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Tohra asks CM to step down
Gurcharan Singh TohraAmritsar, September 13
Immediately after returning from a foreign tour, Mr G.S. Tohra, president, SHSAD, has asked Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal, to step down as Chief Minister if he wanted to forge complete panthic unity.

Civic staff burn Badal’s effigy
Sunam, September 13
Protesting against the government move to abolish octroi in the state a large numbers of municipal employees wearing black badges and holding black flags burnt the effigies of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and Minister for Local Government, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, here today.

Patiala goes without water
Disruption by MC men protesting move to abolish octroi 
Patiala, September 13
City residents had to go without water for half of the day today with Municipal Corporation workers disrupting water supply in the early morning to protest against the government move to abolish octroi in the state.

Kewal Singh attacks Nanaksar sect
Amritsar, September 13
The Sikh clergy today came in direct confrontation with the Nanaksar, a sect of Sikhs. Addressing a religious function at Gurdwara Guru Sar at Brar village, Ajnala, 20 km from here, today, Giani Kewal Singh, Jethedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, said it was a matter of great regret that the Sikhs were worshipping “living gurus” instead of Guru Granth Sahib. 




UK, Canadian visa offices for Jalandhar, Chandigarh
Chandigarh, September 13
The Union Ministry of External Affairs has given its no-objection certificate to both the British High Commission and the Canadian High Commission for opening their visa offices in Jalandhar and Chandigarh, respectively.

Congress win from Adampur upheld
Chandigarh, September 13
Upholding the election of Indian National Congress candidate Kanwaljit Singh from the Adampur assembly constituency, Mr Justice J.S. Narang of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today advised the returning officers to be more vigilant in future.

  • Plea on wealth of CM, Amarinder dismissed

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Dharmi faujis seek Jathedar’s post
Bathinda, September 13
Even as the conflict between warring factions of Akali Dal regarding the post of Jathedar of the Akal Takht is yet to be resolved, an association of Sikh soldiers who left their jobs in protest against Operation Blue Star in 1984, have staked their claim to the post. 

Ramoowalia unfolds party’s agenda
Bathinda, September 13
Lok Bhalai Party supremo, Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, today while unfolding the agenda of his party for the coming Assembly elections alleged that the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had given exclusive rights on Punjab’s river waters share to the Central Government by not opposing to the amendment carried out in the concerned Act.

Singla hails SC decision on Sonia’s citizenship
Chandigarh, September 13
Hailing the decision of the Supreme Court with regard to the upholding of the Indian citizenship of the AICC President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, the chairman of the media committee of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Surinder Singla, said today that the challenging of her citizenship was a conspiracy hatched by opponents of the Congress.

Market Committee chief removed
Gurdaspur, September 13
Pandemonium prevailed at a meeting held here yesterday in which a no-confidence motion was to be moved against Mr Harbhajan Singh, Chairman of the local Market Committee. Hot words were exchanged between Mr Kartar Singh Pahra, MLA, and Mr Pritam Singh Kounta, Chairman, Sugarfed.

Cong observer locked out of room
Patiala, September 13
A Congress observer and senior Himachal Pradesh leader, Chaudhary Daulat Ram, who has come to the city to assess Congress aspirants for the party ticket from seven Assembly seats of the Patiala Parliamentary constituency, was locked out of his room in the PWD guest house here yesterday.

BJP aspirants to declare assets
Hoshiarpur, September 13
Office-bearers of the Punjab unit of the BJP at a recent meeting of the party resolved that any person, including present BJP ministers and MLAs, seeking party ticket in the frothcoming Assembly election, would submit a complete list of his assets to the state office with his application.


PNFC workers gherao minister
Ropar, September 13
Estranged workers of the now closed Punjab National Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd unit today gheraoed the local minister, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, in protest against the non-payment of their dues. According to sources, the workers along with their families, descended upon the BBMB rest house, Sutlej Sadan, where the minister was camping, at about 9.30 a.m. taking the police by surprise.

Disaster management system on anvil
Chandigarh, September 13
If roads are the arteries leading to development, Punjab has a long way to go to keep these in a state of fitness. The existence of a wide network of 1,700 km of national highways, 7,100 km of plan roads and 22,000 km of link roads is not enough. Its proper maintenance and absence of encroachments are equally important.

Badal’s UK visit put off
 Parkash Singh Badal
Chandigarh, September 13
As a fallout of the terrorist attacks in the USA on Tuesday, the visit of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to England later this month has been postponed. Mr Badal was to participate in the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh scheduled to be held in London on September 19 and 20 .

Lawyes for CBI probe into PSEB bunglings
Bathinda, September 13
The Punjab Law Forum a local organisation of lawyers, has urged the state government to hold a CBI probe into the alleged bunglings in the purchase of electric meters by officials of the PSEB, the reports about which appeared in a section of the Press a few days ago.

Computer course test disappoints
NIIT, the well-known computer education institute, held its 11th Bhavishya Jyoti Scholarship test at Rajpura on September 9. More than 200 candidates appeared in the test which was held at three centres in two shifts. But the scene at the centres lacked the seriousness that the occasion demanded.

Jathedar Jagdev Singh TalwandiShun anger, greed; says Talwandi
Amritsar, September 13
The SGPC chief, Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, has said the service of humanity is the most significant and important component of life. He made these remarks while addressing a large religious congregation at Malu Nangal village during the annual Jod Mela. He asked people to shun ills like anger, greed and ego to live a better purposeful life.

Tribunal sets aside councillor’s election
Kapurthala, September 13
Mr K. Siva Prashad, Deputy Commissioner-cum-presiding officer, District Election Tribunal, Jalandhar, on Wednesday set aside the election of Mr Ashok Aggarwal and declared Mr Alam Singh Walia elected municipal councillor from ward No. 6

Govt directive flouted
Mansa, September 13
A glaring example how officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board are flouting the directive of the Punjab Government has come to light. As per claims made by the government, Dalits having a load of less than 1 kw have been exempted from paying for up to 100 units per month.

Army recruitment rally from Oct 1
Bathinda, September 13
An Army recruitment rally will be held at Faridkot from October 1 to October 7. A press note issued here today said vacancies like those of Sainik (general duty), Sainik (clerk), Sainik (technical) and Nurse (assistant) would be filled during the rally. 

Jakhar condemns attacks in USA
Abohar, September 13
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Balram Jakhar today condemned the terrorist attacks on US installations but criticised Pakistan, which had been abetting terrorism in the subcontinent for more than two decades for slamming such horrendous acts in other countries as the roots of the happenings in the USA had possible links in Pakistan.

Saraswat award for Vatsayan
Chandigarh, September 13
The Punjab Hindi Sahitya Sabha will confer the Varinder Saraswat Award on Prof Suresh Chander Vatsayan,a pioneer of “mantra poetry” , in Ludhiana tomorrow.


Police Academy to host seminar on policing
Chandigarh, September 13
Senior police officers from Punjab and South Yorkshire (England) will have a series of brain storming sessions on various aspects of policing, including handling of terrorism, at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Police Academy at Phillaur on September 19 and 20 September.

Admn fails to evict illegal occupants
Amritsar, September 13
The district administration today failed to evict illegal occupants of government quarters from the official canal colony due to political interference. The Deputy Commissioner had ordered the eviction of four families from quarters where they had been living ‘illegally’ for the past about four decades. 


Fake recruitment agencies target rural youths
Bathinda, September 13
Owners of “fake” recruiting agencies here are cheating unemployed youths by promising them employment abroad. These agents have been targeting youths belonging to the rural areas.


GND varsity to set up centre at Preet Nagar
Amritsar, September 13
Gur Nanak Dev University will open a centre for Punjabi literature in Preet Nagar on the Indo-Pakistan border. Preet Nagar was home to Gurbax Singh Preetlari, had a cinestar Balraj Sahni, Punjabi novelist Nanak Singh. However, after partition, it was deserted and the palatial houses of great personalities were encroached upon. 

Mismatch of science students  and teachers
Patiala, September 13
The rationalisation policy of the Punjab Government to match the number of science lecturers in rural schools with the number of students, has been done only on paper with some rural senior secondary schools in the district not even having a single student in the science stream and numerous others having only a token number of such students.

DEO (S) shifted
Bathinda, September 13
Mr Major Singh Sandhu, District Education Officer (Secondary), who was allegedly involved in the fake experience certificate scam was transferred to Ludhiana last evening. There were reports that some of the schools sold the certificates to the candidates who had applied for the recently advertised vacancies of B.Ed teacher. 

Kanwaljit gives 1.5 lakh grant to school
Patiala, September 13
The Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today inaugurated a high school in Dera Bassi. He also inaugurated other schools in 11 different rural areas. The minister gave a grant of Rs 1.5 lakh to the school authorities for its developmental activities.

Non-teaching staff to intensify stir
Barnala, September 13
The Private Colleges Non-Teaching Employees Union has decided to intensify its stir by observing stay-in-strike on every Wednesday and holding dharnas on all college campuses all over Punjab and Chandigarh. 

Supplementary exams from Sept 29
Amritsar, September 13
The supplementary examinations of the Guru Nanak Dev University will commence from September 29. The spokesman for the university has stated that the roll numbers of all eligible candidates had been despatched. The Vice-Chancellor of the university has appointed Dr S.S. Bindra, Professor of political science, Dean of the faculty of arts and social sciences of the university.Top

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