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Lokpal in Punjab soon: Ambika Soni
Hoshiarpur, October 1
Ms Ambika Soni, General Secretary, AICC, said the Congress-NCP alliance would definitely come back to power in Maharashtra after the Assembly elections. She said she could not predict the exact number of seats to be won by the Congress in the elections but was sure about the success of the alliance.

Defacement of property on despite ban

Kapurthala, October 1
With the campaigning for Kapurthala byelection starting gaining momentum, the defacement of public property has also become rampant in the district, thanks to the authorities concerned who have turn a blind eye towards the violation of the code of conduct.

A poster put up by the Congress at the entrance to the Civil Hospital in Kapurthala on Friday.
A poster put up by the Congress at the entrance to the Civil Hospital in Kapurthala on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Stand-off between govt, SGPC institutes ends
Ludhiana, October 1
The stand-off between the SGPC-run medical and dental institutes of Amritsar and the Punjab Government has ended with the admission of students to the two institutes selected through the PMET conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.




India’s expertise, West’s knowhow can curb terrorism: Sarabjit
Chandigarh, October 1
The expertise India has gained in combating terrorism, pooled with advanced technologies and facilities of the western world, should be enough to keep the world free from wanton violence, says Mr Sarabjit Singh, a former Director-General of Bureau of Police Research and Development.

Danish exposes Principal
Says Dhillon told him to kill some striking students
Amritsar, October 1
Finally, Danish Vir appeared before the media here today to disclose about the details of sting operation codenamed “Principal Tehelka.com”.

35,000 bogus old-age pensioners detected
Amritsar, October 1
A fact-finding report, compiled by high-powered committee on behalf of Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, has detected more than 35,000 ‘ineligible beneficiaries’ who have been getting old-age, widow and handicapped pensions in this border district. The report was compiled by seven Subdivisional Magistrates from other districts .

70 more gastro cases in Rajpura
All under control, claims admn

Patiala, October 1
The scare of gastroenteritis that gripped the residents of Rajpura yesterday, when 180 cases were reported, continued today with 70 more “mild to moderate” cases being reported since last night.


Water, roads poll issues in Garhshankar
Garhshankar, October 1
Scarcity of drinking water in the Bet area and poor road network could be the major poll issues in this Assembly constituency, which will be going to the polls on October 13 along with Kapurthala.


Residents protest against road closure
Bathinda, October 1
Residents of various colonies near the local grain market today protested in open against the construction of a wall on a route to their area by the railway authorities and forced them to stop the construction work that started yesterday.

Cyclists crossing a pit dug up for constructing a wall by the raiilway authorities near the grain market in Bathinda. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
Cyclists crossing a pit dug up for constructing a wall by the raiilway authorities near the grain market in Bathinda

Unsafe building: secy to conduct probe
Sangrur, October 1
In connection with a news report “Education staff working in unsafe building” published in The Tribune on July 17, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), on a complaint filed by Mr V.K. Goyal of Dhuri (Sangrur), has fixed October 5 as the next date of hearing.

Residents serve ultimatum to shift liquor shop
Sangrur, October 1
Residents of the Madhopuri mohalla (Ward No 1) of Dhuri, 15 km from here, have served an ultimatum on the administration to shift a liquor shop from the area within 48 hours or they will stage a dharna from October 3.

SHO’s slap damages youth’s eardrum
Bathinda, October 1
A case of alleged police excess came to the fore today with a youth accusing an SHO of slapping him hard that led to severe damage to his left eardrum. Talking to The Tribune at the Civil Hospital here, Rupinder Singh, a resident of Chakramsinghwala, said he was returning from his village Bugra, where he had gone to attend his cousin’s “bhog” on September 28, when a Gypsy driver stopped him on the road.

Rupinder Singh at the Civil Hospital in Bathinda on Friday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
Rupinder Singh at the Civil Hospital in Bathinda on Friday

Panel on high security prisons
Chandigarh, October 1
The Punjab Government has constituted a five-member committee to finalise the modalities for constructing ultra modern high security prisons in the state to ensure safe custody of jail inmates.

Man dies of snakebite
Phagwara, October 1
Twenty-six-year-old Sanjiv Kumar Pandey of the Santokhpura mohalla was bitten by a snake yesterday, leading to his death.

Blood Donation Day observed
Hoshiarpur, October 1
The Health and Family Welfare Department and the 12th Punjab NCC battalion organised a seminar and blood donation camp at Khalsa College, Garhdiwala, about 32 kms from here, on the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.


High Court
Ajnala seat byelection case

THE High Court Bench that was hearing the petition filed by Dr Amarpal Singh, son of former MLA and current MP Rattan Singh Ajnala, seeking directions to the Election Commission to hold byelections for the Ajnala seat in Amritsar along with that of the two other seats in Punjab, today referred the matter to another Bench.


Decline in cotton price hits farmers
Bathinda, October 1
Sudden decline in the price of cotton coupled with the reports of Indian cotton mills striking deals to import cotton from Pakistan has hit the farmers of this cotton belt hard.

Stray cattle menace in grain market
Bathinda, October 1
Stray cattle are giving sleepless nights to farmers who have dumped their paddy stock in the local grain market. They also lament the lack of proper drinking water arrangements and toilets.

Stray cattle devouring paddy at the grain market in Bathinda on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Stray cattle devouring paddy at the grain market in Bathinda on Friday.

Use of black plastic bags banned
Barnala, October 1
Use of recycled black coloured plastic carry bags in the entire Sub-Division here has been banned and anyone caught using these will be dealt with sternly.

Ratna is board chairperson
Chandigarh, October 1
Social worker-cum-former chairperson of the Amritsar Improvement Trust, Ms Ratna, has assumed the charge of Punjab State Social Welfare Advisory Board’s chairperson. She was appointed by the Punjab Government in consultation with Central Social Welfare Board.


11 stone crusher owners booked
Gurdaspur, October 1
In the crack down against the illegal miners in the Chaki river, the police has registered cases under Section 188 of the CrPC against 11 stone crusher owners. The police has also rounded up labourers involved in illegal mining and impounded 5 JCB machines used for the purpose. The SSP, Gurdaspur, Mr Narinder Bhargav said the raids were continuing.

Three killed in accidents
Phagwara, October 1
Three persons, including two women, died in two hit-and-run cases.In the first incident, Naseeb Kaur (70), of nearby Palahi village and Charno, (40), of Nangal village were run over by a vehicle when they were crossing the Phagwara-Mehli by pass, it was learnt today. Both died on the spot.

Two killed, 3 hurt in road accidents
Kharar, October 1
Two persons have been killed and three injured in three accidents around the town since last night.

Indian, Pak currency seized
Amritsar, October 1
The Customs sleuths seized Rs 7.60 lakh of Indian currency and Rs 1,100 of Pakistan currency from Aftab Anwar, a resident of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir coming from Pakistan through Samjhauta Express at Attari railway station, about 25 km from here.


K.S. Aulakh K.S. Aulakh nominated to 2 ICAR bodies
Chandigarh, October 1
Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor K.S. Aulakh has been nominated to the two prestigious bodies of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research — ICAR Society as also its governing body. The nomination, effective from September 16, has been made by the Union Minister for Agriculture, Mr Sharad Pawar, who is also the president of ICAR Society.

ETT youths released
Kapurthala, October 1
The district police released nearly 150 members of the Unemployed ETT Union who had been arrested on Tuesday for trying to interrupt the Chief Minister’s rally.

Students protest against ban on spending fund
Faridkot, October 1
The Medical Students Association today flayed the statewide ban on spending students' welfare fund and charging double fee from the final year MBBS students by Guru Gobind Singh Medical College.

Hardeep adjudged best TIET student
Patiala, October 1
Hardeep Singh Brar, a student of mechanical engineering of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology has been adjudged the best student for 2003-04 here today.

Ramanjit wins declamation contest
Patiala, October 1
Ramanjit Singh of the local DAV Public School, Tegrabab Singh of Guru Nanak Foundation Senior Secondary School and Komal Aneja of Arya Girls Senior Secondary School have won the first, second and third position, respectively, at a science declamation contest organised by the Punjab Academy of Sciences here today.


Warm welcome to Singapore Airlines passengers
Rajasansi, October 1
A tumultuous and traditional welcome was accorded to passengers arriving on the first ever direct Singapore-Amritsar flight which landed here this evening with 255 passengers on board, including a business delegation, to usher in new era of prosperity for this border district.

PSEB reduces cut on industrial sector
Chandigarh, October 1
As the situation has eased on the power front, the Punjab State Electricity Board today reduced the power cut on the industrial sector.


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