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Pro-VC to meet Chancellor
Punjabi University Provost resigns
Patiala, September 20
The Punjabi University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr R.N. Pal, who has earlier been accused of siding with agitating student leaders, today said he would meet the university Chancellor and Punjab Governor, Justice O. P. Verma, to apprise him of the situation on the campus.

Punjabi varsity impasse to be resolved: CM
Patiala, September 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has expressed confidence that the impasse in Punjabi University following the university authorities’ failure to revoke the suspension of student leaders because they are not ready to proffer a written “apology” for their “misconduct” will be resolved in a day or two.

Amarinder issued fresh summons in defamation case
Chandigarh, September 20
A local court today issued fresh summons against the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, in a defamation case filed against him by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, following non-service of summons issued upon him earlier by the court.

Former Chief Minister of  Punjab Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal appear before the Districts Court in Chandigarh Former Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal appear before the Districts Court in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma



Sarna refuses to toe Badal’s line
Chandigarh, September 20
As the scene of the Akali politics has shifted to Delhi for a while because of the annual elections to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (DSGPC), the political tussle between the Badal and Sarna factions has become bitter.

Police transfers after Vidhan Sabha session
Chandigarh, September 20
Appointment of Station House Officers from a “carefully screened list”, creation of new cells, including economic offences cells and anti-drug cells at police headquarters and a major administrative reshuffle at the top level immediately after the fifth session of the present Vidhan Sabha are among several steps taken to give the Punjab police a new look.

Kashish MittalKashish flies high on wings of melody
Chandigarh, September 20
The best place to find 14-year-old Kashish Mittal is the musically-kept home of his guru, Pandit Yashpaul, whose mastery over the nuances of the Agra gharana of classical music is well known. Having absorbed the finest elements from his guru’s treasurehouse of classical music, the young Patiala boy recently emerged victorious in the All-India solo classical vocal contest held at Gwalior.


BSP threatens stir if Mayawati arrested
Jalandhar, September 20
Terming the CBI charges against former UP Chief Minister Mayawati, regarding alleged irregularities in the Rs 175-crore Taj Heritage Corridor project, as politically motivated, the BSP today threatened to launch a nationwide agitation if she was arrested in this case.

Ravi Inder flays Badal, Tohra
Patiala, September 20
Mr Ravi Inder Singh, a former Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, today flayed the policies of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).


A labourer uses a winnowing tray to separate grains from chaffs at a grain market in Amritsar
A labourer uses a winnowing tray to separate grains from chaffs at a grain market in Amritsar on Saturday. Punjab, known as India's breadbasket, has had a good monsoon this year, which allowed farmers to grow more paddy crops. — Reuters

Rights panel for action against cop
Amritsar, September 20
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has directed the SSP Tarn Taran to take action against ASI Swaran Singh who had allegedly occupied the house of Pushpinder Kaur, a widow and resident of Patti in the Tarn Taran area.

Women protest against ‘satta’ operators
Nangal, September 20
Women of the town took to the streets this evening to protest against the rising menace of ‘satta’ and sale of psychotropic drugs in the area.

Candles lighted to spread preachings of Baba Farid
Faridkot, September 20
Nearly 300 members of various Government Organisations, the Baba Farid Memorial Society and students of Diet institution led by Mr Inderjit Singh Khalsa chairman, Baba Farid Committee and Gurdwara Godri Sahib Society Faridkot visited Hussainiwala border near Ferozepore last evening.

Villagers burn minister’s effigy
Nurpurbedi (Ropar), September 20
Villagers here today held a rally and burned an effigy of the state Minister for Grievances, Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, to protest against the alleged efforts of the minister to get two local leaders, Mr Vijay Kumar Puri, district general secretary of the BJP, and Mr Ashwani Kumar, booked in a false case.

1.14 lakh bogus pensioners detected
Faridkot, September 20
The Punjab Govt. has detected 1.14 lakh bogus pensioners who have been availing pension under the old age, handicapped and widows categories for the past many years after submitting the documents, particularly during the SAD-BJP rule in the state.

CM presented book on Shastri
Chandigarh, September 20
A delegation of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress (PPYC) today called upon the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and presented him a book on former Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, which has been authored by his daughter-in-law, Ms Vibha Shastri.

Bandh against police inaction
Jalalabad, September 20
A complete bandh was observed here today against the alleged failure of the police to catch those who killed a chemist, Pawan Kumar, on the night of August 29 after looting cash from his shop. The bandh was called by the Punjab Beopar Mandal and various social and religious organisations of the town.

RPF celebrates raising day
Ferozepore, September 20
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) celebrated its 19th raising day at the Railway Stadium here today. The chief guest, Mr H.C. Punia, DRM, took salute from an impressive march past led by parade commander, Mr S.K. Arjun.


Order to demolish ex-Mayor’s construction
Amritsar, September 20
The state government has directed the local Municipal Corporation to demolish an “unauthorised” construction belonging to a former Mayor near the Gagan cinema house here.

Nanera appointed PPCC Secretary
Chandigarh, September 20
Mr Avtar Singh Nanera of Nabha has been appointed Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC).

Panchayat officer suspended
Ropar, September 20
The Director Panchayats has suspended the District Panchayats Development Officer (DDPO), Mr Jaswant Singh, for dereliction of duty. Highly-placed sources said the reason behind the suspension was his failure to attend a meeting held by the Director yesterday.

SDOs meet Punjab Mandi Board chief
Chandigarh, September 20
A deputation of the Punjab Mandi Board Subdivisional Officers Association met the Chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board regarding their long-pending demands on Thursday.


Doctor robbed near police chief’s house
Amritsar, September 20
A daring dacoity behind the house of the district police chief rocked the Civil Lines area here last evening. Three armed men who said they were members of the Babbar Khalsa looted cash and jewellery from the clinic-cum-residence of leading dermatologist Dr Rakesh Bharti.

Youths assault woman
Hoshiarpur, September 20
Tension prevails at Bachhohi village of this district over the alleged teasing of a girl and assault on a woman yesterday.

Dera mahant found murdered
Moga, September 20
Baba Budh Dass, head of the Dera Smadhan near Gurdwara Mastan Singh was found murdered today.


Traders observe bandh
Nabha, September 17
Life came to standstill as traders and shopkeepers observed a bandh against “high-handedness” of octroi contractors in the city.

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