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CM for developing infrastructure
Inaugurates elevated road in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, October 25
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today unveiled the two-dimensional development agenda for the state that will ensure equal progress for the rural and urban areas. He said while in the urban areas much attention was being given for infrastructure development, in rural areas the emphasis was being laid on agricultural diversification so that farmers get handsome returns even from smaller land holdings.

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The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, flanked by the Ludhiana Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill (left), and the Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Surinder Dawer (right), during a public function at Sherpur in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, flanked by the Ludhiana Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill (left), and the Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Surinder Dawer (right), during a public function at Sherpur in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Police Gypsy kills student at CM’s rally venue
Gurdaspur, October 25
An over-speeding police Gypsy killed Kamal Kishore, a college student, and injured Vijay Kumar at the venue of the Chief Minister’s rally at Kathlore today.

DIG’s cremation today, govt to give state honours
Father demands CBI inquiry
Dasuya, October 25
The body of deceased DIG Jaswinder Singh was brought here to his native village today. The Punjab Government hired a BSF helicopter to air lift the body from Delhi to Jalandhar. The helicopter landed at Jalandhar- based helipad of the BSF from where the body of the deceased IPS officer was brought by road to his native village, Bodal.

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‘DGP failed to carry out promise on travel agents’
Phillaur, October 25
Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission Chairman Balwant Singh Khera has alleged that the Punjab (DGP) Director-General of Police had not fulfilled his promise of displaying the lists of alleged bogus travel agents in police stations of the state.

Son of labourer gets engineering doctorate degree
Patiala, October 25
When Badhai Lonia came here about 33 years ago to meet his father Tajai Lonia, who was working as a construction labourer and domestic help, little did he know that one day he would be able to make a remarkable achievement, which will set an example for others.

“India on explosive IT growth curve”
Chandigarh, October 25
Days are not far when one will be able to get all sorts of information regarding Amritsar, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Shimla, Ambala, Jaipur, Jodhpur by using the Guruji, an India specific search engine developed by a Punjabi computer engineer in collaboration with his friend.
                                                                           Anurag Dod
Anurag Dod



CM selling state to private companies, says SAD gen secy
Ferozepore, October 25
Another scam of Rs 1500 crore to illegal land deal at Mohali would be unearthed soon, said Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP, general secretary SAD, here today. He was here to attend a wedding this morning.

Youth Congress leader Sodhi joins BJP
Patiala, October 25
Mr Jagdip Singh Sodhi, a former general secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress, announced his joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a function here today.

State BJP president Avinash Rai Khanna felicitates general secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress Jagdip Singh Sodhi on his joining the BJP in Patiala on Wednesday.
State BJP president Avinash Rai Khanna felicitates general secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress Jagdip Singh Sodhi on his joining the BJP in Patiala on Wednesday.

Singla’s remarks on ads irrelevant, says Kanwaljit
Chandigarh, October 25
The general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today dismissed the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla’s remarks justifying the use of public funds on advertisements as “ridiculous and irrelevant”.

Mann for right to speak on SGPC religious functions
Amritsar, October 25
The SGPC should declare the functions organised by it as political functions organised by SAD if it does not want to allow others to join the religious functions.

Akali politics SGPC centric as poll draws near
Ludhiana, October 25
For a while, Akali activities in the state have become SGPC centric. This is because of reasons. Firstly, the election of the several SGPC chief is due to be held next month. Speculations are rife about the possibility of the present incumbent continuing in office. Secondly, names are being floated as to who could replace him or who could be better suited to the politics of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, particularly on the eve of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections due in February 2007.

Chandumajra plans third front in state
Ropar, October 25
The president of the Akali Dal ( Longowal), Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, said yesterday that he along with like-minded people would soon form a third front to contest the coming Assembly elections against the Akali-BJP and the Congress. Mr Chandumajra said both Akalis and Congress leaders were exposed for their involvement in scams. Now a third front was needed to form the government for the betterment of the state.

Tohra loyalists warn Badal
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 25
The huge turnout of SAD(B) workers, known as Tohra loyalists, at a meeting called by the so-called Tohra faction at Sirhind town yesterday, is a clear indication that all is not well in the SAD(B). There was resentment, unrest and disappointment among them and they were highly critical of the SAD(B) leadership.

Youth to ‘play key role’ in Assembly elections
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 25
The votes of the youth will be a deciding factor in the coming Assembly elections. This was stated by Mr Jasjit Singh, general secretary of the All-India Youth Akali Dal and son of Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former Finance Minister, at a press conference here on Monday.

Effigies of Badal, Makkar burnt
Sangrur, October 25
Members and activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today burnt the effigies of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), and Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, president of the SGPC, at the traffic light chowk, near main bus stand, here.

Extend Aashirwaad scheme to Hindus, Sikhs: BJP
Chandigarh, October 25
The Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has termed the extension of the Aashirwaad scheme to economically poor Muslims as appeasement of the minorities.


Missing advocate case: police probe not convincing
Ropar, October 25
Even after four months, the police investigation into the disappearance of Chandigarh-based advocate of Punjab and Haryana High Court Rajesh Gumbar, from near a canal here, has failed to reveal anything convincing. While the police has ‘concluded’ that Gumbar had committed suicide by jumping into the canal, the body of the advocate has not been found so far.

IAS officer, wife’s effort to curb female foeticide
Jalandhar, October 25
An IAS officer and his wife have made use the medium of a telefilm to spread awareness about female foeticide and drug abuse in Punjab. Film “Eh Tera Apmaan,” has been directed by Mr Swaran Singh, Commissioner of Jalandhar Division.

Jobless teachers not to apply for posts
Patiala, October 25
The ongoing struggle of the Unemployed B.Ed Teachers Front, Punjab, took a new turn today when its leadership decided that no member of the front would apply for the posts of teacher, which the state government had decided to fill in the near future.

Kathlore bridge thrown open to public
BJP, BSP plan rallies to stake claim on bridge
Kathlore (Gurdaspur), October 25
The people of the Narot and Bamiyal blocs of Gurdaspur district were connected with the mainland after 58 years of Independence today. The Kathlore bridge, connecting them with the mainland, was thrown open to the public by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh this afternoon.

Malerkotla-Ajmer Sharif bus flagged off
Sangrur, October 25
As an Id gift to the Muslims of Malerkotla and nearby areas, the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) today started an inter-state bus service from Malerkotla to Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan to fulfill the long-standing desire of this Muslim-dominated area.

2 PSEB officials suspended for fraud
Sangrur, October 25
After the detection of an alleged fraud on the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and a consumer in the Badrukhan subdivision (distribution) yesterday, the PSEB authorities suspended Harinder Singh, a lower division clerk (LDC) who was performing duties as consumer clerk, and Mr Parkash Chander, another LDC who was performing the duties of head cashier in the subdivision. Both were suspended on account of negligence in duty.

Pvt bus operators, roadways leaders lock horns
Muktsar, October 25
Protesting against the Punjab Roadways leaders’ move to check their vehicles’ documents, the private bus operators today blocked traffic for about an hour in front of the bus stand on the Malout road here.

Inaction in gurdwara clash issue resented
Barnala, October 25
Resentment prevails among local residents over the failure of the police to take action against persons allegedly involved in a violent clash over the demarcation of gurdwara land at Bhadaur, about 25 km from here, on October 11.


Photo ID-card process under way
Patiala, October 25
To ensure that at least 90 per cent of the voters in an Assembly segment have photo identity cards, as per the requirements of the Election Commission, district officers, including the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Verma, have been leaving no stone unturned to achieve the target.


RMP’s face blackened by miscreants
Abohar, October 25
Some miscreants allegedly blackened the face of a registered medical practitioner (RMP) and paraded him on a donkey in Phephna village in the neighbouring Hanumangarh region yesterday. Feeling humiliated, the family of the RMP left for their native village Maleka in Haryana after locking the house, sources said today.


Syndicate to consider introduction of two new courses
Chandigarh, October 25
Panjab University Syndicate members meeting on October 29 will consider the introduction of the first set of inter-institutional courses to be offered jointly by PU and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

Young professionals given tips to fight stress
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 25
Globalisation and changing scenario is forcing young professionals to work in extremely stressful conditions and this has disturbed their social and family adjustments. Unfortunately youths are becoming very individualistic, selfish and money minded due to this stress. To counter this the young professionals should develop the spirit of entrepreneurship and instead of job seekers they should become job providers.


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