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We don’t believe in violence: Babbar chief
Amritsar, October 17
Deviating from their earlier stand, militant leaders of the Babbar Khalsa, UK-based Babbar Khalsa International and Dal Khalsa today severely condemned the recent bomb blast in Ludhiana, saying, “We don’t believe in violence.”

Takht should call Sarna: SGPC chief
Transporting Guru Granth Sahib saroops in Canter
Amritsar, October 17
Akal Takht should summon Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Parmjit Singh Sarna for hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community by sending the 100 “saroops” of Guru Granth Sahib from Mumbai to a foreign country in a Canter.

Project wilts under finance hammer
PFC sells equipment for just Rs 6 lakh
Amritsar, October 17
Diversification of agriculture in the state received a major setback when equipment for a high-tech floriculture project worth several crores was auctioned for about Rs 6 lakh by the Punjab Financial Corporation (PFC). The PFC had acquired the project last year.

Paddy prices crash after ban on basmati export
Amritsar, October 17
The recent notification issued by the Central government to ban export of basmati has hit the prices, which crashed by Rs 300-350 per quintal for long grain, a new variety of basmati.

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6 applicants found with fake ETT degrees
Bathinda, October 17
Half a dozen applicants for the posts of primary teacher in the Bathinda region have been found to possess fake ETT (Elementary Teachers Training) degrees. The zila parishad here had published an advertisement in the last week of September this year, for filling the vacancies of 41 ETT qualified teachers.

Badal addresses waterlogging woes
Jammuana (Muktsar), October 17
As Chief Minister in 1997, Parkash Singh Badal had vowed to resolve the problem of waterlogging in not only this village but in thousands of acres of over 60 villages. And today, he sat again among farmers as CM, assuring them of an end to ‘sem’ (waterlogging in their fields) soon.

5-star hotel for Amritsar
Chandigarh, October 17
Amritsar, which has emerged as a new international air travel hub, is all set to have a new five-star hotel, Courtyard by Marriot. Of late, the city which returned to the international air map, is now directly connected to London, Birmingham, Dubai, Singapore, Toronto, New York and other destinations.

No further clues to Ludhiana blast
Chandigarh, October 17
Investigators looking into the Ludhiana blast today continued to work on new theories even as the nature of the additive mixed with RDX was still not established.

‘IG usurped land’
Kharar, October 17
Kuldip Singh of Nayagaon has alleged that IG Sanjeev Gupta had forcibly taken over 10 acres owned by him. In a representation to the Governor, the VB and the DGP, Kuldip Singh has sought action against Gupta for taking over his land in connivance with Jasbir Singh Sandhu, a resident for Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Ordinance on Guru Granth Sahib opposed
Amritsar, October 17
The Sikh Students Federation today opposed the ordinance passed by the state government on the publication of Guru Granth Sahib by private publishers as it would damage dominance of the Panth.

Chowkidar Atma Singh stands guard to the burnt hut.Land Grab Bid
Chowkidar’s hut burnt
Abohar, October 17
Some car-borne miscreants have made a bid to grab a prime piece of land here by burning the hut of the chowkidar, sources said. Gurmeet Singh, son of Gurdeep Singh of Alamgarh village, located near the city bypass, had purchased 22 kanals of prime land on the Abohar-Malout road (National Highway 10) within municipal limits here some months back.
Chowkidar Atma Singh stands guard to the burnt hut. — Photo by Raj Sadosh

Missing youth: police laxity alleged
Bathinda, October 16
The family of Sukhmander Singh of Blahad Mahima village in the district, who has been missing for the past two months, has now decided to knock at the doors of the judiciary.

EPF Scam: Tainted contractor’s return raises eyebrows
Patiala, October 17
The re-induction of a contractor, accused in the EPF scam, into the PSEB has raised many eyebrows in the organisation. Contractor R.S. Sodhi, working in the Ropar thermal plant, was accused of embezzling about Rs 50 lakh from EPF accounts of contractual labourers working under him.

Surprise checking in Sangrur
Sangrur, October 17
The local police today conducted surprise checking at several places in the town. Besides checking, nakas were also laid at various places to strengthen the security. About 100 policemen, including 50 from the local Police Lines, were deployed in the town today.

Rs 5,000-cr plan for tubewell consumers
Patiala, October 17
Chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board Y.S. Ratra stated here today that in order to provide quality power to agricultural consumers, the board had finalised a plan to convert all existing 9.5 lakh tubewell consumers, who are presently being served through low voltage distribution system, to high voltage distribution system.

13 girls married off
Chural Kalan (Moonak), October 17
At a mass marriage ceremony, 13 girls, who were daughters of marginal farmers and farm labourers who had committed suicide under the burden of debt in the past some years in Moonak subdivision of Sangrur district, were today married off at the residence of Inderjit Singh Jeji. He had been taking up the cause of farmers and farm labourers at the state and national levels.

Mystery shrouds girl’s disappearance
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 17
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl, with the police and parents of the girl contradicting each other’s statements regarding the girl’s missing status. While the parents allege that their daughter has eloped with her brother’s friend, the police claimed the girl could have committed suicide.

Cotton farmers allege harassment
Bathinda, October 17
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Sidhupur), in a protest rally held in front of the Cotton Corporation of India office here today, alleged that the central government was giving a stepmotherly treatment to Punjab farmers.

3.5 lakh tonnes of paddy procured
Pathankot, October 17
Around 3.5 lakh tonnes paddy has been procured by purchase agencies in Gurdaspur district till today. After taking stock of the procurement of paddy proceedings in the grain markets of Kanwa and Sarna, J. R. Kundal, principal secretary of the Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Punjab, said this year 8, 268 MT paddy had been purchased excess in comparison to the last year’s purchase.

Heavy rain, hailstorm damage paddy
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 17
Unexpected heavy rain, that lashed the region yesterday, has resulted in apprehensions among the paddy farmers who were expecting a good harvest this season.

Anaesthesia Day celebrated
Patiala, October 17
The department of anaesthesia and intensive care, Government Medical College, Patiala with association of the State Bank of Patiala, organised World Anaesthesia Day here today.

Health officers give memo to DC over salary
Amritsar, October 17
Rural health officers (service providers) of the district today submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner in connection with the arbitrary decision of the state government regarding fixing Rs 5,000 as monthly salary of a pharmacist even as a case was pending in the court in this regard.



High Court
Case against Badals
Details of witnesses sought
Chandigarh, October 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked for the details of witnesses proposed to be examined in the disproportionate assets case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and others.

Opium case
Police remand for six
Faridkot, October 17
The local court pronounced two-day police remand to the six accused, including vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Veena Sharma, held with 2 kg opium and Rs 45,000 in cash, here today.


‘Punjab facing cultural crisis’
Amritsar, October 17
Writers, through literature, should play a realistic and vital role rather than a cosmetic one as there is an urgent need of revolutionary ideology for bringing in change in society plagued with economical and cultural crisis.

Bhangra participants perform at Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival, 2007, at Neighbourhood Campus, Rampura Phul (Bathinda), on Wednesday. SD College wins overall trophy
Bathinda, October 17
SD College, Barnala, has won the overall trophy at the Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival (Mansa zone) held at University College, Rampura Phul, today. University College was declared the first runner-up while Guru Nanak College, Budhlada, was the second runner-up.

Bhangra participants perform at Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival, 2007, at Neighbourhood Campus, Rampura Phul (Bathinda), on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera


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