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Violence against Christians has sullied India’s image’Chander Parkash
Chief guest Samuel Kobia, general secretary, World Council of Churches, Geneva, presents a cross to moderator Rev V. Mal at the 13th edition of ordinary synod of the Church of North India in PathankotPathankot, October 17
India will have to pay the price if its government fails to stop violence against Christians and protect its citizens from the attack of fundamental forces.

Chief guest Samuel Kobia, general secretary, World Council of Churches, Geneva, presents a cross to moderator Rev V. Mal at the 13th edition of ordinary synod of the Church of North India in Pathankot on Friday. Photo: N.P. Dhawan

Kandhamal victims narrate harrowing tales
athankot, October 17
Ganda Digal Life seems to have nothing to offer to Ganda Digal, a Christian of Barakhama in Kandhamal district of Orissa. The repeated violence perpetuated on him and his family members by fundamentalists since December 2007 has turned him into a psychiatric patient and forced the entire family to flee to forests to save themselves.

Ganda Digal



PGI to treat 6,000 school kids with heart ailments
Jalandhar, October 17
The PGI authorities yesterday agreed to treat 6,000 school students suffering from various heart ailments in Punjab.


AISAD questions Badal’s remarks
Ludhiana, October 17
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD) yesterday questioned the remarks of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal terming the Panthic Front as “equal to zero.”


Atta-dal Scheme
Re-verification of beneficiaries ordered
CM launches Ghaggar project
Khanauri (Sangrur), October 17
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today ordered the re-verification of the atta-dal scheme’s beneficiaries so that the names of the ineligible persons could be deleted from the lists of beneficiaries and the names of left-out eligible persons could be included in the scheme.

Paddy arrivals slow in Amritsar
Amritsar, October 17
Even though the Centre has announced Rs 50 per quintal bonus on the paddy, arrivals in district mandis continue to be slow. The government agencies have procured 1.58 lakh quintals of permal and similar varieties against the last year’s purchase of 1.25 lakh quintals.

Patiala bus stand gets low bid
Chandigarh, October 17
The ongoing recession seems to have hit the attempts of the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) to rope in money for the cash-strapped Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), with a very low bid of Rs 7 crore being received for leasing out the corporation’s Patiala bus terminal for a period of 90 years.

VB tightens noose around neck of Jugal Kishore
Amritsar, October 17
The Vigilance Bureau has tightened noose around the neck of former Congress MLA Jugal Kishore Sharma, who went underground following raids to arrest him in connection with the Amritsar Improvement Trust scam. The bureau has re-opened the probe against him in yet another case pertaining to violations of building bylaws in the construction of a multi-storeyed building near Town Hall. The building belongs his elder brother Kewal Krishan Sharma.

SGPC announces Rs 5 lakh annual grant for Pbi varsity
Patiala, October 17
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has agreed to extend an annual grant of Rs five lakh to the Punjabi University’s Guru Tegh Bahadur National Integration Chair for promotion of the message of secularism and national integration.

Tata thanks Punjab
Chandigarh, October 17
Acknowledging the invitation of the Punjab government to set up a small car project in the state, chairman of the TATA group Ratan N.Tata assured industries and commerce minister Manoranjan Kalia that the Tata group was keen to make major investments in Punjab in the near future. In a letter to Kalia, Tata appreciated Kalia for welcoming his group to Punjab.


Bulletproof Car for Judge
HC: Is threat to Bhaniarawala more severe? 

Chandigarh, October 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today questioned the state of Punjab on logic behind providing bulletproof cars to Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala and Bathinda MLA Harmohinder Singh Jassi, while ignoring the safety concerns of the judicial officer who sentenced late Chief Minister Beant Singh’s assassins to death.

NGO to approach monitoring panel on police reforms
Chandigarh, October 17
Disposing of a petition challenging the provisions of Punjab Police Act of 2007 on the ground that it was "as archaic and colonial as the Police Act of 1861 framed by the British", the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the petitioner NGO to approach the monitoring committee on police reforms.

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3 remanded for attack on rape victim
Moga, October 17
The three suspects of the acid attack on a Dalit woman of nearby Ghal Kalan village have been remanded in one-day police custody by a local court.


Diamond Robbery 
Mohit’s remand extended, 1 more held

Phillaur, October 17
The investigation into the diamond robbery, involving the son of the SSP (Vigilance), Patiala, has revealed that the driver of the car, in which the Mumbai-based diamond merchant had been travelling, was allegedly in touch with Mohit Sharma, the alleged mastermind of the robbery, before and after the incident.



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