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Govt to regularise illegal colonies: CM
Patiala, October 7
With an eye on the coming Assembly elections, the Congress government in Punjab has initiated the process of regularisation of unauthorised colonies, which have come up at various places in the state in the past few years due to massive urbanisation.

Suicides: farmers’ bodies to meet in Hyderabad
Chandigarh, October 7
Perturbed over the apathy of the Union Government towards the growing incidence of debt-induced suicides, a national-level meeting of various organisations of farmers has been convened in Hyderabad for October 9.

Row over land for sports complex
Amritsar, October 7
The issue of a chunk of land in the Rajasansi area, reportedly donated to the local panchayat by Ms Bhajan Kaur, wife of former Punjab Revenue Minister late Maj Harinder Singh, for the construction of a sports complex there, has kicked off a controversy.

Recoveries to be made from dam employees
Gurdaspur, October 7
The Punjab Government has decided to affect recoveries from the employees posted at the Shahpur Kandi dam project. The Accountant-General (AG), Punjab, in a communication issued recently has directed the Finance Department of the dam to calculate the amount to be recovered from the employees of the dam.



PAU, bureaucrats on collision course
Ludhiana, October 7
Authorities of Punjab Agricultural University and bureaucrats of the Punjab Government are on the path of confrontation. The autonomy of Punjab Agricultural University is being eroded and the bureaucrats have allegedly adopted a lukewarm attitude to help the university in tiding over the financial crisis being faced by it.

Russian envoy calls on CM
Chandigarh, October 7
A five-member delegation from Russia, led by its Ambassador to India, Vyacheslav I.Trubnikov, called on Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here yesterday. The delegation evinced keen interest to further strengthen economic ties with Punjab through import of sports goods, hand-tools, leather goods, cycle parts and carpets from the state.



CPI, CPM to work as team in poll
Chandigarh, October 7
The CPI and the CPM, which had been engaged in a wordy duel in Punjab, today resolved to work as a team to defeat the SAD-BJP combine and also not to form an alliance or make any adjustment with the ruling Congress in the coming Assembly elections in the state.

CM’s road show a poll stunt, says SAD
Chandigarh, October 7
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today dismissed the proposed “road show” of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, as an election stunt.

DC’s transfer ‘victory’ of Congress workers
Moga, October 7
District Congress Chief Col Babu Singh has termed the transfer of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr VK Meena, as the victory of Congress workers. Mr. Meena has been transferred as Director, Welfare of SCs/BCs within about a fortnight of Babu Singh’s demand to shift him.

Rift reports baseless: BJP
Abohar, October 7
State BJP president Avinash Rai Khanna, BJP national secretary Harjit Singh Grewal and member of the national discipline committee of the party Prof B.L. Rinwa have described as totally baseless, planted and ill-motivated stories which indicated that differences between the BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had cropped up over seat-sharing for the coming Vidhan Sabha elections.

Akali workers join Congress
Kharar, October 7
With the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections approaching, the SAD received a big jolt today, in Morinda Vidhan Sabha constituency, as more than two dozen Akali sarpanches and panches along with their supporters joined the Congress at a function held at Saini Majra village in Majri block of Kharar subdivision.


Alhuwalia transferred for indulging in politics: CM
Patiala, October 7
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that Mr S.K. Alhuwalia, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Patiala, had been transferred from that post as there were reports that he was indulging in politics.

Protesters seek action against jail officials
Death of undertrial
Ropar, October 7
Tension prevailed here when a large number of villagers and family members of an undertrial who died under mysterious circumstances yesterday in the district jail here today protested, demanding action against jail officials.

Double tragedy hits family
Abohar, October 7
A broad-daylight theft in street 8 of old Suraj Nagari here has come as another shock to the family, which had lost a young daughter at Ludhiana.

Improve grievance redressal machinery, says DGP
Patiala, October 7
Mr S. S. Virk, director-general of police (DGP), Punjab Police, yesterday urged the field officers to make efforts to improve the grievance redressal machinery at the grassroots level for better policing and to be more accessible to the public.

PCMS body for Ramadoss’ ouster
Patiala, October 7
The PCMS Association Punjab has demanded the immediate sacking of Dr Ramadoss, Union Health Minister, for misguiding the country on the issue of dengue by making false statements and for his unethical, casual and unrealistic attitude towards a national medical emergency which amounted to criminal negligence.

Contract labourers hold rally
Bathinda, October 7
Protesting against the “step-motherly treatment meted out to them by the management”, activists of the GHTP Majdoor Union today held a gate rally at the Lehra Mohabbat thermal plant.

Burning of paddy stubble continues
Gurdaspur, October 7
Despite warning by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), farmers are resorting to the burning of paddy stubble in the fields. Thick clouds of black smoke emerging from the burning rice stubble in fields are engulfing roads in the district.

‘Save Panth rally today’
Rajasansi, October 7
To save the sanctity of gurdwaras and their properties all over the world a ‘save Panth rally’ will be organised here tomorrow.

Nagar kirtan organised
Amritsar, October 7
A large number of devotees here today participated in a nagar kirtan organised in connection with birth anniversary of Guru Ramdas.



Witnesses depose against former SAD minister
Gurdaspur October 7
Witnesses yesterday deposed in two cases of corruption registered by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau against former SAD Minister from the area Sewa Singh Sekhwan. Proceedings in the corruption cases against Mr Sekhwan are going on in the court of additional Sessions and District Judge cum special Judge Gurdaspur.


Birinderjit Singh made PPCB member-secy
Chandigarh, October 7
The Punjab Government has appointed Mr Birinderjit Singh member- secretary of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) for period of one year.


3 booked for cyber crime
Bathinda, October 7
The police has booked three persons in connection with an Internet fraud in which a resident of Noida was duped of his money when he made online bidding for a laptop.

Black magic claims life, tantrik held
Patti (Amritsar), October 7
In a bizarre incident, a patient died after a tantrik inflicted numerous knife injuries on his body claiming to cure him of some illness.

1 held for defacing Bhagat Singh’s statue
Hoshiarpur, October 7
Sonu of Bhoosar, Ranchi, Jharkhand, presently residing in the local Dhobi Ghat area, has been arrested in connection with defacing of a statue of Bhagat Singh.

Fake currency racket busted
Hoshiarpur, October 7
The district police has busted a fake currency racket with the arrest of Dharampal. Mr R. N. Dhoke, SSP, Hoshiarpur, said here today that on a tip-off, a police party headed by Mr Mohinder Singh, SHO, (City), raided the shop of Kiwi Complex opposite the Tehsil complex and arrested Dharampal.

Girl run over by vehicle
Kharar, October 7
A small girl was allegedly run over by a speeding vehicle today. According to information available, Kirandeep, a resident of Swara, died on the spot.


Sekhri questions PSIDC claim on delay
Chandigarh, October 7
Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, yesterday contested the claim of the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation that referred the matter of his company Abhinav Cotspin to the Projects Approval Board to seek permission to condone the “delay” in applying for the one-time settlement.


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