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House pays homage to 7 MLAs
Chandigarh, September 24
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha today paid homage to seven MLAs, four freedom fighters, two litterateurs, one journalist and the victims of the train accident, near Ladowal, earlier this year. Besides, obituary reference was also made to the father of minister, Avtar Henry, who died last night.

Sangrur tops in paddy production
Sangrur, September 24
Sangrur district is all set to top in paddy production in the state, thanks to a bumper crop due to good and timely rains and sufficient power supply. In the past four consecutive seasons too, the district had topped in paddy procurement, in 1999, the district had procured 17.47 lakh metric tonnes of paddy while in the year 2000 it procured 17.94 lakh metric tonnes.

Artisans busy in restoration work inside the Akal Takht in Amritsar Artisans busy in restoration work inside the Akal Takht in Amritsar on Wednesday. — PTI




Court summons served on Amarinder 
Chandigarh, September 24
It took more than an hour for two employees of the Chandigarh District Courts to serve summons on the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, in a criminal defamation case filed against him by Mr Parkash Singh Badal. Capt Amarinder Singh was served summons in his office in the Civil Secretariat this afternoon.

Punjab Govt to get loan of Rs 817 crore
SAS Nagar, September 24
The Punjab Government has signed an agreement with the World Bank under which it would be given a loan of Rs 817 crore for providing drinking water in various areas of the state.

Teacher thrashes students
DEO to start inquiry today
Lehra Khana (Bathinda), September 24
Amrit Pal Singh, a student of Class VIII of Government Elementary School, Lehra Khana village in the district, has been suffering from fear psychosis since he was allegedly mercilessly beaten up by a mathematics teacher, Mrs Kiran Bala, with a wooden stick on September 22 for failing to solve the questions given by her.


Morcha trains guns on Mayawati
Phagwara, September 24
Concern for the health of BSP supremo Kansi Ram overshadowed the state level rally of the BSM breakaway outfit of the BSP, here today with speakers, including Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, President, Bahujan Samaj Morcha, praying for the speedy recovery of Mr Kanshi Ram.


8 more Pak boys to be freed
Faridkot, September 24
Eight Pakistani boys who have been languishing at the juvenile jail here for the past over a year have welcomed the decision of the Indian Government to release them after getting a nod from the government of Pakistan.

PWD notice to unauthorised colonies
Patiala, September 24
More than 25 years after slums and colonies have come up on government land, the Punjab Public Works Department has “discovered” these unauthorised structures and served notices asking people to vacate them immediately.

Historic monument in a state of neglect
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 24
Fatehgarh Sahib district has many historic monuments that stand testimony to its Afghan and Mughal links. The Mughals are still alive in magnificent architectural legacy, which they had left for the future generations. One such monument is the Aam Khas Bagh.

Watchman hurt foiling theft bid
Bathinda, September 24
Mr Ram Bahadur, a night watchman working in the Bhatti road area of this town, was severely injured by a group of three thieves late last night after he resisted an attempt by it to loot a tyre shop.

CPI leader questions SDO’s transfer
Amritsar, September 24
Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran CPI leader in a letter to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, has raised the issue of transfer of SDO Rahul Tiwari from Amritsar to Shahkot after a stay of merely two months.

Sewerage project inaugurated
Patiala, September 24
The Municipal Corporation here today started work on laying down sewerage and water supply lines in ward number 7 with the grant of Rs 4 crore by the state government.

Unemployed linemen block traffic
Patiala, September 24
The Unemployed Lineman Union, whose leaders are undergoing a fast unto death, today stopped traffic on the Mall Road for a few hours in protest against the Punjab State Electricity Board for not recruiting them as linemen. The jam was lifted after nearly four hours.

Vigilance officials quiz top PUDA official
SAS Nagar, September 24
Punjab Vigilance officials questioned the Additional Chief Administrator PUDA, Mr Yashvir Mahajan, here today in connection with a complaint regarding the renting out of a showroom in Sector 17, Chandigarh.

Rail roko stir on  September 30
Patiala, September 24
Nine farmer organisations who have decided to organise a “rail roko” stir in Punjab on September 30, today said that they would stop rail traffic at Rajpura. Disclosing this here today, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) leader Pashora Singh Sidhupur and Gurbaksh Singh Balbehra said a meeting was organised at the Nehru Park to finalise the preparations for the protest.

Ahluwalia assails move on Adi Granth celebrations
Chandigarh, September 24
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, a well-known Sikh scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, today complained that the move for celebrating he fourth centenary of Sri Adi Granth had been cold shouldered by the Vajpayee government.

PSEB unions to hold protest march
Patiala, September 24
On the call given by the joint forum of all major trade unions of the Punjab State Electricity Board, the Board employees from all over the state have decided to hold a protest march towards the Punjab Vidhan Sabha tomorrow.

’65 war martyr remembered
Abohar, September 24
Tributes were paid to Major Surender Prasad who had sacrificed his life in the Khemkaran sector in 1965. A function was held at the Samadhi Sthal, developed by the Fellows Club, here in this regard.

SDM begins probe into death of 2 schoolboys
Phagwara, September 24
Local SDM Pritam Singh is reported to have begun a probe into the death of two schoolboys, Mohit and Rajesh, found drowned in the historic Kaulanwala pond here on July 22.


10 petitions by SGPC members allowed
Chandigarh, September 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed a bunch of 10 petitions filed by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) members against the order passed by the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission restraining them from exercising their franchise during the SGPC elections held last year.

HC orders action against guilty in ‘murder’ case
Chandigarh, September 24
Nearly 17 months after Jharkhand resident Rakesh Mirdha, “murdered” for having an “illicit relationship” with two girls, walked into the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice Viney Mittal today directed Punjab Chief Secretary and Director- General of Police to take action against the guilty officials.


Livestock census launched in Punjab
Chandigarh, September 24
The Punjab Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, today launched the 17th quinquennial livestock census by releasing the formats register.



Ex-SDM, 6 others booked
Mansa, September 24
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today registered a case at the Vigilance Bureau, Bathinda, against Mr Baljit Singh Sandhu, former Subdivisional Magistrate, Sardulgarh, now posted as District Development

Rs 1.25 lakh looted from bank
Malerkotla, September 24
Three youths looted Rs 1.25 lakh on gunpoint from the State Bank of Patiala, Mohrana village branch, about 5 km from here, today.

Junior Engineer booked for taking bribe
Mansa, September 24
A team of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau led by Mr Vinod Kumar Chowdhary, DSP (Vigilance) today caught Baru Ram, Junior Engineer of the PSEB, while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a tea stall owner, Amrik Singh.


2 teachers removed from varsity gurdwara panel
Patiala, September 24
The Punjabi University has again raised the issue of alleged sacrilege which occurred in the gurdwara in its campus during the student agitation, by removing two teachers who were functioning as President and member of its Executive Committee.

Law students on indefinite fast
Muktsar, September 24
Three students of the Department of Law of the local Punjab University Regional Centre today started indefinite fast to lodge their protest against the apathetic attitude of the Punjab University authorities towards their problems.

Paper outside syllabus, say PCS candidates
Patiala, September 24
Candidates appearing for the Mathematics-two paper of the PCS examination which is being reconducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission here today complained that as much as 60 per cent of the questions were outside syllabus.

Unruly scenes mar college elections
Ferozepore, September 24
The elections to the post of president of the students union of the Guru Nanak College took an ugly turn when some unscrupulous persons who had gathered outside the college fired some shots in the air which was followed by a mild cane charge by the police.


Cutting tools industry needs govt help
The cutting tools industry in Patiala, which once supplied equipment and machinery to nearly all industrial hubs of the country is on the brink of collapse due to the setting up of ancillary units of this nature all over the country and general recession in the industry.

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