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Problems that plague Amarinder Singh
Chandigarh, September 17
‘‘Good governance’’ and ‘‘initiative against corruption’’ are the the two promising notes on which the Congress came to power in Punjab in February last. 

Punjab promotions
Shivdular is PCS officers body chief

Khalsa Panchayat may not gherao jathedars
Amritsar, September 17
The Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat has said it is ready to re-consider its decision to stage protest dharnas in front of the residences of the jathedars of Akal Takht and Kesgarh Sahib if there was unanimity among Panthic leaders that there was no such precedent in Sikh history.

SGPC chief to meet minority panel

Lokpal for enlarging jurisdiction
Complaints against one minister and five ex-ministers under probe
Chandigarh, September 17
The Punjab Lokpal, Justice D.V. Sehgal, will urge the state government to amend the Lokpal Act to bring public servants in its jurisdiction so that inquiries can be held against them.

Minister appears before DIG

ETT students block traffic against lathi charge
Amritsar, September 17
Braving the rain, more than 3,000 students of the elementary teacher’s training and DIET today blocked the Amritsar-Delhi GT road for more than four hours in protest against the lathi charge in which a number of students were injured yesterday.
ETT and DIET students block traffic
ETT and DIET students block traffic on the Amritsar-Delhi road in Amritsar on Tuesday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma 

Fatehgarh Sahib


Jarnail Singh
Jarnail Singh

PAP jawan cremated with honours
Bathinda, September 17
A sea of humanity descended on Rambagh to attend the cremation of the commando of 5 Battalion Punjab Armed Police, Jarnail Singh, who laid down his while fighting militants at a polling booth situated near Pir Panjal ranges in the Poonch sector yesterday.

Robbers strike at retired Capt’s home, loot $ 12,000
Jalandhar, September 17
A group of robbers decamped with foreign currency and jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh from the house of a retired Army official in the Golden Avenue locality here last night.

Woman booked for cyber crime
Amritsar, September 17
The district police has detected a cyber crime case in which a woman was projected characterless by the accused, who also happened to be a woman. Mr Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, SP City-I, disclosed that the accused has been identified as Vinita Jhunjhunwala, a resident of Mumbai and a family friend of the victim, Mamta (not her real name) who had developed some personal grouse against her. 


Manna resigns from Delimitation Commission
Jalandhar, September 17
To lodge his displeasure over the “non-representation” of the Shiromani Akali Dal to the Delimitation Commission and the nomination of a party MLA, Mr Manjit Singh Manna, as member of the commission by the Punjab Government without consulting the party or its chief Mr Parkash Singh Badal the SAD high command has forwarded the resignation of Mr Manna to the Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Dr Kewal Krishan.


Work restarts on stalled projects
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 17
The work on various development projects approved for district headquarter Sirhind under the Centre’s IDSMT scheme has been restarted after an assurance by the Deputy Commissioner that the fund instalment for the year will come soon.

Challan against Langah presented
Ropar, September 17
The Vigilance Bureau today presented a challan in the court of the Session Judge, Mr L.R. Roojam, against Mr Sucha Singh Langah, former Punjab Public Works Minister and senior Akali leader, and 15 others in a case registered against them at a SAS Nagar on May 16 under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC.

Reinstatement eludes ex-panchayat secys
Chandigarh, September 17
The Congress government in Punjab is trying to evade keeping its election promise of reinstating about 450 former panchayat secretaries in the state who were terminated by the previous SAD-BJP government in August 2001. 

Protests over proposed power tariff hike
Chandigarh, September 17
While a political decision is still awaited on the implementation of the September 6 tariff order of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, particularly in respect of billing agriculture power, several factions of the Shiromani Akali Dal are already up in arms against the order.

E-governance centre opens in village
Jalandhar, September 17

The stage has been set to end the exploitation of the poor farmer or Dalit in the villages of Punjab with the inauguration of the first e-governance and information centre at Chitti village in this district today.

Scholarships for wards of Army men revised
Bathinda, September 17
As a concession to troops deployed in forward areas under the ongoing Operation Parakram, the Army authorities have decided to extend the last date for submitting applications for scholarships for their wards.

Dam authorities, unions at loggerheads
Pathankot, September 17
Workers’ unions and the Ranjit Sagar Dam authorities are at loggerheads on account of the handing over of the construction of the Shahpurkandi extension project to a private company.

Judicial probe sought into teacher’s death
Phagwara, September 17
The Government Primary Teachers Association at a meeting held here today demanded a judicial inquiry into the death of JBT schoolteacher Dharam Paul Dhir on September 15.

Kin of boat tragedy victims hold meeting
Hoshiarpur, September 17
A meeting of families of the Malta boat tragedy victims was held under the presidentship of Mr Balwant Singh Khera, chairman of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, here today. Members from Ropar, Kapurthala, Nawanshahr, Ludhiana and Fatehgarh Sahib participated in the meeting.

SP flayed for threatening scribe
Patiala, September 17
Patiala journalists today gathered under the banner of the Punjab Union of Journalists to condemn the Superintendent of Police (Vigilance). Mr Balkar Singh who threatened Indian Express scribe Yogindra Mohan yesterday for publishing two FIRs registered against “tainted” candidates by Patiala vigilance police station.

Banda Singh Bahadur function
Chandigarh, September 17
Hundreds of delegates from all over Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are expected to participate in a function to be held at Amritsar on October 16 to mark the birth anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

Two cops test HIV positive
Patti (Tarn Taran), September 17
Two of the 11 policemen admitted to the Civil Hospital, Patti for de-addiction were found to be HIV positive and were referred to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, for further treatment and reconfirmation.

Eunuchs to observe centenary rituals
Patti (Tarn Taran), September 17
The border town will host four-day centenary rituals from September 21, where hundreds of eunuchs from all over the country would pay tributes to their ancestors.

Cabinet meeting deferred again
Chandigarh, September 17
The meeting of the Council of Ministers has again been postponed. Earlier, the meeting was scheduled to be held today, but it was postponed till tomorrow.

DSP (Jail) denied anticipatory bail
Moga, September 17

Additional District and Sessions Judge Jagmohan Singh Chawla here today turned down the anticipatory bail plea of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Jail) Avinash Chander in a corruption case.


Punjab seeks bonus on paddy
Patiala, September 17
The Punjab government has asked the Centre to give a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal on paddy to farmers of the state to compensate for the loss suffered by them in the wake of the recent drought.


Legal action against 111 petrol stations
Chandigarh, September 17
During a special campaign launched on a direction of the Industries and Commerce Minister, Mr Avtar Singh Henery, the Weight and Measure Department has found 111 petrol stations and 28 LPG agencies violating provisions of the Weight and Measures (Enforcement) Act. Legal action has been initiated against the owners of these petrol stations and agencies.


Woman raped, bid to kill her
Amritsar, September 17
In a gruesome incident, Dalbir Kaur of Raipur Kalan village in Ajnala was allegedly raped by four persons who also tried to kill her allegedly at the behest of her husband about two months ago. The case was registered last evening.

Inspector arrested on graft charge
Jalandhar, September 17
The district police today arrested an Inspector and booked three constables for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 1.3 lakh from a poppy husk smuggler. The police has recovered Rs 70,000, of the bribe money from the residence of the Inspector.

Former godown assistant booked
Kot-Ise-Khan (Moga), September 17
The police has booked Mr Bhupinder Singh, a former godown assistant of the State Warehousing Corporation on the charges of committing fraud. An FIR has been registered against him under Sections 406, 409 and 120 (B) of the IPC. However, the police has not yet been able to arrest him.

12 hurt in group clash
Talwandi Sabo, September 17
As many as 12 persons, including a woman, were injured in a group clash over irrigation water at Singho village, near here, last evening. This was the second such incident in less than a week in the district.


GND varsity awards
Amritsar, September 17
Guru Nanak Dev University has asked authors of books published during April 1998 to March 2001 in the Punjabi language for selection of six literary awards.

Painting competition for kids held
Faridkot, September 17
Paintings reflect the emotions of a painter’s mind and it requires vision to appreciate them. Inaugurating the painting competition of children on the eve of the aagman purab of sufi saint Baba Farid, Mrs a Vanita Prasad, chairperson of the District Hospital Welfare Unit, encouraged the children who participated in the competition.


PSB journal ‘Ankur’ wins Rajbhasha award
Chandigarh, September 17
Punjab and Sind Bank’s Rajbhasha journal “Ankur” has won the second position in the Hindi House Journals Competition (2000-01) conducted by Reserve Bank of India for the use of Hindi. Various public sector, private and foreign banks participated in the contest.

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