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Sukhbir not in fray for CM’s post: Dhindsa
Patiala, October 17
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, secretary-general, SAD, said here today that only Mr Parkash Singh Badal would be the SAD candidate for the post of Chief Minster after the next Assembly elections. He said Akali factions were welcome to join the party unconditionally to give a crushing defeat to the ruling Congress.

Punjab refuses more water to Chandigarh
Chandigarh, October 17
Punjab has refused to give more water to the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Informed sources said today that a decision of the Punjab Government headed by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had been conveyed to the UT administration.

Punjab Vidhan Sabha to discuss terrorism today
Chandigarh, October 17
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will once again be face to face with each other as the State Vidhan Sabha is all set to witness a fierce debate on terrorism in Punjab on Tuesday afternoon.

Kalkat to ask Centre to raise cotton MSP
Bathinda, October 17
The issue of raising MSP of cotton in Punjab would be taken up at the national level, as input cost had shot up considerably due to large-scale sowing of Bt cotton, stated Dr GS Kalkat, Chairman, Punjab State Farmers’ Commission, while talking to The Tribune here today.

Implement crop insurance scheme in Punjab, says BJP Kisan Morcha
Sangrur, October 17
The Bharatiya Janta Party’s Kisan Cell Punjab unit today asked the Punjab government to implement crop insurance scheme in the state to protect interests of the farmers.

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PSEB move on illegal jhuggis suffers setback
Ropar, October 17
The move by the PSEB to get vacated illegal jhuggis built in the restricted area of the thermal plant here suffered a setback. Even as services of 650 daily wagers were regularised recently on the condition that those staying in jhuggis would vacate these, only less than half of jhuggis have been vacated by so far, while others have expressed their unwillingness to do the needful.

USA passes anti-hate crime law
Ludhiana, October 17
In a development which can have far reaching implications for the Sikh diaspora, the US House of Representatives has passed the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Hate Crime Prevention Act.

‘Kesh’ shorning case: Natwar talks to Malaysian envoy
Amritsar, October 17
Incident of forcible cutting hair of three Sikhs in Malaysia by their employer, was taken up by Minister of External Affairs, K. Natwar Singh with the Malaysian High Commission.

Pak MPs attend Mohan Singh mela
Ferozepore, October 17
A former Pakistani Prime Minister, Ms Benazir Bhutto, would soon return to active politics in Pakistan and spearhead the campaign of Pakistani People’s Party in the general election, revealed a Member of National Assembly, Pakistan, Mr Khalid Iqbal Memon, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Punjab artistes shine in Greek folk festival
Ludhiana, October 17
Punjabi folk artistes in colourful traditional folk dresses and colourful turbans were seen for the first time in Lefkas Islands of Greece during the 43rd Lefkas International Festival of folk dances lastmonth.

Greek artistes pose with the Punjab folk troupe during the international folk festival in Lefkas Islands, Greece.
Greek artistes pose with the Punjab folk troupe during the international folk festival in Lefkas Islands, Greece

With pvt education, healthcare, Punjab no welfare state: Dullo
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 17
The Health Department would recruit 1375 doctors, before March 2006, said Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, while addressing a press conference here today.


Illegal mining poses threat to canal branch
Mukerian, October 17
Illegal mining is posing a threat to the Shah canal branch, in the Hajipur area. Illegal miners, allegedly in connivance with local panchayats, are resorting to stone mining dangerously close to the canal branch. They have already removed earth from over 100m-wide stretch close to the canal.

Residents concerned over deteriorating law and order
Patiala, October 17
Despite the fact that more than 96 hours have passed ever since the murder of senior judge Vijay Singh, residents of the city are still gripped by a fear psychosis about the security aspect. The brutal murder in the high-security area has raised many a question about the safety concerns of the common man.

Priest in search of justice
Fazilka, October 17
Sri Chand, a priest of Hanuman Temple of Tillanwali village in the subdivision has been running from pillar to post for about more than three months seeking justice from the police and civil administration. Having failed to get any respite the priest had started an indefinite fast on October 10.

Judge’s murder: police clueless
Patiala, October 17
Even after four days the police has failed to make breakthrough into the murder case of Mr Vijay Singh, a senior judicial officer. The special investigation team constituted to solve the case has questioned 100 persons, including some social figures.

Govt depts fail to pay power bills
Sangrur, October 17
Despite good financial health of the state, as per the Chief Minister and ministers of Punjab, the government still seems unable to make funds available to various government departments to pay electricity bills worth lakhs.

Foetus found
Patiala, October 17
Residents of Albela Sarai area, near Lahori Gate, here were shocked to find that a packet that a stray dog was carrying around contained a human foetus. The police of Division No 4 were informed of the happening and they reached the spot to make inquiries. The female foetus was approximately of seven months.

From pillar to post to get his weapon back
Nawanshahr, October 17
Mr Gurmukh Singh Sandhu, a retired college lecturer and a resident of Pandora Mohalla area, has been running from pillar to post to get back his licensed .32 bore revolver, which he had deposited for safe custody with a Garhshanker based arms dealer, Doaba Gun House, in 1987.

Valmiki Jayanti celebrated
Phagwara, October 17
Valmiki Jayanti was celebrated with religious fervour here on Monday. Functions were held at various temples. The local MLA-cum-Chairman, Punjab Agro and Foods Corporation, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, was among those who attended the congregations.


Another farmer commits suicide
Bathinda, October 17
Mr Harmeet Singh, (45) a debt-ridden farmer hailing from Singo village, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree last night. According to sources, the deceased had three four acres of land that he had sold for fighting election of sarpanch and also due to agricultural losses in the past.


8 of family killed in collision with Army truck
Abohar, October 17
Eight members of a family, including a three-month-old girl child were killed as the jeep they were travelling in, collided headon with an Army truck in neighbouring Sriganganagar yesterday. The victims were on a pilgrimage. Eight other occupants of the jeep were injured, one of them was in a critical condition.

Excise men shoot at smugglers’ car; 1 dies in mishap
Hoshiarpur, October 17
Members of the Sansi community staged a dharna and blocked traffic for about half-anhour at Kurala on Jalandhar-Pathankot road in this district this afternoon following a car accident in which leader, son of Tarsem Lal of Sunny Velly (Himachal Pradesh), died on the spot, which Goldy, son of Mohan Lal of Tanda, was seriously injured.

2 BSNL officers booked for SDO’s suicide
Pathankot October 17
For the alleged suicide of SDO Gulshan Kumar, working with the BSNL office here the police has booked two senior functionaries of the department for forcing him to commit suicide.

2 die in accident
Bathinda, October 17
Two persons died after a bus, coming from Bathinda rammed into a tractor-trailer near Chetak park here on the Barnala road today morning. Of the two occupants of tractor, identified as Mohinder Singh and Jeeto, one died on the spot while other succumbed to injuries at local Civil Hospital.

No arrest so far in ragging case
Jalandhar, October 17
Even after six days of suicide by Amit Sahai, a student of Dr B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology allegedly due to intensive ragging by the senior students, no arrest has been made so far.

Many held for burglary
Kharar, October 17
The police has rounded up a number of persons in connection with the case of burglary that took place here yesterday. The DSP, Mr Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu, visited the house of Mr Sant Singh and talked to members of the family.


Professional varsity Bill violates SC order: FDO
Amritsar , October 17
In a letter to Governor-cum-Chancellor, the Finance and Development Officer of Guru Nanak Dev University, today claimed that incorporation of Lovely Professional University Bill 2000, presented in the current session of Punjab Legislative Assembly, was in gross violation of the directives of the apex court.

Manipal team wins inter-varsity quiz
Amritsar, October 17
The Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, was declared winner, while Kannur University, Kerala, finished runners-up and host Guru Nanak Dev University, Aligarh Muslim University and Devi Ahilya University, Indore, stood bracketed third in the All-India Inter-University National Quiz Contest on the role of youth in combating HIV/AIDS and other health issues, here today.

Zonal youth fest at Mohindra college
Patiala, October 17
The Zonal Youth Festival of Punjabi University, Patiala, began at Government Mohindra College here today. The competitions were divided in three sessions. The focus of the evening competitions was on gidha and group songs.

Teachers resent election duty
Abohar, October 17
The Democratic Teachers Front has alleged that the civil administration is violating the guidelines issued by the Principal Secretary, Education, Punjab. The district unit of the front held a meeting at Nehru Park here this afternoon.


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