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Committee to run SAD if Badal is held
Ludhiana, October 31
The Shiromani Akali Dal in the event of Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s arrest in a case of disproportionate assets against the Akali leader and his family. It would be guided by a coordination committee rather than by an acting president.

5-day notice for five in Harbans case
Chandigarh, October 31
Claiming harassment, Kuldeep Singh and four other residents of Muktsar district, accused of paying money to one Harbans Lal for securing work through the Badals, today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking probe by a Judicial Commission into the matter.

Eleven more leaders leave SAD (Amritsar)
Jalandhar, October 31
As many as 14 SAD (Amritsar) leaders of Noormahal unit resigned from the primary membership of the party due to differences with the senior leadership over the “restoration of internal democracy”.

Kang moves court to get FDs released
Amritsar, October 31
Senior Akali leader and a former Chairman of the Forest Corporation, Mr Manjinder Singh Kang, has moved the district court to get his FDs (fixed deposits) and saving bank accounts worth about Rs 3 crore opened in different banks of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh released.

Daler skips date with police again
Patiala, October 31
Punjabi pop star Daler Mehndi did not join investigations in the human trafficking case till late this evening despite agreeing to report at the Sadar police station at 5 p.m. today.

Fatehgarh Sahib


A rare 200-year-old hand written volume of Guru Granth Sahib
A rare 200-year-old hand written volume of Guru Granth Sahib, written with gold, silver, and pure pearls using natural wooden pen, was displayed in Amritsar on Friday to mark the centenary of Central Khalsa Orphanage. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Tension builds up as MC occupies hospital
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), October 31
Tension started building up in this town after the local municipal council authorities allegedly forcibly took possession of the premises of a hospital being run by the Aggarwal Charitable Trust late last evening.

Waiting for jobs on compassionate grounds
Chandigarh, October 31
Undoubtedly, God has been harsh on them. But the Punjab Government, instead of lessening their suffering, has added to their pain and woes. Take the case of Mrs Raj Kaur and her two sons.

Cong leader shoots self 
Phagwara, October 31
A local Congress leader Dalwinder Singh, alias Tony, tonight allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his licensed revolver at his residence here, the police said. Tony was said to have been upset for the last few days over his name being mentioned in connection with certain criminal cases, it said. — PTI


PAC to decide on candidate for SGPC poll
Patiala, October 31
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal today said the Parliamentary Affairs Committee of the party would decide on the candidate to be nominated for presidentship of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.


Punjab borders with Pak to have sensors, says IG
Hoshiarpur, October 31
Punjab border with Pakistan has been sealed and not even a single incident of infiltration from the border had been reported this year. This was stated by Mr G.S. Gill, Inspector-General, Punjab Frontier BSF to reporters at Training Centre of the Border Security Force at Kharkan Camp 12 km from here today.

Golden jubilee convention of diocese held
Amritsar, October 31
The golden jubilee convention of the Diocese Church of North India here concluded today with the participants taking a pledge to fight against all types of injustice, exploitation and coercion.

Dengue claims seven lives
Chandigarh, October 31
Dengue has claimed seven lives in Punjab so far, Health and Family Welfare Minister Ramesh Chander Dogra said here today. Confirming 353 cases of dengue all over the state, Mr Dogra claimed that timely preventive steps had succeeded in containing the spread of dengue.

Spurned girlfriend throws acid on boy
Bathinda, October 31
Sunder, a youth residing in the Sanjay Nagar locality of this town, suffered 30 per cent burn injuries on his face, neck and upper parts of both arms, after acid was thrown on him by his girl- friend and her sister yesterday.

Zoji La hero cremated
Nabha, October 31
Risaldar (Honorary Lieutenant) Kartar Singh Gill, the 90-year-old hero of the victory over the Pak invaders in the Zoji La in Kashmir in 1948 who passed away yesterday, was cremated today at his native Paden village near here in Patiala district with full military honours.

AIDS awareness camp for jail inmates
Bathinda, October 31
A camp for creating awareness about AIDS was held by the Malwa AIDS Suraksha Sangathan Movement at the local Central Jail yesterday. Mrs Raj Gupta, president of the NGO, said AIDS was a non-curable disease and could be prevented by behavioural changes.

Sabha gives aid to 60 widows
Fazilka, October 31
Mr Vikas Pratap, Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepore, distributed financial aid, foodgrains, clothes and other essential household articles of routine use to 60 widows in a function organised by the Shri Geeta Bhavan Ashai Hitkarni Sabha, Fazilka, yesterday.

Indira’s martyrdom day observed
Hoshiarpur, October 31
The 9th martyrdom day of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was observed as “national sankalp divas” here today. A function was organised under the presidentship of Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner, at the local Zila Parishad hall in this connection.


High Court
Dairy complex residents move petition
Chandigarh, October 31
Taking up a petition filed by 58 residents of Bhagtanwala Dairy complex in Amritsar seeking directions to the state of Punjab and other respondents against interference in their peaceful possession, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Mr Justice S.S. Grewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the petitioners would not be dispossessed till the next date.


Five ‘Khalistan’ militants held
Moga, October 31
The Muktsar Police today arrested five members of the Khalistan Commando Force including its self-styled General Paramjit Singh. The group led by Paramjit Singh were nabbed while they were allegedly planning to rob former Panchayat member Rajpal Singh in Gidderbaha area last night, Muktsar Senior Superintendent of Police Surinder Pal Singh said.

Five held for demanding ransom
Muktsar, October 31
The police has arrested Paramjit Singh Pamma, self-styled chief general of the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), and his associates Iqbal Singh, alias Kala, Jatinderpal Singh, alias Lovely, Gurjant Singh and Jaskaran Singh for demanding ransom of Rs 10 lakh from Mr Rajpal Singh, a former sarpanch, of Karaiwala village, by using the letter pads of the KCF.

Couple booked for fraud
Kapurthala, October 31
The Bholath police has registered a case under Sections 406, 420 of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 24 of Immigration Act against Gurmit Singh and his wife Bholi both travel agents of Gurala village in Hoshiarpur district on the charge of duping Ajit Singh of Nangal Lubana village under the Bholath police station of this district of Rs two lakh for sending his son Sukhnam Singh to Germany.

10 booked for abducting 2 girls
Amritsar, October 31
The Majitha district police has booked 10 persons allegedly for kidnapping two girls including a minor one here last evening. The Jandiala police booked Ashok Kumar, a resident of Jyotisar along with his mother Rajrani and two sisters Jyoti and Rajni allegedly for luring and kidnapping a minor girl.

Four teachers booked for having fake degrees
Amritsar, October 31
The police has booked four teachers of various schools allegedly for possessing fake degrees of bachelor of education here today. According to information, the complaint was lodged against the teachers on the statement of Mr Yashpal Mehra, District Education Officer elementary.

SAD MLA aide in police custody
Kharar, October 31
In a case registered against Mr Jagdip Singh Nakai, SAD MLA from Joga Constituency, under Section 420/467/468/471, 120 of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act on July 28, 2003, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau today produced another accused Gurpinder Singh Grewal in a court here which remanded him in police custody till November 2.

Debt-ridden farmer ends life
Jalalabad, October 31
Sukhbir Singh (37), a farmer of the nearby Chak Saiod Ke village allegedly committed suicide by jumping into Gang Canal. On the complaint of the father of the accused, the police has booked a local financier, Vicky Bajaj, under Section 306, IPC. According to DSP Jalandhar Sarabjit Singh, the farmer had taken a loan from Vicky Bajaj.


71 teachers honoured
Bathinda, October 31
As many as 71 teachers of this district, whose students have been showing 100 per cent pass percentage during the past four consecutive years, were honoured by the Director Public Instruction, Schools, Punjab, Mr Sohan Lal, at a function held here yesterday.

Teachers from UK college visit schools
Nawanshahr, October 31
A eight-member team of teachers from North Fleet Technology College, Gravesend Kent, UK visited Shivalik Public School and JSFH Khalsa High School here and Government Secondary School, Langroya, yesterday under a project to study the Indian system of education.

Posts of Principal to be filled through promotion
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 31
The Punjab Government has decided to fill 15 vacant posts of Principal in government colleges through promotion with the approval of the Chief Minister. This was informed by Dr Harnam Dass Johar, Higher Education Minister, while presiding over a meeting of district officials at Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, last evening.

PTU to start part-time M Tech courses
Ropar, October 31
Punjab Technical University will start M Tech courses in various engineering colleges of the state. The unique feature of these courses was that these could be pursued on a part-time basis.

College teachers hold rally
Patiala, October 31
On a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, teachers of non- government colleges of Patiala, Bathinda, Mansa, Sangrur, Ropar and Fatehgarh Sahib organised a rally near the Chief Minister’s residence to protest against the “anti- education and anti-staff” policy of the state government.

Recognise teachers’ role, says DC
Fatehgarh Sahib,  October 31
“A teacher’s role in developing the talent of a student can not be ignored so in future if a student qualify at district level in the respective field the teacher of the student would also be honoured with the student,” Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, announced this recently while addressing a gathering at Mata Gujri Government Senior Secondary School here after inaugurating a district-level science exhibition.

Kids enthral grandparents
Patiala, October 31
It was a visual treat for the grandparents of tiny tots of Blossoms School, as kids presented a colourful cultural bonanza on the eve of Annual Grandparents Day here today.


Programme to promote  small enterprises
Patiala, October 31
The valedictory function of five-day entrepreneurs development programme on tailoring and fashion designing organised by the National Small Industries Corporation Limited in collaboration with the National Institute of Fashion Design was held here today.

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