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Coal supply to plants halved
Railways wants dues cleared
Patiala, September 2
The Railways today reduced carriage of coal to the thermal power plants by nearly half even as the Punjab State Electricity Board could not make payment to the freight carrier despite attempts to take short-term loans to meet the crisis.

SAD compiling dossier on excesses, says Badal
Alamgir (Ludhiana), September 2
“The SAD is compiling a dossier on the excesses committed on Akali leaders and workers in the state and would submit it to the NDA government which will then send a fact-finding mission to ascertain if there were sufficient grounds to impose President’s rule in Punjab, says former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

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Ultimatum to Vedanti, Manjit
Khalsa Panchayat wants Jathedars to quit
Amritsar, September 2
The Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat served a 10-day ultimatum to Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, and Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar of Kesgarh Sahib, to resign from their respective posts.




Appointments elude medallists
Even as a hue and cry is being raised on “genuine” selections in the PCS made by the Punjab Public Service Commission, college lecturers are sore over the government “clubbing them as tainted” despite them having brilliant records.

2 Babbar Khalsa ultras held
Plan to disrupt J-K election process
Amritsar, September 2
In a major breakthrough, the Tarn Taran police arrested two terrorists who are close associates of Pakistan-based Babbar Khalsa international chief, Wadhawa Singh Babbar. A huge quantity of explosive was also seized from their possession.

Computerisation boosts milk procurement
Chandigarh, September 2
Computerisation of milk testing by cooperative milk societies in Punjab has led to a windfall for Punjab Milkfed. It has resulted in a 10 to 15 per cent increase in milk procurement worth lakhs of rupees.

Rain improves water level
Chandigarh, September 2
The moderate-to-heavy rainfall in this part of the country in the past 72 hours has not only helped in improving vastly the water level in Gobind Sagar and other important reservoirs but also in the recovery, though to a small extent, of various drought-hit crops.

Rain flattens crops
Sugarcane crop lies flattenedGoniana Khurd (Bathinda), September 2
Heavy rain accompanied by high velocity winds, which lashed the region this afternoon, dashed the hopes of a large number of farmers when their standing paddy, cotton and sugarcane crops were flattened.

Sugarcane crop lies flattened after large-scale rain lashed parts of southern Punjab on Monday. — photo Kulbir Beer


Jaswant Singh is SHSAD gen secy
Mansa, September 2
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, has appointed Mr Jaswant Singh Phaphare Bhaike, a former Deputy Speaker, Punjab, as general secretary of the party.

Dismiss Modi govt: CPM
Jalandhar, September 2
The Modi government should be dismissed and President’s rule imposed in Gujarat before holding Assembly elections there. These elections were a big challenge for secular forces. The CPM had decided to contest the elections with an understanding with all the major Opposition parties.

Probe jobs by Cong: Sood
Phagwara September 2
Mr Tikshan Sood, chief whip of the state unit of the BJP, today demanded that the Punjab Government should probe all recruitments done during the Congress regimes. The state government during its six months rule had remained busy in policy of vindictiveness, he alleged.


Sekhri wants shrine on Heritage list
Amritsar, September 2
The Punjab government has chalked out a plan to project the state as a major tourist destination. The Minister of State for Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Mr Ashwani Sekhri, said this while talking to newsmen here today after presiding over the state-level committee for the promotion of the Punjab folk art and culture at BBK DAV College for Women.

Panchayat blacklists Dalits
Moondkheri (Patiala), September 2
Dalits protesting against having been made bonded labourers in this village have been penalised by the panchayat. As many as 15 of them have been blacklisted and lists of the names have been distributed among all traders including milkmen in the village as well as the nearby half a dozen villages.

MC chief resigns at last
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 2
The high drama over the resignation of the acting president of the Municipal Council Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, which had been going on for the last one month came to an end today when the acting president accompanied by the local Minister Dr. Harbans Lal submitted his resignation to the Executive Officer.

A revolutionary with a difference
Comrade Jangir Singh Joga, who died on August 24, was a revolutionary with a difference. He believed more in practice, than in theory. That is why he led all the peoples’ movements from the front. 

Bribe or donation ?
Hoshiarpur, September 2
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s campaign against corruption notwithstanding, some government officers demand money in the name of donation. Mr Vijay Bagga, a jobless civil engineer, son of late Principal Om Parkash Bagga who was killed by terrorists, has applied to the Director of Factories, Punjab, to get himself declared competent for the evaluation of public properties.

Villagers stage dharna outside police station
Jalandhar, September 2
Residents of Kannian Kalan village and workers of the Pendu Mazdoor Union, Punjab, staged a dharna at the District Administrative Complex here today in protest against the alleged high-handed attitude of an ASI of Shahkot police station.

Show-cause notice to MC head, councillor
Dera Bassi, September 2
The Department of Local Government, Punjab has issued show-cause notices to the president and a councillor of the local Municipal Council in an alleged land encroachment case.

Punjab earmarks 1 cr for ex-soldiers
Jalandhar, September 2
The Punjab government has formed a six-member advisory committee to look into problems of ex-servicemen.

Fluoride-free drinking water for villages
Bathinda, September 2
Even as the state government has started a scheme for providing fluoride-free drinking water, the campaign launched against illegal water connections in rural areas has started yielding results.

Residents gherao police station
Jalandhar, September 2
Irked over the alleged inaction of Maqsudan police station officials in connection with the beating up of two residents by allegedly taxi drivers. Residents of Maqsudan locality gheraoed the police station and blocked traffic on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road for more than an hour today.

Barnala to get Punjab Today Award
Patiala, September 2
The Uttaranchal Governor, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, has been chosen for this year’s Punjab Today Award for his “unswerving commitment to decent and dignified conduct in public life and his outstanding contribution to the propagation of transparency, accountability and sincerity in politics”.

Shagun scheme cheques ‘not issued’
Bathinda, September 2
Mr Fateh Singh Mann, general secretary of the state unit of the All-India Ranghreta Dal, in a statement issued here, said the state government was not releasing cheques under the Shagun scheme for Dalit girls.

Residents denied meeting with CM
Jalandhar, September 2
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s visit to the city proved to be a bit bitter for a large number of people, including Congress workers, who were not allowed entry into Congress Bhavan here today by some policemen manning the bhavan’s gates.

Pensioners resent govt decision
Ferozepore, September 2
Members of the Punjab Government Pensioners Association today protested against the Punjab Government’s anti- employee and anti-pensioner decision of withdrawing the orders regarding employment to kin of those government officials who had died while in service on compassionate grounds.

When PT proved fatal
Bathinda, September 2
Naik Hardama Ram Chaudhary of Signals core collapsed and died while undergoing physical training here on Monday.


Farm labourers ignored by govt: union
Nawanshahr, September 2
Mr Sunit Chopra, general secretary, All-India Khet Mazdoor Union, presiding over the concluding session of the two-day golden jubilee delegate conference of the Punjab unit of the union at Banga today, said “wrong” economic policies pursued by successive governments at the Centre were to blame for the plight of farm labourers.

Muktsar ready to procure paddy
Muktsar, September 2
Compared to last year’s 3.81 lakh tonne of paddy, this year about 4.5 lakh tonne paddy is expected to arrive in various mandis of the district.

Crop diversification plan discussed
Chandigarh, September 2
Punjab Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today discussed the diversification plan and package of practices for rabi crops with senior officials. While commercial viablility of crops would be the basic criteria for diversification, a marketing mechanism would be provided that would help farmers sell their produce in a competitive market.


MLA, councillors make CM shift commissioner
Jalandhar, September 2
Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, today ordered the transfer of the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Mr Jagjit Singh, after several Congress Councillors led by local Congress MLA Raj Kumar Gupta complained that the Commissioner, and Mr A. K. Talwar, an officiating Superintending Engineer, and most of the officials of the MC were not giving respect due to them and that the elected representatives were being “humiliated” by the civic body officials.

Transporters resent ‘illegal’ toll posts
Ludhiana, September 2
A number of transporters from Punjab have resented the “unauthorised” collection of toll by the Himachal Pradesh Government. The transporters have been maintaining that these toll posts set up at various places are against the directions of the Government of India. 

Dam staff for early release of salary
Chandigarh, September 2
Thousands of employees working on the Ranjeet Sagar dam have not got their salaries on time for several years.It was despite the fact that the state government had released Rs 140 crore in its budget to the Irrigation Department.

PWD staff decry promotion denial
Bathinda, September 2
Mr Suresh Sharma, state president of the PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union, today lamented that the government was not promoting those employees to the scale of junior engineer, who had cleared the department papers for the same.

Bill to bring village land under forests
Pathankot, September 2
The state government will introduce a Bill shortly to bring 10 per cent of gram panchayat lands under the Forest Department for the plantation of saplings.

AP panel meets minister
Chandigarh, September 2
A 10-member committee on welfare of Scheduled Castes of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly accompanied by seven senior officers called on Chaudhary Santokh Singh, social welfare minister, Punjab, here yesterday.

Non-utilisation of grants invites flak
Nangal, September 2
The state health authorities have virtually failed to utilise the grants under various Union Government schemes, thus depriving people of various medical facilities.


Old man beaten to death
Dhipali (Bathinda), September 2
Gurjant Singh, Veerpal Singh and Gaggi Singh all brothers of this village allegedly beat up Chand Singh an old man, to death when his brother, Mr Kewal Singh did not give a gold ring to Raja Singh, a brother-in-law of accused, for his (Raja Singh) help in the matrimonial alliance of his (Chand Singh’s) niece.

2 cops booked for corruption
Gurdaspur, September 2
Two police personnel have landed in the police net for allegedly facilitating the smuggling of willow bats for Jammu and Kashmir-based smugglers. Kishore Chand, alias Kala, resident of Nakki Naroli, was apprehended by the police while carrying poppy husk in a bag. About 10 kg of poppy husk was seized from him.

Case against ex-ASI, 3 others
Fazilka, September 2
On the directive of the IG (Crime Branch), Punjab, the city police of Fazilka has booked Darshan Singh, a former Assistant Sub-Inspector of this police station, on a charge of beating a local resident.

Theft in hostel, police clueless
Amritsar, September 2
The police and the government college authorities here are clueless about how seven intruders managed entry into the college hostel and stole valuables. The Principal, Dr O.P. Mahajan, claims that it was ‘next to impossible’ for an outsider to scale the high walls of the hostel.

4 poppy smugglers among 18 held
Bathinda, September 2
The district police has arrested 18 persons for various crimes, including smuggling of poppy husk, and seized large quantities of drugs and 90 kg of poppy husk.

Teenager raped
Gurdaspur, September 2

A teenaged schoolgirl was allegedly raped by a youth at Aliwal village under Gania ke Banger police station in this district, the police said today.


Teachers’ rally on Sept 5
Ropar, September 2
Under the banner of the Government Teachers Union, Punjab, teachers and parents will hold a joint rally on September 5 to mark Teachers’ Day. The rally to be held at Jalandhar will “expose” the education policy of the government and the alleged discrimination against government schools.

SSF memorandum on alleged ragging
Patiala, September 2
The Sikh Students Federation today presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner in protest against the alleged ragging of a Sikh student at the local Punjab Aircraft Maintenance College and urged him to direct the college authorities to take strict action against the alleged culprits.Top

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