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Security withdrawn, says Vinod Khanna
Police still denies it
Chandigarh, September 6
A piquant situation has arisen over provision of security cover to the Union Minister of State for External Affairs and BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Vinod Khanna. While the personal staff of Mr Khanna maintains that the security cover provided by the Punjab police has been withdrawn, Mr R.K. Gupta, ADGP, described it as “totally baseless and misleading”.

Punjabi University dismisses Reader
Patiala, September 6
Punjabi University has dismissed a senior Reader of the Department of Law — Dr M. R. Garg — for alleged administrative lapses during his period as the Chairman of the Law Department in 1996 -97.

NPA row: doctors fail to get Aug salary
Sangrur, September 6
In the absence of a letter from the Punjab Financial Department on the release of salaries with non-practising allowance to the PCMS doctors for August, the Sangrur Treasury Office here today “failed” to pass the salary bills of the doctors leading to resentment among the doctors.

Haryana Sikh leaders meet Tohra
Patiala, September 6
How much money should the gurdwaras in Haryana give to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on account of “daswandh” (one tenth of the income) and ‘’dharam parchar’’ has become a source of contention with Sikhs of the state claiming that the body was stripping their gurdwaras of all their income and not putting back any money into the state.

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SGPC assumes control of 13 more gurdwaras
Amritsar, September 6
Following a notification of the Government of India on July 29 this year the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has taken over the managements of 13 gurdwaras budgets of which is under Rs 20 lakh each.

‘Expired herbs’ used for ayurvedic formulations
Chandigarh, September 6
A controversy has broken out regarding the use of material such as herbs etc in the preparation of ayurvedic medicines in the Government Ayurvedic Pharmacy at Patiala. That is the only state government pharmacy engaged in the preparation of such medicine, which are supplied to about 550 ayurvedic dispensaries and health centres.


SAD against use of Article 356: Dhindsa
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal has always opposed the use of Article 356 by the Central Government and it has never demanded its imposition in the state. This was stated by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Fertilisers and Chemicals, while talking to mediapersons here today. He was here to preside over a function to mark the 102nd death anniversary of Giani Dit Singh at the local BBSB Engineering College.

Centre giving Punjab raw deal: minister
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 6
Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Sports and Animal Husbandry, has said that the Central Government is meting out step-motherly treatment to Punjab in every sphere, particularly with regard to declaring its Industrial Policy.

Akali leaders stage dharna, block traffic
Amritsar, September 6
Senior Akali leaders, including Dr Ratan Singh Ajnala and Mr Veer Singh Lopoke, along with other workers yesterday staged a dharna in front of a mortuary and blocked the traffic on the Majitha road against the alleged police inaction in registering a case against four persons here yesterday.


Highway linking G.T. Road, Golden Temple on cards
SAS Nagar, September 6
The Punjab Government plans to construct an elevated highway from the G.T. Road to the parking area near the Golden Temple to facilitate the movement of devotees from areas outside the city. This was stated by Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Public Works and Election Minister, Punjab, while talking to mediapersons after the inauguration of the expansion project of Hi-tech Industries Limited here today.

Highway to be four-laned
Ropar, September 6
The Punjab Government has decided to four-lane the national highway passing through the town from the Nangal chowk area to the Ropar head works. Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Sports and Youth Affairs, said this in a press note issued here today.

Synthesising varied faiths
Ludhiana, September 6
Call it the crisis of faith or the synthesis of varied faiths, Mohit Sabharwal, a stock broker in Ludhiana Stock Exchange, describes it as “love for the Khwaja” (Moin-u-Din Chisti of Ajmer).

Non-Muslim devotees of Khwaja Moin-u-Din Chisti at the annual Urs organised in Ludhiana on Thursday night. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari
Non-Muslim devotees of Khwaja Moin-u-Din Chisti at the annual Urs organised in Ludhiana

Human rights body approached on turban issue
Chandigarh, September 6
A religious identity and symbols attached to it are a must for staying in a school of Ludhiana if orders of its principal are to be believed. Gorki Gill, a student of XI in a government-aided Guru Hargobind Khalsa Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana district was turned out by a teacher for not wearing a turban and declaring his religion.

Rs 19.81 cr approved for Patiala
Patiala, September 6
The District Planning Board yesterday approved an expenditure of Rs 19.81 crore for the current financial year in the district. The board also approved Rs 11.80 crore for rural areas, as per the population of each village.

Romana refutes allegations
Faridkot, September 6
Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, Chairman, management committee, Takht Patna Sahib, declared “tankhaiya” for derogatory remarks against Giani Iqbal Singh and Dasam Granth during 400 years of Gur Gaddi celebrations at Chicago on April 27 refuted all allegations levelled against him by Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar Takht Patna Sahib.

Sub-Inspector sets an example
Patiala, September 6
The Punjab Police which has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons could perhaps do with more officers like Sub Inspector Ranjit Singh Bahniwal who has set an example for the force.

Sangat darshan organised
Faridkot, September 6
Neither a minister nor an officer of the rank of SDM, has visited Karirwali village in Jaito subdivision to redress the grievances of the villagers since Independence.

MP wants road repaired
Bathinda, September 6
Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura, member of Parliament, today deplored the bad condition of National highway number 64-A, from Rose Garden crossing to Dabwali bypass crossing.

Book industrialist for murder bid, say protesters
Sangrur, September 6
A large number of persons from Narwana in Haryana today took out a protest march through the town to seek arrest of those who had given poison to Ms Ritu, daughter of an arhtiya from Narwana and wife of Dinesh Bansal, whose father owns a pesticide factory here. Ms Ritu is now struggling for life at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

AIDS awareness camp held
Bathinda, September 6
Mrs Raj Gupta, president, Malwa AIDS Surksha Sangathan Movement, Bathinda, said here on Thursday that HIV was a behavioural disease and it could be prevented by change in behaviour.

Drive against drug abuse
Bathinda, September 6
The police has launched a drive to curb narcotics smuggling and drug abuse. While smugglers are being caught with the help of insider information, the police is taking on drug abuse by organising de-addiction camps in the district.

Ghaggar crosses danger mark
Sangrur, September 6
Two new breaches occurred today in the Ghaggar at Mandvi and Makror Sahib villages in the Khanauri area of this district. The Ghaggar today crossed the danger mark (752 ft) at RD 460 at Khanauri by touching the gauge at the 752.2 feet mark.

Illegal building demolished
Amritsar, September 6
The Municipal Corporation on Thursday demolished the illegal commercial building (471, Basant Avenue) constructed in violation of building bylaws.

Movement of trucks around 2 school banned
Bathinda, September 6
Mr Anurag Aggarwal, District Magistrate, today imposed a ban on the movement of trucks in the sports stadium and its surrounding areas for two hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon for the safety of students of two schools located in the area.

3 killed in road accidents
Kharar, September 6
Three persons were killed in road accidents near Daun village on the Kharar-SAS Nagar road late tonight. According to Mr Sakattar Singh, SHO, Kharar, a person going on a motor cycle was crushed by a vehicle.


Ratwara Sahib trusts’ case in court
Kharar, September 6
The dispute regarding two trusts of village Ratwara Sahib of Kharar tehsil has reached the Kharar courts. Mr Ranjan Khuller, Civil Judge, Kharar, has fixed September 13 as next date of hearing. All except three defendants appeared in the court through their counsels today.

Judge raps tax consultants for misguiding clients
Bathinda, September 6
Mr Justice N.K. Sud of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today said most income tax consultants were misguiding clients to go for evasion. Presiding over a seminar on the ‘Role of Tax Professional’ organised by the Federation of Ferozepore and Faridkot Divisions Tax Bars, said tax consultants should have the courage to say no to their clients who approached them finding ways to evade tax.


DC, SDM visit backward area
Faridkot, September 6
Mr Mehar Singh, Sarpanch of Karirwali village in Jaito subdivision, was on Thursday surprised to see the first-ever visit to this backward area by any senior district official. The Deputy Commissioner and the SDM were there to meet representatives of 24 Gram Panchayats and other villagers at a collective Sangat Darshan programme organised by the Faridkot district administration to redress their grievances.


Kisan Vikas Patras encashed fraudulently
Hoshiarpur, September 6
Fraudulent encashment of Kisan Vikas Patras has been reported at the local Head Post Office. According to Mr Krishan Kumar Saini, member of the Joint Consultant Machinery (Regional Council) here yesterday, Mr Gurdas Ram, son of Mr Babu Ram, of Chagran village of the district purchased two Kisan Vikas Patras for Rs 10,000 each.

4 booked for murder
Amritsar, September 6
The police has registered a murder case against Rajbir Singh and Shamsher Singh, residents of Mohan Bhandaria, and two others who have not been identified for allegedly killing Rajpal Singh, former Chairman of the Market Committee, Ajnala, and an Akali leader, late last evening.

2 clerks, 2 peons suspended
Amritsar, September 6
The Municipal Corporation suspended two clerks and two peons in the octroi section allegedly for forgery. The Commissioner Municipal Corporation suspended Luv Kumar (clerk) and Rajinder Singh (peon) in a case and Swarn Singh (clerk and Prem Nath (peon) in another case Luv Kumar and Rajinder presented duplicate copy of receipt of Rs 25 while they had charged Rs 6000 as octroi for six cars. The matter was highlighted by Mr Bhawani Shanker, superintendent, octroi.

Clerk held for taking bribe
Bathinda, September 6
Om Parkash, a Clerk in the PWI wing of Northern railway, was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 for issuing an employment certificate.


Admission procedure for B.Ed course decried
Ferozepore, September 6
Principals of colleges of education affiliated to the Panjab University, at a meeting held under the Chairmanship of Dean, Faculty of Education, has condemned admission procedure adopted by Guru Nanak Dev University for the admission to the B.Ed course which led to delay and affected the academic session of the colleges of education in Punjab.

College ex-teachers institute scholarship
Chandigarh, September 6
The Punjab Government College Retired Teachers Welfare Association has decided to give 10 scholarships of Rs 500 each every year to needy students studying in colleges/universities of Punjab.


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