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Lodhinangal accused of fraud
SSP marks inquiry into ‘illegal’ land transfer

Gurdaspur, October 19
The prospects of former Batala Improvement Trust Chairman Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal, who had recently joined the SAD, to contest from Quadian constituency on party ticket have suffered a setback following the filing of a compliant of fraud against him in the office of SSP L.K. Yadav.

PM visit likely next month
Chandigarh, October 19
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is expected to visit Punjab in the second week of November. Sources said the visit was likely between November 10 and 15.

Water supply scheme for 5,744 villages
Chandigarh, October 19
A rural water supply scheme backed by the World Bank is to be implemented in 5,744 villages in Punjab. Also, a project to strengthen state highways at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore has been agreed to in principle by the World Bank.

Docs working in rural areas stage protest
Bathinda, October 19
Hundreds of rural medical service providers from different parts of the state staged a rally in support of their demands here today.
Rural medical service providers stage a protest in Bathinda Rural medical service providers stage a protest in Bathinda on Thursday. 
Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera








We know nothing about CM’s road show, says Dullo
Chandigarh, October 19
With the Punjab Assembly elections round the corner, there seems to be a difference of opinion between the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the state Congress chief, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, over the style of campaigning to be adopted in the run-up to the poll.

Complaint against councillor
Chandigarh, October 19
The Executive Officer of the Municipal Council, Ferozepore, has lodged a complaint with the Department of Local Bodies here alleging that a councillor had driven-off with his official Gypsy a few days ago and has not returned it since then.


Forest Dept in dark over status to villages
Ropar, October 19
The recent claim of Cabinet Minister Jagmohan Singh Kang of getting the Nagar Panchayat (NP) status for Nada, Karoran and other villages has left the Forest Department officials in a quandary. The decision, if it is true, will also benefit the controversial Forest Hill Resort.

Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Puraskar for Giani Gurdit Singh
Chandigarh, October 19
The Advisory Board of the Punjab Languages Department, which held its meeting here today, announced the Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Puraskar for the eminent writer, Giani Gurdit Singh. This is the most prestigious literary award given every year by the Department for contribution to Punjabi literature. Giani Gurdit Singh is known in the literary world for his book” Mera Pind” that is considered a classic in Punjabi literature. 

Thekedar admits visiting India
Amritsar, October 19
UK-based separatist leader Jaswant Singh Thekedar (60), who was declared a proclaimed offender and carried a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head after he was accused of throwing cow parts into temples in Amritsar in 1982, today admitted that he had entered India on a valid visa on October 5 and attended the wedding of the son of an Ambala-based journalist on October 7, as mentioned in these columns.

Captain, Kidwai attend Iftar
Chandigarh, October 19
The United Progressive Muslim Front hosted a high-profile “Iftar” at hotel Mountview here tonight. Eminent among those who attended the party were the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai.

No VIP to inaugurate jail
Ropar, October 19
District jail officials were disappointed for the second time on Tuesday when a VVIP did not turn up here to inaugurate the jail, which has been functioning informally for the past two months.

Wetland’s ‘winged’ guests return
Ropar, October 19
The much awaited guests of this season here — the three species of migratory birds have arrived in the wetland area of Ropar. These birds include great cormorant, ruddy shelduck, poachard were spotted near the water headworks. However, so far the strength of these birds is very less despite the fact the first pair of ruddy shelduck was seen early in the first week of this month. Usually the migratory birds from Central Asia generally arrive here October 10 onwards every year.

Agitation threat
Ropar, October 19
The RTP contractor workers union yesterday threatened to launch a protest from October 20 in thermal plant on the ground that one of the employees of the thermal plant was beaten up by some influential persons but the police had failed to registered a case in this regard.


Move to sell DAP through govt outlets
Gurdaspur, October 19
Peeved at traders hoarding of fertilisers, the Punjab government considering selling DAP fertiliser received from the Union Government through open sale. The governments considering using the outlets of the state agencies as IFFCO, Markfed and Punjab Agro to sell DAP fertilizer instead of issuing it to registered dealers. Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, stated this to The Tribune today.


DGP asks cops not to accept Divali gifts
Chandigarh, October 19
Director-General of Punjab Police S.S. Virk has asked officers of the Punjab police not to accept Divali gifts from anybody. In a communique sent out yesterday, he has pointed out that members of the public offer expensive gifts on Divali and the practice was unhealthy by itself.


Cop, 2 others held for murder, robbery
Bathinda, October 19
The police has arrested two persons for involvement in several cases of murder and robbery in different states and a police constable for harbouring them. However, their two other accomplices gave the police the slip.

Two persons wanted by the Himachal police and a police constable held for harbouring them are being produced in a Bathinda court on Thursday. Photo: Kulbir Beera

Two persons wanted by the Himachal police and a police constable held for harbouring them are being produced in a Bathinda court

‘Blackmailer’ lensman remanded in police custody
Ludhiana, October 19
The city police has started investigation into two other CDs allegedly made by the photographer Amrik Singh alias Prince in which he had caught a local trader in a compromising position with a woman while in another he had attempted to bribe a warrant officer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Two arrested with heroin, fake currency
Amritsar, October 19
The Special Narcotics Cell (SNC) has arrested two smugglers linked with terrorist organisation Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) with 1 kg of heroin and fake currency notes worth Rs 1 lakh.


PPS Nabha’s founder’s day celebrated
Nabha, October 19
“In today’s global scenario India is emerging as one of the world’s economic powers.” These views were expressed by Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, Chief Secretary, Punjab, in a speech on the 46th founders’ day of Punjab Public School, Nabha. He said for the development of any nation education and health were the two essentials. Education being the most important. Sharing memories of his student life he said he was from a rural background. He praised achievements of PPS in various fields. He lauded the role of school headmaster and the faculty. he gave Rs 10 lakh to the school and said the Punjab Government would take steps to take care of the building of PPS.


No govt land for RIL: CM
Chandigarh, October 19
Keeping all speculation to rest about Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that the industrial giant was not being given any government land in the state rather they were buying land in the open market.



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