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Body to take up Sikh issues at world level
Amritsar, October 9
After a gap of 12 years, Sikh intellectuals today decided to take up at the international platform ticklish problems being faced by the community world over. A decision to this effect was taken at a seminar organised by the International Sikh Confederation (ISC) on the premises of the Chief Khalsa Diwan here.

MoU signed for Metro
Chandigarh, October 9
Punjab today took a step towards mass rapid transit system (MRTS) era with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the state government and the Delhi metro rail corporation (DMRC) on the feasibility of starting metro rail services in Ludhiana. 

CM urges Aussie envoy to open consulate
Chandigarh, October 9
A four-member Australian delegation led by its High Commissioner John McCarthy today expressed a desire to include Punjab in its sustainable integrated marketing campaign, especially in the area of agriculture value addition.

Cricket Stadium
BKU opposes govt move on land

Sangrur, October 9
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) has opposed the Punjab government’s proposal to give the land belonging to the local Agriculture Research Centre to the authorities concerned for raising a cricket stadium on it. It has termed the proposal a “conspiracy” to close the research centre.

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Punjab consumer panel chief takes charge
Chandigarh, October 9
The Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission will be more sensitive towards those belonging to the economically weaker sections of society, says Justice S.N Aggarwal, president of the commission who took charge today.


Cong asks workers to reach Chandigarh
Bathinda, October 9
District in charge (Congress) Avtar Singh Brar, at his first meeting with the area MLAs and other office-bearers yesterday, urged them to reach the Congress Bhavan in Chandigarh on Saturday. Senior party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal is to take over as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president on that day.


State turning into land of old people
Chandigarh, October 9
Punjab is fast turning into a land of old people. Women live longer than men in the state. In fact, after Kerala, Punjab is the second state with the highest percentage of aged persons (above 60 years). Consider these figures. In 1971, percentage of the old (above 60) in rural areas of Punjab was 8.03 per cent and in urban areas 7.48 per cent. 
Commandos were deployed at Behman Jassa Singh village, Bathinda, as a preventive measure on Tuesday. A child enjoys tea unaware of the gravity of the situation
INNOCENCE IS BLISS: Commandos were deployed at Behman Jassa Singh village, Bathinda, as a preventive measure on Tuesday. A child enjoys tea unaware of the gravity of the situation.— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Power tariff hike
SAD, BJP patch up

Chandigarh, October 9
Ruling alliance partners SAD and the BJP today arrived at peace, at least, for public consumption. BJP ministers will attend the Cabinet meeting tomorrow while the issue of power tariff hike that had troubled the two partners will be “sorted out separately and in the best interest of the people,” said functionaries of both the parties after Sukhbir Singh Badal and Rajinder Bhandari met here this evening.

Suicide Case
Relief, jobs demanded for cop’s daughters

Behman Jassa Singh (Bathinda), October 9
Rampal Kaur, 20-year-old physically handicapped daughter of Gurjant Singh, the cop who set himself and four members of his family on fire on September 29, has said the police medal which her father had received for his bravery during the days of terrorism, will be returned to the DGP. 

Sex Ratio
Attitude changing towards second child

Patiala, October 9
A recent study conducted on around 526 randomly selected families from across the state has indicated change in attitude of parents towards having a second child. It’s another area of major concern that needs government attention.

Gurpurb celebrated
Amritsar, October 9
The 473rd parkash utsav of the fourth Sikh Guru and founder of the holy city of Amritsar, Guru Ram Das, was celebrated with great fervour here today. A gurmat samagam was organised at the Golden Temple to mark the occasion while a large number of devotees paid obeisance at the holy shrine.

The Harmandar Sahib all decked up on the birth anniversary of Guru Ram Das in Amritsar on Tuesday. — AFP photo
The Harmandar Sahib all decked up on the birth anniversary of Guru Ram Das in Amritsar on Tuesday.

10-day-old girl child found abandoned
Bathinda, October 9
A 10-day-old girl child was found lying abandoned at the Goniana road, 7 km from here, today. Sources said the baby was rushed to a local children’s hospital where doctors said, after examining her, that she was in good health. The child is now in the custody of a local welfare association.

Bathinda MC voter list to be revised
Bathinda, October 9
The list of voters of the local Municipal Corporation will be revised according to the new ward categorisation policy. The Punjab government issued a notification in this regard on September 6. The number of wards in Bathinda will also increase accordingly from the present 35 to 50.

Civil hospital-PGI videoconferencing launched
Bathinda, October 9
Patients visiting the civil hospitals in the district will now have a good reason to smile. The Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC) has set up a system for videoconferencing with doctors at the PGI, Chandigarh.

Timber shop gutted
Abohar, October 9
One of the oldest timber shops in the timber market here was gutted as the “ill-equipped” municipal council fire brigade failed in controlling the fire that broke out here on Sunday night. Ten fire tenders battled for five hours to extinguish the fire. Shop owners dealing in timber, paints, plywood and footwear tried to douse the fire prior to the arrival of the fire tenders.

Council acquires land amidst protests
Bassi Pathana, October 9
Amidst protests by the shopkeepers, the staff of Municipal Council led by executive officer, Charanjit Singh, today acquired two acres of prime land belonging to the council, worth two crores, on the Chandigarh road here today. The five shopkeepers who had occupied the land since long protested the move of the council and raised slogans against the government and the council.



Badal Case
3 witnesses support prosecution

Rupnagar, October 9
Three witnesses supported the prosecution's version in the court of special judge G.S. Saran during hearing of the corruption case against the Badals. Three witnesses, including manager of Punjab and Sind Bank, Morinda, Lakhvir Singh, manager of its Chandigarh branch Harinder Singh and chief manager Punjab National Bank, Pitampura in New Delhi, Arvind Prakash Garg appeared before the court today.

Absence during trial can’t be ground for quashing FIR
Chandigarh, October 9
In a significant judgement, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that an accused cannot derive the advantage of own wrongdoing by remaining absent during trial and then seeking the quashing of an FIR by taking the plea of being unaware about the pendency of case.


Specifications for paddy relaxed
Chandigarh, October 9
The Union Government has relaxed specifications with regard to the damage to paddy in case of rice millers who are to contribute levy rice to the national pool. The government has raised the limit to 4 per cent of damaged paddy from existing 3 per cent for rice millers. In the case of rice, it has been raised to 3 per cent from 2 per cent.


Jurisdiction notified
Chandigarh, October 9
The Punjab government today notified the jurisdiction of various urban authorities and also notified the jurisdiction of chief administrators of these urban authorities. An official spokesman said the chief administrator, Greater Mohali Development Authority (GMADA), would have jurisdiction on area falling within the jurisdiction of GMADA.


Teachers stage protest 
Patiala, October 9
The Punjab Government College Teacher’s Association organised a dharna, in protest against the indifferent attitude of the government to the plight of teachers, in front of mini secretariat here today.


Bankers to go on strike against merger
Patiala, October 9
The Associate Bank Officers Association, comprising staff of the State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Hyderabad and the State Bank of Saurashtra, has decided to oppose any move of the State Bank of India to merge associate banks into itself.


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