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Paddy purchase less due to state policies, says Sharad
Patiala, October 20
Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Sharad Yadav today said that the purchase of paddy by the FCI in Punjab was low because of the lesser number of purchase centers allocated to the central organisation by the Punjab Government and not due to any reluctance on the part of the FCI on this score.

Amarinder woos Rai Sikhs with SC card
Amarinder Singh Ferozepore, October 20
In an apparent move to allure Rai Sikh voters of the border area with an eye on the forthcoming parliamentary elections, the Congress, today organised a function at Hazarasing Wala village in Mamdot.

CM using Vigilance as tool, says Sukhbir
Bathinda, October 20
Former Union Minister and general secretary, SAD (Badal), Mr Sukhbir Badal, today said the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had unleashed a rein of terror on the Akalis by using Vigilance Bureau as a political tool against them.




Girl abduction case: police fails to identify body
Jalandhar, October 20
After its alleged failure to identify the body of alleged kidnapper, who had taken a seven-year-old girl Ashna hostage in her Adarsh Nagar house here on Wednesday and was later killed by the police after 11-hour-long negotiations, the district police had handed over his body to the Municipal Corporation for cremation.

Save singers from stigma, says Hans
Jalandhar, October 20
Punjabi pop singer Hans Raj Hans today came down heavily upon people who are prepared to go to any extent to settle abroad. He said apart from certain singers who were accused of sending people abroad, even those who paid lakhs of rupees to go abroad should be subjected to investigation.

Report on Pro-VC forwarded to Governor
Patiala, October 20
The Punjab government today forwarded a report against the Punjabi University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, sent to it by Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai, to the Chancellor and Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, for action.

SP’s son may face varsity action
Amritsar, October 20
Guru Nanak Dev University is likely to take disciplinary action against the son of an SP for a “mischief” that allegedly forced a final-year student of law, Saurav Mahajan, to commit suicide.

Swift help to heart patients in villages planned
Patiala, October 20
Rural folk with heart problems now have a glimmer of hope. The Punjab Health Systems Corporation has decided to install ECG machines in hospitals which will be linked with specialist centres so that expert medical relief can be provided to them.

Sainik Welfare Office takes up sepoy Santokh Singh’s case
Chandigarh, October 20
Disabled due to battle injuries sustained during World War II and having gone without pension for 42 long years, there is finally a ray of hope for 82-year-old sepoy Santokh Singh. Reacting to reports published in The Tribune, the District Sainik Welfare Office, Ludhiana, as well as the Western Command have taken up the matter with the defence pension authorities.


Split led to fall, admits Tohra
Bhura Kohna (Tarn Taran), October 20
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SGPC President, today accepted that differences between him and Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal president, had led to the fall of the Akali government. The SGPC chief expressed his regret over the issue.

Advani dividing society: Mann
Ferozepore, October 20
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP and SAD (Amritsar), president today said Mr L.K. Advani, Deputy Prime Minister, was a perpetrator of heinous crimes. Mr Mann, while addressing mediapersons at PWD Rest House here today, accused Mr Advani of fomenting trouble in states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir, and driving a wedge between Hindus and Muslims.


Two fresh dengue cases in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, October 20
Despite the claim of the local municipal corporation that it is making all-out efforts to provide hygienic conditions in the city, two fresh cases of dengue have come to light.

Padmashri Indian classical vocalist Begum Parween Sultana exhibited incredible virtuosityParween Sultana’s rendition has ethereal effect
Kapurthala, October 20
Begum Parween Sultana’s association with music began even before she gained understanding of the other basic concepts of life. Since music ran in her family, young Parween could not remain uninspired by the mellifluous notes that impacted her mind more than anything else ever could.

Padmashri Indian classical vocalist Begum Parween Sultana exhibited incredible virtuosity when she presented the concluding recital of the three-day Baba Jassa Singh Sharad Utsav at Jagatjit Palace in Kapurthala on Sunday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

CM inaugurates hospital wing
Patiala, October 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today inaugurated the modern wing of Mata Kaushalya Hospital in the city which has been built at a cost of Rs 2.34 crore by the Punjab Health Systems Corporation under a World Bank project.

Punjab staff to gherao Assembly
Amritsar, October 20
Various organisations and federations of Punjab employees have decided to gherao the Punjab Assembly during its coming budget session in protest against the alleged anti-employee policies of the state government.

Last chance for SPOs
Chandigarh, October 20
A ray of hope has emerged for 2,500—odd special police officers as the Punjab Government today decided to review afresh the cases of all such SPOs, who could not be absorbed as constables.

PCS (main) examination results declared
Patiala, October 20
The Punjab Public Service Commission today declared the result of the PCS (main) examination, which was reconducted by the commision for the 1998-99 batch after allegations of irregularities committed by dismissed Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu.

LPG-run car catches fire, blown up
Fazilka, October 20
A Ford Icon car being run on an LPG cylinder suddenly caught fire near the truck union office on Fazilka-Abohar road this afternoon resulting in a blast. The car was blown into pieces.

Troupe from Glasgow enthralls
Tarn Taran, October 20
A group of 16 youngsters of Punjabi origin and their counterparts from Glasgow presented a colourful Punjabi heritage programme at Sri Guru Angad Dev College, Khadoor Sahib, 18 km from here yesterday.

Over 100 jhuggis razed
Mansa, October 20
Officials of Punjab Urban Development Authority led by Ms Ishwar Roop Kaur, Estate Officer, PUDA, Bathinda and Mr Baldev Singh, Subdivisional Officer, PUDA, today removed more than 100 jhuggis situated near New Sabzi Mandi at Mansa for setting up a new colony there.

Bedi joins Ludhiana hospital today
Chandigarh, October 20
Cardiac surgeon, Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, is joining Sigma Heart Institute of Ludhiana as executive director and chairman, cardiac sciences, tomorrow.


SGPC’s affidavit
Chandigarh, October 20
In an affidavit submitted in a petition seeking the return of “all manuscripts, religious books, and other articles” allegedly removed during Operation Bluestar from the Sikh Reference Library at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Monday claimed that it was pursuing the matter.


Cops posing as scribes beat up Excise men
Chandigarh, October 20
Five persons, including four cops, posing as scribes, beat up three Excise and Taxation officials near Nabha. While one of the Excise constables was injured and taken to a local hospital, two of the cops have been taken in custody.

SHO suspended; 1 held for fraud
Gurdaspur, October 20
Mr Paramjit Singh Butter, Station House Officer, Civil Lines, Batala, has been placed under suspension for keeping an innocent person in police custody for a day. Mr Ram Singh, SSP, said today that he received a complaint that the officer had kept Mr Rajiv Kumar, a resident of Batala, in police custody illegally.

Industrialist shoots self
Kapurthala, October 20

A local industrialist today allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his revolver at his house.

Man robbed
Dera Bassi, October 20
Owner of a general store, was robbed of goods and cash worth Rs 4,000 by two unidentified persons in broad daylight here today.

4 of family booked on rape charge
Tarn Taran, October 20
The police today booked four persons, including a woman, for allegedly raping a teenaged girl on September 24. Police sources said the accused included Bittu, his father Mangal Singh, mother Beero and brother Satta, all residents of Dhothian village.

4 Bangladesh nationals held
Amritsar, October 20

Four Bangladesh nationals, including a woman, were nabbed by the Border Security Force for allegedly crossing over to India from Pakistan in the wee hours yesterday. 


Beating up of school students to be probed
Amritsar, October 20
Prof Darbari Lal, Minister for State for Education today made a surprise visit to Government Senior Secondary School, Chheharta, where three students were allegedly beaten up severely by the Principal and a teacher of the school on October 18.

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