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CPI rejects WTO policies
Amritsar, September 15
Failure to improve the economic policies in the state could make the CPI-Congress coalition fall apart in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, Dr Joginder Dayal, CPI secretary, stated here today while flagging off a protest rally against WTO policies from the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs' Memorial.

Dr Joginder Dayal, Punjab CPI secretary, leads an anti-WTO rally in Amritsar

Farmers moot joint struggle

Dr Joginder Dayal, Punjab CPI secretary, leads an anti-WTO rally in Amritsar on Monday. Photo by Rajiv Sharma

SAD youth wing for Boparai’s dismissal
Chandigarh, September 15
Mounting a counter-attack, the youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal today demanded immediate sack of the Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Mr Swaran Singh Boparai for “ deliberately functioning in a manner calculated to put the state into the throes of dangerous youth unrest”.




released Sikhs appeal for release of those left behind.
(28k, 56k)

Varsity says no to ‘golden chance’ to B.Tech students
Jalandhar, September 15
About 450 B.Tech students of various engineering institutes in the state have allegedly been left in the lurch by the Punjab Technical University authorities, who, unlike in the past, have refused to give a “golden chance” to them to enable them to clear one of their eighth semester papers.

Girl raped by brother-in-law for spurning proposal
Bathinda, September 15
Shawinder Kaur (name changed), an unmarried girl of the town, who has allegedly been raped repeatedly by her brother-in-law, Pargat Pal Singh, and his brother for months together, feels she has reached the end of the road as she was found having more than 15 weeks’ pregnancy during her medical examination.

Woman booked for female foeticide, delivers boy
Patiala, September 15
In a case of a sex determination test that never was, a woman who was accused of getting herself admitted to a Samana-based hospital to abort her female child after an ultrasound report confirmed this, has given birth to an eight-month-old premature male issue yesterday. The child did not survive birth.

Take action on negligence of officers in labour courts, rules HC
Chandigarh, September 15
Displaying “utter callousness”, officers in Punjab have been causing a loss to the exchequer by representing the interest of the state before labour courts in a “negligent manner”.

NRI deceives wife, extradition process on
Kapurthala, September 15
The police has initiated the process of extradition against a UK resident, Bhagat Ram Sharma, for allegedly deceiving a Madhya Pradesh woman by deserting her after 10 days of marriage.

Gursharan Singh“Rashtriya Kalidas Samman” for Gursharan Singh
Chandigarh, September 15
All of a sudden, Budhwar, a Dalit boy, stopped coming to the Municipal Primary School of Multan (now in Pakistan). It was in 1937. He was an intelligent boy.
As he did not turn up for some days, one of his classmates went to his house. He was told by the boy’s mother that her son had discontinued studies as he had to help her collect night soil.


SAD rally on September 17
Jalandhar, September 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal has decided to hold a rally in Shahkot near here on September 17 in against the state government’s policies against its leaders.
“The party has decided to hold rallies in every constituency.


Finally, a bridge to cut distances
Sidhwan Bet (Ludhiana), September 15
It was a dream come true not only for the residents of the Sidhwan Bet area in Jagraon tehsil on one side and those of Nakodar tehsil on the other side of the river, but for all those who travel to Faridkot, Ferozepore, Moga and Jalandhar.

Doab project to be completed by year-end
Amritsar, September 15
The Irrigation Minister, Punjab, Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar, has said that the Rs 180 crore Upper Bari Doab Canal project will be completed by year-end. Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Bhullar said the Punjab Government had filed a review petition in the Supreme Court on the SYL issue.

Muktsar boy scales Satopanth peak
Muktsar, September 15
Mountaineering and pharmacy are two different professions, which are poles apart. It is rarely that the two meet. A young pharmacist of this holy city who is working in the government hospital here has summitted the 7075-m high Satopanth peak in the western Garwal hills.

Artists for painting as compulsory subject
Faridkot, September 15
Several renowned artists from various states, including New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh , West Bengal, Punjab and J&K, and Chandigarh, have underlined the need for introducing painting as a compulsory subject in each educational institution to purify the soul of the youth.

Dengue outbreak in Batala
Batala, September 15
Batala town seems to be in the grip of dengue fever, with a number of cases reported in the past few days from various localities. The dengue patients include Mr R. Sharma, a college student of the Quadi Hatti area, Honey, a schoolboy from Bhandari Gate, Mrs Madhu Aggarwal and Sandeep.

CM’s effigy burnt
Gurdaspur, September 15
Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha burnt Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s effigy at Hanuman chowk here today.

83 lakh disbursed for toilets
Moga, September 15
A slum of Rs 83.38 lakh has been distributed to 10 villages under the Rajiv Gandhi Pendu Jat Sehat Kalyan Yojna through IRDP to construct latrines for 1,962 Scheduled Caste families and other poorer sections in the rural areas in the district.


Coming up hearing in cases against Amarinder, Badal, Bhattal
Chandigarh, September 15
The Chandigarh District Court will be the battleground for three political bigwigs of Punjab, including the Chief Minister of Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh and two former chief ministers, Parkash Singh Badal and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

High Court
Proceedings stayed in lottery scam case
Chandigarh, September 15
Staying further proceedings before the trial court in the lottery scam case allegedly involving Punjab’s senior IAS officer B.R. Bajaj, Mr Justice Viney Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed November 24 as the next date of hearing.

District Courts
Land case hearing adjourned
Kharar, September 15
Mrs Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Civil Judge, Senior Division, Kharar, today adjourned a case regarding 8 acres owned by Mr Malkeet Singh of Ratwara village, Kharar tehsil, for October 20 for filing written statements. Malkeet Singh had filed a case against state of Punjab in this connection.

9 get life term for murder
Moga, September 15
Additional Sessions Judge Jagmohan Singh Chawla today convicted and sentenced nine persons to life imprisonment on a charge of killing a farmer over a land dispute three years ago.


Farmers seek research centre
Mansa September 15
Farmers in the district are facing problems in the absence of an agriculture research centre at Mansa. The issue has been hanging fire for the past one decade. Mansa was carved out of Bathinda district on April 13, 1992, by the then Chief Minister Mr Beant Singh, in deference to the wishes of the people.

Farmers plan statewide stir
Moga, September 15
Farmers’ organisations in Punjab have given a call to halt trains and road traffic across the state on September 29 in protest against the “anti-farmers” policies of the Congress government.

BKU (Ekta) launches dharna
Bathinda, September 15
Hundreds of activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) today started their indefinite dharna in front of the office of subdivisional officer, Punjab State Electricity Board, Bhucho Kalan, against the suspension of power supply to the tubewell of Mr Manjit Singh, president, BKU (Ekta), Nathana block.


Cops suspended for illegal detention
Gurdaspur, September 15
Mr Ram Singh, SSP, Batala, has suspended Sub-Inspector Gurnam Singh and head constable Balwinder Singh for illegally detaining a person in custody.


Teachers wear black badges
Barnala, September 15
Teachers of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera, wore black badges today in response to a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union against the alleged mismanagement of this over three-decade old institution.

Navodaya school closed
Talwandi Sabo, September 15
The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Teona Pujarian village, 10 km from here, was closed yesterday by Mr Suresh Kumar Sharma, Additional Director of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti.

MLA’s assurance on college
SAS Nagar, September 15
The Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and Kharar MLA, Mr Birdevinder Singh, held a meeting with officials of various government departments here today for the speedy development of Government College.

Students’ leader convicted
Mansa, September 15
Mr G.K. Rai, Additional District and Sessions Judge, has convicted Avtar Singh, president of the Punjab Students’ Union of Government Nehru Memorial Postgraduate College, and Guriqbal Singh, a student of the college, and Balwant Singh and Sulakhan Singh, government employees, in a case registered against them under Sections 307, 326, 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC.

Army function tomorrow
Chandigarh, September 15
The Army will organise a “Sadbhavna” function at Army Public School, Beas, near Jalandhar, in Punjab on September 17 for the induction of 101 insurgency-affected children from Jammu and Kashmir into the school.

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