the charges of corruption. According to sources the Principal was booked for giving admission to a student, Nishan Singh, to Bachelor of Physical Education course on the basis of a fake certificate.

SHO arrested for taking bribe from doctor
Ferozepore, October 17
The Station House Officer of the city police station has been arrested and a case has been registered against him for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 25,000 from a doctor. According to information, a case under Section 7 (13), IPC has been registered against Inspector Satnam Singh, SHO, for allegedly taking Rs 25,000 from a doctor on the complaint of Dr Jagmeet Kaur.

Singer Sukhwinder Panchi arrested
Jalandhar, October 17
Pop and folk singer Sukhwinder Panchi was arrested by the police today for allegedly taking money from a Sarinh village resident on a promise to send her son to Italy. Sukhwinder Panchi of the “Dil Watte Deve Bhaira.....” fame was arrested from his Basant Avenue residency by a team of the Police Division 6 led by SHO Jaavir Singh.

Two more robbers arrested 
Hoshiarpur, October 17
The local police has arrested two persons involved in 47 cases of snatching in different districts of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Ms Gurpreet Deo, SSP, Hoshiarpur, stated in a press note here last evening that Pavjinder Singh, alias Sonu, a resident of Talwan, Jalandhar, and Devinder Kumar, alias Toni, a resident of Kot Mangal Singh, Ludhiana, were arrested while they were traveling in a Maruti Zen car taken away forcibly by them.

Ex-sarpanch arrested
Faridkot, October 17
The Vigilance Department, Faridkot yesterday arrested Iqbal Singh, a former sarpanch of Pakhi Khurd village in this district on the charge of misutilising government funds given to him over two years ago by the previous Punjab Government for various development work in the village.

Wife arrested in NRI murder case
Phagwara, October 17
Mrs Rajwinder Kaur, wife of Gurpartap Singh, has been arrested on charges of murdering her husband in connivance with her father Tarsem Singh, alias Baldev Singh, and brother Laddu of Ajnoha village.


Lower deduction of CPF
PU Vice-Chancellor to write to private colleges
Chandigarh, October 17
The Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, has taken cognizance of a lower deduction of the contributory provident fund in respect of employees of the non-government, aided colleges entitled to 95 per cent grants-in-aid.

SLIET to get deemed university status soon 
Techfest 2003 begins
Longowal, October 17
A two-day national-level technical festival Techfest 2003 with the theme “Technology beyond imagination: A vision of an even better tomorrow” today began at the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology here. Dr R.S. Nirjar, president of the Indian Society for Technical Education, New Delhi, inaugurated the Techfest 2003 by lighting a lamp.

BBK DAV College wins youth festival trophy
Amritsar, October 17
BBK DAV College for Women here won the Guru Nanak Dev University Women’s Zonal Youth Festival A division trophy on the concluding day of the four-day festival yesterday.


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