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54 Indian POWs still rotting in Pak jails
Relatives write to Kalam
Ferozepore, October 13
India and Pakistan have repatriated hundreds of prisoners as part of the series of CBMs embarked on by both sides, but there is still no word about the fate of Indian POW’s (prisoners of war) from the either side.

8 PoK visitors head home
Five Indians return
Wagah, October 13
Fearing for the worst, a group of eight Pakistanis, including three women, headed back for their devastated homes in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK), through this joint border checkpost.

Misha Begum from PoK, who was stranded in India after the earthquake, before leaving for her country at Wagah on Thursday. Misha Begum from PoK, who was stranded in India after the earthquake, before leaving for her country at Wagah on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma




SAD for CBI probe into benami deals
Chandigarh, October 13
The huge noise about benami land deals being made in the periphery of Chandigarh, echoed in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha during question hour, here this afternoon.

Lalru unit making special vehicle to carry Sikh holy book
Chandigarh, October 13
It would be a rare historical experience for people to see Guru Granth Sahib as it undertakes a significant journey from India to Pakistan in a specially designed “all-glass” vehicle.

Polling for NC posts again put off
Phagwara, October 13
Polling for two posts of vice-presidents of the Phagwara Nagar Council have been put off for the third time. This will, now, be held on November 14 instead of October 14.

Should I call you Badal or Gidderbaha? says CM
Chandigarh, October 13
“What should I call you? Badal or Gidderbaha? Though the latter describes you better,” quipped the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, while replying to a debate on the Nehra Commission report in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha this afternoon.

Govt trampling over Opposition, says Badal
Phagwara, October 13
The ruling party in Punjab was trampling over the spirit of democracy in the state by stifling the Opposition and the people it represented. SAD president and Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha Parkash Singh Badal stated this yesterday.

SAD, BJP walk out over distress sale
Chandigarh, October 13
Led by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, legislators of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) walked out of the Punjab Assembly raising anti-government slogans here this afternoon.

SAD (A) flays Singla on inspection issue
Bathinda, October 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) yesterday criticised Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla for objecting to Vigilance inspections of various institutes in the region.

No differences over working of VB: CM
Chandigarh, October 13
“There are no differences among members of the Council of Ministers over the working of the Vigilance Bureau,” says the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


Central madarsa board mooted
Ludhiana, October 13
The standing committee of the National monitoring committee for minority education in its interim report has recommended that a central madarsa board should be set up so that religious schools known as madarsas attached to various Islamic institutions be made useful for education of children of Muslim community who wish to be educated through the medium of Urdu.

Sikh bodies to protest against Togadia
Jalandhar, October 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal (A), Shiromani Akali Dal 1920 and Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) have decided to protest against the activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

SGJC appoints receiver for gurdwara
Amritsar, October 13
The Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SJGC) today appointed Mr Raghbir Singh, secretary, SGPC, as receiver to take over the possession of the historical Gurdwara Satlani Sahib (in border belt) and its entire land (more than 500 acres), costing about Rs 100 crore, immediately.

Nagar Council chief voted out
Faridkot, October 13
Differences among the 15 Municipal Councillors of the Congress in the Nagar Council here came to the fore today when 11 of them with the support of three independants and one SAD member out of total strength of 22 Councillors including a local MLA removed their party’s members Gurcharan Singh from the presidentship of the body by a no-confidence motion against him today.

‘Ragged’ student’s suicide note found
Jalandhar, October 13
The police today recovered a suicide note during a search conducted on the premises of the hostel where Amit Sahai lived. Amit had allegedly committed suicide yesterday by jumping in front of a train.

Withdrawal of case against Kiranjit panel leaders sought
Bathinda, October 13
Demanding the withdrawal of “false cases” registered against their leaders, members the Kiranjit Case Action Committee today protested in front of the DC’s office here.

‘Arrest killers of Albert’
Muktsar, October 13
Activists of the Pendu Majdoor Union today submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner demanding the arrest of the culprits involved in Albert’s murder.

Medical camp for eye patients held
Ferozepore, October 13
More than 1000 eye patients were provided medicines free of cost and treatment at a camp here at Civil Hospital, today, by the Bharat Vikas Parishad. Mr Subhash Tuli, press secretary of the parishad said that 100 patients were admitted in hospital for eye surgery for which the expenses would be borne by the parishad.

Book on Indo-Pak games released
Patiala, October 13
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today released a book titled, “Jado Khede Panje Aab,” authored by Mr Sukhdarshan Singh Chahal on the Indo-Pak games held in this town about a year ago.

Woman hit by train, dies
Bathinda October 13
A woman yesterday died at the civil hospital here after a train at Railway gate near Sanguana basti here.


Liquor contractor’s men beat ice-cream seller, booked
Bathinda, October 13
Tension prevailed in Mohammad Ahata Niyaz last night as some employees of a liquor contractor reportedly thrashed some of its residents.

Murder of BJP leader’s grandson: cousin booked
Muktsar, October 13
The police today claimed to have solved the murder case of Gaurav Kumar, a grandson of local BJP leader Shanti Swaroop, with the arrest of victim's cousin and an employee at their cycle store.

Naib-Tehsildar held for graft
Bathinda, October 13
The Vigilance Bureau officials yesterday arrested a Naib-Tehsildar posted at Maur while accepting a bribe from a Tungwali resident. Sources said the complainant, Mr Nachhatar Singh, had struck a land deal with Samarjeet Singh of Bhainibagha and Raj Singh of Bamangarh.

4 cops held taking bribe
Amritsar, October 13
Sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau (VB) arrested four traffic policemen, including an ASI, near Mall Mandi, on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road, while they were accepting bribe from vehicle owners for allowing them entry into the city. Two erring policemen, including a Sub-Inspector, escaped.

Man kills son over minor dispute
Ropar, October 13
In a tragic incident, a father shot dead his son at Kheri village following a domestic dispute. Sixty-year-old Jagjit Singh allegedly murdered his son Gurjinder Singh last evening after an altercation between the two over the issue of feeding the bulls.

Woman held on bigamy charge
Phagwara, October 13
The Jandiala police today booked Harjeet Kaur of Ranipur village here on charges of bigamy. Harjeet, who was already married to Manjit Singh, a resident of Jodha Nagri in Jandiala, who lived in Greece and has a son from him. They were married at Ranipur village of Phagwara on January 14, 2000.

Cop held for graft
Hoshiarpur, October 13
Vigilance officials have caught Assistant Sub-Inspector, Hazara Ram posted at Mehtiana police chowki, while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 700 from Kulwinder Kaur of Khanuara village today.


Psychiatry conference from tomorrow
Patiala, October 13
The 30th annual conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society — North Zone will be held from October 15 to 16 at Government Medical College, Patiala, according to Dr Kuldip C. Sharma, Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Government Rajindra Hospital and Government Medical College, Patiala.

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