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State to make back reference to HC
Removal of 1998 batch PCS (Judicial) officers
Chandigarh, September 26
The Punjab Government has decided to make a back reference to the Punjab and Haryana High Court to seek certain clarifications and make queries in respect of the removal from service of PCS (Judicial) officers of the 1998 batch.

Trading of charges mars ‘gurgaddi divas’
Khadoor Sahib (Tarn Taran), September 26
Even as the Congress and Akali leaders traded charges against each other at their political conferences held here to mark the “gurgaddi divas” of Guru Angad Dev the police had to resort to a mild lathi-charge to control Congress workers, who went berserk when Punjabi singer Satwinder Bitti started her programme. She was engaged to pull the crowd for the political conference.
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal with SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar and former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal (C) with SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar (L) and former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur at Khadoor Sahib on Thursday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma



New Akali Dal by Nov: Tohra
Jalandhar, September 26
While denying reported differences among the various constituents of the Panthic Morcha over the formation of a new akali dal, former SGPC chief and a senior morcha leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra today stated that they were preparing a comprehensive draft in this regard and the new akali dal would be constituted positively by November.

A kid sits in the world's biggest Punjabi jutti
A kid sits in the world's biggest Punjabi jutti displayed in Patiala on Wednesday to attract the customers. The owner of Amar Jutti House took one month and 25 days to prepare this jutti.  — PTI

Children pay tributes
Children pay tributes to those killed in the Akshardham temple attack, at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, on Thursday.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

MSP disappointing, says Badal
Chandigarh, September 26
Reacting sharply to the Union Government's decision to retain the minimum support price of paddy at last year's level, the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, described it as "disappointing and inadequate".

Govt move blow to farmers: 
Bathinda, September 26
Farmers here seem to be doubly cursed. Even as debt, drought and agitations have failed to impress the government to accept their demands, the new proposal of the Union Government to charge 7.5 per cent of the 11.5 per cent taxes imposed on farm produce from the farmers has added insult to their injury.

MBBS students prefer money to ethics: survey
Faridkot, September 26
A seven-member team of the local doctors conducted a survey on 100 out of 600 students who were selected for different medical courses particularly in MBBS and BDS during a counselling organised by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, last month.

Truckers allege bungling in NFL tenders
Bathinda, September 26
A number of truck operators shouted slogans near the administrative office of the local National Fertilisers Limited, as the officials of the unit did not open the tenders for the transportation of fertilisers scheduled for today, allegedly to favour some of the bidders.

Board authorities seize 116 help books
Bathinda, September 26
Mr C.S. Gill, district manager, Punjab School Education Board, Textbook sale depot led a team of officials who raided Shaheed Sipahi Sandeep Singh Government Senior Secondary School here and seized as many as 116 help books which were allegedly being used to teach students instead of using books prescribed by the board authorities.

Eunuchs from across India gather in Punjab at a fair to pay homage to their ancestors.
(28k, 56k)


PHRC summons health official
Jalandhar, September 26
Coming down heavily upon the Director, Health Services, (DHS), Punjab, for his failure to hold a probe into allegations levelled by a woman that she was left unattended while she was undergoing labour pains by doctors at Jalandhar Civil Hospital, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has ordered the DHS to appear before the commission along with the inquiry report on October 23.

12 new members for Punjab Arts Council
Chandigarh, September 26
A high-powered committee meeting under the leadership of Ms Geetika Kalha, Secretary, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Punjab, finally set the ball rolling towards the formal reconstitution of Punjab Arts Council.

SC welfare: Punjab pulled up for laxity
Chandigarh, September 26
The Union Government is annoyed with the Punjab Government for not showing seriousness in the implementation of the poverty alleviation programmes and schemes meant for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes.

Rs 3.25 cr watershed project launched
Ropar, September 26
The Union Ministry for Rural Development has earmarked Rs 10,000 crore for the current financial year for various development schemes in the rural areas. Under such a scheme a Rs 3.25-crore project, “Budhki ki Rao watershed”, has been launched recently in Majri block of the district, which will benefit 35 villages.

Siau murder: Kang denied bail
Ropar, September 26
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Additional Session Judge, here today dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Kiranbir Singh Kang, a senior youth Akali leader of SAD, filed by him in connection with the murder of two Dalit children at Siau village, near Kharar, on June 22.

Wall adjoining ‘mazaar’ demolished
Patiala, September 26
Miscreants demolished a wall adjoining a ‘mazaar’ near the Sanauri adda here today even as the local police moved effectively to affect a compromise between both parties after nabbing the miscreants.

Linemen denied promised job
Jalandhar, September 26
On a call given by the Berozgar Lineman Union, Punjab, members of its district unit today held a march in protest against the failure of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to recruit them for the past six years.

Canal minor inaugurated
Mansa, September 26
“If the saline lands of farmers are not reformed and they are not paid remunerative price for their produce by the Central Government, the state government will arrange for its export through Mumbai port instead of sending it to Delhi” said Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Agriculture, Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, Punjab.

Meters to check power theft
Jalandhar, September 26
To curtail revenue losses due to power theft, the cash-strapped Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to install electronic energy meters at all distribution transformers in the state.

Govt to enforce tariff order
ecks have been cleared to stop “free” electricity to the agriculture sector for operating tubewells and pumpsets, with the Chief Minister recommending the billing of agriculture power. A formal decision on the implementation of the tariff order will be taken by the Cabinet, which is expected to meet here next week.

PSSSB ex-chief’s plea dismissed
Kharar, September 26
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today ordered the issuance of proclamation for October 31 for the arrest of Tajinder Pal Singh Sandhu, former Chairman of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board.


Farmers to get new variety of wheat seed
Faridkot, September 26
The Agriculture Department has estimated 146.74 lakh tonnes of wheat production in the coming season from 32.50 lakh hectares of the expected net sown area. Inaugurating a district-level farmer’s training camp here, yesterday, Mr Dinesh Chandra Jain, Joint Director, of Agriculture said PUNSEED, IFFCO, KRIBHCO and Punjab Agriculture University had prepared 2.5 lakh quintals of impoved variety of wheat seed out of which 78 lakh quintals would be supplied to the farmers at just Rs 200 per quintal.


Ban on polythene bags in Ropar
Ropar, September 26
The manufacture and use of polythene bags, made of virgin plastic or recycled plastic with a thickness of less than 20 microns, have been banned by the District Magistrate, Ms Seema Jain, till November 7.


Husband booked in dowry death case
Amritsar, September 26
A woman was strangled to death by her in-laws for more dowry on September 12, but a murder case was registered only last evening on the complaint of her brother, who had gone to meet her at Lopoke. Four persons, including her husband, have been booked in this regard.


Primary kids to get mid-day meal
Hoshiarpur, September 26
The Punjab Government has decided to provide midday meal to all the primary school children in the state. This was disclosed by Mr Som Parkash, Director, Social Security and Women and Child Welfare, Punjab, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Seminar on AIDS awareness
Patiala, September 26
There is an urgent need to go to the masses and educate them rather than just organising seminars, symposiums and lectures, said a social worker, Mr D.P. More, at the AIDS awareness seminar organised by the NSS at Punjabi University.Top

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