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A shadow of uncertainty hangs over the border village of Daoke in Punjab as the residents may have to leave their village fearing US attacks on Afghanistan.
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CM inaugurates paddy procurement
Ferozepore, September 21
Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, announced officially the commencement of paddy procurement in the state, here today. Mr Badal said that all Deputy Commissioners had been directed to focus mainly on smooth procurement of paddy for one month.

Pak devotees arrive at Attari
Attari/Wagha, September 21
Even as 262 Muslims arrived at Attari railway station by Samjhauta Express for participating in annual Urs at Ajmer Sharif, equal number of devotees were reportedly denied visas by the Indian High Commission.

Interactive session between Punjab, UK cops
Phillaur, September 21
More than 90 per cent of the police force has little or no role to play in either detection or investigation of crime. Special training programmes available, if any, are mainly for gazetted officers who number less than 1 per cent of the total force while the middle rung non-gazetted officers, who account for the remaining 9 per cent, benefit from the mandatory training courses.

SAD ready for unity to ‘defeat Congress’
Amritsar, September 21
General secretary of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and Punjab Finance Minister, Kanwaljit Singh has said that his party was ready to forge complete Panthic unity with a view to defeating the Congress in forthcoming elections.




Badal engineered clash with Nirankaris: Bhaur
Ludhiana, September 21
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali yesterday squarely held Mr Parkash Singh Badal responsible for creating the Baba Piara Singh controversy over the issue of burning of Granth at Ludhiana and the retaliatory torching of the holy ‘bir’ of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in a Ropar village recently.

Panthic Morcha seeks Piara Singh’s arrest
Ropar, September 21
Leaders of the Panthic Morcha alleged today that the Punjab Government was shielding Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara despite his alleged involvement in the burning of a Guru Granth Sahib “bir”. They alleged that functionaries of the Badal government were encouraging his activities. The Agriculture Minister, Punjab, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal and his son, Mr Kewal Singh Badal, junior vice-president of the SGPC, had attended a function of Baba Piara Singh, they alleged.

Punjab ‘ignoring environment’
Chandigarh, September 21
Punjab is charting a suicidal path ignoring its environment, soil and water to prop up the wheat-paddy cycle resulting in its people and livestock losing vital nutrients.
The central and state governments’ support to the cycle in the shape of the minimum support price and free electricity, leading to an overuse of ground water, has come in the way of reversing the trend.


Doc implicated in false case : PCMS
Mansa, September 21
The corruption case registered recently against Dr Pushpinder Kumar Singla, Medical Officer, Rural Hospital, Bhikhi, by the Vigilance Bureau took a new turn when the PCMS Association, Mansa, alleged that he had been implicated in a false criminal case.

Convicted ADGP referred to PGI
Patiala, September 21
The convicted Additional Director General of Police, Punjab, Daljit Singh Bhullar, who was admitted to the Government Rajindra Hospital here about two months back, has been discharged and referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Abduction of minor daughter alleged
Amritsar, September 20
A minor girl Martha (16), resident of village Nawa Kohnewalla (Ramdas) is untraceable since September 5. Her father and cousin have alleged that a police constable stationed at Batala may have a hand in her abduction.

Vajpayee to unveil Devi Lal’s statue
Chandigarh, September 21
The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, will visit Killianwali, near Bathinda, to unveil the statue of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal on September 25, sources said here today.

MLA apologises to scribes
Jalandhar, September 21
The Garhshankar MLA, Mr Shingara Ram Sahoongra, who was booked for assaulting, manhandling and threatening to shoot four journalists at the local Circuit House on Monday, tendered his written apology to the scribes today. The counter-case registered by the police against the journalists at the behest of the MLA was also withdrawn.

Bitta to open front’s branch in USA
Amritsar, September 21
Various intelligence agencies have pointed out that ISI-sponsored elements who had succeeded in entering India through the Samjhauta Express and the Lahore-Delhi, bus, had not returned to their country, even after the expiry of passports.

CM calls on Sant Waryam Singh
Chandigarh, September 21
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called on Sant Waryam Singh, founder President, Vishav Gurmat Roohani Mission and international monthly spiritual magazine, Atam Marg, at the PGI here today. The Chief Minister learnt about Sant ji’s illness during his “sangat darshan” programme at Ratwara Sahib yesterday.

Report on octroi submitted to CM
Amritsar, September 21
A panel comprising three MLAs has submitted its report regarding octroi abolition and alternative resources mobilisation scheme to the Chief Minister. This was stated by Mr Balramji Das Tandon, Minister for Local Bodies, here today.


15 arrested for various crimes
Bathinda, September 21
The district police has arrested 15 persons in separate incidents and seized 25 kg of poppy husk, 30 litres of illicit liquor and 15 kg of lahan. A car and a scooter were also recovered from them.

Six held in cybercafe attack case
Bathinda, September 21
The district police claimed to have made a breakthrough in the case involving attack on a local cybercafe with the arrest of six persons who were booked under Sections 307, 452, 427, 506, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC on September 8. The case was registered on the complaint of Mr Sanjeev Garg, owner of the cafe.

5 Agriculture Dept officers booked
Pathankot, September 21
Five officers of the Agriculture Department were booked here yesterday by Mr Karnail Singh, Judicial Magistrate, under Sections 452, 506, 323 and 34 of the IPC on the charge of raiding a shop illegally and intimidating its owner, Man Singh of Bhanwal Khurd village.

3 held for robbing villager
Phillaur, September 21
A team of the Goraya police, led by SHO Sarabjit Rai, today arrested three persons coming from Zandiala town in the subdivision in a Maruti car, allegedly after snatching Rs 20,000 from a villager, Jasbir Singh Johal.


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