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Panthic Morcha kicks off campaign
Mann against amnesty to cops
Ferozepore, September 10
In an apparent show of strength, the constituent parties of the Panthic Morcha kicked off their election campaign by organising a massive rally here which drew a large crowd.

BJP backs Centre on relief to ‘tainted’ cops
Jalandhar, September 10
Criticising the role of some human rights organisations for opposing the move of the Central Government to provide relief to those Punjab police officials, who are facing trials in different courts for alleged excesses committed during militancy in the state within the ambit of the Constitution, the Punjab unit of the BJP yesterday came out in support of these police officials by backing the Central Government on the issue.

Govt callous towards indebted farmers: BKM
Jalandhar, September 10
In a step which may cause a lot of embarrassment to SAD, especially in view of the ensuing assembly poll, the Bhartiya Kisan Morcha, a frontal organisation of the SAD’s poll alliance partner, BJP, has accused the state government of being callous towards a large number of incidents of suicides committed by debt-ridden farmers of the state.

Power panel not consulted again
Tubewell connection charges slashed
Patiala, September 10
The Punjab Government seems to have bypassed the State Power Regulatory Commission while slashing the charges for temporary power connections for agricultural tubewells from Rs 10,000 to Rs 5,000 per horsepower two days ago.




ORP reversion orders: 6 cops may be bailed out
Ludhiana, September 10
The state government may bail out at least six police officers above the rank of DSP who have been reverted to their original rank under the high court orders regarding ORP rank officers in the Punjab police.


PPCC asks MLAs to declare assets
Jalandhar, September 10
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today demanded that all Akali ministers, including the Punjab Chief Minister, and MLAs should declare their assets as promised in their poll manifesto during February 1997 Assembly elections. 

Cong promises pension to traders
Patiala, September 10
The Punjab Congress today announced it would launch a pension scheme for the trading class in case it was voted to power. The PPCC media committee chairman, Mr Surinder Singla, announced at a press conference here that the Congress would launch a scheme to give pension to poor traders in the state if voted to power.

BSM to hold rallies
Patiala, September 10
The Bahujan Samaj Morcha will hold rallies in different cities of Punjab in order to strengthen the party’s base keeping in view the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.

Stone of CPM office laid
Nawanshahr, September 10
Prof Balwant Singh, Secretary of the state unit of the CPM, laid the foundation stone of the party office to be constructed in the memory of Natha Singh Mandali at Banga town today. 

RJD to contest 117 seats
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 10
The Rashtriya Janata Dal will contest 117 Assembly seats in the forthcoming elections in the state and is willing to enter into an electoral alliance with any political party, except the BJP.


Rights activist awaits justice
Ludhiana, September 10
A petitioner has been appearing in a local court every two or three months for the past 14 years, but neither has his case moved forward or been dismissed. The petitioner, D S Gill, a Ludhiana-based human rights activist, had filed a case against Mr Bhajan Lal, former Haryana Chief Minister, in 1987 when the Congress leader was a Union Minister, demanding legal action against him for allegedly instigating the armed forces and others to kill terrorists without any legal trial.

Traffic blocked, Cong leader’s arrest sought
Hoshiarpur, September 10
Activists of the Doaba Helpline for Women, Hoshiarpur, headed by its president, Ms Pushpa Sharma, staged a dharna in front of the main gate of the city police station and took out a rally here today to show their resentment against the police authorities for not arresting Prem Mehta, president of the women cell of the District Congress Committee, and other members of her family for mercilessly beating her daughter-in-law, Ms Jyoti Mehta, for dowry who is undergoing treatment at the local Civil Hospital.

Probe into civic body functioning begins
Bathinda, September 10
A team from the Vigilance Office of the Local Bodies Department today started an inquiry into the alleged bunglings in various development works carried out in the city by the municipal council authorities. 

Govt ‘shielding’ officers behind scam
Amritsar, September 10
The veteran CPI leader, Mr Satya Paul Dang has alleged that the Minister for Social Security, Mr Gobind Singh Kanjla, in a reply to a question put by Mr Hardev Singh Arshi, MLA had concealed several facts.

Malooka’s son plying bus without permit: union
Bathinda, September 10
Members of the Tempo Union, Jandawala village in the district, have alleged that Mr Gurpreet Singh Malooka, son of Mr Sikander Malooka, Minister for Power, Punjab, is illegally plying a bus on the Jandawala-Khemuana route without permit. 

Small papers unable to keep afloat
Patiala, September 10
The quiver is full again and the arrows are flying. Yes, the newspaper “Tir Kaman” has started publication again after a short lull. However others, including “Senapati”, “Roop”, “Inteqam”, “Swaran” and “Hazara Patrika” have closed shop and many others are in the process of doing so, unable to exist without government support.

Grant too meagre, say soldiers’ kin
Khasa (Amritsar), September 10
“It is too little and too late”. This is how the widow of Gopal Singh of the Sikh Regiment who laid down his life during the 1962 Indo-China war said Expressing anguish, Jagir Kaur said. the government should have given them the same relief as had been given to martyrs of “Operation Vijay” during the Kargil hostilities.

Pannu’s vehicle ‘carried liquor bottles’
Payment of claim may be delayed
Amritsar, September 10
The survey report submitted by the Oriental Insurance Company, Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), on the ill-fated Toyota Qualis belonging to the SGPC which met with an accident on February 16, resulting in the death of Balbir Singh Pannu, Senior Vice-President, SGPC, and three other occupants, may delay the payment of claim totalling Rs 5 lakh. 

Shamlat land 'converted' into private property
Chandigarh, September 10
Mrs Shyama Mann, Financial Commissioner (Revenue), has requested the Chief Secretary, Mr N. K. Arora, to take appropriate steps immediately to set aside what she has described as "illegal and totally perverse" order passed by a senior officer of the Rural Development and Panchayat Department in Ropar district divesting Chatauli village of over 35 acres of panchayat land worth several crores of rupees.

Workers hold state-level protest rally
Sangrur, September 10
A large number of workers, including women, under the banner of Kirti Mazdoor Union, Punjab, led by its state president Baru Satwarg today blocked roads at Mahavir Chowk near the local Civil Hospital for half-an-hour in support of their demands.

Crisis in NRI Sabha deepens
Jalandhar, September 10
Even as the NRI Sabha, Punjab, allegedly created division in the Indian Overseas Congress by organising a meeting of its UK unit under the chairmanship of Mr Mohinder Singh Jaswal, the chairman of the Overseas Congress Mr Daljit Singh Sahota, today asserted that Mr Jaswal had no right to issue any statement as he had been expelled from the organisation four years ago.

Son denies charge
Ludhiana, September 10
Surjit Singh, son of Mohinder Kaur, has denied that he turned his mother out of the house after getting her property transferred into his own name. Responding to a representation made to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.R. Kaler by Mrs Mohinder Kaur, Surjit Singh said, he still loved and respected his mother as much as he used to five years ago.

AISSF(U) to start drive against drug abuse
Chandigarh, September 10
Dr Manjit Singh Bhoma, convener of the All-India Sikh Students Federation ( United), said today that the federation would celebrate its foundation day on September 13 in Jalandhar.

CM orders steps to set up sub-station
Amritsar, September 10
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday directed the local municipal corporation to immediately hand over land at Sakatari Bagh in the city to the PSEB to set up a 132 kv sub-station. 

Speed post passport service launched
Phillaur, September 10
A speed post passport service was formally launched today in the Phagwara post office. The Postal Department has introduced this service to spare people the inconvenience of waiting in long queues in passport offices.

Complaints against cable service
Bathinda, September 10
In a representation to the Deputy Commissioner, the Consumer Welfare Council has urged him to fix the subscription charges for cable connections in the city and to direct the cable operators to provide good services to the consumers.


Explosive detection vehicles for police
Chandigarh, September 10
The Director-General of Punjab police, Mr Sarabjit Singh, flagged off 16 anti-sabotage explosives detection vehicles here today. The special vehicles, he said, were part of the modernisation drive.


4 carrying opium, poppy husk held
Bathinda, September 10
As part of their campaign to check the menace of narcotics, the district police has arrested four persons and seized 1.25 kg of opium and 8 kg of poppy husk from them. In a press note issued here today , Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, said Kabal Singh a resident of Rania in Sirsa district of Haryana, was arrested when he was trying to smuggle 1 kg of opium. 


SFI flays education policy
Nawanshahr, September 10
The Students Federation of India and the Democratic Youth Federation of India on Saturday organised a rally at Doaba Polytechnic, Raipur, about 35 km from here.

Strike by teachers of aided colleges
Ropar, September 10
Teachers of aided colleges in the district today observed a strike in support of demand of lecturers of the Dev Samaj College for Women, Forezepore, for the implementation of the pension scheme.Top

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