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Sidhu sees red over mercy demand for Afzal
Hoshiarpur, October 2
Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, BJP MP from Amritsar, strongly criticised the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Gulam Nabi Azad, for demanding clemency for Mohammed Afzal Guru, a Pakistan-trained terrorist to be hanged on October 20. He said Mr Farooq Abdullah, chief patron of National Conference had offered to meet the President of India to seek mercy for Mohammed Afzal Guru, if Mr Gulam Nabi Azad leads the regional voice.

‘Indispensable’ officers, plush offices hallmark of Ludhiana police 
Ludhiana, October 2
An airconditioned office that is lavishly and gorgeously furnished with fancy curtains, radiating flooring with Italian tiles, fancy chairs and table and a refrigerator that takes everybody by surprise. Because this is not the office of any corporate CEO, but that of the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana Rural, Mr Manjit Singh Dhesi. 

After spending lakhs on advt, govt forgets Mahatma
Sangrur, October 2
The state-level function, organised here to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was a poor show with neither the Punjab Finance and Health Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, coming to preside over the function nor Punjab Congress chief Shamsher Singh Dullo, Cabinet ministers, MPs and MLAs turning up to pay tributes to the Mahatma.




62 NCC cadets selected for R-Day parade
Bathinda, October 2
A three-day annual training camp of NCC cadets saw the selection of 62 boys and girls for inter-group competition to be held in Nilokheri and subsequent selection trials for the Republic Day parade in Chandigarh.

NCC cadets in action during a three-day training camp in Bathinda on Monday. Photo: Kulbir Beera

NCC cadets in action during a three-day training camp in Bathinda

Dept mum over ‘misuse’ of forest land
Ropar, October 2
The Forest Department has turned out to be powerless in getting information from the owner of Kikkar lodge, build in about 1800 acres private forest land in Nurpurbedi, about other building constructed by him in the area.



New PAC to decide next SGPC chief: Badal
Amritsar, October 2
Triggering speculations for the “change of guard” in the SGPC, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the SAD, has announced that the next Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the party would decide the candidature of the next SGPC president and other office-bearers, even as the annual election in this regard is slated for the next month.

Differences on poll between CPI, CPM
Chandigarh, October 2
The CPI is determined to fight against the Congress in the coming Assembly elections in Punjab. In fact, it has taken a tough stand against the ruling Congress in the state whereas at the national level it is supporting the Congress led-UPA government.

District unit of SAD (Longowal) joins SAD
Amritsar, October 2
Mr Satpal Singh Wadali, district president of the SAD (Longowal), along with other office-bearers and supporters joined the SAD here today.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the SAD, presents a siropa to Mr Satpal Singh Wadali, district president of the SAD (Longowal), after Mr Wadali joined the SAD in Amritsar on Monday. Photo: Rajiv Sharma

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the SAD, presents a siropa to Mr Satpal Singh Wadali, district president of the SAD (Longowal), after Mr Wadali joined the SAD in Amritsar


Common man bears brunt as prices of essential items skyrocket
Chandigarh, October 2
Although the Finance Minister, Mr P.Chidambaram, is rejoicing over the country's growth rate graph having nearly touched 9 per cent for the first quarter of the current financial year, he is forgetting that the backbreaking rise in the prices of essential commodities is knocking out the support base of the ruling Congress among common people.

Shopping turns sour for residents on Dasehra
Bathinda, October 2
Inauguration of a shop in the Dhobi Bazaar area today put festive shoppers in great inconvenience as the shop owner erected a massive pandal covering half the road in front of about 20 shops without seeking any permission from the MC authorities.

Gill seeks package for farmers
Chandigarh, October 2
The member of the Rajya Sabha from Punjab, Dr M.S. Gill, has urged the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the Finance Minister, Mr P.Chidambaram, to announce a package for the farmers of Punjab.

Rights panel tells ADGP to probe woman’s disappearance
Ropar, October 2
Taking serious note of the inability of the police to trace the disappearance of a 32-year-old woman, who is mother of three children, from her in-laws house in Nurpurbedi for the past two months, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has directed the ADGP (Intelligence) to investigate the matter and submit its report.

Security enhanced in Ropar district
Ropar, October 2
The security at various sensitive areas in the district enhanced today following a threat issued by the militant to blow up water headworks at Ropar and Bhakra Dam. Besides strict surveillance by the security agencies at Bhakra Dam, the security enhanced at Nangal.

Book on scientific view of Gurbani released
Patiala, October 2
A book in Punjabi titled, “Gurbani Ch Majooda Ate Bhawikht Vigiyan”, authored by Prof Tirlochan Singh Mahajan was released by Dr Sat Pal Singh Virdi, Director, Engineering College, Bathinda, at a simple function held here yesterday.

Khadi board training centre
Ropar, October 2
The Punjab Khadi and Gram Ydyog will set up North India’s first of its kind training centre and administrative building in Mohali.

Play to commemorate Nanda’s birth anniversary
Patiala, October 2
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, presented its 62nd monthly garden theatre, Punjabi Hass Raag Rang programme, to mark the 114th birth anniversary of Prof Ishwar Chander Nanda, one of the inventors of modern Punjabi drama, at Baradari Gardens here yesterday.


Land sold on forged documents
Abohar, October 2
Prime agriculture land measuring 59 kanals was allegedly sold by forging documents here. The Revenue department is now in trouble for the role of local officials in the scam, sources said. The district authorities have been alerted and requested to cancel the transaction. The market value of the land has been put at Rs 80 lakh.

Proclaimed offender held
Hoshiarpur, October 2
The Sadar police has arrested a proclaimed offender (PO), Kulwant Singh, alias Koka, resident of Bhilowal, Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, stated here this afternoon.

Youth booked in rape case
Hoshiarpur, October 2
A case of rape of a teenaged poor girl by a youth of her Kaharpur village in Hoshiarpur district was registered under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC at Mahilpur police station last night.

Gang of petrol station robbers busted, 4 held
Bathinda, October 2
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of petrol station robbers with the arrest of four of its members. Surprisingly, three of them are employed at the Faridkot and Kotkapura Civil Hospitals.

Heroin worth Rs 10 crore seized on border
Gurdaspur October 2
The Border Security Force (BSF) foiled a major attempt to smuggle heroin into Indian territory from the Gurdaspur border today. Sources available here told the BSF personnel posted at the Kot Rajada border outpost on the Indo-Pak border today noticed a gunny bag floating from the Pakistan side of the Ravi. They alerted the boat naka near the outpost that intercepted and captured the gunny bag.



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