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CM announces medical college at Malerkotla
Extends Ashirwad Scheme to Muslims
Malerkotla, October 24
On Id-ul-Fitr, as a gift to the residents of this Muslim-dominated town, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today announced the setting up of a medical college here. He also made an announcement to extend the Ashirwad Scheme for the daughters of economically poor Muslims as applicable to the Dalit and Christian families. Under the scheme, Rs 15,000 is given as a grant for the marriage of a girl.

Body of DIG to be flown to Delhi today
Family seeks Punjab chopper to fly body to Bodal
Dasuya (Hoshiarpur), October 24
The body of Jaswinder Singh, Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) of Orissa police who was killed yesterday allegedly by Naxalities, will be flown in to his native Bodal village in Hoshiarpur district. The Chief Minister of Orissa, Mr Naveen Patnaik, today laid a wreath on the body of Mr Jaswinder Singh.
The widow and mother of slain DIG Jaswinder Singh along with other family members mourn at their house in Bodal village on Tuesday.
The widow and mother of slain DIG Jaswinder Singh along with other family members mourn at their house in Bodal village on Tuesday. — Photo by Kultar Singh Saini

Police in touch with Goa authorities for rescue of 8 girls
Jalandhar, October 24
The Punjab police is in touch with the Goa police for rescuing eight girls, from Kamalpura and surrounding villages in Jagraon, who are still reportedly with the accused Amarjit Singh, from Dehrke village.

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Amarinder to inaugurate Kathlore bridge today
Gurdaspur, October 24
The Punjab Government has decided to inaugurate the Kathlore bridge on October 25. A decision to this affect was taken yesterday after The Tribune reported regarding the inconvenience faced by people allowed to use the bridge just because it has not been inaugurated.

A large number of policemen deployed at the Kathlore bridge that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will inaugurate on Tuesday. — Photo by Jangi
A large number of policemen deployed at the Kathlore bridge that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will inaugurate on Tuesday.

Farmers’ indebtedness issue may take centrestage
Chandigarh, October 24
The issue of indebtedness — one of the main reasons behind suicide by farmers in Punjab — is expected to take the political centre stage in the state.

SAD, BJP legislators denied Sept salary
Chandigarh, October 24
The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and several other Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) MLAs, including Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Mr Manpreet Singh Badal and Capt Kanwaljit Singh, have not been given their salary for September. The BJP MLAs have also not got salary, it is learnt.

Custodial death figures alarming in state
Chandigarh, October 24
Haunting facts about custodial deaths in Punjab: Every year on an average as many as 75 persons die in custody. Out of the total, 66 per cent of the deaths are eventually attributed to natural causes.

‘PM may announce package for Punjab’
Rajpura, October 24
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is likely to announce a package for Punjab during his visit next month, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Sports and Youth Affairs), Punjab Government, said at Kami Kalan village, near here, today.



Singla defends giving of ads
Chandigarh, October 24
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today said the government was well within its constitutional rights to come out with advertisements in newspapers highlighting its performance.

Criminals in politics worry YC chief
Hoshiarpur, October 24
Mr Vijay Inder Singla, president of the Punjab Youth Congress, expressed anguish over criminals entering in politics.

Suspended Cong leaders reinstated
Chandigarh, October 24
The brother of Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar and his three loyalists, who were suspended from the Congress party at one point of time, were today given prime posts in the PPCC.

Mann lashes out at Cong, BJP
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 24
SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann has urged the people to strengthen the third front, if they wanted to save Punjab from the clutches of the Congress and the SAD.


ASI suspended for thrashing journalist
Abohar, October 24
The Shiromani Akali Dal has condemned the police action on Jagdish Thind, president of the Journalists Union, Guruharsahai.

Inclusion of Raikot in Barnala opposed
Raikot, October 24
The reports about the inclusion of Raikot subdivision of Ludhiana into Barnala, the proposed 20th district of Punjab, has met with vociferous protests not only from residents but also from the Congress leaders of the town, who have decided to fight the issue tooth and nail.

Baba Budha’s fifth birth centenary today
Amritsar, October 24
Even as Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, a Member of Parliament of the BJP, is unlikely to participate in the fifth birth centenary of Baba Budhaji , first head granthi of the Golden Temple at Kathunangal tomorrow, the SGPC and SAD (Badal) have deployed the Task Force (of the Shiromani Committee) and youth Akali activists to meet the challenge thrown by the SAD (Amritsar), which had threatened to stop Mr Sidhu and Mr Om Parkash Chautala, former Chief Minister of Haryana, from ascending the stage at there.

SAD demands probe against DTO
Hoshiarpur, October 24
Mr Sohan Singh Thandal, MLA, Bibi Mohinder Kaur Josh, a former minister, Mr Jatinder Singh Lali Bajwa, president of the SAD district youth wing, along with other local SAD leaders, condemned the Punjab Government and the district police for not taking any action against Mr Chander Giand, District Transport Officer, Hoshiarpur, allegedly for demanding Rs 20,000 from Mr Harvinder Singh Lally, a transporter, who had recorded his conversation on a tape with the DTO in this regard and filed a complaint with the SSP.

Federation for increase in retirement age
Chandigarh, October 24
The Federation of Punjab Government Engineers, Doctors and Officers here today held a meeting under the chairmanship of its president, Mr D.S. Longia, to discuss various demands.

Protest held against police excesses
Barnala, October 24
Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta (Ugrahaan) activists led by its president Joginder Singh Ugrahaan today blocked traffic for four hours at Tin Koni Bhadaur, about 25 km from here.

2 killed in road mishaps
Rajpura, October 24
Two persons have been killed in road accidents near here. In the first accident, Gurmukh Singh, an employee of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), was killed on the spot when his moped was hit by a car near Bathonia village.



New farm technique saves water, gives higher yield
Chandigarh, October 24
A new technique, which is called ridge and trench farming, is catching the attention of farmers in the countryside fast. By employing the new technique, farmers are not only saving water up to 50 per cent but also getting a high yield from various crops.


Brig Bajwa takes over as PEDA chief
Chandigarh, October 24
Brig Mohinder Partap Singh Bajwa (retd), a veteran of the 1971 war and the Kargil war, took over as the Chairman of the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) here.


Father rapes teenaged daughter
Tarn Taran, October 24
Amrik Singh (52), a resident of Khalra, allegedly raped his teenaged daughter last night when she was sleeping in the house. A case under Section 376, IPC, has been registered. The accused fled after committing crime.

3 held for gangrape of 2 girls
Amritsar, October 24
Two maidservants were allegedly gangraped by six boys. While the police has nabbed three of them, the others are at large.

Rs 5.66 lakh looted from PNB
Tarn Taran, October 24
In a sensational incident, three unidentified armed persons looted Rs 5.66 lakhs from Punjab National Bank, Kot Mohammad Khan, about 18 km from here today.

Constable ‘commits suicide’ in police custody
Amritsar, October 24
Eyebrows were raised when Sukhwinder Singh, a police constable, allegedly committed suicide in custody at Beas police station falling under Mahjitha police district here late last evening.

4 killed in accidents
Hoshiarpur, October 24
Four persons have died in road accidents in the district, police sources said here today. Hans Raj, a resident of Canal Colony, Bhangala, Mukerian, died on the spot when a private bus hit him near his village last night.


New loan scheme for higher education on cards: Sibal
Patiala, October 24
The Union Science and Technology Minister, Mr Kapil Sibal, today said that the Central Government had been preparing a new scheme for the banks to advance loans to deserving students for getting higher education.

No link with Prof Ghagga, says Sikh Missionary College
Amritsar, October 24
An emergency meeting of the office-bearers of Sikh Missionary College, Ludhiana, held at Chandigarh under chairmanship of Mr Parmjit Singh, zonal organiser yesterday clarified that Prof Inder Singh Ghagga, a Sikh preacher, was never and nor is a member of Sikh Missionary College, Ludhiana.

Campaigning on for varsity poll
Amritsar, October 24
A circular issued on the direction of the Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University has snowballed into a major issue for the forthcoming elections of the non-teaching employees' association.

College teachers to hold protest on Oct 31
Muktsar, October 24
A meeting of the district council of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) was held at DAV College, Malout, to mobilise teachers for its proposed “action programme” on October 31.

Corruption has ruined criminal justice system: VC
Patiala, October 24
Mr S.S. Boparai, Vice- Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, said here today that criminal justice system was working well before Independence but after Independence corruption and nepotism had ruined the system.


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