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Punjab not to complete SYL canal: Badal
Amritsar, September 30
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced that the Sutlej-Yamuna link (SYL) canal would not be completed at any cost as the state did not have even a drop of surplus water to be given to any other state.

Ex-Jathedar wants Gurdev Badal sacked
Amritsar, September 30
Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht today sought the immediate expulsion of Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, as Agriculture Minister and Senior Vice-President, Shiromani Akali Dal and his son Mr Kewal Singh Badal, as vice-president SGPC for their alleged links with Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara.

Sikhism to be added to NCERT books
Amritsar, September 30
“We would definitely like to see that Sikhism receives a fair deal both as a religion and as a movement”. Responding to the communication of Mr Tarlochan Singh, vice-chairman, National Commission for Minorities, Mr J.S. Rajpur, Director, NCERT, assured that history books would be rewritten so that schoolchildren read about Indian history in the right perspective.

In search of spiritual solace
Ratwara Sahib, September 30
The affluence and comforts of the Western world notwithstanding, they frequent the headquarters of the Vishav Gurmat Ruhani Mission here every year to look for spiritual solace.

Badal has failed farmers: PPCC
Gurdaspur, September 30
More than 20,000 persons from all over the district participated in a rally held by the District Congress Committee here today to mark the beginning of a series of rallies to be held by the Congress in the state as part of a PPCC programme. Capt Amarinder Singh, president of the PPCC, presided.

Fatehgarh Sahib



  BJP to seek more seats from SAD
Hoshiarpur, September 30
The Punjab unit of the BJP will impress upon the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal to allot one seat each in Sangrur Mansa, Bathinda, Muktsar, Faridkot, Moga, Fatehgarh Sahib and Nawanshahr districts in the Assembly elections to its candidates.


BJP may kick out Mathra Dass
Bathinda, September 30
Mr Mathra Dass Setia, senior BJP leader, on whose writ petition the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the Punjab Government’s move to abolish octroi, may be disowned by the party’s state leadership.


Labourers allege bungling in PF
Bathinda, September 30
Labourers working for the mandi labour contractors and handling contractors engaged by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) authorities in Bathinda district have allegedly been cheated of their provident funds by a section of contractors in connivance with officials of the FCI and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Department.

Desecration: people block traffic
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 30
Sacrilege was committed in a place of worship at Tarkhan Majra village on the outskirts of Sirhind town last night. The priest of the place of worship, who was asleep came to know about the incident after hearing the cracking of panes.

SGPC probe panel meeting a fiasco
Amritsar, September 30
The meeting of the inquiry panel constituted by the SGPC to probe the alleged flouting of rules while purchasing 15 mini-buses worth Rs 1 crore ended in a fiasco. The panel comprising Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, general secretary, and two other executive members has not been able to get details of the controversial buses.

Book Baba for murder: Talwandi
Ropar, September 30
“If a case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC was not registered against Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, it would lead to bloodshed. I am ready to sacrifice myself for punishing those who burned the holy Guru Granth Sahib ‘bir’. Villagers and Sikhs from foreign countries have also approached me, offering to sacrifice themselves for punishing the culprits,” Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, president of the SGPC, said while talking to newsmen here today.

Panthic Morcha rigid over unity with SAD
Ludhiana, September 30
Panthic Morcha leaders are adopting a rigid stand on the question of having unity with the Shiromani Akali Dal led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Justice Bhan lauds bar associations
Sangrur, September 30
Mr Justice Ashok Bhan of the Supreme Court today said efforts were being made by the judiciary to provide justice to the people at the earliest in the courts. He said introduction of Lok Adalats was a step in this direction as no appeal or revision could be made against the decision of a Lok Adalat.

Ex-PM for joint efforts to end terrorism
Pathankot, September 30
Former Prime Minister, Chandrashekhar has said that terrorism has been the main cause of global disturbance and that it can be eradicated only when joint efforts at international level are made.

Free entry to zoos for one week
Chandigarh, September 30
The Wildlife Department of Punjab will celebrate Wildlife Preservation Week from October 1 to 7.

Ministerial staff’s threat
Bathinda, September 30
The activists of the Punjab State Ministerial Service Union have threatened to boycott the process of coming elections if the government failed to implement their demands.

Special plan for jail inmates
Patiala, September 30
Dr Ritu Sharma, Director of Ahasaas, has chalked a special programme for the inmates of local central jail.

Ex-servicemen hold rally
Faridkot, September 30
The people of country should be aware of the evil designs of the enemy forces who have been engaged in a proxy war to destabilise the unity of our country.

Army, villagers hold meeting

PR official bereaved


Markfed procures 4.18 tonnes of paddy
Chandigarh, September 30
Markfed has procured 4.18 lakh tonnes of paddy worth Rs 234 crore during the first week of procurement of the current season. It thus leads other state agencies active during the procurement operations in the state, according to official information here today.

Khet mazdoor union conference ends
Bathinda, September 30
A two-day national conference organised by the Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union (BKMU) on the problems of women agricultural labourers concluded here today after passing a 13-point charter of demands. Mr Nagendra Nath Ojha, MP and General Secretary of the union, while reading out the charter of demands said the union would fight relentlessly for the cause of women farm labourers.


538.25 lakh given for development work
Bathinda, September 30
The District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) has been given Rs 538.25 lakh for the development works to be undertaken by various departments in the current financial year.


Travel agent booked for cheating youth
Phagwara, September 30
The police has registered a case against Dinesh Kumar, a travel agent, under Sections 420, 406 of the IPC for defrauding Harjit Singh of Rs 2.25 lakh.

Bid to take away car foiled; 4 held
Patiala, September 30
The Rajpura police foiled a bid to forcibly, snatch a car by arresting four persons, including a woman while they were trying to overpower the vehicle owner. The four had reportedly hired a Tata Sumo (DL-8C A 9136) that was coming from Ludhiana and was on its way to Delhi.

Bank employee attacked
Amritsar, September 30
Jaswant Singh (40), a bank employee, was attacked last night near his house in the Karampura area, New Abadi, the Rattan Singh chowk.


Anniversary of Chicago address celebrated
Bathinda, September 30
Swami Vivekananda Study Circle of the city today celebrated the 108th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s address at the World Religious Parliament in Chicago in 1893 at the local SSD college.Top

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