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Anti-corruption drive hollow,
says Badal
Shahkot (Jalandhar), September 17
Parkash Singh Badal The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today alleged that the Congress government’s much hyped slogans and drive against corruption were hollow and virtually held no water as some of its own leaders, including the state Congress chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, had started criticising the government on this account.

Punjab and WTO — a perspective
Chandigarh, September 17
The Experts’ Committee on agriculture vis-a-vis WTO-compatible policies has submitted its final draft report to the Punjab Government. It is, almost on the pattern of what Dr S.S. Johl had suggested in his report on crop diversification.

4 girls, mothers denied entry into varsity, stage dharna
Patiala, September 17
Four girls and their mothers today staged a dharna at the Punjabi University main gate after they were not allowed into the campus even as the situation in the varsity was normal with classes being held without a break.

J&K children deprived of education, says Mufti Sayeed
Beas, September 17
The education infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir has been destroyed because of militancy and as a result it is children who have suffered the most.



Political conferences fail to draw crowds
Faridkot, September 17
Political conferences organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the All-India Lok Bhalai Party on the eve of the Jor Mela at Guru Ki Dhab near Jaito in this district today failed to draw crowds compared to earlier years. Visitors enjoyed the mela more than hearing political leaders. Senior SAD leaders like Mr Parkash Singh Badal, party chief Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, SGPC, and Capt Kanwaljit Singh general secretary of the party were not at the conference.

An old man with his grandson at the Jor Mela at Guru Ki Dhab in Faridkot on Wednesday — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

An old man with his grandson at the Jor Mela at Guru Ki Dhab in Faridkot
Punjab Police to revert 500 promotees
Chandigarh, September 17
The Punjab Police has decided in principle to order the reversion of nearly 500-odd officials, who were given out-of-turn promotions by former Director-General of Police M.S. Bhullar. However, exemption will be given to 300-odd eminent sportspersons, who had brought laurels to the state and the country at the national and international levels.

SC rejects plea on posts of Soil Conservation Officer
Chandigarh, September 17
In less than four months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court held that the posts which could be affected by a circular imposing a ban on fresh recruitment were the vacant ones and not the ones for which appointment letters had already been issued, the Supreme Court of India has dismissed a special leave petition filed by the state of Punjab and another petitioner in the matter.


BJP MLA inaugurates district complex
Hoshiarpur, September 17
Mr Tikshan Sud, former Punjab Minister and BJP MLA, inaugurated District Administrative Complex, constructed at a cost of Rs 35 crore by PUDA, on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road here today.

President’s rule likely, says Vinod Khanna
Gurdaspur, September 17
Pakistan should be declared a terrorist state as it was supplying nuclear material to other countries, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Vinod Khanna said today.

Kamlesh elected
Kharar, September 17
Mr Vikas Garg, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, has declared Mr Kamlesh Sharma elected from zone No. 11, Gharuan, Kharar tehsil, Zila Parishad, Ropar.


Nursing home violated MTP Act: Civil Surgeon
Patiala, September 17
At a special meeting of the District Advisory Committee, PNDT Act, held here today under the chairmanship of the Civil Surgeon, Patiala, Dr Inderjeet Kaur Walia, it was clarified that Dhanetha Nursing Home, Samana, had been found to be violating the MTP Act and not the PNDT Act, 1994, and that the committee disagreed with the police version which had "erroneously implemented" the PNDT Act in booking the institution.

Soldiers takes part in a training exercise at Rayya, 40-km east of Amritsar
Soldiers takes part in a training exercise at Rayya, 40-km east of Amritsar, on Wednesday. The ten-day exercise, which takes place each month at Rayya, gives soldiers the opportunity to test their combat skills. — Reuters

New technique for gall bladder surgery
Chandigarh, September 17
‘Hand port surgery’ was suggested as the best alternative to tackle difficult gall bladder cases at the Sixth Asia Pacific Congress of Endoscopic Surgery held in Kuala Lumpur from September 10 to 13.

90,000 oxytocin injections seized
Chandigarh, September 17
Banned oxytocin injections have been in use to prepare illicit liquor in Punjab. This came to light following the seizure of a big stock of such injections in Gurdaspur district.

Special counter opened for ex-servicemen
Jalandhar, September 17
Nearly one lakh ex-servicemen and their wards of Jalandhar district will no longer face the inconvenience of standing in long queues at the District Transport Office (DTO) for getting their new driving licences made or for their renewal, thanks to an extension counter opened by the DTO in the District Sainik Welfare office complex.

Leasing octroi: traders observe bandh
Fazilka, September 17
On call of the Beopar Mandal, Fazilka, a complete bandh was observed in Fazilka town today in protest against the leasing of octroi on contract here. All shopkeepers, hoteliers, vegetable vendors, sweet sellers kept their shops closed.

Singla suffers heart attack, in ICU
Patiala, September 17
Punjab Fiscal Reforms Committee Chairman Surinder Singla today suffered a major heart attack while returning from New Delhi near Rajpura and has been admitted to a local heart institute.

Suspension of doc demanded
Amritsar, September 17
Several organisations held a dharna for nearly one and a half hours at Bhandari briege demanding the suspension of a ‘tainted’district TB officer, Dr Miterpal Devgan.

Author honoured for book on population
Mansa, September 17
A function was organised here yesterday on the premises of Summer Field Secondary School to mark the foundation day of Check Population Movement (Abaadi Roko Andolan). 

Residents block traffic
Nawanshahr, September 17
Hundreds of residents, including Municipal Councillors, Dr Harmesh Kumar Puri, Mr Rajinder Chopra (Rano), Mr Vinod Kumar Pinka led by Mr Lalit Mohan Pathak (Ballu), President Municipal Council, today blocked traffic for an hour here at Ambedkar Chowk, to protest against the alleged harassment by the DTO, Mr Manmohan Luthra,

Ministerial staff to hold rallies today
Sangrur, September 17
Members of the State Ministerial Services Union has decided to hold zonal-level rallies in Jalandhar tomorrow, Patiala on September 24, and Pathankot on October 9 in support of their demands. A state-level rally will be held on October 16 in Chandigarh.


HC directive to PUDA on floodwater project
Chandigarh, September 17
Acting on a petition filed by city advocate Tejinder Singh Sudan and 14 other residents of Phase V in SAS Nagar seeking directions to the state of Punjab and other respondents for completing the proposed project for draining out floodwater from their sector, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today expressed displeasure in the matter.

  • State should be ready with arguments


Deputy Speaker finds six docs absent
Kharar, September 17
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, today visited the ESI dispensary on the Kharar-Ropar national highway at 1.45 pm and found as many as six of the 17 doctors and other employees absent. Moreover, the dispensary was not found to be clean.


4 killed in accident
Amritsar, September 17
Four persons, including a minor boy, died while one person was injured critically in a road mishap near Kot Budda village, 14 km from Patti in Tarn Taran police district here last evening. The victims were returning to their village from Baba Shah Kamal fair when the incident took place.

Power board staff robbed
Ludhiana, September 17
Two scooter-borne persons shot at a PSEB employee outside a bank on the GT Road in Moga, before escaping with a bag containing over Rs 5.5 lakh. Kulwant Singh, a driver with the PSEB has been shifted to Dayanand Medical College here in a critical state.

College clerks booked for embezzlement
Hoshiarpur, September 17
On the complaint of Dr Janmit Singh, Principal of the local DAV College, the Sadar police has registered a case under Section 408 of the IPC against college clerks Vijay Kumar and his wife Minakshi Sharma for embezzling Rs 25.10 lakh of the college funds.


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