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Badal emerges stronger after celebrations: Bibi Jagir Kaur
Amritsar, September 2
The total negation of the SGPC and the control of the center-stage by the Shiromani Akali Dal during the quadricentennial celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib was an attempt to project Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a former Chief Minister, as a “towering religious leader”.

Pak delegation calls for visa-free travel
Chandigarh, September 2
A 15-member delegation of members of the Pakistan National Assembly was felicitated at the Punjab Vidhan Sabha here today.

A delegation from Pakistan is welcomed by senior Akali leaders during their visit to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Thursday. A delegation from Pakistan is welcomed by senior Akali leaders during their visit to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Thursday. —  Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma



PRTC buses go hi-tech
Patiala, September 2
Travel on buses of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) is set to change. Bus drivers are likely to drive at the prescribed speed, stop at authorised places and be more punctual. This may come about with the installation of the global positioning information system (GPIS) which will enable monitoring of the complete movement of the corporation’s buses.
Patiala MP Preneet Kaur tries her hand at the telephone which comes with the GPIS system being installed in PRTC buses in Patiala on Thursday.
Patiala MP Preneet Kaur tries her hand at the telephone which comes with the GPIS system being installed in PRTC buses in Patiala on Thursday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Councillor, husband attacked for exposing corruption
Pathankot, September 2
Mrs Shobha Rani, a municipal councillor representing ward number 8 in the Pathankot Municipal Council, and her husband were attacked by henchmen of contractors for allegedly trying to expose corruption. The municipal councillor has been highlighting the alleged misappropriation in the construction of a drain in her ward for more than eight months.
Municipal councillor Shobha Rani shows the drain that was washed away after the first rain after it was constructed.
Municipal councillor Shobha Rani shows the drain that was washed away after the first rain after it was constructed. — A Tribune photograph

Settling in UK may be difficult for granthis
Jalandhar, September 2
Settling in the UK for “granthis” and “kirtanias” may turn out to be a difficult exercise from December onwards, in view of the UK Home Office which plans to make it mandatory for them to undergo an English speaking test before allowing them to immigrate to that country.

Punjab milk, meat for Europe likely
Jalandhar, September 2
Export of milk products, meat and its byproducts from Punjab may be allowed to European and other countries soon.


Cong yet to learn ‘coalition dharma’: Bardhan
Chandigarh, September 2
Having serious differences with the Central Government over the foreign trade policy announced by it , the CPI today said that the Congress ministers and national leaders were yet to a learn the ‘coalition dharma’ to run an alliance government at the Centre.

CPI National Congress in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, September 2
The 19th National Congress of the CPI will be held in Chandigarh. A decision in this connection was taken here today. The Punjab unit of the CPI will host the Congress.

BJP’s protest against Karnataka Govt
Sangrur, September 2
The district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Mr K. K. Mudgil, district senior vice-president, today organised a protest march through the town and held a rally at Pheruman Chowk, condemning the action of the Karnataka Government for making a case against Ms Uma Bharti, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, for allegedly unfurling the National Flag 10 years ago at Hubli.


Malerkotla resident recalls stay in Pak jails
Malerkotla, September 2
Mr Khushi Mohammed, a local resident who was repatriated along with 35 others to India on August 31 by the Pakistani authorities, today recounted his tale of woe about his life in Pakistani jails during the past few years. He reached Malerkotla yesterday.

In dire need of basic amenities
PATHANKOT: Residents are up in arms against the local civic council which has failed to provide better sanitation, affective sewerage, adequate water supply and good roads to its people who pay all taxes, yet are devoid of the basic amenities.

Concern over eye bank’s functioning
Bathinda, September 2
Mr Sushil Nagpal, a resident of Bhucho Mandi town of the district and a dedicated activist for the promotion of the eye-donation movement, is disappointed over the “apathetic” attitude of the authorities running the eye bank in the town.

Raju, the dancing horse, enthrals audience
Talhan (Jalandhar), September 2
Raju, a six-year-old horse, mesmerised its audience, as it danced to “Bhangra” tunes with its measured footsteps on beats of a “dhol” for half an hour. Residents, were enchanted by Raju, owned by a horse trader Jarnail Singh of Mir Pur Mari village, of the district, which had come to participate in an animal show organised by the Punjab Animal Husbandry Department here today.
Raju, the six-year-old horse, owned by Jarnail Singh of Mir Pur Mari village in Jalandhar district, enthrals residents of Talhan village by dancing to "bhangra" tunes and "dhol" beats on Thursday.
Raju, the six-year-old horse, owned by Jarnail Singh of Mir Pur Mari village in Jalandhar district, enthrals residents of Talhan village by dancing to “bhangra” tunes and “dhol” beats on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

A rare ‘cuckoo’ saved
Ferozepore, September 2
In a rare act of compassion and generosity, Mr H. S. Chahal, SSP, here, bought home a wounded “cuckoo” bird, a rare species, struggling for its life. He found it lying on the middle of a road, which he nursed and provided medical treatment.

Jawan killed in encounter with militants
Fazilka, September 2
A newly married jawan, Gurjeet Singh (22), of the Sikh Regiment sacrificed his life in an encounter with subversive elements in the Mhor sector of Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. Gurjeet Singh, originally a resident of Shahtirwala village of Fazilka subdivision, received a fatal bullet injury on his skull on Tuesday night in an encounter that ensued between security forces and militants.

25 eucalyptus trees axed
Jalandhar, September 2
The Cantonment Board today axed 25 eucalyptus trees that lined the Mall Road leading to the Vajra Corps.

BKU activists gherao 2 buses
Bathinda, September 2
A section of activists of the BKU today gheraoed two private buses at Sandhoa village in this district for hours together to lodge their protest against the injury caused to a farmer, Bant Singh, by the driver of one of the buses yesterday.

Spray mars festivities, four hurt
Patiala, September 2
A band playing amidst dancing baraatis and the new tradition of spraying all and sundry with ‘’snowflakes” from spray cans is a common sight at marriages in the city.

Tributes paid to martyr
Bathinda, September 2
Leaders from to all political parties today attended the bhog ceremony of Sepoy Kuldeep Singh, who died while fighting against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir few days ago, at Gill Patti village of this district, to pay their tributes to the martyr.


Badals' plea questioning Judge's power dismissed
Chandigarh, September 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed the petitions moved by former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir Badal, former ministers Tota Singh, Nirmal Singh Kahlon and Sohan Singh Thandal challenging the power of the Special Judge, Ropar, S.K. Goel in hearing the disproportionate assets cases involving them.


Take to hyola mustard seed, farmers advised
Sangrur, September 2
A seminar to encourage the cultivation of hyola mustard seed was organised at Dhuri, 13 km from here, by the Solvent Extractors’ Association of Punjab on Thursday in collaboration with the Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation. Mr Kirpa Shankar Saroj, MD, Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation, advised the farmers to diversify from wheat and cultivate hyola mustard seed as it was more remunerative.

No shortage of DAP: Randhawa
Chandigarh, September 2
The Cooperation and Horticulture Minister, Punjab, Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, said all necessary arrangements had been made for the timely supply of DAP to the members of the primary agricultural cooperative societies. While presiding over a review meeting here today, he said the total quantity of DAP fertiliser required by the primary agricultural societies in the state in the coming rabi season was about 1.59 lakh metric tonnes. He assured the farmers that there would be no shortage of DAP in the state.


Four more law officers appointed
Chandigarh, September 2
The Punjab Government has appointed four more law officers to handle its legal cases, taking the total to 108, just 14 short of the earlier number.


PPSC scam approver charged with forgery
Faridkot, September 2
In a case of alleged takeover of a petrol pump using forged documents, the Deputy Commissioner has written to the Principal Secretary and Financial Secretary (Revenue) seeking necessary action against the prime accused, Prem Sagar, who is also a co-accused-turned -approver in the PPSC job-for-cash scam, the Registrar and all other witnesses in the sale deed. The DC has sought action following a probe into the matter.

Gang of car thieves busted
Jalandhar, September 2
The district police claims to have busted a five-member gang of auto thieves with the arrest of its two members, and recovered six stolen vehicles, including two sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and four cars, from their possession.

Gang of thieves busted
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 2
The CIA staff claims to have busted a gang of thieves with the arrest of five persons. Three iron rods, knives, .303 mm pistol, live cartridges and other material have been recovered from them.


Teachers not paid for three months
Bathinda, September 2
A large number of teachers working in state government schools, which were upgraded in 2001 are not being paid their salaries regularly.

Students burn effigy of varsity admn
Patiala, September 2
The Punjabi University Students Confederation burnt the effigy of the university authorities in front of the Department of Political Science to protest against the ‘anti-student’ policies of the administration here today.

Seminar on Sikh literature
Patiala, September 2
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, organised a seminar on ‘Sikh sacred literature — a view from East India, here today.

Teachers’ body seeks PUTA poll
Patiala, September 2
The Centre for University Teachers, Punjabi University, has passed a resolution requesting the university authorities to conduct election to the Punjabi University Teachers Association. The resolution was passed at a meeting here today.


Auto component, garment industries can create more jobs in Punjab: CII
Chandigarh, September 2
Taking forward its growth agenda for Punjab, the CII has developed two representative models for generation of employment, covering the garment industry and the auto component industry.

Milk plant gets Rs 24.2 cr aid
Sangrur, September 2
Being a sick unit, the Sangrur Milk Plant of the Milkfed, Punjab, has been brought under the rehabilitation plan. Under the plan, the milk plant will get Rs 24.20 crore from 2004 to 2011 from the Union Government and the Punjab Government as grants to improve its financial health. The Union and state governments will share the amount on 50:50 basis.

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