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Lakhs visit Golden Temple on Diwali
Amritsar, October 29
Keeping in view pollution norms, the Golden Temple authorities used less polluting fireworks and that too in a restricted manner.

Rush of devotees at the Golden Temple on Tuesday.
Rush of devotees at the Golden Temple on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Bandi Chhor Diwas celebrated with fervour
Devotees light candles at Takht Hazur Sahib on Bandi Chhor Diwas at Nanded on Tuesday. Hazur Sahib, October 29
A spectacular show on Diwali, which was celebrated as Bandi Chhor Diwas here, was witnessed by more than one lakh pilgrims yesterday.

Devotees light candles at Takht Hazur Sahib on Bandi Chhor Diwas at Nanded on Tuesday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar



Hazur Sahib has unique maryada
Giani Kulwant Singh Hazur Sahib, October 29
Maryada (Sikh code) does not allow the Jathedar of Takht Hazur Sahib to leave Nanded till death and he has to be a “brahmchari” throughout life. As per two-century-old maryada, the Jathedar, Giani Kulwant Singh, can’t attend the meetings of Akal Takht though he nominates his second in command (vice-Jathedar) to attend the meetings of Sikh high priests at Akal Takht.
The Jathedar of Takht Hazur Sahib, Giani Kulwant Singh

Sikh architecture dominates Nanded landscape
A view of Nanded railway station.Nanded, October 29
Sikh architecture, which is characterised by values of progressiveness, exquisite intricacy, austere beauty and logical flowing lines, dominates most of the recently constructed buildings raised as part of the beautification plan of the Takht Hazur Sahib Management Committee to mark the tercentenary celebrations of Gurta Gaddi Diwas of Guru Granth Sahib.

A view of Nanded railway station. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Medical team leaves for Hazur Sahib
Amritsar, October 29
A team of the Orthopedic Department of the government-run Guru Nanak Dev Hospital today left for Hazur Sahib for a week-long Gurta Gaddi Diwas being celebrated at Nanded in Maharashtra.

Castelo kalgi for Takht
Hazur Sahib, October 29
The US-based Sikh Dharma International and Guru Ram Das Sikh Mission presented a kalgi to Takht Hazur Sahib here today.

Only 3 take special flight to Amritsar
Hazur Sahib, October 29
The first flight from the Rajasansi (Amritsar) International Airport via New Delhi brought only 44 passengers, including the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh, SGPC president Avtar Singh and Tarlochan Singh, a Rajya Sabha member from Haryana, at newly constructed Shri Guru Gobind Singh Airport ere today.


SAD (A) not to form alliance with any political party
To contest 10 Lok Sabha seats on the issue of ‘atrocities’ 
on minority communities
Sangrur, October 29
Without forming an alliance with any political party, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will contest the ensuing Lok Sabha (LS) elections on the issue of “atrocities” on minority communities like Sikhs, Muslims and Christians in various parts of the country.


They protect paddy at mandis as others celebrate Diwali
Farmers have dinner by heaps of paddy at a mandi in Bathinda on Tuesday.Bathinda, October 29
On the one hand people were celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights, and on the other many farmers were spending a sleepless night at the grain market yesterday in order to save their heaps of unsold paddy from exploded crackers. Malkit Singh and Ram Avtar of Bibiwala village, who were sitting on a heap of paddy, said: “Farmers, who have always remained the backbone of the state’s economy, are forced to keep a vigil on their crops because there is no other way out.”
Farmers have dinner by heaps of paddy at a mandi in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Traders selling Punjab paddy for better prices in Haryana
Chandigarh, October 29
The high prices of PUSA 1121 being offered in mandis of Haryana has led to a large number of unscrupulous dealers in Punjab selling the variety there.

Magical mark in paddy procurement
Chandigarh, October 29
After clocking the magical 100-lakh-tonne mark in paddy procurement on Monday, Punjab by collecting 4-5 lakh tonnes per day hopes to procure 145 lakh tonnes of paddy this year, surpassing the previous high of 140 lakh tonnes in 2004-05.

Flaws in sangat darshan: Chief secy asked to explain
Chandigarh, October 29
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s sangat darshan programme, that had come under cloud following objection by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for the year 2003, has once again become a focus with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha contemplating sending a notice to the Punjab chief secretary demanding his explanation on the matter.

Finally, happy moments for Sarabjit’s kin
Bhikhiwind, October 29
This Diwali, after a long period of 18 years, brought cheers to the family of Sarabjit Singh, who has been on the death row in a Pakistani jail.

Justice Amar Dutt bereaved
Chandigarh, October 29
Nirmal Dutt, wife of retired Punjab and Haryana High Court judge and former chief vigilance commissioner, Punjab, Justice Amar Dutt, died after a brief illness at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) here on Tuesday.

2 names for human rights body suggested
Chandigarh, October 29
The Punjab government has recommended the names of a retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and a retired Sessions judge for appointment as members of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission.

Aided school teachers not to withdraw stir
Sangrur, October 29
Despite the announcement to release 95 per cent grant-in-aid to the government-aided schools by the Punjab government, thousands of teachers and other employees of aided schools will not withdraw their court arrest agitation till the acceptance of their major demand “revival of pension scheme from June 1, 2003”.

Bid to Loot Cash Van
Officer’s guard among culprits
Ferozepur, October 29
The police had ‘officially’ arrested all five persons allegedly involved in the bid to loot Rs 3.31 crore from a cash van of ICICI Bank on October 8, in which a gunman of the bank was killed while two others were injured.

Cop ‘shoots at’ cobbler, suspended
Amritsar, October 29
Nandi Deen (55), a cobbler, was allegedly shot at near Saragarhi Gurdwara by police constable Atul Kumar posted at Kotwali police station here.

Mazaar a snag for Khalsa College railway overbridge
Jalandhar, October 29
There seems to be a major stumbling block in the construction of the railway overbridge across the Lyallpur Khalsa College level crossing. A fresh row has ensued over the stretch of land currently occupied by the mazaar custodians, which was to be handed over by the Punjab Roadways to the PWD for the construction of a leg down of the bridge towards the bus stand side.

Industrial focal point to come up near Kapurthala
Jalandhar, October 29
To boost industrial activity in the Doaba region, a focal point is being set up in Kapurthala district. To be developed by the Punjab Small Scale Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC), the facility will come up on 226 acre at Jhal Thikriwal village on the Subhanpur-Kapurthala road.


Custodial Death
Amritsar resident moves HC for CBI probe
Chandigarh, October 29
Swaranjeet Singh is fighting for “justice” for two over years now. The Amritsar resident’s 25-year-old son Harinder Singh died in “custody” way back in September 2006. Swaranjeet Singh believes the police has not carried out proper investigations in the matter since then.



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