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Punjab in election mode
Ludhiana, October 16
The political scenario in Punjab seems to be fast heading for elections. The elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha are due to be held in February 2007 and only 15 months are left for the same.

SAD (A) against more water to UT from Bhakra
Jalandhar, October 16
Opposing proposed supply of two crore gallons of more drinking water to residents of Chandigarh from the Bhakra through the recently completed fourth pipeline, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has threatened that farmers of Punjab would launch a statewide stir in case more water was supplied to Chandigarh by Punjab in accordance of wishes of the Adviser to the Chandigarh Administration.
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president SAD (A) addresses reporters in Jalandhar Mr Simranjit Singh Mann (left), president SAD (A) addresses reporters in Jalandhar on Sunday.
— Photo by Pawan Sharma

Punjab’s “crorepati defaulters”
Chandigarh, October 16
A select band of entrepreneurs can be called Punjab’s “crorepati defaulters”. They are the entrepreneurs who benefited anything between Rs 1 crore and Rs 5 crore when part of their unpaid loans were written off as bad loans.




Despite fake degrees, teachers continue
to serve

Gurdaspur, October 16
Three hundred teachers who acquired jobs against posts of ETT teacher using fake BEd degrees are still serving. They are drawing salaries and working as teachers in government schools despite the fact that about six months ago in a verification the degrees on the basis of which they acquired the job were found to be fake.

CM inaugurates colony, skips bus terminal
Amritsar, October 16
Unmindful of the problems being faced by the residents of the holy city and tourists coming from various parts of the country, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh yesterday inaugurated a private housing colony.

Major increase in area under maize
Chandigarh, October 16
Punjab Agro announced today that it had surpassed its target of contract farming for new and high-yielding varieties of maize for kharif 2005, covering more than 57,700 acres against the target of 54,000 acres.

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PNRC: Govt for major structural changes
Chandigarh, October 16
Faced with growing concerns over the irregular and highly controversial manner of functioning of the Punjab Nurses Registration Council, which is mandated the task of supervising and recognising nursing training institutes, the Punjab Government is considering drastic measures to “remove structural weaknesses” in the PNRC.

Burglary in Kharar house valuables stolen
Kharar, October 16
In a daring daylight burglary, thieves decamped with cash and valuables reportedly worth lakhs from the house of a government servant here this morning. According to the police, the owner, Mr Sant Singh, was out with his family when the burglary took place.

Judge’s murder: police questions kin
Patiala, October 16
After getting a clue to the murder of Mr Vijay Singh, presiding officer, Labour Court, Chandigarh, the police raided different places in the district in the past 48 hours. The police claimed it were yet to make any breakthrough in the case but 48 residents of this district, including a doctor couple have been questioned in this connection in the past two days.

Chandigarh page: Lawyers’ body condemns judge’s murder
Editorial: Murder in Patiala


20 villages get uninterrupted power supply
Abohar, October 16
Mr B.K. Bindal, Member (Operations), PSEB, yesterday inaugurated 24-hour power supply line for 20 more villages at the Khuyiansarwer subdivisional office. Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, former Minister for Irrigation and Cooperation, joined Mr Bindal in switching on the supply and presided over the function.

20 vehicles running on LPG challaned
Bathinda, October 16
Taking serious notice of the rising use of domestic LPG in vehicles after hike in oil prices, the District Transport Officer has challaned 20 four-wheelers for violating norms in the past couple of days.

Bhattal opens NGO’s centre
Lehragaga (Sangrur), October 16
Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, and local MLA Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today inaugurated a food processing, tailoring and stitching centre of the Bisnouli Sarvodaya Gramodyog Sewa Sanstha, a Delhi-based nongovernmental organisation, here.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal inaugurates a food processing, tailoring and stitching centre at Lehragaga, Sangrur, on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal inaugurates a food processing, tailoring and stitching centre at Lehragaga, Sangrur

Make marriages less ostentatious, says SGPC
Amritsar, October 16
The Dharm Parchar Committee of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee yesterday called upon the Sikh masses to perform marriages of their children in nearby gurdwaras instead of marriage palaces or big hotels and refrain from ostentatious displays of wealth on such auspicious occasions.


Five Christian activists get bail
Phagwara, October 16
Five activists of the Punjab Christian Movement who were arrested on September 26 for a attack on RSS activists in Jalandhar, were freed on bail from Phagwara jail last evening.


Govt blamed for suicide by farmers
Nangal, October 16
Criticising the Punjab government for suicide committed by the farmers in the state recently and low procurement of paddy, the national vice-president of the BJP and Punjab state party in charge, Jas Kaur Meena, yesterday demanded constitution of the special committee to study the suicide cases of farmers in the state and to take suitable action to prevent such cases.


Suspended traffic cops dismissed
Amritsar, October 16
The district police has terminated the services of four traffic policemen who were caught red handed while accepting bribe near make shift bus stand recently. These include ASI Najjar Singh, constables Kulwant Singh and Nirmal Singh and sepoy Karam Singh.


Municipal councillor arrested, wife booked
Malerkotla, October 16
The police here arrested Mr Mohammad Ismail, Municipal Councillor, for murder attempt and under the Dowry Act and also booked Municipal Councillor Ms Bholi Ismail, former president of the local Municipal Council and wife of Mr Mohammad Ismail, and Umar Din, a brother-in-law of Ismail in this case yesterday.

Man lynched by mob
Hoshiarpur, October 16
A person was beaten to death by a mob when he tried to loot Raj Kumari, wife of Shamsher Singh, of Fatuwal village at pistol point when she was going from Mukerian to her home last night.

2 arrested in Darbara case
Kharar, October 16
Claiming to have solved the murder of 55-year-old Darbara Singh, the Kharar police today arrested two persons Amarjit Singh and Balwinder Singh who had reportedly committed the crime after getting a supari of Rs 1.5 lakh from the brother of the victim.

Valuables worth Rs 1.7 lakh stolen
Phagwara, October 16
In a broad daylight burglary, valuables worth Rs 1.7 lakh stolen today from the house of Parshotam Lal Passi at Manav Nagar, Hadiabad. Stolen valuables 25 tola jewellery and rupees 5,000 in cash.

Man dies; wife, son hurt in mishap
Phagwara, October 16
One person was killed and three others, including a woman and a child, were injured when a bus hit them near Khajurla village here last night. Mr Subhash Chand (45), a resident of New Railway Colony, Jalandhar, came to Khajurla village for some work along with his wife, Lakshmi and son Anand on a cycle.

Two robbers nabbed
Tarn Taran, October 16
Two armed motor cycle-borne Home Guard personnel looted Rs 15,000 from another motorcyclist, Kartar Singh of Timowal village, near Shekhchak village, 12 km from here, on Friday.


PTU youth fest concludes
Ropar, October 16
The PTU Inter-College Zonal Youth Festival organised by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhadal, concluded today. In the three-day event, 212 students of 12 colleges of engineering, management and pharmacy of PTU Zone IV participated.

Students honoured for collecting relief
Sangrur, October 16
Students of General Gurnam Singh Public School here were honoured yesterday with trophies, gold, silver and bronze certificates, besides pens and badges, by Ms Rozy Sareen, a representative of the SOS Children’s Villages of India, Rajpura branch, for collecting donations.

College girls celebrate World Food Day
Patiala, October 16
World Food Day was celebrated at the Government College for Girls here Saturday. A food carnival was organised on the occasion by students of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in which stalls of nutritious, low-calorie foods were put up for the college students.

G.C.G. Principal G.K. Jaggi inaugurates the food festival on the World Food Day celebration on the college campus in Patiala on Saturday.
— A Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
G.C.G. Principal G.K. Jaggi inaugurates the food festival on the World Food Day celebration on the college campus in Patiala


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