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Tension prevails as illegal structure pulled down
Muslims finally get burial ground
Ropar, September 17
Tension prevailed at Bhagwantpura village, about 12 km from the city, for several hours today when villagers protested against the police action to demolish the illegal construction, where they had placed Guru Granth Sahib.

Villagers carry Guru Granth Sahib away from the illegal structure that was demolished by the authorities at Bhagwantpur village in Ropar Villagers carry Guru Granth Sahib away from the illegal structure that was demolished by the authorities at Bhagwantpur village in Ropar on Friday. — Photo by writer

2 engineers among ten hurt in demolition drive
Bathinda, September 17
As many as 10 persons were injured today when jhuggi dwellers on PUDA land allegedly pelted stones on its official and the police and the policemen resorted to lathicharge during a demolition drive that was started by the PUDA authorities.
A buldozer pulls down illegal temporary and permanent structures which had come up on PUDA land in Bathinda A buldozer pulls down illegal temporary and permanent structures which had come up on PUDA land in Bathinda on Friday. — A Tribune photograph



Row deepens as engg college shut down
Ludhiana, September 17
Following a strike by students of Guru Nanak Engineering College (GNE), the college management has ordered the closure of the institute for an indefinite period and all hostels have got vacated.

Countdown for SGPC chief’s election begins 
Amritsar, September 17
The countdown for the much-awaited election of the SGPC chief and other office-bearers has begun, with the Central Government giving its nod for the general house meeting to be held at the Teja Singh Samunderi Hall here on September 23.

SAD leadership rallies round Baldev Singh
Amritsar, September 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal ) supremo , senior leaders of the party today rallied round Baldev Singh who was booked on charges of molesting a wife of a visually challenged Raagi .

SAD to go by ‘people’s verdict’
Kapurthala, September 17
Former Chief Minister and Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal yesterday said his party would abide by the decision of the people of the state, rather than accepting the verdict of the Supreme Court on the Punjab Termination Act on water agreements with neighbouring states.

SAD (A) urges DC to ban entry of Uma
Amritsar, September 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today urged the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raminder Singh, to ban the entry of Tiranga rally by Ms Uma Bharti, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, in Amritsar.

Leave Garhshankar seat for CPM, Cong urged
Matta (Faridkot), September 17
The Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) president, Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, said today that the Congress should leave the Garhshankar Assembly seat for the CPM. He said in the Lok Sabha elections, too, the
Congress had been defeated in Punjab as it had caused the division of the secular vote.

Lok Bhalai Party chief Balwant Singh Ramoowalia and other party leaders at a public meeting at Matta village in Faridkot on Friday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh
Lok Bhalai Party chief Balwant Singh Ramoowalia and other party leaders at a public meeting at Matta village in Faridkot

4 papers filed for byelections so far
Chandigarh, September 17
Three days have lapsed since the by-elections to the Kapurthala and Garhshankar Assembly constituencies were announced by the Election Commission. However, only four nominations have so far been filed.

Opportunity knocked at Manmohan’s door twice
Chandigarh, September 17
It is often said that opportunity does not knock at your door twice. But in the case of Dr Manmohan Singh it did knock twice-- once on the intervening night of June 20 and 21, 1991, and the second time on May 19, 2004.

Govt asks Thapar institute to fill seats
Patiala, September 17
The Punjab Government today directed the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) to hold a third counselling at the earliest to fill around 70 seats which had fallen vacant in various engineering courses in the institute after students left it in favour of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

Bhattal for third counselling to fill vacant seats
Chandigarh, September 17
The Punjab Minister of Technical Education, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, has taken cognizance of the Patiala-based Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology refusing admission to students despite availability of over 60 seats in various courses.


Army expedition ends successfully
Gurdaspur, September 17
The 105 km rafting expedition of the Beas Brigade of the Vajra Corps of the Western Command ended successfully on the Beas river yesterday evening.

90-year-old undergoes heart surgery
Jalandhar, September 17
In what is claimed to be one of rarest operations of India, advanced beating heart surgery has successfully been performed on a 90-year-old farmer hailing from Sadhupur village of Amritsar district at the local BBC Heart Care hospital.

Billa lashes out at temple management
Amritsar, September 17
Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, president of the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, and Mr S.S. Sharma, social worker, today lashed out at the Durgiana Temple management for contemplating a move to “debar” them from entering the temple premises. They blamed Mr Surinder Arjun, working president of temple and general secretary of the District Congress Committee for the move.

Zila Parishad seeks police help to realise rent
Gurdaspur, September 17
The zila parishad is facing an acute fund crunch which is hitting its development projects. It has failed to realise Rs 41.5 lakh from shops rented out to private persons. The zila parishad has rented about 300 shops to private persons against lease or rent agreements. However, shopkeepers have not being paying the rent. The authorities have written to the Deputy Commissioner Harjit Singh to provide them with police help for getting the rent realised or get the property vacated.

Traffic jam, mishaps a regular feature
Bathinda, September 17
Even as the number of vehicles have been increasing in this city, chaos and road accidents have become a regular feature. Though the authorities claim that they are putting in their best to regulate the traffic, traffic lights put up in front of the local bus stand have been non functional for the past six months.

Traffic lights put up at the Bathinda bus stand crossing, which are not functional for the past six months, leads to traffic chaos in Bathinda. — A Tribune photograph
Traffic lights put up at the Bathinda bus stand crossing, which are not functional for the past six months, leads to traffic chaos

KLF militant accused of murder
Patiala, September 17
The Patiala police today brought Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) militant Harnek Singh Bhap to the city and presented him in a local court alleging he was responsible for the murder of a tobacconist in 1991.

Tributes paid to Kanjhla’s wife
Sangrur, September 17
Besides thousands of persons, leaders of various political parties, including the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the SAD (Longowal), the Congress, the CPM and the CPM Punjab (Pasla group), today attended the “bhog” ceremony of Mukhtiar Kaur, wife of Sherpur MLA Gobind Singh Kanjhla, at Kanjhla village, 12 km from here. She died on September 8.

DTH service to start soon
Jalandhar, September 17
Viewers of all Indian states, barring the Andaman and the Nikobar Islands, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan and Afghanistan, would be able to view about 30 channels, with good audio and video quality, on the DD Direct Plus, the DTH service of the Parsar Bharti within a month.

PSEB reduces power cuts
Patiala, September 17
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today reduced power cuts following a two-day spell of rain as well as increased trading of power. The power cuts have been reduced from five hours to three hours for category 1 feeders (mixed urban/industrial) while cuts have been reduced from four hours to two hours for category-II feeders (industrial).

PSEB staff assert right to oppose unbundling
Patiala, September 17 The PSEB Employees Joint Forum today criticised a statement issued by the state Finance Minister that the employees had no right to oppose the unbundling and privatisation of the board.

DSP quarrels with HC security staff
Chandigarh, September 17
A Punjab Police Deput Superintendent of Police was yesterday involved in a fracas on the Punjab and Haryana High Court premises. Trouble began when Deputy Superintendent of Police Gurjit Singh was asked by security personnel posted at gate No.1 of the High Court to deposit his mobile before entering the courtroom.


High Court
Girl traced

Chandigarh, September 17
The warrant officer, deputed by Mr Justice S.S. Saron of the High Court, rescued a 14-year-old girl from the illegal custody of the Amritsar police. During hearing in a petition filed by one Harbhajan Kaur, seeking directions to the Amritsar police to release the girl, Lachami, from illegal detention, the court appointed a warrant officer to raid the police stationin Division B, Amritsar, where the girl was allegedly being confined.

4-year term for Head Constable
Moga, September 17
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Sukhdev Singh, sentenced a head constable to four-year imprisonment and Rs 5,000 fine for graft. Sources said Head Constable Surjeet Singh had taken a bribe of Rs 400 from Amarjeet Singh for not arresting him. The Vigilance Bureau had caught him while accepting the bribe.


Supply of good quality seeds assured 
Chandigarh, September 17
Mr R.S. Jaura, Vice-Chairman of the Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation, said here yesterday that he would ensure the supply of good quality seeds and fertilisers at reasonable prices to farmers in Punjab.


Veterinary Officer caught taking bribe
Muktsar, September 17
Dr Balwinder Singh, Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Hospital, Malout, was caught red-handed by a team of Vigilance Bureau while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 800 from Mehnga Singh, a resident of Phulewala village, for giving him a post-mortem report in connection with the death of a buffalo owned by the complainant.

Two killed in road accident
Amritsar, September 17
Two persons, including a woman, were killed and another was injured when a mini-bus belonging to an eye hospital collided with a rickshaw early this morning. The injured was admitted to a private hospital here and the bodies of the deceased were handed over to their relatives after post mortum. A case was registered at Civil Lines police station. However, no arrest has been made so far.

One killed, six injured in accident
Moga, September 17
The police has registered a case of murder in the accident that occurred near Raunta village. A person was killed and 6 others were injured in the accident. Sources said that SAD leader Gurmail Singh Khai and his supporters were travelling in a jeep yesterday when a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction collided with their vehicle.


Associate Prof skips classes for two years
Amritsar, September 17
Dr Ashok Goel, an Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, here has not taken classes for the past about two years. Apart from causing loss to the college exchequer, the studies have also been affected.

3 colleges get NAAC accreditation
Jalandhar, September 17
Three local colleges received an accreditation report from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) here today. All the three colleges, Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women, Doaba College and Hansraj Mahila Mahavidyala, got A-plus grade from the council. Three different teams of the council were in the city in the first week of this month to inspect the colleges and interact with the students and faculty to verify the facts stated by the colleges in the reports presented earlier.

Students’ strike enters third day
Patiala, September 17
The chain strike of students of Punjabi University in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor in protest against the alleged anti-students’ policies entered its third day today.

Punjabi varsity alumni meeting today
Chandigarh, September 17
The first ever meeting of the alumni of Punjabi University, Patiala, will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at Punjabi University campus, Mr Jaswinder Singh, professor in charge of Alumni Affairs, said here today.

Award in  memory of artist
Patiala, September 17
A gold medal was instituted in the memory of renowned artist Tarlok Singh “Chitarlok”. The medal will be awarded to the topper of MA (Fine Arts) of Punjabi University.


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