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Arms theft: ‘malkhana’ sealed, cops suspended
Amritsar, September 11
The “sadar malkhana” in the district court complex where thousands of weapons have been stacked in an “unscientific” manner has been sealed by the district police even as the two cops responsible for the stealing of firearms have been suspended.

Sadar 'malkhana' at district courts, Amritsar

Sadar 'malkhana' at district courts, Amritsar, stands sealed after the arrest of police constables who stole arms. — photo Rajiv Sharma

Punjab budget model for other states
Chandigarh, September 11
The Punjab budget, 2002-03, has been accepted as a ‘’model’’ for the other states to follow taking into consideration its several unique features. This was accepted at a meeting of the state Finance Ministers, presided over by the Union Finance Minister, in New Delhi on September 7.

Crackdown on illegal bus service
Jalandhar, September 11
The decade-old racket of plying illegal luxury tourist buses between Jalandhar and Delhi, has suffered a setback following a crackdown by the State Transport Department authorities during the past about one month.

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib



Ashok Hotel to be disinvested: Jagmohan
Anandpur Sahib, September 11
The Union Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr Jagmohan, today assured all possible financial help for the completion of Khalsa heritage complex here, but did not announce anything substantial much to the chagrin of the Punjab Government.

PSEB to urge panel for fuel surcharge
Patiala, September 11
Close on the hike in power tariff for all categories of consumers, the PSEB is now petitioning the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission to pass on increase in coal prices and royalty by coal producing states to consumers.

Trader, kin among Rajdhani victims
Ludhiana, September 11
A local industrialist Sajjan Kumar Naharia is reported to be among those killed in the Rajdhani Express accident near Rafi Ganj Railway Station in Dhanbad district of Bihar. Sajjan Kumar, 55, was returning from Kolkata, where he had gone to attend a family function.

Bail for PPSC ex-Secretary
Chandigarh, September 11
Punjab Public Service Commission’s former Secretary Pritpal Singh was today granted bail in a cheating case by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Delivering the verdict on his bail application, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall, directed that the petitioner should be released on bail subject to his furnishing bail bond of Rs 1 lakh, along with two sureties of Rs 50,000 each, to the satisfaction of Patiala’s Sessions Judge.

Kohar’s judicial remand extended
Jalandhar, September 11
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr A.S. Grewal, today extended the judicial remand of a former Punjab minister and president of district unit of the SAD, Ajit Singh Kohar, who is facing charges of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, for 14 days.

Wards: notification ‘illegal’
Bathinda, September 11
Though the Punjab Government has not created new wards according to the determination of number of elected members and reservation of offices of presidents of Municipalities Rules 1994, the exercise for the revision of electoral rolls started today.


Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) hold a district level dharna at Ram Bagh, Amritsar, on
Wednesday. Later they submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner. — photo Rajiv Sharma

Index page: SAD dharnas, memos

NDA team to visit soon: Tandon
Ludhiana, September 11
A fact-finding National Democratic Alliance team is likely to visit Punjab at the end of this month or in the first week of October to have an on-the-spot assessment of the situation here.

BJP councillors to withdraw support
Bathinda, September 11
In an unprecedented move, the local BJP leadership has decided to make its municipal councillors withdraw their support to the President of the municipal council, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar, who belonged to the SAD shortly.


Writing machines in RPO
Jalandhar, September 11
To streamline the functioning of the Regional Passport Office, three new writing machines called security printing system were introduced today. The passport written through these machines could not be tampered with as at the bottom of the applicant’s particulars a special code number is also printed and in case of any doubt the code number can be read through special reading machines and matched with the original particulars, Mr Amarjit Singh, Regional Passport Officer said.

Despite SDM’s orders, case not registered in temple row
Patiala, September 11
In a twist to the Bhoothnath temple controversy, the Kotwali thana Station House Officer has not registered a case on the directions of the Subdivisional Magistrate, given yesterday.

Council to focus on sewer problem
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 11
With the installation of office-bearers of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, a new era of development would start, said Mr Subhash Sood, a senior Congress leader, while congratulating the newly-elected office-bearers here yesterday.

Punjab poll staff leave for J&K
Jalandhar, September 11
As many as 350 employees from different departments left for poll duty in Jammu and Kashmir amid tight security from District Administrative Complex here today. The scene at the complex was very emotional as the parents and relatives of most of the poll staff were there to see them off.

Training for mental hospital staff
Amritsar, September 11
The authorities of Dr Vidya Sagar Mental Hospital have taken steps with the approval of the Punjab Principal Secretary, Health, for imparting special training to the hospital staff to bring changes in their behaviour pattern while dealing with mentally deranged patients.

File affidavit on constable’s plea
Chandigarh, September 11
If the allegations in a petition filed before the High Court are to be believed, a Barnala-based lady constable was exploited by a Senior Superintendent of Police after alluring her with the promise of marriage.

Parampal Singh’s bail plea rejected
Ropar, September 11
The District and Sessions Judge here today dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Parampal Singh, a former DSP of Morinda, on the grounds that after the submission of the public prosecutor the application had become infructuous.

Scribes seek action against ASI
Faridkot, September 11
A deputation of journalists of the district called on Mr A.A. Siddique, Additional Director-General of Police, here today and demanded stern action against some persons and an ASI who were allegedly involved in an attack on Mr Bharat Bhushan Sharma, a Punjabi Tribune reporter based at Kotkapura, on September 3 here.

Monks on peace march visit Golden Temple
Wagah (Amritsar), September 11
Ten Buddhist monks entered India from Wagah border after nearly a month-long peace march in Pakistan. Terasawa Junsei (52) of Japan belonging to the Nipponzan Myohoji order and leading the Buddhist troop while paying obeisance at the Golden Temple here today said: “India is more peaceful than Pakistan.”

Complex for disabled soon
Faridkot, September 11
To mark the nine-day mela from September 15 here in connection with the aagman purab of the sufi saint, Baba Sheikh Farid, the District Red Cross Society, the main organiser of the function, has decided to construct a complex for mentally challenged, blind and other handicapped people in Faridkot at the cost of more than Rs 1 crore.


Harvest in hurry
Bathinda, September 11
Even though the minimum support price for paddy has not been announced so far and official procurement is yet to start, the farmers of this region, fearing damage to the paddy due to uncertain weather, have started reaping the crop.

Bollworm returns
Bathinda, September 11
After drought, it’s now the American bollworm (sundi) which has attacked the cotton crop again. This has put the growers on the defensive. Apart from borrowing money at exorbitant rate of interest for buying insecticides and pesticides for spraying on the infested cotton plants, the growers have also devised their own ways to kill the bollworm.

Hike in MSP for paddy urged
Jalandhar, September 11
Even as the Central Government is likely to decide on the minimum support price for paddy at the next meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, the Punjab Congress has urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to meet the Prime Minister to seek the fixation of the MSP at Rs 700 per quintal in view of the drought this summer season and the higher expenses per hectare incurred by farmers.

Procurement of paddy from Sept 21
Faridkot, September 11
The Punjab Government has planned to start the procurement of paddy from September 21 in the state. Directions have been given to all state agencies to ensure adequate arrangements in this connection.


JEs call on Bajwa
Chandigarh, September 11
Members of the Navniyukat Mulazam Talmel Committee, comprising junior engineers, who were appointed by the Subordinate Services Selection Board, Punjab, during the SAD-BJP government regime, submitted a memorandum to the PWD Minister, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, here today on their demands, according to Mr Bhupinder Singh Somal, its general secretary.


10 held for embezzlement
Moga, September 11
The police here has arrested Sadhu Singh Junior Engineer of the Panchayati Raj Department, Mr Kiran Kumar brick kiln owner, Darshan Singh a shuttering store owner on the charge of embezzlement of funds allocated by the state government for building eight houses for Scheduled Castes in Dhurkot Talhiwala village of the Moga district.

4 vehicle thieves held
Amritsar, September 11
The Civil Line Police has busted a gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of four persons, including two residents of Jammu and recovered two stolen cars. During investigation it was found that two of the accused used to steal vehicles from here and their accomplices in Jammu made fake documents and sell the vehicles in Jammu.


Move to cut dental seats put on hold
Faridkot, September 11
With private dental colleges in Punjab reportedly making some efforts to overcome the severe shortage of faculty, the authorities at the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences here, which controls all medical and health education institutes in the state, have decided to put the proposal to reduce the number of seats on the back burner.

Polytechnic students block traffic
Ropar, September 11
Nearly 150 students of the local Government Polytechnic Institute for Women today block traffic on the Ropar-Nawanshahr road for about an hour near Sainik Rest House and raised slogans against their Principal for his alleged “bad” behaviour towards girls students.

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