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Entry tax to trigger diesel price hike
Chandigarh, September 28
Octroi is unlikely to be abolished in Punjab, if constitutional, legal and technical pointers are any indication.
The Minister of Local Government, Mr Balramji Das Tandon, defines octroi as a “hazardous tax” and justifies its abolition, promises to adjust the staff concerned elsewhere and denies that the abolition move is a poll sop.

PM sanctions 1,800 cr for link roads
Gurdaspur, September 28
Mr Sucha Singh Langah, PWD (B and R) Minister, talking to newsmen here yesterday said that the Prime Minister had sanctioned Rs 1,800 crore for Punjab which would be spent to link Dalit colonies farm houses, villages, religious places, rural cremation grounds with pucca roads.

Octroi: writ on BJP leaders’ “directive”
Bathinda, September 28
The ongoing controversy over the filing of a writ petition in connection with securing a stay against the Punjab Government’s move to abolish octroi by a senior member of the BJP and three local municipal councillors belonging to SAD today took a new turn when the main petitioner, Mr Mathra Dass, alleged that he had approached the high court under the directions of BJP leaders, including Mr Mohan Lal Garg, Chairman, Improvement Trust, and former president, BJP, district unit.

New selection mode for teachers on anvil
Bathinda, September 28
In a significant statement, Mr Tota Singh, Education Minister, Punjab, today said the government was planning to hold recruitment tests for various vacancies of teachers in government schools of the state on an yearly basis to give a fair chance to the candidates, who pass out from the various colleges of the state.

Punjab heading for herbal revolution
Chandigarh, September 28
Punjab is headed towards another revolution and this time it could be the ‘‘herbal revolution’’ which could give a thrust and boost to the economy. Realising the immense potential and market value of medicinal herbs the Punjab Government is in the final stages of setting up a medicinal plant board which will oversee all operations besides informing farmers about the high market value of medicinal herbs instead of going in for the routine wheat -paddy cycle.

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SIMI’s Punjab unit lying dormant
Chandigarh, September 28
The lone unit of the banned radical Muslim outfit — Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) — in Punjab has been lying dormant, sources in the security forces said today.

7 illegal travellers detained
Amritsar, September 28
Seven more Punjabis who had been taking shelter in Gurdwara Dera Sahib (Lahore) today entered India. Since the youths were not possessing valid passports, they were rounded up at Attari railway station by intelligence agencies.


Congress leaders ‘frustrated’
Chandigarh, September 28
Senior SAD leaders have taken exception to the “irresponsible utterances and politically motivated outbursts “of Congress leaders about the “ massive and successful” sadbhavna rally” held at Killianwali.


Hate campaign on Internet
Amritsar, September 28
Hate campaign on Internet chats between Indians and Pakistanis has intensified even as the live coverage of Pakistan Television (PTV) on national solidarity day speaks volume of the bias of the Pakistan media.

War threat hits tourism
Jalandhar, September 28
Clouds of war, hovering over Afghanistan after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, have started casting their shadow on Punjab as there has been a drastic cut in the flow of foreign tourists.

Pressure on to hold probe against doc
Bathinda, September 28
The pressure to hold an enquiry against Dr Romesh Rani Thukral, who has allegedly removed the kidney of a patient, who was operated upon for the removal of a tumour from her spleen, mounted today as various unions of the local thermal plant held a dharna in front of her clinic while some social organisations urged the authorities to conduct an enquiry.

Telephone exchange upgraded
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 28
Conceding a long pending demand of the residents of Sirhind and Fatehgarh Sahib; the Telecommunication Department has upgraded the short distance charge area of the Sirhind Telephone Exchange and has also created a new post of Divisional Engineer Telephones, Fatehgarh Sahib, with an office at Sirhind Telephone Exchange.

Poor ‘denied ration card facility’
Patiala, September 28
Former sarpanch Bachan Singh and other residents of Mardaheri village said people living below the poverty line in the village had been deprived of the ration card facility. The complainants said instead those people who were economically comfortable had been given this facility.

New Special Secy (Home)
Chandigarh, September 28
The following postings and transfers have been ordered with immediate effect in Punjab.
Mr V.K. Janjua is Special Secretary, Home Affairs and Justice, vice Mr Kirpa Shankar Saroj, who becomes Special Secretary, Power, in addition to Director-cum-Special Secretary, Relief and Resettlement.

First call centre of Punjab
Patiala, September 28
Mr Prithipal Singh, Director (Operations), Department of Telecommunication, inaugurated the first call centre of Punjab here today. Stating this, Mr Prithipal Singh said about 150 terminals were connected to this call centre which will be looking after Patiala district.

Book banned
Chandigarh, September 28
The Punjab Government today promulgated an order banning the publication, sale and possession of a Punjabi book, “Bhav Sagar Samunder Amar Bani Granth” written by Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawale. The ban includes its translation into any language.


Minister visits Khanna mandi
Khanna, September 28
Mr Sohan Singh Thandal, Food and Supply Minister, Punjab, visited Khanna mandi here today to oversee the arrangements made for the procurement of paddy. He also listened to the problems of farmers. Talking to mediapersons, he said 15.98 lakh mt of paddy had arrived in different grain markets of the state.

Slack lifting of paddy annoys farmers
Faridkot, September 28
Inadequate lifting arrangements for paddy in 25 purchasing centres including three grain markets, has been causing inconvenience to farmers in this block. These include Faridkot, Sadiq and Ghugiana grain markets and Ratti Rori, Sukhanwala, Machaki Kalan, Mehmuana, Deep Singhwala, Jand Sahib, Mumara, Buttar, Hari Nau, Maur, Wara Draka, Khara, Dheemawali, Machaki Mal Singh, Pakhi Kalan, Pehluwala, Kabulwala, Golewala, Sadhawala, Arayianwala Kalan, Pakka and Chandbaja centres.


Process to legalise encroachments on
Bathinda, September 28
The Punjab Government has started the process to legalise encroachments on government lands. District-level committees headed by Deputy Commissioners have been constituted and encroachments made before 1996 would be legalised.


Jewellery shop looted
Jalandhar, September 28
Three persons, including a woman, decamped with gold ornaments worth Rs 6 lakh after rendering the owner of a jewellery shop unconscious here today.

Five robbers arrested
Tarn Taran, September 28
The police has nabbed five members of a 10-member gang, which took away gold ornaments and cash from a farmhouse at Jandoke Sarhali village last night. The police has registered a case under various sections of the IPC.


Bias in admissions alleged
Amritsar, September 28
Nearly 60 rejected candidates who applied for MBBS and BDS seats in the rural category in the entrance test conducted by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for the Guru Ramdas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research are an agitated lot over the alleged partisan attitude of the authorities.

Demands of private schools accepted
Phillaur, September 28
Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh has instructed Punjab School Education Board to implement all decisions taken by the government on December 12 last year regarding demands of Punjab Private Schools Organisation.

Syndicate to seek legal advice
Amritsar, September 28
The Guru Nanak Dev University Syndicate has sought legal opinion on all appointments approved by its meeting held under the presidentship of the then Vice-Chancellor.

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