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
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.
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”.
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
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.
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
flays BJP’s ‘Tiranga’ march plans
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,
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
bus operators ‘reach compromise’
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.
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.
cuts are back
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.
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.
Farid Mela from September 15
The district administration has made all arrangements for the
forthcoming Baba Farid Mela to be organised here from September 15 to
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.
seeks permission for jatha to Pak
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.
atone for sacrilege
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.
Abdul Hamid remembered
(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.
labourers seek 180-day employment
The Pendu Khet Majdoor Union and its other associate bodies today
protested outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner in favour of
FIR against JE, say power staff
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.
employees block traffic in Moga on Thursday. — Photo by Iqbal
CM Brish Bhan remembered
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.
issued to Ropar SSP, Kharar SHO
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).
quits in protest against pay cut
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.
The Municipal Council President, Mr Joginder Pal Jain, is facing a
number of inquiries besides a no-confidence motion which will be taken
policy to decide on violations: MC chief
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
induct 100 new buses next year
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.
activists of BKU (Ekta) arrested
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.
leaders booked for holding PSEB men hostage
Case registered against the union leaders
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
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
was fair, says candidate
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.
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.
crore surrendered in black money
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’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