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BJP holds ‘Parda Faash’ rally
Amritsar, September 17
The state BJP president, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, said today that the BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alliance would bag more than 100 seats in the forthcoming Assembly elections.
State BJP president Avinash Rai Khanna, former cricketer and Member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu and other BJP leaders join hands during a “Parda Faash” rally in Amritsar on Sunday.
State BJP president Avinash Rai Khanna, former cricketer and Member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu and other BJP leaders join hands during a “Parda Faash” rally in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Another complaint against ‘kar seva’ baba
Patiala, September 17
The state police has received yet another complaint in connection with embezzlement of foreign donations against the absconding baba of ‘kar seva’, Amrik Singh, who is facing criminal cases in Patiala and Amritsar for his alleged involvement in embezzlement of donations to the tune of crores of rupees.

Another controversy haunts Ch Jagjit
Chandigarh, September 17
Controversies seem to be chasing Punjab minister Ch Jagjit Singh. After the ruckus in the Punjab Assembly over the Ludhiana City Centre issue, it seems Ch Jagjit Singh faces another charge, that is, of tampering with records of the Vidhan Sabha.



Vigilance initiates probe into forest plantations
Hoshiarpur, September 17
The flying squad of the Punjab Vigilance Department has initiated an inquiry into the plantations made under a Japan bank aided project from 2001 to 2005.

Fee hike keeps girls away from polytechnics
Amritsar, September 17
The percentage of women in Punjab showing interest in vocational courses has reduced significantly. They have stopped seeking admissions due to the government decision in 2003 to increase the fees.



Garg stakes claim for SAD ticket
Sangrur, September 17
The national vice president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr Parkash Chand Garg, has staked his claim on the Sangrur Assembly seat as a candidate of SAD in the ensuing Assembly elections by saying that he is a strong claimant for the SAD ticket for Sangrur Assembly seat this time as he has been serving SAD for the past 30 years as a loyal worker.


PSEB’s scheme to reduce transmission losses
Sangrur, September 17
With a view to reduce the transmission and distribution losses to zero level in the case of agriculture power (AP) connections in the rural areas, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is heading towards to convert the existing low-tension rural distribution system (RDS) into high-voltage distribution system (HVDS) by covering the purely rural feeders throughout the state.

Waiting for appointment letter!
Sangrur, September 17
Mr Varinder Sharma, whose name was recommended for the post of lower division clerk (LDC) by the Vidyalaya Appointment Sub-Committee for appointment in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), Teona Pujarian village in Bathinda district, has been running from pillar to post to get his appointment letter for the past several months, but of no avail so far.

Calcutta for action against Badal
Amritsar, September 17
Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, chairman, Second Gurdwara Surdhar Lehar Panthic Committee, has urged the Akal Takht Jathedaar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, for taking action against the Shiromani Akali Dal supremo, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for violating the Sikh tenets by accepting Rs 8 lakh from a tobacco company.

Probe ordered into Dalit boy’s death
Sangrur, September 17
A magisterial inquiry was today ordered into the alleged custodial death of a 20-year-old Dalit boy, Balwinder Singh, of Chathe Sekhwan village, near here.

Protest over labourer’s death
Nabha, September 17
More than 500 persons staged dharna yesterday for three hours at local Boran Gate Chowk to press their demand for the immediate arrest of Harbhajan Singh, Labh Singh, Babli Singh and one other unidentified person, owners of Dharni Khad and Pesticide Store of Bhadson, 20 km from here.

100-yr-old bridge collapses
Amritsar, September 17
The security of the Khem Karan sector has been jeopardised as the 100-year-old bridge on the Amritsar-Khem Karan defence road collapsed two weeks ago. The bridge was the nearest and crucial link to the border area for supplying defence material to the security forces in the area.

Contractual dental docs seek hike in salaries
Chandigarh, September 17
Resentment prevails among dental doctors working on contract basis with the Punjab Health Systems Corporation. They allege that they get only a 10 per cent incentive increment while those on regular staff get a fixed hike.

Protest held over turban issue in France
Patiala, September 17
A demonstration was held by people of all faiths in the local Chotti Baradari here today to lodge their protest against the denial of right to Sikh boys to tie turbans in France.

The Jains of Amritsar
Amritsar, September 17
The retrieval of three ancient idols of Mahatma Buddha from the tank of Kotla Vasawa Singh, a few kilometres from the Pakistani border, and the 315-year-old idol of Lord Mahavira, besides rare manuscripts in Prakrit script, establishes that Amritsar and its adjoining areas have been flocked by Jain and Budh monks for generations.

The over 300-year-old idol of Lord Sheetal Nath at a Jain temple in Amritsar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
The over 300-year-old idol of Lord Sheetal Nath at a Jain temple in Amritsar.

Ahmadiyyas flay Pope’s remarks
Gurdaspur, September 17
The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad in a press release issued here today flayed the remarks of Pope against Islam and Koran. He said by making such a remark, the Pope had tried to create a wrong impression of Islam.

210 donate blood
Pathankot, September 17
A one-day blood donation camp was organised here today by the Sant Nirankari Mandal. The camp was inaugurated by Dr Ashok Kumar Niar, Chief Medical Officer, Gurdaspur.

81 devotees donate blood

Agriculture workers hold demonstration
Sangrur, September 17
Workers of the All-India Khet Mazdoor Union, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha and Mazdoor Mukti Morcha, Punjab, on Friday staged a dharna outside the district administrative complex here in support of their demands.

Aids given to physically challenged
Patiala, September 17
The annual function of the Patiala Society for the Rehabilitation of Physically Handicapped was held here today in which calipers were distributed to 22 poor patients.

Army band competition concludes
Patiala, September 17
The Army’s Kharga Corps Band competition, which attracted 11 bands of infantry and mechanised infantry units, concluded here today amidst a colourful ceremony.

PRTC launches tele-booking service


SHO held for taking bribe
Abohar, September 17
Gamdoor Singh, SHO at the city police station here, has been booked by the Vigilance Bureau for allegedly accepting Rs 25,000 as illegal gratification. He had been shifted from here three months back to Zira police station.

Burglars decamp with goods worth lakhs
Rajpura, September 17
Burglars allegedly broke into a house in New Defence Colony last night and decamped with cash and valuables worth several lakhs of rupees.


Bhattal committee’s assurance to teachers
Patiala, September 17
Mr Gurdish Singh, press secretary, Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Progressive Front, Punjab, today said that the committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal had assured the front that its demands would be approved by it.

IT awareness camp
Ropar, September 17
The Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, under the aegis of the Kandi Friends Educational Trust, will organise an awareness camp to on information technology for children in rural areas here.



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