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Coal price hike unnerves PSEB
Patiala, September 4
A crisis-ridden has received another jolt with Coal India Limited informing it of an average 9 per cent increase in the price of coal on behalf of its subsidiary companies which will be charged with retrospect effect from August 18.

Punjab ex-minister acquitted of murder
Chandigarh, September 4
In a complete reversal of events, Punjab’s former Jail Minister Upinder Sharma convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case, was today acquitted of the charges framed against him, by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

  • Give week’s notice to ex-OSD, if needed

  • Plea against CM; hearing on Sept 23

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SGPC absolves clergy of graft
Advisory committee formed to advise jathedars
Amritsar, September 4
Even as the SGPC has absolved the Sikh high priests of corruption charges, a Dharmik Salahkar Committee has been found to scrutinise religious matters before they are taken up by Akal Takht.

Baba Dhanwant’s kin alleges torture
Amritsar, September 4
Mr Santokh Singh, a close relative of Baba Dhanwant Singh, Chairman, Noor Vishav Roohani Trust, today alleged that he was paraded naked before the CIA staff in Nawanshahr before he was released by the Warrant Officer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.




Vigilance case against Bhunder
Chandigarh, September 4
The Vigilance Bureau has registered a case against Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, a close confidant of former Chief Minister and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal.

Charges framed against Bhaniarawala
Patiala, September 4
A local court today framed charges against Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala in a case registered against him at Nurpur Bedi under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act.

Paddy scam: DFSC among 8 arrested
Ferozepore, September 4
A police team led by Mr Naunihal Singh, SP, Ludhiana City, has arrested Makhan Singh, DFSC of Moga district Amee Chand former DFSC, Lakhwinder Singh, former DM, Markfed (Ferozepore), and five employees of Punsup —Baldev Singh, Baldev Raj, Raj Kumar, Amarjeet Singh and Balraj Sharma — from Circuit House, Ludhiana, where they were called for investigations into a paddy scam of Guru Har Sahai (Ferozepore) following instructions of the apex court

Paris of Orient to regain its lost glory
The dilapidated Gole Kothi
Chandigarh, September 4
After demanding world heritage site status for Golden Temple at Amritsar, the Punjab Government is now proceeding with its policy to promote culture, tourism and heritage in the state. Aiming to cover all historically significant districts under its new tourism promotion policy, the government has selected Kapurthala, Amritsar and Patiala for the immediate restoration of historic sites and buildings.

The dilapidated Gole Kothi which served as a palace for three maharajas of Kapurthala is being restored for being converted into a museum.


Move to forge Panthic unity sans Badal
Bathinda, September 4
Leaders of various Akali factions have reportedly initiated a move to isolate former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from the Sikh Panth by forging panthic unity sans him.

Advani, Modi must quit, says Congress
Faridkot, September 4
Mr S. K. Gupta, Congress leader and former DCC president, and Mr Satish Baghi, press secretary, DCC, have demanded the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani and the Chief Minister of Gujarat on moral grounds following the Supreme Court decision endorsing the stand taken by the Election Commission for holding the Assembly poll in November or December in Gujarat.

Rebels pose challenge to official nominees
Phagwara, September 4
Since campaigning for the nagar council poll will end on September 6, electioneering has reached a feverish pitch with some candidates taking out torchlight and candlelight processions.


Khalra’s wife identifies five policemen
Patiala, September 4
A local court today recorded the incomplete statement of Ms Paramjit Kaur Khalra, wife of human right activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, who identified five policemen who she claimed were responsible for the disappearance of her late husband.

Boycott of Dalits to continue
Inquiry feels false case being levelled against land-owners
Moondkheri, September 4
The district administration today tried to gloss over the issue of the social boycott of family members of as many as 15 Dalit labourers following a special inquiry by relying on the statements of landlords who appeared before it even as tension prevailed in the village with landlords claiming they would continue to boycott the Dalits for trying to implicate them under the Bonded Labour Act.

Advocate asks for fee; trust verifying bills
Bathinda, September 4
Mr Manohar Lal Bansal, advocate and general secretary, human rights cell of the District Congress Committee, has alleged that he had not been given his fee for the past few years, despite many reminders.

Temple violence: BJP leader booked
Patiala, September 4
The kotwali police today registered a case against district BJP president Ram Kumar Goel and others for thrashing a priest of the 400-year-old Bhootnath temple in the city, breaking an idol of Lord Krishna and taking away Rs 45,000 from the premises.

SC judge should ‘probe’ Malta episode
Hoshiarpur, September 4
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, in a letter to Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, has urged him to persuade the Central Government to get a high level probe conducted by a Supreme Court Judge into the cause of the tragedy that took place on December 25, 1999, near Italy in which 300 persons were drowned.

Banda Bahadur’s birth anniversary
Chandigarh, September 4
Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, President, Bairagi Mahan Mandal, Punjab, announced here today that the birth anniversary of Bairagi Baba Banda Singh Bahadur will be celebrated at Amritsar on October 16.

12 SGPC men held for demolishing stall
Amritsar, September 4
The district police, Tarn Taran has arrested 12 SGPC employees for allegedly demolishing a tea stall situated at the Atari road in Jhabal last evening. According to information, some SGPC employees, allegedly equipped with swords and sticks, destroyed Pankaj tea stall here. 

Scribe beaten up, SI transferred
Bharat Bhushan
Faridkot, September 4
Mr Bharat Bhushan Sharma, reporter with Punjabi Tribune based at Kotkapura was reportedly beaten up by some youths, last evening. He has been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Kotkapura. Six youths armed with sharp-edged weapons entered the office of the reporter and started beating him up for writing a certain news item against a Sub-Inspector.

Bharat Bhushan, a correspondent of Punjabi Tribune, under treatment after the attack at Kotkapura in Faridkot district on Wednesday. 

MC wields stick against illegal constructions
Amritsar, September 4
The “demolition shy” municipal corporation here has adopted a novel method to curtail illegal construction by stalling trade licences and not releasing electricity, water and sewerage connections to such buildings. 

Health Dept move to check absenteeism
Jalandhar, September 4
To check absenteeism among its employees and provide better health services, particularly in rural areas, the state Health Department has ordered all its doctors and para-medical staff not to leave their place of posting without prior permission from the authorities concerned.

Dharna by  khadi board employees
Chandigarh, September 4
Employees of the Punjab Khadi and Village Industries Board today held a dharna in front of their office to protest against the non-payment of salaries to them for the past eight months.


Panchayats told to utilise funds
Gidderbaha, September 4
The Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Usha R. Sharma, yesterday asked the panchayats to utilise the funds given for development works. Mrs U.R. Sharma, while addressing a meeting here said the district had received the first installment of the funds under the Rural Self-Employment Scheme.


ETO assaulted
Patiala, September 4
The local police has registered a case against two persons for assaulting Sales Tax Excise and Taxation Officer S.S. Bangar late last night while he was standing at a barrier to conduct checking on the outskirts of the city.


Teachers to meet VC
Talwandi Sabo, September 4
Teachers of the local Guru Kashi College, a constituent of Punabi University, Patiala, fearing its denotification, have decided to present their viewpoints with the Vice-Chancellor, Mr S.S. Boparai.

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15,000 posts of teacher lying vacant
Punjab has 63.80 lakh illiterates
Chandigarh, September 4
The number of illiterates in Punjab, the number two state as far as the per capita income is concerned, is on the increase. And the government admits it. This is the situation when the entire country is trying its best to be in the hightech education mode.

State award for 12 Punjab teachers
Chandigarh, September 4
The Punjab Government has selected 12 teachers for the state award, which will be presented to them tomorrow at Gurdaspur on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.

IT admissions regularised
Patiala, September 4
Punjabi University today regularised admissions to the two controversial information technology institutes started by former Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia and formed a committee to work out the modalities for admissions to the next session, besides other issues.

DIET students hold dharna
Jalandhar, September 4
Hundreds of DIET students today staged a dharna in front of the office of the District Education Officer (Primary) here in protest against the education policy announced by the state government.

Additional charge for Mahajan
Amritsar, September 4
Dr O.P. Mahajan, Principal, Government Medical College, has been given additional charge as Principal and Director of the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, here.

Red Cross to fund students’ dental care
Bathinda, September 4
In an unprecedented move, the Punjab Red Cross Society has started generating funds for providing dental care to students of government schools in the state. The Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), will inaugurate this scheme in the first week of October.


ST team raids tea units
Rampura, September 4
A team of Sales Tax Department led by senior officials from its head office in Patiala and district office in Bathinda, today raided about six tea packaging and blending units of the town.Top

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