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SYL: Gujral for legal solution
Chandigarh, September 10
Former Prime Minister I. K. Gujral here today favoured solution of the Satluj-Yamuna Link canal dispute between Punjab and Haryana through judicial means, a position which major political forces in Punjab are opposed to.

Former Prime Minister I. K. Gujral, former Kerala Governor Justice S. S. Kang, Punjab Chief Secretary Y. S. Ratra, former Principal Secretary to Prime Minister T. K. A. Nair and former Panjab University Vice-Chancellor R. P. Bambah participate in a seminar on “governance” at CRRID on Tuesday in Chandigarh.
— A Tribune photo

PSEB planning review petition
PSERC order on power tariff
Chandigarh, September 10
The hospitalisation of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has temporarily put the implementation of the order pertaining to revised power tariff on the back burner while the PSEB is preparing to file a review petition requesting the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission to revise its decision regarding certain recommendations.

Clouds of disquiet hover over Punjab
Chandigarh, September 10
Although the Congress came to power in Punjab on a promising note, a streak of disquiet is discernible in the state now. If the Congress Government is hemmed in today, it must apportion much of the blame to itself because it has induced politics of confrontation. This has led as much to internal strife and squabbles as an aggressive posture by the SAD. A nonchalant bureaucracy, agitation by employees, farmers and Dalits has compounded the situation.


Today we meet a breed of young farmers, educated and enthusiastic, who have ventured into apiculture—bee keeping and honey farming.
(28k, 56k)



Tilla Baba Farid no more a gurdwara
Amritsar, September 10
The historic Tilla Baba Farid institution (Faridkot) is no more a gurdwara. With the dismissal of the case relating to the institution by the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission today the 40-year-old dispute between the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the management of the institution stands settled.

Bhupjit Singh feels ‘abandoned’
PPSC recruitment scam

Chandigarh, September 10
Unprecedented appreciation, besides publicity, in the ongoing “recruitment scam” notwithstanding, there are not many who have volunteered to help the State agencies, including the Vigilance Bureau, nab the known “corrupt” civil or public servants, including politicians, through traps.

Organ transplant panel rejects 20 applications
Amritsar, September 10
More than 20 applications filed by organ donors or recipients were rejected by the Organ Transplant Authorisation Committee meeting here today. Significantly, this is for the first time that cases of kidney donations were rejected. About 30 cases of organ donors and recipients were presented to the committee after a postponement of nearly a week following adverse reports of a kidney racket flourishing in the city.

25-member gang busted
Jalandhar, September 10
An abandoned Tata Estate car helped the Jalandhar range police bust a dreaded 25-member gang, which had created panic among the business community of the Doaba region by frequently targeting businessmen, banks, petrol pumps and liquor vends in Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Nawanshahr districts.

‘Fraud’ by MC chief comes to light
Moga, September 10
Another case of corruption and fraud against Akali leader Dr Kuldip Singh Gill, president of the Moga Municipal Committee had allegedly come to light. Dr Gill is reportedly absconding in connection with a case of fraud registered against him on August 30.

Akali MLA booked
Gurdaspur, September 10
The police today registered a case against Capt Balbir Singh Bath (retd), Akali Dal MLA from Srihargobindpur, Gurnam Singh Dhirowali, former MLA of Srihargobindpur, and five others.


SGPC’s sub-panel ‘to belittle jathedars’
Amritsar, September 10
Rejecting the formation of a religious advisory sub-committee for scrutinising the complaints received by Akal Takht, the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal leader, Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, said the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee wanted to belittle Sikh high priests. Such a step on the part of the SGPC was aimed at usurping the powers of jathedars, he added.

Oust Amarinder Singh: Sukhbir
Malout, September 10
Former Union Minister and general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, today urged the people of Punjab to oust Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for failing to fulfil promises made to them.

Victory march turns violent
Phagwara, September 10
A victory procession of a councillor turned violent late last night, leading to a dharna by residents in front of the police station and a blockade on the Phagwara-Banga road.


Forum orders insurance co to pay 5 lakh to complainant
Ropar, September 10
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the local branch of Oriental Insurance Company Limited to pay Rs 5 lakh to Mrs Gurmeet Kaur, widow of Amarjit Singh Marwaha, a local resident, against the policy under which her husband was insured for Rs 5 lakh.

Farmers harden stance on ‘false’ complaints by labourers
Patiala, September 10
Landlord—labourer relations have plummeted to a new low in the Malwa region with recent disturbance at Moondkhera village, near here, resulting in farmers hardening their stand and nearly 15 village panchayats getting together to tackle the problem of “false” cases registered against them, under the Bonded Labour Act, by Dalit labourers working under them.

MC demolishes 24 buildings
Bathinda, September 10
More than 100 employees of the local municipal council accompanied by a strong contingent of the police today demolished more than two dozen commercial and residential buildings situated between the Power House road and the Ajit road to clear the encroachments on the 100 feet wide Sector road in the city.

Press presents pitiful picture
Patiala, September 10
Once know as the Bhupindra State Press, the sprawling Government Press spread over six acres of prime land on the Sirhind Road is today an antiquity used to publish low-grade printing material through presses which function in bits and spurts with many of them lying idle for want of repairs.

Rotting paper in a hall of Government Printing Press at Patiala. — Photo Subhash Patialvi

Jawans’ kin given Rs 23 lakh assistance
Hoshiarpur, September 10
To provide financial assistance to kin of soldiers who laid down their lives during Indo-Pakistan conflict and to those soldiers who became disabled, the District Sainik Welfare Department organised a function here today. Brigadier Kuldip Singh Kahlon, Director, Sainik Welfare Department, Punjab, presided over the function and provided Rs 23 lakh to 25 families of the district.

Potable water projects for villages
Bathinda, September 10
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, said today that potable water projects would be set up in villages of the district under the sector reform scheme on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Pensioners hold dharna
Ropar, September 10
On a call given by the Punjab State Pensioners’ Confederation, a large number of pensioners of the district led by confederation president Prem Sagar Sharma, today staged a dharna and held a rally in the district administrative complex here in support of their demands.

One killed, 7 army men hurt in accident
Ferozepore, September 10
One person was killed and 7 Army personnel injured in a road accident near Mamdot yesterday. According to the details available, an Army truck collided with another truck coming from the opposite side resulting into the accident.

No grudges against govt, say Joga’s kin
Bathinda, September 10
Family members of Jagir Singh Joga, freedom fighter and Communist leader, have no resentment against the government and the district administration in connection with the bhog of Joga who died a few days ago.


Octroi collection to be privatised
Bathinda, September 10
As the revenue generated by the local municipal council through Octroi has fallen drastically during the past four months, a resolution was passed by councillors today to award octroi collection to private parties on contract.


Arms stolen from ‘malkhana’
Ropar, September 10
Another case of the nexus among criminals, judicial officials and police has come to light. The police has claimed to have achieved a major breakthrough in busting a gang involved in stealing arms from the judicial “malkhana”, allegedly in connivance with some policemen and judicial officials. These arms were reportedly sold to criminals across the country.

Clerk sentenced to 2-year jail term
Jalandhar, September 10
The Special Judge, Mr J.P. Mehmi, has sentenced Gurdial, a clerk of the Block Primary Education Office, Alawalpur, to undergo rigorous imprisonment for two years and imposed a fine of Rs 1000 on him for demanding and accepting a sum of Rs 500 from Om Parkash for processing the increment file of his wife two years ago.

‘Kale kachhewale’ strike again
Amritsar, September 10
Panic has spread among residents of Majitha after the attacks of the “kale kachhewale” gang on several houses on the second consecutive day. About seven such incidents have been reported during the post couple of days in which the gang has seriously injured several persons and looted thousands of rupees.

Flesh trade racket busted, 6 held
Jalandhar, September 10
The district police has busted a flesh trade racket with the arrest of six persons, including two women, under the Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act at Dakoha village, near here, today.

Three held with poppy husk
Bathinda, September 10
The police has arrested three persons and seized 120 kg of poppy husk in the district. Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note said here today that Gurdeep Singh of Gurusar village was arrested from a village under the Dayalpura police station and 105 kg of poppy husk was recovered from his car.

Man commits suicide
Dera Bassi, September 10
A 32-year-old man of Kuranwala village on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison this morning.


Student bodies press VC to allow poll
Patiala, September 10
Almost all student bodies of Punjabi University, under the banner of the Punjabi University Students Confederation, told the authorities concerned here yesterday to hold elections to the students’ council immediately. The student bodies had given a memorandum to the Dean, Students Welfare, Dr N.S. Kapoor, here yesterday in this regard.

BDS counselling: students threaten to move court
Faridkot, September 10
More than 90 students are protesting against the indifferent attitude of the authorities of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and members of the selection committee. They were reportedly not allowed to appear for counselling to the BDS course at Baba Farid Sabhyacharak Kendra here today.

NRI alumni bring in cool change
Patiala, September 10
Students putting up in Boys’ Hostel Number 6 of Punjabi University will soon have an air-conditioned study room on the premises. Thanks to donations made by former students of the university settled abroad, the university will not have to bear these expenses.

ETT students hold dharna
Bathinda, September 10
Students of the Elementary Teachers Training course staged a dharna at the local Ambedkar Park today to press their demands. The students alleged that the new education policy drafted by the state government was an attempt to legalise the contract system of employment and the government wanted to slow down the employment of ETT degree holders.

DIET students hold rally
Nawanshahr, September 10
Hundreds of students of the District Institutes of Education Training on a call given by the Students Welfare Association today staged a protest march in the town and held a rally in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner to protest against the new education policy of the Punjab Government.

Students seek woman Principal
Ropar, September 10
A large number of students from the local Government Polytechnic Institute for Women today observed a strike and held a demonstration in support of their demands. They also objected to the behaviour of the Principal.


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