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Centre rejects Aulakh’s case for deputation
Chandigarh, October 14
The Central Government has reportedly turned down Punjab’s Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP) M.P.S. Aulakh’s case for deputation with it. In all, the cases of over eight senior Punjab Police officers have so far been rejected by the authorities concerned.

Warrant against Crime Branch DIG
Pathankot, October 14
Taking strong exception to continuously ignoring the court orders, Mr Raj Kumar Garg, SDJM, here today issued “bailable warrants” against the Deputy Inspector General, Crime Branch, Punjab, Mr Balbir Kumar Bawa, in a criminal complaint pending in the court for the past three years.

Vedanti ignores SGPC order on foreign visits
Amritsar, October 14
Only 10 days after the decision of the SGPC executive to clip the wings of the Sikh clergy by imposing restrictions on foreign religious itineraries of Sikh high priests and ragis, Giani Joginder, Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht, went to the USA without seeking any approval.

Pensioners seek enhanced allowances
Chandigarh, October 14
In Punjab, pensioners, over 5 lakh, want more. The government says no more. It also rues that its entire revenue receipts are not sufficient to meet even committed expenditure on salaries and interest repayment, what to say of more of pension and retirement benefits.

Hope turns into despair for biological parents

Amritsar, October 14
Hope turns into despair for Harish and Manju when the court of Ms Harpreet Kaur Randhawa, CJM, today dismissed their application for the custody of their biological son.

Ranjit Kaur and Sukhminder Singh with Amarpartap
(From left to right) Ranjit Kaur and Sukhminder Singh with Amarpartap after hearing in the child-swapping case in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma







Multiple drug abuse common in Punjab
Chandigarh, October 14
Is Punjab drugged? Yes, if official figures are an indication. And when the government puts drug trafficking and drug menace on its agenda for talks with the Centre to seek financial and technical help to combat this, the answer is more in the affirmative.

Mandeep’s mother demands capital punishment for Narinder
Batala, October 14
It is an incident involving love, hatred, revenge and self-righteousness that can easily become a plot for a Bollywood movie. A frustrated lover Narinder Singh threw acid on his paramour and her sister here on Tuesday.


Repoll in Garhshankar village today
Chandigarh, October 14
The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday ordered repoll at a booth in Kalewal Bhagtan village in Garhshankar assembly constituency. The polling will take place from 8 am to 5 pm on October 15.


Two deras at loggerheads over charge of gurdwara

Moga, October 14
Tension prevailed at two city gurdwaras today, as two deras are daggers drawn over the possession of one of the gurdwaras. Both the deras are making their claims on Baba Mal Singh Gurdwara situated at Patti Duneke in the old city.

Devotees outside Baba Mal Singh Gurdwara to prevent its occupation by followers of Baba Hamir Singh Dera in Moga on Thursday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Devotees outside Baba Mal Singh Gurdwara to prevent its occupation by followers of Baba Hamir Singh Dera in Moga on Thursday.

Impostor also took Phagwara admin for a ride
Phagwara October 14
The impostor, Amandip Mittal, of Kalyanpur village falling under the Lambra police station of Jalandhar district, who was yesterday arrested by the Bathinda police, had enjoyed VVIP treatment and official hospitality at Phagwara, too, for two days by masquerading as Aman, PA to AICC President Sonia Gandhi.

‘Sharad Utsav’ to begin on Oct 18
Kapurthala, October 14
The three-day annual classical music festival, “Sharad Utsav”, organised by the Kapurthala Heritage Trust will commence at Sainik School here on October 18.

2 top Ludhiana doctors’ licence cancelled
Chandigarh, October 14
Taking a bold step to enforce medical ethics and the code of conduct prepared by the Indian Medical Council, the Punjab Government has cancelled the registration of two leading Ludhiana-based doctors, who were running a fertility clinic.

Dispensary without power, 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.

Lawyers demand graft case against Ferozepore Commissioner
Faridkot, October 14
The District Bar Association (DBA) today passed a resolution demanding that a corruption case be registered against the Ferozepore Commissioner, Mr B. Sarkar. A lawyer, Mr Harpartap Singh Sandhu, had levelled graft allegations against him.

Row over ‘Mundavni’ resurfaces
Amritsar, October 14
The Damdami Taksal (Bhinderan) and the Akhand Kirtani Jatha seem to be on warpath on a controversy over ‘Mundavni’, authored by Sikh scholar Giani Gurdit Singh. Jatha members claimed that the ‘Maryada’ published by Taksal did not conform to the ‘Maryada’, prescribed by Akal Takht and the SGPC.

Clay tablets at ‘Sanjhi’ exhibition
Patiala, October 14
Women from nearby rural areas who had been here for the past three days to recreate the magic of “Sanjhi Devi” by depicting her on clay tablets, saw their work being inaugurated by folk singer of yesteryear Surinder Kaur.

Implement service condition act: CITU
Chandigarh, October 14
Members of the Punjab State Committee of (CITU) here today held a rally to press for the implementation of the Building and other Construction Workers Regulation of Employment and Service Conditions Act, 1996, for eight lakh workers in Punjab.

CITU members hold a rally in support of their demands at Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
CITU members hold a rally in support of their demands at Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Two motor cycles, one number!
Dera Bassi, October 14
Davinder Singh, a resident of Meerpur village, was in for a crude shock when he inserted the key to start his bike only to find that it was not his vehicle.

Tributes paid to Col Raminder
Chandigarh, October 14
A gathering of mourners today paid a silent tribute to Punjab’s former Director, Sports, Col Raminder Singh, who breathed his last at Mohali on October 4 following a massive heart attack.


Judicial custody for woman in cheating case
Lalru, October 14
Sukhbir Kaur of Chandiala village, who was arrested by the police for cheating Ran Singh, a youth of Malikpur village on the pretext of providing him a job in Malaysia and was today remanded in judicial custody till October 27.


Traffic first-aid posts in Muktsar soon
Muktsar, October 14
The district civil and police authorities have decided to set up two traffic first-aid posts in the district.

Engineering institute Director suspended
Sangrur, October 14
In a significant development, Dr R.C. Chauhan, Director, Sant Harchand Singh Logowal Central Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, has been suspended by the Punjab Chief Secretary and Chairman of Board of Governors, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology Longowal.


Tyres worth Rs 9 lakh stolen
Bathinda, October 14
Hundreds of tyres worth about Rs 9 lakh were stolen from a showroom located on the busy Bhatti road here last night. Thieves broke the shutter with the help of a gas cutter.

Rs 80,000 stolen from scooter
Dera Bassi, October 14
A sum of Rs 80,000 was stolen from the dickey of a scooter parked in front of the local branch of State Bank of Patiala along the Kalka-Ambala highway in this afternoon.


Punjab to recruit teachers on regular basis
Ropar, October 14
The Punjab Government has decided that teachers in the state would not be hired on contract but recruited on a regular basis.

Planned-post teachers to observe ‘black Divali’
Bathinda, October 14
After having observed black Independence Day and black Teachers Day in the past, teachers of government senior secondary schools, recruited under planned category, have started contemplating to observe black Divali, as they have not been paid salaries for the past five months.

Acting Principal shifted
Faridkot, October 14
The District Education Officer (Secondary), Faridkot, Mrs Sukhmander Kaur Brar, has relieved Mrs Surinder Kaur from the post of acting Principal of Dr Chanda Singh Marwah Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Kotkapura.

Zonal youth festivals begin
Patiala, October 14
A three-day zonal youth festival of Punjabi University kicked off to a colourful start at the Government College of Physical Education here today.

Dhillon-Ranu group sweeps PSEB association poll
Mohali, October 14
The Dhillon-Ranu group has again swept the elections to the Punjab School Education Board Non-Teaching Employees Association, polling for which was held here today. The group has won the election for the fourth time in a row.


Arhtiyas offer marketing plan to Pakistan
Patiala, October 14
The Federation of Arhtiya Associations of Punjab has offered a marketing plan to Pakistan during the visit of the country’s Agriculture and Marketing Minister Rana Mohammad Qasim Noon to Punjab recently.


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