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4 of farmer’s family consume poison, die
Khyali (Barnala), October 9
Four members of a farmer died after consuming a poisonous substance. After the death of father-son duo Sukhwinder Kaur (28 ) of the famliy died today morning in DMC Ludhiana due to internal injuries. Fourth one is five-year-old granddaughter of deceased Mahinder Singh who has been struggling for life at DMC, Ludhiana.

Farmer commits suicide
Mansa, October 9
A debt-ridden farmer in his late 20s reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the roof of his residence at Bhaini Bagha village, near here, last night. According to sources, the deceased, Gurjeet Singh (28), had 15 acres of land, of which he had mortgaged three acres.

3 women held for burning religious scriptures
Bathinda, October 9
Three women were arrested for reportedly trying to take possession of a granthi’s house and burning ‘gutkas’ (religious scriptures) at Deep Singh Nagar here today.
A team from Takht Sri Damdama Sahib inspects the spot where religious scriptures were burnt in Bathinda on Monday.
A team from Takht Sri Damdama Sahib inspects the spot where religious scriptures were burnt in Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera



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Junk dealer, worker die in blast, probe initiated
Kapurthala, October 9
Two persons were killed and another was injured following a blast in a junk-dealer’s shop in Guru Nanak Nagar near the Police Lines here today afternoon. The explosive seemed to be part of the Army’s scrap as several parts of scrap and four green coloured boxes were lying at the site of the blast. Army has initiated a court of inquiry to know from where the junk-dealer had bought the scrap and how live explosive found its way into the scrap.


Kin of a blast victim in shock outside Civil Hospital, Kapurthala on Monday. — Photo by Pawan Sharma
Kin of a blast victim in shock outside Civil Hospital, Kapurthala on Monday.

Kanshi Ram’s death will impact Punjab politics
Chandigarh, October 9
The significance of Babu Kanshi Ram, founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), who died late last evening, can be gauged in Punjab politics from today’s action of the state government. He was never a Minister in the state or at the national level, but as a tribute to him the Punjab Government, which is preparing for the Assembly elections due to be held in four months from now, today closed its offices after the lunch break.

Kanshi Ram ‘fails to fulfil mother’s wish’
Khwaspura (Ropar), October 9
The native village of the founder of the BSP, Kanshi Ram, who died in New Delhi late last night, was silent today. The news of his death came here even as family members of the leader had been waiting for Kanshi Ram for over nine months to arrive here to immerse the ashes of his mother to fulfil her last wish.

Separatist leader Thekedar attends wedding
Amritsar, October 9
UK-based separatist leader Jaswant Singh Thekedar, head of the parallel faction of the Dal Khalsa International, who carries a reward on his head, has quietly entered India on a valid passport, attending a wedding at Ambala yesterday.

Ex-MLA complains against minister’s political aide
Chandigarh, October 9
Slighted by the verbal altercation he allegedly had with a political aide of the Punjab Finance and Health Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, a former MLA and President of the Kapurthala District Congress Committee, Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira, lodged a complaint with the Chandigarh Police here this morning.

Singla clarifies on Phagwara spat
Chandigarh, October 9
The Punjab Finance and Health Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today clarified that political comments by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at a private function in Phagwara yesterday had provoked him to lodge a protest with the organisers of the function silently and in a dignified manner.

Road widening faces hurdles
Two important projects cleared by PMO
Chandigarh, October 9
Work on all important national highways has been moving in fits and starts or has slowed down due to various reasons in Punjab. In some cases work has started on one section of a road while it has been held up on another of the same road. There is also some good news for the state as two important road projects have been approved by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

 
POLITICS

Pensioners’ body to contest Assembly poll
Barnala, October 9
The Punjab State Pensioners Confederation has decided to contest Punjab Assembly elections.

COMMUNITY

50 sugar mill workers detained
Patti (Tarn Taran), October 9
Fifty workers of the Cooperative Sugar Mills, Sheron, were detained by the police when they were protesting at a function presided over by Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Minister for PWD and Education, Punjab, today.

3 sugar mills to be revived
Chandigarh, October 9
With just months to go for the Assembly elections, the Punjab Government has decided to revive the three sugar mills at Patiala, Faridkot and Tarn Taran with immediate effect.

Over 11 lakh unwanted girls get killed every year
Sangrur, October 9
The number of deaths due to female foeticide has crossed the number of deaths by all natural calamities and terrorist activities in India, China, Korea, South Korea, Pakistan, Turkey, Mexico, Taiwan, Bangla Desh and Vietnam. More than 10 crore girls were eliminated in China and India during the past several years while over 11 lakh girls are being killed before or after birth every year in India.

Abolition of death penalty sought
Ludhiana, October 9
World Day against Death Penalty will be observed tomorrow all over the world. Anti-death penalty activists will be organising meetings, seminars and marches protesting against governments which still uphold capital punishment.

Afflicted with skin diseases, they suffer in silence
Patiala, October 9
The ‘pride’ of being resident of this ‘royal city’ and hometown of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, holds no relevance for residents of its Kallar Colony where a sizeable section of its population has been suffering from skin diseases for the past many years as the authorities concerned are yet to take notice of the same.

Latest techniques in treatment of cancer discussed
Patiala, October 9
The Patiala branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), in collaboration with the Rosche Pharmaceuticals Drug Company, organised a Continuous Medical Education (CME) programme on the monoclonal antibodies in cancer treatment under the leadership of its president, Dr D.S. Bhullar.

CM urged to implement notification
Patiala, October 9
The Punjab College Librarians Association (PCLA) has urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to implement a notification issued by the Union Human Resources Ministry in toto without any delay.

Patiala Central Jail ‘overcrowded’
Patiala, October 9
The local Central Jail is overcrowded. Women prisoners are being kept in cells instead of barracks. Prisoners are not given milk and vegetables in adequate quantity and the number of bathrooms are less in the barracks.

 

 
COURTS

High Court
2 Punjab cops fined Rs 50,000 each
Chandigarh, October 9
In a major decision, Mr Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 each on two Punjab Police personnel for having violated the rights of an accused while he was in custody.

CRIME

Woman, 3 children murdered
Hoshiarpur, October 9
A woman and her three children were brutally murdered and their bodies thrown in Mukerian hydel canal.

6 booked for killing women, children
Mukerian, October 9
The local police today booked six persons of the family of the in laws of Jaswinder Kaur whose body was recovered yesterday.

Youth murders brother
Tarn Taran, October 9
Lakhbir Singh (33), a resident of Dilalwalpur village falling under Sarhali police station, killed his brother Dilbag Singh (30) last night. The police has registered a case under Section 302, IPC.

1 killed, 3 hurt in road mishap
Sangrur, October 9
Gurwinder Singh, alias Bhola, was killed, while three others, including Jagjiwan Singh and Pala Ram, were injured when a Maruti van, coming from Budhlada towards Sunam, hit them near the courts complex at Sunam, 13 km from here, today.

Woman killed in road mishap
Kharar, October 9
A woman was killed while her husband got seriously injured in an accident near Mundi Kharar here today. Their small child, however, escaped unhurt.

EDUCATION

VC refers girl’s suicide threat to police
Amritsar, October 9
A brilliant student who has cleared the UGC test before completing her masters degree in economics is likely to face the music as her father has written to the Vice-Chancellor of the Guru Nanak Dev University that she may commit suicide if denied a special chance to appear in the MA Part II examination before the end of the year.

Salary of computer teachers to be raised
Gurdaspur, October 9
The Punjab Government has decided to increase salary of computer teachers. The computer teachers will now be given the scale applicable to ETT teachers. Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Minister for Education, gave this information to The Tribune.

Professor invited to Poland

BUSINESS

Postal Dept loses revenue on money orders
Chandigarh, October 9
Even as the Department of Posts grapples with the declining moolah on its postal services, it is in the process of re-inventing itself as a public mercantile establishment. In this direction, the Punjab Postal circle has decided to expand its Finance Marts from a present five to 10 by the end of this fiscal.

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