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PSEB asks GRIDCO for power
CM, Ratra to review situation today
Patiala, September 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board today moved an application to get 100 mega watt of power from Gridco in Orissa even as the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is scheduled to review the power position in the wake of massive power cuts with board Chairman Y S Ratra in Chandigarh tomorrow.

24 panchayats have not paid power bills
PSEB threatens disconnection
Pathankot, September 14
More than 24 panchayats of the Dhar Kalan area near here are facing a funds’ crunch due to which they have not paid the bills for the tubewell connection for the last eight months. The PSEB has issued them final notices to make the payments or face action.

RBI comes to Punjab’s rescue
Chandigarh, September 14
On the intervention of the Prime Minister, steps are on the anvil to help Punjab square up its food account.

Is Punjab’s policy on ST exemption to units fair?
Chandigarh, September 14
The Punjab Government continues to maintain a dual face on the issue of sales tax exemption and allowing other fiscal benefits to various industries in the state.




Funds’ paucity hits mini-sectt projects
Gurdaspur, September 14
The Mini-Secretariat projects for the Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts are being delayed due to paucity of funds and non-availability of land.

Police seeks amendment to notification on red lights
Chandigarh, September 14
A day after an order was passed by the Security Wing of the Punjab Police asking all Additional Directors-General of Police to remove red blinkers from atop their vehicles on the basis of a Punjab Government notification, senior Punjab Police officials today reportedly recommended amendments in the notification.

Move to scuttle oil refinery project?
Material being sent back from site
Phulo Khari (Bathinda), September 14
Material, including steel sheets, is being sent back to Visakhapatnam and Jodhpur districts from the site of the Punjab oil refinery project here.

ISI agent held in Ferozepore
Ferozepore, September 14
Mohhamed Ruhal, alias Ameen, a resident of Munshiganj District in Bangladesh, was nabbed while sending an e-mail message to his contact in Pakistan.


War veteran fights for disability pension
Chandigarh, September 14
Twentytwo years after he was bundled out of service on medical grounds, Havildar Gurdev Singh, a war veteran now residing in Mattaur village near Mohali, continues to fight for his disability pension.

DMCH staff-management row a routine affair
Ludhiana, September 14
The row between the employees and the management of the Hero-DMC Heart Centre and the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has become an annual feature. Strike by employees for the third consecutive year has eroded the institutions’ image and the healthcare standards.

BJP seeks action against Hanspal, Kewal Krishan
Chandigarh, September 14
The Punjab unit of the BJP here today submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), seeking action against the president of the Punjab unit of the Congress, Mr H.S. Hanspal, Speaker of the state Assembly, Dr Kewal Krishan, secretary of the AICC, Mr Manish Tiwari, and other leaders for showing disrespect to the National Flag at a function in Ludhiana in the last week of August.

Residents of Chabba village and surrounding villages protest against the mills situated on the Tarn Taran road for discharging polluted water in the drain passing through the villages on Tuesday.
Residents of Chabba village and surrounding villages protest against the mills situated on the Tarn Taran road for discharging polluted water in the drain passing through the villages on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Christians rally behind Father Robby
Gurdaspur, September 14
Activists of the Catholic action committee of the district today organised a march to protest against the alleged defamation of Father Robby Priest, in charge of Fatehgarh Churain church.

Promoted SGPC office-bearers may face reversion
Amritsar, September 14
The promotion of certain SGPC employees may run into rough weather even as Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal, has said that the directives of Justice J.S. Sekhon, Chief Gurdwara Judicial Commission (CGC), should be implemented in toto.

Sant Samaj’s move on celebrations draws flak
Amritsar, September 14
The Sant Samaj, headed by Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, has announced to hold ‘parallel’ quadricentennial celebrations of the installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the SGPC complex tomorrow in violation of Nanakshahi Jantri, approved by Akal Takht .

Jathedar warns England-based organisation
Amritsar, September 14
The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, today warned an England-based Sikh organisation against inviting the Editor of an English monthly who was excommunicated from the Panth, at to a function being held on September 19 in connection with quadricentennial celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib in Great Britain . Interestingly, Jathedar Vedanti has also been invited to the function.

Assassins’ counsel moves NHRC in Beant case
Chandigarh, September 14
A counsel for the alleged assassins of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, who had been lodged in Burail Jail, has moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) alleging discrimination with his clients by the jail staff.

PCMSA seeks arrest of medical representative
Sangrur, September 14
The local unit of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) at its meeting held under the presidentship of Dr Karamjit Singh, president of the unit, today sought the arrest of a medical representative of Sun Pharmaceuticals Limited for allegedly “misbehaving” with Dr H.S. Bali, ENT specialist, at the local Civil Hospital yesterday.

Rotary invites nominations for award
Chandigarh, September 14
The Rotary Awards for Service to Humanity (India) Trust, New Delhi, has invited nominations from corporates, NGOs and individual social activists for the 13th Rotary India Award, 2004. The theme is “Enhancing employment opportunities in rural areas.” The award will be given in recognition of result-oriented performance and achievements in rural development through innovation leading to enhancement of employment opportunities in villages.

Youth Cong to fight social evils
Bathinda, September 14
Activists of the Youth Congress, Punjab, have decided to fight against social evils, including drug addiction, female foeticide, dowry and corruption by holding rallies in the state.

MC wants to reconsider budget
Pathankot, September 14
The authorities of the Pathankot Municipal Council have written to the Director, Local Government, for reconsideration of the MC budget. Sources said in March, the MC had passed an inflated budget of about Rs 19 crore.

Child goes missing, found later
Jalandhar, September 14
The district police declared a red alert today after the news of a child going missing spread in the city.

Week-long yoga camp concludes
Bathinda, September 14
A week-long yoga camp organised by Swami Ramdev was concluded here today.


Mahants get stay in temple case
Amritsar September 14
In a major setback to the district administration, Mr Surinder Singh Sahni, Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division, Ajnala, today confirmed the stay in a case relating to a disputed area in the ancient Ram Tirath temple.

Appeals admitted in murder case
Chandigarh, September 14
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice Virender Singh today admitted the appeals filed by Gagan Kanojia and Rajinder Kumar Alias Kuka.

SMO remanded in police custody
Sangrur, September 14
Dr S.P. Gupta, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Civil Hospital, Barnala, was today remanded in police custody for one day in a corruption case by the Chief Judicial Magistrate here.


De-worming campaign for milch animals
Sangrur, September 14
With a view to increasing milk production and enhancing earnings of milk producers, the Sangrur Milk Plant, has planned to launch a de-worming campaign for the milch animals in its milkshed area in the Sangrur district.

Paddy begins to arrive in mandis
Ludhiana, September 14
The Reserve Bank of India has sanctioned a cash credit limit of Rs 6,700 crores to the Punjab Government for the purchase of paddy. The first installment of Rs 1,871 crores has been released by the RBI to different agencies for the official purchase of paddy, according to official sources.


Funds for Chowksi Bhavan
Chandigarh, September 14
The Punjab Government has agreed to release Rs 1.80 crore for purchasing land to raise “Chowksi Bhavan” at Mohali.

MLA finds officials away from office
Kharar, September 14
Many local administrative officials were not present in their offices during a surprise check conducted by the local MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, here today.

Additional AG refuses to join office
Chandigarh, September 14
Mr Salil Sagar, who was recently re-appointed Additional Advocate- General by the Punjab Government, has refused to join accept the downgraded post.


Farmer shot dead
Abohar, September 14
Amrik Singh (50), a farmer, who was shot at last night near his house at Jhorarkhera village, succumbed to his injury at Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here today.

One booked for sodomising boy
Ludhiana, September 14
An eight-year-old boy was allegedly sodomised by a butcher in his meat shop near Dholewal chowk late last night. The child is under treatment in a city hospital. The accused was arrested by the Division No. 6 place today evening.

School Principal, staff booked for fraud
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 14
The Principal and four other staff members of Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, Bassi Pathana, have been booked for alleged misappropriation of government funds to the tune of lakhs of rupees. The police has arrested the Principal, a teacher and the SLA, while the accountant is at large.

MC clerk held for taking bribe
Bathinda, September 14
Pappu Raj, a clerk in the local Municipal Corporation, was caught red-handed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau while he was taking bribe from Mr Jaspreet Singh, a streetlight contractor, yesterday.

20 poachers arrested
Amritsar, September 14
As many as 20 poachers were arrested red-handed while hunting in the prohibited area of bird sanctuary Harike in gross violation of the Wildlife Protection Act by Harike Division, about 60 km from here. However, many of their companions fled during the surprise raid.


Workshop on paper-setting for DAV teachers
Abohar, September 14
Teachers and Principals from nearly 70 DAV Schools of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi held discussions at a two-day workshop on syllabus and question paper preparation for social sciences and science subjects for Classes VIII and IX.

Make NCC compulsory, says General Varinder
Amritsar, September 14
A former Director-General, NCC, Maj-Gen Varinder Singh (retd), is in favour of making NCC compulsory in schools and colleges.

Ex-Principal gets UGC project
Chandigarh, September 14
The University Grants Commission has sanctioned a Rs 5.77 lakh research project on ''Comparative Study of Various Religions on the Basis of Guru Granth Sahib'' to Dr (Ms) Amrit Kaur Raina, a former Principal of S D College, Mansa.


14 coop sugar mills on verge of closure
Patiala, September 14
Fourteen of the seventeen cooperative sugar mills in the state were on the verge of closure with the acreage under sugarcane being reduced to half in only one year. The situation was such that three sugar mills might not even mill any cane this year.

Delayed lifting of sugar stocks blessing in disguise
Chandigarh, September 14
The delayed lifting of the sugar stocks by the Centre has proved to be a blessing in disguise for various cooperative sugar mills in Punjab. Price of sugar is shooting up for the past few weeks. Punjab mills holding huge stocks are making hay while the sun shines for them on the sugar front.


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