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Turbaned students not allowed entry into French schools, says Sikh body
Patiala, September 4
Despite claims by the Indian government that it had received assurances from its French counterpart that Sikh students would be allowed to wear turbans to school, turbaned youths were either not allowed to enter schools or were made to sit in segregated classrooms after the start of the new academic session on September 2.

Race for new SGPC chief hots up
Chandigarh, September 4
Who will be the new SGPC President? This question is being asked in the political circles especially in the Akali factions.

NAAC team not satisfied with Punjab colleges
Jalandhar, September 4
Colleges of Punjab have a good infrastructure vis a vis other states but are far behind the latter in terms of self-sustenance, vocational courses, library inter-connectivity, placements and industrial tie-ups.

NAAC team visits college
Nawanshahr, September 4
A peer team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) comprising Dr C.P. Srivastava, former secretary, UGC, Dr Furqan Qamar from Jamia Milia University, and Dr Lalit Mohan Sharma, Principal, Netaji Subash Chander Bose Memorial Postgraduate College, Hamirpur, visited Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, from September 1 to 3 for physical verification of self appraisal report submitted by the college.

Cut in salary: Law officers refuse to join office
Chandigarh, September 4
Strong resentment is brewing among the newly appointed law officers in Punjab, with many of them refusing to join at the reduced salary. Even those lawyers who have joined office are openly expressing anger over the huge cut in salary payable to them.

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World-class roads in Punjab soon
Ludhiana, September 4
Punjab will soon boast of world-class facilities in terms of road infrastructure. The Minister of Finance and Planning, Punjab, Mr Surinder Singla, has promised industrialists that the dream will be realised within three months. The state government, he said, had identified 18 corridors for first-class highways that would make Punjab the best physically connected state in the country.

Resentment over auction at throwaway prices
Amritsar, September 4
An auction of medical instruments in Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Government Medical College here has caused resentment in the medical fraternity, as these were reportedly disposed of at throwaway prices.


CPI demands early poll for local body
Bathinda, September 4
The city unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) today urged the Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Mr Jagjit Singh, to make arrangement for holding the election of Municipal Corporation immediately.

BJP to announce candidate for Garhshankar seat soon
Jalandhar, September 4
The Bhartiya Janata Party is likely to announce its candidate for the Garhshankar Assembly byelection during next week.


Embezzlement detected in govt school
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 4
During a surprise check of schools in the district, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Daya Singh, DEO(S), has detected embezzlement in school funds of Government Senior Secondary School (Boys), Bassi Pathana. The Deputy Commissioner has deputed Mr Darshan Singh, tehsildar, along with DEO office staff to scrutinise the school funds and accounts.

Portugal Ambassador pays obeisance at gurdwara
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 4
Mr Joaquim Ferreira Marques, Ambassador of Portugal in India, along with his wife and daughter, paid obeisance at Gurdwara Shri Fatehgarh Sahib today.

Rally on SYL canal held
Ramgarh (Chamkaur Sahib), September 4
The Dal Khalsa, a Sikh hardliner group, today launched an agitation against the move to construct the remaining portion of the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal in Punjab stating that Haryana and Rajasthan were not riparian states and did not have right to get water from the rivers passing through Punjab.

Bank employees’ strike on Oct 5, 6
Ludhiana, September 4
Demanding immediate conclusion of the eighth bipartite settlement, bank employees and officers throughout Punjab will observe a strike on October 5 and 6.

SPICMACAY team leaves for Pak
Amritsar, September 4
A 12-member delegation of SPIMACAY, headed by its founder of youth movement, Dr Kiran Seth, left for Pakistan yesterday to explore possibilities of opening its chapters in the neighbouring country.

Another post-mortem conducted
Hoshiarpur, September 4
On a demand of residents of Kahri village, the police got a fresh post-mortem of the body of Jatinder Singh, a youth of the village, conducted by a board of four professors of Medical College, Patiala.

Gurbani exponent enthrals gathering
Amritsar, September 4
Bhai Baldeep Singh, the 13th generation ‘Gurbani kirtan’ exponent enthralled the gathering during the UGC-sponsored seminar on classical music organized by Khalsa College for Women here yesterday.

Sikh priest escapes attack by thief
Amritsar, September 4
Giani Mohan Singh, additional Head Granthi, Golden Temple, had miraculous escape today when one of the thieves, who had broken into his house in broad daylight, tried to attack him with Giani Mohan Singh’s sword only.

Punjab to be greener
Sangrur, September 4
As much as 18 per cent area of Punjab will be brought under forests by 2014 as against only 6 per cent at present.

Earring removed from throat of one-year-old
Nawanshahr, September 4
Doctors at Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran, here saved the life of one-year-old Simran, daughter of Mr Ranjit Kumar of Talwandi Jattan village, by conducting a surgery to remove an earring of 2-cm radius from her throat yesterday.

Rare surgery performed
Nawanshahr, September 4
A rare surgery, ‘Revision Tympanomastoidectomy’, was performed on an NRI, Ms Sandeep Kaur (18), here for reconstructing her hearing ossicular chain.

Rs 45,881 lakh disbursed under priority sector
Sangrur, September 4
A meeting of the Sangrur District Consultative Committee was held under the chairmanship of Mr Husan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, here yesterday.

Cultural show
Kharar, September 4
Teachers are builders of the nation and they have contributed to the welfare of society in a big way.

Doctor cremated
Hoshiarpur, September 4
A young woman doctor Kiran Tuknayat, who was working as a Medical Officer at the Lachowal village dispensary, and allegedly committed suicide by jumping into Bhakra Canal near Gangowal Power Station on September, 1, was cremated here today. Hundreds of citizens, including her doctor colleagues, attended the funeral.

Missing woman rescued
Kapurthala, September 4
A 38-year-old woman, who had been missing for the past two years, was found with a tantrik by the district police here today.

Summary revision of electoral rolls
Patiala, September 4
The district administration today released special summary revision list of electoral rolls.

VIPs call on Baba Virsa Singh
Rajpura, September 4
Scores of followers, including top Punjab bureaucrats and political leaders gave a warm welcome to Baba Virsa Singhji during his 45-minute halt at a restaurant, on the Rajpura-Ambala road, this evening.


Man gets life term for killing wife
Faridkot, September 4
The judge of the District Fast-Track Court, Mr Hardayal Singh, has sentenced a person to life imprisonment and fined Rs 1,000 for killing his wife.


Multiple agri-goods licences to go
Bathinda, September 4
In a decision that could have far-reaching consequences in the agriculture sector, the state government has initiated steps to cancel the additional licences of those pesticide, fertiliser and seed dealers who have more than one licence for one premises to prevent the sale of spurious agricultural items.


ST team raids chemist shops
Pathankot, September 4
Sales Tax Department officials today raided the premises of local wholesale and retail chemists. The police sealed the records of Arora Medicos and Arora Jaysons. The raiding team took with it the books of the said firms and CPU of their computers.


Cheating case against travel agent
Hoshiarpur, September 4
Four youths of this district — Mr Harwinder Singh, Mr Manwinder Singh, Mr Kehar Singh and Mr Jasbir Ram — were imprisoned in Pakistan after being cheated by travel agents. However, on intervention by the Indian Government, Mr Harwinder Singh, Mr Manwinder Singh and Mr Kehar Singh managed to secure their release in August, 2003, but Mr Jasbir Ram is still imprisoned in Queta jail.

Singer accused of human trafficking
Patiala, September 4
Noted Punjabi singer Sukhi Brar is now wanted by the police in a “kabootarbazi” case. The Patiala police today handed over a complaint received against her to the Economics Offence Wing.

2 fake wrestlers booked for fraud
Phagwara, September 4
Two fake wrestlers have been booked under Sections 420, 406, 120-B, IPC, and Section 24 of the Immigration Act for duping Navdeep Singh of Jhikka Ladhana village of Rs 5 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Canada in 2000. Navdeep had later died.

Intoxicants seized in raids
Sangrur, September 4
During raids on a shop of an unregistered medical practitioner and a medical hall here today, a two-member team comprising Mr Sanjiv Kumar, Drug Inspector, Sangrur, and Dr Makhan Singh, Medical Officer, made a big haul of intoxicants and drugs.

Woman dies in road mishap
Sangrur, September 4
Kiranjit Kaur (24), a resident of Balian village, near here, was killed while her one-year-old son, Kulwinder Singh, suffered injuries in a road mishap, which took place near Ghabdan village, about 8 km from here on the Sangrur-Patiala road yesterday.

Civil Hospital doctor caught taking bribe
Bathinda, September 4
Dr Ramesh Maheshwary, Medical Officer in the local Civil Hospital, was caught by a team of Vigilance Bureau led by the DSP, Mr Ashutosh Kaushal, while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from a medical representative.


2050 schools without heads
Fazilka, September 4
A large number of posts of school head have been lying vacant in senior secondary and high schools of the state. According to the figures, out of 1,304 senior secondary schools of Punjab, 1050 (80 per cent) are without regular principals. Similarly, out of 1,742 high schools, around 1,000 (about 60 per cent) are without headmasters.

Teachers demand elections to PUTA
Patiala, September 4
Various teaching factions of Punjabi University today got together to demand immediate elections to the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA), even as they alleged the university authorities were not conducting the elections on “lame” excuses.

PTU not to open new distance education centres
Pathankot, September 4
Punjab Technical University (PTU) has decided not to open any new distance education centre and will try to consolidate and improve standard of education in the existing distance education centres. The Vice-Chancellor of the PTU, Mr S.K. Salwan, gave this information while talking to mediapersons here today. He was here to preside over the annual function of the Shri Sai Institute of Engineering.

GCWF to contest PU Senate poll
Bathinda, September 4
The General Categories Welfare Federation (GCWF), Punjab, has fielded its candidate for the coming Senate elections of Panjab University, the polling for which would be held on September 19.

PAU holds training camp on pest control
Abohar, September 4
Punjab Agricultural University organised one-day training programme at the Regional Fruit Research Station here under the IRM project. The project sponsored by the Union Ministry of Agriculture has been initiated in 28 districts of North India to design new strategies to combat insecticide resistance in insects which ensure effective pest management and profitable cotton production.


Markfed celebrates golden jubilee
Chandigarh, September 4
It came into being with three employees, one bicycle, 13 members and a capital share of Rs 54,000. Fifty years later Markfed has the distinction of being Asia's largest marketing cooperative.


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