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Nominations to Senate
Govt nominees, VC men on collision course

Amritsar, October 31
The Guru Nanak Dev University senate meeting, held here today, witnessed acrimonious scenes even as Akali MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha and other government nominees strongly opposed any move to authorise vice-chancellor Dr Jai Rup Singh to nominate three syndics.

Guru Granth Sahib Row
Ordinance puts cops in a fix

Amritsar, October 31
The issuance of an ordinance by the state government banning private publishers to print Guru Granth Sahib has put the police in dilemma. Last night activists of Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee swooped on a truck, loaded with ‘Sanchis’ (parts of Guru Granth Sahib) and other religious literature near the Golden Temple.

Strict restrictions for Pak fans at Mohali
Chandigarh, October 31
The Punjab government will not take any chances this time with Pakistani fans who will be coming to witness Indo-Pak one-day cricket international next week. About 250 fans from Pakistan are expected to stay in Chandigarh to watch the match


More than 100 take ill after partaking langar at college
Kharar, October 31
Students suffering from gastro in the Civil Hospital, Kharar More than 100 students, teachers and other workers of Guru Gobind Singh Modern Technology and Polytechnic College were down with gastroenteritis after partaking langar on the college premises yesterday. Health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla visited the hospital and interacted with students.

Students suffering from gastro in the Civil Hospital, Kharar. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Money meant for village works going down the drain
Chandigarh, October 31
A substantial sum from about Rs 900 crore distributed among various villages under the Punjab Nirman Scheme by the previous Congress government in the state has gone down the drain. This has been revealed following a special inspection made by flying squads of the Rural Development and Panchayat Department to check works executed with the money distributed for the purpose. The money was distributed last year.



Power Tariff Row
BJP ministers seek early solution

Chandigarh, October 31
Punjab BJP ministers have urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to direct Punjab State Electricity Board( PSEB) authorities to stop issuance of bills on the basis of revised power tariff to domestic and other consumers immediately. The PSEB has already enforced revised power tariff rates with effect from September 1 and bills to power consumers are being issued accordingly.

Badals seek court’s permission to visit abroad
Rupnagar, October 31
Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and his wife Surinder Kaur Badal have moved an application in the court of special judge GS Saran seeking permission to visit abroad.


Release of Development Grants
Treasury fails to clear bills

Sangrur, October 31
While Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has been claiming that there is no financial crisis in Punjab but due to verbal orders by the state finance department the state treasuries are not passing bills of large payments, including the development grants.

Punjab for Punjabis, says Dal Khalsa
Takes out march to highlight social issues
Amritsar, October 31
Activists of the Dal Khalsa hold placards as they take part in the Punjab Jagao March on the eve of the 41st Punjab Day in Amritsar The Dal Khalsa here has urged the Punjab government to implement Punjabi language in letter and spirit and gave a call to people of the state to value their language and culture. The occasion was the launch of its two-day Punjab Jagao March from Akal Takht here today to highlight issues like female foeticide, drug abuse and influx of migrants.
Activists of the Dal Khalsa hold placards as they take part in the Punjab Jagao March on the eve of the 41st Punjab Day in Amritsar on Wednesday. — AFP photo

Cop ‘beats up’ truck driver
Truckers block traffic in protest
Sangrur, October 31
A local truck driver Rajbir Singh was today allegedly beaten up mercilessly by a head constable Kewal Singh of the local police control room (PCR) team near the old truck union here. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital here in an unconscious condition.

Pension Distribution
Restore right to panchayats, demands Garcha

Mohali, October 31
Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, member of the All India Congress Committee, has condemned the Punjab Government for taking away the right of the panchayats to distribute pensions.

Surprise checks on sweet shops
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 31
The district health department yesterday conducted surprise checks at a number of sweet shops in the district to check the sale of adulterated food during the festival season.

Sidhu Damdami among four honoured
Amritsar, October 31
The Sufi Samvad Sanstha and Cultural Club here today honoured prominent personalities in the field of literature, music and media for their contribution at its annual function “Ek Sham Sufian de Naam” organised here today.


Virk’s bail petition reveals loopholes in judiciary 
Chandigarh, October 31
Punjab's former DGP S.S Virk's bail petition has brought to the fore the regular manner in which the state government functions.

Bibi seeks interim bail
Chandigarh, October 31
Nearly four years after she was booked for allegedly flouting orders issued by Anandpur Sahib’s District Magistrate banning the gathering of five or more persons, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s former chief Bibi Jagir Kaur has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the matter.

Chahal case hearing adjourned
Chandigarh, October 31
The high court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on a contempt case involving B.I.S. Chahal, the former media adviser to Punjab’s former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. The matter would now be taken up on November 21.


Sikh farmers struggling, claims Pak radio
Majitha, October 31
Ignoring the fact that Punjab is known as the granary of India, Radio Pakistan’s “Punjabi Durbar” programme continues to broadcast the view that Sikh farmers are struggling to obtain proper water and electricity supply. The broadcast that is aired from Lahore easily penetrates into areas of East Punjab, and is primarily aimed at misleading people. A Gurbani Kirtan is aired before the programme.


Sexual harassment charge against DSP
Jalandhar, October 31
A resident of Abadpura locality falling under police division No. 6 has levelled serious allegations of sexual harassment against Moga DSP (detective) Darshan Singh.


Adarsh School becomes reality as CM lays stone
Gurdaspur, October 31
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of the first Adarsh School at Bhikhariwal village, about 15 km from here, this afternoon. The stone of the second school would be laid at Khatkal Kalan in Nawanshahr district on November 2.

Rectify research stagnation, PAU told
Ladhowal (Ludhiana), October 31
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal inspects the tomato yield at the inauguration of the FieldFresh pack-house in Ludhiana The stagnation in research and output of agricultural laboratory tests of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), needs immediate rectification to link it to the current requirements of the farmers as well as the market, said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the inauguration of the FieldFresh’s state-of-art fresh pack-house here today.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal inspects the tomato yield at the inauguration of the FieldFresh pack-house in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Class X toppers honoured
Patiala, October 31
St Peter’s Academy organised its annual function, Regalia 2007, at the school’s premises here today. Chief Justice Vijender Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court was the chief guest and Justice M.S Gill was the guest of honour.


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