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SAD may seek no-trust motion
Chhapar (Ludhiana), September 10
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and its alliance partner the BJP may bring in no confidence motion against the Capt Amarinder Singh’s government in the state legislative Assembly as the alliance feels that there was growing disillusionment among Congress legislators against the Chief Minister.

NDA behind Badal, says Shahnawaz
Chhapar (Ludhiana), September 10
The Union Textile Minister, Mr Shahnawaz Khan, said today that the National Democratic Alliance was firmly behind the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in his fight against the “excesses” of the Capt Amarinder Singh’s the government.

Amarinder’s absence mars Cong show
Chhapar (Ludhiana), September 10

Owing to the last-minute cancellation of the visit of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to the annual Chhapar Mela here today, the Congress show turned out to be a low-key affair.As the news spread that the Chief Minister had cancelled his visit due to health problems, people started leaving the venue. Repeated pleas by the organisers failed to motivate them to stay back.
Heavy rush at the Chhapar Mela near Ludhiana on Wednesday.
 — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari

Heavy rush at the Chhapar Mela near Ludhiana on Wednesday.


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Medicine dealer found evading sales tax
Bathinda, September 10
The district Excise and Sale Tax authorities have detected the evasion of sale tax on the medicines worth lakhs of rupees by a medicine dealer of the city. The trader had evaded the tax on the medicines worth Rs 1.5 crore in the past two years. A penalty of Rs 30 lakh would be imposed on the dealer shortly.

6 booked for duping widow
Kapurthala, September 10
Shanta Kapur, a Kapurthala based widow, has alleged that a 250-yard Amritsar-based plot, to which she and her family has been laying claims on grounds of acquisition of family’s another plot by the Amritsar Improvement Trust since death of her husband in 1993, has been allotted to another Amritsar resident on the basis of “forged” documents and without the knowledge of her family.

Peon dresses as schoolboy to give portrait to Kalam
Ludhiana, September 10
Among those felicitating President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on his maiden visit to the city on September 4 was an 18-year-old temporary peon of the local Municipal Corporation, who was, surprisingly, dressed as a school student to present a portrait to the First Citizen.

Casting WTC scrap into new forms
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 10
Today, the foundry owners of this “steel” town of Punjab will join the people elsewhere in remembering and paying homage to those who died when Al Quaida terrorists crashed their planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center this day in New York in 2001.

Farmers threaten to intensify stir
Chandigarh, September 10
Thousands of Punjab farmers today held a rally against the “anti-farmer” policies of the Punjab and union governments and non-fulfilment of promises made to Punjab farmers at Matka Chowk here. The rally was jointly organised by six farmers organisations — Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), All India Kirti Kisan Sabha, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Punjab Kisan Sabha, Khetibari Kisan Vikas Front and Kirti Kisan Union.


Chohan terms Longowal traitor
Amritsar, September 10
Terming Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, a former President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, a traitor of the Sikh community, Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, a Khalistan idealogue and president of the Khalsa Raj Party, said here today that the Akali leader had joined hands with the Congress and backed out of the Dharam Yudh Morcha and the commitment made to the Sikh community.

Haryana Sikhs want separate gurdwara panel
Patiala, September 10
The Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which is fighting for the formation of a separate committee in Haryana for managing gurdwaras in the state, has appealed to the Haryana Government to pass a Bill to this effect in the present Assembly session.

Panel set up on development of Chandigarh’s periphery
Chandigarh, September 10
The Punjab Government today set up a high-level committee to prepare a road map for the development of the periphery of Chandigarh. Sources said today that the committee had been set up under the chairmanship of Mr Jai Singh Gill, Chief Secretary.

He had no suicidal tendency, says ex-MLA’s son
Jalandhar, September 10
Though he was under stress for being “harassed” by some people, Dr Harbhajan Singh, 75, the former Adampur MLA, who has committed “suicide” at his Bhogpur residence by shooting himself with his revolver on Monday morning had never exhibited any tendency to take such an extreme step until last week. He was regularly in touch with his England-based son and three daughters.

FCI staff stage dharna
Chandigarh, September 10
Executive staff of the FCI from various parts of Punjab held a day-long dharna in front of the regional office of the FCI here today in support of their demands. They also held a rally later.

India to set up warehouse in Afghanistan
Chandigarh, September 10
The Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) will make a foray into Afghanistan and build a storage warehouse in Kandahar at a cost of Rs 5 crore to store dried fruit in that country.

Roadways depot project hangs fire
Pathankot, September 10
The completion of the Pathankot, Punjab Roadways Depot Project (PPRDP) has been hanging fire since the past few years.

Protests against WTO proposals
Sangrur, September 10
A large number of activists of the district units of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, affiliated with the CPM, and the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, led by Mr Bant Singh Namol, district president of the sabha, and Mr Ram Singh Jawanda, district president of the union, today took out a protest march from the CPM office to the office of the Deputy Commissioner here.

AIDS detection centre becomes functional
Hoshiarpur, September 10
Voluntary counselling and treatment centre for the detection of immune deficiency virus and AIDS has become functional at the local Civil Hospital. This was disclosed by Dr Y.C. Markan, Civil Surgeon, Hoshiarpur, here today. He said all drug addicts, persons having high risk behaviour, those living with HIV spouse and children and suspected migrant labourers would be screened for HIV at Rs 10 whereas previously it was done in the laboratory at the cost of Rs 100.

Employees’ unions forge united front
Chandigarh, September 10
After prolonged behind-the-scenes negotiations, various employees’ organisations have formed a united front under the banner of the Punjab Mulazam Sangharsh Committee to make the government concede their demands.

Eye camp held for leprosy patients
Bathinda, September 10
As many as 40 leprosy patients were given spectacles free of cost and 16 were identified for eye operations during an eye camp organised at their colony here today. A team of doctors from S.D. Mahabir Dal Eye Hospital conducted the camp.

No prescription, no drugs
Bathinda, September 10
Mr Anurag Aggarwal, District Magistrate, today imposed a ban on the sale of 34 drugs in the district without the prescription of a “legally recognised” doctor.

Heritage festival in Amritsar
Amritsar, September 10
The district administration has announced a five-day heritage festival in the city starting from December 3.


High Court
Pakistan kids
Chandigarh, September 10
The government of India has told the state of Punjab that cases may be withdrawn against Pakistani children who had strayed in the Indian territory. A communication to this effect was placed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the hearing of a habeas corpus petition seeking directions for the release of Pakistani children from Faridkot’s juvenile home.

Bamra’s aides remanded
Kharar, September 10
A local court today remanded two close aides of Hardeep Singh Bamra, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, in police custody for two days.

Charges framed against wife in murder case
Chandigarh, September 10
Charges have been framed against Sukhwant Kaur, a resident of Moga, for allegedly committing the murder of her husband in connivance with four other persons.

Second court opened
Amloh, September 10
Mr Mohinder Paul, District and Sessions Judge, Fatehgarh Sahib, has inaugurated the second court in the Judicial Complex, according to Mr Harbans Singh Toor, president, Bar Association, to the mediapersons here today.


Paddy procurement arrangement reviewed
Faridkot, September 10
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Hussan Lal has recommended action against Mr Rakesh Ranjan, District Manager, Food Corporation of India and Mr Jagroop Singh Gill, Secretary, Market Committee Kotkapura for not attending a meeting of senior officers of the state government agencies called yesterday to discuss paddy procurement arrangements.

Process of allotting rice to mills completed
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 10
The process of allotting rice for milling to the procurement agencies in the district has been completed, said Mr Bhupinder Singh, Deputy Director, Food and Civil Supplies, while talking to mediapersons here yesterday.


Special ‘girdawri’ ordered
Sangrur, September 10
Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, today ordered a special girdawri to assess the losses to standing crops in six villages of Moonak subdivision in the district.

Big units to surrender plots
SAS Nagar, September 10
Big industrial units who had been allotted land many years ago have been told to surrender vacant plots as they had failed to set up industrial units on them.

SDMs authorised to check petrol stations
Fatehgarh Sahib,  September 10
To ensure proper quantity and quality of petrol and diesel at petrol stations, respective SDMs have been authorised to check petrol stations in their areas. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, addressing a monthly meeting of district officials here today, directed the Executive Officers of all Municipal Councils to monitor the anti-encroachment drive daily and report to his office about removal of encroachments.


Junior engineer, patwari held for graft
Sangrur, September 10
The vigilance authorities here arrested a PWD Junior Engineer posted at Barnala, and a patwari of Bir Kalan (Tehsil Sunam) Patwar circle from two different places while accepting bribe, on Monday.

50,000 tablets seized
Sangrur, September 10
Mr Amit Duggal, District Drug Inspector, today raided a medicine shop at Kalua Park Market here and seized about 50,000 intoxicating tablets and capsules.

Girl killed for dowry, says father
Amritsar, September 10
Geeta, in her early 20s and resident of the Sultanwind area, was allegedly strangled to death by her in-laws for dowry yesterday. A case was registered today after the complaint of the father of the girl, Mr Pritam Chand.

Cop held for sexually exploiting colleague
Gurdaspur, September 10
A constable has been arrested for sexually exploiting a woman colleague for a long period after assuring her of marriage.

Two booked for rape
Amritsar, September 10
A woman of Thathi village under Lopoke police station in Majitha police district was allegedly raped by two persons of same village late last evening. Her husband who worked as a labourer in the local grain market was not at home.


Bir Devinder to help end varsity deadlock
Patiala, September 10
Punjab Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh is again set to intervene in the Punjabi University affairs after students approached him today in Chandigarh and complained that the university was not adhering to the terms of the agreement finalised by him which had resulted in lifting of the dharna by them on September 1.

IGNOU tele-conference from Sept 13
Doraha, September 10
Indira Gandhi National Open University will organise a tele-conference for as many as 1 lakh students on September 13 and 14. This information was given by Mr V.C. Pandey, Regional Director of IGNOU, today.


Chamber for scrapping tax on scrap
Ludhiana, September 10
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has made a plea for exemption of scrap from tax collection at source (TCS) since it would adversely affect the iron and steel, hosiery, spinning and paper industries in the state.


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