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Rs 755 cr package for employees approved
Chandigarh, October 27
The Punjab Council of Ministers today gave formal approval to a package of Rs 755 crore for employees, which was announced last week by the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh. The council has made certain other important decisions with an eye on the coming Assembly elections.

Amarinder meets Sonia, seeks package for state
Chandigarh, October 27
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today sought the intervention of the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, for a package for debt ridden farmers and industry from the Union Government.

15 pc HRA for Bathinda city govt employees approved
Chandigarh, October 27
The Punjab Council of Ministers here today approved to grant an honorarium of Rs 500 per month to headman (lambardar) w.e.f. April 1, 2006.

PVC winner Bana Singh honoured
Chandigarh, October 27
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh yesterday honoured Hony Capt Bana Singh (retd), who was decorated with the Param Vir Charka, India’s highest award for gallantry, at a function organised here.

Banks observe strike
Hoshiarpur, October 27
On the call given by the All-India Bank Employees Federation, employees of nationalised banks observed a complete strike in the district today in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands. The bank employees staged a rally in front of the main branch of the State Bank of India.





Resort land: nothing illegal, asserts owner
Chandigarh, October 27
Lt-Col B.S. Sandhu (retd), promoter of the Forest Hill Resort (FHR), today claimed that land for constructing the resort in Karoran village was duly purchased from land owners.

Dist status for Barnala: residents upbeat
Sangrur, October 27
As the news about the carving out of Barnala as 20th district of Punjab reached Barnala this evening, Barnala residents started beating drums, lighting lamps and candles on rooftops of houses to express gratitude to the Almighty for fulfilling a long-standing desire to see Barnala as a district. Residents of Barnala are also preparing to distribute ladoos in the town tomorrow. Welcome gates are also being erected to thank the Amarinder government.



SAD (A) men burn Badal’s effigy
Barnala, October 27
The activists of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Amritsar today burnt an effigy of Parkash Singh Badal to express their wrath against an attempt on the life of Simranjit Singh Mann, by SAD (Badal) activists at Kathunangal in Amritsar on Wednesday.

“RSS, Badal harming Takht”
Patiala, October 27
Akal Takht is the main source of power of Sikhs and to finish this power some vested interests, including some anti-Sikh forces, have been making continuous efforts.


Staff flay govt on medical allowance
Sangrur, October 27
The Punjab Government employees today flayed the Amarinder government for not granting them promotional scale after four, nine and 14 years of service from January 1, 1996, as promised by the Congress in its manifesto during the last Assembly elections.

Kidnapped businessman rescued
Ferozepore, October 27
Within 24 hours of his kidnapping, the Ferozepore police rescued the kidnapped businessman of Guruharsahai, Babu Ram, from his captors. The police has arrested two persons in this connection and some more arrests are likely to be made.

CEC monitoring voter card preparation 
Chandigarh, October 27
The Central Election Commission is keeping a close watch on the ongoing election process in Punjab. It has asked the Punjab authorities to ensure that voter identity cards are issued to all voters before the poll. Also, the CEC has appointed four senior officers from other states in the four administrative divisions in the state.

Ammunition found in Sutlej bed
Ferozepore, October 27
A large quantity of ammunition and explosives was recovered from the bed of the Sutlej near Indo-Pakistan border here this morning.

Heritage Festival begins
Jalandhar, October 27
The fifth Baba Jassa Singh Heritage Festival opened today with kirtan by Bhai Mansa Singh, a Kapurthala-based classical ‘raagi’.

Ban on film “Baghi”
Patiala, October 27
Mr R. K. Verma, District Magistrate, Patiala, today imposed a ban on the exhibition of the movie Baghi in the district. This ban will remain in force from October 26 to December 25.



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Notice issued to Punjab 
Road show by Chief Minister
Chandigarh, October 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the Punjab Government and others on a PIL challenging the purpose and logic behind the planned road shows by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Firm’s partners refused bail
Muktsar, October 27
Court of Additional Sessions Judge JS Bhatia has rejected bail applications of three partners of a fly-by-night firm that had duped people of crores.

Chahal told to be present in court on Nov 3
Chandigarh, October 27
A full Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Mr B.I.S. Chahal, Media Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister, to be present in the court on November 3 when the contempt of court proceedings against him would take place.


No ADA appointed in Patiala yet
Patiala, October 27
Mr R.S. Cheema, president, Young Lawyers Association, Patiala, today said the authorities concerned had not made any appointment of Assistant District Attorney (ADA) on contract basis in the district courts so far despite the fact that in all other districts of Punjab such appointments had been made.

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Ahir seeks voluntary retirement
Chandigarh, October 27
Mr Rakesh Ahir, Deputy Principal Secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has sought voluntary retirement from service. Mr Ahir, a PCS officer, has given three months’, notice in this regard to the state government.


Delhi youth rescued from kidnappers
Gurdaspur, October 27
The police here has rescued Anmol Behl (22), a resident of East of Kailash area of Delhi who was kidnapped on October 25. Gurdaspur SSP Paramraj Singh Umranangal told The Tribune yesterday night a police party on patrolling duty spotted a Maruti van parked near the Jahaj crossing area and questioned occupants of the vehicle.


ITI staff, students block traffic
Bathinda, October 27
Activists of the ITI Employees Union, Punjab, and ITI students today jointly held a protest and blocked traffic on the Bathinda-Mansa road for about half an hour in support of their demands.

Activists of the ITI Employees Union and ITI students block traffic on the Bathinda-Mansa road in favour of their demands, in Bathinda on Friday. Photo: Kulbir Beera

Activists of the ITI Employees Union and ITI students block traffic on the Bathinda-Mansa road in favour of their demands, in Bathinda

Seminar on national income
Banur, October 27
The Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET) on Friday organised a seminar on “National Income in the Era of Globalisation”. Dr R.K. Sharma, Associate Fellow of the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab, and various experts delivered lectures on various topics, including risk management, credit and debit cards and exim finance. — TNS



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