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SGPC panel for three-tier management of shrines
Chandigarh, September 14
In a proposed draft of the Sikh Gurdwara Bill, 2002, the review committee set up by the SGPC has, according to informed sources, proposed a three-tier system for the management of gurdwaras in the country under the control of the SGPC with its headquarters at Amritsar.

Parties oppose National River Waters Grid
Ludhiana, September 14
An all-party meeting here today opposed the formation of the National River Waters Grid and demanded scrapping of all riparian treaties signed by Punjab besides convening a special session of the state Assembly to discuss this issue. It was also decided that the IHRO and the BKU would file jointly a petition in the Supreme Court in this context.

Badal telling lie on free power: Singla
Mansa, September 14
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission has recommended charging farm sector for power consumed. The commission came into being after a Bill was passed in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha when Mr Parkash Singh Badal was Punjab Chief Minister. This was observed by Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman, High-powered Finance Committee, Punjab here today.

DCs to revise real estate prices
Ludhiana, September 14
In a significant amendment to the Stamp Act, the Punjab Government has given powers of revision of prices of the real estate to deputy commissioners. The government, in a recent notification, has amended Section 47-A of the Punjab Stamp Act that provides powers of fixing the real estate prices to the Deputy Commissioners.

Anandpur Sahib


  No intrusion by Pak plane: Army
Ferozepore, September 14
The Army today denied reports of intrusion into the Indian skies by a Pakistani spy plane on September 10. An Army spokesman said the surveillance grid installed along the international border had not reported any intrusion by any Pakistani aircraft.


Baba Bedi to form new Akali Dal
Moga, September 14
The convener of the Panthic Morcha Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi has announced the formation of new Akali Dal. Talking to mediapersons here, today, he said that to bring more people closer to the new Akali Dal, a ‘chetna march’ has been planned under the leadership of Bhai Ranjit Singh, former, Jathedar of Akal Takht.

BJYM campaign from Sept 25
Phillaur, September 14
The BJP and the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha will launch “gaon chalo abhiyaan” from September 25 throughout the country. This was stated by state BJYM president Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal, while talking to newspersons here today.


Govt press dying a slow death
Patiala, September 14
The Government Ticket Printing Press here has not been able to start work on an order to print 14 crore tickets for Punjab Roadways since the past one month because it does not have funds of a few hundred rupees to repair its lone machine, purchased in 1976.
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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.

Army to compensate truck owners
Bathinda, September 14
The Army authorities have decided to compensate within a week the truck operators whose vehicles were destroyed in the fire that broke out near Bikaner on January 11 while arms and ammunition were being transported to the border in Rajasthan from different locations in Punjab.

Laser treatment boon for women
Jalandhar, September 14
Even as one out of five women in the world suffer from excessive bleeding from uterus causing serious social problems, the introduction of special laser machines to treat patients without surgical intervention and to avoid hysterectomy (the removal of uterus), has come as a boon for women.

Indo-Pak Punjabi Mela on Nov 29
Chandigarh, September 14
The seventh Raja Porus Hind-Pak Punjabi Mitterta Mela will be organised by the Folklore Research Academy at the Wagah border, Amritsar, on November 29 and 30, a press note said here today. `A meeting regarding the preparations for the same was held at the Punjab Kala Bhavan here.

Trader allowed to go abroad
Chandigarh, September 14
Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has allowed a Jalandhar-based businessman, allegedly involved in a case, to visit Turkey and Egypt for a month.


Wheat theft: 2 Markfed officials suspended
Tarn Taran, September 14
Markfed has suspended Ajaib Singh Sandhu, senior branch officer and Mr Om Parkash Puri field officer allegedly for stealing wheat meant for export and stored in a depot here, a charge sheet is also being served on both officials.

DC suspends two officials
Faridkot, September 14
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr A. Venu Prasad, has placed under suspension Paramjit Singh, a senior assistant and reader to local SDM and Hargobind Singh, junior assistant tehsil, Jaitu for allegedly committing a fraud of Rs 1 lakh by tampering with government records.

Patiala corporators eying hike in salaries
Patiala, September 14
Buoyed by the example of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation whose corporators have moved to increase their salaries, the Patiala Municipal Corporation has also decided to take up the issue of increasing the salary of its corporators in its next general house meeting.


Two get 10-year RI for rape
Moga, September 14
The Sessions Court here has convicted two persons to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 12,000 each for rape. An FIR regarding rape was registered at the city police station on February 7, 1999, on the complaint of a woman (29) under Sections 376,506 and 34 of the IPC against Jasbir Singh Jagga and Piara Singh Bhinder Kalan and Kuljit Singh of Varha village.

Two robbers killed in encounter
Phagwara, September 14
Two migrant robbers were killed in an encounter with the police on the Bhullarai road canal, on the outskirts of the town, this morning. Kapurthala SSP R.N. Dhoke told mediapersons at a press conference today that a .38-bore revolver with two cartridges and a country made .12-bore gun with two cartridges were seized from them.


25 academy students return
Anandpur Sahib, September 14
The authorities of Sri Dasmesh Academy, Anandpur Sahib, today ordered an inquiry into yesterday’s incident in which more than 75 students ran away from the academy in protest against the alleged high-handedness of two teachers of the academy.

Join classes, Behl asks DIET students
Jalandhar, September 14
Even as hundreds of students of DIET have been agitating against the new education policy by resorting to indefinite dharnas throughout the state for the past 15 days, the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Khushal Behl, said today that the department was seriously considering their demands and asked the students to join classes.


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