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PSERC verdict on tariff revision likely today
Chandigarh, September 1
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) is expected to announce its verdict regarding tariff revision either tomorrow or day after. The commission has reportedly prepared a 140-page order. In this regard Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, has been quoted as saying that the decision to implement the recommendations of the commission on tariff will be taken by the Cabinet.

PSEB official shown gun by angry farmers
Muktsar, September 1
In a setback to the drive launched to check power theft, a senior official of the PSEB, who had raided villages to find out farmers who had installed motors illegally, faced a threat to his life and was allegedly shown a revolver in the office.

Kin of Badal’s employee got petrol station
Ropar, September 1
After the case of the cook of the former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal getting undue benefits during the SAD-BJP rule hit the headlines, another case in which a relative of another employee of the Badal family had been allotted a PTDC petrol station in Malout has come to light.

SAD rally against attack on MC chief
Malerkotla, September 1
The SAD staged a rally at the old grain market here today in protest against the attack on Mr Kewal Jindal, acting president of the local municipal council, and alleged excesses on Akali workers and leaders and anti-people policies of the Amarinder Singh government.






SAD (A) threatens stir over Jathedar issue
Mansa, September 1
The case pertaining to the alleged torture of circle Jathedar of the Akali Dal (Amritsar) Bhola Singh by an ASI of the Joga police station, Mr Paramjit Singh, and others took a new turn today when dal leaders held out a threat that if the authorities concerned failed to take action against the accused, they would launch an agitation from September 6.

REC students lathi-charged
Jalandhar, September 1
The police today resorted to lathi charge on students of the local Regional Engineering College (REC), who were staging dharna outside the residence of the Minister for Technical Education and Industrial Training, Punjab, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, here.

Probe into naib tehsildar case begins
Fazilka, September 1
Case of alleged appointments of naib tehsildars by promotion by the Commissioner, Ferozepore division, during 1995 to 1999, in violation of the rules and norms, have come to light.


Show-cause notice to online lottery agent
Chandigarh, September 1
The Punjab Government today issued a show-cause notice to M/s Venture Business Advisers Pvt. Ltd Consortium, Mumbai as to why the agency for on-line lottery granted to them (vide agreement dated 5.8.2002) should not be terminated.

Drinking water may cost more
Rampuraphul, September 1
After hiking the power tariff, the state government has started contemplating to increase the drinking water charges also. While giving an indication to this effect, Punjab Public Health Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa said to generate enough funds to meet the expenses for the maintenance of rural water works the state government was working on a proposal to increase the water works charges.

Drought hits Rajpura, Dera Bassi most
Patiala September 1
As much as 1.05 lakh acres out of total of 7.54 lakh acres of area under paddy in the district has been affected due to drought. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejvir Singh, said here today that Rajpura and Dera Bassi tehsils, 45,000 and 35,000 acres, respectively, had been affected by drought.

Population rise blocks welfare plans: Dogra
Jalandhar, September 1
Terming the increasing population in the country as a stumbling block in the way of implementation of welfare programmes for the downtrodden, the Punjab Health Minister, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, today admitted that the government had failed to improve the standards of living of people even after 55 years of Independence.

Panel for general category demanded
Ropar, September 1
The Punjab State General Categories Welfare Federation today urged the Union Government to constitute a national commission for the general categories on the pattern of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, so that the interests of the general categories, especially the general category employees, could be protected. The federation also asked the Amarinder Government to set up a state-level commission for the welfare of the general categories.

Tributes paid to Babbar Akali martyrs
Nawanshahr, September 1
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, president of the, SGPC paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Babbar Akali Lehar — Jathedar Babbar Karam Singh (editor) and his associates Uday Singh Ramgarh, Mohinder Singh Pandori, Ganga Singh and Bishan Singh Mangat — who sacrificed their lives on September 1, 1923, at “shardhanjli samagam” organised by the Babbar Karam Singh, Editor Yadgari Trust at his native village Daulatpur, 12 km from here, today.

Sikh scholars flay clergy
Amritsar, September 1
The ‘inept’ handling of Sikh affairs by the high priests, especially after Operation Bluestar and the centenary celebrations of the birth of the Khalsa Panth, which had come in for criticism at a conference held by the Dal Khalsa here yesterday, has started a debate among Sikh intellectuals.

BSM organises workers’ training camp
Nawanshahr, September 1
Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, president of the Bahujan Samaj Morcha (BSM), while addressing a press conference here today said the morcha, with a view to strengthen its organisational base so that Dalits, backward classes, labourers, marginal farmers, etc could be brought under its umbrella to provide a formidable “third political force” in the state, had started organising “workers training camps”.

Power plant unit shut as coal stocks dip
Ropar, September 1
The Ropar Thermal Plant (RTP) authorities today closed unit No. 1 of the plant due to no demand in the state. This was stated by Mr V.K. Mohindroo, General Manager of the plant, while talking to The Tribune over the phone this afternoon.


BJP man killed over land dispute
Ferozepore, September 1
Agitated supporters of the BJP today protested outside the SSP’s residence and Sadar police station, seeking the arrest of all four alleged murderers of their party member, Phoola Singh. The protesters also brought with them the body of the deceased and blocked traffic for more than two hours.


Meal not our job: teachers
Bathinda, September 1
The district unit of the Democratic Teachers Front has held that the mid-day meal scheme and the ‘sarv shiksha abhiyaan’, are non-teaching jobs, opposing the appointment of teachers for these.

Teachers’ exclusion from PUTA poll hangs fire
Patiala, September 1
The prospects of the United Teachers Front (UTF), which presently has a majority in the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA), whose elections are scheduled for September 6, have been severely affected with the varsity authorities not ready to take back a decision whereby names of around 25 teachers in two institutions in Damdama Sahib and Bathinda were struck off the varsity rolls.

Failed college students seek re-admission
Bathinda, September 1
Students of the local Government Rajindra College who had failed in their BA (I) examinations this year have been staging dharnas for the past few days protesting against the decision of the college authorities denying them re-admission.


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