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CM to give free hand to Punjabi University VC
To deal with students’ issue
Patiala, September 13
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said that Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University here, Swarn Singh Boparai would be given a free hand to resolve the impasse following a student’s rejection of the terms of agreement drafted by government nominee Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh.

Badal blames CM for Punjabi varsity fiasco
Chandigarh, September 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, expressed his deep concern over the developments in Punjabi University and held the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, responsible for the sorry mess in the education system.

Withdraw cases against students: Youth Federation
Withdraw cases against students: Arshi

No need for separate Shiromani Committee for Haryana: Tohra
Patiala, September 13
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, said yesterday that there was no need to form a separate committee of Haryana-based Sikhs to manage the gurdwaras in Haryana.




Pak business delegation arrives in India

Wagah (Amritsar), September 13
Businessmen in Pakistan will pressurise the Pakistan Government to give the most-favoured nation (MFN) status to India when talks between governments of the two countries commence. This was stated by Mr Amin Hashwani, leader of the 11-member business delegation of the Young Presidents Organisation, which entered India through the Wagah joint checkpost here this afternoon.
Members of the India-Pakistan CEOs’ Business Forum after crossing over to India from Pakistan at Wagah joint checkpost.
— Tribune photo Rajiv Sharma

Members of the India-Pakistan CEOs’ Business Forum after crossing over to India from Pakistan at Wagah joint checkpost

No govt plan on jobs to youth, says Kanwaljit
Chandigarh, September 13
Even after one-and-a-half year of rule, the Congress has not come up with any plan to provide job avenues in government and private sector forcing 30 lakh youth to opt for wrong paths.
From left: Sant Baba Pritpal Singh, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Karnail Singh Pir Mohammad, Prem Singh Chandumajra, Kirpal Singh Badungar at an All-India Sikh Students Federation function at Gursagar Gurdwara in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Sant Baba Pritpal Singh, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Karnail Singh Pir Mohammad, Prem Singh Chandumajra, Kirpal Singh Badungar at an All-India Sikh Students Federation function at Gursagar Gurdwara in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Protesters burn WTO effigies
Jalandhar, September 13
Members of the Joint Platform for Mass Organisations (JPMO) today burnt an effigy of the WTO here to register their protest against the ongoing ministerial-level talks at Cancun in Mexico.

Bring back remains of Prithvi Raj Chauhan, say Rajputs

Jalandhar, September 13
Accusing the Central government of backing out from bringing back mortal remains of Prithvi Raj Chauhan from Ghazni in Afghanistan, Partap Jyoti Yatra leaders here today, alleged that no effort was being made to bring back mortal remains of the great patriot despite end of Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

Activists of Partap Jyoti Yatra, which reached Jalandhar on Saturday, in front of their “rath” before the start of the next leg of the yatra. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

Activists of Partap Jyoti Yatra, which reached Jalandhar on Saturday

Doctors await posting orders
Chandigarh, September 13
Eight Senior Medical Officers (SMOs), who had been promoted as Deputy Directors, are still awaiting their new posting orders from the Health and Family Welfare Department.

Excise raids on cracker dealers
Bathinda, September 13
After getting information about large scale evasion of sales tax, the Excise and Sales Tax Department has started conducted raids on the business premises of cracker dealers.

Sikh Judicial panel seeks more powers
Amritsar, September 13
President of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission, Mr Man Mohan Singh Brar yesterday sought more powers for the members of the commission.

Former MLA’s father goes underground
Bathinda, September 13
Mr Gian Singh, father of former Congress MLA, Late Baldev Singh Pakka Kalan today went underground after the police allegedly tried to round him up. He had threatened to commit suicide on September 14 to protest against the indifferent attitude of Congress towards their family.

Felling of trees: school to face legal action
Nabha, September 13
The Forest Department of Punjab has alleged that Punjab Public School at Nabha had cut dozens of trees without taking permission. The department is planning to take legal action against the school.

Forum calls for release of ‘betaaj badshah’ of corruption
Patiala, September 13
The princely city of Patiala today saw a crowning of an unlikely sort. Incarcerated PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu was proclaimed as the “betaaj badshah” of corruption on his birthday by the Galat Malat Manch which celebrated the day as “World Corruption Day”.

Galat Malat Manch activists hold placards to mark Ravi Sidhu's birthday as "World Corruption Day", in Patiala on Saturday.
— Photo by Subhash Patialavi.
Galat Malat Manch activists hold placards to mark Ravi Sidhu's birthday as World Corruption Day

Rights panel asks SSP to probe inmate’s case
Mansa, September 13
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has directed the SSP, Mansa, to inquire into the complaint of Mr Balwinder Singh of Malakpur Bhimra village of the district and take strong steps to provide justice to him. 

Khera claims to have probed pigeon scandal
Hoshiarpur, September 13
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, a former Janata Dal state president, said here today that he had made an inquiry into the pigeon scandal and had collected facts and figures. He claimed that Mr Balbir Singh Changiara, an NRI Akali leader, had hatched a conspiracy with Mr Sohan Singh Thandal, a former minister, Mr Tarlochan Singh Dupalpura, an SGPC member, other members of the SGPC and office-bearers of the Shiromani Akali Dal to allure youths of Punjab to Canada.

Farmers to disrupt rail, road traffic
Jalandhar, September 13
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of three farmer organisations today announced to disrupt rail and road traffic in the state on September 29 in support of farmers’ demands.

Villagers without power for 10 days
Gurdaspur, September 13
Residents of Purowal under Dhariwal development blocks in this district have been without electricity for more than 10 days. Mr Karam Singh, sarpanch, said that the transformers installed at the nearby Langah village supplying power to the village were damaged around 15 days back.

Lovers commit suicide
Phagwara, September 13
Monica Handa (21), of the Local Professor Colony and Anil Narang (32) a father of three children, committed suicide at Grodu village in Joginder Nagar, Himachal Pradesh, on Thursday.


Editor jailed for life
Jalandhar, September 13
Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal here has sentenced Editor of “Jan Sangthan” a local daily, Yogesh Suri to life imprisonment and fined him Rs 10000, in a murder case. The court, in another case under the Arms Act, sentenced Yogesh Suri to six year jail and had imposed a fine of Rs 1000. 

HC Judge conducts surprise visit
Pathankot, September 13
Mr Justice Jasbir Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today conducted a surprise inspection of the local courts here.

Dowry case against 8 persons
Tarn Taran, September 13
The Patti police has booked eight persons under the Dowry Act. Police sources told this correspondent here yesterday that the case had been registered on the complaint of Ms Sarabjit Kaur who was married to Tejinder Singh resident of Patti about a year ago.


11 employees found absent
Kapurthala, September 13
As many as 11 employees out of 15 employees of local District Social Security Office were found absent from office during a surprise visit by Rana Gurjit Singh a local Congress MLA, yesterday.

Recovery of Rs 33.4 lakh ordered
Mansa September 13
The District Mandi Board, Mansa authorities have ordered to recover Rs 33.40 lakh from seven of its employees for causing loss to the Market Committee due evasion of market fee on Sarson crop in 1989.


Three cops attacked, injured
Amritsar, September 13
Three policemen, including a head constable and two SPOs were reportedly beaten up and injured by 10 persons, when they went to resolve a dispute in gali Ganda Singh on the Majitha road here late last evening.

2 held, 525 kg poppy husk seized
Mansa, September 13
The Bareta police has arrested Sewa Singh and Subeg Singh, residents of Tarn Taran district police and has seized 15 bags (525 kg) of poppy husk from them. An accomplice of them Iqbal Singh of Ratoke village of Amritsar district escaped.


3 lakh children ‘do not go to school’
Kapurthala, September 13
More than three lakh children in Punjab do not attend school. To impart basic education to such children, more than 1000 centres under the Education Guarantee Scheme of the Centre had been opened in Punjab, Mr R.K. Misra, consultant in the Education wing of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, told reporters here.

Govt to impart computer education from Class VI
Patiala, September 13
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that the government would impart education in Information Technology in all government schools from the sixth standard onwards within a period of three years.

School pays homage to martyrs of Saragarhi battle
Amritsar, September 13
The 107th anniversary of the famous Saragarhi battle was observed at Saragarhi Memorial Government Senior Secondary School here yesterday. Homage was payed to the 21 martyrs of the one of the most fiercest battles fought in 1897.

Kuchipudi dancers regale students
Nabha, September 13
Husband and wife team of Guru Jaya Ram Rao and Vanashree Rao, who have the distinction of representing India in 45 countries captivated the students of Punjab Public School, Nabha, with Kuchipudi dance in the school’s auditorium.


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