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Demand of ex-panchayat secys accepted
Chandigarh, September 23
About 450 panchayat secretaries of Punjab whose services had been terminated got a major relief today when the Punjab Chief Minister announced that he had accepted their demand of reinstating them.

Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, offers juice to terminated Panchayat Secretaries Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, offers juice to terminated Panchayat Secretaries sitting on an indefinite fast at Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo

Rs 40 lakh village funds embezzled
Recovery from sarpanch, panch recommended
Bathinda, September 23
A scam of lakhs of rupees of Panchayat funds has come to light in Phulokhari village of this district. A case has been registered against Mr Narinderjit Singh, Junior Engineer (J.E.), Panchayati Raj Department, Mr Thana Singh, Panchayat Secretary, Mr Mahal Singh, sarpanch and Mr Nachhattar Singh, member panchayat by Raman Mandi police station yesterday under Sections 409, 465, 467, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and Sections 13 (1) (D) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Cotton starts arriving in markets
Centre yet to announce MSP
Bathinda, September 23
Cotton has started arriving in the markets of North Zone, comprising Punjab, Haryana and Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh circles of Rajasthan. Those connected with the processing of cotton expect good yield.

Dhindsa blames mess on Chief Minister
Drought relief and paddy procurement
Chandigarh, September 23
In a counter-attack on Punjab Chief Minster Amarinder Singh and his government, the SAD Secretary-General and Union Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, said the former was fully responsible for creating a mess on the drought relief and paddy procurement.

Fourteen persons involved in illegally selling human kidneys for transplant arrested in Amritsar.
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Blood, kidney deals struck in gardens
Amritsar, September 23
The prominent gardens of this city are allegedly being used to sell blood and strike deals for sale/purchase of kidneys by certain persons. Many of the accused, who have been arrested by the city police, disclosed during interrogation that most of the deals were done at the historic Ram Bagh, the Jallianwala Bagh and the Gole Bagh.

Councillors give themselves threefold raise
Jalandhar, September 23
Development projects of about Rs 40 crore were passed during a meeting of the local Municipal Corporation here today amid allegations by SAD-BJP councillors that the Congress Mayor, Mr Surinder Mahey, had deliberately excluded most of the development projects of their wards from the agenda.


PM team eats, stays, fails to pay
Bathinda, September 23
Dozens of dishes of “tandoori chicken”, “chicken tangi kabab”, “chicken tikka”, “chicken sizzler”, “garlic chicken”, “tooti fruti”, “fresh juice” and “stuffed paronthas” gulped by officers, who accompanied the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, during his visit to Killianwali in Muktsar district on September 25, 2001, and Bathinda town on February 10, 2002, during their stay for many days at the local Sepal Hotel have left its owner poorer by thousands of rupees.

Wakf Board, SSP fight for cash-rich trust
Ferozepore, September 23
The Punjab Wakf Board has locked horns with the local Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Praveen Kumar Sinha, for not handing over the possession of a dargah, the shrine of Baba Sher Shah Wali, despite the notification issued by the Government of India in its favour.

Crucial historical records missing
Important documents relating to the historical importance of this border city are reportedly missing from the Deputy Commissioner’s office and the district library.
According to the details available, the city acquired the status of a district headquarter in 1838, when it became a British possession.

Five-day Sewa Dal camp concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 23
It is only the Congress, which can give good governance and save the nation from communal clashes and lead it towards peace and development. The leaders of the Congress have made sacrifices to see India, a prosperous and developing country.

‘Kidnapped’ trader of Sirhind returns
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 23
The district police claimed to have recovered Lakhwinder Singh, a trader of Sirhind, who was allegedly kidnapped from his native Jalbehri Dhumi village, when he was going to pay obeisance at the nearby gurdwara by the unidentified kidnappers who were in a Sumo last Tuesday early in the morning.

Govt seeks details on promoted JEs
Amritsar, September 23
The Punjab government has asked all four Municipal Corporations in the state to send details of the persons promoted as junior engineers. The highest number of promoted JEs is from lower cadres under the Amritsar Municipal Corporation has caused flutter in corporation circles here.

CM’s election: hearing on October 17
Chandigarh, September 23
Framing issues on a petition challenging the election of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh from Patiala assembly constituency, Mr Justice Jasbir Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed October 17 as the next hearing for the case.

Court notice to Vigilance Bureau
Kharar, September 23
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, today issued notice for September 25 to the Vigilance Bureau on an application moved by the counsel of Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu, former Chairman of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board, for the cancellation of non-bailable warrants issued against him by the court earlier.

15,000 ‘illegal’ immigrants to get citizenship
Faridkot, September 23
The Italian Government has decided to give citizenship to 15,000 Punjabi immigrants who have been “illegally” residing in Schengen countries for the past many years. All related documents in this connection will be handed over to them by the governments concerned by October 8.

Punjab staff ‘not taken care of’
Chandigarh, September 23
Punjab Agricultural and Rural Development Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has urged the Jammu and Kashmir Government to provide proper facilities to Punjab employees who have been put on election duty there.

2 Hoshiarpur men shot in J&K
Hoshiarpur, September 23
A driver and a cleaner of a truck were shot dead by terrorists at Baramula Pakhwara in Jammu and Kashmir on September 21, according to delayed reports received here today.


Ex-minister’s son faces case of bid to murder
Bathinda, September 23
The district police has registered a case against Sandeep Singh Dhillon, son of the late Punjab minister Teja Singh Dhillon and his accomplice Tarsem Lal for allegedly trying to kill an advocate in the district courts complex here today.

Gang of women thieves busted
Amritsar, September 23
The Gurdaspur police busted a gang of women thieves with the arrest of one of its members and recovered about 4.3 kg of silver jewellery. Kamla, alias Billi, of Jaura Chhitran, one of the key members of the gang who was arrested, said they were a gang of five members namely Raj, Darshna, alias Dola, Skuntala, alias Bubbi, and Mattan.

2,000 pirated CDs of films seized
Amritsar, September 23
The district police has seized around 2,000 pirated CDs of new Hindi and porno movies and arrested three persons in this regard. A computer, a CD writer, a larger number of blank CDs and wrappers of different films have also seized.


DEO (Secondary) to probe funds misuse
Ropar, September 23
The services of all 700 candidates appointed in the recent past by the District Education Officer (Primary) here, Ms Malti Batra, under the centrally sponsored Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan were terminated today.

Show-cause notice triggers controversy
Patiala, September 23
Newly appointed Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor S .S. Boparai may have promised to start on a fresh note, but top varsity management, comprising teachers who took a stand against former Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, are reviving contentious cases with a committee headed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor deciding to issue a show-cause notice to former pro-Dr Ahluwalia unionist and head of the Social Welfare Department Manjit Singh, recently.

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