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Badal wants complaint against CM probed
Parkash Singh BadalTells Vigilance to meet him on Oct 8
Chandigarh, September 30
The Shiromani Akali Dal chief and Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has put the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in a bind by saying that his reply to the questionnaire in a corruption case registered against him be treated as a complaint against the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

SAD not to seek govt’s dismissal, says Badal
Hoshiarpur, September 30
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a former Chief Minister and president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, today said Punjab was facing a time worst than the Emergency of 1976, yet his party would not demand the dismissal of the Amarinder government. He was talking to newsmen at the house of Bibi Mohinder Kaur Josh, a former minister, at Piplanwala.

UT rejects Punjab’s plea in Bhattal case
Chandigarh, September 30
Rajinder Kaur BhattalThe UT Administration today withdrew its notification appointing a member of Rajya Sabha and Supreme Court advocate, Mr R.K Anand, as Special Public Prosecutor to appear on behalf of the Punjab government in the case registered against Punjab Panchayat Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

Rights panel orders probe into police harassment case
Chandigarh, September 30
Taking notice of allegations levelled against senior police officials of Patiala by a woman, who complained that she and her son were beaten up by Punjab police personnel, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission today directed the Additional DGP (Crime) to probe the matter and submit a report before the commission.

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Congress holds rallies against Centre’s policies
Jalandhar, September 30
The Congress today alleged that the BJP-led NDA government had failed not only to guard national interests but also to preserve the secular structure of the country. At a party dharna in front of the Regional Passport Office here, Mr Balbir Singh, MP, said corruption was rampant during the NDA rule and the coffin deal was its worst example.

Docs’ repatriation to be reviewed
Chandigarh, September 30
The Punjab Government has decided to review the repatriation case of over 100 PCMS doctors serving in various medical colleges of the state. This was stated by Ch Santokh Singh, Minister of Medical Education and Research, who will take up the cases of their repatriation to their parent department of Health and Family Welfare with the authorities concerned.

Suspected dengue patient dead
Hoshiarpur, September 30
Jit Lal (18), son of Piara Ram of the Local Mohalla Bassi Khawaju, suspected to be a patient of dengue died at the local Civil Hospital yesterday.

Need to redefine sciences, says Dr Bambah
Patiala, September 30
Former Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.P. Bambah, today said that there was need to redefine sciences as real science was holistic in nature and a combination of all disciplines.


Shifting of CPDOs’ offices ordered
Ferozepore, September 30
The Punjab Government has embarked on a scheme to draft the master plan of the urban and rural segments so that the funds released for these developmental works are utilised in an appropriate manner through district-level planning boards.

Punjabi pop singer to be honoured in Toronto
Chandigarh, September 30
Punjabi pop singer Shankar Shahney has been selected for the Best Pop Singer award for his latest album "Kede Yaar Nu". He will be awarded at the annual award ceremony which is being organised by Vatnodoor Channel of Vision TV at Woodbine Hall, Rexdale, Toronto on October 3.

Air show attracts a huge crowd
Pathankot, September 30
A dazzling air show and static display of aircraft and helicopters was organised today at the Air Force Station here as a part of the 71st anniversary celebrations of the Air Force. This being a first ever show of its kind here, a large number of persons witnessed the show. Local military and civil dignitaries were also present.

Indian Air Force planes perform the ‘Suryakiran’ during an air show in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Reuters
Indian Air Force planes perform the ‘Suryakiran’ during an air show in Amritsar on Tuesday.

500 cr to be spent under Rajiv Gandhi Yojana
Mansa, September 30
“Free latrines will be constructed in the houses of 10 lakh families of the Schedule Castes or those living below the poverty line. A sum of Rs 500 crore will be spent under the Rajiv Gandhi Yojana.


SAD seeks special girdawri in 12 villages
Bathinda, September 30
Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, spokesperson for the SAD and MLA, Gidderbaha, today said the Punjab Government should hold a special girdawri of 12 villages of Gidderbaha subdivision of Muktsar district where heavy rains and hailstorm had damaged standing paddy and cotton crops in the past two days.


Clear dues, depts told
Amritsar, September 30
Various government departments including the Punjab Police, Health and PSTC Departments are defaulters of the Punjab State Electricity Board. Mr K.K. Puri, Chief Accountant, Revenue Department, PSEB, talking to The Tribune, after a meeting with Revenue superintendents to provide better services to the customers, said here yesterday that the PSEB has approached to state government in this regard.


Inter-state gang of robbers busted
Gurdaspur, September 30
The police has busted an inter-state gang of robbers engaged in looting foreigners who visited the Golden Temple, Amritsar, to pay their obeisance. Mr R.P.S. Brar, SSP, in a press note issued here today, said that six members of the gang had been identified as Rinku and Kuldeep Singh, both residents of Suchetgarh under the Dhariwal police station, and Rajinder, Dharminder, Lal Chand and Suresh, all residents of Shekhpur Sathwal in Uttar Pradesh.


Chaos at counselling for NRI seats
Faridkot, September 30
Chaos prevailed for over five hours during counselling at the local Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College today as students had arrived for admission to MBBS and BDS courses under the NRI quota.


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