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Talwandi, Badal ‘patch up’ at rally?
Raikot, September 13
The rumours of parting of the ways between a former SGPC President Jagdev Singh Talwandi and SAD Chief Parkash Singh Badal have were put to rest after Mr Talwandi shared the dais at a meeting of party workers held here today.

Akhand Kirtani leader for quid pro quo
Baldev SinghAmritsar, September 13
The 100-year-old controversy over “Raagmala” (whether Raagmala is part of holy scripture or not) could be over as deputy leader of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha, Giani Baldev Singh, who is being considered for the post of Sikh high priest by the SGPC, has said that he would honour the ‘Sikh Rehat Maryada’ edited in 1932-33 after ‘deep’ research.

Parallel functions mark AISSF anniversary
Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti with leaders of AISSF (Bhoma) Amritsar, September 13
Parallel functions were held by the Bhooma and Pir Mohammed factions of the All-India Sikh Students Federation to mark the 58th foundation anniversary of the federation here today.
Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti with leaders of the AISSF (Bhoma) performing 'ardas' at Akal Takht on Friday. — photo Rajiv Sharma 

SGJC, SGPC members’ term coterminous
Chandigarh, September 13
Dismissing a writ petition filed by SGJC's former President Kashmir Singh challenging the orders by which he, along with members Dara Singh and Raghbir Singh were removed, three members of a five-Judge Full Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that the term of a commission member was coterminous or cotenuous with the term of SGPC.


A visit to Chathe Sekhwan village in Sangrur district, home to the revival of an ancient Punjabi tradition, "mardan da gidda."
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A view of Guru Nanak Thermal Plant at Bathinda
A view of Guru Nanak Thermal Plant at Bathinda on Friday. The authorities would install new equipment to minimise the emission of fly ash from the plant.
— photo Kulbir Beera

Govt "distorting" report on Ashutosh
Amritsar, September 13
The SGPC chief, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, has alleged that the government had been “distorting” the findings of the six-member committee constituted for probing the contents of the literature of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan.

Govt seeks 3,529 cr drought relief
Chandigarh, September 13
Punjab has logged an economic loss of Rs 6372.38 crore due to drought and has demanded a relief of Rs 3529.44 crore from the Centre. Mr Bhagat Singh Financial Commissioner (Revenue) has submitted the memorandum on drought relief from the Centre to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for approval.

3 DSPs booked for corruption
Chandigarh, September 13
The Punjab Police and the Vigilance Bureau booked three DSPs and two Inspectors under its drive against corruption between April and August. 


Unite against govt: Kanwaljit
Amritsar, September 13
A former Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, while criticising the “retrograde” economic policies of the Congress government, has given a call to Opposition parties, employee unions and trade organisations to join hands with the SAD-BJP combine to oust the government.


Langah’s remand extended
Ropar, September 13
The judicial remand of former Punjab PWD Minister and senior Akali leader Sucha Singh Langah was today extended till September 27 by Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, here. Mr Langah was produced in the court following the expiry of his judicial remand.

‘Tainted’ PCS nominee’s arrest stayed
Patiala, September 13
A court here today stayed the arrest of “tainted” former PCS (Executive) nominee Kamal Kumar Garg, one among those booked recently under the Prevention of Corruption Act by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

Latin American visa now easy to get
Phagwara, September 13
Getting visa for Latin American countries has now been made easy, according to Mr Tara Singh, Indian High Commissioner to Panama, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Addressing exporters, industrialists and mediapersons here today, he said those having an American visa would now be granted authorised visa to Panama within two to three days.

CAPART to fund Kanjli project
Phagwara, September 13
The Council for Advancement of Peoples Action and Rural Technology has the budgetary support of Rs 30 crore for various schemes, including watershed, field rural technology, and public cooperation. 

Three pregnant women beaten up mercilessly by the Khanna police, resulting in miscarriages in two of them. 
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Earlier story on September 12:
2 miscarriages by law

Bail plea of MC chief rejected
Moga, September 13
The Sessions Court here today rejected the anticipatory bail application of Dr Kuldip Singh Gill, a local SAD leader and President of the municipal committee, in a case of fraud registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau under Sections 409 and 420 of the IPC and Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act in the first week of September. 

Police picks up two fasting ex-panchayat secretaries
Chandigarh, September 13
The Chandigarh police today swung into action after the condition of two terminated panchayat secretaries, Mr Ravinder Singh and Mr Baljeet Singh, deteriorated. They had been on an indefinite fast at Sector 17 for the past seven days. 

Incessant rain threw life out of gearRain upsets life
AMRITSAR: Incessant rain since Thursday night lashed the holy city and threw life out of gear for the residents due to a severe sewerage problem. 
Incessant rain threw life out of gear due to severe drainage problem in Amritsar on Friday. 
— photo Rajiv Sharma 

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Rain plays havoc with paddy crop
Heavy showers predicted in region
Chandigarh, September 13
While the local regional meteorological office has alerted the Punjab and Haryana Governments predicting a heavy rainfall at isolated places in this region during the next 36 hours, the Agriculture Departments in both states say that the moderate-to-heavy rainfall in this region for the past few days has started playing havoc with the paddy crop.

Envoy meets DGP
Chandigarh, September 13
The U.K. High Commissioner, Mr Rob Young, today called on Mr M. S. Bhullar, DGP, Punjab. 

Four brothers get life term for murder
Sangrur, September 13

A local court today sentenced four brothers of Ganduan village, under the Sunam police station, to rigorous imprisonment for life for murdering their cousin over a land dispute.


New farm policy soon: Bhattal
Jalandhar, September 13
Aimed at launching the second generation of the Green Revolution in the state and putting the ailing agriculture sector back on the rails, a new agriculture policy to encourage crop diversification and the development of crop marketing facilities will be announced soon.

Enter market or face stir, BKU tells govt
Moga, September 13
All five farmers’ bodies, including members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, will hold demonstrations and dharnas in their respective areas if government procuring agencies do not enter the market in Punjab by September 15 for the procurement of paddy.

FCI to procure paddy from Oct 1
Faridkot, September 13
The Food Corporation of India has identified 350 purchasing centres, including grain markets, to start procurement of paddy from October 1 in Punjab. Of the target of 120 lakh metric tonnes to be purchased in the state during this season, the FCI will procure 30 lakh metric tonnes and the rest will be procured by the state government agencies, including the trade. 


Rs 15 crore for municipal bodies
Ropar, September 13
The Punjab Government has released Rs 15 crore for the municipal bodies to execute development works. Talking to mediapersons here today, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Minister for Local Government, Punjab, said the amount would be distributed among the municipal bodies in a couple of days.

Officials reluctant to join as ADC
Ferozepore, September 13
With the CBI probe going on into the arms licence scandal, officials are reluctant to be posted as the Additional Deputy Commissioner here. After the previous incumbent, Mr V.K. Meena, was transferred to Gurdaspur, the post is lying vacant.

Usurping of commissioners’ powers draw flak
Amritsar, September 13
The usurping of powers of Municipal Commissioners by elected Mayors has drawn flak from leaders of various political parties.

Deposit unused funds: DC
Muktsar, September 13
The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Usha R. Sharma, has told officials that the funds given for development works should be used properly and if these remained unused for some reason, the funds should be deposited with the government exchequer.


Akali leader fires at farmer
Bathinda, September 13
Mr Gurjeet Singh, a farmer of Bangi Kalan village has been admitted in Raman Mandi civil hospital in this district after he was fired at senior Akali leader and sarpanch of the village Sukhjit Singh.

Smack, fake currency seized
Mansa, September 13
The police here seized 23 gm of smack from two youths at a naka near canal bank of the city. 

SI booked in torture case
Moga, September 13
The police has booked Sandip Sharma, Sub-Inspector (SI), on charges of torture and accepting bribe. An FIR has been registered against him under Sections 342 and 323, IPC and Sections 13(2) and 88 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. In a press note here yesterday, Mr S.S. Shrivastva, SSP, said that a police party stopped two youths near the canal bank.

40,000 looted from school attendant
Fazilka, September 13
Two miscreants on a motorcycle today looted Rs 40,000 from Bhim Sain, workshop attendant of the local Government Girls Senior Secondary School, in broad daylight in town bazaar.

4 kg of opium seized, 1 held
Amritsar, September 13
The police has seized 4 kg of opium and arrested one person here today. In another incident the police has booked five persons for allegedly showing pornographic films.


Ban on filling of posts decried
Hoshiarpur, September 13
Reacting to the letter by the Punjab Chief Secretary to the principals of 140 non-government aided colleges, Mr Kamal Chaudhry, President, DAV College Managing Committee, here, has called the decision hard-hitting and harmful to the cause of higher education. 

Protesting students leave academy
Ropar, September 13
Revolting against the alleged high-handedness of two teachers of Sri Dashmesh Academy at Anandpur Sahib, more than 75 students of 10th, 11th and 12th classes of the academy today reportedly left the academy in protest for their homes.

PMET case for larger Bench
Chandigarh, September 13
Punjab pre-medical entrance test case was today referred to a larger Bench of three Judges by Chief Justice Justice Arun B. Saharya and Mr Justice V.K. Bali of the HIgh Court.

Students oppose education policy
Hoshiarpur, September 13
More than 1000 DIET students of the Doaba zone staged a rally at the local Dashera ground here today in protest against the new education policy.

Army imparts computer education
Amritsar, September 13
With tension on the borders having decreased considerably Army jawans have come forward to impart computer education to schoolchildren in border villages near the Indo-Pakistan border. 


Students oppose education policy
Hoshiarpur, September 13
More than 1000 DIET students of the Doaba zone staged a rally at the local Dashera ground here today in protest against the new education policy.

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