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Kapurthala set to witness fierce battle
Kapurthala, October 3
With two giants of Punjab politics — Shiromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal, and Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh — putting everything at stake here, this high profile constituency is all set to witness one of the fiercest political battle for electoral supremacy.

What is left unsaid in two byelections
Chandigarh, October 3
Open electioneering in the two Assembly constituencies, Kapurthala and Garhshankar, will be at its feverish pitch with Capt Amarinder Singh and Mr Parkash Singh Badal virtually campaigning there.

Plan to widen income tax net
Ludhiana, October 3
The Union Finance Ministry is tightening its noose on income tax evaders and has decided to carry out scrutiny of the income tax returns from onwards, the scrutiny of the income tax returns will be undertaken on a large scale.

Baby girl shot dead by father
Patiala, October 3
A man shot dead his barely one-month-old daughter and buried the body in the surrounding fields in Kauli village, near here, in what appears to be a case of female foeticide.

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Widow’s ‘sale’: police finally registers FIR
Chandigarh, October 3
The case involving the "sale" of Sarabjeet Kaur, a young widow from Jalandhar, is finally heading in the desired direction.

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Skeleton exhumed to unravel 12-yr-old murder
Phillaur, October 3
In a major success at solving a 12-yr-old murder case, Phillaur police led by DSP Kamaljit Singh Dhillon, exhumed a decomposed skeleton of a young adharmi woman, Sukhwinder Kaur, allegedly murdered 12 years back, from the cremation ground at Nawan Pind Naicha village in Phillaur sub division in the presence of Tehsildar Kulwant Singh and Medical Officer Dr J.S. Baath yesterday afternoon.

Reforms in real estate sector needed, says property owners' body
Chandigarh, October 3
A call for comprehensive reforms in the real estate sector in Punjab aimed at safeguarding the interests of the common man as well as the real estate agents was made at a meeting of the Property Owners Welfare Association held here today.

Sarpanches not happy with more powers
Bathinda, October 3
The Punjab Government had announced the implementation of the Panchayati Raj Act a year ago with much fanfare, but the government’s move to empower village panchayats is yet to benefit the rural populace of the state.

Punjab’s ‘spirited’ homage to Mahatma Gandhi
Jalandhar, October 3
Punjabis have novel way of paying their tributes to their national heroes. Unlike the rest of the country, they celebrated the birth anniversaries of both Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri by paying them “spirited” homage yesterday.


Front plans memo to SGPC on Dalit issue
Jalandhar, October 3
To lodge its protest against a strange incident of not allowing Dalits to take part in a langar at a “dera” at Roomiwala village of Bathinda district, the Dalit Jabar Virodhi Front has decided to give a memorandum to SGPC members on October 20 and to the Punjab Governor on October 20.


PUDA to start new ‘response system’
Chandigarh, October 3
PUDA is in the process of introducing ‘Interactive Voice Response System’ being installed at its headquarters, PUDA Bhawan, at Mohali. The system is being introduced for the registration of complaints while sitting at home, thereby providing hassle-free redressal/removal of the complaints/ grievances of the general public.

Buses to Nankana Sahib from Amritsar soon
Amritsar, October 3
Accepting the long-standing demand of the Sikh devotees, the Indian and Pakistani Governments have decided, in principle, to shortly ply six special buses a month between Amritsar and Nankana Sahib/ Kartarpur Sahib.

Holy book abandoned following police swoop
Bathinda, October 3
Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Balwant Singh Nandgarh has taken a strong notice of “exploitation” of Guru Granth Sahib in a property dispute case. He said strict action would be taken against those exploiting “bir” for occupying land.

The plot where “sehaj path” was organised allegedly to keep it in possession on Naruwana road in Bathinda.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

The plot where "sehaj path" was organised allegedly to keep it in possession on Naruwana road in Bathinda

Guru Ram Das’ birth place in Pak to be preserved
Amritsar, October 3
The Government of Pakistan has decided to preserve the old building of ‘janamasthan’ of Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru, situated at Chuna Mandi, Lahore, while the roofs and dilapidated portions would be renovated through kar seva.

Wish of Mardana’s descendent may not be fulfilled
Amritsar, October 3
Ghulam Mohammad Chaand (70), a Muslim rababi, who is a descendent of Bhai Mardana, a life-time companion of Guru Nanak Dev, is unlikely to get permission from the SGPC to perform ‘kirtan’ in the Golden Temple.

Ghulam Mohammad Chaand, a descendent of Bhai Mardana, performs ‘kirtan’ in Amritsar.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Ghulam Mohammad Chaand, a descendent of Bhai Mardana, performs ‘kirtan’ in Amritsar

Sinha has gone on leave, says CM
Chandigarh, October 3
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that Principal Secretary, Home, Mr Sanjit Kumar Sinha, had proceeded on ex-India leave to get his wife treated in England.

PSEB sets up grievance cell
Patiala, October 3
The PSEB has established a grievance cell at its headquarters to provide “instant” relief to the power consumers who have been served with inflated electricity consumption bills.

Conference of bank employees ends
Patiala, October 3
The two-day 19th Conference of All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation concluded here today. The general body meeting was attended by more than 2,000 delegates from all over the country.


Farmers, creditors on warpath over land auction
Bathinda, October 3
Farmers and moneylenders of Chathewala village are at loggerhead over the auction of a farmer’s land. Farmers are in the state of panic in the wake of the continuous police raids.

Farmers rough up cops on extortion spree
Moga, October 3
A large number of farmers, hailing from Rama village, today gheraoed and manhandled two policemen who were allegedly forcing entry into villagers’ homes under the pretext of seizing illicit liquor.


Clash over Rs 500 claims one life
Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda), October 3
A clash which took place over the non-payment of mere Rs 500 claimed one human life and seriously injured two. Buta Singh of Gurusar village was killed in the clash over a piece of land while Jagdeep Singh and Mithu Singh were seriously injured.

Inspector held for ‘helping’ drug smugglers
Moga, October 3
A Vigilance team led by the DSP Raminder Singh has arrested Surinder Kumar an Inspector, posted at the office of the SSP, for letting off some drugs smugglers by taking bribe.

14 quintals of poppy husk seized, one arrested
Moga, October 3
The police has seized 40 bags of poppy husk worth about Rs 5 lakh at a checkpost in Dalla village here. Mukhtiar Singh has been arrested in this connection.

Infant’s body found
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 3
The local police has sought the cooperation of the public in solving the case of the body of a newborn female child that was found in a canal near here.


Studying in perpetual stench
Bathinda, October 3
In spite of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission’s orders to the authorities to take appropriate action, students and staff of Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology continue to breathe the stench emanating from a carcass dump nearby.

Schedule for matric, plus two students
Chandigarh, October 3
The Punjab School Education Board has released the schedule for filling the forms for matric and plus II examinations to be conducted in 2005.

Techfest-2004 begins at Longowal
Longowal (Sangrur), October 3
India will be a global power by 2025 as the country is moving fast to achieve this goal by way of progressing on economic and technology fronts.

10-day NSS camp begins
Bathinda, October 3
Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa Girl College organised a 10-day NSS camp during which the volunteers of its NSS unit participate in various activities like plantation and social welfare works. The SSP, Mr Kapil Dev, inaugurated the camp. The college principal, Mrs D.K. Mann, and other staff members were present on the occasion.

NSS volunteers of GND Khalsa College clean the college campus in Bathinda on Sunday.
— Photo by Kulbir Beera
NSS volunteers of GND Khalsa College clean the college campus in Bathinda

Navpreet wins declamation contest
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 3
Navpreet Kaur of B.Com (Part III) and Harmandeep Kaur of B.Sc. (Biotechnology Part-I) won the first and second prize respectively, in a declamation contest organised by the local Commerce Association of Mata Gujri College.


Big players enter used car market in Doaba
The recent entry of big players in the second-hand car market has created a flutter among second-hand car dealers in Jalandhar, even as they are trying to bank upon their USP - "low" prices offered by them.


Second-hand cars lined up for sale in Jalandhar.

Second-hand cars lined up for sale in Jalandhar

‘Apni mandis’ lose relevance in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, October 3
The very concept of “apni mandis” is in peril in Jalandhar where over 90 per cent of the sellers are not farmers, but “phariwalas” who fleece gullible consumers as Mandi Board official choose to look the other way on the pretext that they don’t have the requisite staff to run the “apni mandis” efficiently.

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