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Diwali gift for aided schools
Govt to release 95 pc grant

Chandigarh, October 27
Giving a major relief to government-aided school staff, the Education Department has decided to release 95 per cent grant-in-aid to aided schools without any pre-audit for the first three quarters to avoid delay in disbursing salaries. Besides, the grant-in-aid release will now be regulated at the level of circle education officers instead of by the Directorate.

Offspring of Guru’s horse attract devotees
Nanded (Hazur Sahib), October 27
One of the attractions during the tercentenary celebrations of Gurta Gaddi Diwas at Nanded has been the stable where the offspring of Dilbagh, the famous horse of Guru Gobind Singh, have been kept.

Anmol, an offspring of Guru Gobind Singh’s horse Dilbagh, at the stable at Takht Hazur Sahib in Nanded Anmol, an offspring of Guru Gobind Singh’s horse Dilbagh, at the stable at Takht Hazur Sahib in Nanded. Photo: Vishal Kumar



An illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of Diwali in Amritsar
An illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of Diwali in Amritsar. — Reuters

Symbol Row
Dhindsa meets Jaitley, Malhotra in Delhi
Sangrur, October 27
In connection with jointly contesting the Delhi Vidhan Sabha elections by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), SAD secretary general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today met BJP national general secretary Arun Jaitley and BJP MP Vijay Kumar Malhotra in New Delhi and held talks with them over the issue of allotment of seats to the SAD.

Monopoly in sale of sand, stone alleged, probe sought
Jalandhar, October 27
“Certain people are said to have doubled the price of sand and crushed stone near Pathankot. Earlier truckers were free to load crushed stone, used to build bridges and buildings, from the crusher of their choice near Pathankot in Gurdaspur district.

Hope of Dhariwal Woollen Mills’ revival
Dhariwal (Gurdaspur), October 27
New Egerton Woollen Mills Limited, also known as the Dhariwal Woollen Mills, which was the first business venture of the British in North India, has been closed for the past about two years. One of the few mills, which had been run by the British Corporation of India (BIC), it’s building still stands strong.

A view of closed Dhariwal Woollen Mills in Gurdaspur district.
A view of closed Dhariwal Woollen Mills in Gurdaspur district

Akali party invites PM to seminar
Chandigarh, October 27
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD) today invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend an international seminar on minorities and the Jammu and Kashmir issue being organised by it in the second week of January in New Delhi.


A child is bedazzled by the colourful lights in a shop on the eve of Diwali in Jalandhar
A child is bedazzled by the colourful lights in a shop on the eve of Diwali in Jalandhar on Monday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

BJP in bind over user charges on water, sewerage
Chandigarh, October 27
The BJP is clearly in a bind over initiating imposing of user charges on consumers who will be covered by the proposed Water Supply and Sewerage Schemes, work on a few of which has already started.

Badal greets people on Diwali
Chandigarh, October 27
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today extended warm greetings to the people of Punjab on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. In a message on the occasion, Badal said Diwali was one of the most colourful and captivating festivals of India that provided us an occasion for rejoicing and merriment.

Security up at Nanded
Nanded, October 27
The town has virtually been converted into a police cantonment with the deployment of quick reaction force and Black Cat commandos, especially around Takht Hazur Sahib, following an attempt to hijack a bus in Mumbai by a youth, who was later shot dead. SP Ravinder Shingal said the police had been put on high alert.

Stranded pilgrims provided coaches
Amritsar, October 27
The Railway authorities this morning attached six special coaches to Sri Sachkhand Sahib train for the 370 Pakistani pilgrims, who had been stranded here for want of reservations.

Dr S.S. Shergill Shergill is VC of Faridkot varsity
Jalandhar, October 27
An eminent orthopaedist, Dr Shavinder Singh Shergill, who was today appointed vice-chancellor of the Baba Farid Medical University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, said he would make every effort and take support from every corner to raise the level of medical education in Punjab.

Rajinder Kaur Bhattal Bhattal condemns lathicharge on teachers
Chandigarh, October 27
Punjab Congress legislature party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today condemned the lathicharge on protesting computer teachers at Kheowali village in Muktsar yesterday. In a statement here, Bhattal said it was disgusting that teachers, who were protesting in a democratic way for their rights, were brutally beaten up near the house of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Health officers told to visit dengue-hit dists
Chandigarh, October 27
Senior officers of the Health Department have been directed to visit dengue-hit districts in the state immediately. Vijay Kain, principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare, held a meeting of senior health officials here today.

Reality shows do not promote classical music, says Ustad
Amritsar, October 27
The younger generation should come, adopt and learn classical singing and music. It’s not as difficult as people think, but they have started pursuing shortcuts to gain prominence, says Ustad Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar, young scion who represents the 20th unbroken generation of dhrupad singers in the Dagar family.

Tributes paid to infantry martyrs
Pathankot, October 27
Infantry Day was observed with solemnity and grandeur at the Mamun Cantonment here today. At an impressive function at the Infantry Memorial here, GOC, Gurj Division, along with senior serving and retired infantry officers, junior commissioned officers.
An Army officer salutes in front of the Infantry Memorial at the Mamun Cantonment in Pathankot on Monday. A Tribune photograph
An Army officer salutes in front of the Infantry Memorial at the Mamun Cantonment in Pathankot

Moonak drain breached
Sangrur, October 27
Due to non-cleaning of a drain, an 18-ft-long breach today occurred in Lad Banjara drain near Bhullan village in the Moonak area. Due to the breach, water entered the fields in nearby areas. However, the breach was plugged this evening.

Surplus Staff Adjustment
HC: Recruitment in apex societies after NOC
Chandigarh, October 27
In a judgment benefiting “surplus” employees of cooperative societies, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed Punjab registrar of cooperative societies “to ensure control over recruitment and permit the same only after the issuance of a no objection certificate (NOC)”.

Weapon holders want curbs to go
Chandigarh, October 27
Weapon holders in Punjab claim they are suffering because their state is the only one in the country to have a union territory as its capital. This means, they have to apply for an all-India license in case they wish to carry their weapon into Chandigarh.

Forgery Case
‘Punjab fails to present challan’
Chandigarh, October 27
If allegations in a petition are to be believed, the State of Punjab and its officials failed to present challan in a cheating and forgery case registered way back in 1995, even though “a fraud has been committed on the state, causing a loss to the tune of crores to the exchequer”.

Majithia asks Amarinder to take up farmers’ cause
Chandigarh, October 27
Bikram Singh Majithia, patron, Youth Akali Dal, has asked former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to join the struggle of Punjab farmers against the Union government to get MSP of paddy raised to Rs 1,300 and bonus enhanced to Rs 300 rather than expressing a hollow concern for farmers by stating that the MSP for paddy was "admittedly low".

Two held for setting afire woman, son
Patiala, October 27
The postmortem report has revealed that the woman and her son, who were burnt alive at their house in the Gobind Bagh locality here yesterday, were first stabbed to death. More than 10 wounds, caused by a sharp-edged weapon, led to the death of Hemant Kumar.

Land Scam
Bail granted to Chaudhary Jagjit
Mohali, October 27
In connection with the vigilance case of exempting 32.10 acres of land acquired by the Improvement Trust, a local court today granted anticipatory bail to Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, a former local bodies minister, Jugal Kishore, a former chairman of the improvement trust, Amritsar, and Subash Chander and Vicky Sharma, promoters of Vir Enclave.

Shaukat Ali of Pakistan to perform at heritage festival
Kapurthala, October 27
Ghazal, Punjabi folk and Sufi singer Ustad Shaukat Ali of Pakistan will be the main attraction at the three-day Kapurthala heritage festival being held against the backdrop of spectacular Jagatjit Palace from November 2.



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