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Changes in periphery Act on cards
Chandigarh, October 20
While drastic changes in the Punjab Periphery Control Act are on the cards to free it from stifling provisions, which has been affecting at least 300 villages and several small towns in Punjab region near the periphery of the Chandigarh, the state government headed by, Capt Amarinder Singh, today decided to develop the Mohali and its neighbouring areas as one of the world’s most modern metropolis.

Chandigarh page: Rs 66 crore released to upgrade Mohali infrastructure

Administration  unresponsive, says Johar
Ropar, October 20
Punjab Education Minister and Chairman of the district grievance committee, Harnam Dass Johar, today expressed unhappiness over the functioning of the administration while dealing with complaints of people relating to land mafia.

Police short on staff, says DGP
Patiala, October 20
The Punjab police is short by about 5,000 personnel, as there has been no recruitment in the force for a long time, according to the Punjab Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk. Dr Ravdeep Kaur was presented before the DGP, who questioned her for a while about the murder. He, however, refused to give details, saying that it would hamper the investigation.

Kang minting money from Dalit’s petrol pump?
Khizrabad (Ropar), October 20
The schemes launched by the Punjab Government for the uplift of the Scheduled Castes (SC) in the state have come under a cloud as a Cabinet Minister has allegedly got allotted a petrol pump in the name of a poor Dalit, but is running it himself.



  Fake identity case: FO reinstated
Gurdaspur October 20
Forest officials are allegedly protecting the Ferozepore-based forester who has been accused of working on fake identity for past 27 years. After a report was published in these columns, the Chief Conservator of Forests ordered the Conservator of Forests Ferozepore, to take action against the guilty official.

Dullo cautions ticket-seekers
Ferozepore, October 20
Sending a strong signal that he means business, the PPCC chief, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, today exhorted the party workers and leaders to first set their house in order and then think of fighting the enemy. The “issue-less” Akalis couldn’t stand in the battleground and the party feared its own people, he said.

PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo greets party workers at the Congress Bhavan in Ferozepore on Thursday.

PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo greets party workers at the Congress Bhavan in Ferozepore on Thursday.

Centre seeks time on turban issue
Chandigarh, October 20
Counsel for the Central Government today sought time to seek instructions on the stand of the Government of India on the issue of Sikhs, especially students, in some foreign countries being forced not to wear the turban.

Opening of Hussainiwala border sought
Ferozepore, October 20
The 27th International Prof Mohan Singh Yadgari Punjabi Sabhyacharak Mela concluded here today. It aimed at promoting Indo-Pak friendship.

Rumours mar Karva Chauth spirit

Members of the Maharani Ladies Club perform garba during Karva Chauth in Patiala on Thursday.
Members of the Maharani Ladies Club perform garba during Karva Chauth in Patiala on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Rai Sikhs may get SC status
Ferozepore, October 20
The Rai Sikh community will get benefits of Schedule Castes after a Bill is passed in the next session of Parliament, said Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Sports and Youth Affairs), Punjab, after laying the foundation stone of Rai Sikh Bhavan at Dasehra Ground here.

10 students hurt in mishap
Barnala, October 20
Twelve persons, including 10 schoolchildren were injured in a road mishap at Dhanaula 10 km from here on the Barnala-Sangrur road yesterday.

Panel formed to put pressure on police
14-year-old untraced since June last year
Sangrur, October 20
A 40-member action committee, comprising representatives of political parties, the Bharatiya Kisan Union and members of various panchayats was formed at Badrukhan village, near here yesterday, to put pressure on the police to trace a 14-year-old Jugraj Singh of Badrukhan village, gone missing since June 4 last year under mysterious circumstances.

Harassment by ST officials alleged
Batala, October 20
Businessmen here feel harassed by the Excise and Taxation Department officials here. Businessmen particularly Mr Dev Raj Chachowalia and Mr Rishi Dutt Gulati, office-bearers of the Beopar Mandal here said Excise officials of Gurdaspur district were harassing traders on alleged illegal directions of district Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner B.S. Bal and were not following norms prescribed under the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act.

Labourers electrocuted
Bathinda, October 20
Two labourers engaged in repair at a factory here were electrocuted here today. One of them died, the other was reported to be in a critical condition.

3 hurt as bus hits bicycle
Kharar, October 20
Three boys were injured, two of them seriously, as a bus hit a bicycle near Khanpur here today.


High Court
Liquor contractor alleges re-auction of vends illegal

Chandigarh, October 20
Liquor contractor Sanjeev Bhandari, who had challenged re-auction of liquor vends of excise districts of Jalandhar-I, Jalandhar-II, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr on November 5, 2004, today alleged that the re-auction was conducted in an illegal manner to benefit the firms of liquor baron Ponty Chadha at the cost of the state exchequer.


Extend period of relaxation of procurement specifications: govt
Chandigarh, October 20
The Punjab Government today urged the Union Government to extend the period of relaxation of specifications for paddy procurement till the end of the procurement season in the state.

Cotton stages comeback
Bathinda, October 20
Cotton has staged a great comeback, as almost all markets in the belt are overflowing with bumper crop.

Now pomegranates from Abohar
Abohar, October 20
Known for the one-fifth of the cotton produce of Punjab, Abohar will soon be counted among pomegranate exporting areas. Dr Ram Asrey, a scientist at the Central Post Harvest Engineering and Technology Institute, here took the initiative of growing pomegranate in the area in 1999.


Gurdwara poll on Dec 11
Chandigarh, October 20
Elections to the management committees of gurdwaras in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh will be held on December 11.

Salary release on Oct 27, 28
Chandigarh, October 20
Employees of the Punjab Government will get their salaries for this month on October 27 and 28.


2 hurt in clash
Hoshiarpur, October 20
Mr Gursewak Singh son of Kewal Singh of Dade Khurd and Gurnek Singh son of Sat Pal Singh of Kang Kothi were wounded seriously in a clash between two groups at Kot Fatuhi village, 38 km from here this afternoon.

Synthetic milk racket busted
Barnala, October 20
The police arrested two person on the charge of producing synthetic milk here yesterday. Those arrested were Bhola Singh and Mani Ram.

Two killed in accident
Ludhiana, October 20
Two persons were killed and 11 others injured when a private tourist bus collided with a tractor trailer at Giaspura Chowk here early today, the police said.


Varsity students hold rally
Patiala, October 20
Students of the Law Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, held a rally outside the main library and started a relay fast today on a call of the Punjabi University Students Confederation.


Verka milk set for Mumbai launch
Chandigarh, October 20
The rich and creamy milk from Punjab will soon be available in Mumbai. Verka- the premium brand of MILKFED, Punjab, is all set to launch ready- to- use milk in tetrapacks in the cosmopolitan to cater to the demand of the beverage lovers.


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