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Voluntary disclosure scheme in offing
Chandigarh, September 9
A voluntary disclosure scheme for one-time settlement of violation of building bylaws within the municipal limits is on the anvil in Punjab. This has been drafted on the premise that if financial institutions and banks can have a one-time settlement scheme to recover outstanding loans, why not give a breather to the violators of building bylaws in the urban areas.

Congress wins in Muktsar too
Muktsar, September 9
The way has been cleared for the Congress to run the local municipal council as its candidates have won 12 seats out of a total of 22 seats, the elections to which were held yesterday. Congress candidate Krishan Kumar has already been declared elected unopposed from Ward No 18.

Judicial remand for Baba Daduwal, seven disciples
Bathinda, September 9
Sant Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal, head of Daduwal Sahib Gurdwara, who along with his seven disciples was booked in a criminal case last evening, today alleged that the case was slapped against him by the police at the instance of some vested interests who instigated people against the Sikh religion.

Badal’s secretary questioned
Chandigarh, September 9
Mr Hardeep Singh Bamra, official Personal Secretary of the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today joined the investigation in a case registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau pertaining to his assets alleged to be disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Fatehgarh Sahib



No decision on Badungar: Badal
Faridkot, September 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal has yet to make up its mind to renominate Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, president of the SGPC, for the next term. Elections to the body are to be held on November 30.

Coal supply to plants picks up
Patiala, September 9
Transportation of coal to three thermal plants of the PSEB picked up today following a representation given to the Railways by the Member, Transmission, Mr H.S. Sahai, during his visit to Delhi.

Markfed, cops differ on wheat theft
Tarn Taran, September 9
Markfed — Asia’s biggest cooperative venture and the Tarn Taran police have different versions on the pilferage of wheat from Markfed godowns.
The police here already registered a case under Sections 420, 409, 379 of the IPC on July 26, 2002 against the manager of Markfed depot here, Mr Ajaib Singh Sandhu, inspector Om Parkash Puri and two of the “touts” Rakesh Kumar and Dharmpal for the pilferage of wheat during its loading in trains.

Fraud case: DGP joins issue with department
Amritsar, September 9
Ignoring the orders of the Joint Secretary, Local Government, the Director-General of Police-cum-Director of the Vigilance Bureau, Chandigarh, has again proposed stringent action against the guilty officials of the local municipal corporation who were charge-sheeted for conniving to divest Mr Kanwarjit Singh Sabharwal of his property and allowing an illegal shopping complex to be built.

Vigilance report on irregularities in appointments soon
Dera Bassi, September 9
The vigilance wing of the Department of Local Government of Punjab is likely to submit the inquiry report regarding alleged irregularities in the recruitment of employees in various sections of the local municipal council.


SAD not to be part of Akali unity
Bathinda, September 9
A formal move to ‘isolate’ former Punjab Chief Minister and President of SAD Parkash Singh Badal from the Sikh Panth, was initiated by different Akali dals by launching a campaign for the Panthic unity here yesterday.

NAC poll: SGPC men in soup
Amritsar, September 9
Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa, a Congress MLA and general secretary all-India Youth Congress, said his party would move the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC), against SGPC employees who took part in the notified area committee elections at Rayya yesterday.

Cong workers burn Jaya’s effigy
Bathinda, September 9
Hundreds of workers of the Congress burnt an effigy of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms Jayalalithaa, at the Sadbhavana Chowk here today in protest against her derogatory remarks against the AICC President, Ms Sonia Gandhi.


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J&K poll duty: ‘fake list of staff’
Gurdaspur, September 9
Detection of a fake list of Ranjit Sagar Dam employees for deployment on election duty in Jammu and Kashmir has caused consternation among the employees, whose union leaders have demanded a thorough probe into what they alleged to be a scandal.

PPSC case: notice for Sept 16 issued
Chandigarh, September 9
Acting on an application filed by the state of Punjab for claiming privilege of certain documents, including police diaries and reports submitted by the Vigilance Bureau in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lal, today issued notice for September 16.

Law Professor’s suspension revoked
Patiala, September 9
Punjabi University today revoked the suspension orders of Prof Gurpal Singh of the Department of Law who had been suspended following his arrest on charges of fudging examination sheets of PCS (Judicial) candidates.

Karamchari Dal flays govt
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 9
Mr Hari Singh Tohra, president, Punjab State Karamchari Dal, while addressing the annual delegate session of the dal here today, criticised the decision of the state government to introduce contractual system and closing of five boards and corporations.

Tributes paid to Abdul Hamid
Asal uttar (Tarn Taran), September 9
Mr H.S. Hanspal, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, today asked the administration to be responsive to the demands of people. Addressing a public rally after paying tributes to Abdul Hamid, a martyr and recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, here today, Mr Hanspal said it was the fundamental duty of the state government to provide civic amenities for which people keep on presenting charters of demands every day.
Army jawans pay homage to Abdul Hamid
Army jawans pay homage to Abdul Hamid, hero of the 1965 Indo-Pak war, at his grave in Asal Uttar village in Khemkaran Sector, near the Indo-Pak border, on Monday. — PTI photo

Suicide: BKU(E) wants financier booked
Mansa, September 9
Refuting a news report which appeared in a section of the Press regarding the reason for suicide by all members of a family of Peron village in this district, representatives of the BKU (Ekta) and the Radical Peoples Forum, Punjab, in a statement here said today that it was another example of the financial crisis faced by farmers which forced the family to take the extreme step.

Land grab: conviction of five upheld
Bathinda, September 9
Mr D.S. Malwai, Additional Sessions Judge, today upheld the conviction of five accused, including a local advocate, Charan Singh, and a revenue official, Surinder Singh, while disposing of an appeal filed by them against the judgement of the lower court, which sentenced them and two others in a land grab case.

Tanker with toxic chemical overturns
Bathinda, September 9
A tanker carrying volatile chemical overturned near DAV College in the wee hours of today, spilling the toxic load and blocking the Bibiwala road for several hours. The tanker was on its way from the Kandla port to Ludhiana.

The overturned tanker in front of DAV College, Bathinda. — photo Kulbir Beera
Overturned tanker

BSF Subedar dies in accident
Fazilka, September 9
A BSF Subedar was killed in an accident around midnight yesterday, while two others were injured in an accident near Ladhuka village on the Fazilka-Ferozepore road, 14 km here.

Missing jawan found dead
Kapurthala, September 9
Dalip Singh (55), a Home Guard jawan and a resident of Dhakran village in Bholath police station, who was missing since September 6, was found murdered in the fields of his neighbour yesterday.


Girdawari report sent to Secy
Ferozepore, September 9
The Revenue Department has completed the process of special girdawari in Ferozepore district to assess the damage of crops due to insufficient rains. The report has been forwarded to the Secretary, Revenue Department, to enable the state government seek a relief package from the Union Government for distribution among the affected farmers.

Crops damaged
Mansa, September 9
Standing crops in 400 acres were damaged following a 70-foot breach in a canal in Bhikhi, near Kishangarh Pharwahi village, in the district yesterday. Mr G.S. Bath, Executive Engineer, Irrigation, Jawaharke, along with Mr J.R. Aggarwals SDO, and Mr Satwant Singh Dod, SHO Bhikhi, reached the spot.


JPC mooted for PSEB unions’ unity
Patiala, September 9
In a bid to bring PSEB trade unions under one platform, the board has proposed to form a joint parliamentary committee in which all unions will be represented according to their strength in the institution.

SHO suspended for inaction
Kapurthala, September 9
Dr R.N. Dhoke, Senior Superintendent of Police, today placed under suspension SI Charanjit Singh posted at the Dhilwan police station for dereliction of duty. In a press note, Mr Dhoke said on June 13 Sawinder Singh, a resident of Dhilwan was found injured at his tubewell.


Dy Superintendent of jail booked
Moga, September 9
The Deputy Superintendent of the Moga jail, Avinash Chander, has been booked by the local police on charges of corruption. An FIR has been registered against him at the city — 1 police station. However, he is said to be rising.

Cop heading gang of thieves held
Amritsar, September 9
The police claims to have busted a gang of thieves with the arrest of its kingpin Surjit Singh, alias Pappu, a police constable posted at Ferozepore. Mr Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, SP (City), said a case of smuggling had been registered against the constable at the Barnala police station.

15 booked for smuggling drugs
Amritsar, September 9
The police has booked 15 persons who used to smuggle narcotics from Pakistan via the Jammu border here today. According to Dr S.K. Kalia, SP (City), the accused had been booked on charges of smuggling drugs, narcotics from across the border.


Three dental colleges await approval
Faridkot, September 9
With just a day left for counselling the fate of several hundred dental course aspirants hangs in the balance as three private dental colleges are yet to get the approval from the Union Health Ministry.

SSF’s statement criticised
Chandigarh, September 9
Taking exception to the statement made by the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation, the Institute of Sikh Studies said here today that the management of Faridkot-based Dasmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences was well within its rights to advise the “ patit” ( with shorn hair) Sikhs not to seek admission to its institution.

Vigilance seals school records
Bathinda, September 9
Vigilance Bureau officials today raided SSD School at Maur Mandi, 40 km from here, and sealed records pertaining to admissions. Sources said complaints of irregularities had been received by the bureau.

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