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Jassi murder: approver killed in mishap
Foul play not ruled out
Ludhiana, October 30
An accused turned approver in Jassi murder case died in a road accident, along with a friend, opposite Kaka Marriage Palace in the wee hours here today. Two security guards of the Punjab Police provided to the deceased Johnny were not with him at that moment.

Top cops face heat over ‘illegal’ occupation
Bathinda,October 30
Top police officials, including the IG and the DIG, are facing the heat over the alleged illegal occupation of government buildings for housing their offices and residences.
A view of the PWD rest house that acts as office-cum- residence of the IG in Bathinda
A view of the PWD rest house that acts as office-cum- residence of the IG in Bathinda. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Missing boy found dead in canal
Abohar, October 30
The body of Mohit Garg (6) reportedly missing since Wednesday evening was found floating in a canal this afternoon. Mohit, a student of Greenland Public School, was a grandson of Mr Tara Chand Garg, a wholesale dealer in wooden material and jute.

SGPC member shot dead
Hoshiarpur/Jalandhar, October 30
Two unidentified motor cycle-borne assailants shot Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee member Kuldip Singh Chakk dead in front of his house at Chakk Ala Baksh village, near Mukerian, this evening. He was in his late 40s.

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  PCC chief against abolition of death penalty
Ludhiana, October 30
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Shamsher Singh Dullo said today the death penalty must not be abolished in India. He also said that those sentenced to death must not be pardoned as it would send wrong signals to terrorists and anti national forces in the country who had been killing innocent people “day in and day out”.

PAU told to produce seed of hybrid varieties
Gurdaspur, October 30
The Punjab government has directed Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, to concentrate on the production of seed hybrid varieties.


Akalis challenge development claims
Chandigarh, October 30
Leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal today joined issue with Congress leaders for seeking a debate in the Vidhan Sabha on development and corruption. Former Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh said the Congress was running the government on borrowed money and the state debt had risen to an all time high of Rs 22,000 crore.

Mayawati exploiting Dalits: Kainth
Phillaur, October 30
Bahujan Samaj Morcha President and former MP Satnam Singh Kainth has alleged that BSP supremo Mayawati was misleading the Dalits and exploiting their issues for furthering her political needs.

SAD(A) panel to probe Satlani case
Amritsar, October 30
While the Shiromani Akali Dal (A) formed a two-member committee to hold investigations in the Gurusar Satlani possession episode in which two persons belonging to Baba Gurpinder Singh of Gurdwara Gurusar Satlani faction died, Mr Harpal Singh, legal advisor to Baba, demanded a CBI inquiry in this regard.

SAD(L) postpones Delhi rally
Jalandhar, October 30
Even as the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) has postponed its “insaaf “ rally, which was to be held in New Delhi on October 31 to the press for justice to the 1984 riot victims, the party working committee would hold its meeting at Ludhiana on November 9.

SAD postpones Nov 4 dharna
Chandigarh, October 30
Condemning last night’s Delhi-blasts, the Shiromani Akali Dal has postponed the November 4 dharna in the national Capital. A fresh date for the dharna would be announced later, a party statement stated today.


Delhi blasts cowardly act: SGPC
Amritsar, October 30
Slamming the terrorists that masterminded the Delhi bomb blasts, the SGPC here today termed it as a cowardly act. Criticising the dastardly act, Bibi Jagir Kaur, President, SGPC, expressed condolence and sympathies for the dead and injured and urged the government for sufficient compensation to the aggrieved families.

Police vigil intensified
Batala, October 30
In view of the terrorist activities which shook New Delhi yesterday and the red alert sounded by the security agencies, the Batala police district has been divided into four security sectors and each sector put under the supervision of a Deputy Superintendent of Police.

Punjab to reward crime detectors
Chandigarh, October 30
To raise the standard of crime detection and investigation, the Punjab police has decided to institute there annual awards. The team that investigated the non-resident Indian Jassi case, which led to the conviction of seven of 11 accused persons may be considered for such an award.

Minister grabbed panchayat land, alleges ex-sarpanch
Bandala, October 30
Mr Sham Singh, a former sarpanch of Bundana village has alleged that the Excise and Taxation Minister, Punjab, Mr Sardool Singh, has fradulently transferred the panchayat land in the name of his nephew Wazir Singh.

Rule of law missing in J&K: Mann
Phagwara, October 30
Just returned from J and K from a spot study of the situation, SAD (A) president and former MP Simranjit Singh Mann yesterday asserted that the democratic set up in J and K was an eyewash, Army was the de facto ruler, the rule of law was missing and human rights of Kashmiris were being trampled upon.

3 CMs to receive golden ‘palki’ for Nankana Sahib
Amritsar, October 30
The golden “palki” carrying Guru Granth Sahib to be installed at Nankana Sahib to mark Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday would be flagged off from Delhi by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee on November 27.

10-day crafts mela from Nov 7
Faridkot, October 30
A crafts mela showcasing a variety of work from different Indian states would be organised at the local Nehru Stadium from November 7 to 16 under the aegis of the Faridkot Sabhyacharak Society, Deputy Commissioner Alok Shekhar said here today.


100 bags of DAP fertiliser seized
Ferozepore, October 30
The police yesterday apprehended a Canter on the Mallanwala-Makhu road carrying over 100 bags of DAP fertiliser which was being taken towards Amritsar. According to the information, a local fertiliser firm, Sachdeva Traders, had allegedly purchased the DAP in the name of farmers of Palla Megha village and further sold it to a commission agent based at Amritsar at Rs 550 per bag.

3 held, 90 kg of poppy husk seized
Sangrur, October 30
The Khanauri police arrested three alleged smugglers of poppy husk near Andana village in Moonak subdivision yesterday and seized 90 kg of poppy husk from them, which they were taking to Barnala from Haryana side in a car.

Gang of robbers busted
Phagwara, October 30
In a major breakthrough, the police has busted an inter-district gang of robbers by arresting its five members and recovering a Maruti car, four .12-bore pistols and seven live cartridges of the same calibre.


MG College shines in university zonal youth festival
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 30
On the second day of the Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival (Ropar zone) being held at Lincoln College of Law, here, the competitions were held for one act play, classical vocal, classical instrumental, mime, skit, mimicry and off stage items like cartooning and painting.

Governor for quality education to poor
Nabha, October 30
Punjab Governor Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) today stressed the need for expanding the opportunities for quality education to the disadvantaged sections of society by instituting a certain proportion of scholarships to the talented poor students, adding that public schools could make a significant contribution in this endeavor.

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