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No power for Punjab from other states
Chandigarh, September 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board has virtually hit the blind alley as far as availing power from outside sources is concerned to deal with the deepening power crisis in the state.

Is Punjab being held to ransom on power crisis?
Chandigarh, September 13
Blackmarketing in power selling by surplus states has left the power deficit states like Punjab groping in the dark. In fact, what is happening on the power front at the national level is quite revealing.

Turban issue: Sikhs plan demonstration in NY
Patiala, September 13

Few Sikh students have been able to get entry into schools in and around Paris wearing a handkerchief as headgear, even as a majority continue to be denied entry into schools even though they presented themselves sporting a shorter version of the turban or even a “patka”.

CM on a political stabilisation mission
Ludhiana, September 13
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is proceeding on a political stabilisation mission, and in the process he has employed 50 legislators of the Congress out of 61,including an 18-member Punjab Cabinet, and a number of persons as chairmen of state corporations and boards.

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Chautala reaches Wagah with sacred water
Wagah, September 13

Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, who reached here today with “Mashak” full of sacred water brought from Sodhra village in Gujjranwala district , the birth place of Bhai Kanhaiya, said the “Sadbhavna Yatra”, launched to mark the tercentenary celebrations of “Bakshish Day”, was not aimed at gaining any political mileage.

Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, Sukhbir Badal and Abhay Chautala carry containers of sacred water fetched from Sodhra, the native village of Bhai Kanhaiya, in Gujranwala reach Wagah on Monday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, Sukhbir Badal and Abhay Chautala carry containers of sacred water fetched from Sodhra

Jatha returns with fond memories from Pakistan
Attari (Amritsar), September 13
A mammoth 970-member Sikh jatha, after its 18-day visit, here returned today with a message of “real taste of freedom”.

Mr Hari Singh, lambardar, points out to a closed Government Primary School at Chak Jindra, near Moga, on Monday because of shortage of teachers.
Mr Hari Singh, lambardar, points out to a closed Government Primary School at Chak Jindra, near Moga, on Monday because of shortage of teachers. Now the school houses a gurdwara. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Punjabi finds favour in Pak
Amritsar, September 13
Punjabi language is finding favour in Pakistan and students now prefer to do post graduation and Ph D in Punjabi,” according to Prof Ismatullah Zahid from Punjab University, Lahore.

CEC rules out order on SGPC promotions
Amritsar, September 13
Taking a serious note about the recent promotions in the SGPC, Justice J.S. Sekhon (retd), Chief Election Commission, has ruled that orders issued by Acting President of the ‘defunct board’ (SGPC) has no legal entity as it is without jurisdiction.

Another reshuffle in SGPC

Saraghari school's fate hangs in balance
Chandigarh, September 13
Seven years after it was conceived, a project to establish a school in memory of one of the greatest battles ever fought on Earth continues to be a non-starter.


YC men to be in state bodies soon: Awla
Sangrur, September 13
Active members of the Punjab Youth Congress (YC) will get representation in the state government bodies soon.

Brar has a dig at Badal
Barnala, September 13
The politicisation of 400 years celebrations of installation of Guru Granth Sahib by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief, was a blunder on his part as well as the party, said Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, a senior Punjab Congress leader, while talking to newsmen at PWD Rest House here yesterday.


Badungar demands CM’s resignation
Phagwara, September 13
A former SGPC president and coopted SGPC member, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, today demanded resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for his failure on all fronts.

Travel agent lands 3 youths in Pak jails
Jalandhar, September 13
Three boys who had been sent to Cyprus for higher studies by their parents through a travel agent have landed up in Pakistan jails.

Restore holiday on Mahavir Jayanti: Jains
Amritsar, September 13
As many as five Jain associations expressed their resentment and demanded restoration of national holiday in Punjab on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.

Oppn sarpanches being harassed, says ex-minister
Pathankot, September 13
Mr Mohan Lal, a former minister for Forests, Punjab, has alleged that sarpanches of various villages having affiliation with opposition parties are being harassed. In the Dhar block of Gurdaspur district alone, powers of 13 elected sarpanches of the BJP have been curtailed by forming village development committees.

No central grant for Farid mela starting tomorrow
Bathinda, September 13
Even as only a day is left for the beginning of a week-long Baba Farid Mela, a national festival, at Faridkot, the Central Government has failed to release monetary grant for the fair so far.

Help restore town’s glory, Jakhar tells residents
Abohar, September 13
Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary, Irrigation and Horticulture, has given a call for people’s participation to restore the past glory of this subdivisional town.

State highway cries for repair
JALALABAD: The 84-km-long State Highway No. 20 between Ferozepore and Fazilka has been in bad condition for the past three years. Big potholes have developed on its entire route. Once a 45-minute drive to Ferozepore from here, it is taking almost double the time.

Demand to scrap quota based on caste
Bathinda, September 13
Mr Rajbir Singh Sidhu, general secretary, General Samaj Party, said yesterday that the caste-based reservations should be scrapped from the country and uplift of any deprived citizens should not be based on caste.

District Congress to complain against police
Moga, September 13
Taking serious note of the police “excesses”, the District Congress Committee has decided to take up the issue with the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the PPCC chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal.

Rebel leader parade councillor
Moga, September 13
Putting all speculations to rest about some members of his group switching sides, leader of rebel municipal councillors, Naseeb Bawa, yesterday paraded 18 municipal councillors at the MC office. He claimed that he had the support of 23 councillors, including five from Shiromani Akali Dal.

Libra gives Rs 1 lakh for Shaheedi Smarak
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 13
Those who sacrifice their lives for the nation are always remembered and communities which forget their martyrs cannot make progress, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over the quarterly meeting of the District Sainik Welfare Board at Bachat Bhavan here today.

Book medicine company, say ophthalmics
Bathinda, September 13
The Punjab Ophthalmic Officers’ Association has demanded that a case under the Magical Remedies Act (Prevention of Misuse) should be registered against a company selling eye drops, which promised magical cures for eye ailments.

Sewadars fall sick after consuming juice
Moga, September 13
About 12 sewadars of a ‘gaushala’ at Badhani Kalan fell sick after consuming juice of ‘kod tuma’ (a fruit).

Journalist alleges threat
Khanna, September 13
Suresh Kumar a reporter of a Punjabi daily of Jalandhar alleged that Mr Sanjay Ghai, a Councillor of the Ward No. 2 and relative of a senior Punjab Police officer had threatened him and tried to throw him from the Railway overbridge.


Rs 25 lakh grant for lawyers’ chambers
Patiala, September 13
The District Bar Association, Patiala, has received an instalment of Rs 25 lakh from the Chief Minister’s grant for the construction of the lawyers’ chambers in the Judicial complex. This was stated by the president of the association, Mr Rakesh Gupta, here today.

High Court
Notice issued in kidnapping case

Chandigarh, September 13
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for October 5 on a petition filed by a woman, whose young daughter has been allegedly kidnapped.


Procurement of paddy to begin from Oct 1
Bathinda, September 13
The Punjab Government has made elaborate arrangements for the procurement of paddy, which would start from October 1.

Behman breach plugged
Bathinda, September 13
Cotton and paddy crops in a considerable area have reportedly been damaged after the fields were flooded following a breach in the Behman distributary of the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal.

Rs 7 cr penalty on farmers waived
Chandigarh, September 13
The Punjab State Federation of Cooperative Sugar Mills, a state-owned cooperative organisation, today waived the penalty worth Rs 7 crore that was imposed on farmers for defaulting in the supply of sugarcane to various cooperative sugar mills in the state.


Adampur MLA is Sugarfed Chairman
Chandigarh, September 13
Adampur MLA Kamaljit Singh Lali was today appointed as the Chairman of the Punjab State Federation of Cooperative Sugar Mills (Sugarfed). He is the eleventh MLA to have been appointed as the Chairman of a board or corporation in past one week.


Gang of robbers busted, four arrested
Jalandhar, September 13
The district police today claimed to have busted a six-member inter-district gang of robbers with the arrest of its four members, including the kingpin and recovery of arms and ammunition used by the criminals for committing robberies.

SMO caught accepting bribe
Barnala, September 13
Dr S.P. Gupta, SMO, Civil Hospital, here allegedly was caught red-handed while accepting bribe from a doctor today, by a Vigilance Department team, led by Mr Rachhpal Singh, DSP, Sangrur.

One booked on sodomy charge
Moga, September 13
A person has been booked for sodomising a seven-year-old boy at Ralia village. The accused, Swaran Singh, is absconding.

Missing boy’s body found
Tarn Taran, September 13
The Sadar police has recovered the body of Shaganpreet Singh (14), a student of Class VII of Kallah village, who had been missing since Sunday, from the cremation ground of Khadoor Singh this morning.

Opium seized
Moga, September 13
The police has arrested two persons and seized 1 kg opium from their possession at Basti Gobindgarh here.


Principal, lecturer face inquiry
Faridkot, September 13
Deputy Commissioner Alok Shekhar has ordered a probe into functioning of Government Senior Secondary School, Machaki Kalan, after receiving a complaint against the school’s principal and political science lecturer.

PTU students threaten fast
Jalandhar, September 13
Students of BBA and BCA from Punjab Technical University, who are on hunger strike for the past three months demanding a mercy chance to clear their supplementary examination, today said that they would go on an indefinite fast if the university authorities did not take a decision in their favour.


Industry shifting to J&K, Himachal
Pathankot September 13
Industrialists belonging to this border area have been forced to set up their industries at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pardesh due to the “callous” attitude of the Punjab Government, which has not been providing them facilities on a par with these states.

Bank highlights rural industries project
Patiala, September 13
As per estimates based upon the result of Detailed Potential Survey of Patiala, nearly 45,780 units are likely to be set up with the help of an estimated credit flow of Rs 1893.48 crore during the project period and employment opportunities for nearly 1.69 lakhs rural people are likely to be created under the District Rural Industries Project (DRIP) launched by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).


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