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Lal Singh fires salvo at Badal
Procurement of paddy
Chandigarh, September 19
The Punjab Food Minister, Mr Lal Singh, today sought to politicise paddy procurement by charging that the Centre was doing a ‘’conspiratorial’’ and ‘’discriminatory’’ act that went against the interests of the state and its farmers.

Punjab gears up for paddy procurement
Moga, September 19
The Punjab Government is all set to procure paddy through the state procurement agencies and are waiting for the announcement of the minimum support price (MSP). This was stated by B.R. Bajaj, Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies Department, at a press conference here today. 

Italy gesture to Punjabis
Chandigarh, September 19
Thousands of persons of Indian origin in Italy, mostly Punjabis, who in the absence of any legal sanctity have been doing “petty and irregular jobs”, could not have asked for more. In case they submit an “acceptable proof of entering Italy” to the local authorities by October 8, their stay in that country would be legalised. 

Hans Raj gets threatening calls from underworldHans Raj Hans
Jalandhar, September 19
Famous Punjabi Pop and classical singer Hans Raj Hans has complained to the police of receiving “threatening calls” from the underworld in Dubai. In his complaint, Hans has said that he was having some dispute with the super cassette industries, Mumbai over contract regarding the release of his recent album, which was allegedly violated by the Company, said Mr Pawan Kumar Rai, SP City (1).


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Doctor couple fined 3 lakh for negligence
Bathinda, September 19
The district Consumer Forum here has imposed a fine of Rs 3.10 lakh on Dr Gurdev Singh and Dr (Mrs) Parmjit Kaur of Jalal village for negligence in the handling of delivery case of Mrs Amarjit Kaur Gill of Bajakhana village The forum also directed them to pay Rs 20,000 as cost of the case.

Welfare Officer, sarpanch held for embezzlement
Pathankot, September 19
The police here has arrested Tehsil Welfare Officer (TWO) Ms Pushpa Devi and sarpanch of Khanpur village on the charge of embezzling Rs 50,000 government money meant for the construction of a dharamshala in Khanpur.

A show of exemplary courage
Large gathering at jawan’s funeral
Chak Fateh Wala (Bathinda), September 19
For Veerpal Singh, jawan of 28 Rashtriya Rifles, who attained martyrdom after killing three militants in the Baramula sector in Jammu and Kashmir on September 16, to serve the Army was a natural choice as eight members of his family had either served or were still serving in the Army and the para-military forces.

Hundreds of villagers converged to mourn the death of Sepoy Vir Pal Singh at Chak Fateh Singhwala village near Bathinda on Thursday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Hundreds of villagers converged to mourn the death of Sepoy Vir Pal Singh

SAD to strengthen youth wing
Faridkot, September 19
The Shiromani Akali Dal has decided to strengthen its youth wing to make the people aware of its programmes and policies. Circle jathedars will be appointed soon and proper representation will be given to Hindu youths. 


Government dilly-dallying on Noormehalias: Badungar
Phagwara, September 19
The SGPC Chief, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, today accused the Punjab Government of dilly-dallying over the issue of Baba Ashutosh of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan of Noormehalias. He cautioned the government to act before the people whose feelings he was hurting reacted.

Supplementary challan against Sidhu put up
Patiala, September 19
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today presented supplementary challan against former PPSC chief Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu and 11 others with regard to the case registered against them under FIR number 24 here.

Sleuths keep vigil on recruitments
Chandigarh, September 19
Punjab Vigilance Bureau sleuths kept a close watch on the recruitment of Excise and Taxation Inspectors, which concluded at Patiala today, it is reliably learnt.

Challan presented against ex-minister
Ropar, September 19
The Punjab Vigilance here today presented a challan in the court of the Sessions Judge, Mr L.R. Roojam, against Nirmal Singh Kahlon, former Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, and J.P. Singla, Deputy Director of the Rural Development Department, in a criminal and corruption case registered against them.

Minister quizzed in bid to kill case
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 19
The recent inquiry ordered by the Lokpal against the Forest Minister, Dr Harbans Lal, on the complaint of Wg Cmd S.S. Balagan (retd), Mr Jaswant Singh, former Sarpanch, Mr Gurmukh Singh, Sarpanch of Dera Mirmiran village, Mr Kripal Singh and Mr Bakshish Singh, alleging that the minister allegedly influenced the police to hush up the case of attempt to murder Wing Commander Balagan has become a burning topic in the district.

Siau murder case: notice to govt
Ropar, September 19
The court of the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr A.S. Kathuria, today issued notices to the state government and Mr Dhani Ram, complainant, for September 25 on an anticipatory bail application of Kiranbir Singh Kang, a senior Youth Akali leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Aid given at rally of ex-servicemen
Abohar, September 19
An ex-servicemen rally was organised at Sadhuwali cantonment in Sri Ganganagar by the Army yesterday. A total of 1,000 ex-servicemen, war widows and widows of servicemen from Sri Ganganagar and Hanumangarh districts attended the rally. A number of civil and military dignitaries graced the occasion.

Naib Tehsildar, 2 rice millers refused bail
Moga, September 19
The District and Sessions Judge here has dismissed anticipatory bail applications of a naib-tehsildar and two rice mill owners in two different cases registered against them.

Woman foils robbery bid
Rampura Phul, September 19
Suneeta, a local resident, foiled an attempt to rob her house late last evening, although she got injured she was fired at by one of the robbers.

‘Hindus own most cow abattoirs’
Bathinda, September 19
Mr Ghuman Mal Lodha, Chairman, of the Animal Welfare Board of India, today said that Hindus and not the Muslims were more responsible for declining number of cows as most of the slaughterhouses in the country were owned by Hindus.

Cinema house sealed
Amritsar, September 19
The Excise and Taxation authorities today sealed a cinema house in connection with the non-payment of entertainment tax dues. Mr Taranjit Singh, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, said the owners of the sealed Gagan Cinema situated on the Batala road had not been paying tax dues for the past two years.

Excise and Taxation officials sealing the main gate of Gagan Cinema at Amritsar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma 

Excise and Taxaion officials sealing the main gate of Gagan Cinema

Witness protection cell set up
Ropar, September 19
Complying with the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Ropar SSP has constituted a witness protection cell under the chairmanship of the SP (Headquarters), Mr Varinder Pal Singh.

Lok Adalat to be held on Sept 21
Patiala, September 19
A state-level Lok Adalat for settling matrimonial cases will be organised by the District Legal Services Authority, Patiala, in the district court complex here on September 21.

Shopkeepers fall into line, remove structures
Ropar, September 19
Owing to the local thermal plant authorities and the district administration launching an anti-encroachment drive in Ropar and Nuhon colonies, the shopkeepers have themselves started removing illegal structures raised by them outside the shops allotted to them. They are also pleading with the thermal plant authorities to deposit their lease money, pending since 1995.

Sachkhand to halt at Phagwara
Phagwara, September 19
The Sachkhand Express will halt at the railway station here from October 2, according to Mrs Santosh Chaudhary, Congress MP from Phillaur. She told a press conference here today that she would herself lead pilgrims on that day to Nanded Sahib in Maharashtra.

Freedom fighter dead
Faridkot, September 19
Mr Nagin Chand Sethi, a freedom fighter and close associate of late former President Giani Zail Singh, died here today. He was 82 and was bed -ridden for the past about eight months.


Kisan mela opens at PAU
Ludhiana, September 19
Kisan mela opened at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. With a theme as significant and as topical as the — ‘Preservation of natural resources’, the emphasis of the mela was on educating the farmers on how to face the challenges brought about by the implications of our mismanagement of natural resources like water and their judicious use in future, besides the challenges posed by the WTO.


ADC probes complaint on bogus votes
Jalalabad, September 19
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepore Jain Singh Bal today conducted an inquiry into the complaint of the local BJP-SAD councillors regarding the preparation of bogus MC electoral rolls allegedly on the behest of certain Congress party workers.

23 eating joints challaned
Patiala, September 19
A hotel and a dhaba were all which could scrape through a three-day special checking exercise of 25 leading hotels, restaurants and dhabas by the Municipal Corporation which ended today.

PCS officer suspended
Chandigarh, September 19
Following the registration of an FIR against Mr Zora Singh, PCS, a former Secretary of the Subordinate Services Selection Board and now Joint Secretary, Department of Welfare, the Governor has placed him under suspension.


Woman sarpanch held for fraud
Gurdaspur, September 19
The district police has arrested Bimla Devi, Sarpanch of Khanpur village, and a District Welfare Officer, Pushpa Devi, for misappropriation of government funds to the tune of Rs 50,000 which were sanctioned for the construction of a Dharamshala in the village last year.

6 of family die in truck-car collision
Kapurthala, September 19
Six persons, including three women, were killed in a head-on collision between a car and a truck near Hamira village on the G.T. Road, 12 km from here today.

Five dead in two mishaps
Phagwara, September 19
Five persons were killed in two separate road accidents near here late last evening. According to reports received here, three occupants of a van were killed on the spot when their vehicle collided with a tanker near Bahrr-Majra on the Phagwara-Banga road.

3 vehicle thieves held, 6 cars recovered
Jalandhar, September 19
The police today claimed having arrested three vehicle thieves and recovered six stolen cars from them. At a special naka at Football Chowk in the morning, the police intercepted a Maruti car and demanded registration papers which revealed that it was a stolen vehicle, said Naresh Kumar, DSP adding that all three occupants of the car were arrested.


Barnala college drama team excels
Faridkot, September 19
S.D. College, Barnala, has won the first prize in the national Punjabi drama festival being organised here on the eve of the “aagman purab” of Sufi saint Baba Sheikh Farid.

Admission seekers in J&K colleges in a fix
Bathinda, September 19
Students of the region seeking admission to B.Ed course in different institutions in Jammu and Kashmir are feeling upset as no information is given to them whether counselling would be held on September 23 and September 24 as per schedule or not because the government has ordered the closure of educational institutions in that state and staff of these institutions put on poll duty.


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