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Report names politician, sarpanch in Buta Mandi violence case
Chandigarh, September 29
The magisterial inquiry report into the death of Vijay Kumar Kala in the violence that rocked Jalandhar’s Buta Mandi on the night intervening June 5 and 6, is now available with the Department of Home Affairs. The violence had occurred in the wake of the Talhan happenings.

Home Ministry trying to patronise corruption, says Amarinder
Kotla (Ropar), September 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today vented his ire against the Union Minister of State for Home, Mr ID Swami. Reacting to the statement of Mr Swami daring the Punjab Government to arrest Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Capt Amarinder Singh said the Union Home Ministry was trying to provide patronage to corruption.

Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, addresses a meeting of the All-Himachal Truck Operators Association at Kotla

Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, addresses
a meeting of the All-Himachal Truck Operators Association
at Kotla, Ropar, on Monday




SDM, 2 others booked on charges of forgery
Baba Bakala (Amritsar), September 29
The Majitha police today booked Mr Dilraj Singh Sandhawalia, SDM, Baba Bakala, and two others on charges of forgery. The case has been registered on an inquiry report, prepared by the DSP, Mr Lakha Singh for allegedly duping a widow of a home guard who was killed by terrorist in 1990.

Smuggling of drugs in Central Jail
Patiala, September 29
The local Central jail inmates serving sentence under the Narcotics Act seem to have continued to do their business in jail, with the authorities today apprehending one such inmate while he was in the process of smuggling in 1000 capsules which are used as intoxicants by addicts after they were handed over to him during the official visiting hours by an outsider.

Heavy rain damages paddy, cotton crops
Deon (Bathinda), September 29
Paddy and cotton crops in thousands of acres have been damaged after various pockets of Bathinda, Faridkot, Muktsar and Ferozepore districts were lashed by heavy rain, accompanied by strong winds, late last night. Besides, the paddy and cotton crops were flattened by hailstorms which lashed this region also.
Labh Singh, a farmer of a village near Bathinda, tries to save his paddy crops which were damaged by heavy rain and a hailstorm
Labh Singh, a farmer of a village near Bathinda, tries to save his paddy crops which were damaged by heavy rain and a hailstorm which lashed the region on Sunday night. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Farmers to block traffic today
Chandigarh, September 29
Talks between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and representatives of various farmers organisations failed to resolve the deadlock on the problems of the peasantry during a meeting called by the former at Punjab Bhavan this evening.

Public helps cops capture looter
Amritsar, September 29
With the cooperation of the public, the district police overpowered Gurpreet Singh Sonu who along with his companion had allegedly looted two Punjab State Electricity Board employees by throwing acid here today.

SSP Kultarr Singh shows cash recovered form Gurpreet Singh, who snatched the cash bag form two PSEB employees before being caught. — Photo by Sawinder Singh Amritsar

SSP Kultarr Singh shows cash recovered form Gurpreet Singh

SAD (A) seeks reopening of trade route with Pak
Wagah (Amritsar), September 29
Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and farmer organisations of the party today staged a dharna at the Indo-Pak joint checkpost demanding resumption of trade with Pakistan from Wagah border in Amritsar and Hussainiwala border in Ferozepore.

Sheesh Mahal—a crowning glorySheesh Mahal
HE Sheesh Mahal in Patiala is part of the Motibagh Palace complex which now houses the National Institute of Sports and can easily be called the crowning glory of the Patiala dynasty. The Sheesh Mahal was constructed at the rear of the Motibagh Palace and has a huge tank with two towers on both sides of ‘Lakshman Jhula’ which takes one across to the Banasar Ghar, which earlier housed the National History Gallery.

Ex-servicemen hold rally
Sangrur, September 29
The Sangrur block unit of the Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab and Chandigarh) today organised a rally at the War Heroes Stadium here in support of its demands. The rally was also attended by leaders of the SAD and the BJP.

Traders shut shops in protest
Tarn Taran, September 29
A controversy has arisen between the 20 shopkeepers and the manager of the local Darbar Sahib, Mr Arjan Singh, on whose complaint the local city police has registered a case under Section 342, 506, 148, 149, IPC, against five shopkeepers for allegedly beating and detaining the manager yesterday.

Aanganwari staff hold rally
Chandigarh, September 29
Hundreds of aanganwari employees affiliated to the Aanganwari Mulazim Union, Punjab, who held a rally here today, warned the Punjab Government of an indefinite dharna if their demands were not met. In the evening, the protesters marched towards the Matka Chowk from the rally venue and submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister.

24 lakh spent on development of Dakala
Patiala, September 29
The Minister for Finance and Planning, Mr Lal Singh, said today that Rs 24 lakh were being spent for the overall development of Dakala and villages adjoining it. Addressing a gathering on the premises of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Stadium, Dakala, on the occasion of 26th Annual Sports Meet held here, he said the state government had started special programmes to preserve and encourage the traditional sports of Punjab.

Pak boys seek early release
Faridkot, September 29
All eight Pakistani boys have appealed to the Government of Pakistan to get them back to their country soon so that they could celebrate Divali and Id with their parents.

16 resolutions passed at MC meeting
Kharar, September 29
Members exchanged heated words and levelled allegations against each other at a meeting of the municipal council held here today under the presidentship of Mr Charanjit Singh.


Man commits suicide
Hoshiarpur, September 29
The alleged torture by the wife, the mother-in-law and the father-in-law a 25-year old youth, Mohan Lal, son of Mr Gurbachan Singh of Bassi Bahian, has reportedly compelled him to commit suicide.

4 caught stealing power cable
Ferozepore, September 29
The Crime Intelligence Branch of the Divisional Railway on a tip-off laid a trap and arrested four persons allegedly involved in several cases of theft of electricity supply cable used by the Railways.


Admission to BDS, MBBS courses today
Chandigarh, September 29
The Punjab Government has implemented the recent order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court restoring the non-resident Indian quota in medical and dental colleges in the state. The admissions to MBBS and BDS courses will be made at SGGS Medical College, Faridkot, tomorrow.

Students stir against police atrocity
Ropar, September 29
Students of ITI Ropar, today observed strike to protest against the alleged beating up of leaders of the SFI by the SHO (City), Ropar, on Saturday. Reports of strike in ITI Nangal, Government College Bela and Khalsa College Anandpur Sahib were also received.


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