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Swami warns CM against arresting Badal
Serai Amanat Khan (Amritsar), September 28
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal exhibits solidarity with Mr I.D. Swami, Minister of State for Home, and Mr Chaman Lal Gupta, Minister of State for Defence, at a political conference at Serai Amanat Khan in Amritsar
In an open challenge to the state government, Mr I.D. Swami, Union Minister of State for Home, today declared, “Nobody can dare arrest Mr Parkash Singh Badal”.

Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal exhibits solidarity with Mr I.D. Swami (left), Minister of State for Home, and Mr Chaman Lal Gupta, Minister of State for Defence, at a political conference at Serai Amanat Khan in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma 

Hanspal denies rift with CM
Mansa, September 28
The future of the country is not safe in the hands of the NDA government and the All-India Congress Committee has decided to stage protest dharnas at all district headquarters throughout the country on September 30 against the “anti-people” policies of the Union Government.

Kidnapping case takes new turn
Jalandhar, September 28
The alleged bid to kidnap a farmer of Majhari village in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh on Friday night, in which the Indica car of Mr Shashi Sharma, president of the Jalandhar unit of the PHRO, was allegedly used, has taken a new turn with Mr Shashi Sharma claiming that his vehicle was stolen from Jalandhar on Friday afternoon and he had lodged an FIR with the local police.



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Newspaper staff demand wage board
Jalandhar, September 28
The All-India Newspaper Employees Federation has urged the Central Government to set up a wage board for newspaper employees.

Bajwa announces major road projects for Punjab
SAS Nagar, September 28
The Minister for PWD (B&R) and Elections, Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, today announced major road projects in Punjab, including conversion of 18 corridors on the state highways into toll roads and construction of 40 railway overbridges, in collaboration with the Central Government of India.

Ashwani KumarMP laments deterioration in politics
Chandigarh, September 28
"There is a sharp deterioration in politics. Hence, the blurring of ideological relevance in today’s politics," says Mr Ashwani Kumar, a member of the Rajya Sabha from Punjab.

NRI quota similar to capitation fee, say parents
Patiala, September 28
Parents of children who are preparing for entrance examinations in government medical colleges in the state claim that the Non-Resident Indian quota is, in effect, capitation fee because the quota was not limited to the NRIs only.


Khanna elected Punjab BJP chief
Chandigarh, September 28
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna is felicitated by Mr Brij Lal Rinwa Adopting a far more aggressive posture than his predecessor, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, who was formally declared elected the new president of the Punjab BJP, said today the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was following the policy of “Dhakka and Dhokha” (force and cheating). Mr Khanna, BJP MLA from Garhshankar, replaced Jat leader Brij Lal Rinwa.

Mr Avinash Rai Khanna (centre) is felicitated by Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, outgoing President (left), and Mr Sanghpriya Gautam, Union Minister of State for Agro and Rural Industries, after the former’s election as President of the Punjab BJP in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

SAD leaders to fight graft cases on their own
Faridkot, September 28
Senior leaders and former ministers of the Shiromani Akali Dal, who were allegedly involved in various corruption cases, will fight their cases on their own in the judicial courts in the state to seek justice. 


Retired teacher struggles for medical dues
Jalandhar, September 28
Mr Narain Dutt a retired school lecturer of Begowal court has been running from pillar to post for the reimbursement of his medical bills for Rs 1.37 lakh for past three years.

Removal of homoeopathy Registrar sought
Sangrur, September 28
The Association for Scientific Research in Homoeopathy today demanded the removal of the Registrar of Council of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, Punjab, for removing nearly 5,000 registered homoeopathic medical practitioners from the register of practitioners/ maintained by the Council of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, Punjab, on the pretext that they had failed to get their registration renewed.

Workers urge government to accept demands
Amritsar, September 28
Various worker union representatives have urged the state government to accept their long-pending demands, including the release of bonus of class III and IV employees pending for the past five years.

19 more Indian youths land in Pak jails
Amritsar, September 28
As many as 19 Indian youths who were lured by “fake” travel agents have found themselves in Pakistan jails.

Social Security Department a shambles
Amritsar, September 28
The local Social Security Department is alleged to be a shambles. At least 150 applications submitted to the department about two years ago were recently reported to have been lost. Earlier, too, these applications remained completely unattended.

NSUI gives clean chit to former Sports Director
Amritsar, September 28
The fact finding report of the National Students Union of India has given a clean chit to Dr Kawaljit Singh, a former Director sports, Guru Nanak Dev University, in a case of sexual harassment. The Director had resigned from his post in protest alleging that false allegations were levelled by the complainant.

Garbage, grain dumped together
Amritsar, September 28
Heaps of grain and garbage with carcasses included rest together in the biggest grain market of this border belt here posing a health hazard.

Power to SEs to close units withdrawn
Ropar, September 28
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has withdrawn the power given to the Superintendent Engineers to order closure of small-scale industries violating pollution norms. The power had now been vested with the Chairman, PPCB, Mr K.P.S. Rana, Chairman of the PPCB, said this here today. He said this had been done after complaints of abuse of power.

Sikh conclave on Oct 25
Chandigarh, September 28
Representatives of various Sikh groups today decided to convene a Sikh conclave at Amritsar on “Bandi Chorr Divas” ( October 25) to discuss the role of Akal Takht, appointment and powers of its Jathedar, issuance of hukumnamas and tradition of “Sarbat Khalsa” in contemporary times. 

Actors of Ek Jut Kala Munch enact Chavian Di Rut at the open air theatre of Rose Garden in Bathinda Play highlights Partition woes
Bathinda, September 28
The local “Ik Jut Kala Manch” stayed “Chavian Di Rut” late last night, which left the audience in tears with life-like portrayal of bloodbath and collapse of human values during the Indo-Pakistan Partition.

Actors of “Ek Jut Kala Munch” enact “Chavian Di Rut” at the open air theatre of Rose Garden in Bathinda on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Maestros enthral at classical music conference
Phagwara, September 28
Classical music maestros, both vocalists and instrumentalists, mesmerised the audience today at the eighth classical music conference held in the memory of Sangeet Diwakar Master Rattan Ji Hadiabadi at Geeta Bhavan, Model Town, here. The conference was organised by Dr AK Sharma and Prof Hari Dev. Mr Parduman Singh Ravi, SDO, PSEB, Jalandhar, was the chief guest.

Governor to open cancer hospital
Moga, September 28

Punjab Governor Justice O.P. Verma will inaugurate a super-speciality cancer hospital at Muktsar on October 11.

PNB disburses Rs 25 cr loans
Patiala, September 28

Punjab National Bank organised a retail lending function and disbursed Rs 25 crore under its various schemes at a function held here today. The Senior Regional Manager of the bank, Mr U.K. Sharma, said the main objective of the function was to educate the customers about its various credit schemes.

‘Run for heart’ rally big draw
Jalandhar, September 28
Concerned at the lack of awareness about protection of heart and the increasing incidence of heart-related diseases, a large number of people from all walks of life participated in the “Run for your heart” rally organised here this morning.

536 patients examined at health camp
Fatehgarh Sahib,  September 28
With the help of the Citizen Club, Bassi Pathana, the Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital, organised a free cardiac and multi-speciality health check-up camp at Bawa Nursing Home, Bassi Pathana, today.

Temple offerings, bells, vessels stolen
Moga, September 28
People pay obeisance at religious places and make offerings to propitiate God but several cases of the theft of the offerings have been reported from religious places in this state in past months. 

Goods worth 15 lakh destroyed
Tarn Taran, September 28
Wood and other goods worth Rs 15 lakh were burnt to ashes today when fire broke out at Godra Woodworks, Goindwal Sahib 24 km from here. The Goindwal police has registered a report in this connection.

2 pilgrims die in accident
Hoshiarpur, September 28
Two pilgrims, including a seven-year-old boy, died on the spot while 50 pilgrims were injured when a tourist bus bound for Vaishno Devi rammed into a tree near Mangarh on the Hoshiarpur-Dasuya road, 25 km from here, early this morning. The injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dasuya.


PDS wheat finds way to open market
Bathinda, September 28
The Dyalpura police of this district has unearthed a major scam pertaining to the diversion of subsidised wheat meant for distribution to the poor through the public distribution system to the open market following the arrest of three persons, including a salesman of a cooperative society in Jalal village, Bikkar Singh.

Virtual split in Rice Millers Association
Jalandhar, September 28
The Punjab Rice Millers Association was virtually split today with Mr Brij Mohan Julka, senior association leader, forming a parallel group, the Punjab Rice Mill Welfare Association.

Farmers “chakka jam” tomorrow
Chandigarh, September 28
The agitating farmers’ organisations reiterated today that farmers would block road and rail traffic throughout the state for three hours from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on September 30 in protest against the callous and apathetic attitude of the Centre and the state government towards their demands.


PUDA’s refusal to accept building plans flayed
Amritsar, September 28
The Association of Practicing Civil Engineers is sore over the refusal of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority to accept the building plans and completion certificates of registered civil engineers with PUDA.


Traders decide not to pay octroi
Pathankot, September 28
The Punjab Beopar Mandal local unit has decided not to pay octroi if the Municipal Council does not withdraw decision of privatising octroi collection from October 1.

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