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Cong regime threat to peace: Badal
Chandigarh, September 12
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal said here today that the Congress regime in Punjab was a serious threat to peace and the rule of law and was an open incitement to lumpens and anti-social and lawless elements in the state.

SAD’s volte-face on free power
Patiala, September 12
The Shiromani Akali Dal which is now raising a voice against the withdrawal of the free power facility for tubewell operations by holding statewide dharnas, had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Central Government when in power, alongwith the BJP, committing itself to the formation of a state electricity regulatory commission.

Dal (Amritsar) threatens to move HC
Jalandhar, September 12
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) has threatened to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court, if the Congress government in the state accepts the recommendations of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission with regard to the imposition of tariff on power used by farmers of the state.

Plant staff caught up in loan scam
Ropar, September 12
Middlemen, allegedly in connivance with certain bank officials have duped some employees of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant while giving bank loans.

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Examiner’s arrest stayed
Patiala, September 12
The District and Sessions Court today stayed the arrest of Kurukshetra University Punjabi Professor, Dr Amarjit Singh Kang, who has been accused of tampering with answersheets of candidates appearing for various examinations conducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission till September 19.

2 miscarriages by law
Khanna, September 12
In a gruesome incident, three pregnant women, two of them in advanced stages of pregnancy, were beaten up by the police so mercilessly that two of them miscarried, while the fate of the third remains uncertain as she is struggling in a hospital.

Son spurns father’s hug
Chandigarh, September 12
You would have dismissed it as just another script fit for a soap opera. A father claiming that his child, taken away by his sister and brother-in-law after the death of his wife, was being treated as a domestic help instead of being educated. Taking up his case, the court summons the child, who tells the Judge that his father had tried to kill him and adds that his mother too had been murdered by him.


Badal expels four youth leaders
Chandigarh, September 12
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal has removed four youth leaders, who had formed a parallel 11-member committee of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD), from the primary membership of the party as well as of the Youth Akali Dal. They are: Balwinder Singh Nabha, Mr Hardev Singh Bajechak, Mr Gurnam Singh Thekedar and Mr Harcharan Singh Sibian.


PVC awardee may get Rs 25 lakh
Amritsar, September 12
Good news for the Army personnel who would get gallantry awards in future. The Parm Veer Chakra (PVC) awardees would now get Rs 25 lakhs while MVC and VC awardees to get Rs 20 lakh and Rs 10 lakh, respectively, subject to the clearance of the case by the Finance Department of the state government in the near future.

Couple awaits son’s restoration
Chandigarh, September 12
On July 20, when a Jagraon court ordered the restoration of their 15-year-old son to them, the joy of 45-year-old Gurdev Singh Gill and his wife, Charanjit Kaur, knew no bounds. But the happiness of getting their son — Harpreet Singh —back after 65 months of his "kidnapping" vanquished a few hours later when he was snatched back from them.

Reforms scheme fails
Lack of information alleged
Bathinda, September 12
A programme organised at Nathana village in the district today to generate awareness about the Sector Reform Scheme aimed at providing pure and sufficient drinking water for the rural people reportedly failed to make an impact as representatives of various youth clubs, social organisations and some other prominent people were not informed about the programme.

Doctor told to pay 1.25 lakh for negligence
Patiala, September 12
The Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has given a compensation of Rs 1.25 lakh to a Nabha resident who had claimed that a Dhuri-based doctor had committed negligence which had resulted in the death of his wife.

Anaesthesia conference from Oct 26
Patiala, September 12
The third North Zone Anaesthesia Conference-2002 will be held at Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital on October 26 and 27 here.

An army jawan imparts computer education to school children at the border village of Jassra-ur, Amritsar. — RS

4 special trains for Beas
Phillaur, September 12
The Railway will run four “Mela Special Trains” for pilgrims visiting dera of Radha Soamis at Beas these days. Railways sources said here today, that one mela special left Raipur today morning, and will reach Beas on Friday, this train will halt at Tilda, Bhatra, Bilaspur, Anup Shahar, and Burhar. It will leave Beas on September 24 at 3 p.m. on return journey.

Supply of sand still suspended
Amritsar, September 12
The supply of sand to the city continues to be suspended for the past 15 days due to differences between transporters and a contractor. The situation was further aggravated after the auction near the Upper Bari Doab Canal was suspended two years ago.

Poor facilities at ESI hospitals irk CITU
Jalandhar, September 12
The CITU has criticised the state health authorities for their alleged failure to provide better medical facilities to labourers at ESI hospitals and dispensaries throughout the state.

Trees felled for widening road
Amritsar, September 12
Hundreds of trees have been felled by the Public Works Department (B&R) for the four-laning of the Amritsar-Rajasansi road which leads to the Rajasansi international airport. Most of the trees were more than 20 years old.

Hundreds of trees were felled on the Rajasansi-Amritsar road, near the international airport, on September 12 for widening the road. — photo by Rajiv Sharma

Panama govt’s gesture to Sikhs
Phagwara, September 12
The government of Panama has exempted Sikhs settled in Latin American country from affixing their photographs without turbans on their identity cards and driving licences. Mr Tara Singh, Indian High Commissioner to Panama, Nicaragua and EI Salvador disclosed this here tonight. He was talking to reporters in the office of Paramjit Singh Sethi, MD, Indian Autos Industries.

Porters carry goods from Pakistan to India by road at the Wagha border on Thursday as the rail link with Pakistan has been suspended due to the ongoing tension. — PTI

Baba Daduwal allowed bail
Bathinda, September 12
A court here today granted bail to Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal, head of Daduwal Sahib gurdwara in a case registered against him and his seven disciples on the complaint made on September 8, by Mr Jagsir Singh, a former disciple of the Baba.

Tributes paid to Saragarhi martyrs
Ferozepore, September 12
Paying tributes to 21 martyrs of 36 Sikh Regiment now 4 Sikh Regiment, who died rather than surrender in the historic battle of Saragarhi on September 12, 1897, Mr Dharam Veer, Commissioner, said Punjabis had always fought valiantly for the country. He was addressing a rally of ex-servicemen on the eve of Saragarhi day on the premises of Saragarhi Gurdwara here this morning.


Kisan Sabha vows to oppose WTO policies
Ropar, September 12
The two-day 34th delegate session of the Punjab Kisan Sabha concluded today at Anandpur Sahib with decision to strengthen and continue struggle for farmers’ causes.

Shops closed after farmers attack trader
Rampuraphul, September 12
A majority of traders downed their shutters when a group of farmers led by Mr Sukhdev Singh, a BKU activist, allegedly attacked Mr Khirati Lal, president, Local Beopar Mandal.


DHO transferred
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
Taking action on the news item published in The Tribune regarding the appointment of an allegedly corrupt SMO of the local Civil Hospital as District Health Officer (DHO), Fatehgarh Sahib, the Principal Secretary, Health, vide letter No. 2/71/2002/20369 has transferred the DHO and posted him as SMO, Civil Hospital, Jallalabad, Ferozepore district.


Four travel agents booked
Phagwara, September 12
Four travel agents here have been booked for duping Mr Sandip Bansal of Rs 8 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. Those booked include Amarjit, Manohar Lal, alias Ghug, Piara Lal and Ashwani Sharma, it was learnt today.

Case registered against ASI, Head Constable
Mansa, September 12
A case under Sections 295-A, 342, 323 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against ASI, Paramjit Singh and Head Constable, Gursewak Singh at Joga police station for their alleged involvement in beating and hurting the religious sentiments of a baptised Sikh and circle president of the Backward Classes Cell of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Bhola Singh.

Two married women commit suicide
Tarn Taran, September 12
Two married women committed suicide at two different places in the area during the last 24 hours. The deceased have been identified as Kulwant Kaur (33) of Chheena Bidhi Chand village falling under Chabal police station and Bachan Kaur, wife of Baldev Singh, of Alipur village in Harike police station. Both women consumed sulphos tablets.

ASI sentenced to life
Sangrur, September 12
A court here has sentenced an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) to life on the charge of kidnapping a person and for keeping him in wrongful confinement.

Patwari sentenced in corruption case
Nawanshahr, September 12
Mr Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, Special Judge, sentenced Navraj Singh, patwari of the Naura circle, to undergo rigorous imprisonment for three years and pay a fine of Rs 4,000 in a case registered against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

1 killed, 3 hurt in clash
Amritsar, September 12
A taxi driver was killed on the spot while three members of a group sustained injuries following a clash over land at Khera village, 6 km from Tarn Taran today.

Thieves murder watchman
Bathinda, September 12
Surya Bahadur, a migrant labourer, employed by shopkeepers and residents of the Ajit road area as a watchman was allegedly murdered by thieves after they burgled a shop and the watchman saw them.


Absentee teachers to face action: DC
Ropar, September 12
Departmental disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against 20 teachers who were found absent from duty during the surprise checking of about 200 schools by 25 special teams, headed by principals and headmasters, a few days ago.


New Bengal cotton arrives in mandis
Bathinda, September 12
The New Bengal desi cotton has started arriving in different Punjab mandis and nearly 400 bales of cotton are arriving daily in these markets, Mr Fateh Chand Sharma, vice-president of the Northern India Cotton association, said today.


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