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PSEB struggles to keep state economy moving
Chandigarh, September 16
Faced with a failed monsoon, forced to resort to regulatory measures and purchase power at a high cost, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is struggling to keep the wheels of the economy moving.

Kashmiri Pandits approach SGPC for rehabilitation 
Amritsar, September 16
A delegation of Kashmiri Pandits today approached Akal Takht and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for seeking help in their rehabilitation. Quoting the sacrifice of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur, who sacrificed his life for saving Kashmiri Pandits, the delegation members urged the Sikhs and people of Punjab to come forward and pressurise the Jammu and Kashmir and Central governments to rehabilitate them.

Visually challenged seek arrest of SGPC member
Chhehrta, September 16
Visually challenged persons today staged a demonstration outside the police station here in protest against failure of the police to arrest Mr Baldev Singh, an SGPC member who was booked on the charge of molesting the wife of a ‘raagi’ (also visually challenged).
‘Raagi’ Ranjit Singh, his wife Mrs Manjit Kaur and other visually challenged persons protest outside the Chhehrta police station near Amritsar ‘Raagi’ Ranjit Singh (second from left), his wife Mrs Manjit Kaur and other visually challenged persons protest outside the Chhehrta police station near Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma



Assets case: Badals file SLP in Supreme Court
Chandigarh, September 16
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son, Rajya Sabha MP Sukhbir Badal, have filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court. They have challenged the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court through which it dismissed the petitions filed by them against the power of Special Judge, Ropar, S.K. Goel in hearing the disproportionate assets cases involving them.

Badal hits out at Central Govt
Hoshiarpur, September 16
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister and president of SAD (B), has blamed the Centre for what he called chaotic situation in the state. “The trend of shifting industries to Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir will ruin the state’s economy and create unemployment in Punjab”, he said while talking to mediapersons here yesterday. He said Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, had miserably failed on all fronts.

Hostages did not see sun for 42 days
Iraqi captors fell for the kurta-pajama
Una/Ropar, September 16
They left a little bit of Punjab in Iraq, but forgot to bring what was offered to them by the Iraqis. It was their 30th day in captivity, recalls Sukhdev Singh, when the Iraqi militants questioned them on their dress — the ubiquitous kurta-pajama.

Transfers, postings MLAs’ only occupation
Chandigarh, September 16
If it is pungent odour of urine right from the ramshackle reception gate to the end of the parking shed, it is the eerie silence that greets the visitors inside the Punjab Civil Secretariat here, where it is rare to find a minister or bureaucrat. Such is the security environment that the ordinary public prefers to keep away from visiting this seat of the government.


Elections of two panchayat members cancelled
Bathinda, September 16
In an unprecedented move, Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Election Tribunal, while cancelling the elections of two panchayat members of Jhumba village of this district today, also recommended action against the returning officer concerned.

PCC upset at CPM poll announcement
Ludhiana, September 16
The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) has taken exception to the unilateral decision of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) announcing its candidate for the Garshankar Assembly byelection. It is understood to have made it clear to the party high command that in case the seat was given to the left, it may not be easy to win it.

M.P. Mann BJP candidate for Garhshankar seat
Chandigarh, September 16
Mr Mohinder Pal Mann will be the BJP’s candidate for the Garhshankar Assembly byelection to be held on October 13. This was announced today by Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, president of the Punjab unit of the BJP.


Mob burns household goods, motor cycle of ‘rapist’
Jalandhar, September 16
Irked over alleged threats by family members of an alleged rapist of a five-year-old girl to other residents of the area, a group of residents of Quila Mohalla went berserk and made repeated unsuccessful bids to put the house of the alleged rapist on fire. The most of household goods and a motor cycle of the accused’s family were burnt by the mob after putting kerosene on these.

Dhar residents protest against inadequate drinking water
Donera (Gurdaspur), September 16
The anger of the people of Dhar subdivision against the non-availability of drinking water today spilled on to roads. Hundreds of residents of the area, including women, held a protest rally and sat on a dharna in front of the office of the Public Health Department.

Only three doctors for 42 villages
Nihalsinghwala (Moga), September 16
Punjab may have got the best state award recently, but the health services in its rural areas belie all surveys. In this tehsil, which has over 40 villages, there are only three doctors and dispensaries.

Operation theatres not functional since August
Bathinda, September 16
A number of patients, who are in need of immediate surgery, have been left with no other option than to get treatment from private surgeons by paying through their nose as both operation theatres of the local Civil Hospital have been closed for about a month, after infection spread in it due to leakage of underground sewerage pipes.

Staging street plays to educate farmers
Abohar, September 16
Street plays have become a popular medium to bring awareness among residents of this subdivision. Earlier, the plays were aimed at promoting literacy in rural areas, fighting dowry, drugs, child marriage and other social evils but now artistes from Punjab Agriculture University are performing in villages to bring awareness among cotton-growers about the negative effects of insecticides.

Covering 30 km to fetch water
Talwandi Sabo, September 16
Residents of this town and the villages falling in this sub-division have been facing drought-like conditions. To quench their thirst, the residents have started fetching water from the Bhakra main line (BML) canal passing from the area in Haryana and bordering Talwandi Sabo sub-division by covering more than 20 to 30 km every day.

Temple may ban Hindu Sena chief
Amritsar, September 16
The management committee of the Durgiana temple is contemplating to declare the president of the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena persona non grata on the temple premises.

Alexander’s bid to prove loyalty to Gandhi clan: Badungar
Phagwara, September 16
The former SGPC president and senior Akali leader Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, today accused Mr P.C. Alexander of rubbing salt on the wounds of Sikh in his autobiography, “Through the Corridors of Power”.

When cops had to eat the humble pie
Phagwara, September 16
The challan-happy traffic police had for once to eat a humble pie. Advocate S.N. Aggarwal, a former president of the Bar Association here, was challaned on April 21 last year near old Sabzi Mandi at the Banga road under Section 119 of the Motor Vehicle Act. The challan (no. 1343) accused Mr Aggarwal of disobeying the traffic signal and not complying with the directions given by the police on duty.

Sheikh Farid drama festival begins
Faridkot, September 16
The seventh Sheikh Farid National Punjabi Drama Festival was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar, here last evening. About 15 troupes from various parts of the state are participating in the festival. The festival will conclude on Saturday.

Theatre fest begins today
Amritsar, September 16
“Television has nearly gobbled up the audiences of not only cinema but also theatre. These days people prefer soft and easy entertainment,” lamented noted director Mohan Maharishi from Delhi, who is here to stage his play “Ho Rahega Kuch Na Kuch” for the national theatre festival to commence here from tomorrow.

Govt lab technician beaten up
Gurdaspur, September 16
A laboratory technician of government hospital, Kanuwan, Mr Kuldeep China, was beaten up and injured allegedly by henchmen of private clinical laboratories yesterday.

Protest by Balmik Samaj
Phagwara, September 16
A large number of protesters belonging to the Balmik Samaj today held a noisy demonstration and a rally against the Punjab Government failure to release Rs 1 crore for Balmik Tirath at Amritsar. A memorandum was presented to the local authorities.

Retd Havildar awarded for bravery
Jalandhar, September 16
Vajra Corps honoured a retired Havildar for his act of bravery at a function held here today. Havildar Kamla Prasad, a non-commissioned officer, has been working in the Military Hospital at Amritsar. On January 29, 2003, this unsung hero had saved life of a child when his neighbour’s house caught fire. He had sustained severe burn injuries in the process.

Two die after inhaling poisonous gas
Ropar, September 16
Two employees died while two others were seriously ill today following the leakage of poisonous gas from the sewerage plant of the MilkFed factory, situated at Jhinjdi village in Anadpur Sahib.

Work starts on Jal Dhara project
Kharar, September 16
Work under a Central scheme, Swai Jal Dhara, was started at Majatri village here today which was inaugurated by the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh. The project, costing Rs 24.33 lakh, was likely to be completed in the first week of December and two villages: — Mazatri and Makran — would benefit from his.


5 get life term for dowry death
Moga, September 16
Additional Sessions Judge Sukhdev Singh has convicted and sentenced five members of a family to life imprisonment on the charge of murdering a married woman on September 2, 1999, at Badhnikalan in the district.


Capt welcomes venture
Chandigarh, September 16
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today welcomed the initiative of Bharti Enterprises Ltd. in state’s agricultural economy. Just as the way Punjab had taken the lead in ushering in the Green Revolution, the same way, with Bharti Enterprises coming forward, Punjab was poised to lead the country in agri-farming and processing that would provide farmers a new linkage with the world markets, he said.


Attendance check continues in offices
Kharar, September 16
Officials, apart from employees, were found absent from offices during a checking conducted by the SDM, Mr Sukhvinder Singh Gill, here today. The checking started from the Forest Range Office of the Forest Department where the SDM reached at 9.07 a.m. The Forest Range Officer, Mr Naresh Mahajan, was not available in the office though almost all staff members, including the block officer, were present. 

Punjab postings


‘Satta queen’ arrested
Muktsar, September 16
Krishna Devi, a local resident, known as ‘satta queen’, was arrested by the police. She had been operating single digit number satta along with her two associates by moving from one place to another.

Gang of imposters busted
Tarn Taran, September 16
A gang of cheats, including a retired police inspector and a municipal councillor, has been busted by the Valtoha police. Angrej Singh, a retired police inspector of Ludhiana, Kulwinder Singh, municipal councillor, Patti, Gurdev Singh and Gurkanwal Singh, both of Amritsar, were impersonating as Vigilance Bureau officials.

Saviours turn aggressors
Addicts attacked, injured at rehabilitation centre
Patiala, September 16
Saviours took on the role of violent suppressors yesterday when the management of a private drug de-addiction centre turned against youngsters under their care, inflicting multiple fractures on two of them.

Farmers booked for attacking PSEB men
Moga, September 16
A team of Punjab State Electricity Board employees was attacked by a group of farmers at Ghal Kalan village here. The electricity board team from Baghapurana was in the village to conduct a raid.

Man booked for killing wife
Moga, September 16
A man killed his wife after having a fight with her over some issue at Daulatpura village here yesterday. Sources said the accused, Jagsir Singh, had not had good relations with his wife for the past few months. 

Student killed in accident


Absentee lecturers repatriated
Chandigarh, September 16

All the four school lecturers, who were allegedly found absent from duty in the District Institute of Education and Training ( DIET), near Moga, during a surprise check conducted by a team of top officers of the Education Department on September 14, have been repatriated to their original place of postings. The lecturers are Mr Ajmer Singh, Mr Mastan Singh, Mr Suraj Mal and Mr Sohan Lal.
Mr S.S. Randhawa, Director, State Council of Education, Research and Training, who conducted a surprise check along with other officials and members of the panchayat
Mr S.S. Randhawa, Director, State Council of Education, Research and Training, who conducted a surprise check along with other officials and members of the panchayat, is standing before the locked gate of the District Institute of Education and Training at Khosa Pando village, near Moga.

Three copying cases detected
Bathinda, September 16
As many as three cases of copying were detected at the examination centre set up at a government boys school, Malout, where students were taking their matriculation supplementary exams by the flying squad headed by Mrs Raksha Wati, today.

Varsity guard beats up law student
Patiala, September 16
Punjabi University students today gheraoed the reception counter at the gate. They were enraged when a security guard refused to let in a student who wanted to get his fee refunded.


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