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Farmers’ ultimatum to govt
Open dialogue by September 11, or face another stir
Chandigarh, September 4
Farmers owing allegiance to three organisations today returned home after their four-day sit-in in Chandigarh but not before serving an ultimatum on the Punjab government to open a dialogue by September 11 or face the next phase of agitation to be announced the following day.

Terrorism can be eliminated, says Kalam
Ludhiana, September 4
The President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, believes in “strength respects strength” and feels that the nation has to be prepared to protect itself at all times. Therefore, to keep in time with the arms race being pursued by those who pose a threat to us is perfectly in line with the strategy for national defence.

CBI asked to file status report in termination case
Chandigarh, September 4
Did the state of Punjab act in an unfair manner while terminating the services of 909 panchayat secretaries ? It will take some time before the question is answered, but as of now the secretaries are claiming that nothing tangible was found against those interrogated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Panel flays Ferozepore SSP on sale of girls
Chandigarh, September 4
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has come down heavily on the Senior Superintendent of Police, Ferozepore, for trying to sidetrack the issue involved in the sale and purchase of women in Ferozepore district by claiming that “no complaint in this regard” has been received in any police station in the district.



Mobile lands murder suspects in police net
Bathinda, September 4
Two employees of a local LPG Consumer Welfare Society were arrested yesterday for their alleged involvement in the murder of their senior in the society. They were traced with the help of a mobile phone of the victim, Raj Kumar, that they had been using.

Jaspal Singh, who recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records for making the smallest book, shows another of his creations, micro kites made of wood which he passed through the needle through a 1mm hole
Jaspal Singh, who recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records for making the smallest book, shows another of his creations, micro kites made of wood which he passed through the needle through a 1mm hole, in Amritsar on Thursday. — PTI

1,250 candidates seek interview
Corp chairman says results were rigged
Nabha, September 4
Candidates who have cleared the tests for 250 posts in the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (PSWC) now, resent the delay in conducting the interview.

HC to conduct PCS exams from September 6
Chandigarh, September 4
In just over a year after the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam rocked the state, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday will conduct examinations for selecting PCS judicial officers.


Cong councillors lock horns with minister, Mayor
Jalandhar, September 4
A majority of the Congress councillors have locked horns with the state Local Bodies Minister, Choudhary Jagjit Singh, and the city Mayor, Mr Surinder Mahey, by accusing both of them of discrimination in executing development works in their respective wards.


17 wagons of goods train derailed

Rail traffic on Sirhind-Una section hit 
Chandigarh, September 4
Rail traffic on the Sirhind-Una section was today disrupted when 17 wagons of a goods train ferrying coal to the Ropar Thermal Plant derailed in the wee hours near Mianpur railway station, 8 km from Ropar. No loss of life has been reported.

Heavy machinery being used to lift derailed wagons of a goods train at Mianpur on the Una-Sirhind rail section on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Heavy machinery being used to lift the derailed wagons of a goods train at Mianpur

Stop privatisation of PSUs: panel
Mansa, September 4
A three-hour dharna was organised today by the district unit of the Punjab State Employees Agitation Committee in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here in support of their demands. The main demand of the committee was to stop privatisation of the public sector undertakings.

Tankhaiya to be declared by all jathedars: Vedanti
Amritsar, September 4
Even as Giani Iqbal Singh, who has become the first Patna Sahib Jathedar to attend the meeting of the Sikh clergy here after Operation Bluestar, announced that all Takhts had the right to declare anybody tankhaiya, the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti said was the prerogative of Akal Takht only.

MC fails to impose octroi on mobile phones
Amritsar, September 4
The Octroi Department of the municipal corporation here is in a tizzy over the records of the past 11 months regarding the imposition of octroi charges on mobile phones and sim cards.

Move to shift slaughterhouse
Patiala, September 4
The slaughterhouse near the Sanauri adda and Hadda Roria, a place for dumping dead animals near the Ghalauri Gate, are likely to be shifted from the city.

Highway deaths trigger protest
Phagwara, September 4
Protests were triggered after a couple was crushed to death in an accident on the GT Road near the village of Mehtan near here last night.

Martyr gets state honour at funeral
Mamoon (Pathankot), September 4
Capt Ajay Rana, who had laid down his life on Tuesday at Kargil resisting unprovoked firing from the Pakistan side was cremated today at his native village of Mamoon with full military and state honours.

Ajnala allowed to join probe
Amritsar, September 4
Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, an Akali MLA, who was booked on January 19 by the Vigilance Bureau for possessing property disproportionate to his known sources of income, today presented himself before the Vigilance Bureau officials to join the investigation here.

Dr. Rattan Singh Ajnala (first from right) presents himself before vigilance officials to join the investigation in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Dr. Rattan Singh Ajnala presents himself before vigilance officials to join the investigation in Amritsar

Safai karamcharis, MC staff lock horns
Bathinda, September 4
Tension gripped the local municipal corporation when activists of the Nagar Nigam Safai Sevak Karamchari Union, supported by three other associations, and activists of the Municipal Corporation Employees Union raised slogans against each other over the issue pertaining to the removal of pigs from city and the privatisation of sanitation in various pockets of the city.


Two held for demanding more dowry
Kapurthala, September 4
The police has arrested Kulwant Singh and his wife, Sukhjinder Kaur, both of Mangeke village on the charge of harassing and torturing Ms Surjit Kaur of Nadala village falling under Subhanpur police station in the district for bringing more dowry.

Doctor booked for illegal abortion
Patiala, September 4
The Patiala Civil Surgeon has ordered registration of a case against a Samana nursing home following a raid on the premises yesterday in which it was revealed that an illegal abortion had been performed there.


Punjabi varsity to get Rs 1.25 cr from govt
Patiala, September 4
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today informed Punjabi University that the government would provide Rs 1.25 crore to it to offset the loss suffered by it on account of the fee rollback announced on September 1.

Faculty underqualified, say students
Patiala, September 4
Students of Bachelor of Physiotherapy have accused Punjabi University of launching the course in 2001 without providing qualified teachers, infrastructure or equipment required for running a professional course.

College students observe strike
Barnala, September 4
In response to the Joint Students Associations Front’s strike call in Colleges of Punjab, students of S.D. College and S.D. College of Pharmacy stayed away from classes yesterday.


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