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Badal may face music
Cook’s son in Vigilance net
Patiala, September 16
The Punjab Vigilance Department may bring former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the ambit of the PPSC scam with a case being registered against the son of the former Chief Minister’s cook for using influence to get selected as a DSP.

Cabinet meeting on Sept 18
Chandigarh, September 16
An important meeting of the Council of Ministers, which was to be held tomorrow, has been postponed on September 18, according to official sources. In fact, all important meetings slated for today were cancelled. One of the meetings on agenda for today was of the Cabinet subcommittee on Disinvestment.  Informed sources said that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who underwent angioplasty at a Delhi hospital and was discharged from hospital, wanted to have a rest for some more time.

Govt seeks 50 cr for Khalsa complex
Chandigarh, September 16
Punjab is seeking special financial allocation of Rs 50 crore for the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib and Rs 27 crore for Pushpa Gujral Science City, at Jalandhar.

Jarnail SinghPAP’s first casualty in J&K
Bathinda, September 16
Jarnail Singh, a commando of the 5 Battalion of the Punjab Armed Police (PAP), who was a local resident, died while fighting militants at a village polling station in Poonch sector, Jammu and Kashmir, in an early morning attack.

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Farmers’ unions burn CM’s effigies
Moga, September 16
Five farmers’ organisations, today burnt an effigy of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. Criticising the anti-farmer policy of the Congress government farmers belonging to the Kirti Kisan Union, Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Kul Hind Kirti Kisan Sabha and Khetibarhi te Kisan Vikas Front marched on the streets of the town raising slogans against the Chief Minister for putting the farmers under extra financial burden.
Women gather around the effigies
Women gather around the effigies of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amrinder Singh during a protest rally organised by various farmers' organisatios in Bathinda on Monday.— Photo Kulbir Beera


Forest officers form JAC
Jalandhar, September 16
Perturbed over registration of criminal cases against several Forest Department officials throughout the state for allegedly committing financial irregularities by the Vigilance Bureau (VB) in the recent past, the employees of the state Forest Department today formed a Joint Action Committee of forest officers to put up a united forum against the bureau for framing false cases.

Fake certificate lands teacher, aide in jail
Pathankot, September 16
A Gurdaspur court has convicted and sentenced a teacher, Basakha Singh, and his accomplice Gurmukh Singh to undergo an imprisonment of two years and imposed a fine of Rs 1,500 on them for securing a job on a fake certificate.

4 pilgrims killed in bus mishap
Samana, September 16
Three women and a child were killed in an accident when a private bus fell down in the Naddi canal, 7 k.m. from here, near Badanpur village on the Samana-Cheeka road, yesterday at 10 p.m. As many as 47 persons were injured out of which 21 were referred to the Rajindra Hospital, Patiala and the remaining 26 were admitted to the Civil Hospital here.

Toll-free helplines for Gurdaspur
Gurdaspur, September 16
For AIDS help, dial 1097. You can speak to the civil surgeon for detailed consultancy. The earth-quake help line service is available by dialing 1092. Don’t worry about the bill, you can talk to the district officials as long as you wish to as these are toll-free telephone connections allotted to this border district by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL).

District declares war against TB
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 16
“A tuberculosis-eradication campaign has been launched in the district,” said Mr Vikas Pratap, Deputy Commissioner, at a seminar-cum-workshop on ‘Orientation Training in the Revised National TB-control Programme’. The workshop was organised by the District TB Control Society and social organisations here today.

SHSAD for free power to farmers
Ludhiana, September 16
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) has criticised the recommendations of the Power Regulatory Commission to levy electricity charges from the farmers in Punjab.

Pollution board’s order to shellers
Patiala, September 16
Punjab Pollution Control Board Chairman Satish Chander today said brick-kilns and rice shellers who did not install pollution control gadgets in their plants would not be allowed to function after November this year.

Inter-department problems delay road repair
Bathinda, September 16
Inter-departmental problems between the Public Works Department and the Sewerage Board has delayed the repair of Bibiwala road, the town’s most important road, causing inconvenience to users.

Plea to unions to tide over fiscal crisis
Patiala, September 16
At a function organised at the Languages Department by the Punjab Power Employees Federation and the Punjab Pradesh Teacher’s Union Mr Harchand Singh Barsat, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister while assuring that employee interests would be safeguarded today appealed to various unions in the state to cooperate with the state government in overcoming the present financial crisis.

National Punjabi drama fest on
Faridkot, September 16
the second phase of the celebration of 17th Aagman Purab of Sufi Saint Baba Sheikh Farid fifth national Punjabi drama festival was organised at Amar Ashram here, last night. Renowned drama parties in the state are participating in the festival that will continue till September 18.

Discrimination alleged at jail
Bathinda, September 16
Mr Balwant Singh Dhillon, senior vice-president, Lawyers for Human Rights International, in a statement issued here today said a section of the undertrials lodged at the district Central Jail were being discriminated against, while some of them were being given VIP facilities.

SGJC to file SLP against HC order
Amritsar, September 16
The president of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission, Mr Kashmir Singh Patti, will file special leave petition (SLP) in appeal against the judgement of the constitutional Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court holding that the SGJC and SGPC were coterminous.

Oil tanker operators’ stir continues
Bathinda, September 16
Strike of Oil tanker operators entered second day today. They are protesting against alleged adulteration of oil with water at the depot of a public sector undertaking.

Administration unrepresented at martyr’s bhog
Patiala, September 16
The district administration here failed to honour Naik Mewa Singh who attained martyrdom fighting militants in the Kupwara sector on September 5. No official of the administration was present at the bhog of the brave soldier at Rorgarh village 15 km from here.

153 employees volunteer for poll duty
Kapurthala, September 16
For the next two phases of Jammu and Kashmir elections, 153 employees of various government departments of this district have volunteered to perform election duties, Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Verma said here today.

Union flays govt over amendment
Bathinda, September 16
Members of the district unit of the General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab, today condemned the state government’s action in connection with the implementation of the 85th amendment of Constitution.


Fix Rs 850 as MSP for paddy: Brar
Faridkot, September 16
Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, Congress MP has urged the state government to fix Rs 850 as minimum support price (MSP) per quintal of paddy. Different categories of cess of 11.5 per cent should not be included in the MSP and a notification in the this regard should be withdrawn, he said, talking to mediapersons today.


Teacher’s death: SHO suspended
Phagwara, September 16
Kapurthala SSP R.N. Dhoke suspended ASI Hardip Singh Bedi, SHO, Satnampura police station, today for dereliction of duty. He has been sent to the Police Lines Kapurthala, a press note by DSP Harmanbir Singh Gill said here.


Drug store raided, owner arrested
Bathinda, September 16
Krishan Kumar Garg, owner of Garg Medical Store, Bhucho Mandi, 20 km from here, was arrested today when drugs were recovered from his shop after a team comprising drug inspector and the police conducted a raid.

1 held, 340 fake coins seized
Amritsar, September 16
With the arrest of Vipin a resident of Delhi and recovery of 340 fake coins worth Rs 1700 of five-rupee denomination the police here today succeeded in cracking the case of fake coins.

Girl arrested for smuggling smack
Abohar, September 16
The police today arrested three persons, including a 16-year-old girl, for allegedly smuggling smack. The police set up a naka and intercepted an Ambassador. During search, the police seized 185 gm of smack from the three occupants of the car.


11 students booked for copying
Ferozepore, September 16
Eleven students taking mathematics supplementary matric examinations in two city centres were today caught copying and booked under the Unfair Means Cases (UMC).


Scrap Q form, urge rice millers
Patiala, September 16
Rice millers of Punjab have appealed to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to rid the rice milling industry of`”inspector raj” and scrap the Q form recently introduced by the Mandi Board.


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