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Army order spells doom for villagers
Vallah (Amritsar), October 26
For farmers of this border village, the Army’s proximity now signifies doom for their business. The Army authorities put up red demarcation flags here a few days ago to denote prohibited area in connection to construction.

Canadian PM visits Golden Temple on Divali

Amritsar, October 26
Wishing a happy Divali to all the Canadian Prime Minister, Mr Jean Chretien, on his two-hour goodwill visit to the holy city of Amritsar, paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here yesterday.
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For Canadian PM, it was a memorable visit

Mr Parkash Singh Badal honours Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma 

Punjab panel a non-starter
Chandigarh, October 26
About 18 months after the Punjab Chief Minister set up a committee to advise him on matters related to ex-servicemen’s welfare in the state, the committee remains non-functional, with ex-servicemen claiming that the committee has been “scuttled” by vested interests.

Daler to join probe today
Patiala, October 26
Punjabi pop singer Daler Mahendi will join investigations in the much publicised illegal human trafficking case in which his name was figured.

But for him, Srinagar would have been lost
Infantry Raising Day today
Ludhiana, October 26
It has been a long road from 1947 to the present day and India has had to face many crises in safeguarding her rights. There can be no doubt that any further challenges that might arise in the future will be tackled with the same tenacity. The pity is that the crises were allowed to develop.

1,14,780 cases of bogus pension: Mann
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 26
Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Minister for Social Security and Welfare, while addressing a public function at Kotla Bijwara village has claimed that 1,14,780 cases of bogus pensions had been detected in the state, amounting to withdrawal of Rs 27.55 crore every month, whereas genuine persons had been running from pillar to post to get pensions.

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A Nihang shows his skills on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas in Amritsar
A Nihang shows his skills on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas in Amritsar on Sunday. — PTI



BJP leader alleges false case
Amritsar, October 26
Mr Surinder Pal Mahindru, general secretary of the BJP, who claims to have been awarded Surya Chakra, in a letter to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani has urged them to intervene in a “false” case of attempt to murder registered against him by a senior police official along with some other police officials of the district. He alleged that he was being harassed by the police.

New Punjab BJP Executive by tomorrow
Kapurthala, October 26
Mr Avinash Rai Sharma, state president of the BJP, while talking to mediapersons here today announced that the SAD-BJP alliance would contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats.


Kidney scam: victim seeks doctors’ arrest
Bathinda, October 26
Mr Gurdit Singh, who has been rendered partially-handicapped after the removal of one of his kidneys by two Ludhiana-based doctors, today urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to make arrangements for the immediate arrest of the accused, who had been roaming scot-free despite the registration of an FIR against them about 10 days ago.

A Nihang with a traditional turban having a length of 101 metres on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas in Amritsar
A Nihang with a traditional turban having a length of 101 metres on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas in Amritsar on Sunday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Plea to install martyr’s portrait
Chandigarh, October 26
The President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Mr H.S. Hanspal, has appealed to the Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to get a portrait of Shaheed Darshan Singh Pheruman installed in the gallery of the Vidhan Sabha.

Divali celebrated with fervour
Divali was celebrated with fervour and zeal in the district. Eight minor fire incidents, however, were reported in various localities of the city. The municipal fire brigade averted these by its timely action. Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, celebrated the festival of lights with the inmates of home for aged and juvenile home at Ram Colony Camp.

Sikh secretariat in Pakistan proposed
Amritsar, October 26
Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, president of the International Bhai Mardana Yaadgari Kirtan Darbar Society, today proposed to establish a Sikh secretariat in Lahore, Pakistan. He also suggested that a Pakistan Sikh gurdwara international committee be set up for the maintenance of Sikh shrines in Pakistan provided Shriomani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee gave its consent to it.

Vishvakarma celebrated
PHAGWARA: Punjab Social Welfare Minister Joginder Singh Mann said on Sunday that the next state-level Vishvakarma, Day function would be held at Phagwara. The government was also considering to set up a university after Baba Vishvakarma, he said. He gave a Rs 1 lakh grant to Shri Vishvakarma Dhiman Sabha. The Harbhajan Singh Devgan, an NRI, who was the chief guest, donated Rs 51,000 to the sabha. His brother Nirmal Singh also donated a similar amount.

Blacksmiths clean their tools with milk on the occasion of Vishvakarma Day in Amritsar on Sunday. — PTI
Blacksmiths clean their tools with milk on the occasion of Vishvakarma Day in Amritsar on Sunday.

Shobha yatra taken out
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 26
An impressive “shobha yatra” was taken out in Bassi Pathana town today by Dhiman Brahman Sabha in connection with the celebration of “Bhagwan Vishwakarma Jyanti”. Mr Nakesh Jindal, general secretary of the District Rice Millers Association flagged of the shobha yatra from Bhagwan Vishwakarma Mandir and it passed through the entire town. A large number of people belonging to every section of society, particularly Dhimans, participated in the yatra.


Release of cane arrears sought
Moga, October 26
Bharti Kisan Union (Punjab) president Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, expressing concern over the failure of the state in releasing arrears of Rs 74 crore of sugarcane growers, by sugar mills, today sought the intervention of Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in the matter.

Millers hail govt move to suspend official
Chandigarh, October 26
Mr Tarsem Saini, President of the Punjab Rice Millers Association, today hailed the state government’s decision to suspend a Deputy Director of the Food and Supplies Department for alleged irregularities and corruption.



Rape accused not booked
Amritsar, October 26
Even as more than two days have passed, the district police has not registered any case against Dr Gurdev Singh, who allegedly raped a girl patient here on October 24. Meanwhile, the medical report of the victim has been sent to Patiala for examination.

Body of woman found in canal
Kharar, October 26
In what is being suspected as a cold-blooded murder, the body of a 31-year-old married woman was found in the Satluj-Yamuna link canal passing through Rora village, near here, today.

6 cops hurt in attack by villagers
Moga, October 26
Six Punjab police personnel were injured, one of them seriously, when the police party raiding an alleged smuggler’s residence in Daulawala village in this district was today attacked by residents of the village.

ZP member attacked
Patiala, October 26
The Vice-President of the Gurdaspur Zila Parishad, Major Amardeep Singh (retd), was injured when he was attacked near Budha Dal gurdwara here last night. A case has been registered at the Civil Lines police station.

26 hurt in group clash
Sangrur, October 26
Twentysix persons, including two women, were injured when two groups of Dalits clashed at Ladda village, near Dhuri, last night.

Two die in mishap
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 26
Bassi Pathana residents were shocked as two youths belonging to the town died in an accident on the Divali night. Their bodies and the scooter were noticed lying in a deep ditch opposite Usha Mata Mandir on the Bassi Pathana-Chandigarh road this morning.


Teaching staff shortage in schools
Khemkaran, October 26
The local Government Senior Secondary School for boys and Government Senior Secondary School for Girls have been facing a shortage of teaching staff for the past more than 25 years.


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