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Centre nod awaited for SGPC elections
Chandigarh, October 22
Though all Akali parties have become active regarding the general elections of the SGPC immediately after the issuance of notification to debar "Sehajdhari Sikhs" from voting, but the Union Government has not given any clear indication to conduct elections in near future.

Sending ‘bir’ to Canada to be probed
Amritsar, October 22
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today ordered a high-level probe into the issue of sending a rare handwritten manuscript of Guru Granth Sahib to Canada in 1999. Giani Balbir Singh Changiara, a Sikh missionary and the then general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, North America, had stated that the ‘bir’ (1,582 pages) was taken to Canada with the ‘blessings’ of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht.

Meet organisers out to create schism,
says Tohra
Gurcharan Singh Tohra
Chandigarh, October 22
SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra and SAD (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann, said today that those involved in organising the vishva Sikh convention at Mohali on October 26 were trying to create chaos.

AISSF threatens to disrupt Sikh sammelan
Amritsar, October 22
The All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) today threatened to disrupt the proposed World Sikh Sammelan, scheduled to be held on October 26 by the supporters of ex-communicated Sikh Gurbax Singh Kala Afghana.

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Vigilance asks PTU to sack 95 employees
Jalandhar, October 22
The State Vigilance Bureau has written to the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Punjab Technical University to terminate the services of 95 employees, employed during the tenure the then VC, Mr H.S Gurm, allegedly without following the prescribed norms of the university.

Panchhi’s remand extended
Jalandhar, October 22
As many as 10 more complaints today poured in against Punjabi film singer Sukhwinder Panchhi, who was arrested on Friday for allegedly duping innocent persons wanting to going abroad.

Mystery shrouds hostage episode
Jalandhar, October 22
Even as it is said seven-year-old abducted girl Ashina was rescued due to the efforts of the police, the 11-hour hostage drama and the subsequent police operation which was carried out in the dead of Wednesday night has left a trail of questions.

Repair work in progress on the Mukerian hydel canal near Tekrian village.Mukerian canal damaged, generation hit
Tekrian (Mukerian), October 22
Damage to the Mukerian canal has hit generation in four power houses on the canal, causing an estimated loss of about Rs 1 crore per day to the PSEB. The generation in two hydel projects at Hajipur and Uchchi Bassi, near Talwara, has been hit due to the damage to the canal.

Repair work in progress on the Mukerian hydel canal near Tekrian village.
— Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Ex-servicemen denied plot notice for 15 years
Amritsar, October 22
More than 210 ex-servicemen, who were allotted plots at Ranjit Avenue D-block under 97-acre Ajnala Road Extension Scheme in 1988, are running from pillar to post to get the notification of their plots. More than one and half decade has passed, they are still fighting to get their allotted plots notified.


SPCA at loggerheads with Health Dept
Amritsar, October 22
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is reportedly at loggerheads with the Public Health Department over the merciless killing of dogs in Verka constituency, the death of a minor boy and several cases of dog bites reported from this area.

Police action: Mann complains to Speaker
Chandigarh, October 22
SAD (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann said today that police repression had crossed all limits in Punjab.

Tributes paid to police martyrs
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 22
The nations which forget their martyrs cannot make any progress. We should always recognise, remember and respect the supreme sacrifice made by the Punjab police to maintain the unity and integrity of the country, said Mr Mohinder Pal, District and Sessions Judge, while paying tributes to the martyrs of the Punjab police at the commemoration day parade at the police lines here yesterday.

Sale of crackers regularised at specific sites
Bathinda, October 22
Mr Anurag Aggrawal, District Magistrate in his orders issued under Section 144 regularised the sale of crackers.

Rs 3 crore for temple
Amritsar, October 22
The Ram Tirath Balmiki Temple Board today decided to allot Rs 3 crore for a temple to be constructed in the sarovar of the ancient Sri Ram Tirath Temple, about 18 km from here.

122 pharmacists regularised
Chandigarh, October 22
The Punjab Government has regularised the services of 122 pharmacists working on an ad hoc basis since June, 1997, in the Health and Family Welfare Department, says a press note.

‘Ghadri Babbian daa’ mela from Oct 29
Jalandhar, October 22
The 12th annual four-day fair, “Mela Ghadri Babbian Daa”, would start on October 29 at the “Ram Mohammed Singh Azad Nagar” set up in the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall complex here.

Tributes paid to Jassa Singh
Kapurthala, October 22
The three-day celebrations of the 220th death anniversary of Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, a great Sikh general and founder of the erstwhile Kapurthala state being organised by the Guru Ka Lal Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Memorial Trust concluded at a gurdwara last night with organisation of a ‘mahaan kirtan darbar’ in his memory.

Hike in water tariff opposed
Nangal, October 22
Members of the Jan Sangarsh Committee here yesterday burnt an effigy of the Nangal Municipal Council in protest against hike in water and sewerage tariff.

Ex-servicemen to get free treatment
Chandigarh, October 22
The Punjab Government has extended free medical services to ex-servicemen and their entitled dependents at the state government hospitals and dispensaries, including the 157 secondary-level hospitals run by the Punjab Health Systems Corporation.


SDO held for taking bribe
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 22
The local Vigilance Department has caught an SDO of the Punjab State Electricity Board red-handed, while accepting Rs 4,000 from a farmer for shifting his power connection.

3 die in mishaps, suicide by woman
Bathinda, October 22
Two persons, one Sadhu and one woman, who were riding a scooter, were crushed to death by a truck near Gurusarsainawala village, 15 km from here, on the Bathinda-Dabwali road, this after noon.


Notice to non-teaching staff leader
Patiala, October 22
The Punjabi University authorities today issued a show-cause notice to varsity Non Teaching Employees Association president Malkit Singh Meeta accusing him of spoiling the atmosphere in the varsity by making wild allegations against senior teaching officials during the recent student agitation.

No crackers this Divali, say kids
Patiala, October 22
Students of various schools of the city in association with the Punjab Pollution Control Board today organised a rally to create awareness among schoolchildren about the hazards of playing with fire.

Students seek refund of ‘excess’ fee
Gurdaspur, October 22
Students of B.A., B.Sc., B.Com. (Part-I) and MA (Part-I) of Government College here today went on strike in protest against the university authorities for not refunding “excess” fee charged by the college at the time of admission.

Honour to varsity scholar
Amritsar, October 22
Mr Surinderjit Singh, a research scholar at Pharmaceutical Sciences Department of Guru Nanak Dev University has been awarded by the Indian Council of Chemists the ‘young scientist award’ for his research paper relating to development of synthetic methodologies for novel molecule, which can be used as building block for new pharmaceuticals.


Traders block traffic
Bathinda, October 22
A large section of traders and shopkeepers of the city today jammed traffic for hours together in the main market and staged a dharna in protest against the alleged high-handedness of the Municipal Corporation authorities.

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