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Bill to change working of education board passed
Chandigarh, October 18
The Punjab Assembly today passed a Bill to change the working of the Punjab School Education Board. This would include powers to control the terms of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the PSEB. Until now both the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman had fixed tenures of three years.

SGPC takes control of gurdwara, prime land
Gurusar Satlani, October 18
Amid heavy police presence, SGPC secretary Raghbir Singh, appointed Receiver by the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission, took the control of historic Gurdwara Satlani Sahib and a huge chunk of agricultural land worth several crore (Hoshiar Nagar) in Amritsar district, here today.
Heavy police presence at historic Gurdwara Satlani Sahib, near Amritsar Heavy police presence at historic Gurdwara Satlani Sahib, near Amritsar, on Tuesday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Cong MLAs fight it out over ‘burfi’
Chandigarh, October 18
A reference to a piece of “burfi” led to a verbal duel among Congress MLAs, who hurled accusations against each other on the issue of passing a Bill to allow a private university to be established in Punjab.




PSGPC: donate generously for quake relief fund
Amritsar, October 18
The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has appealed to Sikhs the world over to donate generously towards the earthquake relief fund. In a release faxed to The Tribune here yesterday, Mr Mastan Singh, president, PSGPC, said the committee had already deployed relief workers in the areas worst affected by the earthquake.

Kashyap sworn in Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh, October 18
Gen (Retd) S.F. Rodrigues, Governor of Punjab, administered the oath of office to Mr Rajan Kashyap as State Chief Information Commissioner at a ceremony held at Punjab Raj Bhavan, here today.

Mr Rajan Kashyap, former Chief Secretary of Punjab, is sworn in as the state’s first Chief Information Commissioner by the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), at the Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mr Rajan Kashyap, former Chief Secretary of Punjab, is sworn in as the state’s first Chief Information Commissioner by the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), at the Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh

Move on nurses’ council draws flak
Ludhiana, October 18
The reported move of the Punjab Government to reorganise the Punjab Nurses’ Registration Council by carrying out amendment in the PNRC Act, 1932, seems to have stirred a hornet’s nest with the functionaries of the Trained Nurses Association of India claiming that it was aimed at undermining the profession of nurses.


ETO denies encounter report
Hoshiarpur, October 18
Taking a serious note of the encounter in which two car occupants were chased to death by a team of the Excise Department while allegedly smuggling liquor, Mr Simaranjit Singh Mann, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief, today condemned the incident and demanded a judicial probe into it.

NCF for rainwater harvesting
Chandigarh, October 18
A four-member delegation led by Prof M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman of the National Commission of Farmers, today said rainwater harvesting and recharge of the aquifiers should be made mandatory in Punjab.


Suicide: bail pleas of students rejected
Jalandhar, October 18
The District and Session Judge, Jalandhar, Mr Jagroop Singh Mahal, today rejected the anticipatory bail applications of the students named in the suicide note allegedly left behind by Dr B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology student Amit Kumar who ended his life by jumping before a train after he was ragged by the senior students of the college.

Rape case: jurisdiction of court challenged
Ropar, October 18
Three accused in the infamous Nayagaon rape case today moved an application in the Ropar court challenging the jurisdiction of the special court wherein the challan against accused in the case was filed by the SIT.


Corporation to develop citrus orchards on farmers’ behalf
Chandigarh, October 18
For the first time in the region, the Punjab Agri Export Corporation today announced that it would develop citrus orchards in the state on behalf of farmers. With this, the farmers in Punjab will get the benefit of PAGREXCO’s expertise in setting up hi-tech citrus farms and also have the option of getting guaranteed leasing money, thus opening a new era of prosperity for them.

Farmers turn to Haryana market
Bhaini Bagha (Mansa), October 18
A fortnight after Gurdev Singh hanged himself to death at Nadala due to non-procurement of paddy the farmers, who are awaiting paddy’s purchase here for the past 20 days, had to block road to bring the government agencies to the market. Farmers from border areas of the district were also taking their produce to the neighbouring state of Haryana.

Farmers resent delay in procurement
Sangrur, October 18
Many farmers have reportedly been waiting for the procurement of their paddy by government agencies for the past 10 to 15 days in various grain markets and procurement centres of the district. Due to non-procurement some are thinking to sell the produce even lower than the MSP.

CPM seeks bonus for paddy growers
Sangrur, October 18
The Punjab unit of the CPM today asked the Punjab Government to announce a bonus to the tune of Rs 50 per quintal for those farmers who had suffered losses due to damage to their paddy crop this season.


8 nominated on legal services authority
Ludhiana, October 18
Governor of Punjab S.F. Rodrigues has nominated eight persons to the State Legal Services Authority for two years.


Four killed in accident
Amritsar, October 18
Four persons, including a woman, were killed and seven others injured when the autorickshaw they were travelling in was hit by a private bus near Jehangir village on the Amritsar-Pathankot highway today.

Suicide by youth
Bathinda, October 18
A seventeen-year-old youth yesterday committed suicide by jumping before a train near Paras Ram Nagar railway line here. The deceased, identified as Monu, was a scooter mechanic.

Gang of robbers busted
Moga, October 18
The police today busted a gang of robbers involved in eight criminal activities and seized firearms and sharp-edged weapons from their possession. Those arrested were identified as Jaswinder Singh, Balvir Singh, Mandeep Singh and Rimpy.

Valuables worth Rs 2 lakh stolen
Phagwara, October 18
Valuables worth rupees two lakh were stolen today from official residence of Mr S.R. Goel, Production Manager, Wahid-Sandhars Sugars, in the Sugar Mill Staff Colony near Maal Godaam road here.

Excise hawaldar held for graft
Amritsar, October 18
The Vigilance Department nabbed Harjit Singh, a hawaldar of the Excise Department, while he was demanding Rs 2,000 from Ranbir Singh of Abdal village. A case has been registered.


Punjabi varsity students to hold protest
Patiala, October 18
Students organisations and other unions have decided to hold a state-level protest rally here on October 27 in support of the demands of students of Punjabi University, Patiala. This information was provided by Gurpal Singh Dhaliwal and Rajinder Singh of the Punjabi University Students Confederation.


NFL may switch over to natural gas
Bathinda, October 18
Riding high on its last fiscal year’s impressive profit before tax of Rs 35.72 crore and aiming to make its plant energy efficient, National Fertilisers Limited, Bathinda, is toying with the idea of switching over to natural gas in the coming years. The plant is now based on low sulphur high stock.

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