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Ram Temple at any cost,
says Giriraj Kishore
Ludhiana, September 21
Acharya Giriraj Kishore, International Senior Vice-President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, today reiterated that a Ram Temple would be built at any cost and the people were agitated over the delay in its construction. On his part, he said he was willing to make every sacrifice and was prepared to go to the gallows for it.

ST holiday for refinery not possible, says CM
Chandigarh, September 21
The Union Minister for Fertilisers and Chemicals, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, said today the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had written to the Centre, saying that it was not possible to give sales tax holiday to the proposed oil refinery at Bathinda.

Govt loses Rs 7,500 cr in IT fraud, says rights panel
Chandigarh, September 21
The Voluntary Disclosure of Income Scheme (1997) has caused a loss of Rs 7,500 crore in taxes to the government due to a nexus among the Income Tax Department, valuers, declarants, banks, proprietors of fake firms, lawyers and CAs.

Dal Khalsa backs Sarna faction
Hoshiarpur, September 21
Extending moral support to Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna for refusing to toe Badal’s line, the Dal Khalsa made a blistering attack on Akali leaders for overlooking Sikh interests in their “run-of-the-mill” politics.



Avtar Singh, 60, shows his 5.6-feet long beard at his residence in Amritsar
Avtar Singh, 60, shows his 5.6-feet long beard at his residence in Amritsar on Sunday. Mr Singh, a retired soldier, hopes his beard would qualify for an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. — Reuters

Canal scam probe makes no headway
Gurdaspur, September 21
Inquiry against more than 30 officials of the canal department for irregularities with execution of 176 crore project for the remodelling of Upper Bari Doab Canal and its subsidiaries in Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts has made little progress.

Kin of missing youths low on hope
Mahal (Amritsar), September 21
Even as the Punjab and Haryana High Court has summoned the DGP and a DSP of Jammu and Kashmir regarding the custodial death of Mohan Lal (26) and the disappearing of six youths from this village, the families of the victims are facing a tough time.

Cabin man averts rail mishap
Amritsar, September 21
The alert cabin man Balbir Singh today averted a major disaster as a diesel engine (NWR 16276) went berserk at the local railway station in the wee hours of the morning.

A tragedy was averted as an alert railway man changed track of an engine which rammed into a stationery crane and a railway electrification project engine in Amritsar on Sunday morning.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

A tragedy was averted as an alert railway man changed track of an engine which rammed into a stationery crane and a railway electrification project engine in Amritsar

Sri Adi Granth on Barcelona agenda
Chandigarh, September 21
The Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago has included the 400th anniversary, in 2004, of the compilation and installation (first prakash) of Sri Adi Granth, in the agenda of its next international conclave to be held at Barcelona (Spain) in June, 2004.

CARE to take care of family disputes
One of the most baffling challenges that the police has to face today is that of proper handling of marital disputes, domestic violence and child abuse. The traditional concept of joint family has undergone a metamorphosis and is, in fact, placed in a paradoxical situation.

Town all set to welcome CM
Faridkot, September 21
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will visit Faridkot tomorrow to lay the foundation stone of a school for the mentally challenged, blind and deaf and dumb being constructed by the District Red Cross Society at a cost of over Rs 1 crore.

Take to medicinal plants, NGOs urged
Amritsar, September 21
Financial Commissioner of Forest and Wildlife P. Ram has said that Punjab has undertaken a major project for the cultivation of herbal and medicinal plants. Addressing a gathering of NGOs, government officers and principals of schools and colleges for reviewing the plantation drive in the district, Mr Ram said all societies must take to planting medicinal plants.

New bus stand in two years
Sangrur, September 21
Following steps of the Improvement Trust here, the town will have a new bus stand in a couple of years. It will cost Rs 5 crore. At present, the bus stand is congested and populated area near the Dhuri Gate here, traffic jams occur and mishaps take place. The area is also low lying and gets flooded during rain, creating problems for bus passengers.

Row over doctors’ appointment
Chandigarh, September 21
A controversy has arisen over the appointment of four doctors by the Reproductive Child Health Society as consultants under the RCH programme of the Punjab Health and Family Welfare Department in violation of the laid out norms.

Nitish launches fire-proof train coach
Kapurthala, September 21
Three months after the fire tragedy in a train coach which killed 38 persons near Ludhiana, Railway Minister Nitish Kumar tonight inaugurated India’s first fire-proof coach manufactured by the Rail Coach Factory here.

Release of three teenagers sought
Amritsar, September 21
The International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society has sought the release of three Indian teenaged boys who had taken shelter at Dera Sahib Gurdwara Lahore in Pakistan.

Govt committed to abolishing octroi: minister
Amritsar, September 21
Minister for Local Bodies Choudhry Jagjit Singh said yesterday that the government had entrusted the task of preparing a comprehensive report on the Local Area Development Scheme in view of the abolition of octroi in the state to a private consultant company.


Govt to reduce area under wheat
Jalandhar, September 21
The Punjab Government plans to reduce the area under wheat cultivation by two lakh acres this year. Stating this at a farmers camp organised by the Punjab Agriculture Department at Janadiala village, near here, yesterday state Revenue Minister Amarjit Samra said last year, wheat was sown in 33.75 lakh acres, but, the area would be reduced to 31.75 lakh acres this year and the cultivation of cash crops like pluses and oilseeds would be encouraged on the two lakh acres.

Farmers suffer as paddy stocks pile up
Ferozepore, September 21
Even as paddy stocks have started piling up in grain markets in the district, the procurement process is yet to begin, forcing farmers to sell their produce to private parties at cheaper rates.

1,485 centres set up to procure paddy
Faridkot, September 21
The Punjab Government has set up 1,485 purchasing centres and 150 grain markets to ensure the smooth procurement of paddy crop from next month in the state. Keeping in view the arrival of heavy stock of the produce, directions have been issued to all District Mandi Officers to make adequate arrangements of water, electricity and paving of yards in the mandis by September 25 so that the farmers may not face any problems, said Mr Sant Ram Singla, Chairman Punjab Mandi Board, here yesterday.


Dengue: Civil Surgeons told to be vigilant
Chandigarh, September 21
With a view to checking the spread of dengue in Punjab, Civil Surgeons and Deputy Medical Commissioners were directed to keep a strict vigil in their respective areas. They were asked to make adequate arrangements to deal with any kind of situation, besides improving health services in their districts.


Books worth Rs 1 cr still undistributed
Tarn Taran, September 21
Glaring discrepancies have been alleged in case of the order placed by the District Education Officer (Elementary Education), Amritsar, for books for schoolgirls under the Sarav Sikhya Abhiyan Scheme.

4 polytechnics to be upgraded
Hoshiarpur, September 21
The Government Polytechnics of Hoshiarpur, Ropar, Khuni Majara and Lehra Gaga will be upgraded to their old status of engineering colleges from the next academic session. Permission is being taken from the All-India Council of Technical Education in this regard. Rs 6 crore will be spent on creating infrastructure in the upgraded colleges.

Students hand over demands’ charter to Sinha
Patiala, September 21
The Punjabi University Students Confederation, which is spearheading student agitation, today rescheduled the “chakka jam” call given by it earlier for September 26 to October 1, even as it delivered a charter of its demands to Mr S.K. Sinha, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister.

School Principal alleges intimidation
Kharar, September 21
The issue of beating up of two students of Class VIII of Government High School at nearby Desumajra village on September 19 by the Principal of the school hot up today.


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