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Bhattal apprised CM of her visit
Chandigarh, September 6
The Punjab Agriculture Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, met the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on September 3 and apprised him of her impending visit and also discussed relevant issues with him, a spokesman for the Punjab Government said here today.

Search for Bhunder’s ‘agents’ ordered
Bathinda, September 6
The intelligence wing of the Punjab police has been asked to find out those police officials, including those who are presently working with the Vigilance Bureau wing, who might have leaked the information about the raids to former Chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, Balwinder Singh Bhunder.

5 cases filed against PPSC candidates
Patiala, September 6
Taking action against tainted candidates who had paid money to bag jobs through the Punjab Public Service Commission, the state Vigilance Bureau today registered five cases against different categories of candidates at the vigilance police station here today.

Formalities to sack 39 PCS officers completed
Chandigarh, September 6
The Punjab Government has almost completed all formalities to sack 39 PCS (Judicial) officers, selected by the PPSC during the tenure of Mr Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu, as its Chairman.

SAD to oppose power tariff on agriculture sector
Chandigarh, September 6
SAD President, Parkash Singh Badal today described the Punjab Government’s reported decision to go ahead with the imposition of power tariff on the farm sector as “a Himalayan blunder “and said his party would strongly oppose the government’s move taken on the pretext of implementing the recommendations of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Fatehgarh Sahib

A visit to the magnificent palace and fort of the "Brar Sikh rulers" in Faridkot.
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Kidneys donated for love or money?
Amritsar, September 6
The typical affidavit of a donor who is not related to the recipient (patient who needs a kidney) reads, “My parents are expired. I am unmarried and alone. No blood relation alive. I have been living with family of the patient for the last 8-10 years. Donating kidney on humanitarian ground and due to love and affection”.

Rice scam: police moves court
Bathinda, September 6
The district police today moved court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Surinder Mohan Garg, to cancel the FIR registered on June 18 regarding the export category rice diversion scam.

Govt part of problem: Singla
Chandigarh, September 6
“The government has no business to interfere in the lives of people as it is the most corrupt institution and is restrictive, besides being a problem,” Mr Surinder Singla, business guru who holds the post of a Cabinet Minister’s rank in the Punjab Government, said.

Harpreet, Kamaljit ‘were engaged’
Patiala, September 6
Two witnesses in the Harpreet murder case today testified that Harpreet Kaur daughter of former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Bibi Jagir Kaur, met Kamaljit Singh, who claims to be father of her child, in a Chandigarh guest house on a few occasions and they engaged to be married in a Chandigarh motel on September 6, 1999.

Bid to cover up Dalits’ boycott
Patiala, September 6
Is the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, aware that there is social boycott of Dalits in his home district? The Patiala district administration has been making efforts that the Chief Minister should not know about it by conducting two sham inquiries and pronouncing twice that no social boycott of Dalits ever occurred anywhere in the district.


Bardhan’s call to defeat fascist forces
Sangrur, September 6
National General Secretary of the CPI A.B. Bardhan today urged the Left parties to come on a common platform to eliminate starvation, sufferings of the common man, unemployment, drought and poverty.

Effigy of Speaker burnt
Jalandhar, September 6
Members of the Joint Action Committee, representing the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Bahujan Samaj Morcha today burnt an effigy of the Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Dr Kewal Krishan at Ambedkar Chowk here today for his failure to apologise for making alleged defamatory remarks against Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar recently.

CM urged to probe assets of leaders
Phagwara, September 6
Punjab BJP’s firebrand leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla has urged Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to direct a high-level probe into the assets of all elected representatives with retrospective effect from 1980.


Gastroenteritis outbreak: 25 hospitalised
Bathinda, September 6
Gastroenteritis seems to have acquired an epidemic dimension in Dhobiana Basti of this town as at least its 25 inhabitants were hospitalised this evening in the local civil hospital after they complained of severe vomiting and loose motions.

KMC seeks KPS Gill’s excommunication
Amritsar, September 6
The Khalsa Mission Committee today urged the Jathedar Akal Takht to “excommunicate” Mr KPS Gill, a former Punjab Police chief for being responsible for the killing of a number of innocent youths in false ‘encounters’ during militancy in the state.

Scholars flay ‘pirated’ edition
Amritsar, September 6
The second edition of B-40 Janamsakhi Guru Baba Nanak Paintings, published by Guru Nanak Dev University after more than a decade, has created an unsavoury situation with scholars dubbing the same as ‘pirated’. Names of several scholars have been dropped from the second edition, published during the time of the previous Vice-Chancellor.

Miranpur choe to be dug up
Patiala, September 6
Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh today disclosed that a 30 km long stretch of the Miranpur choe situated in Dakala constituency would be dug up at a cost of Rs 1.04 crore to save the adjoining area from the fury of floods.

Swami Ravi Shankar gets warm welcome
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 6
Swami Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living, was given a warm welcome by the district administration and the local unit of the Art of Living during his visit to Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib this evening.

Children died due to "parents’ negligence"
Moga, September 6
Civil Surgeon Surinderjit Kaur has denied reports that the deaths of five children at Munnan village, near Kot-Ise-Khan, in the past one month were due to an epidemic in the village. She said the children died for want of proper treatment due to parental negligence.


Screening of old-age pension cases ordered
Jalandhar, September 6
The Punjab Government has ordered the screening of all pension cases submitted to the department from March, 2000, onwards. The government was seriously considering to book fake pensioners who were causing huge loss to the state exchequer.

Sugar scam: increments of 10 MC men cut
Amritsar, September 6
Even as the MC Commissioner talks of re-examination of the inquiry into the multi-crore international scam if any complaint against the involvement of officials of the corporation is brought to his notice, 10 employees found guilty have been punished with a cut in one annual increment each.


Boy killed in attack on family
Sherpur Pucca, September 6
A gang of Kale Kachhewale today struck this tiny village of Hoshiarpur district. They killed a teenaged boy Pardip (14) and left his mother Rachna Devi seriously injured in the wee hours today.

Robbers kill 1, loot jewellery
Amritsar, September 6
Bakhshish Singh (60) of Tirath Nagar in Verka was killed and three members of the family including two women, were seriously injured when a gang of thieves attacked their house here in the wee hours of today.

2 Punsup inspectors held, remanded
Moga, September 6
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested two inspectors of Punsup on charges of duping the procurement agency of Rs 1.94 crore. According to sources in the Vigilance Bureau, an FIR was registered under Sections 409, 420 and 120 (B) of the IPC against Mr Daljit Singh and Mr Surinder Nath Saini, Inspectors of PUNSUP, posted here on February 23, 2002 at Ferozepore, following a departmental inquiry referred to the Vigilance Bureau for action. Since then the two Inspectors had been eluding arrest.

Father attacks son, daughter-in-law
Chuge (Bathinda), September 6
Harwinder Singh and his wife, who were allegedly shot at by Harnek Singh, father of Harwinder Singh, this morning are battling for life in hospital. Police sources said Harwinder Singh, who had suffered bullet injuries in the stomach, had been shifted to the CMC Ludhiana.

Acting principal held, released on bail
Ropar, September 6
The Morinda police today arrested Sajjan Singh Bath, acting Principal of the Government Senior Secondary School at Boormajra village, in connection with a case registered against him yesterday under Sections 354 and 506 of the IPC for allegedly making an attempt to outrage the modesty of a girl student of his school and threatening her.


ETT students hold protest rallies
Bathinda, September 6
Students of the District Institute of Education Research and Training, who have been boycotting their classes since August 26 today took out a rally in protest against the new education policy of the state government. Mr Swaranjit Singh, state treasurer of the DIET Students Welfare Association, while addressing the activists, said the new education policy of the state government to impose a new condition, in the middle of the course, forcing the students to undergo a two-year compulsory internship was against their rights.

Sehajdharis oppose admission notice
Ludhiana, September 6
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation has taken exception to the admission notice of the Dashmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences, Faridkot, for trying to create “communal hatred among the Sikh fraternity” by debarring the non-amritdhari Sikh students from getting admission to the institute.


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