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Govt not to allow ‘rail roko’ stir by BKU (Ekta)
Bathinda, October 28

Perceiving itself cornered by activists of a faction of the BKU (Ekta) on the issue of maintenance of law and order after they (the activists) “forced” the postponement of auction of a piece of land in Chathewala village of the district, the Punjab Government has stared contemplating a tough stand against them to scuttle their agitations in future.

Spurious fertilizer plant unearthed,
three held

Malout, October 28
The police has unearthed a spurious fertiliser manufacturing unit and another unit from where spurious and damaged fertilisers were being sent to various parts of the state after repackaging it in bags of a reputed fertiliser company.

Rs 40 lakh grant to develop Punjabi software
Patiala, October 28
Punjabi University's aim to bring Punjabi on the computer screen globally has been given a major shot in the arm with the University Grants Commission (UGC) allocating a grant of Rs 40 lakh for this purpose to the institution's Advanced Centre for the Technical Development of Punjabi.

Harassment galore in liquor searches
Chandigarh, October 28
If you travel by car or bus on the Chandigarh-Patiala highway in the evening, yet do not face harassment and humiliation in hands of "mysterious" looking search parties, then you are doubly blessed.





Thekas: Flexing muscles to check smuggling
Chandigarh, October 28
Living almost on the border of Chandigarh and Mohali, one gets almost a weekly dose of "surprise checks" by musclemen employed by liquor contractors.

Don’t use honorific Padma Shri, VC told
Patiala, October 28
The Union Home Ministry has asked Punjabi University Vice- Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai to stop using the honorific “Padma Shri” either by prefixing or suffixing it to his name or in any other form of official communication.

PWD Minister returns
from Pak

Wagah, October 28
Around 10 artistes of Pakistan, including Iqbal Bahu, Jat Brothers and a nephew of Pakistani sufi singer and qawwal late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, will participate in two-day Virasat Mela to be held in Jalandhar on November 19.

The team that visited Pakistan under the leadership of Public Works Department Minister Partap Singh Bajwa returned on Thursday.
The team that visited Pakistan under the leadership of Public Works Department Minister Partap Singh Bajwa returned on Thursday.

Badal opposes ordinance
Chandigarh, October 28
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal has sent a telegram to the Governor urging him not to approve the proposed ordinance to amend the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952. The ordinance was meant to declare that the post of Chief Parliamentary Secretary was not one of “profit”.

BSNL to upgrade mobile network
Chandigarh, October 28
Public Sector telecommunication giant, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is upgrading its mobile network to allow 10 lakh more mobiles in Punjab Telecom Circle by March. Also the network will be upgraded to the level of the latest technology level that is "G-3".

Skirting the law
Cap on ministry size turned into a farce
dhering to the letter but not the spirit of a law is bad enough. That is what the Punjab Government did by cutting down the number of ministers and more than making it up by appointing as many as three Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and nine Parliamentary Secretaries in July.


Dalits have discarded BSP, says Kainth
Hoshiarpur, October 28
A majority of Dalit voters have discarded the BSP due to the style of functioning of its leaders. They tilted towards the Congress during the recent Garhshanker and Kapurthala byelections. It proved to be a disaster for the state unit of the BSP in Punjab.


Parents deny trying to sell daughter
SSP says can’t give security to complainant
Moga, October 28
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has asked the Moga police to provide security to Jaswant Singh and Ramandeep Kaur, married recently. Ramandeep had alleged that her father wanted to sell her due to poverty. But her parents today denied the allegation.

Ramandeep’s father Gurcharan Singh with his family members at his home in Fatehgarh Korotana village near Moga on Thursday.
— Photo by Iqbal Singh
Ramandeep’s father Gurcharan Singh with his family members at his home in Fatehgarh Korotana village near Moga on Thursday.

‘Gadhri Babean da mela’ takes off
Day one dedicated to women's issues
Jalandhar, October 28
To commemorate the sacrifices made by martyrs of the Gadhar Movement, a five-day “Gadhri babean da mela” began at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here today with the lighting of lamp by the trustee of the Yaadgar Committee, Ms Surinder Kumari Kochhar.

50 pc patients at medical camp turn out to be drug addicts
Chandigarh, October 28
At village Kot-Ise-Khan on the Moga-Amritsar road, over 50 per cent of the 700-odd patients who attended a medical camp recently, turned out to be drug addicts.

Vatican  status for Amritsar sought
Patiala, October 28
The Sikh Nation Organisation has sought the granting of world heritage status to Harmandar Sahib and reiterated its demand for a Vatican City status to Amritsar and Nankana Sahib.

Centre releases Rs 20 cr for Valmiki Society
Amritsar, October 28
The Central Government has released Rs 20 crore to provide free houses and other civic amenities to the Valmiki Society on the auspicious occasion of the Parkash Utsav of Maharishi Valmiki.

Freedom fighter remembered
Sangrur, October 28
The first death anniversary of freedom fighter Mr Jagdish Chander was observed under the presidentship of Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, at a function here today. Freedom fighters, educationists, writers, journalists and social workers attended the function.


Cotton prices may stabilise soon
Ludhiana, October 28
Cotton growers in Punjab have been agitating against the steep fall in prices of cotton, but the captains of the textile industry feel that the prices will stabilise soon and there will be no further crash of the same.

SAD to raise issue of declining cotton prices in Parliament
Bathinda, October 28
The SAD (B) has decided to raise the issue pertaining to the declining cotton prices in the coming winter session in Parliament and to file a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana High Court to get a criminal case registered against the Punjab Chief Minister’s son, Mr Raninder Singh, for his alleged involvement in “hawala transactions”.

SAD (L) demands agriculture panel
Bathinda, October 28
Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, former MP and president, SAD (Longowal), today demanded that the central government should set up an agriculture commission to work out an strategy to make agriculture profitable venture.

Adviser makes survey to check MSP of cotton
Bathinda, October 28
Ms B. K. Teja, Adviser, Commission for Agriculture Cost and Price, Ministry of Agriculture, yesterday carried out a survey in this region to find out the fact that whether cotton growers had been getting prices of their produce as per minimum support price or less than that.


Funds not released for upgrading jails
Chandigarh, October 28
The Punjab Government has failed to release Rs 3.72 crore for upgrading 12 district and central jails in the state. Even though the Central Government has already handed over Rs 11 crore to the Police Housing Corporation for improving the condition of prisons in Punjab, the state government is yet to respond.

Anti-encroachment drive in villages from today
Faridkot, October 28
An anti-encroachment drive will be launched in rural areas with the aid of panchayats and youth clubs from Friday. This was decided in a meeting of the sarpanches of Faridkot block.

Sites earmarked for cracker sale
Kharar, October 28
The District Magistrate, Ropar, has ordered that crackers would be sold at only two sites in the town. The sites, were recommended by the SDM. According to the orders, crackers would be sold near the Dasehra ground and outside the police station. No person shall store, exhibit or sell crackers except at the earmarked sites.


Bank manager arrested on graft charge
Bathinda, October 28
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has arrested Mr Major Singh, manager of the Bareta branch of Central Cooperative Bank, Mansa, while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 from Mr Satpal Singh, a resident of Dharampura village in Mansa district.

6 quintals of poppy husk seized
Moga, October 28
The police seized six quintals of poppy husk and arrested one person, while two other accused absconded.


Punjab schools all set for computerisation
Chandigarh, October 28
By initiating the process of recruitment of 1,500 computer teachers and award of a contract to HCL Infosystems to supply 18,200 PCs, servers, printers and UPS to the state, the Punjab Government has set the ball rolling for the introduction of Information and Communication Technology in its schools from the current academic year.

Grant for non-government colleges released
Phagwara, October 28
The Punjab Government has released the second quarter grant of Rs 18.68 crore for non-govt colleges, bringing some cheers to the college staff going without salaries.

UDEF wins staff body poll
Amritsar, October 28
The University Employees Democratic Front (UDEF), led by Mr Rabinder Singh Bath, made a clean sweep in the annual elections of the Guru Nanak Dev University (Non-teaching) Employees Association by retaining all the 15 offices of the association.


Rise in income from state lotteries
Chandigarh, October 28
Punjab is set to witness a handsome increase in income from the state lotteries this year. This was indicated here yesterday by Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla while presiding over a function to give away prizes to winners of the Punjab State Rakhi Bumper-2004 lottery.

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