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Akali MLA’s relative shoots youth
100 vehicles damaged, shops looted
Amritsar, October 26
Killing of a youth belonging to a particular community by a close relative of an Akali MLA on the eve of Valmiki Diwas triggered off wide-spread violence here today. Youths on rampage following the shooting of a youth by a relative of an Akali MLA at Hall Bazaar in Amritsar on Friday.
Youths on rampage following the shooting of a youth by a relative of an Akali MLA at Hall Bazaar in Amritsar on Friday.

’84 riots
Key witness offers to testify before CBI
Amritsar, October 26
Jasbir Singh from the USA, a crucial eyewitness of genocide of Sikhs, allegedly masterminded by Jagdish Tytler, senior Congress leader from Delhi, has offered himself to testify in the court of law.

Fatehgarh Sahib

Kidney Removal Case
Suspended principal’s husband accuse DRME of witch-hunt
Amritsar, October 26
Even though an inquiry conducted by deputy commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu has given a “clean chit” to Dr J.P.K. Shergill, former principal of Government Medical College, Amritsar, into the controversy of the alleged removal of a kidney of a four-year-old girl, the government had on the advice of the Director Research and Medical Education (DRME), Dr J.S. Dalal, constituted another committee led by former college principal Dr B.S. Bedi, to probe into the matter.

Weekly off for constables has legal hurdles
Patiala, October 26
While Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal made an announcement on the commemoration day parade of the Punjab police on October 21 regarding the compulsory weekly off for constables and non-gazetted officers of the force, highly placed sources in the department, however, claim that certain legal hurdles have to be cleared before this was implemented.

Water availability down by 70 pc
Chandigarh, October 26
The average per capita availability of water has gone down by almost 70 per cent in the country since 1947. This was revealed here today by the Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute.



CPI asks Badal to give up vendetta politics
Sangrur, October 26
With a view to improve the financial health of the rural poor, including marginal farmers and agriculture workers, the Communist Party of India (CPI) will intensify its statewide struggle in the days to come.

No difference between BJP, SAD: Badal
Khanna, October 26
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said there was no difference between the BJP and the SAD in the state.

Revolt against BJP Sangrur district chief
Sangrur, October 26
Vice-president of the district unit of the BJP Yash Pal Goyal from Dhuri today raised a banner of revolt against district president Jatinder Kalra by saying that some of the people he had included as members in the District Planning and Development Board through the BJP quota had either no link with the BJP or had betrayed the party in the past.


Police on tenterhooks after bail to dera chief
Chandigarh, October 26
Within a day of Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, head of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, getting regular bail from a court in Ambala, the underlying tension between followers of the dera and Sikh organisations in southern Punjab is once again in sharp focus.

Badal invites Bobby Jindal
Chandigarh, October 26
While congratulating Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, USA, for his spectacular victory in the recent elections held there, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today invited him to visit Punjab.

NFL unions seek payment of incentive
Bathinda, October 26
The coordination committee of recognised unions of National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) organised a gate meeting in front of the NFL unit here today to press their demand for proper disbursement and payment of incentive.

Gurjant Case
PSHRC asks ADGP to submit report

Bathinda, October 26
The Punjab Human Rights Committee (PHRC) has informed that the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has ordered the additional director-general of the Punjab police (human rights) to submit its report on the self-immolation by the family of an ex-cop Gurjant Singh at Behman village in Talwandi Sabo in protest against police harassment and humiliation on the night of September 29. The ADGP has been asked to submit his report by December 21, 2007.

‘No development funds for Barnala’
Barnala, October 26
Barnala MLA Kewal Singh Dhillon yesterday expressed concern over the Barnala Municipal Committee not receiving any new funds for development purposes. He said this was the case in spite of the fact that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government had been in power for eight months.

Psychiatry meeting begins today
Chandigarh, October 26
A two-day conference of the Indian Psychiatry Society, North Zone, is beginning at Jalandhar tomorrow. As many at 200 delegates from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Chandigarh are expected to participate in the 32nd annual event.

Ban No Deterrent
Burning of paddy stubble continues
Kharar, October 26
The problem of air pollution is widespread in the periphery of Mohali where small clusters of villages are dotted with fields all around. The practise of burning paddy stubble is going on unabated in the area.

Indo-Pak ODI
Security beefed up
Kharar, October 26
Taking a cue from the Indo-Pak ODI of 2005, when six Pakistan nationals had gone missing, the security measures, this time, have been made more stringent.

Attack on docs shameful: Assn
Magisterial powers demanded for SMOs
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 26
Rural doctors working under zila parishads in Punjab and the Rural Medical Services Association of Punjab has condemned the alleged attack on Avtar Singh Jarewal, civil surgeon, Mansa, and his team, when they had gone to Bhikhi village in Mansa district as part of official tour.

Dogra bags Forester prize
Chandigarh, October 26
Former principal chief conservator of forests, Punjab, A.S. Dogra has been honoured with the Indian Forester Brandis prize-2005 for the best research paper titled ‘Performance of eucalyptus species and provenances in south-west Punjab’.

Balmiki remembered
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 26
Punjab minister for animal husbandry and dairy farming Gujral Singh Ranike, while addressing a gathering of the followers of Bhagwan Balmiki, today said he was the symbol of morality.



Suitor posing as BSF officer arrested
Phagwara, October 26
The Phagwara police today arrested Bhupinder Kumar, his father Anokhi Ram and mother Lila Devi, of Kaleen village, in Solan district of Himachal Pardesh, under Sections 420,419,406 and 506, IPC, on the charges of duping the parents of a girl of Rs 2 lakh, and posing as a BSF officer, with the connivance of his parents.

3 arrested for fraud
Kharar, October 26
Three people were arrested for trying to sell Wakf Board’s land in Kartarpur village. Acting on a complaint filed by Jaskaranbir Singh, a resident of Chandigarh, the police arrested Ranjit Singh, Kuldip Singh and Harbant Singh today.

One beaten up, DDR lodged
Kharar, October 26
A gang of youths allegedly beat up Raman Kumar, a resident of Mullapur Garibdass area, today morning. The incident took place when Raman Kumar and his friend Shailee were coming back on a scooter after buying an LPG cylinder.


Lack of opportunities frustrate youth: VC
Chandigarh, October 26
A seminar on “Role of Administration in Rural Upliftment” organised by Dainik Jagran under the platform “Save Punjab” had several academicians, bureaucrats and politicians delivering lectures on the topic.

Girls in traditional Punjabi dress on the opening day of the three-day Punjabi University Regional Youth Festival (Bathinda Zone) 2007 in Bathinda on Friday. Pbi varsity youth festival begins
Bathinda, October 26
Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Talwandi Sabo, won the giddha title on the opening day of the three-day Punjabi University Regional Youth Festival 2007, which started at Punjabi University Regional Campus, Bathinda, on Friday.

Girls in traditional Punjabi dress on the opening day of the three-day Punjabi University Regional Youth Festival (Bathinda Zone) 2007 in Bathinda on Friday. — Tribune photo 
by Kulbir Beera

IGNOU allows students to seek re-evaluation
Khanna, October 26
For the first time ever Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has allowed its students to seek reevaluation of their grades in their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes.


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