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Students marching to CM’s house lathi-charged
VC not to be removed, says Amarinder
Patiala, September 18
Agitating students who managed to sneak in close to the residence of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today in spite of a massive police bandobast were lathi-charged and beaten up by the local police.

Students raise slogans against the Punjabi University authorities on the university campus in Patiala Students raise slogans against the Punjabi University authorities on the university campus in Patiala on Thursday. 
— Photo by Subhash Patialvi



400 out-of-turn promotee cops submit bio-datas
Jalandhar, September 18
Nearly 400 Punjab police personnel, most of them from the Punjab Armed Police, Jalandhar, including nine Arjuna awardees, who had been allegedly promoted by the then DGP, Mr M.S. Bhullar, under sports quota in violation of the prescribed norms, today thronged the PAP complex to submit their bio-datas to the authorities concerned here.

War waging capability of Pak reviewed
Beas, September 18
To counter emerging threats in an environment of fast-changing geo-political alignments and drastic shifts in the concepts of conducting operations of war, the armed forces have undertaken a holistic review of the war waging capability of Pakistan, taking into account numerous factors which have never been considered before, it is learnt.

News Analysis
Will CLP meeting have positive fallout?
Chandigarh, September 18
Will the “constructive criticism” of their own government by ministers and MLAs at the Congress Legislature Party meeting here on Tuesday make any material difference in either the style of functioning of the Chief Minister or the bureaucracy?

Directions to govt on Commandant’s plea
Chandigarh, September 18
Punjab police officers wai ting promotion to the Indian Police Services will soon get an opportunity to join the ranks of the coveted service. Acting on an application filed by Commandant Harinder Pal Singh of the Punjab Armed Police, the Central Administrative Tribunal has directed the Union of India, the Union Public Service Commission and other respondents to ensure that the selection committee’s meeting is convened within three months.


A Congress worker presents a sword to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at Khadoor SahibA day of political rallies
Khadoor Sahib (Amritsar), September 18
Even as the SAD today dismissed the idea of dismissing the state government by evoking Article 356, its chief Mr Parkash Singh Badal said the days of the Amarinder government were numbered.


A Congress worker presents a sword to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at Khadoor Sahib, Amritsar, on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Cong govt blamed for financial mess in Punjab
Jalandhar, September 18
Terming the Congress government’s performance on economic management front a big failure for lack of vision and managerial skills, a former Finance Minister and general secretary of the SAD, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, yesterday demanded that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, should resign owning moral responsibility for his inability to bring back the derailed economy on rails.

Cases against Tohra, Ghuman dismissed
Amritsar, September 18
After reaching “secret” understanding” the supporters of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president Shiromani Akali Dal and SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra have stopped pursuing cases filed against each other in the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission which led to ‘dismissing of significant petitions’ in default.

SAD discloses Kang’s property
Ropar, September 18
In the series of allegations and counter-allegations being levelled against each other by Congress and Akali leaders, Mr Gurmeet Singh Mitharu, SAD leader, in a press conference held here today disclosed the list of property acquired in Ropar district allegedly by the Minister for Animal Husbandry, Punjab, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, in the name of his kin and close friends.

Tohra confidant joins Congress
Chandigarh, September 18
The SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, suffered a setback as his close confidant, Mr Rajinder Singh Tohra, along with his supporters, today joined the Congress party.

BJP to set up units in 600 villages
Sangrur, September 18
The district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party will set up its units in more than 600 villages of the district. About 100 villages have already BJP units in the district. Talking to mediapersons here yesterday the newly elected Sangrur district president of the BJP Mr Satwant Singh Punia, who is also president of the Kisan Morcha of the Punjab BJP, said he would set up party units in all 735 villages of the district in a year.


SGPC decries police stopping vehicle
Amritsar, September 18
After the ‘thorough probe’, the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission has found its entire record intact and decided to lodge a complaint with the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court against certain vested interests who had allegedly launched ‘vilification campaign” that some of its files were being taken to Chandigarh in the SGPC’s vehicle in a secret way.

Nothing objectionable in SGPC vehicle, says SSP
Ropar, September 18
The local police today washed its hand off a detained SGPC vehicle with the SSP here maintaining that nothing was recovered from the vehicle. The police late last evening detained an SGPC vehicle carrying documents allegedly pertaining to the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission.

SAD to honour Arun Jaitley
Chandigarh, September 18
Happy over the collapse of the ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation at Cancun in Mexico, the Shiromani Akali Dal has decided to honour Union Commerce Minister, Arun Jaitley, who led the Indian delegation at the conference.

Plan to provide better food to 6.50 lakh kids
Faridkot, September 18
The Punjab Government has formulated a comprehensive plan to provide better food and nutrition to needy children of 0-6 age group in the state during the current financial year. 

Agitators hold up train
Kapurthala, September 18
The police today lathi-charged the agitating apprentices who had detained the Ahmedabad-Jammu Tawi train for more than an hour at the Rail Coach Factory Hussainpur, halt, 6 km from here, in support of their demands.

Driver assaulted, traffic blocked
Hoshiarpur, September 18
Local BJP workers and inhabitants of areas near Prabhat Chowk blocked traffic for more than an hour at Prabhat Chowk on the Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar road here this afternoon in protest against the beating up of Mr Prem Singh, driver of a truck (PBO-7B-0637).

PPSC member honoured
Sangrur, September 18
Dr Ajaib Singh, member of the Punjab Public Service Commission, was honoured by the Pragtisheel Lok Manch at a function here last evening. Mr Harjit Singh Sohi, member (finance) of the PSEB presided over the function.


Punjab seeks 4 weeks to file reply
Chandigarh, September 18
The state of Punjab today sought four weeks’ time to file a reply on a petition filed by 26 head constables seeking directions for the reversion of assistant sub-inspectors working on ad hoc basis to make place for them.

  • Bail for Nakai

  • Widow’s plea

8 granted bail in murder case
Barnala, September 18
A court here has granted bail to eight persons facing murder charges for the murder which never took place. The “deceased” had appeared in the court in the last hearing of the case.


Lift irrigation scheme non-functional for 5 yrs
Nangal (Ropar) September 18
It is like living on a river bank and experience drought. Farmers of 20 villages of the Nangal area are without water for irrigation though residing on the bank of the Nangal hydel canal that irrigates areas up to Rajasthan.

253 centres to procure paddy
Sangrur, September 18
The district administration has set up 253 procurement centres in the district to purchase paddy.


Commissioner unhappy with sanitation
Fazilka, September 18
Mr B. Sarkar, Commissioner, Ferozepore division, conducted raids in different government offices here today to check the presence of the staff. He checked the BDPO, tehsil, treasury and municipal council offices. All officers and other officials, except those who were away on official duty, were found present.

Admn wakes up to growing traffic chaos
Amritsar, September 18
The district administration has decided to tackle the growing traffic problem in the city. A meeting in this regard was held here recently to sort out the problem. The meeting presided over by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raminder Singh, was attended by multi departmental representatives, including ADC, Mr Neelkanth, SP City I & II, Kunwar Vijay Partap and Mr Shiv Verma respectively, the Additional Commissioner Corporation Mr Kirpal Singh, the DTO, Mr A.S. Prabhakar, SDMs Mr Bhupinder Singh, and Mr Pardeep Sabarwal and others.


Youth Cong leader, contractor robbed
Phagwara, September 18
Two robberies took place on the outskirts of Phagwara last night. Five car-borne men first injured a Youth Congress leader and robbed him of valuables and motor cycle near the Hoshiarpur Road Chowk on the Phagwara bypass and later robbed a private contractor laying telephone cables of Rs 3,000 near the Palahi road crossing on the bypass.


Special chance for B. Tech students
Jalandhar, September 18
The Punjab Technical University has finally decided to give a one time chance to as many as 633 affected students of different engineering colleges of the state to attend the classes of the fifth semester. They had earlier failed to clear the mandatory first semester examination.

Engineering students donate blood
Sangrur, September 18
Seventysix units of blood were donated by students of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, at a camp organised by the SLIET authorities yesterday.

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