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SGPC lacks funds to set up varsity, says Tohra
Anandpur Sahib (Ropar), September 11
The new President of the SGPC, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, seems to be in a mood to reverse the major decisions taken by his predecessor, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar. Indication to this effect was given by Mr Tohra while talking to newsmen here today.

Talks to end impasse with students fail
Patiala, September 11
Punjab Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh today failed to effect a compromise on the issue of revocation of the suspension of student leaders who had participated in the recent agitation in Punjabi University with the students refusing to accept the agreement hammered out by him in consultation with Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai.

Vigilance team again raids Sekhwan hospital
Gurdaspur, September 11
A team of the Vigilance Bureau headed by Mr Bakshish Singh, DSP and a team of Medical Officers headed by Dr Niranjan Singh Suman, Civil Surgeon, raided Ujagar Singh Sekhwan Charitable Trust, Sekhwan near Batala in this district yesterday. The team had conducted raids to access the equipment and other heavy machinery meant for the dental college.

Vigilance Bureau questions PSEB officials
Ropar, September 11
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has summoned officials of the PSEB hydel wing for questioning in a case of alleged poor construction of stage-2 dyke of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar. The sources said four officers of the hydel wing, including the executive engineer at Ropar, had been given a questionnaire regarding the construction of the dyke and were directed to record their statements with the DSP (Vigilance), Ropar.

PSEB’s SDO in vigilance net

Farmers urge Governor to intervene
Chandigarh, September 11
Representatives of six farmers’ organisations from Punjab today submitted a memorandum to the Governor, Justice O P Verma, stating that the state government had not fulfilled the promises made in the Congress manifesto.

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib

Renowned Punjab littérateur leads a hand to mouth existence
(28k, 56k)



3 Cavalry celebrates Asal Uttar Day
Somewhere in the Western Sector, September 11
3 Cavalry, one of the most elite and distinguished cavalry regiments of the Indian Army, celebrated the 38th anniversary of the Battle of Asal Uttar on Tuesday. The regiment relived the coveted victory over Pakistan in the 1965 war, in the Khemkaran sector.

Punjab session from Sept 24
Chandigarh, September 11
The Punjab Assembly session has been convened for September 24 and 25. The Punjab Council of Ministers today gave approval for convening the session.


Ex-CPM legislator joins rebels
Jalandhar, September 11
The state unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) today suffered a jolt when its state secretariat member and former MLA Chand Singh Chopra, along with other senior party leaders from Sangrur, resigned from the party to join the Communist Party (Marxist) led by rebel leader Mangat Ram Pasla.

VP Singh to address Dalit rally
Phagwara, September 11
The Bahujan Samaj Morcha would organise a state-level rally at Phagwara on September 24 to mark Pune Pact Divas. At a press conference here today, Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, national president of the morcha, said former Prime Minister VP Singh would address the rally against globalisation and privatisation.


Rally by ministerial staff union
Bathinda, September 11
Hundreds of activists of Punjab State Ministerial Services Union, Bathinda unit, today staged a dharna and held a rally in front of building of new district administrative complex to protest against the indifferent attitude of state government towards their demands.

Members of Punjab State Ministerial Staff Union raise slogans at a dharna in front of the district administrative complex in Bhatinda on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
Members of Punjab State Ministerial Staff Union raise slogans at a dharna in front of the district administrative complex in Bhatinda

Ministerial staff urge govt to accept demands
Sangrur, September 11
The district unit of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union, at a meeting, held under the presidentship of the chairman of the union, Mr Raj Kumar Arora, here today, urged the Punjab Government to accept the long-pending and already accepted demands of the ministerial staff, including promotional scale after four, nine and 14 years of service.

Rs 3.5 cr grant for 10 villages
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 11
For the overall development of 10 villages selected under the Integrated Rural Development Project, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, today released a sum of Rs 3.5 crore in this regard, while presiding over a meeting of district development officials here.

Sewerage project inaugurated
Patiala, September 11
Municipal Corporation Mayor Vishnu Sharma today laid the foundation stone of two roads to be constructed by the corporation in Kailash Nagar and Mohalla Sood Vatta localities of the city here today.

Private hospitals fleece patients: NGO
Amritsar, September 11
A survey by three non-government organisations found attitude of private hospitals towards rural and poor persons callous.

WTC victims remembered
Nangal, September 11
Youth organisations of the town under the aegis of the Citizen Welfare Society observed an anti-terrorism day here today by holding a rally to remember those who had died fighting terrorists.

Menace of stray dogs, pigs
Amritsar, September 11
Stray animals and pests — dogs, pigs and rats have become nuisance for residents here. Ms Laxmikanta Chawla, a former BJP MLA in a letter to Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Minister for Local Bodies yesterday demanded a check on these.


Addl Civil Judge’s post lying vacant
Pathankot, September 11
More than 3,000 litigants, directly or indirectly involved in the cases pending in the court of Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division here, are worried a lot about the future of their cases on account of non-filling of the post.

Two smugglers sentenced
Sangrur, September 11
Special Judge B.S. Mangat here has sentenced two smugglers to 11-year imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each in a poppy husk smuggling case.


Farmers hold rally on WTO talks
Jalandhar, September 11
Hundreds of farmers and landless labourers today held a rally here to protest against India’s participation at ministry-level talks of the WTO at Cancun in Mexico.


ST Dept attaches defaulting cinemas
Bathinda, September 11
In a significant move which could have far-reaching impact on the deteriorating economy of Punjab, the Department of Excise and Sales Tax has started the process of attachment of various cinema houses dotting the state to effect the recovery of arrears of the entertainment tax pending against these for the past many years.

MC issues notices to nine departments
Patiala, September 11
The Municipal Corporation has decided to confiscate funds or properties of several government departments to recover dues accumulated against them by way of house tax.

10 IAS officers transferred
Chandigarh, September 11
The much-awaited postings and transfers were done in Punjab today, affecting 10 IAS officers. Among them is Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, and Deputy Commissioner, Nawanshahr.

9 Punjab police officers shifted
Chandigarh, September 11
Nine police officers in Punjab have been transferred with immediate effect. According to a government order issued here today, Mr Rohit Chaudhry has been posted as DIG, Personnel, at Chandigarh, while Mr Parag Jain has been posted as DIG, CM’s security.


In-laws arrested for dowry death
Sangrur, September 11
Dinesh Bansal and Kailash Bansal, husband and father-in-law, respectively of Ritu (26), daughter of Mr Mohan Lal, an arhtiya from Narwana in Haryana, were arrested by the local police last night in connection with a dowry death case. Ritu died at 4 pm yesterday at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital at Ludhiana after struggling for life for about a week.

Electronic goods haul from tourist bus
Amritsar, September 11
Electronic goods worth Rs 10-15 lakh were today seized from a tourist bus which was intercepted here. The goods were hidden in a base compartment of the bus (HP-01-1558). The police has not ruled smuggling of narcotics and arms by tourist-bus operators.

The electronic goods that were seized from a bus in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

The electronic goods that were seized from a bus in Amritsar on Thursday.

Baba caught from Nanded with abducted girl
Hoshiarpur, September 11
The Mehtiana police has recovered a girl of Pandori Bibi from Gurdwara Mata Ji Sahib at Nanded (Maharashtra) and arrested Baba Tarsem Singh ‘Roopa’ alias ‘Baba Sarup Singh’ who had abducted her on August 2, 2003.


Schools told to fill vacant posts of teacher
Chandigarh, September 11
Resolving the decades old issue, the Punjab Government today allowed private Government aided schools to fill vacant posts of teachers. The approval was given today at a meeting of the Council of Ministers where the issue was discussed by all the Ministers concerned.


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