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Punjab may lose central funds
Planning commission flexes muscles
Chandigarh, September 25
With each passing day, Punjab is getting mired in more problems. As it struggles with “political discrimination” by New Delhi on a variety of issues comes the news that the Planning Commission has administered a warning.

Punjab Govt may change protest venue
New Delhi, September 25
The Congress government in Punjab may not stage dharna outside the residence of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee tomorrow.

CM must quit ‘on ethical grounds’
Chandigarh, September 25
Former Finance Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) General Secretary Capt Kanwaljit Singh today asked for the resignation of the Punjab Chief Minister on ethical grounds “owning responsibility for the non-declaration of MSP for paddy”.

3 mini-hydel projects get nod
Patiala, September 25
The Punjab Government has finally given its nod to three mini-hydel projects worth Rs 102 crore which are to be taken up at various places on the Bhakra Main Line (BML) Canal in the state by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB).



Dargah land row takes new turn
SSP may be booked under PP Act
Ferozepore, September 25
The controversy over the management rights of “Astana Auliya Dargah Hajrat Baba Sher Shah Wali Peer”, between the Punjab Wakf Board and the “Baba Sher Shah Wali Public Welfare Trust” headed by Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Praveen Kumar Sinha, has taken a new turn with PWD (B&R) coming out openly against the SSP alleging that their land was being encroached upon by him to extend the premises of the dargah.

Let experts do ‘kar seva’: minorities panel
Amritsar, September 25
The kar seva being carried out to repair age-old murals at Gurdwara Baba Atal, and repair work of historical Ramgarhia Bungas in the Golden Temple complex has raked up fresh controversy. The minorities commission in an SOS to SGPC chief has sought his immediate intervention to stop the repair work which has been going on a war-footing. “The work being carried out in Ramgarhia Bunga should be stopped immediately because they are again destroying history.
A damaged portion of frescoes at Gurdwara Baba Atal in Amritsar. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
A damaged portion of frescoes at Gurdwara Baba Atal in Amritsar

12,000 colonies to be regularised 
Chandigarh, September 25
The Punjab Government will regularise 12,000 illegal colonies with a view to streamlining development in urban areas which have witnessed a lot of haphazard growth in the past few years.

Policeman dupes colleague
Amritsar, September 25
In a rare incident, a Head Constable was duped of Rs 2 lakh by his colleague. According to information, Om Parkash, Head Constable in the Punjab police and a resident of Police Colony, Ajnala Road, in his complaint alleged that Ashok Kumar of the same locality and also a policeman and his wife Manju Bala has duped him of Rs 2 lakh. He said the accused promised him to send his brother-in-law Paramjit Singh to Canada. The deal settled for Rs 7 lakh.


Ex-minister’s family alleges misbehaviour
Bathinda, September 25
Family members of Sandeep Singh, son of late Punjab minister Teja Singh Dhillon, who was booked for attempt to murder, on Monday said here yesterday that he was falsely implicated in the case. They also alleged that the SP (City) on the pretext of searching their house misbehaved with them.

Pherurai must surrender: brother
Ludhiana, September 25
“My brother should surrender and present his side of the story since the Vigilance Bureau and the police are bent on fabricating evidence against him taking advantage of his disappearance. 

Punjab jails in for marked changes
Amritsar, September 25
The prison administration in Punjab is in for a marked change with the launch of a scheme to improve existing facilities for inmates. The Participative Management Scheme, introduced by the state’s jail department, aims at improving food quality, medicare and other facilities for the inmates.

Cong responsible for Gujarat situation: BJP
Faridkot, September 25
Mr Ramzaan Khan, president, All-India Minority Community Cell of the BJP, has underlined the need for destroying the militant camps across the border to check the activities of the infiltrators. There was no other alternative and stringent measures should be taken, he said.

Mayor flouts house renovation rules
Jalandhar, September 25
The cash strapped local Municipal Corporation has once again landed in controversy for allegedly spending nearly Rs 5 lakh on the renovation and air-conditioning of the office and residence of the Mayor, Mr Surinder Mahey, without seeking the mandatory approval of the MC House and inviting bids three months in advance.

PSEB told to pay 10,000 as relief
Ropar, September 25
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Kharar, to pay Mr Bhikhari Lal, a resident of Kharar, Rs 10,000 as compensation.

Govt ordered to set up high-powered panel
Chandigarh, September 25
The Punjab Government should constitute a high-powered committee, consisting of academicians and administrators for going into the issue of establishing a government college for economically weaker sections of society at Amritsar — a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled.

Editor remanded in rape case
Kapurthala, September 25
The Sadar police has arrested Harwinder Singh Bawa, Editor of a Punjabi monthly, UPI Sandesh, and his wife, Sarabjit Kaur, on the charge of raping a minor Dalit girl of Chuharwal village near the town. The girl was allegedly raped by Bawa.

AITUC holds protest march
Ropar, September 25
Members of the district unit of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), led by Mr Raj Kumar Tiwari, district unit president of the union today took out a protest march from the old bus stand to the district administrative complex here against the alleged anti-employee policies of the Centre and the State government.

Army recruitment rally from Oct 7
Jalandhar, September 25
The Army will organise a six-day rally to recruit soldiers under the clerk, technical and general duty categories at Abohar from October 7. In a defence press note issued here today, an Army spokesman said the candidates belonging to Faridkot, Moga, Muktsar, Mansa and Bathinda districts, would be eligible for recruitment.

Noormahalias put off function
Jalandhar, September 25
Tempers which were running high for quite sometime between some Sikh organisations, including the SGPC and the Noormahalia sect over holding of a religious function scheduled to be held here tomorrow, got cooled down, with the latter postponing the function till the next week.


Punjab gets 2.88 cr crop grant
Faridkot, September 25
The Punjab government has planned to bring over 2 lakh hectares of land under cultivation of barley, pulses, oild seeds, toria and sunflower crops under its crop diversification programme to improve the economic condition of the farmers.


Old Home Guard office to be auctioned
Patiala, September 25
The old Home Guard office as well as the Civil Surgeon workshop situated in its complex adjoining The Mall has been taken over by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) and the process to auction it off has started.


8 vehicles recovered from thieves
Jalandhar, September 25
The district police has busted a 10-member inter-district gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of its five members and recovered eight stolen vehicles from their possession.


Punjabi to be taught in all Delhi schools
Patiala, September 25
The Delhi Industry Minister, Mr Deep Chand Bandhu, said here yesterday that Punjabi would be taught in all Delhi schools where more than 11 students expressed a desire to learn the language.

M.Ed restarted in govt college
Jalandhar, September 25
The local Government College of Education has re-introduced the Masters of Education (M.Ed) course from the current academic session after a gap of three years.


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