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After sixty years, they will finally get one

Bamial (Gurdaspur), October 30
With the decks being cleared for a bridge on the Ujj river, the 60-year-old problem of over 15 villages located along the Indo-Pak border across the river will be solved soon. The government had been reluctant in constructing the bridge for security reasons, forcing thousands of villagers to live in miserable conditions in the absence of basic civic amenities.

Gurjant’s daughters return police medal
Bathinda, October 30
To express their resentment against a “negative” attitude of the authorities concerned in the case relating to Gurjant Singh, who had allegedly set himself and members of his family on fire, his two daughters today returned the police medal awarded to him.
Protesters, along with daughters of Gurjant Singh, outside the mini-secretariat in Bathinda on Tuesday.
Protesters, along with daughters of Gurjant Singh, outside the mini-secretariat in Bathinda on Tuesday. —Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera


Farmers from Punjab raise slogans against the UPA government during a protest for their demands at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Farmers from Punjab raise slogans against the UPA government during a protest for their demands at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday. —Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

SGPC withdraws 16-yr-old book
Delhi panel lodges complaint with Takht
Amritsar, October 30
Even as SGPC chief Avtar Singh has announced to withdraw the 16-year-old controversial book, “Sikh History”, published in Hindi by the Dharm Parchar Committee (DPC), the two-member committee of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today lodged a formal complaint with the Akal Takht secretariat, seeking strict action against the SGPC as per Sikh Maryada. The book allegedly carries blasphemous information.

Congress files defamation case against Daler
Ludhiana, October 30
Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehandi is once again embroiled in controversy. This time, for allegedly using defamatory remarks against former Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh and the Congress at a function held at Lodhi Club here on Saturday.

Centre gets notice in Virk case
Chandigarh, October 30
Acting on an application filed by Punjab's former director general of the police S.S Virk, challenging the order of placing his service under suspension, the Central Administration Tribunal today issued notice to the Union of India and other respondents for November 25.



Rajasansi Airport Development
Public-private tie-up mooted
Amritsar, October 30
In a move to privatise and commercially exploit the fastest growing international airports in the non-metro segments, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has invited expression of interest (EoI) from top infrastructure giants in the country to work on a pubic-private partnership module for the development of the Amritsar airport.

NRI Marriages
Tales of woes
Chandigarh, October 30
While several women defrauded by NRI bridegrooms narrated their tale of woes here today, senior officers of the Home and NRI Departments of Punjab here today held a meeting to deal with the problems faced by such women in the state and to bring such bridegrooms to book.

Punjab Jagao March from today
Amritsar, October 30
A radical Sikh organisation, the Dal Khalsa, has decided to woo Punjabis, including non-Sikhs, by organising a Punjab Jagao March from Akal Takht here tomorrow. With this initiative, it endeavours to make over its “radical image”.

Taking care of students’ financial needs
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 30
Having passed her high school from a not-so-famous school in Boroda, there were no surprises that Hema Mistry expected her life to unfold, till today when she bagged a Rs 2.19-lakh scholarship offered by the Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS).

Protest day observed
Chandigarh, October 30
On a call given by the All-India State Employees Coordination Committee, government and semi-government employees today observed a protest day to demand reversal of anti-employees policies of the UPA government.

Plant saplings, students told
Sangrur, October 30
Renowned environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, who has created history by cleaning the holy Kali Bein river near Sultanpur Lodhi through kar sewa, today asked the people to become eco-friendly for keeping the environment clean and setting up of a pollution-free society.

Three accidents snuff out 7 lives
Kharar/Ropar, October 30
Seven persons, including a four-year-old child, were killed and 28 injured in three road accidents today. The first accident took place at 3.30 am near Khanpur on Kurali road. All five car occupants were killed. In their early twenties, the victims were from Samona village in Himachal Pradesh.

The mangled remains of the Tata Indica car lies at the accident site near Khanpur village on Kurali road
The mangled remains of the Tata Indica car lies at the accident site near Khanpur village on Kurali road

MC issues ultimatum to encroachers
Patiala, October 30
The Patiala municipal corporation has served a 10-day ultimatum on encroachers in the municipal limits to remove encroachments. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune here today, mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli said the corporation would launch an anti-encroachment drive in the town after Diwali and remove all temporary and permanent encroachments.

Symposium on Punjab murals opens
Patiala, October 30
A three-day symposium on ‘Punjab Murals - Themes, Context, Patronage and Techniques’ was inaugurated by Swarn Singh Boparai, vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, here today.


HC stays discharge of low medical soldier
Chandigarh, October 30
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the discharge of an Army junior commissioned officer (JCO) who had been placed in low medical category.

Continuing at own pay scale after promotion unsustainable, says HC
Chandigarh, October 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that an employee’s consent to continue at his own pay scale, while holding a higher post, is unsustainable on the face of it

Court seeks records pertaining to Virk’s arrest
Chandigarh, October 30
Justice H.S. Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today asked for records pertaining to intimation sent by Punjab to the Central government or Maharashtra, regarding Punjab's former director general of police S.S Virk arrest, taking up a bail application filed by Virk.


Farmers’ march against SEZs
Sangrur, October 30
On a call of the Ujarra Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan for a bandh today, the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU), Krantikari Pendu Mazdoor Union and Bharti Kisan Union (Krantikari) held a demonstration here today and took out a march through the town.


Amritsar Shooting
Accused surrenders
Amritsar, October 30
Harinder Singh, the main accused in the killing of a Dalit boy, Shankar Das, in a road-rage case, which resulted in violence here about four days back, surrendered before the district police chief here today.

Gang of thieves busted
Phagwara, October 30
The police today claimed to have busted an inter-district gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of its two main members identified as Paramjit Singh of Kot Badal Khan village and Jagjit Singh, alias Sonu of Rajowal village. A case has been registered.



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