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SAD notice to House Sectt, DD
Chandigarh, October 22
In what it described as its “bid to stop the Congress from misusing the official media for dangerously communalising the Punjab atmosphere for political gains through a prejudiced telecast of the militancy debate”, the Shiromani Akali Dal today issued notice to the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat, the Punjab Government, Doordarshan and the Punjab Today channel asking them to “refrain from the selective telecast of the proceedings of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha”.

SAD flays govt, Speaker on telecast
Chandigarh, October 22
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today criticised the Punjab Public Relations Department for allegedly acting as an extension counter for the Congress party’s smear campaign against Punjabis in general and the Sikhs and the SAD in particular through the prejudiced telecast of the Vidhan Sabha debate on militancy in Punjab.

Computer shops warned against violating press Act
Abohar, October 22
The district authorities warned the owners of computer shops here last evening warned that they were not entitled to do printing work as it was in violation of the press Act. It had been brought to the notice of the district authorities that certain computer operators were printing handbills, posters, invitation cards etc and were giving their addresses on such material also.




Frescoes of the Chitta Akhara near the Golden Temple have been damaged while plastering and painting. Frescoes whitewashed
Amritsar, October 22
The frescoes of the Chitta Akhara, near Harmandar Sahib have been given a lick of paint. Intricately carved doors and windows have also been brightened up with green paint.

Frescoes of the Chitta Akhara near the Golden Temple have been damaged while plastering and painting. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Paddy procurement yet to match last year’s figures
Chandigarh, October 22
Late arrival of paddy to various mandis of Punjab this season has resulted in procurement figures showing a marked shortfall as compared to previous years.

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Centre wants states to follow Punjab lead in ADR
Chandigarh, October 22
Having been fully satisfied with the results by using Alternate Dispute Redressal (ADR) mechanism to deal with a large number of consumer cases by the Punjab Government, the Central Government has now asked other states to follow suit.

Cops run for cover as protesters pelt stones
Kalanaur (Gurdaspur) October 22
More than 10 protesters and four policemen were injured in a clash that broke out at Kalanaur police station, around 20 km from here, today.

Hide and seek near border: 2 Pak boys held
Amritsar, October 22
Playing hide and seek in the bushes along the Radcliffe Line has landed two Pakistani boys into the hands of the Indian security agencies.


Cong, SAD not serious in solving Punjab’s problems
Chandigarh, October 22
Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal), said here yesterday that the Congress and the SAD were not serious in solving the issues facing Punjab resolved. He was speaking at a seminar at the Law Auditorium of Panjab University.


Devotees gather in front of demolished walls of a religious structure in Amritsar on Saturday. Gurdwara walls razed; tension in cantonment area
Amritsar, October 22
Tension gripped the area as the walls of a shrine on the Sardar Mehnga Singh road in Nikka Singh Colony were razed here this morning by the Army.


Devotees gather in front of demolished walls of a religious structure in Amritsar on Saturday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Aero-motor expedition begins
Pathankot October 22
The Army today launched Kashmir to Kanyakumari aero-motor expedition. The event is being organised by the Gurj division of the Army. Paratroopers took off from Jammu at 7.15 am and landed at Mamun cantonment at Pathankot around 9.30 am today.

Mithu’s kin want Jassi’s parents punished
Kaunke Kalan (Jagraon), October 22
With Sukhwinder Singh, alias Mitthu, the “protagonist” in the much-publicised Jassi murder case, incarcerated in Central Jail, Ludhiana for the past several months as an undertrial in an alleged rape case, his aged mother and brother living in this village say that they will be happy when Mitthu is released from the jail and the Canada-based parents of his wife Jassi are punished.

Declining sex ratio causes concern
Hoshiarpur, October 22
Increasing trend of female foeticide has resulted in decline in female population in Punjab, said Minister for Social Security and president, Mahila Congress wing of the PPCC, Gurkamal Kaur, while addressing a press conference here yesterday.

Pakistani vocalist Ghulam Hasan Shaggan performs at the 4th Baba Jassa Singh Kapurthala Heritage Festival in Kapurthala on Friday. Evening studded with virtuosos
Kapurthala, October 22
Dark, almost starless night. And a canopy of the seamless sky vying with the royal grandeur of Jagatjit Palace-turned-Sainik-School.

Pakistani vocalist Ghulam Hasan Shaggan performs at the 4th Baba Jassa Singh Kapurthala Heritage Festival in Kapurthala on Friday.
— Photo by Pawan Sharma

NFL employees to go on strike on Nov 14
Bathinda, October 22
The National Fertilisers Employees Union would resort to a two-day strike on November 14 and 15 and an indefinite strike from November 21 in favour of its ‘justified demands’.

Traders resent encroachment
Bathinda, October 22
A section of traders has come out against the alleged encroachment of public places by their colleagues at the local Cloth Market.

Probe begins into lynching case
Hoshiarpur, October 22
On the instructions of Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, the district police has started an inquiry into the killing of Ashvani Kumar, alias Vicky, son of Balwinder Singh of Naushera Pattan village, who was beaten to death by a mob for allegedly trying to abduct Raj Kumari, wife of Shamsher of Fatuwal, at pistol point on the evening of October 15, 2005.

Ludhiana surgeon on Asian panel
Chandigarh, October 22
Dr Kuldip Singh, Prof of Surgery Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, and pioneer laparoscopic surgeon has been elected representative of India as a Governor for the second time in the Endoscopic Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia Association which held its meeting in Hong Kong recently during ELSA2005.


2,463 cases settled at lok adalats
Ropar, October 22
Compensation was today awarded to the litigants in some accident claim cases while 2,463 cases were solved at a special lok adalats held here in the District Courts.


Poor upkeep of canal hits irrigation
Madhopur (Gurdaspur), October 22
The people of Narot Jaimal Singh and Bamiyal blocks of Punjab and the Kathua area of Jammu and Kashmir are facing problem in irrigation due to the poor condition of the Kashmir canal.


Jail official transferred
Ropar, October 22
The Deputy Superintendent of Sub-Jail, Ropar, Mr Chander Mohan, was today transferred to Patiala.


Ex-employee held for union leader’s murder
Patiala, October 22
With the arrest of Sanjeev Babla, a former worker of a political organisation , the Patiala police has managed to solve the blind murder case of Harjit Singh Samana, a leader of the Patiala Municipal Corporation Employees Union, after more than a year. Babla was arrested today.

CPM leader assaulted
Amritsar, October 22
Local CPM leader Tarsem Bholla was injured after he was allegedly attacked by a group of five persons at his residence in the Ram Tallai locality of the city last night.

8 hurt in clash
Amritsar, October 22
Eight persons, including four women, sustained injuries in a clash between two groups at Jodhsinghwala village in Tarn Taran police district last night.

Stolen rice seized, thieves held
Batala, October 22
An export consignment of 23 tonnes of basmati rice has been seized and truck driver and cleaner arrested.


286 students get degrees
Phagwara, October 22
As many as 286 degrees were conferred on graduate and postgraduate students of local Kamla Nehru College for Women at the annual convocation-cum-prize distribution function today.

Lecturer suspended
Faridkot, October 22
The Punjab Government has placed under suspension Dr Sarabjit Singh Sandhu, a Lecturer in the Forensic Department of the Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital (GGSMCH) here with immediate effect on charges of misbehaving with one of his senior colleague in the institution last month.

SR college lifts overall trophy
Amritsar, October 22
SR Government College for Women, Amritsar, lifted the Guru Nanak Dev University Government Colleges Overall Zonal Youth Festival Trophy here yesterday.

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