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PSEB points finger at Dhindsa
Says he made unjustified visits abroad
Patiala, September 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board is now accusing its former Chairman (at present Union Minister) Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa as well as former Power Minister Sikander Singh Maluka of undertaking “unjustified” foreign visits on board expense. In its reply to the state government, the board has maintained that neither the then Chairman nor the Power Minister provided any detailed tour notes.

Bhunder hiding in Haryana?
Bathinda, September 5
Even as Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, a confident of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, has been eluding arrest by the Vigilance Bureau after a case was registered against him recently, senior government functionaries have been directed to monitor the raids being conducted by the Vigilance throughout the state.

Hearing on Sidhu’s pleas tomorrow
Ropar, September 5
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, here today fixed September 7 for further proceedings on the applications moved by Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, suspended Chairman, Punjab Public Service Commission.

Chandigarh Tribune:
Lawyers approach CJI

Chandigarh, September 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association members today requested the Chief Justice of India to read on a priority basis the report of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice on the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam and take “desired legal action as per law”.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Langah prays for bail
Ropar, September 5
Sucha Singh Langah, former Punjab Public Works Minister and senior Akali leader, today filed a bail application in the court of District and Sessions Judge here today. Langah is currently in the judicial custody till September 13 in a case registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau at SAS Nagar under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and 13 (1) (a) (c) (d) (e) read with 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Teenaged victim’s grandpa shattered
Khatra’s exoneration in ‘fake encounter’ case
Walipur (Tarn Taran), September 5
Mastan Singh a 75-year-old poor farmer was inconsolable today as the news of exoneration of former Tarn Taran SSP Ranbir Singh Khatra allegedly responsible for the death of his young grandson reached him this morning while he was working in his fields. He had to sell his land to meet legal expenses of the case. He sobbed uncontrollably over the killing of his 17-year-old grandson Gurpratap Singh, alias Tabboo, who allegedly was eliminated in a fake encounter.

Punjab ban on promotions to go
Chandigarh, September 5
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that all proposals pertaining to the employees contained in the Finance Minister’s Budget speech for the current financial year would not be implemented. And if at all there will be any need to implement them, then the representatives of various employees unions would be taken into confidence before taking a final decision in this regard.

Teachers called to negotiating table
Gurdaspur, September 5
The Education Minister, Mr Khushal Behal, today called upon the teachers to shun the path of agitation and come to the negotiating table by forming “one union” for getting their demands accepted.

Mr Khushal Behal, Minister for Higher Education, with the state awardee teachers at Gurdaspur on September 5.  — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Badal has sources in govt: Hanspal
Phagwara, September 5
PPCC President H.S. Hanspal has made a startling revelation that former CM Parkash Singh Badal still has sources in the Punjab government. He was talking to mediapersons here today. He declared that the state PPCC executive committee would be constituted this month and the principle of one-man one-post would be followed.


Hanspal sends team to Mehru village
Jalandhar, September 5
Taking prompt action on a Tribune report on Dalits, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, today sent a two-member team to Mehru village in Nakodar subdivision, which inspected the site and restored the possession of houses to the affected Dalit families.

Farmers warned not to boycott Dalits
Moondkhera September 5
One day after the district administration claimed that reports of any social boycott of Dalit families whose male members had left the jobs of their landlords and subsequently filed cases against them under the Bonded Labour Act were unfounded, a team of senior officers visited this village today and warned the landlords not to indulge in any boycott of the Dalits as was disclosed to them on the spot.

Tributes paid to doyen of Gurmat sangeet
Ludhiana, September 5
A sea of humanity gathered to pay respects at the bhog ceremony of Baba Sucha Singh, a leading light of Gurmat Sangeet, and the chief of the Jawaddi Taksal, Ludhiana, who left for his heavenly abode on August 27. He leaves behind a rich legacy of hymns from the Sikh scriptures based on 31 ragas.

Akali leaders at the bhog ceremony of Baba Sucha Singh at Jawaddi Kalan (Ludhiana).

Ex-servicemen’s wards denied concession
Bathinda, September 5
The hopes of Rajbir Singh of Ghal Khurd village in Ferozepore district for serving in the Army through the ongoing recruitment rally here were dashed to the ground when he was denied in the medical check-up which was normally relaxation given to wards of ex-servicemen.

Terrorism victim’s plea on DA
Faridkot, September 5
Capt Gulab Singh (retd), a terrorist victim, here today appealed to the Punjab Government to review its decision on the deduction of dearness allowance from the monthly pensions of all those families who had lost their near and dear ones in the fight against militancy in the state a decade ago.

Dist police chief denies allegations
Jalandhar, September 5
The district police chief, Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, yesterday denied allegations levelled by the Pendu Mazdoor Union, Punjab, that an ASI of the Shahkot police station was pressurising Chaman Lal, a labourer, to withdraw a case against his former land lady Kashmir Kaur.

Bus pelted with stones, 6 hurt
Jalandhar, September 5
Six passengers, including a woman, were injured when some labourers, who had been demanding the release of their friend allegedly detained by the police in a criminal case, started pelting stones on a private bus, near Transport Nagar, on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road here today.

End female foeticide: NTAS
Patiala, September 5
Rotarian G.S. Kakkar and NTAS director Pran Sabharwal have called for a mass movement against female foeticide. They have appealed to Mrs Preneet Kaur, MP, Chairperson, State Advisory Committee on the PNDT Act, to join the NTAS anti-female foeticide awareness campaign.

High Court Judge inspects local courts
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 5
To provide speedy justice and relief to litigants, “fast track courts” have been constituted in the state and Parliament had allocated Rs 400 to Rs 500 crore for the purpose.

Poor roads ‘affect’ transport business
Bathinda, September 5
The condition of roads here has deteriorated to such an extent that truck drivers consider it an adventure to drive on these roads. Ajay Singh Tomar, a truck driver employed with a Jaipur (Rajasthan)-based transport company said a few years ago Punjab was considered a “priced route”.

Insurance staff hold protest rallies
Jalandhar, September 6
On a call given by the All-India Insurance Employees Association, a large number of employees of the Jalandhar division of the Life Insurance Corporation of India today held a rally here in protest against the failure of the management to revise the wages due on August 1.

‘Notice’ to DC on wall demolition
Bathinda, September 5
Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, a resident of the city, today claimed he had sent a legal notice to the Deputy Commissioner, the Executive Officer of the Municipal Council, and Director and Secretary of the Local Bodies Department, asking them to make arrangements for demolition of a wall in Afimwali area of the city.

CM for check on drug addiction
Chandigarh, September 5
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today called upon the civil and police administration to chalk out a joint action plan to check drug addiction. Presiding over a high-level joint meeting of the civil and police administration here today, Capt Amarinder Singh said though the problem of drug trafficking and drug addiction had assumed alarming proportions, this problem had to be tackled in such a manner that youth did not go astray.

Lok Morcha to launch stir
Bathinda, September 5
Mrs Pushap Lata, district president of the Punjab Lok Morcha, today said their association would launch a campaign against anti-employee policies of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Delimitation panel seeks ’91 census data
Ropar September 5
After Fatehgarh Sahib district was carved out of Ropar and Patiala districts parts the Assembly constituencies spread out of the limits of respective districts. The Chamkaur Sahib and Kharar constituencies of Ropar district spread in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

Probe sought into Dhaki’s property
Kharar, September 5
The Gharuan Gram Panchayat native village of Sant Darshan Singh Dhaki Sahib, has urged the Punjab Government to order a CBI inquiry into the property worth crores of rupees amassed by the sant and his family members.


Arrangements for paddy procurement
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 5
All arrangements for the purchase of paddy have been completed and the entire paddy would be procured as per the minimum support price without, said Mr Vikas Paratap, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over a meeting of the procurement agencies, agriculture officers and Mandi board officials.


Ex-ADGP denied retirement benefits
Chandigarh, September 5
The Union Home Ministry has directed the Punjab Government not to pass on post-retirement benefits to D.S. Bhullar, a former ADGP, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case.


Jail inmate escapes, five suspended
Bathinda, September 5
Karamjit Singh, an inmate of the Central Jail here escaped from police custody at the local Civil Hospital when he was brought there for treatment yesterday. An Assistant Superintendent of the jail, Mr Gurjeet Singh, and five others, including three Punjab police personnel, were placed under suspension by the district police and Central Jail authorities for their negligence. A case in this connection has been registered.

Police searching for murder accused
Maur Mandi , September 5
The local police has been trying to nab the accused involved in the murder of Harpal Singh Palli of Ghuman Kalan village of the district, which took place few days ago. Information gathered by the TNS revealed that some prominent persons of the area had handed over the accused to the local police on September 1. The accused was a close relative of Harpal Singh Palli.

Travel agent held for duping youth
Gurdaspur, September 5
The district police has arrested one of the three persons who had been involved luring several youths for jobs abroad. Senior Superintendent of Police Varinder Kumar said here today that Tarlok Singh, a resident of Shanker Nagar in the district complained that the three had promised to send his son Amritpal to Holland and demanded Rs 5 lakh.

Trader robbed of car, cash
Moga, September 5
Four car-borne armed robbers allegedly robbed a trader of his car, a large amount of cash and nine mobile phones at Jalalabad in the district yesterday evening. Mr Jarnail Singh Randhawa, SP, told mediapersons here today that according to an FIR lodged by the trader, Jatinder Kumar, his car was overtaken near Jalalabad on the Jalalabad-Jagraon link road by another car which blocked its way.

JE caught taking bribe
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 5
The district Vigilance Department today caught red handed Surinder Singh JE-1 posted at the Punjab State Electricity Board Amloh taking a bribe and seized Rs 1,000 from him.

2 held for selling spurious drugs
Mansa, September 5
Pawan Kumar and Ravinder Kumar, both local residents, have been arrested for being in possession of spurious drugs. The accused brought these drugs from Delhi for supplying these to chemists.


DIET students continue to boycott classes
Deon (Bathinda), September 5
Students of the local District Institute of Education Research and Training (DIET) continued to stage dharna and boycott their classes for the tenth day today in protest against the new education policy of the state government.

Saru Rana fails in exam
Patiala, September 5
Punjabi University today claimed that Saru Rana, a student of Fine Arts (second year), who had accused former Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, of attempting to rape her, flunked her theory papers which had been checked by external examiners even as Saru’s family claimed that they were expecting such a result.

Acrobatics in bhangra banned
Amritsar, September 5
Guru Nanak Dev University has included folk orchestra and “vaar” singing in the cultural competitions of youth festivals recently. This was stated by Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, while inaugurating a one-day cultural workshop here today.

Website of science academy launched
Amritsar, September 5
Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, launched the website of the Punjab Science Academy at a function here today. Dr J.S. Puar, a former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, presided over the function.


BSNL to release 10,000 connections
Jalandhar, September 5
The BSNL has decided to release 10,000 telephone connections in Jalandhar up to March, 2003, under “Phone on Phone” scheme, which was launched here today. The telephone connections under this scheme would be energised within 48 hours after completing all formalities.


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