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Byelections to decide future of
Punjab politics

Chandigarh, October 12
The Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, and the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, have put their political might at stake in Kapurthala and Garhshankar Assembly segments where byelections are scheduled for tomorrow.

Chief Secretary sits over five poll-related complaints
Chandigarh, October 12
The Punjab Police has decided to play it safe in Kapurthala. Aware of the fact that the stakes are high for ruling Congress party members and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) activists in the historic city, the police has declared 113 out of 116 polling booths sensitive.

CM to hold cops responsible for
hampering of poll

Garhshankar, October 12
Cautioning “mischievous” elements against indulging in booth capturing, bogus voting or other illegal activities during polling at Kapurthala and Garhshankar tomorrow, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today stated that he would hold the police responsible if the poll process was hampered anywhere and if any unscrupulous element was found trying to create hindrance in the poll process.

Garhshankar byelection
Cong pins hopes on deras
Jalandhar/Garhshankar, October 12
Eyeing around 40,000 Dalit votes of the Garhshankar constituency, the Congress is pinning its hopes on the support of all major deras, run by Scheduled Caste saints in the Shivalik foothills that fall in the constituency.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Sikh leaders threaten to gherao Modi
Phagwara, October 12
At least 12 Sikh leaders have threatened to gherao Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi whenever he came to Punjab in case he did not tender a public apology for his remarks against the Prime Minister.

Are manual instructions being followed by revenue officials?
Chandigarh, October 12
When it comes to land management, it is a state’s Land Records Manual that acts as a Bible, as much for the revenue staff as the land owners and occupiers. The Manual is a compendium of ‘’speaking orders’’ that the Financial Commissioner, Revenue, issues from time-to-time.

Pakistani team keen on agriculture tie-ups
Chandigarh, October 12
A top-level delegation headed by Pakistan’s Agriculture and Marketing Minister Rana Mohammad Qasim Noon, which is on a 12-day visit to India to study agri-marketing, has expressed willingness to explore options for increasing trade avenues between the two countries in agricultural produce.

Woman raped for months on pretext of marriage
Bathinda, October 12
The tragedies seem to have become a part and parcel of life of Neena (name changed), a young girl of Tapa Mandi of Sangrur district, as the same have been happening to her for the past many years and made her a destitute.


MP development funds unutilised
Gurdaspur, October 12
Many parts of Gurdaspur are suffering due to pending development works. Broken roads and incomplete school and hospital buildings and bridges are common in the border areas of this district.

SGPC opposes Pak move on gurdwara properties
Amritsar, October 12
The five-member SGPC delegation on a fact-finding mission to Gurdwara Nanakana Sahib in Pakistan yesterday opposed the move to bring gurdwara properties under the Evacuee Trust Board by the Pakistan Government.

SGPC suspends 3 personnel
Amritsar, October 12
The SGPC today suspended three of its employees deputed at its serais after receiving complaints from some persons who had arrived from Mumbai. Those who were suspended are Nirmal Singh, Gurbinder Singh and Sukhdev Singh. According to the complaints, the three refused to give rooms to the complainants and even misbehaved with them.

Demand to excommunicate Baldev Singh
Amritsar, October 12
The SAD (Amritsar) has appealed to the Jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, to excommunicate Mr Baldev Singh, member, SGPC, for violating the directions of Akal Takht.

Dispensary without power, water, doctor
Moga: The Employees' State Insurance (ESI) dispensary located at Focal Point here is running without power and water for the last two years. The dispensary that caters to about 2,000 factory workers and their dependants is a picture of neglect.

More facilities for patients at Civil Hospital
Kharar, October 12
Facilities for patients have been increased at the Civil Hospital here in the recent months and the case for providing hotline facility has also been taken up for ensuing 24-hour power supply to the hospital.

Villagers protest against blocking of nullah
Kharar, October 12
Residents of Badala village blocked traffic today in protest against the alleged blocking of a nullah by some residents of the village which had led flooding in a part of the area due to heavy rain yesterday.

Village without power since Sunday
Fatehgarh Sahib, October12
Residents of Peerjain village near he district headquarters, have complained that they have been put to great inconvenience as there is no power in their village since October10. No official had bothered to restore the power supply and repair the faulty lines, in spite of repeated reminders to PSEB officials.

Bank staff hold protest
Patiala, October 12
A demonstration was held in front of the State Bank of Patiala today evening. Bank employees were demanding that the management should favourably consider compassionate appointments, take steps for staff recruitment and outsourcing of jobs as per the decision of Central Committee meeting of State Sector Bank Employees Association held recently at Jaipur.

72nd IAF anniversary celebrated
Bhisiana (Bathinda), October 12
Group Captain S. Sukumar, Station Commander, gave away commendation and appreciation cards to the selected Air Warriors at the 72nd anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF), which was celebrated with a lot of fanfare here.

‘Green drive’ in Bathinda
Bathinda, October 12
Sahara Jan Sewa, an NGO, which has been taking care of destitutes and cremating unclaimed bodies for the past two decades, started “green drive” in the city today.

Punjab turns to rural tourism
Amritsar, October 12
Rural areas of Punjab, lying neglected for the past many decades, are now the focus of state government’s campaign to promote rural tourism. “Plans have been drawn to develop rural areas of the state on the lines of heritage villages by providing modern facilities and infrastructure to woo international tourists,” says Mr Jagjit Puri, Director for Tourism, and Cultural Affairs.

Manuke claims support of 45 panchayats
Moga, October 12
The Chairman of the Panchayat Samiti, Baghapurana, Mr Amarjit Singh Manuke, has claimed the support of 45 panchayats out of 50. Mr Manuke, who is facing boycott by the rebels, also claimed the support of 22 members of the 23-member samiti and two members of the Zila Parishad.

Rajput Maha Sabha — a clarification
Chandigarh, October 12
Refuting reports of the Punjab unit of Rajput Maha Sabha (PRMS) being dissolved, the general secretary of Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha, Kanwar Bajrang Singh Tanwar, said legal action was being contemplated against those using the name of the organisation to spread misinformation.


Life-term for Mahant
Barnala, October 12
A local court yesterday sentenced Mahant Sewa Dass, accused of raping a minor girl, to life imprisonment. The judgement came as relief to the area people.

BSNL GM remanded in judicial custody
Patiala, October 12
The General Manager, BSNL, Mr C.S. Kalra, who was arrested by the CBI yesterday while accepting illegal gratification of Rs 15,000, was remanded in 14-day judicial custody by the CBI special court here today.


Arrest decrease in cotton prices: BKU
Moga, October 12
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Punjab, has said that if the decline in the cotton prices was not checked then the union would stage dharnas at various places across the state.

BKU against police role in farmer-arhtiya deals
Moga, October 12
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Punjab) would make all efforts to stop police intervention in deals involving farmers and arhtiyas. This was stated by working chief of the union Manjit Singh Kadian and general secretary Bhupendra Singh Mahesari here yesterday.


Two registry clerks suspended
Bathinda, October 12
Two employees of the Revenue Department posted in the local tehsil as registry clerks placed under suspension by Deputy Commissioner, K.A.P. Sinha for their alleged involvement in handing over an unsigned sale deed of a piece of land to one of the purchasers after removing the same from the custody of tehsildar.

DC orders removal of encroachments
Fatehgarh Sahib, October12
Mr S.K.Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing the monthly meeting of district officials here today, directed the executive officers of all municipal councils to immediately remove encroachments, where no stay orders had been granted by the courts.


Undertrial escapes from police custody
Jalandhar, October 12
An undertrial prisoner escaped from the police custody from the courts complex here today. He was scheduled to appear before a court in a case of theft. According to the police, the accused, identified as Hukam Singh Kala, a resident of Gol Hatti mohalla in Amritsar was arrested by the district police on August 10 in a case of theft.

Youth throws acid on two sisters
Batala, October 12
Narinder Singh, a resident of Industrial Area, Batala, today threw acid on two sisters, Mandeep Kaur and Kuljeet Kaur, of the same locality.

One killed in road accident
Jalandhar, October 12
A Nepali youth was killed while another was seriously injured when the motor cycle on which they were riding, was hit by a truck near the PSEB centre at Adampur yesterday.

Woman held for cheating youth
Lalru, October 12
The police has arrested Sukhbir Kaur of Chandiala village for duping a youth of Malikpur village on the pretext of sending him to Malaysia and providing a job. Her two accomplices, Balbir Singh and Mohinder Singh are still at large.

3 held with 7 kg opium
Moga, October 12
The police arrested Bhinda Singh, Ram Singh and Chhinder Singh and seized 7 kg of opium from their possession. At a check post, near the Phulewala canal, the police spotted a jeep coming from Nihalsinghwala.

PSEB employee arrested
Jalandhar, October 12
An employee of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) was today caught red-handed by the Vigilance Bureau here while accepting a bribe of Rs 800.


GND varsity to have institute of Guru Granth Sahib studies
Amritsar, October 12
A national institute of Guru Granth Sahib studies would be established at Guru Nanak Dev University. It would cost Rs 20.68 crore. Announcing this at the Syndicate meeting of the university, Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor said this institute would be constructed in two phases.

DEOs’ offices running in unsafe building
Sangrur, October 12
Fearing danger to their lives, employees of the offices of the District Education Officer and the District Education Officer here in a representation sent to the Deputy Commissioner today urged him to shift their offices to a safe building as they have now been working in a building which has already been declared unsafe by the PWD authorities.

Punjabi varsity prepares for cultural fests
Patiala, October 12
The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.S. Boparai, has tried to introduce more objectivity and transparency in judging cultural events to be presented at youth festivals of Punjabi University zonal- level competitions.

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