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Iftar: Congressmen, bureaucrats invited
Chandigarh, October 18
Now when the local Muslim community has decided to go for Iftar at Mountview hotel here tomorrow, it has on its list of invitees not only the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and his Deputy, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, but also the Governor of Haryana and bureaucrats of the region.

Dimpy’s wife to contest from Kotkapura seat
Chandbhan (Faridkot), October 18
Speculations on the entry of slain Prabhjinder Singh alias Dimpy’s wife into politics turned a reality today when his supporters announced Ms Pawandeep Kaur a Panthic candidate from the Kotkapura constituency for the Assembly elections in the state. They also expressed their intent to field their candidates from 10 Assembly seats in Moga, Faridkot, Bathinda and Muktsar districts.

Former militant Nishan Singh held
Gurdaspur, October 18
The Gurdaspur police yesterday arrested former militant Nishan Singh from his native village Kalanaur on the Indo-Pak border. Nishan Singh had returned to his village after serving a 15-year sentence in various jails of the state under various cases of terrorism.

Improvement Trust chief in the dock
Amritsar, October 18
The Chairman of Improvement Trust, Mr Jugal Kishore Sharma, is in the dock again following charges of 'manipulations' to help his elder brother pass building plan of prime commercial land near Town Hall.

Amritsar, Vienna to be airlinked soon
Amritsar, October 18
Austria would soon launch Vienna — Amritsar via Kerala Air service for people of two cities and was likely to open a visa centre at Chandigarh, said Austrian Ambassador, Ms Jutta Stefan-Bastl, while addressing faculty and students of the Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Foot and mouth disease resurfaces
Gurdaspur, October 18
The foot and mouth disease has struck cattle in dairies in the district despite efforts by the government to eradicate it. Many heads of cattle in dairies of Gurdaspur and Pathankot district have been infected with the disease.



Khanna flays Abdullah’s stand on Afzal
Hoshiarpur, October 18
State BJP president and MP Avinash Rai Khanna today condemned those political leaders, including former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, who were opposed to the proposed execution of Mohammed Afzal Guroo, who has been convicted of attack on Parliament.


Power load condition relaxed
Chandigarh, October 18
As the Assembly elections are nearing, the Punjab Government has speeded up the process of giving benefits to certain sections of society. Sources said yesterday that to accommodate more Scheduled Castes families in the free-power category (up to 200 units) the government had increased the power load limit to 1,000 watts.

No voting sans I-card, says poll observer
Patiala, October 18
Ms Maneesha Nanda, Special Election Observer, said yesterday that electoral roll for the coming Assembly elections in Punjab would be ready by January 3 and anybody who doesn't have photo identity card would be allowed to vote.

Mishap victims await ex gratia
Gurdaspur, October 18
The accident involving a Punjab Roadways bus near Jhakolari around a month ago has made the life of Ved Prakash Sharma a resident of Pathankot a living hell.

Shopkeeper left in the lurch
Amritsar, October 18
“Mere bachon ne do din se khana nahin khaya hai. Main kya karoon. In logon ne meri shop tod di hai,” (My children have not eaten food for the last two days as the corporation officials collapsed my shop), said Rajesh, a cycle mechanic with choked voice. His shop collapsed due to the negligence of the Municipal Corporation.

BSF jawan looted in train
Ropar, October 18
A BSF jawan, Lakhwinder Singh (23), deployed in Bengal, was yesterday looted in train when he was on his way from Delhi to his native village Ghanauli near here.

Assn seeks economic package for Punjab
Patiala, October 18
The Laghu Udyog Bharti, Punjab, has urged the Prime Minister to give a special economic package to Punjab, apart from giving SEZ status to all designated industrial areas in the state.

Morning walkers have no place to walk
Amritsar, October 18
The billboards put up by the Mayor of the holy city, Mr Sunil Datti, inviting city residents for the morning and evening walks in various parts of the city have drawn flak as there are a few places left for recreational activities.


Assault case: IAS officer’s son surrenders
Amritsar, October 18
Simardeep Singh, son of an IAS officer, along with Varinder Singh, both MBBS students of the SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, today surrendered before the court of Judicial Magistrate Sanjay Agnihotri here.

Man beats wife to death
Hoshiarpur, October 18
The beating of a newly married girl by her husband at Denowal Khurd village in this district led to her death. The Garhshankar police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against her husband last night.


Lecture on life, work of Einstein
Patiala, October 18
To celebrate National Technology Day, M. M. Modi College organised a lecture and an exhibition on the life and research work of a famous scientist, Albert Einstein.

Punjab heritage body holds cultural programme
Patiala, October 18
The Punjab Heritage Foundation, USA, and Punjabi University, Patiala, organised an impressive folk arts cultural programme on the university campus yesterday.

63 students honoured
Patiala, October 18
As many as 63 students of Government Mohindra College were honoured for their outstanding achievements in various university examinations at a special function organised here today.

Mata Gujri College wins gidda contest
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 18
On the second day of the Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival of Fatehgarh Sahib Zone, Mata Gujri College won the gidda competition. The second day was inaugurated by Dr H.S.Deol, former Commissioner, Linguistic Minorities of India, and former member of the Punjab Public Service Commission. Didar Singh Bhatti, Chairman of the college, was the guest of honour.

Teachers’ dharna continues
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 18
Teacher’s of Mata Gujri College here continued with their dharna for the third day yesterday against the non-implementation of 50 per cent DA in the basic pay of uncovered staff.

Students float new organisation
Patiala, October 18
A section of the youth of Punjab has formed a new organisation called the Young Organisation of India (YOI) for the protection of rights and dignity of the youths.


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