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Farmers await paddy dues, may fail to celebrate Divali
Ropar, October 31
Many farmers in the district may not be able to celebrate Divali due to non-payment of dues of paddy procured and the decision of non-procurement of paddy on Divali. It’s not a government decision, but of procurement agencies taken with the agreement of commission agents.

Bambiha villagers not to celebrate Divali

Congressmen vent ire against Finance Minister
To seek DCC chief’s removal on November 5
Bathinda, October 31
Fissures have started surfacing in the Congress four days ahead of PPCC President Shamsher Singh Dullo’s visit to the city, as scores of party leaders today vent their ire at Finance Minister Surinder Singla and DCC chief Inder Singh Sahni.
Dr Satpal Bhateja of the Rajeev Gandhi Lok Bhalai Manch addresses a meeting of the representatives of Congress wings in Bathinda.
Dr Satpal Bhateja of the Rajeev Gandhi Lok Bhalai Manch addresses a meeting of the representatives of Congress wings in Bathinda on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

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Hawara threatens to sue Capt Amarinder Singh, Badal
Jagtar Singh HawaraChandigarh, October 31
Jagtar Singh Hawara, alleged Babbar Khalsa International chief and prime accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, today dropped another bombshell by threatening to sue the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for allegedly "misusing" his name during public meetings.

Arms recovered from Hawara’s aide

Scholars find Guru Granth Sahib profound, yet simple
New Delhi, October 31
Scholars from all over the world deliberated on the profundity of the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib, and the simplicity of the language used to express these thoughts, on the concluding day of the two-day international seminar on “Guru Granth Sahib and its context”, at Vigyan Bhavan, here today.

Amrita PritamThe true daughter of Waris Shah
Chandigarh, October 31
The news of the passing away of the grand dame of Punjabi letters, Amrita Pritam, spread like forest fire through the literary circles in Chandigarh and Punjab as telephone calls started coming from Delhi minutes after her demise.

Bee colony damage: PAU in touch with foreign experts
Chandigarh, October 31
Punjab Agricultural University has contacted experts in Holland and other countries to tackle the problems caused by the varroa mite, which has finished off thousands of honeybee colonies in this region.


SAD claims credit for riot compensation
New Delhi, October 31
In a move to prevent the Congress garner political mileage by announcing a multi-crore compensation for the 1984 riot victims, the SAD has moved in swiftly and claimed credit for the compensation recommended by the committees constituted by the Home Ministry.


Malaysian firms moot to develop roads, railway system
Gurdaspur, October 31
Punjab would soon witness foreign direct investment in the road and transport sectors. The projects being included in the proposed scheme, six-laning of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road, a six-lane ring road around Ludhiana and four lane road from Ludhiana to Moga.

72 operations carried out at health camp
Abohar, October 31
Seventy two operations, including 65 major laparoscopic surgeries, were carried out during an eight-day free medical camp, which concluded here last night.

Congressmen donate blood for quake-hit
Chandigarh, October 31
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today observed the 22nd death anniversary of Mrs Indira Gandhi by organising a blood donation camp at Punjab Congress Bhavan, here.

Volunteers of the Congress donate blood to mark the death anniversary of Mrs Indira Gandhi in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Volunteers of the Congress donate blood to mark the death anniversary of Mrs Indira Gandhi in Chandigarh on Monday.
In video: Punjabi artists raise funds for quake hit people. (28k, 56k)

SGPC member cremated
Hoshiarpur, October 31
The body of Kuldeep Singh, a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, who was gunned down by two motorcycle-borne unidentified youths near his house last evening, was cremated in Chakk Ala Baksh village near Mukerian, 50 km from here this afternoon. Mr Harmanjit Singh, an elder son of the deceased lit the pyre. He was 42 and leaves a wife and two sons.

Sant takes over dera
Amritsar, October 31
Sant Major Singh Vaan today took possession of a dera opposite Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh reportedly on the court orders here with the help of the district administration.

Autorickshaw strike inconveniences commuters
Amritsar, October 31
The Amritsar Autorickshaw Drivers Association today went on strike and protested against alleged high-handedness of the District Transport Office and the Police.

Bibi writes to Patil on inquiry board
Chandigarh, October 31
The President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Bibi Jagir Kaur, has shot off a letter to the Union Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil, asking that the inquiry board for adjudicating election petitions in the coming SGPC elections should be of three members and the services of persons of some standing be utilised.


Anticipatory bail for MC ex-chief
Sangrur, October 31
Mr Inderjit Singh Walia, Additional Sessions Judge, Sangrur, today granted anticipatory bail to a Malerkotla Municipal Councillor and former president of the council, Ms Bholi Ismail, and bail to her husband Mohammad Ismail, also a Malerkotla Municipal Councillor, who is in judicial custody, in a case registered under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 323, 506, 498-A and 406 of the IPC on September 7, 2005, at Malerkotla police station.


Convict on parole commits crime, arrested
Amritsar, October 31
The district police today claimed to have busted a gang of robbers, including a life convict on parole, for looting Harjinder Singh, a goldsmith of the Chheharta area. Sanjeev Kumar, alias Sikka, had been released on parole on January 4 and returned to jail on February 2.

Abducted girl found, three arrested
Batala, October 31
A six-year-old girl, daughter of Mr Joginder Singh of Dhirowal village, was recovered today and three persons were arrested for abducting her.

Chemist shot dead
Bathinda, October 31
Unidentified men shot dead a chemist when he was on his way home near the PWD Rest House last night.

One killed, 3 hurt in Sirhind mishap
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 31
One person died on the spot and three were seriously injured, when a Zen car collided with Qualis at Samsher Nagar Chowk, Sirhind, this evening. The injured were immediately taken to Civil Hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib by a highway patrol party in their vehicle and thus their lives were saved.

Woman killed in car accident
Ropar, October 31
A resident of Sector 38, Harvinder Kaur, was today killed in a car accident while six others sustained injuries in a head-on collision between car and Jeep on the Ropar-Chandigarh near Rangeelpur village here today.

60 kg poppy husk seized
Phagwara, October 31
The police has seized 60 kg of poppy husk and arrested Mohinder Singh of Bhatnura Khurd falling under Bholath police station, according to Kapurthala SSP Rajiv Ahir today.


Mata Gujri College win overall trophy
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 31
The three-day Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival (Ropar Zone) held at the Lincoln College of Law here concluded this evening.

Divali bonanza for wards of drug addicts
Amritsar, October 31
This is a Divali with a difference for the wards of drug addicts studying in the Citizen Forum’s Vidya Mandir.


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