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Left plans gherao of Parliament
Govt has no national perspective
Chandigarh, October 20
The leader of the CPI group in Parliament and General Secretary of the All-India Trade Union Congress, Mr Gurudas Das Gupta, said here today that his party’s differences with the Manmohan Singh led government had deepened further over the pro-rich, anti-poor, policies being followed by it.

Arms licence: SHOs made accountable
Ludhiana, October 20
Taking a strict note of a Tribune exposure on how an alleged criminal got an arms licence despite cases against him, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Ludhiana Range, has issued orders making SHOs responsible for any such serious lapse or wilful ignorance in helping a tainted man.
Leading otolaryngologists to meet at Ludhiana
Chandigarh, October 20
India’s top otolaryngologists will come together on a common platform at the end of this month to share their experiences in restoring voice and hearing to the physically impaired and to discuss new techniques in clinical research that could turn the deaf and the dumb into able-bodied persons.

Dr Naresh Malhotra
Dr Naresh Malhotra

PRTC to connect religious destinations
Bathinda, October 20
PRTC will connect all places of religious importance through its bus service apart from modernising its fleet in near future, stated PRTC Chairman Ved Parkash Gupta while addressing a press conference after a function to mark the corporation’s golden jubilee celebrations here on Wednesday.


 

 

 


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DTO caught on tape seeking bribe
Hoshiarpur, October 20
Harassed by repeated demands of District Transport Officer (DTO) Chander Gaind for monetary favours, a local transporter, Harvinder Singh Lally, has carried out a sting operation against him.

 

 
POLITICS

BSP not for alliance with any party
Ropar, October 20
State president of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Avtar Singh Karimpuri, today hailed the Supreme Court ruling regarding quota in promotion for SC, ST while keeping creamy layer out of it. He said deprived SC, ST now would get more chances in promotion in government jobs. He was here to attend “shardhanjali samaroh” organised in the memory of BSP leader late Kanshi Ram.

Anti-Afzal rally by BJP
Ropar, October 20
The BJP district unit yesterday held a rally in support of the death sentence to Mohammad Afzal Guru.

 
COMMUNITY

Computer teachers to observe ‘black Divali’
Sangrur, October 20
The Computer Teachers Union today termed the enhancement in the salary of computer teachers from Rs 4,500 to Rs 7,000 by the Punjab Government as a “cruel joke” with them. In view of this, the union has decided to observe “black Divali” tomorrow.

CM extends Divali greetings
Chandigarh, October 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh and the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, in separate messages, today extended greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of Divali.

Illegal mining from common land continues
Pathankot, October 20
Illegal mining by brick-kiln owners is continuing openly on the village common land in Mamun village, near Pathankot, despite orders of the Deputy Commissioner and the SDM, Pathankot.

Family donates boy’s body
Abohar, October 20
Even in the face of losing a young family member just prior the festival of lights, the family of Darshan Lal Chugh, district trainer for scouts and guides, yesterday pledged the body of their only son, Raghav (8), to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot.

Avtar Singh may be re-elected SGPC president
Chandigarh, October 20
Mr Avtar Singh Makkar will continue as SGPC president for the next term. The election of president and executive of the SGPC will be held next month. Beside the president, the general house of the SGPC will elect the senior vice-president, junior vice president, general secretary and 11 members of the executive.

Exclude doctors from VAT: IMA
Ludhiana, October 20
The Indian Medical Association has urged the government not to bring doctors under the VAT (Value Added Tax) regime. In a representation to the government, a former national vice president of the IMA and president, Ludhiana chapter, Dr Gursharan Singh said, bringing doctors, under the purview of VAT was unwarranted.

 
COURTS

Court asks Punjab Govt to clean up drain
Chandigarh, October 20
Alarmed by the rising levels of pollution in Budda Nullah, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has taken strict cognizance of the violation of health and environmental rights of people being caused by the negligence of public servants who have failed to prevent the hazard.

 

AGRICULTURE

Farmers’ rally on Oct 26
Abohar, October 20
Various factions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union and the Khet Mazdoor Sabha today resolved to jointly organise a rally in the new grain market here on October 26 to air their grievances on the fall in the cotton rates allegedly due to wrong management of the market by the state government.

 

CRIME

Woman done to death by  father-in-law, others
Rajpura,October 20
Fearing that his illicit relations would be exposed, Ram Singh, a farmer of Bhedwal Jhuggian village, near here, brutally strangled his daughter-in-law to death late last night. The police has booked six persons, including Ram Singh and the woman’s husband, in the case.

Kehar Singh (first from right), father of Rajwinder Kaur, who was allegedly strangled by her father-in-law and others, wait for her body outside the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, on Friday. Photo: JS Virdi

Kehar Singh (first from right), father of Rajwinder Kaur, who was allegedly strangled by her father-in-law and others, wait for her body outside the Civil Hospital, Rajpura

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