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SGPC: burning of ‘bir’ amounts to murder
Alamgir (Ludhiana), September 22
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has demanded the registration of a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against the culprits responsible for setting fire to a “bir” of the Guru Granth Sahib at Rattangarh in Ropar district a few days ago. 

Security in border villages tightened
Ferozepore, September 22
Security measures in the border villages of Ferozepore and Amritsar districts have been stepped up, keeping in mind the possible attack on Afghanistan by the USA and its allies. Security forces reportedly have been instructed to keep tight vigil on border, especially in view of the announcement of the Prime Minister’s visit to Killianwali, near Dabwali, on September 25. 

One held for turning hostile in graft case
Bathinda, September 22
Kamalbir Singh of Chhagian village of this district was arrested after he turned hostile in a corruption case registered with his assistance against Mr Ram Singh, Junior Engineer, PSEB. He was given a cash reward of Rs 25,000 by the state government for exposing corruption.

Engineers rue ad-hocism
Patiala, September 22
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Association has demanded comprehensive long-term planning for its 80,000 workforce, besides giving importance to human resource development programmes.






SAD gears up for ‘sadbhavana rally’
Killianwali (Muktsar), September 22
Thousands of youth workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have started fanning out into various districts of the Malwa region to generate enthusiasm among party workers in connection with the “sadbhavana rally” being organised in connection with the 88th birth anniversary of the late Chaudhary Devi Lal on September 25 here.

SAD workers walk out of Kanjhla’s meeting
Sangrur, September 22
An altercation between Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Social Security Minister, Punjab, and Jathedar Avtar Singh Madevi, district General Secretary of the SAD and Chairman, Market Committee, Malerkotla, took place at a meeting of the Akali workers at Nankiana Sahib Gurdwara near here today. 

Mann blames Delhi for attacks on Sikhs
Sangrur, September 22
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, a senior leader of the Panthic Morcha and President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar) today said terrorism could not be defeated by terrorist methods by any government in the world. He said the SAD (A) condemned those who attacked innocent people in the USA recently and killed thousands of persons.

CM continues to give sops, despite Oppn outcry
Ferozepore, September 22
Undeterred by the Opposition outcry, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal continued to dole out money at yet another ‘sangat darshan’ programme organised here yesterday.


Talwandi appoints confidant as OSD
Amritsar, September 22
The wings of Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, Secretary, SGPC, have been clipped as Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, SGPC, has appointed his confidant, Mr Narinder Singh Bara, as officer on special duty (OSD).

Pvt counters in temple to go
Patiala, September 22
Collection of money and goods from the premises of the Kali Devi temple here by setting up of counters by various private organisations is likely to come under focus, with the district administration deciding to get all counters removed and one counter being removed from the premises.

Company fined, told to refund money
Mansa, September 22
Accepting the complaint of Mr Vinod Kumar, a local resident, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mansa, directed M/s Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited, Mumbai to refund Rs 50,182 illegally charged from the complainant, with interest at the rate of 18 per cent from September 5, 2000, along with a cost of Rs 2000.

Morcha leaders honoured
Patiala, September 22
Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir on Thursday handed over letters of appreciation to eight veteran morcha workers for participating in various morchas organised by the SAD and the BJP.

Hospital amidst dung heaps
The Morinda Civil Hospital is surrounded by heaps of cow dung which, besides emitting a heavy stench, also provide a breeding ground for insects that cause several diseases. The hospital authorities are believed to have taken up the issue with the Municipal Council but they have failed to get a positive response.

Library not for public
The book shops here offer hardly anything other than text-books, and the only library, the Guru Nanak Municipal Library, does not look like one. Though it has a number of almirahs stuffed with a variety of reading material, it is hardly available to readers.

Help eradicate social evils
Chandigarh, September 22
Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, President of the Punjab BJP, addressing office-bearers of the youth wing, today called upon the youth to help eradicate various social evils from society.

77 cases settled at lok adalat
Bathinda, September 22
A state-level lok adalat was held at the local court complex today in which 77 cases were settled and compensation of Rs 27,38,308 was given as per settlement.

Documentary on Bhagat Puran Singh
Amritsar, September 22
A documentary titled “Triveni,” based on the life and mission of Bhagat Puran Singh, the founder of the Pingalwara Charitable Society, was released here yesterday. The documentary has been made by young marketing executive Vishav Narain Sharma and his friend Uptish Singh.


New insurance scheme for farmers
Sangrur, September 22
An insurance company floated by IFFCO and KRIBHCO jointly will now insure all farmers for life without getting any premium, who will purchase fertilisers from IFFCO and KRIBHCO. Both cooperatives recently floated this company after procuring a licence from the government.

Procurement of paddy begins
Bathinda, September 22
The process of paddy procurement at Bhuchu Mandi town in the district began yesterday. Addressing a gathering of Arhtiya Association and farmers, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr R. Venkataratnam, said a new grain market would be constructed at the earliest in the town.

Milkfed project for milch animals
Sangrur, September 22
The Punjab State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Ltd, known as Milkfed, Punjab, has drawn up a project for genetic improvement in milch animals, especially buffaloes, for which it has earmarked a budget of Rs 4 crore.


Rs 405 crore spent on grain markets
Patiala, September 22
The Punjab Public Health Minister, Raja Narinder Singh, today said the state government had spent Rs 405 crore on constructing plinths in the state during its term in 415 grain markets, while only 151 plinths had been constructed at a cost of Rs 150 crore by previous governments.

Finance Dept nod not mandatory


5 get life term for murder
Kapurthala, September 22
Mr Jagroop Singh Mahal, Additional Sessions Judge, yesterday convicted Balwinder Singh, Gurdeep Singh, and Bahadur Singh, all residents of Fathudingha village, and Gurdev Singh of Goindwal Sahib village of Amritsar district on the charge of killing Jagjit Singh of Fathudhingha under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

Opium seized
Patiala, September 22
The Samana police seized 15 kg of opium from a truck during a surprise check at a barrier near Dhedal bus-stop in Samana, about 35 km from here, yesterday.


Readymade garments are in
In recent years, readymade garments have gained popularity among the men women and children of this town. A number of readymade garment shops now flourish in the main market and the intense competition among them tends to work in favour the customers. The approach of the festival season floods the market with the latest designs while many shops declare discount sales.


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