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Two more deaths trigger resentment among farmers
Chandigarh, October 7
The death of two more farmers, Sukhdev Singh of Sialbrah (Bathinda) and Gian Singh of Maranna (Amritsar), after the suicide by Gurdev Singh of Nadala (Kapurthala) in a grain market last week may put the Punjab Government on the defensive as the Sanjha Kisan Manch has reiterated its call to block traffic for two hours in the state tomorrow.

‘Recruitment’ in Bihar, ‘action’ in Punjab
15 of gang held for larceny activities
Ludhiana, October 7
A gang of middle-aged women and men from Bihar are regularly bringing different groups of minor boys to Punjab for committing various crimes. Grooming criminals for future, women members of the gang travel to Punjab with the children while the men stay in Bihar for identifying children for the ‘lucrative’ tour.

Amarinder faces queries on SCs’ welfare
Chandigarh, October 7
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at the Congress chief ministers’ conclave, faced some probing questions regarding the welfare of scheduled castes and about the promises made to them in the party election manifesto in last Assembly elections.

BJP to gherao Punjab Bhavan
Chandigarh, October 7
Following the Supreme Court verdict on the Bihar Assembly, the Punjab unit of the BJP today announced its decision to gherao Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with the chief ministers attending the Congress conclave here tomorrow.

Fatehgarh Sahib



800 IRB jawans leave for Bihar poll duty
Sangrur, October 7
Mr S. Chatopadhaya, IG, India Reserve Battalion, last evening flagged off a special train carrying IRB officers and jawans to Bihar from Dhuri Railway station. They will perform security duty in elections in Bihar. The train left the Dhuri Railway station at 8.15 pm.

Constable found murdered
Youth attacked with swords
Banur, October 7
A constable of the Chandigarh Police was found murdered of the roadside here this morning while in a separate incident, a 20-year-old youth was attacked by seven persons with swords and daggers leaving him seriously injured a few kilometres from here.

Cops force man to pull father’s beard
Tarn Taran, October 7
In a shocking incident, the son of an old shopkeeper was allegedly forced to pull the beard of his father in the local city police station even as the duo was beaten up by policemen. The shopkeeper alleged that he was stripped naked in the police station.

Inter-state gang of criminals busted, 3 held
Mansa, October 7
The police today claimed to have succeeded in busting an inter-state gang of criminals with the arrest of its three members and seizure of arms. In a separate incident, the police has also nabbed a member of an international car lifters’ gang.

Body of BJP leader’s grandson found
Muktsar, October 7
The body of local BJP leader Shanti Swaroop’s 10-year-old grandson Gaurav Kumar, who went missing at about 3 pm on Wednesday, was found floating in a canal near Giljewala village, near here, today.


Governor flayed for pardoning DSPs
Amritsar, October 7
The Khalra Mission Committee and Punjab Human Rights Organisation here today in a joint press note criticised the decision of the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), to pardon two DSPs, convicted for excesses and crime committed during militancy period in the state.

Protesters seek cancellation of life imprisonment
Sangrur, October 7
A large number of men and women belonging to various employees, farmers and trade unions under the leadership of Mr Kanwaljit Khanna, convener of Sanghrash Committee Punjab (Formed to get the life imprisonment awarded to three members of the Kiranjit Katal Kand Virodhi Action Committee, namely Manjit Singh Dhaner, Master Prem Kumar and Narayan Dutt, cancelled) and Mr Bhagwant Singh, convener of Kiranjit Katal Kand Virodhi Action Committee, today held an impressive protest rally and staged a dharna at the New Grain Market here.

NCW directs CM to look into charges
Jalandhar, October 7
Ms Davinder Kaur Aulakh, Chairperson of the Hoshiarpur-based Sri Guru Ram Dass College of Nursing, has got respite as the National Commission for Women has directed Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to start a probe against a Punjab Minister and another Hoshiarpur-based Congress leader, who, allegedly were ‘coering’ Ms Aulakh.

Draw of allotment of plots cancelled
Amritsar, October 7
The Amritsar Improvement Trust cancelled the draw of allotment of plots under Mall Mandi Scheme to 1984 riot victims called at its office today.

Time to take action on cancer menace: experts
Bathinda, October 7
While the state government is still grappling to zero in on the exact cause of cancer, Kheti Virasat, an NGO, has kicked off a campaign to sensitise farmers of cancer-hit areas on safe use of pesticides.

Residents protest against PSEB move
Bathinda, October 7
Residents of Hajura Kapura Colony and ward No 4 today protested in favour of their demands in front of mini-secretariat here.

Employees of the Ranjit Sagar Dam sit on a dharna on Friday. Ranjit Sagar staff hold protest
Shahpur Kandi, October 7
Employees of the Ranjit Sagar Dam today staged protest against withdrawal of their allowances by the government. They threatened the government that if the decision was not withdrawn, they would launch an agitation at Chandigarh.

Employees of the Ranjit Sagar Dam sit on a dharna on Friday. — Photo by Ravi Bhushan Puri

CAs protest shifting of office
Jalandhar, October 7
The proposed shifting of the Registrar of Companies office from here to Chandigarh is inviting protests. Taking the lead are the chartered accountants.

New pay scales for rural bank staff
Sangrur, October 7
The Ministry of Finance has restored parity in pay scales, dearness allowance, house rent allowance and city compensatory allowance between the staff of the nationalised commercial banks and the regional rural banks, except Kshetriya Kisan Gramin Bank, Mainpuri, with effect from November 1, 2002.

Cracker unit blast: 1 more dies
Batala, October 7
Another firecracker unit blast victim, Usha (19) resident of Punder village, died at Civil Hospital here today. This is the fourth death in the blast.

Land mutation sanctioned twice
Pathankot, October 7
Gross violation of the rules was reported from the village Chhourian of the Pathankot subdivision in which Revenue officials have sanctioned a mutation twice. The victim has been running from pillar to post to “rectify” the entries in the Revenue record but the original file of mutation was reported missing.

Brar elected to citizens forum
Bathinda, October 7
Mr Amritpal Singh Brar, member, district public grievances committee, was elected convener of Citizens Rights Forum, Punjab, here on Thursday. Mr Roshan Lal was elected president.

Theatre society honours 3


High Court
Stay on deportation
Chandigarh, October 7
The High Court on Friday restrained the government authorities from taking any action against Ms Shahida Parveen, the Malerkotla woman, facing possible deportation to Pakistan on the expiry of her visa and passport on October 10.

Couple remanded in judicial custody
Kapurthala, October 7
Chief Judicial Magistrate Pritam Singh Dhanoa today remanded Palvinder Singh and his Bangladeshi wife Shantuna Das to judicial custody till October 20. The judge ordered the police to bring the accused Shantuna Das in the court tomorrow to get her statement recorded.


Another cop arrested in heroine case
Amritsar, October 7
The Punjab Police today arrested another Jammu and Kashmir police constable, Mohammad Mahroof, in a heroine seizure case after the arrest of two J and K police constables on Wednesday night.

Civic body chief booked in graft case
Chandigarh, October 7
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has booked Mr Sukhmohinder Pal Singh, President, Municipal Committee, Bhawanigarh, Sangrur district, and his associate, Mr Malkit Singh of Bhawanigarh, in a case of bribery.

Five die in mishap

Body found on Railway track
Bathinda, October 7
Body of a youth was found lying on Railway track at Maur Mandi, 45 km from here, today. Sources said the deceased (20) used to sell eatables in trains and got crushed under a train while he was alighting from the Janata Express.

3 hurt in mishaps
Kharar, October 7
Three persons were injured in two accidents, near here, late last night. The first incident took place at Khanpur Chowk and two persons were injured. Both of them could not be identified. As they were critically injured, they have been referred to the PGI.


Management journal released
Patiala, October 7
The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Swaran Singh Boparai, released a copy of the Indian Management Studies Journal, here recently.

Banda Bahadur college gets best project award
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 7
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College here has been awarded the best B. Tech project award in mechanical engineering and applied branch in Punjab by the Indian Society for Technical Education, New Delhi.

Scholarships for rural students
Patiala, October 7
Mr Jagjit Singh Dardi, Chairman, Guru Harkrishan College of Management and Technology, met Mr Swaran Singh Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, here yesterday and handed over a donation cheque of Rs 51,000 for the Golden Heart Scholarships for rural and poor students of the Yadavindra College of Engineering, Talwandi Sabo.


BSNL to give connections in border villages
Amritsar, October 7
People residing within a 20-km radius of the Indo-Pakistan border in rural areas can now have access to telephones. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has decided to lay underground cable wires for providing thousands of connections pending with it for a long time.

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