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Capt takes tough stand in Brar case
Chandigarh, October 27
Appearing fully charged up over the issue of the arrest of the brother and father of Mr Jaskaran Singh Brar, who had filed a PIL that led to the quashing of the appointment of the DSPs recruited in the sports quota, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today that the former SP (Vigilance Bureau), Mr Inderjit Singh Randhawa, would have to “ tell us” that who were behind the arrest and the registration of this case.

Byelections’ impact on Punjab politics
Ludhiana, October 27
The two byelections in Punjab in Kapurthala and Garhshanker have left a mark on the political scene of the state. It seems that this will have long-term effects on the future political developments in the state.

Council approves issuance of ordinance
Chandigarh, October 27
The Punjab Council of Ministers today approved the issuance of an ordinance to effect an amendment in the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952 to declare the office of Chief Parliamentary Secretary as ‘’of no profit’’.

DSP case: Punjab still undecided on SLP in SC
Chandigarh, October 27
The Punjab Government is still undecided on whether to move a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the case relating to controversial selection of Deputy Superintendents of Police.

Pak Punjabis donate money in memory of freedom fighters
Jalandhar, October 27
Demolishing the Indo-Pak boundaries a bit further, at least in their minds, a group of 13 Canada-based Pakistani Punjabis have joined hands to donate money for the fulfilment of their long-cherished wish — to perpetuate the memory of pre-Partition martyrs who had sacrificed their lives for freedom.

Fatehgarh Sahib


NRIs pledge $ 10m to set up vet varsity
Chandigarh, October 27
A group of US-based NRIs led by Dr Rachhpal Singh Bajwa, a leading veterinarian of Illinois, has offered to contribute between $ 1 million and $ 10 million for the establishment of a veterinary university in Punjab which can help optimise the usage of abundant animal resources of the state.                                  
Dr Rachhpal Singh Bajwa

Dr Rachhpal Singh Bajwa


SAD (A) dares Bibi to open debate
Phagwara, October 27
Warning her against using abusive language against its leadership, SAD (A) general secretary Jaskaran Singh Kahan Singhwala today dared SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur for an open debate over the issue of the propriety of a “kudimar” occupying the highest seat of SGPC.


Encroachment at behest of councillor

Amritsar, October 27
Construction of an unauthorised temple is going on rapidly, on the GT Road to Ram Tirath Temple. The temple has not only encroached upon the footpath but also the main GT Road. A shrine, similarly encroaching, already exists on the new temple’s backside.

An unauthorised temple being raised on the Wagah-Ram Tirath road in Amritsar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

An unauthorised temple being raised on the Wagah-Ram Tirath road in Amritsar

Challans fail to deter eateries
Patiala, October 27
The municipal corporation challaned five eateries yesterday for encroaching upon government land but that does not seem to have had any effect on the establishments. All of them opened for business today and continued to encroach upon corporation land seemingly forgetting anything had happened yesterday.

Food park to come up near Patiala
Patiala, October 27
Patiala MP Preneet Kaur yesterday said the Punjab Government would set up a food park at Integrated Township being developed at Baran village on the outskirts of the city under the counter magnet town scheme.

Digging work damages phone cables
Kharar, October 27
Telephones services to a number of villages was hit when some cables were damaged by workers of the local municipal council while carrying out digging work for a nullah along the Randhawa road here today.

‘Kirpan’ issue to be taken up at Sikh clergy meeting
Amritsar, October 27
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, has convened a meeting of Sikh clergy for November 2 here to discuss the denial of entry to Giani Baldev Singh Nandgarh in the American Embassy, who was asked to remove his “kirpan” .

Khalsa Panchayat ultimatum to DSGPC
Ludhiana, October 27
The ongoing Sikh Heritage Exhibition at Gurdwara Rakab Gunj in Delhi has run into a controversy as the Khalsa Panchayat has alleged wrong portrayal of Sikh Gurus and Sri Guru Granth Sahib in paintings shown there.

Infantry martyrs remembered
Bathinda, October 27
To commemorate the supreme sacrifice made by valiant Infantrymen of the Indian Army, Lt-Gen O.P. Nandrajog, VSM, GOC, Chetak Crops, and other senior officers paid homage to infantrymen on the occasion of Infantry Day, which was celebrated at the local military station here today.
A senior Army officer lays a wreath to pay homage to the Infantry martyrs on the occasion of Infantry Day
A senior Army officer lays a wreath to pay homage to the Infantry martyrs on the occasion of Infantry Day on Wednesday. — Photo by Sonu

A theologian turned educationist
Chandigarh, October 27
A memorial service for Dr Ram Singh, an eminent educationist of Punjab, was held in the chapel at Avery Heights, Hartford, in the US on Sunday last. He passed away after a six-month struggle with an undiagnosed neurological disease at Hartford on October 1.
Dr Ram Singh

Dr Ram Singh

10 injured as buses collide

Jalandhar, October 27
As many as 10 persons were injured as a Punjab Roadways bus of Tarn Taran depot collided with a private bus on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road, near Adhi Khuhi village this morning.

Mangled Punjab Roadways bus after a head-on collision near Adhi Khuhi village on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Mangled Punjab Roadways bus after a head-on collision near Adhi Khuhi village on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road

Punjab to replace 400 old buses
Ropar, October 27
The Punjab Government has decided to start 650 new buses in the state before March 31. Under the new project 400 old buses, including de luxe buses, will be replaced with new buses, while 250 bus permits would be given to the deserving persons to generate self employment.

Local bodies told to clear bus stand plan
Kharar, October 27
The local municipal council and the panchayat samiti have been asked to clear a proposal for the construction of a bus stand at the existing site by the Ropar Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Seema Jain, at a meeting held at Ropar today.

One more jaundice case detected
Sangrur, October 27
A team of the Health Department today conducted a door-to-door survey of 120 houses in the jaundice-affected Adarsh Mohalla and the Phirni Road area. They also distributed chlorine tablets in these areas.

Mata Chakreshwari Fair begins
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 27
The three-day annual fair at Mata Chakreshwari Devi Jain Temple started today with much fanfare. Pilgrims from all over the country and abroad belonging to Jain community have arrived here to pay obeisance to Mata Chakreshwari Devi.


High Court
Kamaljit seeks daily hearing in Bibi Jagir Kaur case
Chandigarh, October 27
Mr Kamaljit Singh, who claims to have married Harpreet Kaur, the deceased daughter of Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, has moved the High Court seeking directions to the trial court at Patiala to expedite the hearing of the case of mysterious death of the girl.


Farmers plan rail traffic blockade on Nov 3
Chandigarh, October 27

A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party workers intend to burn effigies of Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh at all district headquarters on November 2, the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) has announced its plan to block rail traffic in Punjab the next day, November 3.


Father, son held on murder charge
Gurdaspur, October 27
The local police has arrested Balbir Singh Janjua, an advocate, and his son, Hardeshwar Singh, a law student in Regional College Gurdaspur, on the charge of murder.

Medical officer arrested for taking bribe
Bathinda, October 27
Dr Ranjit Kumar, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Bhagta Bhai Ka, of this district was caught by a team of the Vigilance Bureau, led by the DSP, Mr Ashutosh Kaushal, while he was accepting bribe.

1 booked in dowry case
Kharar, October 27
The police has registered a case against a local resident on charges of criminal breach of trust here today. The case was registered on the complaint of Ramandeep Kaur against her husband, Onkar Singh.


Training youngsters in dhrupad gayaki
Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, who honed his musical skills on the seaside in Mumbai with waves as accompaniment as he could not even afford a ‘tanpura’, has chosen more conventional surroundings for hundreds of disciples whom he has groomed to excel in dhrupad gayaki. The Ustad headed the Dhrupad Kendra established by the Madhya Pradesh Government for years and he still goes to teach there.

Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar on the Punjabi University campus.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar on the Punjabi University campus

Seminar on oral evidence
Patiala, October 27
The Punjab Historical Studies Department today organised a one-day ICHR seminar on “The importance of oral evidence in history”. Prof GSL Devra, Former Vice-Chancellor of VM Open University, Kota, inaugurated the seminar while Prof Kirpal Singh from Chandigarh presided over it.

Seminar on Guru Angad
Patiala, October 27
To commemorate the 500th birth celebrations of Sri Guru Angad Dev, the Punjabi University is organising a one-day seminar on October 29 in Senate Hall of the university.

IEI scholarship for 3 students
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 27
The Institution of Engineers of India has awarded scholarships to three students of Baba Banda Singh Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib. College Principal D.S. Hira said a communication in this regard  was received from Kolkata, head office of the IEI.

Midday meal for students soon
Moga, October 27
All government primary school students would be given mid-day meal from November 2. This was decided at a meeting held to discuss the implementation of the scheme in the district.

MCI postpones medical college inspection
Faridkot, October 27
The authorities of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College can heave a sigh of relief, at least for the time being, as the Medical Council of India has postponed its inspection. However, the council was yet to come out with the fresh date for the same.

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