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Can tainted PPSC candidates be reappointed, asks HC
Chandigarh, September 14
The issue of reappointment of some tainted candidates, who had made it to the PCS when Ravinderpaul Singh Sidhu was Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, has again cropped up before the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Following the arrest of Sidhu and subsequent developments, including registration of FIRs, the government had set aside the selections of a number of tainted candidates.

No fiscal relief for private housing
projects in Punjab

Mohali, September 14
The Punjab Government would not give any fiscal concessions or financial exemptions to private parties who propose to set up housing or real estate projects in the state.

Kashmir Singh’s family awaits his release
Mahilpur (Hoshiarpur), September 14
The release of 64 civilians, including 61 Punjabis, by Pakistan has failed to bring cheers to the family of a former jawan Kashmir Singh who has been reportedly languishing in Kot Lakhpat Jail of Pakistan for the past over three decades.

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Pak prisoner in detention even after end of term
Amritsar, September 14
Even as 583 Indian and Pakistani prisoners walked to freedom into the arms of their near and dear ones after long detention yesterday, an old Pakistani national, Mukhtar Ahmad, has been in the high security Central Jail here while his sentence was completed in December 1997.

Sidhu serves notice on govt
Amritsar, September 14
Taking up the cause of the cash-strapped municipal corporation, the BJP MP, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, today sent a legal notice to the Punjab Government for the immediate release of Rs 34 crore, outstanding amount on account of excise duty.

Economist Ajad dies mysteriously
Patiala, September 14
Prof Nirmal Singh Ajad, eminent economist and a senior professor in Department of Economics, Punjabi University, died here today under mysterious circumstances.

Punjab cops may not get remand of Hawara
Chandigarh, September 14
The Punjab police might not be able to secure the remand of Jagtar Hawara due to a technical glitch. The case involves the Punjab Government, Chandigarh Administration and the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is in charge of the Beant Singh assassination case.

Kirtan by woman at Tarn Taran gurdwara
Tarn Taran, September 14
Is the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran, different from that of Harmander Sahib? While both the historical Sikh, shrines of Tarn Taran and Amritsar, respectively, are controlled by the SGPC, the ‘Maryada’ being observed there is different.

Bibi Gurbachan Kaur Mathurawale performs ‘kirtan’ at the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Bibi Gurbachan Kaur Mathurawale performs ‘kirtan’ at the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran.


Transfer Chandigarh to Punjab, says Dhindsa
Chandigarh, September 14
The SAD has objected to the statement made by Mrs Sushma Swaraj, Chairperson of the Parliament Standing Committee on Chandigarh, with regard to the setting up of a Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on the pattern of the Union Territories of Delhi and Mizoram.


PCMS doctors protest against govt apathy
Ferozepore, September 14
PCMS doctors held a protest rally in front of the local civil hospital today. The doctors were protesting against the apathetic attitude of the state government and the non-implementation of recommendations made in the Fourth Pay Commission concerning doctors in government service.

Paper mill workers block traffic
Mukerian, September 14
Workers of the Mukerian paper mill yesterday organised a protest and blocked traffic on the national highway for about one hour. Hundreds of workers of the mill were protesting against the non-payment of their wages for the past six months.

Workers of the Mukerian paper mill block traffic on the national highway near Civil Hospital in Mukerian on Tuesday. — Photo by Jangi
Workers of the Mukerian paper mill block traffic on the national highway near Civil Hospital in Mukerian on Tuesday.

Shopkeepers hold protest
Jalandhar, September 14
A group of shopkeepers of the Ladowali area held a protest against the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation authorities here today. They were irked at the miserable condition of the Ladowali road.

3 grenades found in choe bed
Hoshiarpur, September 14
While loading sand in a tractor-trailer, labourers found three live grenades in a choe bed adjoining Patti village, 8 km from here, last evening.


Crop diversification impractical: Kanwaljit
Chandigarh, September 14
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, a former Finance Minister, Punjab, delivered a talk on “Punjab Farmers: Prosperity, Debt and Suicides” in the Department of Sociology, Panjab University today. Initiating the discussion he said that 60 per cent contribution to the national pool of food stock was met by Punjab.


Vehicles with pressure horns to be challaned
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 14
As per the instructions of the state government pressure horns are not permissible in vehicles and hance these should be removed it otherwise the owner would be penalised, said Mr Rajesh Tripathi, District Transport Officer, while addressing drivers from different truck operators unions here today.

Nagar council poll re-scheduled
Phagwara, September 14
The poll for the two posts of vice-president of Phagwara Nagar Council has been re-scheduled again. Now, it will be held on October 14 instead of September 15.


Fake SP dupes youths of lakhs
Pathankot September 14
Over 10 unemployed youths belonging to Pathankot have been duped of lakhs of rupees, by a man posing as Superintendent of Police (SP) on the pretext of getting them recruited in the police.

Minor gangraped, 2 arrested
Jalandhar, September 14
A 14-year-old school-going girl, who was missing from her house in Kang Sabu village, near Nakodar, on September 11 under mysterious circumstances, was allegedly gangraped by five persons of the same village.

Students duped of Rs 35 lakh
Hoshiarpur, September 14
A case of duping poor students of about Rs 35 lakh by owners of the Institute of Software Technology Group International Limited, Hoshiarpur, was reported to the police here yesterday.

Vehicles’ sale racket: 2 discharged
Abohar, September 14
Gulshan Kumar, a local resident, and Mohan Lal Nagpal of Fazilka were discharged by a local court in a case registered by the Sadar police. The police had claimed that they were involved in an inter-state racket of selling stolen luxury vehicles from Maharashtra with forged documents.

Flesh racket busted; five held
Batala, September 14
The Batala Police unearthed a flesh racket and arrested three women and two men from a house situated at Ohri Gate area.

Rs 1.4-lakh theft in house
Bathinda, September 14
Thieves struck at a Vishal Nagar residence last night and decamped with cash and valuables worth about Rs 1.4 lakh last night.


Khalsa College row: students seek govt’s intervention
Amritsar, September 14
The students who were denied admission in Khalsa College by the academic council this year, today urged the state government to intervene in the ongoing conflict between students and the college management.

Amritsar page: Khalsa College seats sold on donation?

Students protest at varsity gate
Patiala, September 14
Students of Punjabi University, Patiala, went ahead and held a rally in front of the university’s main gate despite the court’s restraint orders and the closure of the university for a day by the authorities to avoid confrontation.

Observers nominated for admission to medical colleges
Chandigarh, September 14
The Department of Medical Education Research, Punjab, yesterday nominated its observers for the counselling of candidates for admission to NRI/ management quota seats.


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