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Sikh high priests in tight spot
Jathedar Nandgarh to raise “kirpan issue”
Amritsar, October 25
Sikh high priests, including the Jathedar of Akal Takht, may find themselves in a tight spot even as Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, of Takht Damdama Sahib, is determined to take up the issue of the denial of entry in the US Embassy with his ‘kirpan’ in the forthcoming meeting, scheduled to be held next week.

Bibi to examine Unesco report
Amritsar, October 25

The SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, today said she would study the report prepared by Unesco for granting world heritage status to Harmandir Sahib.

SGPC President Jagir Kaur at a press conference at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar on Monday. — PTI photo

Protests to continue until Bibi quits: Jakhu

Case against 3 illegal nursing institutes
Chandigarh, October 25
In less than a fortnight after Punjab Vigilance Bureau launched a drive to identify and act against nursing institutes running illegally in the state, at least three first information reports have so far been registered.

Shahpur Kandi employees drawing
higher wages

Internal audit to detect anomalies
Gurdaspur, October 25
The Department of Finance, Punjab, has ordered a fresh internal audit of the salaries being drawn by the employees of the Shahpur Kandi project.





BKU (E) activists descend on Chathewala to stop auction

Chathewala (Bathinda), October 25
Even as the authorities concerned have been leaving no stone unturned to prevent any untoward incident from happening in this village tomorrow, when a piece of land will be auctioned on the court’s order, the situation has become volatile as thousands of BKU (Ekta) activists armed with lathis have been descending here since yesterday to stop the same.

BKU (Ekta) activists hold a rally at Chathewala village on Monday to oppose the proposed auction of a piece of land. — Photo by Sonu

BKU (Ekta) activists hold a rally at Chathewala village on Monday to oppose the proposed auction of a piece of land.

Fake pension case: SP shifted
Chandigarh, October 25
Not satisfied with the explanation given by the top brass of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau regarding the arrest of father and brother of Mr Jaskaran Singh Brar, who had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the infamous DSP recruitment case, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh this evening ordered the transfer of SP, Vigilance Bureau, Ferozepore, Inderjit Singh Randhawa, and directed Bureau Chief A.P. Pandey to submit to him the factual report by tomorrow evening in this regard.

Non-compliance of order irks PSHRC
Ludhiana, October 25
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken a serious view of the failure of the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, to comply with its orders regarding the maintenance of parks in the city and directed him to cooperate with the Deputy Commissioner as told earlier.


Disallow Zaffarwal from contesting SGPC poll: Shiv Sena
Kapurthala, October 25
Reacting to the declaration of former chief of the Khalistan Commando Force Wassan Singh Zaffarwal to contest elections for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) from Dhariwal, Mr Jagdish Kataria, district president of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thakarey), said that such a move must be opposed by the Sikh body.

Cong hopeful of winning Ajnala seat
Jalandhar, October 25
Mr Parminder Singh, general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, today predicted that like Kapurthala and Garhshankar, the Congress would stage a thumping victory in the forthcoming byelection for the Ajnala Assembly seat.


SAD (A) urges Jathedar to summon Badal
Sangrur, October 25
The district unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today urged the Jathedar of Akal Takht to summon Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), at Akal Takht for calling “Khanda Sahib” a “sand” (tool), which was presented to him at a function at Mahima Singh Wala village, near Delhon, a few days ago.

Tributes paid to Harbhajan Yogi
Chandigarh, October 25
Deputy Chief Minister, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, paid rich tributes to Harbhajan Singh Yogi while representing the Punjab Government at his bhog ceremony held in Esponala, New Mexico, USA on Saturday.

Punjab to boost industrial development in border districts
Ferozepore, October 26
The Punjab Government has decided to offer special incentives to industrialists who are ready to invest their capital in the border districts of Amritsar, Ferozepore and Gurdaspur. This was stated by Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, during an interaction with mediapersons at Mohanke village, near Guruharsahai, today.

Illegal construction by councillor irks shopkeepers
Patiala, October 25
The municipal corporation, which has started a demolition drive against illegal constructions in the city, is caught a controversy. A councillor has allegedly constructed a shop on its land near Government Rajindra Hospital early this month.

‘Ghadri Babian Da’ mela from October 28
Jalandhar, October 25
The five-day mela “Ghadri Babian Da”, dedicated to the welfare of womenfolk, will commence at the Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here on October 28.

Another spoof on Punjab politics, entertainment
Chandigarh, October 25
The famed Chacha- Bhatija duo has brought out another heartwarming spoof, making fun of all those who matter in the world of Punjab politics, entertainment etc.

Pak writer turns nostalgic, rues plight of Punjabi
Doraha, October 25
Maqsood Saqib, a renowned writer and journalist from Pakistan, shared his views and musings on the linguistic crisis facing Indian as well as Pakistani Punjab with the students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, today.

Indo-Pak cultural exchange programme soon, says Bajwa
Gurdaspur, October 25
A special cultural exchange programme for the artistes and intellectuals of Indian and Pakistani Punjabs would be held at Jalandhar on November 19 and 20.

Documentary on Pakistani dances shown
Amritsar, October 25
“Lattoo”, a documentary on Pakistan’s dances, was shown at the Thakur Singh Art Gallery here last night.

VB refutes allegation of harassment
Chandigarh, October 25
Even as the Vigilance Bureau today refuted the allegations of harassing the family of petitioner in DSPs recruitment cases Jaskaran Singh, the Shiromani Akali Dal today came down heavily on Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for unleashing “a reign of terror and vendetta”.

Munim beaten up, arthiyas go on strike
Sangrur, October 25
The arhtiyas of the local grain market today observed strike in protest against the alleged “beating up” of a “munim” of an arhtiya by another arhtiya here.

MC chief survives no-trust motion
Moga, October 25
Municipal Council chief Joginder Pal Jain today survived the second no-confidence motion brought against him within five weeks.

Sanitary goods damaged in fire
Bathinda, October 25
Sanitary goods worth lakhs of rupees were reduced to ashes after the godown, situated on the Bathinda-Goniana main road, caught fire late last night due to an electricity short-circuit.

Piyush, Tejvir, Lakshay declared healthy babies
Patiala, October 25
A healthy baby competition was organised by Kidzee here yesterday. Piyush, Tejvir Rehal and Lakshay were declared winners in the six months to one year, one to two and two to four year categories, respectively.

Manak to be on AIR ‘Guldasta’
Patiala, October 25
The coming episodes of “Guldasta,” a popular programme of Akashvani Patiala will feature Punjabi folk singer Kuldeep Manak.

‘Siropa’ for wife of Nirmal Singh
Amritsar, October 25
The wife of Sikh youth Nirmal Singh, killed by masked robbers in the USA and whose ashes were brought to India after five months, was honoured with a “siropa” by SGPC member Jaswinder Singh .

Former MLA cremated
Amritsar, October 25
Mr Surinder Singh, former MLA, who died last evening, was cremated with state honours at Majitha village today.


Naib Tehsildar among 19 booked for fraud
Faridkot, October 25
Following the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, 19 persons, including a Naib Tehsildar, have been booked for tampering with the records of the Revenue Department.


Farmers gherao PSEB office
Amritsar, October 25
Members of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee (KSC) gheraoed the office of the Executive Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in support of the farmers’ demands.


Licences of 8 arhtiyas suspended
Sangrur, October 25
During the on-going paddy procurement season, the licences of eight arhtiyas of various purchase centres and grain markets in this district have been suspended. The licences have been suspended on account of filling of unauctioned paddy in gunny bags, filling of uncleaned paddy in bags and non-covering of paddy with tarpaulins.


Undertrial escapes, two cops behind bars
Bathinda, October 25
Gurpal Singh, who had been facing trial in a local court, after he was arrested in a narcotic smuggling case a few months ago, escaped from the police custody late last evening, while he was being brought back to the local central jail by two policemen from a function organised in connection with the death anniversary of his kin.

Murder accused arrested
Jalandhar, October 25
The police today arrested three persons involved in the Saudagar Ram Kala murder case, in which the deceased’s body was burnt to remove the evidence of the crime, from near the Guru Teg Bhadur Nagar.

One killed, one hurt in mishap
Sahnewal, October 25
A pillion-rider was killed while the scooter-driver was injured when a Tata Sumo jumped traffic lights and hit the scooter at the main chowk of Sahnewal, last night.

Three injured in road accident
Bathinda, October 25
Three residents of this town, who were riding a scooter, were injured when a car hit their vehicle near Bhai Kanhaiya Chowk on the Bathinda-Goniana road last night.


Medical college faces de-recognition
Faridkot, October 25
To dodge a serious threat of de-recognition, the state government has transferred 23 doctors from Amritsar to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College here overnight and the management has gone on a renovation spree in view of an impending inspection by a Medical Council of India team on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Varsity’s version sought in APRO case
Patiala, October 25
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has asked Punjabi University to furnish its version vis-a-vis a complaint received by it regarding discrimination and harassment meted out to a former Assistant Public Relations Officer who was ousted from his job after his post was abolished by the university.


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