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Chandigarh will go to Punjab: Amarinder
Patiala, October 2
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that as Chandigarh belonged to Punjab, any move to establish a Legislative Assembly for Chandigarh to provide it a status of state on the pattern of Delhi would be opposed. He also said that octroi would be abolished shortly.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Patiala on Sunday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Patiala on Sunday.

PSEB suffers losses by buying goods on single-tender basis
Chandigarh, October 2
The Punjab State Electricity Board continues to suffer losses due to purchase of components on a "single-tender basis", without going in for "competitive bidding".

Bhattal against free power to rich farmers
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 2
The time has come that we amend our laws and provide the ongoing reservation, free electricity and other facilities on economic ground. There is no need of providing facility of reservation to the families of persons like Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee and like, who have become economically sound.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Slow lifting of paddy irks farmers
Ludhiana, October 2
The government may face a problem if nothing is done to speed up the procurement process as selling paddy is turning out to be a nightmare for farmers of the state.

Wife catches husband marrying again
Gurdaspur, October 2
In an interesting incident here, a wife caught her husband redhanded while getting married again. Ms Ranjeep Kaur, a government teacher was married to Inderjeet Singh of Agwan village about seven years ago. She has two children from him.

Only living exponent of a rare instrument
Chandigarh, October 2

Jogi Kashinath is a gratified man today. After years of service to the folk legion of Punjab, he finally walked away with the coveted Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi award at a glittering function here some days ago. And as he prided in his achievement, his disciples looked on - happy that a labour of love had eventually been rewarded. Jogi, for his part, wore a poised look lest he appeared to breach the fundamental lesson of music his guru Baba Gorakhnath gave him years ago: "In music, you don't measure your worth by what you get.

Jogi Kashinath

Jogi Kashinath

In love with Punjabi music
HOSHIARPUR: Highly impressed by the rhythm of Punjabi music, popular Danish pop singer Anita Lerche, who has already recorded albums in 13 languages of the world, has returned to Punjab to have formal training in Punjabi pop and folk music. Going by her dedication and passion with which she is learning both Punjabi and Himachali genres of music, the day seems not too far when she will be able to make a mark in the musical arena of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

Anita Lerche
Anita Lerche


Satnam Singh heads Dal Khalsa
Pledges to work with Dalits, Hindus
Chandigarh, October 2
Two days after Dal Khalsa chief Gajinder Singh quit his post, Mr Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib, a close associate of Gajinder Singh and founding member of the Dal Khalsa, was nominated as head of the Dal Khalsa for two years. This decision was taken at a meeting of party office-bearers and members of the working and executive committee here today.

Satnam Singh
Satnam Singh

Front against Cong, Akalis
Chandigarh, October 2
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal today announced that it would form a third front against the Congress and the Prakash Singh Badal-led Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab.

Cong has failed on every front: Badal
Mahilpur (Hoshiarpur), October 2
The ruling Congress government has failed on every front. The law and order situation has deteriorated and corruption has attained new heights.


Pensioners return disappointed, minister arrives late
Sangrur, October 2
About 8000 beneficiaries of the old-age pension, widow pension and handicapped pension categories of the Social Security Department from this district today participated in a pension distribution function, organised at the War Heroes Stadium here.

Old age pension to be increased by Rs 200: Singla
Bathinda, October 2
Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla today stated that with further improvement in the state’s economy old-age pension would be increased by another Rs 200. Mr Singla was addressing a gathering on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

100 get old-age pension
FEROZEPORE: The Punjab Government has released an amount of Rs 4.98 crore for disbursement to 66813 beneficiaries of this district under various social welfare schemes like old-age pension, widow pension and pension for handicapped persons.

RSS chief warns of conversion of Sikhs
Jalandhar, October 2
Criticising alleged conversion of Dalits into Christians, RSS chief K.S. Sudarshan, today blamed the Sikh leaders for the burgeoning situation. “They are all silent.”

Christians’ body for release of members
Jalandhar, October 2
Demanding the release of five members of the Punjab Christian Movement arrested after Monday’s clash with RSS workers, a massive rally was held outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here yesterday.

Journalists advised to promote social values
Abu Road, October 2
Mediapersons should strengthen their moral and social values in order to promote such values in society. This was raid at the inauguration of a media conference and exhibition, organised by the media wing of the Rajyoga Education and Research Foundation, here today.

Chaos rules Phagwara roads
Phagwara, October 2
In the absence of proper traffic management, there is a total chaos on the city roads. The problem is more prominent in the old city.

Memorial to Kapoor promised
Bathinda, October 2
Deputy Chief Minister Punjab Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today said that a memorial would be raised in the memory of former Punjab Minister Surinder Kapoor and one of his family members would be given a government job.

Prisoner dies in jail
Bathinda, October 2
An inmate of Central Jail, here, died here yesterday after he was admitted to Civil Hospital following he complained of chest pain. The deceased, Suraj Bhan (55) was sentenced to 12-year imprisonment on January 20 last year in a case of poppy husk smuggling.

CPUJ observes ‘solidarity day’
Chandigarh, October 2
On a call given by the Indian Journalists Union, the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists today observed “solidarity day” and presented a memorandum to the Punjab Governor.

Protesters seek arrest of killers
Sangrur, October 2
A large number of protesters, belonging to various farmer, political and other organisations, yesterday staged a dharna on the railway tracks for about two hours at Lehragaga, about 40 km from here, against the police for its alleged “failure” to arrest the killers of Jarnail Singh Ballran, a member of the block panchayat samiti, and Mithoo Singh, a truck operator, who had been killed in a clash between two groups of the Lehragaga Truck Union at Lehragaga on September 20.

Free cleft lip surgery
Jalandhar, October 2
Children born with cleft lip or palate will be operated upon free of cost in a city hospital. Pasricha Hospital has tied up with a New York based charity organisation, Smile Train, to conduct surgeries on children who cannot afford the treatment.

Revoke doctor’s suspension: PCMSA
Nabha, October 2
The PCMSA has asked for the revoking of the suspension orders of Dr Mahesh Jindal and demanded registration of a criminal case against those persons who assaulted the doctor.


Verdict on ex-minister on Oct 6
Jalandhar, October 2
The Special Judge, Mr S.K. Aggarwal, yesterday reserved orders in the disproportionate assets case against the former Akali minister and sitting MLA from Lohian, Mr Ajit Singh Kohar, till  October 6.


Sale of cotton below MSP disturbing: Brar
Bathinda, October 2
Describing media reports on sale of cotton below MSP in presence of two Punjab ministers here yesterday as “disturbing”, senior Congress leader Jagmeet Brar said a deputation of farmers from Malwa led by him would meet Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on October 4 to seek his intervention for bailing out farmers from “open loot”.


One held for priest’s murder
Bathinda, October 2
The police today arrested another accused in the murder case of the head sewadar of the Tikana Bhai Jagta Ji, Baba Gurcharan Singh.


Retired teachers of aided-schools demand pension
Jalandhar, October 2
For Mangu Ram and others like him the struggle to get pension for teachers of private aided schools in the state seems to have backfired as they are not getting any pension benefits because of a ban by the government imposed on May 31, 2003.

120 attend seminar on folk religion, society
Batala, October 2
The Christian Institute of Religious Study, BUC College, Batala, has organised a two-day national seminar on “Folk religion and society: Present perspective”.


Punjab faces land shortage for IT giants
Chandigarh, October 2
Paucity of land in Punjab is proving to be a major hurdle in the way of investment for information technology giants Wipro and Satyam. Both companies have told the Punjab Government that they want chunks of land between 80 acres and 100 acres in Mohali to set up their respective bases in north India.

Rotary Club holds camp for disabled
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 2
The local Rotary Club, in collaboration with Manglam, a social organisation of Delhi and Lucknow, organised a medical check-up and primary investigation camp for handicapped to provide them with free artificial limbs hearing machines, wheel chairs and tri-cycles.

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