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23 girls taken to Goa for ‘flesh trade’, 15 rescued
Girls promised jobs in defence by ‘Army officer’
Jalandhar, October 23
As many as 15 girls have been rescued from the clutches of a person who claims to be an Army officer, said president of the Lok Bhalai Party Balwant Singh Ramoowalia while talking to mediapersons here today.

Punjab in fix over DGP’s selection
Supreme Court guidelines
Chandigarh, October 23
The Punjab Government is grappling with serious issues related to the selection and posting of the Punjab Police chief in the light of directions given by the Supreme Court with regard to police reforms that include the selection and minimum tenure of the Director-General of Police (state police chief), setting up of the state security commission, constituting of the police establishment board and setting up a police complaints authority.

Police failure to trace woman irks villagers
Muktsar, October 23
Resentment is brewing among the residents of Gadadobe village here over the alleged police failure in tracing out newly wedded Kuldeep Kaur hailing from the village even after 11 days of her abduction.

Land acquisition: farmers plan protest on Nov 8
Chandigarh, October 23
Following the failure of the Punjab Government to cancel notices for the acquisition of agricultural land in Barnala and Amritsar, members of nine farmers’ organisations of the state have decided to hold a protest for regaining the right to cultivate 378 acres in Barnala.

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Jail authorities offer prisoners as servants
Gurdaspur, October 23
The Department of Jails has offered prisoners as servants for household and other chores to the license holder citizens. In a written communication issued recently the respective Jail Superintendents have asked the license holders if they wanted any prisoner for household or agriculture chores.

Attack on doctor sparks strike in hospital
Hoshiarpur, October 23
At least 30 unidentified persons assaulted Dr Des Raj in the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital here to express resentment against alleged negligence of a doctor of the hospital due to which Hamraj Kumar alias Sonu (32), of Gobindgarh mohalla (Bahadurpur), died last night. Windowpanes of the emergency ward were smashed.

100-year-old railway overbridge to be replaced
Chandigarh, October 23
An over 100-year-old railway overbridge (ROB) that has become a major bottleneck in smooth traffic between Ferozepore city and Ferozepore cantonment will be dismantled soon. The Punjab Government has now sanctioned Rs 15.80 crore to build a new ROB.

A view of the railway overbridge in Ferozepore that will be replaced soon. — A Tribune photograph
A view of the railway overbridge in Ferozepore that will be replaced soon.

Two BSF jawans commit suicide
Ferozepore, October 23
Domestic circumstances allegedly drove Head Constable Haripal Singh belonging to 07 battalion of the BSF to take extreme step of committing suicide, revealed BSF sources here this evening.


Notice to Chief Secy on ads
Chandigarh, October 23
Accusing the Punjab Government of causing loss to the state exchequer by issuing advertisements allegedly full of lies, SAD general secretaries Capt Kanwaljit Singh and Balwinder Singh Bhunder, along with four other MLAs, have asked the state authorities to stop the issuance of such advertisements.


Sports quota cops to be back in main cadre
Chandigarh, October 23
The services of 337 Punjab Police personnel, who were recruited and promoted under the sports quota, will be merged again into the main cadre of the police. The state government has taken a decision in this regard and a notification will be issued soon.

Bhattal lays stone of bridge on Ghaggar
Sangrur, October 23
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, and MLA from Lehragaga, laid the foundation stone of a bridge, to be built on the Ghaggar in her Assembly constituency, at Chandu village yesterday. The bridge will connect Chandu and Bushehra villages of the Moonak area.

Panel, SAD(A) to hold bhog of Kanshi Ram
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 23
The Kanshi Ram Bachao Sangharsh Committee and the SAD(A) have decided to hold akhand path on the departed leader’s bhog ceremony at Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara here.

Rice millers threaten stir
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 23
The Punjab Rice Millers Association has submitted its charter of demands to the state government and the FCI, declaring that if their demands are not met by November 7, they will go on an indefinite strike and till then they have decided not to deliver rice to the FCI.

Scribe dies of cardiac arrest
Abohar, October 23
Pramod Sachdeva, a young journalist died of cardiac arrest at his Fazilka residence at 11.30 pm after entertaining a few friends with fruits and sweets, on the eve of Divali. He was 36.

3 killed in road accident
Phillaur, October 23
Three occupants of a Maruti car (PB-23C-8017), including two youths and a woman, were killed on the spot while four others sustained critical injuries, when their car collided with a Corolla car (DL-C-AF-1445) near Dosanjh Khurad village between Goraya and Phillaur on the national highway this evening. They were coming back to Sirhind from Amritsar.


SSP denies molestation charge
‘Physical contact not intentional’
Chandigarh, October 23
The SSP, Ludhiana, Mr A.S. Rai, in his reply to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the issue of alleged manhandling of girl students in Ludhiana on September 21, has said that police personnel had not tried to molest any girl students who were protesting that day. He has said that it was the students, who had misbehaved with the police.

Two get 10 years’ RI for selling poppy husk
Sangrur, October 23
Mr S.K. Goel, Special Judge, Sangrur, today awarded 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) each along with a fine of Rs 1 lakh each to Amarjit Singh (41), a resident of Sherpur, and Ranjit Singh (41), a resident of Barnala, in a case registered against them under Section 15 of the NDPS Act at Sherpur police station on January 6, 2000.

Truck union chief gets bail
Ropar, October 23
The president of a faction of a local truck operators’ union, Magar Singh, was today granted bail by a local court.


Bumper crop, low export hit cotton prices
Bathinda, October 23
While the good crop size has cotton farmers on cloud nine, the pressure of consistent arrivals coupled with poor export demand has left cotton prices nearing around Rs 1,900 for the past many days.

A farmer with his cotton produce at Bathinda’s cotton market. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

A farmer with his cotton produce at Bathinda’s cotton market.

Punjab makes efforts to stock DAP
Chandigarh, October 23
The Punjab Government is racing against time to stock adequate quantity of DAP, a fertiliser required for the sowing of wheat that is scheduled to start in the first week of November.


12-yr-old boy murdered
Ropar, October 23
A 12-year-old boy, Amit, was found murdered at Manku Majra village here this afternoon. He had gone missing on October 21 night, according to the parents of the boy.

Servant steals gold, cash
Patiala, October 23
A domestic servant, Shanker, took away valuables from the house of his master located in the Tripuri area of the town by making all family members fell unconscious after administering them intoxicants late last night.


PU moots tough schedule for granting affiliation to colleges
Chandigarh, October 23
Panjab University has mooted a stringent schedule for granting of affiliation to colleges. The new schedule will be considered by the university syndicate members during their forthcoming meeting to be held on October 29.

Pbi varsity Reader gets award
Patiala, October 23
Dr Shamsher Singh, Reader in the Department of Guru Granth Sahib Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, has been awarded the Bharat Jyoti Award, 2006, by the India International Friendship Society, New Delhi.

B.Ed teachers’ protest tomorrow
Ropar, October 23
Unemployed B.Ed teachers from all over the state will hold a protest rally on October 25 in Patiala against the state government’s failure to fill about 60,000 vacant posts of teacher in the state.


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