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Political faces on highway hoardings
Jalandhar, October 19
Contrary to the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that hoardings should be removed from all highways and main roads as they are a traffic hazard, the state Local Bodies Department in collaboration with nationalised and private banks has put up huge hoardings and neon signboards.
A huge hoarding bears pictures of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and other leaders on the national highway in Jalandhar A huge hoarding bears pictures of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and other leaders on the national highway in Jalandhar.
— Photo by S.S. Chopra

Work on repair of national highway starts
Bathinda, October 19
With the Deputy Commissioner Anurag Aggarwal inaugurating the work pertaining to the strengthening and restructuring a stretch of the national highway passing through this city here this evening, the overjoyed local residents said they could not have asked for more as the road was practically non-existent and had been causing inconvenience to the commuters.
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Aggrawal inaugurates the work pertaining to strengthening and restructuring of the national highway passing trough Bathinda Deputy Commissioner Anurag Aggrawal inaugurates the work pertaining to strengthening and restructuring of the national highway passing trough Bathinda on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

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Police asks banks to seal Panchhi’s accounts
Jalandhar, October 19
The district police has approached the bank authorities concerned to seal the accounts and lockers of Punjabi singer Sukhwinder Panchhi and his family members. During preliminary interrogation of the singer in police remand, Panchhi revealed that he had three bank accounts in as many banks here in Jalandhar.

VB not to grant more chances to Badals
Chandigarh, October 19
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has decided not to grant the Badals more opportunities to explain their position in the disproportionate assets case. SAD leader Parkash Singh Badal, his wife and son had sent their detailed replies to the bureau on Friday.

Nanakshahi calendar dates announced
Amritsar, October 19
The SGPC president, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, announced important dates of occasions according to the Nanakshahi calendar for the year 2004 today. He stated that the New Year would start from March 14.

Hans Raj Hans’ brother attacked
Jalandhar, October 19
Six assailants, armed with sharp-edged weapons, attacked the brother of Punjabi pop singer Hans Raj Hans at his Safipur village residence, near here, late last night, inflicting serious injuries on him.


Robotic heart surgery at Escorts’ Amritsar hospital
Chandigarh, October 19
Robotic heart surgery, being performed in India only at Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi will be introduced at their Amritsar hospital by the end of the year. “Seeing the advantages of robotic surgery, we will be introducing it at the Amritsar Escorts Hospital by the end of the year, thereby reducing the trauma, hospital stay and morbidity to a great extent,” informed Dr Naresh Trehan, Executive Director of Escorts Heart Institute, here today.

Check antecedents of staff, thermal plant told
Ropar, October 19
The PSEB Vigilance has directed the authorities of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, to review security and the disaster management plan of the plant.

Chinese buses by November
Lalru, October 19
JCBL Ltd that manufactures bus bodies here for Swaraj Mazda and other manufacturers is set to launch luxury buses by next month using Chinese chassis with rear engines in the domestic market.

For him, purity of music is sacrosanct
Kapurthala, October 19
Pandit Debu Chaudhuri is bonded with Kapurthala due to its matchless Senia tradition, which gets its name from Mian Tansen. Happy to be in his “musical home”, Padma Bhushan Pt Chaudhuri, better known for his seven-fold personality as a sitar maestro, respected guru, composer, creator of ragas, author of books and a musicologist, could not but be inspired by the rich musical heritage of the city, which has long been home to Senias — the descendants of Tansen.
Padma Bhushan Pandit Debu Chaudhuri, who performed on the concluding day of Baba Jassa Singh Sharad Utsav at Kapurthala
Padma Bhushan Pandit Debu Chaudhuri, who performed on the concluding day of Baba Jassa Singh Sharad Utsav at Kapurthala on Sunday, strikes a symphony with his son and disciple Prateek Chaudhuri. — Tribune photo by S.S. Chopra

Ban on sale, storage of crackers
Ferozepore, October 19
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vikas Pratap exercising power vested with him under Section 144 CrPC procedure has banned the storage, sale and exhibition of firecrackers or explosives which have the potential to cause serious damage to life, limbs and property at any place other than designated for the purpose.

Punjabi writers hold ‘flag march’
Gurdaspur, October 19
More than 100 Punjabi writers from the state gathered in front of the Kahnuwan chowk today and held a flag march in protest against the anti-Punjabi measures allegedly being taken by the Education Minister Khushal Bahl.

Tributes paid to Halwarvi
Sangrur, October 19
Tributes were paid to Harbhajan Halwarvi, a former Editor of Punjabi Tribune and Desh Sewak at a “shardhanjali samaroh” held in the memory of Halwarvi at the Mata Naina Devi temple complex here today.

Rights panel asks SSP to protect complainant
Moga, October 19
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Moga, to ensure the safety of life and property of a complainant, Mr Pawan Kumar, and his family.

Two workers sustain burn injuries
Phagwara, October 19
Two workers sustained burn injuries in a fire which broke out in one of the plants of a factory here this morning. Both workers, Musafir Yadav of Kotrani village and Umesh Rai of Dashmesh Nagar, were hospitalised at ESI Hospital.

Drive against anti-social elements begins
Ferozepore, October 19
The Military Intelligence unit has launched a crusade against bootleggers, drug peddlers, and other anti-social elements.

Tohra unveils portraits
Amritsar, October 19
No government had ever tried to bring back precious and religious items of the Sikhs, including the ‘Kalagi’ of Guru Gobind Singh and Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s gold chair and Kohinoor back from England, said Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, while unveiling portraits of Basant Singh Khalsa.

Senior citizens honoured
SAS Nagar, October 19
The local Senior Citizens (Pensioners) Council celebrated International Older Persons Day in Balongi village, near here, today. A free eye check-up for senior citizens was organised which was inaugurated by Mr H.L. Dhami, member of the National Commission for Older Persons.

Tributes paid to Basant Singh
Ludhiana, October 19
Tributes were paid to former Akali leader Basant Singh Khalsa on his seventh death anniversary at an impressive gathering at Model Town Extension here today.

Jassa Singh Ahluwalia remembered
Amritsar, October 19
Sultan-ul-Qaum’ Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Memorial Society Punjab, today observed the 220th death anniversary of Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, renowned Sikh warrior, at Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai in the Golden Temple complex here.

SGPC secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta (C) at the 220th death anniversary of Sardar
Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, in Amritsar on Sunday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

SGPC secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta at the 220th death anniversary of Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia

Homage paid to Banda Bahadur
Fatehgarh Sahib,  October 19
The SGPC has established an engineering college in memory of Banda Singh Bahadur, said Dr Dilbag Singh Hira, Principal of the college, while paying homage to the Sikh warrior on his 333rd birth anniversary.


Record paddy procured
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 19
The procurement of paddy at all 33 purchase centres in the district is going on smoothly and till today 3,03,511 metric tonnes of paddy have been procured by the various government agencies.


Man threatens suicide over temple land
Amritsar, October 19
Pawan Arora, a resident of Tilak Nagar, who claims to be the owner of disputed temple land in Shastri Market, today threatened to commit suicide along with his family if the administration failed to free his land from the clutches of the management committee of the temple within a week.

Heroin worth 4 crore seized
Fazilka, October 19
BSF personnel of 181 Battalion seized 4 kg of heroin, worth about Rs 4 crore near a border observation post at Gatti No 1 village from a tractor today. Mr P.P. Gupta, DIG, BSF, Faridkot Range, told mediapersons here that Manjit Singh, a resident of Ladhuka village, 14 km from here, had gone to cultivate fields across the barbed wire fencing at Gatti No 1 village in a tractor along with his companion Resham Singh of the same village.

2 killed as car, truck collide
Bathinda, October 19
Two occupants of a car died while two others were severely injured today when the car hit a truck near Behman Diwana village, 9 km from here, on the Bathinda-Gidderbaha national highway.

Drug peddler arrested
Bathinda, October 19
Neeraj Kumar, alias Dana, a resident of the local Ganesha Basti area, was arrested late last evening for his alleged involvement in the smuggling of narcotics. Police sources said when the residential premises of the accused were searched on a tip-off, about 100 bottles of narcotics were seized.


Techfest at SLIET concludes
Sangrur, October 19
The two-day “Techfest 2003”, a national-level technical youth festival, at the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, at Longowal village, ended with a function last night. Dr S.C. Saxena, Director, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, was Chief guest at the function.

CBSE new courses soon: Secy
Fatehgarh Sahib,  October 19
The CBSE will modify its curriculum and new courses are being introduced in economics, accounts and science. Besides this obsolete syllabus has been deleted said Mr B.R. Sharma, secretary Central Board of Education Delhi, while talking to The Tribune here yesterday.

SR Govt College lifts youth fest trophy
Amritsar, October 19
The local SR Government College for Women lifted Guru Nanak Dev University Women’s zonal youth festival trophy. The NJSA Government College, Kapurthala, was runners-up while Government College, Gurdaspur, scored third position on the concluding day of the two-day festival here today.

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