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Gangrape accused rounded up
Ludhiana, September 26
The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Mr Narinderpal Singh, has been personally supervising the investigations into the charges of the alleged rape of a minor girl. The SSP, reportedly accompanied by a board of doctors, today visited the residence of Chanderwati at Gobindgarh village, near Ludhiana airport.

Merger of electrical inspectorate into PSEB proposed
Chandigarh, September 26
The technical and supervisory staff of the Punjab State Electrical Inspectorate, a state government department that was in the news recently for a big corruption case, should be merged into the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) after giving a promotion each to the employees.

MLAs of different parties form forum
Chandigarh, September 26
Politics will get a backseat at the newly-formed Young Legislators Forum of Punjab, which plans to focus primarily on the economic issues for the larger good of the state.

Ex-Mayor violated building bylaws, claims MC
Amritsar, September 26
Even though Mr K.S. Kang, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, has written to the District Magistrate, Mr Raminder Singh, to provide the corporation with adequate security and reinforcement for the demolition of illegal structures constructed by a former Mayor, Mr Subash Sharma, the latter has obtained status quo on the construction from the civil courts.

Mayors set to get executive powers
Patiala, September 26
The Punjab Government is in the process of implementing the Amendment to Section 74 of the Constitution, following which executive powers will be granted to the Mayors in all the four municipal corporations in the state.

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Probe into students’ thrashing
Bathinda, September 26
Mr Lachhman Singh Brar, the District Education Officer (DEO), Secondary, has deputed Mrs Gurminder Pal Kaur Dhillon, District Science Supervisor (DSS), to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the incident pertaining to the alleged thrashing of more than 12 students of Government Elementary School at Lehra Khana village in the district by a mathematics teacher, Mrs Kiran Bala, on September 22.

Pakistani woman shifted to Amritsar
Bathinda, September 26
Ramjano, an old and insane Pakistani woman, was shifted from the Central Jail, here today. After the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Rajiv Malhotra, ordered her release in a case registered against her under the Foreigners Act, Ramjano was shifted to a camp jail in Amritsar.


RSS chief seeks Cong support against cow slaughter

Bheni Sahib (Ludhiana), September 26
The RSS chief, Mr K.S. Sudarshan, exhorted all political parties of the country, including the Congress, to support the campaign against the cow slaughter. He also said there was no difference between the Hindus and the Sikhs and they were like brothers.

RSS chief Mr K. S. Sudarshan (R) talks to PPCC chief Mr H. S. Hanspal at Bheni Sahib on Friday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

RSS chief Mr K. S. Sudarshan talks to PPCC chief Mr H. S. Hanspal at Bheni Sahib

Chandumajra to fight from Patiala
Patiala, September 26
Former minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur today said party General Secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra would be the party’s candidate for the Patiala Lok Sabha seat in the coming elections.

Ex-MLA Raunta expelled from CPI
Moga, September 26
Mr Ajaib Singh Raunta, a former MLA of the CPI, was today expelled from the primary membership of the party for his alleged anti-party activities. This was announced here by Mr Randhir Gill, the secretary of the Moga unit of the CPI.


Army officer killed in J&K cremated

Amritsar, September 26
Lt Kanavdeep Singh of 10 Sikh Light Infantry who sacrificed his life during an encounter with militants at Guraj sector in Jammu and Kashmir on September 23, was cremated with full military honour here today.

The body of Lt Kanavdeep Singh is brought to his house at Guru Har Rai Avenue in Amritsar on Friday. Mrs Rajbir Kaur, the officer’s mother, is also seen in the picture. — Tribune photo by
Rajiv Sharma

The body of Lt Kanavdeep Singh is brought to his house at Guru Har Rai Avenue in Amritsar

Sculptor awaits funds to fulfil dream
FARIDKOT: Manjit Singh, a young sculptor (32), has given a new dimension to the promotion of sculpture. In the past 12 years, he has carved hundreds of portraits of national heros, martyrs, freedom fighters and patriots, saints, renowned Punjabi writers, folk singers and many other national personalities through stones, clay modelling, woodwork, fibre glass and cement.

Workshop for police personnel
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 26
The district police organised a one-day workshop for police personnel and their families here yesterday. It was conducted by Dr Pardeep Jain, Associate Professor and Mr Manoj Kumar Goyal, Senior Lecturer from SLIET Longowal. All gazetted officers, SHOs, I/C units and hundreds of police personnel participated in the workshop.

Traders in fix over Army’s objection
Amritsar, September 26
After a legal battle which continued for about six years, the erstwhile occupants of the local fruit and vegetable market, who had finally relented to shift to an alternative site, are in a fix. Nearly, 40 of these persons were given immediate allotment of alternative shops as direct owners.

Stop encroachment of Sikh shrines, Pervez urged
Ferozepore, September 26
More than 100 Sikh shrines in Pakistan have been encroached by Pakistani people, including some historical places, Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, president, International Bhai Mardana Society, has said in a communication to Gen Pervez Musharraf.

SPG security for Chander Shekhar demanded
Bathinda, September 26
Mr Darshan Singh Jeeda, president, Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP), Punjab unit, today urged the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, to provide the Special Protection Group (SPG) security cover to a former Prime Minister and national president of the SJP, Mr Chander Shekhar, who had been facing attacks on his life for the past three years.

Ravi Inder for Ranjit Singh as Takht chief
Jalandhar, September 26
Mr Ravi Inder Singh, President of the newly floated Akali Dal, today announced that his party would leave no stone unturned to re-install Bhai Ranjit Singh as Jathedar of Akal Takht if it was voted to power in the coming SGPC elections.

Techno-opus 2002 inaugurated
Ferozepore, September 26
The two-day inter-state technical festival, “Techno-opus 2002” and the second annual convention of the ISTE (North India chapter) being organised by the local Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Engineering and Technology was inaugurated here today.

Agarsain’s anniversary celebrated
Sangrur, September 26
Birth anniversary of Maharaj Agarsain, the founder of the Aggarwal community, was celebrated with enthusiasm by the local Aggarwal Sabha here today.

Ex-Maharaja for samadhi upkeep
Chandigarh, September 26
Former Maharaja of Kapurthala, Brig Sukhjit Singh, has urged the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to immediately undertake work for restoration of “samadhi” of Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia in the Golden Temple complex.

Illegal detention of granthi alleged
Amritsar, September 26
Baba Balwinder Singh, resident of the Rajasansi area and a granthi at Gurdwara Dera Baba Buddah, near Jalandhar, has allegedly been kept in illegal detention by the Rajasansi police for the past few days.


Hope for children of SGPC staff
Chandigarh, September 26
Children of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) members can now hope to avail the benefit of reservation in the MBBS and BDS courses. Taking up a petition, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed a memorandum restricting the benefit of reservation to the sons and daughters of SGPC employees.

Pleas on NRI quota in medical colleges allowed
Chandigarh, September 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed a bunch of petitions challenging a notification issued by the state of Punjab on July 25 whereby NRI quota seats for admission to MBBS and BDS courses was cancelled.

Five sentenced to life for murder
Moga, September 26
Five persons were sentenced to life imprisonment for committing a murder three years ago by the court of Additional Sessions Judge Manmohan Singh Chawla here today.


Seven engineers suspended
Chandigarh, September 26
The Punjab Government today ordered the suspension of seven engineers of the Public Works Department in connection with “substandard work” on a road in Ropar district.

Tehsildar suspended
Gurdaspur, September 26
The Punjab Government has placed under suspension Tehsildar Udham Singh and Naib Tehsildar Phumman Singh for allotting Defence Department land in the district as Central Government land to several persons.

Constable suspended
Amritsar, September 26
The district police has suspended Amarjit Singh, a constable, for showing negligence and lack of concern while taking a prisoner, Jagtar Singh to the district court here today. Jagtar Singh dodged the constable and fled away when they were returning after presenting him in the court yesterday.


CBI files charge sheet against 26 for defrauding FCI
Mansa, September 26
The CBI has presented a chargesheet in the CBI court at Patiala against a number of rice millers of the district and officials of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for causing a loss of Rs 1.80 crore to the FCI. The chargesheet has been filed against 26 persons under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC read with offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.

Dacoits strike at ex-serviceman’s house
Kapurthala, September 26
About 10 dacoits entered the house of Captain Nazar Singh (retd) at Kadupur village near the town and seriously injured him, his wife and grandson yesterday night, the police said today.

Two held for remarks against Balmiki
Jalandhar, September 26
Following protests by a large number of people belonging to the Balmiki community in front of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 in the Cantonment area the police arrested a school teacher and a printer, who had allegedly published a magazine in which derogatory remarks were allegedly used against Maharshi Balmiki.


Students thrashed by SHO; complain to DC, SSP
Ropar, September 26
Students of the local government college and activists of the Student Federation of India (SFI), who were holding a meeting at the college in connection with the setting up of a local unit of the SFI, were allegedly picked up and thrashed by the SHO Ropar, Mr Balwant Singh Majithia.


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