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Inquiry into UBDC scam being swept under carpet
Gurdaspur, October 6
The inquiry into the multi-crore UBDC scam is allegedly being swept under the carpet by the investigating agencies. After the registration of an FIR in the scam on July 7, 2003, at Pathankot police station, no further action has been taken in the case.

MoU with Canadian firm to develop biotech in state
Chandigarh, October 6
What has hit Punjab hard in acquiring modern technologies such as biotech is political indecisiveness, lack of initiative and lack of concern for the state among politicians.

Principal Secretary for Punjab Science and Technology Romila Dubey, Mr Ashley O’Sullivan, president of Canadian company Ag-West Bio Inc, sign an MoU Principal Secretary for Punjab Science and Technology Romila Dubey (right), Mr Ashley O’Sullivan, president of Canadian company Ag-West Bio Inc, sign an MoU on Wednesday to promote biotech in Punjab.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Cong banking on PM’s image in Garhshankar poll
Garhshankar (Hoshiarpur), October 6
In the absence of CPM support in this prestigious constituency, the Congress is heavily banking on the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, his clean image and his ability to change the face of the state for being the son of the soil and the Prime Minister of the country as well.




SGPC to upgrade communication system
Jalandhar, October 6
To ensure fast and effective mode of communication with the Sikh sangat settled abroad and in far off places within the country, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is all set to revive its e-mail service soon.

Standoff between 2 IPS officers continues
Chandigarh, October 6
The standoff between two IPS officers — G.D. Pandey and D.R. Bhatti — continues. More than a week has lapsed since Mr Pandey expressed unwillingness to join as Inspector-General of Indian Reserve Battalion at Patiala. Still the matter is hanging fire.

ASI approaches police, fails to give details
Patiala, October 6
The Archaeological Survey of India today approached the police to report the disappearance of three miniature paintings from a painted chamber in the “Ranwas” building of Quila Mubarak here even as the State Cultural Affairs and the Archaeological Department indicated that the paintings were stolen from the chamber.


Manmohan’s US visit successful, says Cong MP
Jalandhar, October 6
Terming the recent US visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh as successful senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Ashwini Kumar, today said the visit would result in considerable increase in US investment in India.

Kanwaljit opposed to MLAs’ foreign jaunt
Phagwara, October 6
Former Punjab Finance Minister and Akali MLA Capt Kanwaljit Singh today opposed the proposed foreign jaunt of as many as 40 MLAs, including those of the Opposition.

SAD leader decries raids by MLA
Kharar, October 6
Raids conducted by Kharar MLA, Bir Devinder Singh, in various government offices to check the attendance of staff adversely affected the work in the offices without bringing any positive results.


Pensioners seek implementation of national policy
Sangrur, October 6
The district unit of the Central Government Pensioners Association (Head Office, Jalandhar City), in a representation to the Prime Minister sent through the district administration, today demanded implementation of the national policy on older persons in five years with the necessary budgetary provisions every year.

Tussle blocks AK-47s’ supply to police
Chandigarh, October 6
A tussle between Russia and Bulgaria has blocked the supply of Ak-47 rifles to Punjab Police. Informed sources said that the Punjab Government had placed the order for the supply of 5000 AK-47 rifles to a Bulgarian company through proper channels — the Union Home Ministry.

Row over aanganwadi recruitment
Faridkot, October 6
The recruitment of anganwadi workers by the Child Development Project Officer here about a month back has kicked off a controversy. According to sources, some women candidates from the Kotkapura block had complained about the recruitment process, saying that ineligible candidates were being appointed at villages at the cost of eligible ones.

Dept of posts to launch new schemes
Batala, October 6
The Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh circle, Mr L.K. Puri inaugurated a post office in Star Hotel building, on Dera Baba Nanak road here today. Mr D.S. Jammu, Senior Superintendent, Posts, Gurdaspur district Mr J.R. Saini, Asst Superintendent Posts, Batala, Mr Parneet Bhardwaj, SDM Batala Mr Jagdhish Sawhney and former BJP MLA attended the function.

Where boats are still the lifeline of people
Gurdaspur, October 6
The status of Punjab as a developed state seems a utopia when you visit the Narot Jaimal Singh and Bamial blocks of this district. Even after 57 years of independence a population of about 50,000 residing in 100 villages of the said revenue blocks is cut from the rest of the state.

Worn-out boats which are used to ferry men and material across the Ravi at Kathlore Pattan in Gurdaspur district. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Worn-out boats which are used to ferry men and material across the Ravi at Kathlore Pattan in Gurdaspur district

Martyr’s widow battles it out over land

Indergarh (Moga), October 6
Her husband laid down life for the country 10 years ago and today she is fighting a lone battle for justice. Jasbir Kaur's in-laws have "illegally" occupied her 4 acres by force and to retain the same she is spending a part of the pension she is getting, which is her only source of income, on the court case.

Jasbir Kaur along with her elder daughter at her home in Indergarh. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Jasbir Kaur along with her elder daughter at her home in Indergarh

Son reunited with family after eight years
Bathinda, October 6
The joys of Mr Ram Chander, a resident of Maniappa village of Bihar, knew no bounds when he along with his family members came to know that his son, who was being taken as dead about eight years ago, was still alive.


Murari Lal sits along with his father Ram Chander and uncle after they were reunited by the Bathinda police on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Murari Lal sits along with his father Ram Chander and uncle after they were reunited by the Bathinda police

Sikh clergy to attend NCM meet on female foeticide
Amritsar, October 6
The Sikh high priests including, Jathedars of Akal Takht , Patna Sahib and Kesgarh Sahib would attend the first ever joint meeting, convened by Mr Tarlochan Singh ,Chairman National Commission for Minorities, on October 19, at Delhi to discuss the issue of female feticide.

Ease norms for hill people: MP
Gurdaspur, October 6
The Rajya Sabha Member from Gurdaspur, Mr Ashwani Kumar, has written to the Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukerjee, seeking relaxation in the height criteria for the persons hailing from hilly areas of Punjab for recruitment in the armed forces.

MC removes extensions erected by shopkeepers
Patiala, October 6
The Municipal Corporation today conducted a drive to remove extensions made by shopkeepers in the market adjoining the bus stand. Besides Municipal Corporation workers, who brought down the extensions, a crane was also requisitioned for the purpose.

Baby girl found abandoned in fields    
Dera Bassi, October 6
Abandoned by her parents, a one-and-a-half-year old girl was found lying in the fields of Devi Nagar village, about 2 km from here, early this morning.

A policeman holds the baby girl who was abandoned in fields of Devi Nagar village near Dera Bassi on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

A policeman holds the baby girl who was abandoned in fields of Devi Nagar village near Dera Bassi

Conference of Ahmadiyya youth
Gurdaspur October 6
The 35th annual conference of the Ahmadiyya youth wing began at Qadian yesterday. Hadhrath Mirza Waseem Ahmad, the chief secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in India, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Two SGPC employees suspended
Amritsar, October 6
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today placed two of its employees, Satnam Singh and Rachhpal Singh, under suspension on the charges of misbehaving with a couple, who had come here to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple.


Hearing in Badal case on Nov 19
Ropar, October 6
Following the Supreme Court orders, the Special Court here today adjourned the hearing of a case of disproportionate assets against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir Badal and wife Surinder Kaur Badal, for November 19.

No salaries paid since May
Chandigarh, October 6
A large number of contract staff of the office of the Punjab Advocate General has not been paid salaries for the past almost six months. According to sources, the number of such employees is over 40 and they have not received their salaries since May.

10-yr term for woman in poppy husk case
Barnala, October 6
The local court sentenced a woman to 10 years’ imprisonment and fined her Rs 1 lakh in a case of smuggling of poppy husk and acquitted five others. In case of non-payment of the fine, the imprisonment will be exceeded by one more year.

Murder accused cop’s plea dismissed
Chandigarh, October 6
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.S. Baswana, today dismissed the application of Gurmeet Singh alias Pinky, a Punjab Police Inspector, seeking discharge in a murder case.


38 lakh tonnes of paddy arrive in mandis
Ludhiana, October 6
The state procuring agencies have saved nearly 3 lakh tonnes of paddy which was damaged by rains. The paddy was lying in the mandis when rains lashed the state. According to official information available here today, the state procuring agencies dried the paddy stocks and sent them to the rice millers for further drying and shelling.

Change in crop circle
Barnala, October 6
To bring diversification as well as change in the crop circle, a seminar was organised in here on Tuesday by the Block Development and Agriculture Department. Mr Zora Singh Thind, SDM, was the chief guest.


6 jail officers transferred
Chandigarh, October 6
The Punjab Government has transferred six jail officers, including a DIG and DSPs. The transfers were routine. DIG Jagjit Singh has been posted as Superintendent of Jalandhar Central Jail. DSP Chetan Parkash was posted as Superintendent of Central Jail at Gurdaspur.


High-profile gangs of vehicle lifters busted
Amritsar, October 6
The district police has busted to inter-state gangs of vehicle lifters and arrested 10 persons, including two girls. The gangs used to steal brand new vehicles from various districts of Punjab and sell them in other states, including Jammu and Kashmir after forging the documents.

Ten members, including two women, of two gangs of car lifters in police custody in Amritsar on Wednesday. — PTI photo
Ten members, including two women, of two gangs of car lifters in police custody in Amritsar

CBI to probe missing Sikh library books case
Amritsar, October 6
The Union Government today agreed to order a CBI inquiry into the disappearance of invaluable books from the Sikh Reference Library, allegedly taken by the Army during Operation Bluestar.

Patwari arrested on graft charge
Gurdaspur, October 6
The vigilance wing of Gurdaspur today arrested Ravinder Kumar posted as patwari in the Daulatpur area near Pathankot on the charge of corruption. The DSP (Vigilance), when contacted, said that the patwari had been arrested on the complaint of Baldev Kumar, a resident of the area.


Pbi varsity suspends teacher, assistant on charge of bribery
Patiala, October 6
Punjabi University today suspended a senior economics teacher in the Department of Correspondence Studies for demanding a bribe from a girl student for approving her M. Phil thesis. The girl’s charges that the teacher had been harassing her have also been upheld by the committee which conducted on an inquiry into the charges.

Varsity official’s son involved in brawl?
Amritsar, October 6
The name of a son of a top official of Guru Nanak Dev University has figured in a brawl that took place day before yesterday out side the university. He is a student of the Computer Department

Education officers told to up the tempo
Moga, October 6
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mandeep Singh, today held a meeting to review the progress of Sarb Shiksha Abhiyan, a centre-sponsored scheme to check school -dropout rate and improve school infrastructure.

Irate students block traffic
Phagwara, October 6
Hundreds of irate college students today staged a demonstration near the local bus stand and block traffic in protest against alleged misbehaviour of drivers and conductors of Punjab Roadways buses.


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