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35 ‘tainted’ PCS nominees booked
Patiala, September 7
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has registered cases against nearly 35 ‘tainted’ candidates, selected for various PCS posts (Executive), PCS (Judicial) and PCS (Allied) besides BDPOs, including Amol Gill, daughter of Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Amarbir Singh Gill, and Rahul Gupta, son of former PPSC member T.C. Gupta.

Sidhu’s plea on translated copies rejected
Allowed to withdraw Rs 50,000
Ropar, September 7
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, here today rejected the application of Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, suspended PPSC Chairman in connection with the translation of copies of challan and other documents presented against him by the prosecution in the court.

A devotee showers flowers

A devotee showers flowers on "Palki Sahib" on the occasion of the 398th Parkash Utsav (function to mark installation ceremony) of Guru Granth Sahib on the Golden Temple premises in Amritsar on Saturday.Photo Rajiv Sharma




Power commission upholds govt viewpoint
Chandigarh, September 7
The tariff order pronounced by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission yesterday has electrified political circles with former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal reacting on the expected lines.

‘I took 50 lakh loan from NRI kin’
Chandigarh, September 7
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s long time personal assistant Hardeep Singh today sought to counter the Punjab Vigilance Bureau’s claim of his allegedly amassing property worth Rs 8 crore, admitting he owned property worth Rs 1.3 crore.

Cong trying to rig civic poll: Rinwa
Chandigarh, September 7
Senior leaders of the Punjab BJP led by Mr Brij Lal Rinwa this afternoon submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor to seek the transfer of certain police and civil officers, allegedly working as an “extension” of the ruling Congress in the municipal elections at Rayya, Ajnala and Phagwara.

Poverty drives family to suicide
Hooch claims 3 lives in Budhlada
Paron (Mansa), September 7
Gurdeep Singh, a transporter of this village, and five members of his family allegedly committed suicide in this village late last night reportedly after finding it difficult to make both ends meet and to generate enough money to pay the monthly instalments of the truck purchased by him with loan from a finance company.


No move to replace Rinwa: Jaiswal
Chandigarh, September 7
Mr Avinash Jaiswal, a General Secretary of the BJP, said today there was no truth in the reports that Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, President of the Punjab unit of the BJP, would be replaced.


12 more gastroenteritis cases
Bathinda, September 7
Even as the district Health authorities have taken adequate measures to check the spread of gastroenteritis, at least 12 more persons, including eight children, all residents of the Dhobiana Basti locality of the town, suffering from the disease, were admitted to the Civil Hospital today.

Thalassemia patient denied blood
Civil Surgeon comes to his rescue
Bathinda, September 7
Nitesh Garg (8) who is suffering from thalassemia got a new lease of life with Bathinda Civil Surgeon S.K. Goyal arranging blood for him after it was denied to him by the staff of the blood bank of the hospital, yesterday.
Two students supporting traditional Punjabi dress sing songs during a programme organised at SSD Girls College Bathinda on Saturday in connection with Teachers Day
Two students supporting traditional Punjabi dress sing songs during a programme organised at SSD Girls College Bathinda on Saturday in connection with Teachers Day. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Prisoner’s escape: 4 warders suspended
Amritsar, September 7
Four warders of the high Security Central jail here were suspended after a prisoner admitted in the government run Guru Nanak Dev Hospital for fractured arm disappeared in the wee hours today.

2 undertrials escape from police custody
Jalandhar, September 7
The role of the district police has come under cloud once again, when two undertrials escaped from the custody of the police, after appearing in a local court, outside the judicial complex here on Thursday.

Theft case: widow, family ‘tortured’
Amritsar, September 7
A widow, her daughter and two sons who were rounded up by the Islamabad police on charges of theft were allegedly tortured and kept in illegal custody for more than 30 hours.

MP asks DC to probe Dalits’ boycott
Patiala, September 7
Patiala MP Preneet Kaur today directed Deputy Commissioner Tejvir Singh to conduct an inquiry into the issue of social boycott of families of Dalit labourers of Moondkhera village after 15 of them left their jobs midway and fled the village besides starting proceedings against the landlords under the Bonded Labour Act.

Licence period of arhtiyas increased
Patiala, September 7
Addressing a conference of the Federation of Arhtiya Associations of Punjab, Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh today said distributing cheques directly to the farmers or procuring produce from them without involving the commission agents was not possible.

Former minister released from jail
Faridkot, September 7
Mr Upinder Sharma, a former Punjab Minister of Law and Jails, who was sentenced to life in a murder case was released from the district jail today following the decision of the Punjab and Haryana Court on September 4 acquitting him of all charges and setting aside the orders of the District and Sessions Judge, Faridkot, delivered on July 26 last year here.

Recruitment rally reveals decline in physical standards
Bathinda, September 7
Physical and medical tests being conducted by the Army authorities at the ongoing recruitment rally here have revealed an alarming decline in the physical standards of Punjabi youths from a region considered a priority area.

Retired cops offer to do J&K poll duty
Amritsar, September 7
Even as government officials have refused to go on poll duty in Jammu and Kashmir, the Punjab Police Pensioners Welfare Association has offered to do the duty. In a press note issued here today, Mr Sukhdev Singh Chinna, a retired SP and chairman of the association, said at least 500 members of the association were ready to perform the poll duty in Jammu and Kashmir.

Water blockage leads to bridge collapse
Ferozepore, September 7
A 72-feet-long bridge on the Ferozepore feeder canal near Makhu on Ferozepore Makhu road collapsed today following a blockage in the flow of water. However, no casualties have been reported.

BKU (E) men stage dharna, block traffic
Mansa, September 7
Activists of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), BKU (E), have been on a dharna on the Gaushala road here since yesterday. They are claiming compensation for the failure of the narma crop of Bant Singh, a farmer of Mirpur village in the district, last year.


Dry day in Phagwara today
Phagwara, September 7
It will be a dry day in the town tomorrow on account of the Nagar Council poll. An order of the District Magistrate, Mr Rakesh Verma, said that no liquor will be sold or served at shops, hotels, clubs and restaurants here.

Names for grievances panels sent
SAS Nagar, September 7
Names for appointments to the grievances redressal committees at the district and tehsil levels have been sent to the government and soon a team would be formed. This was stated by Mrs Seema Jain, Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, while talking to mediapersons here today.


Killer of 12 cabbies held
Amritsar, September 7
The city police today arrested Sukhjinder Singh, who is allegedly involved in the killing of 12 taxi drivers and had been evading arrest for the past three years.
The district police chief, Mr Narinder Pal Singh, said the police had been on the lookout of this killer who had been operating in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Delhi and Rajasthan areas.

Pregnant woman raped
Amritsar, September 7
An eight-month pregnant woman, who was found near the Jandiala police station last evening, said she had been sold and raped a number of times. She was not in a position to talk to the correspondent who met her at the Civil Hospital here today.

Man held for issuing fake letters
Amritsar, September 7
A cheat, Varinder Singh, was arrested for issuing fake appointment letters for employment in the Army as bus conductors at Pathankot. A resident of Dalhousie, Varinder had issued computerised appointment and selection letters to gullible persons by charging them even up to Rs 70,000 per appointment.

ASI booked
Amritsar, September 7
The district police has registered an FIR against an Assistant Sub-Inspector for releasing a car thief after allegedly taking bribe. About 0.5 kg of smack and one AK-47 were also seized in separate incidents here today.


DIET students gherao minister
Samana, September 7
As many as 375 students of the Nabha DIET Students Welfare Association of Patiala district under the leadership of the president of the association, Satnam Singh Palla, gheraoed Mr S. Lal Singh, Finance and Food Supplies Minister Punjab at the Bhakra Bridge on the Samana-Patiala Road yesterday.

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