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No faith in VB, still I’ll
cooperate: Badal
Chandigarh, September 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that though he had no faith in the fairness of any vigilance probe against him or against any other member of the SAD yet “we would conduct ourselves as law-abiding citizens and not give Capt Amarinder Singh an excuse that we were not cooperating with due processes of law.”

NRIs keen to invest in Punjab, says Hanspal
Chandigarh, September 27
H.S. HanspalThe overseas Punjabi community is enthusiastic about ploughing back a substantial portion of its earnings in infrastructure development and other projects in Punjab, says Mr H.S. Hanspal, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, who has returned after a fortnight-long tour of North America.

Security for Bhaniarawala sought
Chandigarh, September 27
In less than a week after Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala — accused of sacrilege — was stabbed at Ambala, his counsel today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking security cover by the Central Reserve Police Force.

  • Varsity Head’s dismissal stayed

Row over collection of funds in medical college
Amritsar, September 27
Reports of collecting ‘funds’ from certain senior staff members of Government Medical College for the maintenance of lawns, a playground and the installation of a tubewell have raised several eyebrows.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Statements recorded in gang-rape case
Ludhiana, September 27
Ms Manisha Gandhi, amicus curie appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to assist in the investigations of allegations of the gang-rape of a four-and-a-half-year old, today recorded statements of various persons concerned.

Quake jolts Jalandhar
Jalandhar, September 27
A mild earthquake shook Jalandhar and its adjoining areas tonight.
The earthquake was felt around 9 pm. No injuries or damage to property was reported. — UNI


Khanna to head Punjab BJP
Chandigarh, September 27
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MLA from Garhshankar, was today chosen the next president of the Punjab unit of the BJP. However, a formal announcement to this effect would be made by the Minister of State in the Union Cabinet, Mr Sangh Priya Gautam, who will preside over the election meeting tomorrow.

Preneet discusses MC functioning, Cong infighting
Patiala, September 27
Factional fighting among the Congress members as well as the functioning of the Mayor and the Municipal Commissioner were the focus of the first one-to-one meeting held by Patiala MP Preneet Kaur with the Congress corporators of the city today.


Langoor Mela begins at Bara Hanuman Temple in Amritsar.
(28k, 56k)

New transport policy soon
Bathinda, September 27
The Punjab Transport Minister, Mr Tej Parkash Singh, said today that the state government would shortly come out with its new transport policy in which the privatisation of the transport sector would be given a boost.

Mysterious disease kills 24 animals
Gurdaspur, September 27
More than 24 animals in the area of Dhar sub-division have died due to a disease which has not been identified. The animals mostly were owned by Gujjars. Deras of Gujjars whose animals died due to this disease are located close to the five villages identified as Chemeror, Sukret, Mansua, Hardo Saran, Phanlali in the Dhar Sub-division.

104 temporary sheds for lawyers
Sangrur, September 27
As many as 104 temporary sheds were allotted to lawyers in the judicial complex here Lawyers here organised “path” of ‘Sukhmani Sahib’ in the complex yesterday.

Protesting man picked up by police
Patiala, September 27
The police here today picked up Sukvinder Singh, a member of the Unemployed Lineman Union, who was sitting on a chain fast and admitted him to Rajindra Hospital here.


Heavy rain damages cotton, paddy crops
Lakhewali (Muktsar), September 27
Farmers in Bathinda, Muktsar, Faridkot and Ferozepore districts seem to head for another bad year as heavy rain has damaged the standing paddy and cotton crops.

Flattened paddy crop spread over a large area at Lakhewali village. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Flattened paddy crop spread over a large area at Lakhewali village


Law enforcer flouts rule
Jalandhar, September 27
Don’t the law enforcement authorities or officials themselves ignore legal provisions sometimes? Yes, it seems to be true in the case of an official car, which was found displaying a red light atop it at the PAP T-point intersection here this morning.

A government car belonging to Punjab Transport Department flaunts a flickering red light atop it without displaying the mandatory permission sticker, in Jalandhar on Saturday. — Photo by S. S. Chopra.

A government car belonging to Punjab Transport Department flaunts a flickering red light atop it without displaying the mandatory permission sticker


2 cops booked for extortion
Phagwara, September 27
The police has registered a case against two constables, Lakhwinder Singh and Parshottam Lal, under Sections 386, 506 and 120-B of the IPC on the charge of extortion. The two policemen had recently been booked on the complaint of Mr Bhupinder Singh of Road Majra village, near Banga.

Two cops booked for fraud
Kapurthala, September 27
The Bholat police has registered a case of fraud under Section 420 of Indian Penal Code against Pardeep Singh Assistant Sub Inspector and Sukhwinder Singh head constable of Punjab Police for accepting a bribe of Rs 4000 from a resident of Begowal village for making wrong verification of his passport documents.

3 arrested for fraud
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 27
The district Vigilance Department has unearthed a scam by arresting three persons, who allegedly used to cheat and commit frauds worth lakhs of rupees with banks by preparing bogus and fake revenue documents in connivance with revenue, bank and other officials.

Armed mob enters court, kills youth
Mansa, September 27
Gurpal Singh (23), son of a retired teacher of Mansa, was murdered by some persons last night. The city police has registered a case against six persons — Kuldeep Singh, Raj Kumar alias ‘Raja’, Gagandeep Singh alias ‘Gaggi’, Parminder Singh, Kulwinder and Ajay Kumar alias ‘Boney’, all from Mansa — under Sections 302, 148 and 149 of the IPC in this regard.

3 die in mishap
Gurdaspur, September 27
Three persons died, one on the spot and two others in hospitals at Gurdaspur and Amritsar and three were injured, two of them critically in collision between a jeep and truck near Jhande Chack 10 km from here on the GT Road yesterday evening.

2 petrol station workers murdered
Moga, September 27
Two attendants of a petrol station near here on the Mudki road were found murdered this morning, the police said.


Parents sore as NRI quota is scrapped
Patiala, September 27
The Punjab Government has lost nearly Rs 15 crore in revenue by abolishing the Non-Resident Indian quota in medical colleges in the state. Sources said the government had lost Rs 35 lakh per seat for the 30 seats earmarked for the NRIs in medical colleges of the state.

Teacher third in Naval course
Nabha, September 27
Mr M.S. Chadha, a teacher of English at Punjab Public school here, has given a commendable performance in the recently concluded 18-day refresher course for Naval officers at Visakhapatnam.


Most businesses being run without licence
Patiala, September 27
If the Patiala Municipal Corporation is to be believed, there are neither any commercial establishments in the city nor any petrol pumps, hotels or marriage palaces. This because very few commercial establishments have acquired licences from the corporation to run their businesses.

New Cooperative Act to be implemented
Patiala, September 27
To strengthen the Cooperative Department and the movement the state government has decided to institute a new Cooperative Act. This was disclosed by the Punjab Finance and Planning Minister, Mr Lal Singh, at a function organised at Sanour. While addressing the gathering Mr Lal Singh said the new Cooperative Act had already been approved by the Cabinet and it would be implemented shortly.


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