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85th Amendment Act may run into rough weather
Chandigarh, October 7
The Punjab Government’s decision to implement the 85th Amendment Act may run into rough weather. Taking cognizance of a complaint accusing the government of violating the code of conduct by ordering the Act’s implementation, the Election Commission of India has asked Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer to look into the matter. The officer, in turn, has asked the Chief Secretary to submit his report.

Harbhajan Singh YogiOBITUARY
Yogi Bhajan — a tireless crusader

Chandigarh, October 7
Harbhajan Singh Khalsa, known as Yogi Bhajan to hundreds of thousands of devotees worldwide, died at his home in Espanola, New Mexico, in the USA yesterday. He died of heart failure. He was 75.

Preneet in election mode, says CM’s seat safe
Kapurthala, October 7
The Congress MP from Patiala, Ms Preneet Kaur, today said that her husband and Punjab CM, Capt Amarinder Singh, was safely ensconced in his seat and she was not canvassing here to save his seat, even as she joined the campaign in support of the Congress candidate for Kapurthala byelections.

Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, being welcomed by Congress workers during her first election rally in support of the Congress nominee, Ms Sukhjinder Rana, in Kapurthala on Thursday. Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, being welcomed by Congress workers during her first election rally in support of the Congress nominee, Ms Sukhjinder Rana, in Kapurthala on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma



Sri Guru Granth Sahib - Quadricentenary Celebrations
Athens 2004

Illegal Cremations: NHRC List

G. S. Tohra (1924—2004)
Patiala Heritage Week
Chandigarh is 50
  Advocate found murdered in his house
Jalandhar, October 7
Panic spread in the city following recovery of a decomposed body of 65-years-old advocate from his New Jawahar Nagar residence here today. The police suspects that the murder is a handiwork of two Nepali servants, who were missing since Monday.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, along with other senior officials of police, examines the site of the murder in Jalandhar on Thursday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra
The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, along with other senior officials of police, examines the site of the murder in Jalandhar on Thursday.

Bathinda police to arrest Dimpy
Bathinda, October 7
Prabhjinder Singh, alias Dimpy, a gangster, who was arrested by the Delhi police along with his accomplices, will be arrested by the Bathinda police for his alleged involvement in a murder of a liquor contractor, Darshan Lal, which took place in the Rampura Phul town on February 19, 2004.

4 held for poaching endangered lizard
Chandigarh, October 7
Following stepped up patrolling in the Batala area, honorary wildlife warden, Gurdaspur, nabbed a group of poachers for hunting down the monitor lizard, a highly endangered species.


 Surjit Bindrakhiya Bindrakhiya passes into oblivion?
Bindrakh (Ropar), October 7
It’s going to be one year since renowned Punjabi folk singer Surjit Bindrakhiya passed away, but the promises of a college and a trust to be set up in his memory are yet to see the light of the day.

Protest against reservation in promotion for Dalits
Phagwara, October 7
Flaying the Punjab Government’s decision to implement the 85th Constitutional amendment seeking to introduce reservation in promotions for Dalit employees, the General Categories (GC) Welfare Federation, Punjab, at a rally today demanded scrapping of the amendment so as to curb the likely stagnation among GC employees.

Industrial area roads in bad shape
Dera Bassi, October 7
Public in general and industrialists in particular of this locality have been put to a great hardship due to bad condition of roads which lead to various villages and industrial areas.

A man rides a cycle on the
Mubarikpur-Neembuan village link road full of potholes. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
A man rides a cycle on the Mubarikpur-Neembuan village link road full of potholes.

Woman succumbs to injuries
Dera Bassi, October 7
Mrs Tripta Devi, a resident of Shakti Nagar colony in Dera Bassi, succumbed to her injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, this afternoon.

Function in honour of elderly persons
Muktsar, October 7
It was an altogether different experience for inmates of the local old age home when a special function was organised here yesterday to honour them.

Dharna over cops’ failure to trace youth’s body
Tarn Taran, October 7
Hundreds of men and women under the banner of Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) yesterday organised a dharna against the city police for its failure to trace the body of Babbaljit Singh (17), a youth of Pandori Ran Singh village.

Deletions in list of pensioners questioned
Amritsar, October 7
Sita Ram (40) who lost both hands in a train accident at the age of 18, has not received pension for the past three years as his name has been deleted from the list of pensioners.

Lopoke police station gheraoed for five hours
Amritsar, October 7
A large number of people, including Akali sarpanches and panches, led by Mr Vir Singh Lopoke, a senior Akali leader, today gheraoed Lopoke police station for five hours. They were protesting against the alleged atrocities being committed by the police on them.

Grain market tank’s water samples fail
Rajpura, October 7
Water from the two lakh litre water tank in the grain market here is not fit for human consumption according to the report received by the office of the Civil Surgeon from the state Bacteriologist, Chandigarh. All three samples sent for testing failed purity test.

Character-building essential for youth: Swami Chaitanya
Swami Omkar Chaitanya Patiala, October 7
An engineer-turned-holyman who uses logic and English language to reach out to youngsters. Thats Swami Omkar Chaitanya. The swami, who has worked extensively in Himachal Pradesh is in Patiala to carry his message to youngsters in the city and also work among the less-privileged in villages.

Armymen donate blood
Faridkot, October 7
A blood donation camp was organised by 33 Artillery Brigade on the occasion of the 39th Raising Day of 40 Medium Regiment somewhere in the western sector.

Nine hurt in mishaps
Kharar, October 7
Nine persons were injured, four of them seriously, in various accidents since last night.

Dalits to protest against PUDA action
Bathinda, October 7
Mr Kiranjit Singh Gehri, president, Dalit Sena, said yesterday that members of the Dalit Sena would stage a rally in front of the residence of AICC chief Sonia Gandhi to lodge their protest against the “continuous harassment” of Scheduled Castes by PUDA at the instance of local MLA and Finance Minister Surinder Singla.

New Chief Engineer for GNDTP
Bathinda, October 7
Mr Baldev Singh has taken over the charge of Chief Engineer of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) on retirement of Mr P.S. Luthra, who retired as General Manager GNDTP, after serving the board for over 35 years.

SSF presents memo to Akal Takht
Amritsar, October 7
The Sikh Students Federation (Bhai Daljit Singh) today presented a memorandum to Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, against the appointment of Mr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, expelled vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, as Education Advisor to SGPC.

Operation Bluestar: trunk found
Amritsar, October 7
The mysterious sealed trunk, which was presumably taken by the Army during Operation Bluestar, has been found in the safe custody of the Deputy Commissioner office’s treasury.

2.75 lakh kids to get polio drops on Oct 10
Sangrur, October 7
All arrangements have been made to administer anti-polio vaccine to more than 2.75 lakh children, in the age group 0-5, on October 10.

Medical check-up of migrant labour compulsory
Ropar, October 7
With a view to preventing spread of deadly diseases, the district administration has made it necessary to conduct medical examination of each migrant labour visiting the district to get employment in any industry or in the rural areas.

Human rights yatra held in city
Patiala, October 7
A ‘yatra’ by the All-India Human Rights Association (AIHRA) from Rajghat to Pakistan went around the city yesterday. A function was also organised in the Baradari Gardens during which ‘yatra’ members spoke about the need to develop friendship and goodwill with Pakistan.


High Court
MLA impleaded as party

Chandigarh, October 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today impleaded Fatehgarh Churian MLA S.S. Randhawa as party to an ongoing writ filed by two employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) against their transfers.


Paddy purchase resumes
Patiala, October 7
Paddy purchase has resumed after the spell of heavy rain which lashed the district recently, Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh said here today.


2 Food and Supplies inspectors suspended
Mansa, October 7
Two inspectors of the Food and Supplies Department, Punjab, were placed under suspension while the licence of a commission agent was cancelled by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raj Kamal Chaudhary, after they were found guilty of committing irregularities in paddy procurement when a surprise checking of purchase centres was carried out today.

Encroachments by traders removed
Kharar, October 7
Officials of the local Municipal Council and the Public Works Department carried out a drive to remove illegal encroachments done by shopkeepers on the Landran road here today.

DC suspends erring revenue officials
Bathinda, October 7
Nirmal Singh and Ranjit Singh, Kanungo and Patwari, respectively, revenue circle, Goniana, were placed under suspension today by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr K.A.P. Sinha, after they were found guilty of making wrong mutation entries in the revenue record.

Licences of 5 arhtiyas suspended
Moga, October 7
Licences of five arhtiyas of the Sangatpura grain market have been suspended for 10 days for irregularities detected by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Neelkanth Ahvad, during a surprise check yesterday. The firms whose licences have been suspended are Mandeep Kumar and Co, Jit Singh Gurnek Singh, Mohan Singh and Co, Tirath Ram and Co and Deol Trading Company.


90-year-old man kills third wife
Moga, October 7
90-year-old ex-serviceman shot dead his wife at Manuke village, near here today. The deceased, Ajmer Kaur (62), was his third wife. The police has arrested the accused.


Punjabi varsity reinstates teacher
Patiala, October 7
The issue of the reinstatement of a teacher of the Department of Fine Arts of Punjabi University has taken Dr J.S. Puar, Editor of Desh Sewak newspaper and former Vice-Chancellor, in its fold. The teacher has been reinstated after giving an affidavit stating that he had been told by Dr Puar and the then Fine Arts Department head to withhold information that he had been dismissed from the Chandigarh-based Government Arts College on the charge of misbehaving with girl students.

School Board clears Secy’s extension
Mohali, October 7
The Board of Governors of the Punjab School Education Board cleared the one-year extension in service given to Mr Mohinder Bir Singh, Secretary of the board, at a meeting held here today.

Students discuss drugs with celebrities
Ferozepore, October 7
To spread awareness among the students regarding social issues like drug abuse, female foeticide and AIDS, the Ferozepore Police organised an interactive session of the students with Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann and comedian Bhagwant Mann, who not only mesmerised the students with their performances but also threw light on these social evils.

ETT teachers’ rally on Oct 9
Sangrur, October 7
A meeting of members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, Nav-Niyukt Elementary Teachers Union, DIET Students Welfare Association and other organisations here today decided to participate in the “sikhiya bachao vishal rally” to be held on October 9 at Kapurthala to protest against the recruitment of teachers on contractual basis in government schools in the state.


PHDCCI plans Amritsar’s economic growth
Chandigarh, October 7
Agro diversification, employment generation, exports, tourism and service sector are the key indicators for enhancing economic growth of the Amritsar region, said Mr R.S. Sachdeva, co-chairman, Punjab Chapter, PHDCCI while strategising about the chambers’ operations in this region during a meeting of the executive members of chapter held here today.

Govt loses focus on Focal Point
Industrial units down shutters for lack of subsidy, poor infrastructure
Moga, October 7
Denial of subsidy and poor infrastructure has led to the closure of a number of units at the Focal Point here. Shut units with termite infested doors and windows having congress grass on their premises tell the story of the government’s indifferent attitude towards the Focal Point.

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