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Legislators divided on repeat telecast
Chandigarh, October 21
Can there be a repeat telecast of the Vidhan Sabha proceedings ? “Yes, only if the House or the Speaker has authorised it,” says a section of legislators holding that “any recording of the proceedings becomes a property of the House and cannot be used by an individual or organisation without the prior approval of the House or the Speaker.”

Amarinder takes to communal politics, says Capt Kanwaljit
Patiala, October 21
Former Finance Minster and general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, has accused the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of resorting to communal politics to win the Assembly elections which are due in Punjab in 2007. He alleged that the Chief Minister was hell bent on vitiating the peaceful atmosphere of the state.

British surgeon turned back by immigration staff
Writes to hosts in Ludhiana expressing anguish
Chandigarh, October 21
A leading British surgeon, who was to deliver a lecture at Ludhiana tomorrow has been turned back by immigration authorities at New Delhi under un-explained circumstances. The surgeon, Dr R.C.G. Russell, has sent an email to his hosts in Ludhiana saying all this happened even as he had a multiple entry Visa which immigration officials at New Delhi refused to accept.

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Tandons return from jaws of death
Amritsar, October 21
Jagdish Tandon and his son Subash Tandon , both residents of Jammu, who were stranded in Pakistan following the devastating earthquake on October 6, returned today after being hospitalised in the neighbouring country. They described the fateful day as the “blackest Saturday” when their relative Basti Ram was buried alive. The Tandon family had visited their relatives in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, for the first time after Partition in “Karavan-E-Aman” Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus.

Subash Tandon of Jammu, who was injured in the earthquake in PoK, being received by his sister Anita Mehta at Wagah joint checkpost on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Subash Tandon of Jammu, who was injured in the earthquake in PoK, being received by his sister Anita Mehta at Wagah joint checkpost.

Police raids doctor’s clinic for evidence
Patiala, October 21
The police here to find conclusive evidence to connect the two suspects, Dr Ravdeep Kaur, who allegedly gave money for the judge’s murder, and contract killer Manjit Singh raided the hospital-cum-residence of Dr Ravdeep Kaur.


Green to give way to concrete
Upgrading of highways
Hoshiarpur, October 21
A dense green cover of over 85 hectares will soon be reduced to concrete. As many as 16,000 full grown trees will be axed for upgradation of the Balachaur-Hoshiarpur-Dasuya and the Hoshiarpur-Tanda highways.

Hussain brothers to regale Patiala audience
Patiala, October 21
Music lovers in Patiala will be able to enjoy the soulful renditions of the ghazal maestros, Hussain brothers, Ustad Ahmed Hussain and Ustad Mohammed Hussain of Jaipur.

“Music connects us to Almighty”
Kapurthala, October 21
When music traces its lineage through three centuries, harmony seems just the right note. And in case of Bhai Awtar Singh, the eleventh generation raagi of the Kapurthala Raagis, this harmony is not sheer melody, it has spiritual underpinnings too.

Pharmacists resent government apathy
Fazilka, October 21
Ravinder Luthra, Gurinder Singh Sodhi, president and general secretary, respectively, of the Punjab State Pharmacists Association, state unit and Shashi Kant, president, Ferozepore unit, in a joint statement here yesterday alleged that the consecutive governments in Punjab had remained indifferent to the demands of pharmacists of the Health Department.

Gurdeep confesses to Rs 22 lakh dacoity
Ropar, October 21
Gurdeep Singh, a close aide of Jagtar Singh Hawara, the main accused in Beant Singh assassination case, today confessed to his links with Hawara and his involvement in several cases, including dacoity and under Explosive Act in various parts of the state.

Police martyrs remembered
Ropar, October 21
The Ropar police today paid tributes to those police personnel who laid down their lives while performing duty at Shaheedi Yadgari Divas” organised here at the police lines. A total of 921 police personnel laid down their lives in the country including four of Ropar out of 45 in Punjab this year.

24 students hurt in mishap
Moga, October 21
About 24 students of Jagat Sewak Khalsa College were injured when their college bus overturned after colliding with a Scorpio vehicle near Mehna police station yesterday afternoon.

Barnala’s birthday
Barnala, October 21
The 80th birthday of Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor, Tamil Nadu, was celebrated by his well-wishers and supporters here today.


Doctor, SDO, patwari convicted
Chandigarh, October 21
An SDO, a doctor and a Patwari have been convicted by special courts in corruption cases.

Brahmpura’s election upheld
Chandigarh, October 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today upheld the election of Shiromani Akali Dal Vice President Ranjit Singh Brahmpura from the Naushera Panuan constituency in Gurdaspur district.


Cotton prices crash
Bathinda, October 21
With Nafed withdrawing its support to Markfed and the Cotton Corporation of India making limited purchase, cotton prices crashed to as low as Rs 1,750 per quintal in various markets of the cotton belt today.

BKU workers block traffic
Abohar, October 21
The followers of the Bharatiya Kisan Union today jammed traffic on the National Highway-10, outside the new grain market, to express resentment over alleged fleecing of farmers by officials of the local market committee and private traders.

Paddy crop damaged
Sangrur, October 21
Due to a 70-feet breach in the Budhlada branch canal at Daula Singh Wala village, near Sunam canal water entered the fields of Chaovas village (Jakhepal) last evening and damaged standing paddy crop in about 40 acres.


Central Administrative Tribunal
Re-determine vacancies in forest service
Chandigarh, October 21
The Central Administrative Tribunal has directed the Ministry of Forests to re-determine the vacancies to be filed by promotee officers in the Punjab cadre of the Indian Forest Services.

10 Agriculture Dept employees found absent
Gurdaspur, October 21
In raids conducted in various parts of the state, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa found many officers not present in their seats.

SHO suspended
Batala, October 21
Dr Jatindra Kumar Jain, Senior Superintendent of police said here today (Friday) that SHO Kotli Surat Malli had been suspended and in his place Mr Ravail Singh had been appointed.


Eight injured in clash
Rajpura, October 21
In a clash between a debt-ridden farmer and “musclemen” of two commission agents, eight persons, including six family members of the farmer, were injured.

Corruption case against SHO
Amritsar, October 21
The Vigilance bureau today registered a case of corruption against Mr Naurang Singh, SHO Tarn Taran city police station allegedly possessing properties disproportionate to his known sources of income.

2 die, 29 hurt as bus rams into tree
Hoshiarpur, October 21
Two persons were killed and 29 others injured when a minibus (PB-08AN-5833) of Simran Coach Bus Service rammed into a tree near Nandachuar village, 18 km from here this afternoon. All injured were admitted to Civil Hospital.

Four varsity students booked
Patiala, October 21
Cases were registered against four students sitting on fast in front of the main library who were arrested yesterday by the police from Punjabi University, Patiala.

Gang of cheats busted, 3 held
Bathinda, October 21
The police has busted a gang of criminals that used to book goods in trucks having fake registration numbers and siphon it off on the way.

Man kills wife
Nabha, October 21
A woman of a nearby village here died at the hands of her husband yesterday on Karva Chauth night while trying to save her paramour.


Ravinder Ravi tipped as VC
Chandigarh, October 21
The Punjab Government has forwarded the name of Dr Ravinder Ravi, former Principal of Government Medical College, Patiala, for appointment as the Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. He will replace Dr J. S. Gujral, who has tendered his resignation.

Studies hit with teachers on poll roll revision duty
Chandigarh, October 21
For a period of one month — starting today — the studies of students in thousands of government schools in Punjab will suffer badly. There will be a huge shortage of teachers as a large number of them have been put on duty to revise the electoral rolls in the state. Another 30,000 posts of teacher are already lying vacant.

Principals discuss higher education in India
Amritsar, October 21
A conference of principals of NAAC accredited and non-accredited colleges of Guru Nanak Dev University yesterday deliberated on the challenges being faced by higher education in India. It discussed the quality of education, parameters of assessment of higher education institutions, contribution of education to national development, and promotion of technology, among three things.

Non-teaching staff hold dharna
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 21
On a call of the employee union of private-aided colleges, the non-teaching staff of the local Mata Gujri College today organised a protest march, and hold a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in support of their demands.

Students protest against ‘anomalies’ in fee
Bathinda, October 21
Protesting against the alleged irregularities in their fee structure, the students, under the banner of Punjab Students Union (Shaheed Randhawa), of DAV College today burnt copies of their fee receipts and prospectus

Students of DAV College burn prospectuses and fee receipts of the college in Bathinda on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Students of DAV College burn prospectuses and fee receipts of the college in Bathinda on Friday.

Panel to review fee of medical colleges
Faridkot, October 21
The Punjab Government has constituted a five-member high powered committee to review the fee structure of all medical, dental and other related colleges in the state. The committee will initiate concrete steps to implement the decision of the Majithia Committee in this regard. This was stated by Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Bhattal opens youth festival
Faridkot, October 21
Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today stated that the new Vice-Chancellor would soon be appointed at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. The Deputy CM was in the city to inaugurate a youth festival.


More items likely on trade list: Pak MP
Ferozepore, October 21
In order to boost bilateral ties with India, the Pakistan Government is likely on go ahead with the proposal to add hundreds of commodities to the list of goods permitted for import-export with India.


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