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Blast not revival of terror: CM
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the CMC Hospital in LudhianaLudhiana, October 15
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today that the blast should not be viewed as an indication of revival of terrorism in the state.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the CMC Hospital in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Police conclusion on blast half-baked, says Amarinder 
Patiala, October 15
The police is adopting a soft approach towards the blast in Ludhiana last night. While the blast killed six persons in the night, in the morning the police claimed it to be the handiwork of militants. How did the police complete investigation in a few hours after the blast and reached the said conclusion?



Ban on Bir Publication
Order not binding on DSGMC: Sarna 

Amritsar, October 15
Even as the oldest publishing house here has been compelled to stop 127-year-old practice of publication of birs (copies of Guru Granth Sahib) following an ordinance issued by the state government, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Parmjit Singh Sarna has said any decision taken by the state (Punjab) government is not binding on the Delhi’s gurdwara committee.

Destination Kapurthala
Revamp on cards
Rs 3.61-cr aid to boost tourism in district
Jalandhar, October 15
In sync with the aim of organising heritage festivals, the state government has been successful in getting a grant of Rs 3.61 crore from the central government to promote tourism in Kapurthala district. With the 6th Baba Jassa Singh Kapurthala Heritage festival set to begin on October 18, the grant for “Destination Kapurthala” project is good news for the state. The government is in the process of appointing consultants to assess the feasibility of the various works to be undertaken under the project so as to allocate grants accordingly. The project will get under way in December, says deputy commissioner J. M. Balamurugan.

Dilemma over last rites of victims
Ludhiana, October 15
Having lost their kin in the blast at Shingar cinema, relatives of victims are now facing a peculiar problem - whether to perform their last rites in the city or to take them back home for their parents to see the mortal remains.



SAD leaders pledge support to Sukhbir 
Chandigarh, October 15
In what could be first indications of changing equations in the Shiromani Akali Dal, the general council and the working committee of the party held meetings today and passed a resolution “pledging to provide every possible support to Sukhbir Singh Badal.” The meeting which was attended by senior leaders expressed “total faith” in the abilities of Sukhbir Badal as working president of the party.


‘State to protect lives of migrants’

Chandigarh, October 15
Tikshan Sud, Punjab labour minister, has asked Director- General of Police, Punjab, N.P.S. Aulakh, to take all possible steps to provide protection to all citizens of Punjab, including the migrant labour working in the state.

Jagjit to miss date with heritage fest
Jalandhar, October 15
It may be heartbreaking for Jagjit Singh’s fans that the ghazal maestro will not participate in the 6th Kapurthala Heritage festival due to health reasons, but with big names like Shubha Mudgal and Majari Chaturvedi, the festival promises a great treat for classical as well as folk music fans.

Artisans find Punjabi ‘jutti’ making unremunerative
Eighty-year-old ‘jutti’ maker Dalip Singh sits hunch-backed in MuktsarMuktsar, October 15
Octogenarian Dalip Singh gradually developed a hunchback due to the bending of his back while making famous Punjabi 'jutti' of Muktsar. It's not only this hunchback which has been troubling the 'jutti' artisans, but they also receive thread injuries on fingers and pain in ankles and knees and ulcers on hips in some cases.

Eighty-year-old ‘jutti’ maker Dalip Singh sits hunch-backed in Muktsar. — A Tribune photograph

Police conducts check at cinemas
Bathinda, October 15
In the wake of a high alert sounded in Punjab after the Ludhiana blast, two teams of the police, led by ASP (city) Harsh Bansal and DSP (traffic) Parminder Singh, conducted a check at five cinemas namely Harchand, Ajaib, Sukhraj, Udaan and Pukhraj here today. The teams included bomb disposal squad officials.

‘Stuff same as that of Minerva blast’
Ludhiana, October 15
Forensic experts have said the explosive material seemed to be the same used in the 1994 Minerva cinema blast triggered by the Babbar Khalsa.

Virk gets support from parent cadre
Chandigarh, October 15
Arrested DGP S.S. Virk has found support from his parent cadre of Maharashtra. The Deputy Chief Minister, R.R. Patil, who also handles the home portfolio, has shot off a letter to the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil “seeking his intervention in the matter.”

CCTV cameras to be installed at venue 
Jalandhar, October 15
The police is leaving no stone unturned to ensure foolproof security at the 6th Baba Jassa Singh Kapurthala Heritage Festival beginning October 18. Special security arrangements have been made at the venue in the wake of high alert sounded in the state after yesterday’s bomb blast in Ludhiana. Besides deployment of police personnel in uniform as well as in plain clothes, the police has also made arrangements to keep a watch at the festival proceedings through modern security arrangements like CCTV cameras.

Panel formed for adoption of abandoned babies
Bathinda, October 15
Taking a serious note of the instances in which four newly-born babies were found abandoned in the district during the past fortnight, deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari has constituted a committee for their adoption, here today.

Soft drinks godown raided
Bathinda, October 15
Taking serious note of the supply of expired soft drinks to be served to Chief Minister and other dignitaries at a function here yesterday, the Health Department seized around 50 cartons of soft drinks and juice during a raid conducted at the godown of a supplier here today.

Power engineers oppose Act
Patiala, October 1
The All-India Power Engineers Federation has decided to hold protest meetings at the State Electricity Boards Headquarters on November 21 to demand a review of the Electricity Act 2003.

Patiala deer park to have mini-zoo status
Patiala, October 15
The district is all set to get another tourist attraction in the form of a mini zoo and the decks have been cleared for the purpose following a visit of a three-member expert team to deer park on the Patiala-Dakala road. Sources in the Punjab Wildlife Department said the team found the park fit for turning it into a mini zoo and a formal announcement in that regard would be made soon.

Anganwari workers protest
Rajpura, October 15
The local unit of the Anganwari Workers' Union Punjab staged a protest in support of their demands. The leaders said the anganwari works were getting only Rs 1400 as monthly stipend and demanded that the workers should be brought at par with the government employees.

All-India Sikh Educational Conference
Amritsar, October 15
The educational committee of the Chief Khalsa Dewan will hold the 62nd All-India Sikh Educational Conference from November 2 to 4 at Sri Guru Harkrishan International School, Amritsar.



Notice to Punjab on Virk’s bail plea
Chandigarh, October 15
Justice H.S. Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice for October 30 to the Punjab government on the bail plea of the former state police chief Sarbdeep Singh Virk, who is presently in judicial custody.


Land Acquisition
Border farmers cry foul

Attari (Indo-Pak border), October 15
Hundreds of acres of fertile land, which belongs to India but falls outside its fenced border with Pakistan, are now being acquired by the Punjab government, but farmers are fuming that they are getting only half the market price.

BKU to hold mahapanchayat
Abohar, October 15
Concerned over “exploitation” of cotton growers, the Bharatiya Kisan Union, led by Punjab State Marketing Board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, at an emergency meeting here today resolved to boycott the subdivisional grain market on October 30. A kisan mahapanchayat will be held on that day, a BKU spokesman said in the evening.

BKU wants central laws to facilitate farm loans
Chandigarh, October 15
The Bharti Kisan Union, claiming itself to be the foremost body of farmers of major agricultural states, wants the central government to come out with laws to facilitate farm loans at lower rates of interest.

Clash victims get union support
Barnala, October 15
The BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) has come forward to seek justice for the victims of the Bhadaur gurdwara clash. A number of person suffered serious injuries, some even became handicap, in the police action during the clash about a year earlier. This was stated by general secretary of the union Sukhdev Singh Kokri today.


Bid to help 3 prisoners flee; jail official booked
Patiala, October 15
Assistant superintendent of Patiala Central jail Sucha Singh has been accused of taking bribe to help three prisoners flee. The incident took place yesterday night.


Preparing mentally challenged for outside world
Patiala, October 15 A very special school near the city, Navjivani, literally a new life, strives at propping mentally challenged on their own feet, literally as well in the symbolic sense.

Students awarded degrees at Thapar
Patiala, October 15
As many as 667 graduating students were awarded degrees during the convocation at Thapar University, here today.


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