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Shamsher shifted to condemned cell
Accused of making phone call from jail premises
Patiala, October 30
Pop singer Daler Mehndi’s brother Shamsher Mehndi has been shifted to a condemned cell in the Central Jail here following a complaint by the district police that he had made a call from a mobile phone from the jail premises. The jail authorities have also started conducting all his meetings with outsiders under strict supervision.

Non-bailable warrants against Daler’s wife
Patiala, October 30
A local court today reissued non-bailable warrants against Daljit Kaur and Balwinder Kaur, the wives of Daler and Shamsher Mehndi, respectively, and three others accused of human trafficking along with the Mehndi brothers.

In video: Patiala police get no show from Daler Mehndi.
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Look-out notices against Badals
Chandigarh, October 30
The Vigilance Bureau has issued look-out notices against the Badals and a few others close to them in the disproportional assets case. According to Vigilance sources these notices sent to the immigration authorities at airports across the country make it mandatory for the Badals and their close associates to inform the police and the investigating officer before they leave the country.

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Sikh convention condemned
Amritsar, October 29
The All-India Sikh Students Federation today urged Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, to ex-communicate the intellectuals who had passed resolutions urging the Sikhs not to obey the ‘hukamnamas’ issued by Akal Takht at the World Sikh Convention held at SAS Nagar recently.

DGP’s roadmap to deal with changing pattern of crime
Chandigarh, October 30
The Punjab Director-General of Police, Mr A.A. Siddiqui, is working on a roadmap to ‘’re-invent’’ policing. As the first step, community policing has been introduced at the district level. It is to be extended to the subdivisions, besides establishing separate helplines for women and children.

Uninterrupted power for all villages by 2004, says CM
Chandigarh, October 30
Round-the-clock uninterrupted power will be supplied to all the villages in Punjab by the end of next year, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said during his visit to the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Room today.

Case of death row prisoner in Pak handed over to CM
Amritsar, October 30
Close on the heels of the filing a fresh petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan for the acquittal of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner sentenced to death by Pakistani court allegedly in case of masterminding bomb blasts in Karachi, Mr Sital Das Kaler, ‘case coordinator’ South Asian Human Rights Group of Canada, today handed over the case to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh for action.


Discord in Punjab CLP denied
Chandigarh, October 30
As many as 13 Punjab Ministers said in a joint statement issued today that the recent news reports suggesting dissidence in the Congress Legislature Party were “totally unfounded” and seem to be a figment of the imagination of the Akali-BJP combine. “The CLP is completely united and has full faith and confidence in the leadership of Capt Amarinder Singh”.

Congress leaders deny dissidence
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 30
Congress leaders of the district today presented a united face to counter the rumours that there was dissidence in the party and the party men were revolting against the Chief Minister.

SAD to contest 3 seats in Rajasthan
Badiala (Bathinda), October 30
The former Chief Minister and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said that his party would contest the coming Assembly elections in Rajasthan while talks were on with like-minded parties to put up party candidates in the coming Delhi elections.

Ravi Inder flays Badal
Sangrur, October 30
Lashing out at Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal and former Chief Minister, the president of the new Akali Dal, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, today said Mr Badal had abandoned all Punjab issues.

Akalis behind dissidence reports: Cong men
Patiala, October 30
Legislator Randeep Singh and district urban and rural units Presidents Ved Parkash Gupta and Hardyal Singh Kamboj, respectively, and city Mayor Vishnu Sharma and Improvement Trust Chairman K.K. Sharma today alleged that the Akali - BJP alliance was behind the reports of dissidence in the State Congress as the Vigilance probe against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family had been finalised.


Spurt in dengue cases
Jalandhar, October 30
Dengue fever is tightening its grip on the city as 11 patients suffering from the disease have been admitted to different private hospitals and the Civil Hospital here during the past one month.

Top priority to health setup in rural Punjab
Chandigarh, October 30
A four-member high-level delegation of the World Bank, led by Mr Tawhid Nawaz reviewed the functioning of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh last evening.

Staff lay siege to SMO’s office
Sangrur, October 30
The office of the local Civil Hospital’s SMO was laid siege to for four hours from 1 pm to 5 pm here today by members of the Class Four Government Employees Union, led by Mr Bhajan Singh, district president of the union.

MC firm on shifting dairies
Amritsar, October 30
Notwithstanding claims and counter-claims over the death of buffaloes during the drive to oust dairies by the Municipal Corporation to the city suburbs, the MC continued with the drive.

Govt promises equal rights to Dalits
Patiala, October 30
The state government has undertaken various schemes and programmes to provide equal rights and opportunities for the overall development of Dalits. This was stated by the Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, at a district-level seminar on untouchability, organised here today.

Poor women given suits
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 30
The Rotary Club, Sirhind with the help of the Hospital Welfare Section today distributed suits among poor women including those of the local Leprosy Colony. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, presided over the function which was attended by the Rotarians and inmates of Kusht Ashram.

TRA section sought in Sirhind
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 30
Though the BSNL has sanctioned two top posts of the Deputy-General Manager and the District. Engineer Telephones for Sirhind to provide best services to its subscribers, but the two offices had failed to sort out the main problem of the subscribers of the area relating to the billing section.

Ex-servicemen rally at Khasa
Amritsar, October 30
A district-level ex-servicemen rally was organised by Headquarter 15 Infantry Division at New Amritsar Cantonment, Khasa, about 12 km from here, today. Major Gen Ashok Samantaray, General Officer Commanding, 15 Infantry Division, was the chief guest of the rally which was attended by Brig R.J.S. Dhillon, Commander, 54 Infantry Brigade, and a host of senior Army officers, retired Army officers and officers from the civil administration.

196 flats for weaker sections
Jalandhar, October 30
The local Improvement Trust has decided to allot 196 residential flats in its newly set up Surya Enclave locality here to the weaker sections of society at subsidised rates.

Song contests mark fair
Jalandhar, October 30
Song competitions marked the second day of the four-day “Mela Ghadhri Babbian Da” which is under way at the local Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall. Students from all over the state are showcasing their performance at the mela.

Students of Akal Academy Banga present a group song on the second day of "Mela Ghadhri Babbian Da”, at Jalandhar on Thursday. — Photo by S. S. Chopra
Students of Akal Academy Banga present a group song on the second day of Mela Ghadhri Babbian Da

Villagers oppose setting up of distillery
Pathankot, November 30
Representatives of more than 15 villages surrounding the proposed distillery are up in arms against the distillery project at the Industrial Growth Centre here.


Promote BTE degree holder headmaster: HC
Chandigarh, October 30
A bachelor of technical education degree is equivalent to the bachelor of science and bachelor of education degrees, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled in a significant judgement.

Petition filed against SCO’s auction
Patiala, October 30
The Residents Welfare Association Land Urban, Phase I, has filed a civil petition challenging the auction held here on February 20, 2001, pleading that commercial area should not be allowed to develop at open space.

Notice of motion on PCS candidates’ plea
Chandigarh, October 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion on a petition seeking directions for restraining the Punjab Public Service Commission and another respondent from holding interviews for selecting PCS (Executive) officers.


Bank manager suspended for fraud
Nangal (Ropar), October 30
Punjab and Sind Bank has suspended two employees of its Bhanopli branch, about 10 km from here, on the charges of committing fraud in bank accounts. According to sources, the bank management had suspended the cashier T.S. Bhogal and Manager Gurdip Singh for a fraud committed in the bank last year. The inquiry into the financial irregularities and the wrong balance certificates is being investigated.


Woman poisons husband
Sangrur, October 30
A woman allegedly killed her husband by giving him wine laced with poison at Jawandha village last night. Bhola Singh of Jawandha was married to Charnjeet Kaur of Kohriyan village about 11 years ago.


Polytechnic fees to be cut
Jalandhar, October 30
In its bid to encourage bright students belonging to poor families to join job-oriented technical courses, the state Technical Education and Industrial Training Department has decided to reduce the fees for all polytechnic courses from the next academic session.

Foundation to give $ 2 lakh for bhavan
Patiala, October 30
A memorandum of understanding between Punjabi University and the Punjab Heritage Foundation, Pasadena, USA, was signed by the Registrar, Punjabi University, Mr Param Bakhshish Singh, and Major General Trilochan Singh Aujla on behalf of the foundation here today.


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