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Brick-kiln owners protest against order on ash
Sangrur, September 9
More than 150 brick-kiln owners of this district, under the leadership of Mr Kewal Krishan Longowalia, district president of the Brick-Kiln Owners Association, today staged a dharna for about four hours in front of the district administration complex here.

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HC refuses to stop sale of Punwire
Chandigarh/Mohali, September 9
In a major setback to the proposed revival of Punjab Wireless Limited, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed an application filed by the Punjab Government seeking the stay on its sale.

Accused spotted in SGPC office as
cops look all over

Amritsar, September 9
SGPC member Baldev Singh, who was believed to have absconded after being booked by the Chhehrta police on charges of molesting the wife of an assistant raagi, was spotted in the Shiromani Committee office here today even as the police claimed that raids were being conducted to nab him.

Gurdwara election panel to seek action
against DCs

Chandigarh, September 9
The Gurdwara Election Commission will soon be seeking action under the Service Conduct Rules against the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of Amritsar and Gurdaspur. The Chief Commissioner of Gurdwara Elections, Justice Jai Singh Sekhon, is reportedly writing to the Union Home Department in this regard.

Fatehgarh Sahib



They fought terror then, lose security now
Amritsar, September 9
Mr Balwinder Singh Bhikhiwind, who had been awarded Shaurya Chakra, along with three other members of his family, for bravely fighting terrorists during the militancy period, today threatened to return the remaining two security personnel provided by the state government.

Shaurya Chakra awardees Balwinder Singh Bhikhiwind and his wife Jagdish Kaur at a press conference in Amritsar on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Shaurya Chakra awardees Balwinder Singh Bhikhiwind and his wife Jagdish Kaur at a press conference in Amritsar

10 Punjab MLAs among 19 new chairpersons
Chandigarh, September 9
To consolidate his position further in the Congress Legislative Party (CLP), the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, tonight appointed 10 MLAs besides 10 other political figures, as chairpersons of various government undertakings such as boards, corporations and Improvement Trusts, etc.

Punjab never had any problem with the girl child
Chandigarh, September 9
For the past several years, Punjab has been at the receiving end on the issue of sex ratio. It has been virtually painted black in this regard. It has even been dubbed as “kuri maran da desh” which, if translated into English, means “land of girl killers”.

Editorial: Endangered daughters

Post offices to facilitate payment of power bills
Jalandhar, September 9
As part of public welfare schemes being offered by the Department of Posts, a new scheme of making payment of electricity bills at post offices is likely to be started in the city soon.

Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh circle, Mr L. K. Puri, addresses mediapersons after inaugurating the post office at Guru Amardass Nagar in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh circle, Mr L. K. Puri, addresses mediapersons after inaugurating the post office at Guru Amardass Nagar in Jalandhar on Wednesday

Badungar dispels media speculation
Phagwara, September 9
Putting media speculation at rest, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, former SGPC President, said today that he was not in the race of the SGPC presidentship as it was for party President Parkash Singh Badal to decide whom to make SGPC President.

Shortage of teachers: problem discussed but no decision taken
Chandigarh, September 9
At last the Punjab Council of Ministers, which held a meeting here today, woke up and realised the acute shortage of teachers and doctors in the state but failed to take any concrete decision to overcome the problem. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, presided the council’s meeting.


Hanspal flays BJP’s ‘Tiranga’ march plans
Chandigarh, September 9
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president H.S. Hanspal today criticised the BJP leadership for its proposed “Tiranga” and “Sarvarkar” march plans to be led by Uma Bharti and Sushma Swaraj, respectively.


Kultar messiah of the poor, says Chief Minister
Chandigarh, September 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today received the mortal remains of Kultar Singh, the younger brother of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, here at Kisan Bhavan.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Mrs Parkash Kaur, sister of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and PPCC (I) president H.S. Hanspal pay floral tributes to the immortal remains of Mr Kultar Singh, brother of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, at Kisan Bhavan in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Mrs Parkash Kaur, sister of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and PPCC (I) president H.S. Hanspal pay floral tributes to the immortal remains of Mr Kultar Singh, brother of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, at Kisan Bhavan in Chandigarh on Thursday

Students, bus operators ‘reach compromise’
Mansa, September 9
Even as the district administration claimed that a compromise between students belonging to different unions and the representatives of the private bus operators of the district, who were at loggerheads over the issue pertaining to the facility of concessional travel to the students in private buses, was reached here today, the common front of students union claimed that no such compromise had been reached.

Child crushed to death; villagers block traffic
Bolina (Jalandhar), September 9
Angered by the tragic crushing of a school-going son of a panch by a tractor-trailer, second such incident in the district within a month and a half, and the alleged effort of a police official to hush up the case, hundreds of residents of this village blocked the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road for hours and staged a protest demonstration against the police today.

Power cuts are back
Gurdaspur, September 9
Power cuts are back in Punjab. The urban areas are reeling under four to six-hour power cut while the situation in rural areas is even worse with the power cuts ranging from eight and 12 hours. The recent power situation has shaken the faith of the industry in the state. Industrialists already finding the neighbouring states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh more lucrative destinations due to tax concessions and better power availability.

Plots for those without houses
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 9
The Punjab Government has decided to initiate a survey to identify houseless people in the state so that they may be given 5-marla plots to construct houses.

Baba Farid Mela from September 15
Faridkot, September 9
The district administration has made all arrangements for the forthcoming Baba Farid Mela to be organised here from September 15 to 23.

SGPC to honour Chautala
Amritsar, September 9
Even as the SGPC had declined a “siropa” (robe of honour) to Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, on the eve of quadricentennial celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib, his Haryana counterpart, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, would get the same in the SGPC’s Information Office here tomorrow.

SGPC seeks permission for jatha to Pak
Amritsar, September 9
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) sought permission of the Central Government to allow them to send a jatha of Sikh pilgrim to Pakistan for the first time ever to observe the death anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on  September 22.

Path to atone for sacrilege
Phagwara, September 9
The akhand path of Guru Granth Sahib was started here today in Gurdwara Giansar, Satnampura, Phagwara, to observe penance for the sacrilege of two “birs” at gurdwara Dashmeshpuri, Bhanoki road, Kotrani village near here yesterday.

Martyr Abdul Hamid remembered
Asal Uttar (Tarn Taran), September 9
Company Havildar Abdul Hamid, Paramvir Chakra winner and hero of 1965 Indo -Pak war, was remembered today at this border village which was described as the grave yard of the famous American Patton tanks. A function was organised by the SAD with the help of the village panchayat in the memory of the martyr.

Farm labourers seek 180-day employment
Moga, September 9
The Pendu Khet Majdoor Union and its other associate bodies today protested outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner in favour of their demands.

Withdraw FIR against JE, say power staff
Moga, September 9
Hundreds of Punjab State Electricity Board employees today staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office and blocked traffic at Joginder Singh Chowk seeking cancellation of an FIR lodged against Junior Engineer. Jarnail Singh following the death of two persons in a fire at a transformer at Akalsar Chowk in May.
PSEB employees block traffic in Moga on Thursday
PSEB employees block traffic in Moga on Thursday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Ex-PEPSU CM Brish Bhan remembered
Sangrur, September 9
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of a renowned freedom fighter and former PEPSU Chief Minister, Babu Brish Bhan, a free eye check-up-cum-operation camp and a dental check-up camp were organised by the Lions Club, Moonak, in collaboration with the Moonak branch of Punjab National Bank at Aggarwal Dharamshala at Moonak, about 60 km from here, today.


High Court
Notices issued to Ropar SSP, Kharar SHO
Chandigarh, September 9
The High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Senior Superintendent of Police of Ropar and Station House Officer of Police Station, Kharar, in the petitions seeking handing over of investigation in the July 2 incident at Kharar, in which exchange of fire between two groups of Shiromani Akali Dal supporters left two persons dead and many injured, to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Addl A-G quits in protest against pay cut
Chandigarh, September 9
In a day of fast-moving developments, one of the law officers, who was shunted out in the latest reshuffle in the office of Punjab Advocate-General moved court against his removal, while another law officer put in his papers.


MC chief faces inquiries
Moga, September 9
The Municipal Council President, Mr Joginder Pal Jain, is facing a number of inquiries besides a no-confidence motion which will be taken up soon.

Regularisation policy to decide on violations: MC chief
Amritsar, September 9
Mr K.S. Kang Municipal Commissioner, today said a councillor barged into the swimming pool at Goal Bagh during the ladies’ timings along with seven others and created a stir. He was answering a question about a councillor who had alleged that the Municipal Commissioner had talked to him in an insulting manner at the MC house meeting here yesterday.

PRTC to induct 100 new buses next year
Phagwara, September 9
Mr G.S. Grewal, Managing Director, Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), told this correspondent today that 100 new passenger-friendly, semi-delux buses with cushioned seats would be added to the PRTC fleet next year.


Three activists of BKU (Ekta) arrested
Bathinda, September 9
Three activists of the BKU (Ekta), who were allegedly involved in an attack made on commission agents and stalling the proceedings of auction of a piece of land held at Chathewala village a few months ago, were arrested by the Kot Fathe police station today.

BKU (Ekta) leaders booked for holding PSEB men hostage
Case registered against the union leaders

Moga, September 9
The state general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Ekta, Mr Sukhdev Singh Kokri, its district chief, Mr Trilok Singh Himmatpura, and about 50 other farmers have been booked for holding Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) officials hostage at Nathuwala Jadeed village on Monday.

Villager found murdered
Phillaur, September 9
A subzi seller Joginder Singh (63), was found murdered in his house in the nearby village of Chokra in Phillaur subdivision late last night. The body of the deceased was found tied with a rope with his bed, the police said.


Selection was fair, says candidate
Patiala, September 9
Close on the heels of a protest by Nagma Virk, a two-time gold medallist who had been rejected for a job of technical assistant in the Psychology Department of Punjabi University, another girl who was selected for the job today said she too was a gold medallist from the same department and that the entire procedure of selection had been carried out in a fair manner.

PTU tele-education a non-starter
Jalandhar, September 9
The much-publicised tele-education programme of Punjab Technical University for its students enrolled in distance education courses, that was formally launched by Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam last fortnight, has proved to be a non-starter till date.


Rs 30 crore surrendered in black money
Ludhiana, September 9
Some industrial houses in Ludhiana have made a surrender of blackmoney to the tune of about Rs 30 crore to the Income Tax Department and further investigations are in progress. The police has also registered a case of alleged fraud again stone chartered accountant on a complaint by a bank and arrested him.

Markfed defers decision
Chandigarh, September 9
Markfed’s Board of Directors has deferred the decision to disinvest a sugar mill at Malout. The Board was apprised of the mill’s financial status, but a final decision on the issue has not been taken.

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