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Man beaten to death; 16-yr-old missing
Muktsar, October 12
Five days after the gruesome murder of Shivalik Public School student Gaurav, panic spread among the city residents with the disappearance of another boy and the brutal murder of a youth last evening.

Marginal farmers need safe exit, says Gill
Jalandhar, October 12
The government needs to take away one third of the farmers in the state and provide them with alternative means of livelihood so as to save them from resorting to desperate measures like suicide.

Sikh mission to hire copters to send quake relief
Chandigarh, October 12
“True to Sikh traditions, we will do everything possible to help the victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked North India and Pakistan on October 8. If we have to hire helicopters to reach the victims with relief supplies, we will do it,” says Baba Daljit Singh, founder-president of the International Human Welfare Sikh Mission.

Nursing institutes “disobey” High Court order
Chandigarh, October 12
A petitioner on whose PIL the Punjab and Haryana High Court recently ordered that nursing institutes, which do not have the requisite infrastructure, would not make admissions for the 2005-06 academic session, has accused the Punjab Nurses Registration Council of "willfully and intentionally" committing contempt of court.

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Trust in Tribune wins contestant Rs 3 lakh
Ludhiana, October 12
People can literally bet on the accuracy of The Tribune even when the stakes run into lakhs of rupees. The confidence in the credibility and accuracy of The Tribune won Mr Pankaj Duggal of Amritsar, a contestant at the Kaun Banega Crorepati-II gameshow, a cool Rs 3.20 lakh.


Cong creating splinter Akali groups: Badal
Phagwara, October 12
The SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today alleged that the Congress had been following a two-point agenda to weaken the Akalis. Addressing a press conference here, he alleged on the one hand, the Congress was creating splinter Akali groups and on the other hand, it was using all low-level tactics to create a wedge between Hindus and Sikhs.

Vigilance inspections annoy Singla
Bathinda, October 12
About a fortnight after the Vigilance angered the Punjab Minister of State for Technical Education, Mr Rakesh Pandey, by nabbing the Deputy Director, Technical Education, Mr N.S. Bhatia, while reportedly accepting a bribe, it has irked yet another Cabinet minister of the state.


SGPC Dasehra function fails to draw crowds
Chamkaur Sahib, October 12
Over 25,000 devotees from different parts of Punjab today paid obeisance in various gurdwaras of Chamkaur Sahib on the occasion of Dasehra. The main attraction of the day was a procession led by the Panj Piaras, carried out by the SGPC from Katal Sahib Gurdwara and martial arts performed by nihangs.

Swaying towers, sleeping admn
Batala, October 12
The recent quake has brought to the fore threats posed to life due to mobile phone towers installed on the top of buildings. It is relevant to ask, in the context of quakes, whether installation of steel and concrete mobile towers on buildings situated in the residential or commercial areas is appropriate or not.

Rs 20 cr for new water supply system
Kharar, October 12
The Punjab Government has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for a new sewerage and water supply system to Kharar. Announcing this here yesterday, the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, said canal water would be supplied to the town.

Four water samples fail test
Phagwara, October 12
Four water samples of gastroenteritis-affected Onkar Nagar have failed. The Health Department had taken the samples in wake of reports of the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the locality.

Morcha threat on MC land transfer move
Fazilka, October 12
The state government has not paid about Rs 8 crore to sugar cane growers of Fazilka, Abohar and Jalalabad areas for the past more than three years. This was claimed by Mr Surjit Kumar Jyani, president, BJP Kisan Morcha, Punjab, here today.

RSS celebrates foundation day
Jalandhar, October 12
To mark the 80th foundation day of the RSS, swayam sewaks of the region took out a procession through the city today. The RSS workers gathered at the grounds of Sain Dass School where “shastra pujan” of swords, rifles, revolvers and wooden canes was performed.

Swayam sewaks take out a march to mark the foundation day of the RSS in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Swayam sewaks take out a march to mark the foundation day of the RSS in Jalandhar

Artistes on cycles with a mission
Phagwara, October 12
Kalindi Nirmal, a 23-year-old girl from Gorakhpur (UP), with her two associates, Ranjeet Bachchan and Bijender Mishra, is on a mission to spread the message of peace and brotherhood across the country.

Punjabi daily to get facelift
Jalandhar, October 12
The Board of Directors of the Sikh Newspapers Limited Jalandhar has decided to implement a Rs 5 crore action plan to give a ‘facelift’ to its Punjabi daily Akali Patrika. Addressing a joint press conference here today, the company chairman and Akali leader Jaswant Singh Mann and Managing Director Sucha Singh Johal said the paper would get “ a new face” by January 1.

Martyr cremated with military honours
Hoshiarpur, October 12
The mortal remains of martyr sepoy Sandip Singh of 9 Para Special Force of the Army, who sacrificed his life in the Srinagar-Kupwara sector in an ambush by terrorists recently, was consigned to flames with full military honours at his native village of Sadharia, near Mukerian, today.


Fast-track courts to target Akalis: SAD
Jalandhar, October 12
The Shiromani Akali Dal today claimed that the move to set up four fast-track courts in the state for the trial of corruption cases was aimed at targeting its workers. “The motive of the State government to establish fast-track courts was to target Akali leaders,” SAD MLA Manpreet Badal told reporters here.


Two cops suspended for consuming liquor
Hoshiarpur, October 12
The two constables who consumed liquor on duty were suspended in Kapurthala by Mr Lok Nath Angra, Senior Superintendent of Police. The duo Gurnam Singh and Parminder Singh had gone to Kapurthala to produce an undertrial prisoner in a court.

IT raids: Rs 20 lakh fine imposed
Hoshiarpur, October 12
Mr Tajinder Pal Singh, Additional Income Tax Commissioner, conducted survey raid at two business establishments and slapped a penalty of Rs 20 lakh on them. A team of Income Tax Department raided a Scanning Centre, located along the Phagwara road, and a shop of audio and video equipments in the city.

Kashyap is Principal Information Commissioner
Chandigarh, October 12
The Punjab Government has appointed Mr Rajan Kashyap, a retired Chief Secretary, Principal Information Commissioner. He will head the unit that will handle information to be given out under the Right to Information Act.


Student’s body found on rail track
Jalandhar, October 12
Body of Amit Kumar Sahai, a first year student of the NIT Baba Ambedkar Institute of Engineering, here was found on rail tracks in Bidhipur area, near the institute in the morning. Amit belongs to Bareilly was living in the hostel number one.

Boy crushed under speeding bus
Rajpura, October 12
A speeding PRTC bus today claimed the life of an 18-year-old boy while two others were seriously injured near Liberty Chowk after the bus collided with their motorcycle, here this afternoon.

Gang of robbers busted, 5 held
Moga, October 12
The police has busted a gang of robbers involved in over 10 criminal cases with the arrest of five of its members. Firearms, sharp-edged weapons and two motorcycles have been seized.

10 held for immoral trafficking
Batala, October 12
Dr Jatindera Jain, SSP, Batala, said that a police party headed by DSP Ashwani Kapur and Inspector Kirpal Singh, SHO, P S City Batala raided the house of Puja wife of Rachhpal Singh in Kucha Kot mohalla, Batala and arrested 10 persons for involvement in flesh trade.

Man kills brother, arrested
Amritsar, October 12
Balwant Singh of Guru Ki Wadali killed his younger brother Kulwant Singh with a kirpan. The Chheharta police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC. The accused is to be arrested.


Govt assures MLA over BDS nominees’ issue
Phagwara, October 12
The Congress MLA and Chairman, Punjab Agro and Foods Corporation, Joginder Singh Mann, today took up the issue of 22 MBBS/BDS candidates with the Punjab Medical Education and Research Minister and Deputy CM, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Punjab Chief Secretary, Jai Singh Gill and Secretary, Medical Education and Research Sarvesh Kaushal.

Freshers’ party at engg college
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 12
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, here organised a freshers' party to welcome the first year B.Tech students at Gaini Ditt Singh auditorium of the college. More than 1000 students participated in the party. They danced amid pulsating lights and peppy music.

Maharaja Aggarsain Chair sought
Sangrur, October 12
In a resolution adopted by the local Aggarwal Sabha at its meeting held under the presidentship of Mr Lovlesh Kumar Singal the sabha urged the Haryana Government to set up a chair in the name of Maharaja Aggarsain, founder of Aggarwal community, in Kurukshetra University.

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