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Hurdles in declaring Golden Temple world heritage site
Amritsar, October 22
The move to get the Golden Temple declared as a world heritage site by Unesco by the next year may run into rough weather even as a section of international Sikh community has raised serious objections for keeping the dossier on the temple as a top secret document.

Police for post in Patiala court complex
Chandigarh, October 22
The Punjab Police authorities have decided to approach senior judicial officers for setting up a police post in Patiala court complex. The police has also decided to step up vigil in the vicinity.

Bibi misusing SGPC resources: Mann
Chandigarh, October 22
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will file a case against the SGPC Chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, in the court of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission for “misusing” SGPC resources.

MBBS admissions case to be reopened
Amritsar, October 22
The state government has decided to reopen the case regarding admissions in the MBBS course at DMC, Ludhiana, to candidates low on merit last year.



Pak artistes add colour to Dasehra festivities
Amritsar, October 22
Dasehra in the holy city this time had added gaiety with the participation of about 62 Pakistani artistes in the festivities. Here for the Lahore-Amritsar “Saanjh” festival, the artistes from across the border said they were happy to carry with them memories of the colourful festival.

Pakistani artistes pose with Ram Lila artistes in Amritsar

Pakistani artistes pose with Ram Lila artistes in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Sufi singers bridge gap between two Punjabs
Amritsar, October 22
Sufi kalams by Iqbal Bahu and Sayin Zahoor and an address by Pakistan musicologist Sarwat Ali made an emphatic effort to bridge the cultural gap between the two Punjabs on the inaugural day of the “Saanjh Amritsar-Lahore Festival” at Khalsa College here last night.

Iqbal Bahu, a celebrated Pakistani singer, performs at the “Saanjh Amritsar-Lahore Festival” at Khalsa College, Amritsar, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Iqbal Bahu, a celebrated Pakistani singer, performs at the "Saanjh Amritsar-Lahore Festival" at Khalsa College, Amritsar, on Thursday.

Sugar sector on the verge of collapse
Chandigarh, October 22
The future of hundreds of employees and workers hangs in balance as the Punjab's cooperative sugar sector is on the verge of collapse. There are as many as 14 sugar mills in the cooperative sector in the state. These mills contribute about Rs 70 crore every year to their piled up loss that runs into several hundred crore of rupees.

Agriculture — a climbdown from riches to rags
Chandigarh, October 22
In January, 2003, Punjab had received from the World Bank an agricultural policy review paper outlining the options to re-orient the state’s farm sector towards diversified and sustainable growth path. And, given the fact that agriculture remains the mainstay of the state’s economy and employment, there was concern that the pioneering role played by farmers had begun to peter off.

Record production keeps cotton prices low
Bathinda, October 22
The continuous fall in the prices of the cotton crop for the past six weeks has disheartened the growers.


Jain succeeds in winning rebels back
No-trust motion seems a formality now
Moga, October 22
Municipal Council president, Joginder Pal Jain got a shot in the arm when six councillors from the rebel camp joined hands with him today. This has given birth to the possibility of dropping the no-trust move against him. Mr Jain is facing the second no-confidence motion within a couple of months.

Race for Moga Cong chief’s post hots up
Moga, October 22
With the PPCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, accepting the resignation of the Moga Congress chief, Dr Tara Singh Sandhu, the race for district party presidentship has hotted up.


Monkeys play havoc at Nangal
Naya Nangal, October 22
Terror spread by violent monkeys has made life hell for local residents. Monkeys have become a threat to the chemical-based National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) Plant, located here.

Ousted poultry staff on the road
Chandigarh, October 22
Ousted employees of the Punjab Poultry Development Corporation, whose lives have come to a standstill following their retrenchment two weeks ago, are now on the road and have sought alternative employment for the state government.

Focal point is no one’s baby
Patiala, October 22
Enmeshed in a tangle created by two government bodies, industrialists in the Focal Point here have much to lament about.

Dimpy has links with Abhey, Badals: Partap
Jalandhar, October 22
Apprehending that mastermind behind various kidnappings Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy might engineer help for his escape from the Bathinda police custody again, Mr Partap Singh, a younger brother of the Haryana Chief Minister, has urged the Punjab Chief Minister and the Centre to ensure that Dimpy could not use his “political clout” for securing his release from police custody.

Alarmed at robberies, Atwal speaks to SSP
Phagwara, October 22
The Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, has taken strong notice of the growing incidence of robbery in and around Phagwara, especially in nearby Gandwan village.

Body recovered from village fields
Kharar, October 22
The body of a Nepali, who had been murdered by unidentified persons yesterday, was found lying in the fields at Chapparchiri village, near here today.


2 arrested for hunting deer
Gurdaspur, October 22
The Gurdaspur police has booked two hunters for killing a deer in the Sujanpur area of the district. The SSP, Mr Narinder Bhargav, said that Sub-Inspector Joga Singh posted at Sujanpur got specific information that two persons had killed a deer and were busy skinning it.

Ex-Army man strangles wife, 2 minor kids
Amritsar, October 22
A retired Army personnel allegedly killed his wife and two minor children at Fatehabad village in Tarn Taran police district last night.


SD College wins overall youth fest trophy
Sangrur, October 22
In the three-day Punjabi University Sangrur Zone Youth Festival, which concluded at Government Ranbir College here last evening, S. D. College, Barnala, won the overall trophy. Government College, Malerkotla, was the runners-up, while Government Ranbir College, Sangrur, finished third.

Lahore varsity delegation arrives
Amritsar, October 22
A 13-member Pakistani delegation of teachers and students from the Department of Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences, crossed over to India from the Wagah Joint Check post here today.

Govt adopts new method to save college recognition
Amritsar, October 22
The state government has adopted a novel way to save Government Medical College, Faridkot, from being de-recognised by transferring 24 senior medical teachers, including heads of various departments, from Government Medical College, Amritsar.

Last date for submitting exam forms extended
Chandigarh, October 22
The last date for submitting examination forms — without the payment of late fee — by regular students has been extended by the Punjab School Education Board.


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