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Ministry's no to commercial use of forest land
Chandigarh, October 25
The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) is still in no mood to concede to Punjab’s demand of relaxing the provisions of the Forest Conservation Act to Shivalik land falling under the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900 (PLPA).

Leave revenge, take up welfare: Bhattal to CM
Phagwara, October 25
Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to do something constructive for the welfare and interests of the people instead of wasting time in adopting vindictive attitude towards his political rivals. She said this while on a visit to the residence of family friend Kewal Singh here.

State economy: Badal tries to end controversy
Chandigarh, October 25
Trying hard to put a lid on the controversy over observations made with regard to Punjab economy by state finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the former was an intelligent person and was very dear to him.

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Two boys dressed as Luv and Kush during a procession in Bathinda on Thursday to mark Balmiki Jayanti
Two boys dressed as Luv and Kush during a procession in Bathinda on Thursday to mark Balmiki Jayanti. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Sending Birs to Canada
SGPC chief submits inquiry report

Amritsar, October 25
While urging Jathedar Akal Takht for taking necessary action against Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna, for sending holy scriptures in a container to Canada in violation of Sikh Maryada, SGPC president Avtar Singh today submitted inquiry report to Jathedar, Akal Takht, Joginder Singh Vedanti.

Indian woman commits suicide over forced marriage
London, October 25
An Indian woman hailing from Punjab set herself ablaze after her parents allegedly forced her into a violent marriage, an international conference was told here. Jasvinder Sanghera, from Derby, said her sister Robina was driven to suicide after she was told that she could not leave her husband because her family would be ashamed. When her sister killed herself, Sanghera, was on the run from home because she had refused to marry a man her parents had lined up for her from the age of eight.



MC executive officer divested of powers
Abohar, October 25
Diwan Chand Verma, executive officer of the municipal council, here has been divested of all official powers. A team of the Department of Local Bodies led by a superintendent in the regional director’s office personally served the orders received from the state headquarters to Verma, sources confirmed.


Punjab releases grant for salaries

Chandigarh, October 25
The education department, Punjab, today released grant for salaries of 392 recognised aided-schools out of 399 schools in the state which were receiving 95 per cent grant-in-aid from the government. Seven schools had not been given this grant due to a dispute between teaching and non-teaching staff and their managements.

What ban? Paddy straw continues to be burnt 
Ludhiana, October 25
A farmer burns paddy straw in a field near Mullanpur Air in the entire district, particularly in the rural belt, is heavily laden with noxious fumes of paddy straw, which continues to be burnt rampantly despite a complete ban by the government. During a random survey today, suffocating thick smoke and paddy stubbles in fields were witnessed all over the district.

A farmer burns paddy straw in a field near Mullanpur village on Thursday. —Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Tension over bid to remove samadh
The villagers threatened that they would pelt the activists of the fauj with stones whenever they came out of the gurdwara
Moga, October 25
Tension gripped Bhinder Kalan village falling in Dharamkot area when jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Balwant Singh Nandgarh along with activists of Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj attempted to remove the samadh of Baba Saman Giri located in the complex of Gurdwara Akhand Prakash, nearly 25 km from here today.
Pakistani folk singer Arif Lohar and Sufi singer Puran Chand Wadali dance after the arrival of a Pakistani delegation at Attari
Pakistani folk singer Arif Lohar and Sufi singer Puran Chand Wadali dance after the arrival of a Pakistani delegation at Attari on Thursday. The 28-member delegation will take part in “Sanjh- Ek Sham Aman ke Naam”, a programme to be held jointly by Indian and Pakistani artists in Amritsar. — PTI

Flats may replace old library, if govt persists
Bathinda, October 25
The state government’s move to demolish the Lala Sant Ram Memorial Library built here around 25 years ago has come in for criticism. According to general secretary of this library, Yashpal Bansal, the government is planning to construct flats in the area where this library is located.

Guru Granth Sahib Row
Dal Khalsa for Panthic meeting

Amritsar, October 25
The Dal Khalsa has urged the SGPC and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to stop their tirade against each other on the Guru Granth Sahib issue.

Machine for preparing langar inaugurated
Amritsar, October 25
For preparing langar and karha parshad, a machine has been installed at the langar hall of the Golden Temple, which was inaugurated by SGPC president Avtar Singh here today.

Cops, educationist honoured 
Patiala, October 25
All India Human Rights Association and Sardarni Jaswant Kaur Charitable Trust organised an inter-school paper reading contest on the right to information act at Government Senior Secondary School, Tripuri Town, here, today.

Health Dept team attacked
Bathinda, October 25
A team of the Health Department was attacked by owners of sweet shops at Bhikhi village in Mansa district today. The team had gone there to take samples of sweets.

2 killed as car rams into truck
Bathinda, October 25
Two persons were killed while two others sustained severe injuries in a road accident involving a stationary truck and a car at Behman Diawana village on Malout road some 12 km from here last night.


Rs 6.64 lakh looted from ATM
Amritsar, October 25
A tech savvy thief decamped with Rs 6.64 lakh from a Punjab National Bank ATM situated in Khalsa Central Orphanage in Putligarh area here today.

Shingaar: Accused’s family booked
Phagwara, October 25
The police has been working on different theories in the investigations of Shingaar cinema blast. It has registered a case against one of the suspect accused Gurbinder Singh, his father Dalwinder Singh (an employee at JCT Mills, Phagwara),mother Jaswant Kaur, working as superintendent at the BDO office, Dhilwan, and brother Harpreet. A similar case has been registered at the Sudhar police station against these four.

Woman poisoned to death, in-laws booked
Tarn Taran, October 25
Lakhwinder Kaur (37), who taught in a government school, died due to poisoning at her in-laws house situated on the Amritsar road here late last evening.

Woman among 5 held for drug peddling
Rajpura, October 25
The Rajpura police today arrested five drug smugglers, including a woman, from separate places in town.


School refuses to oblige Education Dept
Abohar, October 25
A picture taken on Wednesday shows the boundary wall of the Government Senior Secondary Model School for Boys, Abohar. Staff at the Government Senior Secondary Model School for Boys here have declined to oblige senior officials in the Education Department in falsely endorsing a reply for submitting the same before the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) on alleged failure in providing basic amenities to more than 2,000 students, sources said.
A picture taken on Wednesday shows the boundary wall of the Government Senior Secondary Model School for Boys, Abohar. — Photo by Raj Sadosh

NGO for extension to education centres
Sangrur, October 25
An NGO, the Koshish Welfare Club, Sunam, has condemned the government decision against giving extension to the Education Guarantee Scheme centres completing two years of service on September 30.


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