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Politicians behind tree felling
Amritsar, September 7
The tale of illegal felling of trees in the Shivalik foothills dates back to about half a century. Many forest ministers and Chief Ministers, belonging to both the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal, had been doling out favours to allow contractors to indulge in tree felling in the ever-shrinking forest cover of the state.

Badal accused of destroying Sikh institutions
Ropar, September 7
Chief Minister Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh, was a better Sikh than Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal President. The President of new Akali Dal Mr Ravi Inder Singh stated this to reporters here yesterday.

Badal, Vedanti flayed over ‘pigeon scam’
Amritsar, September 7
In a reminder sent to the Sikh high priests, the Socialist Front on Friday accused Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, and Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, of maintaining a “studied silence” over the infamous kabutar kand (pigeon scam).

Mayors to have more powers
Amritsar, September 7
Choudhary Jagjit Singh, Minister of Local Government, today announced that the state government had constituted a high-powered committee to give more financial and executive powers to the Mayors of corporations.




Illegal abortions: Sangrur has more to hide
Sangrur, September 7
As abortions are common in the state, it may come as a surprise to many that despite having a sufficient number of nursing homes and clinics, Sangrur district has no private authorised centre for medical termination of pregnancy.


CPI (ML) rally against WTO on Sept 9
Jalandhar, September 7
To put pressure on the BJP-led Central government to boycott the forthcoming 5th ministerial meeting at Cancun and withdrawal from WTO pact, the CPI (ML) has decided to hold a district-level protest-demonstrations and rallies on September 9 in the country.

Youth Congress’ ‘rail roko’ on Sept 22
Ludhiana, September 7
The Indian Youth Congress will organise ‘rail roko’ programme on September 22 in the state as part of nationwide agitation against the “diabolical agenda” of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre.

Fall of Maya govt not to affect Punjab Dalits, says Kainth
Hoshiarpur, September 7
Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, President, Bahujan Samaj Morcha, Punjab, said that there would be no impact on Punjab politics with the ouster of the Mayawati Government in UP.


Percentage of girls in NCC to be increased
Chandigarh, September 7
After several decades of having separate units for boys and girls, the National Cadet Corps has reintroduced the concept of “mixed” battalions with a number of battalions comprising boys as well as girls being formed.

NCC to help spread cancer awareness
Chandigarh, September 7
The National Cadet Corps has joined hands with Cancer Care India to spread awareness among the masses in this region about cancer, its causes, prevention and cure.

Cardiologists discuss primary angiography
Patiala, September 7
Eminent cardiologists discussed threadbare the techniques of primary angiography at a one-day seminar "Zenith, 2003 Cardiology Summit" jointly organised by the Patiala Cardiology Initiative and a Mumbai-based pharmaceutical firm, USV, at the Research and Development wing of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology here today.

Seminar on increasing vulgarity in society
Bathinda, September 7
A cross section of politicians, educationalists, traders, lawyers and women activists today urged the people to come on a common platform to fight against the trend of increasing vulgarity through various mediums in the society.

Sixty unauthorised structures removed

Bathinda, September 7
As many as 60 unauthorised structures, which had come up on the road dividing the district administrative complex and district judicial complex in the past few years, were pulled down by officials of Municipal Corporation and the Public Works Department.

A bulldozer removes unauthorised structures in Bathinda on Sunday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

A bulldozer removes unauthorised structures in Bathinda

Panel to discuss Pandits with Mufti
Jalandhar, September 7
The National Commission for Minorities will soon hold a dialogue with the Jammu and Kashmir Government pertaining to the rehabilitation of around 3.5 lakh Kashmiri Pandits.

Sekhwan Trust assets assessed
Gurdaspur, September 7
A team of doctors headed by Dr Narinjan Singh Suman, Civil Surgeon went to Sekhwan village to assess the assets of the Ujagar Singh Sekhwan Charitable Trust. The other members of the team included Dr Arvind Mahajan, Dr Jagjivan Ram, Dr H.S. Kaler, Dr S.K. Hans and Dr Jagir Singh.

Tourist centre to be set up
Amritsar, September 7
A tourist reception centre will be established here with help from the Union Government so that the tourists visiting the holy city could get guidance and knowledge regarding the important places here.

Sewerage plant to be set up in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, September 7
The Chairman of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa said yesterday that sewerage treatment plants worth Rs 47 crore would shortly be set up in Jalandhar and Kapurthala.

Panel divided over annual mela
Tarn Taran, September 7
Two political conferences will be held for the first time this year on the occasion of the annual mela to be organised here on September 9 in the memory of Abdul Hamid who sacrificed his life during the Indo-Pak war in 1965.

Wheelchairs given to needy
Moonak (Sangrur), September 7
Mr Justice Ashok Bhan, a Judge of Supreme Court of India, today called upon the people to help physically- challenged persons so that they could stand on their own feet. He said the aid should be provided to the physically-challenged persons to enable them to work without any hinderance.


7 booked for defrauding bank
Jalandhar, September 7
The Kapurthala police has booked seven persons in as many separate cases on the allegations of duping Punjab and Sind Bank of Rs 5.5 lakh by submitting fake documents to obtain loans and for their subsequent failure to repay the same.

14 booked on rape charge
Gurdaspur, September 7
A case of gang-rape has been registered at the Kalanaur police station under Sections 376, 368, 363, 366, 506 and 120-B of the IPC against 14 persons on the complaint of a resident of Buche Nangal.

Minor girl recovered
Amritsar, September 7
Five persons, including four women, were arrested by the police for allegedly luring a minor girl for marriage here today. The girl, who used to work as a maid servant, was alleged to be lured on the pretext of marriage by Kuldip Singh, a painter and resident of Bhalowali village (at present in Thikriwal village in Batala), with the help of Veero of Preet Nagar, Surjit Kaur and Jeeto of Baba Deep Singh Colony on the Fatehgarh Churian road and Shindi of Housing Board Colony, who are reportedly relatives of the accused.

Contractor employee held for harassing sarpanch
Gurdaspur, September 7
The Dera Baba Nanak police today arrested Manga Ram, an employee of the excise contractor of the area who harassed Shangara Mal, sarpanch of Pakhoke Mahmar. Dr Naresh Kumar, SSP, Batala, talking to The Tribune today said that a case under Sections 452 and 323, IPC, was registered against the accused yesterday.

3 of family booked for false adoption deed
Amritsar, September 7
Two advocates and three members of a family have been booked for making a false adoption deed. The adoption deed was found by the police during an investigation of a dowry case registered against the family on the complaint of a woman in 2001.


SGPC medical college to accept 54 students
Chandigarh, September 7
The Punjab Government said on Friday that the SGPC-run medical and dental colleges had agreed to admit 54 students allocated to the institutions against the government quota.


BSNL to have 3 more mobile phone towers soon
Sangrur, September 7
BSNL authorities here will have three more Base Transmission Stations at Sherpur, Dhuri and Ahmedgarh by September-end to increase capacity of mobile phone connections by 3000 and improve mobile phone services in these areas of the district.

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