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Centre sends top official to report
on suicides

Chandigarh, October 29
Not believing what the Punjab Government reports say on the burning issue of suicide by farmers, the Union Government has rushed its own top functionary to have a quick tour of the state to collect the information in this connection.

Vedanti for authentic translation of Gurbani
Patiala, October 29
Akal Takth Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti today urged Sikh scholars to prepare an authentic translation with the annotation of Gurbani, which could be translated into other languages to popularise the Sikh philosophy.

Vedanti accused of lying

Women get Mehndi applied on their palms ahead of the Karva Chauth festival Women get Mehndi applied on their palms ahead of the Karva Chauth festival, in Bathinda on Friday. — Photo by Sonu

Govt again in the dock over liquor vends’ auction
Chandigarh, October 29
The Punjab Government is in the dock again. Less than a fortnight after the Supreme Court of India upheld the setting aside of liquor vends auction in four districts, a liquor contractor has dragged the government to court once more.




Rs 126 cr not transferred to board by state govt: panel
Patiala, October 29
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineers Association claim that the state government has not transferred Rs 126 crore released by the Centre eight months ago to strengthen transmission and distribution system to the PSEB.

Order to register cases against bus operators, autorickshaws
Chandigarh, October 29
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has ordered the registration of a case against operators of buses, vans and autorickshaws for carrying schoolchildren packed like inanimate goods.

Brar wins British Columbia byelection
Chandigarh, October 29
Born in a nondescript Deon village of Bathinda district, Mr Jagrup Singh Brar today joined the elite club of politicians in Canada by registering an impressive win in the provincial byelection in British Columbia, an important province in western Canada.

Jagrup Singh Brar (centre) with his supporters in British Columbia (Canada)

Jagrup Singh Brar with his supporters in British Columbia

Salaries of 27 govt offices stopped
Patiala, October 29
The Punjab Finance Department has stopped the dispensation of salary to employees of as many as 27 departments in the city for the month of October as a temporary measure.


Honorary degrees for Parvez Illahi, Amarinder
Amritsar, October 29
Mr Parvez Illahi, the Chief Minister of the western Punjab (Pakistan), and the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, would be honoured by Guru Nanak Dev University with honorary degrees in recognition of the commendable contribution for strengthening fraternity between East and West Punjabs, in a special convocation likely to be held in December.

No end to recovery of explosives from metal scrap
Ludhiana, October 29
There does not seem to be an end to the recovery of explosives from the imported iron scrap as a huge number of containers filled with imported scrap are in the pipeline. The authorities already have got more than 10,000 explosives from the search of seven containers at the container freight station (CFS) Ludhiana which is also known as the dry port.

Finally, bomb destroyed
Neembuan (Dera Bassi), October 29
The live bomb that remained in a cover of tight security on the bed of a seasonal rivulet for 20 days was destroyed here this afternoon by a team of Army personnel with the help of 45 Punjab police personnel.

Saanjh festival concludes
Amritsar, October 29
The eight-day long “Saanjh Amritsar-Lahore festival” concluded here last night with the staging of play “Ek Thi Naani” by Ajoka Theatre, Lahore.

Mazdoor sabha blocks traffic
Jalandhar, October 29
Agitated activists of the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, Punjab, today blocked traffic in the busy BMC Chowk of the city after they failed to handover the memorandum of their demands to the Deputy Commissioner.

Members of the Dihati Mazdoor Sabha, Punjab, block traffic at the BMC Chowk in Jalandhar on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the Dihati Mazdoor Sabha, Punjab, block traffic at the BMC Chowk in Jalandhar on Friday.

Brick-kiln workers organise dharna
Sangrur, October 29
Activists of district unit of the Lal Jhanda Bhatha Workers Union (CITU), Punjab, led by Mr Dev Raj Verma, secretary, Punjab unit of the CITU, today took out a march and organised a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, here in support of their demands, which included restarting of brick-kilns in the state and implementation of labour laws.

Power supply restored
Kharar, October 29
The supply of power has been restored to villages and other areas which was disrupted by fire at the 132 kv substation near Khanpur village on October 23.

Journalists to boycott SAD leaders
Phagwara, October 29
The local journalists today decided to boycott the entire SAD leadership and their functions in protest against the objectionable behaviour of an advisor of Bibi Jagir Kaur with a local journalist.

3 more jaundice cases reported
Sangrur, October 29
After the detection of 13 cases of jaundice in the local Adarsh Mohalla and Nabha Gate Phirni road area in the past few days, the new cases of jaundice from different areas of the town have been detected by the local Civil Hospital.


High Court
Contempt notices to CS, DGP

Chandigarh, October 29
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice for contempt to Punjab Chief Secretary Jai Singh Gill, Director-General of Police A.A. Siddiqui and Principal Secretary (Home) Sanjit Kumar Sinha.

Legal services week from November 3
Bathinda, October 29
The local District Legal Services Authority will organise legal services week from November 3 to 9.


Sidhu new Agri Director
Chandigarh, October 29
Mr Balwinder Singh Sidhu, is the new Director of Agriculture, Punjab. He will take over from, Dr Ajmer Singh, who retires on October 31.

Punjab to have 7 more krishi kendras
Chandigarh, October 29
Under a scheme of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Punjab will have seven more krishi vigyan kendras (KVKs) in addition to the existing 10.

BKU (Ekta) men burn effigies of Punjab Govt
12 activists arrested

Bathinda, October 29
Throwing a challenge to the might of the police, a section of activists of the BKU (Ekta-Ugrahhan group) today brunt effigies of the Punjab Government in front of the Ballianwali police station, Chauke police post and in other parts of the district.

Rs 30 cr to be spent on soil conservation
Ropar, October 29
At least Rs 30 crore will be spent under the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) project during the next three years on soil conservation and water management works, informed the Minister of Forests Hans Raj here last evening.


Junk, vegetable markets to be shifted: Mayor
Patiala, October 29
Mayor Vishnu Sharma said today along with completion of multi-crore developmental works, the corporation would now concentrate on cleansing the inner city with a plan being drawn for the shifting of the junk and vegetable markets out of the city besides relocating dairies on the city’s outskirts.

Plan to restructure Punjab Khadi Board
Chandigarh, October 29
Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, the new Chairman of the Punjab Khadi and Village Industries Board, announced his plans to restructure the board to give a fillip to khadi and village industries in the state.


Two held for murder in gurdwara
Abohar, October 29
Mystery behind the killing of Gian Singh (67), a resident of Miami Basti, Fazilka, inside a gurdwara in a border village of Rajasthan has been solved with the arrest of Ajit Singh, son of Sarup Singh Granthi, and Harjinder Singh, son of Ranjit Singh officials claimed today.

2 firms booked for mixing water in paddy bags
Malout, October 29
Even as the state government has been leaving no stone unturned to check bunglings in the procurement of paddy, a section of commission agents has found new ways to hoodwink procurement agencies in the process.

1 killed; action taken against police personnel
Bathinda, October 29
Baldev Kumar, an owner of a cold storage and resident of Rampura town of this district was killed in a road accident which took place on Bhucho-Rampura road section today, the district police chief Mr Kapil Dev has initiated departmental action against five personnel of highway patroling party for their negligence.

Gang selling fake certificates busted
Hoshiarpur, October 29
The district police has unearthed a gang involved in preparing and selling fake certificates of various classes of Punjab and Himachal school education boards.

1 held for posing as CBI inspector
Tarn Taran, October 29
With the active support of residents of Dera Sohal village, teachers of Government Elementary School nabbed a man posing as a CBI Inspector. He was demanding Rs 25,000 for writing a report in the favour of the school.

6.5 quintals of poppy husk seized
Kapurthala, October 29
The CIA staff and Bhulath police today seized 6.5 quintals of poppy husk during a naka held at Kala Bajria Mor in Bhulath here today.

Youth Cong gen secy held for fraud
Amritsar, October 29
The police arrested general secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress, Harjinder Singh Chouhan, late last evening for allegedly defrauding people on the pretext of providing them jobs in the Municipal Corporation. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered.

Lehragaga MC chief booked
Sangrur, October 29
President of the Lehragaga Municipal Council Kahan Chand and his brother Shashi Kumar, have been booked in a cheating and forgery case under Sections 406, 420, 465, 468 and 120-B of the IPC. Mr Krishan Dev Singh Bhutal, former chairman of Market Committee, Lehragaga, had lodged a complaint against them.

1 killed in road mishap
Tarn Taran, October 29
Tarlochan Singh (25), a resident of Naushehra Pannuan village, was killed on the spot when his motor cycle collided with a Punjab Roadways bus late last evening. The local sadar police has registered a case against Harjinder Singh, the driver of the bus.

2 hurt in clash
Batala, October 29
Darshan and his brother Kashmir Singh were injured in a fight that took place with their neighbour in the Hathi Gate area of Batala today.

Four booked for rape
Jagraon, October 29
A female member of a musical group has alleged rape by members of her troupe in the vehicle in which they were travelling.

Four booked in assault case
Kharar, October 29
Parminder Singh sustained serious injuries and became unconscious when he was allegedly attacked by some persons on the Landran road.

Pregnant woman dies in stove burst
Kharar, October 29
A woman died of burn injuries when a stove allegedly burst at her home in Lakhnaur village, near here, today. Babli (22), an expectant woman, was making tea when the stove burst and her clothes caught fire.


Quiz contest held
Jalandhar, October 29
An inter-college quiz competition marked the second day

Parasailing, artillery display at Sainik School
Kapurthala, October 29
A parasailing and artillery display was organised for the students of Sainik School here today.

Summit Gill heads PSU unit
Bathinda, October 29
Summit Gill was elected president of the local unit of the Punjab Students Union (Shaheed Randhawa group) at Rajindra College here yesterday.

Spectra gets under way
Patiala, October 29
A two-day annual exhibition, Spectra, was inaugurated at the Budha Dal Public School here by Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh.

Mohali Govt College bags trophy
Ropar, October 29
Government College, Mohali, won the overall trophy in the three-day Ropar Zone Youth Festival of Punjabi University, Patiala, which concluded here yesterday.


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