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2 Takhts, Sant Samaj hold parallel function
Amritsar, September 15
In an apparent attempt to challenge the authority of Akal Takht, two Takhts – Patna Sahib and Hazoor Sahib, a section of Sant Samaj and the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal today held parallel quadricentennial celebrations of installation of Guru Granth Sahib, as per the old Bikrami calendar.

Power crisis gives knockout punch to
Punjab industry

Chandigarh, September 15
Scheduled and unscheduled power cuts have given a crippling blow to the manufacturing sector, especially hosiery and knitwear industry, in Punjab. The daily loss suffered by the industrial sector is worth crores.

Govt to give Rs 900 cr to PSEB
Sangrur, September 15
Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, Punjab, said today that the state government would provide about Rs 900 crore per year to the PSEB to meet the losses and other expenditures.

Cabinet Minister rank for Brahm, J.S. Mann
Chandigarh, September 15
In a significant development, two newly appointed Chairmen of public sector corporations in Punjab have been accorded the status of Cabinet-rank ministers.

Three principals not paid for 2 yrs
Jalandhar, September 15
Call it apathy of government officials or flouting of rules by school managing committees, three principals of government-aided schools of the district have not been paid their salaries for the past two years.



Dandia Festival in Patiala on Wednesday.
Dandia Festival in Patiala on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Sangrur SSP threatens journalists
Ludhiana, September 15
It was a display of power resorted to by the SSP, Sangrur, Mr G.S. Dhillon, here today outside a hotel after some journalists took pictures of his car and escort vehicle with red lights on these, in violation of the Punjab and Haryana High Court order.

No permission for fixing lights atop vehicles
Chandigarh, September 15
The security wing of the Punjab Police has decided not to give permission for fixing beacon lights atop government vehicles till a notification issued by the Punjab Government was either amended or issued afresh.

Principal beats up boy, classmates retaliate
Chandigarh/Ropar, September 15
The Principal of Dashmesh Academy, Anandpur Sahib, allegedly beat up a Class IX student of the school and tried pushing him out of the window for being rude to his teacher.

Indira did not consider Operation Bluestar a mistake: Alexander
Chandigarh, September 15
“Indira Gandhi did not consider Operation Bluestar a mistake. The mistake was in the manner of implementation of the decision and not in the decision itself,” writes Mr P.C. Alexander in his book “Through the Corridors of Power”. Mr Alexander, who retired as Governor of Maharashtra a couple of years ago, was Principal Secretary to both Mrs Indira Gandhi and Mr Rajiv Gandhi.

Baba rolls 2,500 km to reach Amritsar
Amritsar, September 15
A Guiness book record-holder for covering hundreds of kilometers by rolling, Baba Mohan Das, popularly known as “Ludkan Baba”, is set to break his own record, in yet another mission for spreading the message of peace.

'Ludkan Baba' pays obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
'Ludkan Baba' pays obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday

A three-day rural sports events organised recently in the Madhiwada area of Punjab gave a much-needed opportunity to the rural sporting talent to show their skills.
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Assembly byelections on Oct 13
Chandigarh, September 15
Byelections to Kapurthala and Garhshankar Assembly constituencies will be held on October 13. The last date for filing nominations is September 22.

Shiv Sena (H) to contest byelections
Phagwara, September 15
The Shiv Sena (Hindustan) yesterday declared to contest the forthcoming Assembly byelections in Punjab next month. Mr Pawan Gupta, president, said at a press conference here that he had visited Hoshiarpur and met party activists at Phagwara to gauge the ground realities.

CPM candidate files nomination papers
Nawanshahr, September 15
Mr Mahan Singh Rouri, CPM nominee for the ensuing Garhshanker Assembly seat, filed his nomination papers at the SDM office, Garhshanker, 12 km from here, today. A large number of CPM workers reached the SDM office in a procession.


Baba Farid Mela begins
Faridkot, September 15
The much-awaited Baba Farid Mela began on a religious note here today. A series of celebrations to mark aagman purb of Baba Sheikh Farid started with the path of Sukhmani Sahib followed by ardas at Gurdwara Tilla Baba Farid, where the great Sufi saint meditated for 40 days before heading towards Pakistan.

Special children visit painting workshop
Faridkot, September 15
The state-level painting workshop that began here today had very special guests. A few children from a school run by the Red Cross for blind, hearing impaired and mentally retarded children had arrived to see artists’ work and drew inspiration from them.

Message of release from jail came as surprise
Kot Bhai (Muktsar), September 15
“The order of our release from Pakistani jail was a biggest surprise in my life. I will not forget the day when I, along with Mohammad Arif, was told by a Pakistani official that we are going to be released from jail shortly,” said Lance Naik Jagsir Singh, who came to his village late last evening after spending more than five years in different jails of Pakistan.

Rafting expedition of Army begins
Mirthal (Gurdaspur), September 15
The Double Victory Brigade of the Vajra Corps today launched a 105 km rafting expedition in the Beas from Mirthal, about 60 kilometres from Gurdaspur. Lt. Gen PK Singh, AVSM, GOC Vajra Corps flagged off the expedition.

Lt Gen PK Singh, GOC, Vajra Corps, takes the salute from the passing rafts in an expedition in the Beas at Mirhal on Wednesday. Photo by Jangi
Lt Gen PK Singh, GOC, Vajra Corps, takes the salute from the passing rafts in an expedition in the Beas at Mirhal

Bank employees observe strike
Bathinda, September 15
Activists of the United Forum of Bank Unions today staged a dharna in front of local Union Bank of India to lodge their protest against the apathetic attitude of the managements in connection with the acceptance of their genuine demands.

Centre indifferent to turban issue, says Badungar
Phagwara, September 15
Former SGPC President and co-opted SGPC member Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar today alleged that the Congress-led UPA govt was insensitive and indifferent to the issue of French ban on the Sikh turban and its refusal to allow turbaned students in its schools.

Army man found dead
Bathinda, September 15
Hav Mahabir Singh, who was posted in the 17 Wireless Regiment in the local military station, was found dead under mysterious circumstances late last night.


Farmers advised to adopt new methods
Patiala, September 15
Farmers have been urged to adopt new technologies like bed planting and zero tillage to save water and fertilisers keeping in view the depleting water resources during the annual Kisan Mela organised by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.


Walia Chairman of Khadi Board
Chandigarh, September 15
Ex-MP Charanjit Singh Walia today took over as the Chairman of Punjab Khadi and Village Industries Board. Soon after taking over charge, the Chairman was felicitated by Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Lal Singh, besides other dignitaries.

Four cops suspended
Batala, September 15
Four policemen, including an ASI, were suspended today for dereliction of duty.


Cop booked in suicide case
Lalru, September 15
The railway police has booked a Punjab Police constable, Baljinder Singh, on charges of forcing Hardeep Singh, a resident of Gulabgarh locality of Dera Bassi, to commit suicide. A case has also been registered under Section 306 of the IPC against him at the Lalru police post.

Father kills son
Hoshiarpur, September 15
A case of murder of a five-month-old son by his father was reported from Bachhohi village under Mahilpur police station last evening.

Cops booked for corruption
Chandigarh, September 15
Patiala’s Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajinder Pal Singh Anand and in-charge of CIA staff Darbara Singh have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly misusing official power during police service. This was revealed by Additional Director-General of Police (Vigilance) A.P. Pandey.

Police party attacked, 2 held
Moga, September 15
Two persons were arrested for attacking a police party in Daulewala village here today. Sources said that the police got a tip-off some poppy husk smugglers were in the village. When the police party reached there, a few persons present there attacked them.


Punjabi University students begin chain strike
Patiala, September 15
Punjabi University students today started a chain strike in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor besides holding a procession in the campus to the beating of drums, which they called a “peepa march”.

Punjabi University students protest against the university authorities on the campus on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Punjabi University students protest against the university authorities on the campus on Wednesday.

Students hold rally against PTU’s new rule
Jalandhar, September 15
Over 250 students from engineering colleges all over the state held a rally here today protesting against the implementation of a new rule by Punjab Technical University (PTU).

Student “assaults” three lecturers
Batala, September 15
Teachers of the Baring Union Christian College, Batala, held a meeting in the college yesterday under the chairmanship of the president of the teachers’ union and condemned the “assault” on three college lecturers by a student on September 13.


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