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SGPC team’s clean chit to Pak Govt
Attack on Nankana Sahib gurdwara
Amritsar, October 9
After obtaining a first-hand report on the attack on Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, the fact–finding committee of the SGPC today gave “clean chit” to the Government of Pakistan for properly handling the situation.

SGPC wants govt to keep hands off Golden Temple

Reunited with family after 5 yrs’ ordeal
Chandigarh, October 9
For Mr Balbir Singh Bains, a UK resident for 25 years, his last visit to his motherland, turned out to be a nightmare, separating him from his family, including his mentally and physically challenged daughter.

Mr Balbir Singh Bains with his family at the Heathrow Airport, London. Mr Balbir Singh Bains with his family at the Heathrow Airport, London.

116-year-old man to cast vote in Kapurthala
Kapurthala, October 9
A 116-year-old man from Kasaban Mohalla will cast his vote in the Kapurthala byelection on October 13. The centenarian Mr Karam Singh Bhasin, said he was of the view that one must exercise one’s franchise and elect the person of one’s choice.

Finally, PM on Cong posters

               Karam Singh Bhasin

Karam Singh Bhasin

Strategy to check money, liquor inflow
Poll proceedings to be recorded
Chandigarh, October 9
The Election Commission of India (ECI) today directed Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to record election proceedings at all sensitive polling stations in the state.

A devotee takes a holy dip into the sarover at the Golden Temple, Amritsar
A devotee takes a holy dip into the sarover at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, on the occasion of the Gurparb of Guru Ramdas, Founder of Amritsar, on Saturday. — Photo by Prabhjot Singh Gill



  Sachin Pilot dubs Oppn communal
Nawanshahr, October 9
Accusing the Opposition parties, the BJP, the SAD and the BSP, of pursuing a communal and caste-based agenda, the Congress leader, Mr Sachin Pilot, at an election rally in Beenewal village today, exhorted the youth to join the Congress for defeating the communal forces in the country.


Prem Singh Chandumajra Badal using Takht as political stage, says Chandumajra
Faridkot, October 9

The Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) has convened a meeting of its office-bearers at Ludhiana on October 19 to decide its future course of action to strengthen the Panth. This was stated by Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, President SAD (Longowal) and former MP.


AISAD to ensure Dalits allowed into dera
Chandigarh, October 9
The President of the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, said here today that he would lead a jatha of Dalits to a “dera” near Bhucho Mandi on November 1.

Ahmadiya youths exhorted to spread love
Gurdaspur, October 9
The 35th national convention of the Ahmadiya Muslim Youth Wing Organisation concluded here yesterday.


Vet enters Punjabi pop arena
Chandigarh, October 9
Sukhnain has evolved his music well enough to avoid being labelled as another Punjabi pop star. He as such detests the idea of confines, whether they pertain to themes or to styles. Given this fondness for freedom, the veterinary doctor-turned-singer has managed to come a long way in a rather short time.

Commissioner refutes lawyer’s charges
Ferozepore, October 9
Commissioner, Ferozepore Division, Bibek Sarkar, while refuting charges of corruption leveled against him by Kotkapura-based lawyer Harpartap Singh Sandhu, today said the complainant in the case neither practised in his court nor did he ever come to his office.

85th Amendment will debar meritorious candidates: association
Patiala, October 9
The Punjab Irrigation Engineers Association today claimed that the implementation of the 85th Amendment by the state government would result in debarring of right of promotion to meritorious candidates.

Mill workers’ fast enters fifth day
Sangrur, October 9
Workers of a sugar mill at Dhuri, under the banner of the Workers Joint Action Committee, today held a march in Dhuri against the mill management in protest against the non-payment of their salaries and other allowances for the past two months.

Couple drowned in Bhakra canal
Patiala, October 9
A couple was drowned when the car in which they were travelling fell into the Bhakra canal, near here, last night. Gurcharan Singh and Manjit Kaur were returning from the dera of Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala located on the Sangrur road, about 20 km from here.

Divers take out a Maruti car from the Bhakra canal near Patiala on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Divers take out a Maruti car from the Bhakra canal near Patiala on Saturday.


Tribune Follow-up
20 lakh wasted on temporary bundh
Gurdaspur, October 9
Drainage Department officials wasted Rs 20 lakh on the construction of a temporary bundh in the Tash Pattan area on the Indo-Pak border in September. Following a report published in The Tribune regarding the poor work done on the bundh, Deputy Commissioner Harjit Singh visited the area.

PSEB imposes Rs 5.5 lakh fine on defaulters
Mohali, October 9
Punjab State Electricity Board officials conducted raids on nearby villages today and imposed fines totalling about Rs 5.50 lakh for power theft and violation of the rules on sanctioned load.


4 held for bid to loot bank
Patiala, October 9
The local police has arrested four youths who had allegedly broken into a branch of the Oriental Bank of Commerce a few days ago. Weapons, stolen goods and some cash has been recovered from them.

Family feud: 3 hurt in assault
Phagwara, October 9
Three persons were injured, two of them seriously, this afternoon here when they were assaulted with sharp-edged weapons on the GT Road, near the Courts Complex here. The victim were returning after appearing in the local Civil Court in connection with a case.

Greed for pension lands woman in police net
Muktsar, October 9
The greed for pension by fraudulent means has landed a resident of this district, Partap Kaur, alias Gurnam Kaur, aged about 60 years, in police net. She along with other two persons was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau.

Man held for ‘buying’ Santro on fake draft
Moga, October 9
The police has arrested a person who duped Godawri Motors by “buying” a Santro car on a fake bank draft.

Case registered against eight farmers
Bathinda, October 9
A case was registered against eight farmers belonging to Mehma Sarja, Mehma Sarkari, Ablu and Kothe Natha Singh Wala villages of the district for their alleged involvement in committing a fraud on State Bank of Patiala (SBOP) by violating the conditions of an agreement reached between them when they were given loans by the bank.

Scooterist dies in mishap
Dera Bassi, October 9
A Mohali resident, Harvinder Singh died when a Maruti car approaching from the collided head-on with the scooter he was riding on the Ghaggar bridge in Bhankharpur village on the Kalka Ambala highway near here, last night.

3 nabbed by CIA staff for theft
Sangrur, October 9
The CIA staff, Bahadur Singh Wala (near Dhuri), has arrested three persons, Ali Hassan, Ramzan Mohammad and Satish Kumar, residents of Malerkotla.


Probe sought into admissions in sports quota
Chandigarh, October 9
Suspecting foul play in awarding of certificates of various sports events for admission to Government medical colleges, some parents have submitted a representation to the Principal Secretary, Department of Sports, seeking a probe into the admissions made against seats reserved for sportspersons in such institutions.

Three-day youth fest opens
Amritsar, October 9
A three-day zonal youth festival for boys of Guru Nanak Dev University opened on the university campus today. Mr O.P. Soni, MLA and Chairman, State Industrial Development Corporation, inaugurated the festival, while the Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh, presided over the function.

VCs for making health education mandatory
Amritsar, October 9
Vice-Chancellors participating in the Amritsar session of the North Zone Vice-Chancellors’ Conference today unanimously recommended the creation of a national agency to launch higher education loan programme (HELP) for students besides making the study of health education mandatory in university curriculum.

10-day NSS camp concludes
Bathinda, October 9
Volunteers of NSS unit of the local Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College generated awareness among people about the importance of water and its conservation during a 10-day camp, which concluded here today.


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