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Bathinda refinery ‘a Cong project’
Chandigarh, August 31
The Congress will not allow any slowing down of work on the Guru Gobind Singh Refinery at Bathinda claiming that the Rs 10,000 crore grassroots project was not only its brainchild but also approved by the party’s government at the Centre in 1996.

United Cong attacks Badal govt
Payal (Ludhiana), August 31
It was a remarkable show of unity by the Pradesh Congress Committee, here today, on the occasion of the sixth death anniversary of Beant Singh. Cutting across factional loyalties all leaders turned out to mark their presence at the rally. A view of audience at a rally organised to mark the sixth death anniversary of Beant Singh at Payal village in Ludhiana district on Friday.
A view of the audience at a rally organised to mark the sixth death anniversary of Beant Singh at Payal village in Ludhiana district on Friday. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Cops conduct surprise checks
Kid’s statement recorded at ashram
Ludhiana, August 31
The police today conducted surprise checks at an ashram near the Jalandhar Bypass, where minor children were allegedly being forcibly taught a questionable life style by a self-proclaimed saint, who had similar branches world over.

SGPC directive on Gurbani, Gurus
Amritsar, August 31
In a significant development, the Dharam Parchar Committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, has asked all concerned not to publish Gurbani or pictures of Gurus on marriage cards or calendars as it amounts to blasphemy.



  ‘Commute’ Bhullar’s sentence
Amritsar, August 31
Sikh radicals and other organisations yesterday came out strongly against the death penalty awarded to Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar prime accused in a bomb blast case. Dal Khalsa and Human Rights Forum advocates commuting of the death sentence and demanded the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to request the President of India for a mercy plea in view of the 200 years of coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Chohan case hearing on September 4
Patiala, August 31
A local court today heard arguments for the grant of anticipatory bail to Khalistan ideologue Jagjit Singh Chohan and fixed September 4 for pronouncing of orders in the case. The arrest of Dr Chohan has been stayed till then.


Aggrieved councillors approach minister
Bathinda, August 31
The thrashing of two municipal councillors belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party, including its group leader, Mr Krishan Kumar Garg, on August 28 in the local municipal council hall allegedly by a section of municipal councillors of the Shiromani Akali Dal and their henchmen, may snowball into a major controversy. The senior party leaders of the BJP have approached the high command to take necessary steps in this connection.

BJP leaders seek removal of Nakra
Hoshiarpur, August 31
Infighting among leaders of the district unit of the BJP became an open secret yesterday when dissatisfied senior leaders boycotted all meetings of various cells even after the invitation extended by Dr Ram Kirpal Sinha, national secretary of the BJP, who had come here to make the assessment of party performance.

CM carrying on Cong legacy: Chandumajra
Phagwara, August 31
Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, General Secretary of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal and a senior leader of the Panthic Morcha today alleged that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was carrying on the Congress culture and legacy and had become heir apparent to the Congress.

 Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi  Revolt against Baba Sarabjot Singh
Ludhiana, August 31
Thirteen saints belonging to the Sant Samaj owing allegiance to the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, have strongly opposed the decision of Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi to lead the Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic Morcha), a political outfit. They said being the chief of the Sant Samaj, an apolitical body, he should not indulge in partisan politics.


Move to shift PSEB office opposed
Residents of Parasram Nagar hold a rally and block traffic at the main chowk to protest against the shifting of the PSEB office from there to an other place in Bathinda on Friday. Bathinda, August 31
Hundreds of residents of the local Parasram Nagar today held a rally in the locality and blocked traffic for more than three hours to press the authorities not to shift the office of the Punjab State Electricity Board from there to some other place. Residents, including women, were protesting against the move of the PSEB authorities to shift the office from their locality to the Multania road.
Residents of Parasram Nagar block traffic at the main chowk in Bathinda on Friday to protest against the shifting of the PSEB office.

He worked for Sikh institutions
Chandigarh, August 31
Rich tributes were paid to Jathedar Ranjit Singh Riar on his 11th death anniversary here on Wednesday. It was on August 29 , 11 years ago, that Jathedar Riar, the then President of the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal, was gunned down by militants outside the Sector 15 gurdwara.

Book SGPC member’s son: Cong
Samana (Patiala) August 31
Congress workers today held a dharna in front of the tehsil complex in this town for three hours to protest against the police for not taking any action against the son of a SGPC member Gobind Singh Panjrath who they alleged had led a murderous assault on some workers on August 27.

Woes of patients’ attendants

Attendants of patients in the Government Rajindra Hospital have to travel long distances to purchase medicines, besides having to cope with the problem of stray dogs in the hospital corridors. The biggest problem of the attendants is that they have to go out of the hospital premises to medicine shops on the Patiala-Sangrur road, even for small items such as bandages and syringes.

Peripheral colonies to get sewerage and water supply connections
Patiala, August 31
Peripheral colonies in the city are in for sewerage connections and augmentation of water supply according to a scheme finalised with the financial assistance of HUDCO. HUDCO is collaborating not only with the Patiala Municipal Corporation but also the municipal committees of Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Samana for making sewerage and drinking water available to residents of the towns, especially in the unplanned colonies which have sprung up all over.

A showpiece that reflects shame
Despite being situated in the heart of the city’s VVIP area, the park in the exclusive Civil Lines locality here is a picture of neglect. Its proximity to the residences of all top bureaucrats, including the Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, the Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police, holds no meaning as this park has been crying for maintenance for several years. Interestingly, almost all officers and their families can be seen having their morning walk in this park, particularly as it is safe from the security angle.

3 samples show signs of contaminated water
Patiala, August 31
Out of the five samples of water sent for testing following the Samana epidemic, three of them have shown signs of contaminated water. Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir said that the three samples that gave signs of unhealthy water were from Balmiki Mohalla, Gharawa Patti and Chakla Bazar.


PUDA raises 4.12 cr for medical institute
Jalandhar, August 31
Decks for construction on the first phase of the Rs 300-crore Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences project here have been cleared with the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority raising funds to the tune of Rs 4.12 crore by auctioning its 44 prime commercial sites on the erstwhile Sugarcane Research Institute premises here on Wednesday.

New Commissioner of Faridkot Div
Chandigarh, August 31
The following postings and transfers in the Police Department were ordered today on administrative grounds: Mr Narinder Sharma is now DIG, Provisioning; Mr Hartej Singh Sekhon is SP, Headquarters, Jagraon; Mr R.L. Moonga is SP, Detective, Muktsar; Mr Kanwaljit Singh is SSP, Barnala; Mr Tulsi Ram is SSP, Nawanshahr; Mr Ishwar Singh is Comdt., 6th IRBN, Ladda Kothi (Sangrur); Mr Yurinder Singh, is Zonal SP, Special Branch, CID, Ferozepore; Mr Gurkirpal Singh is SP, Headquarters, Patiala; Mr Narjinder Singh Sekhon is SP, Detective, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Mr Mukhtiar Singh is SP, Detective, Kapurthala.

Register cases against bank officials: DC
Sangrur, August 31
Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, yesterday directed the SSP, Sangrur, to register cases against the bank officials who do not open accounts of pensioners whose pensions had been sanctioned by the Department of Social Security.


Petrol station murders: 4 held
Ludhiana, Aug 31
The sensational double murder and robbery incident at Jackson Petrol Station near the Jalandhar byepass on the morning of August 20 has turned out to be an in-house conspiracy. The Ludhiana police today claimed to have arrested four persons, including an employee of the petrol station, who allegedly committed the crime.

Wheat theft racket unearthed
Gurdaspur, August 31
The police has unearthed a racked involving theft of wheat from a godown of the local Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Limited. The theft was being committed in connivance with officials of the corporation.

Red light car confiscated with poppy husk
Patiala, August 31
A Maruti Gypsy with a red light blinking overhead and which was smuggling 476 kg of poppy husk was confiscated by the district police here today. The Gypsy was stopped and searched by a police party led by Mr Ashish Kapoor, DSP, Samana, during a naka near Dedna village, falling under the jurisdiction of Ghagga police station.


BHMS students hold dharna, block traffic
Jalandhar, August 31
The traffic on the Civil Lines road was disrupted for about two hours today following a dharna near the Circuit House here by more than 200 students of Guru Nanak Homoeopathy College, Ludhiana, after their talks with the Medical Education Minister, Punjab, failed over the postponement of their final examination scheduled to start on September 10.

Shifting of teacher’s post resented
Bathinda, August 31
Resentment prevailed among residents of Bhairupa village in the district due to the shifting of one post of mathematics teacher from Government Girls High School of the village to some other school.

NAAC team to visit Punjabi University
Patiala, August 31
All offices and teaching departments of Punjabi University will remain opened on September 1 and 2. Giving this information, Dr B.S. Bhatia, Registrar, said that the offices would remain opened on these days as a team of National Assessment and Accreditation Council would visit the university campus on September 2. 

Non-teaching staff observe strike
Bathinda, August 31
Non-teaching employees of various private colleges of the city today observed a strike in their respective institutes to press the authorities to accept their demands. The call for the strike was given by the state unit of Private College Non-teaching Employees Union.



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