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Top Congress leaders to attend Payal conference
Chandigarh, August 30
Senior Congress leaders may target the Union Government for not conferring Bharat Ratna upon late Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh at a political conference being organised at his native village Kotli, near Payal, tomorrow, to mark his death anniversary.

Internal autonomy must for growth, says Badal

Bathinda, August 30
The President of the SAD (Badal) and former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that the recommendations made in the Sarkaria Commission report for giving more rights to the states were not enough as only “internal autonomy” could initiate development in the states.

Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former minister Chiranjilal Garg talk to mediapersons
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former minister Chiranjilal Garg talk to mediapersons in Bathinda on Saturday.
—  Photo Kulbir Beera

Forest scandal: Bureau rules out any
criminal action
Chandigarh, August 30
The Mirzapur village forest “ scandal”, that led to the sacking of Mr Harbans Lal, Minister of State for Forests, is heading towards an interesting anti-climax. Besides, the removal of the Minister, a senior IAS officers was also suspended in this scandal.

Fatehgarh Sahib




Jathedar of Patna Sahib to attend clergy meeting
Amritsar, August 30
Jathedars of Patna Sahib and Hazoor Sahib have made peace with Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti and decided to attend the crucial meeting of the Sikh clergy proposed to be held here on September 4. It will be first time after Operation Bluestar that Jathedars from outstations would attend the meeting of Akal Takht.

SGPC plea on procession from Pak gurdwara
Amritsar, August 30
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has urged Pakistan and India to allow the taking out of a religious procession from Gurdwara Kartarpur in Pakistan to mark the fourth centenary of Guru Angad Dev in April next.

Students refuse to vacate campus

Patiala, August 30
The Punjabi University authorities today locked all hostels to force the agitating students to leave the campus but later allowed the girl students to stay at Waris Bhavan guest house on the campus. The girls, however, refused the offer, following which the varsity has decided to post women wardens and other staff in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

Akali leader Prem Singh Chandumajra sits with protesting students on the Punjabi University campus on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph

Akali leader Prem Singh Chandumajra sits with protesting students on the Punjabi University campus

SRI varsity students left in the lurch
Patiala, August 30
Hundreds of students in the city who have taken admission in B.Ed. in Study Centres of Sri Rawatpura Sarkar International University (SRI), Chattisgarh, have been left in the lurch. They may not be eligible for the coveted government jobs as the university had not sought the approval of the National Council for Teaching Education (NCTE) before starting the degree.


Cong-ruled states being discriminated against: Ambika
Hoshiarpur, August 30
Ms Ambika Soni, General Secretary, All-India Congress Committee, today criticised the NDA government for its discrimination against Congress-ruled states. Addressing a press conference here, she said the NDA government did not provide monetary help and foodgrain to drought-hit states ruled by the Congress.


Panel member for school of Guru Nanak teachings
Amritsar, August 30
“Punjabi youths need not to go to Bangalore or Hyderabad but opportunities should be created in the state itself”, these words were spoken by a Planning Commission member chairman of the core committee on the development report of Punjab, Dr K. Venkatasubramanian.

Mohindra Kothi to house habitat centre
Patiala, August 27
The Patiala Development Authority (PDA) has decided to establish a habitat centre at the historic Mohindra Kothi, Mall road, which houses the Public Works Department head office. The centre will be on the pattern of the Indian Habitat Centre.

The PWD office on the Mall road.
— Photo Subhash Patialvi
The PWD office on the Mall road

Farmers refuse relief, to approach court
Patiala, August 30
The proposed multi-crore Baran township on 330 acres on the Sirhind road a few kilometres from the city may run into trouble with a group of farmers and industrialists running units on the acquired land refusing to accept the compensation offered by the government and taking their case to court.

“Lehangas” are the in thing
Patiala, August 30
The traditional “lehanga”, once exclusively the attire of the bride, has caught everyone’s fancy. From bright magentas, oranges and reds for the bride, lehangas are now available in more sobre colours. This has more or less made it the dress in demand for formal functions.

Fatehgarh Sahib tops in tree plantation
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 30
The Centre has sanctioned a pilot project worth Rs 208.36 lakh under the National Afforestation Programme Scheme for the district.

Only 8 per cent land in Punjab under forests
SAS Nagar, August 30
Only eight per cent of the land in Punjab is under forests, which is far below the target of 33 per cent laid down by the United Nations Organisations to keep the environment clean.

Ten samples of spurious drugs sent for test
Sangrur, August 30
To streamline the sale of medicines and to check the sale of spurious drugs in the district, Mr Amit Duggal, District Drug Inspector, Sangrur, collected 10 samples of the spurious medicines like Diazepam, from chemist shops at Malerkotla on Thursday afternoon.

Government asks SDMs to sign weapon inspection notes
Ferozepore, August 30
Keeping in view the inconvenience caused to the people who had to travel long distances to get their weapons inspected for the renewal of their arms licenses, the Punjab Government’s Department of Home Affairs has issued orders that the SDM concerned should personally inspect the weapon and sign the inspection note.

Consumer councils to be set up
Ferozepore, August 30
District Consumer Councils under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioners and State Consumer Councils under the chairmanship of the Minister for Consumer Affairs will be constituted under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 to educate the common people regarding their rights.

Railway mazdoor union holds dharna
Barnala, August 30
Activists of the Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Union staged a dharna at the local Railway Station Complex today to express their resentment against the anti-employee policies of the Union Government. The dharna was addressed among others by Mr Naatha Ram, Divisional Organising Secretary, Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Union.

Govt action on blacklist appreciated
Chandigarh, August 30
Commenting on the removal of several names of NRI Sikhs from the blacklist, the state vice-president of the BJP, Bibi Gurcharan Kaur, MP, has described it to be a step in the right direction. This, she said, would go a long way in bringing back the Sikh youth to the mainstream.

One-child family drive launched
Jalandhar, August 30
The National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) today launched “One-child family” campaign to create awareness among masses, particularly those living in slums, regarding the benefits of family planning.

Another day of wait for Pak prisoner’s kin
Wagah (Amritsar), August 30
The wait of members of the family of Khan Ahmad (60), who died a few days back at Bhuj in Gujarat, continued for the second consecutive day today as his body did not reach here. His body was being brought from Bhuj by a police party.

Cops’ calls discontinued
Phagwara, August 30
In a piquant situation, the local police finds itself on the wrong side of the Telephone Department, for not paying the bills.


Bail plea of lawyer dismissed
Chandigarh, August 30
Nearly six months after a lawyer was injured in the District Courts at Amritsar, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed the bail petition of another advocate allegedly involved in the incident.

  • No regular bail for SI

Three get life term for murder
Kapurthala, August 30
Mr S.S. Gupta, Sessions Judge, yesterday convicted Harbans Singh, Bhupinder Singh, alias Bhinda, and Satnam Singh, sewadars of Gurdwara Tahli Sahib, near Kalasanghia village, under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code of murdering Bhupinder Singh, alias Bari, of Blairkhanpur village. The Judge sentenced the three to life imprisonment and ordered them to pay a fine of Rs 1,000 each.

Sex scandal: arrest warrants against two issued
Mansa, August 30
Mr G.K. Rai, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mansa, yesterday issued bailable arrest warrants against Dr Pawan Kumar and Mr Subash Jalan, both of Budhlada, in the sex scandal in which more than 10 prominent persons of the district are facing trial.


Rs 20 crore to be spent on shelter for homeless

Dera Bassi, August 30
The Punjab government will spend Rs 20 crore on providing shelter and pucca houses to the homeless and people living below poverty line during the next financial year. The government had already started a ‘‘special component scheme’’ for people belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Backward Class under which a sum of Rs 392.33 cr would be spent, said Ms Praneet Kaur, MP, here today.

Ms Praneet Kaur, MP, grants financial help to a physically challenged person at a function in Dera Bassi on Saturday.

Ms Praneet Kaur, MP, grants financial help to a physically challenged person at a function in Dera Bassi


3 held for selling motor cycles on fake papers
Abohar, August 30
The police has arrested three persons who had been selling motorcycles by preparing forged documents of a Ludhiana-based distributor. The motorcycles might have been stolen, it is suspected.

Two Markfed officials in Vigilance net
Bathinda, August 30
Mr Suraj Bhan and Mr Varinder Kumar, Branch Manager and custodian, Markfed, Goniana branch, were arrested today by the Vigilance Bureau for their alleged involvement in failing to recover the delivery of rice from the owner of Ganesh Rice Mill, Harraipur village, of this district.


Protest march by students
Sangrur, August 30
A large number of students, including girls, of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, today took out a protest march, demanding the abolition of an admission rule, made last year by the Punjab Technical University (PTU). They also raised slogans against the Punjab Technical University authorities.

Role of distance education highlighted
Jalandhar, August 30
There is a need to further strengthen the present education system by imparting quality education in the fields of para-medical sciences and management to students through the distance education mode using information technology as a tool.

No recruitment despite vacancies
Fazilka, August 30
At least 50,000 persons with B.Ed degree are sore at not being recruited against the vacancies advertised in December, 2001.Top

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