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Curbs proposed on Sikh high priests’ foreign visits
Amritsar, October 4
In a significant development the first SGPC executive body, which meet here today, clipped the wings of Sikh high priests and hazoori raagis by proposing restrictions on their frequent trips to foreign countries.

SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur at the executive committee meeting in Amritsar on Monday SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur at the executive committee meeting in Amritsar on Monday. — PTI photo

Declared martyr, constable languishes
in Pak jail
Faridkot, October 4
He was first declared missing and later a martyr, but after 33 long years his family gets the news that he is very much alive, though in a Pakistani jail.
A file photo of Surjit Singh with his wife Angrej Kaur.
A file photo of Surjit Singh with his wife Angrej Kaur.




Clean chit to CM in chopper misuse case
Chandigarh, October 4
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has reportedly been given a clean chit by the state Chief Secretary (CS) in the chopper-misuse case.

Cong govt has betrayed people: Kanwaljit
Jalandhar, October 4
Former Punjab Finance Minister and senior Akali leader Capt Kanwaljit Singh today alleged that the state government had failed to effect any development in the state during its two- and-half year “misrule”.

Disqualify Cong nominee, says SAD
Kapurthala, October 4
In a yet another complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner here today, the Shiromani Akali Dal has demanded that Ms Sukhjinder Rana be disqualified from contesting the poll for allegedly “exceeding the upper limit of electoral expenses as laid down under the law as also for enacting willful exception on the electorate through mischievously designed sponsored news material”.

The rock garden being developed by the BBMB at Talwara. ‘Rock garden’ at Shivalik foothills
Talwara: Inspired by Nek Chand, the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has started developing a ‘rock garden’ at its Talwara township.

The rock garden being developed by the BBMB at Talwara. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Girl sold to NRI for 12 lakh by aunt
Jalandhar October 4
Rajdeep, a 22-year-girl from Ludhiana, was reportedly sold by her father’s sister to a Canada-based middle aged NRI for Rs 12 lakh.


Infighting among Faridkot Zila Parishad members ends
Faridkot, October 4
Infighting among the 12 members of the Zila Parishad, Faridkot, including two chairmen of Faridkot and Kotkapura block samitis of the Congress came to an end following the intervention of Mr Avtar Singh Brar, vice-president, PPCC, here today.


Open Wagah border for trade, says Gill
Dr M.S. Gill Chandigarh, October 4
Elated over the announcement of the bus service from Amritsar to Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, Dr M.S. Gill, MP, said further push should be given to the opening of the Wagah border for Indo-Pak trade. He has decided to take up this and other related issues pertaining to development of trade in the Rajya Sabha, besides writing to Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.

Only 4 MLAs attend ‘sex-selection’ workshop
Chandigarh, October 4
How serious are the Punjab MLAs about the skewed sex ratio in the state became evident when just four of them turned up to attend a workshop organised especially for them on the subject of ‘’sex selection and pre-birth elimination of females”, jointly organised by the Population Foundation of India and the Plan India in association with the Voluntary Health Association of Punjab here today.

Hargobind plant area made prohibited zone
Chandigarh, October 4
Guru Hargobind Thermal Power Plant at Lehra Mohabbat in Bathinda district has been declared a prohibited zone by the Punjab Government. Any person found in the project’s vicinity without valid permission can face trial, and imprisonment up to three years.

Jobs elude these adventurous girls
MUKTSAR: Ms Sukhwinder Kaur Sukhi and Ms Paramjit Kaur Pammi, residents of this historic town, who have been bringing laurels to Punjab by accomplishing adventurous expeditions, are yet to get promised jobs.

Lottery firm denies duping shopkeepers
Chandigarh, October 4
Apropos a news report, ‘’Shopkeepers duped by lottery company’’, appearing in these columns on October 1, an ITSPL spokesperson, Mr B. Sheth, today said the news was ‘’factually incorrect and false’’.

Woman acts mother to a deer
Fazilka: The Bisnoi community’s love for animals is well known. One such rare example of a married woman feeding a newly born deer for its survival has come to light.

SC should take suo motu cognisance of rape cases: Mann
Phagwara, October 4
Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, SAD (A) president and former MP, urged the Supreme Court and the National Women Rights Commission to take suo motu cognizance of cases of rapes committed either by political bigwigs or their stooges.

"Paisa Bolda Hai" staged 
Patiala, October 4
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) Patiala with the Co-operation of State Bank of Patiala, presented “Paisa Bolda Hai” originally Bengali play, adapted into Punjabi and directed by Pran Sabharwal and Mrs Sunita Sabharwal, here at Baradari Gardens as a 21st Haas Raag Rang Garden Theatre performance.

Farmers duped by bank official
Patiala, October 4
Three farmers, Sawinder Singh of Kartarpur village, Balwinder Singh of Nurpur village and Balwinder Singh of Moulviwala village in Patiala district, have alleged that they have been duped by Raj Kumar Singla of The Patiala Central Cooperative Bank Limited, Patiala.


Paddy procurement at standstill
Patiala, October 4
Procurement of paddy is at a standstill in the district with a negligible amount of paddy being procured either by government agencies or private traders. The district, which saw a procurement of around 15 lakh metric tonnes of paddy last year, has witnessed a procurement of only 1.25 lakh metric tonnes this year.


Poultry corpn staff retrenched
Chandigarh, October 4
The Punjab Government today retrenched staff of the Punjab Poultry Development Corporation.

Unauthorised structures pulled down
Bathinda, October 4
Almost all the unauthorised structures, which have come up on a piece of land belonging to PUDA, were pulled down today by the PUDA officials and a process was initiated to launch criminal proceedings against those who had allegedly encroached upon the same.

IT Dept arrears over Rs 87,000 crore
Ludhiana, October 4
The Income Tax Department has whooping arrears amounting to more than Rs. 87,000 crore and the Central Board of Direct Taxes has directed the Commissioners of Income Tax to recover the arrears. The officers have also been authorised to attach properties of the defaulters if they fall to comply with the recovery of the same.


Miscreants kill housewife
Ferozepore, October 4
Unidentified miscreants entered the house of Nishan Singh in the Rose Avenue locality and murdered his wife Charanjit Kaur with sharp-edged weapons before removing the ornaments she was wearing.

Two arhtiyas shot
Sangrur, October 4
Two brothers, both arhtiyas, Gurmail Singh and Bhagwan Singh, residents of Sheron village, near Sunam, were shot dead by three persons in the Grain Market complex at Sheron village last evening.


Govt error ruins career of 2 girls
Chandigarh, October 4
A self-confessed inadvertent error made by the Punjab Government has ruined the brilliant career of two wards of riots victims. The sufferers are Ms Tarundeep Kaur and Ms Ghatdeep Lamba, both students of Government Medical College, Patiala. Both have lost the legal battle regarding their admission because of the government's error.

Students to oppose sale of library site
Moga, October 4
The Punjab Students Union has decided to oppose the district administration’s alleged move to commercialise the site of Regal Cinema, which, till recently, housed a library.

PU students top in group discussion contest
Amritsar, October 4
The three-day national-level technical-cum-cultural festival “La-Fiesta-2004” concluded at Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Private college teachers’ strike on October 7
Barnala, October 4
The office-bearers of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), a representative body of over 6,000 college teachers serving in privately managed colleges of Punjab, will observe a day-long fast in protest on October 7 in front of the DPI (Colleges), Punjab, office at Chandigarh.


Plan to set up biotech park
Ludhiana, October 4
The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST) is setting up a biotechnology park. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard will be signed on October 6 with a Canadian firm.

PSEB withdraws all power cuts
Patiala, October 4
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today withdrew power restrictions imposed on the industrial, urban and rural consumers.


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