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Failure to auction liquor vends costs govt Rs 15 cr
Chandigarh, October 16
The Punjab Government's failure to auction liquor vends soon after the pronouncement of orders by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has resulted in an estimated loss of Rs 15 crore.

PUDA notice causes panic among plot purchasers
List of Bathinda’s illegal colonies released
Bathinda, October 16
A public notice issued through a national daily yesterday by the Punjab Urban Planning Development Authority, listing various illegal and unauthorised colonies of the district, has sent shivers down the spine of purchasers of plots, resulting in their frantic attempts to contact respective sellers for a “workable solution” to the problem.

Victory has proved people have faith in us: CM
Patiala, October 16
“The two byelections were a referendum on my government,” says Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, holding that the massive verdict given by people of Kapurthala and Garhshankar was vindication of the policies and programmes of both the Congress and the Punjab Government.
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is relaxed and all smiles as he talks to The Tribune at his Patiala palace
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is relaxed and all smiles as he talks to The Tribune at his Patiala palace on Saturday afternoon. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

‘Have a Son’ nursing home in police net
Patiala, October 16
The Patiala police has registered a case against a couple running a nursing home Patran. The case was registered against Dr Ashok Kumar and Ms Devender Kumari, running the Patiala Nursing Home, on October 14, sources said here today.




Couple held for duping people
Over 2.5 lakh, jewellery seized
Gurdaspur, October 16
The police has arrested a women known as “chuni wali mata” and her husband for duping people. The SSP, Gurdaspur, Mr Narinder Bhargav, said here today that ‘chuni wali mata’ was actually Kalo, wife of Saleem Raja of Delhi. The couple moved to Pathankot about a year ago.

Police remand for Dimpy
Rampura Phul, October 16
Prabhjinder Singh, alias Dimpy, one of the top gangsters of the country, was today remanded in the police custody till tomorrow by Mr Rakesh Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, here in connection with the murder of liquor contractor, Darshan Kumar in this town in February.

Delhi police personnel take Prabhjinder Singh, alias Dimpy, to a court in Rampura Phul, Bathinda, on Saturday.

Delhi police personnel take Prabhjinder Singh, alias Dimpy, to a court in Rampura Phul, Bathinda

NCC cadets’ plea to Musharraf
Ferozepore, October 16
If pronouncements made by hundreds of NCC cadets, who came to witness the beating retreat drill at the Indo-Pakistan Hussainiwala Joint Checkpoint are any indication, the day is not far when the governments of the two belligerent nations will be compelled to end their hostilities in the interest of the people of both countries hitherto separated by hatred.


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Ponds to earn revenue for panchayats!
Sheikhupura, October 16
Ponds or “tobas” as they are called in Punjab may well turn into a source of revenue for their respective village panchayats with a simple technique and a wonder plant making them thriving centers for pisciculture.

Sarpanches stop work of ongoing projects
Faridkot, October 16
Sarpanches affiliated with the Progressive Sarpanches Union in a meeting organised at Kotkapura today decided to stop the work of all ongoing projects in their respective areas following the failure of the Punjab Government to decentralise the powers granted to them under the Gram Panchayat Act.

Priests make Laxmi at Kali Mata temple
Patiala, October 16
Priests at the Kali Mata temple are “milking” its coffers dry with “supervisors” posted on the temple premises by the district administration remaining mute to the goings on.


A view of the Kali Mata temple decked-up at night. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

A view of the Kali Mata temple decked-up at night

Wind up Nehra panel, says CPI
Chandigarh, October 16
The Punjab CPI today urged the Punjab Government to wind up Nehra Commission that was set up by the government to probe allegations of foreign currency transactions by Mr Raninder Singh, son of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and hand over the probe to a Supreme Court Judge.

Amritsar-Lahore fest from October 21
Amritsar, October 16
Artistes from Pakistan will showcase the common heritage of the two Punjabs during 'Saanjh: Amritsar-Lahore Festival' from October 21. The eight-day festival will be organised by 'Punarjot' under the aegis of the Spring Dale Educational Society.

Milch animals of 120 villages dewormed
Sangrur, October 16
In the first phase of its deworming campaign for milch animals, which ended today, the authorities of the Sangrur milk plant of Milkfed, during the past 30 days, administered bolus, containing fenbendazole salt, to about 15,000 milch animals.

Diverse cultures under one roof
Patiala: Neither the facade nor the interiors of this red sprawling bungalow on the Nabha Road, named the Platte, can be said to belong to one particular style of construction. The house has an international flavour to it also.


A view of the living room of The Platte in Patiala. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

A view of the living room of The Platte in Patiala

Employees stage dharna, demand 15 pc HRA
Patiala, October 16
Telecom and other Central departments’ employees today staged a dharna opposite the Judicial complex here to demand 15 per cent house rent allowance on the pattern of state government employees.


In-laws booked for woman’s death
Hoshiarpur, October 16
A case of dowry death has been registered against the in-laws of a newly married girl. Hoshiarpur Superintendent of Police Lok Nath Angra said here today that a case had been registered against Jagat Singh and his wife Gurcharan Kaur of Dashmesh Nagar, Tanda, under Section 304 of the IPC for murdering their daughter-in-law Jasbir Kaur.

ASI held for accepting bribe
Kotkapura (Faridkot), October 16
A Vigilance Bureau team has arrested an ASI of Kotkapura city police station while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000. Surprisingly, when ASI, Baldev Singh, was taking the bribe, the SP (D) was inspecting the police station.

Flesh trade racket busted, 6 couples held
Pathankot, October 16
The local police has claimed to have busted a flesh trade racket after arresting six couples from a hotel on the Dhaki road today evening. The SSP, Gurdaspur, Mr Narinder Bhargav, when contacted said the raid was conducted on a specific tip-off that flesh trade racket was being run in the hotel.


Gurdas Mann reunites with alma mater
Patiala, October 16
Noted Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann today returned to his alma mater — Government Physical College — in style.
He scaled the college wall in true Punjabi style to arrive on the stage of the Zonal Youth Festival being conducted in the college and went on to sing his favourite numbers.

Bairagis seek Banda Bahadur Chair in varsity
Sangrur, October 16
Bairagis from Sangrur, Bathinda and Mansa districts today urged the Punjab Government to set up a Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Chair in one of the universities of the state.

Neha Jindal wins science quiz
Bathinda, October 16
Neha Jindal and Mandeep Kalsi of the local Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School have stood first in the zonal science quiz competition organised in Guru Nanak Dev Public School today.


Beopar mandal: VAT ok, but on terms
Fazilka, October 16
Mr Madan Lal Kapoor, President, Punjab Pardesh Beopar Mandal, while addressing a press conference here today said traders of Punjab would not object to the enforcement of VAT system provided the government offered them facilities equivalent to those 123 countries where it was prevalent.

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