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Booked SGPC member sings ‘vaars’ at Akal Takht
Amritsar, September 12
Baldev Singh, SGPC member who was booked on the charges of molesting a woman, was spotted singing ‘vaars’ (ballads) in front of Akal Takht along with his jatha here today.

Sukhbir’s visit may cast shadow on Chautala’s protest
Chandigarh, September 12
The visit of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Sukhbir Singh Badal along with the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to Lahore may cast a shadow on what is being touted as Mr Chautala’s symbolic protest against the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh’s refusal to share water with Haryana.

Chautala’s Pak visit ‘politically motivated’
Chandigarh, September 12
The Panthic Morcha convener, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, today criticised Mr Parkash Singh Badal and his son, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, for endorsing the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala’s oblique reference to the SYL and the sharing of river waters with a mix of “sacred” water from Sadaura, the native village of Bhai Kanhaiya in Pakistan.

Water sources depleting
Gurdaspur September 12
Water sources in Punjab are depleting fast and the BBMB has failed to increase generation despite repeated requests from the state. Due to the current power crisis being faced by Punjab, the state requested the BBMB to increase power generation at Bhakra.

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More airlines set an eye on Amritsar
Raja Sansi (Amritsar), September 12
After Singapore Airlines announced its intention to start Amritsar-Singapore direct flight from October 1, Indian Airlines, Malaysian Air Service, Thai and Cathay Pacific airlines have conducted a preliminary survey to operate flights for Punjabis settled in South Asian countries.

Sucha Singh GillPunjab facing deep crisis, says economist
Chandigarh, September 12
Punjab is in deep crisis. Yet, no one seems to be paying any attention to save it; not even the government. Neither politicians nor bureaucrats have either time or inclination to salvage the state from total disaster.

Released Iraqi hostage gets Rs 1 lakh aid
Makrona Kala (Morinda), September 12
Sukhdev Singh, one of the hostages released by militants in Iraq after 42 days of captivity, today got Rs1 lakh financial help from the state government. 

Research still on linking cancer with pesticide use
Chandigarh, September 12
The interim report of the research conducted by the PGI here has given enough pointers in establishing a linkage between the use of pesticides and the occurrence of the dreaded disease cancer in some of the villages in Punjab.

Jeet MalhotraSlumless township planned near Ropar
Chandigarh, September 12
The Environment Planning Unit (EPU), a Delhi-based representative group of over 500 professionals from different walks of life, has proposed Anandghati — a “slumless and pollutionless” township on the Punjab-Himachal border near Ropar.


Cong still undecided on Kapurthala candidate
Kapurthala, September 12
While the battle of supremacy in the forthcoming byelections for this prestigious constituency has already taken off with the announcement of its candidate by the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Congress is seemingly a confused lot for its failure to decide its candidate in the wake of internal pulls and pressures.


Shivaliks under threat
CHANDIGARH: The Shivaliks are dying a slow death. Rich in biodiversity, human interference is eating into their flora and fauna. The Shivaliks, spread over Ropar, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr and Gurdaspur districts, cover 2.6 per cent of the total area of the state.

No funds to renovate tourist complex?
Ropar, September 12
While the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation, has decided to organise three day state-level function on World Tourism Day at Ropar, the authorities concerned did not have funds required for the renovation of the tourist complex where the function is be held from September 27 to 29.

Documentary on Guru Granth Sahib screened
Amritsar, September 12
Mangal Dhillon, a Bollywood actor, who had produced a documentary, “Prakash Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji”, said his desire of screening it during the 400th year of celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib came crashing as the Dharam Prachar Committee (DPC) of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) allegedly did not see it on the pretext that it was busy in making arrangements for Parkash Utsav.

Anti-social elements misleading media, says SSP
Amritsar, September 12
Mr Gurkirpal Singh, SSP, Tarn Taran, in a press statement issued here today said that some anti-social elements were misleading the media by stating that Didar Singh, alias Dari, an alleged activist of Babbar Khalsa, was falsely implicated in various criminal cases and, thus, giving clean chit to him.

Keep level crossing open, demand residents
Patiala, September 12
Even as the overbridge at the railway crossing number 22 is inching towards completion, residents and shopkeepers of the area have again raised the demand to keep the crossing at the site open. The railway authorities have already closed the crossing and intend to keep it closed once the overbridge is constructed.

Saragarhi episode for Punjab history books
Ferozepore, September 12
The saga of bravery of 21 Sikh soldiers who died fighting against heavy odds while defending the Saragarhi post against an attack by nearly 10,000 Afridis and Pathans is one of the most daring and calculated feats of gallantry and devotion to duty in history.

Sterilisation method approval doc couple’s aim
Patiala, September 12
Female sterilisation has long been a contentious issue, and it is the only permanent method of contraception. Those who have taken up cudgels for one or the other “controversial” method of sterilisation in the past have received more than their fair share of brickbats.

Punjab to tie up with Bengal for fish breeding
Chandigarh, September 12
Punjab will have collaboration with West Bengal in the breeding of ornamental fish, boneless fish (pangus) and fresh water prawn with technical assistance from that state which has already proved its mettle in the fisheries sector, says an official release.

Aid for border districts sought
Chandigarh, September 12
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) has sought an economic package for the three border districts of Punjab — Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Ferozepore — on the lines of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttaranchal.

Potato cultivation brings prosperity
Kararwala (Bathinda), September 12
While a large number of villages of the Malwa region have been facing poverty and farmers have been committing suicide due to repeated crop failure, Kararwala has been witnessing unprecedented prosperity for the past many years.

IMA to honour scientists
Sangrur, September 12
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has decided to honour the scientists involved in discovering a new anti-tubercular molecule for effective treatment of tuberculosis in just two months, against the existing duration of between six and eight months.

Bollywood star Shakti Kapoor comes out of the Golden Temple in Amritsar after paying obeisance on Sunday. Shakti Kapoor gets best actor award
Amritsar, September 12
Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor was awarded the best actor award at the 24th Mohammad Rafi annual awards function organised by Mohammad Rafi Memorial Society at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Bollywood star Shakti Kapoor comes out of the Golden Temple in Amritsar after paying obeisance on Sunday. — PTI photo

PSEB drive to check power theft
Moga, September 12
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has launched a crackdown on those stealing power.


Man gets life term in murder case
Faridkot, September 12
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Hardayal Singh, has sentenced a person to life imprisonment in a murder case, while acquitting three others.

Remand of terrorists extended
Pathankot September 12
The police remand of five terrorists allegedly involved in reviving terrorism was extended till September 18 by Mr Ranjit Singh, Duty Magistrate, here today.


Student held for assault
Batala, September 12
The Civil Lines police has arrested a college student, Jagdeep Singh, of Rai Chak village under the Kotli Surat Malli police station for allegedly injuring Simrat Singh of Mustrapur village in a clash.

7 booked for assaulting Editor’s sons
Kotkapura, September 12
The police has registered a case against seven unidentified persons who had attacked the Editor of a local daily, Mr Sardari Lal Kapoor.


Principals disburse salaries, but can’t draw them
Bathinda, September 12
A section A section of principals of a large number of government schools of Punjab are facing a peculiar situation wherein they are empowered to draw and disburse salaries to their subordinates but not for themselves.

Seminar on Internet
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
A seminar on “Internet and Education” was organised by the Techno Club, of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib. College students presented papers on three topics — E learning, virtual classroom and online education.


Strike affects brick-kiln workers
Ghal Kalan (Moga), September 12
Strike by brick-kiln owners has affected the livelihood of thousands of people, (albeit for sometime,) associated with this sector in Malwa region. They have been now forced to look for other jobs.

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