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Paddy procurement not likely from Sept 21
Chandigarh, September 1
The Centre Government is all set to give another jolt to the Punjab Government. It is not inclined to start the “early” procurement of paddy in the state. The state Government wanted that the procurement by the official agencies should start from September 21 instead of October 1.

Punjabi varsity students end agitation
Patiala, September 1
Agitating students of Punjabi University today lifted their week-long dharna in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office on the intervention of Punjab Deputy Speaker Birdevinder Singh who said the state government would contribute money to reduce the present 15 per cent hike in fee to only 5 to 7 per cent.

Calcutta restrained from working as SGPC chief secretary
Amritsar, September 1
The Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission today restrained veteran Akali leader Manjit Singh Calcutta from functioning as chief secretary of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

Mahants oppose minister as temple board chief
Ram Tirath, (Amritsar), September 1
A number of mahants who claimed to be descendants of caretakers of the ancient Ram Tirath Temple for the past 500 years have opposed the nomination of Mr Sardool Singh, Minister for Excise and Taxation, as chairman of the Ram Tirath Development Board.



Rare jewels displayed at Golden Temple
Amritsar, September 1
The SGPC today displayed rare items dating back to the 15 to the 18 century inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple here today amid tight security to mark the festival of 399th anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib. Scores of devotees from across the nation thronged the Golden Temple to have a glimpse of priceless historical costume jewellery.

Money transfer postal service extended to rural areas
Chandigarh, September 1
Three years after testing itself in the market of International Money Transfer Service being provided in association with the Western Union, a leading financial services company, the Indian Postal Department is extending the service to the rural and semi-urban areas of Punjab.


Congress will win all 13 seats, says Bhattal
Phagwara, September 1
“We want to see Mrs Sonia Gandhi, AICC President, as the next Prime Minister and even though there may be minor differences over the style of functioning in the state, we will contest the coming Lok Sabha elections as a well-knit and united party.

Party to decide on no-confidence motion, says Badal
Phagwara, September 1
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal today said that the line of action to be adopted in the state assembly session beginning September-end would be decided at the party’s meeting to be convened a few days ahead of the monsoon session.

It’s up to Cong to choose its leader, says Yechury
Amritsar, September 1
An effective Opposition front is the need of the hour to prevent divisions in society along communal lines as the NDA government is following a communal agenda which is dangerous for the country. This was stated by Mr Sita Ram Yechury, member of the CPM Politburo, from Andhra Pradesh, here today.



Mr Sita Ram Yechury, member of the CPM Politburo, in Amritsar on Monday in connection with the seventh All-India Conference of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), to be held from November 6 to 9.

Mr Sita Ram Yechury, member of the CPM Politburo, in Amritsar

Security for today’s BJP-SAD rally
Gurdaspur, September 1
The district administration has made elaborate security arrangements for the joint rally of BJP-SAD being held at Shalla Pattan in this border district tomorrow. Mr Vinod Khanna, Minister of State for External Affairs, and Prof Brij Lal Rinwa said the rally would be held as per schedule despite ‘hurdles’ being created by the Gurdaspur police.


Baby girl found abandoned in gurdwara
Bathinda, September 1
In a bizarre incident, a newly born baby girl was found abandoned in the local Gobind fort gurdwara by a devotee this morning. Police sources said after registering a case in this connection at the city police station, a search for the parents of the baby girl had been started.

Play back singer Manhar Udhas performs at the 23rd Rafi Award in Amritsar
Play back singer Manhar Udhas performs at the 23rd Rafi Award in Amritsar on Monday. The event was organised by the Mohammad Rafi Society. — PTI

Think tanks vital for policy, says ex-DGP
Chandigarh, September 1
The government’s approach to rely solely on inputs from the bureaucracy and politicians for framing a policy on matters of national importance is incorrect. Instead, the government should be open to inputs from think tanks.

200 posts of Inspector (Audit) vacant
Sangrur, September 1
The Punjab State Cooperative Audit Staff Association has urged the Punjab Government to fill about 200 vacant posts of Inspector (Audit) lying vacant for more than a year in the Punjab Cooperative Audit Department.

Judges’ delegation to visit Pakistan
Amritsar, September 1
A high-level delegation of nine judges will visit Pakistan on a goodwill mission from September 3. They will enter Pakistan through the Wagah joint checkpost. The delegates will also call on President Pervez Musharraf and chief justices of various high courts of Pakistan.

Broken roads, rising accidents
Bathinda, September 1
Be extra vigilant while driving or walking on roads of this city. A little laxity can land you in hospital. The condition of roads in the city have come to a point where one finds it difficult even to walk, leave aside drive, here. Poor drainage system, accumulating rain water and attitude of the authorities concerned have caused it all.

A view of the damaged Bathinda-Barnala road. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

A view of the damaged Bathinda-Barnala road

Bandh held against NFL selloff
Nangal, September 1
The residents of Nangal today observed a two-hour bandh to protest against the proposed disinvestment of National Fertilisers Ltd. The bandh, which was observed from 9 am to 11 am, received a tremendous response from the local resident with most of the business establishments and shops remaining closed.

Drive to identify STD patients launched
Faridkot, September 1
The District Health Department has launched a fortnight-long drive today to identify patients affected with sexually transmitted disease in the district. Inaugurating the campaign at Sadiq village, 15 km from here, today, Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, said over 150 health workers' teams had been constituted to detect such patients.

Sales tax evasion on crackers detected
Sangrur, September 1
The local Sales Tax authorities have detected an alleged case of sales tax evasion and received Rs 4.50 lakh as security for the release of fireworks from a firm of Sulargharat village near Dirba yesterday. The total value of the fireworks (two truckloads of these) is said to be about Rs 9 lakh.

Roadways workers’ stir from Sept 8
Jalandhar, September 1
Criticising the Congress government for pursuing anti-employee policies, the Punjab Roadways Workers Union, affiliated to INTUC, today said a statewide agitation would be launched from September 8 in protest against the failure of the government to accept its demands.

Leaf from history
Quila Mubarak
After Ala Singh christened the "patti" (piece of land) he had annexed from the mughals as Patiala, he set about to make a 'pucca' fort from octroi collected on merchandise passing through his territory on the Grand Trunk road. This fort came to be known as the Quila Mubarak. The fort later developed into a huge complex as it was expanded by successive kings.
Quila Mubarak

Chhinj Mela concludes
Babehali-Pathankot, September 1
The Chhinj Mela which started here yesterday concluded today. Punjab Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa inaugurated the fair while Mr Khushal Behal, another minister, inaugurated the rural games session.


High Court
Plea seeking reconduct of PCS exams dismissed
Chandigarh, September 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed a petition seeking directions for re-evaluating or re-conducting the examinations to Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch).


10 power board employees suspended
Gurdaspur, September 1
Ten employees of the PSEB (Gurdaspur circle) have been suspended following charges of embezzlement, wrong shifting of tubewells connections and transmission line, accepting bribe and negligence, Mr S.K. Duggal, Superintending Engineer, said today.


Charred body of woman found at home
Sangrur, September 1
A woman, Shakti Baa (25), was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her house here last night by her husband and other members of the family. She had died of burns.

Tata Sumo recovered from 3 thieves
Nawanshahr, September 1
Mr Harminder Pal Singh Bains, SP(D), told mediapersons here yesterday said that the local police led by Mr Charanjit Singh, DSP and Mr Surinder Mohan Sharma, SHO (City), had nabbed a gang of three thieves — Gurbaksh Singh of Jalalpur village, Satwant Singh of Machhiwara village and Jarnail Singh of Thathiala village.

Former Ranji player held for fraud
Phagwara, September 1
The local police has unearthed a new kind of racket, with the arrest of Malkiat Singh of Gobindpuri under the Kalkaji police station, New Delhi for duping youth through his New Sports Club for sending them abroad as sportspersons.

2 travel agents arrested
Kapurthala, September 1
The Bholath police has registered a case under Sections 420, and 426, IPC, against Bakshish Singh and his son Gurbinder Singh, travel agents of Zaid village, for depriving Pritam Singh of Lamme village of Rs 8 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Canada.


Agitating students block highway
Sangrur, September 1
Members of the Punjab Radical Students Union and students of Akal Degree College, Mastuana Sahib, today burnt the effigy of Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor S.S. Boparai in front of the college’s main gate on the Sangrur-Barnala road, about 5 km from here.

College students block traffic
Bathinda, September 1
Students of the local Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology today blocked vehicular traffic in front of the college on the Bathinda-Dabwali national highway for two hours to press for the acceptance of their demands to withdraw discriminatory conditions laid down by the Punjab Technical University.

Administrator sought to manage college
Sangrur, September 1
Alleging “mismanagement” and financial irregularities” in Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera (Barnala), the college unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has sought from the Punjab Government the appointment of an administrator for the better management of the college.

ABVP flays privatisation of education
Jalandhar, September 1
The state unit of the ABVP today criticised the proposed move to include education under the purview of the General Agreement on Trade and Services during coming ministry-level talks in Mexico.


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