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CPI withdraws from Garhshankar, decides not to back Cong
Chandigarh, September 25
Though the CPI today withdrew its candidate, Mr Manjit Singh Lali, from the contest for the Garhshankar Assembly byelection, it has decided not to extend any support to the Congress candidate in that constituency.

Funds for roads diverted: Bajwa
Quadian (Gurdaspur) September 25
The reason for the delay in the construction and repair of roads in Punjab is out. The Department of Finance has been diverting Nabard loans meant for the construction of roads.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Vajpayee’s faux pas
Amritsar, September 25
A string of faux pas by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at a public rally here today to mark the conclusion of BJP leader Uma Bharti’s Tiranga Yatra left many puzzled.

He ruined her life, she played his saviour
Ludhiana, September 25
Ranjit Singh Gill, who was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering Lalit Maken and his wife about 20 years ago, today tied the nuptial knot with a Jagraon girl, Sarbjot Kaur.

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Chinese in love with Punjabi
Patiala, September 25
From Beijing to India and then to Patiala in search of wisdom and Punjabi, Wanying Wang has travelled a long way. The 32-year-old journalist is not only learning Punjabi at his new home at Punjabi University’s Department of Linguistic Studies but has also earned the affectionate title of “Sher Singh”.

Inter-state narcotics smuggler arrested
Bathinda, September 25
In a significant move, the police today arrested an inter-state smuggler, Rajinder Puri, from this city today, under a detention order issued by the Governor, Punjab, about three months ago.

Police involved in sale of illicit liquor
Bootan (Kapurthala), September 25
While campaigning for the forthcoming Kapurthala Assembly byelection is yet to gain momentum, manufacturers of illicit liquor in villages near Subhanpur have already increased production. The entire illicit liquor business in the area is allegedly being run under the patronage of the district police for the past several years.

A labourer works at a still for producing illicit liquor at a village near Subhanpur of Kapurthala subdivision on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
A labourer works at a still for producing illicit liquor at a village near Subhanpur of Kapurthala subdivision on Saturday.

Tohra loyalists decry unilateral election of SGPC chief
Patiala, September 25
The appointment of Bibi Jagir Kaur has not gelled well with Tohra loyalists who took the opportunity of commemorating Tohra’s birth anniversary yesterday by making a veiled criticism of SAD president Parkash Singh Badal for starting a tradition of announcing SGPC presidents unilaterally.


Arif, Jagsir’s media interaction leaves Army annoyed
Kotbhai, September 25
Concerned over undue media exposure, the Army authorities have asked Lance Naik Jagsir Singh to avoid media interaction and to conduct himself as per norms during his stay in his native village here.

SGPC to set up World Sikh university
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 25
The SGPC has decided to set up Shri Guru Granth Sahib World Sikh University in Fatehgarh Sahib. The foundation stone of the university would be laid during the annual Sahidi Jor Mela. The university would start functioning by 2008. This was stated by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, SAD, while addressing a function organised by staff and students of the local Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib. The function was organised to commemorate the 81st birth anniversary of the Late Jathedar G.S. Tohra.

SSF condemns Dr Ahluwalia’s appointment
Patiala, September 25
The Sikh Student Federation today said the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had fallen to a new low by appointing former Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, as Education Adviser to the Sikh body.

National integration camp at Seona village
Patiala, September 25
Regional Director of the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre Begum Raka Rashid today urged for intensive interaction between people of different South-East Asian countries. She was speaking at a seven-day National Integration Camp organised by the Progressive Youth Forum in association with the Ministry of Youth Affairs at Seona village.

1800-yr-old play back on stage
Amritsar, September 25
The 1800-year-old play, “Bhagwatajjukam”, cast its magic spell on the audience at Urvi Auditorium of BBK DAV College for Girls last evening.

Khet mazdoors’ ultimatum to govt
Sangrur, September 25
The All-India Khet Mazdoor Union today served a six-month ultimatum on the Amarinder government to accept the demands of khet mazdoors otherwise a state-level agitation would be launched.

Warm welcome for girls on bikes
Muktsar, September 25
Ms Sukhwinder Kaur Sukhi and Ms Paramjit Kaur Pammi, who have brought laurels to the state by driving to Khardung La on a motor cycle, were given warm welcome at the local Guru Nanak College by residents, accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr B. R. Banga, here today.

Camp held for renewing arms licences
Ferozepore, September 25
The district licensing authorities organised a special camp at the DC office complex here today in which around 4,000 firearm licences were renewed.


Court wants powers to remain with ADGP Kant
Chandigarh, September 25
In less than 48 hours after a report appeared in these columns regarding withdrawal of charge for issuing permission to use red beacon lights from an officer, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today observed that the retention of power with the officer was in interest of justice.


Paddy procurement from Sept 27
Chandigarh, September 25
Following the green signal from the Union Government, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has announced that the procurement of paddy by various government agencies will start from September 27 instead October 1. It has been advanced by four days because of heavy arrivals of paddy in various grain markets, especially in Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts.


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Failure to send officers on deputation leads to pruning
Chandigarh, September 25
The posting of IPS officers on ex-cadre posts and failure of senior Punjab Police authorities to send officers on deputation to the Centre apparently led to pruning of force.

2 non-PCS officers in IAS cadre
Chandigarh, September 25
The Union Government has issued a notification appointing two Punjab non-PCS officers, Mr V.K. Sharma and Mr D.S. Grewal, to the IAS cadre. They have been selected to the IAS cadre by the UPSC on the basis of their interview held in April, 2004.


5 killed, 1 injured in road accident
Patiala, September 25
Five persons were killed on the spot and a woman was seriously injured when a truck over ran them while they were standing on the G.T. Road near Sirhind in Fatehgarh Sahib. According to sources, the accident took place at the Madhopur chowk on the GT Road.


Cops deployed in Khalsa College
Amritsar September 25
The gates of Khalsa College were closed on the striking students today even as it was a working day.


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