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113 IAS, PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, October 6
The Punjab Government tonight ordered a major reshuffle in the posting of 18 IAS officers, including two Deputy Commissioners, and 95 PCS officers.

CM all set for 38-day road show
Chandigarh, October 6
At the receiving end of SAD criticism for the past several weeks, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has decided to launch a counter political attack on former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son, Mr Sukhbir Singh through a 38-day road show in the countryside in a few days from now. He intends to cover all 117 Vidhan Sabha constituencies by December.

PM may announce package for Punjab industry
The Union Minister of State for Industries, Dr Ashwani Kumar, and a former Punjab minister, Dr Malti Thapar, after paying floral tributes to a former Prime Minister, the late Rajiv Gandhi, in whose name an auditorium was inaugurated in Moga on Wednesday. Moga, October 6
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, may announce a package for the Punjab industry during his forthcoming visit to the state later this month or in the first week of November.

The Union Minister of State for Industries, Dr Ashwani Kumar, and a former Punjab minister, Dr Malti Thapar, after paying floral tributes to a former Prime Minister, the late Rajiv Gandhi, in whose name an auditorium was inaugurated in Moga on Wednesday.

Rift between MC chief, Cong leaders
Amritsar, October 6
Serious differences have cropped up between Mr K.S. Kang, Commissioner Municipal Corporation, and senior leaders of the ruling party, including an MLA, regarding undertaking new development projects in the city before the next Assembly elections.

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PU extends date for exam forms
Chandigarh, October 6
Panjab University has extended the last date for receipt of examination forms without late fee from October 18 to 31 from candidates appearing in the university annual examination 2007 in the private capacity.

Dullo warns against clemency to Afzal
Ludhiana, October 6
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president, Shamsher Singh Dullo today warned against granting clemency to Afzal Guru, convict in the Parliament attack case. He said, this would convey a wrong signal to enemies of the country threatening its sovereignty and integrity.



Countdown begins to SGPC chief’s election
Ludhiana, October 6
The SGPC has been in the focus since Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra passed into history. Each Akali leader picked by Mr Parkash Singh Badal to slip into the shoes of Mr Tohra proved unequal to the task as a result of which the SGPC has suffered a setback. Interestingly not only the presidents, but also the secretaries were handpicked people.

Cong may field new faces
Chandigarh, October 6
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has got the green signal from the party high command to replace weak candidates with those having better chances to win in the coming Assembly elections.

DCC office-bearers
Ferozepore, October 6
Mr Gurnaib Singh Brar, DCC president, today released the list of new office-bearers of the district Congress committee which included 16 block presidents, 38 vice-presidents, 38 general secretaries and 43 secretaries.


Suspected dengue case reported
PATIALA: Even as the authorities concerned have been making efforts to prevent dengue from spreading in the district, another patient suspected with the disease was reported in the town late last evening.

Mentally challenged pregnant woman in dire straits
Ropar, October 6
A mentally challenged eight-month pregnant woman (24) has been living in abject poverty at the District Courts for the past two months.

CM’s clean chit to SSP
Chandigarh, October 6
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that Mr Sukhbir Badal got done the sting operation against four policemen of Nawanshahr for allegedly selling poppy. He also gave a clean chit to the SSP, Nawanshahr, Mr Surinder Pal Singh saying “The SSP does not have any role in the alleged act committed by his subordinates”.

Badal seeks Rs 30,000-cr package
Chandigarh, October 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today demanded an economic package of Rs 30, 000 crore from the Centre to bail out the beleaguered farmers of Punjab from the crushing debt trap. Mr Badal also demanded that the minimum support price of Rs1,150 per quintal for wheat in the coming season.

"Join hands to curb female foeticide"
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 6
The declining sex ratio is a great matter of concern and every section of the society must take it seriously. For, if the trend continues, it could lead to social disorder. Female foeticide is not only a blot on the society but it also a misuse of technology for personal interests, said Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, while addressing the seminar on female foeticide organised by the District Social Security Department.

Social activist dead
Patiala, October 6
Mr Amar Singh Kamboj, a social activist of the town, died on Thursday evening due to cardiac arrest at a local private hospital. He was 89. Amar Singh Kamboj, was elected the first municipal commissioner of Patiala state unanimously in 1942.

Yuva padyatra members reach Ropar
Ropar, October 6
A Swarnim Bharat Yuva Padyatra led by Bhrama Kumar Rajni, from Jammu reached here on Wednesday. Members of Bhrama Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya accompanied the padyatra. The members delivered lectures in educational institutions on the role of youths in value- based society and challenges and choices before youths.

4 hurt in mishap; close shave for cops
Rajpura, October 6
Four persons were injured in an accident here today. According to police sources, an Innova car rammed into a tractor trailer, which was overtaking a truck parked on the road side.

The mangled remains of an Innova after it collided head-on with a truck on the Rajpura-Ambala highway in Chamaru village, near Rajpura, on Friday. — Photo by J.S. Virdi
The mangled remains of an Innova after it collided head-on with a truck on the Rajpura-Ambala highway in Chamaru village, near Rajpura, on Friday.

1,000 buses added to roadways fleet
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 6
The State Transport Department has purchased 1000 new buses for transport and out of these 362 buses had been added in the fleet of Punjab Roadways and 200 in Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) fleet. Rest of the buses are being fabricated and 60 to 70 buses would be ready every month.

Security beefed up at religious places.


20.90 tonnes of paddy bought
Ropar, October 6
Various agencies have purchased 20.90 metric tonnes of paddy from grain markets of Punjab so far. Last year, the procurement was 11.59 metric tonnes till this day. This happened as we started the purchase of paddy two days earlier this time, said the Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, Ms Tejinder Kaur, after inspecting the Morinda grain market here yesterday.


Dutt sworn in as Chief Vigilance Commissioner
Chandigarh, October 6
The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today administered the oath of office to Justice Amar Dutt as state Chief Vigilance Commissioner at a brief ceremony in the Punjab Raj Bhavan here.

Revenue Commission set up
Ferozepore, October 6
To streamline functioning of the Revenue Department, the Punjab Revenue Commission has been constituted to recommend amendments to be made in various Revenue Acts like the Land Acquisition Act, the Stamp Duty Act and other acts.


2 held for NRI’s murder
Hoshiarpur, October 6
The police claims to have solved murder case of NRI Surinder Singh, alias Chinda Walaiti, son of Ram Krishan of Mehlanwali village after more than 10 months and arrest two persons.

Rs 2 lakh robbed
Moga, October 6
Three motorcycle-borne persons looted Rs 2 lakh from two persons near Bagh cinema here today. The victims received injuries as robbers attacked them with sharp-edged weapons to snatch money bag.

Shops selling LPG on black market raided; 3 booked
Bathinda, October 6
After “ignoring” the sale of LPG cylinders on black market by shopkeepers on the Haji Rattan road for long, the District Food Supply Department today raided some shops and seized 12 cylinders from owners.

Undertrial dies in jail
Ropar, October 6
A 30-year-old undertrial, Harinder Singh, died under mysterious circumstances in the district jail here this evening.


PAU inks MoU
Ludhiana, October 6
Punjab Agricultural University, New Zealand-based Massey University and Landcare Research Organisation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of sharing knowledge and entering into collaborative and cooperative teaching and research.


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