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Charges fly at SAD meeting over
siropa issue

Amritsar, September 8
The siropa issue, which hit the headlines on the eve of the quadricentennial celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib’s installation, took a fresh turn when it was hotly discussed in a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal, presided over by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday.

Molestation charge to be raised in
SGPC House

Amritsar, September 8
The first SGPC House could witness commotion with the Opposition members contemplating to raise the issue of Mr Baldev Singh, an SGPC member belonging to the SAD, following his booking in connection with a molestation charge.

Pak not abetting terrorism, says Pervez’s adviser
Hoshiarpur, September 8
Mr Muhammad Anwar Bhinder, Legal Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, said the regular dialogue process between India and Pakistan on all disputed issues could ensure peace and development in the region.

Pak agencies motivating convicts to spread terror

Centre urged to take up turban ban
with France

Amritsar, September 8
Mr Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, urged the Central Government to take up the ban on turban by the French Government without delay.

Maan blames ‘genocide’ for population trend
Daroli Kalan (Jalandhar), September 8
Mr Simranjit Singh Maan, chief of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today alleged that the "Sikh population has declined" and a large number of Sikhs had fled India due to the "genocide" of Sikhs.

SAD (A) President Simranjit Singh Mann talks to mediapersons SAD (A) President Simranjit Singh Mann talks to mediapersons at the concluding function of Shaheed Baba Mati Memorial Tournament at Daroli Kalan village, near Adampur.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Fatehgarh Sahib



Why are riots’ accused scot-free, Badal asks Sonia
Chandigarh, September 8
SAD president and former Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal today dared Congress president, Sonia Gandhi to come out with the truth about the November, 1984, massacre of Sikhs.

Leakage from thermal plant continues
Patialna (Ropar), September 8
Contaminated water continued to be released from the Stage-I dyke of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant for the fifth day today, polluting ground water and agricultural land.

Farmers’ conclave to take up SYL issue
Ludhiana, September 8
A conclave is being organised by various farmers' outfits in Chandigarh on September 16 to focus on the likely impact on Punjab's economy in case the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal is made functional.

World Punjabi Conference in Patiala from Dec 1
Chandigarh, September 8
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, today announced that Patiala would be the venue for the World Punjabi Conference from December 1 to 3, followed by Punjab vs Punjab sports meet from December 5 to 11.


PPCC panel seeks explanation of Birdevinder, Birmi
Chandigarh, September 8
The Disciplinary Action Committee of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has asked Mr Birdevinder Singh, a Congress MLA and former Deputy Speaker, and Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, to explain their position with regard to their anti-party statements to the media.


Two birs found desecrated
Phagwara September 8
Two birs of Guru Granth Sahib were today found desecrated in Gurdwara Dashmeshpuri, Bhanoki road, in Kotrani village, near here. While pages 391 to 1,410 of one bir were found torn apparently with a blade, two pages of another bir were torn and missing.

14 Indian doctors to attend conference on nuclear war
Amritsar, September 8
Hundreds of medical professionals from across the globe, including 14 doctors from India, will participate in the 16th World Congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War to be held at Beijing in China from September 15-19.

Punjabi khes to get new look, texture
Mohali: One of the oldest weave products of Punjab, the khes, has come of age. For the first time since the early fifties, the Punjabi khes is going to get a completely new look and texture.

Some of the patterns for the new-look khes suggested by NIIFT, Mohali, to KVIC, Government of India. — A Tribune photograph

Some of the patterns for the new-look khes suggested by NIIFT, Mohali

Panel asks govt to deal strictly with excise inspectors
Hoshiarpur, September 8
The State Planning Commission has asked the Punjab Government to strictly deal with those inspectors of the Excise and Taxation Department against whom more than 20 complaints have been received.

Another controversy rocks HMV Jalandhar
Amritsar, September 8
The HMV, Jalandhar, a leading women’s college, was yet again bogged down by a controversy when it was found that a college athlete, Amandeep Kaur, who ran the inter-college cross country race on the behalf of the college, was actually employed as a police constable with the Amritsar police.

Chaos in MC over corruption issue
Amritsar, September 8
Chaos prevailed in the municipal corporation meeting here today as BJP councillors alleged discrimination against sanctioning of various development works in wards of Opposition members. Interestingly, Mr Mahesh Khanna of ruling party also took corporation to task on various issues of corruption.

No-trust vote against MC chief on Sept 22
Moga, September 8
The no-confidence motion against the beleaguered Municipal Council chief, Mr Joginder Pal Jain, will be taken up in the council meeting on September 22. With this announcement the political activities in the city have gained momentum.

Inquiry ordered into affidavit scam
Bathinda, September 8
The district police and court authorities have swing into action and launched separate inquiries into the matter pertaining to the free availability of blank affidavits signed by oath commissioners in the city.

Funds for Quila Mubarak
Chandigarh, September 8
The World Monuments Fund has given US $ 2.20 lakh to Punjab for the conservation and protection of Quila Mubarak at Patiala, a protected monument. This structure is also in the World Monuments’ ‘’watch list’’ of 100 most endangered sites.

Land dispute leads to tension in village
Lalru, September 8
Tension prevailed in Magra village, near here this afternoon, after an ex-service man allegedly fired two shots into the air following a land dispute with his neighbours.

Health Dept raids drinking water units
Faridkot, September 8
Taking serious note of the quality of packed water being sold in the district, the Health Department has raided two units and registered cases against them, besides sealing one of them.

Hospital discharges ‘disabled’ forcibly
Sangrur, September 8
Mr Harmanjeet Singh, a Jat-Sikh youth from Rajgarh Basti, Sohian road, Sangrur, alleged that he was forcibly discharged by the local Civil Hospital authorities from the orthopaedic ward of the hospital in the back date today. Harmanjeet married a Dalit girl, Ramanjeet, on February 4 this year.

Endless wait for immunisation at Civil Hospital
Kharar, September 8
Immunisation is an ordeal at the Civil Hospital here which is facing a shortage of staff. The situation was much worse today due to a heavy rush since the weekly immunisation day happened to be a holiday last time.

Expert: diabetes, hypertension lead to blindness
Kharar, September 8
Treatment of diabetes, mellitus and hypertension were necessary for the control of blindness, said Dr Maninder Singh, SMO in charge of the Civil Hospital, at the function here today organised on the concluding day of the fortnight long national programme for the prevention of blindness.

Dental Council’s directive to doctors
Jalandhar, September 8
Acting on complaints by patients, the Punjab Dental Council has directed all dentists in the state not to write abbreviations of membership or fellowships held by them after their names.

Yoga fervour grips Bathinda
Bathinda, September 8
Thousands of people, belonging to various walks of life, today attended the seven-day Yoga camp organised here by celebrated yoga teacher Swami Ramdev.

Protest against haulage of cattle
Patiala, September 8
Hundreds of cattle are presently stranded at the Mubarakpur Railway Station in Dera Bassi subdivision of this district with activists of Hindu organisations agitating against their haulage out of the state.

Labourers stage dharna at DC office
Gurdaspur, September 8
Members of the Dihati Mazdoor Sabha today organised a rally and staged a dharna outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands by the Punjab Government.

Bank staff hold demonstration
Bathinda, September 8
Hundreds of employees of the State Bank of Patiala, zonal office, Bathinda, today held a demonstration in front of the zonal office under the banner of ‘All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees’ Federation to press the authorities to accept their demands.

Bank employees observe demand day
Patiala, September 8
On a call given by All India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation, employees of State Bank of Patiala observed a demand day and wore badges to demand compassionate appointments to the dependents of deceased employees here today.

Demonstration by  bank staff
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 8
Bank employees under the banner of the All-India State Bank Of Patiala Employees Federation organised a demonstration in front of SBOP Sirhind City Main branch in support of their demands.

Activists of mazdoor unions block traffic
Bathinda, September 8
Hundreds of activists of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, the Pendu Mazdoor Mukti Morcha, Punjab, the Kirti Majdoor Union Punjab and the Pendu Mazdoor Union, Punjab (Mashaal), today blocked traffic in front of the local bus stand and staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner to press the authorities concerned to implement their accepted demands.

Dharna by PSEB staff
Patiala, September 8
On a call given by the PSEB Employees Joint Forum the employees of Patiala Circle organised a dharna in front of the PSEB headquarter to protest against the unbundling of the Board here today.

SSPs can use red lights atop vehicles
Chandigarh, September 8
Senior Superintendents of Punjab Police can use red lights atop their vehicles in the area under their jurisdiction. The same will have to be removed once they move out of their area. The orders to this effect were passed by the transport wing of the Punjab Police.

Jassi nite exposes admn’s laxity
Moga, September 8
While youngsters danced to the tunes of pop star Jasbir Jassi, who performed at Town Hall Club here last night, the district administration should thank its stars that the event passed off peacefully despite lack of proper arrangements.


Lawyers stage dharna
Sangrur, September 8
Members of the District Bar Association under the presidentship of Mr Gurtej Singh Grewal, president of the DBA, staged a protest dharna in the district courts complex here today against the alleged “brutal” lathi-charge by the police on the lawyers at Lucknow a few days ago.

Lawyers protest against cane-charge
Moga, September 8
Protesting against the cane charge on lawyers in Lucknow, members of the District Bar Association on Wednesday locked the main gate of the court complex and staged a dharna.

BSNL told to pay  Rs 5,000 compensation
Patiala, September 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered Bharat Sanchar Nigam to give a compensation of Rs 5,000 to Harsimrat Kaur, resident of Urban Estate Phase II here today.

Bar members stage dharna
Bathinda, September 8
Members of the District Bar Association, Bathinda, today staged a two-hour dharna in the district courts complex to lodge their protest against attack on lawyers by the police at Lucknow.

Six-month jail term for bank officer
Amritsar, September 8
A local court has sentenced Om Parkash, special assistant of Bank of Maharashtra on the M M Malviya road, to six months’ rigorous imprisonment and fined him Rs 200 for using derogatory remarks against the caste of Mr Darshan Kumar, a railway employee.


Farmers protest against inadequate power supply
Kharar, September 8
A dharna was organised by farmers of nearby villages outside the office of the Executive Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board here today in protest against inadequate power supply to rural areas.

Farmers stage a dharna outside the office of the Executive Engineer, PSEB, near Bhagomajra village on the Kharar-Morinda road on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Farmers stage a dharna outside the office of the Executive Engineer, PSEB, near Bhagomajra village on the Kharar-Morinda road


Fake currency racket busted, 3 arrested
Ferozepore, September 8
The Ferozepore police today arrested three persons allegedly responsible for running a fake currency racket and seized fake notes worth Rs 3,50,000 from them.

Man fakes identity to become cop
Patiala, September 8
Changing his name proved beneficial for Jarnail Singh, alias Jaila, of Jahalan village, near here. Jaila was able to get a job in the Punjab police by acquiring the identity of a person of Rajpura whose father’s name was the same as that of his father.

Housewife injured by miscreant
Bathinda, September 8
Fear gripped residents of the Civil Lines area following an attack on a resident of the area by an unidentified miscreant today.

Six hurt in group clash
Talwandi Sabo, September 8
As many as six truck operators, members of the local truck operators union, were injured in a group clash at Singo village of this subdivision, today.

Theft at Escorts hospital
Amritsar, September 8
Expensive smoke alarm equipments, worth Rs eight lakhs, were reportedly stolen from the prestigious Escort Heart and Super Speciality Hospital here today.

Three arrested for double murder
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 8
The district police claims to have solved the double murder case in which two women were found murdered under mysterious circumstances in Majri village of Khamano subdivision in the district, with the arrest of three persons.

PCO owner run over by bus, killed
Lalru, September 8
A PCO owner, Narinder Singh (65), was crushed to death by a Haryana Roadways bus while he was walking on the Kalka-Ambala highway early this morning.

AK 47 seized from Babbar Khalsa activist
Tarn Taran, September 8
The local police has seized one AK-47 assault rifle from Didar Singh, alias Dari, a Babbar Khalsa activist, who was arrested in connection with the murder of Baba Jagtar Singh, head of the Dera Akal. Baba Jagtar Singh was gunned down on the night of April 15.

Cheating case against 23 students
Gurdaspur, September 8
The flying squad of the Punjab School Education Board today registered a cheating case against 23 class tenth students, appearing for English supplementary examination, at the Government Senior Secondary school for boys here.


Stand-off between SGPC-run institutes, govt on admissions
Ludhiana, September 8
While admissions to the MBBS course in private and government medical colleges in Punjab are almost complete, the stand-off between the SGPC-run Sri Guru Ramdas Institute of Medical and Dental Sciences and the State Government is persisting.

College teachers observe strike
Sangrur, September 8
In response to a call of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, the college teachers of private colleges observed strike for two periods today and held rallies and staged dharnas in support of their demands in the district.

Pbi varsity felicitates students
Patiala, September 8
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai has welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s views on education in which he has advocated an increase in the budget for education.

Dr Hira made PTU Dean, Engg
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 8
Punjab Technical University has appointed Dr D.S. Hira, Principal, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College as Dean of the University Engineering. This was decided at the 16th meeting of the Academic Council of PTU, at Phagwara and chaired by PTU Vice-Chancellor Dr S.K. Salwan.

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