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Free power: farmers plan stir
Bathinda, September 8
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) condemning the withdrawal of the facility of free of cost power to the farm sector said yesterday that free of cost power was not ‘charity’ by the government but a right of the farmers.

  Power tariff: SHSAD to launch stir
Editorial: Making PSEB powerful

Minor clashes in Muktsar MC poll
Congress wins two seats

Muktsar, September 8
Even as the Congress won two seats in the municipal council election here today, the polling remained peaceful barring a few incidents of snatching of ballot papers and mild violence among supporters of different candidates.

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  Violence mars civic bodies poll
  Clean sweep for Cong

Move to withdraw case against Cong MLA
Rayya (Amritsar), September 8
The state government has initiated a move to withdraw an FIR registered against Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa, a Congress MLA and general secretary of the All-India Youth Congress, in 1998 on the basis of which non-bailable warrants were issued by the Baba Bakala court.

Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa with his supporters Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa, a Congress MLA, is seen with his supporters at Rayya (Amritsar) during the notified area committee elections on Sunday.
 — photo Rajiv Sharma




We are being persecuted: PPSC scam victims
Harish Salve to represent Punjab state
Chandigarh, September 8
“We are innocent. We got these jobs purely on our outstanding merit and track record. But because of a ‘tainted’ few, we are being persecuted,” allege PCS (Judicial Branch), PCS (Allied Services) and Engineers (PWD — B&R and Irrigation), whose services have either already been dispensed with or are being dispensed with in the “recruitment scam” as the Punjab Government has decided to engage Mr Harish Salve, Solicitor-General, in the case the hearing of which starts tomorrow.

Manpreet Badal’s ex-PA booked
Bathinda, September 8
The Vigilance Bureau has registered a case against Charanjit Singh, former Personal Assistant to Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, senior Akali leader and MLA, Gidderbaha, under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and Sections 13(1-D) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act for getting his job on forged documents.

Baba Daduwal, 7 aides held
Bathinda, September 8
The district police has arrested Sant Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal, head of the Daduwal Sahib gurdwara, and at least seven of his followers for allegedly trying to murder Mr Jagsir Singh Khalsa, a resident of Tungwali village, near here, when Mr Khalsa was returning home after selling corn produce here this evening.

Kaur Singh, who has been left alone in his life after his only son Gurdeep Singh and five members of his family committed suicidePall of gloom over Paron village
Paron (Mansa), September 8
“My ‘vansh’ has finished. I have lost all hope to live. Life has become hollow and meaningless to me. 

Kaur Singh, who has been left alone in his life after his only son Gurdeep Singh and five members of his family committed suicide, scans photographs of his near and dear ones. — photo Kulbir Beera


MC invokes goddess to ward off evil
Bathinda, September 8
After failing to overcome various problems the Municipal Council here has decided to seek divine help by propitiating deity to help a section of employees and councillors.

Railway line survey opposed
Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, has strongly opposed the changes proposed in the fresh survey of the Abohar-Fazilka railway line project.

'Poll reforms ordinance-100 crore with Kalam 542 against' - a banner seen hanging on a wall
"Poll reforms ordinance: 100 crore with Kalam, 542 against," reads a banner hung on a wall by local residents in Jalandhar on Sunday. — PTI

HC panel visits judicial complex
Jalandhar September 8
A three-member team of building committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today visited the local judicial complex to finalise plan for the construction of lawyers' chambers, which has been hanging fire for the past about seven years.

Victim supplied hooch
Budhlada (Mansa), September 8
Even as all 15 persons, who had reportedly left for Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, after consuming liquor which claimed three lives in the past three days in this village, have returned, preliminary investigations made by the police have revealed that the liquor was supplied to them by one of the deceased — Piara Singh, a junk dealer.

Rs 126 crore for Patiala
Patiala, September 8
“Patiala is to get Rs 126 crore under the Centre’s scheme to establish four counter magnet towns in India to relieve the pressure on the national capital,” said Mr Lal Singh, Finance Minister of Punjab, at a reception organised by the District Congress Urban for the city Mayor, Mr Vishnu Sharma, in Circuit House here yesterday.

Shopkeepers refuse to accept Rs 500 notes
Jalandhar, September 8
Inconvenience is being caused to residents on account of refusal of a number of shopkeepers and local commercial establishments to accept currency notes of the denomination of Rs 500 on one pretext or the other in stark violation of the Reserve Bank of India norms.

Supervisor suspended for beating up patient
Amritsar, September 8
The mental hospitals all over the country being under the scanner of the apex and high courts, the managements of these asylums have been taking all possible steps to improve their functioning. 


CCI to promote contract farming
Bathinda, September 8
The Cotton Corporation of India will encourage contract farming in the cotton belt, which will benefit both farmers and textile mills. Mr R.K. Gupta, Deputy General Manager, CCI, Bathinda, in a statement here today said that the government was encouraging integrated cotton cultivation (contract farming) in the country. 

Fraud case against seven
Kapurthala, September 8
The Kotwali police on Friday registered a case under Sections 408, 409, 419, 420, 465, 467, 477-A and 120-B of the IPC against three employees of the local Market Committee and four owners of two rice shellers of Fathudingha village on the charge of committing fraud in the distribution of bonus given to farmers of the district for the distress sale of paddy.


4 MCs asked to submit project details
Jalandhar, September 8
The Local Bodies department has instructed all four municipal corporations in the state to submit details of its proposed development projects to it so that adequate funds could be arranged for the execution of these projects.


4-yr-old raped, body found
Jalandhar, September 8
Panic gripped residents of the local Guru Nanak Pura locality as the mutilated body of a four-year-old girl of the locality, who had gone missing on September 6, was found in the adjoining fields here today. The girl was reportedly raped twice before being done to death by abductors.

Parrots being sent to Gulf rescued
Amritsar, September 8
Acting on a tip off the sleuths of wildlife preservation under the Ministry of Environment and Forests yesterday rescued parrots which were meant to be smuggled to the Gulf, Arabian and western countries.

Injured youth dead, father held
Bathinda, September 8
The police yesterday arrested Harnek Singh, who had allegedly shot at his son and daughter-in-law at Chuge Khurd village on Friday. Meanwhile, the son, Harbinder Singh, died in a Ludhiana hospital while the daughter-in-law, Paramjeet Kaur was being treated at the local Civil Hospital.

Sadhu molests woman
Talwandi Sabo , September 8
A 40-year-old women of Jodhpur Pakhar village, near here was raped by Sarwan Dass, a sadhu, yesterday. Sarwan Dass has been arrested.


No salary for staff of 2 colleges
Ropar September 8
The Financial crisis being faced by the Punjab Government has now hit employees of the colleges taken over by the government in the past five years. These employees of the said colleges have not been paid salary for the past three months.

Pharma colleges slash fee for paid seats
Ropar, September 8
The poor response of the students to the Bechelor in Pharmacy (B. Pharma) course in the state has forced the colleges concerned to slash the fee for the paid seats. Earlier the tuition fee for the B. Pharma course in the state was fixed at Rs 30,000 per annum for a free seat and Rs 66,000 per annum for a paid seat.

PTU probe ‘nearing completion’
Ludhiana, September 8
The inquiry into the working of Punjab Technical University is said to be at an advanced stage. This was stated by the Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, Mr A.P. Pandey, while talking to TNS at a private function here last night.

Students allowed to appear for exam
Chandigarh, September 8
Issuing notice of motion for September 16 on a petition filed by Bengal Institute of Nursing Education at Raikot, a Division Bench of the High Court yesterday directed that the students admitted to the institute shall be allowed to take the examinations provisionally.


MoU on agro waste bricks signed
Amritsar, September 8
A MoU regarding manufacturing bricks from agro waste was signed by Mr Willian Dowling and Mr Ankush Agarwal from the Idma Group, representatives of MHM Group of Industries and Dr Harbaksh Singh, MD of Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation, in London last evening in presence of the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

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