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Date crucial factor in power tariff order
Chandigarh, September 3
In the countdown to the tariff order of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, the crucial (contentious) factor is the date from which it is to be effective. While the PSEB has indicated April 1, 2002, for its enforcement, the government has kept silent.

Kidney racket thrives in ‘holy city’
Amritsar, September 3
The sale of kidneys by Indians to patients in the UK unearthed by an undercover journalist which shook the world has deep roots in the city where at least one operation a day is performed. At least 95 per cent of the donors are not related to patients who virtually purchase the kidneys by exploiting loopholes in the prevailing Act.

Warrant against 8 cops in fake encounter case
Patiala, September 3
The Special CBI court today issued non-bailable warrant against eight Punjab police personnel alleged to be involved in a fake encounter in Amritsar in 1993 in which three Special Police Officers were killed.




Baba Dhanwant denies confessions
Jalandhar, September 3
Even as Baba Dhanwant, chief of the Noor Ruhani Charitable Sansthan, was sent to judicial custody till September 17 by a Garhshankar court today, Mr Santokh Singh, his close relative, was reportedly recovered from the “illegal” custody of the Nawanshahr CIA staff by a Punjab and Haryana warrant officer yesterday.

Badungar meets Sikh clergy
Asks them not to resign
Amritsar, September 3
In the wake of the ultimatum served by the Khalsa Panchayat on Sikh high priests Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC chief, held an unscheduled closed-door meeting with the Sikh clergy at the information office of the SGPC here today.

Probe recruitment of naib tehsildars: CPI
Joga (Mansa), September 3
In a significant statement which could affect the CPI-Congress alliance in the state, Dr Joginder Dyal, state secretary, CPI, Punjab, today alleged that the actions of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had strengthened Akalis’ claim regarding eradication of corruption.

Hearing on Sidhu’s plea tomorrow
Ropar, September 3
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, Ropar, today fixed September 5 for hearing further arguments on the application of Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, suspended PPSC Chairman, seeking English translation of the copies of the challan and other documents on the plea that Sidhu could not read or write Punjabi.


Decision to join Congress spontaneous: Sekhon
Ludhiana, September 3
Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon (retd), who joined the Congress at an ex-servicemen’s rally at Jalandhar yesterday does not suspect any Congress or Akali politician behind the ‘mysterious’ leakage of his letter from the former Chief Minister’s Office, in which he had sought Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s help for getting him plum posting in Western Command.

SYAD split formalised
Chandigarh, September 3
A split in the Shiromani Youth Akali Dal was formalised today with the announcement of a parallel organisational setup by Mr Balwinder Singh Nabha, who claimed to be its President.

Jaya’s ‘antics to please’ NDA
Chandigarh, September 3
Reacting sharply to the outbursts against Ms Sonia Gandhi by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms J. Jayalalitha, the Mayor of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, and the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress Senior Vice-President, Mr Pawan Diwan, today said she had lost her mental equilibrium.


Employees not keen on J&K poll duty
Ludhiana, September 3
People of Punjab, particularly government employees and politicians, seem to be indifferent to Jammu and Kashmir elections. The employees, who were given the option to volunteer for the poll duty, have refused to do so. Even leaders of various political parties, who were requisitioned for campaigning, are also learnt to be reluctant to go there.

Ex-MLA acquitted in rape case
Moga, September 3
The local Sessions Court has acquitted a former BSP MLA, Mr Baldev Singh Bhatti, and advocate Daljit Singh Rajput in a rape case after the victim changed her version saying they did not rape her. Mr Bhatti was earlier also acquitted in another rape and murder case in 1993 when he represented the Dharamkot (reserved) seat.

Joga’s bhog largely attended
Joga (Mansa), September 3
A large number of people, including a galaxy of leaders and prominent citizens of Punjab and neighbouring Haryana, descended on this village situated on the Mansa-Barnala road to pay homage to Jangir Singh Joga, a freedom fighter, on the occasion of his bhog ceremony here today.

Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal President Gurcharan Singh Tohra addresses a gathering during the bhog ceremony of Jangir Singh Joga at Joga village, near Mansa, on Tuesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Father’s endless wait for daughter
Patiala, September 3
The past two years have been a living hell for Charan Singh and his family. It has been two years since his daughter, who was 7 at that time, was allegedly abducted. Despite repeated rounds of police stations, cops have failed to take any action against those accused of abduction by the dejected father.

4 deaths reported from district
Bathinda, September 3
As many as four persons died in separate incidents and a body was found in the district today. As per information, Manjeet Singh (35) died when he accidentally consumed insecticide this morning. Harbans Kaur (70) died when the roof of her house collapsed.

Banquet hall wall collapses, 2 hurt
Amritsar, September 3
Two persons were seriously injured when the boundary wall of Madhuban Banquet Marriage Hall in the posh Mall Road area of the city caved in here yesterday. The injured have been identified as Dewan Singh, watchman, and Gian Singh, labourer. Residents of the Rattan Chand road immediately rushed to the spot and took both of them out of the rubbles. Both had received multiple injuries on their faces, legs and feet.

VHP asks Hindus to unite
Amritsar, September 3
Mr Ashok Singhal, VHP President, today exhorted Hindus to unite to strengthen the roots of Hinduism. Expressing dismay over the “discrimination” being meted out to the majority community by vested interests, he said religion was a binding force while polities was a dividing factor.

Thousands throng recruitment rally
Bathinda, September 3
Thousands of youths thronged a recruitment rally organised by the Army authorities here, giving a tough time to the local police in dealing with the surging crowd. According to officers conducting the recruitment process, over 6,000 aspirants reported to the venue.

INTUC resents govt decisions
Bathinda, September 3
The district unit of the INTUC has urged the state government to hold a meeting with the state unit of the association with regard to the problems being faced by employees.

Youth Akali Dal to set up vigil squads
Phagwara, September 3
The Youth Dal will set up vigil squads to foil possible attempts by the ruling Congress to capture booths or cast bogus votes during the local nagar council poll on September 8.

Pepsu announces concessions
Kapurthala, September 3
Pepsu Roadways Corporation has announced several concessions in the monthly bus passes, ‘bachat card scheme’ and holiday cards from September 1. The corporation has sent circulars to all depots and instructed the general managers to implement the schemes in order to attract more passengers.


Farmers harvest paddy at the border village of Rodiwal, near Amritsar. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Rain damages paddy at purchasing centres
Moga, September 3
Yesterday’s heavy rains which lashed the villages in the district has considerably damaged the paddy crops ready for harvesting and those lying in purchasing centres. The villages which have been affected include Fatehgarh, Panjttor, Gagra, Janer, Lohara. Manjit Singh, a farmer said 45 per cent of his crop had been damaged. The rains came at the time when farmers were busy harvesting and packing it for purchasing centres.

Punjab for early paddy procurement
Chandigarh, September 3
The Punjab Food and Supply Minister, Mr Lal Singh, said today that the Union Government had been approached to start the procurement of paddy from September 21 instead of October 1.


Local bodies to run PHCs
Nangal (Ropar), September 3
In a major decision here today, the Punjab Government decided to transfer powers, responsibilities and functions of primary healthcare centres to the Local Governments. These powers in the rural areas will rest with the panchayati raj bodies and in the urban areas with the municipal bodies.


2 magicians held for murder
Hoshiarpur, September 3
Magicians Ved Parkash of Malout and Rajesh Kumar of Pathankot were arrested last evening under Section 302, IPC, for murdering Manjit Kaur of Mona village on August 30.

3 held for forging Army officials’ signatures
Amritsar, September 3
The Gurdaspur police has busted a three-member gang who used to forge the signatures of transferred Army officials of Tibri cantonment and get loans sanctioned to the tune of Rs 50,000 after getting a commission of Rs 10,000 for each case.

‘Smuggler’ implicates ASI, constable
Pathankot, September 3
A case pertaining to Kishore Chand of Nakki Narot village Jaimal Singh, booked for smuggling poppy husk and willow bats and arrested under the NDPS Act, took a new turn today when the police also booked him for giving bribe to ASI Lakhbir Singh and Head Constable Deepak Kumar.

MC chief booked
Moga, September 3
The Vigilance Bureau has booked another Akali leader Dr Kuldip Singh Gill, President of the Moga Municipal Committee for taking bribe and committing fraud with tenants of a local market. Earlier also, on June 13, this year he was booked by the Moga police on charges of fraud. At present, he is on bail.

Undertrial escapes
Hoshiarpur, September 3
An undertrial, Joginder Singh of Chhota Bajwara, escaped from police custody while he was being taken back to the district jail on Sunday after an appearance before the Duty Magistrate.

Robber held
Kapurthala, September 3
The police arrested a robber, Ajaib Singh, alias Ajaiba of Kotla village in the district today. A pistol and two cartridges were seized from his possession. He was reportedly involved in several cases of robbery in the state. This was stated in a press note issued by Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP.

One held for impersonation
Amritsar, September 3
The Gurdaspur police has arrested Kuldip Raj of Qadian for impersonating as Junior Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board and cheating and extorting money from people by issuing fake demand notices for tubewell connections. Kuldip posed as Ramesh Mahajan, JE of the PSEB.

SI’s son suspect in murder case
Jalandhar, September 3
In a cold blooded murder in the Suranasi Army camp, Jalandhar, on August 29 in which one person was shot dead and two other were seriously injured, the police has found a clue that the son of a Sub-Inspector was allegedly involved.


Teachers announce stir plan
Phagwara, September 3
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has released the programme of its stepped-up stir against the anti-higher education policies of the government.

Medical college students call off strike
Amritsar, September 3
Following assurances given by the four-member inquiry committee established to enquire into the theft at the girls’ hostel of the government-run medical college students of the college today called off their strike.

Punjab to take up REC’s case with Centre
Chandigarh, September 3
Conceding the major demand of students, the Punjab Government today gave approval to send the case of Regional Engineering College, Jalandhar, to the Union Government for declaring it as a National Institute of Technology.


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