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Trident Issue
Farmer unions lift dharna

Barnala, October 19
The three farmer unions lifted the dharna today, after 24 hours. The future course of action would be chalked out very shortly, they added.

Security beefed up at Bathinda rly station
Bathinda, October 19
In the wake of the alleged threat by terrorist organisations, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) in association with the GRP here has launched an intensive anti-sabotage checking drive here.
The RPF and the GRP carry out a checking drive at the Bathinda Railway station The RPF and the GRP carry out a checking drive at the Bathinda Railway station on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Sending Birs to Canada
Badal, Avtar hold meeting
SGPC sends team to Mumbai
Amritsar, October 19
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and SGPC chief Jathedar Avtar Singh today held closed-door meeting at Golden Temple here at which the issue of sending Birs to Canada by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) was reportedly discussed.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran


Hyderabad team reaches Ludhiana
To explore terror link to cinema blast
Ludhiana, October 19
A high-level team of experts and police officials from Hyderabad have reached here to explore the common links between the recent terror attacks in Hyderabad, Ajmer and Ludhiana.

Counter-insurgency operations
New report on human rights violations in Punjab released

Chandigarh, October 19
The union government must take concrete steps to hold accountable members of security forces who killed, or were responsible for the “disappearance” of youth besides having allegedly tortured Sikh youth during counter-insurgency operations in Punjab, demands a new report released by a human rights watch, Ensaaf and human rights lawyer R.S. Bains.



Bhattal to meet party workers
Chandigarh, October 19
President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Rajinder Kaur Bhattal will meet workers and leaders of the party at the Punjab Congress Bhawan here on all working days from 11 am to 2 pm, whenever she is in Chandigarh.

Health Services in Border Areas
Valtoha lashes out at Chawla

Tarn Taran, October 19
Prof Virsa Singh Valtoha, Akali MLA from Valtoha, today accused minister for health and family welfare Laxmi Kanta Chawla for the dismal health services in the border area.


Highway! No way
The potholed road near Bharatgarh village in RoparChandigarh, October 19
The bumpy and uncomfortable drive through 12 km of narrow road from Bharatgarh to Kiratpur Sahib in Ropar district on the National Highway 21 connecting Himachal Pradesh is a motorist’s nightmare.

The potholed road near Bharatgarh village in Ropar district. — Photo by the writer

State keen to start foreign flights using existing strip
Chandigarh, October 19
After having got a nod from the union ministry of defence to use landing strip of the airbase at Chandigarh for handling international flights, the Punjab Government is now keen to immediately start international flights by using the existing domestic terminal available at Chandigarh. This will be till the time the proposed terminal  comes up at Mohali.

PUDA allottee builds house on green belt
Bathinda, October 19
A piece of land measuring 300 square yards in Urban Estate, Phase III, of Bathinda, which was allotted by PUDA in 2001, has caused a controversy.

Land Dispute
Fatehgarh Sahib SSP visits Nayagaon 

Kharar, October 19
Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Nilabh Kishore visited the disputed 100 acres of land in Nayagaon where two parties and trying to take posession of the land.

Civil hospital may see facelift soon
Bathinda, October 19
The Civil Hospital here may soon undergo a facelift. The hospital, where the common people rush for treatment, is now in a bad shape because of its cracked walls, stinky toilets, leaking roofs and poor quality of drinking water available there. The lawns are poorly maintained and garbage is littered all around.

Dhar block to get water from dam
Gurdaspur, October 19
Over 3,000 families of Dhar block will get potable water supply from the Ranjit Sagar Dam reservoir with the setting up of water-lifting schemes by the government. The Department of Water Supply and Sanitation will set up such schemes at Hardosharan Pattan and Fagota Pattan to meet the potable water demand of nine villages, besides 18 “tikkas” of the area.

Pak delegation takes part in fest
Barnala, October 19
The 29th Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Sawachark Mela kicked off here today with enthusiasm. The 11member delegation from Pakistan reached here to encourage brotherhood and share the rich heritage, and hoped for peace and cooperation between the two countries.

Kapurthala Heritage Festival 
Perpetuating Sham Churasi gharana tradition
Kapurthala, October 19
Illustrious is a small word for the family of musical geniuses Shafqat Ali Khan belongs to. Inheritor of the famous Sham Churasi gharana, named after the village of his forefathers in Hoshiarpur, Shafqat was here to perform at the 6th Kapurthala Heritage Festival.

Shafqat Ali Khan
Shafqat Ali Khan

Bathinda celebrates garba
Bathinda, October 19
Gujaratis play dandia in Bathinda. Performance of garba and dandia, famous folk dances of Gujarat, in Bathinda sounds strange, but the tradition has been continuing in the town for the past several years and has now become a unique symbol of unity in diversity.

Gujaratis play dandia in Bathinda. — A Tribune photograph

Brig Gakhal is head of 
Chandigarh, October 19
Brigadier I.S Gakhal (retd) has been appointed Director, Sainik Welfare, Punjab. He took over reigns of the post here today afternoon. Commissioned into 1 SIKH (now 4 Mechanised Infantry) in December 1973, he retired from the Army in April this year after rendering 33 years of service. He has also served as Commandant of the Sikh Regimental Centre at Ramgarh and his last posting was as Brigadier General Staff (Training and Information Systems) at Headquarters Western Command, Chandimandir. The officer was wounded during active operations in Jammu and Kashmir while he was commanding a brigade there

Planning panel to start road traffic survey 

Chandigarh, October 19
To ascertain the volume of goods and passenger traffic in Punjab, the Planning Commission is conducting the second round of "total transport system study" in the state from October 23.

State will benefit from N-energy, says Khaira
Chandigarh, October 19
Sukhpla Singh Khaira, MLA from Bholath, today said Punjab being one of the most progressive states would benefit the most from nuclear energy and that there should be a debate on the issue since the nuclear deal with the USA had been finalised.

CAT’s wife moves HC for security
Chandigarh, October 19
Pawandeep Kaur, the wife of former militant-turned-police cat Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking protection by the CRPF or any other agency.

3 more diseases to be covered

Chandigarh October 19
The Punjab government has decided to allow reimbursement of medical expenses incurred by the state government employees and pensioners on treatment of three more complicated chronic diseases as outdoor patients.

One killed, 2 injured as earth caves in 
Kharar, October 19
One labourer was killed and two seriously injured as earth caved in while sewerage work was in progress at Randhawa Road, here this evening. Ten labourers were working on the spot.

Man killed in accident
Kharar, October 19
A resident of Rolu Majra, Chamkaur Sahib, was killed in a road accident, yesterday evening. Ranjit Singh, the deceased, and his nephew Baljinder Singh were travelling in a three-wheeler when the accident took place.


Sanction site plan or refund money, MC told
Sangrur, October 19
The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Malerkotla Municipal Council to either get the site plan of the shop of complainant Paras Kumar Jain sanctioned in due course or refund Rs 3 lakh to him within 45 days, failing which the MC shall be liable to pay interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from July 13, 2006, till realisation.

Notice to Punjab in Gurjant case
Chandigarh, October 19
Less than a month after former policeman Gurjant Singh set himself and his family on fire after being “harassed by the police”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion to Punjab on a public interest litigation seeking the handing over of the probe into the matter to the CBI or any other independent agency.


To save ailing soil, they go organic
Daburji (Rupnagar), October 19
Farmers of Lohgarh Phidde village in Daburji. Yielding to the call of their ailing soil, seven farmers of the nearby village of Lohgarh Phidde have gone organic. Started in a small piece of land initially, their first crop of organic maize is ready for marketing.

Farmers of Lohgarh Phidde village in Daburji. — Tribune Photo by Vicky Gharu

Seminar on organic farming
Ropar, October 19
Farmers from various villages attended a seminar oganised on organic farming by the Ambuja Cement Foundation here.


Officers shifted
Chandigarh, October 19
The government has posted Kulwant Singh as district director, urban local body, Amritsar, while Pardeep Kumar’s services have been placed at the disposal of the department of housing and urban development as EO, PUDA, Amritsar. — TNS


Punjabi singer couple booked for cheating
Sangrur, October 19
On the complaint of Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Sajuma village, the local police has registered a case against two Punjabi singers, Balbir Mann and his wife Sunita Mann, for allegedly cheating Gurmeet on the pretext of sending him abroad. The police has registered a case against the couple under Section 420 of the IPC.

Undertrial tries to flee, nabbed
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 19
An undertrial created quite a sensation at the district court complex when he jumped from the second floor in a bid to flee from police custody. He, however, was unable to get up after falling down and was nabbed.


Ramnagar gets stitching and computer centres
Banur, October 19
Swami Vivekanand Institute of Information and Technology (SVIET) opened a stitching centre and a rural computer cell for villagers of Ramnagar, here today.


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