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Amarinder for trade through Wagah border
Chandigarh, September 3
Open Wagah border for cotton trade — Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has reportedly suggested to the Centre. The development is significant as the state will earn valuable foreign exchange if the proposal is accepted.

Mujeeb-ur-Rahman Shammi, Sajjad Naseer and Gohar Ayub Khan
Mujeeb-ur-Rahman Shammi, Sajjad Naseer and Gohar Ayub Khan

Let us liberate ourselves from the past: Ayub
Chandigarh, September 3
Will the coalition government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh be able to push the peace process forward between India and Pakistan ?That is the question which is bothering the political leadership the most in Pakistan.

Two special jathas for Pak
Amritsar, September 3
Two special jathas of Sikh devotees would visit Pakistan to observe ‘Jyoti Jot Divas’ of Guru Nanak Dev and the birth anniversary of fourth Sikh Guru Ram Dass, which falls on September 22 and October 9, respectively, as per Nanakshahi Calendar.

SGPC poll: Govt to move SC soon
Chandigarh, September 3
The Punjab Government has decided to file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the August 12 order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections case.

Irate parents block road
Ludhiana, September 3
Agitated over the postponement of counselling by Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences for the BDS, BAMS and BHMS courses, irate parents and their wards blocked traffic on the Faridkot-Sadiq road for nearly two hours.



  Joint inspection of Narwana branch proposed
Chandigarh, September 3
The Punjab Irrigation Department authorities have urged the Central Water Commission to ask the Haryana Irrigation Department authorities for a joint inspection of the Narwana branch of the Bhakra Mainline Canal in Punjab territory for strengthening the banks of the canal on the either side.

Panic spreads as 10 kids remain untraced
Jalandhar, September 3
Failure of the Jalandhar police to trace 10 of 14 children who were either abducted or had gone missing under mysterious circumstances during past four months, coupled with the recovery of a chopped arm of a child near Variana on the Kapurthala road and a partly decomposed body of a 10-year-old girl in Chaheru village, has not only spread panic among parents in the region but has also forced them to keep their wards under strict vigil. All the children are below nine.

News Analysis
After the ‘handshake’, Cong, SAD should be positive

Chandigarh, September 3
Of the three centenaries of major events in the Sikh history in 2004, only one is left to be celebrated — the tercentenary of the martyrdom of Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, sons of Guru Gobind Singh on December 27.

Sector Reform Project: Bathinda, Muktsar fare poorly
Centre recommends recovery of funds
Bathinda, September 3
Crores of rupees given to Bathinda and Muktsar districts by the Union Centre Government under its Sector Reform Project (SRP) for setting up new rural water works by taking 10 per cent of the total cost of project from the panchayat concerned as contribution, have been lying unutilised for the past two years.

5 cops dismissed in Babla escape case
Patiala, September 3
Five Patiala policemen, who had wined and dined with dreaded militant Gursewak Singh Babla and let down their guard resulting in the escape of the militant, were today dismissed from service.

Health official, cops ‘collect money illegally’
Gurdaspur, September 3
In a blatant case of corruption, a health official with the help of the police, allegedly collected money from Pathankot-based shopkeepers leading to resentment in the area.

Good Samaritans join hands to save peacock
Chandigarh, September 3
Punjab presents an interesting contrast in terms of the treatment its people mete out to wild animals and birds protected under the wildlife laws.


Rising thefts: traders take to streets, cane-charged
Moga, September 3
Enraged over the rising incidence of thefts and “failure” of the police to check them, the traders in Baghapurana took to streets and blocked traffic at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk for about two hours, besides keeping their shops shut whole day.

Alleged thief beaten up, paraded by mob
Baghapurana, September 3
Caught red-handed while stealing small items, a general store employee was taken out in a procession after hanging a placard saying ‘Mein chor haan’ (I am a thief) around his neck here yesterday. The employee, Dev Singh of Kot Kapura, also faced the wrath of the common people who, along with the shopkeeper, thrashed him.
The alleged thief, Dev Singh, with a placard tied around his neck, after he was beaten up by a crowd at Baghapurana on Friday.
The alleged thief, Dev Singh, with a placard tied around his neck, after he was beaten up by a crowd at Baghapurana on Friday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Protest rally against minor’s rape
Moga, September 3
A protest rally led by the state chairperson of the Nari Mukti Manch, Ms Surinder Kaur Dhudike, was taken out in Jhandeana Sarki village yesterday to protest against the rape of a minor in the village last week. Organisations representing different sections of society like the Technical Services Union, the Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta, and the Lok Sangram Manch participated in the rally.

PSEB officials ‘steal’ power
Faridkot, September 3
Certain offices of the PSEB are drawing power from hotline of the local Civil Hospital throwing all norms to the winds.

Durgiana panel flays BJP leaders
Amritsar, September 3
Criticising Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister, and Mr Madan Lal Khurana, Rajasthan Governor, for not paying obeisance at the Durgiana Temple here Mr Surinder Arjun, president, Shri Durgiana Committee, said that being a Sikh, Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, visited the Durgiana Temple to pay obeisance and also participated in the kar seva. However, the other so-called Hindu leaders were so busy that they had no time to visit the temple, the great religious place of Hindus.

A milestone in service of humanity
Chandigarh, September 3
Umeed Foundation today completed seven years in the ‘’service of humanity’’ in Sangrur and Mansa districts, where it has successfully spread its net in the field of education and health delivery systems.

Doctors’ forum decries NPA abolition
Patiala, September 3
The Punjab State Senior PCMS Doctors Forum today decried the decision of the Himachal Pradesh Government to abolish the NPA of HP civil medical service doctors.

More water supply schemes for Kharar: MLA
Kharar, September 3
Various water supply schemes will be started in the township after the completion of the ongoing projects.

Two sadhus die in town
Bathinda, September 3
Two sadhus, one infested with worms and the other suffering from tuberculosis died here today. Mr Vijay Goyal, president, Sahara Jan Sewa, an NGO, in a press note issued here today said that one Sadhu identified as Gopi Patnayak, was infested with worms.


Higher cotton yield likely this year
Bathinda, September 3
After having set two records last year, the cotton crop has set another record this year as it started arriving in the markets in the last week of August.


Five new post offices in dist planned
Jalandhar, September 3
After a gap of almost a decade, the Department of Posts is all set to open five new post offices in various parts of the district by this month-end.


Man shot
Amritsar, September 3
Chhatinder Singh, a resident Tapiala village under Lopoke police station in Majitha police district, was shot by Jagir Singh of the same village. A case under Section 302, IPC, was registered in Lopoke police station here today.

Convict caught smuggling narcotics
Mansa, September 3
Old habits die hard. This proverb was proved true in the case of Naib Singh, who has been undergoing 10-year imprisonment after being convicted in a narcotics smuggling case, was caught again by the police while he was smuggling poppy husk yesterday.

ASI booked for graft
Moga, September 3
A case of corruption has been registered against ASI Darshan Singh deployed in Dharamkot here today. The action against the ASI came after a medical shop owner had lodged a complaint against him. Sources said the complainant, Tejinder Singh, who is the owner of Deep Medical Store in Dharamkot, had accused the ASI of demanding Rs 50,000 for covering up the recovery of some intoxicating drugs from his shop.


Syndicate names two libraries after scholars
Patiala, September 3
The Punjabi University Syndicate has named the university’s Main Library as “Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha Library” and Punjabi Reference Library as “Dr Ganda Singh Punjabi Reference Library”.

Varsity suspends top student leaders
Patiala, September 3
Almost all prominent student leaders of Punjabi University are in the thick of controversy with three of them being named in group clash by a rival group and another being found in a “drunken” state on the campus.

College students observe strike on bus ticket issue
Sangrur, September 3
The Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU) unit of the local Government Ranbir College today observed a strike and held a rally in protest against the alleged callous attitude of the private bus operators towards the students, having bus passes, in their buses.

Parents protest against stopping of counselling
Faridkot, September 3
Parents of the PMT candidates, who were in the city to appear for counselling today, protested against stopping of the counselling midway and raised slogans against the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences authorities.

PMT candidates and their parents protest against the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences authorities in Faridkot on Friday.
PMT candidates and their parents protest against the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences authorities in Faridkot on Friday.

Seminar on technical education at Longowal
Sangrur, September 3
A national seminar on “Technical education and entrepreneurship in the era of WTO” was held at Sant Harchand Singh Longowal Central Institute of Engineering and Technology at Longowal village today. The seminar was organised in connection with Teachers Day celebrations.


Hoteliers demand relaxation in taxes
Jalandhar, September 3
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) held their annual general meeting here today and lambasted the Central government for imposing hefty taxes.


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