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Students prevented from staging dharna
200 Punjabi University students, supporters arrested
Patiala, September 16
The police administration today swung into action, arresting around 200 persons, including students and their supporters, to prevent anyone from holding a dharna in front of the Punjabi University main gate. All of them were arrested and taken to separate police stations before being released in the evening, according to a government spokesman.

Students arrested while agitating in front of the Punjabi University gate being taken away by the police Students arrested while agitating in front of the Punjabi University gate being taken away by the police, in Patiala on Tuesday. — Photo by Subhash Patialavi 

40 suspected dengue cases in Batala
Chandigarh, September 16
The outbreak of dengue fever in Batala, a Punjab industrial town, has set the alarm bells ringing in the state Health Department. According to information gathered by The Tribune, 40 suspected cases of dengue fever have been detected in the town. However, official sources admit to only about 20 cases.



Sparks fly at Cong MLAs' meeting
Chandigarh, September 16
Sparks flew at a meeting of the Punjab Congress Legislature Party here today with ministers and MLAs openly criticising the performance of their own government, resenting the non-availability of the Chief Minister to his own colleagues and spying on them by the state vigilance.

Edicts by Akal Takht in one volume
Amritsar, September 16
Amid reports of “missing record” from the Akal Takht secretariat, the book, ‘Hukmname: Adesh Sandesh... Akal Takht’ by assistant secretary, SGPC, Roop Singh, has become a reference document. It incorporates 124 edicts (hukmnamas) issued from Akal Takht since March, 1887, and is the first book to deal exclusively with the edicts.

RSS onslaught on Sikhism: Vedanti’s intervention sought
Phagwara, September 16
Dr Harjinder Jakhu, national general secretary of Akali Dal (Amritsar), today sought the intervention of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti regarding intellectual onslaught on Sikhism by the RSS and its allies.

Ministers vs bureaucrats
Chandigarh, September 16
Punjab proposes to transfer six departments to the Panchayati Raj institutions at a special function in Bathinda on October 3.

Labour court must examine evidence before order: HC
Chandigarh, September 16
It is incumbent upon the labour court to examine the evidence led by a workman even for passing an ex-parte order, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held in a significant judgement.


SAD meeting put off
Chandigarh, September 16
The September 19 Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Legislature Party meeting has been postponed to September 23, according to Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, general secretary of the party.


Army takes civilians' help to locate mines
Bathinda, September 16
The Army authorities have started taking help from civilian population in locating the missing mines which were laid down in the pockets of the Rajasthan border with Pakistan during Operation Parakarm.

Prescribe anti-TB drugs only under new guidelines
Sangrur, September 16
After the failure of the National Tuberculosis (TB) Control Programme started in 1962, the Punjab Government does not want to take any chances in the newly launched Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) in checking the spread of TB.

Protest against water cess hike
Nangal, September 16
Senior citizens blocked traffic and staged a dharna outside the local Municipal Council complex in protest against the hike in water and sewerage charges here today. About 200 senior citizens raised slogans against the Punjab Government.

Drama festival begins
Faridkot, September 16
Artistes from various parts of Punjab have appealed to the state and Central governments to form constructive policies for the youth to build the nation stronger.

ASP to probe newsman’s frame-up
Patiala, September 16
The Patiala zone Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Shashi Kant, today deputed the Amloh Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr D P Singh, to hold an inquiry into the picking up of a Dainik Bhaskar journalist from outside a local eatery last night on the charge of molesting a woman after a delegation of mediapersons represented that the journalist had been framed by the local police.

Rehriwalas observe strike
Sangrur, September 16
A complete strike was observed by rehriwalas in the town today alleging that the local SDM had “misbehaved” with their district president, Mr Hari Singh, yesterday while arguing on the issue of removal of rehris from here.

Offer to repair samadhi of Jassa Singh Ahluwalia
Amritsar, September 16
Mr Shatrujit Singh, scion of the royal family of Kapurthala, has offered to bear all expenditure on the repair and maintenance of the samadhi of Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, a Sikh warrior.

Canadian team visits Golden Temple
Amritsar, September 16
A Canadian team visited the Golden Temple to review the security for the proposed visit of the Canadian Prime Minister here on Divali on October 25.

Concern over drug addiction
Abohar, September 16
Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, vice-president Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and a former minister has expressed serious concern over drug addiction among youths.

Book exhibition comes to Barnala
Barnala, September 16
Punjabi author Ram Sarup Ankhi inaugurated a four-day National Book Trust of India exhibition in Aggarwal Dharamshala, Barnala, on Monday.


High Court
Pre-arrest bail plea rejected
Chandigarh, September 16
Mr Justice Viney Mittal of the High Court on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea filed by Parminder Garcha — the son of Punjab’s former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha in an alleged cheating and corruption case.

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Nine get life term for murder
Moga, September 16
A local court has sentenced nine persons to life imprisonment for kidnapping and murdering a resident of Kapure village last year.


Arhtiyas walk out of meeting on procurement
Chandigarh, September 16
A meeting to review arrangements for procurement of paddy from October 1 yesterday ended with a walkout by the Arhtiyas Associations and slogans for and against Punjab Minister for Food and Supplies Avtar Henry.

5,000 farmers attend mela
Gurdaspur, September 16
More than 5,000 farmers from all over the district participated in a district-level kisan mela held here today under the aegis of the district Agriculture Department.


Two panels to review cases
Chandigarh, September 16
In view of the spate of court cases filed by serving police officials challenging arbitrary promotions and recruitments by the outgoing Director-General of Police, Mr M.S Bhullar, the Punjab Government has constituted two committees.


Constable dies in road mishap
Sangrur, September 16
Constable Amandeep Singh (28) was killed and Constable Dev Singh injured seriously when the scooter they were riding on, collided with a Jeep near the Police Lines here last night.

Attack on leader’s son, police station gheraoed
Jalandhar, September 16
Irked by the armed attack on the son of a communist leader and the police “inaction” in the matter, a large number of inhabitants of Shahkot gheraoed the town police station late last night.


School lecturers’ dharna today
Barnala, September 16
The Punjab Government School Lecturers Union has decided to stage a dharna tomorrow in front of the office of the DPI (Schools), Secondary Punjab in strong protest against the indifferent attitude of the Punjab Government towards longstanding demands of the union.


Sale of ethanol-blended petrol decried
Jalandhar, September 16
Accusing the major oil companies of “deceiving” consumers by selling them ethanol-blended petrol, the Punjab Petroleum Dealers Associations has decried the Ministry of Petroleum’s “arbitrary” decision to introduce ethanol-blended petrol without considering its merits and demerits.

Traders’ protest today
Fazilka, September 16
A meeting of the Beopar Mandal, Fazilka, was held in Ghas Mandi on Sunday to plan the protest against leasing out of octroi on contract in Fazilka. Representatives of more than 25 traders’ organisation participated in the meeting.

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