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Badal responsible for ills of Punjabi varsity, says VC
Patiala, September 14
Punjabi University Vice- Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai today claimed that former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was responsible for the current position on the campus adding the Akali- BJP government had reduced government grant to the varsity and had also poorly chosen the top management of the varsity.

Punjab seventh in urbanisation
Chandigarh, September 14
Punjab ranks seventh among all states in urbanisation. Of its total population of 2.42 crore, 82 lakh live in 157 urban settlements.

Talhan goes for a facelift
Talhan (Jalandhar), September 14
Ravaged by caste divide for over six months, this village has virtually set itself on the path of development and is all set to become one of the most developed villages now, with the management committee of the Gurdwara Shahid Baba Nihal Singh going in for construction and repair of village roads and undertaking other development projects like setting up a modern health club for the benefit of the residents.

Quit WTO, Centre urged
Chandigarh, September 14
The Punjab unit of the Forum Against Imperialist Globalisation today called upon New Delhi to quit the WTO. Several organisations endorsing the Forum stand against the WTO participated in the convention at Musaffir Bhavan, where speakers explained why the WTO regime was anti-poor and anti-developing countries.

Fatehgarh Sahib



She wants to fight dark forces
16-yr-old to fulfil papa’s dreams
Amritsar, September 14
Barely 16 days after writing an emotional letter to his new-born daughter, Baldev Singh Mann, an editor of ‘Hirawal Dasta’ a mouthpiece of the naxalite movement (CP-ML), was gunned down by Khalistani militants on September 26, 1986, in his native village Channa Bagha near Pakistan border, a few kilometres from here.


Kisan leader becomes BJP district unit chief
Sangrur, September 14
Mr Satwant Singh Gurdaspura, president of Kisan Morcha of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was today elected president of the Sangrur district unit of the BJP at a meeting of the district BJP unit here. 

CPI’s protest against govt policies from today
Mansa, September 14
To oppose anti-people policies of the Punjab Government and to protest against new economic policies of the Central Government and communalism, the Communist Party of India will launch mass contact programme from September 15 to October 15. This was stated by Mr Hardev Arshi, former Budhlada MLA and member of state secretariat of the CPI here today.

Jakhar to meet CM on law and order situation
Abohar, September 14
Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA and whip of the Congress Legislative Party in the Assembly, will meet the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to apprise him about the deteriorating law and order situation in the town.

Sikh Students Federation factions to work for unity
Amritsar, September 14
On the 59th anniversary of the AISSF its splinter groups yesterday wanted to forge an unity for the sake of ‘panth’.


SGPC lambasts RSS over Gurus’ pictures
Jalandhar, September 14
The SGPC today criticised the RSS for undermining the dignity of Sikhism by publishing photographs of Sikh Gurus alongwith its leaders in journal. Talking to reporters here today, the Chief Secretary of the SGPC, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, alleged that the RSS was trying to compare Sikh Gurus with some Hindu leaders by publishing photographs of Sikh Gurus alongwith its leaders.

On Grandparents Day, old-age home residents appeal the government to stop westernisation of the society.
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Slain Cong leader’s father not to carry out suicide threat
Bathinda, September 14
The district civil and police authorities have heaved a sigh of relief after Mr Gian Singh, father of slain Congress MLA Baldev Singh Pakka Kalan, agreed not to commit suicide in front of the residence of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Row over restructuring of police jurisdiction
Gurdaspur, September 14
The Punjab government’s proposal to merge villages in the Kalanaur police station with police subdivision of Gurdaspur has created controversy. 

UNDP project on aquatic minds
Chandigarh, September 14
In order to create public awareness on environmental issues, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has sanctioned a Rs 14-lakh project to the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology. The project, sanctioned for the first time in India for sensitising issues relating to the wetlands, will undertake action-based programmes.

Seminar on Guru Angad Dev
Chandigarh, September 14
Top Sikh scholars will participate in a seminar on Guru Angad Dev to be held at Khadoor Sahib in Amritsar on October 4 and 5, says Baba Daljit Singh, founder of the Guru Nanak Mission.

Stage set to mark Baba Farid’s ‘agman purb’
Faridkot, September 14
The stage has been set to celebrate the nine-day festival related with the “agman purb” of Sufi Saint Baba Sheikh Farid by the District Red Cross Society, Baba Farid Memorial Society, Gurdwara Godri Sahib Society and the district administration here from tomorrow.

Stone crushers violate guidelines
Ropar September 14
Stone crushers located along the Bharatgarh belt are reportedly violating the guidelines of the Punjab Pollution Control Board. As per guidelines notified by the board on its website, no new stone crusher can be set up 500 metres from the national or state highway and 250 metres in the sub-mountainous areas.

Forest development agencies on cards
Faridkot, September 14
The Punjab Government plans to set up forest development agencies in all district headquarters to promote sapling plantation for pollution-free atmosphere in the state. 

Anand Nagar residents seek amenities
Patiala, September 14
Residents of the Anand Nagar-B colony here are sore over the poor maintenance of the locality, which they say has not been developed for the past 20 years. Mr Bharpur Singh, a resident of the area said that since the past five years the area had been under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation but till now proper facilities had not been provided to them.

Book trust to hold exhibitions
Barnala, September 14
Mr Ram Sarup Ankhi, a well-known Punjabi author, will inaugurate a four-day-long National Book Trust of India book exhibition in Barnala tomorrow. Giving this information here today, Mr Avtar Singh, Marketing Executive ,National Book Trust of India, disclosed that the exhibition would start on September 15 and would conclude on September 18.

1 killed, 3 injured in road mishap
Bathinda, September 14
Pardeep Kumar of Fathebad district in Haryana died on the spot while his three associates were seriously injured when the canter in which they were coming from Bhagta Bhai Ka township of this district rammed into a tree near Goniana village on the Bathinda-Kotkapura road today.


Minister concedes demands of rice millers
Fatehgarh Sahib,  September 14
A delegation of the State Rice Millers Association led by Mr Tarsem Saini, State President met Mr Avtar Henry, Minister for Food and Civil Supply and presented him a memorandum of charter of demands and apprised him of the problems being faced by the rice millers. The minister has conceded the three main demands of the rice millers and has assured to consider the other genuine demands sympathetically.


Child Development Office sealed
Jalalabad (Ferozepore), September 14
Mr Sanjay Popli, Subdivisional Magistrate, here has sealed the office of the Child Development Programme Officer following the detection of a scam on September 12.

Reversion process of ORP promotees on
Hoshiarpur, September 14

Punjab Police Director-General A.A. Siddiqui today said the process of reverting Own Rank Promoted police officers had been started and they would be reverted to their original ranks. Talking to reporters here, Mr Siddiqui said formal orders to revert various officers in the Police Department had already been issued.


Five youths booked on rape charge
Malerkotla, September 14
The illegal custody of five youths of Malerkotla took a new turn when the police registered a case of rape against all these youths and secured their police remand from a court. The police has shown the rape to have taken place on July 26, 2003 but registration of the case was done on September 10, 2003.

2 cops held for illegal confinement
Jalandhar, September 14
The district police has arrested two Punjab police personnel including an Assistant Sub-Inspector, for keeping two brothers in illegal confinement at Nangal Shama police post for five days. The brothers were later released after charging bribe from their family members.

Man, son held for duping farmer
Kapurthala, September 14
The Sultanpur Lodhi police has arrested Kabul Singh and his son Sukhwant Singh, both residents of village Suchetgarh village, in Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision on the charge of duping Darshan Singh, a resident of Khara village of Rs 1.90 lakh on the pretext of selling government land showing himself the owner of the land.

Drug peddler arrested
Amritsar, September 14
The police has arrested Kunal allegedly while selling smack on the Galliara premises here late last evening. The police has also nabbed nine persons who were buying narcotics from him.

3 booked in dowry death case
Tarn Taran, September 14
The Sarhali police has booked Harjinder Singh, the husband of Rajwinder Kaur along with two more members of the in-laws family under Sections 304B, 34 of the IPC for forcing her to commit suicide.

4 held with duplicate CDs
Amritsar, September 14
The police arrested four members of a gang manufacturing duplicate compact discs of latest films and X-rated films here yesterday.


Rs 50 cr for improving medical colleges
Phillaur, September 14
Punjab Medical Education Minister Chaudhary Santokh Singh today said much more needed to be done to improve the condition of government medical colleges in the state. He told newsmen after addressing gatherings in various villages of Phillaur subdivision that a comprehensive plan had been drawn for improving these colleges.Top

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