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CM dares Badal to bring no-trust motion
Jalandhar, September 5
In a dramatic turn of events in the state politics, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today challenged the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to bring a no-confidence motion against his government and face the consequences on the floor of the House.

3 die as house collapses after catching fire
Amritsar, September 5
Three persons of a family, including a five-year-old girl, died when a two storied house located at a congested street in the Katra Baggian area inside the walled city collapsed after a fire broke out in the mid-night.

Foreign builders descend on Punjab
Chandigarh, September 5
Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today signed a MoU with a Malaysian firm, IJM, for development of an integrated township in sectors 88 and 89 of Mohali, taking advantage of the Centre’s policy soliciting entry of foreign direct investment up to 100 per cent in such ventures.

PUDA signs MoU with Malaysian Co 
SAS Nagar, September 5
An MoU was signed between the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority and the IJM, Malaysia, for the country’s largest foreign direct investment (FDI)-led integrated township development project.

PUDA dithers over uprooting dried-up trees
SAS Nagar, September 5
Dried up trees are posing a threat to life and property here with the Department of Forests failing to assess their cost to enable PUDA to put them to auction.




Conference delegates return from Pak
Wagah (Amritsar), September 5
The South Asian Labour for Peace conference which was held in Pakistan has urged the governments of both India and Pakistan to cut short their expenses on military and instead, spend on the development of the countries.

Members of the South-Asian Labour for Peace delegation stand near the Delhi-Lahore bus at Wagah on Friday after attending the conference in Pakistan. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
Members of the South-Asian Labour for Peace delegation stand near the Delhi-Lahore bus at Wagah on Friday after attending the conference in Pakistan

Farmers to hold rally on September 10
Accuse govt of going back on promises
Chandigarh, September 5
Farmers owing allegiance to six organisations today charged the Amarinder Singh government with going back on its promises made in March and announced their decision to organise a state-level rally here on September 10. Farmers from various districts of the state will participate in this rally to protest against the policies of the Punjab Government.

Protests mark Teachers' Day
Amritsar, September 5
Teachers of private colleges here observed black day on the occasion of Teachers’ Day today. They wore black badges and took out a rally in front of DAV College, demanding the restoration of 95 per cent grant for private colleges and the implementation of pension and gratuity schemes.

Jobless teachers beg for alms in protest
Bathinda, September 5
Making a departure from the traditional modes of expressing resentment, hundreds of members of the B.Ed Unemployed Teachers Front (Punjab) today begged alms from beggars, rickshaw-pullers, labourers, sweepers and shopkeepers to lodge their protest against the policies of the Punjab government.
Members of B.Ed Unemployed Teachers Front (Punjab) beg alms from a rickshaw-puller
Members of B.Ed Unemployed Teachers Front (Punjab) beg alms from a rickshaw-puller in Bathinda on Friday.


Award for Wadali brothers
Chandigarh, September 5
In keeping with its tradition of honouring talent in the various areas of performing art and theatre, the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi has announced its annual Akademi awards.

Harried villagers block Ambuja, ACC trucks
Ropar, September 5
Villagers of areas surrounding Ambuja and ACC cement plants, near here, today blocked traffic on the Malikpur-Doburji link road for over seven hours. They sat in a dharna near the Chandpur Dakala crossing and prevented trucks of the two companies from moving on the road from 10 am to 5 pm.

Rail traffic resumes on Sirhind-Una section
Chandigarh, September 5
The rail traffic on the Sirhind-Una section which was disrupted yesterday when 17 wagons of a goods train derailed near Mianpur (Ropar) today resumed after 36 hours. The damaged rail section was opened to traffic after carrying out the safety drills, said a senior officer of Northern Railway.

Abandoned baby girl gets parents
Bathinda, September 5
It was a happy day for a issueless couple of this city. An abandoned baby girl, who was found in Gurdwara Qila Mubarak about six days ago by a devotee, adopted her today.

Ghaggar in spate at Khanauri
Patiala, September 5
Water in the Ghaggar river has crossed the danger mark at Khanauri and has threatened to spill over at Chicherwal and Rasauli villages where sandbags were placed today.

Report on Lalaji’s memorial sought
Abohar, September 5
Mr A.K. Dubey Principal Secretary Local Government Punjab has sought a report from officials here regarding neglect shown to the memorial of Lala Lajpatrai. The action follows within three days of a complaint to Chief Secretary Jai Singh Gill by the Democratic Citizens Forum.

Child’s body exhumed for DNA testing
Amritsar, September 5
A police team headed by Mr Dharam Singh, SP (Headquarters), Majitha, Dr Kanwaljit Singh, Civil Surgeon, Amritsar, today took a sample of bone of the body of a child whose mother was allegedly raped for months by a constable and later booked for concealing the body, after exhuming the body for DNA testing.

Police denies opening fire at Khanna's rally
Pathankot, September 5
The Gurdaspur police today described the allegations of opening fire at the BJP rally organised by Mr Vinod Khanna, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, at Naushehra Pattan on August 20 as baseless and misleading.

Rainwater harvesting stressed
Chandigarh, September 5
The three-day training programme on rainwater harvesting, organised by the Central Ground Water Board, North-Western Region, Chandigarh, concluded yesterday.

Drive to spread Sikhism
Faridkot, September 5
The Dharam Prachar Committee of the Akali Dal recently formed by Mr Ravi Inder Singh, former Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha, will launch a special drive to spread Sikh culture and tradition and the philosophy of the Sikh gurus from Bholath village from September 6.


Punjab MLA granted bail
Chandigarh, September 5
Granting bail to Punjab MLA Sohan Singh Thandal in a corruption case, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed him against giving comments or opinion on the merits of the case for publicity.

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Sidhu discharged in excise case
Chandigarh, September 5
In a major setback to the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, the former Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman, Ravi Sidhu, was today discharged by a local court in a case registered against him under the Excise Act. Sidhu was booked after recovery of foreign liquor bottles from his residence in Sector 39.

Quota on in PCS exam, says HC
Chandigarh, September 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today clarified that the policy of reservation is applicable to the Punjab Civil Service (Judicial Branch) examination to be conducted by the High Court from tomorrow.


Defaulter, kin fire into air
Bathinda, September 5
In a significant development which could have a far-reaching effect on the recovery of loans from defaulters, three farmers, a man and his two sons, today fired four shots in the air when officials of the local district cooperative society went to their home for recovering the payment of a loan advanced to them by the Primary Agriculture Development Bank.


Four new vocational courses likely in Punjab schools
Chandigarh, September 5
The Punjab Government is likely to introduce four more vocational courses in schools from the next academic session.


Early sale of milk powder costs Milkfed dear
Chandigarh, September 5
While the Union Government will import skimmed milk powder from the international market at a price varying from Rs 76 to Rs 85 per kg, Milkfed sold milk powder to private parties at a cheaper rate a few months ago, suffering a loss of about Rs 15 crore.


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