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MSP: farmers block rail traffic
Patiala, September 28
Protesting against what they called the anti-farmer policies of the Central Government, members of the CPM, the CPI and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal today organised a dharna at the railway lines at Rajpura and disrupted rail traffic for more than three hours (12 noon to 3 pm).

BJP fine-tunes party juggernaut for poll
Khanna, September 28
Nearly 300 Bharatiya Janata Party workers from different parts of the state are undergoing “rigorous training” at different levels. The training camp, which started yesterday will conclude tomorrow with the state executive committee meeting of the party to be presided over by the state president, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa.

SAD may not attend all-party meeting
Chandigarh, September 28
Former Punjab Chief Minister and leader of Opposition in state Assembly Parkash Singh Badal is in touch with leaders of other opposition parties to hold consultations with regard to the participation in an all-party meeting called by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at Punjab Bhavan on October 2.




Decision arbitrary: PCS officers
Chandigarh, September 28
Some of the PCS (Judicial) officers, belonging to 1999 and 2000 batches, want the decision to remove them from service to be reviewed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Punjab Government.

Tangri’s accomplice turns approver
Ludhiana, September 28
The district police got a shot in the arm when a key accomplice of Jagdish Tangri, his son Sunil Tangri and four other persons accused of rioting, smuggling and other crimes turned approver in the cases against them and recorded his statement before a district Judge this evening.

No move to withdraw case against Bhattal
Bathinda, September 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, while stating that there was no plan of the state government to withdraw the case registered against Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal for her alleged involvement in the bunglings in the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, said that Mrs Bhattal had withdrawn her petition for quashing the FIR from the Punjab and Haryana High Court on her own.

Kang supporters lathicharged

Akali leader gets police remand
Amritsar, September 28
A Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee member was among the 18 Akali workers injured when the Beas police resorted to a lathi charge at Rayya, near here today to disperse the agitating supporters of Mr Manjinder Singh Kang, former Chairman of the Punjab Forest Corporation who was yesterday arrested by the Vigilance Bureau.

Mr Manjinder Singh Kang being taken to
a court in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Mr Manjinder Singh Kang being taken to a court

DIG staying in Kang’s Rs 2 crore house
Amritsar, September 28
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau was in a piquant situation on learning that the palatial house registered in the name of the wife of Mr Manjinder Singh Kang, a former chairman of the Punjab Forest Corporation is in the possession of a DIG of police these days.


Truck operators threaten strike
Jalandhar, September 28
The Punjab Truck Operators Union today threatened that it would stop all operations in the state if the government did not take immediate steps to halt the harassment of truck drivers by the police, octroi and transport authorities.

CM pays tributes to PAP commando
Bathinda, September 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, while offering condolences to the family of commando Jarnail Singh, of 5 Punjab Armed Police Battalion, at his bhog ceremony today said the government and the people of the state would never forget the supreme sacrifice made by him.

Tributes paid to Nachhattar Gill
Moga, September 28
Rich tributes were paid to Nachhattar Singh Gill, a true democrat and selfless person, who laid down his life for the sake of democracy and communal harmony on September 29, 1991. His death anniversary was observed by the people of all communities and walks of life here and in surrounding areas.

Sidhu’s application on jurisdiction dismissed
Ropar, September 28
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, today dismissed the application filed by former PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu with regard to his discharge for want of territorial jurisdiction in the trap case.

IMA presents memo to Justice Brar
Hoshiarpur, September 28
A delegation of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association comprising Dr Kuldip Singh, president, Dr Rajinder Sharma, Dr Balwinder Singh Ahuja and Dr Ashwani Juneja presented a memorandum to Justice H.S. Brar (retd), Chairman of the Punjab State Consumer Redressal Forum, during his visit here last evening.

Amended Consumer Act in Lok Sabha: Brar
Hoshiarpur, September 28
The Central Government has made some amendments in the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, to redress the complaints more effectively. The Bill of the Act was passed by the Rajya Sabha in its recent session. The Rajya Sabha has sent the same Bill to the Lok Sabha for final approval.

Badal’s ex-OSD case adjourned
Ropar, September 28
Mr A.S. Kathuria, special Judge, Ropar, today adjourned the hearing to September 30 on the anticipatory bail application of Mr Hardeep Singh, former OSD to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in a case registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau at SAS Nagar on August 29 under Section 13 (1) (e) read with Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Mother gets pension after 18 years
Chandigarh, September 28
In just over 18 years after a sepoy serving with the Sikh Regiment Centre, Ramgarh Cantt, Jharkhand, was declared missing during Operation Bluestar, the Union of India and other authorities have agreed to pay ordinary family pension to his mother from June 1984.

Cops ‘beat up’ accused in custody
Amritsar, September 28
An ex-serviceman of Verka, Mr Rashpal Chand, today alleged that he was beaten up by an SI and a constable during illegal detention at Verka police station last evening.

Serial aims at curbing drug addiction
Bathinda, September 28
“Ghar Jawai”, a Punjabi serial, is aimed at educating rural parents who, out of ignorance and affection for their children, do not prevent them from taking liquor and narcotics and ultimately the children become addicts.

Ranjit Singh hails probe into Pak gurdwara funds
Amritsar, September 28
Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht today appreciated the decision to Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf for constituting a high-level commission to probe the alleged embezzlement funds of Pakistani Sikh shrines.


Diversification is need of hour: Kathira
Amritsar, September 28
Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Vallabbhai Kathira today suggested the Punjab agriculturists community for immediate diversification in the wake of the challenges thrown by the globalisation of agriculture saying that otherwise the agriculturally prosperous Punjab was likely to loose its identity to the history.

Kisan Mela at Rakhra on  October 4
Patiala, September 28
A Kisan Mela will be held at Rakhra, 15 km from here, on October 4 under the aegies of the Punjab Young Farmers Association. The participating farmers will be given foundation seeds of IARI’s highest-yielding, HD 2687 variety of wheat and vegetables.


5 IGPs, 25 SPs transferred
Chandigarh, September 28
The Punjab Government today transferred five IGPs, one DIG and 25 SP level officers. Mr Narinder Sharma has been posted as IGP, Lokpal, in place of Mr R.C. Prasad, who has been shifted to the provisioning wing in the police department.


Pak national arrested
Bathinda, September 28
A Pakistani national, Ramjano was arrested a few days ago from near a strategic Air Force station situated on the Bathinda-Muktsar-road. Sources said the police authorities, after failing to extract any information from Ramjano, had decided to get her medically examined to confirm whether she was insane or not.


ETT students block traffic
Kapurthala, September 28
A gathering of students of elementary teachers training from Kapurthala and Jalandhar today blocked traffic on the Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway near Dhilwan for more than two hours following the failure of their talks with Punjab Education Minister Khushal Behal.

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